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Team Secret will attend WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon

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The first invited team has been announced.

WePlay! Esports invites the esports fans to Kyiv (Ukraine) for a new esportainment show called WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon.

The tournament dates & format

Group Stage
February 19 – 20
The group stage consists of two GSL-style groups. The winning team of each group is seeded directly into the upper-bracket semi-finals, the losing team is eliminated, and the rest of the teams are seeded into the upper-bracket quarter-finals.

Main Event
February 21 – 23
Players compete in a double-elimination bracket in accordance with the seedings from the Group Stage.

Event tickets

Visitors of weplay.tv will soon be able to download a free ticket to attend the Main Event at VDNG.

Participants

Eight teams will be participating in WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon:

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (the winner of WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Radiant – Europe)
  • Infamous Gaming (the winner of WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Dire – Americas)
  • Royal Never Give Up (the winner of WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Dire – Asia)
  • Natus Vincere (the winner of WePlay! Reshuffle Madness 2019)
  • Team Secret (direct invite)
  • TBA (invited)
  • TBA (invited)
  • TBA (invited)

The remaining three participants will be announced soon.

Prize pool

The participants of WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon will be competing for the prize pool of $300,000.

Prize pool distribution:

  • 1st place: $130,000 and 🏆
  • 2nd place: $60,000
  • 3rd place: $30,000
  • 4th place: $20,000
  • 5-6th place: $12,000
  • 7-8th place: $8,000
  • **MVP-Core: $10,000
  • **MVP-Support: $10,000

Detailed information about the press-accreditation and event tickets will be released soon.

 

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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Bulgaria Asks UAE for Extradition of Gambling Tycoon Vasil Bozhkov

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Bulgaria’s ministry of justice has requested the United Arab Emirates to extradite gambling tycoon Vasil Bozhkov, who was charged in absentia with extortion, influence peddling and money laundering among other offences. Bozhkov was detained in the United Arab Emirates at the end of January.

The justice ministry said it had sent the extradition request and more than 200 pages of documents translated in Arabic to the Bulgarian embassy in the UAE to be handed to the authorities.

Bulgaria does not have an extradition agreement with the UAE, but hopes that its request will be respected.

“We want him returned to Bulgaria to be brought before the Bulgarian court,” Bulgarian chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev said.

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UltraPlay signs deal with WINBET

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B2B iGaming company UltraPlay has signed a deal to provide its multi award-winning eSports betting solution to WINBET, an online betting website operating on the Bulgarian market.

UltraPlay’s eSports product will power up WINBET with its unrivaled coverage of competitive games, pre-match and live odds. WINBET will be one of the few sportsbooks on the Bulgarian market to offer extensive eSports coverage and effectively engage with the new generation of bettors. Combined with UltraPlay’s Hybrid eSports live betting model, real-time data, scores and settlements, WINBET’s players will receive fast and secure betting on eSports.

This partnership further confirms UltraPlay’s leading position in providing eSports betting solutions to sportsbooks across markets.

Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with one of the leading licensed operators in Bulgaria. WINBET is a well-known and trusted brand with a rapidly growing sportsbook. We share a common vision for progress and long-term partnership, which will be bonded by eSports as a new and exciting vertical for their players.”

Tsvetin Yordanov, WINBET’s CEO, said: “WINBET is a brand that has always tried to offer the very best and diverse content to its clients. In adding eSports to our betting portfolio, I saw an opportunity to expand our market share by satisfying a newly emerging client demand, while continuing to follow our “brand way”. In order to achieve our goals we knew we had to find a reliable business partner, with a proven and successful product. I am very pleased that we found that partner in UltraPlay and I believe that this is the beginning of a long and very successful partnership.”

Over the last two years, UltraPlay has been awarded with twelve accolades for its overall eSports betting provision. The latest one for eSports Betting Software was received from the International Gaming Awards 2020, which were held in London last week. Following up with the ODDS.GG constant developments, the company has recently released its new web design, aligned with the latest UX/UI design trends.

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Two Members of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission Face Organised Crime Charges

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A current and former member of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group allegedly headed by Vassil Bozhkov.

Plamen Georgiev was a member of the commission at the time that it was headed by Ognemir Mitev, who is reported to be among those taken into custody in a succession of prosecutors’ raids on the commission. Todor Markov has headed the control activities department since 2019.

The Specialised Criminal Court declined an application by prosecutors to remand Georgiev and Markov in custody, and ordered them into house arrest. The court ordered Georgiev and Markov not to contact officials at the Gambling Commission so as not to influence the investigation.

Reports quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying that, including Bozhkov, eight people had been the subject of criminal charges so far. Twenty-five witnesses have been questioned in the investigation into Bozhkov’s alleged organised crime group.

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