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Midnite Raises Over $2.5M in Funding

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Midnite, the London-based esports betting startup, has raised just over $2.5 million in funding. The “strategic” investment is led by gaming-focused venture firm Makers Fund.

Previous investors in Midnite include London VC firm Venrex Investment Management, as well as unnamed “founders and executives” from leading gaming companies, including Betfair and GVC. The new round brings the total raised by the 2016-founded company to around $4.5 million.

“The esports market is seeing rapid year-on-year growth and we believe that betting represents the single biggest opportunity in this space. Wagering on esports is expected to exceed $12 billion by the end of 2020, making betting already one of the fastest growing verticals within esports,” Midnite co-founder Nick Wright said.

However, despite the size of opportunity, Wright says that for most big sports betting sites, esports is “just another tab” in their legacy sports betting offering, but that esports fans are not simply just another type of sports fan. “They are an entirely new customer category and deserve a platform tailored to them,” he says. “This is why Midnite exists.”

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With that in mind, Wright pitches Midnite as an “entertainment platform” that provides an immersive experience for esports fans. He says fans get the thrill of watching, analysing and betting on their favourite teams and players as they face off in tournaments around the world.

“What makes esports differ from other sports is the constant action and its highly dynamic nature. This is conducive to a variety of live betting opportunities that you can seldom find in real sports. Users can bet on your standard match winners and losers, but they can also bet on unique selections such as next kill or next objective achieved while matches are in-play,” Midnite co-founder said.

“In the past, betting on esports has been carried out by unregulated operators, which meant that the unregulated market was several times bigger than the regulated market. Many operators offering esports betting would not be licensed, were not taking responsible gambling seriously or even performing age verification checks. This meant customers want to bet on esports were often placing themselves at risk. We are creating a safe and responsible environment for these fans. Customer safety is our top priority and we are taking it very seriously. We are doing everything by the book to ensure our community is safeguarded and are compliant with all the regulations in markets where we are operational,” he added.

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ESL FACEIT Group and Porsche team up for DreamHack Dallas, Overwatch® Championship Series Major Partnership

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Porsche To Showcase new all-electric Macan at Gaming Lifestyle Festival, Present MVP Award at OWCS Major Final

ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the world’s leading esports and gaming entertainment company, today announced sports car manufacturer Porsche as the Exclusive Automotive Partner of the first-ever Overwatch® Championship Series (OWCS) Major at Dreamhack Dallas. Taking place the weekend of May 31 to June 2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the collaboration marks Porsche’s first major partnership with an esports tournament operator, and an expansion of the brand’s partnership with Overwatch 2.

“Porsche’s history of innovation and groundbreaking design are uniquely aligned with the Overwatch community’s passionate and tech-savvy fans,” said Jasmin Haasbach, VP, Global Brand Partnerships, ESL FACEIT Group. “We’re excited to bring these two celebrated brands together at DreamHack Dallas.”

As an official partner, Porsche will celebrate the OWCS Major player who drives their team to greatness by crowning the competition’s Most Valuable Player. After crowning the winner on Sunday after the Grand Finale, fans can meet and greet the MVP at the new all-electric Porsche Macan right in front of the OWCS Major stage for photo and signature opportunities. Fans will also get exclusive access to custom content linked to Porsche’s new all-electric Macan model –the inspiration behind one of Overwatch’s latest Legendary skins for D.Va.

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“This is the perfect setting for Porsche’s first partnership with an esports tournament,” said Ayesha Coker, Vice President of Marketing for Porsche Cars North America (PCNA). “OWCS and festivals like DreamHack offer new avenues to inspire the gaming community and reach the next generation of drivers, showcasing incredible new cars, like the new all-electric Macan, at the same time.”

DreamHack Dallas is one of North America’s biggest gaming festivals, featuring meet-and-greets with creators and celebrities, cosplay competitions, an indie gaming showcase, and more. This year’s three-day celebration of gaming culture will build off the success of the DreamHack Dallas 2023, which saw a record-setting 44,000 attendees, the most ever for a DreamHack festival in North America.

Badges for DreamHack Dallas start at $35 for a single day and $99 for three-day access, with OWCS add-ons to guarantee seating for the event starting at $29. More information is available at dreamhack.com.

 

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HAWKS TALON GC COMPLETES TRADE FOR TWO 2025 SECOND-ROUND PICKS

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Hawks Talon receives two 2025 second-round picks in four team trade

Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, announced today that the team has received two 2025 second-round picks from Mavs Gaming in exchange for Talon’s own 2025 first-round pick, sent to the Gen.G Tigers, and a 2025 third-round pick owned by 76ers GC, sent to Mavs Gaming.

Hawks Talon is set to begin the TURN, the second group play tournament of the 5v5 season, on Wednesday, May 29th, with matchups against Nets GC at 6 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. slate with the Gen.G Tigers.

Talon sits in seventh place in the East after finishing the TIPOFF with a 3-3 record and 30 total points in the standings.

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To stay up to date on Hawks Talon Gaming Club, visit HawksTalonGC.gg and follow the team’s social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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TEAM VITALITY ENTERS THE STREET FIGHTER 6 RING WITH PLAYERS SAYFF AND VALMASTER

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  • After announcing their Tekken8 roster in April, Team Vitality furthers their commitment to the fighting game scene with their Street Fighter 6 roster.
  • Star players, Sayff and Valmaster, will make their debut wearing the club’s colours during DreamHack Dallas from May 31 to June 2, 2024.
  • Street Fighter 6 marks the eleventh esports title Team Vitality competes in, as the French club continues to strengthen its international expansion strategy while aiming for a prime place during this summer’s Esports World Cup.

Team Vitality, the leading international esports club, is proud to announce its new formidable Street Fight 6 lineup. Stepping into the spotlight, the organisation welcomes Canadian powerhouse Sayff, joined by renowned French player Valmaster. This expansion of Team Vitality’s rosters not only fortifies their position as a titan in esports, but also highlights their passion and determination to shine on the international stage.

A DUO READY TO BREAK EVERYTHING

Team Vitality is thrilled to welcome two new talented players to the Hive:

Sayff, the courageous Canadian champion

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Originally from Canada, Sayff, 33, has established himself as one of the most formidable players in the North American Street Fighter scene. With his offensive play style and spectacular combos, he is a force to be reckoned with.

In Street Fighter V, Sayff has conquered the arena, proving himself as one of the world’s top players, renowned for his unparalleled mastery of the character Urien. Captivating fans worldwide, Sayff is unmatched when it comes to showing off his technical prowess, known for his expert use of abilities like the iconic “Aegis Reflector”. More recently in Street Fighter 6, Sayff found his rhythm with the character Ken in an explosive style. Sayff has continued to shine in numerous competitions, dominating the Canadian tournament scene, winning 1st place in the North American Midwest, and securing top 8 in last February’s Capcom Cup X –the biggest Street Fighter tournament in history. Sayff’s Street Fighter career is a story of local pride, being a leader in his community and shocking the world with his abilities.

His exceptional performance goes beyond the gaming realm, as he seamlessly blends his passion for fighting games with his distinguished scientific career. Boasting over a decade of experience in atmospheric chemistry and climate change research, Sayff has excelled in multiple industries. With a doctorate in the field, he was also invited to contribute his expertise at Harvard University as a researcher. Through his journey, Sayff hopes to inspire the next generation of players to pursue excellence in education and all aspects of their lives.

With a career led by numerous victories and a reputation as a player who is both technical and ferocious, Sayff wishes to continue his rise to the top. Backed with the unwavering support of Team Vitality, he sets his sights on achieving new prestigious titles and establishing his dominance in the fighting game scene.

“Joining a team as prestigious as Team Vitality is a huge honour and a source of immense motivation. As a Canadian player, we are sometimes held back by travelling, and I have always dreamed of being part of an organisation that shares my passion for competition and vision of excellence. This presents the perfect opportunity for me to push my limits and unleash my potential on the international stage” comments Sayff, “I’m particularly excited to compete in the Esports World Cup, where I hope to put on a great show and get the fans’ adrenaline pumping!”

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Valmaster, the fearless French fighter

Valentin “Valmaster” Petit, aged 29, is a renowned French player in the fighting game community. Born in Paris, Valmaster developed a passion for video games from an early age, particularly fighting games, in which he quickly showed exceptional skills in.

His career on Street Fighter IV began in 2013 through his participation in local French tournaments. Valmaster made his mark in the competitive scene, harnessing a remarkable talent for predicting his opponents’ playstyle and contesting them with deadly combinations. With Chun-Li as his go-to character, Valmaster’s fast and precise playstyle allows him to dominate the competition with style.

Even with a brief break from his career to compete in Overwatch, Valmaster made a powerful comeback. He quickly reached the top 3 best French Street Fighter IV players, maintaining his position in editions V and 6 of the game. He has continued to prove his mastery, reaching the finals of the Capcom Cup four times (2014, 2015, 2023, 2024) and securing the title of French champion twice in the Capcom Pro Tour (2022, 2023) for Street Fighter V and 6. Having gained worldwide recognition for his achievements in numerous titles, from competing in international tournaments such as EVO and Stungest and local French tournaments, Valmaster has solidified his position as one of the world’s top players.

Despite being away from the game for several years, Valmaster has retained all of his talent, and he is now set on qualifying for the Esports World Cup this summer!

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“I’m really looking forward to joining Team Vitality. For me, it’s a very different feeling to the other teams I’ve joined in the past. I’ve always wanted to be part of a leading French team like this. I really want to achieve good results and I hope to qualify for the EWC and the Capcom Cup. It would be great to represent them at these major international events,“ explains Valmaster.

A NEW HOPE FOR SUCCESS IN THE ESPORTS WORLD CUP

Valmaster and Sayff will make their official debut donning the iconic Team Vitality colours at DreamHack Dallas, from May 31 to June 2, 2024. Marking the qualifying stage for the Esports World Cup this summer, the two players are set to prove their skills and determination by securing a place in the finals. The second stage of qualifications will be held at DreamHack Summer 2024, taking place in Elmia, Sweden, from June 14 to 16, 2024, as well as at the prestigious EVO in Las Vegas from July 19 to 21.

The arrival of Team Vitality into the Street Fighter 6 scene, marks a significant milestone in the club’s international expansion. This move not only enables the organisation to connect with the fighting game community but also extends their reach into North American territory.

 

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