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Competitive gaming platform nicecactus.gg closes EUR 5 million Series A round and launches a grassroots esports sponsorship fund

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First-of-its-kind grassroots esports sponsorship fund will allocate EUR 1 million (USD 1.1 million) to amateur and semi-professional esports athletes to support their professional development

Today, nicecactus.gg (previously Esport-Management.com), a competitive gaming platform dedicated to finding and raising the next generation of esports athletes, announced the closing of its EUR 5 million (USD 5.5 million) Series A round and the launch of a new product, the Nicecactus Grassroots Esports Fund, to pursue its next chapter of growth. The round was raised by a group of private investors and will be put towards building and refining the nicecactus.gg product offering, attracting top talent and scaling the business.

The EUR 1 million (USD 1.1 million) Nicecactus Grassroots Esports Fund (“the Fund”) will help amateur and semi-pro players and teams take the next step into professional gaming. Following a period of training on the nicecactus.gg platform, the Fund will accept applications from esports athletes for grants, which may be put towards activities like travel to and accommodation at tournaments they’ve qualified for, or to book bootcamps at professional training locations. Following a review of each application, grants will be awarded to those who have shown promise and consistency in tournaments and on nicecactus.gg’s soon-to-be-launched training game programs.

The key program dates are:

  • October 22, 2019 – registrations for the Nicecactus Grassroots Esports Fund start at nicecactus.gg/en/fund

  • December 20, 2019 – Road to Sponsorship opens for registered participants

  • January 27, 2020 – Fund application process opens for eligible athletes

  • February 27, 2020 – first grants are issued

 

“We deeply believe that if esports wants to enter the next stage of growth, it must be catered to and fostered at the grassroots level. By starting the Nicecactus Grassroots Esports Fund and raising additional capital to help unleash the full potential of every esports athlete, we further solidify our commitment to finding and raising the next generation of esports athletes,” said Alexandre Amoukteh, Co-Founder of nicecactus.gg. “Our new name, nicecactus, reflects our love for Nice, France — the bright, beautiful and sharp birthplace of our company. We want to create a place where everyone can forge their own path to pro by improving their skills and connecting amateur players with the pro world. Armed with our new name, funding and a new product, we’re one step closer to achieving that dream.”

“Our promise to the grassroots community is that nicecactus.gg helps players realize their true potential within competitive gaming. We do this by offering regular cash prize tournaments, providing access to pro esports guides and – in the near future – offering unique training games for our players to train and assess their progress,” said Nic van ‘t Schip, Marketing Director at nicecactus.gg. “We are proud to provide a platform for everyone to level up their game. And now, with our Nicecactus Grassroots Esports Fund, we’re excited to provide a new service to help the best-of-the-best reach the next rank in their esports careers.”

 

For more information please visit https://nicecactus.gg

 

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eSports Betting Strategy – Key factors of success and what you should avoid

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Betting on eSports is becoming more and more popular every day. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the market is flooded with online video games that are considered the new generation of sports, like League of Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The eSports industry is currently valued at over 1 billion dollars, and it’s expected to grow even more in the coming years. But how can you use this information to your advantage?

Well, in recent years, bookmakers noticed the increase in demand for an eSports betting market. After understanding the potential, they quickly implemented a feature that allows gaming enthusiasts to bet on the outcome of the greatest gaming tournaments, like League of Legends World Championship or the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships.

A significant advantage of eSports betting is that it works similarly to traditional sports, meaning that you will get odds based on team statistics, and you will have to decide which team will win the match. Mostly, if you’re following all the major gaming championships, you should have a good idea regarding who will be victorious and bank some serious cash while you’re at it.

If you want to be a serious bettor, having a well-defined eSports betting strategy is mandatory. Below, we’ve listed the key factors for success:

Choose a suitable bookmaker

Let’s say you want to start betting on eSports right away. Well, if that’s the case, you will want to sign up for a licensed casino operator, because otherwise you risk getting scammed by “pirate casinos” and even if you guessed the outcome correctly, you wouldn’t be able to withdraw the winnings.

Even though this advice might sound like the most basic requirement for any aspiring bettor, many beginners have no idea where to get started. After running some tests, we’ve figured out that the platforms listed on this website are trustworthy, and many of them allow you to bet on your favorite eSports tournaments.

Additionally, the betting platform you go for must have low margins, best odds, and no bet amount limit. While it might sound like a daunting task, it’s in your best interest to compare various bookmakers and choose the one that suits your needs.

Always research before planning your bets

Research is key in any betting market you’re planning to get into. If you’re an eSports fan, you surely spend hours watching professional teams battle each other on live stream or YouTube. However, you should never take that knowledge for granted.

Running in-depth research on eSports requires you to have a profound understanding of the game mechanics and how a team performs against another. Spend time getting to know the strategy used by all the teams participating in the championship, and you will begin noticing specific play patterns that could help you speculate the final outcome better.

For example, if you’re a fan of League of Legends pro team SKT T1, you will notice that Faker, their mid-laner is able to win his lane and carry even if he is against a counter pick, as long as he’s playing one of his main champions. However, if the enemy team bans Faker’s best championship, SKT will be at a huge disadvantage, because their strategy revolves around their mid laner hyper carrying them in the late game. So, you can never be sure of a team’s success, even if the odds are in their favor.

Keep track of your success

Being successful in betting requires a long-term strategy. Of course, racking up some easy wins because you got lucky might suffice, but if you’re serious about eSports betting, you will need to measure how many guesses were made right and how many were wrong. After you’ve got a clear picture of your win rate, you can go ahead and analyze your losses and try figuring out what went wrong.

Implement a staking method

If you want to optimize your bankroll, you must implement a staking method in your betting. Necessarily, you will need to prioritize the events and adjust the value of the wagers accordingly. You don’t want to bet too much on an underdog, even if your favorite player is part of that team. Still, if a team has an excellent reputation and has won a lot recently, you will surely want to wager more money on that event.

Now that you have a great idea on how to bet on eSports efficiently, it’s time to learn some of the common wagering mistakes that you should avoid at all costs:

Avoid betting on too many games

Even if you’re a complete beginner to eSports betting, you know that betting on every game is a bad idea, because you won’t always find odds that offer a positive expected value. Therefore, you should carefully select the events that you bet on, based on the odds listed on the bookmaker’s site and your general knowledge about the teams.

Never bet based on emotion

Just because you like a team or “your gut feeling” tells you that they will be victorious, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your assumption is correct. Always make your betting decisions based on facts, and you should avoid getting “tilted.” In a nutshell, being tilted means that after a losing streak, you decide to ditch your strategy and simply go with your intuition, which usually results In losing even more money.

Relying solely on the odds

New eSports bettors will see that an event has high odds, and they will instantly bet on the underdog just because they want to get a huge return fast. In reality, these odds are purely based on probability, meaning that they represent the bookmaker’s estimation on what will happen. The higher the odds, the less likely that team is going to win.

We’re not saying that an underdog will never win against a well-established team. However, you should never make bets based on the odds from the bookmaker. Instead, you should calculate the probability yourself by factoring in all the knowledge you have on the teams and by analyzing games where they go against each other (if available).

Now that you have a better understanding of how betting on eSports works, you can go ahead and start looking for opportunities. Before you go, keep in mind that patience is the key virtue of any gambler, so sometimes it’s better not to bet at all instead of making a decision based on intuition or with just partial information.

Placing bets on eSports is just like playing them – many players understand the mechanics, but only a few of them will use them successfully and make it to the top!

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Globe Renews Partnership Deal with Mineski

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Globe Gaming, the gaming company based in the Philippines, has renewed its partnership with Mineski Philippines, the country’s leading esports agency. The two companies will focus on developing Liyab Esports and the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL).

Team Liyab will be expanded  with the inclusion of a team for League of Legends Wild Rift.

PPGL will also be made bigger and better by the inclusion of community leagues.

“Our partnership has been very fruitful for both Mineski and Globe,” shares Jil Bausa-Go, VP for Get Entertained Tribe at Globe. “It is a journey marked with milestones which helped make Liyab, PPGL and our continuing vision for Philippine esports grow stronger and more resilient.”

Ronald Robins, Founder and CEO of Mineski Global echoes this excitement for renewed ties with the telco giant: “This is definitely an exciting new chapter for us, and we are happy to have our partners at Globe remain steadfast and committed in accelerating our efforts to grow the esports industry. Unfazed by the current situation, our collaboration pledges to further promote the importance of esports, and the communities that support it in both the local and global stages.”

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F1 Esports Series presented by Aramco returns remotely for fourth season with record prize fund

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Formula 1® has announced the F1 Esports Series presented by Aramco will return for a fourth season, with one of the biggest cash prize funds in sports simulation esports on offer at $750,000. The action gets underway with the “Pro Draft Reveal Show” on 27 August 2020, where the official F1 teams will reveal their selected roster of talented drivers. A record breaking number of participants of over 237,000 attempted to qualify for this year’s competition as F1 Esports continues to enjoy its most exciting year yet.

As with other major sporting events, the F1 Esports Pro Series, which will take place this autumn, has adapted to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and will therefore be operating remotely in 2020, with competitors racing from their own homes and team factories to ensure the safety of all the teams and drivers involved.

The F1 Esports Series has been more anticipated than ever before following the success of the Virtual Grand Prix series, which featured a host of sports and music stars and achieved over 30m views globally across eight events between March and June this year. The 2019 F1 Esports Series saw Ferrari’s David Tonizza crowned drivers’ champion alongside Red Bull, who took home the constructor’s championship, with over 8.7m viewers across digital platforms and TV, and 169m social media impressions, making it the most successful season to date.

MAKING THE CUT AT THE “PRO DRAFT REVEAL SHOW”

This season’s “Pro Draft Reveal Show” will air on 27 August, where teams will announce their line-ups for the 2020 season for the first time, with each team required to add at least one qualifying draft member to their three-driver roster from a group of 45 qualifiers. The 2020 qualfication routes saw record participation of over 237,000 entrants, a growth of +118% from 109,000 in 2019, with players competing on traditional consoles and also mobile for the first time.

All Pro Draft qualifying drivers are available for selection, with no knockout racing qualification as the series adapts to a shorter process due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the online draft and team picks will take place online in advance.

For the first time, the two winners of the highly successful inaugural season of the F1 Esports Series China Championship (organised by licensed partner Juss Intellisports), Tang Tianyu and Yuan Yifan, will also be available for team selection after their success in last year’s regional campaign, where they came out on top as the fastest two drivers in the competition.

A BIGGER AND BETTER PRO SERIES

The Pro Series will run between October – December, following the same format as last season with a 12-round championship made up of four online events featuring three races, but races will now be run at an increased distance of 35%. There will also be a new full qualifying format for the 2020 season in line with real-life F1 World Championship.

F1 Esports Pro Series drivers will be racing on a bespoke version of the recently released F1 2020 official video game developed by Codemasters, with equipment provided by official supplier Fanatec, the world leader in professional simulator hardware, for a third season. Points scoring will once again follow real-life World Championship rules, with F1’s Official Logistics Partner DHL rewarding an extra point to the driver with the fastest lap.

MORE CONTENT THAN EVER BEFORE

This year’s Pro Series will provide fans with more content than ever before with eight live broadcasts, doubling last season’s offering. There will be live racing on Wednesday and Thursday across an event week, and this season will also see the introduction of supplementary livestreamed qualifying sessions on both days further adding to the content proposition for fans across the globe.

The F1 Esports Pro Series 2020 will be broadcast on F1’s social channels (Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Huya), as well as select TV broadcast partners, with two live shows per event from the Gfinity Arena.

Julian Tan, Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports said:

“F1 Esports has had a huge year with the massive success of the Virtual Grand Prix series that we ran through lockdown. This has set us up well for the launch of the 2020 F1 Esports Series which will be our biggest and most innovative season yet. With over 237,000 participants this year, up from 109,000 participants in 2019, we are seeing incredible growth. We also continue to push boundaries by offering our largest ever cash prize fund of $750,000 which is industry-leading as well as continue to innovate by adapting quickly in the current landscape and operating the series entirely remotely as we look to ensure an enjoyable, but safe, Pro Series this year – we can’t wait to get started!”

Frank Sagnier, Codemasters CEO said:

“The appetite for F1® content has never been greater. We saw tremendous success from the Virtual Grand Prix Series, and that momentum has carried through to the launch of F1® 2020. It’s now time for the esports professionals to rise to the challenge. The 2020 F1 Esports Series presented by Aramco promises to be the most exciting and competitive to date. We can’t wait for the virtual racing to begin.”

John Clarke, Gfinity Chief Executive Officer said:

“The F1 Esports Series goes from strength to strength. Formula 1 has benefited from being an early adopter in the gaming space, with millions of young fans now engaging with the series. It is hitting the right notes in terms of driver performance, competitive racing and all round entertaining content. This year is going to raise the bar even higher. Expect high octane racing with lots of tension. Gfinity is proud to be a long-term esports operator for F1 and be at the heart of the design and delivery of this industry-leading competition”.

 

2020 F1 Esports Series presented by Aramco:

Teams
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Esports Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team
BWT Racing Point F1 Esports Team Red Bull Racing Esports
FDA Hublot Esports Team Renault Vitality
Haas F1 Team Esports Scuderia AlphaTauri Esports Team
McLaren Shadow Williams Esports

 

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