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Premier Handball League ropes in Dream11 as their official fantasy gaming partners

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Indian handball is all set to witness a revolution as the Premier Handball League (PHL) gears up to roll out its inaugural edition and infuse fresh breath into the Indian sports industry which has not seen active sports for close to seven months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHL announced its partnership with Dream11 as their fantasy gaming partner and their OTT platform FanCode as their official OTT partner. The partnership aims to nurture a strong fan base and bring the best of the players on a single platform to challenge exciting and nail-biting matches for the fans globally.

The League will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur from December 24 and the grand finale will be witnessed on January 10. Season 1 of PHL will have six teams battling for the ultimate title from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Telangana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

While the game is widely played in schools and colleges across India, handball is yet to create a wide fan base. PHL’s partnership with Dream 11& their OTT platform FanCode will be a maiden initiative in Indian Sub-Continent for the Fantasy Platform to help incubate an Olympic medal sport for the very first time and engage with fans to create a more meaningful conversation around the sport.

“Dream 11 is now an aspirational name in the world of sports and we are thrilled to have them associated with us as our fantasy gaming partner. Dream 11 has been a visionary in the world of sports and has successfully infiltrated the Indian household, bringing families and sports enthusiasts alike together. With them as our partners and their OTT platform FanCode as our official OTT partner, we at the Premier Handball League believe that the popularity of handball is secure in times to come,” League CEO Mrinalini Sharma said.

The PHL India Sports Private Limited is the official license holder of the league, which under the aegis of the Handball Federation of India (HFI) and in association with the International Handball Federation (IHF) and Asian Handball Federation, promises to develop and take this Olympic sports discipline to the next level, ensuring growth and success for the Indian athletes at the global stage.

Handball is currently part of the priority sports listed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme in India. With the Indian team currently ranked 32 in the world, PHL promises to provide a much-needed foundation as the game aims to become an Olympic medal prospect.

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QTech Games’ premier platform takes another giant step with Evolution

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Leading distributor expands its premium portfolio with top games from dominant live-casino supplier

QTech Games, the number-one games distributor across Asia and all growth markets, has announced its latest high-profile partnership with the elite live-casino provider, Evolution.

Under the terms of the agreement, Evolution’s multi-award-winning content suite has been made available to QTech Games clients and their players, adding more punch to a powerhouse platform setting the pace for bringing the best online games to market across emerging territories.

Evolution’s cutting-edge live studio delivers a peerless immersive experience for players, who can now enjoy these engaging, real-time table games (from classics like blackjack, roulette, baccarat and three-card poker to regional favourites such as India’s Andar Bahar) via the flexible QTech platform which offers the fastest integration on the market.

This ever-evolving production line further bolsters QTech Games’ comprehensive catalogue of gaming domains, which offers a complete one-stop shop for global operators.

The deal organically advances Evolution’s worldwide footprint, opening up an array of emerging markets for accelerated growth. As the fastest-growing distributor over the past few years, QTech’s platform is localised for each region with native mobile apps, robust reporting and marketing tools, and 24/7 local-language support.

Ulf Norder, CCO at QTech Games, said: “We’re thrilled to team up with Evolution. Naturally, their stunning live-dealer portfolio needs no introduction. The QTech Games platform is integrated with the best games from the planet’s top providers – and Evolution now stand at the zenith of that mountain with their garlanded games.

“Of course, there’s a huge revenue opportunity for operators due to the fact that live casino remains such an exciting online gaming sector in its own right. Seamless integration equips our clients with best-in-breed live games for their end users. Unrivalled customization options, dedicated tables and native speaking dealers also make it far easier to customise the experience to any specific market needs. Strong growth in casino vertical continues in the face of the pandemic, and we can’t wait to see how these games perform across a range of new markets.”

An Evolution spokesperson added: “This deal seamlessly broadens Evolution’s international scope, unlocking untapped markets from Asia to Eastern Europe and Latin America for diversified growth. Evolution’s unflinching commitment to delivering engaging live-player experiences affords customers, who love these games, the visceral thrill of playing in a real-world casino, while QTech’s peerless localised expertise made them the perfect fit for us.

“QTech Games is a pioneering distributor across Asia and other sometimes-overlooked regions, so we look forward to seeing how our games connect with different and diverse audience sets. Evolution is constantly creating innovative and exciting content with which to offer players the ultimate gaming adventure – it’s entertainment redefined.”

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AFC Announces Sportradar as Official Video and Data Distribution Partner

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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced an official partnership with Sportradar for worldwide data and associated media rights for major AFC competitions for the cycles 2021-2024 and 2025-2028.

Under the new agreement, Sportradar becomes the Official Video and Data Distribution Partner for major AFC national team and club competitions. The contract spanning eight years, allows Sportradar to use and distribute audio-visual content and AFC match-related data.

“We welcome Sportradar as our official video and data distribution partner. The agreement will bring AFC football closer to an ever-growing international fanbase and consumers,” Dato’ Windsor John, General-Secretary of AFC, said.

“We are proud to partner with the AFC in this watershed moment for Asian football. With the importance of Asia, we believe that this agreement is a strategic opportunity that will provide Sportradar further leverage in the region with a sport that is growing exponentially in terms of participation and viewership. This puts us in an unrivalled position that will showcase a wider range of services we have to offer to engage more sports rights holders in the region,” Carsten Koerl, CEO of Sportradar, said.

“Innovation has always been key for the new era of Asian football. Enabling AFC data and related media to be distributed in real time and with minimum delay is key in enhancing the fans’ experience, which in turn positively impacts the value of AFC football,” Patrick Murphy, Board Member and CEO at Football Marketing Asia (FMA), the exclusive commercial partner of the AFC for the rights cycles 2021-2024 and 2025-2028, said.

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Malaysia’s Number Forecast Operators Close Outlets in MCO Areas

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Malaysia’s number forecast operators (NFOs) have closed their outlets once again due to an increase in Covid-19 cases and new restrictions implemented by the Malaysian government.

Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn, Magnum Bhd and Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn have shut betting outlets in areas affected by the government’s movement control orders (MCO).

The orders affect the states Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah, as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. Outlets will remain closed until at least January 26. Business in other regions will continue as normal.

Sports Toto and Magnum said draws will proceed as usual. Sports Toto has encouraged customers to buy advance draw tickets or buy tickets on non-draw days to reduce physical contact at its outlets.

Only one company, Da Ma Cai, announced the suspension of its draw and said refunds will be made upon production of original tickets when its betting shops resume operations in MCO areas or via its mobile app.

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