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Former Evolution Gaming Head of Engineering, Alex Haywood, joins Interactive Gaming Group as CTO

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Following two decades of working in technology with hyper-growth companies, Alex Haywood, former Evolution Gaming Head of Engineering is joining leading media technology company – Interactive Gaming Group as CTO.

After witnessing the streaming experience evolve from waiting for videos to download, to high definition video streamed globally in milliseconds, Alex looks to apply his experience working to build streaming success stories like Evolution Gaming to drive growth and further develop IGG’s technology.

Commenting on his new role Alex said: “Having spent many years across iGaming and FinTech, I have worked inside the two key hyper growth technology spaces for almost 10 years and have witnessed what is required to succeed. Streaming is going to be one of, if not, the hyper growth market for some time in technology – and we will be on the cutting edge of that. The opportunity to work with Cristina, a key player in this space meant this was a chance too good to turn down.”

“Working with a number of major streaming success stories including Evolution Gaming, streaming has grown to be a real passion of mine. I experienced the death of Flash, the rise and the fall of RTMP, and now the latest technologies in this space such as Apple HLS, Adobe HDS or Microsoft Smooth take us to new heights. We have an incredibly exciting opportunity in front of us as we strive to maintain our position as leaders in the Streaming space while implementing our tech roadmap over the coming months and years. There’s a real opportunity to do something groundbreaking here.” He continued.

Commenting on the landmark hire, a signal of intent by fast-growing streaming pioneer IGG, CEO Cristina Niculae said: “We are delighted to have Alex joining us to lead our technology department, bringing to Interactive Gaming Group a wealth of experience. His knowledge building a world class live streaming service that has placed Evolution Gaming at the top of the immersive market will be hugely valuable for IGG in the coming months and years. Our team has been working hard to bring to life more interactive experiences driven by creators via live streaming and we are looking forward to the next products on our roadmap scheduled for launch this year. Over the last year, Interactive Gaming Group has experienced rapid growth driven by the immense demand in the recently developing streaming ecosystem and by our strategy of connecting creators, viewers and brands on a global scale. As a group we have become a leader in this space, perfectly positioned to capitalize on the growth opportunities available.”

Interactive Gaming Group is a leading media technology company, connecting creators, viewers and brands on a global scale. Founded in 2017 and operating out of Malta and Spain, Interactive Gaming Group vision is ‘To inspire the world to play’ and its mission is to bring great streaming entertainment to people around the world.

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November

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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”

 

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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games

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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions

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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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