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UltraPlay after London Event: Esports betting hype intensifies

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UltraPlay has recently reported increased interest towards the eSports betting market based on its deep-dive analysis and ICE London performance earlier this month. As one of the pioneers in providing eSports platform and odds, UltraPlay has presented in-depth analysis that answers why the eSports betting hype is getting even bigger than ever expected during the ICE London gambling exhibition (5-7 February, 2019). The analysis is based on the overall performance of the company’s network of leading eSportsbooks, operating on emerging and established markets. Players’ activity has doubled in terms of bets per player, net profit per player, recording a steady growth in profitability, and an increased average bet on eSports. This trend is expected to continue as eSports main audience of high net worth individuals aged 18-35 are looking to use new and interesting ways of betting and eSports is one of the mostly used solutions for all of them.

Moreover, UltraPlay’s booth became a hotspot for business talks and discussions on how eSports can differentiate one iGaming brand though offerings, looks and entire user experience. The newly presented eSports front-end was a corner stone, as compared to other products, it actually answers the Millennials’ high expectations of UX/UI on a betting brand. Many iGaming brands from emerging markets initiated talks with the UltraPlay’s team during ICE London due to the company’s leadership position on the eSports betting market. The meetings resulted in several highly expected business deals on a global scale, which will be announced in the following weeks.

The two recently added eSports titles to ODDS.GG’s portfolio, and the redesigned eSports front-end brought many new business opportunities for UltraPlay. There has been a high demand for the multiple times award-winning product – ODDS.GG – which now offers pre-match and live odds on more than 25 competitive games. Since January ODDS.GG was upgraded with pre-match odds on Madden NFL 19, the American football sports video game, based on the National Football League. This is the first time the game is covered with odds and the outcome is definitely intriguing. In addition, UltraPlay’s traders are certain of its successful performance, based on the recent results. In March, the first major of Magic: The Gathering Arena tournament will also be provided through ODDS.GG for the first time. The two new games come as add-ons to the overall improvements on the eSports front-end design.

Besides the eSports improvements, the enhanced casino experience, with a unique multi-games module enabling up to four slots to be played simultaneously, and the new Affiliate Platform also gathered targeted audiences looking to deliver next level of entertainment to their players and affiliates.

As an addition to the numerous upgrades, UltraPlay officially announced the release of the company’s redesigned website which remains on the same address: ultraplay.co. A more detailed “Products” page, “Media corner” including news, thought leadership materials and videos, an “About us” page featuring the company from the inside, and a “Careers” page, are part of the extremely extended content on the website.

 

About UltraPlay:
UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on sports and eSports betting, live betting, white label, online casino and blockchain technology.
Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

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Esports Sportsbook Rivalry Announces Roll Out of Cryptocurrency Payments in Partnership with CoinCorner

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Isle of Man licensed betting platform, Rivalry, is the latest esports focused sportsbook to adapt to changing player preferences by supporting payments through Bitcoin. COVID-19 has, in many cases, served as an accelerant to slow-burning changes in consumer behaviour and preferences. Most notably: the meteoric rise of esports betting. While many operators were left scrambling to adapt to the overnight demand, a select few, such as Rivalry, were perfectly positioned to capitalize on the pandemic pivot. Much like cryptocurrencies, esports betting is proving to be anything but a fad.

Forward-thinking operators like Rivalry believe esports provide a glimpse into the future of betting. Their average esports bettor is in their twenties – an early adoptor and digital native that is no stranger to Bitcoin, but maybe less so to traditional betting mechanics and terminology. This brings new opportunities for operators to reshape and reimagine the betting experience.

Rivalry CEO, Steven Salz adds – “Our integration with CoinCorner has allowed us to offer Bitcoin as a payment option to our players and further simplify the payment experience. It’s partnerships like these that help us evolve the betting experience for a new cohort of bettors that think and behave differently”. 

UK Bitcoin exchange, CoinCorner, has seen business appetite adjusting to accommodate the recent rise in demand for online banking and payment methods, with an uptick in businesses keen to introduce Bitcoin payments as a way to gain competitive advantage by opening up to new markets, receiving cheaper fees and no chargebacks.

Sam Tipper, Business Development Manager at CoinCorner, said: “Since I joined CoinCorner in 2019, we’ve been making huge strides in assisting businesses across multiple industries to accept Bitcoin – preparing them for the new reality of a changing payment landscape. This is particularly true for businesses regulated out of the Isle of Man, like Rivalry, who cater to a global market.”

While the gambling industry debates on the staying power of esports as a profitable betting market, operators like Rivalry are adapting with ease and transforming the betting experience to meet the needs of an evolving user base.

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AC Milan and Electronic Arts announce exclusive premium partnership

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EA SPORTS FIFA develops long-term partnership with one of european football’s most decorated clubs

Today, Electronic Arts (EA) and AC Milan have announced a multi-year partnership which enables both brands to deliver innovative, world-class entertainment for their global audiences. For the first time in AC Milan’s history, only in EA SPORTS™ FIFA will players have the opportunity to compete as the Rossoneri in the iconic San Siro Stadium.

“This partnership with AC Milan is a testament to our commitment to bring more authentic interactive experiences to sports fans across the globe” said Nick Wlodyka, Vice President & GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “As a highly decorated and iconic football club, we look forward to offering AC Milan fans many years of innovative and interactive FIFA experiences to come.”

Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of AC Milan said: “We are delighted to welcome EA SPORTS to the AC Milan family as a Premium Partner. This partnership is symbolic of our commitment to delivering world class interactive experiences to our fans all over the world. As a market leader in the world of gaming, in EA SPORTS we have the perfect partner to help us continue on our journey of engaging and exciting the next generation of Rossoneri fans.”

Through Rossoneri legends Kakà and Andriy Shevchenko, EA SPORTS FIFA and AC Milan have enjoyed a strong relationship on-and-off the field for years. AC Milan is currently one of the most popular clubs for in-game play.

 

 

 

 

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Kyiv’s Dnipro Hotel to be Transformed into Esports Arena

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Oleksandr Kokhanovsky, the co-founder of the Ukrainian multi-gaming e-sports organisation Natus Vincere (NAVI), has said that the Dnipro hotel in Kyiv will be transformed into an e-sports venue.

“The victory in the auction for Dnipro hotel was won not by Russian oligarchs, but by Ukrainian IT specialists. We will turn it into the first hotel in the world fully prepared for e-sports events. It will include not only the attributes of a top hotel (restaurants, bars, SPA zones, and fitness centers), but also unique e-sports elements: training zones, an e-sports stage, special rooms for professional players, as well as the world’s best players’ lounge,” Oleksandr Kokhanovsky, founder of the DreamTeam gaming platform, said on Facebook.

According to Kokhanovsky, a group of partners and investors will work on the project.

He also noted that a presentation of the Ukrainian Professional E-sport Association was scheduled for September, which plans to have a large infrastructure cybersport project.

“This is a whole ecosystem, which includes the creation of a modern multifunctional e-sports arena with all-Ukrainian and international tournaments, an e-sports academy, educational projects and an e-sports association uniting key market players who will develop the industry and help improve the legislative framework,” Kokhanovsky said.

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