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⚡Bitcoin Lightning payments in a major AAA game 🎮

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ZBD – the leading fintech company powering instant Bitcoin payments within the gaming industry – has integrated its payment technology into Splitgate, a Free-to-Play PvP Portal Shooter developed by 1047 Games, further adding to its roster of game integrations. This integration brings real-time rewards to the PC version of the competitive shooter. The ZBD-developed project has been created for mainstream gaming audiences to experience Splitgate in an innovative new way, offering high-value tournament prizes that bring a new competitive edge to Splitgate gameplay.

With a tournament prize pot of 50M sats (0.5 Bitcoin), Splitgate PC gamers from the US and Brazil will be competing for a prize pool equivalent to approximately $18,000 USD at today’s market price. ZBD is demonstrating the disruptive potential of its technology in esports and competitive play by providing instant tournament winnings to gamers in the form of sats, which are tiny fragments of Bitcoin (like pennies to the dollar). The 4v4 team deathmatch tournament begins on the 10th December 2023, with a grand final on the 22nd December 2023. A limited beta warm-up will run in the build-up to the tournament from the 2nd of December. Gamers can participate in the tournament by registering in the dedicated ZBD Discord server.

Competitive gamers are often required to wait days, or even weeks to receive prizes. With ZBD and its application of the Bitcoin Lightning Network, winning payments can be paid out instantly. No money is required from gamers to play, although pay-ins are accepted for PvP battles for a share of the Bitcoin prize pot.

The debut project from 1047 Games, Splitgate, has generated more than 18 million downloads across various platforms since it launched in 2019. The multiplayer shooter, featuring innovative player-centric portal mechanics, provides a fresh take on the FPS genre.

Ben Cousens, Chief Strategy Officer at ZBD, commented:

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Ian, Nick and the phenomenal team at 1047 Games to redefine the reward system in gaming and give players a revolutionary new way to experience in-game competition. For developers and publishers alike, this integration delivers a proven gamer retention model as evidenced by this partnership, and the additional 100+ games powered by ZBD. With the ZBD-infused version of Splitgate, we’ve raised the bar for competitive gameplay by seamlessly providing Bitcoin rewards to gamers who demonstrate skill and loyalty.”

Ian Proulx, CEO and Co-founder of 1047 Games, added:

“With Splitgate, we’ve proudly carved out a reputation for creating highly innovative gameplay experiences. Splitgate continues to have a loyal and engaged player base. We’re always excited to hear innovative solutions to reward our players, such as what ZBD has done, and the tournament that they plan to hold later this month.”

The ZBD wallets of tournament winners will instantly receive sats which can be cashed out, spent, sent to friends or redeemed for gift cards. This is enabled by pioneering technology from ZBD, which has raised almost $50 million since 2019 to build its payments technology on top of the Lightning Network, a layer 2 network for instant Bitcoin transactions.

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Sportpass and Euroleague Basketball Announce Partnership to Deliver Next-Generation Fan Engagement and Gaming Experiences to Fans

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Euroleague Basketball to amplify its gamification portfolio with Sportpass, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands

Euroleague Basketball and Sportpass, a fan engagement and gaming platform, are collaborating to reinforce Euroleague Basketball’s gamification strategy. Sportpass is a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, a global leader in gamification with a large portfolio of over 400 investments in Web3 projects.

The collaboration announced today will create a Euroleague-themed gaming platform targeting the Gen Z fanbase, merging the thrills and culture of sports in a digital offering with a number of game experiences, rewards, in-game collectibles and more.

Gamification has been one of the growth pillars of Euroleague Basketball’s digital strategy in recent seasons with 2023 seeing a triple-digit year-on-year increase on the fantasy games portfolio, reaching a community of 4.3 million engaged fans.

“We are delighted to join forces with Web3 leaders Sportpass to expand our gamification offering,” the Marketing and Communication Senior Director for Euroleague Basketball, Alex Ferrer Kristjansson, said. “The digital ecosystem is key to expanding the Euroleague brand and offer new ways for young fans to interact with the league. This collaboration marks an important step in growing our portfolio of gaming opportunities for fans to engage with the Euroleague in different and innovative ways.”

“Sportpass is the result of years of innovation in technology, gaming and sports, placing the fan squarely at the core of our offerings,” the Chief Executive Officer for Sportpass, Jordan Fogarty, said. “With a plethora of digital experiences including gaming, rewards and competitions, we are confident that Euroleague fans will find what they are looking for. Our collaboration with the Euroleague underscores our commitment to revolutionizing the sports entertainment landscape.”

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Online Casino Game Preferences in Latvia: A Comprehensive Study

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If you’re interested in online casino gaming, you may be curious about the preferences of players in Latvia. Latvia has a regulated online gambling market, with licenses issued by the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection of the Republic of Latvia ensuring fair and transparent gaming activities. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the player demographics and game preferences in Latvia’s online casino market.

Latvia’s online casino market offers a variety of games, including slots, live games, and lottery games such as Bingo, Sports Lotto, Scratchcards, and Interactive Games. In addition to game variety, safety and security are important factors for Latvian players when choosing an online casino. Opting for a reputable online casino in Latvia is not just a preference; it’s a necessity. Such an informed choice guarantees that your personal and financial information remains shielded from any unwarranted scrutiny or malicious intent.

Overall, understanding the gaming preferences of players in Latvia’s online casino market can help online casino operators tailor their offerings to better meet the needs and interests of Latvian players. Let’s dive deeper into the demographics and preferences of Latvian online casino players.

Key Takeaways

  • Latvia has a regulated online gambling market, with licenses issued by the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection of the Republic of Latvia ensuring fair and transparent gaming activities.
  • Latvian players prefer a variety of online casino games, including slots, live games, and lottery games such as Bingo, Sports Lotto, Scratchcards, and Interactive Games.
  • Safety and security are important factors for Latvian players when choosing an online casino.

Overview of Online Casino Gaming in Latvia

If you’re a Latvian online casino gamer, you have a wide range of options to choose from. The country has a highly regulated online gaming market, which makes it imperative for players to choose a Latvian casino that holds a valid license. These licenses are issued by the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection of the Republic of Latvia, a regulatory body that ensures all gaming activities are conducted in a fair and transparent manner.

When it comes to online casino game preferences in Latvia, the most popular games are slots, live games, and lottery games. In addition to the popular online casino games like Sweet Bonanza and other live games, Latvians also enjoy several lottery games, aligning with Latvia’s online gaming preferences. The Latvian National Lottery, known as “Latvijas Loto,” provides a variety of lottery games such as Bingo, Sports Lotto, Scratchcards, and Interactive Games.

Latvia is often called a hub for iGaming in Europe because of its liberal gambling legislation and relatively low tax rates. This has resulted in many international online casinos entering the Latvian market, providing players with a diverse range of options to choose from. The top 10 online casinos in Latvia are ranked based on the quality of games, bonuses, and promotions, customer support, and payment options.

Overall, the Latvian online casino gaming market is highly regulated, safe, and offers a wide range of options for players to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of slots, live games, or lottery games, you’re sure to find something that suits your preferences in the Latvian online casino gaming market.

Player Demographics and Game Preferences

Latvia has a thriving online casino industry, and the country’s players have their own unique preferences when it comes to gaming. The following subsections explore the age and gender distribution of players, the most popular casino games, and preferred gaming platforms.

Age and Gender Distribution

According to a report by Statista, the majority of online casino players in Latvia are between the ages of 25 and 34, with 30% falling within this age range. The second-largest group of players are aged between 35 and 44, making up 25% of the player base. The report also notes that the gender distribution of players is relatively even, with 55% of players being male and 45% being female.

Most Popular Casino Games

Latvian players have a diverse range of casino games to choose from, but some games are more popular than others. According to Online Casino Rank, the top three most popular casino games in Latvia are:

  1. Slot machines
  2. Blackjack
  3. Roulette

Latvian players enjoy the thrill of slot machines, which offer a wide variety of themes and gameplay styles. Blackjack and roulette are also popular due to their simple rules and the potential for high payouts.

Preferred Gaming Platforms

Latvian players have a range of gaming platforms to choose from, including desktop and mobile devices. Players in Latvia prefer online casinos that offer a seamless and enjoyable gaming experience on both desktop and mobile devices. This allows players to enjoy their favorite games on the go, without sacrificing quality or functionality.

In conclusion, Latvian online casino players have their own unique preferences when it comes to gaming. These preferences are shaped by factors such as age, gender, and the availability of different gaming platforms. By understanding these preferences, online casino operators can tailor their offerings to better meet the needs of Latvian players.

 

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Fairplay Exchange signs as new sponsor of Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips

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Fairplay Exchange — the peer-to-peer cashless betting app — has partnered with one of the most iconic names in snooker by agreeing to sponsor a new challenge series on the Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips YouTube channel.

Hendry is one of the most decorated snooker players of all time, with the Scotsman’s glittering career returning seven World Championship titles, 18 Triple Crown titles and 36 ranking titles in total, along with a staggering record of 471 weeks as world number one.

In each episode of the new series, Stephen will compete against a fellow player or figure from the worlds of snooker or other sports in a series of challenges to test their all-round skills and technique. The first episode of the new series features three-time world snooker champion Mark Williams; the epic snooker skills battle between the two greats can be seen here.

Since launching in April 2023, Fairplay Exchange has built a young, engaged, sports-focused audience who can set up real-money wagers on anything they want with their friends; the winnings are guaranteed to be paid in full and on time, saving players the trouble of chasing their peers for cash.

Billy Gowing, Fairplay Exchange’s Co-founder and Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor this exciting new format on the Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips channel; hosted by one of the most legendary figures in the history of the sport.

“Snooker is one of our most popular sports for players to bet on, so this is a perfect fit for us. The Fairplay Exchange app allows people to bet on casual games of snooker just like the ones you see in Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips, and we are very excited to make the most of the opportunities this partnership presents.”

Stephen Hendry said: “Up and down the country, players in snooker clubs love to have a friendly wager on games between friends, and Fairplay Exchange gives players a platform to do that without having to chase each other for cash.

“It’s fantastic to have Fairplay Exchange on board as a partner for the new Challenge series format, and we hope the audience love the series as much as we do.”

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