Esports & Fantasy

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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The PA bolsters esports live data dynamics with PandaScore

The PA Media (PA), supplier of multimedia sports editorial and data services, has moved to enhance its esports capacity, forming a strategic partnership with PandaScore, a specialist in delivering real-time esports statistics and odds provisions. Leveraging its existing commercial networks, the PA’s betting division will act as the exclusive distributor of PandaScore’s esports API for bookmakers across Europe and the …

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Paddy Power launches DFS vertical in time for NFL kick-off

Paddy Power has launched a Daily Fantasy Sports vertical ahead of the start of the 2019 NFL season (kick-off: 5 September). The bookmaker said that its DFS product has been developed in partnership with Flutter Entertainment group subsidiary FanDuel and will be made available to UK and Ireland customers. The Paddy Power DFS vertical’s gameplay will be based on a …

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Unibet optimises esports engagement with Abios data widgets

Kindred Group’s flagship Unibet brand has become the first online bookmaker to launch ‘Esports Widgets’ developed by data provider Abios. Seeking to enhance its esports engagement capacities, Unibet has entered a strategic partnership with Abios, a leading data and intelligence services provider for all esports stakeholders. Moving forward, Unibet esports betting markets will be supported by Abios API widgets, displaying …

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CheckdMedia launches ‘Fantasy Hub’ seeking to disrupt all fantasy football engagements

Sports betting affiliate marketing publisher CheckdMedia has expanded its product portfolio, launching its ‘Fantasy Hub’ app, seeking to further engage with new and existing UK football audiences. Made available through iOS and Android, the Fantasy Hub is a free-to-play app produced by CheckdMedia’s newly formed ‘CheckdDevelopment’ unit seeking to tap into the publisher’s network of football communities, who engage regularly …

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Australian authorities crack down on suspicious betting in esports investigation

A number of warrants for arrest have been executed across Australia this morning following an investigation into suspicious betting activity on an esports league. The investigation, carried out as part of a joint operation between the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, was initiated after information was received by local police regarding  activity linked to a …

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‘Provably Fair’ CSGOEmpire winning skins integrity battle

‘Fair skin betting operator’ CSGOEmpire has launched a new ‘match betting’ product to complement its popular roulette game. Launched in 2016, CSGOEmpire seeks to lead the esports market in relation to ‘skin wagering’ dynamics, a controversial element of esports which sees players compete to win virtual goods or currencies (referred to as skins) that hold no material value. In its mission …

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Industry urged to rethink esports advertising practices

UK bookmakers have been urged to rethink their advertising strategy with regards to displaying marketing inventory targeting esports events. A report commissioned by cross-party think-tank Demos and the Department of Management at the University of Bristol called for greater use of age verification tools to stop child audiences from engaging with betting-related content. Authors of ‘Biddable Youth’ detail that under-16 …

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