31.05.2016

paysafecard and eSports sponsorship: The next “big bang” at the ESL One Cologne 2016

Vienna, 31 May 2016 – After a successful year for the eSports scene, paysafecard, one of the global market leaders in prepaid online payment methods and part of Paysafe Group plc, has committed to continue its sponsorship of the eSports premiere league throughout 2016. The sponsorship of the ESL One Cologne 2016 involves one of the most significant events in the gaming community: the world’s biggest Counter Strike: Global Offensive event (8 - 10 July, 2016) - the official Valve Major in the gaming capital of Cologne. paysafecard will also support an additional ESL One event at the Barclays Center in New York from 1 - 2 October, 2016.

Udo Müller, CEO of paysafecard, comments: “We were already an ESL partner and committed supporter of the European eSports scene, so I am delighted to be able to deepen and strengthen this connection. paysafecard makes paying simple, safe and fast for gamers – and without entering any personal information such as credit card numbers or bank account details, as if they were paying cash. We want to offer gamers the best possible services and we’re pleased to do this together with ESL.”

Müller added: “Digital games attract audiences from across the population, meaning that a presence at eSports tournaments supports paysafecard’s visibility as a market-leading brand and connects the company with a wealth of valuable contacts.”

Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL, adds: “paysafecard is a valued sponsor of many ESL tournaments and we are thrilled to be working together again at the ESL One Cologne 2016. paysafecard’s presence makes a significant contribution to every event of ours. Naturally, we are looking forward to seeing what the company will come up with for the tournament at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne.”

About ESL

ESL is the biggest, independent eSports company in the world, leading the industry with numerous online and offline tournaments for a huge variety of games. These include both well-known international and national leagues and tournaments, such as Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Germany’s Best Gamers, and Starcraft® II World Championship Series, as well as amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems for the amateur scene. The most prestigious finals are held in stadiums. Beyond its tournaments, ESL also offers numerous services in the fields of gaming technology, event management, marketing, and TV production, providing for the eSport ecosystem across all levels. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China and North America, ESL’s footprint is across the world. Find out more at www.turtle-entertainment.com and www.eslgaming.com.

About paysafecard

paysafecard is a prepaid online payment available in 43 countries at more than 500,000 sales outlets worldwide. Anyone can use paysafecard without the need for a bank account or credit card. The paysafecard 16-digit PIN is all that's needed to complete a payment transaction. paysafecard, from its base in Vienna, has become one of the market leaders in prepaid payment solutions with the brands paysafecard, my paysafecard and paysafecard Mastercard®.

The company was founded in Austria in 2000 and is part of Paysafe Group plc. Shares in Paysafe trade on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol (PAYS.L).

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