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R. Franco Digital joins forces with Betsson Group in new deal

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Spanish provider integrates full portfolio with global operator group

R. Franco Digital, R. Franco Group’s digital division, has celebrated another key milestone in the expansion of its MGA-certified portfolio, having signed a deal with global operator, Betsson Group.

The new agreement follows multiple major deals for Spain’s leading gaming provider, which has seen the studio and platform provider sign with some of Europe’s biggest brands.

Thanks to the deal, Betsson Group’s customers will be able to enjoy some of R Franco Digital’s most popular titles, including Witches South, Vacuum Buster, and Cyborg 30L.

Future R. Franco Digital releases will also be included as part of the agreement, with the provider expected to launch multiple new slot games in the coming months.

Renowned  for its high-quality slot offering, Betsson’s commitment to providing a host of engaging titles as well as being unmatched in customer service, make it a top choice for players across Europe, and Latin America.

The signing is set to strengthen R. Franco Digital’s position in the regulated markets, further expanding its international reach across Europe, LatAm and other global jurisdictions.

Mario Benito, Online Sales Director at R. Franco Digital, said: “R. Franco Digital’s new partnership with Betsson is a further testament to our growth strategy. We’re thrilled to have signed with such a prestigious partner who has a long and rich history in the iGaming industry.

“We are confident that our slot content will continue to impress operators from around the world and that this will mark another successful collaboration.”

Sarah Micallef, Head of Gaming Operations at Betsson Group added: “We are delighted to integrate yet another fantastic portfolio to our world-class collection. R. Franco Digital make the ideal partner for us to keep our catalogue of slots fresh and exciting. We trust that players will be impressed with this latest addition to our collection, with what is no doubt considered to be one of Spain’s favourite providers.”

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THE BIATHLON INTEGRITY UNIT AND SPORTRADAR INTEGRITY SERVICES PARTNER TO SAFEGUARD COMPETITIONS

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Sportradar Integrity Services, a unit of Sportradar, and a global supplier of sport integrity solutions and partner to over 180 sports organisations and state authorities, has entered a bet monitoring agreement with the Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU). The BIU is an operationally independent unit, which oversees integrity matters on behalf of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), the international governing body of biathlon.

Under the terms of the new, multi-year agreement, Sportradar will monitor all IBU competitions, including the IBU World Championships and IBU World Cups, using their Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), an advanced and proven bet monitoring system. Any suspicious matches detected by Sportradar will be passed on to the BIU for follow up enquiries.

Since 2020, Sportradar Integrity Services has provided the Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) with its Intelligence & Investigation (I&I) Services. I&I has a global team of specialists offering due diligence and investigation services.

Greg McKenna, Head of the BIU, said: “We are fully aware of the match-fixing risks that are prevalent throughout all sport, and we acknowledge the integral role bet monitoring plays in countering integrity risks. As such, this partnership, featuring the use of the UFDS, will enable us to implement one of the strongest integrity provisions, and puts us in the great position over the coming years to ensure fair competition across all our events.”

Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “Interest in biathlon competitions is increasing across global betting markets. It is imperative that appropriate steps are taken to mitigate any integrity-related issues that may arise across IBU’s competitions. Partnering with the BIU demonstrates both our and BIU’s commitment to uphold the integrity of the sport, and we look forward to enhancing this relationship over the coming years.”

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SimWin Sports Signs Multi-Year Deal with Bidstack

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Bidstack, the technology company pioneering native in-game advertising, today announces the launch of Bidstack Sports – a dedicated division formed to expand the scope of access and depth of activation for sponsorship and fan engagement models in virtual sports environments. A multi-year technology partnership with SimWin Sports coincides with the launch and will see the world’s first virtual fantasy sports league integrate Bidstack’s enterprise technology across its growing universe of sports franchises and properties.
The foundational product launch for Bidstack Sports is a first-of-its-kind tech solution that enables both league and club rights holders to instantaneously deliver dynamic content and messaging within their virtual stadiums and environments, supporting the versatile control of highly-valuable digital spaces. This marks a step change for traditional sports sponsorship by establishing a technological gateway that enables real and virtual world activations to operate in parallel, unlocking new complementary revenue models, whilst simultaneously supporting next-gen fan engagement and continued industry growth.
Bidstack Sports is led by EA SPORTS veteran and former head of commercial partnerships for Madden NFL,Alex Nunez, who partnered with Pizza Hut to create the world’s first virtual stadium rights deal, inside Madden NFL 20.
Alex Nunez, SVP & Head of Bidstack Sports, commented:
“Each year, the advancements in sports simulation gaming are bringing fans closer to the real-world experience – from gameplay animation and athlete likenesses to the environmental and atmospheric detail of the most iconic venues in sport. Our mission is to help amplify that evolving realism, while introducing innovative commercial growth and fan-engagement opportunities in the virtual space made possible through Bidstack’s tech. The new product we’ve created addresses the largely untapped media values available for the sports industry in gaming by enabling publishers and rights holders to natively monetize and dynamically communicate inside virtual stadiums through a controlled content management dashboard. This tech solution represents a remarkable opportunity to drive net-new sponsorship revenues and increase communication with the next generation of fans.
“We’re incredibly proud to launch Bidstack Sports with SimWin Sports, a first-of-its-kind platform that resembles a traditional sports architecture of individual leagues and franchises portrayed in the virtual space; this partnership showcases the power, sophistication and control of Bidstack tech and shines the light on our potential to expand to every corner of the sports industry.”
SimWin Sports, the world’s first virtual sports league that provides daily fantasy players and esports fans with the ability to watch, predict, collect, play, and earn, will launch with a league of 32 American football teams before spanning out to basketball, soccer and other sports with teams and franchises under the stewardship of celebrity owners and sports stars, including Magic Johnson and Jerry Rice. Bidstack’s technology and new rights holder product will underpin SimWin’s stadium sponsorship and marketing ecosystem by allowing franchise owners to manage and monetise virtual environments through advanced audience targeting, native rendering and data processing capabilities.
SimWin Sports is led by fellow EA SPORTS veterans David Ortiz and Tom Goedde, with over 30 years of gaming experience each. In his video game career, Goedde excelled at product, brand and athlete marketing, and parlayed that into an impressive Real Money Gaming career launching the first U.S. online sportsbooks with DraftKings and taking them public prior to spearheading SimWin with Ortiz. Ortiz has been involved in the gaming industry since college and, through his innovation, has earned several prominent gaming awards, including a spot on the 100 Most Influential People in Gaming list.
SimWin Sports CEO, David J. Ortiz, said:
“Bidstack’s technology is a natural fit to power sponsorships in our sports metaverse. Advertising is critical to success in real-world and digital sports leagues, and Bidstack brings superior technology and capabilities to the games. Their ability to segment, target, and serve integrated, immersive ads authentically within the SimWin universe enables our franchise owners to curate unique stadium atmospheres for sponsors and fans. These uniquely designed game developer tools are unlocking new levels of growth potential for SimWin Sports.”
NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champion Marshall Faulk joins an all-star roster of SimWin franchise owners, having acquired the San Diego Battleships team. Kicking off the digital season, Faulk aims to draft the ultimate roster, driving his team to a historic inaugural championship.
San Diego Battleships Owner, Marshall Faulk, commented:
“Bidstack takes SimWin’s in-game advertising capabilities to the next level. My San Diego Battleships team utilizes this tech to mirror every aspect of a traditional pro sports sponsorship inventory, from ad space across jumbotrons and ribbon boards to stadium naming rights and jersey patch sponsors. With Bidstack, SimWin franchises maintain full creative control, supported by a range of data-targeting and advanced reporting capabilities that help demonstrate clear value to our sponsors. This tech is delivering the next generation of sports advertising within the next generation of sports gaming, and I’m excited to be a part of it all.”
Bidstack Sports will build on existing ties to the sports industry, which began with the iconic Football Manager franchise in 2017. James Draper, Founder and CEO of Bidstack, initially formed the lasting bonds between the company and both Football Manager’s Sports Interactive and Norwich City FC, which recently renewed its longstanding relationship with Bidstack to serve as its esports sponsor and fan engagement partner.
James Draper, Founder and CEO of Bidstack, said:
“Bidstack has been inseparable from the sports industry since we signed Football Manager more than five years ago. Even back then, as a small startup, we had the conviction to sponsor Norwich, knowing that sports would play a huge role in our future. I’m thrilled that Bidstack Sports will intensify our company’s bond to the sports industry.”
Bidstack’s in-game advertising technology has already been integrated into dozens of sporting titles, with the latest product iteration set to further develop Bidstack’s existing partnerships and introduce new growth strategies that accelerate an era of innovation within the sports industry.
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GiG signs Head of Terms with established European land-based Casino

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has today signed a Head of Terms agreement with a well known European land-based operator, to provide its award winning player account management platform (PAM), front-end delivery and content management system (CMS), powering the transformation of the retail brand online.

Having operated for over 25 years in the live casino industry, the established European based business is keen to leverage the experience GiG has to expand on its digital aspirations, covering opportunities within both multiple international and emerging markets.

This latest announcement also adds to GiG’s growing reputation as one of the leading solutions providers for operators with digital aspirations worldwide. GiG’s expansive global footprint currently covers 29 regulated markets, with a further 8 in the pipeline.

The agreement, which will be formalised over the coming weeks, will be signed for an initial period of five years, and is expected to be live during H2 2023.

Richard Brown, CEO of GiG, said: “The opportunities in driving the transformation of land-based operators to online continues to grow for us, as it does for the industry in general. Having executed many of these projects across both emerging and regulated markets, we are happy to partner with another company that carries strong retail experience, and to drive value into the diversification of their organisation.

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Spinomenal signs content deal with Lottoland

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Spinomenal has today announced it has signed a content deal with Gibraltar-based operator Lottoland.

This progressive partnership will see Spinomenal supply its rich array of titles to Lottoland’s 16-million-strong customer base. Players at Lottoland will now have seamless access to Spinomenal’s extensive portfolio which includes Majestic King, Demi Gods II, Wolf Fang and Book of Rampage – to name just a few.

The agreement is set to significantly boost Spinomenal’s reach within key regulated markets where Lottoland is active. Alongside its lotto business, Lottoland offers sportsbook, bingo and casino products to its customers.

Spinomenal’s CEO, Lior Shvartz, commented: “Lottoland is a highly respected operator that has an influential position within the iGaming space. We’re excited about adding our extensive portfolio of games onto Lottolands’s platform and watching the relationship blossom.”

Lottoland’s Group CEO, Nigel Birrell added: “Giving our 16 million customers access to new and exciting content is key to driving our business forward and attracting new players. We are pleased to be working with Spinomenal and look forward to getting their portfolio live on our site.”

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NuxGame scores new data partnership with LSports

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NuxGame, a leading sportsbook and platform provider, is excited to announce a new partnership with sports data feed provider LSports. This progressive product offers a wide range of features that will give NuxGame clients new possibilities in the sports betting industry.

NuxGame excels at providing outstanding online and land-based sportsbook platform solutions that are enriched with market-relevant leagues and tournaments in a single sports odd data feed that adheres to local regulatory frameworks.

This offering will be further enhanced as LSports covers over 100 sports with the lowest latency in the market. Its BetBooster feature serves as an automated sports insights feed, designed to increase customer engagement and satisfaction. Based on historical data and AI analysis, it covers over 100 popular betting markets, including player props, for both pre-match and in-play. Each betting tip is presented directly to users in both pull and push formats to maximise engagement.

Sportsbook operators can also benefit from LSports, as it helps boost performance and turnover. The tips are supplied in a feed or widget with a fully integrated bet slip for easy and fast navigation.

In addition, LSports offers access to over 100 bookmakers and more than 105,000 pre-match events per month across 60 sports. The product also includes the OddService feed, which provides access to more than 100 bookmakers and real-time data for 2,500 markets, including Esports.

NuxGame’s proprietary sportsbook software has all the features necessary for building platforms that deliver long-term success. Its unrivalled flexibility gives clients the ammunition to grow their businesses in any of the world’s top regulated gaming markets.

NuxGame’s CEO Daniel Heywood said: “We are excited to announce our partnership between NuxGame Sportsbook and Lsports Odds Services. This partnership will allow us to offer a wider range of sports betting options and enhance the overall user experience for our customers. We believe that this partnership will bring great value to both companies and we look forward to a successful collaboration.”

Yoav Ziv, CRO at LSports added: “Using LSports solutions, NuxGame will be able to step up its game in the sports betting ecosystem, offering its partners unparalleled sports betting data accuracy and the widest coverage in the industry. Our unique technology and solutions like Betbooster and other front-end solutions will consolidate NuxGame’s position as one of the leading sportsbook platforms worldwide.”

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Lightning strikes at Energy Casino following Stakelogic integration

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Energy Casino is living up to its name by powering up its game lobby with the addition of high-thrills slots from in-demand studio, Stakelogic. This includes the provider’s explosive video slots and classic slots with an electrifying twist.

The operator will use Stakelogic’s proven content to deliver a super-charged experience to players in Latvia and all MGA jurisdictions.

Stakelogic’s suite of classic slots has taken global markets by storm. Each game captures the nostalgia of a traditional fruit slot machine through familiar symbols such as cherries, lemons, oranges, grapes, bells and 7s, which is combined with modern mechanics and features for a truly unique experience.

Classic titles include Super Bonus Wild, Runner 8 Runner, Bonus Runner, Super 6 Timer and Mega Runner, all of which have the look and feel of a traditional slot but with gameplay packed with bonuses like Wilds and Hold & Spin.

But this is just one part of the integration agreement. Players at Energy Casino will also be able to spin the reels on Stakelogic’s action-packed blockbuster video slots. Each game has been designed to get player pulses racing through plenty of bonuses including Wilds, Multiplier, Free Spins and more.

Just some of the video slots going live include Wild West runaway-train-themed Cash Express, Wild Buzz, El Cowboy Megaways, Devil’s Trap and the just-launched OriginsTM.

Many of these games feature Stakelogic’s flagship innovation, Super Stake. This bonus feature allows players to effectively double their bet to increase the chance of a bonus feature triggering and insane win combinations landing, building unprecedented anticipation with each spin.

Danila Dzehs, Sales Manager at Stakelogic, said: “Our classic and video slots are like a lightning bolt hitting an operator’s game lobby. They bring action, anticipation and electrifying big-win potential with each spin and that’s what has seen them top the charts in markets around the world.

It’s great that players at Energy Casino can enjoy this adrenaline-fuelled experience for the first time, an experience they will want to return to time and again.”

Marcin Sobieraj, Head of Casino at Energy Casino, added: “Our casino is a place where players come for big action, big thrills and even bigger wins and the content we stock in our game lobby absolutely has to offer this.

In Stakelogic we have a studio that has mastered the art of developing classic and video slots that meet player expectations and exceed them. This is a significant integration for us and will bring serious energy to our game lobby.”

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Videoslots hits 9,000 games landmark with latest launch

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Operator reaches milestone with new Pragmatic Play game

Videoslots has reaffirmed its position as the leading online casino with the release of its 9,000th game.

The launch of Mammoth Gold Megaways by long-time partner Pragmatic Play has bolstered Videoslots’ already comprehensive portfolio, allowing it to provide customers with the industry’s widest range of titles from some of its biggest names.

Videoslots announced the launch of its 8,000th title in August 2022, meaning it has only taken five months to release 1,000 additional games.

The huge choice and variety leaves a number of Videoslots’ rivals in the shade, ensuring it retains the honour of being the world’s largest online casino.

Key agreements and partnerships with some of the industry’s leading studios has added an exciting new path for Videoslots to venture down, with 10,000 games now firmly in its sights.

Henrik Enesund, Head of Casino at Videoslots, said: “Reaching 9,000 games is a big milestone for us, and it shows the continuous hard work that everyone at Videoslots is putting in. It is fitting that the 9,000th game launch is from Pragmatic Play, with whom we have a longstanding partnership.

“However, we will not stop at 9,000 and we will continue to add more games to our ever-expanding library of slots, table games, scratch cards and more.”

A spokesperson for Pragmatic Play said: “We’d like to extend our warmest congratulations to Videoslots for hitting such an impressive milestone. 9,000 games is a fantastic achievement, and we’re delighted that many of our top performing titles are included in its library of slots, with Mammoth Gold Megaways™ being the landmark hit.

“We’ve collaborated for a long time and look forward to providing even more player-favourite slots to Videoslots for the years to come!”

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Pocket Gamer Connects branches out to partner with Games Forest Club to reinforce Sustainability Awareness

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The UK’s biggest global games industry conference Pocket Gamer Connects hits London this January and has announced its green initiative with GamesForest.Club innovative non-profit organisation creating awareness about nature restoration within the games industry. This project is set to change the way the games industry values sustainability. This innovative project aims to help restore nature with the power of gaming, and shine a light on the importance of sustainable business travel.

Pocket Gamer Connects, the must- attend event, is kickstarting the new year to meet exciting global game makers, developers and publishers from top international games, as well as investors, tools, service providers and platforms. The event is known to bring together and connect the most influential thought leaders in the industry.

Based in Berlin, the founders of GamesForest.Club project bring a strong background in the gaming industry, from co-founding Phoenix Games to being head of games:net Berlin-Brandenburg the founding members of the initiative have worked in the gaming industry in the past and formed this project in 2021. Games Forest is on a mission to create awareness and make the gaming industry as climate-positive as possible, with reforestation and forest protection at the heart of its projects. 52 companies have already signed up for the initiative to invest in carbon absorption via planting and protecting forests. In a short period of time, Games Forest’s community has successfully planted over 73 000 trees and protected 1.4 million square metres of forests.

To kickstart the year Jiri Kupiainen, CEO of Matchmade and ambassador of Games Forest Club launches the “10 weeks to save the games industry” social media challenge with Maria Wagner, Co-Founder of GamesForest.Club, where they will travel together around Europe to game shows and games hotspots by train to provide awareness around sustainable business travel and to find out how games industry thought leaders tackle the biggest opportunities and obstacles the industry faces today. Their trip aims to shine a light on the importance of making ethical travel choices that are sustainable and to find out what game companies are doing to be more environmentally friendly – showing that small can make a great positive impact on our environment. Pocket Gamer Connects will be the official media partner of this movement and the event will be one of their stops on this sustainable trip.

GamesForest.Club Co-Founder Maria Wagner has expressed her gratitude and hopes for what this partnership can achieve with more people on board: “We want to create a global community of leaders, who shape and benefit from a green future within the games industry. We are thrilled to be partnering with such a highly regarded company and are really looking forward to this partnership to create a bigger conversation within the games industry as to how we can all collectively make a change to restore and protect nature.”

This partnership aims to bring more awareness to the gaming community on the importance of climate change and the action each individual needs to take to protect the future of our our planet. Pocket Gamer Connects London is taking to the stage next week on the 23rd and 24th of January and is expected to be the biggest one yet, with more than 2,000 attendees globally. PGC London 2023 will host more than 900 leading companies in technology and mobile games with names such as Meta, Google, Sony Pictures and Disney

Chris James, CEO of Steel Media, expressed his excitement about this partnership. “It’s great to be involved in this project. We are really proud of being the conference that unites the international gaming community, and that does also come with a responsibility. We aim to support the environment and build an informed and supported community.”

PG Connects has established an outstanding international reputation as a must-attend conference to meet the exciting global game makers, developers and publishers- as well as some of the world’s top investors, tools providers and platforms. Bringing together the best-connected people in the industry, this event will host multiple panels and discussions, matchmaking activities for game makers, as well as networking opportunities and much more throughout the two full days.

You can register for the event and donate to the GamesForest.Club initiative. All of your contributions will help to protect forest in Peru and will be visualised in the Pocket Gamer Connects Forest.

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MENA’s Sandsoft Games invests $3.25m in racing game developer, The Tiny Digital Factory

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Sandsoft Games, the mobile-first game developer, publisher and investor powered by AAA talent, today proudly announces that it has invested USD $3.25 million (EUR €3 million) in The Tiny Digital Factory (TDF), a leading independent developer of world-class mobile racing and motorsport games.

The investment in the France and Canada-based studio represents a significant addition to Sandsoft Games’ portfolio and will enable the two companies to continue to trailblaze player-first mobile gaming experiences into 2023 and beyond. Sandsoft Games has an established global presence, including its flagship internal game development studio and publishing team based in Riyadh, as well as further publishing teams in Barcelona, Helsinki, and Shanghai. The Sandsoft Games leadership is driven by senior games industry talent, including CEO David Fernandez, and Head of Publishing, Miikka Lindgren, who will team up with The Tiny Digital Factory’s highly experienced team to expand the studio’s successful game development plans. Additionally, Sandsoft will publish TDF’s games in the MENA region, taking advantage of its localization and marketing capabilities to attract players from the Arab world.

The Tiny Digital Factory is led by a veteran of iconic racing game franchises such as Test Drive Unlimited and V-Rally, Stéphane Baudet, who has since created successful mobile-first games including GT Manager. Over the past 18 months, TDF has developed unprecedented expertise in web3 and the power of digital ownership in racing games thanks to collaborations with the early players in the field, F1 Delta Time and Revv Racing. TDF is currently developing a state-of-the-art web3 racer, Infinite Drive, which has already received critical acclaim for its game-first approach and recently announced its official partnership with Aston Martin.

Mr. Abdulaziz Alajlan, Managing Director of Sandsoft, commented:

“Investment in The Tiny Digital Factory is an important step in Sandsoft’s investment vision of facilitating gaming studios on their journey to become the leaders in the mobile and web3 gaming space. This will also contribute to Saudi Arabia’s positive impact to the global gaming industry, in alignment with the national gaming strategy and Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The Tiny Digital Factory’s team has tremendous potential and we are excited to have the opportunity to help drive them forward.”

David Fernandez, CEO at Sandsoft Games, continued:

“We’re thrilled to welcome The Tiny Digital Factory into the Sandsoft Games collective of game makers. It has a tremendous track record of producing world-class racing games, and is a natural partner for Sandsoft Games as we look to create a lasting legacy of innovative, mobile-first core gaming experiences. The Tiny Digital Factory also shares our philosophy for player-first web3 gaming, where any integration of blockchain needs to deliver unique value for players that can’t be achieved with existing technology. Our new alliance is an ideal match because both teams have the player and gameplay experience at the epicentre of our games.”

Stéphane Baudet, CEO at Tiny Digital Factory, added,

“Sandsoft Games is both a major investor in and supporter of global games industry growth and innovation. The team’s ambition enables us to be even bolder, braver and better in the talent and tech we allocate to bring stunning mobile games to new and enthusiastic audiences. We are singularly impressed with the AAA team in place at Sandsoft, and their player first philosophy which is ingrained in their company from top to bottom.”

Sandsoft has recently invested in major IP-linked mobile titles including Rambo: Strike Force, and Pacific Rim: Breach Wars, as well as new and emerging technologies in the gaming space. Sandsoft is the gaming arm of Ajlan & Bros Holding company, one of the MENA region’s largest corporations, providing the company and partners such as The Tiny Digital Factory with access to an unrivalled global infrastructure.