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SPORTRADAR ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF ALEX GERSH AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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Sportradar, the global provider of sports betting and sports entertainment products and services, has appointed former Paddy Power-Betfair CFO Alex Gersh as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Gersh will be based in Sportradar’s London office.

 

Gersh has 25 years of diversified international financial management experience and technical expertise in both public and private equity owned businesses in the UK and US and played a major role in the successful integration of Paddy Power and Betfair.

 

Most recently, he joins from online car purchasing startup Cazoo where he served as CFO. In addition, he has previously held senior financial positions at digital pay TV software solutions NDS Group (Nasdaq listed and private equity owned), Flag Telecom, British Telecom and Motorola.

 

Gersh will report directly to CEO Carsten Koerl and will be responsible for the financial management, planning and performance of the group, including reviewing major investment decisions and new business opportunities.

 

He joins Sportradar at a key moment in the company’s global expansion as it continues to grow its market-leading presence across numerous strategic markets and complementary verticals including betting, OTT, audiovisual, media and integrity. This includes last year’s acquisition of award-winning sports betting and gaming platform Optima which created a global ‘one-stop-shop’ technology and services business capable of offering a complete turnkey solution.

 

Carsten Koerl, Chief Executive Officer, Sportradar, said: “We are delighted Alex has joined us as our new Chief Financial Officer. His expertise is second-to-none with a proven track record in complex organisations. He possesses a profound understanding of the sports, betting, mobile and data sectors which will be vital as we enter the next stage of global growth for the business.”

 

Alex Gersh, Chief Financial Officer, Sportradar, said: “Sportradar is a business I have long admired and I’m thrilled to be joining at such an interesting time for the global sports and betting industries. Carsten and the management team have some very exciting plans over the coming years and I’m looking forward to helping the company achieve its goals.”

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APE Launches Summer Internship Program for Macau Local College and University for Three Years in a Row

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Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited, with its subsidiaries collectively referred as the is pleased to announce its paid summer internship program for three years in a row has been launched from June to August, 2020. The partnership with Macao Polytechnic Institute of this year provides motivated students the opportunity for learning knowledges and skills about the operation of gaming industry.

Under the impact of Covid-19, APE insists to conduct the internship to provide chances of accumulating working experience to the student who are interested in gaming industry. The intern of this year is from the Bachelor of Business Administration in Gaming and Recreation Management of Macao Polytechnic Institute. The intern could obtain diversified knowledges by working in different departments including Administration & Human Resources Department, Consultancy and Technical Sales Department, Technical Department, etc. Interns who complete the program with outstanding results will have priority to receive a chance to become APE full-time employees.

“We are grateful to launch the summer internship program again. In view of the success of the past programs, we believe that students can earn meaningful and valuable experience by training their hands-on skills in workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, etc.” said Mr. Herman Ng, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of APE.

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Play’n GO Bring The Reels of Steel with Saxon

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“…The 80s were a time of fun and freedom, that’s reflected in the music of the time. We’ve brought that feeling into the Saxon slot….

The latest title from Play’n GO was officially released into the market today, the 5-reel video slot Saxon.

The slot is a tribute to the carefree, freewheeling days of the eighties set to the soundtrack of one of British heavy metal’s most influential bands, Saxon, with players able to pick from several of their songs to listen to while playing. One of the era’s biggest European acts, their legacy has influenced several bands over the years, including top acts like Metallica and Megadeth.

Similar to some of their earlier 2020 releases, most notably Annihilator, Saxon also brings a high level of animation into play as part of the game’s entertainment.

The free spins feature of the slot is activated by landing the game’s two Scatter’s on the reels; one is a classic motorcycle, and the other is Saxon lead singer Biffy Byford. Once both land on the reels, they come together in a fun animation to kick off the feature.

The feature also houses Saxon’s main draw, which is the unlimited multiplier feature, whereby multipliers will continue to climb for as long as the feature lasts, with no maximum.

Play’n GO Chief Product Officer, Martin Zettergren spoke about the game and its appeal:

“The 80s were a time of fun and freedom, that’s reflected in the music of the time. We’ve brought that feeling into the Saxon slot.

It’s a simple, fun game and the free spins give players so much potential it will appeal to new and seasoned players alike.”

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Spearhead Studios secures Romanian certification

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Following a very busy month of July, with no less than 5 new exciting titles released, Spearhead Studios is pleased to announce its entry on the Romanian market. The gaming development company has recently finalized the process of getting its game portfolio certified in Romania, including blockbusters such as Lara Jones is Cleopatra, Popstar or Wilds of Wall Street.

Built with the vision of developing local games for local markets, Spearhead Studios’s portfolio currently counts 20 titles, both slots and table games, since the company launch in November 2019.

All the games are certified in Malta, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Colombia, and now Romania, with other markets to follow in the upcoming years.

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director of Spearhead Studios, comments: “We are a young company with big ambitions. Getting our games certified in multiple jurisdictions, including Romania, is what will help us push through and bring excitement to players around Europe and beyond.

“We also got our Colombia certification in June and our Group company, EveryMatrix, is now gearing up to enter the US, which is exciting news. I am looking forward to seeing Spearhead Studios thrive around the globe in many regulated markets.”

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