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Entain Foundation to Provide Oxygen Concentrators and Covid-19 Fighting Drugs to India via Crown Agents

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Entain, the leading global sports betting and gaming entertainment group, has donated £100,000 to fund relief efforts in response to the unfolding Covid-19 emergency in India. Through the Group’s independent Entain Foundation (“the Foundation”), the Group is supporting the work of Crown Agents, the not-for-profit international development organisation, which will arrange and oversee distribution of support.

Current estimates put the number of new infections at up to 500,000 cases a day, with the World Health Organisation reporting that nearly half of all new Covid-19 cases globally were in India last week. The crisis has meant that many Indian hospitals are unable to cope with the volume of patients and are experiencing a chronic lack of oxygen and other key medical supplies.

Entain’s donation will enable Crown Agents to supply 25 Invacare Platinum Oxygen concentrators, as well as the drugs Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and Dexamethasone, used in the treatment of the virus. The combination of the oxygen concentrators and medical supplies will allow for the treatment of more Covid-19 patients in their own homes, in turn reducing some of the strain on India’s medical infrastructure.

Entain is closely linked to India, employing over 2,500 people via its IvyTech subsidiary in Hyderabad. The Group is making extensive efforts in support of its Indian-based colleagues and their families on the ground, including the procurement of critical medicines, emergency hospitalisation support, assistance with medical insurance and online medical consultations. In addition to this, the Foundation believes it is vital to contribute to the wider relief effort. This decision is in line with the Foundation’s commitment to support the communities in which Entain operates.

Commenting on the donation, Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain said:

“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our colleagues and the Indian people at large in what is a hugely challenging time for all. We hope that the supply of oxygen concentrators and Covid-19 drugs will make a contribution to helping in the fight against this dreadful virus.”

Fergus Drake, CEO of Crown Agents said:

“We are deeply concerned about the current situation in India. Especially in these difficult times, we must stand together to beat the virus globally, once and for all. We very much welcome Entain’s support and are committed to continue to work with our funders globally to beat this deadly disease.”

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NODWIN GAMING BRINGS THE EXCLUSIVE HINDI BROADCAST OF APAC LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS

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The Hindi broadcast will run on Nodwin Gaming YT channel from 11-17 October

South Asia’s Leading esports company NODWIN Gaming is all set to do the exclusive Hindi broadcast of the Asia Pacific Last Chance Qualifiers dated from 11-17 October on Nodwin’s official Youtube channel.

The APAC LCQ will play the best teams from Korea, Japan, China, Southeast Asia and South Asia in the penultimate qualifiers for the Valorant Champions Tour. The South Asia region saw an open door to the APAC LCQ through the Valorant Conquerors Championship by Nodwin Gaming that earned the winner a slot in the qualifiers for VCT. Indian team Global Esports emerged victorious and advanced to the APAC LCQ.

For the first time in PC esports history, South Asia witnessed a total peak viewership of 60K and garnered 6 million views for the whole tournament. Out of which 76.6% was for the Hindi broadcast alone. The hype and the reception for the India qualifiers and the Grand Finals were phenomenal considering the number of people tuning in to watch the matches. The Grand Finals of VCC happened to be El-Classico, the synonym for the greatest rivalry in the Indian Valorant circuit between Global Esports and Velocity Gaming. The tournament ended with Global Esports winning 3-2 in a nailbiter. From losing India Qualifier #1 to winning the title, GE won hearts and praises from all around the world. We will get to see them competing in APAC LCQ for a slot in VCT.

“APAC LCQ is taking the finest team forward and we can’t wait to see how the competition pans out. After giving a great reception for VCC, I’m sure the fans will be eager to watch the LCQ as well and what could have been better than a dedicated Hindi broadcast by Nodwin itself. Let’s make our presence felt. All the best to the lads at Global Esports, make us proud”, said Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.

“LCQ broadcast in Hindi is a great way to bring our community together to cheer for Global Esports, and when you have the entire region rooting for you, anything is possible! Personally, I am a big fan of Global Esport’s journey so far and I will definitely be rooting for them on the Hindi broadcast on Nodwin Gaming’s channel. Do drop by to send some luck to the boys. All excited to see some Skrossi supremacy”, said Sukamal Pegu, Publishing Leader, India & South Asia, Riot Games

The hype created from the Valorant Conquerors Championship by NODWIN Gaming solidified the region’s presence in the global map of Valorant esports and its journey in the VCT.

The exclusive Hindi broadcast is aimed at bringing a local flavour to great competition for the ardent lovers of the game and the tournament in India.

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Sands China, BOC Macau to Launch Co-branded UnionPay Credit Card

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Sands China and the Bank of China Macau Branch have unveiled plans to issue a co-branded UnionPay credit card for Macau residents next month.

According to Sands China, the cooperation is in line with the initiative of “jointly promoting connections between electronic payment systems in the Greater Bay Area” as proposed in the Outline Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the newly released general plan for building a Guangdong-Macao in-depth cooperation zone in Hengqin.

It also seeks to enhance payment convenience while supporting the recovery of the tourism industry.

“Through the collaboration, the two parties will leverage their respective strengths to provide the public with better and more convenient leisure, entertainment and payment experiences,” Sands China said.

The cooperation was formalised at a signing ceremony on Tuesday, attended by Dave Sun, Senior VP and CFO of Sands China Ltd, and Chan Hio Peng, Deputy General Manager of Bank of China Macau Branch.

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iSoftBet signs aggregation deal with Mikadogames

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iSoftBet, the leading online games supplier and content aggregator, has agreed an aggregation partnership with Japanese arcade-style slots provider, Mikadogames.

Offering an alternative to narrative-rich gameplay since it was founded in 2017, Mikadogames creates innovative games and animations inspired by Japanese anime cartoons.

The deal will see a selection of Mikadogames’ GLI certified games added to iSoftBet’s aggregation offering, including the provider’s skill-based sports titles such as The Penalty Kid and Darts Roulette and its fruit machine-inspired Pachinko slots.

Active in 20 regulated global markets, iSoftBet asserts its reputation as an industry leading supplier by providing some of the biggest operators with top performing casino games and the quickest route to market via its aggregation platform, engagement tools and services.

Denisa Csepregi, Commercial Aggregation Manager at iSoftBet, said: “We are always scanning the market for up-and-coming providers that employ unique approaches in game design, and Mikadogames do just that.

“The addition of their exclusive content to our aggregation offering is the first step in what we hope will be a great relationship with even more unique content to come.”

Keiko Tsunego, IT Manager at Mikadogames, said: “iSoftBet’s distinguished aggregation platform adds considerable value to the brand’s name and to our subsequent partnership. We are very satisfied with the agreement and look forward to seeing how our relationship materialises in the months ahead.”

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