- Parimatch joins the Ukrainian Esports Federation as official sponsor
- The sportsbook website continues to support esports events in the country
- Esports is an official sport in Ukraine, thanks to UESF's efforts over the years
The Ukrainian Esports Federation has a new sponsor as Parimatch continues to deepen its ties in competitive video gaming. As a result, Parimatch will be the title sponsor for Dota 2 and CS:GO events.
Parimatch Signs New Esports Partnership with UESF
Sportsbook Parimatch is deepening its ties with esports through a new partnership arrangement with the Ukrainian Esports Federation (UESF). Moving forward, the betting firm will be a partner for the federation's Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events.
As a result, the bookmaker will be a general partner for the event now known as the USEF Parimatch Championship of Ukraine, which will distribute a total of $36,000 in prize money and another $18,000 in gaming gear and devices, including PCs and accessories.
The first planned event will run from July 17 through October 3 and feature numerous opportunities for fans to tune in and watch. The Grand Final will be played at WePlay Esports Arena in Kyiv, which recently wrapped up the AniMajor, one of arguably the most successful Dota 2 events. Parimatch became an official broadcasting partner for WePlay during Kyiv's major as the event was already underway.
UESF remains one of the most significant esports organizations in Ukraine. It has hosted over 300 national and international tournaments and has been pivotal in garnering recognition for esports as an official athletic discipline from the country's Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Obtaining such status can be precious to esports players looking to secure visas and enter otherwise difficult jurisdictions that require much red tape to be sorted out first. Calls to liberalize travel for esports players have been growing, and many players have had to miss out on events, including important Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) events, because of lack of paperwork.
Visa issues cropped up at the AniMajor, which prompted WePlay Esports to book a private plane and circumnavigate traveling hurdles for Chinese players. The move was welcomed by the community and elevated WePlay's involvement in competitive gaming once again.