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Gold Award for Technology Excellence to INTRALOT and Office Line at Impact BITE Awards 2020

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Gold Award for Technology Excellence to INTRALOT and Office Line at Impact BITE Awards 2020
(From left to right): Panagiotis Kouris, CEO, Office Line & Dimitris Kalpaxis, VP, Cloud Infrastructure and Corporate IT, INTRALOT
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The Gold award for Technology Excellence has been presented to INTRALOT and Office Line in the category “New Technology Trends in Cloud Applications and Services” during the awards ceremony of the Impact BITE Awards 2020, held on 23rd September. The awards recognize innovation and business excellence that shape the companies’ competitive advantage in the era of the 4th industrial revolution.

The Gold distinction has been awarded to the two companies for their partnership in succeeding a major project of INTRALOT’s digital transformation. The project focused on the digital advancement of the company’s important information technology and application management with innovative Cloud solutions, aiming at flexibility, scalability, and accessibility of applications to Group’s subsidiaries and customers around the world. The know-how and experience of Office Line, in collaboration with INTRALOT’s IT engineers, resulted on the successful implementation of the project, achieving the seamless operation and secure transition of the company’s applications in the innovative Microsoft Azure Cloud environment.

For the distinction and collaboration of the two companies, Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT Group CEO, said: “We are delighted to have won such a distinguished award on Cloud adoption. I would like to congratulate our engineers for their focus and commitment in executing our strategy. I would like to thank our partners, Office Line and Microsoft for supporting us in this digital journey.”

On behalf of Office Line S.A., Panagiotis Kouris, CEO receiving the award said: “It is a great pleasure and honor for us to win this important distinction for a project that brings us to the forefront of technology innovation. The pleasure is twofold, as we share this award with INTRALOT, our valued and significant customer, with whom we successfully completed the migration of its critical infrastructure to Azure, providing them with all the necessary solutions and services to move to the secure Cloud environment, accelerating their digital transformation into the future. Such projects are a compass for the entire industry and it is imperative to be recognized as best practices and initiatives that strengthen collaborations between enterprises.”

Receiving the award, Dimitris Kalpaxis, VP, Cloud Infrastructure & Corporate IT at INTRALOT, said: “We are proud to receive this award. Our partnership with Office Line successfully delivered the seamless migration of INTRALOT’s critical applications and services to Microsoft Azure Cloud. The cloud is a fundamental element of our technology strategy that targets at unlocking value out of data.”

Impact Bite Awards are organized by the Netweek magazine of Boussias Communications and ELTRUN, the E-Business Research Center of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), under the auspices of the Federation of Hellenic ICT Enterprises – SEPE.  It is a reputable initiative dedicated to highlight best practices and innovation of the leading companies in the ICT sector.

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BINGOTON: PADDY POWER PRESENTS A DRAMA…WITH BALLS

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Mischievous betting brand Paddy Power presents an eyebrow raising ‘drama with balls’ after teaming up with creative agency Octagon for their latest ad campaign. 

“Bingoton” was formally rolled out in a fashion befitting the brand’s proverbial bingo debutante today (23rd September).  

Written and art directed by Jonny Watson, Dan Harrison and Neil Richardson of Octagon UK, and directed by Jim Gilchrist of Outsider, the 30-second TVC will get its first showing on ITV this evening during Coronation Street.  

The commercial takes viewers back to the early 19th century, with Miss Bingoton and her lady-in-waiting assessing a selection of ‘gentlemen callers’, cleverly creating a humorous parallel with the perils of modern-day dating.  

According to Josh Green, Executive Director at Octagon, this was the ideal comical conduit to convey the Paddy Power Bingoproposition:  

“In the simplest terms, bingo is drama with balls. That’s how the idea of Bingoton was born.” 

Tom Muldowney, Head of Gaming Marketing with Paddy Power adds:   

“We wanted to make a ballsy ad and Miss Bingoton felt like the perfect leading lady to convey our ‘more chances’ message. That’s with the exception of the Suitor who sent her (Charles) Dickens pix. He remains on the cutting room floor.”    

The advert opens with stunning views of high society types gathering at the palatial grounds of Bingoton Manor. Centre stage is Miss Bingoton, who is joined by her lady-in-waiting and Master of Ceremonies, all of whom eagerly anticipate a parade of potential suitors for her viewing pleasure.   

Suitor Number 10 gets the (bingo) balls rolling. But he’s quickly dismissed by Miss Bingoton who instructs her footmen to “swipe left” on her behalf.   

  Suitor Number 3 is quickly dispatched in an equally decisive manner, having been judged by Miss B to be “catfishing again” after she takes in his dated and unrecognizable profile painting.  

Trying his luck next is Suitor Number 66, a handsome gentleman from Essex who only has eyes for his own reflection.   

“The only way is EXIT,” she giggles under her breath to her lady-in-waiting.  

Paddy Power’s latest campaign comes with all the easter eggs punters have come to expect from the mischievous brand, who manages to marry drama (and balls) to make it a perfect match.   

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Turbo Mode in the Game ‘Mines’ is On – Fasten the Seat Belts

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Classics are eternal, but classics with new improvements are captivating. One of the first
Turbo games has undergone visual and functional changes and has transformed into one
more game Turbo Mines.

The Head of Product at Turbo Games says:

“Visually, this is the successor to the super hit of our classic Mines. We are a young
progressive team that improves our product regularly, but not just observes what works
well. There is no limit to perfection, especially when you can change quickly and
qualitatively to open an even wider potential of Turbo hit.”

What does it mean for the players?

The rules remain the same as in Mines, but some additional features modify the perception
of the interface and the game pace.

Firstly, it is possible to change the game field size: to 3*3, 5*5, 7*7, and 9*9. Such
modification gives a player a chance to work on their strategy and choose the risk rate. So
to say, every round can be absolutely different from all points of view.

Secondly, those players who enjoy speed can experience it in Turbo Mines too. Such a
function enables a player to choose the same pattern for opening the blocks for many
rounds in a row. If a player sticks to the strategy that they believe in, they will win for sure
because dripping water wears away a stone not with its strength but with its constancy.
But there is no need to wait, do it in Turbo mode with Turbo Mines.

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Four Teams Advance to CS:GO Female Tournament at IESF WE Championships

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) concluded a groundbreaking competition for the Female Feature Division CS:GO qualifiers, which saw Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, and Argentina move forward to secure their spot at the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia. The qualifiers were hosted online by IESF, and the finals tournament in Bali will feature a $50,000 total prize pool. Poland and Argentina came out on top of their respective region’s qualifiers.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is privileged to be able to host its first-ever Female Feature Division CS:GO tournament, a significant step forward for the world of Esports. This event is promoting inclusivity and providing female gamers equal opportunities to succeed on Esports’ biggest stage. IESF is committed to advancing and supporting the role of women in Esports through initiatives like this and our current partnerships with Women in Games and GIRLGAMER Esports Festival. “

IESF Marketing Manager Ana Karakolevska added: “Congratulations to the four female teams for giving us one of the most exciting qualifiers yet, and securing their spot at the first-ever CS:GO World Esports Tournament. IESF is proud to be making advancements in shaping the future of gaming for the entire World Esports Family. We can’t wait to see these skilled teams compete in Bali.”

World-leading Esports club Natus Vincere (NAVI) represented Poland in the qualifiers and will bring some of the world’s best Esports players to Bali to compete for the ultimate prize. The 14th WE Championships will take place from December 1 to 12 with Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, or Argentina looking to be crowned the first female CS:GO tournament winners.

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