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Mumbai Indians Revealed as UK’s Favourite IPL Team in 2020

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Mumbai Indians were the most popular IPL team in the UK in 2020 as interest in the T20 tournament surpassed that of 2019.

Rohit Sharma’s side was crowned champions of the IPL for the second year in a row and a record fifth time overall, but they have also enjoyed significant success off the pitch.

Research carried out by Cricket Bet India reveals that Mumbai was the most popular franchise among British fans, despite a total of 10 English players participating in the tournament and none of them featuring for the champions.

Rajasthan Royals had a strong English contingent with Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Tom Curran in the squad, and are unsurprisingly the second most popular side in the UK, with over 1000 monthly searches – a 9% decrease on Mumbai’s numbers.

Mumbai Indians are also the most popular side in India, with more than 13% as many searches on Google than their nearest rivals, CSK who remain popular with fans despite their initial struggles.

Research from Cricket Bet India also reveals that the IPL also enjoyed a 37% increase in online interest from the UK, with more fans searching Google for IPL terms during 2020 than 2019.

Previous studies from CBI showed how there were more TV viewers in the UK this year, and now the latest Google Trends research shows that there was more interest during the six-week tournament between September-November 2020 than March-May 2019.

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Italy Extends Suspension of Gaming Activities Until April 6

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Gaming activities in Italy will remain suspended until next month. The new decree of Prime Minister Mario Draghi has extended the suspension of gaming activities until April 6.

The decree said that all activities in arcades, betting rooms, bingo halls and casinos are suspended, along with those of theme parks.

The provisions come into force on March 6 when the effectiveness of the rules contained in the old decree by Giuseppe Conte will expire.

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Overwolf Appoints Shahar Sorek as CMO

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Overwolf, the all-in-one technology platform that enables creators to build, distribute and monetize in-game apps and mods, has appointed Shahar Sorek as its Chief Marketing Officer.

Before joining Overwolf, he was CMO at Spacemesh. He is having more than 12 years of experience in the games and technology industry. He has founded and managed leading startups including 7 Elements Studios, a game studio specialising in massive-multiplayer-online strategy games.

“A new era of the gaming revolution has begun, an inflection point in which the gamer/creator is emerging and will be a major force in shaping how current and future AAA games and economies will be experienced. Overwolf’s passion for games and technological savviness make it a key player in shaping the future of the industry for all stakeholders. For creators, Overwolf has created a new career – the in-game creator – where gamers can make an actual living from their creations. For publishers and game studios, Overwolf is enhancing the gameplay experience and increasing engagement. It’s a story of a generation – putting gaming experiences into the hands of gamers and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Shahar Sorek said.

Shahar has also held advisory positions at Overwolf, Flytrex, GK8, and Treebute.io where he shaped the narrative and strategy of the venture with a focus on the go-to-market audience and the companies’ investors. In his past, he worked as a creative producer and actor in Hollywood and Israel and is a former five-time Israeli national champion in Taekwondo.

“While I’ve known of Shahar for a long time, I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with him closely as both an advisor to Overwolf and as a personal mentor for the last two years. I could not be more excited and grateful for him to join the Overwolf team as CMO. He is a wonderful addition to our team and will play an integral role in the growth of Overwolf as we work to make in-game creation a legit profession and accelerate the strategic adoption of user generated content by publishers and game developers,” Uri Marchand, CEO and Co-Founder of Overwolf, said.

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Playtech Appoints Brian Mattingley as Chairman

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Playtech has appointed Brian Mattingley as its new non-executive chairman, effective on June 1.

According to the official announcement, Mattingley will leave his position as Chairman of 888 Holdings where he served for nearly 5 years. Mattingley will replace Claire Milne as Chairman of Playtech, who has served as the Interim Chairman of the company since May 2020.

“I’m very pleased to be joining Playtech, at such an exciting time in the company’s development. Playtech is ideally placed to continue to build on its market leadership position, and I look forward to working with everyone at Playtech to drive forward its strategy and capitalize on the opportunities ahead,” Mattingley said.

“In selecting the new Chair, we wanted to appoint an individual with significant online gambling experience and a track record of delivering high levels of corporate governance and stakeholder engagement in a highly regulated and fast-growing industry. Over the course of the last 30 years, Brian has delivered strongly in these areas and has been at the forefront of the development of our industry. We are delighted that someone of Brian’s caliber is joining the Board and look forward to benefitting from his experience to support our continued progress and growth,” Interim Chairman Claire Milne said.

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