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PearFiction Studios latest addition to studios creating exclusive Microgaming content

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PearFiction Studios joins Velo Partners’ portfolio of premium game studios

Wednesday 29th January 2020Velo Partners are delighted to welcome PearFiction Studios as the newest addition to their RNG Foundry portfolio of premium game studios.

PearFiction Studios has a growing reputation in the marketplace for producing innovative games which combine a dazzling blend of story, humour, and fantastic art. The studio is sure to fit pear-fectly into Velo Partners’ portfolio of premium game studios creating exclusive content for the Microgaming platform.

Founded in 2014 in Montreal, PearFiction Studios has a long history of creating entertaining games, as exemplified by their early, light-hearted slots Gustavo El Luchador and Outerspace Invaders. Following those releases, PearFiction Studios created The Smashing Biscuit, a Microgaming exclusive launched in 2019. Marrying technical expertise and solid artistic direction with tenured mathematicians and a commitment to responsible play, PearFiction Studios puts a new spin on the online gaming market.

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PearFiction Studios takes inspiration from land-based casino games with proven success, finding new ways to creatively present fun mechanics to online slot players. With its portrait-first approach, the studio strives to give players choice and provide the best possible experience.

RNG Program Director Mark McGinley said: “The creativity and imagination that PearFiction Studios pour into their games is plain to see from their past releases and is sure to resonate with slot fans of every demographic. They are a studio we hold in very high regard and one who I sincerely believe will be one to watch in 2020.”

Thierry Semoff, CEO of PearFiction Studios, adds: “We are constantly aiming for creative and technical excellence, never settling for anything but the very best. We have a range of innovative game concepts in the works and RNG Foundry will not only enable us to build and distribute these games, but will also push us to reach new heights as a studio.”

2020 will be an exciting year for the studio, kicked off by the timely ‘Roaring Twenties’ themed slot Chicago Gold, which is estimated for release in Q3. This will be the first game in an impressive line-up of future engaging titles currently in the works for 2020.

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Funds Advised by Apax Partners LLP Fully Exit their Equity Position in Genius Sports

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Genius Sports Limited announced that Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (Apax Funds) have fully monetized their equity interest in Genius Sports and no longer holds any shares in the Company. The Apax Funds first acquired a majority interest in Genius Sports in September 2018 and have supported the Company through a period of transformational growth over the last six years.

“Apax has been a tremendous partner to Genius Sports, and we are grateful for their valuable insight and expertise over the last six years. Today marks the conclusion of a very successful partnership, and we look forward to welcoming this next chapter with the ongoing support of our high-quality institutional shareholders,” Mark Locke, Co-Founder and CEO of Genius Sports, said.

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Betsson Receives Highest Possible ESG Rating, AAA, by MSCI

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Betsson AB announced that it has been awarded an AAA rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG Ratings, an upgrade from the previous AA level. The AAA rating is the highest possible and confirms Betsson’s dedicated efforts in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, which form a part of running a profitable business long-term.

Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said: “Receiving the highest ESG rating from MSCI is a testament to Betsson’s dedication to ethical business practices, responsible gaming, and sustainability. These are constant efforts that span across the entire business as we are continuously striving to improve.”

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG ratings measure a company’s resilience to long-term ESG risks, helping investors identify ESG risks and opportunities within their portfolios. Ratings range from AAA (highest) to CCC (lowest) based on a company’s exposure to and management of industry specific ESG risks relative to peers. Rated companies incur no costs for the rating. MSCI’s methodology ensures unbiased and independent assessments, maintaining the credibility and objectivity of the evaluations.

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Holland Casino Names Hans van Slooten as New Director of Operations

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Holland Casino has named Hans van Slooten as its new Director of Operations.

Van Slooten has been with Holland Casino for three years as Regional Casino Manager in the North-East region and prior to that worked for a variety of companies including KLM, Sligro and FrieslandCampina.

Van Slooten will be taking over the role from Leise, who has been with Holland Casino for 39 years, starting as a Croupier. During his time, he has also been a Casino Manager of various locations, Regional Director and Chief Operations Officer, while also being Director of Operations, and Regional Casino Manager of the South-East region.

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Leise will remain with the company until 1 July 2025 for various strategic projects, while Van Slooten will start his Director of Operations role on 1 October of this year.

Petra de Ruiter, CEO of Holland Casino, said: “With Hans, we have found a worthy internal successor to Noël as director of operations. Hans has a lot of experience both inside and outside Holland Casino. His strength is that he is close to the people, both our guests and our employees. In addition, I am extremely grateful to Noël for his years of dedication and commitment to Holland Casino. I have great admiration for the fact that someone who has been with a company for so long can still think so fresh about the future. That is not given to everyone. I am pleased that Noël is prepared to use his knowledge and expertise for Holland Casino in the coming months.”

Incoming director of operations Hans van Slooten said: “It is a great honor to succeed Noël. I have great respect for his wonderful career, his commitment and inexhaustible drive for our beautiful company. Although it will not always be easy to follow in his footsteps, I will take on my responsibilities with and for the operation with dedication. I look forward to meeting more colleagues in the branches and at the head office from October.”

Director of Operations Noël Leise said: “When you have worked for a great company like ours for almost 40 years, it is difficult to choose the right moment to pass the baton. After all, Holland Casino is such a part of my life that it cannot help but hurt a little. I am happy that I can still be meaningful for the future of our company in a different way in the coming period. I have every confidence that Hans will fill the role of Director of Operations very well in his own way and I wish him every success with that.”

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