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WePlay! Esports Hosted the Most Successful Minor in the History of DPC

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The tournament finale was simultaneously watched by over 233 thousand spectators.

From January 9 to January 12, WePlay! Esports hosted WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 in the tourist complex “Bukovel” (Ukraine). WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 was a part of Dota Pro Circuit organized by Valve. According to Esports Charts, the tournament is the most watched Minor in the history of DPC.

One of the keys to the success of WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 was the stellar performance of the team. We used new technologies and had no creative limits. Everyone who worked on the event loves esports, and judging by the results and feedback the viewers felt it” — shares WePlay! Esports General Manager Oleg Humeniuk.

At the peak of popularity during the Grand Finals, where Nigma defeated Royal Never Give Up, over 233 thousand viewers were following the games concurrently.

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“WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 brought together the strongest player lineup in the history of DPC Minors. We are grateful to the participants for the unforgettable matches and the professionalism displayed during the tournament” — said WePlay! Esports Dota 2 Lead Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko.

On average, over 93 thousand viewers followed each match of the tournament. Broadcasts on various streaming platforms and via DotaTV scored over 5 million hours of watching. The viewers were enjoying far more than just the game content.

“When the viewers send sincere positive feedback, ask to play the content again and then share it online, the partner integrations are most effective. The content we created with Pepsi, and for McDelivery had this type of response” — shares WePlay! Esports Business Development Director Dmitry Karpenko.

WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon is the next Dota 2 event organized by the company. This $300 000 tournament will take place between January 09 and 12 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

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Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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Romania Bans Gambling Venues in Small Towns and Villages

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Romania has announced a ban on gambling venues in small towns and villages with populations of less than 15,000 residents.

What’s known as the “law of slot machines” was passed by deputies in the lower house of parliament. “It is the first law adopted in Parliament in 30 years against this mafia that has controlled the political world until now,” said Alfred Simonis, the leader of the Social Democrats.

“Right now we are fighting an industry that has a total turnover of €10-12 billion.”

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Industry figures complain they were not consulted, and hope that the authorities will control the black market as they promised.

Despite the unanimous vote, there was some dissent within the chamber. Two opposition parties that want to ban the “scourge” of gambling outright accuse the government of collusion with the gaming sector for not taking a stronger position.

On another front Ionut Mosteanu, the leader of the opposition USR, questioned how lawmakers had set the threshold.

“They thought that slot machines only damage 15,000 people,” he said. “There was not even a debate to see how many townships qualify for this 15,000. Why not 16, 17, why not two million and you would ban them definitively?”

Gambling venues have become ubiquitous across Romania over the last few decades. The National Gaming Office, the state body that monitors and approves the sector, has registered 12,000 sports betting, bingo, casino, lottery rooms.

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The state collects taxes from gambling venue licenses and online ticket sales as from the amount betting houses spend on advertising.

There are no recent data to indicate how many people in Romania are addicted to gambling. The last survey was conducted in 2016, and found that there could be around 100,000 addicted people across the country. The number today could be much higher.

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Altenar becomes General Sponsor of EEGS 2024

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The acclaimed Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS) gladly welcomes Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider, as a General Sponsor for this year’s edition of the event. The conference will be held on 27th and 28th of November at the IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria. For another consecutive year Altenar joins the event as a major sponsor with total commitment for fostering innovation and growth in the gaming and entertainment industry, as a whole. This enduring long standing partnership has brought significant mutual benefits and opportunities for both parties and all event participants over the years.

Altenar is delivering best-in-class solutions for licensed operators around the world. Ranging from a standalone sportsbook product to the provision of a turnkey sportsbook solution, Altenar offers proven stability coupled with a flexible and personalised service.

Launched in 2011, Altenar powers hundreds of online sports betting sites, while their self-service betting terminals and mobile app help ensure they meet all operator needs, with an exponentially growing client base in more than 30 countries.

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Altenar COO Dinos Stranomitis said: “In Altenar we consider EEGS and BEGE as a key event to establish connection with East and Southeast Europe. Considering that Bulgaria is playing a key role in that region, our presence is a must. See you in Sofia.”

Altenar is an invaluable partner, thus contributing to the success and vibrancy of EEGS itself. The continued support highlights a shared commitment to excellence and progress within the industry, making this year’s event an essential platform for associated industry luminaries and entrepreneurs to explore the latest trends and opportunities in gaming, entertainment and hospitality in general.

The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS), the premier conference of the region, provides a dynamic platform for industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest trends and opportunities shaping the gaming and entertainment landscape.

No doubt you wish to position your company alongside the Conference and exploit our expertise.

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Booming Games secures Romanian B2B license

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Booming Games, a fast-growing provider of iGaming content, has proudly obtained an Oficiul National Pentru Jocuri De Noroc (ONJN) license, a significant milestone that allows the company to extend its reach across Europe.

Booming Games recently received official confirmation of its B2B gaming license from the Romanian gambling authority (ONJN). With this license in hand, the company is now empowered to supply its content to licensed gambling operators throughout Romania. As a result, Romanian players can look forward to accessing beloved titles like Burning Classics, TNT Bonanza, Cash Pig, Buffalo Hold and Win, and Gold Gold Gold.

Booming Games’ acquisition of the ONJN license represents a strategic move towards expanding its European footprint. This milestone not only solidifies the company’s position as a leading provider of iGaming content but also opens doors to new opportunities in the broader European market. With the Romanian B2B gaming license complementing its existing licenses, Booming Games is well-positioned to continue delivering exceptional gaming experiences to players across Europe.

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Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games, said: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve obtained a full Romanian B2B gaming license. This exciting development allows us to expand our presence in the rapidly growing Romanian market. With this achievement, we’re well-equipped to build on our strengths and enhance our product offerings to better serve the needs of our customers.

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