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SportCaller appoints Andy Clerkson as first Chairman

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Former founder of Grand Parade joins Senior Management team of free-to-play specialist

 

SportCaller, the free-to-play sports-game specialist, has hired former founder of Grand Parade, Andy Clerkson, to be the fast-growing company’s first chairman.

Clerkson founded leading content, design and technology agency Grand Parade in 2007 before selling to William Hill in 2016. Throughout 2018 he has been in New Jersey, helping William Hill expand into newly-regulated states in the US.

Prior to setting up Grand Parade, Clerkson published Maxim USA for Dennis Publishing, which became the largest mens’ magazine in the world, selling more than 2.5 million copies per month.

Having pioneered the model of a free-to-play jackpot games with Channel 4 and Sky Bet back in 2014, SportCaller has achieved outstanding growth in recent years.

It has significantly expanded its global footprint this year, working closely with GVC, Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill, and branching into 22 countries as diverse as Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the U.S., alongside a number of countries in Asia and Africa, with its easy-to-integrate product suite and contextual bet prompts.In a largely standardised market for sign-up promotions and bonuses, SportCaller are now offering a third way to market, allowing operators to acquire and retain repeat customers at a low cost but also to stay fully compliant within the tightening grip of global regulation.

Clerkson said: “The free-to-play market has exploded recently and SportCaller are driving the innovation in the sector, so it’s a great time to be joining as chairman.

“What is really exciting is the potential for further growth around the world, not least in the US following the repeal of PASPA.

“I look forward to working closely with Cillian and his team to continue developing the strategy, which is all about value creation for our partners and their players.”

SportCaller MD Cillian Barry added: “I’m thrilled that Andy is joining us. His experience as a founder, successfully steering Grand Parade from start-up to scale-up, is invaluable for us.

“I look forward to working with him on strategic direction, new product and the fun stuff like corporate governance as we extend our reach in different markets around the world.

“It’s been a particularly busy period for the company with the World Cup proving a huge success with unprecedented levels of engagement across our games.

“We have some really exciting plans in place for the next few months and are looking forward to bringing the most engaging free-to-play sports games to more players than ever before.”

 

About SportCaller:
SportCaller is the leading free-to-play sporting game provider, whose platform allows fans to connect and compete across a variety of sports. It provides free-to-play games and other social products for operators and media owners, generating new accounts allied to trackable levels of increased player-activity and loyalty. SportCaller ranks William Hill, bwin, Betsson, Oddschecker, Paddy Power Betfair, TVG, At The Races, LiveScore and Ladbrokes Coral amongst its expanding client-base.

 

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The bronze at the CEC 2022 opens up new horizons for Indian esports internationally

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India’s DOTA 2 esports team’s victory at the CEC 2022 is a significant milestone in the history of the Indian esports and gaming ecosystem. It will open up new horizons for aspiring athletes who dream to compete in international tournaments in the future, thereby encouraging young gamers to pursue full-time careers as athletes. The win will open floodgates for subsequent industries to rise, birthing new-gen pro-gamers, careers, tournaments, brand associations and sponsorship opportunities among others. As the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, this victory marks a historical achievement for India in the international gaming arena.

The Indian DOTA 2 esports team displayed a smacking performance and won the bronze at the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships 2022 (CEC) held recently in Birmingham, England. The winners of the Indian DOTA 2 team, consisting of Moin Ejaz (captain), Ketan Goyal, Abhishek Yadav, Shubhnam Goli, and Vishal Vernekar, defeated New Zealand by 2-0 in an unsurpassed format.

Up until 2010, esports as a concept was relatively obscure in India and rather non-existent, with low public awareness, lack of infrastructure, and little involvement in the development of this sector. However, 2010 saw an enormous surge in the user base due to the popularity of smartphones, affordable high-speed internet, and notable investments in the space.

According to a report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and EY India, the Indian esports industry rose to INR 3 billion in FY2021 and is expected to reach INR 11 billion by FY2025. This only confirms that the growth opportunity for esports in India is exponential and expansive.

Bharat Patel, Co-Founder, and Director, of Yudiz Solutions Limited, said, “A big congratulations to team India for claiming the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Esports Championship for DOTA 2. A remarkable achievement, considering the countless scrims, lengthy LAN games, and complex strategies involved.” With reference to esports athletes, he further shares, “the intelligence, mettle, and enthusiasm DOTA players display is utterly amazing. This win will boost the morale of the younger generation to become more active participants, encouraging the industry and the gaming community going forward.”

Anurag Khurana who is the CEO & Founder of Penta Esports said, “Congratulations to team India on winning the bronze medal at CEC for DOTA 2. This win will surely bring esports more recognition in India and inspire more aspiring esports athletes at the grassroots level in the country.”

Talking about the win Abhishek Aggarwal, Co-Founder, and CEO, of Trinity Gaming India, said, “These are exciting times for the esports industry and a very proud moment for the country and the gaming community. This win by the DOTA 2 team at the Commonwealth Esports Championship has earned a spot for India on the global gaming map and the future of esports looks very bright. This will encourage a new breed of gamers to build their careers leading to a larger pool of talent in the country. This is also an opportunity for brands to step forward in supporting the industry and encouraging the new athletes who aspire to have a career in this arena. We, as industry players, are confident that the government will support this form of the sport by providing adequate support to the esports athletes.”

The Indian esports ecosystem witnessed its first international representation (demonstration) at the Asian Games in 2018. Tirth Mehta, who won a bronze at the time, drew the attention of many developers and investors and their interest in Indian esports grew. Coverage and promotional campaigns on various online social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram increased public awareness and further stimulated the popularity of esports in India.

As esports is declared as a medal event at the next Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, India’s performance and win at  CEC 2022 have upped the ante for Indian esports in the international arena.

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ONAIR ENTERTAINMENT ROLLS OUT AUTO ROULETTE

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OnAir Entertainment, the provider of cutting-edge live casino content, has announced the launch of Auto Roulette, a sleek, immersive live roulette experience that puts the player in control. Auto Roulette goes live with OnAir Entertainment partners today, exclusively via the Games Global platform.

The new Auto Roulette studio is a visual feast in blazing neon, transporting players to the coolest casino in town. Its first-class streaming technology promises vibrant, uninterrupted video, while multiple camera angles provide an immersive, cinematic experience, enhanced by soothing ambient background music.

An intelligent and intuitive user interface eliminates the hassle, allowing players to concentrate on enjoying the game. And a state-of-the-art language generator lets players choose their preferred language in one click from 20 available.

Launched in 2020, OnAir Entertainment aims to disrupt the live casino product monopoly through a passion for innovation and technical excellence, delivering gaming experiences of the highest quality. Its games are now available in key regulated markets, including the UK, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ontario, Greece, the Isle of Man, and Malta, with further expansion on the horizon.

Armands Zalitis, Head of Product at OnAir Entertainment, said “We are thrilled to release Auto Roulette, where the players will be immersed in an exhilarating experience with more power to control the ambiance. We have achieved this wonderfully designed user interface thanks to hard work and dedication of the people that make up OnAir – where the passion to create new experiences motivates us to accomplish amazing things.”

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Frooty Temptation Colourful MERKUR fruit cocktail from edict eGaming

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Sweet apples, juicy oranges and refreshing watermelons – fruit symbols have been popular with online gamers for many years. Now, with the new MERKUR game Frooty Temptation, Gauselmann Group subsidiary edict eGaming GmbH is offering operators the possibility to tempt their players with an even fruitier gaming experience.

The fruit game is played on five reels with five paylines. The wild symbol provides a particularly sweet surprise: if the diamond appears on one of the reels, it tops up to the highest possible line win at any point on the line. But the diamond is high carat in two respects. It not only replaces all the other game symbols, but also serves as a multiplier. If it appears on reels two, three, four or five, it doubles the winnings.

“edict is known worldwide for its extensive games portfolio, which in addition to popular classics also includes gaming innovations that set new accents in the market. Frooty Temptation now combines both in a single game: classic fruit symbols coupled with an exciting wild feature promise online gamers an even richer gaming experience,” says Dominic-Daniel Liénard, CEO of edict eGaming GmbH.

As a proven specialist in the development of B2B online casino solutions for the national and international market, edict is continuously expanding its offering and provides the games on a reliable and secure system platform. Operators are thus able to offer their players a sustainable, diversified and trusted online casino and, as a result, establish long-term customer loyalty.

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