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SiGMA Malta Gaming Awards go vegetarian

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Awards night will embrace environmental sustainability and awareness

As a part of its commitment to protecting the environment, SiGMA Group has taken the laudable decision to go green and serve vegetarian cuisine at its annual swanky awards evening, the Malta Gaming Awards. The dinner will be held in Malta towards the end of November.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the single biggest thing you can do for the planet right now is to cut down on excessive consumption of meat and dairy. These are turbulent times for our climate, with extreme weather events being felt right across the planet.

While achieving long-term global sustainability is a complex undertaking, 97% of climate scientists have reached the same conclusion: the planet is warming primarily because of human activity and we’re producing more greenhouse gases than ever before. And the uncomfortable truth is that our eating habits have become a problem – animal products are amongst the worst contributors of greenhouse gas, with emissions the primary source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions.

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There are also other consequences to animal-based diets, our meat habit is the leading cause of deforestation, which releases significant amounts of carbon when trees are burned, whilst also reducing the planet’s ability to absorb carbon emissions.

In embracing this meaningful challenge, the Malta Gaming Awards dinner hopes to help bridge the gap between awareness and action, by making it easier for individuals who are environmentally conscious and engaged to make better choices. Without compromising on style or flavour, the menu will be created by some of the top chefs in the business, bringing a novel twist to the innately held pleasure of good food.

SiGMA Group COO Jonathan Shaw said, “Nowadays more people are conscious and aware of the benefits of eating less meat. More than a diet it’s a lifestyle and there are a number of great vegetarian, plant-based or vegan dishes. At SiGMA we would like to create a themed awards dinner to celebrate this heightened awareness lifestyle, yet still treat our guests to a great dinner experience!”

It is small steps like this that help set the right tone. While the meat entrée won’t be served by default, guests still have the option to make a special request, and will be asked to submit their requirements a few days in advance of the event.

Other awards evenings are also offering vegan or vegetarian fare. The upcoming 92nd Academy Awards have planned a plant-based lunch for nominees, while the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics Choice Awards all gave their events a sustainable theme this year.

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The Malta Gaming Awards celebrates success stories across the industry, recognising the most inspiring and innovative achievements to have made their mark throughout the year. With twelve categories, each of which isolates a specific contribution to the iGaming industry, SiGMA’s Gaming Awards ceremony shines a spotlight on the winners and raises money for charitable institutions through a live auction.

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VentureMax Group makes urgent CSR donation to women’s shelter

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Investment company pays for emergency repairs to support van used by women’s refuge in Malta

The VentureMax Group has stepped in to help the Dar Merħba Bik Foundation in Malta by funding vital repairs to its support van.

Dar Merħba Bik provides safe, secure and therapeutic emergency accommodation for women and their children who have been subject to violence, often in the form of domestic abuse. The foundation helps them get back on their feet and achieve their full potential, both domestically and at work.

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The VentureMax Group provided financial support for repairs to the shelter’s van, used for transporting the belongings of the women and children who need to be moved away from their vulnerable living situation and into Dar Merħba Bik’s secure shelter.

All the van’s tyres were badly worn and the arm mechanism on the back door did not work, meaning it had to be propped up with a broomstick. Rust was spreading on the bodywork and the passenger door window was stuck fully open, with only a sheet of plastic in place instead of glass.

The VentureMax Group, whose divisions include TerraMedia, Xciting and VentureMax, plans to offer additional support to local charities, foundations and organisations for the foreseeable future, as part of its ongoing commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

Justin Anastasi, CEO of VentureMax Group, said: “We want to play an active role in supporting foundations, charities and organisations across our local community and I couldn’t think of a better group to start this activity with than Dar Merħba Bik.

“The foundation does great work helping vulnerable women and children and this vehicle is an important part of that. This is just the start of our CSR work in Malta, and we look forward to helping many more people in future.”

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A spokeswoman for Dar Merħba Bik added: “It’s very important for us to have a full-working van so we can move women, their children and possessions safely and with dignity into our shelter.

“We thank VentureMax from the bottom of our hearts for their help in sponsoring the urgent repairs to our van.”

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BETBY Wins in Three Categories at the MiGEA 2024 Awards

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BETBY has achieved a remarkable milestone by winning in three prestigious categories at the MiGEA 2024 Awards. The company took home recognitions as “Best Online Sportsbetting Supplier,” “Most Innovative AI-Based Sportsbook Product” and “Best Workplace of the Year”.

“This triple victory is a reflection of our team’s relentless dedication, creativity and passion. We are immensely grateful to our incredible team, supportive partners, and loyal customers who have been with us on this journey. Your trust and belief in us have been instrumental in our success,” the Company said.

“As we celebrate this fantastic achievement, we remain focused on driving further innovation and excellence in the iGaming industry. Here’s to many more wins, groundbreaking advancements, and exciting times ahead!”

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IGT and Churchill Downs Incorporated Pioneer Historical Horse Racing (HHR) in Malta with National Lottery Plc

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International Game Technology PLC and Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that they have expanded their HHR technology footprints to Malta via an agreement with National Lottery plc, a subsidiary of IZI Group. As per the agreement, IGT product will initially represent 100% HHR floor share at National Lottery’s first HHR venue, IZIBINGO situated in St. Paul’s Bay, and Exacta Services Inc., a subsidiary of CDI, will power the property’s gaming floor with its Exacta Connect system solution. IGT and Exacta will also power HHR at several other National Lottery gaming venues throughout the island. These landmark deployments mark the world’s first HHR technology deployment outside of the US.

National Lottery plc will launch its HHR offering with more than 80 IGT HHR games on proven IGT hardware including the PeakSlant49, PeakSlant32 and Cobalt27 cabinets. Players will have the opportunity to enjoy HHR-versions of award-winning games such as Prosperity Link and player-favourite IGT classic games such as Cleopatra Gold, Wolf Run Gold and Stinkin’ Rich Skunks Gone Wild. Exacta Connect will be the driving force with its all-in-one pari-mutuel system, ensuring the gaming floors are compliant, running smoothly and driving handle.

“Exacta is thrilled to announce our new partnership with IZI Group and IGT in Malta, which marks an exciting first step towards our international expansion. The flexibility of our Exacta Connect system in adapting to different markets and legislative environments, coupled with the thrill of HHR gaming, continues to drive this growth,” Jeff Lind, President of Exacta Systems, said.

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“We are excited to launch the first-ever HHR offering outside the USA. This first installation at IZIBINGO and other sites within our lottery network in the coming weeks is the result of extensive efforts and represents a significant step in our mission to innovate the operations of the National Lottery. Our collaboration with Exacta and IGT, two of the world’s leading technology providers in this market, enables us to establish the ideal showcase for this offering, as we endeavor to expand this concept internationally,” Johann Schembri, Chief Executive Officer of National Lottery plc, said.

“Expanding our Historical Horse Racing footprint in Malta is an exciting growth milestone for IGT and a testament to the quality and global relevance of our HHR content and hardware portfolio. By offering players HHR-versions of highly popular IGT games such as Prosperity Link and Cleopatra, National Lottery plc is extending the reach of some of the gaming industry’s most celebrated content in a format that players readily enjoy,” Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer of Gaming, said.

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