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  Visa partners with competitive gaming platform FACEIT to support the esports community
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  • Visa and FACEIT will focus on designing a dedicated gaming environment on FACEIT to directly support cybersport enthusiasts around the globe
  • Russia will be a pilot market where Visa and FACEIT join forces to offer new gaming experiences to esports fans


MOSCOW – November 13, 2019— Visa and FACEIT, the largest independent competitive gaming platform in the world, today announced an agreement that will create a new dedicated gaming environment for esports enthusiasts. The partnership, leveraging the  unique competitive advantages of each brand, will significantly expand gaming experiences for fans around the world. Russia will be the first market for the partnership to launch and will focus on several top esports disciplines relevant for the geography, and will be launched commercially with one of Russia’s top banks. The collaboration between Visa and FACEIT will focus on designing and distributing fun and unique online programs where esports enthusiasts can develop their gaming skills to participate in different tournament formats.


“According to our estimations, the global esports market is forecasted to reach 500 mln gamers by 2020. Visa is keen to contribute its payment expertise to the space and deliver added value to this audience. Given the synergy between FACEIT’s stronghold on the Russian market, the overall number of esports audience and how receptive Russians are in general to innovative concepts, this is absolutely the right geography to start with.” said Evgeniy Zelenyi, head of Strategic Partnerships and Fintech, Visa Russia.


‘We’re excited to work with such a globally recognised brand and to support their next step into esports,” said Niccolo Maisto, Co-Founder & CEO, FACEIT. “This partnership is a shining example of how a brand can become endemic to the esports community and help the overall esports ecosystem grow which is FACEIT’s continued mission.”


About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit About Visa, and  @VisaNews.



FACEIT is the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games, with more than 12 million users. FACEIT allows players to easily play in tournaments and leagues for virtual and real-world prizes through automated tournament management and competitive gaming technology. For developers, FACEIT’s advanced software development kit (SDK) allows game creators to easily integrate user-friendly competitive gaming and tournaments into their titles to allow gamers to take part in competitive online games at all skill levels. Esports organizers, players and communities use FACEIT to create and manage online competitions. For more information on FACEIT, please visit


Media Contacts:


Visa Inc.

Evgeniy Zelenyi

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Natalie Bahbout

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