Esports & Fantasy

Kenny Schrub wins eSports Player of the Year Award

The second eSports Game Awards took place in Los Angeles this weekend in front of a packed  Microsoft Theatre. Kenny Schrub, a Frenchman who plays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Team EnVyUs, picked up the Player of the Year award fending off strong competition from the likes of Syed Sumail Hassan, Lee Sang-hyeok, Olof Kajbjer and Peter Dagar. Schrub’s game of …

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Nvidia invests in mobile eSports development

Santa Clara based Nvidia technology systems provider has announced that it is  investing in the development of competitive mobile eSports. Nvidia will sponsor Vainglory, developer Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game via the developer’s ESL partnership. Jon Gray, Content Marketing Manager at Nvidia, said: “Super Evil Megacorp wants to use eSports to grow this brand globally.” “The …

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Melania Mylioti / Julia Strunkowski – The new faces of eSports – Team Unikrn.

Team Unikrn are the world’s first, full time professional all female eSports team. Comprised of players from across Europe, they are Melania ‘Gina’ Mylioti from Greece, Julia ‘Julie’ Strunkowski of Germany, Perrine ‘Lalità’ Allesiardo and Sophia ‘Kim’ Benfakir of France, and the UK’s Camilla “Parmaviolet”. Backers are Rahul Sood’s eSports and entertainment company, Unikrn, and wagering operator Luxbet. The handpicked …

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New York Supreme Court to deliver DFS verdict ‘soon’

Market leading DFS operators DraftKings and FanDuel have been allowed to temporarily service consumers in New York as state legislators debate the legal futures of the their business services. On Wednesday New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez heard oral arguments defending and opposing DFS services in the state of New York. Mendez would allow the operators to continue New …

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DraftKings retains Exiger as compliance advisor

DraftKings has confirmed that it will retain the services of global risk and compliance advisor Exiger. New York based Exiger is set to conduct a review of all aspects of DraftKings financial, operational, compliance, and risk controls practices, with the aim of securing and improving the operators consumer safety policies and initiatives. Its continued partnership with Exiger was welcomed by …

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DraftKings officially challenges New York AG’s injunction

DraftKings today has officially filed its brief with the Supreme Court of New York State, opposing Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman ’Cease & Desist” injunction preventing state-wide players from participating in fantasy sports games. In brief the DFS operator argues that New York laws are the “same today as it has been for more than seven years” of which DFS …

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JetBet launches “Maxim Sports Live” game

Las Vegas based start-up JetBet has announced the launch of its first social sports engagement game with men’s lifestyle and entertainment brand Maxim Magazine. The game titled “Maxim Sports Live” will allow US sports fans to predict real-time sports results in an optimised “second screen” environment. The game will be promoted throughout Maxim’s digital verticals and on the media owners …

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Unikrn announce all female professional eSports team

The latest news from eSports and entertainment firm Unikrn is the announcement of the creation of Team Unikrn, an all female CS:GO professional eSports team.   The team is made up of players from across Europe; these include Melania “Gina” Mylioti (Greece), Julia “Julie” Strunkowski (Germany), Perrine “Lalità” Allesiardo (France), Sophia “Kim” Benfakir (France) and Camilla “Parmaviolet” (UK). Unikrn CEO …

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DraftKings steps up geo-location security checks with GeoComply

DFS operator DraftKings has announced that it has partnered with geo-location technology specialist GeoComply in order to better verify user eligibility for its products. The operator will integrate GeoComply’s Solus Geolocation system, which will provide security id, proxy scanning and fraud checks for DraftKings day to day operations. The integration of GeoComply services, comes as DFS industry operators face mounting …

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Florida lawsuit charges DFS investors & stakeholders of consumer negligence

Florida’s Southern District Court has recorded an amended nationwide lawsuit filed against DFS operators DraftKings and FanDuel plus related industry stakeholders including investors, US pro leagues (NHL, MLB and NBA), associated media owners and payment processors. The lawsuit filed by Florida Attorney Ervin Gonzalez on behalf of DFS players’ Antonio Gomez and John Gerecs was charged against approximately 50 DFS …

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