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Kent State close to launching varsity esports video gaming program

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Kent State University is looking to join MAC rivals Akron and Miami in launching a varsity esports program.

The specifics of the program haven’t been announced yet, but university officials say they’re close to making their plans known.

The interest level in this is pretty high,” Steven Toepfer, a faculty member who oversees a group of student gamers at Kent’s Salem campus, said. “We’re behind this significantly.

Varsity esports programs have sprouted up at more than 50 colleges across the country in recent years. Teams of student gamers compete with other colleges and at tournaments in popular games such as League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone. Many of the schools like Akron and Ashland offer scholarships to students to play video games.

Kent will too, although the number and amounts are still being discussed. The Salem campus is already recruiting players for scholarships in Hearthstone and Overwatch.

We’re going to have six players in the Salem campus coming into the university in the fall,” Toepfer said. “Most of the regional campuses are going to field at least one team as well. So, that’s seven locations (in addition to the main campus). We’re talking about a sizable program.

In addition to the varsity-level program, the school is planning to field club teams as well. 

There are currently more than two dozen student organizations at Kent involved in competitive video gaming. The university hopes to lure them and prospective students to a school-wide tournament on April 6-7. The goal: to gauge interest, recruit players and educate the rest of the university about esports.

We’re going to see how competitive we can be in a couple of different games. We’re also going to find out what games we want to dive into in year one,” Tim Pagliari, project manager of KSU’s esports initiative, said.

As far as possible future matchups against their arch nemesis Akron Zips, university officials say that’s part of the goal.

The MAC doesn’t have a current stance on esports, although they’re getting there,” Pagliari said. “We certainly hope to have both friendly competitions and to see them in regional and national tournaments.

While the scope and timeline for an esports program is still being finalized, organizers say the process of selling the merits of gaming to the university as a whole is ongoing.

“We show them some of the numbers in terms of what the industry is doing ($1.5 billion in revenue globally last year) and how much these [pros] are making and it really drives home the point,” Toepfer said. “But we also try to sell this as a community building endeavor.

We really think [an esports program] is going to help our students feel attached to the university in a similar way that athletics help athletes feel like their part of the university. … These kids are so excited to be representing the university, so it has a lot to do with attachment to place and feeling proud of Kent State.

 

For more information, go to kent.edu/esports.


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SLS Las Vegas to launch sports betting tournament during football season

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SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will launch a special sports betting tournament during the upcoming football season. The resort will offer fantasy drafts, food and beverage specials, viewing parties and more during the matches. Starting Thursday, 6th September, whether watching pro football Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays or college football Fridays and Saturdays, Umami patrons can enjoy a variety of game day specials.  The Sayers Club will also host viewing parties Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season on six big-screen televisions.

Guests aged 21 and up are invited to stop by the state-of-the-art William Hill Sports Book to place bets on their favourite teams. Sports book patrons have access to innovative wagering technology, including William Hill’s market-leading mobile betting platform available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Additionally, the sports book features an expansive HD video wall for viewing of sporting events and betting odds, as well as fully automated InPlay wagering.

 

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Authentic Games obtains UK gambling license

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Authentic Games, the Malta-based Live casino specialist has obtained a service provider license from UK Gambling Commission. The license will allow it to provide its whole range of games and products to UK operators and players.

The company’s product range includes the flagship Authentic Roulette product, which live streams from roulette tables located on the floors of premium casino resorts in Malta, USA, Romania, Georgia, Italy and Denmark.

Authentic Gaming recently opened a new Arena studio in Malta, and has a client list that includes Leo Vegas, Mr Green, and all Kindred Group brands including Unibet.

The studio contains six Live Auto Roulette tables with four different game formats: Classic Roulette, Speed Roulette, VIP Roulette and a never-seen-before variant, Blaze Roulette.

Blaze Roulette is set against a game show backdrop. The game table is lit with LED lights, and a giant video wall that completes the showbiz theme. Blaze is the only “game show” style Live Roulette game dedicated to roulette players.

Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic Gaming, said in a statement Monday: “The UK is a key market for us as we continue to expand into regulated jurisdictions around the world. With nearly half of our client base holding a UKGC licence, we are eager to bring our games to market.”

 

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Crown Resorts’ profits suffer massive dip

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The company has reported its full-year results, which fell to US$558.9 million.

Crown Resorts, one of the biggest gaming and entertainment groups in Australia, reported a steep fall in its profits. According to the latest financial results, the company’s profits have decreased by 70 per cent to US$558.9 million. This is significant because the company sold its facilities and business ventures in Macau last year.

This has been a problem year for Crown Resorts. Its board member James Packer left the company and 19 of its executives were arrested in China. However, not everything is lost. Despite the 70 per cent dip in net profit, there is a 12.7 per cent increase in normalised profit to US$385.6 million. It also registered a 5.4 per cent increase in operating revenue to US$3.4 billion.

John Alexander, Executive Chairman of Crown: “Crown’s full-year result reflects a solid performance from our Melbourne operation and continued subdued trading in Perth. VIP program play turnover in Australia of US$51.5 billion (up 54.5 per cent) was a pleasing outcome, particularly at Crown Melbourne (up 73.9 per cent), given the difficult trading conditions.”


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