Gambling payment fintech continues hiring drive with senior appointment
Meryem Habibi joins as Chief Revenue Officer
Global cryptocurrency-based fintech services group, SG Veteris, has appointed Meryem Habibi as Chief Revenue Officer. In this newly created role, Meryem will oversee the group’s global revenue generating functions and is responsible for the growth strategy, performance and alignment of its revenue-generation operations.
Reporting to CEO, Anil Oncu, Meryem will lead sustainable business growth though sales, strategic partnerships and marketing, identifying suitable customer segments to target and new markets to enter. Founded over six years ago and headquartered in London, the company grew its staff numbers by 25% and opened new offices in Estonia and Lithuania in 2022, to expand the reach of its Bitpace (gambling and gaming industry online cryptocurrency payment platform) and Koinal (popular cryptocurrency trading platform) brands. It has five offices and provides services to 150+ countries.
Commenting on the appointment, Anil Oncu said:
“I am delighted to welcome Meryem to the team. SG Veteris is in a growth phase, and we are currently bucking the trend in the market by continuing to hire key roles to help with our global expansion plans in reputable jurisdictions over the course of 2023. We’re excited about launching in even more countries as we are seeing consumer behaviours shift and crypto payments becoming more popular and in demand. We are proud to continue to attract the best people in the industry to help us continue to scale.”
Meryem has over 15 years’ experience in finance and technology innovation and joins from international payments/FX trading fintech, AZA Finance, where she was responsible for a major expansion of operations across Middle East & Africa. She has previously served as Head of Channel Operations for EMEA and APAC regions at Diebold Nixdorf, the US-based ATM and software giant, and led marketing and communications at Samsung Electronics.
Meryem Habibi adds:
“SG Veteris is a well-established company with high quality, flexible products which address genuine needs and gaps in the market, and I’m excited about the opportunities ahead. I see real growth potential in the benefits we can bring to cross-border trade and helping businesses to conduct more efficient and cost-effective transactions.”
VAIOT, KuCoin Labs jointly launch crypto-regulation think tank supported by industry experts
VAIOT, the developer of AI-powered digital services for businesses and consumers, launches the Digital Assets Regulation Institute (DARI), fostering forward-thinking regulation informed by the know-how and perspective of companies operating in the crypto space. VAIOT’s $VAI token remains one of the earliest digital assets to be issued within a regulated framework. The company is also among the few to have returned every penny to its investors after it was hacked for $2 million in January.
With the collapse of FTX—the former symbol of legitimacy in digital assets—many blockchain enthusiasts fear investors will step away from the industry. But 58% of institutional crypto investors plan to raise their allocations over the next three years, according to a recent Coinbase report, pointing to a long-term view of the asset class even though prices remain low. There will, however, undoubtedly be a shift toward regulated digital assets with long-term potential. As governments bolster their nascent regulatory infrastructures—ranging from MiCA, the EU’s new crypto-assets regulatory framework, to various U.S. initiatives—it’s crucial they consult with industry practitioners on how to make them effective and ensure the protection of retail investors.
Regulated since September 2020 under strict Maltese legal scrutiny and with oversight exercised by Grant Thornton, a leading accounting and advisory firm, VAIOT positions DARI at the forefront of shaping regulation. The think tank will gather relevant stakeholders, ranging from regulated companies and projects seeking regulation to consulting firms, financial and security auditors, accounting companies, law firms, and VCs, to conduct extensive research and produce reports that will inform government policy across the globe.
VAIOT’s DARI is co-founded by KuCoin Labs, which brings significant experience in research and incubation of Web3 projects based on a strict selection criteria and vetting process. KuCoin Labs is known for gathering both internal and external leading market experts from different project development segments. DARI is also supported by a group of experts, including members of Grant Thornton Malta’s tax, regulatory, and compliance practice.
At DARI, an interdisciplinary body of experts representing the point of view, know-how, and experience of industry participants will create ready-to-implement gold standards and best practices for crypto regulation. Specific working groups will develop reports and conduct focus groups from the perspective of retail investors to ensure policymakers take into account the perspective of every token holder when crafting regulation. DARI will offer up a unified body of knowledge easily accessible and implementable for any company in the industry to utilize. Projects seeking to be regulated will be able to participate in consultation and incubation with DARI’s institutional partners, and the institutional partners will act as consultants for the think tank.
DARI invites companies, experts, and institutions in the crypto industry to join the initiative. Requests and inquiries should be sent to [email protected] .ai.
“No one cares about regulation during a bull run when money is being tossed around and investors are making massive gains,” says Pawel Andruszkiewicz, COO of VAIOT and President of DARI. “It’s when everything crashed and burned a few months ago that people came to understand the value of companies, like VAIOT, that comply with stringent regulations. It’s our goal at DARI to ensure effective regulation is at the forefront of the way we think about this industry going forward.”
“We’ve been hearing about governments working on regulation for digital assets for years now,” says Wayne Pisani, Partner and Head of Tax, Regulatory and Compliance at Grant Thornton. “But part of the problem is it’s being developed behind the scenes. Effective regulation requires bottom-up initiative, where companies and entities working within regulatory frameworks can share their opinions and expertise with regulators in a public manner. That’s what DARI is aiming to bring to the industry.”
“It is particularly crucial to join as strong an industry force as possible to ensure an optimal development condition for future crypto builders and users,” states Lou YU, Head of KuCoin Labs, and vice-president to DARI. “We hope to create regulatory synergies among countries and markets, shouldering the fundamental ideologies of crypto but also making them relevant and tangible to all participants. DARI will put efforts into the submission of an official proposal to the European Commission, and is enthusiastic about engaging in regulatory hearings with the relevant European institutions.”
Bitcoin betting: Use your crypto tokens for gambling
Not every online bookmaker accepts Bitcoin as a payment method for placing sportsbook bets, but the industry heads in that direction. The most famous online sportsbooks allow customers to deposit funds, place bets and withdraw winnings in Bitcoin at the click of a button.
There are several positives to betting in crypto, some of which are more obvious than others. Professional sportsbook gamblers use Bitcoin to manage their money, qualify for bonuses, and get the best deals. From the Las Vegas sportsbooks to the biggest names in European gambling, Bitcoin is the new kid on the block and has caused quite a stir.
We clear up the confusion
Despite being a secure, fast, and reliable way to manage your funds for betting, a degree of confusion still needs to be clarified concerning crypto betting. There are more questions than answers, which may deter some inexperienced gamblers from using Bitcoin for their bets. That would be a great loss to bettors, and we wish to help you avoid it.
This article on Bitcoin betting helps keep things simple. We bring our readers up to speed with the processes involved with adding a Bitcoin account to your betting wallet, gambling, and withdrawing winnings. We also clear up any terms and conditions you should know before gambling.
Keep reading for your user-friendly, simple, and easy-to-follow guide on Bitcoin betting using your smartphone in 2023. By the end of this article, you’ll have the information needed to bet using crypto. We even provide details on creating an account and landing a welcome bonus free bet.
Which crypto tokens can I use?
As you’ll already know, hundreds of crypto tokens are available, but the top betting apps only accept Bitcoin now. Bitcoin is the biggest and most popular form of crypto, and you can add it to your sportsbook payment options.
The top betting apps might start accepting other tokens, but we are in the early days. Bitcoin is the safest way to test crypto betting, and so far, it has been well-received by both bookies and bettors.
Adding your Bitcoin account
Adding a Bitcoin account to your payment options takes a few seconds. Use your smartphone when on the move or at home using your laptop. The process is equally simple on both platforms, and you must add a Bitcoin account only once.
Visit the member’s area at the top right of your bookie’s homepage and click payments. Select the option to pair a Bitcoin account with your betting account and input your card details. Check the details are correct and then confirm.
Your two accounts are now linked, and you can start depositing crypto to your betting balance. Deposits are instant, meaning you can add funds and gamble without delay. Withdrawals are quick too.
If you have landed a winner and wish to withdraw the profits before spending them on future bets, it’s easy. Withdraw, and your Bitcoin balance will be updated quickly.
Betting with Bitcoin
Placing a sports bet using Bitcoin is as easy as gambling with your debit card or an e-wallet account such as Skrill. Visit the member’s area and click deposit before selecting your crypto account. Enter the amount you want to deposit and click to confirm. The funds are added and ready to use.
Click the sport you wish to bet on, such as soccer, and then the competition, fixture, and odds of your market. Add the intended stake to your bet slip and click to confirm. The funds come from your betting balance, or you’ll top-up with your Bitcoin account.
Bitcoin deposits, bets, and withdrawals are all protected by Secure Socket Layer technology. It’s the industry standard for security, keeping your sensitive information protected and your online gambling private.
When researching a bookie, you should check with the security program they have in place. If it’s not Secure Socket Layer technology, it’s not a great bookie to join.
Free bet welcome bonus
All new customers who open an account, deposit funds using Bitcoin, and place a bet will qualify for the bookie’s welcome bonus. The free or risk-free bet will allow you to familiarize yourself with the betting app without overspending.
Fiat & Crypto: King Billy players get the best of both worlds.
See how the casino players can deposit in crypto and play in fiat.
Since the dawn of e-gaming robust payment systems have been crucial for the success of any online casino, as they are a key factor in creating a positive and satisfying gaming experience. Moreover, the availability of different payment options allows players to choose the method that works best for them, whether it be classical fiat money or cryptocurrency.
But is it possible for an operator to give its players the best of both worlds, fiat and crypto at once? Yes, it is, with the King Billy feature “deposit in crypto, play in fiat”. The concept is simple. A casino player deposits in crypto (choosing among 4 cryptocurrencies King Billy supports). Then, the system automatically shows them their balance in the currency of their choice (among the 14 currencies King Billy supports, used by more than 3 billion people worldwide). When the players withdraw, their transaction takes place back in crypto.
What are the advantages of this system? Ruslan Legenzov, King Billy Casino Head of Affiliates (or “Lord of Affiliates” as the internal etiquette demands) has the answers: “Good things come in threes, and there are certainly 3 very good things about our “deposit in crypto, play in fiat” feature.
First of all, depositing in crypto means less hassle and paperwork for the player and elimination of the dreaded “transaction not coming through” issue. This has been a problem and actually a torment for many of our players in remote areas of the world. As a global casino, we are happy to act in ways that give peace of mind to our players.
Secondly, this system offers a greater player experience to the King Billy Citizens and Nobles, as they can now take advantage of our numerous promotions and offers in fiat. For example, players who deposit in crypto can now participate in our extremely popular fiat-only “Slot of the Month” offer, that’s been a staple of our casino since our launch.
Finally, with “deposit in crypto, play in fiat” our players, especially the not so cryptocurrency-savvy have a much clearer understanding of their wins or losses. I am sure that a player, let’s say from Vietnam, prefers to see, in real time, how much his slot win is worth in the Vietnamese Dong than running in parallel a crypto converter tool to do the math!”
Well said and well done your Majesty.
For those interested in the “deposit in crypto, play in fiat” feature, King Billy Casino accepts the following currencies: Euro (€), US Dollar ($), Canadian Dollar (C$), Australian Dollar (A$), New Zealand Dollar (NZ$), Norwegian Krone (kr), Indian Rupee (₹), South African Rand (R), Vietnamese dong (₫), Indonesian rupiah (Rp), Malaysian ringgit (RM), Thai baht (฿) and the Philippine peso (₱). King Billy also accepts the following cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Tether (USDT).
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