The fast growing esports sector has received another boost from the betting industry with a deepening commitment from one of the industry’s leading global operators.
Parimatch, which operates in numerous regulated markets around the world, joined with Esport organisation ESforce Holding to help stage and promote the Dota2 Parimatch League Season 1.
The tournament featured an impressive total prize fund of $75,000 and drew more than 1,000 spectators who enjoyed the event held at the Yota Arena, Moscow. It was the first example of a betting company running an esports tournament.
Speaking about the event, the Head of Esports for Parimatch, Stepan Shulga, said that they had set out to stage a unique competition for the Russian market:
“We managed to create a unique Russian-language league for players, which has become an excellent base for rivalry in the CIS region. I hope that our tournament has pleased the esports community and will further develop the Russian-speaking scene of Dota 2.”
For the first season, it has been reported that broadcasts of the play earned more than six million views on the tournament Twitch platform, while the average viewer numbers were 36,000. The finals featured several CIS-based esports teams competing for the prize, including Team Spirit, HellRaisers, Virtus.Pro, and jfshfh178. Virtus.Pro ultimately emerged victorious, claiming the $40,000 prize.
Maxim Maslov from Epic Esports Events said that the level of play was very high throughout the first season and that League Parimatch was playing a major role in helping to develop the Dota 2 community in the CIS region.
And the betting operator’s esports commitment means that they have already agreed to fund a second season, with a total prize fund of $100,000.