Starting in June, $450,000 in cash prize will be dispersed amongst gamers within the very first 3 months.

Visa and FACEIT, the biggest independent competitive video gaming platform in the world, are pleased to announce a partnership with Gazprombank to introduce the very first esports card product for gamers actively took part in Dota2 and CS: GO titles in Russia.

As part of the international Visa and FACEIT collaboration announced at the end of in 2015, this first program will provide the Russian esports community with a brand-new competitive experience through a series of online programs that will be open to all ability levels and a substantial reward pool created to incentivise core gamers and new gamers alike. Gazprombank’s brand-new FACEIT debit card by Visa not only enables making daily purchases, however likewise gives players exclusive access to competitions on the FACEIT platform. Card holders will be able to take part in the competitors for the reward swimming pool in both disciplines of the FACEIT team video game tournaments – Dota 2 and CS: GO.

Beginning in June, $450,000 in cash prize will be dispersed amongst players within the first three months across several various competition formats for CS: GO and Dota 2, both in FACEIT points and ruble cash rewards. Points can be exchanged for rewards: virtual goods for games, character design, main items with the symbols of expert teams. In addition to the initial fund, a new reward pool will be readily available and dispersed for the players on a monthly basis.

“In creating this item, we always adhered to the core question: “What does a player truly want?” The response to this is surprisingly simple: the gamer wishes to be rewarded for his success in the video game. So we accepted the obstacle of creating a varied, abundant, exciting benefit infrastructure that encourages players’ to become much better while putting genuine tangible rewards into their hands when they win tournaments. With CS: GO and Dota hitting a peak of 1.3 M and 800K concurrent gamers, we are stating to the world: come complete with us and get rewards!” – says Evgeniy Zelenyi, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Fintech, Visa Russia.

“We are very delighted to launch the program with VISA and Gazprombank as our first partner in this world first collaboration. This program is a fantastic example of how brand names can get in touch with our neighborhood and considerably add to the development of competitive communities which is something that is hugely essential for FACEIT. The collaboration intends to drive brand-new competitive opportunities to esports players in Russia while likewise developing important content for CSGO and Dota2 players. It’s great to partner with international market leaders to create brand-new initiatives,” stated Niccolo Maisto, Co-Founder & CEO, FACEIT.

“Following the patterns in the banking service, Gazprombank when again counts on personalization. This time we picked a rapidly growing sector – the mass e-sports market in Russia. In collaboration with Visa and FACEIT, we released a distinct card product for players, thanks to which we prepare to substantially increase our client base. I’m sure that the brand-new card will be in need, 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.