Tournament held on March 19-20 Launched EEG'S LANDuel Platform
Esports Entertainment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMBL) (NASDAQ: GMBLW) (EEG or the "Company") today announced its LANDuel launch event, held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 19-20, drew more than 290 registrants for the first sanctioned skill-based wagering event in the U.S.
More than 16,000 live viewers watched professional competitors DubDot, Joke, and OneGreatUser play and stream from the event. In addition, over 100 on-site spectators including representatives from multiple casinos, resorts, and professional sports teams attended the tournament.
The event was the debut of EEG's LANDuel platform, and will be the springboard for more esports betting events and permanent installations at Hard Rock Atlantic City.
"We are delighted to announce this first-of-its-kind tournament, held at one of the top global hotel and casino venues, was a success," said Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group. "The strong interest in the event by participants and spectators showcases what we already knew about this industry: esports players are excited for the opportunity to participate in peer-to-peer wagering on a tournament level."
The tournament was the first esports skill-based wagering event approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement where participants were permitted to wager on themselves in each round of the event. Throughout the tournament, players were able to place bets on their own matches as they tried to make their way to the finals.
Competitive Madden player Jaybird received the first-place prize of $3,600.
"I am honored to have won and be the first LANDuel champion. The entire tournament ran very well, and the team at EEG took care of the players, which means a lot to me," Jaybird said. "Instant payouts aren't commonplace in large-scale tournaments, so this is another thing they knocked out of the park. I'm excited to take part in future tournaments and defend my title as LANDuel Champion."
The event space at Hard Rock Atlantic City also featured a dedicated set of PCs for non-tournament participants to compete in side matches on LANDuel. This gave eligible tournament spectators and casino guests the ability to side-wager in their own matches outside of the tournament.
"We are extremely proud to offer a one-of-a-kind esports wagering experience in partnership with EEG," said Joe Lupo, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. "We are confident that this innovative and highly regulated partnership will prove to be a success, contributing to our market-leading gaming offerings."
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
With the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has become Atlantic City's go-to entertainment destination. The property features an award-winning gaming floor that offers 2,250 slots, 120 table games, and dedicated Sportsbook. The highly regarded resort has been recognized as Forbes Best Place to Work in New Jersey, as well as awards from Casino Player Magazine's 2020 and 2021 Best of Gaming Awards and USA Today's 10Best Casinos. Boasting more than 16 food and beverage offerings, guests are able to enjoy fine dining at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Kuro, Sandpiper and Il Mulino, to casual fare at Hard Rock Cafe, YOUYU Noodle Bar, Sugar Factory and Fresh Harvest Buffet. The music-inspired resort offers guests a glimpse into the world's most valuable and largest music memorabilia collection, along with services from Rock Spa® & Salon, which offers rhythm and music inspired treatments like the Soul Survivor Massage. With more than 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Hard Rock Atlantic City can fit any bill from intimate board meetings to large-scale conferences. For more information or to book your stay, please visit hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com.
About Esports Entertainment Group
Esports Entertainment Group is a full stack esports and online gambling company fueled by the growth of video-gaming and the ascendance of esports with new generations. Our mission is to help connect the world at large with the future of sports entertainment in unique and enriching ways that bring fans and gamers together. Esports Entertainment Group and its affiliates are well-poised to help fans and players to stay connected and involved with their favorite esports. From traditional sports partnerships with professional NFL/NHL/NBA/FIFA teams, community-focused tournaments in a wide range of esports, and boots-on-the-ground LAN cafes, EEG has influence over the full-spectrum of esports and gaming at all levels. The Company maintains offices in New Jersey, the UK and Malta. For more information visit www.esportsentertainmentgroup.com.
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