Gamer Pakistan and Elite Sports Pakistan Announce 100th and 101st University Sports Commercialisation MoUs

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Gamer Pakistan announced that affiliate company Elite Sports Pakistan has signed its 100th university sports Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Usman Institute of Technology University Karachi and 101st MoU with Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur Sindh. These MoUs give Gamer Pakistan exclusive rights to conduct, broadcast and commercialise esports competitions at these respective universities.

Gamer Pakistan is rapidly becoming the premiere university esports partner for secondary education institutions in Pakistan. Gamer Pakistan creates the formats and events to provide a competitive environment in which to unearth and nurture budding esports talent at the collegiate level and provide them with opportunities to represent Pakistan globally in their journey to becoming world-class professional esports athletes.

“We are pleased to have achieved this milestone with Usman Institute of Technology University Karachi and Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur Sind. Their leadership in expanding the competitive sports and career advancement opportunities available for their students in all aspect of athletics is to be commended,” Muhammad Jamal Qureshi, CEO of Elite Sports Pakistan, said.

“Gamer Pakistan looks forward to including Usman Institute of Technology and Shah Abdul Latif University into the total collegiate Gamer Pakistan competitive esports universe. Their participation and the enthusiasm and skills of their student gamers gives us great confidence in the future of esports in Pakistan, and in the ability of these gamers to righty take their space on the global esports stage,” James Knopf, CEO of Gamer Pakistan, said.


PAGCOR turns over P4.1 million cash incentives to PH Inter-Agency Humanitarian Contingent to Turkey

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) turned over a total of P4.1 million in cash incentives to the 82 members of the Philippine Inter-Agency Humanitarian Contingent to Turkey.

Each member of the contingent will receive a P50,000 cash incentive from PAGCOR. The contingent consists of volunteers from different agencies including the  Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Air Force (PAF), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

“Before the volunteers returned to the Philippines last February 28, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro Tengco committed to give incentives to them as tokens of appreciation for their selfless acts. They sacrificed themselves to help and were able to conquer the challenges including bearing the extreme weather conditions. It was a huge task, but they all did it and made the whole country proud,” PAGCOR’s AVP for Community Relations and Services Eric Balcos said.

The ceremonial turnover of check was held during the welcome ceremony and recognition of the volunteers at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on March 6, 2023. The event was attended by Department of National Defense Officer-in-Charge Senior Undersecretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., DOH OIC and Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, OCD Administrator Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno, MMDA Chairman Atty. Romando Artes, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Andres Centino, and PAGCOR’s AVP for Corporate Communications Carmelita Valdez and AVP Balcos.

The Philippine response team was sent to Turkey on February 8, 2023, to help the victims of the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the country and the northern border of Syria on February 6, 2023.

During their two weeks deployment, the team was able to serve 1,022 patients, helped recover bodies of six earthquake victims, and assessed 36 buildings in Turkey, according to USec Galvez. They also distributed blankets, bonnets and gloves to the victims.

One of the volunteers from MMDA, Dr. Ted Esguerra shared his five-point learning experience from their volunteer work.

“First, marunong tayong tumanaw ng utang na loob. Turkey was one of the first countries who helped us after typhoon Haiyan, it’s our way of giving back. Second, despite being number one in the World Index for having lots of disaster, pinakita natin sa mundo na tayo ay world-class humanitarian in work. Third, Filipinos need to become versatile para maging equipped for international response. Kailangan masanay humarap sa lugar na malamig, disyerto o mataas ang altitude. Fourth, we must learn from the experience of Turkish people. Maging handa tayo sa ganitong kalaking disaster. Isa ang Turkey sa bansang handang-handa sa lindol pero sa sobrang laki nito, na-overwhelm sila. Lastly, we need to create a humanitarian team who are trained in cross-cultural currents.”

Dr. Esguerra also expressed his gratitude to PAGCOR for the grant given to the volunteers. “Pasasalamat para sa PAGCOR dahil nakita ninyo ang kabayanihan at talento ng Pilipino. Hindi ito pabuya lamang kundi pambili rin ng gamit ng mga volunteers na nasira during our rescue,” he shared.

DOH Chief of Medical and Professional Staff Dr. Alfonso Danac likewise thanked PAGCOR for its help.

“We are very grateful to the PAGCOR management for giving this token. None of us are expecting this. We were deployed in full volunteerism. Malaking bagay ito dahil yung iba sa amin ay mababa lang ang salary grade but they willingly volunteered,” he expressed.

Dr. Danac shared that the DOH team did not just render medical services, but they also served as cooks, electricians, plumbers, cleaners, and did administrative works, among others.

“Based on self-sufficiency ang team natin. We rendered medical services but we also did our part sa camp. ‘Yung deployment natin will show to the world that our rendering services are based on professionalism and standards,” Dr. Danac shared.



Dimitar Berbatov renews his multi-year association with JBO as its Regional Brand Ambassador

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Footballing icon Dimitar Berbatov has renewed his multi-year position as official brand ambassador for JBO (Just Bet Online), the leading Asian sports and eSports betting operator.

In his ongoing role for JBO, Berbatov will continue to be the face and force behind a series of dedicated promotions and activations for one of the most recognised and well-regarded digital sportsbooks and eSportsbooks in Asia. This progressive partnership rolls on seamlessly with a dedicated long-term scope for collaboration.

Roundly considered the greatest Bulgarian footballer of all time, Berbatov’s engaging appeal and timeless track-record of on-field ingenuity has matched up perfectly with JBO’s own innovative brand values over the past few years. Indeed, having played for many of the world’s most storied football teams – including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen, Fulham and Monaco – Berbatov has formed an immediate rapport with football fan-bases worldwide.

JBO enjoys a rich heritage in football and international sports, with a sponsorship portfolio to match. Having successfully worked with Bologna FC in Serie A and secured the title sponsorship of the Dota 2 eSports property for the JBO Asian Masters League event, JBO is also the Official Regional Partner of Olympique de Marseille in France’s Ligue 1. Away from Europe, JBO has also partnered with VICI Gaming (one of the top esports organizations in China), Keen Gaming, Killer Angel, 5POWER Gaming and 496 Gaming previously.

The extension on Berbatov’s deal further underlines JBO’s progressive and ambitious expansion over the years, growing its global footprint into more emerging markets, empowered by the operator’s aim to engage, educate, and entertain.

A JBO spokesperson praised the brand’s flagship ambassador: “We’re thrilled to have extended Dimitar Berbatov contract with our team as JBO’s original and long-standing brand ambassador. Dimitar is a natural entertainer, both on and off the field, so we look forward to launching more exciting promotions and broader content framed around this unique character and his wise insights into the game. We both like to achieve our goals in the most creative way and playing style possible. Naturally, there’ll also be the chance for our customers to gain further exclusive analysis and game previews from one of the brightest minds in football.

“JBO intends to supplement this global partnership to drive awareness and participation around our progressive brand values across both mature and developing Asian territories. We are invariably looking for new creative ways to engage with our customers across digital channels and betting verticals as varied as sportsbook, esports and casino. Dimitar is a dream fit for the energy and expertise that JBO is spreading across varied local markets, raising the technological bar to elevate the game for the fan experience and social traction.

“JBO has pioneered a truly unified and gamified betting experience. Our players remain incredibly loyal and proud of JBO’s brand values which resonate with them for fair play and creativity, helping foster a responsible recreational community.”

Berbatov, Bulgaria’s all-time leading goalscorer, added: “I’m thrilled to be renewing terms with JBO across Asia and the Far East. As I’ve come to witness first-hand over the past couple of years, they’re a brand which perfectly aligns with my footballing history and sporting passions, underscored by a desire to fuse fun with fairness and flair across wider sport. It’s a combination that’s vital to winning any game and also entertaining your audience. JBO is also a young vibrant brand, providing a safe and secure platform for its users. I can’t back a better storyline than that.

“As a result, I look forward to bringing more high-quality content and activity to Asian markets with my signature style and professionalism, helping fans discover new and deeper ways in which to engage with and enjoy the sports they love.”

While JBO continues to develop its online offerings for football fans around the world, this latest landmark signing highlights its commitment to international representation and fostering a football-friendly environment within a responsible gaming culture.

JBO provides one of the broadest offerings of markets and odds for the sports bettor. With customer engagement and entertainment at its core, it provides an innovative and holistic end-user experience via the latest technology and games, allied to trusted and personalized customer service.


Century Entertainment Signs New Five-year Deal to Operate Eight Gaming Tables at Cambodian Casino

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Century Entertainment International Holdings has signed a new five-year agreement to operate eight gaming tables in Dara Sakor, Koh Kong. It shifted its gaming north from Sihanoukville during the pandemic through a deal with Lion King Entertainment.

Century Entertainment will place the new gaming tables in the mass market area of the casino. The company will take 100% of the house winnings and will be responsible for 100% of the losses. It will cover staff costs and taxes associated with the tables.

The company will be responsible for verifying player identities, keeping records on players and junkets, recording bets, monitoring revenue and reporting suspicious irregularities. The new gaming tables will only accept cash. Chinese customers are expected to be the main patrons.

The new agreement is worth $7.39m and is offset by Century’s CEO’s holding in Lion King, which amounts to the same value. The casino opened in November 2021 but its launch was affected by Covid-19 countermeasures.

As of September 30, 2022, an appraisal of the tables’ value totalled $8.11m, indicating that the new agreement represents a discount of approximately 8.8% to the preliminary valuation.

The casino covers 10,500 square meters in size, with the gaming areas making up 7000 square meters. It has 20 mass gaming tables offering baccarat (including the new tables) poker, blackjack, and sic bo, as well as 50 electronic gaming machines, 25 VIP tables and a Chinese restaurant. Century Entertainment is leasing the casino and gaming licence until April 2036 and intends to work with the leaser to renew the gaming licence promptly on an annual basis.


OKBet Opens Flagship Outlet at Newport World Resorts

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OKBet and Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) have unveiled a flagship outlet at Newport World Resorts in Manila.

The sports betting company plans to open more outlets across the country, beginning in Metro Manila and Cebu, emphasising that the expansion seeks to provide more job opportunities and contribute to the growth of the Philippine economy.

OKBetting Stations give punters access to top up their account balances, place wagers and withdraw winnings in person. The service also helps set up new accounts and verify the accounts with in-house representatives.


Indian Cricketer Deepak Chahar turns entrepreneur, enters the gaming ecosystem with fantasy platform TFG

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India International cricketer Deepak Chahar is entering the gaming space with fantasy game platform TFG (Trade Fantasy Game). The venture marks his debut in the entrepreneurial space as the Co-founder along with wife Jaya Chahar who will serve as the CEO of JCDC Sports Pvt Ltd. Deepak Chahar, who will also play the role of the brand ambassador, will look to connect and engage with his fan base of over 5 million users across platforms.

JCDC Sports Pvt. Ltd. is a sports technology company established in March 2022 and is headquartered in Delhi. The company aims to reach 1 million users by FY24 and introduce 2 new features in the next 2 quarters to increase reach and engagement leading to larger user acquisitions.

Co-founder and brand ambassador, Deepak Chahar, said, “This is thrilling and I am looking forward to this new venture as an entrepreneur. TFG will allow me to reach my fans in a whole new way. I hope to leverage my knowledge of cricket and harness technology to reach out to millions while connecting and engaging with them and adding value to the sport and the cricketing ecosystem as well.”

Commenting on the new venture,  Jaya Chahar, Founder & CEO, JCDC Sportssaid “The gaming industry has been witnessing fast paced growth and seeing a rise in gamers daily. Being from the cricketing community, this venture was the best way to extend ourselves by entering the cricket fantasy space and taking the sport from the field to the gaming arena.”

Unlike other fantasy sports games, TFG will reward not only the user’s skillset but also the user’s loyalty and their frequent participation, i.e. both player performance and user participation will play a significant role in increasing the user’s digital collectibles. The game will engage users with features like wildcards, fantasy clashes, trading of cards, venue statistics, etc., which will enrich their journey on the platform towards absolute rewards and ownership of player cards with a long term vision to be the most engaging and entertaining platform for all sports viewers in India.


MOGO launches India Esports Campus Ambassadors Program

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Mobile Global Esports Inc., the mobile esports company driving collegiate esports tournament, team, and player development in India, announced today the official launch of the MOGO Campus Ambassadors program. 138 students have signed on as MOGO campus ambassadors at their respective colleges and universities to drive forward their competitive gaming and industry aspirations while creating a grassroots collegiate esports outreach network across India.

“The MOGO Campus Ambassador Program is proving to be very popular with students across India seeking more experience within the esports arena,” said Mobile Global Esports CEO Dave Pross. “It’s a phenomenal way to reach gamers within our existing collegiate alliances as well as expand our alliance network as more student athletes become aware of our program and work to sign their respective institutions into the MOGO tournament network. The Ambassadors are a vital and engaged constituency that we strive to serve in ways that forward their careers and aspirations their collegiate years and and beyond. We are building a lasting and replicable template for our collegiate esports network that benefits ambassadors and athletes while building brand awareness, activations and on-campus presence.”

“Our Campus Ambassador program selects student representatives from universities and colleges all over India eager to learn about organizing, producing and promoting MOGO online and in-person esports tournaments, develop university alliances, and drive social media marketing, engagement and expansion,” said MOGO Chief Gaming Officer Kim Meltzer. “The student ambassadors get hands-on experience, certifications, internship and job opportunities that will serve them well in their future endeavors within the esports industry.”

Comments from MOGO Campus Ambassadors follow:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. Working with MOGO has helped me explore various new domains,” said Aashi Gupta, at VIT Bhopal. “The friendly work environment and support from mentors made it a memorable experience. We love to hear the feedback of the gamers and ensure that the challenges being faced by them are something that we can implement real change in. I am glad and honored to be a part of MOGO’s Campus Ambassador program.”

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. I am grateful for the opportunities and support that MOGO has provided me,” said Pranav Kumar Vasudeva of VIT Bhopal. “I am committed to contributing my best efforts to make a positive impact in Indian esports. MOGO has given me great opportunities to showcase my talents, use my potential to the fullest and work on my skills even more. MOGO has also provided me with a very healthy work environment where I can share the problems I face as an intern with my managers.”

Snigdha Deb of VIT Bohpal stated that “I’m pushing boundaries and constantly improving. It’s been a great journey so far, and I have learned a lot of things from my seniors at MOGO, including how to communicate with different people. I’ve also learned a lot about graphic design, content writing and esports related talents to explore my own strengths and weaknesses.”

According to Snehan Singh of Mumbai University, “It always seems impossible until it’s done. I joined MOGO in November 2022 as a Campus Ambassador. Working here has been completely amazing and made me realize my passion for gaming at its best and helped me work on it. MOGO gave me a platform to showcase my talent by promoting me as their Intern in January 2023. It’s a great place to do an internship – lots of learning, to-do tasks with leader assistance and mentorship guidance.”

MOGO Campus Ambassadors help manage the relationship with the administrators at their respective institutions, coordinate MOGO pop-up arena tournaments and are building social media presence and engagement in advance of the launch of the #MOGOsocial platform. In addition they help to expand the non-competitor viewing audience through their work promoting tournaments, as well as developing and coordinating activation opportunities for MOGO tournament sponsors.


‘Good Vibes on Five’ linked bingo happens on Feb. 26

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BINGO aficionados are in for another exciting gaming treat in the highly-anticipated “Good Vibes on Five” linked bingo games on February 26, 2023 in selected Casino Filipino (CF) Filipino branches and satellites nationwide.

With a total guaranteed prize payout of P900,000, the linked bingo event is expected to draw huge participation from players that may take home the P500,000 jackpot in Game 10.

Tickets are priced at P500 each, and every player will have several chances of winning loads of cash prizes right in the preliminary games. At stake in Games 1-4 is P25,000 each; Game 5, P100,000; and Games 6-9, P25,000 each.

CF Ronquillo will serve as host site of the event, which starts at exactly 2 p.m. Participating venues include CF Bacolod, CF Davao, CF Ilocos Norte, CF Iloilo, CF Malabon, CF Olongapo and CF Tagaytay.

For ticket inquiries and other details, please contact the PAGCOR Bingo Department at 8526-0337 local 7203. #


Indus Battle Royale Pre-Registrations to Cross One Million, Community Playtest 3 Date Revealed

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Made-in-India battle royale Indus will have its third playtest in February. Developed by Pune-based SuperGaming, Indus is slated for mobile, PC, and consoles with pre-registrations live on Google Play for Android. Pre-registrations for the game began on January 26, India’s Republic Day and are en route to cross one million shortly.

“To celebrate the community’s love and support for Indus, we felt that it’s time to take it to India’s fastest-growing city, Surat,” says SuperGaming co-founder and CEO Roby John. “Our previous playtests had us get valuable feedback from players in Pune and Bengaluru which helped us make a better game, now it’s time to see what some of the more hardcore battle royale players in the country think.”

Like prior playtests, this is an invite-only event so sign up for access and other crucial details like timing via this form. The community will be able to play the game on February 25 in Surat at White Orange Software.

During this community playtest, players will get access to the latest build of Indus and play a few rounds of the game with the developers and fellow community members. Here are some of the changes and additions compared to the second community playtest held in November in Bengaluru:

  •  Better graphics and smoother visuals.
  • New playable paragons (they’re what we call our playable characters).
  • New paragon skins.
  •  New weapons.
  •  Map improvements.
  •  Mini-map upgrades.
  •  Slide feature.
  •  Customisable controls.
  •  Supply drops.
  •  Weapon testing facility — to try out Indus’ weapons before you land on Virlok.

You can check out more details regarding Community Playtest 3 in this video:
Players will be able to share their thoughts on various aspects of the game and impact the direction of how SuperGaming crafts its most ambitious title yet. If invited, players get an Indus Battle Kit. It’s a collection of collector-grade memorabilia made to celebrate SuperGaming’s community and how games are built through collaboration.

This is inline with how SuperGaming has crafted its biggest hits — MaskGun and Silly Royale. Popular multiplayer shooter MaskGun has amassed over 65 million players since its launch with a relentless focus on putting its players first leading to some of its biggest community members featuring in-game as well as celebrating India-specific events like Diwali.

Indus fans keen to attend this playtest will need to register on this link. The announcement of the selected attendees of the event would be made available via email or phone notifications.

For more on Indus, check out YouTube, Discord, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest behind-the-scenes updates as well as the official Indus website.


PUBG MOBILE Reveals Esports Partnership Program – PUBG MOBILE Super League

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PUBG MOBILE has officially unveiled its first-ever esports partnership program, the PUBG MOBILE Partnership Program, which will help pro teams grow their competitiveness, popularity, and contribution to the PUBG MOBILE ecosystem. The program will kick off in Southeast Asia, with PMSL SEA. With guaranteed slots for PMPL and PMSL SEA, fans and teams alike will benefit from this new chapter in PUBG MOBILE Esports. PMSL SEA will kick off in March with a Spring Season, with the Fall Season taking place in August.

The PMSL will bring together top pro teams in each region, increasing opportunities for pro players and bringing more amazing action to fans. Teams that join the PMSL will grow together as official partners of PUBG MOBILE, increasing their exposure to fans and building their competitive performance. League partnership also comes with guaranteed slots in a team’s respective PMPL and PMSL region.

Through this close collaboration between partner teams, PUBG MOBILE and league partners, the PUBG MOBILE Partnership Program will continue to grow the esports ecosystem of each region, taking PUBG MOBILE Esports to the next level!

Southeast Asia will now feature a PMSL league, building on its storied history as the first region that hosted PMPL and the popularity of esports in the region, where nearly two-thirds of gamers in Greater Southeast Asia engage with esports. The PMSL SEA will substitute the PMPL SEA championship, becoming the top layer of the PMPL. The top teams of PMPL will be promoted to PMSL, playing in both PMPL and PMSL. Regardless of the PMPL placement, all teams in the Partnership Program will have a fixed slot in PMSL. There will be two seasons each year, a Spring and Fall Season. Based on their performance in both seasons of the PMPL and PMSL, the top teams will be promoted to PUBG MOBILE Global Championship (PMGC).

“We’re incredibly excited to kick off this new chapter in PUBG MOBILE Esports by launching the PUBG MOBILE Partnership Program,” said James Yang, Director of PUBG MOBILE Global Esports. “We have so many amazing teams across the world that have been a huge part of what makes PUBG MOBILE successful, and we now have the opportunity to work even closer with them. Through the Partnership Program and the respective PMSL, teams, players and fans will have a greatly improved experience as the opportunities pro teams can provide continue to grow.”

With all these changes fans won’t have to wait long for PMPL action, as PMPL SEA begins on February 15th! Teams from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the SEA Wild Card (Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Singapore) will all kick off their regional Spring Season this Wednesday, as they battle to qualify for the new PMSL SEA League.