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FBI investigating fantasy eSports betting operators DraftKings

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice are conducting a probe into whether fantasy sports operators are violating federal law. Operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel have recently expanded their offerings to include eSports, with the former acquiring AlphaDraft last month. The investigation, in which the FBI …

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Players banned for life as another match-fixing scandal rocks Korean StarCraft

Twelve people have been indicted by Korean authorities for match-fixing in StarCraft 2, including two pro players and head coach of PRIME, Park "Gerrard" Wae-Sik. Choi "YoDa" Byeon-Heon (pictured) and Choi "BBoongBBoong" Jong-Hyuk (AKA B4) have been handed lifetime bans by the Korean e-Sports Association (KeSPA) and arrested by police. …

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Gfinity blows away targets with 58m viewers in 2015

British eSports organiser Gfinity has recorded 58.5m online views of their 2015 Championship Series, exceeding first year targets of 50m. The Gfinity Series, comprised of 23 weekly tournaments since March, was played across five eSports titles at the company’s dedicated eSports Arena in Fulham, London. September’s series finale, held at …

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ESL team up with Sportradar to prevent betting fraud

ESL has today announced a partnership with Sportradar which will see industry-level statistics and anti-fraud support brought to eSports betting. The deal includes Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System which will monitor 450 betting operators worldwide to identify ‘suspicious betting patterns and behaviours’ on the outcomes of ESL’s tournaments. "The rapid growth …

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LoL Worlds final to be broadcast at London’s O2 Arena

The League of Legends World Championship finals are to be simulcast by the European Gaming League at London’s O2 arena at the end of this month. League’s climactic ending to this year’s season has already begun with the group stages in Paris, and is soon to head onto the quarter-finals …

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WRC eSports tournament to race alongside 2016 rally season

The WRC Championship, a new eSports racing tournament co-organised by ESL, will run alongside the FIA World Rally Championship during its 2016 season. After the worldwide launch of WRC 5 this October 9-16th, players will have three months to get up to speed with the game before the first stages …

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Fnatic announces Dafabet partnership as Asian gambling site launches eSports portal

London-headquartered eSports organisation Fnatic have announced a new partnership with Asian betting and poker site Dafabet. The deal, which sees Dafabet become headline sponsor for all of Fnatic’s eSports teams, also provides content and promotion of the gambling site’s upcoming editorial portal for eSports. Dafabet currently sponsors several Premier League …

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FanDuel acquires AlphaDraft to up the ante on eSports betting industry

Fantasy sports monolith FanDuel has acquired eSports betting startup AlphaDraft as further big players in sports wagering enter the scene. Last week’s announcement that current market leaders Draft King would be expanding to provide eSports options has been followed swiftly by closest rivals in the sector, FanDuel. The fantasy sports …

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Activision creates Call of Duty World League ahead of BLOPS 3 launch

Activision, publishers of the perennial Call of Duty franchise, today announced they are forming a standardised global league for eSports competition. The news comes ahead of Black Ops III’s November 6 launch, and details eSports-friendly features to be included in the upcoming title, such as spectator mode ‘CODcasting’ and built-in …

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Turner Broadcasting unveils new televised CS:GO league

Turner Broadcasting is launching a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports league in partnership with WME | IMG talent agency. The league, to be televised over two 10-week seasons per year on Time-Warner-owned American channel TBS, is set to begin in 2016. TBS currently hosts live Major League Baseball coverage and other …

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