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World Cricket Championship marks its 155 million milestone with Tamil commentary in addition to English and Hindi

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160 million WCC players now have access to Tamil and Telugu versions, beyond English
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Former Team India player and IPL commentator Abhinav Mukund to carry out Tamil Commentary.

While Matthew Hayden and Aakash Chopra carry out the English and Hindi versions respectively

World Cricket Championship (WCC), from the house of Nazara Technologies, has recently touched the 155 million download mark. The game was at 140 million in January 2021, and has managed to gross another 15 million downloads recently.  Given the growth, the company is now looking to reach out to its fans in the vernacular markets beyond Hindi and English. Former team India player and IPL commentator, Abhinav Mukund will reach out to the Tamil user-base, while Matthew Hayden and Aakash Chopra will manage the English and Hindi audience respectively.

As the Covid crisis staggers the world with lockdowns, and live sports has taken a hit owing to lockdown restrictions, WCC served as an alternative to authentic cricket experience from the safety of homes. Given the growing user-base, the game aims to further penetrate the regional markets and cater to a larger share of audience which now has better access to smartphones and data connectivity.

Resonating on the same lines, Next Wave Multimedia CEO and co-founder P.R. Rajendran says, “With the introduction of professional commentators into the game, the aim is to bring users as close as possible to the actual game of cricket. With the recent suspension of live sports, we would be glad for WCC to bring respite to the cricket fans confined in their homes.”

While Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden added to the realism of the game, Abhinav Mukund will further accelerate the feeling and connect further with the vernacular audience, bridging cultural boundaries.

Says Abhinav Mukund, “WCC as a game provides a very lifelike cricketing experience. Apart from a range of varied controls that the game brings already has, now, commentary in Tamil will only add to the game’s list of growing features, ushering a much more realistic experience, while giving the regional audience a chance to connect more.”

Abhinav Mukund is a classy opening batsman, having represented India, the former Tamil Nadu Skipper is now a famed cricket commentator. Players would be able to manually switch to the Tamil version of the commentary to experience the terrific commentary of Mukund.

WCC3 has featured in some prominent esports tournaments in the country including Redbull M.E.O., Skyesports and LXG WCC tournaments. Being one of the only ‘Made in India’ games to feature in esports tournaments in the country, WCC is looking to make it easier for players and tournament organisers to conduct tournaments on the game with its recently launched esports mode.

The World Cricket Championship series has been created by Chennai based Next Wave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Nazara Technologies Ltd., a leading India based diversified gaming and sports media platform. Launched in November 2020, the third instalment is the latest in the series. The game has won the Indian Game Developers Conference’s “Studio Game of the Year” award and Google Play Store’s “Users Choice” Award 2020.

 

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Galaxy Racer Increases Prize Pool To Half A Million Pesos, Content Creators To Play ‘Squid Game’ On Roblox And Pay It Forward To The Gaming Community

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Galaxy Racer (GXR), one of the fastest-growing esports, gaming and lifestyle organizations in the world, headquartered in Dubai, with market presence in Southeast Asia, Middle East North Africa, South Asia and Europe, has increased its prize pool from P100,000 to a whopping P500,000 (US$10,000) for its ‘pay it forward to the gaming community’ initiative.

Galaxy Racer will be hosting their very own in-house ‘Squid Game’ tournament on Roblox, an online gaming platform and game creation system, involving forty-nine Galaxy Racer content creators from the Philippines with over 180 million social media followers. It will be hyper-localized in the Philippines to ‘GXR Pusit Game: Your Second Chance At Life’. Pusit means ‘squid’ in Tagalog and follows Squid Game’s iconic survival game show set-up, but with a twist.

Fans will stand a chance to win the prize money by supporting their favourite content creator. Fans will be able to comment on the post of the content creator they are rooting for with the hashtag #GXRPusitGame and an explanation via a story submission on the Galaxy Racer content creator’s post of why they think they are worthy to win the prize money for a second chance at life. The entry period for the contest will close on October 21st at 10:00 AM PHT.

The last content creator standing after competing in an intense 7-round gauntlet of trending games will win the tournament, thereafter selecting the most compelling story amongst their fans’ entries whereby the lucky fan will receive the prize money of PHP500,000 (US$10,000) which will be announced during the livestream. The online community engagement event will commence on October 22nd, 2021 at 4:00 PM PHT on Galaxy Racer PH’s Facebook page.

The GXR Pusit Game will feature notable Galaxy Racer content creators such as model and actress Sachzna Laparan, Filipino TikTok star Spencer Serafica, YouTube creators Tukomi, model and Facebook streamer Kristine Santamena, actor and dancer McCoy de Leon, and actress Ayeesha Cervantes.

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M88 expands esports coverage by partnering with BETER

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International sports and esports betting provider BETER announced today that they have teamed up with M88. The leading Asian sportsbook has decided to take advantage of BETER’s portfolio to further engage their players across the region with the addition of more than 30,000 extra global esports tournament events and 200,000 ESportsBattle matches every year.

“Here at BETER, we are convinced that collaborating with M88 is another significant step towards increasing our presence in the Asian market, which is one of our primary focuses for the next few years. We firmly believe that this partnership will prove to be prosperous and beneficial for both parties,” said Gal Ehrlich, CEO at BETER.

BETER will provide M88 with customised quarter markets that perfectly suit their players’ needs. All live streams, data, odds, and margins can easily be managed in the BETER’s Client Console.

“We’ve been interested in the type of fast content which BETER provides for some time, and we also see exactly what BETER can offer to M88 customers with live streaming of engaging ESportsBattle matches and odds for the most popular global esports tournaments. The integration and testing process proved that we found a reliable partner with top-notch solutions that will help us further enhance what we offer bettors,” said Alan Wafer, Head of Business Development at M88.

In his strategy presentation in July 2021, Gal Ehrlich emphasised that expanding into the Asian market is one of BETER’s core goals, as this region represents a promising avenue for future business growth. He also added that the company would focus on expanding its product portfolio and developing exclusive content.
BETER is a leading provider of fast sports & esports content, live streaming, live data, and odds for the betting industry. BETER powers Setka Cup, ESportsBattle and Asia Pro League tournaments and offers trading of world esports events. BETER sports and esports content is featured on more than 100 sportsbooks across the globe.

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Okada Manila to Go Public by Merging with SPAC

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Okada Manila has signed a merger agreement with blank-check firm 26 Capital Acquisition Corp that will see its stock listed on the Nasdaq through an American Depository Receipt programme.

The US$2.6bn merger will provide the casino operator US$275m in cash proceeds that will be used for growth and other corporate purposes. It is expected the merger will close in the first half of next year.

“With its beautiful new facility, a desirable location in one of the fastest-growing gaming markets in the world, and potential for industry-leading margins and cash flow conversion, I believe Okada Manila is an extremely compelling investment,” Jason Ader, Chairman and CEO of 26 Capital, said.

According to local media reports, Universal Entertainment Corp will continue controlling approximately 88% of the combined company once the deal is closed. Byron Yip, current Okada President, will continue leading the company.

“We are fortunate to operate the most luxurious integrated resort in the Philippines, and excited to realise the full potential of this state-of-the-art facility for gaming, entertainment, and hospitality as a public company and in partnership with Jason Ader of 26 Capital,” Byron Yip said.

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