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QTech Games team unveils blueprint for new global gaming studio group

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The brains behind Asia’s number-one games distributor to power GameFactory, as it seeks to close its venture round

 

The team behind QTech Games, Asia’s fastest-growing games distributor, is once again broadening its sphere of industry influence by announcing a breakthrough proposition in the launch of GameFactory, an embryonic global gaming studio with the remit to invest in and recruit up-and-coming studios from across the globe.

After an initial $3m money-raise for proof of concept, which is already underway, GameFactory intends to acquire or form partnerships with a series of gaming studios and empower them to continue developing their games independently, while GameFactory handles sales through a central sales force, utilising its existing distribution model. It’s all backed by an existing compliance and administration framework in addition to EU / UK licences.

Global CEO Markus Nasholm states that the typical investment will have between 5-10 games live, preferably generating revenues. This can pertain to a portfolio of games, standalone game titles, or exclusive distribution in certain markets.

The concept was devised after witnessing the exponential rise in the number of game development studios over the past 4-8 years. To which end, GameFactory now seeks to form a studio group of some 10-15 rising stars of igaming with which it will grow their combined global footprint.

GameFactory’s ultimate objective is to become the best casino content provider on the market – a super studio-group that offers a wide variety of top-quality games with regular releases which has the flexibility and freshness to take on the likes of NetEnt and Playtech in a B2B-supplier era that has yet to truly consolidate.

QTech Games already demonstrated its intent in this field last year, when it acquired a majority share in emerging Swedish studio Snowborn Games, whose first-class production, Portals, was launched on limited release in January. This new game is now exclusively available via the QTech Games platform.

Nasholm commented: “Time was when behemoths like Novomatic, Playtech, Microgaming and NetEnt dominated the gaming landscape. But now there are a few hundred studios chasing their coattails which have trouble growing, getting distribution and complying with increasing regulatory demands. Whatever the domain of discourse, QTech’s model has always been to ensure that genuine talent never gets crowded out of the conversation, and GameFactory is our response to this need.

“The trend for consolidation is industry-wide – we have seen this among casino operators and in the affiliate space. Indeed, my former employer Catena Media is a great example, showing the power of combining smaller outfits with a greater group. However, when combining, the danger is that breakout talents can lose their way and individuality in the process. And when you’re at scale-up stage, you can’t afford to risk that. GameFactory safeguards this principle with a strong set of central mechanics, a clear business ethos and a core sense of identity, supported by a team of experienced veterans.”

“Over the coming months, the initial goal is to complete the funding round, make the key investments and create a proof of concept, before embarking on the larger acquisition spree. We look forward to hearing from any interested studios and investors, and will unveil our key senior recruitments in the coming months”

“This is the next phase in our mission to become the largest provider of digital entertainment in Asia and beyond over the next few years. Indeed, we are presently very active in this space, looking to enlist small gaming studios with big ideas to foster a forward-thinking fellowship within GameFactory.”

QTech Games delegates are on site at this week’s ICE London 2019, where Asia’s number-one distributor will be looking to add to its burgeoning suite of worldwide relationships with both suppliers and operators. To book a meeting at ICE London, simply email: sales@qtechgames.com.

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Gambling sector deemed the industry most at risk of money laundering, new research from LexisNexis Risk Solutions reveals

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1 in 3 (33.3%) anti-money laundering (AML) professionals in the gambling industry believe that their sector is at the highest risk of money laundering, according to a new report from global analytics provider LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. This opinion is shared by 41.9% of professionals in other regulated industries surveyed, who flagged the gambling sector as one of the top three industries most at risk of money laundering.

The report – On the Frontline: The UK’s Fight Against Money Laundering – is based on research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and points to the risk potentially being caused by an internal culture of complacency. Almost 40% (39.2%) of AML professionals in the sector identified complacency as the biggest internal barrier to fighting money laundering. This, coupled with the fact that the same number (39.2%) think UK money laundering regulations are only “somewhat effective” points to a potential financial crime storm ahead for the gambling sector.

The Gambling Commission is acutely aware of the challenge, and in its 2018/19 Enforcement Report noted that it had investigated ‘a number of online casino operators’ found to have breached conditions related to the AML portions of their licences. During the past financial year, the watchdog issued a record £19.6m in penalties against firms who failed to stop money laundering or meet social responsibility obligations, and has warned of further ‘draconian’ actions for those operators who fail to learn lessons from these fines.

Even with this ramping up of enforcement actions, over 40% (41.2%) of respondents believe that the anti-money laundering regulations that they have to comply with are disproportionate to the money laundering threat that they actually face.

Despite a culture of complacency and lack of confidence in the AML regime, gambling firms are pouring money into AML compliance, with a vast majority (82.3%) stating their compliance budgets have increased over the last two years – more so than any other sector surveyed in the report.

A majority of this budget is being allocated to technology aimed at tackling the problem, the research revealed. Over 40% (41.7%) of AML compliance budgets is dedicated to technology at the moment, with over three quarters of respondents (78.4%) expecting funding for technology to increase further over the next five years.

Michael Harris, Director of Financial Crime Compliance and Reputational Risk at LexisNexis® Risk Solutions says:

“The threat money laundering poses to the gambling sector is very real, and this fact is clearly recognised by those working within it too.

The industry needs to take urgent steps to address this growing threat by ensuring that customer due diligence checks are conducted before allowing any gambling activity to begin, and, given the rise in online gambling, should consider embracing digital know your customer (KYC) technologies.

This, along with training teams dealing with customers on the frontline to spot money laundering red flags and adopt a risk-based approach, gives gambling operators the best chance of fighting financial crime and meeting their legal obligations.”

 

About LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. For more information, please visit risk.lexisnexis.co.uk, and www.relx.com.

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SIS Selects Sportech To Provide Global Commingling Solution

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SIS (Sports Information Services) and Sportech PLC today announced a global commingling totalisator agreement that will allow SIS to create and disseminate a worldwide pool for greyhound racing.

SIS, the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services to retail and online operators globally, will utilize Sportech’s Quantum™ System pari-mutuel betting software to offer the greyhound global pool, leveraging Sportech’s unrivalled worldwide reach and expansive global commingling capabilities. Sportech will also provide hosting and operational services of the greyhound global pool from the company’s Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centres.

Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said “This partnership further bolsters our capability as the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services worldwide.

“Sportech’s market-leading technology will help facilitate SIS’s greyhound racing global pool, which will further expand the reach of greyhound racing around the world”.

 

Bruno Gay, Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA for Sportech, said: “We are delighted to partner with SIS to deliver a greyhound racing global pool, a project for which Quantum™ System and Sportech’s global service delivery network are perfectly suited.

 

Sportech’s Quantum™ technology has helped betting clients all over the world find new markets for their products and new content for their consumers.  On the heels of the successful implementation of the “Ascot World Pool” for UK Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we are delighted to support SIS in offering a global pool to satisfy the world greyhound racing market.”

About SIS

SIS (Sports Information Services) has been a trusted partner to the global betting industry for over 30 years, supplying short form betting content to online and retail betting operators. Our horse and greyhound racing content can help keep customers engaged and increase dwell time online and in-shop.

SIS provides operators with an end-to-end solution for horse and greyhound betting including data, live pictures, prices and derivatives, creating betting events to help drive profitable sales. For more information about SIS please visit www.sis.tv.

 

About Sportech

Sportech PLC is the international betting technology business delivering services and solutions to gaming companies, sports teams, racetracks, casinos and lottery clients across 37 countries.  In addition, the Group owns and operates sports gaming venues in Connecticut, United States, under exclusive licenses.

Sportech is a leading global provider of wagering technology solutions to licensed betting operators worldwide. Sportech systems process US $12 billion in bets annually for licensed operators across 37 countries. For more information, visit www.sportechplc.com.

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WePlay! Dota Underlords Open: the registration for all comers starts!

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Dota Underlords fans from all over the world are welcome to register and compete for the total prize pool of $15,000.

WePlay! Esports has revealed the details for everyone willing to take part in WePlay! Dota Underlords Open open qualifiers. The registration is open from July 15th till July 23th, 2019, 23:59 CEST (14:59 PDT). The schedule and registration process details are available at WePlay! Esports website.

To sign up for WePlay! Dota Underlords Open participants are needed to have an account at Challonge.com and also join WePlay! Esports Discord channel. Regular announcements and news will be available at the #underlords_open_announces group; all communication with the players will be held through Discord.

Dota Underlords Open will have two divisions: Vicious Order (Europe) and Crimson Gang(Americas). The divisions are not region-locked, so players from all over the world can participate. Each round will have three games. The best four players with the highest points move on to the next round. The qualifiers will be taking place until there are only eight players. Those eight players will be invited to the main event, taking place from August 1st to August 4th, 2019.

Players are entitled to participate in qualifiers through multiple regions and, moreover, they can play from a mobile device. Participants are also allowed to stream their games on their private Twitch channels, but they are not allowed to stream the main event (after the end of the qualifiers).

WePlay! Dota Underlords Open open qualifiers start on July 24th and will be taking place till July 28th, 2019. The winners will be invited to the main event with a $15,000 prize pool.

More details of WePlay! Dota Underlords Open tournament are available at WePlay! website.

#WePlay #WePlayDotaUnderlords

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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