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NetBet Romania takes on ORYX Gaming portfolio

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ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company, has strengthened its Romanian presence by launching a premium selection of slot and casino games with NetBet.ro, a leading operator in the country.

NetBet can now access a broad range of titles from the supplier’s in-house catalogue through ORYX Hub, as well as quality content from world-renowned studio Gamomat.

The integration marks ORYX Gaming’s second partnership in the territory, after receiving a licence from the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN) to enter the market last year.

The partnership with NetBet, which provides casino, sports games and sports betting entertainment, further establishes ORYX Gaming’s Romanian and international appeal.

Matevz Mazij, ORYX Gaming CEO, said: Romania’s iGaming market is thriving and partnering with NetBet is the perfect way to continue our expansion in the region.

“Our titles are sure to resonate well with NetBet’s customers and deliver even stronger results.”

Horia Valuch, NetBet Romania COO, said: “With a wide variety of volatilities, immersive themes and engaging player experiences available, ORYX Gaming’s portfolio will undoubtedly be a hit with our customers.

“Whether its casino, sports games or sports betting content, we are committed to offering our client base the best experiences available on the market and integrating with ORYX Gaming will continue to drive the quality and diversity of our online offering.”

The recently enhanced ORYX Hub provides online casino operators with access to over 8,000 games from more than 80 leading providers, via a seamless, one-time integration process.

ORYX Hub is certified in core markets throughout Europe, and also offers advanced marketing tools such as promotions, leaderboards, tournaments and jackpots.

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Superbet Seeks New CEO As Ardeleanu Announces Departure

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Superbet is looking for a new CEO in Romania after confirming the departure of Vlad Ardeleanu from its executive leadership team.

Ardeleanu stated that he had chosen not to participate in Superbet’s next phase of growth and would instead be pursuing entrepreneurial challenges.

Ardeleanu was personally hired by the company founder Sacha Dragic in 2015 and tasked with leading an expansion of Superbet’s retail footprint within Romania.

“We have achieved remarkable successes. The company has grown five times, generating a turnover of 2.8 billion euros in 2019, and is now one of the top ten biggest Romanian companies,” Ardeleanu said.

Hitting peak capacity in its home market, in 2019 US private equity fund Blackstone Group invested €175 million in SuperBet, funding the firm’s ambitions to become the leading CEE markets betting operator.

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Kyiv hosted an international esports tournament: WePlay! Mad Moon

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On Feb. 19-23 the Ukrainian capital hosted an international esports tournament WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon with a $300,000 prize pool. The event included players from Sweden, Poland, Jordan, Germany, Serbia, Argentina, Peru, and other countries.

Between Feb. 20 and 23, the players competed in front of a live audience at Kyiv concert-hall VDNG (pavilion #9). The residents and guests of the city had an opportunity to attend the event for free and meet esports legends such as Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, and many others.

At the venue, WePlay! Esports and the event partners provided various activities. For example, the visitors could participate in amateur tournaments and win prizes at the WePlay! Tournament Platform stand. After their matches, the professional teams participated in autograph signing sessions.

Now that the tournament has ended, the WePlay! Esports team has received a plethora of positive feedback about the show component of the event. From SFM-clips, augmented reality, music performances, and the atmosphere of cyberpunk, the viewers were delighted by what they saw on live streams and on the stage. The approach to organizing esports events where competitive matches are a part of a show is something we call esportainment.

“Each tournament is another challenge on the quest for our goal — organizing the most popular esports shows in the world. We thrive not only to live up to the expectations of our audience but also to exceed them. WePlay! Mad Moon proved once again that we are on the right path. In March, we will announce a new event plan. Trust me; it will be impressive.”
– Managing Partner of WePlay! Esports Yuriy Lazebnikov

One of the most extraordinary moments of the show happened when teams arrived on stage on board the Madmoontruck. This moment was extensively covered in the press and went viral on social media.

In the finals of WePlay! Mad Moon, champions of the two previous Dota Pro Circuit events went toe to toe in a nail-biter series. Team Secret won the first two games of the best of 5 series, but Team Nigma managed to come back and win the championship.

WePlay! Mad Moon prize pool allocation:

  • 1st Team Nigma — $130,000
  • 2nd Team Secret — $60,000
  • 3rd Virtus.pro — $30,000
  • 4th Gambit Esports — $20,000
  • 5th/6th B8 — $12,000
  • 5th/6th Aggressive Mode — $12,000
  • 7th/8th Infamous — $8,000
  • 7th/8th Ninjas in Pyjamas — $8,000
  • Amer “Miracle-“ Al-Barkawi (Team Nigma) won $10,000 as the core MVP
  • Maroun “GH Merhej (Team Nigma) won $10,000 as the support MVP

WePlay! Mad Moon is the final tournament of the Dota 2 Tug of War trilogy series. It also included WePlay! Radiant with a prize pool of $50,000 and WePlay! Dire with a prize pool of $30,000.

According to analytical company Esports Charts, the event attracted 295,110 peak viewers during the series between Team Nigma and Virtus.pro. The official English-speaking broadcast peaked at 91,093 viewers.

“We are happy about breaking yet another record in viewership. The WePlay! Esports team once again organized a show that WOWED! We’ve set the bar even higher for ourselves and esports in general. We will only allow ourselves to get better with time.”
– Business Development Manager компании WePlay! Esports. 

#MadMoon, #WePlayDota2

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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Bulgaria Asks UAE for Extradition of Gambling Tycoon Vasil Bozhkov

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Bulgaria’s ministry of justice has requested the United Arab Emirates to extradite gambling tycoon Vasil Bozhkov, who was charged in absentia with extortion, influence peddling and money laundering among other offences. Bozhkov was detained in the United Arab Emirates at the end of January.

The justice ministry said it had sent the extradition request and more than 200 pages of documents translated in Arabic to the Bulgarian embassy in the UAE to be handed to the authorities.

Bulgaria does not have an extradition agreement with the UAE, but hopes that its request will be respected.

“We want him returned to Bulgaria to be brought before the Bulgarian court,” Bulgarian chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev said.

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