William Hill grows Nevada presence with Golden Entertainment

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Horse racing 19th February 2019 | By contenteditor William Hill now controls all sportsbook operations at Golden Entertainment properties in Nevada after expanding its partnership with the land-based casino giant.The partnership covers race and sportsbook operations at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas, the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, and a new facility at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod.This new state-of-the-art race and sportsbook at the venue formerly known as The Stratosphere is to open in March. Golden Entertainment acquired the casino’s operating company American Casino & Entertainment Properties in a $850m deal in October 2017.This provides bettors with access to William Hill’s sports betting technology, including its mobile wagering app and live in-play betting menu. The Nevada Gaming Commission approved the expanded partnership in January this year.“We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with William Hill, which has a proven sports wagering platform not only in Nevada but around the world,” Golden Entertainment chief operating officer Steve Arcana said. “We look forward to growing our business in Nevada and other jurisdictions through this partnership.”William Hill US chief executive Joe Asher described the deal as an “exciting new chapter” in the operator’s relationship with Golden Entertainment.“We look forward to working together to offer sports fans an amazing experience for many years to come in Nevada and elsewhere as opportunities arise,” he said.The partnership was first established in October 2018, with William Hill already operating race and sportsbooks at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall, Gold Town Casino and Lakeside Casino & RV Park, both also located in Pahrump. At the time, it was expected that William Hill would take control of all Golden Entertainment Nevada properties by the end of the year.William Hill also manages depositing kiosks at around 80 Golden Entertainment-owned taverns and third-party-distributed gaming locations across the state. William Hill also operates the race and sportsbooks at the Edgewater and Colorado Belle casinos in Laughlin, which were acquired by Golden Entertainment from Marnell Gaming in January this year.The London-listed operator will also pursue sports betting opportunities Montana and Maryland with Golden Entertainment, where regulation permits. Golden Entertainment operates distributed gaming across 300 locations in Montana, and owns the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Maryland, where efforts to regulate wagering are underway. William Hill now controls all sportsbook operations at Golden Entertainment properties in Nevada after expanding its partnership with the land-based casino giant. It has taken charge of wagering at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas, the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, and a new facility at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. William Hill grows Nevada presence with Golden Entertainment Regions: US Maryland Montana Nevada Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & gameslast_img read more

PointsBet targets US growth as share issue concludes

first_img Topics: Finance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Oceania Australia PointsBet has raised more than AUD$85m (£45.5m/€52.7m/USD$58.8m) from its share issue as it seeks expansion in the US market.The bookmaker, which has operations in Australia and the US, saw its share price rise today as it recommenced trading on Sydney’s Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) after the announcement just last week that it was seeking to raise AUD$122.1m through a fully underwritten capital raising comprising an institutional placement and entitlement offer.PointsBet, which has licences in New Jersey and Iowa, said there was strong support from new and existing shareholders who raised $60m at $3.60 per share, 12.5% above the entitlement offer price of $3.20. It offered a 1 for 6 fully underwritten pro rata accelerated renounceable entitlement offer with retail rights trading.The institutional entitlement offer raised approximately $25.9m, which was short of its $60m target. In total it raised $85.9m.PointsBet said the funds will be used to support marketing and client acquisition, technology and product development and balance sheet flexibility. It will also assist US business development including market access and government licensing fees and sportsbook fitout costs.Last week PointsBet reported a 138% year-on-year rise in turnover during the first quarter, primarily due to its launch and subsequent expansion in the US.Turnover for the three months to 30 September 2019 amounted to USD$235.8m, representing a significant increase on $99.1m in the corresponding period last year. Higher spending among customers also pushed net revenue for the quarter up 138% on a year-on-year basis from $5.0m to $11.8m, according the operator’s revenue update.For its core Australian business, turnover rose 66% to USD$164.4m, with net win more than doubling to $12.6m.PointsBet raised A$75m after listing its shares on the ASX in July 2019. It sold a total of 37.5m shares at an issue price of AUD$2 each.By the close of trading today (4 November) its shares were worth $4.30 compared to $4.04 before the announcement of the share issue last week. Email Address Tags: Spread Betting PointsBet has raised more than AUD$85m (€52.7m/$58.8m) from its share issue as it seeks expansion in the US market. 4th November 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter PointsBet targets US growth as share issue concludes Financelast_img read more

Colombia’s Dimayor launches Genius integrity programme

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops The governing body for Colombia’s leading football competitions División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (Dimayor) has struck a partnership with Genius Sports through which it aims to safeguard its leagues and tournaments against match fixing and betting-related corruption.Dimayor will conduct a review of its integrity policies through the partnership, enhancing rules around insider information and processes related to investigations, ultimately introducing international best practices, regulations and procedures.Using Genius’ Bet Monitoring System, it will also be able to monitor real-time odds movement across the regulated and unregulated betting industry, flagging any unusual activity.This will be supported by a series of educational workshops, to be led by the supplier’s integrity team, informing players, coaches and officials about the new rules and regulations.The agreement will also see Dimayor give Genius Sports control over the collection of data and statistics from its competitions, which include the top two division of Colombian football, Primera A and B, the Superliga and Copa Colombia. The partners will look to stamp out unauthorised data collection at matches, ensuring it can sell the official feed to a global audience.“Dimayor is committed to the integrity of football and transparency around our competitions,” Dimayor president Jorge Enrique Velez commented. “This is why the arrival of Genius Sports is a demonstration of our interest in tracking betting in Colombian Professional Football, through monitoring and market analysis, to prevent irregularities that may involve stakeholders from our football competitions.“Genius Sports is the largest company worldwide to guarantee control over this and will work alongside us in all of the games of our competitions,” he added. “We are the first league in South America to engage integrity and transparency directly.”Genius Sports chief executive Mark Locke said Colombia had been central to the supplier’s international expansion, with its Latin American headquarters based in the city of Medellín. It also hosted the region’s first sports integrity summit in the capital Bogota in 2017.“It is a real honour to have been chosen by Dimayor as their trusted data and integrity partner, ensuring their fans can have faith in a fair and transparent contest and the league is equipped with the information and tools to maintain a clean, honest and unpredictable sport.”In recent months, Genius has also struck similar integrity deals with Brazil’s National Basketball League, and Superliga Argentina, the top division of Argentine football. Colombia’s Dimayor launches Genius integrity programme The governing body for Colombia’s leading football competitions División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (Dimayor) has struck a partnership with Genius Sports through which it aims to safeguard its leagues and tournaments against match fixing and betting-related corruption. Email Address Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance 15th November 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: LATAM Colombialast_img read more

NJ sports and igaming grow, but casinos struggle in July

first_imgCasino & games Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter New Jersey’s sports betting revenue climbed 65.2% year-on-year in July, but the state’s land-based casino market saw further declines as it continued to feel the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.Sportsbook revenue amounted to $29.6m (£22.6m/€25.0m) in July, up from $17.9m in the same month last year, while the figure also represented a 103.2% month-on-month increase on the $12.6m recorded in June this year.Consumers wagered a total of $315.1m with sportsbooks in New Jersey, up by 25.3% on last year, with players again favouring online. Some $295.8m was bet online, compared to $19.3m wagered in-person at retail facilities.The market was boosted by the return of several major sports events later in the month, such as the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.Meadowlands and sub-licensees FanDuel and PointsBet remained some way out ahead in terms of sports wagering revenue, posting $14.1m for the month, up 22.0% year-on-year.Read the full story on iGB North America. 13th August 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gamblingcenter_img NJ sports and igaming grow, but casinos struggle in July Regions: US New Jersey Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

South African regulator issues warning on igaming

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Topics: Casino & games South Africa’s National Gambling Board (NGB) has responded to discussions about the legality of online casino with a firm declaration that the vertical is most certainly not permitted. Email Address 15th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy South African regulator issues warning on igaming The regulator claimed that the question of legality is “subject of debate in some circles” – but moved to shut this down, pointing out that sports betting is the only product permitted online. Regions: Africa South Africa “[The] NGB wishes to make it emphatically clear that the answer to whether online or interactive gambling is legal in South Africa, is a simple and unequivocal NO with the exception of online sports betting,” the regulator saidcenter_img This, it continued, covers casino-style gambling accessed through devices such as smartphones or tablets, as well as server-based gambling inside a physical establishment such as an internet gaming lounge. Those that offer these products are committing an offence, and will be subject to criminal prosecution if discovered doing so, the NGB warned, with customers also liable to face charges. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “The NGB will thus encourage compliance with national and provincial gambling legislation,” the regulator added. “However, for those that choose to willfully persist in criminal conduct, the consequences will be severe.” It pointed out Section 11 of the National Gambling Act expressly states that online gambling is prohibited. While this ban would potentially be lifted under the 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act, which was passed by the country’s National Assembly and ratified by the Presidency in July 2008, has never come into effect. In recent months, major land-based operators have begun to talk up the potential benefits of online gaming to their businesses. Tsogo Sun, for example, described online casino as a “natural progression” from online wagering, while Sun International said it was lobbying the South African Department of Trade and Industry to allow online casino. Breaching the NGA can result in fines of up to ZAR10m, and imprisonment of up to 10 years, with winnings confiscated and forfeited to the state. The Act only comes into force once it is published in South Africa’s Government Gazette, which is yet to happen, the NGB noted. It can therefore not be relied upon or referenced as being law, meaning the 2004 National Gambling Act – which prohibits igaming – remains the framework to which all gambling must adhere.last_img read more

Book of Adventure Christmas Super Stake Edition by Stakelogic

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Slots Slots Scatter symbols and free spins will enhance your chances of winning big rewards. Discover your wildest dreams! The fortunes of ancient Egypt await as you embark on an incredible journey in search of the legendary Book of Adventure! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Game type:Video slotGo-live date (expected):1/12/2020Game special features:– Free spins – Super Stake – Gamble FeatureNumber of paylines:10Number of reels:5 (3 rows)RTP% (recorded/theoretical):96.69%Variance/volatility:5/5Number of symbols to trigger feature/bonus?3Can feature be retriggered?YesNumber of free spins awarded?10Stacked or expanding wilds in normal play?NoStacked or expanding wilds in feature play?YesNumber of jackpot tiers?n/aAuto-play function?Yescenter_img Book of Adventure Christmas Super Stake Edition by Stakelogic Feel like a Christmas explorer on your search for ancient treasures in the wondrous pyramids of Egypt. 30th November 2020 | By Aaron Noy Email Addresslast_img read more

The games of esports — skill, chance and everything inbetween

first_imgIn 1999, Minh Le and Jess Cliffe took the game and stripped it down to its bare basics—no grand storyline, no science fiction concepts, no puzzles, and no bosses to battle—just combat between two teams in a variety of fixed, themed battle arenas with a specific win objective instead of the then-popular deathmatch. The choice of mice can be equally demanding, with the key parameters being sensor resolution (measured in dpi or dots per inch to reflect the sensitivity and accuracy of the mouse’s ability to detect and track movement), maximum tracking speed (how fast it can keep up with movement and continue to track accurately), lift-off distance (how high off the mat before it stops tracking movement), and polling rate (how often it updates movement readings with the computer). All these, combined with good switches for the buttons and rollers, make up the specifications for a mouse. The games of esports — skill, chance and everything inbetween With esports’ intersection with the gambling industry continuing to deepen, Hai Ng looks at the history and workings of some of the most popular esports genres and games, and how their differences can affect their interface with gambling products Shortly after its creation, Valve, the creator of Half-Life, acquired the rights to the mod and Counter-Strike became an official product. FPS titles also continued pushing the boundaries of network multiplayer play, and where network technology lagged behind game technology, that inadequacy created the concept of LAN, or local area network, parties. To the uninitiated, many games in esports may look similar. Even if you’ve dabbled playing esports games, just like their traditional sports counterparts, playing at a competitive level brings in nuance that is not otherwise encountered, and even more so at the professional level. Teams typically have a strategy where they will pool and manage resources by having better performing players acquire weapons for a player which may have gotten taken out prematurely. Teams can also strategically ration their budget by using the initial rounds as loss-leaders to build up a budget for more specialized weapons. Stage 1: First person shooters (FPS)The first-person shooter, or FPS, is one of the oldest genres in competitive video games and is still extremely popular today. Most FPS titles also offer a knife by default. Why bring a knife to a gunfight? You can move a lot faster when you have the knife equipped, it doesn’t run out of ammo, and it is the ultimate silent weapon, plus it’s just cool, especially with a Karambit. 5th January 2021 | By Stephen Carter These games also often have skills that are unique to the character selected, commonly known as Specials and/or Ultimates (often abbreviated as ults). These abilities take time to charge up and are typically only available for use periodically. In addition, these Specials and Ultimates may be combined for greater effect and are major components in team metas. This will be the first of a series of articles which will shed light on the history and workings of some of the most popular esports genres and games. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter All the above plays a major role in the player’s ability to move their character effectively across the map, but then they have to be ready to aim and shoot at the same time. Doom further fueled the rise of the FPS genre when its creators released the game engine that powered the game, allowing a whole slew of games to be created and improved upon—it became the progenitor of all subsequent FPS games. Similar to traditional sports athletes, often the keyboard, mouse, and mouse mat are dictated by the athlete’s or team’s sponsor, but unlike those of us that have to buy our Nikes retail, the top professional athletes do get to custom spec their stuff straight from the factory. While Wolfenstein 3D came first, the game that really left its mark for FPS was Doom. It traded in the Nazi theme for alien creatures, a lot more blood and guts, and the first BFG. Doom also introduced multiplayer support and created the Deathmatch, dropping ten players into a map and the last player standing wins. This feature became so popular at launch that it was banned in many universities and companies as running multiplayer games crippled their networks. By 1996, it was rumored that there were more copies of Doom installed worldwide than Windows 95. Castle Wolfenstein, where you played a character trying to escape a Nazi stronghold. At major physical tournaments, the computer and monitors are standardized between teams, which levels the playing field for both teams, while online tournaments present more of a challenge on the equipment aspect. Like in sports, there are a very large number of games and competitions that are played as part of esports. Like sports, they vary in the types and degrees of physical effort, motor skills, cognitive abilities, coordination, and chance. The FPS title that led this was not even a commercially released title in the beginning, but a fan-modified (mod) version of the FPS title, Half-Life. Just like any athlete, professional esports athletes prefer to work with good and familiar equipment. As for the refresh rate (number of times the pixels on a screen are refreshed), GtG (Gray-to-Gray or time it takes a color sub-pixel to change from one shade of gray to another), and frame rate of the game (number of frames per second the game is animated at by the computer), they go to reducing or eliminating motion blur, providing a sharper image to work with. Two teams, in this case terrorists versus counter-terrorists, with a mission scenario that began with hostage rescue but players gravitated towards the later added scenario of Bomb Defusal, where the terrorist team has to plant a bomb and detonate it in one of several designated sites and the counter-terrorist team has to prevent it, either by eliminating the other team or defusing a planted bomb before it explodes—the FPS tournament format was born. While visual acuity and reaction time are key, many skilled players also have the ability to predict target movement like many skilled soldiers in-real-life (IRL). This allows them to hit a target before they even have a chance to see them. Clearly, being able to lead a moving target goes without say. FPS games also popularized the now-common mouse and keyboard control mechanics that resulted in the popular WASD movement control key combination. While earlier games defaulted to the more obvious arrow keys, the position of the arrow keys on a typical keyboard wasn’t favorable, especially for right-handed mouse users. WASD provided much easier access to the spacebar, typically used to trigger jumping, and a wider variety of the other keys on the keyboard with the thumb, while allowing the pinky to reach a series of modifier keys, such as shift, control, and alt, which can be configured to trigger crouching or running. This is not an issue today but in earlier keyboards and computer operating systems, the modifier keys were the only ones that would register while another key was already being pressed—yes, at one point in history, keyboards were not “multitouch.” FPS games in esports pit player against player in a fixed arena. There are no random events or chance elements that can affect the outcome of a game, making the genre one that is purely dependent on the athlete’s skills at the controls. Incidentally, this is one key factor that differentiates Battle Royale games from FPS: most Battle Royale games today, equipment availability is a random factor and that can substantially affect a player’s performance. Shots heard around the internet—FPS in esports TL;DR summary On screen, the basics include the game world from the first-person perspective with the player’s currently selected weapon visible in hand, a mini-map displaying an overhead view of the immediate area around the player, a targeting crosshair, and a variety of status like health, ammo and game timer. With these features, players often develop specialization, similar to a defender, midfielder, or striker in football, and will typically not change their roles during their career as a professional player. From this point, games will differentiate themselves to a degree by introducing gameplay elements that allow and often encourage players and teams to develop strategies and techniques to utilize the game mechanics to gain an advantage. This is commonly referred to as the Metagame or meta for short. In FPS games, meta can include weapon combinations, team positioning and formation, and in some games, character selection choices. Since in a game, players do not have the luxury of physical sensations and precise depth perception, it is a trained skill to possess extreme familiarity of the map and with your character’s movement to ensure that they know where they are, where they are able to move, and what their lines of sight are at all times—in real-life, if you back up into a wall or obstacle, you can feel it; in a game, you just stop moving and become a static target. While some armies brag about “An Army of One,” in many FPS tournaments, nobody likes a Rambo—teamwork is key. While one great player can carry an entire team in casual and even some amateur matches, at the professional level, that becomes much harder to pull off. All of these choices allow each player to specialize into a role for the team even in games where there are no functional or performance differences between characters. The need for decent display resolution is obvious. At 2k (HD) resolution, if the head of a target occupies an area of 20 pixels, at 4k (UHD) resolution, that same head would have four times the area at 80 pixels. This game was one of the first to introduce the signature look that we’ve come to expect from all FPS games today—a view of your character’s hands, holding your weapon in front of you, and that dizzying bobbing walk, which thankfully, can be turned off. The use of controllers on consoles also limits the accuracy of movement and aiming, with many games providing a level of auto-aim to compensate for that limitation. Interestingly, the use of the controller does create a skill that is unique to console athletes—the best way to hold a controller—with interesting names like The Claw. Understanding how to best use the auto-aim features of the game also goes a very long way. That said, where meta comes to play is what weapons and items a player chooses to equip their characters with. Fast forward to today and FPS games continue to dominate the video game market and the top games in esports. Counter-Strike keeps its popularity as one of the key esports titles in its latest incarnation, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or CS:GO. During the round, players may pick up any weapons dropped by another player, whether voluntarily or when they are killed. Situational awareness, like in real combat, is also an extremely important skill to have. As with position and orientation, this is also much more difficult as you do not have all your physical senses available to you. While there may be equal parts preference and performance, the keyboard, mouse, and yes, even the mouse mat, can make a huge difference when skill and performance require millimeter accuracy. As you may expect, with this level of exacting specifications, the surface that one would operate the mouse on becomes just as important. Mouse mats should provide a smooth, even, and consistent surface for the sensors to operate on, which are optical in nature, to track movement accurately, while providing just enough resistance to accurately feedback to the user. Many tournament-grade mice will also have software to allow you to calibrate it to the mat, further ensuring optimal performance. The modern FPS game has evolved into something with a very recognizable appearance and format. FPS games require one of the highest and varied levels of physical, mental, coordination, and strategic skills in competitive gaming and esports. Its roots can go back to vehicle simulations with vector or line-based 3D graphics used by military trainers and flight simulators. In the 1980s, we had arcade games like Battlezone that featured a first-person viewpoint. In terms of gameplay, two teams, typically of 5 players each, compete in a series of fixed thematic arenas, each with a fixed win-objective. To keep things interesting, some games like Overwatch have presented a situation where certain characters are “banned” during a tournament or season, forcing players to adapt to a greater variety of play styles. Teamwork, and subsequently, team communications can make a huge difference in a team’s performance. The ability to know what your teammates are thinking and doing is a hallmark of a good team, just like IRL with many special operations squads. It is no surprise that many top esports FPS squads are placed into the same team building and training regiments similar to the top SpecOps teams—it may just be a game, but millions of dollars may be at stake! For example, in almost all mainstream CS:GO tournaments, the only game mode played is “Demolition,” the official mode name of the aforementioned “Bomb Defusal” game objective. Whereas in Overwatch, a tournament will feature two or more game modes that are predetermined before a match begins, consisting of Escort—defending team has to protect a payload through multiple checkpoints to a goal; Control—both teams fight over a capture point and hold it for a minimum amount of time; Assault—attacking team try to take two capture points before time runs out; Hybrid—a combination of Assault and Escort. Monitor size also plays a part. Athletes want a size that is big enough for a clear picture but not so big that it requires them to turn their heads to see their entire field of view. The typical sweet spot is a 24-inch diagonal 16:9 flat display. Yes, curved displays may look sexy but the distortion caused by the curvature can throw things off.center_img Knowing where you are, how you may be visible to an enemy, and where your enemy may appear, are all factors that can make the difference between getting a kill to becoming one. For starters, players need to familiarize and memorize the maps they will be competing in, down to the smallest details. As FPS games are essentially virtual combat simulations in what the military call FIBUA or Fighting In Built Up Areas, familiarity of the area of combat is crucial and will provide a tactical advantage. Email Address More personal settings will revolve around target crosshair configurations, similar to how a IRL shooter will customize their weapon’s scopes and reticles, and other parameters like Field of View angle. Many games today feature shooting ranges where players are able to train with a selected weapon to get used to its firing characteristics, reloading times, recoil, and bullet spread for automatic weapons—just like IRL. Many FPS games feature maps that are quite two-dimensional and static, but increasingly, games now feature structures that have multiple floors (high spots often nicknamed “heaven”), destructible structures, and walls that will not stop certain types of armaments. This amps up the level of familiarity that a player needs of the map and their situational awareness. As with any genre in esports, there are many games that are played. Many of the games are also available on a variety of platforms (i.e. Windows, Mac, consoles, mobile) but often are only played in official tournaments on select platforms. The following are some of the main FPS games in esports and the platforms they are played on. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The ability to spot a target, identify if it is friend or foe (some games allow friendly fire), decide if you will fire (you may not want to give away your position), and hit the target if you do fire, are all elements of pure physical and visual coordination. This presents the need for players to take on predefined roles such as the DPS (called DPS as they are expected to have the highest Damage Per Second rating); Tank, the player that helps the team absorb damage; Support, the player that provides support through healing or enhancement functions; some games may also feature Flex positions where the character has more than one potential role and the player can switch between them at will. However, this does allow many FPS players with a firm grasp of the basics to switch and adapt to a different FPS game more easily than most other game genres. For example, when Valorant was launched earlier this year, many CS:GO players picked up the game rather quickly as they shared many similarities. That said, just because the computer and monitor are standardized doesn’t mean the athlete can’t further fine-tune the game’s performance and settings to their preferences. Final nuances to the athlete’s environment would be the height of the chair, table, and monitor. As computing power increased, it gave game designers the ability to take the player out-of-the-box of a vehicle and into the game. The first successful commercial FPS title was Wolfenstein 3D, which itself evolved from a much older, top-down game named These events, often friends and community-driven, congregated players and their computers at a common location to engage in group play. Be it someone’s dorm room, garage, or basement, the phenomenon quickly evolved to encompass more organized tournaments and “league” gatherings at larger venues like campus student centers and hotel ballrooms. With games like CS:GO and Valorant, the characters begin each half of the match with only a knife. At the beginning of each round, each player is able to purchase additional weapons with credits, which in round one of each half, the players start with exactly the same minimum amount of credits that is usually enough to purchase a standard pistol and a longer range weapon. Next up, weapon familiarity. Almost all FPS games simulate weapons fire to include some or all ballistic characteristics of penetration, damage, and accuracy. They also simulate how recoil will affect accuracy, and how automatic fire affects that accuracy. Most FPS games also provide two accuracy models, hip fired or aiming down sights (ADS), with the latter being more accurate at the cost of movement speed. All this applies to PC gaming, but what games that run on consoles like the PlayStation and Xbox, and mobile games? At the conclusion of each round, if they survived the previous round, they get to keep the weapon they had. In addition, based on the player’s performance, they are awarded additional credits which can be used to purchase better equipment for the next round. As mentioned earlier, while thematically all FPS games fit a mould, there are unique attributes for each game that makes them unique and brings to bear the development of unique strategies or metas. Unlike many casual players who may prefer setting all their graphics quality and effects to high, sexy ray-tracing lighting effects don’t win games for the pros. They will set their game to optimize for low latency, high frame rate, and high resolution. While processing power was still quite limited in the early 1990s,  games like Wolfenstein 3D limited the playing areas to narrow corridors that are dimly lit. This actually helped coin the term Corridor Shooter, which was a predecessor to the FPS moniker. One of their common equipment demands is a monitor with a minimum of 144Hz refresh rate with a 1ms GtG rating, combined with a computer that is able to allow the game to run the game at a minimum frame rate at or higher than the refresh rate of the monitor, on a resolution of at least 2k (HD). Mobile FPS games are probably the most challenging. Between the small screen and interacting with a touchscreen that provides zero tactile reference and feedback, competing on the mobile platform presents a totally different level of physical finger skills. Who fired first—a brief history of FPS At this point, you are probably wondering why games like Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) have not been mentioned. That’s because while those games are technically in the FPS genre, their competitive parameters include enough of a difference that they are more accurately categorized under a separate Battle Royale genre. Topics: Esports esports betting FPS MOBA Similarly, while many FPS games have a multitude of game modes, maps, characters, and objectives, mainstream tournaments are often “standardized” to a small subset of the modes, maps, and rules. Think of it as similar to how the rules for basketball may vary from the NBA and more regional, local, or neighborhood pickup games. Esports FPS esports athletes are some of the pickiest when it comes to equipment and the configuration parameters of their gaming environment. Now that we have the output of the game settled, we move to the inputs—the keyboard, mouse, and mouse mat—these would be equivalent to the shoes or the rackets that an athlete chooses to use. Counter-Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO) [PC] – 5 vs 5Call of Duty (COD) [PC / PlayStation] – 4 vs 4Rainbow 6 (R6) [PC] – 5 vs 5Overwatch [PC] – 6 vs 6Valorant [PC] – 5 vs 5Gears of War (Gears) [XBox] – 5 vs 5CrossFire [PC] – 5 vs 5 As esports continues to intersect with the gambling industry, it will be helpful to not just understand what esports is as a whole, but how its various games and genres differ, and how those differences can affect their interface with gambling products. Skilled players with fine motor control skills enable them to not just aim with pinpoint precision, but also compensate for weapon recoil by accurately countering the simulated weapon recoil with a mouse movement in the opposite direction. A skilled player in-game can achieve similar performance outcomes as a sharpshooter in real-life, albeit with different muscles. On the keyboard side, most esports athletes will prefer mechanical keys with a preferred level of resistance. Each manufacturer will have switches that they use on their keyboards which dictate parameters such as pressure, responsiveness, and feedback. For example, Razer keyboards feature three color codes: green—clicky tactile keys that sound like a typewriter; orange—quieter tactile switches; yellow—short-throw, feather-trigger and linear responsiveness. How do you tell the difference? Pop the keycap off and you’ll see the color coded switches below, for the Razer keyboards anyway. Bullseye—extreme FPS skills Communications, short and precise, is the final element that binds the teamwork together. FPS games feature voice communications similar to IRL radios. It’s a party line but no one can hear anyone if everyone is speaking at the same time. Radio discipline becomes a key factor, communicating tactical information between the team. Some games even allow the coach to interact with the team, adding an additional level of coordination, just like how a mission commander communicates with a squad from SOCOM (Special Operations COMmand) HQ. Many of the same parameters still apply though there are some elements that cannot be fine tuned on consoles and mobiles, making console and mobile athletes less “demanding” in many aspects. All the above are just the basics. Each game may also have unique characteristics that are overlaid upon those basics. These may include unique character skills like Specials and Ults which dictates strategy and their use. Half-Life was the typical FPS title of the time, with tasks involving engaging in gun battles combined with both platform and logic puzzles in a science fiction story-driven game. On the other hand, in games like Overwatch and Valorant, the character a player selects to play is integral for team strategy as the games feature a pool of characters with different abilities and skills. With all this talk about skills, I am sure there are some that will wonder if equipment plays a part to help—yes and no. Customized controllers are available to console FPS players that provide levers or additional buttons positioned to facilitate access to more buttons simultaneously when compared to standard controllers. However, most tournaments will similarly limit the use of controllers that possess programmable macro or shortcut features. Each weapon will have unique characteristics that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. For example, a .50 calibre Desert Eagle may have serious stopping power, but it is loud, has serious recoil affecting the accuracy of repeated shots, and only 7 rounds per magazine, compared to a silenced K&M .45 Tactical, where nobody may hear you shoot, but you’ll need a headshot, though you do have low recoil and 12 rounds to get it right before you need to reload. With these differences, it’s probably no surprise that PC players often refer to themselves as the PC Master Race, exerting their superiority over those that may play on consoles or mobile devices . Likewise, PlayStation players will look poorly upon Xbox players, and you will often find console players scoffing at mobile players asking them to grow up and play a real game—the competitive nature of esports athletes never stop at the screen. Counter-Strike continued to not only drive the LAN party phenomenon, but it also helped drive the PC customization and build culture we see today among avid gaming and esports enthusiasts. With the increasing technical demands of each subsequent release of games, the need to keep PC hardware up-to-date evolved beyond need into an expression of individuality. This led to the creation of events like Dreamhack, which began as The Gathering, an organized LAN-party where people didn’t just come together to play, but to show off their PC creations. Dreamhack today is one of the largest esports tournaments and gaming conventions held around the world. It is owned by Modern Times Group, which also owns ESL, the largest esports event organizer in the world. Esports genre: First-person shooter (FPS)Games include:  Counter-Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO) [PC]Rainbow 6 (R6) [PlayStation]Overwatch [PC]Valorant [PC]Gears of War (Gears) [XBox]CrossFire [PC]Call of Duty (COD) [PC / PlayStation]Free Fire [Mobile]Skill/chance/hybrid:    Skill Hai Ng is integrity ambassador for the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) He is also co-founder of Neomancer, a unique technology strategy and management firm. Hai has more than three decades of experience in the technology sector, with a decade in igaming. In games like CS:GO and some COD versions, all members of the team have characters with identical attributes. All of their performance attributes are exactly the same, giving no unique skill advantage to any one player simply through their choice of character beyond cosmetics. For example, resolution, frame rates, and refresh rates are limited on consoles, and moderately so on mobile games as the devices come with what they come with and they cannot be individually upgraded or modified. Now, that does not mean that there will be any funny business with the equipment. Top tournaments have strict rules about the type of keyboards and mice that are allowed, often banning the use of equipment with macro or shortcut keys that enable a user to program a sequence of events to happen at one keypress. In addition, to prevent tampering of equipment, most top tournament operators will only accept custom equipment shipped to them directly from the team’s sponsoring manufacturer instead of the team itself.last_img read more

NoviBet to sponsor Lingfield Park Oaks and Derby Trials

first_imgSports betting “We are thrilled to sponsor the prestigious Novibet Derby and Oaks Trials at Lingfield, as preparation for two of the biggest races in the calendar.” said George Gerakanakis, international affiliate manager at Novibet. “Novibet is a brand we have been pleased to work with before, but it is great to see them develop their sponsorship portfolio in British racing with this deal.” “It is a privilege to be connected with these two races as it marks our biggest race sponsorship to date, as we look to establish our brand in the UK and grow our connection with British racing.” Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced NoviBet as the new sponsors of the Lingfield Park Oaks and Derby Trials, which will take place on May 8. Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Novibet As part of the sponsorship, NoviBet will take racing names across the day.center_img ITV Racing and Sky Sports Racing will broadcast the trials. “The Derby and Oaks Trials are the highlight of the flat turf season at Lingfield Park, and we are delighted to welcome Novibet in to support the day,” said David Leyden Dunbar, director of partnerships at ARC. Topics: Sports betting Horse racing NoviBet to sponsor Lingfield Park Oaks and Derby Trials Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 28th April 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan Email Addresslast_img read more

ICC invites PR, marketing, media planning interests for WC 2019

first_imgby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’IPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’Shahid Afridi’s daughter Aqsa to marry Pakistan quick Shaheen Afridi“The media buying agency will be expected to develop and deliver an advertising strategy and plan targeted at key audiences based on insight to drive national awareness and engagement in the event. The creative agency will be expected to develop and deliver a creative campaign to deliver the required level of fan engagement for the tournament,” ICC released a statement.The interested parties are advised to furnish a non-disclosure undertaking on the format prescribed by the ICC. The ICC has shared the NDA draft with the communiqué.“In order for us to provide you with the full Invitation to Tender and supporting documentation, we require you to sign and return the attached NDA,” read the communiqué.The interests for the ITT may be submitted via email latest by 5pm, Dubai Time, on November 23, 2017. The ICC in the next three weeks will send the ITT to the parties who qualify to make a bid for the desired services.The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be hosted by England and Wales for the first time in 20 years. The tournament has set itself ambitious goals and aims to be the greatest cricket celebration ever held. PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Latest Sports News Cricket Cricket Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsored ICC invites PR, marketing, media planning interests for WC 2019 WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Rain stops play; South Africa in huge trouble, SA 66/6 (24.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates Cricket TAGSICCICC Cricket World Cup 2019 SHARE Football Facebook Twitter BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check By Kunal Dhyani – October 28, 2017 Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros CricketInternational Cricket CouncilLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article120+ brands make a raid during PKL season 5Next articleFormer cricketer and BCCI GM MV Sridhar dead Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket Cricket Cricket Cricket International Cricket Council has invited interests for PR, marketing and media planning mandate for the 2019 World Cup.The ICC, ECB and Cricket World Cup 2019 Limited are looking for interested and qualified respondents to submit proposals for the right to provide creative marketing and PR services and media buying and planning services for the Cricket World Cup 2019, read the communiqué on the ICC official website. PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow…last_img read more

Merged Disney-Fox, Comcast-Sky to control 20% spent on global content: Report

first_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive Cricket Football Sport News Tokyo Olympics: IOA fuming as Japan imposes stricter regulations on India’s Olympic team, calls it ‘discriminatory and unfair’ Cricket RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ICC WTC Final: 10 years of Virat Kohli’s Test career, 10 best moments of India’s greatest Test skipper Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNews Tokyo Olympics: Covid-19 scare continues after a Uganda team member tests positive TAGSAMAZONComsat SkyComsat Sky partnership dealDisney FoxDisney Fox partnershipsNetflixTotal spent on content worldwide SHARE Facebook Twitter WTC Final Day 2 Stumps: Brilliant Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane saves the day for India as bad light stops play 33 overs early YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’PUBG Mobile Big Update : For the first time ever, India Government makes it official, ‘No Permissions to PUBG’Wrestler Murder Case: Sushil Kumar spotted hitting victim with sticks in exclusive video; WatchThe report has projected the combined Disney-Fox and Comsat-Sky spent in 2018 at $43 billion – Disney-Fox account for $22 billion on content creation and acquisition while Comsat-Sky contribution is closer to $21 billion. The aggregate $43 billion surpassed the combined outlay of the next 10, including OTT platforms Netflix and Amazon – highest content spenders in the USA.Also Read: New Fox leads race to buy back regional sports networks from Disney“To some extent, the increasing level of consolidation is a reaction to the growing power of online video platforms. Companies such as Netflix and Amazon continue to invest significantly in content, a trend which shows no signs of abating. We expect Netflix to spend over $8bn on a P&L basis by the end of 2018, and the streaming giant has repeatedly stated it will continue to boost its content budget. Prior to the recent mergers, Netflix was on course to catch – and overtake – the top Hollywood studios by content spend. However, in light of the two new combined entities, Netflix would now need to triple spend to achieve this feat,” says Ampere Analysis analyst Daniel Gadher.“Prior to the recent mergers, Netflix was on course to catch – and overtake – the top Hollywood studios by content spend. However, in light of the two new combined entities, Netflix would now need to triple spend to achieve this this feat.”Disney-Fox and Comsat-Sky possess massive content. The control over 20% of the global content market and strong archives put the new joint entity in a position of monopoly to control the market. Disney has already hinted about discontinue the content supply to Netflix to boost its own direct-to-consumer offerings. The strong financial muscle will also empower the new entity to deal with the threat from the rising strength of online video.“One implication of this consolidation is the effect on independent producers. With a shrinking number of content acquirers in the market, the competition for rights will diminish, and this will inevitably impact the indie sector’s ability to negotiate favourable deals,” adds Gadher.Ampere also sounded a note of caution over the implications of such consolidations on independent producers. “With a shrinking number of content acquirers in the market, the competition for rights will diminish,” said Gadher. “This will inevitably impact the indie sector’s ability to negotiate favourable deals.” The merger of Disney-Fox and Comsat-Sky will be jointly accounting for the 20% of the total spent on content worldwide. A report has revealed that out of the $10 spent on content across the globe, these two companies will contribute two dollars by the end of this year.The position is much more stronger in the US market where the two entities jointly controlled 37% of the total spent on content. Fox-Disney as the lead partner accounted for 23% and Comsat-Sky contributed 14%. 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