AHA NSW Partners with Entain Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutes


The Australian Hotels Association NSW (AHA NSW) and Entain Australia, part of one of the world’s largest sports betting groups, have formed a partnership to acknowledge the place of digital wagering platforms in the betting landscape within NSW hotels.

The long-term agreement will provide an opportunity for Entain Australia to promote its digital wagering brands – Ladbrokes and Neds – in the state’s pubs through a new advertising and sponsorship arrangement.

The arrangement does not interfere with the exclusive license that TAB has in New South Wales for physical outlets. That license was brokered by the State Government in 2013 and runs until 2033.

NSW hotels that decide to enter into the agreement with Entain Australia will display in-venue advertising for Ladbrokes or Neds promoting their digital wagering platforms. They will not install or operate any physical Entain wagering facilities; receive any commission from Entain for any bets placed; have staff operating Entain wagering terminals eg portable iPads or phones; have staff accepting bets from hotel patrons on behalf of Entain; advertise to the general public on the exterior of their hotel; or do anything else which may offend Tabcorp’s retail exclusivity in NSW. The agreement simply markets a form of wagering that many punters already use.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said: “The reasons for this new partnership are simple. For decades now, many NSW hotels have operated PubTABs for Tabcorp at a significant loss – primarily due to high Sky Channel and EBT (betting terminal) fees. In country NSW it’s even worse, with the majority of country pubs currently running their PubTAB at a loss.

“Today’s partnership with a world leader in Entain will finally give NSW hotels competition and choice.”

Entain Australia CEO Dean Shannon said: “We applaud AHA NSW for their vision in agreeing to work with us to bring this partnership to life.

“While there is still value in more traditional cash retail wagering, there is a highly engaged audience of punters who like to go down to their local for a bet with their mates, and how they do that has evolved.

“This partnership recognises that evolution and is about offering choice for the benefit of AHA NSW members and their patrons. There is no reason why traditional cash wagering can’t co-exist in a hotel, alongside an advertising sponsorship arrangement with Entain that promotes the digital offering of one of our leading brands.

“Entain recognises the opportunity for us to connect and communicate with the audience inside hotels is valuable and we intend to support the operators of those venues, just as we would any other advertising channel.”

Whelan said it was clear pub patrons had embraced wagering via a smartphone a long time ago.

“Our patrons are already exposed to advertising from corporate bookmakers on our pub TV screens, on the radio, in newspapers and on their phones.

“Increasingly people are choosing to bet on the races or the footy on their phones – not in the traditional retail environment. Today, most people betting on their phone in a NSW pub are placing a bet with Ladbrokes, Neds or another corporate bookmaker.”

The CEO also reiterated that AHA NSW was committed to its supportive partnership with Tabcorp.

“Retail wagering in our venues is extremely important, with NSW pubs generating about half the current national PubTAB turnover,” he said.

“Tabcorp has a long-term exclusive retail licence in NSW and, of course, we will continue to support TAB retail in-venue.”


SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator announces partnership with Axecasino

Reading Time: 2 minutes


The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator continues to build new connections with online casino brands. The latest jackpot campaign launched to attract and retain players is now improving the performance of the Axecasino. 

Axecasino operates under a Curacao eGaming License and provides games from big-name brands. With the Jackpot Aggregator, the online casino started a new campaign called ‘Axecasino Jackpot Game’, with three independent levels: Standard, Mega, and Colossal. 

Reflecting on the collaboration, the Axecasino team notes: “It was a great pleasure for us to work with the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator team. At the very beginning, we discussed plans and optimal jackpot settings for our project. Later we agreed on the design and handed it over. Finally, when everything was ready, we wanted to make changes to the design and the team did not refuse us. Thank you for being so cooperative; working with you was a real pleasure!”

The new partnership is convincing evidence that SOFTSWISS multipurpose product has gained a strong foothold in the iGaming industry. Aliaskei Douhin, Head of the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, believes that it is not only the product but also the team that drives such collaborations: 

“We assist our clients in achieving their goals by getting deeply invested in the process. Our team, as a strong partner, is always there offering support at every step and helping assimilate new experiences and find winning combinations.” 

The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator is a powerful marketing tool for running jackpot campaigns in online casinos. With jackpot campaigns, SOFTSWISS helps iGaming brands achieve their goals of player acquisition, engagement and retention. The latest Jackpot Aggregator campaigns have shown outstanding results in raising the average bet sum per player and other key metrics. 


SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,400+ employees, is based in Malta, Poland, Georgia, and Belarus.  SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.



Reading Time: < 1 minute


Tom Horn Gaming is one of the industry’s leading and most trusted game providers, and we are super excited to have agreed a new collaboration with them. Their extremely engaging casino slot games will become part of our ever-growing iGaming platform and, accordingly, available to our clients.

Tom Horn offers an extensive portfolio of amazing titles that show how tried-and-tested gaming concepts and enhanced features can be perfectly blended to provide a truly immersive gaming experience. This is one of the main reasons why we consider them a worthy addition to our gaming library.

Additionally, with such excellent gaming content that ensures players’ loyalty and happiness, we strongly believe that our operators will be able to satisfy their needs for growth and success with this new collaboration.

Oliver de Bono, Quantum Gaming CEO, shared his thoughts regarding this noteworthy deal: ‘’I am really excited to be cooperating with such a fast-growing company with a dynamic approach to gaming. Tom Horn produces innovative slot games full of fascinating features for all sorts of player profiles, which is a massive advantage for casino operators. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

“Quantum Gaming is a go-to provider of tailored solutions for white label operations. It possesses the experience and high-end technology to deliver the best-in-class propositions to resolve any pain points of its operator partners. We’re delighted to have joined forces with the team as this partnership will further our global reach, enabling even more players to enjoy our thrilling games, “ added Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming.

Tom Horn Gaming, a reputable slots supplier deeply committed to steady development, is undoubtedly a valuable asset to our platform, and we’re delighted to share the same business principles with them.


Groove peppers pervasive portfolio with Fazi

Reading Time: 2 minutes


Aggregator and platform Groove has integrated gaming provider Fazi, a leading manufacturer of electronic roulette, games content and software. Groove’s expanding gaming portfolio will now be enhanced with more than 100 HTML5 games from Fazi, on top of the thousands already available from GroovePlay, the premier games aggregation platform from Groove.

Founded in 1991, and with over 30 years exposure in the industry, Fazi produces various online products, such as the flagship electronic roulette as well as different types of online casino games with Full HD quality graphics, interesting animations, and exciting new gameplay.

Fazi provides a dazzling assortment of slots, roulette and video poker games, including its most popular titles, Crystal Hot 40, Roulette, Burning Ice Deluxe, Book of Spells, Wild Hot 40; as well as established titles Book of Spells, Heating Ice, Twinkling Hot 40, Book of Spells Deluxe, Heating Ice Deluxe, Buffalo Fortune, Hot Stars, Jazzy Fruits, Jewels Beat, Katanas of Time, Viking Gold, Casino Fruits, and Lolla’s World, amongst others.

Groove is the powerhouse behind a cluster of over 70 operators with a broad geographic presence on five continents.

Groove’s twin pillars of turnkey (GrooveOn) and aggregation (GroovePlay) are delivered under an end-to-end technology umbrella that has seen the company become a reference point for an operator cluster that is supported by one of the strongest technical teams in the industry.

Groove’s award-winning end-to-end technology solution brings the combined service and unsurpassed experience in casino creation, brand management, back office, and UX, combined with digital mastery, clever marketing, and strong capability around writing code to bring business sense to turnkey and game aggregation.

GrooveOn encapsulates the B2B iGaming value-chain providing a holistic set of turnkey technology solutions for multichannel B2B iGaming covering online and mobile gaming across all devices.

GroovePlay has a robust stable of games partners and is adding over 100 new games every month to the ever-expanding list of available titles, ranging from time-worn classics to the latest innovative games to reach the market, covering access to casino games, sportsbook and bingo.

This year Groove celebrates six years of service to operators and continues to deepen relationships with a host of stakeholders from innovative games developers like Fazi to payment providers and all points in-between.

Bojan Mitic, CEO at Fazi, observed: “We’ve often been told that Fazi is a well-loved brand in the online casino world, and we’re delighted that Groove will now share the best of our portfolio with their casino cluster. Groove have always been high on our list of aggregators to partner with and we know we are joining some of the best-known names in the industry.”

Yahale Meltzer, COO at Groove, said: “Groove’s well-balanced and innovative product offering and broad client base has been further enriched through this integration with Fazi, who have demonstrated serial success over three decades. Groove is delivering iGaming software, solutions, content and services to Tier-1 operators as well as more recent brands and we feel that Fazi’s game development experience will be a good fit across all of our cluster.”


Cricket NSW, Wanderers and Macarthur FC continue to help fans to reclaim the game

Reading Time: 3 minutes


Sports fans are set to enjoy more games free of sports betting ads with Cricket NSW and A-League football clubs Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Macarthur FC extending their partnerships under the NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game initiative.

CEO of Hospitality and Racing, Anthony Keon, said the extensions are a major boost for Reclaim the Game, which is challenging the idea that betting is a normal part of sport.

“The extended partnerships are a strong show of faith in Reclaim the Game as sporting franchises realise the importance of rejecting sports betting advertising and promoting gambling awareness among their supporters,” Mr Keon said.

“We now have fourteen teams from five codes turning down sports betting sponsorships and making gambling awareness and education an important part of their work.”

Cricket NSW’s two-year extension will see the rejection of sports betting advertising at home games of the men’s and women’s Big Bash teams, the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder and also their state teams NSW Blues and NSW Breakers.

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said the partnership extension would allow Cricket NSW to continue to make important inroads in helping to prevent – and reduce – the harm gambling can cause individuals, families, and society.

“Since joining forces with the Office of Responsible Gambling, Cricket NSW has made a meaningful contribution towards changing the community’s attitudes towards betting on sport,” said Mr Germon.

“We’re proud to be able to continue to play an active part in educating children that gambling is not a part of sport, and that gambling on sport is a bad bet.

“Cricket NSW will continue to do all we can to counter the constant sports betting advertising and the adverse effect it has on young people – young men, in particular – and their families.”

Western Sydney Wanderers’ partnership has been extended for a further two seasons and includes the women’s team for the first time, while Macarthur FC has signed on for an extra season. These extensions will be in place for the upcoming A-league season which kicks off on Friday 7 October.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson said he was proud to be continuing the relationship for the next two seasons.

“It is important for us to have an impact beyond the field and together with Reclaim the Game we have brought awareness of the impact that sports betting can have in professional sport,” said Mr Hudson.

“We are delighted that this partnership has now extended to our A-League Women’s team, and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Reclaim the Game over the next two years.”

Macarthur FC Group CEO, Sam Krslovic said “We are proud to continue our partnership with Reclaim the Game and be part of this positive initiative. Our community wellbeing is our primary focus and we feel it is important to promote a healthy connection between our game and our fans.”

Mr Keon said Reclaim the Game partners play a vital role in educating fans, players and staff about the risks associated with gambling.

“Reclaim the Game is a great way to reach young men who are most at risk of gambling harm with an estimated 41 per cent of regular sports bettors experiencing one or more gambling-related problems,” Mr Keon said.

“Online sports betting is on the rise with one in 20 adults in NSW betting on sports and growing community concern that children and young people are being exposed to too much gambling advertising.

“Research shows that almost 50 per cent of 12–17-year-olds saw gambling advertising on television during sports and racing events on a weekly basis and almost 1 in 3 young people considered betting on sports to be normal.

“Reclaim the Game is about getting back to what sport is all about – watching, enjoying and cheering on your team without intrusive sports betting ads getting in the way.

“We are so pleased that Cricket NSW, Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur FC will continue to reclaim the game and provide a family friendly environment for their fans to enjoy games without being bombarded by betting ads.”

If you or someone you care about needs support or advice, please call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential help and support 24/7.

These Reclaim the Game partnership extensions come in the leadup to GambleAware Week, an annual initiative for the NSW community to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and gambling harm. GambleAware Week will take place from Monday 17 October – Sunday 23 October 2022.


Based on NFT and ACGN, NEXTYPE’s NEO FANTASY is ready for the official launch after over 1-year tech development and optimization of the game system


NEO FANTASY is a blockchain-based metaverse game that combines NFT and DeFi into the gameplay in-depth, creating an ACGN world for users who like to explore the Metaverse by ACGN RPG games.

With the maturity of the GameFi market, the players are becoming well educated and eager for more high-quality blockchain games with reasonable and effective in-game economic design, sophisticated and enjoyable gameplays, and better experiences comparable with traditional games, which are exactly what NEO FANTASY is dedicated to present to the GameFi market and the global players.

By combining the PVP and PVE gameplay creatively, NEO FANTASY ensures endless fun while exploring the game world. The massive and fantastic dungeons in the game allow players to apply multi-strategies to win rich rewards, meanwhile, enjoy the purest fun of the game itself.

Differently from most other NFT games, the concept of STAR ASCENDING in NEO FANTASY brings a novel way of NFT synthesis. The consumption of NFT Heroes of the same race allows players’ redundant NFT to be valuable and beneficial at any time, improving in-game NFT liquidity and ensuring the stability of players’ earnings.

The early investment is always being worried by GameFi players. To lower this barrier, NEO FANTASY provides a Free-to-Play way for players. Free NFT claim enables players to start their game and accumulate their in-game wealth without extra money-cost.

NEO FANTASY has earnt attention since its first establishment and built cooperation with VCs and other partners. The good endorsement will increase not only the reputation of NEO FANTASY but also gather over $1,500,000 during the initial fundraising stage from Shima Capital, NEO Smart Economy, and some other institutions and personal investors.

After a long and careful preparation, now, NEO FANTASY is ready to shock and show what a good GameFi project should be to this world, which has been silent for too long.


IESF and Sidewalk Entertainment Partner to Promote a New Variety of Esports

Reading Time: 2 minutes


The International Esports Federation (IESF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sidewalk Entertainment, an artificial intelligence (AI) tech company. IESF and Sidewalk will work together to promote a new variety of esports, which utilizes the physical movement of athletes.

Together, IESF and Sidewalk will use STEPIN, a random dance challenge service that uses real time motion-tracking AI technology created by Sidewalk. Using the platform, the two organizations will bring together esports and dancing by providing opportunities to learn, practice and battle. All users will have the opportunity to see the reply of their skeletal joints. IESF and Sidewalk will also collaborate on a special activity using STEPIN at the upcoming World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia.

This partnership will help explore new developments in esports, combining dance and interactive social media experiences, as well as international STEPIN tournaments. It will also contribute to uniting the World Esports Family by connecting K-pop and esports fans worldwide.

IESF Secretary General Boban Totovski said: “IESF is thrilled to work together with Sidewalk Entertainment to bring something new to the esports ecosystem. We are pleased to be taking part in a new digital content culture of K-pop dance and working towards our mission of serving as an exchange platform and network for esports stakeholders and securing valuable partnerships within the World Esports Family.”

Sidewalk Entertainment Kibong Kook said “We are so glad to be in partnership with IESF and bring a new joy to K-pop and esports fans around the world. The K-pop industry and esports industry both are growing rapidly in the global market. We will link both industries with the AI technology of STEPIN to create a new chapter of esports industry.”

IESF recently held the World Esports Summit, which brought together over 200 stakeholders from the World Esports Family and the broader esports ecosystem to discuss key issues in esports and the future of responsible esports worldwide. IESF is constantly evolving to best serve its members and secure the future of responsible esports.


SecureGive Partners With Engiven to Offer Cryptocurrency Giving Solution to Its 2,000+ Church and Ministry Customers


On Monday, October 3, 2022, Engiven, a leading cryptocurrency donation technologies company, announced that SecureGive, a leader in church donation management applications, has selected the Engiven cryptocurrency donation platform to provide a fully-integrated crypto giving solution for their ministry customers.

“SecureGive has been a pioneer in church giving technologies from the beginning,” said James Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO of Engiven. “We’re so excited to partner with them to provide their customers with a fully integrated enterprise giving solution to easily receive and exchange crypto donations via the SecureGive platform.”

SecureGive is leveraging Engiven’s application programming interface (API) to integrate cryptocurrency donations with their existing giving methods, making it available to their base of more than 2,000 churches and ministries. Through the integration, SecureGive customers can quickly and safely add cryptocurrency donations to their existing SecureGive giving pages, which provides their donors with the ability to give more than 95 different cryptocurrencies.

According to Patty Baker, SecureGive’s President, “Since our founding in 2004, SecureGive has been on a mission to provide cutting edge giving solutions to churches and ministries. Through our partnership with Engiven, we’re excited to offer our customers the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of this new and exciting asset class, which we believe will help them experience growth in their overall giving.”

When integrated into existing giving platforms and church management applications, Engiven’s API framework provides an elegantly seamless and highly secure crypto giving experience for both nonprofits and their donors. Engiven’s proprietary technologies provide a fully automated and highly secure transaction environment where crypto donations are verified on the blockchain, exchanged for USD, and deposited into the nonprofit’s account while providing real-time reporting and donation receipts to create a smooth, end-to-end solution for giving platforms.


Wazdan grows in the Netherlands with Play North deal

Reading Time: < 1 minute


Wazdan, the innovative games provider, has continued to cement its credentials across European markets by completing a deal with leading Dutch operator, Play North.

The agreement sees Wazdan’s pioneering slot content reach more players than ever before, appearing in the offerings of Play North’s brands: Kansino, Pikakasino, and Kiirkasiino.

Popular titles like 9 Burning Dragons, 9 Coins™, Magic Spins™, Sizzling Eggs™, and Sizzling Kingdom™: Bison are now available thanks to the partnership. The deal allows European players, including Dutch residents, to enjoy the provider’s latest engagement-boosting features, such as Collect to Infinity™, Cash Infinity™, and Hold the Jackpot.

The deal serves as further evidence of Wazdan’s commitment to the Netherland’s iGaming market. The company has recently taken home the title of Best Online Casino Provider from the Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “We’re excited by the prospect of further penetrating the Dutch and other European markets with Play North and its numerous casino sites.

“The agreement allows our content to reach a significant number of new players as we look to maintain our impressive growth trajectory and expand our global presence.”

Daphne Xerri, Head of Casino at Play North, said: “By delivering Wazdan’s innovative games to our customers, we stay true to our promise of delivering high-quality, pioneering content to our ecosystem.

“The provider’s games are renowned for their imaginative themes and engagement-boosting features and we look forward to seeing how our players react to the products.”


Next Generation announces partnership with Concordium


Next Gen is announcing a partnership with Concordium to deliver world-class IT service and reshape education for students, educators, institutions and businesses.

Next Gen will open up a decentralized platform for anyone who wants to enter the right job market, for businesses who want competent employees, and for educational institutions or educators who want to teach relevant, updated and meaningful curriculums. Next Gen’s platform will be for all individuals to turn their passion and dreams into meaningful qualifications and successful lives.

Through DAO-based educational grants, Next Generation will provide access to global qualifications and work to address the needs of neurodivergent students. By easing concerns such as lack of access, availability, and inclusion, Next Generation aims to close the gap between the kind of education students receive and those they, their communities and economies need. Education is a global necessity, in particular due to technology changing the job market, at an exponential rate. The jobs of tomorrow are not taught at the education of today. Next Gen will provide a symbiotic ecosystem that empowers all parties to reach their potential in the world of work.

Using Concordium’s unique blockchain technology, which balances privacy with accountability, will ensure that everyone in the world can use Next Generation as an open decentralized infrastructure. This includes SSO solutions, with an ID layer at the protocol level, validated by a third party, which allows people and companies to trust one another while remaining private with zero-knowledge proof.

The partnership with Concordium will allow Next Generation to ensure privacy, security, ease-of-use, and compliance for its partners and users, while coordinating with global educational institutions to implement a curriculum and qualifications framework for lifelong learning.

Lars Seier Christiensen, from Concordium, says: “In my view, the number one focus area to improve the world is education. The second most important is for young people to deploy their education through a meaningful job, where they can gain an income, experience and network to continuously improve their life. So I am delighted for Concordium to partner up with Next Gen, which has exactly these two focus areas. There is a big lack of inclusion when it comes to education globally, and together we can improve this in a safe and trustworthy environment. For me, this is what blockchain is all about, improving life conditions and including more people in the economy in meaningful ways.”

And Michael Lundorff-Hansen from Next Gen echoes him, saying: “We are very happy to announce our partnership with Concordium and look forward to utilizing the Concordium ID Layer to protect students, educators and businesses against abuse of their data, in the fight for privacy. Concordium is focused on delivering decentralization and security within their blockchain, while achieving regulatory compliance. We believe in the Concordium values and see them as an ideal partner for this journey.”