12 Leading Esports Experts on Match Fixing — Is It a Real Concern?

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Match fixing is one of the most talked about topics in today’s esports scene. It has been in the headlines extensively in 2016 and 2017, following  the biggest cheating scandal in Korea at the end of 2015, when 12 people were arrested on the charges of fixing a number Starcraft 2 matches. Among them were three players who immediately received lifetime bans. (source)

There have been similar problems before (like the infamous iBUYPOWER loss in CEVO 2014) but it was all taken with a pinch of salt, especially due to the infancy of high level professional tournaments. In short, it was treated as an expected hiccup in the evolution of one sport.

What many people failed to realize is that gamers hate cheating, probably more than any other sports fans.

That is because cheating in gaming is the highest form of disrespect to the game and is a hatred that everyone shares, from amateurs to high level professionals.

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5 Best Skrill Betting Sites for 2017

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When it comes to the best Skrill betting sites, I’m sure you’ve had more than enough spammy recommendations for two lifetimes. I feel you, many bettors are interested in betting with Skrill and who wouldn’t: faster processing times when cashing out, lower minimum deposits and increased account security are very tempting reasons to forget about that credit card.

However, picking a website is difficult. Let me tell you why:

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Are Esports Celebrity Investments Paying Out?

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There is no doubt that esports is the next sports.

As a matter of fact, watching esports will become a $3,5 billion dollar business in just 4 years.

Currently, the industry is in its growth stage, with annual revenues breaking the $1,5 billion dollar mark.

Just in 2016, there have been over 10,000 professional tournaments with tens of millions of dollars in prize money. We even broke a few world records – 46 million people tuned in to watch IEM Katowice in February 2017.

Feeling intrigued yet?

So do the celebrities.

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Gamopo News Digest: 10 eSports News in 2017 [Jan-Mar]

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All things considered, 2017 in eSports has kicked off just right. Don’t get me wrong — we are still getting warmed up for the biggest tournaments of the year, despite the fact that we’ve already seen some pretty big things happening in the industry.

In today’s post, we are going to go over some of the more interesting things that have shaped this year so far, so let’s jump right in.

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We Polled 1,000 Users. Here’s What We Found out About eSports Betting

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It was exactly three weeks ago when we decided to do something of greater good to the eSports betting community and, after 10 minutes of NSFW ideas involving Trump and unicorns, we came up with an instant winner: why don’t we just poll our visitors and see how they ended up betting on eSports.

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Because, let’s face it – analytics are good and all but they’re not telling you the story of real people, traveling through miscellaneous websites on their way to their next adrenaline fix.

Which is basically what this website teaches you to do, through betting on your favorite video game.

But does a betting website have to just be about busting out countless match predictions and praying to God that your readers will not take revenge if they lose money?

No. On the contrary.

We conducted a poll on visitors from United States, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Australia and Poland. Have in mind that we are a fairly new website so we had to settle on these countries and a limited, but statistically relevant, sample of 1,000 unique users.

We asked our Troopers (that’s what we call our visitors, crazy, I know) an open-ended and anonymous question:

How did you get started with eSports betting?

Soon enough, the replies started rolling in. Read more

How to Easily Predict CSGO Matches and Tournaments in 3 Steps

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Disclaimer: the strategies used in this guide are for informational purposes only. We do not promise rainbows and unicorns. 

If you’re like most of us then you have searched for CSGO betting predictions on more than one occasion.

What you found was a bunch of tipsters and promises, but not a lot of tangible information that you can trust.

Trust me, this happens all the time.

CSGO is one of the most competitive games in eSports. Right now, there are more than 2,000 tournaments in a year, with a total of 4,500 professional players.

And that can be overwhelming.

Hence, many of us have, at one point, decided to take a shortcut and follow someone else’s tips instead of spending time analyzing the matches ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong, there are good tipsters out there. But in my own experience, there are also a lot of scammers.

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The Biggest Esports Moments in 2016: The Winners Parade

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Today I’m going to show you how you contributed to the massive growth of competitive gaming in 2016.  

But let me just get one thing out first:

I feel bad for people who missed out on all of the excitement that we had this year.

Even though we can all agree that it was a pretty bad year for the world (with the global political situation and stuff) I can confidently say that it was a kick ass year for eSports.

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IEM Gyeonggi: We’re Taking Over Football Stadiums Now!

Goyang arena in South Korea, riddled with lightning bolt and logos of League of Legends, Stacraft 2 and Overwatch.

Gyengoi.

Geygongoi.

Guggongi.

Just a sec…

Gyeonggi is a province in South Korea with a population of over 12 million.

11,5 million of those are apparently professional gamers but there are a few that are not into gaming, as I’ve heard.

For the uneducated ones, South Korea is the biggest shrine of our world.

A place where gamers go on a pilgrimage and pay respects to the legends, such as Faker, Mvp, Life and several others.

It is also a place that is soon to be the epicentre of ESL’s LoL, SC 2 and Overwatch tournament — IEM Gyeonggi 2016. Read more

ESports Championship Series Season 2 Finals: The Best and The Rest [FULL PREVIEW]

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Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 2 Finals are taking place between December 9-11 in the Anaheim Arena, US. The tournament features 8 teams from North America and Europe and a pretty decent $750,000 prize pool.

In this post, we are going to primarily explore the form of all 8 teams ahead of the ECS Season 2 Finals.

This means that you’ll get:

  • Statistical breakdown of the performance of each team, post ELeague
  • My top 2 picks for winning ECS
  • Breakdown of the tournament winner odds (for those who are interested)

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The Boston Major 2016 — Full Team Performance Breakdown

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Dota 2 is coming to Boston with a hefty $3,000,000 prize pool and so we had to follow it up with your favorite piece of content and find out what the stats say for each team’s performance.

Before you go on to the table, take a look at some quick facts to get you prepped:

  • Game format is best of 3
  • Finals are best of 5
  • The three main favorites for winning the tournament (according to bookies) are Wings, Virtus Pro and Newbee
  • There have been crazy odds for tournament winners all over the place and they are easily summed up on the image below

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