Skip to main content

Betway to Sponsor TI8-Bound Invictus Gaming

Historic Chinese esports giant Invictus Gaming has signed a partnership with sports betting company Betway.

The one-year sponsorship deal will see the Betway brand appear on Invictus Gaming jerseys. In addition, Betway will produce exclusive videos and other media content starring players from the Invictus Gaming Dota 2 team.

Anthony Werkman, Betway CEO, said:

“A strong brand with a rich history in esports, Invictus Gaming are one of the few teams to win the International, and we are extremely proud to bring them into the Betway family. After seeing incredible success in CS:GO, we can’t wait to replicate our market leading content in Dota 2  through this landmark partnership.”

Invictus Gaming is one of the most storied brands in the Chinese esports scene. The organization won The International 2012—the second iteration of Dota 2’s annual premier tournament. They also won the Dota 2 Asia Championships in 2017.

Composed of Sun “Agressif” Zheng, Lin “Xxs” Jung, Sun “Srf” Runfa, Fu “Q” Bin, and Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao, Invictus Gaming will look to regain its former glory by winning The International 8 in Vancouver later this August. Fans can expect Betway to release exclusive content detailing IG’s journey in Canada.

Dota 2-Sportsbooks Deals

The Betway-Invictus Gaming deal is the third partnership announced in August between a TI8-qualified team and a betting company.

The top ranking Dota 2 team as of the moment, on the other hand, also partnered with one of Russia’s leading betting companies. Parimatch has become the official partner of Polish esports group Virtus.pro until the end of 2019. The betting site’s logo will appear on the Virtus.pro’s Dota 2 shirts and social media channels.

Anatoly Merezhko, CEO of BC Parimatch, said:

“Currently, esports is the most dynamically developing sports in the world. Parimatch betting company has always closely monitored this direction – we were among the first to provide the possibility to bet on cybersport events… We are certain this partnership will allow both parties to strengthen their positions and create new opportunities for development.”

On August 9, American esports team OpTic Gaming signed an agreement with esports betting platform VKGaming. With the deal closed, VKGaming’s logos and other branding materials will appear in OpTic’s Dota 2 jerseys, players’ streams, and other public-facing materials. The deal also allows VKGaming to use OpTic’s brand and players’ likeness to promote the site to its Southeast Asian market.

| Related: 4 Ridiculous Misconceptions About Esports

No More Dota 2 Betting?

However, these partnerships with betting companies could mean trouble to Dota 2 organizations. Reports emerged that game developer Valve has warned teams from accepting sponsorship from online gambling sites for next year’s Dota 2 pro circuit.

The news reportedly worried involved organizations as the recently signed contracts last for around a year. Nonetheless, Valve has not yet released the exact rules regarding the supposed banning of betting sponsorships.

VPEsports, an online news outlet, wrote:

“[As] many of the teams have already signed long terms contracts with such companies, it is unsure when and how these contracts must be ended. The contracts issue was raised by one of the team managers today at the meeting, but it was said that more detailed discussion on this topic will be held ‘later.’”

Fans can watch Invictus Gaming, OpTic Gaming, Virtus.pro, and more of the best Dota 2 teams compete for the scene’s most prestigious tournament in The International 8, held on August 15 to 25, 2018, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. With the event fast approaching, bettors can place a stake on different online gambling sites offering odds on esports matches.

| Related: UltraPlay Improves Live Betting Model for Esports

LATEST CASINO NEWS & BLOGS


News

Who Wins the Game of Thrones? 5 Online Betting Markets for the Hit TV Series

November 14, 2018

Popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones is coming to its final season starting in April 2019. Here are five prediction odds for GoT fans and bettors.

One More Time for Rooney as England faces United States at Wembley

November 13, 2018

Former English captain Wayne Rooney will be honored as England will welcome the United States Men's National Team on November 15 at Wembley Stadium.

5 Gaming Hubs Where You Can Try Playson’s Exciting November Slot Releases

November 12, 2018

Avid Playson fans can check out its new Fruits & Jokers: 40 Lines and—in the near future—the Wild Warriors slot in these five online casinos.

Blogs

Top 10 Sexy Slots to Liven up Yourself and Your Wallet

November 10, 2018

A man has only two fantasies: a sexy woman and a bulging wallet. In erotic online slots, these two co-exist. Here are 10 of the best titles you can play.

10 Best Online Slots That Show the Rich Culture of India

November 7, 2018

India, an Asian country rich in culture and tradition, has become the source of inspiration for many online slots. Here are 10 of the best in the scene.

3 Halloween Slots That Will Keep You Awake with Huge Wins

October 31, 2018

Avoid the hassle of dressing up and trick-and-treating by instead playing these rewarding Halloween-related online slots to celebrate this holiday.

CHOOSE CASINOS NOW
LOGIN TO BBC
JOIN US NOW