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Gamestream® and Chunghwa Telecom successfully launch iOS cloud gaming app

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Console quality cloud gaming now available for iOS gamers in Taiwan 

Console quality cloud gaming is now available with the debut of the Hami 5G iOS mobile app in Taiwan. Bringing 65 iconic console titles to iOS users with high performance cloud gaming, Chunghwa Telecom’s Hami iOS mobile gaming app is powered by pioneering technology developed by Gamestream, a world-leading B2B cloud gaming technology company headquartered in France.

Chunghwa Telecom, the biggest telecoms company in Taiwan, started working with Gamestream in June 2020, when Chunghwa Telecom launched the Hami 5G cloud gaming app for Android. Due to unprecedented demand from its iOS users, Chunghwa Telecom developed an iOS version of Hami using Gamestream’s technology and content library.

Chunghwa Telecom recently submitted the Hami 5G iOS app for approval to be added to the App Store, from which it is now available. The iOS cloud gaming service is a white-labelled version of Gamestream’s cloud gaming solution, offering access to over 65 iconic console titles, delivering high performance iOS cloud gaming.

Ivan Lebeau, CEO at Gamestream commented:

“At Gamestream, we’re pleased to see the Hami 5G iOS app available now in the App Store. This perhaps indicates greater receptiveness to cloud gaming on the part of Apple. Chunghwa Telecom’s successful deployment of the Hami 5G iOS cloud gaming app enables 5G iOS customers to experience console quality titles across any iOS device including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.”

He added:

“Gamestream leads in cloud gaming technology innovation. In November 2020, we pioneered and brought to market Progressive Web Application technology ahead of any other technology company, enabling cloud gaming beyond the App Store. Our mission is to deliver the most advanced cloud gaming technology in the world, meeting best-in-class industry standards, enabling platform agnostic cloud gaming on any platform.”

Gamestream cloud gaming has been deployed in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, predominantly via white-labelled versions of its cloud gaming technology and content, through leading telecoms operators including Etisalat in UAE, Sunrise in Switzerland, Telkom Indonesia, Medion Erazer in Germany, Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, and recently Bouygues Telecom in France.

Gamestream offers a platform agnostic cloud gaming solution powered by 5G-ready technology, delivering cloud gaming at any time, anywhere and for anyone. Gamestream is accessible on smartphones (iOS and Android apps), Smart TVs, PCs, Macs and tablets. Gamestream features video games catalogue for family and casual gamers, having acquired the rights for over 300 titles from leading global publishing partners including Disney, Capcom, Konami, Codemasters and Focus Home Interactive.

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NASR Esports takes Global Esports Tour 2021 Dubai title in undefeated run

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United Arab Emirates-based team NASR Esports lifted the Global Esports Tour 2021 Dubai title in style, winning the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament in an undefeated run on November 27.

The team beat Doomsday 2-0 in the semi-finals in a best-of-three tie, before whitewashing Triple 6 3-0 in the best-of-five grand final to win the US$8,000 pay cheque.

The runners-up took home US$4,000 while Doomsday and Level E-sports won US$1,500 for making it to the final four.

They came through a field of 30 teams that took part in the open qualifiers, all vying for a spot at next year’s Global Esports Tour Dubai.

NASR Esports’ victory will assure them a spot at the event in March, where they will compete against the world’s best professional CS:GO teams for a total prize pool of US$250,000.

The Dubai event wraps up the 2021 season of the Global Esports Tour, following successful stops in Los Angeles and Riyadh. Next up on the GEF calendar is the inaugural edition of its flagship event: the Global Esports Games held from December 17-19 in Singapore.

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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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Macao Detains Suncity Boss on China Gambling Charge

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Macao police on Saturday detained the head of Macao’s biggest casino junket organiser and others after Chinese authorities issued an arrest warrant for them over accusations that they ran an illegal cross-border gambling syndicate.

The arrests in the gambling enclave came after prosecutors in Wenzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, on Friday accused Suncity Group CEO Alvin Chau and another person, Zhang Ningning, of leading cross-border gambling operations and setting up casinos across China.

Casinos and most forms of gambling are illegal in mainland China, and semi-autonomous Macao is the only Chinese city allowed to operate a casino. Mainland visitors are able to travel to Macao to gamble but are required to obtain a visa.

“Based on evidence obtained from previous criminal investigations, the (Macao) police brought the criminal suspect Chau and other persons involved back to the police station for investigation in accordance with the law this morning,” Macao’s government said in a statement on Saturday.

Authorities said they had been investigating the case since July last year. They said that the gambling syndicate has 199 shareholder representatives, over 12,000 agents that promoted its gambling operations and more than 80,000 gamblers in its network.

The syndicate also set up asset management firms to assist gamblers with cross-border fund transfers and to recover debts they owed, authorities said.

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