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QTech Games breaks new ground with The Vault

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Asia’s top distributor launches stunning new heist game at its VIP ASEAN after-party at Nobu Manila

 

QTech Games, Asia’s number-one games distributor, signed off a successful ASEAN Gaming Summit with the launch of its new in-house game, The Vault, at a VIP after-party held at the prestigious Nobu Manila.

The Vault represents the latest dazzling offering from Snowborn Games, QTech’s own game-development studio. The game is premised on the plot of a classic diamond heist, set against the backdrop of some storied Parisian landmarks, where the ultimate goal of the relentless robbers is to steel the prized pink diamond.

Signature Snowborn features – including stunning graphics, immersive soundscapes and engaging gameplay – are each in evidence in The Vault which delivers fresh levels of playability and high-octane adventure to its players.

As Asia’s fastest-growing games distributor, QTech Games is constantly innovating the space. While its recent acquisition of Snowborn Games and its quality production line – which also features Portals, launched on limited release in January – shows its commitment to an elite, premium product.

These games are exclusively available via the QTech Games platform, as with all Snowborn’s pending releases. The Vault captured the conversations and imaginations of all 100 VIPs in attendance at the chic poolside party, as they competed against each other on the new QTech Tournament Feature for an array of iPads and other rewards.

Markus Nasholm, QTech Games’ Global CEO, said: “We’re delighted to take the wraps off The Vault, as we continue to break open fresh igaming opportunities for both our partners and their players. And what better way to do it than by cutting a huge pink diamond and throwing a great event for our partners and friends at Nobu, where the reception to the game among VIPs was almost as enthusiastic as the high-kicking thief-themed dancers we hired! And I’m pleased to relate that the ensuing take-up rate from operators has been most encouraging.

“Games such as The Vault and Portals add yet more muscle to QTech Games’ burgeoning platform, which is bringing the widest range of online games to Asia, from established industry names to most innovative rising star suppliers. This standout video content adds another aspect to QTech’s growing portfolio which allows partners to cater to a diversity of consumer tastes across any Asian territory. Snowborn Games share our passion for pioneering design, underpinned by cutting-edge technology and the finest maths models on the market for engaging gameplay.”

The Vault is just the latest offering from QTech Games, whose aim is to ensure its partners continue to supersede and surpass their rivals. To which end, they have also recently rolled out GameFactory, a global gaming studio with the remit to invest in and recruit smaller studios from across the globe.

Nasholm added: “GameFactory is the next step in our bid to become the largest provider of digital entertainment in Asia over the next few years. We are currently very active in this arena, looking to enlist small gaming studios with big ideas that can form part of our developing QTech family.”

“Notice how the industry has changed in Asia over the past three years, or how many eyes are presently trained on LatAm and Africa. A flexible platform and an open mind are the only things you must be sure to pack, wherever you’re travelling across this ever-changing landscape.”

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Guild Esports appoints MediaCom S&E to support global partnerships strategy

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Guild Esports (Guild), the global esports business headquartered in London, today announces the appointment of MediaCom Sport & Entertainment (MediaCom S&E) as the Company’s first consultancy delivering Guild’s commercial partnerships strategy.

Guild’s appointment of the esports division of MediaCom, one of the world’s leading media agencies, will support the Company across all aspects of its commercial proposition, development, and global go-to-market strategy for its commercial partners.

Guild Esports, which is co-owned by David Beckham, is bridging the gap between sports and esports with an academy-powered model and a brand that celebrates and harnesses the diverse and tribal loyalty of esports enthusiasts on a global scale. The Company’s ambition is to build a culture of excellence around both its brand and digital presence and to develop a lifestyle cross-over brand suited to the fast-growing esports market. Globally esports is currently valued at US$1.1bn and is projected to grow by 42% to US$1.56bn by 2023.

Guild welcomes MediaCom S&E as an accomplished agency with a proven track record and a wealth of partnerships and esports expertise that will enhance and strengthen the appeal of Guild’s expanding business. Guild’s appointment of MediaCom S&E dovetails with the agency’s recent expansion of its gaming business following recent work with Tencent, one of the world’s largest investors into esports broadcasting and publishing, alongside Cartier, Piaget and Richemont.

Carleton Curtis, executive chairman at Guild, commented: “We are excited to be working with MediaCom to spearhead Guild’s partnerships strategy. Their wealth of experience within the tech sector and their understanding of our core channels makes them a perfect fit in supporting the growth and establishment of Guild as one of the leading players within esports.”

Michelle Tierney, Director of Commercial Partnerships at Guild, said: “We are at a pivotal moment with Guild poised for accelerated growth. This is an exciting time to welcome MediaCom S&E who can build on the momentum of our launch, foster partnerships and bring Guild to new audiences across the globe.”

Misha Sher, global VP of MediaCom S&E, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Guild at the beginning of their exciting journey. The popularity and appeal of esports as a cultural phenomenon continues to grow and Guild are perfectly positioned to capitalize on the momentum. Operating at the intersection of media, technology and culture, we know what’s required to attract commercial partners in a new, digitally led world. We thank Guild for their trust and look forward to helping them build one of the industry’s leading organisations.”

Guild’s inaugural teams for EA FIFA Esports and Rocket League debuted earlier this year and the Company will continue to scale into various esports disciplines over the course of the 2020/21 season. Guild’s professional athletes can also expect to compete in the popular title Fortnite.

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Evolution Selected for PointsBet US Live Casino Rollout

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Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, announced today that it has been selected by PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, for its rollout of Live Casino services in the US online gambling market.

Originally founded in Australia, PointsBet is currently operational in New Jersey, Indiana, and Iowa, offering both online and land-based sports betting. PointsBet entered the US market in July 2018 when it gained a commercial licence to operate as an online corporate bookmaker in New Jersey and commenced taking bets in the Garden State in January 2019. Since then, PointsBet has built a national footprint by entering into a number of other agreements to expand US operations into other states, subject to the passing of enabling legislation.

Evolution opened its first US Live Casino studio in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in August 2018. A second Evolution studio is currently under construction in Pennsylvania with go-live scheduled for H2 2020, as well as a third in Michigan, scheduled for go-live in 2021.

Commenting on the partnership, Seth Young, Chief Innovation Officer at PointsBet, stated: “We are thrilled to partner with Evolution Gaming to launch Live Casino technology in US jurisdictions, where we plan to offer our proprietary online casino platform. The addition of Evolution Live Casino extends the appeal of PointsBet’s premium product in the rapidly growing US market.”

Sebastian Johannisson, Chief Commercial Officer at Evolution Gaming, added: “Evolution’s Live Casino portfolio offers PointsBet a rich mix of world-leading online Live Casino games including classic table games, online Poker variants that are big favourites with US players, and our new generation of award-winning, record-breaking game show games. In addition, PointsBet will have the option of exclusively branded dedicated tables and environments, should they require these.”

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Compliance Updates

Commonwealth Casino Commission releases official statement regarding recent events surrounding Imperial Pacific International Holdings

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The following is an official statement from the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) of the CNMI regarding the recent events surrounding Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Edward DeLeon Guerrero, Chairman of the CCC stated, “IPI needs to fulfill its obligations, not only to the people of the CNMI, but also to their employees, vendors, and other parties who are contracted to work with their organization. We are deeply disappointed in IPI’s decision to request an abatement of their annual license fee and casino regulatory fee. The CCC is continuing its enforcement and investigations of its recent Orders that encompass the entire range of any payables or contributions owed to public entities and prepared to seek all remedies under the CNMI gaming laws and under the Casino License Agreement as they relate to IPI’s nonpayment and other non-compliance matters.”

 

About the Commonwealth Casino Commission:

The Commonwealth Casino Commission seeks to ensure that CNMI casinos are operating with high integrity, that the games operate fairly to each patron and that the casino is following best practices. To meet those goals, there are robust controls on all functions of the casinos. The Commission may discipline its casino, vendor, or gaming employee licensees to encourage compliance. The discipline may include monetary sanctions, license suspension, or – at the very worst – license revocation.

The Commission employs personnel who audit every part of the gaming operations including slots, table games, advertising and promotions, revenue accounting, security, and surveillance. As regulators of the CNMI’s casino, our mission is to hold the casino operator and employees accountable to the Commonwealth’s very high standards.

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