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OKTO strengthens commercial team with two new management appointments

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Ignacio García del Frade named as Country Manager Spain and Dimitar Shopov as Business Development Manager

OKTO Group, the financial technology provider specialising in digital payment and player engagement applications, has expanded its commercial talent with the recruitment of Ignacio García del Frade and Dimitar Shopov in key company roles.

García del Frade has come on board as Country Manager Spain to lead the company’s Spanish operations and help build its client portfolio in the local market. Shopov, OKTO’s new Business Development Manager, will be responsible for driving the commercial strategy and securing key partnerships in the gaming, retail and financial industries.

Frade joins OKTO from Win Systems, where he successfully accomplished the first installation of Wigos casino management system at several Spanish operators as Business Development Manager. His broad experience and network of contacts in the local gaming industry will be instrumental to accelerating OKTO’s growth in the country.

Shopov also brings a broad range of experience to the new role, having proved his project management skills as Partner Manager at Edentix, as well as serving as Sales Director for specialist payment and technology companies including Cashflows, Skrill and IBM.

Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming at OKTO, said: “The talent we have in our company continues to grow and it is fantastic to see our team expand internationally with individuals that we know will play a major part in OKTO’s journey.

“Ignacio and Dimitar both bring valuable knowledge, skills and expertise to their respective roles and we are positive they will continue to drive our commercial success and business growth.”

Ignacio García del Frade, Country Manager Spain, said: “I am delighted to be joining the OKTO team at such a pivotal point in its journey and am looking forward to delivering results in the Spanish market.

“OKTO’s suite of payment applications for the betting and gaming sector will deliver real value for operators in terms of building customer acquisition and retention, and I believe its business in Spain will go from strength to strength. 

Dimitar Shopov, Business Development Manager, said: “I have been incredibly impressed not only with OKTO’s fast and seamless mobile payment technology but also with its value-added services that will significantly enhance the customer experience both in online and retail environments.

“I’m excited to be working with my new talent colleagues to help drive the business forward and cement its position as the go-to mobile payment provider for gaming.”

OKTO is currently attending ICE London 2020 to showcase its industry-leading payment solutions for gaming.

 

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Polish Volleyball Federation Renews its Partnership with STATSCORE

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Polish Volleyball Federation (PVF) has announced that STATSCORE will remain the Official Data Provider of the Federation for another two seasons.

Based on the renewed agreement, STATSCORE data and widgets will be widely presented on the official website of the federation (pzps.pl) to provide engaging content to the fans.

“We’re pleased that under the new agreement our collaboration has been extended, and that STATSCORE will continue to deliver match data for PVF’s website and social media as our Official Sports Data Provider. We realize that, in addition to the basic information about the scores, volleyball fans are increasingly often looking for extensive and attractively presented match statistics, related both to teams’ and players’ performances. Thanks to the cooperation with STATSCORE, we are able to provide our fans with this kind of content quickly and professionally,” Justyna Tkaczyńska, Head of Marketing Department at PVF, said.

STATSCORE will provide the full coverage for all the national teams’ games through a dedicated LeagueCenter. Besides the international games, fans will also have access to all the domestic competitions for men and women covered with top quality stats. Every single game of the top tier leagues is available with 2D animations and live trackers.

“We are happy to renew our tie with the Polish Volleyball Federation, which is one of the most important partners for STATSCORE within the professional sports industry. When you think about global volleyball there is not more prominent federation to work with than Polish, which represents the world champions men team! It was not only a matter of business relation but mainly a matter of our ambition to be on the side of the people who know how to play volleyball better than anyone else in the world!” Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE, said.

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Massive Jackpot Won at 32Red Online Casino

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Microgaming’s WowPot jackpot has been hit for a massive €17,529,047.11 (£15,183,085.96), marking the first-ever Mega win on the progressive jackpot.

On 14 April 2021, a 32Red Casino player in the UK became the first to land the top WowPot jackpot after placing a £0.80 bet on Book of Atem: WowPot. The player is one of 93 EUR millionaires to be created on Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network, which has paid out more than €1.3 billion across all games and jackpots to date.

Not only is the eight-figure sum the largest WowPot win of all time, eclipsing the €1,123,513.15 Major win triggered on Sisters of Oz: WowPot in March 2021, but it is also the third-largest award in the history of Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network. As with all wins on the network, the jackpot prize has been paid to the player in a lump sum.

Launched network-wide in September 2020, Egyptian-themed Book of Atem: WowPot was created exclusively for Microgaming by All41 Studios and was the second title to feature the four-tiered WowPot progressive jackpot. A total of €23 million has since been awarded through the game across all jackpot tiers, with one winner scooping a Major jackpot of €998,876.35 in March 2021.

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Neymar Jr Becomes Cultural Ambassador of PokerStars.net

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Brazilian football star Neymar Jr has become the Cultural Ambassador of online poker site PokerStars.net. The appointment complements an existing collaboration between PokerStars and the football star.

In this latest chapter, Neymar Jr will collaborate closely with PokerStars.net on a series of creative projects inspired by the world of culture, from art and design to music and more. Bringing his passions and interests to the table, he will be shaking up poker with a series of exciting experiences for the PokerStars.net community.

In his first foray as Cultural Ambassador, Neymar Jr has curated a series of music playlists in partnership with PokerStars.net, providing the ultimate soundtrack for every type of poker game.

“Poker is so much more than just the game. It is a community and a culture and that is what I love about it. I am excited to start this next chapter with PokerStars.net, and we are already collaborating on a number of key areas. Music is a real passion of mine, so that was first on the list, but there is much more to come. I am excited for you to see what else we have in store,” Neymar Jr said.

“Neymar Jr is not just a globally recognised sports star, he is also a proven creative with a deep interest in the culture around him. This new role marks the start of something exciting for the PokerStars.net community, a merging of two worlds, where poker meets culture. In a first for the industry, together we’ll be creating moments to truly shake up poker and rewarding those who get involved in all that’s to come,” Martin Nieri, Global Director of Brand and Creative at PokerStars.net, said.

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