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Skillz to Host Record $250,000 eSports Tournament

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Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, announced its Winter Championship, the world’s largest solitaire tournament. The upcoming event will more than double the amount awarded during the $100,000 Skillz Summer Championship in August 2018. The Winter Championship launches on March 13th in Solitaire Cube by Tether Studios.

Digital card games are projected to become a $2 billion industry by 2020 and have garnered considerable attention in the competitive gaming space. Blizzard’s flagship card game Hearthstone recently announced reaching 100 million users. Valve, the developers of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, recently released its first game in 5 years, a card game titled Artifact.

Although solitaire was created over 200 years ago, the classic card game continues to be one of the world’s most popular and celebrated games. One of the finalists for the 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame, Microsoft’s Windows Solitaire continues to get updates to this day, with an estimated 55 million digital solitaire games being played each day.

“Solitaire has a global fan base rivaling the likes of top titles such as Hearthstone or Counter-Strike,” says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Skillz is providing the hundreds of millions of solitaire players around the world with a democratized platform on which to showcase their incredible talent.”

The Skillz Summer Championship in August attracted over 42,000 solitaire competitors. Skillz expects nearly 70,000 people to register and participate in the $250,000 event, with 2,000 players taking home part of the prize pool. The first place winner will earn $25,000 in prizes.

 

 

About Skillz:
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2018, Skillz was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant CompaniesForbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the Entrepreneur 360. Skillz has also been named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine and a CNBC Disruptor 50. Over 18 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 13,000+ game studios. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. To learn more, visit www.skillz.com.

 

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George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Unikrn Launches Streamer Betting and Virtual Matches with New Tech and Odds-Setting Trading Bots

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Algorithmic analysis, new blockchain-based tech applications and screen-analyzing technology bring streamer betting and 24/7/365 esports for fans around the world

 

Unikrn, a global leader at the intersection of blockchain, entertainment and wagering, has created a new technology moat offering instantly available betting experiences for esports and gaming fans.

Built on game analytics, new AI trading bots & screen-analyzing technology, streamer betting is a nonstop, fully automated future of casual wagering. Unikrn will also launch Unikrn Virtual, letting bettors pick from over half a million fresh esports rounds per year.

Together with Unikrn UMode, a player-vs-house skill betting platform for online gameplay, Unikrn is launching unprecedented accessibility for entertainment, skill-based and esports-based wagers every minute of every day.

Unikrn Virtual is a regulator-approved RNG game which uses an approved third-party to randomly generate a round of CS:GO from a curated pool of past professional matches, giving fans the thrill of betting on live esports match without delays or waits. A unique algorithm utilizing both archival and display techniques developed by Unikrn gives users access to key information about an upcoming round of CS:GO, then they may bet on the outcome.

Unikrn users can also exchange currencies, crypto or even digital items (called skins) into regulator-approved ERC20 betting tokens called UnikoinGold. Users can also deposit with traditional means such as credit card.

Eligible bettors can then use the groundbreaking new Unikrn Virtual to find an esports bet offered every minute, even when no events are live. Or they can bet on top streamers. Or they can even bet on themselves in a skill-based UMode proposition, which is even legally available in the United States.

In 2018, Unikrn became the first company to have live, IOM regulator-approved crypto wagering experiences, and as the company continues to expand uses, it projects a crypto resurgence as token value shifts from perception to function.

“Highly-regulated environments, including betting, are the perfect breeding pool for the normalization of mainstream blockchain,” said Andrew Vouris, Unikrn COO, “Using tools from blockchain has helped us develop a system years ahead of other operators, and we’re committed to taking the best ideas of crypto and giving them application.”

Now Unikrn users can parlay a professional esports match and their favorite Twitch streamers, even all in one multibet, and they can make deposits to a currency-agnostic blockchain-based system.

Last year, over 1000 millennia of viewer time were spent watching Twitch alone, making the process of setting odds both daunting and essential for the future of the wagering industry. Unikrn’s streamer betting will tap one of Earth’s most abundant sources of entertainment as an unending flood of engaging wagering content.

“Finding a zero-friction way to let fans engage is essential for the future of betting and crypto,” said Rahul Sood, Unikrn CEO, “You can bet on your own online matches, you can bet on your favorite streamers, or you can find 24/7 esports odds with Unikrn Virtual. This is a level of interactivity only dreamed of in the old world of sports and casino betting.”

 

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WePlay! Tug of War: Dire list of participants and other details are revealed

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The second Dota 2 WePlay! tournament of the Tug of War series called WePlay! Tug of War: Dire starts on May 28, 2019. Winners will get slots on the LAN-final at WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon with a total prize pool of $300,000.

 

Participants from America and Asia will be divided into two separate Single Elimination brackets within the new innovative format. Each bracket will get its own champion, and both winners will receive a slot on the LAN-final at WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon, where the teams will fight for a prize pool of $300,000. Eight teams will be directly invited for the first round of the coming standoff, while four more teams will bypass the early stage and start their tournament performance in the quarterfinals.

List of participants

The Americas

South America:

  1. Infamous (semifinals)
  2. paiN Gaming (semifinals)
  3. Gorillaz Pride
  4. SKOL
  5. Thunder Predator
  6. FreeStyle

North America:

    1. J.Storm (semifinals)
    2. Team Xolotl
    3. Vega Academy
    4. beastcoast
    5. Black Sheep

 

  • TBA*

 

SEA

Southeast Asia:

  1. Mineski (semifinals)
  2. Neon Esports
  3. Geek Fam
  4. EVOS Esports
  5. Bood ID
  6. TBA*

China:

  1. EHOME (semifinals)
  2. Royal Never Give Up (semifinals)
  3. Invictus Gaming
  4. Royal
  5. Team Serenity
  6. Newbee

Format and Prize Pool

All the matches, except from the final ones, will be played in a Best of 3 format. The winner of each bracket will be determined during the grand finals in the demanding Best of 5 format. Both champions of Tug of War: Dire will be granted with quotas for the anticipated LAN-finals WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon.

The size of the WePlay! Tug of War: Dire total prize pool will be $30,000. Vice champions will receive checks for $6,000. The teams that will take places between the third and fourth will be rewarded with $2,000. And players recognized as the strongest during the tournament will receive a nice bonus of $5,000 for the MVP title.

Most Valuable Players

MVPs will be determined in two phases:

1) The online audience will be able to vote via weplay.tv during the tournament days;

2) After each Super Final, a jury that consists of WePlay! talent crew will vote on the players, chosen by viewers.

* TBA – the team is to be announced later.

#WePlay #TugOfWar #WePlayDota2

 

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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Ferrari to Set Up Their Own Esports F1 Team

Niji Narayan

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Ferrari is going to set up their own Esports Formula 1 team.

“Esports is increasing in terms of interest and certainly as Ferrari we are looking seriously into it. We are not yet fully committed to the programme but it’s something where the discussions are ongoing. We will, very soon, make our own decision,” team principal Mattia Binotto said.

F1 Esports series was launched in 2017, which include all nine teams except Ferrari. The 2019 edition of F1 Esports series is having a total prize fund of $500,000.

F1’s Esports series includes a qualifying stage which allows the F1 teams to select their drivers for the Pro Series. Once the drivers have been picked, the Pro Series will take place between September and December across four live events.

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