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How iQOO’s Hunt For India’s Next Big Gaming Streamer became the biggest platform to spotlight upcoming streamers across 2.5k+ participating YouTube channels and 2M+ live audiences

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Gamers and streamers are burgeoning in the country and the numbers are increasing exponentially. This new behavioural change is a trend watched closely by platforms and brands since the audience for these streamers are the most coveted – youth. Engagement rates are unique to just this medium.

There are stories of gamers and streamers from modest backgrounds who have made it big by being good at two things – esports and entertainment. So what is a “raid?” A raid is when a YouTuber/ Streamer with a significant following, asks his/ her viewers to go and watch another creator’s live stream. Case in point –  GamerFleet. A young man from Haldwani, Uttarakhand who was streaming to double digit audiences when he was ‘raided’ by Samay Raina. After the raid, he continued to grow organically not just because of his personality and collaboration with Samay Raina and Tanmay Bhat. Cut to a few months later and GamerFleet has over a million subscribers. This is the beauty of a ‘raid’.

So Raid Nights was born. This is the brainchild of Tanmay Bhat in partnership with iQOO – a phone company that puts the gamer before the game. The idea was executed by OML Entertainment with technical partners – Sky eSports. This property was only possible by the power of the platform that is YouTube. Tanmay Bhat, Samay Raina and GamerFleet have been online every Friday evening for the last one month with their new live-streaming property,  iQOO Raid Nights. The three content creators (Also known as raid bosses) presented a once in a lifetime opportunity to aspiring gaming streamers where they would raid the YouTube channels of upcoming streamers asking their subscribers to tune in and watch the live-stream of the channel they would raid, resulting in the aspiring creators seeing increase in live-streaming numbers like never before.

 

Here’s how iQOO Raid Nights happened.

Every Friday from 25th June to 23rd July there were 4 rounds of qualifiers and a grand finale. Participants would stream live on their YouTube channel using the hashtag #iQOORaidNights and the raid bosses would randomly pick and choose which channel they wanted to raid. 2.4k YouTube channels garnered over 8.9k user-generated videos in this time, hoping they would get “raided.”  The winners were chosen via a YouTube poll where the audience voted for their favourite performers. Two winners from each qualifier episode won a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and an iQOO 7 Legend phone. There were super interesting performances and channels that the viewers came across. Some channels that captured people’s imagination were Gamer Mummy – A mother of two young adults who streams Minecraft everyday, kukZy Gaming – a gamer who also raps and beatboxes while playing the piano at the same time, Matata QHouse – who did hybrid dance performances with a mix of pre-recorded footage, visual effects and live webcam.

The winner of the first edition of iQOO Raid Nights was Mechanical Pandey – an entertainer who did a rap and dance performance. He also performed a short sketch of him doing random things and being beaten up by his mother which got huge laughs from the audience. The winner got a gaming setup worth Rs. 2,50,000 as the grand prize. The runner-ups were Shiny Kash – A gamer + rapper and The He Man Show – A streamer who lives in his shop and streams every night. He had created special art pieces for iQOO Raid Nights featuring the faces of the raid bosses.

iQOO Raid Nights was hosted by Tanmay Bhat, Samay Raina and GamerFleet on their respective YouTube Channels and was coordinated and executed by OML Entertainment.

Quotes:

Tanmay Bhat – Raid Nights is something that I’ve always wanted to do at scale. It was great to see that brands like iQOO and YouTube supported this property. The creativity that some streamers bring to the table is something that the audience must discover. One of my favourite channels from this edition was Matata QHouse. Their creativity and performance in the qualifiers just blew my mind

Samay Raina – Live Streaming suddenly grew during Covid quarenatines and many creators tried to showcase their characters and personas on stream although they couldn’t reach out to more people.  I’m glad iQOO Raid Nights helped these creators gain a massive amount of reach and an opportunity to showcase their talent. It was a great feeling watching people showcase their unique, unrecognised talent everytime we would raid them. Much love to iQOO for supporting us with this property

GamerFleet – One day I was just randomly streaming with about 500 views and suddenly it shot up to 5,000. That was when Tanmay Bhat raided me as a part of the initial stages of Raid Nights a few months ago. That particular raid helped me garner a lot more reach than usual and then a lot of people started following my content and started tuning in live while I stream. This is exactly what iQOO Raid Nights did with all the streamers who were a part of it. When you have a small channel and your watching increases, the YouTube algorithm sees that the channel is performing better and it recommends the channel more often. I really loved all the channels we raided, but Matata QHouse was my favourite one

Mechanical Pandey (Winner) – iQOO Raid Nights helped me quite a lot in terms of expanding my reach and discovering my creative abilities. I’m glad to have been a part of this wonderful event and I also believe Tanmay-bhai and Samay-bhai would want to stream with me in the future which I’m really looking forward to. My YouTube numbers increased tremendously and I’m glad a lot of people have now discovered me and my craziness. I’d really like to thank all the people who voted for me, and primarily Tanmay-bhai, Samay-bhai and Fleet-bhai for tuning in to my channel in the middle of all the 1500 channels that were streaming in the week I had participated, and giving me an opportunity to entertain and bring smiles on about 1 lakh people’s faces across 2 streams. I’m super excited to get my hands on the new gaming setup that I’ve won.

Gunjan Arya (CEO, OML Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.) – We are always on the lookout for upcoming talent that we can support, and have been bullish on online gaming for some time now. We’re super thrilled to have partnered with iQOO and YouTube in a way that is not only rewarding for the brand and the platform but for the online gaming space as a whole. The power of Creators + Brand + Platform really came together for a proper OP moment. Tanmay’s guidance and the super Samay and GamerFleet to boot have been invaluable collaborators. We came across a lot of new streamers including the incredible Gamer Mummy through the campaign and we will continue to do a lot more of this.

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F1® Esports Comes to EA Games in Mobile Racing Game With Huge Prizes Up for Grabs

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  • First F1® Esports tournament comes to Real Racing 3 game this August
  • Exclusive prizes up for grabs, including the chance to attend a Grand Prix
  • Update will also see new F1® 2021 liveries added to the game

    For the first time ever, fans will be able to compete in an F1® Esports tournament from 3 August in partnership with Firemonkeys Studio, an Australian-based creative studio of Electronic Arts (EA). Players of Real Racing 3, the mobile game that has set a new standard for simulation racing games, will get the chance to win exclusive prizes in the latest update, including tickets to the Grand Prix.

    3 August also sees the launch of the third season of Formula 1® content in Real Racing 3, bringing the latest F1® 2021 liveries and drivers to the game, so fans can download and play the most up-to-date cars, tracks and events.

    “Formula 1 is the biggest motorsport in the world, and we are excited to continue to bring not only the most authentic Formula 1 content on mobile to Real Racing 3, but also the world-first F1 RR3 Esports Global Challenge to our players and fans,” says Joe Donoghue, General Manager of Firemonkeys Studio.

    Ellie Norman, Director of Marketing and Communications at Formula 1®, commented: “We’re very excited to be bringing F1 Esports to Real Racing 3, as we continue to build our presence within the mobile gaming landscape. We hope the competition will see more people than ever before engage with F1 Esports on mobile as they battle it out for fantastic prizes.”

    The F1® Esports tournament will run from 3-24 August and is the latest move from Formula 1® as it continues to explore and expand in the mobile gaming and esports space. Players will take part in a bespoke esports event to try and win the unique F1® R3 Esports Challenger vehicle, which can then be entered into the brand new F1® Esports time-trial event.

    Those entered into the new F1® Esports event, will have the chance to win a selection of exclusive prizes, including tickets to a Grand Prix.

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TruNarrative celebrates the 3 year anniversary of its financial crime and decisioning platform with a new look

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Leeds based RegTech firm, TruNarrative are celebrating the third anniversary of its platform which has transformed the way businesses; onboard their customers, ensure compliance with regulation and prevent financial crime.

Marking the occasion, TruNarrative unveils a new look, to ensure its brand reflects their innovative, forward-thinking technology and prepares the company for future growth.

TruNarrative was founded in 2017 through a partnership between Yorkshire Fintech Entrepreneur, John Lord and Larry Smith, a high-net-worth serial technology entrepreneur from California.

The founding team included, John, Ryan Morrison, Mike Harriss and Dave Eastaugh – industry experts with over 100 years of combined experience in the data and technology space, had all previously worked together at GB group plc, where John was the group managing director.

Their mission was to create a unifying platform for workflow, orchestration & decisioning for the prevention of financial crime, available to businesses of all sizes through Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) technology.

TruNarrative now boasts sales exceeding eight figures and has many high-profile customers including some of the world’s largest challenger banks, gambling organisations and leading payment services businesses.

TruNarrative’s customers benefit from the latest AI-driven Onboarding, Risk Rating and Transaction Monitoring technology for Fraud Prevention, and Anti-Money Laundering (AML).

Delivered through their cloud-based SaaS, TruNarrative’s Risk & Financial Crime platform has close partnerships with over 100 pre-integrated third-party data sources covering 150+ countries.

In February of this year, TruNarrative also launched a simplified version of their technology, serving high street professional services, and have customers across accountants, lawyers, estate agents and procurement managers.

The Technology firm currently employees over 60+ people in their Leeds office, and is set to expand significantly within the next twelve months.

Unveiled in July, the rebrand sees TruNarrative make significant aesthetic changes across their product logo, website and marketing collateral.

“4 years ago my team and I had an idea, that financial crime, customer onboarding and compliance could be orchestrated in a single SaaS solution. That idea has now grown into one of the UK’s leading RegTech firms, employing 60+ in our office above Leeds Kirkgate Market.” John Lord, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder at TruNarrative

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Paf acquires two Swedish licensed companies

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Paf is acquiring the two Swedish licensed gaming companies Speedy Ltd and Speedy Originals from Hero Gaming. The companies run the gaming sites Speedy Casino, Speedybet and Speedyspel. With the purchase, Paf will become one of the six largest gaming companies in Sweden.

“We want to grow in Sweden and we have a determined ambition to be a leading player in the Swedish licensed market,” says Paf’s CEO Christer Fahlstedt.

Top six in Sweden

Hero Gaming was founded in 2013 and they have been successful in the Swedish market with the Speedy brand gaming sites.

“We see the deal as a good win-win strategy, in that now Hero Gaming can focus more on the global market. It feels good that it is Paf who is buying our Swedish business, they have a long-term strategy and they are well-known for their responsible gaming work,” says Tomas Bäckman, CEO of Hero Gaming.

Paf will become one of the six largest gaming companies in Sweden after the purchase. This is a position that Paf has been deliberately seeking.

“This acquisition shows that we have faith in the future of the Swedish market and we also have the capacity to acquire the companies that strengthen us,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

The loss limit will be implemented

The three Speedy gaming sites will implement Paf’s comparatively tough guidelines for responsible gaming. Among other things, Paf’s annual mandatory loss limit of EUR 20,000 / SEK 200,000 will be introduced.

“We do not have an interest in taking over the gaming sites unless their customers are largely at a gaming level that we accept. But of course, customers will notice that we value responsible gaming very strongly, to the same level of responsible gaming that we have on Paf’s other gaming sites,” says Christer Fahlstedt.

SpeedySpel, SpeedyBet and SpeedyCasino will continue to operate under their current brands in the Swedish market.

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Waverider and Galaxy Racer announce Global Partnership

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The new entertainment company and burgeoning gaming brand are joining forces to launch new products

Waverider and Galaxy Racer (GXR), one of the fastest-growing esports organizations in the world and headquartered in Dubai, announced a global partnership to develop merchandise and stories from GXR’s content creators, including powerhouses AboFlah, Dyler, and Naji Elqaq.

This partnership will allow Galaxy Racer to build exciting products and concepts for its roster of famed creators using Waverider’s expertise in design and storytelling, by offering fans access to a variety of products and experiences entailing merchandise, apparel, and stories that include comic books, manga, and animation.

Waverider is an IP content creation and management company centered around pop culture and entertainment, that looks to build a new style of experiences and products for consumers. Led by CEO Arafaat Ali Khan, co-founder of Middle East Film and Comic Con- the largest pop culture event in the region based in Dubai, and President Guenther Hake, a veteran in the entertainment industry bringing years of experience from the Walt Disney Company, Oriental Dreamworks, and MINDstyle. The company is set to launch a new wave of consumer experiences, events, an e-commerce platform and more.

Their creative team is spearheaded by renowned UK-based artist Des Taylor. Des’ impressive credits include creating art for DC Bombshells, Dr Who, Archie comics and Star Trek where he will bring his unique artists insights to all of Waverider’s projects.

Galaxy Racer is one of the fastest growing esports and lifestyle companies in the world, with the biggest esports and content presence in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Galaxy Racer possesses a diverse international roster of 11 teams and 20 content creators including AboFlah, Dyler and Naji Elqaq, with a reach of over 160 million followers, and over a billion monthly views. GXR strives to be the central hub for the new digital generation under the leadership of CEO Paul Roy.

Commenting on the partnership, Paul Roy, CEO of Galaxy Racer, says, “We’re delighted to be partnering with a company with the leadership of Waverider. We’ve seen huge demand for a new style of consumer products and stories for our content creators, and their team has the vision and expertise to create something special for our roster’s fans.”

Arafaat Ali Khan, CEO of Waverider, added, “We’re really excited to be working with Galaxy Racer and it’s diverse set of creators to create products and stories that are not only authentic, but truly reflect the creators aesthetic, ethos and style. We’re confident that the fans will be seeing a side of these content creators that will blow their minds!”

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from Waverider and Galaxy Racer!

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Scarlet Hollow Wins the Fan Favorite Vote 19 at GDWC 2021!

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Scarlet Hollow by Black Tabby Games from USA has won the Fan Favorite voting round 19 at the Game Development World Championship 2021 (GDWC). The game is available on Steam Early Access.

“Trapped in the dying Appalachian mining town of Scarlet Hollow for the funeral of your estranged aunt, you quickly find yourself at the center of a dark mystery that threatens your life. Scarlet Hollow is a horror-mystery game with sharp writing, dark humor, and hand-drawn art from award-winning graphic novelist Abby Howard.”

2nd place – Avalom: Ancestral Heroes by Avalom: Ancestral Heroes from Brazil. “Players embark on an epic adventure in a rich and alive world with their AI companions. In a world where mortals and gods coexist and live on the same plane of existence!”

3rd place –  Memorize Extreme Nreal & AR by  Stefan Krocker from  Germany. “The classic memory game in an extreme variant. Experience tornadoes, thieves, jokers and much more. You can play alone against CPU players or with your friends at the same physical place or online with other players world wide or a mix of all.”

GDWC Team sends congratulations to the Winners and big thanks Nominees and voters. Each week a handful of games are featured on the GDWC website in a public vote and the winner moves onto the Finals.

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SOFTSWISS Expands to Greece

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SOFTSWISS is excited to announce that the brand recently received the Greek gaming licence for Online Casino operation from the Hellenic Gaming Commission. This marks a new stepping stone for SOFTSWISS as it gains a foothold to operate in the regulated Greek market. It is the latest in a series of national licences awarded to SOFTSWISS.

In February 2021, the brand received the national licence in Nigeria The Greek gaming licence was received earlier last month with SOFTSWISS already finalising its very first project N1CASINO.GR on the Greek iGaming arena.

The licence allows for local operation in Greece for players with Greek passports and IDs as well as those holding local Greek bank accounts. This major milestone will now allow to further strengthen the SOFTSWISS market presence in Europe, as well as establish new partnerships and boost existing ones. 

The very first project announced to launch very soon this year N1CASINO Greece. The project forms a part of N1 Partners Group. The licensed online casino brand plans to integrate sports betting at later stages. The client’s team is in final stages before going live and is announced to be released in the next few months. 

Ivan Montik, Founder of SOFTSWISS, notes: “It’s a tremendous landmark and an amazing achievement for us to receive the Greek gaming licence to be able to do business in a regulated national market and expand our reach! It’s even more exciting to be officially announcing our very first client for the Greek region to be N1CASINO Greece. We’ve recently made strategic moves to fast-developing markets like Nigeria and are now establishing ourselves more in the European continent. It is opening new horizons for us and we’re ready to go for it. SOFTSWISS is not only planning on doing business in Greece but also making a positive impact through charity and corporate social sustainability efforts in the country.

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech brand supplying widely acclaimed, certified software solutions for managing iGaming operations. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licenses, providing a “one-stop-shop” white label solution by taking care of all technical, legal, and financial processes on behalf of its customers. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, an affiliate platform, and a recently launched sportsbook platform. In 2013 SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimized online casino solution. The company has thus been regarded as the leading technical expert when it comes to the use of cryptocurrencies in online gaming.

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Continent 8 Technologies and Beeinfotech PH partner to deliver Cyber Security Services

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Global managed network and security service provider, Continent 8 Technologies, and the Philippines’ largest telco neutral data centre operator, Beeinfotech PH, have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to offer Continent 8’s suite of leading cyber security solutions to businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to better protect them from the growing risks of cyber threats. 

The partnership comes at a time when cyber attacks against businesses of all sizes and industries, and the costs associated with them are at an all-time high, with the average cost of a data breach at $3.86 million and global damage from cyber crime expected to hit $6 trillion this year.

Through this agreement, Beeinfotech PH will leverage Continent 8’s unique multi-layered threat prevention, detection and response solutions providing protection from the edge through endpoint and the cloud: DDoS perimeter protection against volumetric and persistent attacks; Cloud WAF defends applications against a wide range of OWASP threats; Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) military-grade endpoint protection against ransomware, malware and phishing threats; Managed Detection & Response (MDR) security monitoring and incident response across corporate, cloud, and data center assets through Continent 8’s 24x7x365 Security Operations Center (SOC) and Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) platform, the foundation of its cyber defence strategy.

Peter WilliamsManaging Director for Asia Pacific at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Our decades of experience in protecting the world’s most attacked industry verticals, has given us vast knowledge and experience on how to best tackle the complex world of cyber security.

“By combining Continent 8’s market-leading security solutions with Beeinfotech’s local knowledge and support, we are able to protect Asian businesses of all sizes across all sectors.”

Reynaldo HuergasPresident and CEO of Beeinfotech PH, said: “Cyber security is a technology and support game. Through this agreement, Beeinfotech PH takes charge of the infrastructure, local manpower and coordination while Continent 8 brings in global managed security solutions and best practices. 

“This is a powerful combination that will allow businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to be confident they are fully prepared to mitigate the risk of falling victim to a security attack.”

Michael Tobin, CEO and Founder of Continent 8 Technologies, added: “At Continent 8 we employ a defensive, in-depth and comprehensive approach to all aspects of cyber security protection. It is a privilege to partner with Beeinfotech PH and their team, with whom Continent 8 have had a long standing relationship. We look forward to jointly bringing a truly unique and sophisticated suite of cyber security services to the Philippines and wider Asian market.”

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ESPORTS AWARDS NAMES MAKE-A-WISH AS ITS OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER

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The Esports Awards, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to reveal Make-A-Wish as its Official Charity Partner for 2021. The partnership will see the Esports Awards and Make-A-Wish work closely together on a whole host of activities including charity auctions, live streams, with lots more to be announced in the coming months.

This year the Esports Awards will return to the Esports Stadium Arlington, Texas on November 20th where it will celebrate and honour every corner of the industry on the biggest night in the esports calendar. The Esports Awards will work on a charity campaign in the run up to the awards to encourage its community to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

“When Make-A-Wish explained that gaming-related wishes had seen an increase we knew that we wanted to help facilitate as many wishes as possible. The Esports Awards aims to bring the esports and gaming industry community together under one roof and we are hoping to provide these incredibly brave young people with a fantastic experience and the opportunity to meet their heroes. We have lots planned in the coming months and we look forward to helping raise as much funding as we can,” said Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards.

“This collaboration with Esports Awards came at an opportune time as we have seen an exponential increase of gaming-related wishes during the pandemic. We are delighted to be working with Esports Awards to bring hope, strength and joy to our wish children worldwide. Together, we are one step closer to being able to grant the wish of every eligible child”, says Luciano Manzo, President and CEO of Make-A- Wish® International.

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Wazdan games certified for Belarus

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Wazdan, the leading global slot supplier, has seen 30 of its top-performing and newest titles certified for the Belarussian market.

The provider’s complete collection of Hold the Jackpot games has been certified, including latest releases Midnight in Tokyo and Fortune Reels. Belarussian players will also be able to play such hugely popular hits as 9 Lions, Larry the Leprechaun, Telly Reels, Choco Reels, and Black Horse Deluxe.

Only land-based casino operators in Belarus can apply for an online licence in the country and all licensees now have the opportunity to offer Wazdan’s content.

The achievement marks yet another market debut for Wazdan, who in the last 12 months has entered Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, and New Jersey, as the supplier continues to outline its credentials as a leading company in the regulated space.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan, said: “We pride ourselves on our approach to regulated markets and we’re very excited to have a considerable array of games certified for Belarus.

“From our sought-after Hold the Jackpot games to top-performing staples, we’re very pleased with what we can bring to players in Belarus and look forward to making big strides in the market.”