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Maria Mashchenko appointed to Sports General Manager at BETER



Maria Mashchenko appointed to Sports General Manager at BETER
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Industry-leading provider of next-gen betting content and gaming solutions BETER, has promoted Maria Mashchenko to the role of General Manager of the BETER Sports business unit.

For the last 2 years Maria has held the role of COO and been responsible for the company’s development of in-house, outsourced and franchised sports and esports tournaments, taking them to a whole new level through various collaborations with prominent sports and esports organisations. This in turn expanded the number of available disciplines and undoubtedly sparked the interest and propelled the growth of this vertical within the iGaming community.

Maria’s new role is reflective of the company’s strategy to strengthen each product vertical by building dedicated teams of people who are passionate about sports and esports.

As it stands today, the BETER Sports vertical currently includes table tennis discipline. Table tennis matches of the Setka Cup tournaments are one of the most popular events, chalking up more than 13M views per month around the world.

Gal Ehrlich, CEO at BETER commented on Maria’s appointment: “Since joining the company, Maria has been instrumental in upgrading our sports and esports tournament offering – providing operators with the most comprehensive access to some of the best sports tournaments in the world.

“As such, we are now recognised as being a leader in providing fast paced events within the betting industry and with Maria’s new role as Sports General Manager, this offering will only continue to evolve.”

Maria Mashchenko, Sports General Manager at BETER said: “ BETER Sports is a product that has grown in strength. When the company first launched in 2018, it only offered 1 table tennis table back in Kyiv and today, we offer 13 different sports arenas across 4 different countries, which is something I’m extremely proud to have been involved in.

“I believe that this is just the start for BETER Sports and together with our sports team we’ll be able to offer even more industry leading content that I’m so excited to be a part of.”



Indonesia Tells Social Media Platform X to Remove Gambling Ads



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The Indonesian government has told the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, to take down gambling ads posted on the platform.

The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology summoned representatives of X on Thursday to discuss the country’s measures against illegal gambling ads.

In a press conference, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the Director General of Informatics Applications at the ministry, said the Indonesian government wanted to streamline the process of identifying and removing gambling content.

Pangerapan added that they asked the social media platform to create a system for automatic handling of such tasks.

The ministry also expressed concerns over the gambling ads on X despite previous warnings.

Indonesian netizens earlier expressed concerns over the proliferation of online gambling advertisements on X, involving public figures.

A recent survey by Populix found that 82% or 8 out of 10 Indonesian internet users have been exposed to online gambling content. The survey also found that out of that figure, 63% see online ads every time they surf the Internet.

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Flutter Entertainment Announces Board and Committee Changes



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Flutter announced that David Lazzarato has decided not to seek re-election at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 1 May 2024 and will, therefore, step down from the Board at the conclusion of that meeting.

John Bryant, Chair of Flutter, said: “I wish to take this opportunity to thank David for his exceptional contribution to the Board over the past eight years. We wish David well for the future.”

With effect from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 1 May 2024:

  • Nancy Cruickshank will replace David Lazzarato as Chair of the Risk and Sustainability Committee;
  • Nancy Cruickshank will replace David Lazzarato as a member of the Audit Committee;
  • Nancy Cruickshank will step down as a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and will be replaced by Nancy Dubuc;
  • Nancy Dubuc to be appointed as a member of the Risk and Sustainability Committee; and
  • Nancy Dubuc will step down from the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
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Aristocrat Announces Inaugural Gaming Industry International Women’s Day



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Aristocrat Gaming announced its inaugural gaming industry International Women’s Day (IWD) event, set to take place on March 8, 2024, at the Sofitel Manila in the Philippines.

The event aims to celebrate the accomplishments of women in gaming and initiate discussions on how organisations can leverage diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to drive progress within their own operations and the industry as a whole.

The event will feature a dynamic programme, headlined by a panel discussion with prominent figures in the gaming sector, including Cheryl Tiglao, Director of Slot at Hann Casino Resort; Katrina Mae De Jesus, Head of Business Development and Resort Marketing at Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc.; and Vina Claudette Oca, Assistant Vice President – Gaming Licensing and Development at PAGCOR. Attendees can anticipate engaging discussions, networking opportunities and actionable strategies for advancing gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Lloyd Robson, General Manager – APAC at Aristocrat Gaming, said: “We are thrilled to host our first-ever International Women’s Day event in the Philippines. Our commitment to empowering women transcends mere equality – we firmly believe that embracing diverse perspectives and talents can enhance the gaming industry, fostering innovation and shaping a sustainable and inclusive future for all.”

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