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RAW iGaming signs industry heavyweights as CTO and COO

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Ricardo Ruiz and Henrik Fagerlund join fast-growing studio that recently launched its first two titles powered by its innovative SuperSlice® engine

RAW iGaming, the new innovative online slot developer, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of two industry heavyweights, Ricardo Ruiz and Henrik Fagerlund.

RAW iGaming was founded in March 2021 by industry veteran Tom Wood and has already driven massive interest for its new and innovative SuperSlice® concept. It now plans to build out its management team as it continues to grow at pace.

Ruiz joins as Chief Technology Officer and will use his strong academic background in computer science and more than ten years industry experience to further develop and improve the architectural and technical foundation of the business.

He moves to RAW from Videoslots where he was CTO and was responsible for bringing forth technical growth and innovation for the operator as well as launching its platform in multiple regulated markets around the world. He has also held CTO roles at Native Sevilla and M-Bet Tanzania.

Ricardo RuizChief Technology Officer at RAW iGaming, said: “I am super passionate about technology, gaming and product innovation and with RAW I get all my boxes checked.

“It’s such a great time to jump on board, with so much achieved already but still with everything in front of us. I look forward to building new technology, culture and a new team that’s going to disrupt the industry in the most spectacular way.”

Fagerlund has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer at RAW iGaming and has been tasked with ensuring the provider operates with reliability and to the highest possible standards. His experience is unrivalled having held senior roles at GTECH and Paf.

He joins RAW from provider powerhouse Evolution Gaming where he was Managing Director of Malta for NetEnt and Director of Product Innovation for Evolution. He will now focus on driving company operations including strategy, product development and sales.

Henrik FagerlundChief Operations Officer at RAW iGaming, said: “I truly love the iGaming industry for being so dynamic and ever changing but the one thing I feel is missing is true innovation.

“When I met Tom and he showed me the SuperSlice® concept and the other stuff he is cooking up I felt like real innovation was here and something I wanted to be a part of. Tom explained this is what RAW is about, shaking things up, innovating, and truly avoiding the sea of sameness.

“That hit the target for me and it’s an absolute honour to join RAW. Here I can bring all my experience, passion and energy to the table and help make a difference.”

Tom WoodCEO of RAW iGaming, said: “Adding Ricardo and Henrik further establishes RAW’s focus on excellence and quality.

“Ricardo will ensure the technical security and viability of our platforms while Henrik will bring to bear his incredible wealth of knowledge in iGaming and will ensure our teams deliver to the quality levels and innovation which RAW will be known for.

“I feel so honoured they have chosen RAW, and both together will ensure stability during RAW’s quick expansion.”

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IMG ARENA invests in computer vision specialist Signality

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Enables IMG ARENA to capture richer, faster and more accurate data on behalf of sports leagues and federations, enhancing fan experience and engagement

IMG ARENA, a leading sports data and technology business, announced today a strategic investment in Swedish computer vision specialist Signality. Providing IMG ARENA with a controlling interest, the investment will enhance IMG ARENA’s data collection capabilities with leading computer vision and camera technologies.

Combined with IMG ARENA’s leading products, extensive network, and operational scale, Signality’s deep tech, cloud-based platform, which uses artificial intelligence to extract highly accurate sports event tracking data in real-time, provides sports leagues and federations, and ultimately fans, an enriched experience, driving greater fan engagement content solutions.

Established in 2016, the Sweden-based company will become part of London-headquartered IMG ARENA with continued oversight from co-founders Mikael Rousson and Michael Hoglund.

Brad van Wely, Chief Product Officer, IMG ARENA, said: “This is a very exciting and important investment for IMG ARENA. It will enable us to build a next-generation data collection system, which will generate new and exciting insights across a multitude of sports. This compelling data will underpin both our current and future suite of products for rightsholders and fans alike, combining real-time data, and analytics with innovative front-end solutions to enhance the fan experience.”

Mikael Rousson, co-founder and CEO, Signality, said: “Signality was born from a vision of enhancing sport at a fundamental level using computer vision technology. Joining the IMG ARENA business is a natural union born out of synergies in product, customer base and, most importantly, culture and vision. It will accelerate our joint desire of having a global impact on the future of sports and sports fans.”

IMG ARENA is a sports content and technology hub serving the sports, sports betting and sports media eco-systems. IMG ARENA delivers live streaming and data feeds for more than 45,000 sports events annually, as well as for on-demand virtual sports products and front-end solutions including the UFC Event Centre. IMG ARENA’s clients include the ATP, UFC, DP World Tour PGA Tour, MLS and the FA.

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Announcing the Winners of the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2022

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The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) are once again back to celebrate outstanding businesses of the region in the Gambling industry. The BSG Awards 2022 recognized outstanding achievements in 28 categories, with final results decided by delegates of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit brought to you by the #hipthers.

Launched in 2019, the BSG Awards is part of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the key event of the Baltic and Nordic region during springtime, organized by the Hipther Agency, which brings a wealth of information while also focusing on quality networking. Over the past years, the conference has toured the Baltic countries and is now going back to Vilnius, Lithuania.

The voting took place in 2 separate stages. The online voting stage determined the top 5 companies of each category with a total of 9178 votes. These companies entered the shortlists of the second voting stage, which took place in person on 12 May in Vilnius. Votes have been cast by a secret voting session at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.

The Winners

The final winners in each category had been decided by the attending delegates of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit on 12 May in Vilnius by a secret voting session. Below are the winners of the BSG Awards in each category:

BALTIC Region

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE BALTICS 2022 (OPERATORS): PAF
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE BALTICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETSAFE
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) ULTRAPLAY
BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) BETCONSTRUCT
RISING STAR IN BALTIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2022 (B2B) DS VIRTUAL GAMING
RISING STAR IN BALTIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) IMG ARENA
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) ALTENAR
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) TOM HORN GAMING
BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) WAZDAN
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) BETGAMES
RISING STAR IN BALTIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) ENDORPHINA
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) CONNECTPAY
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) BMM TESTLABS
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) NETSHOP ISP

NORDIC Region

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE NORDICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETWAY
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE NORDICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETSSON
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) PANDASCORE
BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) SCOUT GAMING GROUP
RISING STAR IN NORDIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2022 (B2B) KIRON INTERACTIVE
RISING STAR IN NORDIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) SIS
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) DIGITAIN
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) SOFTSWISS
RISING STAR IN NORDIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) WAZDAN
BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) PLAY’N GO
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) XPROGAMING
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) TRUSTLY
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) INTERNET VIKINGS
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NetBet Italy partners with top provider WMG

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By welcoming WMG to its game provider family, NetBet Italy continues to secure its reputation as one of Italy’s favourite online casinos.

NetBet Italy are always looking for new ways to evolve their product offering to meet the demands of discerning customers. They have established themselves as one of the most adaptable online casino platforms, constantly welcoming new providers and their portfolios to the fold.

This new partnership between NetBet Italy and WMG, an iGaming company already popular among Italian players, helps both brands to further connect with their audience and offer an increasingly diverse game selection. Notable games from the WMG collection include Fowl Play GoldHaunted House and Four Fowl Play, all of which and more are now playable on NetBet Italy, as well as many more.

NetBet Italy’s PR manager, Claudia Georgevici, said: “Our goal here at NetBet Italy is to create an online entertainment platform that appeals to players at all levels. We are constantly evolving our providers list to include both established gaming companies and fresh new talent that caters to specific markets.”

“Our recent partnership with WMG is a strong move for both our brand and theirs, helping us make our mark among NetBet Italy’s players and extending WMG’s reach to a wider audience. We look forward to working more with this talented provider in the future.”

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