Women in gaming: Paris Smith on esports betting

In the third of a five-part series of women in gaming interviews, Pinnacle’s CEO discusses the hockey-stick growth of gambling on competitive video gaming and why she is confident the authorities can get a grip on match-fixing

It is now over a decade since Pinnacle accepted its first esports bet: a modest $9.55 staked on real-time strategy game StarCraft back in February 2010. Overseen by Marco Blume, now the firm’s trading director and once a highly skilled player of card game Magic: The Gathering, betting on competitive digital matches soon snowballed, resulting…

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