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HLTV Award Show Took Place Last Week

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The HLTV Award Show 2022 presented by 1XBET is the event fans and players of the esport community have been yearning for as it elevates the industry to the next level. The exclusive, invite-only, event took place in Stockholm on January 14 and is the world’s largest esport award show watched live by more than 250,000 fans. The efforts by HLTV align perfectly with Better Collective’s ambition to become the Leading Digital Sports Media.

Notable members of the CS:GO community gathered at the annual HLTV Awards 2022 presented by 1XBET, to pay homage to the best of the best within the esport; Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO).

The esports market has boomed in recent years with an increasing number of viewers tuning in to watch the world’s best gamers play their favourite game. By 2025, it is expected that more than 318 million esports enthusiasts will be active worldwide – a significant increase from the 215.2 million in 2020. Also by 2025, it is forecasted that some 322.7 million will be occasional viewers of esports. CS:GO is the most mature esport within the market and thereby the flagship game.

Founded by two Danes in 2002, HLTV is the leading esports community in the world, providing news from the industry, CS:GO match information as well as player and team rankings. HLTV is behind the official CS:GO World Ranking as well as the CS:GO Player of the Year Award, and has been the most popular site for CS:GO enthusiasts across the world for years. On average, the community has around 5-6 million users and more than 250 million page views monthly.

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Mastercard Becomes Official Partner of Esports World Cup in Riyadh

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The Esports World Cup Foundation (“EWCF”) is proud to announce Mastercard as an Official Partner of this year’s Esports World Cup (“EWC”), the world’s largest gaming festival set to take place this summer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Through curating an exciting, one-of-a-kind gaming journey, Mastercard will help create an accessible and enjoyable experience for all EWC attendees.

The Esports World Cup provides an ideal opportunity to showcase Saudi Arabia’s rapidly growing esports industry, highlighting the nation’s progress in developing its digital economy and infrastructure. As part of its commitment to creating priceless moments for people to enjoy and cherish for years to come, Mastercard will level up the EWC 2024 gaming experience. The technology company will create an even more fun and immersive atmosphere for gamers to revel in, show off their skills, and connect with passionate fans from across the globe.

The company’s sponsorship will enable enhanced experiences for attendees, including seamless digital payments, and the chance to win valuable prizes by competing in a broad selection of rousing challenges. Meanwhile, a dedicated Mastercard booth, located in the Esports Arena, will host on-ground activations and meet-and-greets with Saudi esports stars and gaming personalities.

In addition to holding weekly tournaments that put gamers’ skills to the test, Mastercard will also reward game lovers for their passion and enthusiasm for esports with an array of prizes. The technology company will also challenge visitors to demonstrate their teamwork abilities by taking on a novel, exciting game — called “Gen Blend” — with the aim being to play and win together.

“Mastercard’s sponsorship is a significant milestone for EWC, supporting our goals and harmonizing with Saudi Vision 2030’s focus on diversity, inclusion, and digital innovation,” said Mohammed Al Nimer, Sales Director, Esports World Cup Foundation. “We look forward to welcoming a diverse audience of gamers, tech aficionados, and industry professionals to EWC, casting a bright spotlight on the Kingdom’s digital prowess and cultural vibrancy.”

“At Mastercard, we are committed to connecting people to their passions,” said Maria Medvedeva, Country Manager, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, Mastercard. “With Saudi Arabia being home to some of the most skilled and dedicated gamers in the world, we are proud to contribute to the development of the Kingdom’s gaming industry in line with Vision 2030 and in tandem with Saudi Esports Federation (SEF). We look forward to further strengthening our long-standing partnership with SEF to fuel the robust gaming ecosystem in the Kingdom. We look forward to welcoming people from all over the world to EWC.”

Since starting on July 3rd, the Esports World Cup has transformed Riyadh into the epicenter of esports fandom and gaming culture. Located in Boulevard City, fans can watch their favorite athletes and clubs compete across 22 game championships for a share of more than $60 million in life-changing prize money — the largest prize pool in esports history. Across eight weeks, the Esports World Cup will also feature festival activities that include numerous gaming activations, community tournaments, pop culture celebrations, international experiences, and more.

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Red Bull League of Its Own returns with T1 and Karmine Corp confirmed for one-of-a-kind League of Legends tournament

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Red Bull League of Its Own will see the return of the formidable T1 team going up against the most exciting League of Legends teams in Europe T1 and Karmine Corp are confirmed for 2024, with four other teams soon to be announced.

The legendary showcase event will be live streamed globally from Accor Arena in the heart of Paris, France on December 15th, with over 15,000 fans in attendance to witness history in the making first-hand AGON by AOC returns as official Monitor Partner with Opel and Backforce also joining to support the event.

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Red Bull League of Its Own, the one-of-a-kind League of Legends showcase, will return as the legendary T1 team will aim to replicate their dominant performance at 2023’s event. This year, Red Bull League of Its Own heads to Paris, France on December 15th, pitting world-class teams from across Europe against each other and promising fans an esports event set to be full of action and surprises.

The 2023 edition saw T1 defeat legendary teams Karmine Corp, Team Heretics, NNO Old, BIG, and Eintracht Spandau, ultimately falling only to G2 in the final showdown at Berlin’s Velodrom. This year, fans can look forward to even more exhilarating gameplay, special guest appearances and match-ups LoL fans won’t see anywhere else – stay tuned for more reveals and surprises coming soon.

Red Bull League of Its Own caps off this year in League of Legends with an invitational event at the Accor Arena, renowned for hosting the likes of Madonna, and My Chemical Romance as well as the 2019 League of Legends Worlds Finals, it’s set to serve as the perfect stage for this high-stakes competition.

On December 15th, six elite teams will compete in a thrilling day-long tournament designed to surprise and delight fans. Currently, the legendary teams Karmine Corp and T1 are the first confirmed participants, with additional teams to be announced soon. True to its name, Red Bull League of Its Own will introduce unexpected matchups and innovative rule twists, ensuring no two games are alike and the outcome remains unpredictable and ultimately surprising until the very end.

Red Bull League of Its Own will be broadcast live from the Accor Arena live on Twitch and YouTube and via soon-to-be-revealed co-streamers.

 

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China Media Group, Esports World Cup and VSPO Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement on National Institute for Esports Development

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China Media Group, Esports World Cup Foundation and VSPO have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Friday as the new China Media Group National Institute for Esports Development kicked off in Beijing.

China Media Group (CMG), which operates state television networks including CCTV, formally unveiled the new CMG National Institute for Esports Development on Friday. The Institute then signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Esports World Cup Federation and VSPO during the establishment ceremony, vowing to jointly organise and participate in future esports events.

The establishment ceremony was attended by Shen Haixiong, vice minister of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and president of CMG, Sun Shuo, CPC Secretary of Xicheng District and Xue Jijun, head of the institute, among other government officials.

The three organisations have been long-time advocates for the healthy development of the esports industry. VSPO already works with the Esports World Cup Foundation in organising the inaugural Esports World Cup, an eight-week mega event currently underway in Riyadh with a record-breaking prize pool of more than $60 million.

“It’s a huge honor to be a strategic partner with the Chinese Media Group and the Esports World Cup Foundation with the establishment of the CMG National Institute for Esports Development, which marks another key sign of Beijing’s support for esports development,” Chairman of VSPO, Asia’s biggest esports operator, Dino Ying said.

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