Esports Gambling Report, September 2023: ESIC, Evil Geniuses and Unikrn

September esports gambling report

September 2023 was an incredibly varied month with regard to esports betting developments, ranging from ESIC bans, esports partnership expansions and personnel appointments.

To keep you updated with the scene, Esports Insider has created a list of the top esports gambling-related stories for the month of September. To find out more click the titles of the stories.

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At Next World Forum, Esports Insider sat down with Timofey Sobolevsky, Chief Communications Officer from EX CORP, to discuss everything CS:GO Skin Trading.

This includes topics such as why skins are ingrained into Counter-Strike culture, the differences between CS:GO trading and gambling, and the Skin Trading Alliance.

ESIC esports betting
Image credit: ESIC

Former GODSENT CS:GO player Joel ‘Joel’ Holmlund has been provisionally suspended by the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) following alleged breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code.

ESIC stated that between March 27th-28th Holmlund placed bets on matches he played in. Moreover, on March 31st the player allegedly placed two bets against his own team in one match and from March 29th-May 1st he placed 17 bets on various CS:GO match-ups.

Unikrn and Gamers Club
Image credit: Unikrn, Gamers Club

LATAM esports and gaming platform Gamers Club has partnered with betting provider unikrn to provide more opportunities and rewards for its users.

Starting in October, unikrn will be offering custom odds for Brazil and Chile’s ‘most dedicated’ CS:GO Gamers Club players through its UMODE product, according to a release. This allows users to bet on their own skills during games. Moreover, Gamers Club members can use their first deposit on unikrn as a free entry to a series of tournaments with exclusive prizes.

Rivalry new hire
(ESI Illustration) Image credit: Rivalry

Esports bookmaker Rivalry has appointed Grant Flannery as its Global Head of Marketing.

Prior to joining Rivalry, Flannery was a VP of Brand Strategy at creative consultancy Huge and has worked on campaigns for companies like PlayStation, DraftKings and Harley-Davidson. At the sportsbook, Flannery will oversee the company’s marketing efforts globally. Moreover, he will look to further integrate the marketing department with Rivalry’s product, sportsbook, data and CRM.

Evil Geniuses Thunderpick
(ESI Illustration) Image credit: Evil Geniuses

North American esports organisation Evil Geniuses has expanded its partnership with cryptocurrency betting platform Thunderpick to include its Dota 2 roster.

The two parties will join forces to create exclusive team content and fan activations as Evil Geniuses gets ready for The International 12, Dota 2’s world championship, this October. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. Evil Geniuses was the first South American team to finish in the top four at a Dota 2 Major tournament during the DPC circuit. Earlier this year in May, Thunderpick became a Marquee Partner for all of Evil Geniuses’ CS:GO teams.

Abios new partner
Image credit: Abios

Esports solutions provider Abios has expanded its portfolio of partners by securing a deal with Nigerian sports betting brand Oyawin.

As a result, Abios will provide the Nigerian bookmaker with odds and statistics for esports matches and tournaments. Oyawin is a newly launched mobile-first sportsbook created by esports betting and media company 1337Pro. According to a release, Abios already supports 1337Pro with its data and statistics solutions for a variety of esports titles.
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