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Elys Game Technology Appoints Matteo Monteverdi as CEO

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Elys Game Technology has announced the appointment of Matteo Monteverdi as its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 January 2021.

Monteverdi served as an independent strategic advisor to the Company since March 2020, and in September 2020 was appointed as the President. Michele Ciavarella will continue in his current role as Executive Chairman of the Company.

“We are honored to welcome one of most accomplished and recognized gaming executives in the industry to our team. Matteo brings over 20 years of industry experience, including an amazing track record in the betting, gaming and technology sectors. In the short time since joining the Company, he has already demonstrated his leadership and continuous innovation. We believe his experience in driving organic revenue growth, combined with his background in M&A, will help accelerate growth in both our online and land-based retail channels,” Michele (Mike) Ciavarella, Chairman and CEO of Elys Game Technology, said.

“Over the past 9 months, I have had an opportunity to fully immerse myself with the Elys team, customers, and technologies. I can confidently state that Elys has built a first-class operation with a strong product foundation and has tremendous potential waiting to be unleashed. Given the convergence of shifts in the US regulatory landscape and technological innovation, Elys is positioned to capitalize on emerging trends as sport betting evolves into new forms of entertainment at the intersection of media and gaming. The Company offers a differentiated omni-channel framework that provides a distinct competitive advantage in this market. Overall, I believe Elys has the potential to become a market leader and capture a significant share of the i-gaming and sports betting markets in Europe and the Americas,” Monteverdi said.

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Spearhead Studios becomes new Fusion™ partner

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Aspire Global’s Pariplay Ltd, the leading aggregator and content provider, has taken content from Spearhead Studios live on its Fusion™ platform.

Games produced by Spearhead Studios, the gaming development company of EveryMatrix, are currently being rolled out in regulated markets worldwide through Fusion™, Pariplay’s innovative solution.

Spearhead Studios develops high-quality video slots, table games and other online real-money games, with a strong focus on localised and data-driven production. Its content is currently live with over 100 online casino operators in 14 markets across Europe, Latin America, and soon the U.S.

Pariplay’s Fusion™ aggregation platform incorporates a suite of back-office conversion and retention tools that enhance player value, while featuring thousands of titles from the industry’s leading games developers.

The Spearhead Studios content deal is the latest in a string of new partnerships as Pariplay furthers its growth in regulated markets globally.

Callum Harris, Director of Partnerships at Pariplay, said: “Spearhead Studios has carved out a deserved reputation for delivering slick content that is very carefully designed to appeal to local audiences.

“The addition of this innovative studio’s product portfolio on Fusion™ is the latest step within our mission to offer players a wide variety of content that appeals to a range of demographics in markets around the world.”

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director of Spearhead Studios, said: “By integrating with Pariplay’s aggregation platform, we are able to reach a significantly larger range of operators in regulated markets globally.

“We believe our content hits the sweet spot in terms of giving players in local markets experiences that resonate with them. We look forward to a long and successful partnership, characterised by mutual growth.”

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WBSC Enters into Partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services

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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has entered into a two-year partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services, a global supplier of sport integrity solutions and partner to over 100 sports federations and leagues.

Sportradar will provide the baseball-softball world governing body with its Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) for each WBSC international competition for the duration of the agreement.

The UFDS is an advanced and proven bet monitoring system that has been independently assessed and verified by recognised experts in the field of sports betting and integrity. Betting patterns are analysed for abnormalities by a global team of qualified integrity experts, and any suspicious games are subsequently reported to partners, allowing critical visibility into worldwide match-fixing. Sportradar Integrity Services have detected over 6900 suspicious games across different sports during the past 17 years with 900 of these taking place in 2021 alone.

“We’re looking forward to benefiting from Sportradar’s expertise in providing bet monitoring and intelligence solutions for appropriate detection and investigation of threats to sport integrity, maintaining baseball and softball’s game unpredictability and safeguarding the international game from manipulation. Following the IOC’s and specifically the OM Unit PMC’s (Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competition) leadership in the prevention of competition manipulation, we are working towards enhancing the protection of clean baseball and softball athletes with this new agreement,” Riccardo Fraccari, President of WBSC, said.

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EPIC Appoints Martin Bland as Director of Business Development

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EPIC Risk Management, the leading independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy, has appointed Martin Bland as Director of Business Development.

Martin joins EPIC having amassed vast experience in the commercial and partnerships sector, working eighteen years in the sports data and technology market. His role will be to help EPIC expand their work to prevent gambling from harming people and organisations by working closely with EPIC’s existing clients to ensure service excellence and will proactively develop its client base as part of the organisation’s growth strategy.

With his sales expertise, extensive regional and international business network and a true collaborative mindset, Martin is well positioned to support EPIC Risk Management’s growth and longer-term business strategy here in the UK, US and globally. In his role, Martin will be pro-actively developing relationships with key industry stakeholders, as well as maintaining EPIC’s exceptional track record of customer experience success.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a progressive company who are trying to pioneer this space of gambling harm minimisation. What’s been clear to me throughout the recruitment process and my short time here, is that EPIC is hugely passionate about its purpose. Ultimately, this organisation is about helping people and the more organisations we can work with provides the opportunity to help more people the better,” Martin Bland said.

“My role here is about growth. Yes, organically the business will commercially grow but ultimately, the more companies we work with, the more people we interact with, the more people we help. So, that’s a massive goal of mine here at EPIC and I’m excited to get started,” he added.

“Such a senior appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering service excellence to our existing clients and in continuing the significant growth we have seen at EPIC Risk Management. We are extremely pleased to welcome Martin to the EPIC team,” Les Murray, Managing Director at EPIC Risk Management, said.

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