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BITKRAFT Ventures Partners with Terraformation

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BITKRAFT Ventures, an investment platform for gaming and interactive media, and Terraformation, a tech-accelerated forestry company, announced a reforestation partnership focused on the restoration of biodiverse forests and seed banking.

Founded by ex-Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, Terraformation’s vision is to bring Silicon Valley’s techniques for rapid growth to forest restoration. Forests represent the most immediately available and effective means of carbon capture. Addressing the largest bottlenecks to forest restoration at scale, Terraformation team members come from a diversity of fields, including carbon sensing, botany, fintech and logistics, and from organisations such as Paypal, Facebook, Flexport and NASA, giving the company a unique combination of expertise in tech, scaling and forestry. Terraformation currently manages several projects in Hawaiʻi and works with partners across five continents.

“At BITKRAFT, we are driven not only to help shape the future of gaming and synthetic reality, but in the process of doing so set a standard for how we aspire to embody responsible entrepreneurship. This endeavor began with our formal commitment to diversity and representation in service of building a more inclusive future. Our partnership with Terraformation reflects our commitment to building a more sustainable one as well. Working with Terraformation’s team will drive our reforestation efforts and empower our partners, stakeholders and portfolio companies to provide critical environmental aid, and collectively advance the mission of sustaining our planet for generations to come. Beyond creating a direct impact on the greater causes of the moment, we are hopeful our actions inspire similar engagement across our community and industry, as we know that meaningful progress in these areas will require the work of many.”

To start, BITKRAFT will support two Terraformation projects:

ReClimate, Ukraine – an NGO, founded by three women entrepreneurs, that creates a sustainable model of forest management, bringing together local foresters and small businesses to maintain the restoration of the biodiverse forests in the Rivne region in Ukraine. To date, 300,000 trees have been planted, and the project has prevented over 100 forest fires in the last three years as well as created dozens of jobs to plant and protect the forest and supported the preservation of 80+ species of rare animals. BITKRAFT will be ReClimate’s first international sponsor, enabling the planting of 10,000 trees. This project was selected prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and both Terraformation and BITKRAFT are undeterred in their efforts to support ReClimate’s instrumental forest restoration work.

The Kilimanjaro Project, Tanzania – a grassroots initiative activating community leaders and local partners to create a scalable restoration initiative around Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, in East Africa. BITKRAFT’s commitment to supporting a reforestation seed bank will help the project’s goal of planting 10 million trees within the next seven years across 13,500 hectares, benefiting over 350,000 people while capturing millions of tonnes of carbon.

“Trees are the world’s most promising carbon capture solution, with potential for immediate impact. To solve climate change, we must plant 1 trillion new trees across the planet by 2030. Every tree begins as a seed, so to make reforestation at scale possible, we need to establish a continuously stocked supply of millions of seeds in every location where we can regrow forests. Terraformation’s goal in 2022 is to establish the world’s largest decentralized native seed banking network. Partnership is the key to achieving any goal of import, and especially to unlocking the solutions to climate change. We’re thrilled to join with BITKRAFT, ReClimate and the Kilimanjaro Project in this climate solution,” Yishan Wong, founder and CEO of Terraformation, said.

Led by Terraformation’s Head of Global Business Development Celia Francis, the investments committed to ReClimate and the Kilimanjaro Project are fulfilled in partnership with ImpactAssets, a leading nonprofit specialising in impact investing and donor-advised funds providing the expenditure responsibility grant oversight for the initiative.

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Plinko: A Classic TV-based Game, Now on Spinmatic’s Portfolio

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Television is an all-time massive communication medium, and the desire of becoming rich and famous watching participants on different shows has always been part of our culture.

And it’s not the first time casinos make the most of a TV game and its success… Fortune wheels, bingo machines… and now, Plinko!

More than four decades ago, in January 1983, Plinko was introduced in the world-known TV show “The price is right”, and the game is still part of the programme nowadays, being considered very often as the most famous pricing game of all times.

Being aware of the tremendous possibilities of this easy-to-play yet trepidant game, Spinmatic is launching a brand-new game category on its portfolio.

Plinko consists of a board full of blocking pegs in the form of a pyramid, with a certain number of winning spaces at the bottom. The aim of the game is to place the balls in the best winning spot to be awarded with the displayed prize.

With Spinmatic’s latest creation, Pinky Plinko, the company combines the classic excitement of plinko with a dash of colourful Asian vibes – giving a new look to the usual plinko game.

Set against an Asian-inspired backdrop, players place their bet from 0.1 to 80 and watch the ball zigzag down through a bunch of pins, building up the excitement with every bounce. They can choose their adventure with the Risk Level feature. Whether they’re feeling daring or prefer a safer path, Pinky Plinko lets them adjust the risk to match their betting style. For those who like a touch of strategy, the Hold & Drop feature will let them decide the exact moment to let the balls fall. A simple addition of control that will definitely engage players.

With its attractive features, gorgeous graphics and the thrill of big wins, it promises to be a hit with players looking for an entertaining and rewarding plinko game. Whether they’re a fan of traditional plinko or looking for something new to try, Pinky Plinko will provide them with an exciting challenge.

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Paddy Power Launches Industry First Exclusive Online Gameshow

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Paddy Power has launched a new online game – Paddy’s Mansion Heist – becoming the first company to create an exclusive branded gameshow. The game is available to all UK & Irish players.

The first-of-its-kind online Live Casino Game Show has been made possible through collaboration with Playtech Live Casino. The gambling software development company worked closely with Paddy Power to create a custom designed, immersive and large-scale studio showcasing what a year of innovation and creativity can produce.

Set within Paddy’s Mansion, the game offers players the opportunity to pull off the ultimate heist. Paddy’s Mansion Heist incorporates high tech engine technology, enhancing player experience, which was the main priority during game development.

With market leading four live action bonus rounds and entertaining presenters, users have the chance to bet on Paddy’s 54 segment wheel and explore the Mansion through a series of interactive rounds, stealing “lucrative loot” from each room.

The game culminates at Paddy’s legendary Vault, where players will be teased with scenes of Paddy’s shimmering gold. Participants can win up to a maximum of 4000x their bet – however, it’s not going to be easy.

Roisin Hogan, Commercial Director at Flutter, said: “PP Games’ longstanding partnership with Playtech has led us to developing one of our most exciting games ever – Paddy’s Mansion Heist. This game represents Playtech’s and PP Games’ commitment to innovation and delivering an unparallelled customer experience. We are thrilled to bring this exciting game to market.”

Kevin Kilminster, Chief Product Officer at Playtech, said: “We are proud to collaborate with an iconic brand like Paddy Power, one of Playtech’s longest standing partners to launch Paddy’s Mansion Heist. Bespoke games have become essential to cater to the evolving market demand for personalised, entertainment-led experiences. Mansion Heist delivers on the theatre and engagement that Paddy Power players have come to expect.”

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Huawei Game Salon 2024: HUAWEI AppGallery bridges the gap between East and West, helps partners go global

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AppGallery, Huawei’s official distribution platform, held the Huawei Game Salon – Cloud Collaboration (Europe) in Istanbul, Türkiye, from 30 May to 1 June. The event aimed to strengthen collaboration between AppGallery and its partners and bring robust public cloud infrastructure to enterprises in Europe.

In the past decade, Huawei has forged strong relationships in the European market; bridging East and West and supporting local growth. Huawei has enabled Chinese developers to reach a broader European gamer audience, and Turkish game developers to increase their visibility in Europe.

The Huawei Game Salon showcased Huawei Cloud as a premier business solution, offering professional, fast, stable, and secure one-stop cloud services for gaming enterprises seeking to build high-quality, holistic cloud gaming experiences.

Türkiye: An Exciting New Gaming and Live Streaming Hub

With Europe’s mobile game market predicted to hit $8.56 billion in 2024, Huawei is intensifying its focus on Europe’s gaming scene. Türkiye, which boasts a growing number of talented developers and a large, dedicated player base, is key to Huawei’s plans.

Home to 30 million gamers, Türkiye leads the gaming market in the Middle East. In 2023, the industry generated $300 million and witnessed 16% year-on-year growth. With smartphones being the main device used by European users to access games, and over 75% of the Turkish population owning a smartphone, its mobile gaming market has huge potential.

The pan-entertainment sector reached a market value of $228.7 million last year, with over 62.5 million users, representing 73.1% of the total population. According to AppAnnie, in-app payments for pan-entertainment applications in Türkiye totaled US$76 million in 2023, propelling Türkiye into the top five globally.

Huawei Gaming Salon Welcomes Valued Partners

The Huawei Gaming Salon warmly welcomed leading Chinese developers such as Funplus, Tencent, Moonton, and miHoYo, among others.

“Our intention is to foster a vibrant gaming community in Europe. By collaborating closely with our partners, we hope to deliver cutting-edge, reliable, and top-notch gaming experiences to the region.” Shan Xuefeng, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Cloud Service, Europe Ecosystem Development & Sales Department shared.

Productive CP-Gamer and Local Partner Sharing Sessions

A CP-Gamer Interactive Sharing offered Chinese developers the chance to dive into the success stories and experiences of Huawei’s European partners, game developers Playrix and Com2us. During this exchange, Playrix and Com2us stressed that adapting to local users was key to their success in Türkiye. Thereafter, a Local Partner Sharing session added further perspectives to the day’s discussions.

Full Day of Activities: HUAWEI Cloud Data Center

Attendees were treated to a Turkish Cultural Experience and explored the HUAWEI CLOUD Data Center. A Farewell Dinner was held, the perfect goodbye to the event.

Huawei’s partners, including Tencent, Moonton, miHoYo, and Funplus, were highly impressed and expressed their enthusiasm for working with Huawei in the future, with plans to publish their games on AppGallery in Europe in the second half of 2024.

Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Huawei Mobile Services Europe, said, “Mobile gaming is a global phenomenon. Our goal is to bridge the gap between top developers from around the world and European gamers. To achieve this, we offer comprehensive support from development to commercial monetization, which is crucial for helping partners expand internationally.”

 

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