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Pinnacle Solution levels up esports product with Esports Hub

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Pinnacle Solution, the B2B arm of sportsbook pioneer Pinnacle, has launched the latest addition to its award-winning esports product, the Esports Hub.

Designed specifically for esports fans, the Esports Hub delivers end users with the best esports betting content available via a seamless UX and dark-themed aesthetic tailored to customer feedback.

Live bettors will also benefit from the Esports Hub’s introduction of live streaming across all channels, as well as data-rich scoreboards which both educate betting decisions and bring the frantic nature of in-play esports action to life.

Providing a more engaging way of displaying Pinnacle Solution’s premium esports offering, the Esports Hub will give partners an additional tool to stand out from the crowd in the increasingly competitive B2C market, with Pinnacle’s 11 years’ experience of trading esports underpinning an authentic product proven to resonate with customers worldwide.

From today, partners can integrate the Esports Hub with the supplier’s esports product, either as an add-on to their existing sportsbook or as part of a fully-serviced, plug-and-play sports betting solution.

Pinnacle Solution has been proven to drive significant new revenue to partners who integrate its esports offering, while its ability to consistently deliver above-market hold has been highly beneficial to partners over the past year.

Paris Smith, CEO at Pinnacle, said: With the unique position of being the only managed trading service with skin in the esports game, we know first-hand the challenges that operators face. The Esports Hub allows partners to leverage this know-how and deliver their esports customers with an award-winning product designed for their needs.

“Esports betting is a vertical in its own right, not an extension of the traditional sportsbook, and this B2B tool provides the community with a betting destination tailored to how they like to engage with esports, while also delivering operators new revenue streams and enhanced hold potential.”

The Esports Hub is available now to existing and prospective sportsbook partners.

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The best of grassroots CS:GO to take on the pros at Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen in November

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Red Bull Flick, the definitive global 2v2 CS:GO Pro vs AM tournament will reach a pulse-racing conclusion for 2022 in an epic November finale at the Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen.

Taking place over an action packed weekend during 19th- 20th November, Red Bull Flick Invitational Copenhagen will see the very best of the amateur CS:GO scene battle it out in intense 2v2 matchups building to an once-in-a-lifetime chance for them to test their mettle against world-renowned Pro teams on the big stage, and a shot at the €50,000 Prize Pool. The LAN pre-stage qualifier will take place in Copenhagen with all the national and international event winners to determine the duos that will progress to the main stage. The Red Bull Flick Invitational will conclude with an impactful finals day broadcast and highlight event on the 20th November, where the qualified amateur duos face their idols in a play-off bracket featuring eight pro invited duos.

Held in the heart of the Danish capital, the Red Bull Flick Invitational will bring the hopeful future stars into the European centre of counter-strike history to immerse themselves with a unique competitive experience alongside CS:GO’s most memorable competitions. The pre-stage LAN will take place in a closed, offline qualifier on Saturday 19th November. With the top two AM duos determined, the nail-biting Pro v AM playoff stage will be broadcast from NEP Studios on the following day. This year’s competition is sure to bring the live audience closer to the action as well as providing an unforgettable experience for digital audiences across the globe and in several languages on Twitch and YouTube on the 20th November.

A total of 26 amateur duos teams from EMEA and – for the first ever time – North America, will be offered a chance at glory, having earned their way through National and International Qualifiers. Pre-stage qualifiers will whittle down the amateurs duos to the final two in a tensely competitive group stage to start the first day of the competition. After facing their peers in the pre-stage qualifiers, the top amateur duos will then face-off against the eight invited pro teams in an intense play-off bracket on the big stage, all leading to an epic Grand Final.

Red Bull Flick is the definitive global 2v2 CS:GO tournament, giving amateur players around the world a unique competitive platform, and putting a twist on the traditional 5v5 competitive format. Having started in 2019, the competition has gone from strength to strength and now gives thousands of amateur entrants a shot at glory to play the pros, and an opportunity for hidden gems of the competitive CS:GO scene to shine under the spotlight.

The unique format and structure at Red Bull Flick has inspired some of the most unpredictable twists and turns in CS:GO, including a true ‘David versus Goliath’ moment at 2021’s Red Bull Flick Helsinki Invitational, where Polish rookies Team Garnuchy won out against both BIG Clan and G2’s Duos teams.

This year, some of the biggest Pro teams on the CS:GO circuit will be sending their stars to Copenhagen, including the fan favourites from last year: G2, OG, Furia and Big Clan and Team Spirit, the defending champions of Red Bull Flick. Alongside them the Danish superstars from Copenhagen Flames and Heroic will also join the mix at the play-off stage to truly test the best amateur duos from around the world. The play-off stage will increase the pressure with a global broadcast and live audience, truly testing the amateur duos that progress in a competitive circuit environment. Fans in attendance can also look forward to an exclusive event experience featuring their favourite esports stars including Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein, who competed with Flamez in the first international qualifier for Red Bull Flick back in April.

Red Bull Flick has teamed up with industry leaders to produce an unforgettable experience for players & fans alike. AGON by AOC, a global leader in gaming monitors, is the Official Monitor Partner for the event, bringing exceptional visual clarity and ultra-high refresh rates to competitors. AMD joins as Technology Provider, ensuring the high-performance computing that will push the boundaries of the tournament. Backforce is the official Chair Partner, providing players and talent with high-end gaming chairs across the event.

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Ampverse’s Minana Esports secures largest gaming creator in the Philippines, ChooxTV to become brand ambassador and investor

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After officially launching its fifth market in the Philippines, leading esports and Web3 company Ampverse secures the nation’s largest gaming creator Edgar “ChooxTV” Dumali, with nearly 30 million social followers, to become an investor and brand ambassador for its Filipino esports team and lifestyle brand Minana.

This major deal comes as part of Ampverse’s growth strategy, following its commitment to invest more than P100 million to drive and accelerate the local gaming industry.

Streamer and content creator ChooxTV is known for his ingenious off-meta picks and wacky antics on his livestream and was named MVP of the Year in the 2021 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Awards Gala.

“Excited akong mag-invest sa Minana dahil sa pagbibigay daan nito na magkaroon ng isang panibagong  ‘youth lifestyle brand’ na magpapakita ng galing ng mga Pinoy,” Dumali said.

(I’m excited to invest in Minana as I really share their vision of creating a next generation youth lifestyle brand that celebrates the very best of Filipino talent.)

Alongside him, other notable gaming talents such as Eric Eruption, Hypebits, Lhea Bernadino, King Jasro, and Elanorm will also become brand ambassadors for Minana – totaling up to 55 million followers for all combined creators.

The newly formed Minana Esports are the current champions of the Philippine National Esports League in Mobile Legends. Prior to that, the team has won 11 straight championships and aims to be the most successful esports team.

In line with becoming the fastest-growing esports and Web3 company in Asia, Ampverse aims to build Minana into a leading Filipino youth lifestyle brand that spans entertainment, fashion, music, and lifestyle.

“We are incredibly proud to kick off Minana with a successful run and an official championship title under our belt. We will continue to build our success in competition, but at the same time create inspiration for the Filipino youth,” Minana Team Lead and Ampverse’s Regional Expansion Manager Julius “Banoobs” Mariano said.

A streamer with over 100,000 followers and named the “godfather of esports and gaming in the Philippines,” Mr. Mariano previously worked as country manager for Twitch, an Amazon-owned video live streaming service platform.

“Our vision is bigger than just competitive gaming, it’s about igniting the passion in every generation and building Minana as the leading youth culture hub for all gamers, creators, and anybody to fulfill their dreams,” Mariano added.

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IESF Signs MOU with Anychat to Overcome Esports Language Barriers

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Anychat, a real-time AI translation chatting platform that aims to overcome language barriers and create a happier world where anyone can easily communicate and cooperate from anywhere in the world, which will work towards IESF’s goal of uniting the World Esports Family.

IESF and Anychat will work together to foster a relationship that will promote and activate the multi-language communications between IESF’s 129 members federations and worldwide esports communities. The partnership will help overcome language barriers and create a more inclusive environment for the World Esports Family and for IESF’s flagship events such as the World Esports Championships and the World Esports Summit.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is home to the World Esports Family and is committed to giving everyone a voice and a chance to freely communicate. Working together with Anychat will allow us to make significant progress in global communications with the esports ecosystem. We are looking forward to our partnership and friendship with Anychat and establishing a larger network involving the broader esports industry.”

IESF is made up of a geographically diverse community of athletes and will continue to work towards and embrace diversity within the esports ecosystem. A record-number of 85 nations competed in the 2021 WE Championships Finals, with the 2022 edition expected to feature a new record of 120 nations competing from December 1 to 12 December 2022 in Bali.

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