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Oddin.gg Boosts United States Expansion with Key Licensing Efforts and High-Profile Partnership

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Oddin.gg, a leader in eSports betting, is excited to announce significant strides in its North American expansion. Building on Oddin.gg’s existing licenses in Ontario, New Jersey and Colorado, the company is actively pursuing licenses in key states including Ohio, Maryland, Kansas and five more, underscoring their commitment to broadening the company’s footprint in the dynamic United States market.

The United States sports betting landscape is evolving rapidly, with regulations varying across states. This complexity makes navigating the legal requirements challenging but also presents a unique opportunity for innovation and growth in eSports betting. The market is projected to see exponential growth, with an estimated betting volume of around US$10 billion by 2025. The goal of Oddin.gg is to be at the forefront of this surge, offering an unparalleled betting experience.

In this ambitious venture, Oddin.gg is thrilled to partner with Bill Pascrell III, a distinguished figure in political and legal circles. His extensive experience as Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, Passaic County Counsel and a trusted advisor to high-profile political campaigns and officials including John Kerry and United States Senators like Jon Corzine, Frank Lautenberg and Cory Booker, positions him uniquely to navigate the complex regulatory landscape.

“Our pursuit of additional state licenses in partnership with Bill marks a significant advancement in our mission,” the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Oddin.gg, Vlastimil Venclik, said. “We’re not just growing our footprint; we’re innovating and enhancing the eSports betting experience, setting new industry standards. This expansion reflects our dedication to providing engaging, reliable and compliant betting services to eSports enthusiasts across the United States. We’re excited about what the future holds and are committed to being at the forefront of this rapidly-evolving market. We strive to be the leading force dispelling the misconceptions surrounding eSports betting and vigilant guardian of the integrity not just in North America but globally.”

“It is an honor for me to be retained by the number-one choice for eSports betting, Oddin.gg,” Pascrell said. “I will be assisting it as outside counsel with licensing and regulatory compliance in North America. Vlastimil Venclik, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Marek Suchar, co-founder and Managing Director, are trail blazers in the eSports betting market. Vlastimil and Marek have tremendous reach and the best odds feed and risk management as a major B2B provider. The recent decision to expand the reach into the North American market by pursuing faster licensing in more jurisdictions in the United States has generated incredible interest in the ever-growing eSports betting market.”

The company’s goal goes beyond market presence. The aim is to create a richer, more engaging betting environment, tapping into the potential of a market ripe for transformation. This journey is about setting new benchmarks in eSports betting and creating lasting impacts that resonate with their users nationwide. Other news on how Oddin.gg continues to break new ground in the United States eSports betting scene will follow.

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Gen.G and University of Kentucky Bring Back Award Winning Conference “Campus Takeover” Designed to Drive the Future of Collegiate Esports

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Global esports and gaming organization Gen.G and the University of Kentucky (UK) are bringing back their award winning collegiate esports industry conference, Campus Takeover, on March 30 and April 6. This two-day event will bring together esports professionals with students and administrators from different universities. UK continues to pave the way as an esports ecosystem leader in the SEC and Midwest region.

Campus Takeover Day 1 is a student-focused event leading up to the professional conference, and will be live-streamed at twitch.tv/universityofky on March 30 starting at 4:30 PM EST. Campus Takeover Day 2, the flagship professional conference, will be hosted at the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building on the University of Kentucky campus on April 6, starting at 10:00 AM EST.

“Since we started this event, we had a responsibility to uphold what future students expect of the University of Kentucky when it comes to their budding esports careers. There’s a lot expected about the future of gaming and esports, and we want to make sure our students are well equipped to be that expected change for years to come,” Heath Price, Associate Chief Information Officer at University of Kentucky, said.

Additionally, many esports professionals hailing from different segments of esports business will participate in various panels during Campus Takeover. The panels and discussions will cover a bevy of topics, including how to maximize your time when looking for new jobs, a conversation around esports, influencers, business, and video games, a look at intersectionality in games, and much more. Other clubs and programs will also be welcome to have tables within the Atrium during Campus Takeover, so even newer students get to see everything UK has to offer.

“University of Kentucky has been our long term collegiate partner; their investment in this community allows us to have a small hand in making sure the future of gaming and esports is secure. We all want to see this industry thrive, and we hope Campus Takeover is a stepping stone for other schools to form their own ways to develop the collegiate esports ecosystem,” Martin Kim, Chief Revenue Officer at Gen.G, said.

Campus Takeover was recognized at the 2023 Esports & Gaming Business Summit Tempest Awards, where it won the award for the Collegiate Esports Program of the Year.

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ESL FACEIT Group and Znipe Esports reveal FACEIT Watch: A cutting-edge, new digital streaming platform from esports fans for esports fans

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Designed for the competitive gaming community and now open to all, FACEIT Watch is created to disrupt the esports content distribution model by putting users in control of their viewing experience.

ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, has unveiled FACEIT Watch, the new streaming platform built by esports fans for esports fans. Free and available to all, FACEIT Watch is designed to put fans in control of their viewing experience, with features that include a multi-perspective view, live chat, profile access and FACEIT point in-game rewards.

Designed in collaboration with Znipe Esports, a technical partner, FACEIT Watch marks the first major product launch from FACEIT that moves beyond gameplay by offering its audience a unique streaming experience tailored to the user.

Featuring a unique multi-perspective view selector where users can watch their favorite player’s perspective directly next to the main event stream, it enables esports fans to pause and rewind, with access to killcams and live-generated replays of key moments and adjust the volume of caster and multi-perspective sounds, as well as disable spoilers, letting them personalize how they engage with FACEIT Watch streaming content.

Earlier this year, FACEIT announced its collaboration with Call of Duty 2024 Challengers Season and partnership with Overwatch, that aim to grow the community of competitive gamers and fans on its platform. The launch of FACEIT Watch will provide an unparalleled viewing experience and create a new way for users to connect and enjoy content with friends, bringing fans closer together. By enabling users to watch their favorite players’ perspectives and offering tools that mean they will never miss a play again, FACEIT Watch establishes a new environment where esports enthusiasts can discuss and debate, celebrate victories, and forge lasting connections.

Our mission at EFG is to create worlds beyond gameplay. FACEIT Watch represents a new chapter for the platform as it moves beyond the ultimate competitive environment to play and provides players multiple ways to engage with their favorite games,” said Warren Leigh, Senior Vice President of Product, Digital Platforms, ESL FACEIT Group. “On the FACEIT platform, we’ve had unparalleled insight into the needs and nuances of this community for over a decade, and, together with Znipe Esports, we’ve designed FACEIT Watch to meet them. We look forward to hearing their feedback after Katowice and continuing to develop and optimize Watch with them.”

Johan Ryman, CEO, Znipe Esports, added: “We are honored and excited about being a part of this initiative from EFG and their commitment towards the esports community and looking forward to our combined efforts to create best in class esports streaming.”

Over 100,000 viewers have tuned in so far on FACEIT Watch during the play-ins of EFG’s flagship event, IEM Katowice, which culminates this weekend and will see the world’s best Counter-Strike 2 teams battle it out for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool.

FACEIT Watch is now available to all at FACEIT.com. Tune in to see the Grand Final of IEM Katowice on the 11th of February on FACEIT. Watch at 17:00 CET.

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PAGODA Snacks Named the New “Official Egg Roll” of Riot Games’ League Championship Series

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PAGODA Snacks has entered into a partnership with Riot Games, the company behind the leading global esports property League of Legends.

PAGODA Snacks will be featured as the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS and offer fans the perfect game-time snack through special activations, product drops, and giveaways throughout the LCS season.

The LCS is the preeminent professional North American esport and currently the fourth most-viewed professional sports league in North America for gamers in the 18-34 years-old age demographic. PAGODA Snacks will be integrated throughout LCS’ 2024-26 season events connecting LCS fans with the perfect go-to snacks to refuel.

“We know more time in the kitchen means less time to playing and streaming League of Legends. According to YouGov, approximately 50% of next-gen consumers feel as though their lifestyles do not leave enough time to prepare food. That’s where our craveable and convenient lineup of PAGODA Snacks comes to the rescue. From our crispy egg rolls loaded with freshly cut vegetables and authentic seasoning to our Crab Rangoon filled with real crab meat and cream cheese paired with a sweet chili sauce, we offer quick, easy-to-prepare but still delicious snacks for LCS players and fans to refuel and supercharge their gaming sessions,” Monica Ball, marketing manager for PAGODA Snacks, said.

“We’re thrilled to have PAGODA Snacks join the LCS as our newest partner and further as the ‘Official Egg Roll’ of the League Championship Series. There’s no better food to fuel our fan experience than egg rolls and I know LCS fans will be hyped to add PAGODA Snacks to their go-to snack lineup,” LCS Commissioner Mark Zimmerman said.

As the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS, PAGODA Snacks will be a part of the LCS broadcasts with a “Let Him Cook” segment that will spotlight the best plays and moments of the day from professional players.

Additional PAGODA Snacks broadcast integration will come with the “Put the Egg Rolls In” Tech Pause, where LCS fans will have the perfect opportunity to fuel up and grab a bite to eat.

Throughout the partnership, fans should keep an eye out for additional PAGODA Snacks activations and touchpoints like exclusive drops and promotions so they can celebrate the season with LCS’ “Official Egg Roll”.

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