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Kaspersky: in Russia, more than half of gamers consider working in the gaming industry

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Kaspersky: in Russia, more than half of gamers consider working in the gaming industry
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According to a survey by Kaspersky*, more than half (63%) of Russian gamers aged 18 to 24 came to the idea of building a career in the gaming industry. Another 17% have already been or currently are involved.

At the same time, 40% of young people are sure their parents will be proud of them working in the gaming industry. However, 11% still mentioned their parents will most likely be disappointed with this decision.

“People interested in gaming today have a lot of opportunities to make their living from their hobby. It’s about esports competitions, streaming, and, of course, developing games. From this point of view, Russia is a promising country and there are many ways for both artists and programmers. The gaming industry is a large and successful business, this is a place for creativity and self-realization of various specialists. And we share the position of those 40% who believe it is useful to talk more about games with parents, even if you are already an adult. Unfortunately, not everyone understands what opportunities emerge for these young people who have decided to devote their lives to gaming, ” says Maria Namestnikova, Head of Global Research & Analysis Team at Kaspersky, Russia.

If we are talking about esports alone, then according to our research, almost every third (29%) respondent is supported by parents in his plans to build a career in this field. At the same time, 29% also said that they did not talk to their parents about it at all, because they know they would not approve such a choice.

“As for esports, the level of public and professional approval has increased significantly over the past five years. According to our data, today every third applicant in Russia is sure that esports helps in their professional development, and more than half of top managers and business owners believe that esports has a positive impact on employee productivity. Therefore, even if you do not make a career in esports, leaving it just as a hobby, competitive video games can still be useful in your work, ” says Yaroslav Meshalkin, Chief Strategic Communications Officer at ESforce Holding.

Kaspersky advises both amateur and professional gamers:

  • to install a reliable security solution with a game mode that allows it to work efficiently without affecting performance, such as Kaspersky Total Security;

  • to create separate complex passwords for each of your game accounts. You can store them using a special program – a password manager;

  • not to download unofficial game releases from dubious sources and double-check the release dates of official releases.

*The survey was conducted by Savanta company on behalf of Kaspersky Lab in November 2020. In Russia, 509 respondents were interviewed. The results above summarize PC players only.

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STS and TGLab enter into a strategic partnership

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STS, one of the largest bookmakers in Central and Eastern Europe, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with TGLab, a leading international iGaming technology and development company. TGLab will service stsbet.com, stsbet.co.uk and other regulated markets in the future.

Through the agreement, STS is able to utilise the company’s new, purpose-built and modern iGaming platform, i.e. Player Account Management system (PAM), to support STS’s launch on new markets and the re-launch of the stsbet.com website.

For several months the development team from the STS Gaming Group, in cooperation with TG Lab Software House, have been working on a number of changes to the stsbet.com website, which is one of the two B2C services provided by the Group to clients outside Poland (stsbet.com and stsbet.co.uk). The improvements and changes achieved resulted in creating a new and better version of stsbet.com, which was re-launched in May 2021.

The STS Team also migrated the operations of its largest market outside Poland – the United Kingdom, to the TGLab iGaming platform so as to improve the efficiency and quality of the gaming experience offered to the UK clients of the STS Gaming Group on www.stsbet.co.uk.

The whole process covered a wide range of data. TGLab will now provide STS with better and more effective tools both in acquiring new players and in making the gambling product more attractive to existing players of both the stsbet.com and stsbet.co.uk services.

Ugnius Simelionis TG LAB CEO said: “We at TG Lab always strive to serve each customer more, localise their products, implement bespoke solutions. So, it was a perfect match with STS Gaming Group. This company cares a lot about highest standard product,- not only for players, but also their team members. TG Lab’s new platform back office allows all teams in gaming business to have most efficient working environment, which is key factor for them to deliver growth and success for the business.

STS is a Polish company which, outside of its home market, has its largest customer base in the UK, where it continues to develop and systematically record dynamic growth. When debuting overseas two years ago, the management strategically decided to launch a separate website for the UK market (stsbet.co.uk) while the global website (stsbet.com) was still in the development stage. Migrating both websites onto a new TGLab’s platform now is, therefore, another step towards the implementation of an STS international strategy of expansion into foreign markets.

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GLMS Re-appoints Ludovico Calvi as its President

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During its recent online General Assembly, Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has elected a new Executive Committee for the 2021-2023 period and re-appointed Ludovico Calvi as its President.

According to GLMS Statutes, the Executive Committee forms one of the four governing bodies of GLMS, together with the General Secretariat, headquartered in Lausanne, the General Meeting (membership) and the Auditors. The Executive Committee is made up of 8 members, including a Chair, acting as President, and a Vice Chair. Committee Members have to each represent a different country lottery.

Ludovico Calvi (Board member, Lottomatica – Italy) has been re-appointed President of the Association for his 3rd mandate. Gilles Maillet, (Sport Integrity Director, La Française des Jeux- France) has been appointed as Vice-Chair for his 1st mandate, replacing Rupert Bolingbroke (Hong Kong Jockey Club), who did not stand for election this time.

While 4 members are elected directly by the GLMS Membership, 4 are nominated by GLMS’ collective co-founding members, World Lottery Association and European Lotteries, each of whom present 2 nominees for validation by the Membership base.

The elected members of the Executive Committee of The Global Lottery Monitoring System – GLMS for the term 2021-2023 are (in alphabetical order)

  • Ludovico Calvi , Lottomatica, Italy (Chair/President)
  • Lat Diop, LONASE, Senegal
  • Younès EL Mechrafi, MDJS, Morocco
  • Lori Sullivan, OLG, Canada

Ludovico Calvi takes on the reigns for a third mandate in an exciting period for GLMS in full growth and shared, “I am delighted and privileged to have been appointed President of GLMS for a 3rd consecutive term. I would like to thank all members of GLMS for the renewed trust.

During the last 2 terms, as President of the Executive Committee, we have been able to:

  • Review GLMS organization effectively
  • Invest in competent human and technical resources
  • Draw new, transparent and more effective processes and governance
  • Implement new and more efficient Statutes, which will allow GLMS to grow a diversified membership base  involving new strategic Sport Integrity Stakeholders
  • Strengthen Relations with key public and private stakeholders worldwide
  • Define and implement new communication strategy
  • Engage and increase membership base effectively

We have set very solid foundations to drive the success of our Association in the titanic fight against Match Fixing and to protect Sports Integrity worldwide.

I am honored to have been re-elected since this would allow me to carry on the mission of growing GLMS network worldwide and disseminating its core values while guaranteeing continuity and strengthening the association.

I am fully convinced that GLMS represents a tremendous vehicle not only for our Association and its members but also for all other key interested stakeholders, our communities, and our society as a whole”.

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Checkin.com Group’s software now available to 60+ operators through integration with Aspire Global’s iGaming platform

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Checkin.com Group, the tech company that changes how people all over the world checkin with services online, adds platforms to the company’s distribution strategy.  The Checkin.com onboarding software is now available to 60+ brands, for improved onboarding and adaptation to local regulations, through integration with Aspire Global’s (STO:ASPIRE) B2B iGaming platform. Checkin.com Group is continuously looking for opportunities to enable additional relevant platforms to further strengthen the company’s growth.

Checkin.com offers all brands in Aspire Global’s platform its best in-class SaaS technology which optimizes the sign-up experience for each user. It combines multiple UX systems, data sources, and identification methods to provide the best flow out of the box. Using a data-driven approach, the technology has gained great traction within iGaming due to its effectiveness in solving both increased user conversion while at the same time ensuring necessary identification and continuously adapting to local compliance in each market.

“We have had a good flow of new customers signing during the last months, and when we now add platforms to our distribution strategy, we think that we can increase our sales pace further. This is a long term effort on our end and we believe that adding more platforms will add a lot of value to our growth in the years ahead. Aspire Global has established themselves as one of the leading iGaming platform providers and have for long had a clear focus on innovation and technological excellence. We are thrilled about the possibility to work with all the brands on their platform”, comments Andreas Thim, deputy CEO at Checkin.com Group.

Aspire Global operates in 30 regulated markets globally including the US, Africa, Europe and LatAm, with the platform certified in 22 markets around the world.

“Checkin.com’s technology significantly streamlines the onboarding process for players while ensuring compliance requirements are met in full across multiple markets. Integrating this solution within our platform brings widespread benefits, not least for our operator partners by increasing user conversion. This partnership can only enhance our status as providers of the complete iGaming solution,” states Yoel Zuckerberg, VP Product at Aspire Global.

Enabling additional relevant platforms will likely be a contributing factor in Checkin.com Groups’ distribution strategy going forward.

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