BetMGM Supports New Research Initiative on the Impact of Advertising on Problem Gambling

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The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced that it has received a $180,000 grant from BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming company, in support of the organisation’s research and education on responsible gambling and the impact advertising has on problem gambling.

“We are pleased to accept this historic contribution from BetMGM. Findings from this evidence-based research study will allow us to better identify potential risks and guide best-practices for the gaming industry. We commend BetMGM for partnering with us to better inform the public, operators, regulators, legislators and the media,” Arthur Paikowsky, President of the ICRG, said.

“Investment into research around responsible gaming is key to our continued education and commitment to providing best-in-class experiences and programs, as well as to ensuring a sustainable industry. This groundbreaking research will not only provide valuable learnings to BetMGM but will also serve as a guide for the industry and key stakeholders,” Richard Taylor, Senior Manager of Responsible Gaming, said.


Emperors Palace Launches New Tables Privé

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Peermont’s Emperors Palace is offering even more choice when it comes to Tables Games by launching a new, dedicated Tables area in their Fortuna Privé. The Fortuna Privé, located off the main casino floor, and en route to the 5-star D’oreale Grande hotel, is already home to a series of popular slots titles, and is renowned for providing an unrivalled private gaming experience. The new additions include 7 new Tables, including Baccarat, Roulette and Poker in a stylish setting.

“There has been a resurgence in table games in the last year, with guests opting for and enjoying games of skill. Our Tables area in The Fortuna Privé offers a relaxed setting where lovers of Roulette and Blackjack can experience the top-class gaming entertainment that Emperors Palace is famous for,” said Emperors Palace Tables Manager Sikhulile Dlamini.

The new Tables games were strategically selected based on what is currently popular in the industry and at Emperors Palace. The new addition to the Fortuna Privé consist of:

  • 1X Baccarat Table (with a minimum bet of R200 and maximum of R100 000)
  • 4X American Roulette Table (with a minimum bet of R50 and maximum of R1000)
  • 1X Poker Table with a R100 Bet Progressive
  • 1X Blackjack Table with a R100 Progressive (and with a minimum bet of R200).

Emperors Palace has a large selection of Tables and Slots games available. Members of the Winners Circle Rewards Programme can earn Loyalty Points based on play within their tier.


Inter Esports Partners with Mkers

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Inter Esports, the eSports division of Italian football team Football Club Internazionale Milano, is continuing to strengthen its international and online presence in the world of eSports. After the start of the partnership with the Club’s Global Football Videogame Partner KONAMI, the Nerazzurri have now announced a new collaboration with Mkers, the largest eSports agency in Italy and one of the biggest in the world. It is also the only Italian company active in the sector. The 2022/23 season will see the Nerazzurri taking part in KONAMI trophies, both domestic and international with a new squad of Pro Players. The team will reveal their new roster on Sunday 27 November on the main stage of the eSports Arena at Milan Games Week & Cartoomics, during the event organised by KONAMI.

“Working with a leading firm in gaming such as Mkers allows our Club to further develop the eSports project, which is of great strategic importance to Inter in terms of continuing to innovate and connect with the younger generations around the world,” Alessandro Antonello, CEO of FC Internazionale Milano, said.

“This is a massive collaboration for Mkers, which is a clear signal of our growth until now. It’s another chance for us to expand our reach abroad. We will work hard to show that we are worthy of the trust shown to us,” said Paolo Cisaria, Managing Director Mkers Spa.


AvatarUX takes control of the mic in HipHopPop™

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Award-winning slots studio AvatarUX has turned the volume up to 11 in its latest slot release, HipHopPop™.

The 5×3, pays both ways title incorporates the iconic PopWins™ mechanic, which sees any winning symbol pop and have two more fill it space, quickly enhancing both paylines and win potential.

Reels are filled with partying characters, as well as boomboxes and stylish sneakers, as players look to unlock all reels to the max height of six to trigger the free spins. During this mode, reels can increase up to nine symbols high, while the Synced Reel feature will see two symbols match up at random during the bonus.

When the bonus is launched, players are confronted with a gamble wheel, where they can spin to potentially win improved free spins modes.

During the free spins, a starting multiplier will increase by at least 1x for every winning spin, which doesn’t reset for the duration of the round.

In certain jurisdictions, players can progress directly to the bonus through one of a number of options, which guarantee either basic free spins, guaranteed wilds, synced reels or the combination of all, depending on the initial outlay.

HipHopPop™ is the newest title from AvatarUX and joins a growing portfolio of innovative content that influenced the studio being named Rising Star at the 2022 EGR B2B Awards.

The game is initially available exclusively to AvatarUX’s partners with direct integrations and will be rolled out globally in January next year.

Nicola Longmuir, CEO at AvatarUX, said: HipHopPop™ sees us break out our dance moves and get down with the beat as players look to land huge wins on the dancefloor through our innovative PopWins™ mechanic.

“We continue to explore exciting themes with our PopWins™ games as this has been one of our most enjoyable yet!”


Xinhua Silk Road: Shanghai International Shipping Center enters new stage of comprehensive development


Shanghai International Shipping Center has entered a new stage of comprehensive development featuring green transformation, digital intelligence and strong resilience, according to participants of the 2022 North Bund Forum.

Held in Shanghai from November 22 to 24, the forum attracted representatives from leading shipping and aviation enterprises and international organizations, as well as well-known experts, to discuss the sustainable development for the international shipping industry.

Shanghai Port, ranking first worldwide in container throughput for 12 consecutive years, is staging green transformation and becoming an increasingly clean, energy-saving and efficient modern hub port.

Statistics showed that in Shanghai Port, the water-to-water transhipment ratio of containers has reached more than 50 percent, the ship-to-ship synchronous LNG bunkering service has achieved normal operation, and about 97.95 percent of the operating ships have been renovated with shore power receiving facilities.

Zhang Wei, vice mayor of Shanghai, said that Shanghai has made every effort to play its role as a pioneer and a demonstration leader in promoting the development of green shipping.

Meanwhile, digitalization is reshaping the production mode, business model, organizational form and operation order of Shanghai International Shipping Center, and expanding the radiation scope of the center.

On September 3 this year, an empty container transfer center in Shanghai Port was newly launched, which allows empty containers to be transported to the Yangtze River Delta region and ports along the Yangtze River through water, highway and railway, further enhancing the resource allocation capacity of Shanghai Port as an international shipping hub.

Yu Fulin, director of Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, said that in order to improve the resilience of the supply chain and industrial chain, Shanghai has worked with the Yangtze River Delta to accelerate the construction of a global shipping hub, improve the smooth and resilient shipping collection and distribution system, as well as comprehensively promote the shipping service and brand influence.

In the first three quarters of this year, the container throughput of Shanghai Port reached 34.89 million TEUs, achieving positive growth year on year and showing strong growth resilience.




HWGC Holdings Ltd (HWGC Holdings) has completed the acquisition of HWGG Capital PLC (HWGG Capital) on the 15th Nov 2022Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) has given the approval to HWGC Holdings to proceed with the acquisition of HWGG Capital PLC on the 11th Nov 2022.

Labuan FSA was established back in 1996 to promote and develop Labuan as an international centre for business and financial services. It is governed by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance (MOF) and it is the statutory body responsible for the development and administration of the Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC)Labuan FSA is also the central regulatory, supervisory and enforcement authority of the international business and financial services industry in Labuan. Labuan FSA‘s key role is to license and regulate licensed entities operating within Labuan IBFC and to ensure all such entities remain in compliance with the internal and international best standards adopted by the jurisdiction.

The approval given to HWGC Holdings to acquire 100% of HWGG Capital share by Labuan FSA align synergistically with one of Labuan FSA‘s key objectives of developing national objectives, policies and priorities for the orderly development and administration of international business and financial services in Labuan.

HWGG Capital owns HWG CASH, a leading blockchain finance ecosystem that facilitates international cross-platform money broking, remittance and settlement. Upon completion of this acquisition, HWGC Holdings will further expand its technology infrastructure and licensing to develop into digital banking sector in the near future. The company is also in pipeline to be uplisted to Nasdaq by 2023.


The Global Casino Gaming Equipment Market is expected to grow by $14265.1 million during 2023-2027, accelerating at a CAGR of 5.55% during the forecast period

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The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current global market scenario, the latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is driven by growing vendor involvement in the market, expansion of casinos, and favorable regulatory policies.

The casino gaming equipment market is segmented as below:
By End-user
• Casinos
• Malls
• Others

By Type
• Casino tables
• Slot machines
• Gaming chips
• Video poker machines
• Others

By Geography
• North America
• Europe
• South America
• Middle East and Africa

This study identifies the advent of innovative display solutions as one of the prime reasons driving the casino gaming equipment market growth during the next few years. Also, the use of bitcoins in gambling and the growing number of M&A activities will lead to sizable demand in the market.

The analyst presents a detailed picture of the market by the way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources by an analysis of key parameters. Our report on the casino gaming equipment market covers the following areas:
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This robust vendor analysis is designed to help clients improve their market position, and in line with this, this report provides a detailed analysis of several leading casino gaming equipment market vendors that include Abbiati Casino Equipment S.r.l., ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH, Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd., ALFASTREET, AMATIC Industries GmbH, APEX pro gaming AS, Aristocrat Leisure Ltd., Eclipse Gaming Systems LLC, Everi Holdings Inc., Incredible Technologies Inc., Interblock dd, International Game Technology plc, Jackpot Digital Inc., Konami Group Corp., NOVOMATIC AG, PlayAGS Inc., Rye Park LLC, Scientific Games LLC, TCSJOHNHUXLEY, and Universal Entertainment Corp. Also, the casino gaming equipment market analysis report includes information on upcoming trends and challenges that will influence market growth. This is to help companies strategize and leverage all forthcoming growth opportunities.
The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to an analysis of the key vendors.

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Antalpha hosts Digital Asset Conference in Hong Kong


On 23 Nov, 2022, the Antalpha group, a digital asset platform for institutional partners, held a digital asset conference in Hong Kong. This conference, which gathered over 40 industry leaders from industry giants including Animoca Brands, BC Group, Riot Blockchain, S&P Dow Jones Indices and with audience members spanning across private wealth, investment banking and asset management, was held to explore the opportunities in digital assets investment amid the inflationary environment.

The digital asset market has been going through ups and downs in 2022, despite the recent turbulence in the market, many jurisdictions are still increasing adoption towards institutionalised digital assets, and Hong Kong has pledged to position itself as the digital asset hub. “The digital asset market is still in its emergent stages and we see huge potential in its development. The current market is a key opportunity for investors to tap into the potential growth,” said Max Liao, Managing Director of Business Development from Antalpha during his speech.

“The recent chaos in the digital asset market does remind us that we still have a long way to go until digital assets could become mainstream. However, looking back to the time when we are first introduced to the internet, the bubble burst soon after it booms, but you can see how dependent we are on the internet nowadays.” Jake Chan, Managing Partner from alternative investment platform Altive shared his view on the topic. Another speaker of the event, Sharon Liebowitz, Head of Innovation at S&P Dow Jones Indices said,  “Digital assets are an emerging asset class with over US$1 trillion market capitalization, according to Lukka as of November 4, 2022. As market interest continues to grow, S&P Dow Jones Indices aims to bring greater transparency to this rapidly evolving market segment and provide market participants with multiple perspectives through our index solutions.”

A panel discussion with Josh Du from Animoca Brands, Dave Chapman from BC Group, Jason Chung from Riot Blockchain, Max Liao from Antalpha and Jake Chan from Altive, went further in discussing the trust and credibility issue and the opportunities amid the recent turbulence in the digital asset market.

“I believe the recent market turbulence will be short lived. FTX was a specific failure due to the lack of corporate governance, and not related at all to the technology of blockchain or the digital asset ecosystem. I’m very confident the industry will rebound given the increased technological adoption as well as improved regulation going forward.” Josh Du, Head of Digital Assets Portfolio from Animoca Brands shared at the panel.

“The FTX collapse crushed investor’s trust, however, I believe many participants will now start to recognize the regulatory space of digital assets. With regulatory support and the right incentive in place, I’m confident the market will return bullish with many opportunities that will emerge sooner than most appreciate.” Dave Chapman, Executive Director of BC Group shared.

“Although the digital asset mining market is cyclical, the long-term potential as a leveraged way to invest into digital assets remains strong. Our key focus in the meantime has been managing our balance sheet to ensure that we have enough liquidity to continue to grow during bear markets, in order to be well positioned to benefit when the cycle turns back in favor.” said Jason Chung, Head of Corporate Development and Strategy, Riot Blockchain.


Game Changers and Guild X broke records in Berlin

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Guild Esports, a global esports team organisation, took sixth place overall with team Guild X in the inaugural VALORANT Game Changers Championship, held in Berlin (15-20 November).

Following a year of intense regional competition, the world’s most elite Game Changers squads went head-to-head in person, for the first time ever, to crown a global champion in Germany. Bringing together the best teams from North America, Brazil, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and East Asia, G2 Esports won the Grand Final to lift the coveted championship trophy.

Supporting women in gaming is a key part of Guild’s strategy within the sporting community, aligning with the aims of Game Changers to create new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalised genders within VALORANT esports.

The tournament in Berlin, with over 150,000 viewers* tuning in, demonstrates how women in gaming and teams such as Guild X are not just changing the game but also breaking records. According to Esports Charts, Game Changers has become the most-watched tournament for women’s esports.

On Sunday, Guild also hosted a watch party at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in Shoreditch with talent Elz the Witch, Iain Chambers plus other influencers such as Megsoundslikeegg and Geo Collins in attendance. Even though Guild X was not in the Grand Final, Guild, along with its supporting partners Sky and Subway, wanted to offer a safe space for VALORANT fans to watch the finale, especially women and marginalised gender fans.

Jasmine Skee, Chief Marketing Officer at Guild Esports, said: “Our vision at Guild is to lead the way in supporting the future of women in gaming, and we are committed to equal opportunities for our Guild X players. The Game Changers Championship in Berlin was a hugely successful event and we are extremely proud as an organisation to have been a part of it. Congratulations to all at G2 Esports on their victory in such a milestone event for the esports industry. With the announcement of the new Game Changers format, we’re excited to watch our Guild X team, and the wider women esports industry, grow.”

Guild X has been confirmed this week as automatic top-tier qualifiers for the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA 2023 competition, with relegation rules now being in place as part of the new format changes announced. The Game Changers tournament will continue to break down stereotypes, elevate women and allow them to further their careers in a dedicated safe space, and provide a platform for professional growth both in and outside of the game – all actions that are completely aligned with Guild’s strategy moving into 2023 and beyond.


Turku Energia Sähköverkot and Landis+Gyr Extend Smart Metering and Managed Services Cooperation


Turku Energia Sähköverkot Oy decided to continue its long-term metering service cooperation with Landis+Gyr Oy (SIX: LAND). The metering agreement covers the delivery of a total of 125,000 smart meters, reliable IoT communication and a 10-year managed service agreement. Landis+Gyr will install 95,000 smart meters and Turku Energia Sähköverkot Oy 30,000.

Turku Energia Sähköverkot’s entire existing metering equipment will be replaced with new, efficient and intelligent measurement devices (E360, E360 CT, E660) in the coming years. The new smart meters and services will meet all the requirements of the new metering regulation, including a 15-minute or shorter measurement period, extensive power quality monitoring capabilities and interfaces with home automation. In addition, reliable and cost-effective mobile IoT technologies (NB-IoT and LTE M1) will replace the existing telecommunications solution.

“We are very pleased with our long-standing partnership with Landis+Gyr and are delighted to continue it with this measurement service partnership,” said Tomi Toivonen, Managing Director of Turku Energia Sähköverkot Oy. “Our new agreement will secure energy metering for our customers well into the future. Energy metering plays a very important role in meeting Finland’s energy supply and environmental objectives, both today and tomorrow. We believe that our cooperation will support our customers in managing these also in the future.”

As a pioneer in the introduction of smart metering on a large scale, Finland’s new regulation requires installed devices to not only act as electricity meters but also as smart sensors capable of managing advanced power quality measurements and automated controls at the edge of the grid.

“In light of the current energy crisis, the need for intelligence at the grid edge has never been more crucial,” said Tommi Österberg, Sales Director at Landis+Gyr. “Energy companies require fast, reliable and secure data transmission and our ability to monitor and process data will contribute to better load balancing, power quality and reliability. We look forward to supporting this effort and managing energy better together.”

Turku Energy Electricity Networks
Turku Energia Sähköverkot Oy is responsible for the distribution of electricity in almost the entire area of the city of Turku, with the aim of providing a reliable, high-quality and affordable supply of electricity. We are constantly developing our electricity network to meet our customers’ needs. At the end of 2021, Turku Energia Sähköverkot had a total of approximately 96,000 electricity metering points of use and we transferred approximately 1,573 GWh of electricity to customers in our own network area. Our pricing is among the lowest in the country in a national comparison. Turku Energia Sähköverkot Oy is a subsidiary of Turku Energia.

Landis+Gyr is a leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions. We measure and analyze energy utilization to generate empowering analytics for smart grid and infrastructure management, enabling utilities and consumers to reduce energy consumption. Our innovative and proven portfolio of software, services and intelligent sensor technology is a key driver to decarbonize the grid. Having avoided more than 9 million tons of CO2 in FY 2021, Landis+Gyr manages energy better – since 1896. With sales of USD 1.5 billion in FY 2021, Landis+Gyr employs around 6,800 talented people across five continents. For more information, please visit our website