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Crucial Compliance and W2 enter iGaming Compliance Partnership

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Responsible Gaming and AML Strategy specialist – Crucial Compliance – announces industry-leading partnership with W2

Crucial Compliance has joined forces with Newport-based W2 to deliver innovative data solutions, to support iGaming operators through current and future regulation. In a first for the data-services specialists, W2 will supply Crucial with data-based solutions to complement and bolster its own Responsible Gaming product offering.

The dedicated iGaming team at W2 will work closely with Crucial’s own team of developers and analysts. It will provide the partnership with access to its proprietary source data, supporting joint product development, as well as allowing for the two companies to deliver deep integration into existing systems, whilst helping to develop new, inline Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) solutions.

Peter Murray, Group head of Sales at W2 commented: “For over a decade now W2 has provided support across the gaming sector and we recognise the importance of collaboration in addressing the key issues of the day. There can be no more critical issue facing all stakeholders than ensuring customers are protected and player safety is at the heart of everything the industry does. That is why we value this partnership so much. The team at Crucial Compliance bring a unique perspective and wealth of expertise with a desire to simplify solutions and delivery that matches ours. We want that collaboration of data, technology, and subject matter expertise to deliver solutions that make a difference. 2021 is critical for the sector and we hope that we can play our part in the drive for safety, trust and sustainability.”

Andy Masters COO at Crucial said of the partnership: “I am delighted that W2 have entered into their first ever partnership in iGaming with Crucial Compliance.  Our teams have joined forces to deliver simple-to-integrate, tiered compliance solutions to support operators existing platforms and our own.  We have also entered into a joint analytical roadmap to solve some of the most complex data driven challenges in AML, EDD and Compliance, the fruits of which we will be bringing to market in Q1 2021 all centred around increased player protection and robust player decisioning”

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HIGHLIGHT GAMES TO LAUNCH SPFL GAME

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London-based video virtual sports specialist Highlight Games Limited today announces that it has acquired rights to use archive footage from the Scottish Professional Football League.

Further to the multi-year agreement, Highlight Games will release a suite of games featuring Scottish football, including a new iteration of its highly successful SOCCERBET game and a range of instant win games.

Games will feature favourite teams and players from the last 25 years including the “Old Firm” Derby – Celtic, Rangers, plus other SPFL Clubs including Aberdeen, Motherwell, Hearts, St Johnstone, Livingston, St. Mirren, Hibernian, Dundee United, Dundee, Ross County, and more. Games will be available in UK retail locations and online both in the UK and in regulated international territories.

‘I’m delighted to announce Highlight Games’ acquisition of rights to the SPFL, which will further extend its portfolio of games and content,’ said Nick Gardiner, Co-CEO, Highlight Games. ‘Our award-winning SOCCERBET product has proven to be highly successful in the territories in which it is now live – in Italy the SOCCERBET Serie A game now accounts for over 50% of all virtual sports bets placed with operators with which it is live – and we have ambitions to replicate this success in the UK with this new SPFL game.’

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Socios.com To Be Official Partner Of The 2021 Ballon D’or Awards

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Socios, the all-in-one influence and rewards app for sports fans across the world, will be Official Partner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or Awards, which will mark the return of football’s most desired individual recognitions after last year’s edition was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The creators of Fan Tokens have reached an agreement with Amaury Média, the Amaury Group’s advertising department : L’Équipe (newspaper, magazine), L’Équipe website, L’Équipe mobile app, la Chaine L’Équipe, France Football, le Journal du Golf, Vélo Magazine and le Ballon d’Or.

Socios will have brand visibility on the Red Carpet, where the biggest figures in world football will be shining next Monday, November 29th, as they make their way to the Parisian Théâtre du Châtelet, on the banks of the River Seine, where the ceremony will take place.

Socios will also host two photobooths in which the 750 guests attending the ceremony will be able to take a picture with the iconic trophy and have the chance to earn a Fan Token from one of the platform’s 100+ partners.

Alexandre Dreyfus, Founder and CEO of Socios, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual awards ceremony in football, and to be part of a ceremony that has become one of the most anticipated events in the sports calendar.

“Socios was created to bring fans closer than ever to their heroes, and the Ballon d’Or is the event that gathers football’s biggest stars, so it’s a perfect combination.”

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Falcon Edge, DST Global, D1 Capital and RedBird Capital lead $840 Million investment in Dream Sports at $8 Billion valuation

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Dream SportsIndia’s leading sports tech company with brands such as Dream CapitalFanCodeDream11DreamSetGoDream Game Studios, and DreamPay in its portfolio, announced the completion of an investment of $840 Million at an $8 Billion valuation, led by Falcon Edge, DST Global, D1 Capital, RedBird Capital and Tiger Global. The round also saw participation from existing investors like TPG and Footpath Ventures, making it amongst the largest investments globally in the sports tech sector.

Dream Sports, with an existing user base of 140 million Indian sports fans, is on a mission to build one of the world’s largest sports ecosystems which includes Sports Content, Commerce, Experiences, Fan Engagement (including Sports Gaming and Esports), Web 3.0 solutions, Fantasy Sports and Fitness Tech. Earlier this year, Dream Sports further strengthened its commitment to this space by announcing a corpus of $250 Million through its CVC and M&A arm, Dream Capital. Dream Capital has built an initial portfolio of 10 companies, largely focusing on thematic early stage investments in India, including, Fittr, SoStronkKheloMore and Elevar. Dream Capital is now expanding its sports, fan engagement and fitness portfolio in India and globally.

Commenting on the investment, Harsh Jain, CEO and Co-Founder, Dream Sports said, “Our vision and mission is to create an entrepreneur-led virtuous cycle of investment, innovation and wealth creation for all stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from fans to athletes, teams and leagues. Our investors have deep experience in developing sports ecosystems globally, and we are fortunate to have their guidance to ‘Make Sports Better’ for 1 Billion Indian sports fans.”

“We’re excited to partner with the Dream Sports family in their vision of building the leading end-to-end sports tech company in India,” said Rahul Mehta, Managing Partner at DST Global. “We’re very impressed with their customer centric approach, product strategy and ability to strengthen connections between fans and their favorite sports.”

A homegrown company founded in 2008 by Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth, Dream Sports is located in Mumbai and employs close to 1,000 ‘Sportans’.

Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Dream Sports on the transaction.

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