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StarPick launches UK’s first fully-dedicated fantasy cricket platform

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Launched in conjunction with 3-year shirt sponsorship of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC)

 

Friday 6th July 2018 – StarPick, the world’s first fully comprehensive fantasy cricket platform, has been launched in the UK following its phenomenal success earlier this year in India, with 650,000 users acquired in just 90 days.

Co-founded by Trigam Mukherjee, Rohit Nair, and Ulf Ekberg, a founding member of Swedish pop group Ace of Base, StarPick will offer the first fully comprehensive fantasy cricket platform in the UK. Designed and built in Sweden, the platform will give UK-based players the chance to become managers of their very own virtual fantasy team by selecting real stars from the world’s major cricketing and other sports leagues and tournaments worldwide, while competing with fellow virtual team managers online.

The participants use the athletes’ current performance and analysis via statistical data, to compete against other players in a fantasy sports tournament. Each virtual team owner is awarded points based on the athletes they have selected and the real time performance during live matches. The players with the maximum points will receive cash prizes. As an inaugural offer, Starpick will be giving out over £1 million.

In conjunction with Starpick’s UK launch, GCCC’s new kit will feature the StarPick brand identity for the first time in tonight’s Twenty20 match against Somerset at the County Ground in Taunton. StarPick branding will also feature prominently at the Brightside Ground in Bristol for Gloucestershire’s home matches throughout the partnership.

Will Brown, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to have StarPick join us as our main team sponsor. The world of fantasy cricket has gone from strength-to-strength recently, and we hope that through our partnership we can bring that enjoyment to the UK.”

Rohit Nair, StarPick co-founder, said: “We’re very proud to be the new sponsor of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, and look forward to a very exciting season ahead. It will be a special moment for all of us at StarPick when the team line up in their new kits against Somerset tonight.

“Our fantasy cricket platform has been very well received by cricket fans in India, and we’re confident that we can replicate that success in the in the UK by giving cricket fanatics the chance to build their own fantasy team and engage with likeminded supporters.”

As well as becoming Gloucestershire’s shirt sponsor, StarPick have also enrolled England international Eoin Morgan, Indian international Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma and former Gloucestershire player and South African international Jonty Rhodes as brand ambassadors.

 

 

About StarPick:

StarPick, founded in February 2018 with the objective of becoming the leading fantasy sports platform in India, and has now expanded to the UK.
StarPick is backed by some of the most competent and well-known investors in the fantasy league space worldwide. Headquartered in Bangalore, India, the teams are spread across the UK and Sweden to bring the best fantasy league experience to the StarPick platform.
StarPick offers a seamless, exciting, and simple experience for cricket fans to enjoy their favourite sport. With years of experience in developing the most attractive fantasy league platforms, the StarPick team’s mission is to create a deeply engaging and rewarding gameplay for fans.

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Eyecon sets its sights on expansion through Microgaming’s platform

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Microgaming has signed a deal with Eyecon that will see the leading game studio’s entire suite of games be made available to Microgaming’s customers.

Popular titles such as Fluffy Favourites, Shaman’s Dream and Temple of Iris will be added to Microgaming’s award-winning platform, which provides over 800 gaming brands worldwide, in more than 20 regulated markets, with access to an extensive and growing collection of exclusive content and top-performing partner games.

“Looking forward to a successful and mutually-beneficial partnership with Eyecon. The deal will enable Microgaming to bolster its content offering with Eyecon’s iconic collection of casino slots, while also providing Eyecon with significantly greater exposure, scale and reach. Microgaming continues to collaborate with top-performing content partners such as Eyecon to keep its diverse, industry-leading games portfolio fresh and innovative for its customers.” -said, Leon Thomas Commercial Director at Microgaming.

“We are really excited to launch Eyecon’s extensive portfolio of games across Microgaming’s content platform. This is a great opportunity for us to increase the reach of our games, along with our enhanced engagement tools, via the huge distribution that Microgaming offers. This is a compelling partnership that will provide Microgaming customers and their players with well known, market-leading titles.” – concluded, Paul Gielbert, Commercial Director of Eyecon.

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ITL bill acceptor expands into Southeast Asia

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A bill acceptor (CBA9) designed specifically for Southeast Asia has been introduced to the market to simplify cash handling for OEM’s that export throughout the region. Already dominating the vending industry in China, the market-leading, field-proven banknote validator is now available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam. Following consumer and market demand, ITL are keen to roll-out its accessibility to this vast Southeast Asia region.

Kravitz Liew is ITL’s Business Development Manager for Southeast Asia based in Malaysia. Kravitz commented, “The CBA9 is a cost-effective bill acceptor and boasts a quick transaction time (2-3 seconds) and advanced note-to-note processing capabilities. With its enhanced sensing technology, the CBA yields a high acceptance rate for the Southeast Asian currencies which we have currently available and we are delighted with the positive interest we have received from key Manufacturers in the region. Since I started working for ITL back in February this year, I have built up strong relationships with our customers in Southeast Asia and CBA9 is proof that we are providing the right product for the demands of the region.”

Kravitz continued, “Due to the product’s modular design, the CBA9 can be upgraded to add a note recycler to suit customer needs. It is particularly suited to vending and amusement industries where it offers exceptional field reliability. Free remote updates (including MDB) are available too giving our customers excellent value for money.”

Concluding Kravitz said, “The CBA9 is devised to maximise cash efficiency for customers requiring quick transactions and I am delighted to be able to offer our customers this solution. Southeast Asia is an important region for us, and we look forward to seeing a fast and widespread take-up of this cost-effective bill acceptor in the region.”

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Zynga Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Istanbul-based Rollic

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Zynga Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Istanbul-based Rollic, a mobile games developer and publisher with an exciting portfolio of popular hyper-casual games that have been downloaded more than 250 million times. With this acquisition, Zynga enters the hyper-casual market – one of the largest and fastest growing gaming categories on mobile – and adds a highly talented team and an extensive network of external developers. Rollic will meaningfully increase our audience and grow our advertising business.

Founded in December 2018 by Burak Vardal, Deniz Basaran and Mehmet Can Yavuz, Rollic is a hyper-casual publisher and game developer based in Istanbul, Turkey. Eight of Rollic’s games have reached #1 or #2 top free downloaded games in the U.S. App Store, and their latest releases, Go Knots 3D and Tangle Master 3D, were the top two most downloaded games in the U.S. App Store in Q2 2020. Rollic’s titles currently have more than 5 million mobile daily active users (DAUs) and 65 million mobile monthly active users (MAUs).

“We are excited to expand into the hyper-casual category with the acquisition of Rollic, one of the fastest growing hyper-casual developers and publishers worldwide in 2020, led by an incredibly creative team,” said Frank Gibeau, Chief Executive Officer of Zynga. “With Rollic, we are meaningfully growing our audience, expanding and diversifying our global advertising business, and adding to our game pipeline and developer network. Zynga and Rollic are well-positioned to grow faster together.”

“The Rollic team is proud to be joining Zynga,” said Burak Vardal, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rollic. “Our expertise in hyper-casual is a seamless fit for Zynga’s proficiency in product management, data science, ad monetization and world-class publishing. With Rollic’s robust slate of existing and new hyper-casual games joining Zynga’s portfolio, we look forward to advancing our collective mission to connect the world through games.”

Zynga will acquire 80% of Rollic for $168 million in cash. The final upfront transaction consideration will also include customary closing adjustments and is expected to close on October 1, 2020. Over the next three years, Zynga will acquire the remaining 20% in equal installments at valuations based on specific profitability goals.

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