09.06.2015

paysafecard to sponsor events from the world’s largest esports company, ESL

Vienna, 11. June, 2015 - paysafecard, the Vienna-based global market leader in prepaid online payment methods, and member of the international Skrill Group, decisively raises its sponsoring strategy to a global level in the digital entertainment sector: as sponsor of the ESL, paysafecard supports the world’s largest and oldest esports company. Among other things, this means that two of the biggest ESL One stadium events, in Frankfurt and Cologne, will be supported by the prepaid specialist. Together with the accompanying online tournaments, around 225,000 players and 54,000 teams from every continent will take part.

Udo Müller, CEO of paysafecard on this step: “digital games have become a natural part of our everyday lives. And paysafecard is a natural part of this virtual entertainment world. This not surprising as paysafecard makes it possible to pay for items and upgrades in seconds without having to leave a game. Anyone who has a hobby will be able to appreciate being able to concentrate on what’s important instead of peripherals, such as how to pay. Our prepaid payment method makes a decisive contribution to this convenience.

On the 20th and 21st of June, thousands of Dota 2 fans will take part in ESL One Frankfurt. The winning team will receive a lion’s share of the 250,000 USD prize pool. And on the 22nd and 23rd of August, the world’s biggest Counter-Strike event is scheduled for the ESL One Cologne 2015, with 250,000 USD in prize money.

About paysafecard:

paysafecard.com Wertkarten GmbH (holding of all paysafecard companies), www.paysafecard.com, is based in Vienna with subsidiaries in London, Düsseldorf, Lucerne, New York, Mexico City and Buenos Aires, among other places. The company was founded in Austria and Germany in 2000 and is a 100% subsidiary of the Skrill Group. The company is now present in 40 countries at over 480,000 sales outlets worldwide with its core product paysafecard. paysafecard is a prepaid online payment solution which anyone can use. No bank account or credit card is necessary. The paysafecard 16-digit PIN is all that's needed to complete a payment transaction. paysafecard can be used at thousands of online shops. The company has become the European market leader in prepaid payment solutions with the brands paysafecard, my paysafecard, paysafecard Mastercard® and YUNA.

paysafecard has received numerous awards over the years. These include the Paybefore Award in the categories of "Best Digital Currency", "Best Virtual or Digital Program" and "Top Digital Dollars", as well as in the newly created category “Consumer Value” in early 2015. paysafecard has also been awarded the Paybefore Award Europe in the categories of "Most Innovative Prepaid Solution" and "Consumer Champion". In 2014, The New Economy recognised paysafecard as one of the 40 most innovative companies of 2013. Like paysafecard on Facebook, visit us on Google+ and YouTube, follow us on Twitter  and get informed on our Corporate Blog.

ESL is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, North America and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).

Media contact:

Robert Bauer, asoluto public + interactive relations | presse@paysafecard.com | +43 1 533 36 53-60