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DreamHack Winter 2023 Opens in Jönköping

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Dreamhack Winter 2023, presented by ESL FACEIT Group and partner Elgiganten, opened its doors at the Elmia Congress Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Taking place from today until November 26 (LAN November 23-26), 2023, DreamHack Winter is an immersive gaming lifestyle festival offering attendees an extraordinary experience where the gaming community comes to life.

Highlights from day one include the stunning opening ceremony welcoming attendees from across the globe to DreamHack Winter, bass-blasting live music acts, and nail-biting first tournaments across esports championships such as the Brawl Stars World Finals and ESL R1, as well as meet-and-greets, tabletop gaming, cosplaying, and much more.

DreamHack Opening Ceremony
Attendees for day one were treated to an eye-watering introduction to Jönköping, as a spectacular light show lit up the halls of DreamHack Winter.

The World Famous LAN Party Kicks Off
DreamHack veterans and newcomers set up their spaces ready to take part in the iconic LAN event, which will see attendees set up their computer (or console) for a weekend of non-stop gaming. Guests also have the opportunity to jump into the Fortnite Battle Royale Duos LAN tournament, which is set to run across all three days, with a $10,000 prize pool up for grabs.

Turn Up The Volume With Live Musical Acts
The first day of DreamHack Winter concluded with four stellar musical performances on the live stage, as guests soaked up the atmosphere and danced the night away. Opening with a jaw-dropping performance from Tiktok star Bell, the fun continued with electrifying LBSB and WastedPenguinz, and Frontliner wrapping up the first night of DreamHack Winter with his intense basslines.

ESL Challenger Begin With A Series Of Nail-Biting Matches
Eight of the world’s best Counter-Strike teams delivered their best performance during the first day of DreamHack Winter, with their eyes on a share of the $100,000 prize pool and qualification for the next EPT event: ESL Pro League Season 19. Monte and MIBR proceed to the semi finals, with 3DMAX the first to be eliminated.

Group A
1 Monte 2-0 26-13 13
2 Nouns Esports 1-1 21-24 -3
3 Eternal Fire 0-1 11-13 -2
3 TYLOO 0-1 5-13 -8
Group B
1 MIBR 2-0 38-31 7
2 GamerLegion 1-1 39-46 -7
2 Virtus.pro 1-1 35-34 1
4 3DMAX 0-2 42-43 -1

An Epic Clash Reigned Over The Brawl Stars World Finals
Day one of DreamHack Winter marked the introduction of the Brawl Stars World Finals, which saw Group Stage Part One commence. Attendees witnessed incredible performances from Reply Totem and Navi, as teams battled it out in the hopes of taking away a piece of the eye-watering $750,000 prize pool.

ESL R1 Fall Major Accelerates Off The Start Line
The top 24 drivers from the ESL R1 season took to the track, competing against one another in a series of nail-biting races before the final 12 drivers were selected to attend tomorrow for the final day of the Fall Major. All drivers showcased phenomenal performances, with Sebastian “Sebi” Job from G2 at the top of the leaderboard, securing a spot in the finals alongside the other top 10 drivers from the day.

 

Creator Hub Highlights
The Creator Hub returns to DreamHack Winter with all-new ways for fans to interact with their favourite stars. This year, the area will be home to numerous fun activities, each involving the audience and creators alike. Whether it be playing Red Light, Green Light with MatildaLindroth, LativeGamer & TuggoTacco, or Dodgeball with Nicoleboojie & RelicKris – you won’t be strapped for games and interactions to jump into. Here are just some of the creators attending DreamHack Winter:

  • Elajjaz
  • Kandyland
  • AnnieFuchsia
  • NymN
  • MissMikkaa

Exciting Events Still To Come At DreamHack Winter…
The fun continues across the weekend at DreamHack Winter, with a plethora of activities for attendees to dive into. Visitors can expect a catwalk competition at the DreamHack Cosplay Championship on Saturday, the chance to meet even more content creators such as f0rest, a reprieve from the show floor in the iconic Retro Arcade Area or Tabletop Arena, and much more.

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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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