Visa and FACEIT, the largest independent competitive gaming platform in the world, are pleased to announce a partnership with Gazprombank to launch the first esports card product for gamers actively engaged in Dota2 and CS:GO titles in Russia.
As part of the global Visa and FACEIT partnership announced at the end of last year, this first program will provide the Russian esports community with a new competitive experience through a series of online programs that will be open to all skill levels and a substantial prize pool designed to incentivise core gamers and new players alike. Gazprombank’s new FACEIT debit card by Visa not only allows making everyday purchases, but also gives gamers exclusive access to tournaments on the FACEIT platform. Card holders will be able to take part in the competition for the prize pool in both disciplines of the FACEIT team game tournaments – Dota 2 and CS: GO.
Starting in June, $450,000 in prize money will be distributed among players within the first three months across several different tournament formats for CS:GO and Dota 2, both in FACEIT points and ruble cash prizes. Points can be exchanged for prizes: virtual goods for games, character design, official products with the symbols of professional teams. In addition to the initial fund, a new prize pool will be available and distributed for the players every month.
“In designing this product, we always stuck to the core question: “What does a player really want?” The answer to this is surprisingly simple: the player wants to be rewarded for his success in the game. So we accepted the challenge of putting together a diverse, rich, exciting reward infrastructure that motivates players’ to become better while putting real tangible prizes into their hands when they win tournaments. With CS:GO and Dota hitting a peak of 1.3M and 800K concurrent players, we are saying to the world: come compete with us and get prizes!” – says Evgeniy Zelenyi, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Fintech, Visa Russia.
“We are very excited to launch the program with VISA and Gazprombank as our first partner in this world first collaboration. This program is a great example of how brands can connect with our community and significantly contribute to the development of competitive ecosystems which is something that is hugely important for FACEIT. The partnership aims to drive new competitive opportunities to esports players in Russia while also creating valuable content for CSGO and Dota2 players. It’s fantastic to partner with international industry leaders to create new initiatives,” said Niccolo Maisto, Co-Founder & CEO, FACEIT.
“Following the trends in the banking business, Gazprombank once again relies on personalization. This time we chose a rapidly growing segment – the mass e-sports market in Russia. In partnership with Visa and FACEIT, we launched a unique card product for gamers, thanks to which we plan to significantly increase our customer base. I’m sure that the new card will be in demand, because now the e-sports audience in Russia has about 10-12 million people and is predicted to grow by 20% annually,” commented Alexey Popovich, First Vice President and member of the Management Board of Gazprombank.
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About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit About Visa, visa.com/blog and @VisaNews.
FACEIT is the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games, with more than 12 million users. FACEIT allows players to easily play in tournaments and leagues for virtual and real-world prizes through automated tournament management and competitive gaming technology. For developers, FACEIT’s advanced software development kit (SDK) allows game creators to easily integrate user-friendly competitive gaming and tournaments into their titles to allow gamers to take part in competitive online games at all skill levels. Esports organizers, players and communities use FACEIT to create and manage online competitions. For more information on FACEIT, please visit www.faceit.com
Gazprombank is one of the top three banks in Russia and one of the biggest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. The Bank offers an extensive range of services to corporate and private customers, serving the key sectors of the Russian economy, including the gas, oil, chemicals and petrochemicals, metals, power generation, engineering, transport, construction, communications, agri-industrial, trade and other industries. Gazprombank’s retail business is focused on providing modern high-tech products and services. As at the beginning of 2020, the Bank was serving approximately 5 million private customers. In 2019, it had a retail loan portfolio in excess of 550 billion rubles and a retail deposit portfolio of more than 480 billion rubles.
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