Tag Archives: CS:Go

Unikrn invests in CS:GO team BIG

Esports betting specialist Unikrn has invested in Berlin based CS:GO outfit BIG (Berlin International Gaming). This is the second such team investment the company has made. Back in late 2015 it launched an all-female pro team in CounterStrike with Sood a keen advocate of gender equality in esports. At the time, Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said: “The time is now for …

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Ladbrokes shuts down eSports markets

eSports industry news source eSportsbettingreport.com has informed that Ladbrokes has ‘quietly dropped its eSports betting markets’. The news source points to a customer query with Ladbrokes support asking the bookmaker why no eSports markets were visible on its sports betting product. The bookmaker replied to the query stating that its eSports markets had been ‘taken away currently’, further noting that …

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Betway signs deal with Ninjas in Pyjamas

It was announced last night that Betway has become the main sponsor of one of esports’ most established organisations Ninjas in Pyjamas, better known as NiP.  This is the second partnership between a classic sportsbook operator and an esports team; Fnatic and Dafabet have had a partnership in place since October 2015.  The ‘high six figure’ deal will see the Betway …

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Welcome to the family: Esports Insider launches

SBC News has long covered the esports industry with a particular focus on all things gambling. Now it has gone a step further with the launch of Esports Insider. Esports Insider provides readers with daily news stories focused on the business of esports, in addition to expert insight from its editorial team and interviews with the major stakeholders from across the esports …

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The road to legitimisation in esports betting

Improving integrity standards across esports is of absolute importance for its continued growth and move into the mainstream.  With the majority of tournaments, at least the qualifying stages, played out online and with the numerous distinct esports titles offering their own unique challenges, the battle to ensure a level of integrity befitting an industry with the money and viewership that …

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The ELEAGUE second season schedule has been announced

The result of a love affair between Turner and WME | IMG, the ELEAGUE has announced the dates and format for its forthcoming second season. The preliminary rounds of the CS:GO league will start on Wednesday September 7th, with a four week group stage schedule set to begin on Friday October 21st.  ELEAGUE’s Grand Final will be held Saturday December 3rd and will culminate …

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Phil Kornychev – Virtual Drama in esports – The skin betting story

Phil Kornyshev is the co-founder of PVP.ME, a live esports betting platform. Having spoken at the iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam earlier this year, now he has turned his attention to exploring the recent skins betting drama for SBC News. Heres’ what he had to say…  The gambling boom of Counter Strike: Global Offensive started just over three years ago, …

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CSGO Lounge and Dota2 Lounge officially cease skins betting

This week via their respective Facebook pages both CSGO Lounge and Dota2 Lounge announced that they would be shutting down their skins betting functions with immediate effect. Both companies operate under Lounges, which itself is mostly owned by ESForce Holding, a company owned by Russian investor Alisher Usmanov who has been heavily involved in the esports scene in Eastern Europe. CSGO Lounge, …

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BOS Speaker Profile: James Watson – Sportradar – The skins volcano

Esports form a notable part of the agenda at Betting on Sports (#bettingonsports) next month, and with a plethora of issues to discuss and debate it’s no great surprise why.  One industry expert is Sportradar’s James Watson. James will be on a panel alongside Pavol Krasnovsky, founder of RTSmunity, exploring how live betting can work in an esports environment. In …

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The ELEAGUE finale will stream live on Twitter this weekend

It has been announced that ELEAGUE and Twitter will partner to provide live streaming coverage of this week’s ELEAGUE semifinals and championship, featuring Valve’s popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game. The live event competitions will be held Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th, from Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta.  This will mark a milestone in that it’ll be …

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