Independent non-profit foundation GamingMalta has announced a partnership with the European Development Championship, a series of Counter Strike: Global Offence tournaments organised by Eden Esports and Fantasyexpo.
Tasked with the remit of promoting Malta as a centre of excellence in the digital gaming sector globally, GamingMalta was set up by the country’s government and the Malta Gaming Authority.
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The collaboration is the result of a common goal for all companies. For years the entities have focused on developing Malta’s esports ecosystem, organising many competitive and grassroots initiatives along the way.
GamingMalta has partnered tournaments such as Malta Vibes and SuperNova Malta, and next year it will be the host location for ESL Pro League events.
Ivan Filletti, COO of GamingMalta commented that the foundation is, “delighted to see the local ecosystem grow in stature and adapting to new realities. This tournament is another example of a local based successful esports organisation forging a way forward.”
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The European Development Championship is aimed at all teams from across the European region. In each season, players will compete for a cash prize and a bootcamp opportunity at a 5-star hotel in Malta.
The compeition’s prize pool has been revealed to be around $150,000 (~£111,330) in prizes across the first five tournaments.
Sergey Bidzan, CEO of Eden Esports added: “We are pleased to extend our partnership with GamingMalta, whose support within the last three years has played a key role in Eden Esports’ growth from a tiny local gaming centre to an international tournament operator.
“The way GamingMalta supports the esports scene is just incredible and their initiatives are an example to be followed by other governments. We are excited to move side by side towards our common goal – to make Malta one of the world’s esports hubs.”
Esports Insider says: GamingMalta’s mission to make Malta one of the biggest esports hubs progresses a little further with this partnership. Meanwhile, the European Development Championship will surely be happy to be supported by a foundation that looks to push the country’s esports scene to the next level.