Betway inks record sponsorship deal with renowned eSports team
Betway inks record sponsorship deal with renowned eSports team, Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Betway have signed a landmark agreement to become the headline sponsor of one of the world’s best eSports teams, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP).

The deal sees Betway become the first UK-based bookmaker to directly invest in an eSports team, with a high six-figure deal that includes on-shirt branding, content usage rights, onsite branding at the NiP gaming house and full player access.

Sweden-based NiP are one of the oldest, most popular sides in the world, winning multiple major titles since their founding in 2000.

Betway’s Anthony Werkman said: “We are delighted to join forces with Ninjas in Pyjamas, a team with an unrivalled history of success in eSports that is hugely popular the world over. We can’t wait to support the team as they look to land the biggest prizes on offer.

“We have put a special focus on our eSports offering over the past few years by launching the first eSports specific microsite and content channels. Our agreement with NiP is yet another first and cements our position as the world’s leading eSports bookmaker.”

Hicham Chahine, CEO of Ninjas in Pyjamas commented: “We have enjoyed many great moments throughout our 16 years at the forefront of eSports, but today is one of the greatest days in the history of Ninjas in Pyjamas as we welcome Betway as our main sponsor.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to work closely with the leading eSports betting company and are certain the partnership will allow us to continue to grow our legacy to give our millions of fans around the world unforgettable experiences they will remember for a lifetime.”

Betway were the first bookmaker to launch a dedicated eSports microsite in 2015 and have since trebled their eSports-specific trading and content teams.

The leading online bookmaker has seen eSports regularly appear in its daily top ten sports for trading volumes over the past 12 months.

Viewership of eSports events has grown rapidly in recent years, with the recent CS:GO Major Championship held in Columbus, Ohio generating 71 million video views including more than 45 million hours of live broadcast viewed.

In a sign of the team’s popularity, McDonald’s franchises in Sweden served an eSports themed burger named the ‘McNiP’ in 2013.