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International Esports Federation teams up with Challengermode to host 13th Esports World Championship qualifiers

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Leading global Esports platform Challengermode has teamed up with the International Esports Federation (IESF) to host the regional qualifiers to select the best athletes from all over the world for the world finals of the IESF 13th Esports World Championship, EILAT 2021 – the world’s only multi-game Esports tournament that features national teams. The event is hosted by IESA, Maccabi, and IESF and sponsored by Asus, HanbitSoft, Taiwan excellence, and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

Following the success of IESF’s previous Esports World Championships, Esports athletes from a record 85 nations are set to begin their quests for gold, silver and bronze medals, playing across CS:GO, DOTA, eFootball PES 2021 and Tekken 7. Regional Tournaments of the World Championship are already underway and set to continue through October, with winners from each region earning a place at the offline final in Eilat, Israel, in November.

Challengermode will be hosting the regional games rounds for CS:GO and DOTA 2, Tekken 7 and eFootball PES 2021 until the end of October, using its Esports platform to automate the tournament for national teams participating in  each continental tournament bracket. More information and a full schedule of the games can be found on the official Eilat 2021 13th Esports World Championship website here.

Philip Hubner, CBDO at Challengermode said: “We’re hugely excited to be working with the IESF on its Eilat 2021 tournament. The competition’s international reach demonstrates both the potential for Esports to unite teams from around the world, and gives Challengermode the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the power of our platform to simplify even the most complicated of competitions. With 85 teams representing their nations across multiple games, IESF Eilat is a great example of how to mix up the traditional Esports formula on a world stage”

IESF President Vlad Marinescu stated: “IESF is incredibly excited for the 13th edition of our Esports World Championships, the largest IESF event to date. Eilat 2021 will showcase and unify Esports athletes from a record 85 nations, and Challengermode’s platform has helped us to deal with the complexity that such a large international and interconnected tournament involves.”

This deal forms part of Challengermode’s broader international expansion, with the company engaging in a range of partnerships across Europe and EMEA to expand the reach of its grassroots Esports platform to new territories.

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Dignitas Partners with Virus International

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Dignitas, the esports vertical of New Meta Entertainment (NME), has announced athletic wear brand VIRUS International as its Official Game Day Apparel Partner.

As per the deal, VIRUS International will create Dignitas’ Official Competitive Game Day uniform including the Official Team Jersey with logo presence on the front of the jersey, Game Day Warm Up and Performance Workout Apparel kits which include T-Shirt, Sweatshirt, Hoodie, Player Jacket, Joggers and Leggings. Both kits will be uniquely designed to fit Dignitas Women’s and Men’s teams. All apparel will be co-branded with Dignitas and VIRUS International.

Dignitas will integrate Dignitas and VIRUS International co-branded merchandise into its online store, which will be available for fans to purchase at DignitasStore.com.

“We’re excited to partner with Dignitas and break into the esports & gaming community. The synergy is perfect. VIRUS’ mission has always been to provide the highest quality gear to our athletes in order to help them perform their best and to enable them to achieve their athletic & lifestyle goals without restriction,” Ashley Gomez, Director of Brand & Partnerships at Virus International, said.

“VIRUS operates at the forefront of the latest innovations in apparel and bio-physical technology which has allowed our brand to produce technology-infused fabrics that have stood the test of time since 2010. Like VIRUS, Dignitas marries technology with its sport and industry, and this synergy between technology and gamers is undeniable,” Melanie Lin, Director of B2B Sales at Virus International, said.

“Dignitas is thrilled to partner with VIRUS International, an athleticwear brand that understands the needs of our esports athletes. Performance apparel is an everyday part of our athletes’ lives as they train, travel the world, and compete against the world’s best competition on-stage. VIRUS’ end-to-end control of the design and manufacturing process allows us to collaborate on new silhouettes to match our diverse fans and athletes’ tastes season to season and in real-time globally,” Ian K. Partilla, SVP of Strategic Global Business Development at Dignitas, said.

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Intema announces Isle of Man OGRA license application

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Intema Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that the Isle of Man regulatory authorities have formally accepted for review the application by Livestream Esports Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intema, for a license under the Online Gambling Regulation Act (OGRA) 2001.

“Obtaining this license from one of the world’s most prestigious gaming jurisdictions would be another great milestone for Intema, particularly in the context of the proposed acquisition of LOOT.BET,” said Laurent Benezra, Intema’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Isle of Man promotes the highest standards of jurisdictional control in the gaming industry. In addition, the license granted by this regulatory body has many financial and logistical benefits, and would allow us to offer continuous fun, safe and responsible gaming experiences for gamers around the world.”

Team Bloodhounds Inc. Acquisition

Additionally, further to the press release dated June 22, 2021 and the press release dated September 24, 2021, as consideration in respect to the acquisition of Team Bloodhounds Inc. (“Team BH), Intema has made a cash payment of $60,500 and issued 943,396 common shares of Intema to the shareholders of Team BH (with an additional cash payment $60,500 payable in three months following the closing of the acquisition).

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M88 expands esports coverage by partnering with BETER

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International sports and esports betting provider BETER announced today that they have teamed up with M88. The leading Asian sportsbook has decided to take advantage of BETER’s portfolio to further engage their players across the region with the addition of more than 30,000 extra global esports tournament events and 200,000 ESportsBattle matches every year.

“Here at BETER, we are convinced that collaborating with M88 is another significant step towards increasing our presence in the Asian market, which is one of our primary focuses for the next few years. We firmly believe that this partnership will prove to be prosperous and beneficial for both parties,” said Gal Ehrlich, CEO at BETER.

BETER will provide M88 with customised quarter markets that perfectly suit their players’ needs. All live streams, data, odds, and margins can easily be managed in the BETER’s Client Console.

“We’ve been interested in the type of fast content which BETER provides for some time, and we also see exactly what BETER can offer to M88 customers with live streaming of engaging ESportsBattle matches and odds for the most popular global esports tournaments. The integration and testing process proved that we found a reliable partner with top-notch solutions that will help us further enhance what we offer bettors,” said Alan Wafer, Head of Business Development at M88.

In his strategy presentation in July 2021, Gal Ehrlich emphasised that expanding into the Asian market is one of BETER’s core goals, as this region represents a promising avenue for future business growth. He also added that the company would focus on expanding its product portfolio and developing exclusive content.
BETER is a leading provider of fast sports & esports content, live streaming, live data, and odds for the betting industry. BETER powers Setka Cup, ESportsBattle and Asia Pro League tournaments and offers trading of world esports events. BETER sports and esports content is featured on more than 100 sportsbooks across the globe.

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