Esports & Fantasy

Gaurav Assomull: Livepools – Fantasy numbers a realistic goal in India

Livepools

Growing player numbers from 300,000 to 10 million in just two-and-a-half years may seem like an impossible goal for any business, but as Gaurav Assomull of fantasy sports platform LivePools explains, conditions in India are right for exactly that kind of expansion. The continuing lack of regulated online gambling markets in all but two of India’s 36 states and union …

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Parimatch hosts inaugural Dota2 Parimatch League Season

International betting operator Parimatch strengthened its commitment to esports after it teamed up with ESforce Holding to host the Dota2 Parimatch League Season 1.  The tournament, which had a prize pool of $75,000, attracted over 1,000 spectators to the Yota Arena in Moscow. It marked the first time that a betting operator had organised its own esports competition.  Stepan Shulga, …

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Scout Gaming appoints ‘IT Pro’ Terje Bølstad as new COO

Issuing a corporate update, Stockholm-listed B2B fantasy sports network Scout Gaming AB has confirmed the appointment of Terje Bølstad as new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Bølstad joins Scout Gaming’s executive leadership team from Norwegian workforce systems supplier Experis Group, where he formerly served as a regional IT Lead (2017-2019). The executive holds extensive experience in tech product management and leading …

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PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map

Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports conference in September, Rich Duncan, Head of Business Development Racing & Sports Betting at PA Media, and Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore, explained that esports has secured its place within the betting industry, and that digital platforms can’t afford to ignore its potential.  In September, UK-based multimedia news agency PA Media announced its …

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Ganguly rejects conflict of interest claim over My11Circle tweet

Ganguly

Former India captain and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said there was no “conflict of interest” in a tweet he made about fantasy cricket brand My11Circle during his country’s T20 international against Bangladesh. Before the third T20 between the two sides in Nagpur on Sunday, he tweeted his support for My11Circle – a …

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Hollywood duo Sagansky & Sloan monitoring DraftKings’ options

Top Hollywood financiers Jeff Sagansky and Harry E Sloan are reported to be engaged in a takeover of DraftKings Inc, through their LA-based sports entertainment fund ‘Diamond Eagle Corp’. This morning, Bloomberg reports that the media and finance duo have entered negotiations to buyout Boston-based DFS and sports betting operator DraftKings – with Bloomberg reporting that ‘no transaction has been …

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Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator  Sportito has launched its services for the Brazilian market, just four months after launching in India. Brazil becomes the third country – after the UK and India – to offer the Sportito DFS platform, and the firm’s first LatAm market launch. Launching in Brazil,  the Sportito platform will cover international and domestic soccer contests, as well as basketball, …

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AGTech adds fantasy football to Paytm First Captains platform

First Captains

AGTech has added new football games to daily fantasy sports (DFS) site First Captains, which sits on the popular Paytm First Games platform. Paytm First Games is a joint venture between AGTech, a leading technology and content provider for both the lottery and mobile games/entertainment markets in China, and Paytm, India’s largest mobile payments company. Charlie Zhang, Vice President of …

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Loot.Bet becomes the latest to join ESIC

In a bid to further investigate possible instances of match-fixing and fraud, esports bookmaker Loot.Bet has joined the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).   The bookmaker has agreed to share betting data with the independent monitoring body, with the hope of protecting integrity in esports. “As a major esports bookmaker, we’re deeply interested in high trust not only in our brand in …

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Vereeni backs Indian DFS enterprise Nostragamus

Industry venture capital fund Vereeni Investments has confirmed a ‘seven-figure’ investment in fast-growth Indian fantasy sports app ‘Nostragamus’. Vereeni undertakes its enterprise investment in Nostragamus, participating in a funding round led by Mumbai-based investment bank Incorp Advisory. In its investment notes, Vereeni underlines Nostragamus popularity with Indian sports fans, which seen its app record +5 million downloads to date, whilst …

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