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Vitality Wins the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023

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Team Vitality, the leading esports club in France and Europe, has won the very first Paris Major in its history. In the ten years since its founding, the number 1 ranked club in the HLTV world ranking signs its first major title on the CS:GO shooting game. A flawless journey for the team which left its mark on the game’s final tournament, before moving to the highly anticipated CS2 this summer.

Team Vitality saw a prominent start to the tournament by qualifying directly for the Legends stage of the BLAST.tv Paris Major championship. The team then secured its spot in the quarterfinals following a stellar performance with three resounding victories against G2, ENCE, and Monte. The team, made up of Frenchmen Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut and Captain Dan ‘apEX’ Madesclaire, Danes Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Emil ‘magisk’ Reif, and Israeli Lotan ‘Spinx’ Giladi, gave an incredible performance, building off the momentum of their IEM Rio victory in April.

Once qualified for the playoffs, Team Vitality maintained their rock-solid mentality to guarantee an incredible show for their fans. The bee team, which has never reached the semi-finals of a major CS:GO tournament before, found the support of hundreds of Golden Hornets fans and 60,000 spectators present during the 4 day tournament at the Accor Arena. After their victories against Into the Breach and Apekz in the playoffs, Team Vitality made history after an incredible victory against GamerLegion in the Grand Final, with ZywOo crowned MVP of the Major.

“I am filled with pride, for the whole team, our fans, our families, the staff, and our partners. The team gave a stellar performance that will stay with us for a very long time. For us, this is the result of opening the roster to international talent, who bring their own unique talents to the team. It is also the reward for assembling a tailor-made team to nurture the growth of our French talent, ZywOo, who makes us proud worldwide. This trophy shows that after 10 years of existence, we continue to write the history of French esports in the world,” said Fabien ‘Neo’ Devide, President and co-founder of Team Vitality.

“We are living an incredible moment of happiness. We have been dreaming of lifting this trophy for years and this team has done it. It’s all the more moving because we are at home, in front of all the people we care about. We will never forget it. It’s the culmination of 10 years of work to make Team Vitality the club it is today: strong, ambitious, with lots of plans to keep the scene growing. We’ve just accomplished a dream: to leave our mark on the history of CS:GO by closing the end of this mythical game, and to obtain the greatest victory of the French esport. But more than ever, believe me, we are already looking to the future,” said Nicolas Maurer, CEO and co-founder of Team Vitality.

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Abios scales up esoccer offering through new data deal with Betinvest

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Through a new data partnership with Betinvest, Kambi subsidiary Abios gets access to an additional 4,650 matches of esoccer from the tournaments CyberLive!Arena (CLA) and Esport Pro Club (EPC). This allows Abios to power its partners with fast and engaging betting experiences, perfect for sportsbooks looking to capitalise on the combination of digital esports and analogue sports.

Last year, Abios released its esoccer offering featuring an odds feed, widgets and accompanying streams, creating an all-in-one betting experience. It proved to be a popular product for sportsbooks looking to increase live content after big events or during season downtime.

To increase coverage, create a more consistent offering and enable larger customer differentiation, Abios has partnered with sportsbook solutions provider Betinvest. Through the deal, Abios gets access to over 4,650 monthly events across CyberLive!Arena (CLA) and Esport Pro Club (EPC) tournaments.

This allows Abios to price and provide data and streams for an increased number of events, making sure there is live content available in the sportsbook, even during breaks in the seasonal football season.

The events are played in EA Sports’ FC game, formerly known as FIFA, which allows two players to control teams of players on a high-tech, simulated football field. In its simplicity and likeness to football, the game and its esports segment cater to fans of both football and esports, making it a bridge connecting both worlds.

Dariia Petrus, Business Development Team Lead at Betinvest, says: “Looking forward, our partnership is poised for significant growth and innovation. We’ve established a solid base for collaboration, opening up a range of exciting opportunities for us to explore together. The synergy of our shared expertise and efforts sets this venture apart, making it a noteworthy endeavor. This collaboration goes beyond achieving shared goals; it’s about the enriching experiences and mutual growth we’ll achieve along the way. We’re genuinely excited about what lies ahead and eagerly anticipate the start of our joint efforts.”

Oskar Bonnevier Fröberg, Managing Director and Founder of Abios, comments: Abios has recently taken significant strides to facilitate our esoccer product reaching new heights. With proprietary modelling, access to best-in-class data sources and a team of esports experts, we’ve been able to build a reliable odds feed coupled with exciting bet offers.

To help us provide 24/7 content to partners across the globe, we’re thrilled to have Betinvest onboard. With the content they provide, we can ensure even higher flexibility and availability for our partners, ultimately leading to more differentiated and optimised sports betting offerings.”

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Esports World Cup Reveals First Five Game Titles for Summer 2024

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Esports World Cup (EWC) Foundation this week revealed the first five games that will be part of the inaugural Esports World Cup this summer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The addition of Honor of Kings, Counter-Strike 2, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, StarCraft II to the Summer 2024 program underscores the EWC’s mission of bringing together diverse game communities for a truly global event.

“With a mix of storied PC games and some of the biggest mobile esports titles in the world, Esports World Cup captures the past, present, and future of esports,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO, Esports World Cup Foundation. “StarCraft II, Dota 2, Counter-Strike 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Honor of Kings are all outstanding titles for the Esports World Cup. From the games that foundationally defined this industry, to the premier mobile titles beloved by a new wave of gamers, we are building the World Cup to connect with and elevate clubs, players, fans, and the entire esports community.”

The first set of titles features three games with rich histories central to the global popularization of esports. Franchises like StarCraft built standout esports ecosystems during the early days of the industry, and titles such as Dota have consistently shattered viewership and prize pool records throughout decades of competitive play. Counter-Strike 2 represents a new era for a storied esports title, which remains one of the most popular esports in the world 25 years later.

Mobile games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang lay the foundation for a new frontier of esports – one that leans on the accessibility of the platform and opportunities to host top-tier competition anywhere a 5G signal is available. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is among the most-watched esports in the world by peak viewership, and presents an opportunity to engage an underserved, yet large and diverse, segment of esports fans.

Honor of Kings, the most-played mobile MOBA, is the latest title confirmed for inclusion in the Esports World Cup. Honor of Kings has announced a $15 million commitment to build the game’s international esports ecosystem. In 2024, its esports circuit will feature more tournaments than ever, with over 1000 events across global markets to support the game’s full international launch later this year.

Esports World Cup aims to bring this mix of platforms, genres, and fans together for the largest-ever celebration of gaming as a global sport. Alongside initiatives such as EWC Foundation’s Club Program, announced earlier this month, the tournament will help foster cross-game competition, connecting the audience to their favorite titles and new opportunities for fandom, and facilitating world-class tournaments in dozens of titles.

Participating publishers and games were introduced on social media through related videos that captured not only their unique IP, but the regions that have been integral to their esports history. The campaign highlights the rise of esports as a global sport and the convergence of these regions and their favorite games at the Esports World Cup in summer 2024. The full list of reveals and the cities featured in their CGI reveals to date includes:

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (Shanghai, China)
Dota 2 (Seattle, Washington, USA)
StarCraft II (Seoul, South Korea)
Counter-Strike 2 (Cologne, Germany)
Honor of Kings (Shenzhen, China)
Additional titles will be announced soon.

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DATA.BET unleashed the power of esports at ICE London 2024

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  • About 63% of esports representatives at the exhibition visited ICE Esports Arena, sponsored by the company

DATA.BET, a leading provider of esports solutions, successfully participated in ICE London 2024, the largest iGaming exhibition, focusing on demonstrating esports potential for betting operators and software providers. This year, all attendees not only discovered recent DATA.BET’s product releases and updates, but also had fun at the sim-racing F1-themed ICE Esports Arena, sponsored by the company.

The arena became a dynamic platform for about 1,500 esports enthusiasts and industry professionals to network and compete in different activities. On each exhibition day, everyone was able to test their racing skills and participate in exciting challenges, such as Pit Stop, VR and Sim-racing and Pro Head-to-Head. During three days, 47 participants managed to get to the finale of the daily tournament, Beat the pro, fighting against professional sim-racers. All finalists of this challenge received branded gifts, and three of them became champions with drones as the main reward.

But not only challenges and prizes ensured a thrilling show for everybody. The DATA.BET’s trading team used the tournament’s live-generated content to produce odds line, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to watch the esports betting creation process.

The esports data provider also became a headliner of the Esports Betting Conference held on February 8 within the ICE VOX. Together with other industry experts, Alex Kozachenko, Chief Product Officer of DATA.BET, explored the significance of delivering reliable data and shared valuable insights in a panel discussion, ‘Stepping Out of Data Beta’.

Alex emphasized, “We were delighted to offer ICE visitors a memorable experience, collaborating with the exhibition organizers. The strategic participation at major iGaming events like ICE is integral for reshaping the esports landscape and reinforcing the DATA.BET’s commitment to unlocking the full potential of esports for operators and software providers. We are not just observing industry trends but actively contributing to the evolution and optimization of esports for the broader audience.”

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