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Football is back: Man City are hot EPL favorites, but look to the Saudi Pro League for betting value



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  • Cloudbet data analysis identifies surprises in Saudi league title odds
  • Saudi Pro League bolstered over summer transfer season by top international talent


August 9, 2023 — Manchester City are the overwhelming favorites to win a fourth straight EPL title, but for value, analysis from leading crypto casino and sportsbook Cloudbet suggests football fans should look further afield – to Saudi Arabia.

Thanks to the influx of top names from the EPL and other European leagues, the Saudi Pro League has emerged as a competitive space for bettors, according to research by Cloudbet traders. The four teams recently bought by the state’s Public Investment Fund are all in with a chance of the title, according to the study, which looked at positive or negative changes from the transfers to team ratings.

Newly promoted Al Ahli have made the most impactful moves, with an expected addition of more than 2.5 goals per game, the most of any team in the league. Allan Saint-Maximin will add the equivalent of 0.65 of a goal per game, supported by strong contributions from fellow transfers Riyad Mahrez, Roberto Firmino and Franck Kessie, according to Cloudbet.

Even though they’re new to the top division, Cloudbet’s analysis has given Al Ahli Saudi the fourth-highest team rating in the league, belying the squad’s title odds (18.5/+1754). That’s not the only surprise: Cloudbet’s team ratings have current league third-favorites Al Hilal ahead of second favorites Al Nassr FC.


Saudi Pro League Team Rating Changes

Ranking Team 2022/23 rating* 2023/24 rating* Title odds
1. Al Ittihad 0.20 0.0 (top) 2.87 (+187)
2. Al Hilal 0.35 0.10 3.81 (+281)
3. Al Nassr 0.00 (top) 0.15 3.63 (+263)
4. Al Ahli 1.10 0.30 18.5 (+1754)
5. Al Ettifaq 1.20 1.65 18.5 (+1754)


Data analysis and odds courtesy of Cloudbet (current as of Aug. 9, 2023)

* Cloudbet’s team rating: The top team’s rank is denoted by 0.0 with the other team scores reflecting their goal per game handicap

“Taking last season’s team ratings as a starting point, we added on to each club the positive impact of this summer’s transfers,” a spokesperson from Cloudbet said. “The team ratings that we’ve devised do cast a different light on what the odds indicate. There’s plenty of value for the savvy bettor to unlock this season.”

Cloudbet’s ratings and odds do agree on the main title contender: Last year’s champion, Al Ittihad from Jeddah. This summer, Al Ittihad added Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Fabinho, who are expected to add 1.7 goals per game to a squad that already boasts Abderrazak Hamdallah, the Golden Boot winner in three of the last five years.

“We decided that the addition of Karim Benzema was the single most impactful transfer of the summer,” the Cloudbet spokesperson said. “One thing to be taken into consideration, though, is whether this will destabilize a settled, winning team.”


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Last year’s runners up Al Nassr have made good signings in Marcelo Brozovic and Sadio Mane (0.8 goal per game, between the pair), but a lot will depend on whether Cristiano Ronaldo has regained his fitness over the summer. The Portuguese star looked out of shape and decidedly off pace towards the end of last season.

Al Hilal may see an increase in yellow cards as a result of Ruben Neves and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic joining, but their midfield can now hold its own against almost any club in world football. Neves, Milinikovic-Savic, and Malcom are worth a 1.4 goal uplift to the team, according to Cloudbet research. With Odion Ighalo bolstering the supply lines up front, the club should run close to last year’s winners.

“We expect to see Saudi Arabia’s famous old rivalry between its two most-storied clubs, Riyadh’s Al Hilal and Jeddah’s Al Ittihad, play out once again,” the Cloudet spokesperson said.

Al Ahli is the fourth team to benefit from the Saudi Public Investment Fund millions. The addition of Mahrez, Saint-Maximin, Firmino, and Kessie plus Edouard Mendy in goal, and Matthias Jaissle as coach, has bolstered their team by close to 3 extra goals.

Looking at the rest of the field – Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq FC may struggle beyond mid table. They were defensively weak last season and now need to face sides with the likes of Benzema, Firmino, Jota, and Saint-Maximin up top.

In fact, odds on the non PIF teams have lengthened versus those teams, so while there’s definitely value in the betting, it does look like a four-way contest.

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TapNation and Immutable Partner to Onboard Millions into the Web3 Gaming Ecosystem



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TapNation and Immutable have teamed up to build an inclusive and diverse Web3 gaming future.

Leading French mobile gaming publishing company TapNation has partnered with Immutable — the preferred developer platform for building & scaling web3 games on Ethereum.

TapNation’s strategic alliance with Immutable will see the French publisher leverage Immutable’s scaling solution for games that offers EVM compatibility, low cost, massive scale, and Ethereum security, while also transitioning TapNation’s sizable player base into the Web3 era.

“We are thrilled to start this new partnership with Immutable, one of the major players from the Web3 ecosystem,” says Philippe Lenormand, Head of Web3 at TapNation. “We’re sure that together we’ll drive our Web2 players into Web3 and take them on an incredible new journey.”

This will partly be achieved through the creation of more intuitive blockchain experiences and a user-friendly onboarding experience.

TapNation will start by enhancing the user experience with mechanics on two of its most popular published mobile games: Giant Rush (iOS & Android) and Parking Jam (iOS & Android).

With over 200 million downloads, Giant Rush is a hyper casual runner game in which players take on the role of a heroic adventurer tasked with defeating massive giants and collecting valuable treasures.

Meanwhile, unique puzzle game Parking Jam has over 15 million downloads and sees players take on the mantle of a traffic controller by manoeuvring cars around a crowded lot.

The partnership between TapNation and Immutable is currently in production, with a release scheduled in a couple of months.


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Imagine Live Launches New Adventurous Game Show – Robin The Fair



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Imagine Live is excited to announce the launch of its newest game show, “Robin The Fair.” This simple yet adventurous show is set to captivate players with its unique and exciting concept inspired by the legendary Robin Hood.


Press Release

“Robin The Fair” takes contestants on an adventurous journey where the players should make a choice. Players participate in a card-based game where they are presented with seven rows; with two cards in each row. The game’s main objective is for players to guess a higher card from each row.

Imagine Live announced during ICE London 2024 that the best part about this game show is the unique game logic that engages the players to move forward through the game, reach higher rows, and get the most out of this adventurous game.


Key Features of “Robin The Fair”

The Robin Hood Concept: – The game operates from a themed studio. Set decorations and thematic elements create a visually captivating environment that evokes the charm and magic of Robin Hood’s legend.

Up to x5000 Multipliers: – A distinctive feature of the game is the Bonus Multiplier, which amplifies the win amount substantially. This adds an element of excitement as players aim for higher rewards.

Comfortable and Intuitive Interface: – The game’s interface is designed to be easy for both partners and players. The interface allows them to navigate effortlessly through the game. Imagine Live is confident that “Robin The Fair” will become a players’ favorite, offering a fresh and engaging perspective on the game show genre.


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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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