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NZESF together with AESA announces the establishment of Oceania Esports Council

Niji Ng

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Australian and New Zealand Esports Associations form Oceania Esports Council. Photo credits: culturejam.co.nz
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It seems that the New Zealand Esports Federation has decided to go hand-in-hand with the Australian Esports Association. Disclosing the shift of the two organisations from competing on the electronic playing field to cooperating on the international stage, NZESF accompanied by AESA publicised the establishment of Oceania Esports Council.

The OEC’s is structured centering the purpose of representing Oceania at international meetings, focusing on esports’ inclusion in the Olympics and co-operation on industry issues.

AESA had its inception in 2013 and NZESF in 2016. During this time both groups sent national representative teams to international competitions and have had regular dialogue. Both share common goals on esports integrity, governance, and the development of all esports, including amateur and professional.

Esports in Australasia have enjoyed robust growth recently. The AESA and NZESF have recognised a greater need to collaborate in the development of regulation, policy, anti-bullying initiatives, international cooperation and player opportunities for the Oceania region.

Ben Lenihan, the President of New Zealand Esports Federation said:  “This is a big moment in trans-Tasman esports relations. We are delighted to have reached an agreement after 12 months of dialogue to formalise our relationship. The need for a common representative is of more importance now as the goal of Olympic recognition gets closer.”

Darren Kwan, the President, of Australian Esports Association emphasised  Lenihan’s thoughts.

“A core value of mine is to ensure the players are given greater recognition and credibility for their skill and achievements.This is achieved by building access to platforms and programmes that share this value. Both the New Zealand Esports Federation and Australian Esports Association have been advocating for esports to be recognised as a sport since they were established, and these efforts are beginning to bear fruit.”

The council will include two voluntary representatives from each party and an independent nominated chair.

The council will seek an Australian or New Zealand candidate for the role who has experience in sports governance.

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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PlayChip Listing Confirmed on Independent Reserve

Zoltan Tundik

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The PlayChip Foundation has announced the listing of its PlayChip token on Independent ReserveAustralia’s first regulated cryptocurrency exchange.

PlayChip will be the first Australian ERC20 token and first gaming token to be listed on Independent Reserve. The token will be paired with three fiat currencies – AUD, USD and NZD, allowing for users of the PlayChip to convert directly from the token into cash following the winning and withdrawal of tokens.

The listing has been scheduled for January 2019, with a firm date to be announced prior to the end of this year.

The PlayChip will serve as a utility token at the core of an online gaming ecosystem that already consists of eight platforms. The ecosystem supports a user base of over 1,000,000 in over 70 different nations, and is on track to turn over a combined US$430m per annum.

The listing of the PlayChip by Independent Reserve is a nod to the strength of the project despite 2018 considered as a difficult year for cryptos. The Q3 report from evaluation agency ICO Rating showed that over half of the Q3 token sales in 2018 failed to raise $100,000, with only 4% going on to receive exchange listings.

The third listing announcement for the budding token before going live was hailed by PlayChip Foundation board member Daniel Simic.

“We are very pleased to strike such a crucial partnership with such a highly regarded exchange,” he said.

“Our token holders have been very vocal about their wish to minimise the steps required from converting their PlayChip tokens for cash. The process can be quite difficult for those new to crypto so it is fantastic that this process can be simplified for them.”

Independent Reserve COO Lasanka Perera noted the strength of the project and its capacity to improve the transparency and efficiency of online gaming.

“We are very pleased to list the PlayChip token on our exchange platform,” he said.

“The project has been a shining light in the token market this year. We are confident the solid business foundation behind this project will allow for it to become a highly recognisable brand in both the crypto and online gaming markets.”

PlayChip’s stated mission is to deliver the world’s biggest incentivised, blockchain-enabled sports community and gaming ecosystem. The project has received recognition throughout 2018 as the recipient of the Draper Hero’s Choice Award at the Blockchain Economic Forum in San Francisco, and was also a finalist in Token Match’s Whale Tank Event featured on CNBC’s Crypto Trader program.

About Independent Reserve
Established in 2013, Independent Reserve is an Australia’s first institutional grade cryptocurrency exchange with an orderbook enabling Australian and NZ clients to securely trade, invest and hold digital currencies.

About PlayChip
PlayChip is the Universal Gaming Token for sports betting, gaming, fantasy sports, and eSports, at the centre of an incentivised, blockchain-enabled sports community and gaming ecosystem. The PlayChip Ecosystem consists of eight partner platforms with more than a million users across over 70 countries. The PlayChip ecosystem is designed to be secure, scalable, simple to use, and fun, as well as include features to incorporate provable fairness into PlayChip transactions and the partnered gaming platforms, making it the gaming token of choice around the globe.

For more information, please visit: https://www.playchip.global/ or read the PlayChip Whitepaper: https://www.playchip.global/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PlayChip-Technical-Whitepaper.pdf

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TAB brand replaces UBET across Australia

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Tatts-Tabcorp, Australia has revealed that they are ditching the UBET in favour of the new TAB identity on Monday.

Rebranding to TAB will impact websites and 1300 UBET retail outlets in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory, where Tatts held exclusive retail betting licences.

The new brand is already in use in Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory as per Adam Rytenskild.

“UBET has been in decline for some time – at least five years,” Rytenskild told local reporters. “This is a really important milestone for us, putting our brand into those states.”

Rytenskild said this week’s move from UBET to TAB was the “first customer-facing” initiative to be executed so far in the task of merging the Tabcorp and Tatts businesses.

Tabcorp has said that UBET customers will remain on a separate technological system to TAB customers until after the 2019 spring racing season, when they would be migrated onto TAB’s platforms.

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Jumbo Interactive appoints Giovanni Rizzo as director

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Australia-based lottery distributor Jumbo Interactive Limited has inducted Giovanni Rizzo to its board of directors. The appointment will come into effect on 1 January 2019.

Rizzo has 14 years of experience with the Tatts Group Ltd, where he was involved in activities from establishing the gaming operations in South Africa and managing this for 6 years to the last 5 years as Head of Investor Relations in Australia. He has in-depth leadership expertise in the gaming/lottery market, investor relations, financial and operational management, and corporate/strategic development, and will assist Jumbo’s growth plans for its lotteries business in Australia and expansion plans for its burgeoning software licence business both domestically and internationally.

Rizzo said ” I am excited to be joining an innovative, growing company like Jumbo, and to use my experience in the industry and other areas, to potentially enhance the shareholder value of Jumbo.”

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