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SBC to Honour Four Industry Pioneers in Hall Of Fame Class of 2023

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SBC is pleased to announce the four industry heavyweights whose contributions to the industry have earned them a spot in this month’s SBC Hall of Fame Ceremony.

The celebration of the newest inductees is set to unfold at the W Hotel, Barcelona, on 19th September, as part of the SBC Leaders Summit. The inaugural C-level industry gathering forms part of SBC’s global betting and iGaming show, SBC Summit Barcelona, scheduled to take place at Fira Barcelona Montjuïc from the 19th to the 21st of September.

The individuals whose ongoing industry contributions will be acknowledged at the ceremony are:

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  • Gustaf Hagman – CEO and Co-Founder, LeoVegas
  • Jordan Levin – CEO, OpenBet
  • Per Widerström – Incoming CEO, 888 Holdings (effective October 16, 2023)
  • Brigid Simmonds OBE – Chair, Betting and Gaming Council

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame was launched by SBC in 2016 to recognise, honour and celebrate the individuals whose accomplishments and lasting contribution have made a positive impact on the industry. The ceremony will be hosted by former inductees — SBC’s very own Sue Schneider & Simon Bold (Betting & Gaming Consultant, Fatcats Limited).

Sue Schneider, VP of Growth and Strategy, Americas at SBC, said: “This is an occasion that will forever remain in the hearts of the inductees. It’s an opportunity for us, as an industry, to take a moment and recognise the incredible work they’ve done – from pioneering the concept of mobile-first betting to guiding companies through cultural transformations, mergers and acquisitions, and establishing ethical standards in the industry.

“I’m excited to celebrate the impressive individuals of the 2023 class who are contributing their best to propel our industry forward. Hosting this ceremony is as much an honour as receiving my own Hall of Fame award.”

The latest inductees will join their fellow 2023 classmates Michael Gaughan (Owner, South Point Hotel Casino Spa), Nick Bogdanovich (Sportsbook Manager/Oddsmaker, Circa Sports), Trish Lewandowski (Sportsbook District Manager, Caesars Digital) and David L. Rebuck (Director, NJ Department of Gaming Enforcement), who were inducted at SBC Summit North America in June 2023.

Alongside Sue Schneider, the 2022 ceremony also saw Chris Andrews (Sportsbook Director, South Point), Paul Burns (President & CEO, Canadian Gaming Association), Sandy Drozd (Director – Software and Product Compliance, Circa Resort & Casino) and Vincent Magliulo (Vice President/SportsBook Director, Las Vegas Dissemination Co./Gaughan Gaming) inducted.

The SBC Leaders Summit is an invite-only gathering of 450 C-Level executives that includes exclusive networking opportunities, a highly engaging conference agenda, regional and regulatory roundtables, as well as a poker championship, alongside a variety of invite-only dinners during the core days of SBC Summit Barcelona.

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“The Biggest Community in the World” Gathers at Gamescom

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When the grand kick-off show “gamescom Opening Night Live” begins on the evening of 20 August 2024, thousands of visitors on-site in the gamescom event arena in Cologne, Germany and millions of video game players online worldwide will once again witness the highlights of this year’s gamescom first-hand. Just how strongly games connect people across all continents will be made clear not only in the opening show, but everywhere at the world’s largest games event – which is why gamescom 2024 is taking place under the banner “The biggest community in the world”. Along with the trends being spotlighted at this year’s gamescom, this theme was presented at a press conference jointly organised by game – The German Games Industry Association and Koelnmesse.

Games are the most social medium of our time. Whether enthusiasts are playing them together or engaging in active exchange about them, computer and video games connect over 3 billion people worldwide – a number that is steadily growing. Together, players build entire worlds, put their skills to the test and overcome great dangers. Lifelong friendships take root and grow, across all borders. This makes games the best antidote to loneliness and isolation. Nowhere else do people work together as intensively, exchange ideas with such excitement or celebrate with such enthusiasm. The games community is especially open, creative and passionate, and this is nowhere more evident than at gamescom – the biggest event for “The biggest community in the world”. From esports tournaments in the event arena, to the cosplay village and old games in the retro area, to such new highlights as the cards & boards area and the artist area – everywhere at gamescom, people from all over the world celebrate game culture together. All of which demonstrates what a strong and unique community games create around the globe.

“Anyone who has ever been to gamescom themselves knows the unique feeling. You immediately recognise the joy, curiosity and passion in people’s faces. Long-standing friendships are celebrated and new friends are made – because games connect people in an incomparable way, creating the biggest community in the world. This social component of games is still overlooked far too often, yet it’s so valuable. In times when isolation has become a serious societal challenge and there’s more and more focus on what divides rather than unites us – in these times, games connect billions of people around the world every day in a special way. At gamescom this year, we therefore decided on a theme that highlights this unique community – the players of video games,” said Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – The German Games Industry Association, a co-organizer of gamescom.

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Gamescom 2024: Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Robert Habeck to Again Open World’s Largest Games Event

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Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck will attend the official opening of gamescom 2024. Koelnmesse and game – The German Games Industry Association announced that Germany’s cabinet member responsible for computer and video games will be present when the world’s biggest games event officially opens its doors on 21 August in Cologne. Habeck took part in the opening ceremony of gamescom last year as well, and on the following day viewed current developments and trends in the game industry during a guided tour of the event.

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Flexion signs Top Grossing game Zombie Waves

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Flexion, the games marketing company has signed an agreement with Fun Formula, a global developer and publisher of cutting-edge casual games, to publish the developer’s successful game Zombie Waves on the alternative app stores.

Flexion will distribute the game on the following platforms: Amazon Appstore, Huawei AppGallery, Samsung Galaxy Store, Xiaomi GetApps, DT Hub and ONE store. Zombie Waves is expected to launch on these platforms in September 2024.

Flexion is adding an average of 10% to a game’s Google Play revenue by taking it to the alternative app stores.

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“We look forward to bringing our expertise, experience and technology to build revenue and audiences for Zombie Waves and making it fly in a broad range of markets,” says Jens Lauritzson, CEO of Flexion.

Zombie Waves is a 3D shooter game set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. Players need to master shooting, upgrade their weapons and learn survival skills to defeat the relentless undead.

Fun Formula is just the latest top developer to see the benefits of using Flexion to expand its markets. In the last 12 months alone, Flexion has partnered with King, Kabam, Vizor, Big Fish and Jam City to market games through alternative channels.

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