Faceit an independent platform for professional competitions and productions within online multiplayer video games has partnered with Global Visa and Gazprombank to launch the first esports card product for gamers actively engaged in Dota2 and CS: GO titles in Russia.
Previously, Global Visa and Faceit had announced their partnership at the end of last year. This is one of a kind program by Global Visa and Faceit which will provide the Russian esports players with a new competitive experience.
In this partnership, Gazprombank will issue a new FACEIT debit card by Visa not only allows making everyday purchases but also gives gamers exclusive access to tournaments on the FACEIT platform. Isn’t it awesome? Cardholders 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. We can expect the addition of more games in the coming times.
Evgeniy Zelenyi, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Fintech, Visa Russia said, “In designing this product, we always stuck to the core question: “What does a player 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 2 hitting a peak of 1.3M and 800K concurrent players, we are saying to the world: come compete with us and get prizes!”
Niccolo Maisto, Co-Founder & CEO, FACEIT son this partnership, “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 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.”
Alexey Popovich, First Vice President and member of the Management Board of Gazprombank said “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.”
A three-month-long tournament with various formats for CS: GO and Dota 2 will be played for a massive $450,000 prize money which can be retrieved in FACEIT points and ruble cash prizes. Moreover, 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.
Faceit is a production company and an independent platform for professional competitions within online multiplayer video games, which was founded in London in 2012. They have been administrating e-sports leagues on games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Rocket League, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and DOTA 2.