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WSOP Online Returns For Players Worldwide From August 20 – October 17

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The World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) – the richest, most prestigious, and longest-running poker series – and GGPoker, the World’s Biggest Poker Room, today announced further details for WSOP Online 2023. Since its launch in 2020, WSOP Online has become the world’s most prestigious online poker tournament series, with each new bracelet winner joining the honor roll of champions that includes the most successful and famous players ever to sit at a poker table.

 

International players can pursue official WSOP gold bracelets exclusively at GGPoker, Ontario residents can do likewise at GGPoker.CA, while United States residents physically present in Nevada, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have their own slate of tournaments on WSOP .COM. Both GGPoker and WSOP.COM will each offer a total of 33 coveted WSOP gold bracelets during WSOP Online 2023, while GGPoker.CA has a total of eight more WSOP bracelets up for grabs.

 

The tournament series is hosted at GGPoker and GGPoker.CA from Aug. 20, 2023, to Oct. 2, 2023, and WSOP .COM from Sept. 10 to Oct. 17. The WSOP Online 2023 schedule caters to players of all levels, with a wide range of buy-ins and satellites running daily.

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“With record-smashing events and something for everyone, WSOP Online is quickly realizing its vision to be the premier annual online poker series,” said Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart. “We’re the “World” Series of Poker and backed by GGPoker, WSOP Online is where we can deliver a chance for glory to players across the world who might not otherwise travel to live events.  Bling is the thing, and we’ll be looking forward to welcoming new members to poker’s most exclusive club.”

 

Poker players worldwide are invited to join Daniel Negreanu at GGPoker during the upcoming WSOP Online tournament series, as he seeks to add to his haul of six WSOP bracelets. Negreanu intends to take aim at gold in a variety of bracelet events, including #7 $10 Mystery Millions $10M GTD, #10 $1,050 Beat The Pros Bounty NLH and #12 $500 Mini Main Event NLH $2.5M GTD. He will live stream much of his play, allowing viewers to follow his progress and cheer him on, and also plans to sell some of his action via the GGPoker app.

 

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“I cannot wait to get into WSOP Online 2023 and play for WSOP gold alongside thousands of other players,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “I’ll be streaming a lot during the series and you’ll also be able to buy some of my action via GGPoker’s legendary integrated staking feature, so why not buckle in and ride along with me this WSOP Online?”

 

Players can also join Negreanu at GGPoker’s Rush & Cash tables for a very special promotion, Rush & Cash Double DNegs. During the days this special event will run, the daily Rush & Cash Leaderboard will be doubled to $60K and all cash drops at Rush & Cash tables at which Negreanu or any other GGTeam ambassador is playing will also be doubled, with cash drops of up to 1,200 big blinds waiting to be won. Further details on Rush & Cash Double DNegs will be unveiled in the near future.

 

WSOP Online 2023’s domestic schedule begins with the $400 Series “Kick-off” No Limit Hold’em event and is highlighted by returning player favorites, including the Colossus, “Lucky Sevens,” “Crazy Eights,” and the $1,000 Online Championship. New events for this year’s series include “PLOssus” and a $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max.

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The domestic series offers fifteen events of $1,000 or higher, including a $3,200 High Roller Championship and a $5,300 Super High Roller 6-max Freezeout. Players must be physically located within state borders to participate. Special resort rates will be available in Nevada and New Jersey at Caesars Entertainment destinations for players traveling into each state to play. For complete information and schedule, please visit: WSOP .COM or ggpoker.com/tournaments/wsop-online-2023/.

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FANDOM EXPLORES THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF GAMING & SELF-EXPRESSION IN 2024 INSIDE GAMING REPORT

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Study Provides New Insights Into How Brands Can Authentically Engage With Gamers to Help Them Express Their Best Selves Off-Screen.

KEY FINDINGS

Gaming has exploded over the past decade, becoming one of the most dynamic and expansive industries across the globe. Fandom, the world’s largest fan platform, dives into the heart of the gaming community to uncover the evolving motivations behind why people game in its 4th annual Inside Gaming report. The 2024 Inside Gaming report – a proprietary study coupled with Fandom’s first-party data from its 350 million monthly unique visitors, 45 million pages of content and 250k fan-powered wikis – captures a notable shift: gaming is increasingly seen as a means for personal expression, exploring one’s identity and providing empowerment and confidence in one’s real life.

Dominant Gaming Motivations

  • While stress relief remains the top reason people turn to games, a striking 46% of gamers list creation, imagination, and self-expression as their main motivations for gaming, up 10% from last year.

Influence on Gaming Habits

  • People who are gaming for self-expression, creation & imagination are 30% more likely to increase their gaming time, feeling more drawn to the gaming world than ever before.

Games Driving Self-Expression

  • 60% of gamers claim that self-expression through gameplay is more important to them than ever before. Titles like Minecraft, Fortnite, and Roblox lead in enabling personal expression through extensive customization options, open-world exploration, and other game updates

Exploring Gamer Identity

  • The report also highlights a significant gap between players’ in-game identities versus their real-life personas, with 80% of respondents feeling their gaming identity differs from their real-life identity.
  • However, half of respondents claim they’d prefer to be more like their in-game personality IRL and 72% would feel more favorably towards brands that help them achieve this.
  • This is especially true of 18-34 year olds, multicultural (specifically African American & Hispanic) audiences as well as women and non-binary audiences.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MARKETERS

Emphasize Self-Expression:

  • Self-expression is a key driver for gaming engagement. In fact, 32% of gamers want their physical appearance to be more like their in-game appearance.
  • Brands that align with this motivation can enhance their connection with gamers. For example, this represents an opportunity for fashion & beauty brands to explore dedicated product extensions for gamers looking to explore this self-expression.

Create Brand Safe Spaces:

  • 64% believe that gaming communities are vital safe spaces where they can truly be themselves, presenting opportunities for brands to foster and cater to these communities.

Align with Gamers’ IRL Aspirations

  • Many gamers wish to integrate their gaming and real-life personas. Brands that help facilitate this integration can achieve deeper consumer relationships.
  • The study found that 48% of gamers want their IRL skills to be as strong as their gaming skills, opening up an opportunity for brands to explore how they can create ways to provide gamers with products that enhance IRL skills and provide a sense of accomplishment & achievement they get while playing.

 

“From character customization to cosplay and content creation, video games have empowered gamers to explore, express and enhance their identity – nearly two thirds of gamers claim it’s easier to be themselves with a controller in their hands,” said Stephanie Fried, CMO of Fandom. “With the growing significance of gaming as a means for self-expression and personal evolution, it’s crucial for brands to connect to these motivators to help players bring their gaming personas to life in the real world.”

For an interview with a Fandom executive to discuss the study in more detail, please contact Rachelle Savoia at [email protected].

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Methodology:

Fandom surveyed 5,000 entertainment and gaming fans globally to understand the ever changing entertainment landscape. The insights from the study were joined with proprietary insights from Fandom’s first-party platform data of over 350MM users, 45MM content pages across 250K wikis.

 

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Fortnite Battle Royale Global Championship and Rocket League World Championship Head to Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, This September

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The location for upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale and Rocket League in-person Championship events has been revealed! Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas will host both the Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS) Global Championship 2024 and Rocket League World Championship 2024 this September.

FNCS Global Championship 2024

Mark your calendars for September 7-8: the in-person FNCS Global Championship will feature 50 of the top Fortnite Competitive duos from around the globe, competing for a share of the $2,002,000 USD prize pool.

Qualification, format, and key dates for the Global Championship can be found in the FNCS 2024 Details blog post.

Ticketing information will be revealed in the coming month, with updates to be posted on the Fortnite Competitive website and social media channels. For more information, check out the reveal blog.

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RLCS World Championship 2024

This year’s Rocket League World Championship runs from September 10-15 and returns to Dickies Arena on September 13-15 for the final two days of competition in front of a live audience. The culmination of the RLCS 2024 season, the Rocket League World Championship will feature the 16 best international teams and a $1,165,000 USD prize pool.

Rocket League World Championship 2024 qualification, format, and key dates can be found in the 2024 season announcement blog.

Ticketing information will be revealed in the coming month, with updates to be posted on the Rocket League Esports website and social media channels. For more information, check out the reveal blog.

BLAST, Rocket League Esports and Fortnite Competitive have teamed up with the Fort Worth Sports Commission, an international sports destination agency, and C3 Presents, Texas’ leading event promotion companies, to help support and promote both events coming to Fort-Worth, Texas in September 2024.

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Exploring Canada’s video Game Market: Survey Insights

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Technology has become a great source of entertainment to many. Video games particularly have garnered interest from all demographics. In Canada, the gaming industry has experienced significant growth, fuelled by increased accessibility to gaming platforms and the growth of online gaming communities.

Statistics indicate that a large percentage of Canadians are engaged in gaming activities, whether it be playing console or PC games, mobile games, or online multiplayer games. The popularity of video games extends beyond leisure pastimes, with many Canadians participating in gaming competitions, attending gaming conventions, and consuming gaming-related content on platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

The number of video game users in Canada reflects how broad the sector is, from mobile games to digital video games, download games and live streaming. In 2024, the gaming sector will see millions of users in each of these categories. Statista projects 13.38 million users for digital video games and 7.35 million users for online games respectively. It estimates that revenue in the Canadian video game market is expected to reach US$3,925.00m in 2024, so it is no surprise to observe the increasing popularity of the sector.

Well-known online casino provider BetVictor has compiled some key points from major surveys detailing the video game market to give further insight into its makeup and potential. The gaming culture in Canada is growing, which means the type of games and genres will grow along with the sector. Statista recently conducted a survey of 1 576 respondents aged 18 – 64 who are avid video game players, with telling results. ​​In December 2023, a survey about preferred video game genres in Canada revealed the top four genres as being Action, Action – adventure, Adventure and casual games accounting for 31% of respondents’ preferences.

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David Winter, Marketing Manager at BetVictor notes that “We’ve seen a steady increase in the popularity of action-themed and adventure-themed slots and many providers are exploring how to expand further into this market.”

The popularity of Action games such as platform and fighting games can be attributed to various factors, such as: social interaction, accessibility and inclusivity, social appeal, and cultural influence. With such a diverse audience, all these factors are crucial to understand the appeal of Action games.

In the digital age, gaming has transcended mere entertainment to become a cornerstone of culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in Canada. From coast to coast, a diverse community of gamers is thriving, reflecting the country’s inclusive spirit and passion for technology. Whether it’s the casual gamer enjoying a quick session on their smartphone or the dedicated enthusiast meticulously building a custom gaming PC, Canada offers a welcome haven for all kinds of gamers.

Diving deeper into the Statista results, Strategy games accounted for 29%. This shows us that players have a strong interest in tactical and decision-making games. While role-playing (RPG) and sports games garnered 22% each, simulation and shooters trailed slightly behind at 21% and 20% respectively.

MMO (massively multiplayer online games), as well as MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) and MOBA (multi online battle arenas) came in at 13% and 8% respectively, representing a significant but niche following. With such a diverse array of preferences, the survey underscores the multifaceted nature of interests among Canadian gamers. It highlights the need for game developers to cater for a wide range of genres and gameplaying styles in the Canadian market.

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From action shooter games to role-playing adventures, the industry has something for every gaming enthusiast in the Canadian market. Overall, the popularity of video games in Canada reflects a growing cultural phenomenon, where gaming has become a mainstream form of entertainment and a significant aspect of modern-day leisure activities.

Statistics anticipate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.10% for 2022-2027, resulting in a projected market volume of US$24.52bn by 2027. Canada’s online gaming market is experiencing a surge in popularity, with a surging number of Canadian players engaging in immersive virtual reality experiences.

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