Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 FC Bayern Munich board member Jörg Wacker has become the latest German sports and business figurehead to criticise the online betting restrictions of the nation’s ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’ inbound for 2021.Despite Lander (state) consensus being reached on eliminating restrictions on online casino products, Germany’s Bundesrat (Federal Council) maintains controversial requirements attached to sports betting, restricting monthly player deposits to €1000 and yet to be determined in-play wagering bet types.Speaking to German tabloid BILD, Wacker advises Lander (state) executives to revise their agreed federal mandate on sports betting as ‘the regulation does not fit market realities’.Wacker, the former Managing Director of Bwin Deutschland, who has served as a Bayern Munich executive board member since 2013 overseeing the football club’s internationalisation projects, detailed scepticism as to whether Treaty provisions would end market uncertainties.Speaking on the German market’s current context, Wacker stated: “The term illegal is completely unsuitable for the majority of German operators, who hold EU licenses and are sanctioned by Schleswig-Holstein” (the only federal state to issue online betting licences).“The legal situation has not been clarified for 15-years, but that does not mean that operators are illegal. German bookmakers paid €500 million in tax revenues last year, meaning that there is a legal basis in which they operate.”The executive would defend Bayern Munich against criticism of its sponsorship with bookmaker Tipico, stating that the Bavarian club only partnered with ‘market leaders’.Wacker would retort Bundesrat justifications for the Treaty’s strict in-play wagering and monthly €1000 deposit restrictions, as a means of better controlling sports integrity and gambling addiction.He added: “Is it really like that? If products like in-play betting and poker are allowed does Germany suddenly become a land of gambling addicts… Sodom and Gomorrah! These products have been offered in Germany without restrictions for over a decade now and that outcome has simply not happened.“The same applies to game manipulation. A €1000 deposit limit and a ban on live betting carry the greater risk of consumers migrating to the black market, where they will wager higher amounts. The black market is easy to find these days, so we are better off keeping players legal.”Wacker’s comments follow the publication of a letter sent by Mathias Dahms, President of the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), where he warned Bundesrat warning officials of black market consequences should wagering restrictions be maintained.Dahms underlined the DSWV continued stance that Interstate Treaty provisions in their current frameworks would fail in any attempt to create an effective consumer channelization strategy for regulated market incumbents. Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020
The International 7 is done and dusted. 18 teams battled it out across the space of two weeks for the chance to write Dota 2 history, have their name engraved upon the coveted Aegis of Champions and take home no less than $10,000,000. After a simply epic week at Key Arena, Team Liquid emerged victorious after an unstoppable run through the lower bracket. There’s still no two-time TI winner, the cycle of East and West winning on alternate years continues but the live and online crowd were treated to some of the best gameplay in the game’s history. Enzo “Timado” Gianoli is just 16 years of age. The young Peruvian player has watched every iteration of The International and even emerged onto the main stage with his lucky Natus Vincere shirt from tournaments gone by. After getting through the group stage, Infamous were handed four time major champion OG in a best of one. They never really got going and left the tournament in 12th-16th position. The new Dota major/minor system should provide ample opportunity for the South American scene to grow and players to gain more tournament experience. ESI caught up with Timado just before the main event got underway in Seattle to find out what he thinks lies ahead for the SA scene. Credit: ValveESI: Your play at the group stage impressed a lot of people. Many would have had you down as being knocked out. How did you feel after it?Timado: If I’m honest, we aimed at getting a top five. Not quite the winners bracket but a bit closer than we went. We ideally wanted to be able to choose our opponent rather than ending up being first choice for the other group. We had some really rough games though. One day we went zero and six and just lost everything. We lost to LGD and TNC, even though the match was really close. When we got beaten in that specific match it was super demoralising. We picked ourselves up after the iG.Vitality game and just went back to our old play style. We showed the world that when we play our style we can take games off some of the best teams.ESI: It was really fun to watch, as too was the whole of the TI group stages. Did you find it almost confusing that every team seems to have its own style and there’s nothing that stands out as completely broken? Is that what makes this tournament so compelling?Timado: I definitely think that Dota is in a really nice place right now. Every strategy out there is doable, it’s viable. If you’re a good team and you’ve practiced your own strategy well, you can beat anyone. In my opinion that’s why Chinese teams have impressed so much in Seattle.“At the end of the day, in Dota 2, players want to play with and against the best players.”They have been known for practicing the same thing over and over and over again until they perfect it. When we played against LGD you can just tell that they play their strategy so well. They beat us really really hard. By the tenth minute we were losing by about 10,000 gold and it was awful. It was actually insane, and it’s all because we let them do their stuff. I think that’s pretty much what Dota is at the moment. ESI: Looking past The International and the news of Valve’s Majors and Minor system is going to provide so much opportunity for the South American scene. Take ESL One Hamburg, the first Major for example. Eight slots and one is an SA slot. Will it improve the scene?Timado: I think it should definitely improve the scene. Most people in the SA region just look at Dota 2 as a form of entertainment. They still play for many, many hours and they are actually really good players. They have talent but they don’t really acknowledge the competitive aspect of Dota. They just see Dota as playing any other game, but I don’t speak in terms of myself.They don’t realise that if you go to tournaments, it’s a whole different experience and it’s way more cool than playing pub games. That’s the main thing that needs to change. A lot of the guys that I play with thought they couldn’t learn anything and already knew it all and were pretty good at the game. Yes, they were fine on their own but their eyes have opened here at TI. They are all like “oh my god, these players are just so so good”. It has changed their perspective a lot. ESI: What was your preparation like ahead of undoubtedly the biggest tournament of your life? Timado: We improved a lot before the Major, and we had our own boot camp in the Infamous gaming house. We live there everytime we need to compete in something important, like a tournament or a qualifier. We are all there, we have our beds and then we train the entire week. ESI: We saw the SEA region start to disperse, and players move to compete in North America and Europe. Do you think we will see that with South American players?Timado: I think it’s always possible that things like that could happen. The main issue at the moment is definitely the language though. If I look at my team, none of them speak English besides Accel and he only speaks a tiny bit. If they could learn Englsh then I am sure they could if they wanted to. They could go and play for any team. At the end of the day, in Dota 2, players want to play with and against the best players.