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Sportradar Renews Integrity Partnership with AFC

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L-R Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalife
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Sportradar, the world’s leading supplier of sports integrity solutions, has renewed its long-standing integrity partnership with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that will last through to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023. Under the agreement, Sportradar will continue to support the AFC Integrity Unit with the Intelligence and Investigation Services which have proved vital in the fight against match-fixing in the region.

The effects of this strong partnership are already clear to see, with a marked decrease in match-fixing issues in Asian football. Over the years, the partnership has developed to include multi-faceted approaches to tackle integrity issues, through a range of cutting-edge intelligence services. In terms of technical achievements, a major milestone came in 2017 with the launch of the AFC integrity mobile app, enabling fans, players and officials to report concerns directly to the AFC Integrity Unit.

As part of the new agreement, the AFC integrity mobile app will be upgraded to allow for the reporting of doping, bullying and harassment incidents too. The evolving intelligence capabilities of Sportradar will also allow the AFC to take advantage of their expertise in the areas of anti-doping, age fraud, stadium security and compliance matters in the years ahead.

“Sportradar have been a valued and trusted partner of ours since 2013, and we are very proud of what we have accomplished together to help protect the integrity of Asian football. However, we cannot stand still and become complacent, that is why our cooperation has evolved over the years to include detection, safeguarding, prevention and reporting measures. Through this, Asian football has the level of integrity protection that befits our loyal and passionate fans across the continent,” Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, President of AFC said.

“We have been proud partners of the AFC since 2013 and are delighted to be extending our integrity agreement over the next four years. Our partnership has been characterised by action and innovation in the fight against match-fixing, and strong cooperation has been central for this. From day one, the AFC have sought to make integrity their top priority, and this has led to many positive results, including a clear decline in match-fixing issues across Asia,” Carsten Koerl, CEO of Sportradar, said.

“Sportradar are committed to developing the Integrity Services and have made serious investments in the intelligence, investigation, and anti-doping services to ensure our service remains the gold standard in integrity. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the AFC over the coming years and playing an even bigger role in helping to uphold the integrity of Asian football,” Carsten Koerl added.

“The partnership and collaboration with Sportradar has been a real success story. They have provided excellent support in helping with key investigations and at the same time we have seen a significant reduction in the number of matches which are of concern. It demonstrates, while there is no room for complacency, that we are prepared to take on those who wish to manipulate our sport,” Benoit Pasquier, AFC General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs, said.

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Hisense Announces Global Partnership With Fnatic Esports Organization

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Hisense, the global consumer electronics and home appliances market leader, today announced a multi-year partnership with esports organization, Fnatic. Through this partnership, the two companies will produce a variety of content, including product reviews, video collaborations and social engagement, each featuring Hisense appliances and Fnatic’s prominent teams.

“We are thrilled to partner with Fnatic, one of the world’s top esports organizations, in a joint effort to bring a better quality of life to Fnatic and esports fans,” said Alex Zhu, the Vice President of Hisense International. “We hope to make Hisense TV and home appliances truly their friend and right hand in life by constantly exploring the needs of fans, so as to allow them to focus on enjoying every moment of esports games. Supported by the unique VIDAA operation system that launched at Hisense TV, we are dedicated to bringing more esports and Fnatic content to our big screens for fans.”

Hisense provides reliable smart home appliances including televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, cooking appliances among many others, that meet the demands of modern consumers. As a part of the deal, all Fnatic facilities will be upgraded with Hisense products. Fnatic will also have access to Hisense’s global network of customers, allowing for a wider audience and the potential to build a stronger fan base. This partnership represents another strategic milestone in Fnatic’s continued expansion into China.

“We are proud to partner with Hisense, a forward-thinking, innovative company, that is committed to bringing happiness into the homes of millions of families,” said Sam Mathews, Founder and CEO of Fnatic. “As a trusted partner, we are excited to share this collaboration with our fans, players and creators.”

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Nagasaki Expects 6-12 Month Delay in IR Timeline

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The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has told its prefectural assembly that the national IR timeline will likely be delayed by 6-12 months, according to the information that it has been able to obtain.

Officially, the period in which prefectures and their consortium partners are supposed to submit their applications to the central government remains January-July of next year, but the repeated failure of the issuance of the final version of the IR Basic Plan has made it all but a foregone conclusion that there will be a delay of some length.

The Nagasaki local government’s information is that the licensing application period will be shifted to late 2021 or the first half of 2022.

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FBM donates 5,000 essential kits to Jeepney drivers

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FBM donated 5,000 essential kits to the Jeepney Drivers in Pasay, Paranaque, Manila and Quezon City. This initiative was coordinated together with PAGCOR – Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation and involved the four cities. Each kit contains food and health essential goods and this action will impact thousands of families greatly affected by the pandemic.

The Philippines counts with a community of Jeepney drivers composed by more than 500,000 professionals, but only a small percentage from this group has been allowed to operate currently due to the Covid-19 restrictions and effects. As a consequence, thousands of families are now struggling financially and that’s the reason why FBM contacted PAGCOR in order to take concrete action on this situation.

Rui Francisco, FBM´s founder, explains the purpose of this donation: “The Jeepneys are one of the symbols of the Philippines’ culture and economy. After understanding the dimension of this social problem, we decided to help the drivers´ families with a gesture that can have a real impact on the daily lives”, declared Rui Francisco.

“The Philippines played a major role in our growth and is one of the main markets responsible for our assertion as a leading global gaming brand, so this is our gesture of gratitude to give back to the people that is deeply connected with FBM”, mentioned the FBM founder.

The 5,000 essential kits were prepared by PAGCOR members and distributed by a team composed of PAGCOR volunteers and a few FBM team members. Each bag contains various food goods as well as health materials (masks and alcohol gel) to help these families facing their daily and basic needs.

FBM is a global gaming brand that has conquered the land-based casino market since 2001. With operations established in Asia, North America and Europe, the brand owns the leadership of the video bingo market and is committed to reinventing the slots segment.

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