IMG ARENA, a leading sports data supplier for media, betting and professional sectors has signed a multi-year agreement with DFB GmbH & Co. KG, the marketing and commercial arm of the German Football Association (DFB).
The partnership covers streaming and fastpath data rights for all 63 matches in the DFB-Pokal, Germany’s storied national knockout cup competition, commencing with the 2022/23 season of the tournament, allowing distribution of the content to IMG ARENA’s global network of sportsbook operators.
The DFB-Pokal competition features 64 teams from the top two domestic leagues, Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, including record 20-time winners FC Bayern Munich.
This deal expands IMG ARENA’s data-driven partnership with DFB, which already includes collaboration around the 3. Liga and FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga for fastpath betting data rights through a European Leagues agreement.
Mark Wrigley, Senior Director of Rights at IMG ARENA, said: “We are proud to announce this expanded partnership with one of the most prestigious federations in sport. The DFB-Pokal is a hugely exciting competition that will sit alongside the most in-demand properties in our portfolio.”
Dr. Holger Blask, Managing Director of the DFB GmbH & Co. KG, said: “IMG ARENA is a leader in sports data distribution across multiple sports and sectors. We are pleased to grow the scope of our work together to include data and streaming for DFB-Pokal, one of our most important assets. The combination of IMG ARENA’s technology leadership and worldwide reach will bring new engagement with the competition and broaden its audience.”
Headquartered in London, IMG ARENA is a sports content and technology hub serving the Sports, Sports Betting and Sports Media eco-systems. IMG ARENA delivers live streaming and data feeds for more than 45,000 sports events annually, as well as for on-demand virtual sports products and front-end solutions, including the UFC Event Centre. IMG ARENA’s clients include the ATP, UFC, DP World TOUR, PGA Tour, EuroLeague, MLS and the FA.
Game Changers and Guild X broke records in Berlin
Guild Esports, a global esports team organisation, took sixth place overall with team Guild X in the inaugural VALORANT Game Changers Championship, held in Berlin (15-20 November).
Following a year of intense regional competition, the world’s most elite Game Changers squads went head-to-head in person, for the first time ever, to crown a global champion in Germany. Bringing together the best teams from North America, Brazil, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and East Asia, G2 Esports won the Grand Final to lift the coveted championship trophy.
Supporting women in gaming is a key part of Guild’s strategy within the sporting community, aligning with the aims of Game Changers to create new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalised genders within VALORANT esports.
The tournament in Berlin, with over 150,000 viewers* tuning in, demonstrates how women in gaming and teams such as Guild X are not just changing the game but also breaking records. According to Esports Charts, Game Changers has become the most-watched tournament for women’s esports.
On Sunday, Guild also hosted a watch party at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in Shoreditch with talent Elz the Witch, Iain Chambers plus other influencers such as Megsoundslikeegg and Geo Collins in attendance. Even though Guild X was not in the Grand Final, Guild, along with its supporting partners Sky and Subway, wanted to offer a safe space for VALORANT fans to watch the finale, especially women and marginalised gender fans.
Jasmine Skee, Chief Marketing Officer at Guild Esports, said: “Our vision at Guild is to lead the way in supporting the future of women in gaming, and we are committed to equal opportunities for our Guild X players. The Game Changers Championship in Berlin was a hugely successful event and we are extremely proud as an organisation to have been a part of it. Congratulations to all at G2 Esports on their victory in such a milestone event for the esports industry. With the announcement of the new Game Changers format, we’re excited to watch our Guild X team, and the wider women esports industry, grow.”
Guild X has been confirmed this week as automatic top-tier qualifiers for the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA 2023 competition, with relegation rules now being in place as part of the new format changes announced. The Game Changers tournament will continue to break down stereotypes, elevate women and allow them to further their careers in a dedicated safe space, and provide a platform for professional growth both in and outside of the game – all actions that are completely aligned with Guild’s strategy moving into 2023 and beyond.
CT Interactive in strategic deal with Kajot
CT Interactive, a global gaming content provider, has concluded a strategic deal with Kajot. Through this partnership, CT Interactive will be able to broaden the reach of its products in Slovakia and the Czech Republic while further diversifying the content of the slots available on the platform, Kajot works with.
Kajot is a renowned Czech gaming operator with an extensive portfolio of games.
“We are proud to announce that we will work with an operator who has 26 years of experience in the gaming industry”, said Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive. She added, “This action demonstrates our company’s intention to keep growing its market share in Europe”.
Once the integration process is completed, the first market that the company will enter with Kajot is Slovakia, and later, it will expand to the Czech Republic.
“We are pleased to conclude a deal with CT Interactive. We are certain that our customers will appreciate the inclusion of their content on our platform”, commented André Kruf, sales director at Kajot group of companies.
ZEAL brings on Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch as VP Marketing
Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch joined the ZEAL team in October as Vice President Marketing. In his position, he reports directly to COO Sönke Martens. In addition to the strategic development of marketing at ZEAL, his responsibilities also include the ongoing optimization of new customer acquisition and customer relationship management.
Before joining ZEAL, the marketing expert was Head of Campaigns at the online marketplace OTTO and worked for five years at the digital creative agency elbdudler, most recently as Managing Partner.
“I am very much looking forward to my new tasks at ZEAL, because what could be better as a marketer than making people dream and turning dreams into reality – not least, we have already paid out more than €200 million this year to our big winners alone,” says Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch. “ZEAL has made an impressive development with the portals LOTTO24 and Tipp24. Together with the great team, we will continue to write this success story and consistently pave the way for further growth in marketing.”
“Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch is a renowned marketing manager with deep expertise in brand management and e-commerce,” says Sönke Martens, COO of ZEAL. “Today, more than ever, a professional marketing strategy is crucial for companies to succeed. We are pleased to have a true professional on board with Rodja, who with his experience and passion for good marketing will be an important driver for further growth at ZEAL.”
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