Leading Latin American sports betting brand Betcris has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) strengthening the association’s monitoring and alert coverage for the region. The brand has been owned by TV Global Enterprises Limited since 2006 and offers online sports betting services in many countries throughout the world. It is however particularly strong in the emerging Latin American betting market where it also operates retail premises. Betcris is the second operator to join IBIA since the start of 2020, with five new members joining in 2019.
Khalid Ali, CEO of the International Betting Integrity Association, said: “I’m delighted to welcome one of the leading sports betting brands in Latin America to IBIA. Betcris is a major investor in sport with a number of sponsorship deals in place, including the Brasileiro Série A, and is well-placed to strengthen our monitoring coverage of existing and emerging markets in the region. I hope that other LatAm operators will follow Betcris’ example and highlight their commitment to integrity by also joining the world’s largest operator-run sports betting association.”
JD Duarte, CEO of Betcris, said: “Integrity has always been at the core of our approach to a responsible and sustainable business model and this has become more important than ever during this difficult trading period. Being part of an integrity monitoring body is also increasingly becoming both a licensing requirement and business necessity as the Brazilian sports betting law and other recent legislative developments show. IBIA is the global leader on integrity and Betcris looks forward to working with it to protect sports and our business from corruption.”
The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.
Vibra Gaming expands global reach with Groove
Leading LatAm content and software services provider integrates content portfolio to Groove network to access multiple regulated markets
Vibra Gaming, the go-to games, and platform developer for the LatAm region, has partnered with aggregation and platform specialists Groove to further its global reach across a multitude of regulated markets.
Vibra’s best performing bingo and table games, slots and branded casino slots, classics and content compatible with lottery providers will be added to an extensive library of games curated on Groove’s GroovePlay platform. This includes Vibra’s portfolio of highly successful localised games including Piggy Cash, Mystic Joker, Wild Gems, Quake, Patagonia Wild, Fruity 7, Condorito and Popeye, among others.
Groove’s twin pillars of turnkey (GrooveOn) and aggregation (GroovePlay) are supported by one of the best technical teams in the industry.
GroovePlay adds more than 100 new games every month thanks to a diverse group of carefully selected game partners such as Vibra Gaming. Due to its attractive value proposition, Groove has been able to establish itself as a benchmark for an operator cluster that includes tier one operators and beyond.
Earlier this month Vibra Gaming claimed the Silver award at SBC Latinoamerica Awards 2022 adding to last year’s SBC LatAm Rising Star in Sports Betting & Casino award.
The Silver prize was awarded for its unique ‘Scratch-a-lot’ product based on instant lottery mechanics. This enables players to experience the adrenaline of the ‘scratch and win’ concept while also enjoying the entertainment of slots in jurisdictions that allow lottery products.
Vibra Gaming has emerged as one of the industry’s most exciting and innovative content studios and aligns with Groove’s mission to help player-focused iGaming operators ‘find their groove’ by accessing trailblazing end-to-end platforms, expertise, and personalised support to create engaging and valuable user experiences.
This year, Groove marks six years of providing operators with its leading turnkey and aggregation services and continues to strengthen partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, including payment processors, automated KYC, affiliate networks, AI, and the finest game developers in the world.
Ramiro Atucha, CEO, Vibra Gaming, said: “We are thrilled to work with Groove. This is a fantastic opportunity for Vibra Gaming to further increase our potential across a multitude of mature, developing, and emerging markets via a dynamic ecosystem of operators and casino brands clustered around Groove.”
Yahale Meltzer, COO and co-founder at Groove, added: “The iGaming industry in LatAm is rapidly expanding and, as one of the industry’s pioneers, we are dedicated to providing our operator cluster with the widest possible selection of proven, best performing games. We are delighted to integrate Vibra’s portfolio and make it available to our customers for the first time. Vibra’s leading position in LatAm is a positive strategic component that will drive further growth across this growing region.”
UK’s best student VALORANT teams to battle at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere for Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final Qualification
As part of Red Bull Campus Clutch, the largest global VALORANT competition for students, the Red Bull Gaming Sphere London is set to host the UK Finals on Sunday 20th November, which will see four teams battle it out for a place at the Grand Finals in Brazil. The Finals will be streamed on the Goose House, hosted by Matt ‘Twiggy’ Twigg and Vicki “Gottmoxi” Johnson.
Red Bull Campus Clutch gives student VALORANT players an opportunity to compete on a world stage, in one of the most exciting games to watch in esports. Open to all college and university students worldwide, players can represent their campus and put their skills on display, with the chance to play on the global stage.
Over 80 competing student teams from across the UK have been whittled down to just four for the LAN semi-final stage, with the final UK winner invited to compete in the World Final competition phase and compete for a grand prize of €20,000.
- Red Bull Campus Clutch is a global 5v5 VALORANT tournament, open to university students from over 50 countries.
- In the UK, over 400 players in 81 teams have battled across regional qualifying rounds to reach the UK Final, with four qualifying winners earning a place at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London for the LAN Finals.
- The four qualifying winners – Just Essentials, Last Dance, Birmingham Bulls and Casa Norturna – will battle in a best-of-three format at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere, in a North and South semi-final before a final showdown, with the eventual UK winner earning their spot in December’s Red Bull Campus Clutch Grand Finals in Brazil.
- Giving wiiings to student gamers across the UK, Red Bull and National Express also toured Bristol, Edinburgh and Warwick university campuses to offer students a pop-up VALORANT experience. The VALORANT shooting range test challenged students at each university to set high scores, with each winner winning two tickets to December’s Red Bull Home Ground in Manchester, including complimentary National Express travel and hotels.
- National Express is the official UK public transport partner for Red Bull Campus Clutch. As the UK’s number one coach company National Express is helping qualifying competitors travel to the UK final by offering free travel on its UK network.
- Several global partners are supporting Red Bull Campus Clutch this year, helping bring the latest and greatest hardware to competitors. Intel NUC, SteelSeries and AGON by AOC all return to the tournament. As PC Partner, Intel NUC, renowned for packing high-powered gaming rigs in small form factors, will support with their top-notch Gaming PCs. SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, is the official Peripheral brand of Red Bull Campus Clutch and will equip students with award-winning gaming headsets, keyboards, and mice. And the official Monitor Partner, AGON by AOC will once again provide high-performance gaming monitors for the event
PAGCOR, casino licensees distribute relief packs to areas hit by Super Typhoon Karding
Reeling from the aftermath of Super Typhoon Karding, residents from 14 affected areas received aid through the relief efforts of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and its licensed casinos.
In a span of two weeks, PAGCOR and the charity Foundations of its casino licensees already delivered 17,500 relief packs worth P9 million to the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Marikina, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Quezon City, Quezon Province, Tarlac, and Zambales.
PAGCOR’s Vice President for Community Relations and Services Group Ramon Stephen Villaflor said the state-run gaming agency alone already distributed 3,000 food and non-food items to Dingalan, Aurora; Marikina; and General Tinio and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija.
Meanwhile, the most recent donation came from Widus Foundation, Inc., (WFI) the charitable arm of Widus Hotel and Casino Clark. The Foundation distributed 1,000 packs of food and non-food items to heavily affected residents in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija on October 12, 2022 and 1,500 packs to those in Aurora Province on October 14, 2022.
WFI Manager Ronnel Golimlim said they worked closely with PAGCOR and LGUs to deliver the goods immediately to the typhoon victims.
“Kitang-kita sa mga mukha ng mga tao ang tuwa at talaga namang nakakalambot ng puso na marinig sa kanila na ‘yung kanilang natanggap ay good for three days. Dito natin nakita ang success na dala ng private-public partnership since we’ve been working together hand in hand with the LGUs, PAGCOR, Widus and everyone else,” he said.
Barangay Official Mirna Santos said many houses in the town of San Antonio were wrecked by the strong winds brought by the typhoon. They were grateful that immediate help was given to affected families.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami dahil po itong dumating na tulong ay talagang kinakailangan ng mga mamamayan namin dito sa San Antonio. Kitang-kita sa mga mga kababayan natin dito na talagang gumaan ang loob nila dahil sa oras ng sakuna ay may mga organisasyon na gaya ng PAGCOR at Widus na handang tumulong sa mga naapektuhan,” Santos expressed.
Another casino licensee that conducted relief efforts operations for Karding victims was the Stotsenberg Leisure Park and Hotel Corporation. Its charitable arm Stotsenberg Foundation, Inc. donated 2,000 food packs worth P500,000 to affected locals in Victoria, Tarlac and Cabangan, Zambales.
Also, Royce Hotel and Casino Foundation, the foundation of Royce Hotel and Casino, distributed 1,500 food packs each to Quezon City and Pampanga worth P1.5 million.
Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc., delivered 3,000 food packs worth P1.5 million to Quezon Province.
In addition, Bridges of Benevolent Initiative Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Midori Clark Hotel and Casino, donated a sum of 4,000 food packs to Pampanga, Bulacan, and Bataan, amounting to P2 million.
PAGCOR mandates its casino licensees to establish Foundations to help fund Corporate Social Responsibility programs related to education, infrastructure, health facilities, environmental preservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
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