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SBTech appoints Gavin Isaacs as Chairman

Zoltan Tundik

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Former Scientific Games CEO brings extensive experience to innovative supplier and will help grow company’s rapidly expanding US business

SBTech, a leading sports betting and gaming technology supplier, today has appointed former Scientific Games CEO Gavin Isaacs as its new Non-Executive Chairman.

Isaacs, who joins SBTech today, will use his extensive 20 years’ gaming experience across a series of senior management positions to further grow the company’s rapidly expanding US presence. Since the market opened in mid-2018 SBTech has completed and gone live with several partnership agreements with leading casinos in regulated States including New Jersey and Mississippi.

He spent the last four years as CEO and board member of Scientific Games and was responsible for championing game-changing mergers and acquisitions and growing the global lottery and gaming supplier from $1.3 billion to $2.9 billion revenues in just two years.

“I was approached by a number of companies since leaving Scientific Games, however I chose to join SBTech due to its, superior technology, high standards across every discipline, entrepreneurial approach and incredible ambition and potential to grow further across a wide variety of regulated markets including the US where I am based and have an extensive network, knowledge and experience,” said Gavin Isaacs, Non-Executive Chairman, SBTech.

“The business has already made significant in-roads into the newly regulated US sports betting market and I am extremely excited to be able to help and advise the senior management team to expand that even further across 2019 and beyond.”

 

Isaacs, a qualified lawyer, has a proven track record of successfully leading and establishing companies on strong growth trajectories. Prior to joining Scientific Games in 2014, he was CEO of SHFL Entertainment, where he grew the company to record revenues, globally expanded its slot business, and created a series of commercial opportunities in speciality table-game brands both in land-based casinos and online.

“We’re thrilled that someone of Gavin’s calibre, credibility and experience has chosen to join SBTech. This is a huge coup for the business,” said Richard Carter, CEO SBTech. “Gavin’s two decades of successfully leading, transforming, and acquiring some of the biggest businesses in the gaming sector will be a massive advantage for us, particularly in the US where we have already partnered and gone live with several large brands across multiple states and where there are many more opportunities to grow.

Isaac also spent five years as COO and Executive Vice President at Bally Entertainment eventually leading the negotiations to buy his former employer while at Scientific Games in November 2013 for $1.3 billion; a 37% premium in share price and at sector high multiple. Prior to joining Bally Isaacs spent seven years with Aristocrat Technologies in several roles including President, Managing Director and marketing and business development in Las Vegas, London and Sydney.

 

About SBTech

SBTech is an award-winning global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming technology, powering the world’s largest operators, state lotteries, land-based casinos, and horse racing companies. Founded in 2007, and with more than 1,100 employees in nine global offices, SBTech has developed the industry’s most powerful, innovative, data-driven online sports betting and casino platform, serving licensees in more than 20 regulated markets. The group supplies highly flexible and scalable omni-channel betting and gaming software solutions to clients looking for exceptional configurability, differentiation, and the quickest route to market, complemented by proven business intelligence and reporting capabilities. Supported by unrivalled expertise in trading and risk management, acquisition and CRM, and the highest standards of regulatory compliance, SBTech’s partners consistently achieve rapid growth, enhanced brand loyalty and record revenues. For more information, visit: www.sbtech.com

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Betway renews partnership with Hammers

George Miller

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Betway CEO Anthony Werkman and David Gold, Joint-Chairman of West Ham United outside the London Stadium. / Photo Source: whufc.com
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Betway is delighted to announce the largest partnership deal in its history, renewing the agreement with West Ham to remain as the Club’s principal partner for a further six years.

The leading online bookmaker has been the Hammers’ principal partner for four years, since 2015, and the ongoing success of the partnership has led to the new long-term deal being finalised.

In that time, Betway and West Ham have worked hand-in-hand to bring supporters closer to their heroes, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Initiatives like the Betway Academy, Betway Fan Taxi and West Ham Supermarket Sweep show Betway’s commitment to understanding the emotions and bonds that Hammers fans have with their Club, and this is something supporters can expect more of with the partnership extension.

Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway, said: “Our partnership with West Ham United has been a huge success over the past four years and we are proud to be extending it by another six.

“They are a club with one of the most passionate fanbases in the game, who we have built up a strong relationship with by giving them some unforgettable experiences and memories.

“This is something we are wholly committed to and we are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the club.”

Karren Brady, West Ham United Vice-Chairman, said: “We are delighted to once again extend our partnership with Betway. After working together successfully for four years, this is a new, long-term, record-breaking commercial deal for the Club, which shows the faith that Betway has in West Ham United and our iconic global identity which has seen us recognised as one of the world’s biggest football brands.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Betway as we embark on the next chapter for our great Club, and we will use this partnership as a platform for success, both on and off the pitch.”

Karim Virani, Digital and Commercial Director at West Ham United, said: “We’re hugely excited to continue working with such a respected and responsible Principal Partner in Betway. Since the front of shirt sponsorship began, Betway has supported the Club in a whole range of ways, by giving their time and energy, as well as their investment.

“This has delivered some fantastic work for good causes around our local boroughs, as well as putting on a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for die-hard Hammers fans. Extending this partnership provides the opportunity for this great work to continue for the benefit of our supporters and our communities, which are the lifeblood of West Ham United.”

Paul Adkins, Marketing and Operation Director of Betway, said: “We signed our first deal with West Ham United in February 2015 at a historic time for the club with the upcoming move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

“We then eagerly extended our deal with the club in August 2016 for a further three years, which was the largest sponsorship agreement in West Ham’s history, something we have been delighted to extend.”

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EPICENTER Major qualifiers gathered more than 15 million views

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Dota 2 EPICENTER Major qualifiers have gathered 15,4 million views worldwide*. The qualifier matches for EPICENTER XL, last year’s Major series tournament in Moscow, gathered nearly two times fewer views – 7,8 million. Meanwhile the total amount of broadcast hours on Twitch amounted to 866 in 2019 as compared to EPICENTER XL 2018’s 1100 hours.

The viewer count for the qualifier stage of DPC 2018-2019 season’s fifth Major reached 177 147 during the CIS region grand-final of Virtus.pro versus Natus Vincere. Notably, EPICENTER XL’s qualifiers final viewer count peaked at 67 668 under the same conditions. Overall, more than 5,5 million unique users viewed EPICENTER Major, exceeding last year’s figure by more than 1,2 million.

The Russian broadcast of the upcoming Major’s qualifiers engaged more than 10 million views, with 3 million unique views. The previous year’s CIS broadcast gathered 4,4 million views and 2,3 million unique users.

EPICENTER Major in Dota 2 with a prize pool of $1 000 000 will take place in Moscow from June 22 to June 30. 14 out of 16 participating teams advanced to the main event through CIS, China, Europe, South America, North America, and Southeast Asia regional qualifiers. Two remaining spots are reserved for the participants of the previous Minor.

Epic Esports Events (a member of ESforce Holding) is the organizer of the EPICENTER Major. The tournament operator specializes in hosting international competitions and is the organizer behind EPICENTER Dota 2 and CS:GO series in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Their first Dota 2 series was deemed the best Live Entertainment event by a leading European award EUBEA 2016, and EPICENTER XL 2019 was awarded the first place in nomination Russian Event per Eventex Awards.

*excluding statistics from China


ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations and the leader of electronic sports in Russia. The holding company integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities as well as online retail sales of esports-themed merchandise. ESforce owns over 220 popular online resources with a combined audience of 12 million followers and 114 million annual unique visitors, which provide a 90-percent reach to esports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences. In 2018, the holding became part of the largest technology company in Russia, Mail.Ru Group.

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