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Europol and GLMS unite to tackle Sport Competition Manipulations

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The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and the European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol, have inked in The Hague a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). According to the MoU, both the institutions will actively communicate with each other and share information about sport competition manipulations and related organised crime investigations. The institutions will also run joint activities and implement projects together to spread awareness about the malaise.

GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, said: “We are delighted to consolidate our long-lasting and fruitful relationship with Europol and strengthen our joint efforts. Europol has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against organised crime involved in sport competitions manipulations with concrete results in relevant investigations. We have always valued their experience and innovative investigative approach. Thank to our global monitoring platform and network, we are confident that GLMS can support Europol effectively leveraging the ‘glocal’ nature of our association with global presence and local intelligence”.

Europol Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Wil van Gemert, added ”With organised crime infiltrating sport, the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations is unfortunately an active threat to EU citizens. Europol has been taking this matter very seriously and has successfully supported far-reaching investigations over the past years. We are delighted to count on the relationship with GLMS, which thanks to its strong global network and local presence will further support us in this challenging task. Most importantly, with this agreement, we send out an important message to organised criminal groups that law enforcement and private actors like the lottery sector stand united in combating organised crime and safeguarding the integrity of sports and the values of European society.”

 

ABOUT GLMS:
GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

ABOUT EUROPOL:
Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency. Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europol supports the 28 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime. With over 1 100 staff members, Europol uses state-of-the art tools to support some 40 000 international investigations each year, serving as a centre for law enforcement cooperation, analytical expertise and criminal intelligence.

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ESPORTS AWARDS NAMES MAKE-A-WISH AS ITS OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER

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The Esports Awards, the most prestigious night in the esports calendar, is excited to reveal Make-A-Wish as its Official Charity Partner for 2021. The partnership will see the Esports Awards and Make-A-Wish work closely together on a whole host of activities including charity auctions, live streams, with lots more to be announced in the coming months.

This year the Esports Awards will return to the Esports Stadium Arlington, Texas on November 20th where it will celebrate and honour every corner of the industry on the biggest night in the esports calendar. The Esports Awards will work on a charity campaign in the run up to the awards to encourage its community to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

“When Make-A-Wish explained that gaming-related wishes had seen an increase we knew that we wanted to help facilitate as many wishes as possible. The Esports Awards aims to bring the esports and gaming industry community together under one roof and we are hoping to provide these incredibly brave young people with a fantastic experience and the opportunity to meet their heroes. We have lots planned in the coming months and we look forward to helping raise as much funding as we can,” said Michael Ashford, CEO, Esports Awards.

“This collaboration with Esports Awards came at an opportune time as we have seen an exponential increase of gaming-related wishes during the pandemic. We are delighted to be working with Esports Awards to bring hope, strength and joy to our wish children worldwide. Together, we are one step closer to being able to grant the wish of every eligible child”, says Luciano Manzo, President and CEO of Make-A- Wish® International.

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Continent 8 Technologies and Beeinfotech PH partner to deliver Cyber Security Services

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Global managed network and security service provider, Continent 8 Technologies, and the Philippines’ largest telco neutral data centre operator, Beeinfotech PH, have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to offer Continent 8’s suite of leading cyber security solutions to businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to better protect them from the growing risks of cyber threats. 

The partnership comes at a time when cyber attacks against businesses of all sizes and industries, and the costs associated with them are at an all-time high, with the average cost of a data breach at $3.86 million and global damage from cyber crime expected to hit $6 trillion this year.

Through this agreement, Beeinfotech PH will leverage Continent 8’s unique multi-layered threat prevention, detection and response solutions providing protection from the edge through endpoint and the cloud: DDoS perimeter protection against volumetric and persistent attacks; Cloud WAF defends applications against a wide range of OWASP threats; Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) military-grade endpoint protection against ransomware, malware and phishing threats; Managed Detection & Response (MDR) security monitoring and incident response across corporate, cloud, and data center assets through Continent 8’s 24x7x365 Security Operations Center (SOC) and Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) platform, the foundation of its cyber defence strategy.

Peter WilliamsManaging Director for Asia Pacific at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Our decades of experience in protecting the world’s most attacked industry verticals, has given us vast knowledge and experience on how to best tackle the complex world of cyber security.

“By combining Continent 8’s market-leading security solutions with Beeinfotech’s local knowledge and support, we are able to protect Asian businesses of all sizes across all sectors.”

Reynaldo HuergasPresident and CEO of Beeinfotech PH, said: “Cyber security is a technology and support game. Through this agreement, Beeinfotech PH takes charge of the infrastructure, local manpower and coordination while Continent 8 brings in global managed security solutions and best practices. 

“This is a powerful combination that will allow businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to be confident they are fully prepared to mitigate the risk of falling victim to a security attack.”

Michael Tobin, CEO and Founder of Continent 8 Technologies, added: “At Continent 8 we employ a defensive, in-depth and comprehensive approach to all aspects of cyber security protection. It is a privilege to partner with Beeinfotech PH and their team, with whom Continent 8 have had a long standing relationship. We look forward to jointly bringing a truly unique and sophisticated suite of cyber security services to the Philippines and wider Asian market.”

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Wazdan games certified for Belarus

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Wazdan, the leading global slot supplier, has seen 30 of its top-performing and newest titles certified for the Belarussian market.

The provider’s complete collection of Hold the Jackpot games has been certified, including latest releases Midnight in Tokyo and Fortune Reels. Belarussian players will also be able to play such hugely popular hits as 9 Lions, Larry the Leprechaun, Telly Reels™, Choco Reels™, and Black Horse™ Deluxe.

Only land-based casino operators in Belarus can apply for an online licence in the country and all licensees now have the opportunity to offer Wazdan’s content.

The achievement marks yet another market debut for Wazdan, who in the last 12 months has entered Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, and New Jersey, as the supplier continues to outline its credentials as a leading company in the regulated space.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan, said: “We pride ourselves on our approach to regulated markets and we’re very excited to have a considerable array of games certified for Belarus.

“From our sought-after Hold the Jackpot games to top-performing staples, we’re very pleased with what we can bring to players in Belarus and look forward to making big strides in the market.”

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