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Esports set to debut at Asian Games 2022, Indian esports contingent reacted after the postponed of prestigious event

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Following detailed discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC), the OCA Executive Board (EB) decided to postpone the 19th Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from 10 to 25 September 2022. The new dates of the 19th Asian Games will be agreed between the OCA, the COC and the HAGOC and announced in the near future. However, the above decision was taken by all the stakeholders after carefully considering the pandemic situation and the size of the Games.

The Olympic Council of Asia has earlier announced the titles for the debut of esports as an official medal sport at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September 2022. There will be eight medal events, plus two demonstration games, reflecting the popularity and growth of electronic sports in Asia.
Recently, following eight days of high-voltage competition and nail-biting action in the ESFI’s National Esports Championship 2022 (NESC ’22), the winners have been selected to represent the country at the prestigious continental tournament.

1. FIFA22 – Charanjot Singh and Karman Singh Tikka
2. Street Fighter V – Mayank Prajapati and Ayan Biswas
3. Hearthstone – Shikhar Choudhary and Karthik Varma
4. League of Legends – Captain Akshaj Shenoy, Samarth Arvind Trivedi, Mihir Ranjan, Aditya Selvaraj, Aakash Shandilya and Sanindhya Malik
5. DOTA 2 – Captain Moin Ejaz, Krish, Abhishek, Ketan, Darshan and Shubham

After hearing the Asian Games postponement news, Mr Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) said “The well-being of the athletes is the top priority and this news is expected as there was news floating about the covid resurgence in China. While the wait gets longer but the excitement remains the same. We should look at this as a blessing in disguise, giving our Indian esports contingent more time to sharpen their skills to further our chances of podium finishes.
Can’t wait to watch Indian Esports athletes in action on the Asian stage”

As esports is going to make its debut at the Asian Games 2022, earlier in 2018 it was there as a demonstration title. Indian Esports contingent for the Asian Games 2022 came to surprise after hearing this news and put their thoughts:

FIFA22 athlete Charanjot Singh:
All of us athletes are gutted by the news of the postponement of the Asian Games, but we’ll continue to give our everything in practice leading up to the tournament. The postponement gives us more time to practice and get better for the Asian games.

FIFA22 athlete Karman Singh Tikka:
As Asian Games is postponed, it’s hard to digest it because it somewhat kills your excitement as an athlete. But at the same time, it gives us more time to prepare for the Asian games. We can use this extended timeline to our advantage by grinding more, making strategies against other Asian FIFA athletes and reading their gameplays to be prepared in a better way.

Street Fighter V athlete Mayank Prajapati:
I can’t say I’m not disappointed by hearing the news, but it was kind of expected given the COVID-19 situation. I’m gonna take it positively because I’m going to get more time to practice. Ever since I started preparing myself for the qualifiers/tournament I’ve made progress better than I did in the last 4 years. So I’m gonna keep practising and hopefully, I’ll be able to finally compete in Asian Games. Whenever it’s going to happen, I’ll be prepared.

Street Fighter V athlete Ayan Biswas:
It feels very bad that the game has been postponed because of the covid outbreak. But nothing we can do as the situation is bad. Human lives are the most important thing and I have to keep patience and practice every day till the game happens. We will use this extended time to upskill our game, make better strategies against other Asian athletes and delve deep to understand their gameplay.

Shikhar Choudhary, Indian Hearthstone contingent member:
It is pretty shocking news. All the players are already training and have scheduled everything around the Asian games 2022. I am already dedicating all of my time to the game. Hope the situation in China will become normal soon, and it would not be postponed to a very distant date.

Karthik Varma, Indian Hearthstone contingent member:
Games are postponed for a genuine reason and I, as an athlete will focus on continuing my practice and my training plan. It really doesn’t affect anything from my side as I am only focusing on my part which is giving my best and keep grinding to bring a medal for India.

Akshaj Shenoy, Team India League of Legends Captain:
Firstly I would like to wish China a speedy recovery and hope the situation doesn’t worsen for them. It deeply saddens me to know that the Asian Games has been postponed but on the bright side, we can use the extra months of practice and come back stronger and give them a mightier battle.

Moin Ejaz, Team India DOTA 2 Captain:
We were very excited and looking forward to playing in this year’s Asian Games to represent India and the face the good teams from other counties but now since the Asian games got postponed we will have to wait till the next dates are fixed. On the brighter side, it will give us more time to practise and bring our A-game into the esports arena with better coordination, communication and strategy within our team.

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INTRALOT signs a new seven-year agreement with Magnum Corporation in Malaysia

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INTRALOT is pleased to announce the signing of a new agreement with Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, a leading gaming company in Malaysia. This agreement follows the successful outcome of an international call for tenders issued by Magnum Corporation in 2022. The term of the new agreement is for seven (7) years, with an option for two extensions of five (5) years each, thereby providing the opportunity for another seventeen (17) years of strategic and productive collaboration with Magnum Corporation.

INTRALOT will help enhance Magnum Corporation’s current retail offering through a seamless transition to its modern LotosX Omni ecosystem. Comprising of LotosX Central Gaming System, PlayerX Player Account Management System, RetailerX Retailer Management System, DMS Device Management System, PhotonX Gaming Terminals, Canvas Content Management System, and Orchestrator, LotosX Omni will enable Magnum Corporation to implement a comprehensive omnichannel strategy to seamlessly engage their customers across both traditional and digital channels, promising to enhance customer experience and improve productivity.

The CEO of Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Lawrence Lim Swee Lin, commented: “Magnum Corporation is proud to continue this partnership with INTRALOT, a steadfast ally in helping us grow our business, and to innovate the gaming experience for our customers. With our industry expertise and INTRALOT’s cutting-edge technology, we are crafting a future of innovation together, creating a more immersive gaming experience with enhanced levels of personalization and security, both in our retail and digital spaces.”

Mr. Marios Mitromaras, CEO of INTRALOT Australia, stated: “We are very pleased to keep working with Magnum Corporation. Our continued collaboration is a partnership built on trust, understanding and a shared commitment in elevating gaming excellence for their customers. INTRALOT has an established presence in the country since 2006, helping Magnum Corporation grow its business and create value for the local community. We look forward to deploying our cutting-edge technology and high-quality operating services as Magnum Corporation continues to push boundaries and take steps to modernize their player experience.”

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Resorts World Genting Shuts Two of its Three Casinos for Upgrades

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Genting Bhd’s Resorts World Genting has temporarily closed two of its three casinos.

The announcement was posted on the company’s website that Genting Casino 1 (Circus Palace) and Genting Casino 2 (Hollywood) are now closed, effective from February 28, 2024 until further notice for upgrades.

“In our ongoing effort to improve our operational efficiency and enhance the gaming and entertainment experience for our guests, we continuously upgrade our facilities. This will involve temporarily closing certain sections of our casino to facilitate the improvements,” reads the message on its website.

“Our gaming operations continue to operate as usual.”

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SOFTSWISS Sportsbook Wins Innovative E-sports Product at SPiCE South Asia 2024

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SOFTSWISS, a global tech expert with over 15 years of experience in iGaming, announces the triumph of its Sportsbook at the SPiCE South Asia Eventus Awards 2024. The solution clinched the Innovative E-sports Product of the Year title. 

The SPiCE South Asia Eventus Awards brought together industry leaders to celebrate excellence and innovation within the gaming landscape in India and Sri Lanka. This year, the event focused on regulatory updates, regional gaming trends, and best practices. The Innovative E-sports Product of the Year award honours the most innovative product that has significantly impacted the esports community.

This accolade solidifies the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook position as a reliable sports betting software platform with a gamification focus, which can be seamlessly integrated with any existing casino platform on the market. It celebrates the product’s unique and innovative features that enhance the overall esports experience for players, fans, and industry professionals.

Last year, the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook team observed a significant rise in esports. This category became one of the top four most favoured sports by Bet Count, with Counter-Strike leading the pack.

The  award is a prominent edition to the product success story, including its recent achievements:

  • Obtaining the GLI-33 certificate and MGA licence
  • Partnership with the Sportradar Integrity Exchange for real-time monitoring and detection of suspicious betting behaviour
  • Integration with the Game Aggregator and the Jackpot Aggregator via a single API for more gamification and jackpot opportunities
  • Improvement of iFrame Authentication and Deposit Forms for third-party clients.

Alexander Kamenetskyi, Head of SOFTSWISS Sportsbook, expresses his delight: “We are incredibly proud to achieve the ‘Innovative Esports Product of the Year’ title. This recognition reflects the tireless efforts and dedication of the entire team, who strive to understand player needs, develop our product, and deploy creative approaches in our solutions to keep pace with the dynamic world of iGaming and esports in particular. I want to extend our gratitude to our reliable partner, Oddin.gg, for their invaluable collaboration, which played a significant role in this achievement. This award is a powerful motivator for us to continue pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional experiences for players worldwide.”

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

 

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