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UFC World Champion Robert Whittaker Becomes Latest PlayChip Brand Ambassador

Zoltan Tundik

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The current UFC Middleweight Champion struck a deal with the Universal Gaming Token in the lead up to his highly anticipated title fight at UFC 234 in Melbourne next month.

One of Australia’s biggest stars in mixed martial arts has joined the PlayChip Ambassador team ahead of his title clash with USA’s Kelvin Gastelum.

Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, the incumbent UFC Middleweight Champion, is becoming one of the most recognisable names in the sport having remained unbeaten since 2014, racking up nine straight victories. He is currently ranked #12 on the UFC’s list of best pound-for-pound fighters.

Whittaker’s addition to the PlayChip family continues the Universal Gaming Token’s affiliation with the rapidly growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts, following its agreement with the striking coach of Conor McGregorOwen Roddy, late last year. Cricketing icon, Brett Lee, rounds out the group of ambassadors for PlayChip.

PlayChip Foundation board member, Daniel Simic, was thrilled with addition of the prize-fighter and backed both parties for big things in 2019.

“We are proud to have Robert join the team ahead of his massive clash next month,” he said. “Robert embodies everything we strive for here at PlayChip – dedication, professionalism and an unstoppable drive for success”.

Robert Whittaker was also excited about the new partnership, saying, “PlayChip is at the cutting edge of online gaming. It’s a dynamic first mover in a big market and is a great fit for Team Whittaker. I look forward to changing the game of UFC and online gaming with PlayChip”.

Whittaker is defending his UFC Middleweight World Championship Belt at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on February 10. He is fighting against 4th ranked US contender, Kelvin Gastelum, in a match where tickets sold out in just 3 hours.

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Western Australia Government Passes TAB Bill 2019

Niji Narayan

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The Western Australian Government has passed TAB Bill 2019, which proposes a new framework to negotiate the sale of the TAB. The passage of bill is expected to boost the Western Australian racing industry.

The TAB Bill 2019, which will be subject to Royal Assent,  will trigger a competitive sale process, with an aim of selling the business in 2020. Following the approval of the legislation, the TAB sale process will now move into the transaction phase.

“The passing of the bill means there is now the appropriate legislative framework to negotiate the sale of the TAB and support the Western Australian racing industry, ending years of uncertainty,” the RWA said in a statement.

“Since 2003, RWA has operated the TAB with the goal of maximising returns to the racing industry, the transaction phase aims to continue this commitment by selecting a suitably qualified and capable wagering operator through an open market process.”

The legislative framework outlines a number of new amendments to the Betting Control Act 1954 which will see the introduction of a new licensing system that will replace the current TAB system.

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No more paper, Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation moving to digital

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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is making it easier for licensees to renew their liquor licence and save trees along the way.

Each year the VCGLR sends out over 23,000 renewal notices and liquor licences. This year, licensees can receive their 2020 renewal notice and liquor licence via email by registering a Liquor Portal account.

Once registration is complete, licensees can expect to receive their renewal notice via email from late November.

Licensees registered for the Liquor Portal will receive their liquor licence within five working days of payment – ready to print and display at licensed premises. Once registered, critical information and updates will be sent by email.

Registration to the Liquor Portal is as easy as 1, 2, 3
To register an account, you’ll need your liquor licence number and individual PIN. Licensees will soon be receiving a letter with this information included. Otherwise, this can be found on your last renewal notice or by emailing contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au.

Step 1: Create an account, see: VCGLR Liquor Portal.
Step 2: Associate your licence or permit using your licence number and individual four-digit PIN.
Step 3: Click eLicence and add the email you want your renewal notice and liquor licence sent to (this can differ from the email address used to create your Liquor Portal account).

Licensees who have already created a Liquor Portal account will need to check they have completed step three to receive their documents via email.

Benefits of a Liquor Portal account

  • print a copy of your liquor licence at any time
  • download your renewal notice at any time
  • download your venue’s red line plan
  • apply to add, replace or remove the Nominee associated with your liquor licence or permit
  • apply to add, replace or remove the Director(s) associated with your liquor licence or permit
  • apply to transfer a liquor licence or BYO permit
  • apply for a Restaurant and Café liquor licence
  • check the status of an application.

 

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Fortress to Open esports Venue in Melbourne

Niji Narayan

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Australian venue company Fortress Esports has confirmed its plans for a gaming and esports entertainment area in Melbourne.

The venue is set to be located at the Emporium Melbourne shopping complex, with more than 2700 square meters area across two floors. There are also plans to include 160 gaming PCs, streaming areas and RPG spaces.

“Melbourne has become the epicenter for video gaming and esports culture, with major events like MEO and PAX Australia,” John Satterley, chief executive of Fortress Esports said.

“We’re excited to be opening our first flagship venue in Melbourne, and offer Australians a video gaming entertainment space that they can enjoy all year round. We want to make Fortress Melbourne the ultimate ‘home away from home’ for everyone from casual gamers, competitive gamers, and esports fanatics, to families and after-work crowds.”

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