ESP Partners up with CS:GO and LOL analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields

 

 

 

 

 

ESP Partners up with CS:GO and LOL analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields

VANCOUVER, BC – June 1, 2017 – ESP has partnered with CS:GO and League of Legends journalist and analyst Duncan “Thorin” Shields. ESP plans to use this partnership to reinforce their presence in the esports industry as the go-to destination for esports fantasy and betting.

Since 2001, Thorin has been known as “the esports historian” for his knowledge of game, team, and player history. Making a substantial impact in both the CS:GO and League of Legends scene, he has become a household name in these communities for his Youtube shows and colourful commentary.

ESP has considerable experience when it comes to leveraging large partnership deals. After their official launch in 2015, ESP partnered up with influential gaming organizations Natus Vincere (Na’Vi), Vexed Gaming, and StatsHelix. In 2016, ESP partnered with the popular CS:GO team, Flipsid3 Tactics. During these partnerships, ESP developed a strong foundation within the industry as an ethical, reliable, and exciting fantasy and betting esports company.

 

“I am very excited to work with ESP moving forward. There are many shady betting sites trying to enter the esports space. However, ESP is nothing like that. They make sure everything is done by the book, ethically, and they care about the safety of the users. ESP’s product is very well cut, and I am looking forward to using it myself.”

– Duncan “Thorin” Shields

 

“We have been talking to Thorin for a while now, and I am ecstatic to have him officially representing ESP. Not only do I find Thorin to be a great person to work with, but I am also a huge fan of his content. I can’t wait to see what Thorin and his influence in the esports scene can do for ESP.”

– Scott Burton, CEO at ESP

 

To accompany this partnership, ESP will load up the www.esportspools.com site with more promotions than ever before.

“To celebrate our collaboration with Thorin, ESP is offering a huge number of giveaways and fantasy pools to all customers, new and old. Thorin will provide his trademark Thoughts and Reflections on Youtube for esports events that are happening around these epic promotions,” said Carlo Scappaticci, Chief Marketing Officer at ESP.

Thorin will attend a wealth of events throughout the year under the ESP brand, first of which will be the CS:GO PGL Minor during June 15 to 18.

 

 

Free League of Legends Pools

Recently we stopped offering Free pools for our League of Legends fantasy pools. Ideally, we would like to offer them to you so that our League pools are more accessible. However, there are a number of prizing factors that restrict us from doing just that.

Previously when we did offer free pools, we offered monetary prizing. As we strive to maintain a high standard of ethical and legal practices in the esports world, offering monetary prizing to anyone is problematic. The use of real money falls under stringent regulations and laws; this can include geographical restrictions and age limits. To facilitate this, each user would need to be verified to prove that they are qualified to play with real money, even if it is just as prizing. Ultimately this would remove any accessibility we hope to gain from offering money-prized free pools.

The other option would be to have some sort of virtual good as prizing, like CSGO or DotA 2 skins in those games respectively. League of Legends is more complicated in that it does not have a global market where these can be offered easily. Furthermore, any RP offerings are not congruent across different regions. RP is sold in divisions by currency value rather than RP value. In other words, you can either buy 3250 RP for €20 or 3500 RP for $25. RP is also region locked. This makes it incompatible for us as we offer prizes internationally and would not be able to divide up the prizing effectively. What happens if a winner is from North America, but wins RP for EU region?

We understand this can be frustrating, especially if you have been enjoying our free pool options in the past. However, you can rest assured that we are constantly seeking solutions to be able to offer free pools to everyone.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact us here.

Weekly Wednesday Giveaway

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Every Wednesday, ESP will host a giveaway on our social media accounts. This is a great opportunity for you to win even more skins from ESP! All of our skin prizes will be distributed via your ESP Inventory, so make sure you have an account on our site!

From week to week, we will incorporate new mechanics for you to enter each raffle. When each raffle closes will depend on which mechanic is used for that given week. Below is a list of different mechanics that we can have for our giveaways. Keep in mind, we might add something new in the future!

To keep up to date with the raffles make sure you follow us on social media and watch out for our hashtag #ESPWeeklyGiveaway!

 

Social Media Raffle

A Social Media raffle is your run-of-the-mill raffle that has a low barrier of entry. To gain an entry into the raffle, just make sure you’re following us on our various accounts. We’ll keep everything tracked through that week’s gleam.io page. These raffles will generally run for 24-48 hours.

Second Chance Raffle

Placing high in a pool but just outside of prizing (e.g. 14th place with a 1st-12th prized pool) can be a frustrating experience. The Second Chance Raffle is an opportunity at a second chance to win some great skins. If you placed from 13th – 100th in any pool with skin prizes from the associated event, you are eligible to join this raffle. To join, send us your Share Picks image of that pool on social media. These raffles will generally run for 24-48 hours.

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Event Based Raffle

Entry into this type of raffle is based on trivia associated with a specific event. Questions can range from simple ones like “Who will win the event?”, to more specific trivia such as “Which player scored the most fantasy points at the event?”. The duration of this raffle can vary greatly, as it depends on when the event runs — each time this raffle occurs, it will have specific details.

Promotional Raffle

This raffle will provide us with an opportunity to collaborate with various ESP partners to bring you some top-tier prizing. Additionally, here is where we’ll incorporate a giveaway with any ongoing promotional campaigns. Given that, mechanics for this type of raffle will change on a case-by-case basis. We’ll provide more details where necessary.

New App Update – v2.3.0

Here at the ESP, we’ve been working diligently on further improving the fantasy esports experience of our members. With that, we’re excited to announce the launch of a big update to our mobile app, which you can find on Play Store or the App Store.

You will now be able to enjoy a lot of the same features of the desktop site on the app, which include:

  • Salary Cap Functionality
  • Alerts
  • Search Functionality
  • Community Pools
  • Newsfeed

 

Salary Cap

Originally the app was limited to just showing our classic pools. However now, the salary cap functionality of the site has been added to the app.

 

 

Alerts

Alerts, which have been a feature of the main site for several months, are now also available on our app. You will find the alerts in the icon located at the top right hand corner.

Next, simply tap the right side to bring up the alerts pane.

 

Search Functionality

Searching for a specific pool or a friend’s profile is now also possible via the new search function on the app. To search, just press the spyglass icon on the top right, then type in what you want to look up:



Community Pools

Joining a community on your phone or tablet can now also be done through the app. For more information on Community Pools, check out our blog!

To access the Community Area from the app, simply go to your Dashboard and go to Community Pools:

 

Newsfeed

You can now also brush up on all your esports news on our app by reading through our newsfeed powered by Flux.gg! You can access it by going to your Dashboard and clicking “News”.

 

If you have any issues, questions, or concerns, you can contact us here.

Match Stats

In our continued pursuit of transparency and making our product more engaging, we have launched a new feature on the pool pages that will show which matches have been played in any given event, along with the stats for each match.

In addition, you can look into each individual match to keep track of the points your picks made. You can take a look at some of the players you didn’t pick to see how well they performed.

Stay tuned for more improvement in the near future!

If you have any issues, questions, or concerns, you can contact us here.
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