In a few words, video games competitions.
But look closer and you will find a huge universe, dedicated to those who just can’t get enough of ‘em. But wait, there’s MORE!
Ever since the year 2000, such competitions have been around and kept getting bigger and BIGGER. For example it was estimated that in 2013 more than 70 million people worldwide watched eSports.
Still don’t understand how big this is? OVER US$300 million of revenue in 2015 has been generated in the global eSports market, and could actually DOUBLE by the end of 2017. That’s a LOT of money coming from virtual games competitions.
But even though labeling video games as actual “sports” was a bit problematic at first,elements like “careful planning, precise timing, and skillful execution” of those who engaged in the gaming activity, were the perfect ingredients and reasons to add specific video game competitions in this area of sports. eSports
Games like: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty. League of Legends, Dota 2, World of Tanks and even Starcraft got into the spotlight as the most popular games in the eSports industry. And the prizes? well..let’s take a look at what Wikipedia has to say about this. A recent example:
“As of 10 September 2016, Dota 2 has awarded approximately US$86 million in prize money within 632 registered tournaments, with 23 players winning over $1 million. League of Legends awarded approximately $30 million within 1749 registered tournaments, but in addition to the prize money, Riot Games provides salaries for players within their League of Legends Championship Series. “
Pretty awesome, right? So for those of you that saw nothing more than a collective game-play in these Competitions, think again. This industry is growing bigger and bigger by the day!
But wait! There’s more!
It’s not just about the competition, the game-play and the atmosphere.
A comedy movie about eSports will soon begin it’s production, staring one of the most well known comedy veterans – Will Ferrell. Nothing unusual about a guy like Will Ferrell getting into eSports competitions, right? Wrong.
Because in this world, of eSports, which is specifically dominated by teenagers, who have better and faster reflexes when it comes to making quick gaming decisions, comes Will Ferrell, who is also playing AGAINST them to get the Grand Prize (which is a consistent 6 digit number).
And even though other details have not been given at the moment, there’s always something good coming from Legendary (Warcraft movie for example). The project, which is only beginning to come to life, will probably be as good as the rest of the movies starting Will Ferrell. There’s a huge number of fans out there that have never been disappointed, neither by Legendary or Will Ferrell.
It’s not the first sports comedy Will Ferrell is staring, but it’s likely that this movie will bring things to a whole new comedy level. Just imagining Will Ferrell participating, for example, into a Dota 2 tournament; or Starcraft 2, surrounded by teenagers, competing for the same million-dollar prize. That could be enough for some to start laughing.
Let’s just hope it won’t take long before we start laughing for good!
Will, makes us laugh like you always did!
Casino Technology announces Valentina Dobre as new Regional Director for Romania
Gaming equipment manufacturer Casino Technology has announced a new appointment for Romania to further strengthen the company’s management.
Following its steady plan for continuous market growth, the company named Valentina Dobre as Regional Director for Romania as of 1st of August 2017.
The company claims with Mrs Dobre’s profound expertise, professional background and in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry in the country, she became part of Casino Technology team, ready to implement the overall corporate strategy.
Valentina Dobre commented: “I am honored to accept this position and be part of the high level management team of Casino Technology. I will pursue actively further company positioning and growth on the Romanian market. Casino Technology has been on the country’s market for over 10 years and proved to be leader, having maintained trusted partnerships with local operators and customers.”
Casino Technology stated that Mrs Dobre’s background as Member of the Board of Directors at Romslot Association, Bucharest will additionally increase the Casino Technology market share.
“Valentina Dobre is an important appointment as she brings extensive knowledge of the market, that will help us boost even more our presence in Romania. She will have a crucial role in our further expansion, launching successfully our new line products on the market”, concluded Milo Borissov, Founder, President and CEO of Casino Technology.
Two major announcements from BEGE Expo and EEGS: Mark your calendars
The Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo (BEGE Expo) and the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS) celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Due to the big interest for both events the organizers made two major announcements – BEGE will outspread in one more hall and EEGS will start one day earlier than the announced date.
Over 50 leading companies from the industry have already confirmed their presence for BEGE Expo 2017. Well-known leading manufacturers, amongst them being Novomatic, Casino Technology, EGT, Suzohapp, BetConstruct, Interblock, Merkur Gaming, APEX, Alfastreet Trade, Nsoft, JPL and CPI, as well as new participants, such as the leading sports betting company Bet3000 (IBA-Entertainment Ltd.), EXEFEED, Quixant, Zitro, Change Italia s.r.l., Gamebridge Casino Equipment, JCM Europe GmbH, nano Vo sp. Z o.o., Berkotech Kft. and others will exhibit their latest solutions at this year’s BEGE. The great interest for the event forced the opening of new hall, thus making the 10th edition of BEGE Expo the biggest so far.
The registration is already open so you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to register.
Another newness that BEGE Expo 2017 will present is the special Affiliate zone. Following the expansion of the online business in the region, this year the exhibiton will create space for online operators and affiliates from the region to interact and create business partnerships. Affiliate program providers will be able to book their own space in the zone and all affiliates will be admitted for free.
EEGS also promises to reach new heights this year. Reschedule your calendars, because EEGS 2017 will start on 20th of November – one day earlier than intended. This year’s EEGS will continue to follow its main aim – to present the most recent updates from the region, including the countries Serbia, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Slovenia, Montenegro, F.Y.R of Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey and Croatia.
Separate sessions will be dedicated to Sport Challenges, Impact on gaming operators by Anti-Money Laundering Act, GDPR and online gaming. Day 3 will be focused on Tourism & Gaming, Responsible Gaming Academy and marketing topics.
BEGE Expo and EEGS have gradually established as a center for the gaming and entertainment industry in Eastern Europe and for 10th year in a row will be the place where professionals from the field come in order to expand their business, exchange knowledge and promote new products. For any updates you may follow the official websites of the events: eegamingsummit.com and balkangamingexpo.com
Habanero signs an outstanding deal with BBIN
Under the agreement, the supplier will give the software company access to its complete product portfolio of HTML5 games for all of its white label sites.
Recent releases from Habanero, including Fire Rooster, Bird of Thunder, and Panda Panda, have also been made available to the aggregator.
Daniel Long, Head of Sales at Habanero, said the deal was a game-changer for the supplier and one of the company’s most important to date.
He added: “By partnering with BBIN, we have significantly expanded our presence around the world, which means even more players will be able to enjoy our games.
“Many of them will be a natural fit with BBIN’s customers, but it is the diversity and variety of content that will appeal the most.”
Habanero operates a stable of 75 video slots titles, 9 table games, and 50 video poker titles, which are integrated into over 45 operators and aggregators and available in 21 European and Asian languages.
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