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DAZN Group Announces New Structure to Drive Ambitious Growth and Product Strategy for its Sports Streaming and Fan Engagement Platform

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DAZN Group has announced the implementation of a new Group structure and some leadership changes that will enable DAZN to realise its ambitious growth and product strategy.

Shay Segev will be sole CEO of DAZN Group. Shay joined DAZN in June 2021, before which he was the CEO of Entain, a FTSE 100 company. Shay has an exceptional track record in scaling digital consumer businesses, which will be indispensable as DAZN expands its customer offering to include interactive and engaging content for fans to enjoy alongside its sports streaming service.

James Rushton, DAZN Co-Founder, will continue with his existing responsibilities overseeing growth in local markets, rights and content. A 25-year veteran of the sports industry, James spent the majority of his career at Perform Group where he led many significant innovations, market expansion and revenue growth, including the launch of DAZN in 2016.

Additionally, Darren Waterman joins as Group CFO, based in London. Darren joins with tremendous experience from Amazon where he led the Finance team responsible for Prime Video internationally. A world-class leader and seasoned TMT industry executive, Darren brings to DAZN a track record of successful geographic expansion, video streaming, product innovation and investment in sports, TV and movie content. After almost four years as CFO, Stuart Epstein will continue in the role of Senior Advisor and member of the DAZN Board, enabling a smooth and effective transition of his current roles and responsibilities during the first half of 2022.

Kevin Mayer, DAZN Group Chairman, said: “DAZN has become the global leader in sports streaming in just five years and it is time to take this business to the next level. Shay’s technology background and outstanding history of delivering a strong performance culture will be hugely beneficial as DAZN introduces additional interactive fan engagement services such as betting and e-commerce for users to enjoy alongside our core offering of live sports streaming. James’ expertise in sports rights and deep understanding of the markets will ensure that DAZN continues to nurture and grow its core business. We thank Stuart for his many valuable contributions and look forward to his on-going involvement in this new capacity and we are delighted to be onboarding such strong talent as Darren Waterman. Being able to attract such high calibre individuals is a testament to the strength of our business and our future.”

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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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