Envy bet on ThriveFantasy as official fantasy platform in long-term deal - Dexerto

Envy bet on ThriveFantasy as official fantasy platform in long-term deal

Published: 9/Dec/2020 19:01

by Adam Fitch


North American legacy esports organization Team Envy have found their first official fantasy esports platform in ThriveFantasy.

The strategic partnership is the first exploration for ThriveFantasy into esports and aims to deepen the connection between Envy and their fan base.

When it comes to competitive gaming, the fantasy platform will allow users to bet over/under figures on kills, deaths, assists, headshots, and more. They currently accommodate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Dota 2, though more titles are poised to be added soon.

The partnership will span for multiple years, though the exact length has not been disclosed, and includes cross-branding opportunities for both parties.

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Envy’s Call of Duty team, Dallas Empire, are the current world champions, reinforcing the org as a major player in esports.

Envy’s teams in CS:GO, Halo, Rocket League, and Valorant — as well as their Call of Duty franchise Dallas Empire and Overwatch franchise Dallas Fuel — will all be part of the promotional efforts from ThriveFantasy.

“We know gaming fans crave interactive experiences that can bring them closer to their favorite players and teams – and that is exactly what ThriveFantasy is powering with their focus on a fantasy esports ecosystem and prop betting,” said Adam Rymer, Envy’s CEO.

The fantasy specialists will also serve as a secondary engagement platform for Envy’s fans, streaming the team’s matches across multiple titles. The organization announced their own membership program, EnvyUS, in November 2020 in an attempt to create a stronger connection with supporters who are willing to pay $29 annually.

An additional element of the long-term alliance will see ThriveFantasy’s Discord bot be integrated into Envy’s own server, educating members on esports proposition bets and providing live statistics from games every 30 seconds.

“Team Envy is the perfect partner for ThriveFantasy,” said Adam Weinstein, ThriveFantasy’s founder. “Not only has Envy proven themselves as winners with several championships across major gaming titles, but they have one of the most loyal and passionate fanbases in North America. We look forward to pushing further into esports and becoming the go-to fantasy platform for the esports community with great team partners like Envy.”


Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun


Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Epic Games
Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.