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Esports developers, publishers and industry leaders join forces with ISFE to create a united voice for esports in Europe

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ISFE, the Brussels-based organisation representing Europe’s video games industry and the European leaders of the global esports industry have united to launch ISFE Esports, a new group that brings together the key stakeholders and major players of one of the fastest-growing and most exciting industries in the world, with a global community of hundreds of millions of people who actively play, compete in, or watch esports each year.

Video games publishers, developers and their communities are the very foundation of esports. Their games and players generate an ecosystem that includes media services, tournament organisers, teams, professional players and fans. ISFE’s sister organisations in the U.S. (ESA), Canada (ESAC) and Australia and New Zealand (IGEA), are proud to support the launch of ISFE Esports and to be part of a global alliance with a united voice to represent the esports industry.

Olaf Coenen, Chairman of ISFE and Co-Chairman of ISFE Esports (alongside Alberto Guerrero, Head of Esports Europe, Riot Games) said: “With video games publishers, their games and their players at the very heart of esports, they are best placed to lead the growth and development of this new frontier for the video games industry, to meet its challenges, promote esports, and to provide an authoritative voice on the issues impacting their businesses”.

ISFE Esports initially brings together ISFE’s wide games publisher and national trade association membership (many of which also represent other important esports stakeholders) with major tournament organiser, ESL, key media service, Twitch and leading non-ISFE member publishers, Epic Games and Riot Games. The members of ISFE Esports are committed to growing the sector in a responsible way for the benefit of all related businesses, players and fans. They look forward to working with esports stakeholders across Europe to grow the potential of esports, to boost the flow of talent into the sector, and to promote a fair, inclusive and diverse esports culture.

“With the esports industry growing at such a fast rate, it is crucial that we publishers should bring to bear our many years of experience and, in particular, our rigorous standards for responsible gameplay for the overall good of the ecosystem and the protection of our players.” – Alberto Guerrero, Head of Esports Europe, Riot Games

ISFE Esports will:

  • Bring together esports stakeholders to discuss and find common ground on key issues affecting the sector
  • Seek to strategically align esports policy across Europe
  • Coordinate and articulate the voice of esports so that the sector can be represented before European policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders
  • Raise awareness of esports and of the opportunities it offers amongst policy makers and politicians
  • Encourage and facilitate the exchange of views and intelligence, and the development of best practices
  • Agree policy positions when required or appropriate
  • Identify threats and challenges to the growth and development of the esports sector
  • Aim to coordinate and liaise with like-minded groups and associations worldwide
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BitSkins is now the Official Skin Marketplace partner for the Champion of Champions Tour 2022-2024

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The partnership will see BitSkins, the leading CS:GO skin marketplace, becoming the Official Skin Marketplace Partner for the Main Broadcast of the Champion of Champions Tour, one of the largest CS:GO global tour, for the entirety of the tournament.

BitSkins shall be present across every match of CCT on the English-speaking channel. The cooperation will bring exclusive BitSkins offerings to the viewers and fans of the Champion of Champions Tour and shall also see both parties actively involving the community and creating engaging content together.

Champion of Champions Tour is the first competition on the CS:GO scene to be jointly organised by leading esports firms – FACEIT, Eden Esports, Relog Media, Black Molly Entertainment, Fantasy Expo, and regional organisers, commissioned by GRID Esports, the leading game data platform. The tour is distributed across seven unique regions throughout North America, South America, and Europe where the Tour is executed by the regional partners – BTSBrasilTV, FiReSPORTS, Fragster, REPUBLEAGUE, Relog Media, Gjirafa, and Black Molly Entertainment. Champion of Champions Tour offers one of the highest prize pools in esports history – $3,400,000 USD.

‘BitSkins truly understands the interests of esports fans and caters to their needs with a unique offering. We are thrilled to partner with them and enable emerging, regional esports talent to build a name for themselves while providing exclusive offers to their fans and supporters. We are committed to building a sustainable ecosystem across multiple tiers and are thrilled to partner with BitSkins to deliver the best fan experience to Champion of Champions Tour viewers’  – says Tom Warburton, COO of GRID Esports.

BitSkins is one of the most matured and widely-acknowledged third-party CS:GO marketplaces trusted by millions of users worldwide. Originally founded in July 2015, BitSkins has been prevalent as one of the biggest third-party marketplaces dedicated to CS:GO.

‘We have been actively involved in the esports scene since the company’s inception. Champion of Champions Tour’s vision to enable the growth of the new talents is very much aligned with our values and we are happy to support the tournament over the upcoming 18 months. Partnering with GRID we set ourselves the long-term objectives to deliver the best quality esports experience for the fans and use the opportunity to mature with the audience.” – says Anna Zamorniak-Urbaniak, CEO of BitSkins.

Champion of Champions Tour is set to start in July 2022 and the first stage will comprise regional tournaments in the designated regions with their own cycles of Open Qualification, ultimately leading to the CCT Global Finals LAN event, to be held at the start of 2024.

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UEFA CELEBRATES WOMEN’S EURO 2022 WITH METAVERSE ESPORTS EVENT

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UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, announces a special esports event in the metaverse aimed at inspiring more girls and boys to play football ahead of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

The UEFA edition of the Metaverse Gaming League (MGL) event on Friday 24th June will see dozens of players compete against each other in the Road to UEFA Women’s EURO Roblox game. MGL is the first live esports league for the metaverse, streamed live on Twitch and YouTube each week. Focusing on fun, competitive gaming experiences, it rewards skill, flair, and teamwork rather than a winner-takes-all approach.

During the event, which is set to feature popular YouTuber Ruby Games, players will don the kits of their favourite competing teams and race against the clock to win a share of a massive prize pool of 500,000 Robux, worth $5,000. They must score as many goals and collect as many golden tournament tickets as possible before taking on the final challenge of a brand new ‘Stadium’ obstacle course.

The esports event and Roblox game are part of UEFA’s groundbreaking campaign to appeal directly and authentically to young girls and boys on platforms they consume daily. Roblox has over 50 million daily active users – of which over 50% are children under-12 and at least 44% are female. The game is complemented by a skills challenge and educational video series on YouTube which will also be shared with schools across Europe through UEFA’s Football in Schools programme.

Patrick Mead, CTO at Metaverse Gaming League, added:

“In their campaign to inspire children’s love of football ahead of the Women’s Euro next month, UEFA is meeting children in the metaverse, where they spend considerable amounts of time socialising, learning and playing. Their wonderful Roblox game is a brilliant amphitheatre for some friendly MGL competition and we’re excited to put on a great, inclusive esports show before the tournament starts in earnest.”

UEFA’s Metaverse Gaming League event will take place at 6pm BST on Friday 24th June 2022. To play during the live event, players should register for MGL for free.
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Best Crypto Games in Online Casinos

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The classic casino games that we could play with chips are gone. Nowadays, with technological advances, the rise of online casinos has increased, allowing different payment methods such as credit cards, prepaid cards and others. What could not be imagined is that you could get to play with cryptocurrencies. Some top 50 online casinos have started offering cryptocurrencies as a payment method in many games.

And so, with this in mind, we’re here to share details on the best games in online casinos that we can pay for with cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin Blackjack

By far one of the most popular casino games of all time, Blackjack remains a classic today; now, the ability to play with Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) makes it more relevant today than ever before.

The objective of the game hasn’t changed much over the years. Your goal is simply to get as close to 21 without exceeding it. You can place different types of bets, such as the “perfect pair”, “blackjack”, or “insurance”.

Ethereum Roulette

Another one of the most popular games in online casinos is Roulette. Who doesn’t like the thrill of spinning a wheel and waiting in anticipation to see where the ball will land?

The rules are pretty straightforward. You place your bets on where you think the ball will land. You can make different types of bets, such as betting on a single number, a group of numbers or even if the ball will land on a black or red number.

Mines

Mines is an extremely popular crypto-based casino game that’s clean and easy to pick up and learn, based on the traditional Windows DOS game, Minesweeper. In-game, you choose a square and uncover what’s underneath without hitting a mine.

Some tiles cover multipliers to help you build your score, and some will cover mines that, when hit, will end your game. Minimum bets usually sit around the £0.01 mark with possible RTPs (Return to Player) of 95%-99%.

This is undoubtedly a game that’s super fun to play and, with a little luck, can result in some pretty big wins.

Plinko

A favourite and a beloved game by so many players, a game that first came to fame when it was featured on the hit US game show, The Price is Right, as far back as 1983. Even now, the concept behind Plinko is simple, and all you have to do is drop the ball down a peg-filled board and watch it bounce to the bottom.

The game is set up with different rows of pegs; as the ball falls, it hits the pegs and changes direction. Different prize multipliers at the bottom of the board will determine your final winnings.

The RTP on this game is around 97%-99%, with many online casinos offering free play options to get you started and a massive maximum payout of approximately $2.5 million, depending on how much you bet in the first place. What’s more, you can get started on around $0.10 for a single bet!

Slots

There’s no denying that slot machine games are the bread-and-butter of brick-and-mortar and digital casinos, so there’s no reason why the same doesn’t apply to the more modern crypto casinos.

Slot games have been around for many years, and their popularity only seems to be increasing with time. With simple gameplay and the ability to potentially win big, it’s no wonder that slots are a favourite choice for casino-goers.

Perhaps thousands of slot machine variations and games are out there, meaning that there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re a fan of classic slots or the more modern video slots, you’re sure to find a game you’ll enjoy.

The RTP can vary depending on the machine and game you play, but they tend to average between 80% and 98%.

Limbo

No, we’re not talking about the game where you drop as low as possible, although that could be a fun crypto game to bet on. Instead, we’re talking about the fast-paced casino game.

The game aims to head out on the hunt for payouts. You simply choose how much you want to win and click “bet”. If the random number on the screen is the same or higher than the payout you put down, you win.

For example, if you put 4x your bet, the number that comes up must be 4x your bet, and if it is, you win! This is an excellent game for crypto players as it has a high RTP of up to 99.99%.

There you have it! While there’s no doubt cryptocurrency has changed the world, it’s only brought about more opportunities to have fun. In fact, some of the best casino games these days are fast-paced and exciting crypto games, so what are you waiting for?

Get out there and hopefully win big! Just remember to stay safe and gamble responsibly!

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