Esports & Fantasy

Back in Town..DFS giants return to New York

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) has returned New York, as the state Gaming Commission this week granted five temporary permits. Under the permits, leading US fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings will be allowed to resume New York operations immediately ahead of the start of the 2016/17 NFL season (September 8) a key period for the DFS industry. “While the commission …

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How land based casinos can seize upon esports

Ask not what esports can offer Las Vegas, ask what they can offer each offer.  With casinos looking for a way to attract a younger tech savvy generation, many are looking to esports as a way to achieve this end. Some casinos have organised tournaments, the Downtown Grand for example has been a key player for some time, but the …

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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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EA Sports announces $1.3m FIFA 17 prize pool

To coincide with Gamescon in Cologne, EA Sports has made some new revelations about next month’s FIFA 17 release. Alongside a new trailer it has been announced that there’ll be a new Ultimate Team Championship Series with a $1.3m (£999,000) prize pool. It was anticipated that the new edition of FIFA would have a far greater focus on esports than …

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Is it time for bookmakers to embrace fantasy?

Bookmakers are constantly on the lookout for new additions and features to both retain punters and attract new ones. This is ever trickier in an increasingly flooded marketplace. It’s one which shows no signs of clearing out too with numerous sportsbooks popping up this year from casino operators opening their own sportsbooks to the recent launch of Sun Bets. Real money …

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Draftkings looks to widen its appeal with Private League functionalities

US daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced its new product update which features the release of ‘DraftKings Leagues’. Seeking to enhance its community and attract recreational DFS consumers, DraftKings Leagues will allow players to “Create leagues for you and your friends. Play in private contests in any sport all season long and track your results in your league’s exclusive …

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Wings Gaming scoops biggest prize in esports history

As the winners of this year’s Dota 2 competition TI6 Wings Gaming has earned itself the biggest prize in esports history to the tune of $9.1m (£7m).  The Chinese team defeated Digital Chaos 3-1 in the final of the International 6. Prior to the tournament both of these teams had been major underdogs yet Wings managed to see off the …

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Southampton joins the Official DFS partner trend via Premier Punt

Southampton FC is delighted to announce that Premier Punt has become the club’s Official Fantasy Sports Betting Partner. The Edinburgh based social gaming and betting company has signed a multi-year deal deal with the Saints ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.  Founded in 2013, Premier Punt specialises in ‘No Commitment’ fantasy football betting, meaning users can play weekly, daily or on …

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Bing Predicts says that EHOME will win The International

The search engine Bing is now getting involved in esports via Bing Predicts and major esports competition The International.  Bing Predicts, which has in the past correctly called the outcome of the Scottish Referendum and incorrectly called the EU Referendum, has attempted to determine the winner of the Dota 2 competition which kicked off on Monday. Bing Predicts has stated that …

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