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Quentin Martin appointed Luckbox CEO

Zoltan Tundik

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Quentin Martin has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of esports betting firm Luckbox.

He joined Luckbox as COO in March 2018 and takes over from Lars Lien, who, having led the business to launch in 2019, will now focus on strategy and investment.

Quentin has vast experience in the gambling sector and was formerly head of social poker at PokerStars, where he previously worked with Luckbox co-founders Lars and Mike Stevens.

“It’s such an exciting time for Luckbox and I am thrilled to have the honor of leading our talented and dedicated team,” said Quentin.

“Lars has done a fantastic job in building this company from inception to launch and are now accepting bets from fans in more than 100 countries.

“My challenge is to build on what we’ve achieved already and take Luckbox to the next level.

“We are perfectly positioned to capitalize on the boom in regulated esports betting and it’s up to me and the team to make sure we make the most of this opportunity, to grow the business and provide more fans with an awesome esports betting experience.”

Luckbox, based in Isle of Man, is a fully licensed platform offering real-money betting on CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, Call of Duty and other leading esports.

Lars, who has been working on the Luckbox project for more than four years, said: “Quentin is exceptionally qualified for this role.

“Since he joined the project in 2018, he has done a fantastic job and has shown the strong leadership qualities we knew he had when we appointed him. Luckbox is in safe hands and I wish him every success in the new role.”

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Qontigo Launches Two New Thematic Indices On Video Gaming And Healthcare

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Qontigo has expanded its suite of innovative thematic indices by two new concepts: online gaming and the fight against obesity. The STOXX® Video Gaming & eSports Index and the STOXX® Health & Weight Loss Index were introduced today, and financial products based on these indices are expected to launch in the coming weeks.

Both indices are positioned to benefit from structural, global economic growth trends. The STOXX® Video Gaming & eSports Index is comprised of companies focused in the high growth area of video games and eSports. The STOXX® Health & Weight Loss Index includes constituents that are connected to the immediate need of addressing the rising obesity levels in the global population.

“The online gaming and health and weight loss indices are the latest additions to our thematics family that seeks to capture sector-specific, long-term growth. At Qontigo we have advanced thematic investing since 2016 and now offer two dozen theme-based STOXX indices following modern concepts with above-average growth outlooks. Thematic investing aims to capture the momentum of disruptive megatrends that fall into the categories of demographics, climate change and technology. As an investment category, thematic investing has nearly tripled in the three years through December 31, 2019“, said Stephan Flaegel, Global Head of Indices & Benchmarks at Qontigo.

Each index selects constituents from the STOXX® Developed and Emerging Markets Total Market Index, and from certain Chinese markets, with substantial revenue exposure to business sectors associated with the respective concept. The business categories are based on FactSet Revere’s data. Only stocks with a given minimum trading volume are eligible.

Additionally, the two indices will exclude companies that Sustainalytics considers to be non-compliant with the Global Standard Screening and those involved in controversial weapons. This is in line with increasing demand from asset owners and investors to comply with sustainability norms, a drive that has also emerged in thematic strategies.

 

About Qontigo

Qontigo is a financial intelligence innovator and a leader in the modernization of investment management, from risk to return. The combination of the company’s world-class indices and best-of-breed analytics, with its technological expertise and customer-driven innovation enables its clients to achieve competitive advantage in a rapidly changing marketplace. Qontigo’s global client base includes the world’s largest financial products issuers, capital owners and asset managers. Created in 2019 through the combination of STOXX, DAX and Axioma, Qontigo is part of Deutsche Börse Group, headquartered in Eschborn with key locations in New York, Zug and London.

About STOXX

STOXX Ltd. is Qontigo’s global index provider, currently calculating a global, comprehensive index family of over 10,000 strictly rules-based and transparent indices. Best known for the leading European equity indices EURO STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 50 and STOXX Europe 600, STOXX Ltd. maintains and calculates the STOXX Global index family which consists of total market, broad and blue-chip indices for the regions Americas, EuropeAsia/Pacific and sub-regions Latin America and BRIC (BrazilRussiaIndia and China) as well as global markets. STOXX is the administrator of the STOXX® and DAX® indices under the European Benchmark Regulation and exercises control over all benchmark administration processes within Qontigo.

STOXX indices are licensed to more than 600 companies around the world as underlyings for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), futures and options, structured products and passively managed investment funds.
www.stoxx.com

 

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Newgioco Launches Esports Betting in Italy

Niji Narayan

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Newgioco Group, the global sports betting and gaming technology company, has kicked off esports wagering through its online betting channel in Italy.

Wagering on esports is intended to fill the gap left by the suspension of live sports and the limited availability niche sports events, and is available now on all online channels, including PC, tablet and mobile.

“We are absolutely committed to keeping our full team employed during the global pandemic and with the challenges currently facing our normal markets. The first result of our whole team approach is the launch of esports in the online channel in Italy within one week of regulatory approval. The rapid go-to-market of esports offerings reflects the talent and efficiency of our design team and flexibility of our Elys platform. The focus is now to accelerate the development of our unique U.S. sports betting platform in preparation for the re-opening of markets once the crisis subsides,” Michele Ciavarella, Chairman and CEO of Newgioco, said.

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Subaru of America Partners with iRacing For Rallycross Series

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Subaru of America, the US-based distributor of Subaru brand vehicles, has partnered with iRacing, the leader in PC simulator racing, and become the title sponsor of Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational rallycross series.

A world-class field of drivers from rally, rallycross, Indycar, NASCAR, motocross, Formula Drift and more will compete alongside esports pros in a six-round championship series held entirely online and kicking off April 10.

Subaru will field a three-car lineup featuring the team’s full-time stage rally drivers: five-time national rally champion and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, and mountain bike legend and rising rally talent Brandon Semenuk. They will be joined by four-time U.S. rallycross champion Scott Speed.

“With so many people staying at home and missing racing, now is the perfect time to try new things in esports. For this series we’re going to bring together some of the biggest names from different types of racing and put them on virtual rallycross tracks with dirt, tarmac and jumps. It’s going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to see what happens!” Pastrana said.

Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational events will begin at 6 pm EST/3 pm PST each Friday and will be streamed across iRacing’s social media platforms. Fans can also watch via live streaming simulcasts on the Subaru Motorsports USA Facebook page and the pages of other competitors, teams and sponsors.

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