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LEON Kicks Off Dota 2 Tournament – LEON Masters #1

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LEON is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever Dota 2 tournament, called LEON Masters #1. The event, organized with the support of GAM3RS_X, kicks off on June 10, 2024, and runs until July 28, 2024, featuring top teams from across Europe and CIS. The total prize pool is an impressive $100,000.

LEON Masters #1 is a thrilling online event structured in three main phases:

  • Group Stage #1 (June 10 – June 23, 2024): 16 teams will be split into two groups of 6 teams each. All matches will be played in a Bo2 (Best of 2) format. Group winners advance directly to the semifinals, teams placed 2nd to 5th move to the next group stage, and the last-placed teams are eliminated.
  • Group Stage #2 (July 15 – July 24, 2024): Teams are re-divided into two groups of 6 teams each. Matches remain in Bo2 format. The top two teams from each group will proceed to the quarterfinals, while the others are eliminated.
  • Playoffs (July 26 – July 28, 2024): The final stage will feature a single-elimination bracket, with all matches played in a Bo3 (Best of 3) format.

The prize pool distribution is as follows:

  • 1st place: $50,000
  • 2nd place: $25,000
  • 3rd-4th place: $12,500 each

Stay tuned for announcements and updates on our official channels. The first series of matches has already begun, including Twisted Minds vs. Kalmychata, L1GA TEAM vs. PSG Quest, and MOUZ vs. JustBetter. Full schedule and results will be available on the tournament’s website.

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stc Group Announced as Elite Partner of First Esports World Cup to Create Unparalleled Gaming Experience

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The Esports World Cup Foundation (EWCF) today announced that stc Group, an engine of digital transformation, has been named as the Elite and Founding Partner of the inaugural Esports World Cup (EWC), being hosted at the world-class venue, Riyadh Boulevard City, between 3 July and 25 August. The partnership was announced at an official signing ceremony attended by Faisal Alsaber, Group Chief Commercial Officer and Ralf Reichert, CEO of Esports World Cup Foundation.

Through this partnership, stc Group will provide seamless connectivity across all EWC venues, creating an unparalleled competitive gaming experience. With a remarkable track record of innovation and integration of advanced technologies in gaming across the region, stc Group will elevate both professional and enthusiast gaming esports competitions to new heights.

stc Group is also the naming partner for three key venues at the event, which will showcase dynamic and immersive digital and gaming experiences: stc Arena, stc Play Gaming Hall, and stc TV World Cup Studios. These venues will highlight stc Group’s pivotal role in the festival, reaffirming its commitment to advancing the esports industry in the kingdom. The stc Arena and World Cup Studios will host esports matches, while the Gaming Hall will serve as a hub for participants to join community tournaments and other activations.

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“I’m proud to welcome stc Group, a telecommunications giant and digital pioneer, as an Elite and Founding Partner of the Esports World Cup,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO of Esports World Cup Foundation. “stc Group is the digital backbone of our competitions and will bring the EWC content to local and global audiences. Through their festival activation, stc will enable fans visiting the EWC to stay connected with the special stc SIM Card. As one of the largest companies in the MENA region, their support means we’re not only going to offer exceptional digital access for fans and athletes but can take the Esports World Cup to the next level.”

Olayan Alwetaid, stc Group CEO, said: “Our partnership with the Esports World Cup is a testament to our vision for the future of gaming. We are thrilled to be deploying our seamless world-class connectivity, enabling the kingdom to become the premier global hub for gaming. stc Group is committed to bringing this event to life with innovative technological solutions, as well as showcasing the vast scale and scope of its services.”

During the EWC, stc play, the leading gaming platform for amateur and professional gamers, will feature engaging activities, including an ongoing prediction segment for all tournaments. Furthermore, with the stc play app, the participants can register for community tournaments taking place in the stc play Gaming Hall, one of the festival’s major venues.

stc tv, an industry-leading streaming service, will play a pivotal role in streaming all EWC tournaments on its platform, ensuring viewers can watch the action unfold in real-time. This partnership highlights the commitment of both stc Group and the Esports World Cup to advancing the growth of the gaming industry in the Kingdom, contributing to Vision 2030 objectives of becoming a premier gaming hub.

Mark your calendars for July 3, 2024, when the Esports World Cup will turn Riyadh into the heart of esports and gaming culture with an eight-week extravaganza. The Festival will showcase gaming activities, community tournaments, pop culture festivities, international experiences, and more. Fans can partake in these thrilling events and witness top athletes and clubs vie in 20 Game Championships for a share of over $60 million in prize money — the largest prize pool in esports history.

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adidas Levels Up Esports World Cup with Exclusive Gear

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The Esports World Cup Foundation (EWCF) and adidas, the leading global sports brands, announced a groundbreaking partnership that bridges the worlds of athletics and digital competition. As the official merchandise sponsor of the Esports World Cup, adidas will provide esports athletes with exclusive gear, supporting their pursuit of victory.

As the Esports World Cup unfolds, adidas will provide all athletes with premium kits. The partnership also extends to the event staff, with EWC crew, ushers, and access control personnel sporting co-branded adidas apparel.

“The Esports World Cup is proud to partner with adidas, a brand that embodies the spirit of competition and innovation” said Mohammed Al Nimer, Sales Director, Esports World Cup Foundation. “This partnership allows adidas to connect with a passionate and dedicated fanbase, presenting a unique opportunity to engage with the rapidly growing esports community. We look forward to co-creating innovative experiences that excite fans and elevate the esports landscape.”

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“Building on the success of our Gamers8 partnership, adidas is thrilled to join forces with the Esports World Cup, a global leader in esports and gaming,” said Bilal Fares, SVP & General Manager Middle East, North Africa, Ukraine, Central Asia, and The Caucasus, adidas. “Our return to Riyadh underscores our commitment to this dynamic community. This collaboration highlights adidas’ dedication to the Kingdom’s growing gaming scene and our ongoing exploration of sports and entertainment.”

Beginning July 3, the Esports World Cup will transform Riyadh into the epicenter of esports fandom and gaming culture. Located in Boulevard City, fans can watch their favorite athletes and clubs compete across 22 game championships for a share of more than $60 million in life-changing prize money — the largest prize pool in esports history. Across eight weeks, the Esports World Cup will also feature festival activities that include numerous gaming activations, community tournaments, pop culture celebrations, international experiences, and more.

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SIS and bet365 expand H2H Global Gaming League™ presence in US with esports products now live in Ohio and Arizona

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SIS Content Services, part of the SIS Group (Sports Information Services), has further expanded its United States footprint with bet365 offering its H2H Global Gaming League™ (H2HGGGL) eBasketball and eSoccer games in Ohio and Arizona.

After bet365 successfully launched H2HGGL eBasketball in New Jersey in late 2022, the product has since gone live in Colorado, Kentucky and, most recently, Ohio and Arizona. The product set has further expanded through the launch of eSoccer games, with bettors now enjoying the full range of industry-leading H2HGGL esports content.

Developed specifically for betting, SIS produces over 150,000 H2HGGL events annually, providing a full end-to-end solution with integrity at its core.

The short-form, events-based esports product, which sees professional gamers compete in eBasketball and eSoccer games from SIS’ self-contained UK studios, is proven to deliver superior margins around the clock, adding as much as 10% in value in the basketball and soccer verticals on sportsbook platforms.

The products feature ultra-low (sub-second) latency live streaming, visible ESIC-trained integrity referees for every game, live caster commentary, and on-screen graphics.

Richard Ames, Chief Executive, SIS, and President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are rapidly expanding the presence of our H2H Global Gaming League™ across the US, which is significantly boosting engagement and margin for our partners. With content live in five states, our relationship with long-term partner bet365 has been further strengthened as we continue to assist them with growth in the region.”

Michele Fischer, Vice President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are thrilled that our esports products are now live in Ohio and Arizona. Both states have significant fan engagement in professional and college sports, and the H2H Global Gaming League™ has already shown to have positive appeal to the bet365 customer base.”

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