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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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AGTech Wins Lottery Terminal Supply Tenders for Shaanxi, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces

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Lottery and integrated technology and services company AGTech Holdings Limited (AGTech) has announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has successfully won procurement tenders to supply lottery terminals to Sports Lottery Administration Centres in Shaanxi province, Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province of the People’s Republic of China.

AGTech already has previous success in the China market, having won a bid in 2018 for supplying its new dual, touchscreen lottery terminals to the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Shanghai and Hebei.

Even before this, AGTech introduced new instant win games, launched in partnership with Chinese logistics firm SF Holdings across Shenzen, Nanchang, Changsha and Nanjing.

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Philippine President Marcos Announces Ban on POGOs

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has banned the establishment of any new Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), also known as Internet Gaming Licensees (IGLs), with immediate effect. Existing POGO operators will have until the end of the year to wind down their operations.

The verdict, not entirely unexpected, was delivered during his State of the Nation Address in Manila on Monday following widespread pressure from a Senate investigation into illegal POGO-linked activities.

“Effective today, all POGOs are banned. I hereby instruct [gaming regulator] PAGCOR to wind down and cease the operations of POGOs by the end of the year,” Marcos said in his SONA.

The decision to shut down POGOs follows a series of recent raids on illegal POGO compounds in Pampanga and Tarlac amid allegations they had been engaging in human trafficking and scam activities.

A full ban, proposed by multiple senators, had also gained the support of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the National Economic and Development Authority.

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VSPO Chairman Dino Ying Named Member of the Asian Games Esports Task Force

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VSPO chairman and co-founder Dino Ying has been appointed as one of the three members of the esports title selection task force for the 20th Asian Games in 2026.

The mandate of the task force is “to select and recommend for approval” titles that will be featured at the 20th Asian Games, according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Hideki Okamura from Japan and Mr. Carlos Tang Jiahe from Hong Kong are the two other members of the task force.

Earlier this year, Ying was already elected as a member of the OCA’s first Esports and E Martial Art Committee.

VSPO, Asia’s largest esports operator, has played a key role in making esports’ entry into the Asian Games a reality. VSPO was the operator for the esports series at both Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games and the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games where esports became first a demonstration sport and later a medal sport.

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