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Microgravity Gaming League to host India’s biggest FIFA 21 tournament

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Microgravity Ventures Private Limited, a facilitator of world-class gaming hubs and e-sports tournaments in India announces its much anticipated Microgravity Gaming League (MGL FIFA 21).   The company is hosting this e-sports tournament on the 8th and 9th of May 2021, in partnership with Battlefy and HP. The format will be selection-based on the FIFA 21 platform accessed through PlayStation 4. The target audience will be 16 plus with professionals, enthusiasts and casual gamers looking to enjoy this competitive format. People can register themselves on the Microgravity website with their PSN IDs.

This tournament is one of the biggest FIFA 21 competitions to be carried out in a 2-day timeframe. The tournament is divided into three phases.  They are the Qualifier Phase, Battle Phase and the Zero Hour Phase. In the Qualifier Phase, candidates will be shortlisted on a first come first serve basis after completing the registration process on the Microgravity website. The top 1024 selected participants will then compete against each other. The Battle Phase consists of 6 rounds where qualified participants will battle against each other. The rounds will be held in a single-elimination format where the top 16 participants will then be moved to the Zero Hour Phase. Here, the winners will battle against each other to win the tournament. The matches of the Zero Hour Phase will be broadcast on Microgravity’s YouTube channel. Microgravity is also hunting for the top women gamers that will be known as #GamerGoddesses.  This is a significant focus area for the tournament. Along with the prizes for the top Gamer Goddesses, there are prizes for the Best Goal and Top Scorer categories which will be identified through the Zero Hour Phase. The top 2 participants of the tournament will battle against each other to win the Microgravity Gaming League – FIFA 21 Championship.

Speaking about the announcement, Mr. Rahul Bhattacharya, Co-Founder and MD, Microgravity said, “We are excited to have partnered with the best in the industry. At Microgravity, we are working to offer the best gaming experiences. We strongly believe that in the world of gaming, there are no biases and this MGL FIFA 21 tournament is a testament to this value. We have a vision to see the Indian gaming industry scale new heights in terms of impact. We are also looking to promote participation from women gamers. In India, the last one year has seen a massive increase in the online gaming community of which 18% are women. Women gamers now make upto 40 to 45% of the Asian gaming population.  This contribution and the level of engagement from women gamers provides further impetus to the global gaming industry. We aim to support and promote women gamers in India who are exceptional.”

Top gamers from the tournament will be given exciting prizes based on their performance and scores. The top 3 players will get a chance to win HP Zbook 14U G6 Laptop, HP 24F IPS Monitor and Microgravity vouchers worth INR 10,000. In addition to this, the Top Scorer and the Best Goal will get Microgravity Vouchers worth INR 5,000 each. The top woman gamer will be selected based on their performance and will be rewarded with a HP Reverb VR headset.

In 2020, Microgravity successfully organized two online gaming tournaments which gained significant traction amongst digital gamers. These tournaments were the MGL Free Fire tournament and the MGL Call of Duty: Mobile tournament. The former was held during the month of August and September 2020 with over 2.2 million impressions and over 20 thousand participants. Similarly, the latter was organized in December 2020 and reported over 8 lakh impressions.

 

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Galaxy Racer Increases Prize Pool To Half A Million Pesos, Content Creators To Play ‘Squid Game’ On Roblox And Pay It Forward To The Gaming Community

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Galaxy Racer (GXR), one of the fastest-growing esports, gaming and lifestyle organizations in the world, headquartered in Dubai, with market presence in Southeast Asia, Middle East North Africa, South Asia and Europe, has increased its prize pool from P100,000 to a whopping P500,000 (US$10,000) for its ‘pay it forward to the gaming community’ initiative.

Galaxy Racer will be hosting their very own in-house ‘Squid Game’ tournament on Roblox, an online gaming platform and game creation system, involving forty-nine Galaxy Racer content creators from the Philippines with over 180 million social media followers. It will be hyper-localized in the Philippines to ‘GXR Pusit Game: Your Second Chance At Life’. Pusit means ‘squid’ in Tagalog and follows Squid Game’s iconic survival game show set-up, but with a twist.

Fans will stand a chance to win the prize money by supporting their favourite content creator. Fans will be able to comment on the post of the content creator they are rooting for with the hashtag #GXRPusitGame and an explanation via a story submission on the Galaxy Racer content creator’s post of why they think they are worthy to win the prize money for a second chance at life. The entry period for the contest will close on October 21st at 10:00 AM PHT.

The last content creator standing after competing in an intense 7-round gauntlet of trending games will win the tournament, thereafter selecting the most compelling story amongst their fans’ entries whereby the lucky fan will receive the prize money of PHP500,000 (US$10,000) which will be announced during the livestream. The online community engagement event will commence on October 22nd, 2021 at 4:00 PM PHT on Galaxy Racer PH’s Facebook page.

The GXR Pusit Game will feature notable Galaxy Racer content creators such as model and actress Sachzna Laparan, Filipino TikTok star Spencer Serafica, YouTube creators Tukomi, model and Facebook streamer Kristine Santamena, actor and dancer McCoy de Leon, and actress Ayeesha Cervantes.

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M88 expands esports coverage by partnering with BETER

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International sports and esports betting provider BETER announced today that they have teamed up with M88. The leading Asian sportsbook has decided to take advantage of BETER’s portfolio to further engage their players across the region with the addition of more than 30,000 extra global esports tournament events and 200,000 ESportsBattle matches every year.

“Here at BETER, we are convinced that collaborating with M88 is another significant step towards increasing our presence in the Asian market, which is one of our primary focuses for the next few years. We firmly believe that this partnership will prove to be prosperous and beneficial for both parties,” said Gal Ehrlich, CEO at BETER.

BETER will provide M88 with customised quarter markets that perfectly suit their players’ needs. All live streams, data, odds, and margins can easily be managed in the BETER’s Client Console.

“We’ve been interested in the type of fast content which BETER provides for some time, and we also see exactly what BETER can offer to M88 customers with live streaming of engaging ESportsBattle matches and odds for the most popular global esports tournaments. The integration and testing process proved that we found a reliable partner with top-notch solutions that will help us further enhance what we offer bettors,” said Alan Wafer, Head of Business Development at M88.

In his strategy presentation in July 2021, Gal Ehrlich emphasised that expanding into the Asian market is one of BETER’s core goals, as this region represents a promising avenue for future business growth. He also added that the company would focus on expanding its product portfolio and developing exclusive content.
BETER is a leading provider of fast sports & esports content, live streaming, live data, and odds for the betting industry. BETER powers Setka Cup, ESportsBattle and Asia Pro League tournaments and offers trading of world esports events. BETER sports and esports content is featured on more than 100 sportsbooks across the globe.

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Okada Manila to Go Public by Merging with SPAC

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Okada Manila has signed a merger agreement with blank-check firm 26 Capital Acquisition Corp that will see its stock listed on the Nasdaq through an American Depository Receipt programme.

The US$2.6bn merger will provide the casino operator US$275m in cash proceeds that will be used for growth and other corporate purposes. It is expected the merger will close in the first half of next year.

“With its beautiful new facility, a desirable location in one of the fastest-growing gaming markets in the world, and potential for industry-leading margins and cash flow conversion, I believe Okada Manila is an extremely compelling investment,” Jason Ader, Chairman and CEO of 26 Capital, said.

According to local media reports, Universal Entertainment Corp will continue controlling approximately 88% of the combined company once the deal is closed. Byron Yip, current Okada President, will continue leading the company.

“We are fortunate to operate the most luxurious integrated resort in the Philippines, and excited to realise the full potential of this state-of-the-art facility for gaming, entertainment, and hospitality as a public company and in partnership with Jason Ader of 26 Capital,” Byron Yip said.

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