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Profiles of Animesh Agarwal, Naman Mathur, Payal Dhare and Tirth Mehta

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  1. Animesh Agarwal aka 8Bit Thug, Founder & CEO of 8Bit Creatives and Co-Founder of S8UL

Mr Animesh Agarwal is the Founder, and CEO of 8Bit Creatives, India’s leading Esports consulting and talent management agency.  He is also the founder of S8UL, a hub of gaming content and Esports. S8UL is the parent org of IQOO SOUL, the leading Esports organization in India.

S8UL is the only Indian Esports organization to win at the global Esports Awards and has done so multiple times by securing the prestigious ‘Esports Content Creator of the Year’ recently. Having also won the inaugural ‘Global Impact on Mobile Gaming’ award at the MOBIES earlier this year, the organization has elevated the stature of Indian Esports worldwide. Moreover, team SOUL has also roped in iQOO as its exclusive title sponsor, marking the first time that an Esports organization in the country secured a high-profile title sponsorship with a mobile manufacturer that extends beyond individual tournaments.

Animesh dons several hats as an entrepreneur, an ex-pro gamer, a monster energy Esports athlete, a gaming & luxury lifestyle content creator, and a pioneer in the Indian Gaming Industry. He has a deep understanding of the industry and is dedicated to shaping the Esports and gaming industry in India. He has partnered with other industry front runners like Nodwin Gaming & LOCO to make substantial strides in advancing gaming & Esports in India.

His Company, 8Bit Creatives is equally making remarkable milestones in the business of content creation and brand collaborations around gaming and esports. With some of India’s top gaming talents in their line-up and backed with experience and exposure of collaborating and curating campaigns with 100+ top-notch brands like Netflix, Coca-cola, Reliance Digital, Mx Players, OnePlus, Realme Narzo, Flipkart, Airtel, and many others; 8Bit Creatives boasts of managing popular and renowned gaming content creators and influencers- Mortal, Scout, Mavi, Snax, Thug, Payal, Kaashvi, 8bit Goldy, 8bit Sid to name a few.

 

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  1. Naman Mathur aka Mortal, Co-Founder of S8UL

Naman Mathur, popularly known as Mortal, is a prominent figure in the Indian Esports community and the Co-Founder and CMO of S8UL Esports. Known for his exceptional gaming skills and influential presence, Naman has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of Indian Esports. His achievements both as an Esports athlete and a gaming creator have earned him global recognition, cementing him as the face of Indian Esports.

Naman holds the distinction of being the only Indian Esports athlete nominated four times in the prestigious global Esports Awards. The 26-year-old clinched the runner-up in the ‘Esports Personality of the Year’ category in consecutive years in 2022 and 2023, following his previous nomination for the ‘Streamer of the Year’ category in 2020 and 2021 where he secured the second position on both occasions.

As an Esports athlete, the Mumbai-born gamer has won notable tournaments including the BMPS Season 1 (2022), PUBG: Mobile Club Open, and PUBG Mobile India Series (2019) while also representing India on the international stage. Acknowledged for his exceptional gaming content, Naman was honored with the ‘Best Gaming Influencer’ at the Impact Digital Influencer Awards last year.

With an impressive following of 7 million subscribers on YouTube and over 5.3 million followers on Instagram, Naman’s influence transcends his gaming prowess, as he has played a pivotal role in elevating the status of Indian Esports on a global scale.

 

  1. Payal Dhare aka PayalGaming, India’s leading female gamer who is part of 8Bit Creatives

Payal Dhare, hailing from the small city of Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, defied societal stereotypes from an early age and embarked on a journey as a gamer. It all began when her cousin brothers introduced her to the world of video games.

While Payal’s father provided unwavering support, her mother initially shared the concerns for her future. However, Payal’s determination and passion gradually changed her mother’s perspective. As a result, her mother now stands as a proud supporter of Payal’s achievements.

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Payal commenced her career as a hardcore content creator. Although her first video on YouTube did not feature gameplay, it served as a significant starting point for her. Unlike aspiring lifestyle influencers, Payal’s primary focus was to connect with her audience through gaming. She aimed to have fun while playing games and involve more people in the process. Payal believed that competitiveness was not always necessary when engaging in video games.

By breaking stereotypes and pursuing her passion, Payal Dhare has become an inspiration for aspiring gamers, content creators, and individuals seeking to challenge societal norms. With over 3.1 million followers on Instagram and 3.69 million subscribers on YouTube, her journey exemplifies the importance of following one’s dreams, even in the face of adversity.

 

  1. Tirth Mehta, Bronze medal winner in Hearthstone at Asian Games 2018

Tirth Mehta, a 28-year-old lad from the sleepy town of Bhuj in Gujarat’s Kutch district won the bronze medal in Hearthstone — a popular online digital collectible card game — at the Esports demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games. Hearthstone, developed and published by American video game company, Blizzard Entertainment, has garnered huge interest among online gamers from across Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, besides India. The game is a combination of chess and poker, requiring players to have core skills in maths and probability.

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M88 Mansion presents 10th edition of IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s largest festival at sea, in Korea

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M88 Mansion, one of the biggest and most successful online casinos in Asia, is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s largest festival at sea, in Korea from May 23 to 26, 2024.

IT’S THE SHIP offers attendees a unique, nonstop party experience for four days and three nights. This year’s festival will sail from the South Korean city of Busan to Nagasaki, Japan, and back aboard the Italian vessel Costa Serena.

Attendees, affectionately known as shipmates, will enjoy performances from this year’s lineup, including headliners Da Tweekaz, Tchami, Yellow Claw, ACRAZE, Afro Bros, Amber Broos, Quintino, and €URO TRA$H. Additionally, M88 Mansion celebrity partner and brand ambassador Maria Ozawa will also adorn this year’s crowd with a special performance.

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Shipmates will also enjoy a list of unique activities, sponsored by M88 Mansion, against the scenic Korean coastline, including a live baccarat tournament with a $25,000 prize pool and daily challenges such as Heads Up Poker, Mini Golf Course, Spin the Giant Wheel of Fortune, and a chance to challenge brand ambassador Ozawa in Beer Pong.

As the event’s partner, M88 Mansion will be giving away exclusive M88 Mansion and IT’S THE SHIP merchandise, adding to the excitement of the voyage.

Ben Kee, Partnership Lead of IT’S THE SHIP, shared his excitement about the upcoming voyage.

“IT’S THE SHIP is thrilled to continue our incredible partnership with M88 Mansion with our upcoming maiden charter from Korea. Our previous collaborations have been amazing, and we’re honored to work with a brand whose values and vision are so closely aligned with ours. Together, we have created unforgettable experiences for our shipmates, and we are excited to raise the bar even higher for our next adventure. With M88 Mansion support, we have curated a variety of exciting activities and surprises for our Korean sailing that shipmates can look forward to, and we can’t wait!” said Kee.

M88 Mansion serves as the title sponsor of IT’S THE SHIP Korea 2024 following the successful collaboration between M88 Mansion and IT’S THE SHIP during the Singapore leg in 2023.

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The cruise festival has been providing partygoers with electronic music-fueled voyages through Singapore and China since 2014.

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WorldMatch Certifies Games for the Philippines

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WorldMatch has announced the release of the first batch of its certified games for the Philippines market. This significant milestone marks a crucial step in the company’s global expansion strategy and commitment to providing high-quality gaming experiences to Filipino players.

The initial batch, comprising carefully selected games certified to meet the regulatory standards of the Philippines, promises to offer a wide variety of entertainment options for players in the country. From classics to modern titles, each game has been designed to deliver an engaging and enjoyable experience for users.

“This is an exciting moment for us. We are thrilled to bring our expertise and innovation to the Philippines market and collaborate with brand new partners to deliver extraordinary gaming experiences to local players,” said Xhuljana Demerxhiu, Head of Sales at WorldMatch.

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BETER to exhibit at SiGMA Asia

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Leading provider of fast-paced betting content and data to showcase its full suite of esports and sports products at Asia’s leading trade show

BETER, the in-demand provider of next-generation esports and sports betting content and data, will be exhibiting at the popular trade show SiGMA Asia being held from 3-5 June in Manila, the Philippines.

SiGMA Asia is the leading industry conference for operators and suppliers active in the region.

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BETER will be exhibiting at SiGMA Asia and will be showcasing its full suite of fast-paced esports and sports betting products and solutions at stand G801.

Its Esports division provides operators with more than 35,000 events each month via its proprietary ESportsBattle tournaments. This covers hugely popular disciplines such as eFootball, eBasketball, eHockey and CS2.

In addition, the company also provides odds powered by official data for more than 400 international esports tournaments covering 60,000 pre-match and live events per year across CS2, Dota 2, League of Legends, Valorant and many more titles.

For its Sports division, the provider will be showcasing its world-renowned Setka Cup table tennis tournaments and Ping Pong Point events, as well as basketball tournaments under its BSKT Cup brand. In total, it offers more than 10,000 betting events each month.

Delegates can also learn more about BETER’s cutting-edge iFrame and comprehensive Managed Trading Services (MTS), which simplify and improve the management of a sportsbook across both traditional sports and esports content, enhancing operational efficiency and delivering improved performance margins.

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BETER is shortlisted in two categories at the accompanying SiGMA Asia Awards in the categories of Best E-Sport Provider and Best Virtual Sports Provider. It has also been nominated in the Digital Sports Betting Supplier category at the Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific, which takes place as part of SiGMA Asia.

Additionally, BETER, in collaboration with GR8 Tech, will host an exclusive party on June 3. This event is a perfect opportunity for valued clients and partners to relax and network in a festive setting, celebrating continued partnerships and future successes.

Gal Ehrlich, CEO of BETER, said: “We are thrilled to be attending SiGMA Asia and to be showcasing products and solutions from our esports and sports portfolio. Asia is a fast-growing market and one where players are demanding fast-paced betting experiences, and this is exactly what we offer.

“Our suite of products have proved to be a hit with players around the world, exceeding their high expectations and we expect they will do the same in Asia.”

Chuck Robinson, CRO at BETER, added: “We provide premium fast betting content with 24/7 live streaming and data with a sustained margin retention of 7.5%+ while our commitment to integrity means just 0.01% of matches are flagged for suspicious activity. 

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“This is what makes us the go-to provider for operators looking to offer their bettors next generation experiences across esports and traditional sports and we are excited to showcase our offering to delegates at SiGMA Asia.”

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