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QTech announces global ambitions for 2019

Zoltan Tundik

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Fast-moving, Asia-focused distributor appoints Markus Nasholm to expand global footprint

QTech Games, Asia’s fastest-growing games distributor, has appointed Markus Nasholm to the new role of Global CEO, as it seeks to extend its presence and influence across the industry.

Nasholm has recently arrived at QTech Games after successful stints at Bet24 (part of the Kindred Group) and the casino and sports affiliate, Catena Media. There, he routinely proved himself across a suite of senior roles, having taken the reins as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Showcasing a series of core capacities, from managing finance projects (featuring an IPO / listing on Nasdaq Stockholm Mid-Cap market) to broader international finance planning, Nasholm quickly established himself as a rising star of igaming.

Equally adept in the key domains of Corporate Development and M&A, this Chartered Accountant and MBA is well-equipped to oversee a brand’s maturation throughout worldwide markets, emerging or established, with a keen eye for global strategy.

Now Nasholm brings all his expertise and 15-plus years of industry experience to bear at one of the world’s leading online gaming platforms, based in the gaming mecca of Manila. Having already secured its status as the number-one aggregator in Asia, QTech Games has tasked Nasholm with replicating those gains across breakout territories, like LatAm and Africa, over the year ahead.

The Board of QTech Games issued a statement saying: “We’re thrilled to have installed Markus at the helm of the QTech team for 2019 and beyond. We’ve always been intent on recruiting only the best personnel on the planet, not just the best games, and this key hire is an embodiment of that mission statement.

“We now have a Global CEO who has proved himself in high-growth gaming arenas, from start-ups to venture-capital vehicles and on to multinational blue-chip companies. This breadth of multi-dimensional experience, allied to his innate team leadership and flair for bottom-line accountability, made Markus the logical choice to wisely steward the expansion of our global footprint into new territories.”

Nasholm himself added: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be taking on this new challenge alongside a few of the brightest minds in the industry, coupled to some of the most pioneering technology. After a successful 2018 of double-digit growth, enhancing the speed and performance of all games on its platform, QTech has careered into the industry consciousness with a series of new deals and innovative tools.

“Just take the landmark launch of our new campaign tool in Q4 2018 that will enable operators to run campaigns across the entire QTech portfolio. Such is the collective quality and passion of the team – from our machine-learning software to our targeted departments for Africa and Latin America – the distributional scope is there to facilitate QTech Games’ transition into one of the largest providers of digital entertainment around.”

 

About QTech Games:

QTech Games is the fastest growing game distributor in Asia. Its mission is to find the best online (RNG) games in the world and distribute them to operators in Asia. Mobile games provide the central focus of the company, which is premised on a fully-owned and customised technical platform that affords games providers and operators the fastest, most effortless integration on the market. Through this platform, clients enjoy the best performance and customer support available. QTech Games’ goal is to become the largest provider of digital entertainment in Asia by 2021.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines following a number of its popular Video Bingos have been certified for the iGaming market.

Patagonia’s in-house creative studio produces the best Video Bingo titles in the market. These have a fast-learning curve and perform equally well with players looking for some light entertainment and more adventurous high rollers. These games are particularly popular in the LATAM and Asian markets where Bingo has a strong historical and cultural presence. Each game is developed in HTML5 to enable players to access content from any mobile device.

Patagonia Entertainment’s Global Business Development Manager Victor Arias said: “The Philippines is an exciting opportunity for Patagonia as it represents a huge growth area for the business. Video Bingos are very popular in the region and the games will be a major asset for any iGaming companies expanding into this territory.”

 

About Patagonia Entertainment:

Patagonia Entertainment is a Video Bingo game development company known for creating innovative solutions for the e-gaming industry. Video Bingo is a hybrid between Bingo and Slot games. The company has managed to become one of the most popular game developers in the Latin American market and are rapidly growing into other markets. More information about Patagonia Entertainment can be found at www.patagonia-e.com.

 

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CoinPoint continues its global expansion by signing new deals in the Asian iGaming market in 2019

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It’s a beginning of a very successful year for CoinPoint Group INC. CoinPoint is a leading multinational premium digital marketing agency, with outstanding place on the global blockchain and crypto map since 2013.

CoinPoint a well-known partner within the iGaming business, as it has helped dozen of igaming companies achieve amazing results and exponential growth in their business, while first integrating blockchain into their model and helping operators position themselves better in the market.

Asia, being the major and one of the biggest markets in terms of iGaming for all sectors including live dealers, sports betting and table games, is in a dire demand for new technologies and solutions and also professional and experienced partner to advice on the right marketing approach in such a dynamic and demanding industry. By participating in one of the biggest Asian iGaming events in March 2019, CoinPoint is aimed at confronting these demands and further assist the most aspiring projects in the industry reach the well-deserved prominence.

Denitza Alexieva, Head of Marketing of CoinPoint Group INC. underlines:
Asia is a complex market and our clients recognized they needed a professional agency with global experience and a strong network of local partners. CoinPoint has been in this market since 2013 and it helped numerous platforms, providers and operators implement crypto solutions throughout the years. We see Asia as the leading market to implement blockchain technology into iGaming businesses. We at CoinPoint keep bestowing our blockchain and crypto knowledge to them, so that they can keep up the pace with the latest blockchain trends.

EOSBet is the first fully-licenced and provably fair on-chain casino whose marketing campaigns and Asian market reach is successfully put through by employing CoinPoint’s remarkable strategies and network of connections. EOSBet is currently ranked as no.1 Gambling dApp on ample of dapp reviews, and has seen its user-base grow significantly, especially those from Asian countries.

“We’re very excited about CoinPoint’s expansion into the Asian iGaming market. The vast majority of our traffic comes from Asia, so it’s important to have a strategic marketing partner in the region. Players in the Asian market have a strong understanding of the benefits that blockchain technology brings to the gaming industry, especially with regards to provable fairness and new token economies”.

Similarly, we are lending RWB solutions international a hand in crypto implementation and integration especially in Korean and other Asia-Pacific countries. The immediate upshot of our consultation is an emergence of Asian-based iGaming brands which started optimizing RWB’s resources to the best of their capabilities.

Miscellaneous clients operating on the Asian market, have been added to CoinPoint portfolio, but can’t be quoted because of signed NDA. The majority of CoinPoint’s clients spring from dApp and payment solution industries.

Nowadays and further down the road into 2019, CoinPoint is, and will be, working more with Asian clients and partners to present, implement and monetise blockchain solutions, together with dApps technologies, advanced acquisition channels, hosting and CDN prioritization, new age of gaming solutions, P2P sports betting and many more.

If you are interested in discussing our capabilities and outreach in Asia, you can contact us on sales@coinpoint.net .

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Japanese businessman writes to Philippine Stock Exchange to block listing of Manila casino

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In a strange new development, Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada has written to the Philippine Stock Exchange, seeking to block the proposed listing of Tiger Resort Asia Ltd., a Manila-based casino. He cites that the casino’s parent company Universal does not have authority to go ahead with the listing plan.

Okada founded Universal in the 1960s. It started out as a manufacturer of pachinko and other gaming equipment. But he is at loggerheads with the company now and has been engaged in a complex legal battle.

He was ousted as Chairman of Universal in the summer of 2017 and was accused of misappropriating millions of dollars during the time he was at the company’s helm. Mr. Okada has repeatedly denied those allegations and has been trying to regain control of the gaming giant and of its owner, Okada Holdings.

News emerged last year that Tiger Resort Asia Ltd. would acquire a majority stake in the Manila-listed Asiabest Group International Inc. to pave the way for its backdoor listing. Tiger Resort Asia is the owner of the $2.4-billion Okada Manila integrated resort.

In a letter to the Philippine Stock Exchange dated January 11, Mr. Okada’s legal team said that “the backdoor listing is not authorized and is opposed by the casino magnate,” who is the true owner of controlling shares, and Chairman and Sole Director of Tiger Resort Asia and all Okada companies.

The letter went on that there was “a serious issue as to whether Fujimoto et al. are legitimate directors/officers of Tiger.” Mr. Okada’s lawyers referred to Universal Entertainment’s President Jun Fujimoto.

Earlier this month, the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 257 issued an arrest order for Mr. Okada. The order was related to a legal battle between the businessman and Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, one of Universal Entertainment’s Philippine subsidiaries. Tiger Resort sued Mr. Okada for improperly obtaining more than $3 million.

The casino tycoon dismissed those allegations, saying that he received the contested amount as salaries and fees for consultancy services during the time he was serving as CEO and Director of the company. Mr. Okada was ousted from his roles at Tiger Resort in the summer of 2017.

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