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Sugal & Damani Joins UK National Lottery Race

Niji Narayan

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Indian lottery operator Sugal & Damani Group has entered the UK Gambling Commission’s competition to select an operator for the UK National Lottery.

Sugal & Damani had also participated in the 2007 tender process, where it was declared as a reserved bidder for running the UK lottery, which is the sixth-largest in the world by sales, and is currently operated by Camelot.

“As a leader in operating lotteries across India and other jurisdictions, Sugal & Damani has shown its deep interest to operate the UK National Lottery since 2007 when it participated and also got selected as a reserve bidder by qualifying all Required Standards like propriety, technology, player protection, channel management, financial capability, etc,” Kamlesh Vijay, Group CEO of Sugal & Damani, said.

“We are looking for a fair and open competition that UKGC has initiated, we are very much in the game, we are in the final stages of creating a strong consortium of credible partners, the details of which will be shared in due course,” Vijay continued.

“As far as the UK lottery market is concerned, it is a large one and highly reputed. There are a huge local following and brand reputation for the UK National lottery, but there are challenges in the market too because people are looking for new excitement and there is stiff competition from other gambling products. We believe that people have a soft corner due to the fact that lotteries contribute more towards well defined good causes, so that attitude is a big plus point. However, continued innovation is very much required in a responsible way to consolidate on this soft corner. Being an organization with deep-rooted innovation in every sphere of our activity we are happy to be in the competition,” Vijay concluded.

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Google Play Best of 2020 Awards’ declares World Cricket Championship 3 as winner

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 Prior to this, the WCC franchise has been featured in Google Editor’s Choice and Google’s Best of Games

World Cricket Championship 3 (WCC 3), the third edition of the award winning cricket gaming franchise, by Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Nazara Technologies Ltd., today won the ‘Google Play Best of 2020 award’ in the ‘Users’ Choice’ category. Earlier this year, the second edition, WCC 2, won the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge conducted by the Government of India.

The ‘Google Play Best of 2020 Awards’ are bestowed upon the most voted apps in different categories on the Google Play Store. The voting process took place on Google Play Store between 10 to 23 November this year with WCC3 being declared a winner on 30 November, 2020.

The WCC franchise crossed 143+ million downloads globally since its inception. As live cricket came to a grinding halt during the pandemic, this ‘Made in India’ game franchise gave players a taste of the sport and got more than 22 million downloads between February and August, 2020. Alongside this, it also recently witnessed more than 100% growth in-app purchases  between February to November 2020.

Commenting on the victory, Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.’s Co-founder and CEO P.R. Rajendran said, “We are absolutely elated by this recognition and would like to credit the fans of WCC for this feat! Being a fan driven game, we plan to continue to innovate and usher more features and engage even more players. WCC is the longest running mobile cricket gaming franchise from India and we’re thrilled that the recently launched third edition of the game was the only cricket game to make it to the top 10 list of nominations in this category, this year. This award is dedicated to all the WCC fans out there!”

The recently launched third edition of WCC has been infused with a host of innovative and engaging features which aims to provide an immersive gaming experience to the players. The game also includes a comprehensive career mode set across 3 brackets, 25 series, and 400+ matches with a built-in challenging performance decision system which determines your rise in ranks starting from a local club to the national or international level. The much-awaited Women’s Cricket mode which is a tribute to the changing face of women’s cricket across the globe, is also a part of the latest edition.

To add a dash of extra realism, the game has further been polished with simulation of actual cricket, updated gameplay features like brand new controls, animations, real-time motions of athletes and professional cricketers, bilingual commentary by professional cricketers such as Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden and much more.

This latest award for the franchise will add to the list of previously garnered awards including Google Editor’s Choice (2016-2020). WCC2 has also been listed as Google’s Best of Games in 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Apple’s Best of Games 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Furthermore, the cricket game has also been featured among the Top 10 Games for Monthly Active Users by the App Annie Report for 3 years in a row (2016-2018) and was also listed under Top 10 games by time spent in Android & IOS by App Annie 2016 report.

The game is available on Google Play and App Store.

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CT Gaming Interactive Inks Strategic Deal with Apollo Soft

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CT Gaming Interactive, a global game developer and provider, has entered into a strategic partnership deal with Apollo Soft, a manufacturer of gaming machines and a games developer.

Both companies plan to further expand their online presence in key markets starting with growing their igaming market share in Africa.

“Increasing our global footprint in several markets through the collaboration with Apollo Soft is part of our corporate development target,” Lachezar Petrov, general manager at CT Gaming Interactive, said.

He said the collaboration extends to a mutual content integration. CT Gaming Interactive will host Apollo’s games at its online gaming platform and Apollo will add its new partner’s titles to its platform`s library of games.

“We are delighted to be on board with CT Gaming Interactive and look forward to adding their exciting titles on offer to our customers. The collaboration contributes tremendously to our objective of further growth,” an Apollo Soft spokesperson said.

“We are happy to join forces and we are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership,” Petrov said.

He added that they are thrilled to join with the great team of professionals at Apollo Soft and he is sure that the new partnership will flourish with exciting projects for new markets penetration, starting in 2021.

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Singapore’s One Championship Partners with Facebook

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One Championship, the Singapore-based martial arts organisation, has entered into a partnership with Facebook.

The partnership will see the distribution of custom One Championship martial arts content that is made for Facebook Watch and IGTV. The two parties will also jointly launch a gaming channel called One Championship and One Esports Facebook Gaming.

Furthermore, these parties will launch next-generation VR content in the Venues app for the Oculus Quest headset.

“One Championship is committed to finding new ways to connect authentically with our fans to let them experience the stories of hope, strength, dreams and inspiration created by our athlete superheroes,” Hari Vijayarajan, group CCO of One Championship, said.

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