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Pocket Gamer Connects Triumphs with its Third Annual Seattle Event

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The leading mobile games industry event achieves remarkable success in Seattle this week

Attendees from 30 countries came together in Seattle to celebrate the thriving games industry and make connections

Pocket Gamer Connects, the premier mobile games event in the industry, recently concluded its highly successful two-day gaming event in Seattle. The event, held on May 16 and 17 brought together over 700 attendees including industry professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe to celebrate the thriving games industry and connect with others.

Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle showcased the true essence of the gaming industry, attracting participants from 30 countries. The event featured game makers, developers, publishers and 110 influential speakers, creating an invaluable platform for networking, growth and recognition within the mobile games and technology community.

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Renowned worldwide, Pocket Gamer Connects is recognized for uniting the brightest minds and visionaries in the gaming industry. This year’s Seattle event attracted top-tier investment funds, angel investors, tool providers and platforms. With 390 participating companies, the event introduced exciting new themes including an AI edition, allowing expert speakers such as Tom Pigott, founder and Chief Executive Officer for Ludo AI, and Riyadh Drebika, the DIrector of Volley, the leading developer of voice AI games to address the hottest current topic worldwide, artificial intelligence (AI).

This year marked the introduction of the Pocket Gamer Connects Career Zone, which involved a unique recruitment fair bringing together ten leading local companies from Seattle such as the Pokemon Company, Big Fish and Shrapnel that provided an excellent platform for job seekers and recruitment companies to engage with some of the industry’s most influential players. Additionally, this year’s event included four roundtable sessions that proved to be a massive hit, creating open forums where attendees could engage directly with experts on hot industry topics, fostering insightful discussions and knowledge sharing.

Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle 2023 once again affirmed its position as a resounding success for the Steel Media brand. Dave Bradley, Chief Operating Officer for Steel Media, expressed his excitement about the success of the event, saying: “We are thrilled to have brought Pocket Gamer Connects to Seattle once again. As one of the world’s largest tech hubs, Seattle has always been a favorite destination for our event. This year, we highlighted cutting-edge topics such as AI, Web3 and the metaverse in our panels, shedding light on emerging trends propelling our industry forward.”

Set to make Dubai the epicenter of the gaming world, Pocket Gamer Connects is returning on June 21 and 22 with The Dubai GameExpo Summit, powered by Pocket Gamer Connects. Tickets for the event are now live. After that, in July, the roadshow lands in Toronto for a second year.

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Play’n GO announces partnership with Canadian operator Loto-Québec

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Play’n GO, the world’s leading casino entertainment provider, has today announced a partnership with Canadian operator Loto-Québec, launching the Swedish gaming giant’s games into another Canadian province.

Already active in another Canadian province , this partnership sees Play’n GO’s content available in the province of Québec exclusively with Loto-Québec, a state-owned corporation, where online players now have access to titles such as Tome of Madness. 

Magnus Olsson, Chief Commercial Officer, Play’n GO said: “At Play’n GO, we have always been clear in our vision to be active in every regulated market in the world, and this partnership with Loto-Québec is the next step on that journey.

“Our past success in Canada gives us confidence that players in Québec will enjoy the best Play’n GO content, and we look forward to many years of success with Loto-Québec in the province.”

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Stéphane Martel, Head of Product and Innovation at Loto-Québec added: “As the sole iGaming operator in Québec, we pride ourselves on offering titles that truly add value to our platform, lotoquebec.com. We are happy to bring Play’n GO games to our players.”

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Court Decision Upholds iGaming Ontario’s Model

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iGaming Ontario has welcomed the decision of the Ontario Superior Court, which found that iGaming Ontario’s model is consistent with the Criminal Code and that iGaming Ontario is conducting and managing igaming in the province.

“We have always been confident in our model and are pleased that the court has ruled in our favour, and that Ontarians can continue to play with confidence in our regulated igaming market,” said Martha Otton, Executive Director of iGaming Ontario.

“Ontario’s model meets the requirements and contributes to the public good by protecting players, their data and their funds, while helping to fund priority public services in Ontario, and bringing well-paid, high-tech jobs and economic development to Ontario,” Otton added.

In dismissing the application brought forward by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK), the Superior Court found that iGaming Ontario is the “operating mind” behind Ontario’s competitive igaming market in accordance with the conduct and manage requirements of the Criminal Code.

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iGaming Ontario will continue to conduct and manage igaming as it has since the launch of the regulated market on April 4, 2022.

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Bragg Gaming Appoints Renowned iGaming Executive Neill Whyte as Chief Commercial Officer

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Bragg Gaming Group, a global iGaming technology and content provider, announced that Neill Whyte has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), effective 1st May 2024, establishing a new global commercial structure at the Company and bolstering its leadership team.

Whyte brings over 18 years of experience in the iGaming sector, most recently in the role of Chief Commercial Officer at Digital Gaming Corporation’s (DGC), B2B iGaming Division. After joining DGC in early 2020, he was responsible for the commercially successful launch and growth of its content distribution business in the US.

Prior to joining DGC, Whyte held multiple positions in the gaming industry including as Head of Business Development at Isle of Man-based iGaming specialist Apricot Investments, as Board Member at Swedish iGaming product and Lottery content distributor Genera Networks, and in various senior roles over eleven years at leading iGaming content supplier Microgaming, including as Head of Product Channels.

In his new role with Bragg, Whyte will be tasked with leading the Company’s global commercial teams to drive growth across all of the Company’s product verticals which include proprietary online casino content from its Atomic Slot Lab, Indigo Magic and Wild Streak Gaming studios, exclusive content from content partners, HUB a leading casino content aggregation platform, Fuze player engagement, as well as its award-winning player account management (PAM) platform and turnkey solutions.

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Matevž Mazij, Chief Executive Officer at Bragg, said: “I am very pleased to be announcing today the appointment of Neill Whyte as Chief Commercial Officer at Bragg. His iGaming product and market knowledge, together with his record in driving growth from developing successful and mutually beneficial commercial partnerships are exceptional.

“As we leverage our broad content and product portfolio to grow in existing and new markets, including in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, Neill’s unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience in this sector are a perfect fit for our ambitions at Bragg.”

Neill Whyte, Chief Commercial Officer at Bragg, said: “It’s an honor to join Matevž and the wider teams at Bragg already in place across North America, Europe and in India. I have been impressed with the depth and quality of the content, product and technology offerings at Bragg, and its ability to rapidly adapt, certify and deploy this content and technology in newly regulated markets is a distinct advantage.

“We also have a huge opportunity to grow our footprint with our existing customers in markets in which we are already established. Our content and product roadmaps are second to none, and I’m planning to get on the road in the coming weeks and months to meet the team and our customers and to start building for the next stage of mutual growth. I can’t wait to get going.”

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