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CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards 2024 Shortlists Announced

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The shortlists for the prestigious Game Developer Awards, spotlighting the talented teams behind the top casino titles in the industry, have just been released.

Scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 23 at the Hilton Malta, the exclusive ceremony will host 300 industry professionals for an evening dedicated to celebrating excellence.

The 20 shortlists covering categories like Game Performance, Game Creation, Game People, Streamers and Casino Platforms are now available for review, with the remaining three SlotCatalog data-driven awards to be revealed at a later stage.

In the Game Performance categories, the competition for the Slot of the Year title is set to be fierce with ten prominent studios including AvatarUX, ELA Games, ELK Studios, Endorphina, EveryMatrix, Nolimit City, Pragmatic Play, Push Gaming, Red Tiger and Relax Gaming locking horns for the coveted title.

Pragmatic Play is in the running for multiple accolades including the Slot Legacy title with its Gates of Olympus as well as the Game Mechanic of the Year award for its MultiHold mechanic. Additionally, the studio is contending for the Game Feature of the Year and Game Design and Art Direction awards in the Game Creation Categories with Zeus Versus Hades. Competing alongside Pragmatic Play for the Slot Legacy award are studios such as Blueprint Gaming, Eyecon, Fortune Factory Studios, Games Global, IGT, Light & Wonder, Mascot Gaming and NetEnt.

In the Game Creation categories, an impressive lineup of 14 companies earned their spot in the shortlist for the Game Mechanic of the Year title. These companies, apart from the previously-mentioned Pragmatic Play, include 7777 Gaming, BGaming, Bragg Gaming, Evoplay, Fortune Factory Studios, Hacksaw Gaming, Nailed It! Games, Omnigame, PearFiction Studios, Slotmill, Spribe, Swintt and Wazdan, each having introduced a ground-breaking game mechanic that has either redefined industry standards or elevated existing features to offer players an unmatched level of gaming excitement.

The Game Feature of the Year award also witnessed a record-breaking number of 15 shortlisted companies including Wazdan with its unique feature in the Coins series; the winner of last year’s award in the same category. Other categories within the Game Creation segment include Game Licensed Content, Game Retro-Style, Game Design and Art Direction and Game Music/Soundtrack.

Among the noteworthy nominees for Game Music/Soundtrack is Mascot Gaming, recognised for its Dreamshock Jackpot X soundtrack. Mascot Gaming has also been shortlisted for the Slot to Watch award with Hook Up! Fishing Wars, Slot to Debut with Crash, Hamster, Crash! and the Game Composer of the Year award for its Dreamshock Jackpot X soundtrack composed by Maxim Shulgin.

The Game Composer of the Year award falls under the umbrella of the Game People categories, uniquely designed to honour the individuals responsible for the triumph of various titles. This year, alongside composers, recognition will be extended to game designers and product managers. Notably, ten individuals will contend for the Product Manager of the Year title, twelve for Game Designer of the Year and seven for Game Composer of the Year.

On the streaming scene, three prestigious awards are on offer, honouring the Streamer of the Year, Next-Gen Streamer of the Year and Responsible Streamer of the Year. Competing for the Streamer of the Year title are casino streamers Brian Christopher, CasinoDaddy, Chipmonkz, Classy Beef, Fruity Slots, GamDucks, Haddzy, Hideous Slots and Kim Hultman (LetsGiveItASpin). Notably, Haddzy is also in contention for the Next-Gen Streamer of the Year while CasinoDaddy, Chipmonkz and Hideous Slots are up for the Responsible Streamer of the Year. Bob Slots is set to appear in both the Next-Gen Streamer of the Year and Responsible Streamer of the Year categories.

Among the contenders in the Casino Platform categories, WA.Technology, Bragg Gaming Group, Digitain, EveryMatrix and iGP emerged as notable presences, securing nominations in both the Aggregator of the Year and Platform Innovation of the Year category shortlists.

To reserve a table at the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards ceremony, please reach out to Sales @ SBCGaming. com. For comprehensive details regarding the CasinoBeats Summit conference and exhibition taking place at the InterContinental in St Julian’s, Malta from May 21 to 23 May and to secure your pass, kindly visit the event website.

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Spanish Advertising Restrictions Struck Down: Learn More at the 2024 Gaming in Spain Conference

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Earlier this month, Spain’s Supreme Court partially overturned, on procedural grounds, several far-reaching advertising restrictions. This ruling was the result of a suit launched by the trade association Jdigital against Royal Decree 958/2020. One outcome of the verdict is that Spain’s advertising landscape is once again in flux, at least for now.

The Supreme Court’s ruling will be a major topic at our upcoming Gaming in Spain (GiS) Conference on May 6, 2024, in Madrid.

In addition to the aforementioned ruling, the Conference will devote particular attention to the following topics:

  • Cross-operator deposit limits in the Spanish market (expected from 2025)
  • Central problem gambling detection algorithms, administered and overseen by the national regulator
  • New products: how much regulatory room will there be for new (live) game products?

Agenda now available

The agenda for the 2024 Gaming in Spain Conference is now available here. We are very happy to announce a wide array of highly expert speakers including Spain’s leading gambling lawyer, Santiago Asensi, Jdigital Director General Jorge Hinojosa, MGA Games General Manager Jose Giacomelli, R Franco Digital and Operations Director Javier Sacristan Franco, EGBA Secretary General Maarten Haijer and many more.

Breakout sessions

In addition to the main program, the 2024 Gaming in Spain Conference will feature several compliance-related breakout sessions on e-money, compliance management, smart training solutions and KYC best practices.

If you are looking for information on specialized compliance topics and solutions, these breakout sessions are not to be missed.

Practical information

The 2024 GiS Conference will take place on May 6 at Castellana 81, located inside the BBVA tower, an iconic example of contemporary Spanish architecture in the heart of Madrid. The GiS Conference is scheduled one day prior to FIJMA24, Spain’s leading land-based gambling event. Combine two events with one visit. Registration for the 2024 Gaming in Spain Conference is now open. Don’t wait, register today.

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Copenhagen Major 2024 – Betting Overview

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The Copenhagen Major has ended but that doesn’t mean it’s still not on replay in eSports fans’ minds. The Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) tournament was one of the most exciting events of the year so far, with all of the most iconic teams and talented players clashing for a chance at glory.

In the end, Natus Vincere fought through the stacked playoffs bracket to take down FaZe Clan in the Grand Finals 2-1. NAVI’s Justinas ‘jL’ Lekavicius was the MVP with incredible stats and heart-stopping and game-changing moments.

With so much action, it’s no surprise that the Copenhagen Major had a lot of bettors on the edge of their seats. Using our insights and analytics, let’s take a closer look at how viewers spent time on betting sites throughout the tournament to give you a better idea of what to include in your sportsbook for the next tiet-1 tournaments in Counter-Strike (CS).

Most Active Regions

When it comes to CS2, there’s one region that’s extra dedicated to the eSports scene and that’s Europe, far and away. Counter-Strike has always had a massive following in the Nordic and CIS-regions in particular, so this is probably no surprise. But it’s definitely something to keep in mind when creating content on your site.

Europe 91.40%
Oceania 4.20%
Latin America 3.70%
North America 0.50%
Other 0.30%

Most active regions on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Live vs Pre-Match Betting

You can either bet on a match pre-match or live. Pre-match are bets made before the match begins, usually predicting which team will come out on top. Bettors will consider how the teams performed against one another in past tournaments as well as how each team does on that particular map.

Live betting involves placing bets based on what you see during the match, giving you more insight into how the match is going. It wasn’t as popular as pre-match betting, but it was pretty even.

  • Live 47%
  • Pre-match 53%

Most Bet On Teams

Copenhagen had all of the teams you know and love, all fighting on the big stage on stream for a shot at the top spot. Still, some teams stood out for bettors more than others. This is usually due to their popularity and past performances, whether fans are rooting for a sure thing or are taking a risk with an underdog team that’s had a good season.

FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere were both dominant at Copenhagen, so it’s no surprise that bettors paid them the most attention throughout the stages.

“It’s ironic that NAVI, who had a lower tournament rating than its direct competitors and didn’t have the most outstanding CS during the tournament, was able to take the prize home,” the Esports Trading Supervisor for Abios, Pavel Malinousky, said. “It was particularly disappointing to see Karrigan conclude the final map at his home arena with a score of one to 15.”

FaZe Clan 5.01%
Natus Vincere 4.68%
G2 Esports 3.38%
Eternal Fire 2.55%
Team Vitality 2.50%

Most bet-on teams on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Most Bet-On Players

Similar to teams, there were stand-out players at Copenhagen that bettors felt confident about. These are players with consistently incredible performances at recent tournaments, giving bettors a chance to bet on their KDA and other exciting stats and moments.

XANTARES (Eternal Fire) 0.32%
Aleksib (NAVI) 0.31%
w0nderful (NAVI) 0.30%
KSCERATO (FURIA Esports) 0.29%
huNter- (G2 Esports) 0.29%

Most bet-on players on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Most Bet-On Matches

Remember earlier when FaZe Clan was revealed as the most bet-on team? This explains why a bit further. Most of the matches on this list include FaZe Clan, a crowd-favourite team with top players and a hype following. Fans wanted FaZe to win throughout the playoffs and most definitely spent time watching the match with shifting eyes and teeth on their nails.

As expected, the Grand Final match had the most betting activity. Unfortunately for FaZe fans, the outcome didn’t go as desired.

FaZe Clan – Natus Vincere 6.94% Grand Final
Spirit – FaZe Clan 5.02% Quarterfinals
Natus Vincere – G2 Esports 4.91% Semifinals
MOUZ – G2 Esports 4.77% Quarterfinals
Team Vitality – FaZe Clan 4.01% Semifinals

Most bet-on matches on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

Most Popular Bet Offers

Alright, so you’ve seen the most active regions and the most bet on teams and players. What do you do with that information? Well, here are the most popular bet offers that viewers took advantage of while visiting sportsbooks throughout the Copenhagen Major.

The most common bet was choosing a match winner, meaning picking the team they believed would beat the other. But another popular bet was total kills, with fans betting if a certain team or player would reach a specific kill count. This explains why many fans were keeping an eye on players like Aleksib and huNter-, who are known for clutch plays and racking up the headshots.

“As expected, there was a lot of interest from the fans and it grew stronger as the event went on,” Malinousky said. “I should also mention that viewers paid attention to and liked player prop markets in particular. A considerable number of bets were made on them. I would say that trading has not changed significantly because we, like eSports experts, did not notice any major changes in the game that could have influenced the outcome of an event. So, at this stage, the major tendencies were spotted well before the PGL Major began.”

Match Winner 63.50%
Total Kills 15.12%
Round Handicap 5.43%
Map Handicap 3.67%
Round Winner 1.92%

Most popular bet offers on the Kambi network during PGL Copenhagen Major 2024

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Notice of Kambi Group Plc Annual General Meeting 2024

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Right to attendance and voting

  • To be entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting (and for the purpose of the determination by the Company of the number of votes they may cast), shareholders must be entered on the Company’s register of members maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB by Thursday 2 May 2024
  • Shareholders whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee should note that they may be required by their respective nominee/s to temporarily re-register their shares in their own name in the register of members maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB in order to be entitled to attend and vote (in person or by proxy) at the Meeting. Any such re-registration would need to be effected by Thursday 2 May 2024. Shareholders should therefore liaise with and instruct their nominees well in advance thereof.
  • To be entitled to attend and vote in person at the Meeting, shareholders must notify Euroclear Sweden AB of their intention to attend the Meeting by Thursday 2 May 2024 and can do so by (i) e-mail to [email protected] or (ii) mail to: Kambi Group plc, c/o Euroclear Sweden AB, Box 191, SE-101 23 Stockholm, Sweden or (iii) by phone on +46 8 402 9092 during the office hours of Euroclear Sweden AB. Notification should include the shareholder’s name, address, email address, daytime telephone number, personal or corporate identification number, number of shares held in the Company, as well as details of any proxies (if applicable, in the case that the shareholder has appointed a third party representative to attend the Meeting in their stead). Information submitted in connection with the notification will be computerised and used exclusively for the Meeting. See below for additional information on the processing of personal data.

Shareholders’ right to appoint a proxy

  • A shareholder who is entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting, is entitled to appoint one or more proxies to attend and vote on his or her behalf. A proxy need not also be a shareholder. If the shareholder is an individual, the proxy form must be signed by the appointer (or his authorised attorney) or comply with Article 126 of the Articles. If the shareholder is a corporation, the proxy form must be signed on its behalf by an authorised attorney or a duly authorised officer of the corporation or comply with Article 126 of the Articles.
  • Proxy forms must clearly indicate whether the proxy is to vote in their discretion or in accordance with the voting instructions sheet attached to the proxy form. Your proxy shall vote as you have directed in respect of the resolutions set out in this notice or on any other resolution that is properly put to the Meeting. If the proxy form is returned to the Company without any indication as to how the proxy shall vote, generally or in respect of a particular resolution, the proxy shall exercise their discretion as to how to vote or whether to abstain from voting, generally or in respect of that particular resolution (as applicable).
  • Where the shareholder is a corporation, a document evidencing the signatory right of the officer signing the proxy form, must be submitted with the proxy form. Where the proxy form is signed on behalf of the shareholder by an attorney (rather than by an authorised representative, in the case of a corporation), the original power of attorney or a copy thereof certified or notarised in a manner acceptable to the Board of Directors must be submitted to the Company, failing which the appointment of the proxy may be treated as invalid.
  • The original signed proxy form and, if applicable, other supporting documents (required pursuant to the above instructions), must be received by Euroclear Sweden AB no later than Thursday 2 May 2024 by (i) e-mail to [email protected] or (ii) mail to: Kambi Group plc, c/o Euroclear Sweden AB, Box 191, SE-101 23 Stockholm, Sweden. Shareholders are therefore encouraged to submit their proxy forms (and other supporting documents, if any) as soon as possible.
  • Proxy forms are available on the Company website www.kambi.com under the General Meetings section
  • Aggregated attendance notifications and proxy data processed by Euroclear Sweden AB must be transmitted to and received by the Company by email at [email protected] not less than 48 hours before the time appointed for the Meeting and in default shall not be treated as valid

Agenda

1. Opening of the Meeting

2. Election of Chair of the Meeting

3. Drawing up and approval of the voting list

4. Approval of the Agenda

5. Determination that the Meeting has been duly convened

6. Election of two persons to approve the minutes

7. Presentation of the Annual Report and the Financial Statements of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2023 and the Reports of the Directors and Reports of the Auditors thereon

8. The CEO’s presentation

Ordinary Business (Ordinary Resolutions)

9. To receive and approve the Annual Report and the Financial Statements of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2023 and the Reports of the Directors and Reports of the Auditors thereon (Resolution a)

10. To approve the remuneration report set out on page 53 of the Company’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2023 (Resolution b)

11. To determine the number of Board members (Resolution c)

12. To determine the Board members’ fees (Resolution d)

13. To re-elect Anders Ström as a Director of the Company (Resolution e)

14. To re-elect Patrick Clase as a Director of the Company (Resolution f)

15. To re-elect Marlene Forsell as a Director of the Company (Resolution g)

16. To appoint Kristian Nylén as a Director of the Company (Resolution h)

17. To appoint Benjie Cherniak as a Director of the Company (Resolution i)

18. To appoint the Chair of the Board (Resolution j)

19. Resolution on guidelines for how the Nomination Committee shall be appointed (Resolution k)

20. To re-appoint Mazars as Auditors of the Company, represented by Anita Grech, and to authorise the Directors to determine the Auditors’ remuneration (Resolution l)

Special Business (Extraordinary Resolutions)

21. THAT the Directors be and are hereby duly authorised and empowered in accordance with Articles 85(1) and 88(7) of the Companies Act and Article 3 of the Articles, on one or several occasions prior to the date of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company, to issue and allot up to a maximum of 3,127,830 Ordinary ‘B’ shares in the Company of a nominal value of €0.003 each (corresponding to a dilution of 10% of total shares as at the date of the notice to the 2024 Annual General Meeting) for payment in kind or through a direct set-off in connection with an acquisition, and to authorise and empower the Directors to restrict or withdraw the right of pre-emption associated to the issue of the said shares. This resolution is being taken in terms and for the purposes of the approvals necessary in terms of the Companies Act and the Articles of Association of the Company. (Resolution m)

22. WHEREAS (i) at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company held on 11 April 2024, the Directors resolved to obtain authority to buy back Ordinary ‘B’ shares in the Company having a nominal value of €0.003 each; and

(ii) pursuant to Article 5 of the Articles and Article 106(1) (b) of the Companies Act a company may acquire any of its own shares otherwise than by subscription, provided inter alia authorisation is given by an extraordinary resolution, which resolution will need to determine the terms and conditions of such acquisitions and in particular the maximum number of shares to be acquired, the duration of the period for which the authorisation is given and the maximum and minimum consideration.

NOW THEREFORE the members of the Company resolve that the Company be generally authorised to make purchases of Ordinary ‘B’ shares in the Company of a nominal value of €0.003 each in its capital, subject to the following:

(a) the maximum number of shares that may be so acquired is 3,127,830 which is equivalent to 10% of total shares as at the date of the notice to the 2024 Annual General Meeting

(b) the minimum price that may be paid for the shares is SEK1 per share;

(c) the maximum price that may be paid for the shares is SEK1,000 per share;

(d) the maximum aggregate number of shares that can either be i) issued and allotted under Resolution m and, ii) bought back under this Resolution n, shall not exceed 3,127,830; and

(e) the authority conferred by this resolution shall expire on the date of the 2025 Annual General Meeting, but in any case shall not exceed the period of 18 months, but not so as to prejudice the completion of a purchase contracted before that date. (Resolution n)

23. Closing of the Annual General Meeting

Information about proposals related to Agenda items

Agenda item 2
The Nomination Committee proposes that Anders Ström be elected Chair of the Meeting.

Agenda item 10
The Board of Directors proposes that the AGM approves the remuneration report on page 53 of the Company’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2023.

Agenda item 11
The Nomination Committee proposes that the Board of Directors should consist of five Directors.

Agenda item 12
The Nomination Committee appointed by the Directors of the Company pursuant to Article 90 of the Articles, proposes that the aggregate amount per annum of the ordinary remuneration of Directors shall not exceed €380,000 (previously €380,000).

The Directors have determined in terms of Articles 68 and 69 of the Articles that the annual amount of the ordinary remuneration of a Director shall be €55,125 (previously €55,125) and of the Chair of the Board shall be €110,250 (previously €110,250). The annual extra remuneration payable to each member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee shall be €7,350 (previously €7,350). The annual extra remuneration payable to the Chair of the Audit Committee shall be 25% (previously 0%) in excess of the extra remuneration payable to each member of the Audit Committee for a total of €9,188. Additionally, the directors have determined that an extra remuneration of €2,100 (previously €2,100) is payable to each director per licence application handled in the US, and a fee, at the rate of €2,205 (previously €2,205) per day spent in the US in conjunction with handling of the applications, is paid to any director as required.

Agenda items 13-17
CVs for the current Directors are to be found on pages 47-48 in the Kambi Group plc Annual Report for 2023 and on the Company’s website. Brief CVs for the proposed new Directors are set out below:

Kristian Nylén is a Swedish citizen, born in 1970.
Kristian Nylén is a co-founder of Kambi and its current CEO. Nylén joined Unibet in 2000 and soon assumed responsibility for Unibet’s sportsbook operation. Nylén became the CEO of Kambi upon its formation in 2010, leading the company to become the industry’s number one sportsbook supplier.
Nylén holds a BSc in Business Administration, Studies in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Karlstad.

Benjie Cherniak is a Canadian citizen, born in 1968.
Benjie Cherniak is an independent investor and advisor in the iGaming space. Previously, Cherniak was a Managing Director at Scientific Games (today “Light & Wonder”), following the company’s acquisition of Don Best Sports. Cherniak was the Principal and Managing Director of Don Best Sports between 2007 and 2018.
Cherniak holds a BA in Psychology from McGill University.

Agenda item 18
The Nomination Committee proposes that Anders Ström is appointed as the Chair of the Board.

Agenda item 19
The Nomination Committee proposes that the Annual General Meeting resolves that, until the general meeting of the shareholders decides otherwise, the Nomination Committee shall consist of not less than four and not more than five members, of which one shall be the Chair of the Board of Directors. The members of the Nomination Committee shall represent all shareholders and be appointed by the three or four largest shareholders as at 30 September each year, having expressed their willingness to participate in the Nomination Committee.

Agenda item 20
The Nomination Committee, based on a recommendation from the Audit Committee, proposes to re-appoint Mazars as auditors of the Company and their remuneration should be based on a fixed fee and negotiated by the Directors.

Agenda item 21
The objectives of the authorisation are to increase the financial flexibility of the Company and to enable the Company to use its own financial instruments for payment in kind or through a directed set-off to a selling partner in connection with any business acquisitions the Company may undertake or to settle any deferred payments in connection with business acquisitions. The market value of the shares on each issue date will be used in determining the price at which shares will be issued. For the purposes of Article 88(7) of the Companies Act (Chapter 386 of the Laws of Malta, the “Companies Act”), through this resolution the members of the Company are also authorising the Board of Directors to restrict or withdraw the members’ right of pre-emption that would normally entitle members to be offered the newly issued shares in the Company in proportion to their shareholding before such new shares are offered to third parties.

Agenda item 22
The Board of Directors proposes that the acquisition by the Company of its own shares shall take place on First North Growth Market at Nasdaq Stockholm or via an offer to acquire the shares to all members of the Company. Such acquisitions of own shares may take place on multiple occasions and will be based on market terms, prevailing regulations and the capital situation at any given time. Notification of any purchase will be made to First North Growth Market at Nasdaq Stockholm and details will appear in the Company’s annual report and accounts. Any resolution to repurchase own shares will be publicly disclosed. The objective of the buyback and transfer right is to ensure added value for the Company’s shareholders and to give the Board increased flexibility with the Company’s capital structure.

Following such buybacks, the intention of the Board would be to either cancel the shares, use them as consideration for an acquisition or transfer them to employees under company incentive plans.

If used as consideration for an acquisition, the intention would be that they would be issued as shares and not sold first.

Other
The Company has 31,278,297 ordinary B shares in issue as of the date of this notice (one vote per ordinary B share).

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IOC and UEFA host joint betting integrity workshop

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Sports betting entities and international federations joined UEFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 11 April for a full-day workshop focused on how sport and the sports betting industry can work together to fight match-fixing. Co-organised by the IOC and UEFA, and held at Olympic House in Lausanne, the workshop explored opportunities for cross-sector collaboration with a focus on integrity exchange in support of the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024 and the UEFA Euro 2024.

The workshop kicked off with presentations by the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC) and UEFA’s Anti-Match-Fixing Unit, exploring each team’s strategy for combatting match-fixing, engaging with the sports betting industry, and detecting and investigating potentially fraudulent betting activity.

UEFA promotes integrity through dedicated education, prevention, and awareness raising programmes and by detecting, investigating, and sanctioning match-fixing. Collaboration with stakeholders within football, particularly the network of integrity officers who work for UEFA’s 55 member associations, as well as the wider sports community is vital to this work.

UEFA upholds the integrity of all UEFA competitions via tailored, competition-specific integrity measures. Building on the integrity success of previous UEFA competitions, UEFA’s approach for EURO 2024 will feature close collaboration with host and participating nation stakeholders, public authorities, and sports betting entities as well as real-time betting market monitoring. Our secure UEFA integrity website will allow players, referees, officials, and members of the public to report suspected cases of match-fixing confidentially and anonymously. During the workshop, UEFA shared its competition risk assessment and mitigation strategy and explained the escalation, triage, and assessment approach for any potential integrity concerns.

“Sport alone cannot eradicate match-fixing. We must work together – raising awareness, sharing information, ensuring robust prevention and detection systems are in place – to protect sport and athletes. During the UEFA EURO 2024, our Germany-based staff (supported by the entire Anti-Match-Fixing Unit based in Nyon) will work hand-in-hand with betting integrity entities, betting operators and regulators, public authorities, and the national associations.” Vincent Ven, Head of Anti-Match-Fixing at UEFA

“The main objective is to ensure robust 24/7 monitoring of the competition in compliment to our dedicated prevention and education programme for all participating athletes and officials. UEFA’s multi-stakeholder Anti-Match-Fixing Assessment Group will manage pre and in-competition monitoring, ensuring that UEFA can immediately review and address any potential integrity threats to the tournament.”, Ven added.

“Collaboration is essential. During the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, we will work together with a series of betting operators, associations and major betting regulatory authorities to exchange relevant information about irregular betting patterns or suspicious betting activities detected that might imply competition manipulation.” Friedrich Martens, Head of the OM Unit PMC

Panel discussions with several sport governing bodies and betting integrity entities provided insight into best practices, trends, and success stories from each sector’s perspective, whilst two betting operators took the floor to share examples of recent fruitful cooperation with UEFA and the IOC on prevention and investigations.

The afternoon featured frank discussion regarding how to enhance cooperation between sport and sports betting entities, recent trends in sports betting and their potential impact on sport integrity, and how to improve information sharing in support of match-fixing detection and investigation.

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Making a Bang in Bulgaria! Hacksaw Gaming goes live with Alphawin

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Hacksaw Gaming and the swiftly up and coming Alphawin solidify their new partnership with the launch of 12 of Hacksaw’s top picks on their site.

As of the 10th of April, Alphawin’s players will be able to enjoy the likes of Chaos Crew, Wanted Dead or a Wild, RIP City and many others. Set to be a hit amongst Alphawin users in Bulgaria, we are anticipating the launch of even more of our fan favourite games in the near future. In a market that has been dominated by local well-known brands for a while, we look forward to seeing how Hacksaw games make waves with Alphawin’s players.

Founded in 2007, Alphabet Gaming now has a sizable network of over 10 land-based casinos and has easily been named one of the region’s industry leaders with its growth. Moving and adapting with the evolution of online gaming, they established Alphawin in 2021. They currently boast one of the largest online casino portfolios in the region, featuring 27 slots and 6 live casino providers. With hopes to add more before the close of 2024, the future is looking like a bright one for Alphawin.

“We are very excited to start our partnership with Hacksaw Gaming.” Alphawin’s spokesperson stated that “the company offers an innovative and unique take on the concept of casino gaming and is an excellent fit for us!”

Set for star positioning, Hacksaw Gaming’s games will see the spotlight in the initial launch with banners, targeted ads and top lobby positions. CEO Marcus Cordes shares Alphawin’s positive outlook on the partnership – “Another strong collaboration under our belts! We’re absolutely sure that the avid Alphawin players will enjoy our artistic visuals and enticing bonus features of our most loved games. With of course plans to expand the Hacksaw portfolio in the future”

As both parties broaden their horizons and look onwards, what do we foresee? Well, we see Hacksaw Gaming and Alphawin, a truly prime pairing.

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Sortium Revolutionizing Video Game Development with Groundbreaking AI Tools Launch and $4 Million+ Funding Round

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In a significant leap forward for the gaming and entertainment sectors, Sortium, a leader in the wave of generative AI within gaming, has launched innovative AI tools for artists and game developers, marking a new era of creativity and efficiency. These tools, leveraging the Polkadot infrastructure, are set to transform the gaming industry by enhancing the creative process, streamlining production workflows, and producing high-quality user-generated content.

This transformative step is supported by a successful funding round Sortium just closed, surpassing $4 million. The round was led by industry stalwarts such as Signum Growth, with significant contributions from a diverse array of investors, including Cathie Wood’s ARK Investment Management LLC, IDG Blockchain, IVC Fund, Polygon, and 1881 S Group AG. This wide-ranging support underscores the industry’s confidence in Sortium’s potential to revolutionize 3D video game design and entertainment production.

Sortium’s AI tools integrate seamlessly into existing game production ecosystems, automating challenging content creation tasks. This innovation enables studios to significantly speed up production times and reduce costs, allowing them to focus more on innovation and design while empowering users across any system to design their own characters, thereby opening new creative freedoms and revenue streams for developers and individual creators alike. Sortium’s team, with deep expertise in game development, AI, and IP rights management, ensures the smooth adoption of this technology.

According to Angela Dalton, CEO & Founder of Signum Growth, “The Sortium team’s technical capabilities are impressive. Perhaps even more importantly, they possess deep expertise, relationships and understanding across the traditional gaming industry. Generative AI is in its broader market experimentation phase, leading many to ignore IP rights in the spirit of progress and innovation. Sortium’s believes that IP rights will ultimately matter – baking them into the technology at the outset, and respecting artists’ work, are core tenets of the company that we fully support.”

Building on this foundation of technical excellence and ethical commitment, Sortium’s innovations also translate into tangible benefits for the gaming community.

“Sortium is leading the frontier of AI in gaming and creative applications. Sortium gives creatives unparalleled freedom in leading gaming environments like Unreal,” said Lex Avellino, Founder & CCO at Passage, one of Sortium’s partners. “The team is breaking technical barriers, and it adds a huge value for our consumer audiences who want to take advantage of the latest virtual tech but need to act with speed and simplicity.”

Sortium is actively forming partnerships with major intellectual properties and leading gaming platforms. A recent major collaboration with Bit Brawl, a game utilizing Sortium technology to deliver live content to over 5,000 users, showcases the versatile application of Sortium’s tools across various gaming environments. Its technology’s wide compatibility with leading development platforms ensures extensive adoption potential and effortless integration into professional industry practices. Sortium’s enterprise solutions, such as the LiveOps API, aim to enhance gaming experiences and enable continuous creativity through endless, tailored content generation.

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LuckyStreak adds revolutionary Rogue to expanding content aggregation solution

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LuckyStreak, the Riga-based iGaming services provider established in 2014 has added another powerful provider to its content aggregation solution: Rogue.

The deal means that Rogue’s portfolio of games will join other leading providers on LuckyStreak’s content aggregation API, LuckyConnect, and will be available to its network of over 1000 online casinos worldwide.  Rogue is the third new provider to join LuckyConnect in 2024, following recent additions PG SOFT and Playnetic.

With LuckyConnect, casino operators have a one-stop-shop solution for all their igaming needs including: content management, reporting, billing as well as promotions, marketing and technical support.

Rogue was established in 2020 by iGaming industry veterans with a mission to create highly exciting and innovative games that stand-out in a sea of mediocre re-skins and replicated ideas.

They have gone from strength to strength with a portfolio of truly original and dynamic series of fast-paced action-packed games that dare to be different. With trademarked game features, bonuses and mechanics that truly disrupt the industry, including the recently introduced Wildfire Reels™, Happy Rewards™ and BlockChain™, in addition to Locked and Loaded™ and Turbo Reels™.

Rory Kimber, LuckyStreak Commercial Director said: “Rogue immediately brings more richness and quality to LuckyConnect with their unique game mechanics giving players an experience that they don’t get elsewhere. They’re also known for their bespoke games. John, Phil and Dan are experienced igaming people and know what slots players want, and build their games this way. This deal is another big one for us, adding to a great start to 2024.”

John Parsonage, Rogue Co-founder and CCO added: “We’re a young business that’s seen phenomenal growth, through making great games and getting quality distribution. LuckyStreak is testament to that; their customer base is big, global and has high quality operators that will appreciate great content. The overall LuckyConnect proposition is powerful and presents a platform to help us meet our growth plans. We were particularly impressed with the ease with which their API allows operators to quickly get our games live on their sites.”

For more information about LuckyStreak’s and Rogue’s products and services please contact:

  • LuckyStreak: Mark O’Donnell, Head of Marketing:

    • Email: [email protected] 
    • Skype: join.skype.com/invite/dGmzZxfPSz7q 
    • Telegram: t.me/markotel70
  • Rogue: John Parsonage, Co-found and CCO

 

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ProgressPlay Takes Great Strides in the Race to Offer Exclusive UK and Irish Horse Racing Content

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Casino and sports platform provider ProgressPlay has significantly added to its sportsbook content portfolio with the introduction of United Kingdom (UK) and Irish horse racing. Through the integration of UK and Irish horse racing, ProgressPlay cements its position as a front-runner in the industry, re-energising the sportsbook landscape and setting new standards for excellence.

With its ground-breaking data-driven UI/UX technology, ProgressPlay will provide a slick design and easy-to-use navigation to provide innovative horse racing products for ProgressPlay operators and other partners.

Horse racing is the second most popular sport in the UK after football with over six million attendees yearly, making this new content stream from ProgressPlay a wonderful opportunity for operators to tackle that segment of the market and bring these punters across as customers of brands that have this content available.

Horse racing generates over £4 billion annually for the UK economy and the races being provided by ProgressPlay include flat and jumps with the creme-de-la-creme of the horse-racing calendar included within the coverage: the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National, the Derby, Royal Ascot, King George Weekend, the St Leger and Christmas Festival, amongst others. A special promotion ties to the Grand National this weekend to help operators with their marketing efforts.

Horse racing stands as an enduring pillar of Ireland’s sporting heritage, cherished by enthusiasts and spectators alike and an attractive proposition for operators seeking new pastures. Each year, a diverse array of horse racing events, ranging from flat races to exhilarating steeplechases, captivate audiences across Ireland and beyond, embodying the nation’s passion for this beloved sport with some legendary races including the Irish Grand National, Irish Derby, Galway Races, The Irish 2,000 Guineas, The Irish 1,000 Guineas, The Irish Derby, The Irish Oaks and the Irish St Ledger, The Irish Guineas and Punchestown Festival, amid a packed calendar.

“Horses present a fantastic acquisition tool for any partners operating in the UK and Ireland, opening new frontiers and marketing opportunities to elevate brands even higher,” the Sales and Marketing Manager for ProgressPlay, Marina Nahhas, said.

ProgressPlay’s combo sportsbook and comprehensive turnkey solution including casino platform, player management, payments module and affiliate software are designed to boost operators seeking to effectively drive both revenue and efficiency with the latest cutting-edge technology.

Over 150 online casino and sportsbook brands have partnered with ProgressPlay covering a unique combination of casino games and sports betting. ProgressPlay’s sportsbook offers over 30,000 live betting markets and services across 20 languages while the latest platform offers a slick AI-driven UI/UX and extensive value-added services alongside thousands of casino games including slots, online casino, live casino, poker, table games and sportsbook across all devices and currencies.

“The goal of our sportsbook is to directly drive new operator revenues and deeper engagement for users with sport and the ‘Sport of Kings’, UK and Irish horse racing, is a welcome addition,” the Chief Executive Officer for ProgressPlay, Itai Loewenstein, said. “These new offerings should not only provide exceptional popularity in sports betting but will also encourage some reshaping of player behaviour.”

For further information visit www. ProgressPlay. com.

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Honor of Kings shares details of groundbreaking new Open Series, registration to begin 15 April

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Today sees a major update for the world’s most played mobile MOBA with new features and content aimed at making Honor of Kings even more enjoyable for both current players and newcomers alike. This is coupled with the announcement of a major esports initiative – The Open Series – aimed specifically at identifying and nurturing the stars of the future.
Level Infinite, publisher of Honor of Kings, has revealed that registration for the new Honor of Kings Open Series Split 1 will begin on April 15, 2024. This groundbreaking series offers amateur players a platform to showcase their skills globally, competing individually and in teams, with the chance to qualify for the prestigious Honor of Kings Invitational Season 2 tournament. With no rank requirements, teams from Türkiye, CIS, MENA, and Wildcard will clash in open qualifiers starting May 1, 2024. The series, featuring two stages, will culminate in the Finals in May, offering special in-game rewards for participants.

James Yang, Senior Director of Level Infinite Global Esports, expressed excitement for the series, emphasizing its role in fostering undiscovered talent and enriching the Honor of Kings esports ecosystem with a path-to-pro opportunity. Interested teams can register from April 15-26, 2024 (UTC+0), and follow official social media channels for updates.

“The Honor of Kings Open Series is an exciting step forward in our mission to grow Honor of Kings esports on the international stage,” said James Yang, Senior Director of Level Infinite Global Esports, Tencent Games. “ Part of Honor of Kings’ commitment in esports is to ensure we provide a path-to-pro for exciting undiscovered talent to put their skill on full display for the world and show fans that anyone is capable of being the best with hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see what teams emerge from the Open Series to challenge the world’s best at the Honor of Kings Invitational Season 2 tournament.”

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