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Veloce Racing driver Jamie Chadwick goes ‘back to school’ to host a class of over 300 students for UN International Day of Education

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  • Veloce Racing driver goes ‘back to school’ to inspire the next generation
  • 22-year-old discusses topics including education, sustainability and gender equality
  • Virtual visit to mark United Nations’ International Day of Education
  • Zoom class comes at an unprecedented time for educational norms

In celebration of the third annual United Nations International Day of Education, Veloce Racing Extreme E driver Jamie Chadwick went ‘back to school’ today (25 January) to talk to students at Harris Academy Battersea. Chadwick engaged with the students at length around her career and the new challenge she faces in the pioneering all-electric off-road series.

As a consequence of COVID-19, 1.5 billion young people have been impacted by school closures across 184 countries globally. In the UK, this has led to the vast majority of students currently being home-schooled. Now, more than ever, educational establishments are looking for exciting and inspirational activities to ensure children and teenagers remain focussed and engaged in their lessons.

With support from Girls on Track UK – a Motorsport UK initiative supporting the participation of women in motorsport – 22-year-old Williams F1 Development driver Chadwick was able to engage with over 300 Harris Academy Battersea students for a truly unique educational experience via video call.

As the inaugural W Series Champion and one of nine female drivers in Extreme E, Jamie was perfectly-placed to discuss topical subjects such as careers, gender equality, sustainability and climate change with students, prompting a great deal of enthusiastic discussion.

Jamie Chadwick, Driver, Veloce Racing, said: 

“It was fun being able to talk to students who were so inquisitive about what I do and the series I race in. I really enjoyed answering their questions and I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to Girls on Track for helping to make this possible!

“I think it’s so important to inspire the next generation regarding some of the biggest subjects in today’s world like education, gender equality and climate change, especially during such difficult times for all of us. I hope it gets them all thinking about these issues and ways in which we can make a difference.”

Mr Carr, Vice Principal, Harris Academy Battersea, added: 

“The students had a fantastic time hearing about Jamie’s experience, her passion for her sport and career and her insight into her exciting new challenge with Veloce Racing and Extreme E. She is clearly a rising star in the sport and a great role model for young people, and she was very knowledgeable and really grabbed their attention from the word ‘go’.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say we thoroughly enjoyed Jamie’s virtual visit today and would love to welcome her back when she is able to visit the school in person!”

Sue Sanders, Director of Learning and Development, Motorsport UK commented: 

“Girls on Track UK is delighted to have been instrumental in Jamie’s virtual visit today at the Harris Academy.  With an already impressive list of achievements to her name, as well as her role as a Girls on Track UK ambassador, Jamie is undoubtedly a brilliant and motivational role model for all young people.

“Jamie’s imminent debut racing for Veloce in Extreme E certainly made for enthusiastic and topical conversation with the pupils, particularly around equality and sustainability within motorsport, which was really inspiring to see.

“A huge thank you to Harris Academy, to Jamie and to Veloce for making this happen today – and  we really look forward to a Girls on Track UK event in-person at the school just as soon as restrictions are lifted.”

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Lottery.com Enters Into an Agreement with Ritzio International, as it Seeks to Enter Various European Markets

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Lottery. com, a leading platform that allows users to play the lottery online, has signed an engagement letter with Ritzio International (“Ritzio”) in relation to an expansion of Lottery. com’s business into European markets.

Ritzio is a leading gaming brand for outstanding customer service, profitable strategy, and leadership. Its gaming venues are primarily small and medium-sized properties located in urban areas throughout Europe. Their stable gaming network provides visitors with flexible access to a growing portfolio of gaming venues, entertainment services and strict standards of quality and safety.

Europe’s gambling market is estimated to be approximately €23 billion ($27.4 billion). The addressable market in the countries that Ritzio covers includes 96 million people.

“This partnership is an important inroad as we expand our overseas operations and offer our products to new markets,” said Lottery. com CEO Tony DiMatteo. “Ritzio’s established presence and experience in the gaming industry is phenomenal and aligns well with our growth strategy.”

The deal demonstrates Lottery.com’s recent efforts to increase its international expansion and presence, with Ritzio operating more than 150 gaming halls across its Germany, Romania, and Belarus divisions, exceeding 3,800 gaming terminals and €90 million ($107 million) of annual revenue. Ritzio brings more than 15 years experience in this market. More information about Ritzio can be found on their website https://ritzio.eu/

On February 22, 2021, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Trident Acquisitions Corp. (Nasdaq: TDACU, TDAC, TDACW) to become a publicly traded company on The Nasdaq Stock Market.

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Voodoo Ranger Becomes Official Beer Partner of Dignitas

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Voodoo Ranger has become the Official Beer Partner of the esports organisation Dignitas.

The partnership marks the first in esports for Voodoo Ranger and features community-centric social, digital, and future on-location activations with the goal of connecting Dignitas’ vibrant fanbase through the organisation’s content creators and athletes.

Through the partnership, Voodoo Ranger and Dignitas will collaborate on exciting new content to celebrate Dignitas’ passionate esports fans and community. In Voodoo Ranger Community Game Nights, streamed live on Twitch, Dignitas athletes and content creators will square-off in battles of bragging rights and brews. Dignitas will also hold a series of fan-focused Happy Hours and release original content, celebrating the special connection between gaming fans across the world and the future of the global esports community. Dignitas and Voodoo Ranger will continue to connect gaming fans and athletes at live, in-person events in the future; offering opportunities for tasting, sampling and celebrating.

“Our partnership with Dignitas is an amazing chance to support a team and community that loves beer and all things gaming and esports but includes the community support and initiatives that we as a brewery also hold extremely close to our hearts. Cheers!” Patrick Morgan, Voodoo Ranger Community Manager, said.

“Aligning with a brand that values bringing people together as highly as we do makes Voodoo Ranger a natural fit. Community is the lifeblood of esports and gaming, and we’re proud to partner with a brand dedicated to uplifting and celebrating the lives and moments we all share together,” John Spiher, Vice President of Partnerships at Dignitas, said.

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BLAST Premier extends broadcast reach for 2021 season with eight new media deals

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Media deals include linear TV channels SportsMax, Nordic Entertainment Group and BOLT+ after increased viewership in 2020

Esports tournament BLAST Premier has extended its international broadcast reach with eight new media rights deals for the rest of the 2021 season.

TV channels SportsMax, Nordic Entertainment Group and BOLT+, among other new deals, will take the world’s leading Counter-Strike tournament series to a number of new regions around the world, including: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Iceland, Canada, Kosovo, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and the Caribbean.

The new rights partnerships will extend the esports media network’s portfolio of media rights to over 35 partners, meaning BLAST Premier will be shown in 18 different languages and across 157 territories.

The announcement highlights a period of growth for BLAST’s TV and online distribution footprint after a year of increased viewership for esports. Newszoo’s 2020 report estimated a year-on-year increase in the total esports audience by 11.7% to just short of 500 million people, while revenue from media rights and sponsorships ($822.4m) was expected to account for three-quarters of the total market.

Last season, BLAST Premier enjoyed increased viewership and more than 83 million hours of content watched across all seven of its Counter-Strike tournaments while posting the most watched CS:GO online match of all time during the Global Final.

Alexander Lewin, VP of Distribution and Programming for BLAST, said: “We are thrilled to see so many new partners join the BLAST network of leading TV and online channels. These deals will offer even more fans the opportunity to tune in to watch BLAST Premier from around the world, which is now accessible in over 150 territories and 18 languages. We expect to continue our path of expansion during an exciting period of viewership growth at BLAST Premier and in esports.”

BLAST Premier is a global Counter-Strike tournament series that unites all major events, offers opportunities to all regions across the globe and crowns the world champions of CS:GO. Up to 32 teams will take part in the seven BLAST Premier events this year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 on the line.

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