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Voxbet appoints Ian Marmion as new Non-Executive Director

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Emerging force in sports betting tech installs former Trading & Operations Director at TSG’s Sportsbook to continue the rapid expansion of its global footprint

Voxbet, the creator of innovative software that allows customers to speak or type their bets, has appointed Ian Marmion as a Non-Executive Director with a focus on the growth and strategic direction of the business.

The former Trading & Operations Director for Global Sportsbook at The Stars Group has been a long-time proponent of modernizing the sports betting industry by developing and deploying new technologies. He was one of the first to introduce automated pricing and trading models while Trading Director at BetVictor in the early 2000s and more recently contracted Banach Technology to reimagine the in-play UX at BetStars and FoxBet. He is now a much sought-after consultant within the sports betting sector throughout the world.

Voxbet software allows sports bettors to securely and accurately bet via natural-language voice and text, making it fast and easy to place even the most complex bets. Marmion’s new role follows hard on the heels of Andrew Lee’s appointment as Chairman, highlighting Voxbet’s global vision to capitalize on its transformational technology, improving the user experience for every generation of bettor along the way.

Voxbet founder and CEO, Jonathan Power, said: “Ian is an experienced operator and supremely well-credentialed in developing and optimizing industry-leading digital products. He is a blisteringly clear communicator, with excellent business relationship management skills. We’re confident his appointment will assist us in achieving our goals, underscored by his sharp strategic focus around the online customer experience, data and innovation. Needless to say, Ian brings significant value to our leadership team, as we look to improve market share across Europe, and prepare ourselves for rapid expansion on both sides of the pond.”

Ian Marmion, Director at Voxbet, added: “I am thrilled to become more involved with the Voxbet team at such an exciting time having been an investor for many years. I am a massive believer in the transformative effect that new technology can have on the sports betting business. Operators have been doing the same thing for too long. Voxbet now allows bettors to engage with sports betting the way they already engage with almost everything else online – and that journey begins with speaking or typing what you want. We let operators broaden their reach and make betting more convenient, simpler and faster – providing an overall richer customer experience.

“Voxbet’s unique tools connect with all types of bettors, from the seasoned expert to the novice. Accordingly, whether on or off-platform, we’ve become an essential tool for operators in today’s messaging-app-centered world. Thanks to the expertise developed from the machine-learning of millions of bets per month, through apps such as Viber and Telegram as well as SMS, Voxbet understands what a customer wants to bet on, via messages both written or spoken, and then securely places the bet on behalf of the customer.

“Today, we’re closer than ever to marrying human senses with machine learning to enable truly personalized virtual shopping. It’s the same with betting. And our artificial intelligence is driven by similar data processing. So the more data we can harvest, the smarter our system becomes.

“It’s fantastic to become more involved with such a strong, experienced management team that is player-focused and eager to tailor our offering to make it work, above all, for the end-user.”

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GAMSTOP wins British Data Award for “Data for good initiative 2022”

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GAMSTOP, the free national scheme for self-exclusion from online gambling, has won this years “Data for Good initiative” at the 2022 British Data Awards.

GAMSTOP successfully enables over 280,000 UK adults to protect themselves from gambling related harm and this award further validates the significant impact a data initiative like this has on potentially vulnerable people.

GAMSTOP is the UK’s free online gambling self-exclusion scheme. Users sign up by filling in personal details, and selecting a period of six months, twelve months, or five years. Once complete, they are self-excluded from all online gambling sites in the UK until they chose to remove it after their chosen exclusion time has elapsed.

Responding to last night’s win, Fiona Palmer, GAMSTOP CEO, said:

Winning this award alongside our technology partners, The Datashed underlines our capability to use data safely and effectively to help potentially vulnerable individuals. I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement and the team who have worked so hard to continuously improve the GAMSTOP scheme.

Thank you to the judges for seeing the value of the GAMSTOP system and congratulations to all other winners at last night awards.”

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World’s largest arcade platform offers retro gamers Epic deal – giving access to over 1300 Games

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The world’s largest library of retro games, Antstream Arcade, will be slashing the price of its annual premium subscription to just $19.99 as part of Epic’s Spring Mega Sale. Between Thursday 19th May to Thursday 16th June, this discount will be available on the Epic Games Store and across all other platforms, giving retro gamers around the world ad-free access to over 1300 games. 

This world leading library of games includes retro classics like Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Monkey Island and Earthworm Jim – all of which can be streamed from the cloud without the need for additional downloads or for microtransactions. 

Players from around the world will also be able to compete in Antstreams global tournaments, moving up the global leaderboards and engaging in game exclusive  “Challenge Modes” – modes that put new spins on old classics. Like Pac-Man Hide and Seek, or Mortal Kombat On The Ropes challenges. Players will also be able to enjoy Antstream’s new “Giant Slayer” feature – where players can challenge the global Antstream community to beat their high score in a game of their choice – bringing the joy of the classic Arcade to the modern gaming audience.

Steve Cottam, CEO at Antstream Arcade, said: “Our goal as a company is to bring some of the greatest games ever created to a global community through the medium of cloud gaming. Unlike other cloud gaming platforms that might have only 100 games, Antstream currently offers players over 1200 titles – with a price tag that sits well below our competition. And with this latest deal alongside Epic’s Spring Mega Sale, we are excited to make retro gaming more accessible than ever”.

Outside of the premium subscription option gamers are still able to access their favourite retro games on their computer, mobile, tablet or other devices through the free, ad-supported tier. Antstream Arcade features fully licensed and fully playable retro games from publishers including Disney, Warner Brothers, Taito, Atari and Bandai-Namco, as well as a huge range of smaller indie developers and IP owners from the arcade era and beyond. 

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Football Manager and Wordle Amongst 2022’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Mobile Games, Study Reveals

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A new study from Mozillion has revealed the mobile phone apps which are the fastest growing in 2022 so far, as well as those which have decreased in popularity most since 2021. Researchers from the mobile phone marketplace analysed data for more than 500 of the most popular apps currently on the market, to reveal which have shot up (or down) in popularity with mobile phone users. The study also revealed the mobile gaming apps which have increased and decreased in popularity most over the past six months. 

The top 20 fastest growing mobile games in 2022  

Delivery game Deliver It 3D was the mobile game which has shot up the charts most, increasing by 997 positions in the App Store over the past six months. Hugely popular mobile games including Angry Bird, Football Manager, Wordle and HeadsUp! also featured in the top ten fastest growing mobile games in 2022 so far.

Rank Mobile Game Increase in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Deliver It 3D 997
2 Rovio Classics: Angry Bird 996
3 Football Manager 2022 Mobile 994
4 Fill The Fridge 991
5 Wordle 986
6 Heads Up! 983
7 Football Manager 2021 Mobile 983
8 Tall Man Run 973
9 Total War: MEDIEVAL II 971
10 Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 959
11 Arcadia – Arcade Watch Games 958
12 Super Goal – Soccer Sticman 955
13 Coffee Inc 2 953
14 Worms3 950
15 Labyrinth City 949
16 Convenience Stories 947
17 Fishdom 942
18 Coloring Match 940
19 Papa’s Cluckeria 939
20 Slay the Spire 938

The top 20 mobile games that have decreased in popularity most in 2022 

Once-popular games Traffic Cop 3D and Paper Fold were found to be amongst the apps that have seen the biggest decreases in popularity in 2022 so far, dropping between 996 and 999 spots on the App Store charts since 2021.  

Rank Mobile Game Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Traffic Cop 3D -999
2 Retro Bowl -998
3 Paper Fold -996
4 Moon Pioneer -994
5 Flex Run 3D -985
6 Candy Challenge 3D -983
7 Watersort Puzzle -978
8 Youtubers Life -977
9 MAD FUT 22 Draft & Pack -977
10 Shot Factor -976
11 Turn Left!! -975
12 Keyboard Art -972
13 Zen Match -966
14 Water Sort Puzzle -964
15 Stacky Dash -951
16 Call of Duty -950
17 Magic Tiles 3 -950
18 Stone Miner -946
19 The Cube -941
20 Survival Challenge 3D -939

The most consistent mobile games of 2022 

While some apps are only destined to spend a short time ruling the top positions of the App Store charts, others have remained consistent as we transitioned into the new year of 2022. Hugely popular mobile gaming app Minecraft remained in the top five of the charts over the six-month period, as did popular pizza game Papa’s Pizzeria.

Mobile Game Increase/Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22) 
Minecraft  0 
Papa’s Pizzeria 0 

Founder at Mozillion, Len Leeson comments:    

“Apps are a huge part of everyday life for mobile phone owners in 2022. From tracking fitness and nutrition, mobile gaming or social networking with friends and family, checking the weather – or even finding your life partner! Apps are becoming more technologically advanced and user-friendly every year, allowing our mobile phones to help us become more efficient and connected in our day-to-day lives.  

Our research has shown that while some apps are just fleeting trends, others are very clearly here to stay and remain firm favourites amongst mobile phone users, year after year. 

There’s an amazing choice of apps that are out there now, and alongside the fun ones, some are increasingly important and useful. With this in mind, we recommend you look for at least 128GB or even 256GB of storage when buying a new phone, so that the capacity keeps pace with the (many) apps you may want to download.” 

To view the full list of the apps growing and decreasing in popularity in 2022, visit: https://www.mozillion.com/resources/the-mozillion-app-trends-report-2022/

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