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IESF: Regional Qualifiers 2024 Kickoff

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) announced the beginning of the WEC24 Regional Qualifiers, starting on June 8. The champions from each nation have proven their talent and determination in the national qualifiers. Now, they will advance to the regional qualifiers stage, striving to earn their spot in the final event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from November 11-19.

The IESF said: “We’re excited to share the full schedule for the regional qualifiers. This stage will showcase the skills and determination of the champions from each nation as they compete in CS2 Open, CS2 Women, MLBB Open, MLBB Women, PUBG MOBILE, and DOTA2. The national champions of the eFootball series have earned a direct spot for the World Esports Championship.

“Two regional qualifiers will transition from online to offline phases, while the other two will remain fully online. Chengdu, China, will be the host city for the Asian Regional Qualifiers, covering the regions of Asia and Oceania. Meanwhile, Casablanca, Morocco, will set the stage for the African Regional Qualifiers.

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“Stay tuned for upcoming updates and show your support by cheering on your national champions, favorite teams, and athletes. Let’s make these regional qualifiers an unforgettable chapter in the Road to Riyadh.”

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Intel® Extreme Masters Cologne 2024: All 16 teams set to compete in the 10 year anniversary event

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From August 10 – 18, 16 top Counter-Strike (CS) teams will battle it out during Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Cologne 2024 for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool, a win in the race to secure the Intel® Grand Slam V, and the coveted trophy. Today, we are thrilled to share with you the full lineup of teams competing in the celebratory event.

IEM tournaments are the pinnacle of esports competition for players worldwide and are at the heart of excitement for fans from around the globe. This year, we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary at the LANXESS arena as the final three days of IEM Cologne 2024 will once again take place in the iconic and packed-out arena in Cologne, Germany.

Also dubbed the Cathedral of Counter-Strike, the event’s significance lies in its long-lasting traditions and ability to consistently deliver legendary moments. This year, everyone is invited to go on a trip down memory lane and to experience the world’s best CS teams to-date playing CS2 for the first time on stage in Cologne.

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The teams competing at IEM Cologne 2024 are:

  • Team Spirit (IEM Katowice 2024 winner)
  • FaZe Clan (IEM Chengdu 2024 winner)
  • MOUZ (ESL Pro League Season 19 winner)
  • G2 Esports (IEM Dallas 2024 winner)
  • Team Vitality (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • Natus Vincere (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • Astralis (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • Virtus.pro (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • ALTERNATE aTTaX (Online Qualifier Germany)
  • HEROIC (ESL World Ranking Europe)
  • Eternal Fire (ESL World Ranking Europe)
  • Team Falcons (ESL World Ranking Europe)
  • Complexity Gaming (ESL World Ranking North America)
  • 9z Globant (ESL World Ranking South America)
  • The MongolZ (ESL World Ranking Asia)
  • FlyQuest (ESL World Ranking Oceania)
  • Team Liquid (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • Imperial Esports (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • FURIA Esports (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • BIG (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • BetBoom Team (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • paiN Gaming (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • MIBR (ESL World Ranking Global)
  • SAW (ESL World Ranking Global)

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SIS strengthens bet365 partnership with global launch of eSoccer product

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Operator significantly enhances content offering around the world

SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading content supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has agreed a landmark deal with long-term partner, bet365, to deliver its comprehensive eSoccer portfolio across all regulated markets and boost the renowned operator’s global offering.

The integration of the complete suite of H2H Global Gaming League™ eSoccer matches will see bet365 benefit from the increase in betting opportunities which are proven to maximise engagement and margin.

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The agreement considerably strengthens SIS’ Competitive Gaming offering across the globe with eBasketball already live. The addition of eSoccer contests means more than 150,000 events will now be available on the world’s leading sports betting operator’s online platform.

Built specifically for sportsbooks, SIS’ H2H Global Gaming League™ is proven to deliver superior margins, adding as much as 10% in value to operators. Professional gamers take part in all eBasketball and eSoccer matches which are produced entirely in-house at SIS’s UK-based secure studios.

Competitive Gaming is the only product available on the market to have been awarded the Esports Integrity Commission’s (ESIC) Gold Standards. The highest possible accreditation created to set unmatched levels of integrity and safety in the industry, it has trained referees overseeing every contest.

Paul Witten, Managing Director EMEA at SIS, said: “We are very pleased to launch our eSoccer product as part of our long-term partnership with bet365.

“It is evident that customers have taken to our fast-paced, highly competitive short-form action and engage with the many available betting opportunities and we expect this to continue with the integration of our complete Competitive Gaming offering across regulated markets.”

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GRID and Kambi Group’s Abios extend official esports data partnership

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Esports data platform GRID and Abios, the esports division of Swedish sports betting technology and services provider Kambi Group PLC, have announced an extension of the two’s esports data partnership to expand the coverage of esports odds powered by GRID data.

Through Abios, GRID will add League of Legends and Rainbow Six Siege official esports data feeds to power the Kambi Group’s partner network, joining the Counter-Strike 2, Dota2 and VALORANT feeds established from the original partnership between GRID and Abios, signed last July.

Abios uses the GRID Data Platform’s real-time data feeds to offer accurate and real-time odds, accessible to both existing and new partners within the Kambi Group and subsidiary networks. The integration allows further expansion of automated and proprietary odds products, resulting in uptime improvements and odds model automation, especially important for live markets.

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The real-time data feeds also enables Abios to supply Kambi Group partners with premium features such as same-game parlays, player propositions and flash markets in expanded coverage.

The GRID Data Platform exclusively sources data directly from game servers, made possible through GRID’s official partnerships with rights holders including Riot Games, Ubisoft and KRAFTON, as well as over 70 tournament organizers in the Valve esports ecosystem. These direct partnerships with rights holders and GRID’s technology ensures the most accurate, reliable and granular real-time data possible for its partners.

The official data partnership between GRID and Kambi Group is another example of how the iGaming and esports betting industries can leverage advanced technological solutions to improve digital products. Operators and customers alike can trust the underlying data’s integrity, tracing its origins from only legitimate sources where rights holders are a part of the value chain.

Mikael Westerling, GRID Chief Sales Officer commented on the extension: “We’re proud to offer League of Legends and Rainbow Six Siege official data feeds to Kambi’s network for the first time and add even more value to the experience of their already impressive esports betting products.

The continued success of our partnership with Abios and our shared vision for the potential of esports betting made extending the partnership an easy choice.”

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Anton Janér, Managing Director of Abios, also commented: “We’re excited to continue and expand our partnership with GRID. With a unique portfolio of data rights, Abios power partners within and outside of the Kambi network with high-performance esports content.

With access to GRID’s real-time data, Abios’ automated odds models enable consistent margins, lower latency and a better user experience.”

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