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Sky Bet fuels football fever with first-ever 3D creative at Wembley Boxpark

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Sky Bet welcomed fans arriving to the English Football League (EFL) Play-Off finals at Wembley Stadium with a reactive, dynamic 3D creative spread across Wembley Boxpark – becoming the first brand to bring 3D advertising to the site.

The creative reflected the match day result in real time, changing to depict the winning teams’ logo and colours as soon as the final whistle blew to provide a bespoke backdrop to the celebrations of the fans pouring out of the stadium.

Culminating at Wembley Stadium, the Sky Bet Out of Home campaign followed fans throughout their journey to the final, creating an extensive and impactful matchday experience.
Starting from the teams’ hometowns, the creatives saw the fans off and welcomed them as they arrived at key train and underground stations in London. Fans driving to Wembley could also spot roadside adverts along their routes and at service stations, where club coach trips were likely to stop.
Also, the winning team’s supporters enjoyed celebratory creatives that appeared in their hometown post-match.

The hero site at Wembley Boxpark, which thousands of fans pass before and after games, is at the heart of the activity, living and breathing the match day experience.

The creative reflected pre-game excitement, enabling supporters of both teams to tap into the matchday spirit once the match finished, to enhance the euphoria and give fans a great send-off.
The campaign celebrates ten years of Sky Bet’s EFL sponsorship and is its first 3D activation. The high-impact media plan was booked by EssenceMediacom, Sky Bet’s new media agency. EssenceMediacom played a key role in bringing the campaign to the fans, using its expertise to identify and secure the best sites to target along the fan journey, and working closely with the production team to help ensure testing of the creatives and organising content capture.

Leigh Peacock-Goodwin, Head of Brand and Sponsorship at Sky Bet, said about the campaign: “This high-impact creative is an exciting milestone in our ten-year sponsorship of the EFL. We’re proud to be the first to bring a 3D OOH experience to Boxpark and add a finishing touch to, what is already, an incredible matchday experience for football fans. By offering this reactive real-time creative, we’re able to share those moments that really matter to our audiences, and position ourselves as a brand that understands what football is all about.”

Hannah Cooper, OOH Director, EssenceMediacom, commented: “Getting Sky Bet to the heart of the action was integral to the media plan, and Boxpark is the perfect spot to unveil the eye-catching 3D creative which brings the whole OOH campaign together. As the first brand to leverage the possibilities of 3D at this site, Sky Bet is re-inventing what the visual match day experience looks like, and we are excited to help drive these breakthroughs for our clients.”

Mike Smith, CEO at OPEN Media, said: “In what’s been a campaign of firsts, we are delighted to have worked in partnership with Sky Bet to celebrate the milestone 10 year partnership between Sky Bet and the EFL. As OPEN Media’s first ever 3D Perspective campaign to be activated on our Wembley Boxpark site, the campaign further exemplifies our shared commitment to delivering media innovation, while strengthening our association with prominent sporting events and cultural moments”

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Alpine Esports transitions to Alpine Sim Racing, announcing partnership with G2 Esports

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  • Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing in a commitment to the sport.
  • A brand-new partnership with G2 Esports formed, sharing similar goals and values to compete in an expansive range of competitions in sim racing.

A New Beginning:

With the 2023/2024 F1 Sim Racing World Championship concluded. Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing to further showcase a commitment to the sport. This change will elevate the competition as the team looks to compete in an expansive list of other Sim Racing titles alongside F1.

Alpine Sim Racing x G2 Esports

This revolutionary partnership with G2 Esports will further support the commitment to Sim Racing, allowing the team to drive results at the top of the grid across multiple sim racing programs.

“It’s a very exciting time for the newly branded Alpine Sim Racing Team, this new collaboration with G2 symbolizes a new era and new hope where combined our focus will be on constant progress, a shift in priorities and vision of the past, our aim is to project Alpine Sim Racing into championship contention in the coming years” said Daniel Ritchie, Global Director Sponsorship Acquisition, at Alpine.

“This partnership promises to elevate Alpine Sim Racing’s performance and competitiveness, fuelled by G2’s expertise and Alpine’s commitment to excellence” – said David Gendry, Global Marketing & Communications Director at Alpine

“At G2 Esports, we strive for competitive excellence and we see those values mirrored in Alpine, which is why we’re excited to announce our partnership together as we work towards the future of Sim Racing. Sim Racing is an incredible opportunity for not only gaming and esports fans, but also general fans of F1 and it has the unique ability to bring multiple communities together for the love of the race and motorsports. This partnership is a turning point for G2, we believe in the future of Sim Racing and Alpine will enable us to keep bringing trophies home, with an incredibly passionate, data-driven, and technologically advanced partner by our side.” – said Alban Dechelotte, CEO, G2 Esports

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with Alpine F1. As two like-minded, forward-thinking and ambitious brands within our respective sports, It was evident from the very beginning of our conversations that the synergies between Alpine and G2 are numerous. Sim Racing is the perfect vehicle to connect fans of wider esports with the worlds of motorsport, car culture and cutting-edge technology, all of which Alpine excel within.

Alpine matches our desire to win, our desire to disrupt and improve every space we operate within, and our desire to elevate racing in all forms, whether in a digital or real-world arena. Our track record within F1 Esports is one of success and we are looking forward to returning to the grid alongside Alpine and delivering them a programme to be proud of.” – said Nathan Tague, Head of Sim Racing, G2 Esports

 

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Meridianbet (Golden Matrix Group, Inc) Launches AI-Powered Online Casino Game Recommender

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Meridianbet, sports betting and iGaming operator and part of the Golden Matrix Group (NASDAQ: GMGI), a developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, today announced the launch of an AI-powered casino game recommender.

This tool is designed to optimize user engagement and gaming experience and boost player loyalty.

Personalized iGaming Powered by AI

Meridianbet’s AI Casino Recommender uses advanced AI to offer personalized game recommendations based on player behavior, previous activities, demographic data, and individual preferences.

How It Works

The AI engine analyzes extensive data to identify unique player patterns and preferences, providing recommendations in two sections:

  • Games You’ve Tried: Highlights games that players have already played.
  • Games You Might Like: Introduces new games based on player behavior and preferences.

Ongoing Model Updates

The AI model is trained daily to stay current with player behaviors and preferences, ensuring accurate and engaging suggestions.

Success Metrics

Key metrics from the first month of use show:

  • 3% increase in user engagement with recommended games.
  • 9% increase in engagement with new recommended games.
  • 12% decrease in engagement with unrecommended games.

Upcoming Upgrades

Future improvements will include more detailed demographic details and playing patterns to enhance search functionality.

Unique Competitive Advantage

Meridianbet’s AI casino recommender focuses on enhancing user experience and platform ergonomics, making the gaming experience more enjoyable.

Strategic Fit and Market Potential

This feature aligns with Golden Matrix Group’s strategy to leverage advanced technology for user engagement and growth. The broader ecosystem includes:

  • Meridianbet’s sports betting and iGaming services across 18 markets.
  • RKings’ tournament business in the UK and Ireland.
  • Mexplay, an iGaming operator in Mexico.
  • GMAG, a B2B aggregator service for over 800 online casinos worldwide.

 

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MERKUR Community support England Hockey’s Olympic Legacy vision

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The MERKUR UK Community project which is funded by the company and its high street customers is supporting an initiative aimed at identifying the nation’s Olympiads of the future following a £10,000 award to promote England Hockey’s ‘Pick up a Stick’ campaign whose motto is Play: Celebrate: Inspire.

With the opening ceremony of the 2024 summer Olympics taking place 26 July in Paris, England Hockey is aiming to harness the momentum and profile of the Games to drive awareness of the sport and in the process to create an Olympic legacy based on increased participation at all levels.

Tony Boulton, MERKUR UK’s Director of Public and Political Relations has overseen the launch and implementation of MERKUR Community. Confirming the latest award, which takes the total generated by MERKUR Community to over £60,000 since its launch in January 2024, he said: “As a global celebration featuring athletes from 196 nations participating in 329 events across 32 sports the Olympic Games provides an unrivalled opportunity to engage with current, lapsed and most importantly generations of new players.

“England Hockey oversees the sport’s management and development, spanning from grassroots initiatives to elite-level activities and the MERKUR Community funding will go towards facilitating coaching courses so clubs can train additional members to deliver hockey sessions in the local community providing equipment for the ‘Adopt a School’ campaign and developing a tool kit of interactive digital resources.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to help fund the work of England Hockey and encourage greater numbers to play the game regardless of their previous hockey experience.”

 

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