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Matthew Stafford the new CEO of BlockChain Innovations

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BlockChain Innovations Corp., an international blockchain technology supplier serving the regulated gaming industry announced the appointment of Mr. Matthew Stafford as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Stafford joins BlockChain Innovations Corp. after three years with NYX Gaming Group Ltd. and most recently Scientific Games Corporation.

Positioning Matt as our leader is part of our plan to become the preeminent blockchain technology solutions provider in real money wagering and peer-to-peer regulated markets. His experience across all land based and digital gaming verticals coupled with his legal and regulatory background makes him an excellent fit for our future growth,” explains David Wang, Chairman of BCI’s Board of Directors. “Matt provides BCI a wealth of knowledge and enthusiastic confidence from his years of proven leadership.

Matt has 10 years of experience in the gaming industry in various legal and compliance roles including overseeing the entire commercial and compliance functions as Assistant General Counsel for Aruze Gaming America, Inc. a leading land-based slot manufacturer. Matt entered igaming in 2014 as General Counsel for NYX Gaming Group Ltd., where he helped lead its IPO and raise nearly $800 million CAD before completing NYX’s 2016 acquisition of Openbet Technology Ltd. – the largest B2B sportsbook software provider in the world. Most recently, Matt served as Senior Counsel, Interactive for Scientific Games Corporation, which acquired NYX Gaming Group in January 2018 for approximately $660 million USD.

Mr. Stafford commented – “I am extremely happy to be joining the BCI team. BCI’s blockchain solution and products are beyond a doubt the most dynamic and market ready for the wagering industry, it’s the backbone of any digital offering of today. BCI’s technology has been developed since 2016 and augments wagering functionality for gaming companies across all sectors of the industry from sportsbooks and exchanges to e-sports, daily fantasy and lotteries. I have been so impressed with Morris Mosseri, BCI Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, both by his technical expertise but also by his vision to have begun building tomorrow’s technology yesterday.

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FaZe Clan announces Partnership With NTWRK After The Innovative E-Commerce Platform Leads Latest Investment Round For The Cultural Gaming Giant

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“We’re at the birth of a new disruptive entertainment genre. FaZe Clan is a very powerful pipeline into gaming culture and their cultural impact reminds me of the early days of 90s hip hop. The combined reach of FaZe Clan and NTWRK is going to be very powerful.” – NTWRK Investor Jimmy Iovine

FaZe Clan, the world’s most popular esports and gaming entertainment collective, and innovative e-commerce and culture platform NTWRK collectively announced today their exclusive new partnership. NTWRK, known for its limited-edition product drops from influencers like LeBron James, Billie Eilish, and 88rising, led the latest round of funding for the gaming industry giant.

As part of this groundbreaking coalition, NTWRK has secured the global direct-to-consumer product rights for FaZe Clan. This innovative collaboration will immediately integrate FaZe Clan’s widely coveted apparel and merchandise into NTWRK’s platform, establishing an unprecedented pipeline of creative commerce.

Since its inception in 2010, FaZe Clan has established itself as the most followed and powerful gaming organization of all time. With over 215 million fans internationally across all social platforms and original content that racks up over 500 million views per month, FaZe Clan holds an unrivaled position at the epicenter of sports and culture driving how the next generation consumes content, plays, and shops. In addition to its best-in-class players and pop-gaming influencers, FaZe Clan has welcomed a broad array of talent into its fold, including NBA star Ben Simmons, NFL star Juju Smith-Schuster, and global superstar artists Offset and Lil Yachty.

“Jimmy has always been a cultural seer,” says FaZe Clan CEO Lee Trink. “His belief in FaZe Clan as the next cultural wave, not just in gaming but in entertainment overall, is an incredible representation of the transformative shift happening right now.”

“By investing in FaZe Clan we’re putting NTWRK at the epicenter of gaming culture, further cementing our position as Gen Z’s premiere social commerce and content platform,” says NTWRK CEO Aaron Levant.

“NTWRK will without a doubt provide additional rocket fuel for FaZe to continue extending our brand and cultural influence worldwide,” said FaZe Clan President Greg Selkoe. “We are excited to be aligned with passionate, like-minded partners that will further contribute to our impact on entertainment and youth culture.”

 

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NSUS Group Donates $100,000 To UHN To Aid COVID-19 Fight

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NSUS Group, the marketing arm of online poker brand GGPoker,  donates $100,000 to Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation’s UHN Emergency COVID-19 Fund.

The fund helps University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s number-one research hospital, facilitate critical clinical trials and support frontline staff providing care to the wider Toronto community. The hospital has reassigned researchers and assembled cross-disciplinary international expert teams to focus on finding rapid solutions to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation was raised in partnership with GGPoker players; $50,000 was contributed by players via a recent online poker tournament series, with this amount fully matched by NSUS Group for a total donation of $100,000.

“On behalf of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, thank you to GGPoker for their generous support in the fight against COVID-19,” says Louise Aspin, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. “This gift will help accelerate the pace of what is possible, both in supporting frontline staff at our hospitals and critical research that can put an end to this pandemic.”

“It’s a pleasure and a privilege to make this donation on behalf of GGPoker players and the entire NSUS Group,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker. “Poker players are well known for their philanthropic efforts and on this occasion the GGPoker community really stepped up, contributing $50,000, which combined with NSUS Group’s $50,000 will greatly help UHN’s fight against COVID-19.”

About NSUS Group: NSUS, pronounced “Answers,” is at the forefront of business consultancy to leading firms within the iGaming space. Specializing in investments, consulting and marketing, NSUS has been an integral part of the launch of several highly successful ventures, such as GGPoker, GGNetwork, SlotsVenture, and Ocean Master, to name just a few. These brands are quickly turning into market leaders in the iGaming industry, providing fun and entertainment to over one million players around the world.

 

About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation: Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Together with its donors, the Foundation is helping world-leading health experts pursue the knowledge that makes all our lives better.

About University Health Network: University Health Network consists of Toronto General Hospital (recently voted the number-four hospital in the world and the best in Canada according to Newsweek magazine), Toronto Western Hospital, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source of discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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Qontigo Launches Two New Thematic Indices On Video Gaming And Healthcare

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Qontigo has expanded its suite of innovative thematic indices by two new concepts: online gaming and the fight against obesity. The STOXX® Video Gaming & eSports Index and the STOXX® Health & Weight Loss Index were introduced today, and financial products based on these indices are expected to launch in the coming weeks.

Both indices are positioned to benefit from structural, global economic growth trends. The STOXX® Video Gaming & eSports Index is comprised of companies focused in the high growth area of video games and eSports. The STOXX® Health & Weight Loss Index includes constituents that are connected to the immediate need of addressing the rising obesity levels in the global population.

“The online gaming and health and weight loss indices are the latest additions to our thematics family that seeks to capture sector-specific, long-term growth. At Qontigo we have advanced thematic investing since 2016 and now offer two dozen theme-based STOXX indices following modern concepts with above-average growth outlooks. Thematic investing aims to capture the momentum of disruptive megatrends that fall into the categories of demographics, climate change and technology. As an investment category, thematic investing has nearly tripled in the three years through December 31, 2019“, said Stephan Flaegel, Global Head of Indices & Benchmarks at Qontigo.

Each index selects constituents from the STOXX® Developed and Emerging Markets Total Market Index, and from certain Chinese markets, with substantial revenue exposure to business sectors associated with the respective concept. The business categories are based on FactSet Revere’s data. Only stocks with a given minimum trading volume are eligible.

Additionally, the two indices will exclude companies that Sustainalytics considers to be non-compliant with the Global Standard Screening and those involved in controversial weapons. This is in line with increasing demand from asset owners and investors to comply with sustainability norms, a drive that has also emerged in thematic strategies.

 

About Qontigo

Qontigo is a financial intelligence innovator and a leader in the modernization of investment management, from risk to return. The combination of the company’s world-class indices and best-of-breed analytics, with its technological expertise and customer-driven innovation enables its clients to achieve competitive advantage in a rapidly changing marketplace. Qontigo’s global client base includes the world’s largest financial products issuers, capital owners and asset managers. Created in 2019 through the combination of STOXX, DAX and Axioma, Qontigo is part of Deutsche Börse Group, headquartered in Eschborn with key locations in New York, Zug and London.

About STOXX

STOXX Ltd. is Qontigo’s global index provider, currently calculating a global, comprehensive index family of over 10,000 strictly rules-based and transparent indices. Best known for the leading European equity indices EURO STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 50 and STOXX Europe 600, STOXX Ltd. maintains and calculates the STOXX Global index family which consists of total market, broad and blue-chip indices for the regions Americas, EuropeAsia/Pacific and sub-regions Latin America and BRIC (BrazilRussiaIndia and China) as well as global markets. STOXX is the administrator of the STOXX® and DAX® indices under the European Benchmark Regulation and exercises control over all benchmark administration processes within Qontigo.

STOXX indices are licensed to more than 600 companies around the world as underlyings for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), futures and options, structured products and passively managed investment funds.
www.stoxx.com

 

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