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India’s First-Ever Franchise-Based eSports League, Skyesports Masters, Announced with a Whopping Prize Pool of INR 2 Crore

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Organized by Jet Skyesports, the Skyesports Masters will be India’s biggest gaming tournament featuring eight franchised teams

Setting a new benchmark in the Indian eSports industry, Jet Skyesports, the leading eSports tournament organizer in South Asia has unveiled its latest IP; the Skyesports Masters which is not only the country’s first-ever franchise-based eSports league but also the biggest gaming tournament to date in India with a whopping INR 2 crore prize pool.

The groundbreaking league will feature a total of eight franchise teams comprising the biggest national as well as international names in CS:GO and will happen as an on-ground event (LAN) with a live audience in Mumbai, India.

By leveraging its position in the market to unlock revenue streams for all eight franchised teams in the Skyesports Masters with sponsorships, merchandise sales and media rights deals, Jet Skyesports will act as an enabler for the creation of a sustainable ecosystem for Counter-Strike in the years to come.

Sharing his thoughts on the creation of the Skyesports Masters and its vision, the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Skyesports, Shiva Nandy, said: “The Skyesports Masters is set to redefine and raise the bar for eSports in India. With our franchised system, we have found eight fantastic partners to be a part of the inaugural season of the league. Our goal for the league is not to just create one of the grandest tournaments for audiences to enjoy but also to build a viable ecosystem for eSports organizations while unlocking many revenue streams for them. This is the need of the hour for the Indian eSports industry as a lot of organizations are reeling under huge losses and we hope Skyesports Masters can be the much-needed game changes for the industry.”

The Skyesports Masters league will kick off with the cafe qualifiers followed by the main event in Mumbai. Here, the eight franchise teams will battle it out in front of a live audience to choose the ultimate Skyesports Masters.

In order to provide the emerging and highly talented gamers of the country a platform to showcase their talent, Jet Skyesports has tied up with local gaming cafés across 20 different cities such as Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and several others to scout for the best CS:GO players during the qualifiers. The Skyesports Masters will provide franchise teams with an option to add the best of the scouted players from the qualifiers to their star-studded rosters.

Commenting on the unique format, the Gaming Division Chief Executive Officer at JetSynthesys, Anuj Tandon, added: “Over the years, Skyesports has hosted various tournaments in association with some of the popular games. Counter-Strike has been at the heart of India’s gaming café culture for decades and Skyesports’ association with CS:GO will usher in a revival of the game ahead of the release of Counter-Strike 2. It’s a significant milestone for us as we gear up to bring forth Skyesports’ first-ever franchised eSports league that will see a lot of talent emerge and contribute to the growth of the Indian eSports industry at the grassroots level.”

In spite of being a traditional eSports title, CS:GO is still a prominent part of the eSports ecosystem with more than 36 million players playing the game in March of this year.

The schedule for the qualifiers, exact venue and ticketing information will be announced soon on Skyesports’ Instagram, Twitter and Facebook handles. Fans who won’t be able to attend the event live can tune into the electrifying action of the league live on the official Skyesports YouTube channel in multiple languages.

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INTRALOT signs a new seven-year agreement with Magnum Corporation in Malaysia

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INTRALOT is pleased to announce the signing of a new agreement with Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, a leading gaming company in Malaysia. This agreement follows the successful outcome of an international call for tenders issued by Magnum Corporation in 2022. The term of the new agreement is for seven (7) years, with an option for two extensions of five (5) years each, thereby providing the opportunity for another seventeen (17) years of strategic and productive collaboration with Magnum Corporation.

INTRALOT will help enhance Magnum Corporation’s current retail offering through a seamless transition to its modern LotosX Omni ecosystem. Comprising of LotosX Central Gaming System, PlayerX Player Account Management System, RetailerX Retailer Management System, DMS Device Management System, PhotonX Gaming Terminals, Canvas Content Management System, and Orchestrator, LotosX Omni will enable Magnum Corporation to implement a comprehensive omnichannel strategy to seamlessly engage their customers across both traditional and digital channels, promising to enhance customer experience and improve productivity.

The CEO of Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, commented: “Magnum Corporation is proud to continue this partnership with INTRALOT, a steadfast ally in helping us grow our business, and to innovate the gaming experience for our customers. With our industry expertise and INTRALOT’s cutting-edge technology, we are crafting a future of innovation together, creating a more immersive gaming experience with enhanced levels of personalization and security, both in our retail and digital spaces.”

Mr. Marios Mitromaras, CEO of INTRALOT Australia, stated: “We are very pleased to keep working with Magnum Corporation. Our continued collaboration is a partnership built on trust, understanding and a shared commitment in elevating gaming excellence for their customers. INTRALOT has an established presence in the country since 2006, helping Magnum Corporation grow its business and create value for the local community. We look forward to deploying our cutting-edge technology and high-quality operating services as Magnum Corporation continues to push boundaries and take steps to modernize their player experience.”

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Resorts World Genting Shuts Two of its Three Casinos for Upgrades

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Genting Bhd’s Resorts World Genting has temporarily closed two of its three casinos.

The announcement was posted on the company’s website that Genting Casino 1 (Circus Palace) and Genting Casino 2 (Hollywood) are now closed, effective from February 28, 2024 until further notice for upgrades.

“In our ongoing effort to improve our operational efficiency and enhance the gaming and entertainment experience for our guests, we continuously upgrade our facilities. This will involve temporarily closing certain sections of our casino to facilitate the improvements,” reads the message on its website.

“Our gaming operations continue to operate as usual.”

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SOFTSWISS Sportsbook Wins Innovative E-sports Product at SPiCE South Asia 2024

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SOFTSWISS, a global tech expert with over 15 years of experience in iGaming, announces the triumph of its Sportsbook at the SPiCE South Asia Eventus Awards 2024. The solution clinched the Innovative E-sports Product of the Year title. 

The SPiCE South Asia Eventus Awards brought together industry leaders to celebrate excellence and innovation within the gaming landscape in India and Sri Lanka. This year, the event focused on regulatory updates, regional gaming trends, and best practices. The Innovative E-sports Product of the Year award honours the most innovative product that has significantly impacted the esports community.

This accolade solidifies the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook position as a reliable sports betting software platform with a gamification focus, which can be seamlessly integrated with any existing casino platform on the market. It celebrates the product’s unique and innovative features that enhance the overall esports experience for players, fans, and industry professionals.

Last year, the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook team observed a significant rise in esports. This category became one of the top four most favoured sports by Bet Count, with Counter-Strike leading the pack.

The  award is a prominent edition to the product success story, including its recent achievements:

  • Obtaining the GLI-33 certificate and MGA licence
  • Partnership with the Sportradar Integrity Exchange for real-time monitoring and detection of suspicious betting behaviour
  • Integration with the Game Aggregator and the Jackpot Aggregator via a single API for more gamification and jackpot opportunities
  • Improvement of iFrame Authentication and Deposit Forms for third-party clients.

Alexander Kamenetskyi, Head of SOFTSWISS Sportsbook, expresses his delight: “We are incredibly proud to achieve the ‘Innovative Esports Product of the Year’ title. This recognition reflects the tireless efforts and dedication of the entire team, who strive to understand player needs, develop our product, and deploy creative approaches in our solutions to keep pace with the dynamic world of iGaming and esports in particular. I want to extend our gratitude to our reliable partner, Oddin.gg, for their invaluable collaboration, which played a significant role in this achievement. This award is a powerful motivator for us to continue pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional experiences for players worldwide.”

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

 

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