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The World Esports Championships 2022 Are Officially Open!

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And WE are live in 3,2,1…

The World Esports Championships 2022 are officially open!

Join the opening ceremony today, at 7 pm GMT +8 with traditional music and dance performances, a fireworks show, and wave your national flag proudly!
After the opening ceremony feel free to join in the press conferences.

During the event, you can experience a little bit of everything from cosplay competitions, games, watch parties, and daily activities.

If you are not in Bali, you can always tune in on the platform wec.iesf.org and become part of the magic.

Watch your teams, stay on top of every score, and keep cheering for your favorite players!

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World Esports Championships Finals Begin with Spectacular Opening Ceremony

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IESF welcomes World Esports Family to Bali for the largest edition of its flagship event

The International Esports Federation (IESF) officially opened the 14th World Esports Championships Finals today in Bali, Indonesia. The Opening Ceremony kicked off IESF’s historic WE Championships with an athlete parade, special performances, and speeches from IESF President Vlad Marinescu and Esports Federation of Indonesia (PBESI) President Budi Gunawan at the Merusaka Nusa Dua Hotel. 

The ceremony welcomed athletes, referees, fans, event organizers, government officials, and others from the World Esports Family. The ceremony began with the Indonesia Raya, the national anthem of Indonesia, and the official PBESI march. IESF then did an official raising of its flag to mark the start of the event. Inspired by Indonesian and Balinese culture, the ceremony featured traditional dances as well as extraordinary performances by Indonesian artists Alffy Rev, Wizzy, and Ecko.

The WE Championships remain the sole international esports competition where athletes compete to represent their countries. Over 600 players representing 106 countries will compete across six games: CS:GO, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, eFootball ™  2023, Tekken 7, and PUBG Mobile, making this the largest and most geographically diverse edition of the event since its inception in 2008 with a record prize pool of $500,000. 

An athlete representative from each country joined in the athlete parade of the Opening Ceremony to carry their country’s flag to celebrate the event’s largest and most inclusive edition. Additionally, IESF showcased its commitment to responsible gaming and providing referees with the highest level of certification to ensure fair and safe competition. This year’s referees took an oath on stage during the Opening Ceremony, alongside an athlete representative, to safeguard responsible gaming. 

IESF President Vlad Marinescu spoke at the ceremony and said: “Welcome to Bali for the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. We are elated to see a historic 106 countries, more than double from last year’s edition, competing in the 14th edition of this event right here in the Land of Gods.  All of you here in this beautiful country and those watching are proof and reflection of the growth and progress of the World Esports Family.”

In his speech, PBESI President Budi Gunawan said: “The Indonesia Esports Summit and the 14th IESF World Esports Championships, wil declare our commitment to set new standards for organizing world class esports event. We sincerely hope that the 14th IESF World Esports Championships Bali 2022 will be a new momentum for all these great talents from around the world to build friendship and peace” 

The competition will conclude with the Closing Ceremony and a special announcement on December 11, where one nation will be crowned the World Esports champion. 

The Finals will be live-streamed across seven IESF Twitch channels, one dedicated for each game. The full lineup of competing nations and all other information related to WEC can be found on the official website

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“Cheer for those who cheer for us”: FAVBET calls on Ukrainian football fans to support Ukraine’s allies at the 2022 World Cup

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November 20 marked the kickoff of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. An event long anticipated by football fans and quite unique in several respects. This year, for the first time ever, the World Cup takes place in the Middle East, in winter, and… against the backdrop of the largest military confrontation in Europe since World War II.

While the stands of Qatari stadiums explode with applause, Ukrainian fans hear explosions in the streets of their cities, and the Ukrainian army bravely resists unprovoked Russian aggression on the several thousand kilometers of frontlines.

However, even in such circumstances, FAVBET and Kyiv-based creative agency Taktika found a way to engage Ukrainian fans and remind the world that football is not only about fighting, but also about unity and support that goes beyond the borders.

“The world will not see our team on Qatar’s football pitches, but for almost a year it has been watching our fight on a pitch of a different kind – the battlefield. And not only watching, but tirelessly supporting. England, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, the USA, France and many other countries have been supplying and training the Ukrainian military, providing shelter to our citizens and defending our interests on the diplomatic front. We decided that the World Cup is a great opportunity to say thank you to Ukraine’s allies for this unwavering support,” says FAVBET’s creative copywriter Mykola Bezkrovnyi.

The campaign is based on short videos shot on the streets of Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv. The centerpiece of the story are the Ukrainian fans with vintage scarves, which, many years ago, they waved during the matches of Ukraine’s team against our current allies. “We once held these scarves because we fiercely wanted to defeat you. We hold them now because we sincerely want you to win. Just like you want us to win too,” says the voiceover of the campaign’s manifesto.

This campaign was Favbet’s idea, and our task was to find the best form and style for it. We realized that we once used to be opponents on the football pitch with almost all of our current allies. Now, the scarves from these matches are turning from symbols of our rivalry into those of unity. Many fans still have them at home as a memory. We decided to use thescarves as a powerful visual symbol and built a campaign around them,” says Roman Gurbanov, Taktika co-founder and creative director.

In addition to the manifesto, the campaign also includes videos dedicated to supporting particular Ukrainian allies like Poland and England. The videos were shot by Ukraine-based studio Digital Religion known for their advertising work for the world’s leading brands like Samsung, Visa, Pepsi, Uber, and others. Check out the videos on FAVBET’s YouTube:

Support those who support us

FAVBET’s new campaign is not only a token of gratitude to the allies, but also a reminder that the war, unlike a football match, does not end with the referee’s whistle. While the World Cup will wrap up in a few weeks, Ukraine will continue its fight against the aggressor that seeks to destroy Ukrainian identity and its need for support will remain as high as ever. That is why FAVBET Foundation is now accepting international donations so that football fans from all over the world can also contribute to Ukraine’s victory. Make your donation on the Foundation’s official page

As an international company with Ukrainian roots, FAVBET has been supporting Ukraine since the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion, implementing numerous humanitarian initiatives and providing the Ukrainian military with the necessary equipment. Today, 95% of FAVBET Foundation’s projects are focused on helping the country’s citizens and the army, i. e. evacuating residents of frontline cities, purchasing ambulances and vehicles for the needs of the Armed Forces, as well as supplying high-tech communications equipment and drones.

Credentials

FAVBET

Head of Brand – Alexander Tarasov

Brand Manager – Anna Lytvynchuk

Marketing Project Manager – Yanina Baranetska

Creative Producer – Oleksii Marakhovskyi

Digital Content Producer – Iryna Kondratyeva

Creative Lead – Anatoly Simachynskyi

Creative Copywriter – Mykola Bezkrovnyi

Digital Religion

Director – Gleb Feldman

Taktika

Creative Director – Roman Gurbanov

Art Director – Illia Pochkun

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SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator Announced New Campaign with Spinago

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Online jackpot campaigns are becoming extremely popular in the iGaming community as a powerful tool to attract and retain players and improve overall brand performance. This trend is all the more reinforced by the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator’s new cooperation with Spinago, as the two partners launch a worldwide jackpot campaign.

Spinago has been operating under a Curacao license since 2020, managing a varied game and sports betting portfolio. The operator accepts deposits in fiat and cryptocurrencies and provides 24/7 player support.  

In partnership with the Jackpot Aggregator, Spinago has launched its first jackpot campaign with three independent levels: Standart, Mega, and Grand. Each level offers unique progressive money prizes, with a maximum reward of 80,000 AUD to a lucky player. The jackpot campaign has no wager. Players might bet in slots and live games with a minimum bet of 1.5 AUD. There are no restrictions on the number of bets, same as there are no limits on raffled hits. 

Besides setting up the promotional campaign, the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator provides end-to-end support to ensure a smooth and seamless user experience. 

Reflecting on the collaboration, the Spinago team notes: “We appreciate working with the software provider who offers not only a flexibly configurable product but also reliable support. The team behind the Jackpot Aggregator managed to quickly set up the campaign and settle all the details with us, taking into account our goals and requirements.”

Aliaskei Douhin, Head of SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, shares his thoughts about the partnership: “We are proud to see an increasing number of iGaming operators who elect to use our product as a driver of growth and scaling. The Jackpot Aggregator team is grateful to Spinago for the trust and opportunity to show how this jackpot campaign will attract new players and reactivate existing ones.”

The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator offers a unique, multi-purpose Jackpot as a Service (JaaS) business model to strengthen brand performance and boost player acquisition and retention. 

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December Top 10 Games ranked in the Game Development World Championship 2022

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Top 10 Games for December have been ranked in the Game Development World Championship 2022 (GDWC). All competing games are up for the monthly ranking by public player interest. Find results on the GDWC Youtube Channel here.


The Defense of Trewel Towers by a student development team Trewel Towers from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut has won the monthly games ranking for December. Congrats to the winning team!

The Defense of Trewel Towers, or Trewel Towers, is a VR tower defense game. It contains a story mode as well as a 1-4 player endless mode. Still in development with student team.


2nd placeNerthus: Einar’s Fate by Tomato Rangers – Game Studio
Frenetic third person shooter.


3rd placeLight On Light off by DT Corp
Experience the dark and gory world of Light On Light Off Game


4th placeDarkenDerek the last fallen by ACTIONGAMES.c.l.r.
Arm yourself to the teeth and prevent aliens to kidnap our beloved woman.
Kick back invaders to their own galaxy or kill them all!
Will you be able to save all girls bringing peace again in Club City?


5th placeKankerspokenjagers (Cancer Ghost Hunters) by 038Games
Kankerspokenjagers is a serious game which helps children (5-8yr) who have a parent with cancer. Through this mobile game they learn about coping with the feelings they might have and get to know more about the medical process through play.


6th placeRed Trigger 2 by Bold Spirit Game Studio
Red Trigger 2 is an FPS Puzzle Game inspired by Portal, Antichamber and more. Use a gun that can expand or retract red blocks, but you can only expand three at a time, so you’ll need to manage your energy wisely.


7th placeCOGNAC – Bringing Real Life Photorealism to every gamer. by COGNAC TEAM
Cognac is The only game in the world that is bringing Photorealism to every gamer in every house in the world.


8th placeGame Of Seven by Game Of Seven
The 7 by 7 Heavenly Board Game for mobile devices and PCs. Command your 7 angels to capture the gates of heaven! Developed and published by Seven Interactive Ltd.


9th placePHYAKH by SmileFrogGames
Story-driven, action adventure combining exploration with fast-paced combat games.


10th placeDreams of Adventure by Farting Rainbow Production
Old school, retro, pixel and hardcore game. Game where choice maters and impacts your game depending on your decisions.

If you have a game and are interested in joining the championship, you can find more info, categories, and rewards on the GDWC 2022 site here.

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Gaming Innovation Group signs new deal with Starcasino in Spain

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) continues to strengthen its presence in the Spanish iGaming market following the signing of an agreement with Starcasino Group for its leading platform and sportsbook.

This new alliance, the 14th now in operation for GiG technology in Spain, will allow Starcasino to enter the large and highly competitive Spanish market. Having secured both sports and casino licenses in the jurisdiction, Starcasino will take advantage of GiG’s unique experience and presence in the country. Indeed, the online Spanish market generates more than €800 million of GGR on a yearly basis, with casino and sports representing 90% of that figure.

Starcasino is one of the largest regulated online and landbased casino groups in Belgium, and carries with it a strong reputation at driving personalised experiences for casino players.

The agreement which has been signed for an initial period of 3 years will look to harness the capabilities of both GiG’s sportsbook and player account manager (PAM), which are focused on delivering excellent localised and personal casino journeys and strong sports margins in competitive and regulated markets.

Hervé Schlosser, Managing Director of Sportnco Gaming at GiG, said “I am really pleased to have signed this partnership with Starcasino, to power their entry into the appealing Spanish market. I am convinced that our combined sportsbook, platform technology and regulatory experience is well suited to help established operators like Starcasino power into new regulated markets.

Alejandro Casanova, Country Manager for Starcasino Spain said: “We feel very pleased to have reached an agreement with the GIG Group. After many years of work and success in Belgium we have initiated our expansion to other markets, in Spain we have selected GIG Group’s technologies to successfully face the challenges of this market.

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Bitville Gaming South Africa Expands Its Product Bouquet through TVBET

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B2B provider of live games TVBET acquired a certificate of suitability in the province of the Western Cape, South Africa.  It has also undergone integration into the Bitville Iframe Solution and has passed BMM testing for all nine provinces in South Africa.  TVBET is a live Games provider and is, therefore, able to render its live lottery and numbers games in all of South Africa’s jurisdictions.

TVBET is ecstatic to bring fresh content to SA and in doing so extending its footprint into South Africa. Bitville Gaming is a well-established B2B Igaming Platform, Aggregated Products, Bespoke Lottery and custom software solutions company.

Emily Asava, TVBET Business Development Manager in Africa, states: “TVBET continues its cooperation with Bitville Gaming, and we are happy to reach new achievements within our partnership. Getting the license by WCGRB confirms our straight decision to expand in Africa and deliver our products to new markets in the region. And we’re happy to do that together with Bitville Gaming.”

Bitville Gaming CEO Andrew Von Hoesslin says: “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to work for Bitville Gaming South Africa, a company that is dedicated to keeping content relevant and fresh. The Company prides itself on being a Level II BBBEE manufacturer in SA; in addition, we are striving to keep the online and retail products fresh and new, so we don’t find ourselves in a space where the one market cannibalises the other and TVBET is one of those products that effectively helps secure this.  If we don’t ensure that we preserve our land-based betting shops and keep them financially profitable by bringing exciting retail content, it will have a negative impact on the economy in South Africa. TVBET has wonderful retail and online content, so you could say it’s the best of both worlds.”

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POPOK GAMING HAS A BRAND NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH MONOTECH!

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Providing games to hundreds of online casinos around the world, PopOK Gaming is dedicated to building strong long-term partnerships. The proof of it is our new collaboration with a state-of-the-art platform like Monotech, which provides advanced betting solutions and offers an innovative approach to the online gaming industry.

From now on, Monotech’s numerous operators can offer their players high-quality iGaming entertainment with PopOK Gaming’s various slots, thrill live casino games and attractive instant games.

Head of Account Management at Monotech Joachim Eltz commented, “We are happy to build synergies and win-win cooperation with PopOK Gaming. We have reignited our game aggregator portfolio with the PopOK brand. The integration process finished quickly with the help of the PopOK Team”.

PopOK Gaming is confident that its products will complete Monotech’s game arsenal, as they are made with close attention to all the details, from features and payout structure to animation and sound effects.

Business development executive at PopOK Gaming Luiza Melikyan, on this partnership acquisition, “Our award-winning content will be an excellent addition to Monotech’s portfolio. Thanks to both our teams for their great work”.

So, as a result of this win-win partnership, countless gamers will have their happy-go-lucky and uninterrupted gaming experience, and the operators will reap their profits with high website traffic.

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The annual VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards recognise the best in the industry

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Yesterday VIXIO GamblingCompliance announced the winners of its Global Regulatory Awards (GRAs). We were delighted to host more than 350 guests at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The prestigious GRAs recognise and reward individuals and teams who work tirelessly to set new standards in compliance and responsibility within the gambling industry.

Comedian Hugh Dennis was the night’s host and helped present the 20 categories, along withspecial guests. Highlights from the night include wins by Christine Gallo at GLI, David Webb from BetConstruct and Beth Jones at Genting Casinos, all of whom walked away with one of our special individual awards. Meanwhile, Flutter Entertainment had a night to remember, receiving three Global Regulatory Awards including Compliance Team of the Year. We concluded the ceremony with our annual Compliance Lifetime Achievement Special Award, which was awarded to Paul Burns, the CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association.

The full list of 2022 award winners can be found here.

Since its launch in 2017, the independently adjudicated GRAs has become the biggest of its kind, and continues to grow as the industry moves towards a stronger culture of compliance.

VIXIO would like to thank this year’s awards sponsors: Bally’s Interactive, BetConstruct, Docaposte, DraftKings, Fortuna Entertainment Group, GiG Comply, Playtech and San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission, as well as our charity partner YGAM. Without the continued support from our sponsors and partners, the Global Regulatory Awards would not have been the success that it continues to be.


Mike Woolfrey, CEO of VIXIO, said: “Congratulations to all our winners. This year the standard was exceptionally high, so winning an award really is a clear demonstration of a dedication towards regulatory compliance and safer gambling. VIXIO is proud to provide a platform to showcase the great work going on within the industry. We were delighted to see that guests from across the globe joined us last night, a true testament to the industry’s recovery following the pandemic.”

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EXCEL ESPORTS reveals female VALORANT team in hopes to enter VCT: Game Changers

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Today, British competitive gaming culture brand EXCEL ESPORTS is excited to announce the launch of its female VALORANT roster. EXCEL have signed former N1MP lineup Cornelia ‘Neli’ Johansson, India ‘cataLina’ Dubourg, Safaa ‘Purii’ Baydi, and Camille ‘Luzia’ Millet to its female esports VALORANT team along with previous teammate Samantha “Samsi” Caddell and Daniela ‘Jupi’ Gradl, who will round out the roster.

The announcement marks the beginning of EXCEL’s’ journey into VCT Game Changers with the hope to empower and inspire the next generation of women in esports. Already a strong competitive unit, the players of N1MP are close friends in real life which will allow for a higher level of teamwork and communication. The addition of ‘Samsi’ to the team will bring the roster to the next level with their experience of playing at a high level. The former N1MP roster has experience in the VCT Game Changers EMEA Series 3 and came top 5 in the Medusa Series which new teammate Samsi won. The team will be supported by EXCEL ESPORTS Team Manager Kevin ‘Noizeeh’ Jaskiewicz.

THE EXCEL VALORANT GAME CHANGERS ROSTER FOR 2022:

VCT Game Changers was a pioneering initiative announced in 2021 to create more opportunities and exposure for women and marginalised genders in VALORANT esports. The recent VCT Game Changers Championship Finals was the most viewed female VALORANT tournament ever with a peak viewership of over 230,000. With this success, Riot Games recently announced the format for VCT Game Changers EMEA going forward into 2023 which includes academy, amateur and contenders competitions that will form the basis of the VCT Game Changers ecosystem.

Tim Reichert, Chief Operating Officer, EXCEL ESPORTS, commented: “Over the course of the Game Changers Championships, we have seen so many inspiring stories that female players across the world could identify with. At EXCEL, we want to offer something new to show young female players a path into esports and believe through signing an existing squad who work well together competitively and socially, we could help and support them to being the best they could be. We hope that this will encourage more female gamers to get into esports and our success will come from our dedication to developing the scene”

EXCEL ESPORTS VALORANT Team Manager, Kevin ‘Noizeeh’ Jaskiewicz commented: “This is an amazing opportunity for EXCEL and the players involved. We have dedicated a lot of time to work on a roster that could bring EXCEL’s values to female VALORANT esports. We’re investing heavily in our players and are forming the infrastructure around what works best for them because we’re confident in their potential to dominate the competition.”

Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at EE commented: “EE is proud to be the lead partner of EXCEL’s Game Changers team, EXCEL’s first ever elite female team. This is the first step in working towards our partnership ambitions with EXCEL, enhancing opportunities and access for female gamers across the industry.”