The much-anticipated Super Six LAN phase of The Draft is scheduled to commence its thrilling four-day run on February 8, 2024
Blast and NODWIN Gaming reveal an iconic Counter-Strike legends roster that will mentor and lead the six qualified teams
True Rippers Esports, Marcos Gaming and Gods Reign to represent India while Pak Boyz, Team Wah Wah and Com Mid to represent Pakistan at the Super Six LAN phase of The Draft
Blast and NODWIN Gaming proudly welcome popular energy drink manufacturer Red Bull as the official energy drink partner for The Draft
South Asia’s leading gaming and eSports media company, NODWIN Gaming, in partnership with global eSports entertainment company, Blast, is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated Super Six LAN phase of The Draft. Set to kick off from February 8 to February 11 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this ground-breaking eSports extravaganza aims to propel Indian and Pakistani Counter-Strike teams onto the global eSports stage, offering a remarkable USD$50,000 prize pool alongside the opportunity to compete alongside revered Counter-Strike icons.
Putting an end to all speculation and fueling the excitement surrounding the event, NODWIN Gaming and Blast have officially unveiled the much-anticipated lineup of seasoned Counter-Strike legends for The Draft’s Super Six LAN phase. Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg, Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovacs, Richard ‘shox’ Papillon, Olof ‘olofmeister’ Gustafsson, Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund and Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub compose this formidable legends roster, boasting an impressive tally of six majors among them. Tasked with mentoring and guiding the subcontinental Counter-Strike teams, these veterans of the game are set to lead them to global success.
NODWIN Gaming and Blast have also announced world-renowned energy drink manufacturer Red Bull, a name synonymous with the global eSports circuit, as the official energy drink partner for The Draft.
“We’re thrilled to kick off the Super Six LAN phase of The Draft,” the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for NODWIN Gaming, Gautam Virk, said. “After weeks of intense Counter-Strike action, the top three teams from India and Pakistan are ready to battle it out for the title of the inaugural champions of The Draft. We feel this to be a momentous occasion for the region’s eSports ecosystem. The opportunity to showcase the subcontinent’s best Counter-Strike talents in front of a global audience while playing against and alongside some of the legends of the game is truly an incredible opportunity. We cannot wait to present the Super Six LAN phase of The Draft to our community.”
“The Super Six is finally upon us after a few weeks of intense Counter-Strike action from India and Pakistan’s very best teams,” the Brand Director for Blast, Faye Marlborough, said. “These successful teams will now get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete with one of our six Counter-Strike legends in Kuala Lumpur in a LAN setting with the world watching on. We have been delighted with the level of interest, viewership and entertainment that has been on show so far and are excited to see what this global stage can do for the South Asian eSports and gaming region.”
Speaking on representing the region for The Draft, Counter-Strike legend Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub said: “The Indian eSports scene is really important for the Counter-Strike ecosystem due to the number of people who are engaged in it and we must ensure they get the recognition they deserve. I’m really happy to represent the region and enable the Counter-Strike scene. It’s really exciting to meet the Asian Counter-Strike community in general and I am really happy to represent an Indian organization as it’s a huge part of Counter-Strike and deserves recognition. I would gladly travel all over Asia to meet more passionate members of our Counter-Strike community.”
True Rippers Esports, Marcos Gaming and Gods Reign have emerged as the three teams who will represent India while Pak Boyz, Team Wah Wah and Com Mid will carry the Pakistani flag at the Super Six LAN phase of The Draft. The teams have shown exceptional skill in their respective group-stage battles and have earned their spots among the top contenders to lay claim to the title.
The Super Six LAN phase of The Draft promises a riveting Counter-Strike eSports spectacle with six of the best Counter-Strike teams from India and Pakistan engaging in fierce competition over four action-packed days. Contending not only for the substantial prize pool of USD$50,000 but the opportunity to etch their names in history as the inaugural champions of The Draft.
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Gods Reign Announces Groundbreaking Partnership with LG Electronics
Gods Reign, a premier esports organization headquartered in Bangalore and renowned for its top-tier teams and influential content creators, has announced a monumental partnership with LG Electronics. As part of this collaboration, LG UltraGear™, the industry leader in gaming monitors, will serve as the exclusive display partner for Gods Reign’s Counter-Strike 2 lineup, ushering in a new era of immersive gaming experiences.
Commenting on the exciting partnership, Rohith KR, CEO, Gods Reign, said, “We are thrilled to partner with LG UltraGear™ as our display partners for the next year. Gods Reign believes in elevating esports talent across a variety of different games, and with the rise of Counter Strike 2, we entered the game with confidence, and have managed to find a brand that is aligned with our vision to grow esports in India through investment across a variety of games. Furthermore, we have built a popular content creator lineup, which we will be leveraging to bring more eyeballs towards LG UltraGear’s state-of-the-art gaming monitors. This partnership is a testament to our commitment to growing the esports landscape and the fanbase that Gods Reign has built through our performances in esports tournaments.”
LG UltraGear™ will be the exclusive display partner for Gods Reign’s Counter-Strike 2 esports lineup, which stands as one of the nation’s most formidable teams. The team has bagged prestigious titles like the $240,000 Skyesports Masters 2023, the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: SEA Open Qualifier, and the recently concluded Dust2.in Masters #7 alongside victories against international opponents in the Skyesports Souvenir.
Notably, LG UltraGear™ will also forge connections with Gods Reign’s esteemed content creators, including Red Parasite, Thor Gaming, HarshdeepSinghYT, AJ Jelly Gaming, Miss Senorita, and Siddha Gaming. With a combined social media reach exceeding 6 million, these influencers represent a direct link between LG UltraGear™ and the vibrant gaming community, facilitating meaningful engagement and brand resonance.
LG UltraGear™ will receive strategic placement in the jersey of Gods Reign’s Counter-Strike 2 lineup. Additionally, the organization will be closely collaborating with the brand for digital and on-ground events, show matches with influences, and social media promotions.
Gods Reign’s Counter-Strike 2 squad is primed for further success in the upcoming 2024 Skyesports Counter-Strike 2 Roadmap, boasting a staggering $1 million prize pool across six global events.
SOFTSWISS Sportsbook Wins Innovative E-sports Product at SPiCE South Asia 2024
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.”
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.
Team Liquid, Ninjas In Pyjamas, ENCE, and BIG join $350,000 Skyesports Masters 2024 in India
Skyesports, the premier esports tournament organizer based in India catering to gamers across Asia, has officially announced the initial lineup of invited Counter-Strike 2 teams set to compete in the highly anticipated Skyesports Masters 2024, as the company eyes global expansion. Scheduled to unfold offline in India from April 8 to 14, this thrilling event promises a week-long spectacle of intense Counter-Strike action, as eight formidable teams lock horns to become the ultimate masters and for a share of the staggering $350,000 prize pool.
Among the distinguished participants revealed in this first wave of invitations are some of the most renowned names in Counter-Strike esports:
Ninjas In Pyjamas
Team Liquid and Ninjas In Pyjamas are two of the most notable names in Counter-Strike esports, with the latter being a Major winning organization. Furthermore, ENCE is a world-famous team from Poland, headlined by the 4-time Major winning player, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander. Last but not the least, Germany’s BIG will also be competing in the Skyesports Masters with a stellar lineup.
The four teams will be joined by two more invited teams and the champion of the Europe Qualifiers. Finally, the champion of the India Qualifier will also compete in the Skyesports Masters 2024, providing the home fans with a local team to rally behind. The details for the Europe and India Qualifiers will be revealed at a later date. With the final eight teams, fans are set to be treated with intense Counter-Strike esports action as the world’s best lock horns for the title. Stay tuned to Skyesports’ Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook handles for more information.
With notable teams participating, a $350,000 prize pool, and a seven-day LAN event, the Skyesports Masters is set to feature nail-biting Counter-Strike esports action for fans. The eight teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket to determine the champion.
The Skyesports Masters is a part of Skyesports’ 2024 roadmap for Counter-Strike 2, which includes a total prize pool of $1 million across six international tournaments, as Skyesports solidifies its presence in the global esports roadmap for the FPS. The first of these is the Skyesports Grand Slam 2024, set to take place in Pune, India from March 14 to 16 with four teams – one from India, one from Australia, and two invited international teams – locking horns for a chunk of the $50,000 prize pool.
Besides the Skyesports Grand Slam and the Skyesports Masters, Skyesports will be bringing the Championship 6.0, Skyesports Souvenir Colombo, Skyesports Global Tour in Thailand, and the India vs Pakistan Series in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Skyesports Masters was launched in 2023 with an impressive $240,000 prize pool. In its first year, eight esports organizations competed across a month-long regular season leading into the Playoffs in Bangalore, India for the title. Now, the premium IP is being expanded in 2024 with a bigger prize pool and international teams.
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