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Allied Esports Enters Latin American Market with TV Azteca for Debut of Live Original Event NATION VS NATION™

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TV Azteca to Launch Azteca Gaming Platform and Partner with Allied Esports for Strategic Esports Development in Latin America

 

Allied Esports announced its first product launch as part of a strategic alliance and exclusive agreement signed this year with TV Azteca, a Grupo Salinas company and the top sports network in Mexico, to create and deliver live esports experiences and esports-related content for the Mexico market and throughout LatAm.

Titled NATION VS NATION™, Allied Esports’ first event and broadcast production in Latin America will feature a squad of four U.S. players as they battle a Mexican team of 40 total players, including featured and celebrity squads and 32 fan participants, in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS with the inaugural NATION VS NATION trophy and cash prizes on the line.

“Latin America represents a massive and transformative opportunity for Allied Esports,” said Frank Ng, co-CEO of Ourgame Holdings International, owner of Allied Esports. “By combining our live events experience with TV Azteca’s unequalled reach as the number one sports network in Mexico, this crucial esports ecology partnership will be a major driver in building out the offline-online environment at the core of Allied Esports’ global strategy.”

The global debut of NATION VS NATION will also usher in TV Azteca’s latest platform, Azteca Gaming, joining the company’s leading news, sports and entertainment content across digital assets and more than 40 local broadcast and regional free-to-air stations reaching over 95 percent of the Mexican market. The event and broadcast will launch a new era in mass media esports content in the region.

“The transformation process of TV Azteca, to bring the best television, has led to set an eye in new markets, towards an audience that consumes esports,” said Benjamín Salinas, CEO of TV Azteca. “Sports are part of our strength, and now with esports, we find a way to connect with a growing market in Mexico.”

Led by captain Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, one of most accomplished professional gamers in history and an inaugural member of the International Video Game Hall of Fame, the U.S. NATION VS NATION team will also include: professional gamer and streamer, Avori; professional player for Ghost Gaming and winner of the PGL-PUBG Spring Invitational 2018, Miccoy; and Ghost Gaming’s soon-to-be professional player, Vegas.

Team Mexico will be led by a featured squad of professional players and streamers – Alberto “QUERETAROCK” Oceguera, Nicol “NicolSteel” Toriz, Anthony “TMX5” Fernández and Isaac “Clumzy” Ramíres – as well as a number of surprise celebrities and guests.

The remaining Mexican team will be formed through two rounds of qualifying earlier in the day. Each qualifying heat will include two games in which players will be ranked by a point system based on kills and finish. The top 32 players will move on to the finals where they will join the featured and celebrity squads and compete against the U.S. team in a best-of-three competition.

Team USA will be designated as the winner of each game if they are the last squad standing, while a Team Mexico win will occur if the U.S. squad is eliminated. The first team to reach two wins will take home the inaugural NATION VS NATION trophy.

NATION VS NATION will air on TV Azteca platforms starting at 6 p.m. local time. The event will also be live streamed on TV Azteca’s digital properties. Allied Esports will offer a live English simulcast of the stream on twitch.tv/AlliedEsports.

This announcement follows news from March 2019 in which TV Azteca and the World Poker Tour® agreed to bring WPT’s poker content library, premier poker events and the development of social poker and exclusively customized gaming products to a growing Latin America audience.

As previously announced, Allied Esports and its sister company, the World Poker Tour, both currently owned by Ourgame Holdings International, will be acquired, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval and the satisfaction of other conditions to closing, by Black Ridge Acquisition Corp., to form Allied Esports Entertainment.

For additional information about NATION VS NATION and other Allied Esports initiatives, follow @AlliedEsports and visit AlliedEsports.gg.

 

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mkodo granted Associate Membership to World Lottery Association

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Digital user experience expert mkodo has been granted an associate membership to the World Lottery Association (WLA) in recognition of its status as a respected supplier to the global lottery sector.

As a member of the WLA, mkodo agrees to uphold the highest standards and ethical principles set out by the association to advance the interest of its members.

The WLA is the international trade organisation of state-authorised lotteries and suppliers to the global lottery and gaming industry and currently has 148 Lottery Members and 73 Associate Members from more than 80 countries, spanning six continents.

mkodo has almost a decade of experience from providing its apps and digital user experiences and services to WLA member lotteries including Canada’s Atlantic Lottery Corporation and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

The WLA Executive Committee approved mkodo’s membership at the association’s most recent meeting in Naples, Italy on 9th of May.

Stuart Godfree, CEO and co-founder of mkodo, said: “We are thrilled to become a member of the WLA and to be recognised as a trusted partner to the global lottery sector.

“We look forward to working together with the association and its members and to share knowledge and experience to ensure that best practices and standards are upheld in the lottery industry.”

mkodo will attend the 10th European Lottery Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, between May 26th-29th and will also be at La Fleur’s 2019 Montreal conference which will be held June 25th-27th.

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Playson signs major deal with Kindred Group

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Slot supplier to provide titles to online operator’s multiple brands

 

Casino software developer Playson has signed a landmark agreement to launch its games across the sportsbook and casino brands run by Kindred Group.

The international operator will have access to more than 50 titles, including 3 Fruits Win and Vikings Fortune, as well as the provider’s gem games which have proven to be a hit with players.

Kindred has licences in a number of regulated markets across Europe including the UK and Sweden, and the deal places Playson’s products in front of a huge new audience.

Blanka Homor, Sales Manager for Playson, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Kindred, and are very pleased to be growing our global footprint with such a respected operator.

“We look forward to a long and productive relationship, and we are confident our current titles and the exciting ones we have in the pipeline will really engage its players in different countries.”

David Robertson, Head of Casino for Kindred Group, said: “Playson has been building an excellent reputation as a games provider and we’re thrilled to be able to offer its comprehensive games portfolio to our customers.

“It is a supplier to watch without a doubt and has clearly demonstrated its ability to provide quality content. We’re excited to see what our future partnership holds.”

 

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Sightline Joins Forces with Responsible Gaming Solution GameSecure

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The partnership aims to connect payment solutions and a centralized real-time self-exclusion database for increased player protection

 

Las Vegas-based Sightline Payments (“Sightline”) and Vancouver based Bencon Technologies Inc. (“Bencon”) have entered into a partnership to bridge the current technological gap between digital self-exclusion functions and payment services. The goal of the partnership is to ensure at-risk patrons are denied access to content or payment services in real-time.

The first quarter of 2019 has resulted in a number of violations of self-excluded patrons gaining access to content in the US market, meaning regulator fines have been issued to non-compliant operators, unfortunately, the damage to the patron is already done. GameSecure’s real-time database solution will ensure these patrons do not gain access to digital content once self-excluded and by partnering with  it creates another barrier to a patron’s payment activity.

“The Sightline team has been committed to responsible gaming for more than 20 years and we are very excited to announce this important partnership,” said Cameron Conn, Co-Founder of Bencon Technologies Inc.

“We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.”

“Sightline is in a unique position because our Play+ ecosystem, in the US, connects to nearly 100% of all digital platforms and 90%+ of all casino management systems, allowing for a uniform capability for a network-wide self-exclusion program through our SPAN Network,” said Kirk Sanford, CEO and Founder of Sightline Payments.

A primary goal of the partnership will be to work with the responsible and problem gambling communities to ensure these new solutions will work to enhance future programs for player protection.

“The Responsible Gambling Council is pleased to hear about the partnership between GameSecure and Sightline.  We believe that safeguards are imperative to the success of any self-exclusion program,” stated Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council in Canada.

Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the US National Council on Problem Gaming adding: “Congratulations to Bencon and Sightline for this step to further integrate responsible gaming into payment methods for the industry.  Streamlining player protection is an important goal for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we are pleased to support this innovative effort.”

“Self-exclusion programs have been in existence for years with the on-premise ATM providers, however, until now nothing has existed for the digital world which is where the industry is moving,” added Sanford.

Bencon is currently working with multiple jurisdictions in the United States (and internationally) to integrate GameSecure into their Responsible Gaming Programs.

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