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Esports Betting in 2019: Bookmaker LOOT.BET’s Rating

George Miller



Esports Betting in 2019: Bookmaker LOOT.BET's Rating
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LOOT.BET, a leading esports-dedicated betting operator, enjoyed an incredible 2019 – a year that saw the remarkable growth of esports continue unabated.

To give fascinating insight into the past 12 months, LOOT.BET have put together a few statistics, shining a light on a year that saw a winning bet with odds of more than 700, and Russian, Chinese, and Norwegian bettors rule the roost as the most successful.

A snapshot of 2019

The luckiest bettor of the year was a German who landed over €7,110 with a modest €10 combo bet on The International 2019 and StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 matches, thanks to odds topping 712 – beating 2018’s record holder from Ukraine who won a combo bet with odds of 665.

As for the most profitable market for bettors? It was ‘Total over/under 26.5 rounds’ in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map. Interestingly, the least profitable market was also for CS:GO – this time Round handicaps in CS:GO, and ‘Total over/under 2.5 maps’ in best-of-three CS:GO and Dota 2 games.

In 2019, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and Fnatic proved the most popular teams to bet on, whereas in 2018 it was Astralis, Team Liquid, and Na’Vi who attracted most bets. As for events, unsurprisingly StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, The International 2019, and ESL Pro League Season 10 were the ones that raised pulses the most.

Bringing most disappointment to bettors were the Na’Vi and FaZe Clan CS:GO rosters, who managed to outstrip the previous record holders, On the flipside, mousesports (CS:GO) and OG (Dota 2) brought the most joy as the ‘luckiest’ teams, bringing in averages of +11% and +18% net profit, respectively.

LOOT.BET sponsored a number of memorable esports events in 2019 including several seasons of the LOOT.BET/CS and LOOT.BET HotShot Series leagues, and LOOT.BET Winter Masters. During these HAVU (CS:GO) was the team that attracted most bets, with a roster that lived up to expectations, bringing fans 9% of bet sums. Meanwhile, it was SKADE (CS:GO) and FlyToMoon (Dota 2) that raked in most winnings for their supporters, delivering +31% and +22% of net profit, respectively. Things were not so good for fans of Izako Boars though, with bettors losing 19% overall.

The LOOT.BET global bettor rankings:

Countries with highest win rate:
• CS:GO: Russia
• Dota 2: China
• League of Legends: Norway

Countries with lowest win rate:
• CS:GO: Czech Republic
• Dota 2: Spain
• League of Legends: Philippines

Countries with most active bettors (average number of bets per user):
• CS:GO: Japan
• Dota 2: Bulgaria
• League of Legends: Japan

Countries with least active bettors (average number of bets per user):
• CS:GO: Germany
• Dota 2: Portugal
• League of Legends: Ukraine

Countries by risk appetite (average bet odds):
• Riskiest: Ireland, Bulgaria, Poland
• Most cautious: Portugal, Spain, South Korea


The Chiefs Esports Club Partners with L’oréal Paris Men Expert

Niji Narayan



The Chiefs Esports Club Partners with L’oréal Paris Men Expert
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Australian esports organisation The Chiefs Esports Club has announced a partnership with the leading men’s skincare and grooming brand L’Oréal Paris Men Expert. The deal makes the brand a major partner of the club for the rest of 2020.

L’Oréal Men Expert is a global brand with a portfolio of leading men’s grooming products covering everything from skincare, shaving, beard grooming, hygiene and hairstyling. They will be keeping The Chiefs feeling confident, energised and looking great at all times.

“We’ve all had late night gaming sessions and sacrificed how we feel the next morning to get one more game in. L’Oréal Paris Men Expert is a perfect fit for gaming and esports culture to keep us going and feeling fresh. We’re excited to introduce such a prestigious brand to the industry and can’t wait to see the benefit for all our fans,” Nick Bobir, CEO of The Chiefs, said.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with The Chiefs in 2020 and introducing many of their fans to L’Oréal Paris Men Expert, a portfolio of skincare products designed to deliver an instant energy boost and set men up for success. Joining forces with The Chiefs is a testimony of building brands together & providing value for our fans and consumers,” Raagjeet Garg, Marketing Director of L’Oréal Paris Australia, said.

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WePlay! VALORANT Invitational Announcement

George Miller



WePlay! VALORANT Invitational Announcement
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Eight teams will fight for competitive dominance and a hefty prize pool.

We at WePlay! Esports are proud to announce our first VALORANT tournament. In this event, six invited teams will be joined by two Open Qualifier winners to fight for a prize pool of $50,000. This event is another entry in the VALORANT IGNITION SERIES.

Invited teams

  • PartyParrots
  • fish123
  • Prodigy
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • G2 Esports
  • forZe

Event format & dates

The tournament kicks off with Open Qualifiers on July 13 and 14. The qualifiers are two separate single-elimination brackets. The final series in each qualifier is BO3, the rest are BO1. Teams are allowed to participate in both qualifiers.

Sign up for Open Qualifier #1
Sign up for Open Qualifier #2

The eight invited and qualified teams will participate in a Swiss Bracket group stage that takes place on July 15–17. Four teams will proceed to the next stage.

The winners of the group stage will be seeded in a single-elimination bracket. The Semifinals will be played on July 18; the final series will be played on July 19.

All main event matches, including the Finals, are BO3.

“We have been following VALORANT since its announcement, and now welcome the opportunity to apply ourselves in the new title. As usual, we will try to make the event dramatic, unusual, and unforgettable. We’re hoping that VALORANT will enjoy WePlay! Esports’ style and our regular viewers will have fun with the new game.” – Eugene “Hitras” Shepelev, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.

“The IGNITION SERIES is definitely setting up a standard of play for VALORANT, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, and will undoubtedly begin to influence competitive audiences in their decisions around play.” – Joe Ziegler, Game Director at Riot Games.

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George Miller



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Sports betting supplier BETBY has further expanded its Betby.Games offering with an esports variant of Rocket League.

BETBY is set to offer unique markets and betting options on the popular arcade-style vehicular soccer game, which has garnered fans around the world.

The new title will join Football and Basketball in the supplier’s expanding selection of esports products, joining live games alongside the provider’s innovative sportsbook offering. Tennis and combat sports competitions are currently in development to be added to the growing titles.

BETBY’s portfolio is live with customers across the globe, excelling in high-growth markets and with customers desiring agile, customisable platforms to suit the needs of regulation within their jurisdiction.

The entire BETBY esports collection can be smoothly and swiftly integrated and active for an operator via an API integration.

Leonid Pertsovskiy, Chief Executive Officer at BETBY, said: “We are delighted to be adding another exciting title to our Betby.Games line of products with the addition of yet another esports event.

“Esports has seen an impressive surge in interest recently and it continues to be one of the fastest growing verticals in the industry. Our multi-product approach continues to bear fruit and we can’t wait to see how our new game is received, with plenty more in the pipeline too, so watch this space!”

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