Esports & Fantasy

Betway extends sponsorship of MIBR CS:GO

Betway has extended its sponsorship of Brazilian pro-Counter-Strike team ‘Made in Brazil’ (commonly referred to as ‘MIBR’) for a further year. The sponsorship extension marks the fourth consecutive year that Betway will serve as team sponsor of MIBR, recognised as Brazil’s oldest and most successful esports franchise. The renewal will see the Betway brand continue to feature on the front …

Read More »

ESIC hands out 35 more bans following integrity investigation

ESIC hands out 35 more bans following integrity investigation

A group of Australian esports players have been issued bans by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) as part of an ongoing investigation into betting-related offences. The 35 individuals face competitive bans of between 12 and 60 months, issued in accordance with a ‘tiered matrix’ which analyses the severity of each individual violation.  The bans apply to all ESIC member esports …

Read More »

ASA issues final reminder on ‘loot box advertising’ consultation 

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reminded UK stakeholders that its ‘consultation phase’ requiring evidence on ‘advertising of loot boxes and other in-game purchases’ will close next week on Thursday 28 January.  The UK advertising standards body launched its consultation back in November, following concerns raised by government ‘select committees’ on elements of loot boxes, highlighting in-game purchases. In its …

Read More »

Epic Games and IMG team up with football clubs for Fortnite release

Video game developer Epic Games and IMG, the company’s licensing representative, have united to integrate football into the free-to-play multiplayer game Fortnite. The IMG agency has signed deals with 23 clubs from the A-League, Bundesliga, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, J1 League, La Liga, MLS, Premier League, Primeira Liga, Scottish Premiership and Serie A. On 23 January, Epic Games will launch …

Read More »

Quentin Martin: Luckbox calls on a recruitment drive to make noise in 2021

Quentin Martin, Chief Executive of Luckbox, has outlined his firm’s ‘new year resolutions’ as he plans to get the esports wagering platform in tip-top shape for a critical 2021.  Fresh from guiding Luckbox as the first esports wagering platform to list on the Toronto TSX Ventures Exchange (TSXV), Martin reflected on 2020 developments which placed esports firmly on betting’s global …

Read More »

Luckbox appoints Ran Kaspi as CFO to drive next phase of growth 

Luckbox has strengthened its executive leadership team by appointing Ran Kaspi as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Kaspi has joined Luckbox from drone safety systems provider ParaZero Ltd, where he formerly served as financial lead of the ASX-listed company. The executive has prior industry experience having led the ‘economic and performance team’ of 888 Holdings during his five-year tenure with …

Read More »

Betway extends partnership with BLAST Premier

Esports tournament organiser BLAST Premier and global online gambling operator Betway have agreed to extend their existing partnership by one year. The partnership between Betway and BLAST has already been in existence for two years. It has seen the firms cooperate on BLAST Premier, as well as team up in May of this year for the grassroots BLAST Rising and …

Read More »

Gerard Piqué takes on Strategic Advisor position at Sorare

Fantasy football operator Sorare has gained a new Strategic Advisor in FC Barcelona and Spanish national team defender Gerard Piqué. Sorare is hopeful that Piqué’s contribution, in addition to the “significant investment” he has made in the company, will help expand its global presence and reach new fan bases across the world. Furthermore Piqué and his new colleagues at Sorare …

Read More »

Match momentum in esports – does it really exist?

2020 has been the year of esports. As fewer and fewer sports events could take place due to COVID-19 in 2020, esports matches continued to be played online.  The betting industry has caught up. Where esports used to be a side note before, there are now entire betting portals dedicated just to esports. And no traditional bookmaker will now be …

Read More »

EA prepares to block FIFA Ultimate Team mode amid loot box lawsuits

Electronic Arts (EA) is reviewing its European terms of play related to its ‘Ultimate Team’ mode of the popular FIFA video game series, aiming to avoid further regulatory disputes.   Games industry news sources report that the latest ‘FIFA patch’ features a code input that will allow developers to disable Ultimate Team in certain countries which hold conflicting gambling laws in …

Read More »