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INTRALOT announces Group restructuring

Zoltan Tundik

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INTRALOT announces that, as part of the Group restructuring, the Operations, Technology, Digital, and Commercial Divisions are reorganized with executives from the experienced talent pool of the company, reporting to the Group Deputy CEO Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos as following:

  1. Sales & Operations Division with Maria Stergiou as Chief Sales & Operations Officer, responsible for the Group operational subsidiaries, the supervision of projects worldwide and Business Development, Bidding, and Sales.
  2. Services & Delivery Division with Christos Dimitriadis as Chief Services and Delivery Officer, responsible for the integrated solution delivery and technical support of projects worldwide.
  3. Lotteries Division with Fotis Konstantellos as Chief Lotteries Officer, responsible for the product and technical development and evolution of the LOTOS platform and the terminals of the lottery ecosystem.
  4. Digital and Sports Betting Division with Nicklas Zajdel as Chief Digital and Sports Betting Officer, responsible for the product and technical development and evolution of the INTRALOT Orion platform, the Trading Operations, and Digital products and services.

Mr. Argyrios Diamantis, to-date Group Chief Technology Officer, will assume the role of Senior Advisor to the Group Management for New Technologies and Innovation.

The new structure reflects the company strategy for cost and operational optimization, faster and more efficient project delivery, and the leveraging of new INTRALOT products for digital transformation through vertical product units.

 

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 47 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €0.9 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in HQ and subsidiaries and 2,200 in associates) in 2018, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.

 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Virtual Gambling Sector: ConnectPay Calls to Fortify Payment Security as Industry Fraud on Rise

George Miller

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Impact of COVID-19 on Virtual Gambling Sector: ConnectPay Calls to Fortify Payment Security as Industry Fraud on Rise
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Online gambling has increased during the pandemic. Evidently, so did the illegal activity related to the industry. Scammers are abusing the vulnerability of the circumstances, which is reflected by the rise in financial fraud and exploitation schemes. ConnectPay, an online banking service provider, encourages businesses, especially the ones considered to be higher-risk, to make the security of payment transactions their top priority in order to build trust with new and existing clients, and protect them from falling victim to fraudulent payments.

Illicit activity concerning monetary transactions has been a long-standing issue for the virtual gaming industry even prior to the pandemic, with financial crime estimated to be at $2.1 trillion per annum. That said, the COVID-19 crisis has brought new challenges as new fraud schemes started to plague various markets. This has influenced some countries, fearing an increase of illicit activity in online gambling, to issue tighter measures for the vendors to protect consumers during the lockdown.

“The increased online gambling sessions correlate with the noticeable jump in payment transactions”, explained Liutauras Varanavičius, Head of Business Development at ConnectPay. “When comparing data from January with the stats from April, we have noticed a 30% increase in gambling-related transactions. Even though it’s hard to predict how prolonged will the aftermath of the pandemic be, the necessity of instating more precautionary measures to support secure payments is too apparent to be left unaddressed.”

The surge of online gambling activity has greatly increased the public’s exposure to digital risks. While others are capitalizing on the crisis, businesses have to face the conundrum on how to disassociate from the perpetrators, remain credible and retain their target audience.

“The spike in fraudulent financial activity could hit the sector even harder than others: it’s already under a magnifying glass due to the nature of acquired revenue, thus any association with financial fraud could be leveraged as a pretext to revoke acquired licenses and restrict business”, said L. Varanavičius.

As the global health crisis continues, the need for reliable security measures and prevention of illicit financial flows will only continue to grow. Implementing timely and adequately prepared safeguards to combat arising threats is paramount, as, until brick-and-mortar casinos are once again operational, gambling industry relies on digital-only vendors.

Preserving secure payment transactions could be the difference between remaining operational or having to close up shop. The pandemic has already hampered AML supervision and presented new threats that could aid criminals in avoiding customer due diligence. However, having acknowledged current obstacles enables businesses to evaluate measures that would help avoid being juxtaposed with illicit activity and choose partnerships accordingly.

To keep the scammers at bay, ConnectPay continuously invests in innovative fraud prevention solutions, latest AML safeguards and other smart tools, helping companies in underserved markets to maintain credibility and keep the associated risks to the bare minimum. Furthermore, the company places high emphasis on a thorough screening process: this prevents taking on clients involved in unethical business practices, limiting the grounds for financial fraud. In 2020, ConnectPay is planning to invest additional 750 thousand euros in Anti Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism compliance solutions.

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Epic Esports Events organizes Epic Staff Battle charity event for esports clubs’ staff

George Miller

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Epic Esports Events company announces Epic Staff Battle, a charity event scheduled for 27 May, 2020. Teams comprised of esports club staff will compete in Dota 2 and CS:GO as part of the series. RuHub Studio will provide the live coverage of the event.

Epic Staff Battle will turn the CIS-community spotlight on the ones who usually operate in the background: from media managers, designers, editors to coaches, team managers and journalists – in short, the people who ensure smooth operation of the esports scene day after day.

Staff-teams hailing from 12 of the best CIS esports clubs have already confirmed their participation:

  • Natus Vincere

  • Virtus.pro

  • Gambit Esports

  • Team Spirit

  • forZe

  • Espada

  • Winstrike

  • HellRaisers

  • Team Empire

  • Nemiga

  • Avangar

  • EXTREMUM

Epic Staff Battle rules allow the professional CS:GO players to participate in the Dota 2 show-matches — and vice versa. Ex-pros and coaching staff are also allowed to take part. Thanks to this ruleset, the viewers will get a rare chance to see the star players like NAVI’s Alexandr “s1mple” Kostylev and Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov, forZe’s coach Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov and NAVI’s journalist Yana “b2ru” Khimchenko battle it out on Dota 2’s field of fray. The full list of participants will be revealed shortly before the competition start.

The event’s base prize pool is $5000. The funds will be directed towards the charity organization of the winner’s choosing. Epic Staff Battle prize pool can be increased via donations by commercial companies that would like to have their staff and/or affiliated streamers to participate in the show-matches. Besides the exposure via team naming and organizator’s media support, the companies will be able to run their advertising during their team’s games. Applications for commercial organizations participation are accepted till 12:00, 27 May via this link.

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BetOBet partners with Delasport utilizing their high-end sportsbook solutions

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BetOBet partners with Delasport utilizing their high-end sportsbook solutions
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BetOBet announces partnership with high-end iGaming and sportsbook solutions provider Delasport, making use of their advanced platform to solidify themselves as a major player.

‘’We are thrilled to have Delasport by our side and to take advantage of their innovative software and turnkey solutions, having such a powerful platform at our disposal is a reassuring prospect for us.” – BetObet spokesman.

‘’Our continuous efforts to deliver top-notch solutions and drive additional value to our partner’s business, brings out the best quality services we can provide and we hope to take BetOBet to new heights, we are looking forward to working with them!’’ – Eli Moscovich B2B Strategic Partnerships.

A leading software company in the iGaming industry, Delasport develops and offers some of the richest online coverage with thousands of events across a variety of sports and a premium solutions that can be implemented by already existing operators or as a standalone product.

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