1xBet has been named PGL Major Copenhagen’s official betting partner.

Onlinebettingsite – PGL, an esports tournament organizer, has partnered with 1xBet, an online gambling company based in Cyprus, for PGL Major Copenhagen, an upcoming Counter-Strike event.

The tournament, which is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from March 17–31, features PGL as its official betting partner.

After CS:GO was dropped last year, PGL Major Copenhagen will be the first-ever Major in Counter-Strike 2. There will be RMRs, or qualifying rounds for the Major, beginning in February and continuing through March.

PGL Major Copenhagen Teams Up With Controversial Gambling Partner 1xBet

PGL did not specify the conditions of the cooperation or the activations that would be covered by it. 1xBet announced on X that it would serve as the event’s “main partner.” Two requests for comments from the tournament organizer were not answered.

PGL stated in a press statement that 1xBet has a “successful history of supporting big tournaments and popular teams” and that the agreement is a “mutually beneficial partnership.”

Numerous esports organizations, competitions, and other esports businesses are sponsored by 1xBet. Among other notable partners of the brand are the Counter-Strike news site HLTV and the ESL Pro League. The Dota 2 Bali Major, Skyesports Masters, and the Asian esports team Talon Esports were all sponsored by 1xBet in 2023.

But the bookmaker with a Curaçao license has a very contentious history. According to reports, a Dutch court declared 1xBet bankrupt in January 2023; however, the company challenged the declaration and is still operational.

The Russia-based company also lost its license in the UK in 2019 as a result of a Sunday Times investigation that revealed it had allowed bets on children’s sports and marketed topless female croupiers. Following the probe, high-profile partnerships with 1xBet were canceled by UK football clubs Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham.

The only competitions in the Counter-Strike ecosystem to get financing and support from game developer Valve are the Majors, which are also the most prominent events on the esports calendar.

Qualifying esports organizations receive in-game merchandise that viewers can purchase, potentially generating substantial income.

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