World of Duels launched earlier this month offering competitive gamers the chance to go head to head with their rivals and wager on the outcome. iGaming Times speaks to founder Noam Lawi about where the idea for WODuels came from, and operator’s plans for dominating the sector.
iGAMING TIMES: Can you tell me a little bit more about WODuels and what you offer gamers?
NOAM LAWI: World of Duels (WODuels) is a player vs player esports betting platform that allows gamers from all over the world to challenge each other for real money on their favourite titles such as FIFA 19, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and Fortnite.
On WODuels, players can create and search for challenges according to their own criteria, such as game, rank, platform and stake. This means they do not need to be pro to make money playing video games as they compete with players of a similar ability and skill level, and on the games that they enjoy the most.
iGT: Why do you believe competitive gaming and wagering go hand in hand?
NL: Our slogan is “spice up your game”, which is exactly what we have achieved. Playing video games competitively – even if you are just a casual player that likes to go head to head with your mates – is very exciting but we wanted to take this to the next level by allowing players to wager on the outcome.
The experience is so much more thrilling when you know there is money at stake.
iGT: Fairness seems to be at the core of your offering. Can you elaborate on your approach to creating a safe and secure wagering environment?
NL: We have several protocols and procedures in place to ensure WODuels is a fair, safe and secure wagering platform.
We have a board of experienced judges who are on hand 24/7 to review game footage if there are any disputes over the outcome of a contest. Our judges are long-standing members of the WODuels community, and rewarded for the work they do.
We take a zero-tolerance approach to cheating, and our judges are there to enforce the rules and remove any unreputable players from the community.
iGT: Why do you think online gambling operators have so far failed to really capture the esports market?
NL: Sportsbook operators such as William Hill, Betway and Pinnacle have all made attempts to capture the esports market, with different levels of success. But what they offer – markets and odds on esports matches and competitions – differs to the WODuels proposition.
Player vs player skill betting, which is what we offer, has only just emerged in the past few months and allows gamers to compete and wager on their own contests.
I think the issue sportsbook operators have had is that they are not esports enthusiasts at heart. At WODuels, we are all passionate gamers and are driven by the desire to create a platform and a product that has been built with gamers in mind from the get go.
iGT: What is the future for esports and wagering and what role will WODuels play in that future?
NL: We believe the esports sector has only just got started, and will see a period of exponential growth in the coming months and years. WODuels plans to be the catalyst for this growth, combining competitive gaming and wagering.
Whether professional players fighting it out over who is best of the best, to casual players looking to take on their friends and win some money we want to be accessible to all. What’s more, we want to become a community and a hub for gamers the world over.
Indeed, we are the missing link between the worlds of gaming and skilled wagering, and we believe this puts us in the driving seat to capitalise on the huge potential of esports as it continues to take the world by storm.