Azerion will become minority shareholder from the club
This partnership will deliver a high-quality fan experience by integrating offline and online services
International gaming company Azerion and Dutch football club Fortuna Sittard are set to write the future of gaming together.
The Amsterdam-based internet company, specialising in online gaming and advertising technology, has become the co-owner of the Limburg Eredivision ist by acquiring a minority stake of 20 per cent.
This investment made by Azerion – a company best known to the general public for its flagship games Habbo Hotel, Governor of Poker and Hotel Hideaway – will give the Limburg popular club the means to meet its sporting and corporate ambitions.
The football club will also benefit from the deployment of Azerion’s extensive digital and advertising capabilities to expand its strategic position. This partnership will help bring Fortuna Sittard fans together ever closer through the strategic use of digital, social, and interactive communication tools – exactly like when creating entertainment through games and exclusive content.
Joining forces with high expectations
“We are very happy and excited to join forces with Azerion,” said Isitan Gün, chairman of Fortuna Sittard. “Azerion is a fast-growing company with global impact and unprecedented expertise in the field of gaming and advertising technology. After we started talking to each other, we quickly noticed that there were many similarities between the two parties and that we matched well in terms of organisational culture. We both have an out-of-the-box mentality and are dedicated to realising our ambitious and creative ideas. We see a very bright future with Azerion at our side.”
Atilla Aytekin, founder and CEO of Azerion, agreed: “From the very first moment, the collaboration with Fortuna Sittard went incredibly well”. “We were welcomed to the stadium with enormous warmth, which made us feel at home right away. We are football fans and see many similarities between this fantastic club and Azerion. Fortuna Sittard is – just like us – one big family and with games from our portfolio such as Habbo Hotel and Hotel Hideaway, we know that a strong and close relationship with the community is very important and valuable. It was therefore logical for us to invest in this beautiful club.”
More than just capital
Azerion brings not only capital to Fortuna Sittard, but a wealth of valuable expertise. The successful Dutch gaming and advertising technology organisation wants to achieve a healthy and successful growth through the partnership with the Limburg professional football club in the organisational areas, commerce and fan base growth. The objective is to help Fortuna Sittard become a stable mid-table player in the Eredivisie. “Helping organisations grow is in our DNA,” explained Azerion CEO Atilla Aytekin. “Azerion has already invested in more than fifty organisations and helped them grow their business. We are determined to do the same for Fortuna Sittard. We know how we can achieve digital interaction with people and want to support Fortuna Sittard with this. We also want to strengthen the strong family relationship between the fans and the club by introducing new forms of exclusive and entertaining content, games and interactive means of communication to the club”. Fortuna chairman Isitan Gün also sees the advantages of this: “In the football world, technology and innovative and interactive ways of communication are becoming increasingly important and I, therefore, believe that this collaboration is a good example of how these domains reinforce each other.”
Game Development World Championship 2023 Summer Season Winners Announced!
The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) celebrated the 2023 Summer Season with an Awards Stream on Thursday, September 21st. At the event, GDWC announced winners in 11 categories for the Summer Season.
Watch the Award Stream recording on the GDWC youtube channel.
Indie Award Winner: Three Minutes To Eight by Chaosmonger Studio.
Studio Award Winner: Planet Cube: Edge by Sunna Entertainment
Hobby Award Winner: Wretched Depths by Wretched Devs
Mobile Award Winner: Boxville by Triomatica Games
Best Web3 Game Award Winner: Stella Fantasy by Ring Games
AR & VR Award Winner: Stilt by Rekt Games
Immersal SDK Award Winner: KramARkapellet by darteq
Made-with-Houdini Award Winner: Kristala by Astral Clocktower Studios
Procedural Award Winner: SULFUR by Perfect Random
Action Award Winners:
1st Place: Tactical Squad: SWAT Stories by Red Mountain Games
2nd Place: SpaceBourne2 by Dbk Games
3rd Place: DOOMBLADE by Muro Studios
Gcore Cloud Award Winners:
1st Place: Feudums by Kalamona Studios
2nd Place: Vaudeville by Bumblebee Studios
3rd Place: Retail Royale by DarxDev
All the Winning games of the Season can be found on the GDWC website, here: https://thegdwc.com/awards/
GDWC sends congratulations to all the winners and huge thanks to all developers who participated in the championship, and to all the sponsors and partners that made the GDWC 2023 Summer Season possible.
The GDWC 2023 Winter Season is currently open for submissions with the biggest prize pool in GDWC history, totalling over $660,000 in value. Prizes are spread across 12 award categories and range from swag & software licences to cash prizes, publishing deals and marketing & User Acquisition funding.
GDWC is free to participate and open to everyone from hobbyist & student developers to professional studios from all over the world. Games on all digital platforms – PC, Consoles, Mobile, VR & AR, Web & Browsers, are accepted. Developers can participate with a game they are currently working on, or with a game they have released, as long as it was released after August 1st 2022.
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Opera GX, the browser for gamers, today announced that its number of monthly active users (MAU) has surpassed 25 million across desktop and mobile devices. This milestone highlights Opera GX’s increasing adoption within the gaming community and its integral position within gaming culture.
“We are thrilled to announce this remarkable achievement of 25 million monthly active users, as Opera GX continues to prove its commitment to enhancing the browsing experience for gamers worldwide. With a passion for innovation and dedication to the gaming community, we look forward to sharing what the future holds,” said Krystian Kolondra, Executive Vice President of Browsers and Gaming at Opera.
Since 2019, Opera GX has been dedicated to delivering a distinct browsing experience for gamers. Its aim was to address the challenge posed by resource-intensive browsers during gaming sessions while simultaneously offering a unique aesthetic and enhanced customizability that aligns perfectly with gamers’ preferences. Today, Opera GX is at the forefront of innovative browsers, providing dynamic features like Aria, a free, cutting-edge generative AI service, solidifying it as a staple in the gaming environment.
Seizing the moment, Opera GX has taken advantage of its strong technology and platform capabilities to provide gamers with useful and entertaining tools, uniting a global community of passionate gamers and giving users a new and exciting way to browse the internet.
BetConstruct introduces a New Application – iGaming Bot
BetConstruct, a leading technology and service provider, launches its new product, iGaming Bot, an application tailored to operate within Telegram.
With iGaming Bot, BetConstruct partners and operators can integrate popular iGaming functions directly into Telegram, providing a streamlined and accessible gaming experience that complements traditional website and mobile application offerings.
The new product includes a diverse range of exciting features and services directly through the Telegram app, opening access to a vast selection of thrilling slot games in a single platform. Additionally, iGaming Bot offers a hassle-free experience, with seamless deposits and withdrawals, account and payment method verification, as well as 24/7 live support.
This is a unique opportunity for iGaming businesses to stay ahead of the competition, combining convenience and entertainment in a single platform.
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