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X-Bet.co and BUFF.bet merge and fuel eSports betting IPO

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The two eSports betting brands are merging due to a signed deal at the end of February between XB Systems, a start-up organization managing X-Bet.co and one of the strongest white labels of UltraPlay – BUFF.bet.

Since XB Systems operations began in May 2017, the company has grown rapidly within the eSports betting sector under the brand name X-Bet.co. BUFF.bet, on the other hand, is a standalone business affiliated with UltraPlay and powered by its advanced betting solutions.

For over three years XB Systems has been working closely with its platform provider UltraPlay. The effective management team of XB Systems and the surging growth rates on X-Bet.co in terms of betting volume and user numbers encouraged UltraPlay to take the next step and initiate talks to merge BUFF.bet with XB Systems operations and management. Due to the signed agreement, X-Bet.co effectively and fully takes over the management and operations, as well as the domain and all assets of the merged business. UltraPlay will remain the platform provider for the newly formed venture for the foreseeable future.

Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay commented: “We believe that X-Bet.co and BUFF.bet will form a great synergy together. With the two sites joined forces and the experienced management team of XB Systems firmly in place, BUFF.bet will undoubtedly go from strength to strength becoming one of the leading eSports betting operators worldwide”.

Daniel Miller, CEO of XB Systems said:The merger is an absolute recipe for success and a win-win situation for everyone. Under the BUFF.bet brand we are targeting a major slice of the global eSports market. With our unique proposition of media portal and eSports betting site powered by UltraPlay’s data and betting solutions, we are certain that our market share will grow massively over the next 24 months“.

The newly formed organization will come under the name of BUFF.bet and will incorporate the two brands’ vision of providing the ultimate eSports betting experience.

A major contributing factor in this success story has been the close collaboration with Swiss-based firm Raptor Consulting GmbH, which has accompanied XB Systems since its foundation specializing in the capital raising for the company.

Furthermore, the acclaimed international financial boutique JP Capital Investments Ltd., with its wealth of experience and exclusive network, has been assigned as partners in the upcoming IPO of XB Systems.

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The Esports Awards Reveals Pro & On-Air Talent Finalists

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The Esports Awards, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to unveil the finalists for this year’s Pro, On-Air Talent, and Journalism categories which include the likes of Fnatic, Amjad “AngryBird” Al-Shalabi, and Yinsu Collins with voting now live. This year’s Esports Awards, taking place across the 29th and 30th of November, will be hosted by the most innovative and technologically advanced nightclub in Las Vegas, Zouk.

The finalists were announced live across the Esports Awards broadcast platforms, including their Twitch.tv channel by American Esports Host Daniel “dGon” Gonzales, Rocket League Caster and Content Creator Elyse “Herculyse” Herrera, Esports Caster Phil “EEVisu” Visu, and Esports Hosting royalty James “Dash” Patterson.

The Esports Awards will also host PWR UP Las Vegas, held at the luxurious Resorts World Las Vegas. PWR UP Las Vegas is the ultimate esports, tech, and gaming conference. Headlining the event is the groundbreaking Esports Awards Open, a golf tournament blending networking and entertainment with top-tier industry executives and celebrities. PWR UP Las Vegas promises to be an electrifying event that defines the future of esports, tech and gaming, powering up passion within the industry.

The full Pro, On-Air Talent and Journalism finalists are as follows:

Pro

Esports Team of the Year

  • Team Vitality – CS:GO
  • Team Vitality – Rocket League
  • Fnatic – VALORANT
  • Evil Geniuses – VALORANT
  • New York Subliners – Call of Duty
  • JD Gaming – League of Legends
  • w7m Esports – Rainbow Six Siege
  • Echo – ML:BB
  • Gaimin Gladiators – DOTA
  • TSM – Apex Legends

Esports Organisation of the Year

  • Team Vitality
  • LOUD
  • Team Liquid
  • G2 Esports
  • Gen.G Esports
  • Karmine Corp
  • Moist Esports
  • 100 Thieves
  • Optic Gaming
  • NAVI
  • NRG

Esports Coach of the Year

  • Danny “Zonic” Sørensen
  • Victor “Ferra” Francal
  • Christine “Potter” Chi
  • Ehsan “DREAL” Javed
  • Igor “igoorctg” Santos
  • Renzo “Renzo” Oemrawsingh
  • Jan “Swani” Müller
  • Aske “Cy-” Larsen
  • Yoon “Homme” Sung-young

Esports Breakthrough Player of the Year

  • Alexis “Zen” Bernier
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Thomas “Scrappy” Ernst
  • Kim “D0NGHAK” Min-sung
  • Kim “Peyz” Su-hwan
  • Anders “Vejrgang” Vejrgang
  • Martin “Yike” Sundelin

Esports PC Player of the Year

  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Cho “Maru” Seong-ju
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Quinn “Quinn” Callahan
  • Nemanja “Hunter” Kovač
  • Zhuo “Knight” Ding
  • Emir “Alfajer” Beder
  • Max “Demon1” Mazanov
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen
  • Jung “Chovy” Ji-hun

Esports Controller Player of the Year

  • Alexis “Zen” Bernier
  • Paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez
  • Zain “Zain” Naghmi
  • Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley
  • Mashita “acola” Hayato
  • Amjad “AngryBird” Al-Shalabi
  • Finlay “Rise” Ferguson
  • Jack “ApparentlyJack” Benton
  • Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique
  • Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen

Esports Mobile Player of the Year

  • Mohamed “Mohamed Light” Tarek
  • Frederic “Bennyqt” Gonzales
  • Gaku “Gaku” Mukai
  • Erik “Joker” Granström
  • Burenbayar “TOP” Altangerel
  • Tensai “Tensai”
  • Peng “Fly” Yunfei

On-Air Talent

Esports Colour Caster of the Year

  • Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont
  • Dan “Gaskin” Gaskin
  • Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson
  • John “JohnnyBoi_i” MacDonald
  • Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy
  • Thomas “Chance” Ashworth
  • Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
  • Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
  • Chad “Spunj” Burchill
  • Michael “Hypoc” Robins

Esports Desk Analyst of the Year

  • Mimi “aEvilCat” Wermcrantz
  • Tyler “Tbates” Bates
  • Barento “Raz” Mohammed
  • Alyssa “Allycxt” Parker
  • Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler
  • Mira “Ephey” Riad
  • Alex “Mauisnake” Ellenberg
  • Kale “Genome” Morton
  • Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez

Esports Host of the Year

  • Alex “GoldenBoy” Mendez
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Freya “Freya” Spiers
  • Sean “Stax” Stackhouse
  • Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons
  • Yinsu “Yinsu” Collins
  • Chris Puckett
  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden
  • Lottie Van-Praag
  • Ana Xisdê
  • James “Dash” Patterson

Esports Play by Play Caster of the Year

  • Steven “Tasty Steve” Scott
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Brennon “Bren” Hook
  • Mark “Onset” Hatcher
  • Conner “Scrawny” Girvan
  • Brandon Smith
  • Callum “Shogun” Keir
  • Clayton “Captain Flowers” Raines
  • Mitch “Uber” Leslie
  • Bruno “BrunoClash” Veiga Lopes
  • Miles Ross
  • Lauren “Pansy” Scott

Esports Journalist of the Year

  • Richard Lewis
  • Dominic Sacco
  • Kevin Hitt
  • Alexander Lee
  • James Fudge
  • Mikhail Klimentov
  • Antonio Yuste
  • Cecilia D’Anastasio
  • Alejandro Gomis

“I’m continually awestruck by the incredible talent present in the esports industry. It’s an absolute joy to gather everyone and create a space where we can acknowledge, celebrate, and foster growth. I’m eagerly anticipating the upcoming night of fun and camaraderie we’ll share in Las Vegas this November.” Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards

The Esports Awards 2023 campaign key dates:

  • 13th – 20th November: Turbo voting period–votes are worth double
  • 20th November: Voting closes on all categories but 3
  • 25th November: Voting closes for Esports PC Player, Esports Organisation and Esports Team of the Year
  • 27th & 28th November: Inaugural Scholars
  • 29th & 30th November: Esports Awards 2023

The 2023 Esports Awards is brought to you in partnership with Xfinity, Oakley, Amazon Music, Sizzle Creative, and 5GRV.

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HP Inc. and edX Launch Free Professional Certificate Program in Esports Management, Game Design, and Programming

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edX, a leading global online learning platform from 2U Inc., and global technology leader HP Inc. announced a new online Professional Certificate program in Esports Management, Game Design, and Programming to bring cutting-edge skills to learners globally.

Available in English and Arabic (with more languages to follow later this year), the new Professional Certificate program includes over 60 curated modules designed to prepare learners for jobs in the gaming, media, and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors. HP is covering the full cost of enrollment in the certificate track for all learners. Enrollment is open at edX.org.

“Working with edX reflects our commitment to supporting learners worldwide by providing access to free educational content in the field of gaming. We are taking a vital step in democratizing gaming education, ensuring that individuals have the opportunities to gain the skills they need to pursue careers in gaming and adjacent industries,” Mayank Dhingra, senior education business leader at HP, said.

As demand for gaming professionals rises, the Professional Certificate program offers a diverse curriculum across game design, game programming, and esports management. Courses encompass both technical skills, such as coding and testing, as well as essential business skills including marketing, storytelling, and content creation. Throughout the program, learners will have access to video modules, each ending with an assessment, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Learners who successfully complete each course in the Professional Certificate program will also receive a certificate of achievement for the program free of charge.

“With the launch of its first program on edX, HP joins hundreds of universities and institutions in the edX global partner network committed to expanding access to affordable, cutting-edge education in the world’s most in-demand fields. This collaboration enables HP to reach millions of aspiring learners and professionals, fostering skill development and career advancement in the gaming industry,” said Andrew Hermalyn, president of partnerships at 2U, said.

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GGTech Entertaiment Appoints Cristina Carranza as Head of Global Sales

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GGTech Entertainment has appointed Cristina Carranza as the new Head of Global Sales.

After almost ten years at Amazon and Twitch, Cristina Carranza arrives to reinforce the international team led by Eduardo García, who recently joined the company as Chief Product Officer.

Her professional achievements include the launch of Twitch Ads in Spain and the pilot development of global gaming programmes such as Amazon GAMERGY and Amazon UNIVERSITY Esports. With her international experience, Cristina Carranza arrives with the aim of boosting the company’s global growth and developing cross-border sales relationships.

“I have been working with GGTech for more than four years and I have fallen in love with their company culture, the great human quality of their team and their vision of what they want GGTech to become, making it the world leading company for entertainment, gaming, and esports. I am proud to be part of this project, developing the global sales and business strategy,” Cristina Carranza said.

“The digital entertainment industry, the streaming world and the ‘gaming boom’ are some of the drivers that generate this great business opportunity for which GGTech is ideally positioned, the challenge now lies in transferring this vision to other regions and sharing the brand’s products and services to the most passionate fans of the video gaming world,” Carranza added.

The addition of Cristina Carranza will provide GGTech Entertainment with the vision and skills of a professional with an enviable track record, backed by her 10 years of experience in the digital, e-commerce, entertainment and gaming sectors, developing international business for both retail and advertisers.

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