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ESL One Birmingham powered by Intel®: Unstoppable Team Falcons Reign Supreme at Resorts World Arena

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ESL One Birmingham Powered by Intel® reached its peak tonight, with the unstoppable Team Falcons seizing the crown in a thrilling Grand Final clash at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham. Defeating fierce competitors, BetBoom Team, Team Falcons emerged victorious, etching their name in esports history.

Team Falcons had a near-flawless run to the trophy, finishing top of Group A without dropping a series. Despite a slight stumble against Tundra Esports in the Upper Bracket, they flew through the lower bracket, dispatching Team Liquid and OG, before getting their revenge on Tundra Esports in the Lower Bracket Final. With their incredible performance, Team Falcons took home $300,000, 6,400 of the all-valuable EPT Points and the coveted trophy.

With this win, Team Falcons have now secured their spot at Riyadh Masters at the Esports World Cup in summer 2024.

Europe’s biggest Dota 2 esports event in six years, ESL One captivated audiences worldwide and saw a peak viewership of over 327,000*, with over 18,000 fans from across the world attending Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on the final three days of the tournament.

Group Stage

Making a triumphant return to Birmingham for the first time since 2018, the tournament commenced on April 22 with the Group Stage, where 12 world’s best teams were split into two groups of six.

DreamLeague Season 22 champions Team Falcons went unbeaten and topped Group A, with BetBoom Team finishing a close second. Team Liquid and G2.iG eked through in third and fourth place, respectively, with Team Liquid also unbeaten.

In Group B, local UK hero Matthew ‘Ari’ Walker and his OG side finished at the top of the group, with fellow UK team Tundra Esports finishing a narrow second. Xtreme Gaming and HEROIC qualified for the Lower Bracket.

Playoffs

In the first matches of the Upper Bracket, UK representatives Tundra Esports took the win against Team Falcons to secure their spot in the Upper Bracket Final against BetBoom Team, who knocked OG to the Lower Bracket.

The first day at Resorts World Arena saw Team Liquid take on HEROIC in a tense matchup which saw HEROIC become the first team to be eliminated from the Playoffs. Later in the afternoon, G2xiG battled their way through a tough Xtreme Gaming opposition, with one of the longest series in the competition, clocking in at nearly three hours of thrilling gameplay. In the final matchup of the day, Team Liquid’s momentum from their earlier win was quashed by Team Falcons, who took the match 2-1.

Hometown hero Ari returned to the stage in the first match on Saturday, as OG took on G2.iG, with OG advancing to the Lower Bracket Semi-Final in the first 2-0 sweep of the Playoff stage. BetBoom Team were back in action to take on Tundra Esports, facing off for a spot in the Grand Final and crushed their opposition to emphatically secure their place. Tundra’s Lower Bracket final opponents were decided in the next match, where OG, despite battling bravely, fell to a 2-1 against a rampant Team Falcons.

In the Lower Bracket Final, it was Team Falcons who brushed Tundra Esports aside with a 2-0 sweep, setting the stage for a blockbuster finale against BetBoom Team.

Grand Final

With both teams making short work of their previous-round opposition, both BetBoom Team and Team Falcons won a spot in the Grand Final, eliminating some world-class organisations on the way. The last time these teams faced off was in the Group Stage where the match finished in a 1-1 draw, but at DreamLeague Season 22 earlier this year, Team Falcons took a clean 3-0 sweep over BetBoom Team, leaving them hungry for revenge.

After a rocky start in the first game, Team Falcons managed to rally quickly to dispel BetBoom Team’s chances of opening the scoring in the Grand Final. Team Falcons continued this form into the second game, where, despite some early setbacks, they managed to overpower BetBoom Team to increase their lead to 2-0.

Almost directly replicating the DreamLeague Season 22 Final, Team Falcons resumed their dominance into the third game, sweeping BetBoom Team away to continue their almost flawless start to 2024.

“We’re super happy with this win, we’ve been working so hard this year and it’s really showing with our performances” said Wu ‘Sneyking’ Jingjun from Team Falcons. “The fans were brilliant, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else we can achieve this year with this great team”.

“It was absolutely brilliant to be back in Birmingham, where our journey in British Dota began six years ago,” said Shane Clarke, Director Game Ecosystems for Dota 2. “The community here is one of the most loyal, passionate, and committed to the scene. It’s always great to witness the historic moments and feel the electric energy of the crowd cheering on their favourite teams and players – it’s an experience like no other. Birmingham holds a special place in our hearts, and we are grateful to be a part of the Dota 2 esports legacy once again.”

Qiddiya Cosplay Showcase

Amidst the intense battles, ESL One Birmingham embraced the creative spirit of the community with the Qiddiya Cosplay Showcase. Enthusiastic cosplayers from around the globe brought beloved Dota 2 characters to life, adding an extra layer of excitement and spectacle to the event.

Dota 2 fans from around the globe can look forward to more high-level action as the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 will soon continue with DreamLeague Season 23 taking place online on May 20 – 26.

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Oddin.gg fuels Dafabet with its esports odds feed and a variety of fast betting content including eCricket

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Oddin.gg is proud to announce its new partnership with Dafabet, a globally recognized platform and online betting powerhouse with global reach. Oddin.gg’s awarded odds feed has further improved the offer of one of the world’s biggest online bookmakers.

Dafabet stands out as one of the premier online betting platforms, boasting a vast, worldwide user base and a top-quality selection of offerings. With the integration of Oddin.gg’s comprehensive suite of esports products, Dafabet will enhance its esports betting experience for bettors by providing creative, esports-only markets and superior betting odds.

Leveraging Oddin.gg’s cutting-edge odds feed, known for its reliability, industry-leading uptime, and profitability, Dafabet will offer an enriched betting experience. The Dafa Sports betting site will also feature Oddin.gg’s fast betting content, including eFootball, eBasketball, and a unique eCricket.

Additionally, it will introduce a globally unique Counter Strike 2, 1 on 1 format and both male and female versions of a fast-paced table tennis betting product.

By incorporating Oddin.gg’s advanced technology, Dafabet will expand its esports markets, offering a broader range of options to its users regardless of their preferred platform: desktop, Android, iOS. This integration not only enriches Dafabet’s esports portfolio but also sets a new industry standard, combining Dafabet’s robust betting infrastructure with Oddin.gg’s expertise in esports betting.

James Barnfather, Head of Sports at Dafabet, comments: “With the esports industry skyrocketing, a trend we’ve already observed in our sportsbook, we recognized the need to supercharge our offerings to match market demand. Choosing Oddin.gg was an easy choice due to their unparalleled expertise and ideal product suite for our needs. This new alliance with Oddin.gg empowers us to intensify our commitment to esports betting globally. We have been eagerly anticipating the launch of these enhanced features for our players. On top of it, we see great potential in a 24/7 eCricket solution in line with growing appetite for cricket betting, yet lacking enough content such as football. The product is a perfect solution to fill the gaps. On the integration side, we have collaborated with various partners, and the feedback on Oddin’s integration has been overwhelmingly positive. Our team rates it as one of the best experiences, noting the prompt and precise responses.

Marek Suchar, Managing Director and Co-founder at Oddin.gg, explained why he is enthusiastic about the partnership: “We are really excited about this partnership with such a strong and well-known traditional brand. We admire the top expertise of Dafabet’s team combined with the massive community impact they have with their sponsorships. We feel honored to bring the most engaging esports betting experience to all Dafabet’s clients globally. Dafabet is also renowned for their commitment to responsible gaming and integrity which is in line with our long-term vision for the esports industry.”

 

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Play By The Rules: Esports Legal Forum Announced for ESI Lisbon 2024

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ESI Events is proud to announce the launch of “Play By The Rules,” a pioneering legal forum dedicated to the esports sector, taking place as part of ESI Lisbon from September 23rd to 25th, 2024.

In cooperation with international lawyers Leonid Shmatenko (Eversheds Sutherland) and Rodolphe Ruffié-Farrugia (Clifford Chance) as well as Esports Legal News, this inaugural event aims to set the standard for esports-focused legal conferences worldwide.

Event Overview

ESI Events and the co-organizers intend for “Play By The Rules” to provide an unparalleled platform for legal professionals (attorneys, inhouse-lawyers, academics, and students), industry stakeholders, and esports enthusiasts to delve into the complex legal landscape of the esports sector. With a focus on player contracts, intellectual property, governance and regulation, streaming rights, and more, the forum promises a rich agenda filled with topical, fresh, and insightful discussions.

Key Dates

  • September 24, 2024: Play By The Rules Conference (Concurrent with ESI Lisbon Day 1 and taking place at the same venue)
  • September 25, 2024: Exclusive access for PBTR speakers, sponsors, and VIP guests to ESI Lisbon Day 2 and the SBC Summit

Themes and Focus Areas

“Play By The Rules” will cover a broad spectrum of legal questions affecting the global esports industry, through stage talks, roundtable discussions and focussed group networking, with an emphasis on creating actionable takeaways for attendees. Key areas of discussion will include:

  • Player contracts and rights
  • Intellectual property challenges
  • Governance and regulatory frameworks
  • Streaming and broadcasting rights
  • Dispute resolution mechanisms

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend our evening social event, the ESI Film Festival at the MEO Arena with top quality food and beverage, gaining detailed insights into esports, gaming and intersecting industries as we shine a light on stories behind the screens.

ESI Lisbon 2024 Highlights

Running alongside the SBC Summit, which anticipates over 25,000 attendees, ESI Lisbon will feature:

  • Esports Leaders Summit
  • ESI Film Festival
  • ESI Hall of Fame
  • Checkpoint
  • The Clutch

Already confirmed attendees at ESI Lisbon include;

  • Formula One
  • Savvy Games
  • UNICEF
  • Samsung Ads
  • OverActive Media
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Radisson Hotel Group
  • Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One
  • Twitch
  • BLAST
  • ESL FACEIT Group
  • Chess.com
  • Electronic Arts
  • Ubisoft
  • City Football Group
  • Visit Raleigh
  • Team Liquid
  • Moonton
  • Visit Qatar
  • OG Esports
  • Wasserman
  • & many, many more

Sam Cooke, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Esports Insider said: “We are thrilled to launch ‘Play By The Rules’ in partnership with Leonid Shmatenko of Eversheds Sutherland and Rodolphe Ruffié-Farrugia of Clifford Chance as part of ESI Lisbon 2024. Our new esports legal forum represents a first and important step in addressing the complex legal challenges within the esports industry, providing a dedicated forum for discussion, innovation, and actionable solutions. By bringing together the brightest minds in esports law, we aim to set a new standard for legal excellence in this rapidly evolving sector.”

Leonid Shmatenko, Senior Associate at Eversheds Sutherland and Founder of Esports Legal News: “After an extensive search for a comparable event in the market, I found numerous conferences that addressed video games law but none that focused specifically on the unique legal challenges in esports. Esports is a rapidly growing field with its own set of legal considerations, and it is high time we had a dedicated platform to address these issues. I approached ESI with this concept and their enthusiasm and commitment to excellence made them the perfect partner. Together, we aim to set new standards in the esports law conference world, providing invaluable insights and fostering a deeper understanding of the legal landscape in esports.”

Rodolphe Ruffié-Farrugia, Counsel at Clifford Chance and co-founder of Esports Legal News: “For years now, esports has been a booming industry and we have witnessed the emergence of a wide variety of professional stakeholders, including the players themselves, their teams, the leagues, tournament organisers… Yet, the legal industry has not been as quick in adapting to the unique needs and high stakes at play in esports, no doubt because lawyers and gamers tend to evolve in different worlds. Knowing well these communities from within both personally and professionally, I have made it a mission years ago to build bridges between them. I feel very lucky to have found like-minded peers in Leonid and ESI to create this first-of-its-kind summit, a turning point in bringing esports and the law together.”

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of the unmissable B2B esports, games and creator economy event and industry festival at ESI Lisbon. Secure your spot now with early bird tickets (Secure 33% off until August 23rd!)

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OG Esports Partners with PARI

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OG Esports has partnered with esports betting brand PARI in a deal which aims to enhance the customer experience.

OG Esports, also known as OG, is a professional esports organisation based in Europe. The new collaboration has promised to bring exclusive content, exciting events, as well as unique opportunities.

Sujoy Roy, Head of Partnerships at OG Esports, said: “Partnering with PARI is an incredible opportunity. Their forward-thinking approach matches our vision of delivering unparalleled experiences to our fans. We’re excited to bring fresh and exciting opportunities to the esports scene.”

Sergey Glamazda, CEO of PARI Esports, said: “We are thrilled to partner with OG, the legendary international team and two-time winner of The International! OG consistently surprises and performs at a high level across all esports titles. It is a great honor to collaborate with an organization led by Ceb and N0tail!”

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