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Polygon Studios Secures Hires From EA, Amazon and Others, As Web2 Talent Join Exodus to Web3

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Polygon Studios, the developer relationship arm of Polygon Technology, is helping web2 and web3 companies build decentralized apps on the Polygon chain, announces five new hires to spearhead its growth in the Web3 blockchain gaming space. The new hires join Polygon Studio’s recently appointed CEO, Ryan Wyatt, who previously headed YouTube’s Gaming vertical before migrating to the Web3 industry.
Polygon Studios’ new hires include C-level executives Michael Blank as Chief Operating Officer and Young Ko as Chief Financial Officer.
Michael Blank brings a wealth of gaming experience to Polygon Studios after almost two decades with Electronic Arts, a leading game developer and publisher. Blank served as Senior Vice President of Player Network, the company’s strategy to connect and engage EA’s more than 300 million users. In that capacity, he led global teams that drove EA’s direct to consumer digital gaming platform, social ecosystem and the rapid growth of EA Play, the publisher’s multi-platform gaming subscription. During his time at Electronic Arts, Michael held a variety of senior leadership roles, including Executive Producer for several of EA’s prominent game franchises.
Polygon Studios has also welcomed Young Ko, who cites nearly 16 years of progressive financial and entrepreneurial expertise across entertainment, music, fashion, and real estate. Young spent the past 9 years as the VP of Finance at Penske Media (brands include Rolling Stone, Billboard, Variety, and SXSW) where he oversaw the Finance, Accounting, Treasury, and Global Tax teams.
Joining Young and Mike is Urvit Goel — VP, Gaming Business Development — and Charnjit Bansi — VP, Game Design — who also cut their teeth in the Web2 arena.
Urvit brings a wealth of cross-functional experience leading teams in Finance, Marketing, and Business Development during his nearly decade long tenure at Amazon. Most notably, Urvit has experience building long term strategic partnerships with the world’s largest game publishers on a global scale. He has built and led Business Development teams driving a variety of gaming initiatives for Amazon, most recently launching Amazon’s Cloud Gaming business.
Charnjit brings over 20 years of intimate knowledge of AAA Web2 game leadership and development, all from world-class game developers including Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games — creators of the renowned Call of Duty franchise. Most recently, Charnjit served as Director of Product Management at Mythical Games, a game technology company and publisher of the blockchain MMO, Blankos Block Party.
Polygon Studios also welcomes gaming industry veteran and recent EA alumni, Ben Watley. Ben will serve as Senior Director of Strategy, Gaming at Polygon Studios, working closely with Young, Mike, Charnjit, and Urvit to expand Polygon’s Web3 products and services. Working alongside Ben is ex-NASA software engineer and Riot Games strategist, Will Matteson, who joins Polygon Studios as Corporate Strategy Manager.
The new hires closely follow the appointment of Ryan Wyatt as CEO of Polygon Studios after seven years spearheading YouTube’s gaming vertical.
Ryan Wyatt, CEO of Polygon Studios, said, “We’re thrilled to be attracting such high-calibre talent as we build out the dream team of Web3. The combined expertise and perspectives from both the traditional and blockchain industries will be invaluable in growing the developer ecosystem and bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3.”

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – November 28-December 4

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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Novibet has entered the Mexican market. This is Novibet’s first move outside of Europe, and it is a key step in its strategic expansion plan as it seeks to enter new markets including Latin America and North America.

Greco has registered as a vendor in New Jersey, where it plans to start its US operations in enhancing risk management for online casinos and iGaming operators. Resorts Digital Gaming has already announced it has an agreement in place with Greco, which the New-Jersey-based arm of Resorts Casino and hotel hopes will “herald a wider shift in the local industry, worth $3.12 billion to the state economy”.

The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites, after investigations found 9 services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. The latest sites blocked include Winning Days, 21Bit Casino, Oshi Casino, Lucky Elf Casino, NeoSpin, Lets Lucky, Boho Casino, Ripper Casino and BC.Game.

Scientific Games has announced that it will provide the company’s latest WAVE point-of-sale technology across Atlantic Lottery’s retailer network of 3000 locations in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

PointsBet Holdings, the leader in live betting, announced the company has officially unveiled its market-leading mobile app and digital sports betting product in the state of Maryland.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke has launched a constitutional challenge against iGaming Ontario and the Attorney General of Ontario over the provincial government’s unilateral changes to the way gaming is managed. It says the changes are illegal and unconstitutional and is contesting Ontario’s re-interpretation of Section 207 (1) of the Criminal Code, which permits provinces to regulate single-event sports betting.

Underdog Fantasy has been named “Fantasy Sports Site of the Year” by the 2022 edition of the American Gambling Awards. The American Gambling Awards are produced by Gambling.com Group Limited, a leading provider of player acquisition services for the regulated global online gambling industry.

Partnerships

Pragmatic Play has established an agreement with Peruvian operator Tinbet for three of its leading verticals. Tinbet’s customers will benefit from Pragmatic Play’s leading Slots, Live Casino and Virtual Sports content, featuring a vast collection of exclusive products that are proven to boost player engagement.

Sports.com has entered into an exclusive multi-year Partnership with Berlin-based Data Sports Group. The Partnership will allow Sports.com to provide world-class sports content to digital publishers. The Partnership will be the first solution marketed under the Sports.com brand.

Gift & Go has finalised a long-term extension to its partnership with a subsidiary of Light & Wonder to continue its growth and expand its revolutionary gifting technology software across U.S. markets. The three-year agreement will further enhance Light & Wonder’s position as a global leader in land-based casino ecosystems and cross-platform game experiences.

Fandifi Technology Corp has announced that the company is teaming up with Esports Awards to present day #1 of LVL Up Las Vegas. LVL Up Las Vegas is taking place December 11-13 coinciding with the 2022 Esports Awards.

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How Online Casino is Changing the Gambling Landscape in Europe

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It is no mystery that the advancement of the internet has facilitated the rise of several industries, with the online gambling industry serving as one of the finest examples. This is unsurprising to the majority, as we live in an age where digital technology is constantly evolving. Due to the proliferation of online casinos, the gaming environment in Europe is undergoing a rapid transformation. Today, more individuals prefer to bet online rather than in traditional casinos.

This tendency is most prominent in Europe, where many nations now regulate and legalize internet gambling. Moreover, with the onset of modern technologies such as blockchain, which has allowed Bitcoin bookies and gamblers to access casinos with altcoins, making it safer and faster, it is fascinating to witness how the market is shaping up.

What trends are emerging in the online casino industry in Europe?

Some of the latest trends in the online casino industry in Europe include the rise of mobile gaming, the popularity of live dealer games, and the growth of social casinos. Mobile gaming is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people own smartphones and tablets. Live dealer games are also growing in popularity as they offer a more realistic and immersive experience. Social casinos are also becoming more popular as they allow players to interact with each other and compete for prizes.

  • There are numerous reasons why internet gambling in Europe is growing in popularity. It is significantly more handy than traveling to a physical casino. Using a mobile casino app, you may bet from the comfort of your own home or even on the go.
  • Another reason internet gambling is so prevalent is that there are now many more possibilities than in the past. In the past, most gamblers were restricted to land-based casinos with a limited number of games. Today, however, there are countless online casinos to pick from, each with its own distinct game selection. Therefore, regardless of your gambling preferences, you can find an online casino that suits you.
  • The improving safety and security of internet gambling in Europe is a further element contributing to its growing popularity. In the past, there were concerns over the security of internet gambling. But technological advancements and increasing government regulation have mostly remedied these worries. Nowadays, online gambling is safer than land-based casinos.

All factors considered, it is not surprising that online gambling is gaining popularity in Europe. Due to its convenience, variety, and security, an increasing number of consumers prefer online gambling to traditional brick-and-mortar casinos.

The impact of technology on online gambling in Europe

The impact of technology on online gambling in Europe is significant. Online gambling is a rapidly growing industry, and technology has played a significant role in its growth. The availability of online gambling services has made it easier for people to gamble, and mobile devices have made it even more convenient.

Technology has also allowed the development of new gambling games and platforms, making online gambling even more popular. Furthermore, it has also enhanced security through blockchain, and with the combination of AI, not only is online casino more interesting but even more reliable and safe.

The future of online casino in Europe

The future of online casinos in Europe is looking very bright. With the recent legalization of online gambling in many European countries, more and more people are turning to the internet to play their favorite casino games. This trend is only expected to grow in the coming years as more and more people discover the convenience and fun of playing online.

A prominent reason why online gambling is growing in popularity is that it is becoming increasingly safe and secure. With the latest advances in technology, online casinos can now offer their players a very high level of security, ensuring that their personal and financial information is always safe.

So what does the future hold for online gambling in Europe? It looks like it will continue to grow rapidly, with more and more people discovering its many benefits.

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Gaming Corps Announces Approval for Netherlands Launch

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Up-and-coming Swedish developer, Gaming Corps, has expanded its reach within regulated markets by meeting approval requirements to launch its diverse portfolio of Plinko, Mine, Crash, Table and Slot content within the Dutch market. Gaming Corps has already announced that its growth strategy will include a number of new markets over the next year and is thrilled to begin with certification for its proprietary content to Dutch players.

With a commitment to integrity and player protection, Gaming Corps’ will soon be live with several operators in this new market with titles that include: Penalty Champion, Tikiz N Juice, Stormy Witch, Coin Miner, Jet Lucky 2, Skyliner and Cat Ching.

Juha Kauppinen, CEO at Gaming Corps, said “New markets expand the reach of our popular titles and add a new audiences. We see these strategic entries as important to the future of the company while we strive to make the most of our existing titles and those in development. We’re pleased that our content has already received a warm reception amongst the new set of operators we’re now able to open communications with and look forward to announcing those deals soon.”

Gaming Corps is an established gaming company with a background in video games that is now experiencing growth in the iGaming sector. Having recently attracted some of the industry’s leading talent, its strategy is to grow within regulated markets.

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