Esports Entertainment Group acquires Bethard and a foothold in the Swedish betting market

Posted on July 16, 2021 - Last Updated on July 18, 2021

Esports Entertainment Group has announced their acquisition of B2C sports betting and online casino operator Bethard and their subsequent entry into the Swedish and Spanish betting markets. This is another in a long list of major acquisitions and partnerships on the part of the Esports Entertainment Group.

The Acquisition

The acquisition of the operator includes a €16 million cash payment and a 12 percent net gaming revenue share for two years. According to their official press release, Bethard has generated $31 million in revenue in 2020.

This acquisition means that the Esports Entertaiment group now has operators in the Spanish and Swedish markets. The Spanish betting market generated €850.7 million in gross gambling revenue last year but that number pales in comparison to the Swedish betting market that they now have access to.

According to the Swedish Gambling Commission, the country’s betting market is valued at approximately £2 billion. This takes into account both traditional sports betting markets as well as esports betting markets. However, the popularity of esports and esports betting in the region like DOTA 2 betting, means that they have an amazing region to grow their core offering as well as expand into more traditional sports betting offerings.

Esports Entertainment Group acquires Bethard

Comment from Esports Entertainment Group

Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, spoke about their entry into the Swedish and Spanish esports betting markets with the acquisition of Bethard:

“This is another great addition for Esports Entertainment Group that substantially increases our revenue and available markets. We will gain two new gaming licenses from this transaction, including one in the strategically important Swedish market. With these additions, we’ll have a total of 6 tier one licenses globally.”

The growth of EEG

Esports Entertainment Group has also made inroads into the US betting market. Just last month they entered into a partnership with the Indian Gaming Esports Association. This is the first tribal esports organization to advance esports adoption among tribal nations and casinos.

This is a period of rapid expansion for the Esports Entertainment Group. Recently they have signed two marketing agreements to expand their VIE.bet esports betting brand into Latin America. They have sponsorships deals with Infamous Gaming, Peru’s largest esports organization, and Movistar Liga Pro Gaming League, produced by Live Media Esports Entertainment.

They also acquired the online casino operator Lucky Dino, the roughly $30 million deal to acquire the assets of the Malta-licensed online casino operator has provided the Esports Entertainment group with a wide range of new assets for their growing business. Not only are they expanding their reach geographically, but they are also committed to the growth of their esports ecosystem.

Just recently they announced their New Jersey GMBL subsidiary had been approved for a licence in New Jersey, allowing them to enter the North American esports betting industry. They will now be able to operate and service bettors with great esports odds in New Jersey with their esports betting site VIE.gg. They are rapidly expanding their presence across the globe, but it looks like their focus is centred on Europe and the Americas.

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