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December 3, 2020

Rethink mental and GRID announces partnership for CSGO charity event

Rethink mental and GRID announces partnership for CSGO charity event

A CSGO charity event called “The Fight Before Christmas” has been coordinated by Rethink Mental Illness, a CSGO event aimed at raising mental health funds and awareness.

The event is scheduled for 12:00 CET by Twitch on Sunday 6 December. In addition, CS:GO’s Wingman game mode with mixed-gender rosters will be used by The Battle Before Christmas to celebrate inclusiveness.

As a diversity partner for the event, Female esports community platform WIDE.GG. And for its Content Partner for Empowerment, TheEsportsBible. As partners for the fundraiser, Xtrfy and Skinwallet join GRID.

The initiative commented Harry Wiggett, GRID’s Main Account Manager: “We at GRID thought it appropriate to celebrate with some refreshing CSGO content for the communities in late 2020. We at GRID were grateful that we survived, personally and professionally, it was a wildly unpredictable year. We are delighted to raise money and raise awareness of mental health together with our partners.

“An environment where we need more emphasis than no introduction. Without any support, nobody deserves internal hardships, so we want to boost Rethink’s resources’ visibility and also raise funds to support those in need. It’s a pleasure to be in the room of mental wellbeing thanks to those involved in this case.”

A total of eight teams of two are scheduled to compete against Swedish veteran player Julia “Juliano” Kiran and the first list of competitors of Natus Vincere’s “m0nesey” Osipov.

Relog Media produces the Battle Before Christmas main radio broadcast, which uses the participants’ POV sources. It was also reported that the event focuses on following donations and engaging with the community instead of using a heavy comment style.

The GRID confirmed that it still has to finalize its key broadcasting talents with the business open to listening to the talent that wants to participate.

One spokesperson for Rethink Mental Illness said: “Rethink Mental Illness is extremely grateful for being the battle before Christmas’ charity partner. The increasing partnership between charity and sports is extremely exciting and one that we look forward to improving for the future. Any donations earned go to our work to help the worst affected.”

Published at Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:24:01 +0000

A Total Guide to Esports Betting

One of the more unexpected aspects of the eSports phenomenon that has seen millions of fans around the world tuning in to see the planet’s greatest gamers battling it out, has been the rise and rise of betting. From what started out as a side-issue to the contests, it has now grown to be a major money-spinner. By 2016 it was already at an impressive $5.5 billion but this year this figure is due to more than double to $12.9 billion. 

The increase in activity has also been reflected by the number of places where fans can bet legally, OLBG’s page shows more than 80 sports betting sites or mobile betting apps accepting wagers legally across 12 states, and the number’s growing all the time. While it’s possible to bet on pretty much every eSport going, there are some favorite games where particular players or team shine. These include Counter Strike:Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2 and Fortnite Battle Royale. 

Naturally, there are also video versions of actual sports that prove very popular and these include FIFA, the soccer game, and even NASCAR racing. So it comes down to the fact that if it’s a video game, it’ll feature somewhere in the eSports universe.

The major tournaments

Generally, it’s the major annual tournaments that tend to attract the biggest betting activity. At these, the world’s best players and teams battle it out for huge prize funds – the 2019  Fortnite World Cup gave out a total of $30 million in prizes, something that suddenly meant that eSports caught the eye of the mainstream media.

Other major tournaments include The International, organized by Valve Corporation to showcase their most popular game, DOTA 2, and the League of Legends World Championships, run by Riot Games with the same overall purpose. There are also many smaller tournaments but these are by far the biggest.

The bets that can be made

As you might expect, the nature of video games means that there are a variety of different wagers that can be made. The most basic of these is on who will be the outright winner of a particular game or tournament. There are also so-called handicap bets in which the underdog in any contest is given a certain number of points before the contest starts and the favorite has to overcome them by at least that number of points

With Over/Under bets the bookmakers set a figure to represent a particular number of achievements like kills in a game or stages won and bettors have to wager whether the final result will be over under this figure.

Skin betting

The nature of some games also lends them to the phenomenon known as skin betting. As the name suggests, it is betting to win new skins for one’s personal play and can be done in many sportsbooks or on a peer-to-peer basis. Incredibly, the betting on skins is due to hit $50 billion in revenue by 2022 with the major contributor likely to be Counter Strike:Global Offensive.

Fantasy Betting

For some time now, fantasy leagues have been a major source of enjoyment for fans of traditional sports and now eSports have well and truly caught up. There are a number of leagues in which it’s possible to bet on hand-picked teams who score for achieving particular feats.

The permitted structure of these teams follows those of NFL or NBA fantasy leagues in that there is a certain budget permitted and filling a team with superstars is not permitted by the rules. Draft Kings, the original fantasy league operator, are now very active in the eSports arena showing how significant it has become.

Challenge Betting

Challenge betting, or head-to-head betting as it’s sometimes known, is a more informal method in which individual gamers challenge each other with simple bets. There are some websites that can arrange these contests and take a fee from the wager, but generally it’s an arrangement between players that can also take the form of skin betting. It’s generally something that’s restricted to the very best gamers otherwise it can tend to be a walkover for the most able.

Spotting the top players

In the relatively short time that eSports has been in existence, some clear champions have emerged, both in the form of individuals and teams. In the case of the former, the undisputed leader for League of Legends is Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok who can justly claim to be the first true eSports superstar. The 24 year old has career winnings of $1.3 million to date and has won the LoL World Championships no less than three times. His DOTA equivalent is Johan “N0tail” Sundstein who has been even more successful financially with earnings of $6.9 million.

Of the many teams out there, the ones to watch are Fnatic, Team Liquid and TI – arguably the best outfit in South Korea which is considered to be the true epicenter of eSports.

Looking to the future

Betting on eSports is set to grow exponentially as we move into the future and this is going to mean that the tournaments will get bigger and so will the prizes. There has even been talking of eSports becoming an Olympic event in the fullness of time. Admittedly, this won’t be for a few years yet – but there is every chance that one day we’ll be able to bet on a team or player carrying off an Olympic Gold. For many, that day can’t come soon enough.

Published at Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:52:35 +0000

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