Esports & Fantasy

LeoVegas adds Pixel.bet to fold via majority stake purchase

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The LeoVegas Group has purchased a 51 per cent stake in Pixel Holding Group Ltd, the organisation which runs the esports betting operator Pixel.bet. Making the acquisition through its LeoVentures Ltd wholly owned subsidiary, the investment amounts to a fee of €1.5m, with the firm stressing it’s aligned its vision with Pixel’s “to create the greatest gaming experience in betting …

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Betway & Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) head up elite speaker lineup at ESI London

Betting on esports continues to garner ever more attention, opinion and action from both industries. With the complications that lie around IP; the fact that game developers own the games in which matches are being bet on and are largely holed up in the anti-betting camp (the likes of Riot Games’ ongoing positioning on the topic, and Valve recently urging …

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MRG recruits telecoms pro Niklas Grawé to lead upcoming esports venture

Stockholm-listed online gambling group MRG (formerly Mr Green & Co) has confirmed the appointment of Niklas Grawé as Chief Executive of its upcoming esports entertainment joint-venture with games publisher Gamingzone. Niklas GrawéA seasoned media and telecoms executive, Grawé takes leadership of the yet to be named joint venture, and will be tasked with building a new community of esports fans focusing …

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DraftKings ‘Flash Draft’ adds in-play dynamics for NFL season 2018/19

US fantasy sports operator DraftKings has detailed that it will bolster its DFS inventory adding aits new ‘Flash Draft’ component to its NFL Season 2018/19 games/tournaments. The game-play innovation, will allow DraftKings players to make line-up changes whilst NFL games are in-progress, adding an in-play dynamic to DFS tournaments. Updating players, DraftKings expects to launch ‘Flash Draft’ games mid-way through …

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Development continues for Luckbox with Omega partnership

In its latest major product development milestone, esports betting operator Luckbox has agreed a deal with renowned platform provider OMEGA Systems. The partnership comes after Luckbox announced earlier in the month that it had been awarded a full gambling licence in the Isle of Man. As part of the newly formed deal, OMEGA Systems will provide the core of the …

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Nigel Eccles sues Paddy Power Betfair for ‘purposely undervaluing’ FanDuel

US Tech news source Recode has reported that FanDuel enterprise co-founder Nigel Eccles (former CEO) is preparing to take Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) to court, regarding its $465 million takeover of FanDuel completed in July 2018. Eccles representatives have filed a Scottish court order against PPB, representing four of FanDuel’s enterprise co-founders; Nigel Eccles, wife Lesley Eccles (former CMO), Tom …

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Betway enhances esports presence with Invictus Gaming deal

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Online bookmaker Betway has strengthened its esports presence, inking a deal with the Invictus Gaming (IG) team for the upcoming Dota 2 pro season, including this month’s The International 2018. Under the terms of the agreement Betway is to have exclusive access to the team for content creation purposes, whilst IG is to also have the bookies logo emblazoned on …

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Luckbox first esports betting operator to secure IOM OGRA licence

New industry incumbent Luckbox, has confirmed that it has become the ‘first cryptocurrency-supported esports betting platform to be awarded an operator licence by the Isle of Man government.’ Luckbox secures its IOM licence through holding company Real Time Games Limited, which received an Online Gambling Regulation Act (OGRA) accreditation, issued by the jurisdiction’s Gaming Supervision Commission. “The OGRA ensures operators …

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Sportito renews QPR DFS sponsorship agreement

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform Sportito has renewed its partnership deal with English Championship club Queens Park Rangers. The Italy-based firm will remain as the club’s “Official Fantasy Sports Partner” for the 2018/19 season. The pair continue over their successful partnership agreement from last season, which continues to be a mutual commitment. The enthusiasm of the QPR fans and the …

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Betway sponsors FACEIT London Counter-Strike series

Betway continues to expand its presence within esports, sponsoring the upcoming FACEIT London Counter-Strike tournament series at the SSE Arena Wembley (20-23 September). The online bookmaker will have a significant presence during a month of Counter-Strike play, with Betway further sponsoring FACEIT Minors qualifying event, hosted at Twickenham Stadium. Betway CEO  Anthony Werkman, said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the …

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