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The esports betting site Unikrn announced it was partnering with MGM Resorts International for live gaming and tournaments in Las Vegas starting in 2018.
Esports at MGM Grand
The esports events will take place in the LEVEL UP lounge at the MGM Grand in Vegas. Unikrn will host tournaments on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each tournament will offer competitors prizes, including cash and UnikoinGold tokens, as well as exclusive experiences at select MGM Resorts properties.
“There’s never been a partnership quite like this fusion, and we’re pumped to be in the center of it,” Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said in a press release.
“Traditional entertainment destinations have a lot of room to grow in appealing to esports and gaming fans, and MGM Resorts International is leading the way, with Unikrn, by bringing regular esports tournaments to LEVEL UP — this is thrilling.”
“LEVEL UP was designed to attract both the next generation of players and current players seeking innovation, making this partnership with Unikrn a great fit within the space,” said Lovell Walker, executive director of interactive gaming development for MGM Resorts International. “With our commitment to the future of esports and increased focus on enhancing our guests’ entertainment experience, we know Unikrn will be a tremendous partner.”
The intersection of esports betting and Nevada
Unikrn offers real-money esports betting in some regulated markets, but doing so in Nevada does not appear to be a part of the plans in the immediate future.
Still, it gives Unikrn a high-profile partnership in the US (the company is based in Seattle) as it looks to the future of esports wagering in the country.
Earlier this year Unikrn completed an ICO.
More esports is coming to the Las Vegas Strip in 2018 as well, when Luxor opens its esports arena.