Trialing a BIG OMEN Academy player for the first time, BIG would like to welcome Karim “Krimbo” Moussa to their main CS:GO team!
A household name in our BIG OMEN Academy project, Karim has shown excellence over multiple iterations of the team, most recently acting as the in-game leader and team captain. Under his lead, the BIG OMEN Academy finished in a strong second place in season three of the WePlay Academy League, and secured some notable scalps from international teams in various online leagues.
His fantastic development as a player over the years is one of the many reasons why he is the first BIG OMEN Academy talent to be trialed by the main roster, also marking an important milestone in BIG’s talent development efforts. In turn, Nils “k1to” Gruhne will be moving to the academy roster where he will try to prove himself and work on his comeback to the main roster.
Reworking the roster at the start of 2022 with increased resources, BIG’s academy project built together with OMEN will continue to be one of BIG’s most important projects. The aim of the initiative is to develop an in-house talent pool that guarantees the competitive longevity of BIG’s CS:GO department. The BIG OMEN Academy has already produced some of German Counter-Strike’s future stars, and is considered as one of the best German teams right after BIG’s main roster.
Statement Roman “Roman R.” Reinhardt, Head of CS:GO
“I am delighted to announce that Karim “Krimbo” Moussa is the first player to be trialed by the main CS:GO team from our BIG OMEN Academy project. Karim has shown his capacities in multiple iterations of the academy lineup, and has proved that he deserves the chance. The change means that Nils “k1to” Gruhne will move to the BIG OMEN Academy team for now and will support the further development of our talents there.
Statement Karim “Krimbo” Moussa
“I was very excited when I heard the team wanted to play the Major qualifiers with me, and now very happy that I am being trialed by the team. I have big shoes to fill, but I am confident especially after successfully qualifying for the EU RMR. Thank you for all of the support and of course best of luck to my BIG OMEN Academy teammates moving forward!”
Statement Alphan Özbaltaci, Gaming Marketing Manager DE,AT HP
“It is a pleasure to see a young talent from our BIG.OMEN Academy Team flourish to a pro esports player. I congratulate Karim “Krimbo” Moussa for his achievement and wish him a successful career with Team BIG.”
Unikrn Brings Video Games and Esports Betting Back
Gamers are always looking for more, and unikrn is betting on it. The esports betting platform is back and built for a new generation of players.
Initially introduced eight years ago, unikrn is the most expansive video games and esports betting platform on the market – offering a safe, secure and accessible way for players of legal betting age to supercharge their esports fandom. The platform, which also offers betting options across traditional sport and casino games, is now available in Brazil and Canadian provinces and territories other than Ontario. The platform will continue plans to enter new, regulated markets around the globe in 2023 and into the future.
The platform, now with a completely new look-and-feel, offers an easy-to-use interface that makes it smoother and simpler for players looking to bet on their own, bet with friends or even bet on themselves. With an around-the-clock video game stream of exciting action featuring the world’s most popular video game titles, unikrn gives players more ways to bet while watching and playing their favourite games.
“Over the past year, the passionate team at Entain has worked closely with us to create a safe, accessible, secure and compliant product that players can trust – even if they’ve never placed a bet before. The launch of unikrn in both Brazil and Canada is the first step as we introduce a video games and esports betting platform that truly puts a new generation of players and their passions first,” Justin Dellario, CEO of unikrn and Managing Director of Esports at Entain, said.
unikrn is continually innovating and will evolve its product suite as the brand’s footprint expands. The initial product offerings will include UMode, unikrn Virtual, unikrn Esportsbook, unikrn Sportsbook, unikrn Casino and unikrn Rewards.
World Esports Championships Finals Begin with Spectacular Opening Ceremony
IESF welcomes World Esports Family to Bali for the largest edition of its flagship event
The International Esports Federation (IESF) officially opened the 14th World Esports Championships Finals today in Bali, Indonesia. The Opening Ceremony kicked off IESF’s historic WE Championships with an athlete parade, special performances, and speeches from IESF President Vlad Marinescu and Esports Federation of Indonesia (PBESI) President Budi Gunawan at the Merusaka Nusa Dua Hotel.
The ceremony welcomed athletes, referees, fans, event organizers, government officials, and others from the World Esports Family. The ceremony began with the Indonesia Raya, the national anthem of Indonesia, and the official PBESI march. IESF then did an official raising of its flag to mark the start of the event. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese culture, the ceremony featured traditional dances as well as extraordinary performances by Indonesian artists Alffy Rev, Wizzy, and Ecko.
The WE Championships remain the sole international esports competition where athletes compete to represent their countries. Over 600 players representing 106 countries will compete across six games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, eFootball ™ 2023, Tekken 7, and PUBG Mobile, making this the largest and most geographically diverse edition of the event since its inception in 2008 with a record prize pool of $500,000.
An athlete representative from each country joined in the athlete parade of the Opening Ceremony to carry their country’s flag to celebrate the event’s largest and most inclusive edition. Additionally, IESF showcased its commitment to responsible gaming and providing referees with the highest level of certification to ensure fair and safe competition. This year’s referees took an oath on stage during the Opening Ceremony, alongside an athlete representative, to safeguard responsible gaming.
IESF President Vlad Marinescu spoke at the ceremony and said: “Welcome to Bali for the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. We are elated to see a historic 106 countries, more than double from last year’s edition, competing in the 14th edition of this event right here in the Land of Gods. All of you here in this beautiful country and those watching are proof and reflection of the growth and progress of the World Esports Family.”
In his speech, PBESI President Budi Gunawan said: “The Indonesia Esports Summit and the 14th IESF World Esports Championships, wil declare our commitment to set new standards for organizing world class esports event. We sincerely hope that the 14th IESF World Esports Championships Bali 2022 will be a new momentum for all these great talents from around the world to build friendship and peace”
The competition will conclude with the Closing Ceremony and a special announcement on December 11, where one nation will be crowned the World Esports champion.
The Finals will be live-streamed across seven IESF Twitch channels, one dedicated for each game. The full lineup of competing nations and all other information related to WEC can be found on the official website.
The World Esports Championships 2022 Are Officially Open!
And WE are live in 3,2,1…
The World Esports Championships 2022 are officially open!
Join the opening ceremony today, at 7 pm GMT +8 with traditional music and dance performances, a fireworks show, and wave your national flag proudly!
After the opening ceremony feel free to join in the press conferences.
During the event, you can experience a little bit of everything from cosplay competitions, games, watch parties, and daily activities.
If you are not in Bali, you can always tune in on the platform wec.iesf.org and become part of the magic.
Watch your teams, stay on top of every score, and keep cheering for your favorite players!
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