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The Esports Integrity Coalition Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting in the United States

Published: 14/May/2018 21:49 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 14:39

by DG Goldstein


The Esports Integrity Coalition has responded to the Supreme Court decision to overturn the federal ban on sports betting within the United States.

Following the enactment of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, regulated sports gambling was made illegal across the United States other than the state of Nevada.

Although various states and organizations attempted to lobby for the law to be overturned so that citizens could place bets on different events in an authorized fashion, the decision held strong time and time again.

However, on Monday, May 14th, the Supreme Court decided to overturn the 1992 law, giving states the right and opportunity to potentially legalize sports gambling in the coming years, which generated a discussion between community members on both sides of the decision.

The ruling will also allow for gambling in the world of esports – a practice which has already been seen in certain nations where sports gambling is legal, and regulated by their respective governments.

When discussing the decision to allow federally regulated sports and esports gambling, the Esports Integrity Coalition, a group formed to fight against ‘issues of common interest’ such as match manipulation and betting fraud, mentioned how ‘well-enforced’ regulation is the proper way to handle gambling.

Now that the ruling is overturned, states will begin to decide if they want to allow regulated sports gambling, yet it may take multiple years before the law will come to fruition in some areas.

We will continue to provide more coverage on the story as more information is made available, including its impact on popular ‘betting sites’ for games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 NA and Europe: Streams, format, schedule

Published: 26/Jan/2021 17:33

by Andrew Amos


The Valorant Champions Tour is kicking off in 2021 with Stage 1. There’s plenty of action to come, so here’s the NA & EU VCT stream, schedule and more!

  • EU & NA Stage 1 Challenger events run from February 4 – 7.
  • Slots in the Stage 1 Masters tournament are on the line.
  • 100 Thieves and Team Heretics primed to defend their regional titles.

It’s Valorant Champions Tour time! If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here, and if you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need!

Valorant Champions Tour: Streams

The Valorant Champions Tour will be streamed on both the official Valorant Twitch, as well as the two regional channels. We have embedded those below for your convenience.

VCT NA: Stream

VCT EU: Stream

VCT NA & EU: Schedule

Both NA and EU’s Stage 1 kick off on February 4. While the times have not yet been released, all the dates you need are listed below:

VCT Stage 1 NA dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: February 18-21
  • Challengers 3: March 4-7
  • Masters: March 13-21

VCT Stage 2 EU dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: TBA
  • Challengers 3: TBA
  • Masters: TBA

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams will battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
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The VCT promises to be a year long Valorant fiesta!

VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1: NA & Europe teams

In Europe, teams like G2 Esports, Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, will be looking to snatch the glory from reigning First Strike champions Team Heretics.

Across the Atlantic in North America, 100 Thieves have a target on their back with TSM, Sentinels and Cloud9 Blue all keen on taking down the First Strike winners.