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Just the Beginning: Kwalee Expands Bangalore Office With Opening Ceremony

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50+ vacancies at Bangalore studio as enlarged premises secured, following doubled UK office space

Multiplatform games publisher Kwalee has expanded its Bangalore office space to accommodate a fast-growing team in the ‘Silicon Valley of India’.

Kwalee first expanded into India back in May 2020, although COVID-19 restrictions meant that all recruitment and working had to be done remotely for several months. Since then, a fantastic office has been secured in one of the city’s vibrant technology parks and the team in Bangalore has soared to well over 60 members.

With enough current vacancies in Bangalore to see that headcount double, and a projected investment of $30 million in the India studio over the next five years, Kwalee has cleared the way for further growth by revealing a significantly expanded office space in an official opening ceremony.

This office expansion in Bangalore follows the acquisition of expanded premises at the Leamington Spa headquarters too, with both offices effectively doubling in size in a commitment to future team growth.

With CEO David Darling, co-founder and former CEO of Codemasters, and a host of other senior UK-based team members able to safely visit the Bangalore studio for the first time, it was the perfect moment for a ribbon-cutting to mark how much progress has already been made.

As well as this, it was also the first opportunity for Bangalore and Leamington Spa-based colleagues to meet one another in person for the first time ever, despite having collaborated extensively on successful projects like the recent Traffic Cop 3D (6 million+ downloads in three weeks and a #1 app in the USA). A hybrid working model is now in place at Kwalee across all office locations, combining the best of in-studio collaboration and remote working.

“We’re delighted to be expanding our office space in India as part of our continuing commitment to global growth,” said Kwalee CEO David Darling. “It’s been great fun meeting the team in Bangalore for the first time in person and getting to know them even better. The team here has been pivotal in our successes since we set up the studio and it’s amazing to see the Bangalore team growing in size and influence.”

Kwalee’s team now includes more than 180 people across offices in Leamington Spa, Bangalore and Beijing. Combining these locations and permanent remote workers all around the world, Kwalee has employees across 14 countries

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PAGCOR extends cash aid to kin of five fallen Bulacan rescuers

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THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on September 30, 2022 extended financial assistance worth P100,000 to each of the families of the five rescue workers in Malolos, Bulacan who perished recently in the line of duty at the height of Super Typhoon Karding.

PAGCOR provided the cash aid in recognition of the heroism of Narciso Calayag, Jr., Jerson Resurreccion, Marby Bartolome, George Agustin and Troy Justin Agustin. The victims drowned in floodwater when a wall collapsed on them while performing rescue duties last September 25, 2022.

Apart from providing financial assistance to the families of the five fallen rescue workers, the state-run gaming firm joined hands with the Bridges of Benevolent Initiative Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), the charitable arm of The Midori Clark Casino operated by BB International Leisure and Resort Development Corp. (BBI), in conducting relief operations for the typhoon victims in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

The recipients in the towns of San Miguel and Sto. Nino, Pampanga received 400 and 150 food relief packs, respectively, while a total of 300 families in Hagonoy, Bulacan, were also provided relief items. Each relief pack contained rice, instant noodles, coffee, and canned goods.

As of September 30, 2022, PAGCOR and its licensees have distributed 4,700 relief packs in different areas in Luzon affected by the recent typhoon and are set to conduct more distributions in the upcoming days.

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Japneet Singh Sethi, Country Manager, Khelraja wins the prestigious Rising Star Award at the 2nd Edition of The Business Leadership Awards

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Owing to his contribution to the iGaming landscape in Asia, Japneet Singh Sethi, Country Manager, Khelraja has been awarded with the prestigious Rising Star Award in the Gaming category at the 2nd Edition of The Business Leadership Awards. The award ceremony was held on 29th September at Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai. Actress Udita Goswami was the celebrity guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the felicitation, Japneet Singh Sethi said, “It is always an honor to be recognized for your work. I was always focused towards building a thriving iGaming ecosystem for the vast community of iGaming enthusiasts and to be recognized for my efforts in this respect is a great boost to the entire industry. I have always wanted to contribute to my country’s economy and I think iGaming is one of the ways I can give back to the nation. I would also want to congratulate all the other nominees and winners who are working towards the development of their respective sectors”.

Khelraja is Asia’s renowned real-money gaming brand that offers sports betting, casino and esports among other categories. Japneet has been instrumental in expanding the brand’s reach in Asia.

Also, speaking on the occasion Ankit Joshi, Founder & CEO, Feather Touch Business Solutions said, “The Business Leadership Award is initiated with the objective of felicitating the innovative businesses who are ensuring that the world becomes a better place with their efforts for growth of the community and society. It is always an honor to meet the entrepreneurs who are helping the country grow through their vision.”

The event witnessed over 120 attendees. Some of the popular categories in which the awards were given included Brand Marketing, CSR, Real Estate, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Startups, Innovation and Strategy, Healthcare and Information Technology.

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“MPL launches India’s first multi-game Loss Protection initiative for a risk-free gaming experience”

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MPL, one of the world’s largest mobile and skill gaming platforms, has announced India’s first ever multi-game Loss Protection policy that is aimed at safeguarding the interest of the players. With this policy, gamers can claim a refund of up to 100% of the net loss that they may have incurred after playing 10 gameplay sessions with specified thresholds. This initiative is a great step in enabling users to play some of the most popular titles on the platform while keeping their financial security in mind. The loss protection initiative will be available for activation during MPL’s marquee gaming festival, Diwali Lakhpati Party, and will help users enjoy a great  gaming experience during the festive season.

This first of its kind initiative in the gaming industry is aligned with MPL’s player-first approach that shows the company’s commitment towards offering  a safe and secure gaming experience. This will also enable the players to concentrate on the gameplay without having to worry about the probability of losing money.

Through this program, once a user activates this policy, they can avail the option of claiming a refund of their net loss, if incurred, after 10 gameplay sessions. The policy covers select titles which are some of the top games like Poker, Ludo, Fantasy, Carrom, Block Puzzle, etc. The procedure for activating the insurance entails a successful KYC verification and the amount is directly refunded to the users’ MPL wallet. Gamers need to submit their claims on the app to avail the offer.

Commenting on the launch, Namratha Swamy, Country Head – India, MPL, said, “At MPL, we are committed to offering best-in-class gaming experience to our users always. We feel the Loss Protection policy is a great initiative that can foster safe and risk-free gameplay and is aligned with our player- first approach. With this, we hope our users can enjoy a great festive season and play their favorite games on the platform without having to worry about losing money”.

The MPL Diwali Lakhpati Party, which will run from today until October 31, presents many opportunities for players to try their hand at skill gaming and claim grand cash rewards.  The marquee gaming gala, with a total value of Rs 40 crore, will see more than six million gamers with 10,000 users expected to win every hour.

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