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Opera GX becomes the world’s first browser with dynamic background music

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Opera GX, the world’s first browser designed for people who love PC gaming, is releasing a major new feature still unknown to other browsers: adaptive background music. The new functionality aims to bring an immersive sound experience known from gaming to web browsing.

Opera GX initially launched in 2019 with sound effects designed by the acclaimed composer Ruben Rincón and the Berlinist band, known for the Bafta-nominated soundtrack to Gris. The same team is responsible for the new dynamic background music in Opera GX.

We are excited to finally reveal the entire concept we’ve had in mind: We wanted to give our browser the immersive sound experience known from games, where a perfectly-composed soundtrack lets you focus more, forget about any worries and boosts your overall experience by adapting to the task at hand. I believe we have succeeded,” said Maciej Kocemba, product Director of Opera GX.

The dynamic background music in Opera GX is an ambient downtempo that boosts the users’ focus. It intensifies whenever users are actively browsing the web, clicking on links or typing, and becomes less dramatic and calmer whenever they become less active. It is aimed to disappear into the background but to also be missed once it’s gone.

The background music as well as all browser sound effects can be individually toggled on and off in the browser’s setting in the Browser sounds section.

GX Composer Award at Game Music Festival 2020

We see the initial background music as just a start and would like to provide more options to our users in the future. Just as there are fans of different game genres, people love different types of background music. That’s why we want to give more game score composers the opportunity to present their music to millions of Opera GX users around the globe,” added Maciej Kocemba.

To make this vision a reality, Opera GX has partnered with the international Game Music Festival and sponsored its annual GMF 2020 High Score Competition, where music score composers can compete for cash prizes and to have their music featured in Opera GX by winning the GX Composer 2020 title. The competition opens on Sept. 16 2020.

Twitter now built into the Opera GX sidebar

With native integration of Twitch, Discord, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram in the sidebar, Opera GX makes it easy to stay on top of conversations with friends, as well as with developing online trends and streams. This set of integrated messengers has now been extended with built-in Twitter in the sidebar, a feature Opera GX adopted from the main Opera browser.

Opera GX

Opera GX launched in June 2019 during the E3 Gaming Expo in Los Angeles. The browser distinguishes itself with unique features tailored to the tastes and needs of gamers. Along with numerous color customization options, Razer Chroma support and a gaming-inspired design, it includes CPU, RAM and Network Bandwidth limiters that make the browser less resource-hungry and leave more of the computer’s resources for gaming. The browser also includes a Hot Tabs Killer feature, which lets users “kill” the most resource draining tabs.

Opera GX has grown 183% year-to-date and now reaches over 4 million monthly active gamers. The browser has won two leading design awards: the Red Dot Design Award 2019 as well as the IF Design Award 2020.

 

About Opera:

Opera is a global web innovator. Opera’s browsers, news products and fintech solutions are the trusted choice of more than 380 million people worldwide. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA).

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Fast Track Appoints Johnny Tominaga as Head of Marketing

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Fast Track has appointed Johnny Tominaga as its new head of marketing.

Tominaga joins Fast Track’s Malta team with more than 15 years of marketing and advertisement experience, having worked with major corporations such as Microsoft, Intel, Disney and Pepsico.

“We are at a really exciting stage in Fast Track’s growth and Johnny is going to have a pivotal role in shaping how we communicate with the industry as we continue to evolve. We are already impressed with his wide-ranging knowledge and creativity and know that we can expect great things!” Simon Lidzén, Co-founder and CEO of Fast Track, said.

“Fast Track is disrupting the iGaming industry by creating cutting-edge technology that will continue to change the dynamics of the industry. I’m excited to be part of that journey and help the team continue to tell their story,” Johnny Tominaga said.

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Casino Guru Launches Academy for Online Casino Customer Support

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As online gambling grows ever more popular, requirements regarding quality, responsible, and fair gambling approaches also increase. Casino Guru, the world’s largest online casino database, has always focused on these values. Its online casino rankings, fair gambling codex, responsible gambling guides, and complaint resolution center should prove as much.

But the company felt it could do more. So, on top of its past projects, Casino Guru launched its first educational course in the Casino Guru Academy series for online casino employees. The series starts with a course detailing online casino customer support basics and hopes to improve online casino player experiences and responsible gambling standards through employee education.

Daniel Dolejsi, who is in charge of Casino Guru’s community projects, describes what inspired the project: “Every day we hear stories and complaints about online casinos mistreating players. We felt a strong desire to do something about the issue, especially seeing as many of the issues players experience are completely preventable through a combination of employee training, player communication, and fair Terms & Conditions agreements.”

Daniel then continues to explain Casino Guru’s approach in tackling this project: “This is a highly ambitious project on our part, and we need to pace ourselves if we wish to succeed. This first course, focusing on online gambling and customer support basics, is supposed to serve as a foundation for our future, more complex courses.”

The Academy’s first course introduces new customer support aspirants to the online gambling ecosystem, hoping to simplify onboarding and, in doing so, open up the customer support employment opportunity to a broader audience. Specifically, it details the most common situations a customer support representative may experience and gives practical advice on dealing with them fairly and professionally.

Daniel, who originally started his online gambling career in customer support himself, explains why Casino Guru chose this topic as the basis for their first Academy course: “Customer support is likely the most common entry-level employment opportunity in online gambling a person may find. However, many new hires are unfamiliar with the industry and often struggle with their job, resulting in bad experiences for employees and players alike. We felt we could fix the problem by giving employees the means of learning everything they need to know, supporting them in growing their careers, and hopefully leading to a more informed online casino environment.”

Casino Guru believes that the first step in improving industry fairness, safety, and responsibility standards is to help casinos choose and nurture suitable candidates. Moving forward, the company hopes to involve partnered entities more heavily in creating the Academy’s various courses, as they think collaboration and sharing their collective know-how will lead to the best results.

Educating a new generation of future industry leaders is no simple task but a crucial one for the gambling industry. With lots of hard work, some patience, and a little luck, the online casino landscape may change for the better forever, thanks to efforts much like this.

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Tony Hawk Joins GameSquare as Special Advisor

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GameSquare Esports has appointed legendary skateboarder, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Hawk as a strategic advisor.

Tony Hawk will act as a special advisor to CEO Justin Kenna and the GameSquare group of companies as the Company pursues its mission of bridging the gap between global brands and the large and growing gaming and esports communities.

“Tony is an amazing person that is an iconic brand in his own right. We are humbled that Tony is willing to share his experiences in business, entertainment, sports, video games, and digital media with our leadership team as we grow GameSquare into a leading esports company. We have incredible people with amazing professional experience, and I look forward to working with Tony to accelerate our growth and our progress. In many ways, Tony represents the best of what we do at GameSquare; he is highly sought after by global brands and resonates with an influential group of fans, enthusiasts, and professionals. Tony bridges the gap between brands and fans in an authentic way and has been doing it successfully, and with integrity, for decades,” Justin Kenna, CEO of GameSquare, said.

“GameSquare is an innovator in esports, and I’m already impressed with what Justin and his team are building. Esports and video games are bigger than ever, so it’s paramount for companies to authentically connect great brands with hardcore fans. Throughout my career, I have understood that perseverance, creativity, and self-confidence are critical to success. I believe that Justin is building something special; his vision for GameSquare is inspiring. I look forward to sharing my own experience and my approach to success with the GameSquare team,” Tony Hawk said.

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