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NBA 2K League Announces Gen.G To Launch Shanghai Team

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The NBA 2K League announced that Gen.G, the global esports organization connecting the best gamers in the U.S. and Asia, will launch an NBA 2K League team from Shanghai that will join the other 22 NBA 2K League teams for the 2020 season.  The Shanghai franchise will be the centerpiece of a long-term strategic relationship between the NBA 2K League and Gen.G that will mobilize Gen.G’s multicultural brand and multi-title esports presence to expand the global footprint of the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

Gen.G’s team, which will train at Gen.G’s Los Angeles HQ during the 2020 season, will be the first NBA 2K League team outside of North America.

Gen.G, whose investors include LA Clippers alternate governor Dennis Wong and whose teams compete in seven other major titles, is also the first NBA 2K League team not affiliated with an NBA team.  Gen.G’s NBA 2K League team will be Gen.G’s second esports franchise (joining Seoul Dynasty of the Overwatch League) and second entry in Chinese esports (China Clash Royale League).

“This is a historic moment in the NBA 2K League’s journey to becoming a truly global league with fans, franchises and players from all over the world,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue.  “Gen.G is the ideal organization to launch our first team from outside of North America, and we look forward to working with Gen.G to reach new fans in Shanghai and identify elite talent across Asia.”

“We are honored to help lead the NBA 2K League’s expansion into Asia and proud to represent Shanghai on behalf of the hundreds of millions of Chinese fans who love basketball and video games,” said Chris Park, CEO of Gen.G.  “Gen.G’s unique core mission — to connect esports fans and athletes across the U.S. and Asia — is meant for ambitious ventures like this.  We have big plans to help grow the NBA 2K League in communities around the world that are passionate about basketball and video games.”

In addition to launching the Shanghai franchise, Gen.G and the NBA 2K League today announced a long-term relationship to grow the NBA 2K League’s global player pool and fanbase.  As part of the terms, Gen.G will collaborate with the NBA 2K League on player development and talent identification in Asia, brand development in Asia, and worldwide esports and gaming programming.  Together, the NBA 2K League and Gen.G will build a world-class pipeline for the next generation of great Asian players, develop NBA 2K League content for the more than 12 million followers of Gen.G’s global esports portfolio and the NBA 2K League’s global audience, and promote the NBA 2K League to fans around the world.

Today’s announcements are also important milestones for inclusion and professionalism in esports, values that the NBA 2K League and Gen.G have championed individually and will champion together through this strategic relationship.  In August, the NBA 2K League held its first-ever development camp for elite female NBA 2K players at the NBA 2K League Studio in New York City, and Gen.G announced its all-women Fortnite team – Gen.G Empowered by Bumble (Team Bumble) – as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to driving women’s empowerment in gaming and esports.

Gen.G and Hornets Venom GT, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, will participate in the NBA 2K League Expansion Draft Lottery on Friday, Oct. 4.  Additional details about Gen.G’s NBA 2K League team will be announced at a later date.

 

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Sports betting and Online Casino operator Betzest™ goes live with Rabcat™ casino games

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Online Casino Betzest™ has increased its offering by entering into a new partnership with Austrian slot provider Rabcat.

The agreement comprises Rabcat full collection of casino games, including highly innovative and entertaining online slots such as Castle Builder, River of Riches, Dragon’s Myth, Penguin Splash, Forsaken Kingdom: The Path of Valor, Castle Builder 2 and Moby Dick.

Online casino and sports betting operator Betzest is experiencing massive growth since its launch in 2018 and its portfolio now boasts over 1600 premium online slots.

After a number of major Top Casino provider’s launches over the past few months, this new partnership represents another milestone in Betzest™ rapid expansion. The company is looking forward to even more strategic collaborations with Top game providers already by the end of 2019.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: “After the launch of twelve new top game providers since the beginning of 2019, I am proud to announce that we now concluded Rabcat Casino provider to join the Betzest platform. Rabcat games embodies what Betzest Casino is all about and matches our profile perfectly.

We are always looking to improve the Betzest™ Casino product for our players and we trust that their highly innovative and entertaining slot games will play an important part in making Betzest™ this year’s leading casino operator.

We’ve had an extremely fruitful 2019 already, with a remarkable collection of world-class casino providers on the way, I’m certain the best is yet to come.”

About Betzest:

Betzest is one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive online betting and casino company offering unrivalled sports betting and casino games experience. Betzest also offers Live Betting, Live Casino and Virtual Sports services. Betzest has gone from strength to strength in previous months and continues to dominate the online gambling industry with its robust and multi-functional online sports betting & casino company. Today Betzest has more than 50 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top providers of only the highest quality.

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bwin to Quit from Russian Sports Betting Market

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Sports betting brand Bwin is going to quit from Russia’s online gambling market, as its parent company, A&NN Investments, is looking to unload its license in the country.

The license is held by Digital Betting LLC, which operates online in Russia using the Bwin.ru domain through a joint venture with UK-listed GVC Holdings. Bwin.ru is a joint venture of GVC and A&NN, which is owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut, who also controls digital media firm Rambler.

A source for the website claimed that Digital Betting’s license may be transferred to a division of payment processing outfit Qiwi, which handles transactions for multiple Russian-licensed bookmakers. Qiwi has denied this report. Other sources claimed that The Stars Group (TSG) is in the running to acquire Digital Betting’s license.

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Playtech Partners with GVC to Launch Elevation

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Playtech has partnered with GVC Holdings to launch a brand new dedicated live casino studio, Elevation. The live casino studio will launch in stages over the next two months, backed by a major marketing campaign and will initially feature five Blackjack tables and a Roulette wheel studio.

“As the parent company behind some of the most iconic brands in online gambling, GVC has been a key partner for us for many years, and we’re delighted to be extending that partnership with the development of Elevation. We’ve significantly invested in our Live Casino technology and facilities in recent years, in addition to continually diversifying our content – so in a year when we’ve done more than ever to enhance our product, it seems only fitting to be working with an industry leader to deliver an ever-more innovative live experience,” Shimon Akad, COO of Playtech.

“Live Casino is one of the major growth areas in the online gambling market, with players looking for a more immersive, entertainment-driven experience. Significant investment has gone into delivering the first stage of the Elevation studio and we’re delighted with the results. Playtech’s track record and experience in delivering innovative Live Casino technology and content is unsurpassed. We’re looking forward to continuing our successful partnership and delivering a world-class player experience,” Shay Segev, COO of GVC said.

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