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IESF World Esports Championships Returns with Record Number 120 Countries

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) today announced a record number of 120 countries will compete in the national qualifiers round of the 2023 World Esports Championships, with Iași, Romania, set to host the Finals in September.

With 120 nations, the 15th WE Championships will be the largest edition of IESF’s flagship event, topping
the 2022 WE Championships in Bali, Indonesia, which featured over 600 athletes from 106 countries. Bali
officially handed over hosting rights to Iași during a special handover at the event’s Closing Ceremony,
which also crowned Indonesia as the World Esports champion.

Iași is Romania’s historical capital and most youthful city. It is the country’s second-largest city and home
to multiple well-known universities and will provide a fresh take on the WE Championships while
engaging a new generation of esports fans. This will mark the second time the WE Championships will be
staged in Romania after the country’s capital Bucharest hosted in 2013.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “Iași’s youthful energy and rich history will ensure yet another
unforgettable edition of the World Esports Championships. Last year’s event in Bali reflects our progress
in promoting esports and empowering the World Esports Family. The 2023 WE Championships will be
our biggest edition yet, with 120 countries ready to compete and showcase esports’ ability to break
barriers and unite us.”

The first round of the WE Championships, the national qualifiers, has already started worldwide, to be
followed by the regional qualifiers starting in May and the Finals in September.

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Copenhagen Major 2024 – Betting Overview

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The Copenhagen Major has ended but that doesn’t mean it’s still not on replay in eSports fans’ minds. The Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) tournament was one of the most exciting events of the year so far, with all of the most iconic teams and talented players clashing for a chance at glory.

In the end, Natus Vincere fought through the stacked playoffs bracket to take down FaZe Clan in the Grand Finals 2-1. NAVI’s Justinas ‘jL’ Lekavicius was the MVP with incredible stats and heart-stopping and game-changing moments.

With so much action, it’s no surprise that the Copenhagen Major had a lot of bettors on the edge of their seats. Using our insights and analytics, let’s take a closer look at how viewers spent time on betting sites throughout the tournament to give you a better idea of what to include in your sportsbook for the next tiet-1 tournaments in Counter-Strike (CS).

Most Active Regions

When it comes to CS2, there’s one region that’s extra dedicated to the eSports scene and that’s Europe, far and away. Counter-Strike has always had a massive following in the Nordic and CIS-regions in particular, so this is probably no surprise. But it’s definitely something to keep in mind when creating content on your site.

Europe 91.40%
Oceania 4.20%
Latin America 3.70%
North America 0.50%
Other 0.30%

Most active regions on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Live vs Pre-Match Betting

You can either bet on a match pre-match or live. Pre-match are bets made before the match begins, usually predicting which team will come out on top. Bettors will consider how the teams performed against one another in past tournaments as well as how each team does on that particular map.

Live betting involves placing bets based on what you see during the match, giving you more insight into how the match is going. It wasn’t as popular as pre-match betting, but it was pretty even.

  • Live 47%
  • Pre-match 53%

Most Bet On Teams

Copenhagen had all of the teams you know and love, all fighting on the big stage on stream for a shot at the top spot. Still, some teams stood out for bettors more than others. This is usually due to their popularity and past performances, whether fans are rooting for a sure thing or are taking a risk with an underdog team that’s had a good season.

FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere were both dominant at Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that bettors paid them the most attention throughout the stages.

“It’s ironic that NAVI, who had a lower tournament rating than its direct competitors and didn’t have the most outstanding CS during the tournament, was able to take the prize home,” the Esports Trading Supervisor for Abios, Pavel Malinousky, said. “It was particularly disappointing to see Karrigan conclude the final map at his home arena with a score of one to 15.”

FaZe Clan 5.01%
Natus Vincere 4.68%
G2 Esports 3.38%
Eternal Fire 2.55%
Team Vitality 2.50%

Most bet-on teams on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Most Bet-On Players

Similar to teams, there were stand-out players at Copenhagen that bettors felt confident about. These are players with consistently incredible performances at recent tournaments, giving bettors a chance to bet on their KDA and other exciting stats and moments.

XANTARES (Eternal Fire) 0.32%
Aleksib (NAVI) 0.31%
w0nderful (NAVI) 0.30%
KSCERATO (FURIA Esports) 0.29%
huNter- (G2 Esports) 0.29%

Most bet-on players on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Most Bet-On Matches

Remember earlier when FaZe Clan was revealed as the most bet-on team? This explains why a bit further. Most of the matches on this list include FaZe Clan, a crowd-favourite team with top players and a hype following. Fans wanted FaZe to win throughout the playoffs and most definitely spent time watching the match with shifting eyes and teeth on their nails.

As expected, the Grand Final match had the most betting activity. Unfortunately for FaZe fans, the outcome didn’t go as desired.

FaZe Clan – Natus Vincere 6.94% Grand Final
Spirit – FaZe Clan 5.02% Quarterfinals
Natus Vincere – G2 Esports 4.91% Semifinals
MOUZ – G2 Esports 4.77% Quarterfinals
Team Vitality – FaZe Clan 4.01% Semifinals

Most bet-on matches on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Most Popular Bet Offers

Alright, so you’ve seen the most active regions and the most bet on teams and players. What do you do with that information? Well, here are the most popular bet offers that viewers took advantage of while visiting sportsbooks throughout the Copenhagen Major.

The most common bet was choosing a match winner, meaning picking the team they believed would beat the other. But another popular bet was total kills, with fans betting if a certain team or player would reach a specific kill count. This explains why many fans were keeping an eye on players like Aleksib and huNter-, who are known for clutch plays and racking up the headshots.

“As expected, there was a lot of interest from the fans and it grew stronger as the event went on,” Malinousky said. “I should also mention that viewers paid attention to and liked player prop markets in particular. A considerable number of bets were made on them. I would say that trading has not changed significantly because we, like eSports experts, did not notice any major changes in the game that could have influenced the outcome of an event. So, at this stage, the major tendencies were spotted well before the PGL Major began.”

Match Winner 63.50%
Total Kills 15.12%
Round Handicap 5.43%
Map Handicap 3.67%
Round Winner 1.92%

Most popular bet offers on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

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Profiles of Animesh Agarwal, Naman Mathur, Payal Dhare and Tirth Mehta

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  1. Animesh Agarwal aka 8Bit Thug, Founder & CEO of 8Bit Creatives and Co-Founder of S8UL

Mr Animesh Agarwal is the Founder, and CEO of 8Bit Creatives, India’s leading Esports consulting and talent management agency.  He is also the founder of S8UL, a hub of gaming content and Esports. S8UL is the parent org of IQOO SOUL, the leading Esports organization in India.

S8UL is the only Indian Esports organization to win at the global Esports Awards and has done so multiple times by securing the prestigious ‘Esports Content Creator of the Year’ recently. Having also won the inaugural ‘Global Impact on Mobile Gaming’ award at the MOBIES earlier this year, the organization has elevated the stature of Indian Esports worldwide. Moreover, team SOUL has also roped in iQOO as its exclusive title sponsor, marking the first time that an Esports organization in the country secured a high-profile title sponsorship with a mobile manufacturer that extends beyond individual tournaments.

Animesh dons several hats as an entrepreneur, an ex-pro gamer, a monster energy Esports athlete, a gaming & luxury lifestyle content creator, and a pioneer in the Indian Gaming Industry. He has a deep understanding of the industry and is dedicated to shaping the Esports and gaming industry in India. He has partnered with other industry front runners like Nodwin Gaming & LOCO to make substantial strides in advancing gaming & Esports in India.

His Company, 8Bit Creatives is equally making remarkable milestones in the business of content creation and brand collaborations around gaming and esports. With some of India’s top gaming talents in their line-up and backed with experience and exposure of collaborating and curating campaigns with 100+ top-notch brands like Netflix, Coca-cola, Reliance Digital, Mx Players, OnePlus, Realme Narzo, Flipkart, Airtel, and many others; 8Bit Creatives boasts of managing popular and renowned gaming content creators and influencers- Mortal, Scout, Mavi, Snax, Thug, Payal, Kaashvi, 8bit Goldy, 8bit Sid to name a few.

 

  1. Naman Mathur aka Mortal, Co-Founder of S8UL

Naman Mathur, popularly known as Mortal, is a prominent figure in the Indian Esports community and the Co-Founder and CMO of S8UL Esports. Known for his exceptional gaming skills and influential presence, Naman has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of Indian Esports. His achievements both as an Esports athlete and a gaming creator have earned him global recognition, cementing him as the face of Indian Esports.

Naman holds the distinction of being the only Indian Esports athlete nominated four times in the prestigious global Esports Awards. The 26-year-old clinched the runner-up in the ‘Esports Personality of the Year’ category in consecutive years in 2022 and 2023, following his previous nomination for the ‘Streamer of the Year’ category in 2020 and 2021 where he secured the second position on both occasions.

As an Esports athlete, the Mumbai-born gamer has won notable tournaments including the BMPS Season 1 (2022), PUBG: Mobile Club Open, and PUBG Mobile India Series (2019) while also representing India on the international stage. Acknowledged for his exceptional gaming content, Naman was honored with the ‘Best Gaming Influencer’ at the Impact Digital Influencer Awards last year.

With an impressive following of 7 million subscribers on YouTube and over 5.3 million followers on Instagram, Naman’s influence transcends his gaming prowess, as he has played a pivotal role in elevating the status of Indian Esports on a global scale.

 

  1. Payal Dhare aka PayalGaming, India’s leading female gamer who is part of 8Bit Creatives

Payal Dhare, hailing from the small city of Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, defied societal stereotypes from an early age and embarked on a journey as a gamer. It all began when her cousin brothers introduced her to the world of video games.

While Payal’s father provided unwavering support, her mother initially shared the concerns for her future. However, Payal’s determination and passion gradually changed her mother’s perspective. As a result, her mother now stands as a proud supporter of Payal’s achievements.

Payal commenced her career as a hardcore content creator. Although her first video on YouTube did not feature gameplay, it served as a significant starting point for her. Unlike aspiring lifestyle influencers, Payal’s primary focus was to connect with her audience through gaming. She aimed to have fun while playing games and involve more people in the process. Payal believed that competitiveness was not always necessary when engaging in video games.

By breaking stereotypes and pursuing her passion, Payal Dhare has become an inspiration for aspiring gamers, content creators, and individuals seeking to challenge societal norms. With over 3.1 million followers on Instagram and 3.69 million subscribers on YouTube, her journey exemplifies the importance of following one’s dreams, even in the face of adversity.

 

  1. Tirth Mehta, Bronze medal winner in Hearthstone at Asian Games 2018

Tirth Mehta, a 28-year-old lad from the sleepy town of Bhuj in Gujarat’s Kutch district won the bronze medal in Hearthstone — a popular online digital collectible card game — at the Esports demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games. Hearthstone, developed and published by American video game company, Blizzard Entertainment, has garnered huge interest among online gamers from across Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, besides India. The game is a combination of chess and poker, requiring players to have core skills in maths and probability.

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SIS to Deliver Round-the-Clock Competitive Gaming Product to Fairbet

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Maltese operator to add 24/7 sport simulation content to offering

Sports Information Services (SIS), the leading multi-content supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has announced a new integration of its Competitive Gaming product with Fairbet adding the comprehensive library to its retail estate via Playtech’s self-service betting terminals.

This deal will see SIS’ entire Competitive Gaming portfolio of more than 150,000 annual eBasketball and eSoccer events significantly boost engagement at Fairbet’s land-based properties with the product proven in increasing margin for operators.

Facilitated by Playtech’s technology, the launch of Competitive Gaming with the leading Maltese operator further underlines SIS’ reputation as a leading supplier of content. Fairbet’s retail venues have been entertaining audiences since 2004 through wide-ranging content and wagering options.

SIS Competitive Gaming’s H2H Global Gaming League matches are produced entirely in-house and is the only eSports product available on the market to have been awarded the Esports Integrity Commission’s (ESIC) Gold Standards, the highest possible accreditation for the safety of product in the esports betting industry.

In addition, the product includes various tools and features for bettors that maximise engagement and provides an immersive experience throughout.

“The partnership with Fairbet is the latest operator agreement as we strive to widen the reach of our Competitive Gaming portfolio, leveraging our recent platform deal with Playtech in doing so,” the UK and Europe Commercial Manager for SIS, Dave Richardson, said. “Fairbet has an impressive retail footprint in Malta and we are delighted to be adding this content to our racing content already enjoyed by Fairbet customers.”

“Fairbet has established a reputation as being the most popular leisure venues in Malta and Gozo and we are always looking at ways to enhance the array of wagering opportunities that we provide,” the Chief Executive Officer for Fairbet, Antoine Pace, said. “SIS’ Competitive Gaming is a proven product that offers wide appeal thanks to the nature of the content and we are excited to see it launched in our venues.”

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