British competitive gaming culture brand EXCEL ESPORTS is excited to announce Just Eat, the UK’s largest food delivery platform, as its Official Food Delivery Partner. The partnership marks Just Eat’s first major foray into the world of gaming and sees the union of two of the biggest brands from the gaming and the food delivery world. With a focus on authentic engagement, Just Eat and EXCEL will collaborate on content, experiences and events both virtually and physically.
Fans will have access to exclusive content which will include never-before-seen insights from EXCEL’s roster of players. The partnership will also focus on creating experiences that support good causes and help bring the gaming community together. Throughout the year Just Eat and EXCEL will be creating innovative ways to connect with UK gamers at events across the country as well as be there to support them with a takeaway for game night. Just Eat is committed to providing gamers with content and experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.
The Just Eat logo will also appear on jerseys across all four of EXCEL’s competitive titles including FIFA, Fortnite, League of Legends and VALORANT with the players championing the brand across some of the biggest tournaments in Europe.
Just Eat joins a string of high profile partners at EXCEL which include a recent landmark partnership with JD Sports and an ongoing collaboration with EE. EXCEL has also made several other exciting announcements this year which include the re-signing of ex-player Marc “Caedrel” Lamont as a Content Creator and the relaunch of XL.GG.
Just Eat UK Marketing Director, Matt Bushby commented: ‘We are delighted to be working with XL to bring Just Eat into Gaming in a more meaningful and impactful way over the next 12 months. We look forward to working with them on a variety of Gaming first opportunities and providing millions of hungry gamers with experiences they can’t get elsewhere’
EXCEL ESPORTS’ Commercial Director, Mark Carter added: “We are thrilled to announce Just Eat as our Official Food Delivery Partner, in what is Just Eat’s most significant gaming partnership to date. Sharing a vision to constantly create authentic engagement for our respective communities, we look forward to working closely together on exciting experiences and activations both virtually and at gaming events across the country!”
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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