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Poland Is First Government Worldwide To Add Video Game To Official School Reading List As Educational Resource

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ISFE member Spidor, representing the video games industry in Poland, has announced that, from the next academic year 2020/2021, the video game “This War of Mine” will be placed on the official reading list for high school students in Poland and made available for free to support the teaching of sociology, ethics, philosophy and history.

Head of Spidor, Dr Dominika Urbanska-Galanciak, said: “For the first time in history, a video game has been included on the recommended reading list for schools. We are pleased that the Ministry of Education and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki support and recognize the role of the video games sector in culture, creativity, innovation and even education.  This is a great example of how video games can support education by telling stories and raising important ethical issues.”

ISFE CEO Simon Little said: “It is extremely exciting to see a European government recognise the value of video games to education in this way. Video games are an intrinsic part of 21st century society and bring enormous benefits especially when used appropriately in a school setting where they are proven to increase student engagement and learning outcomes, develop team-building, problem-solving and mental agility.”

The game, “This War of Mine”, developed by Warsaw-based 11 bit studios, is inspired by conflicts in the Balkans and the player is forced to make moral choices in order to get food, medicine and shelter.  The title has been praised by Washington Post, Die Welt, The Guardian and other prestigious media around the world.

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The German Games Industry Association sees coalition agreement as sound basis for successful games policy

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  • Germany to be strengthened as games location
  • Ongoing games funding to be secured
  • Esports clubs to gain non-profit eligibility

In the view of game – the German Games Industry Association, the coalition agreement presented today by the German political parties SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP provides a sound basis for a successful games policy over the coming years. game sees the pursuit of the overarching goal of strengthening Germany’s overall position as a games location as particularly important. A key factor here is to ensure ongoing games funding, which the SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and the FDP have enshrined in the new coalition agreement. In addition, game welcomes the general statements in the coalition agreement on reducing the level of bureaucracy and points to criticism raised by many games companies that are dissatisfied, for example, with the bureaucratic hurdles in the funding programme. game is also pleased that esports clubs can be recognised as non-profit organisations in future. Furthermore, key issues for the games industry are addressed in several passages in the coalition agreement, including reducing barriers to digitalisation, expanding broadband access (which is to be accelerated), promoting digital education and facilitating the immigration of qualified professionals to Germany. However, it remains to be seen how games and the games industry will be represented within the new federal government.

‘From the perspective of the games industry, the coalition agreement presented today is heading in the right direction: strengthening Germany as a games location, securing ongoing games funding, recognising the work of esports clubs as non-profit and an overall stronger focus on promoting digitalisation and reducing bureaucracy in Germany constitute an extremely sound basis for a successful and internationally competitive games policy during the new legislative period. Now it is essential that the new federal government establishes as quickly as possible who is responsible for games and that this is swiftly followed by concrete steps,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game.

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Casinos Austria Appoints Erwin van Lambaart as General Director

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Holland Casino chief executive officer Erwin van Lambaart has been appointed as general director of Casinos Austria. He will take over from chief executive officer Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, who has left Casinos Austria after 30 years.

Out of a total of three applications “of excellent quality,” Van Lambaart was unanimously voted as the best candidate to succeed Glatz-Kremsner. He will join the board on March 14 and will take over the position of general director from April 1.

Van Lambaart said: “I will contribute all my experience in order to make a sustainable contribution to the well-being of the group of companies together with the employees in these challenging times. It will be a great pleasure for me to live and work in Austria.”

He added: “Casinos Austria enjoys an excellent reputation in the international gaming industry, which we will continue to expand together with the managers and employees in the years to come.”

Holland Casino thanked him for his service. Van Lambaart led the company through a restructuring and made an important contribution to positioning the company within the Dutch market. The company highlighted the addition of three new casinos and Van Lambaart’s handling of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The board of Holland Casino has begun searching for a new CEO.

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Comtrade Gaming Extends Superbet Partnership Through 2024

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Comtrade Gaming has announced an extension of its platform agreement with Superbet until mid-2024.

Superbet’s and Comtrade Gaming’s partnership is based around combining Superbet’s proprietary sportsbook with Comtrade’s iGaming Platform (iCore) for Superbet’s main markets of Romania and Poland.

“It’s great to have Comtrade Gaming as a platform partner to provide the content our customers love. At Superbet, we have big ambitions for future growth and we don’t shy away from building our own technology and products, but most importantly – we want to give the best for our customers,” says Adam Shaw, Managing Director – Online.

Comtrade Gaming’s iGaming Platform (iCore) was created to simplify operators’ businesses and provide the best player experience possible. iCore takes a flexible approach, ensuring it is customised to an individual operator’s needs. Operators benefit from increased player lifetime values and a decrease in churn, making sure that players are entertained and more importantly, engaged.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Superbet. They are Romania’s no.1 operator by a clear margin, they have a fantastic team, and we are proud to have played a part in their exponential growth since they migrated to us three years ago,” says Steven Valentine, Comtrade Gaming’s Chief Commercial Officer.

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