EPG Financial Services, a German-owned subsidiary of the Gauselmann Group and a financial payment service provider, has announced the launch of its innovative payment app paylado. paylado customers can make real-time cash top-ups and withdrawals using just their smartphones, from thousands of retail and casino locations. paylado is a simple, fast, safe, and reliable application compliant with financial regulations FIAU, EBA, GGL and MFSA.
Locations will now include large petrol stations, supermarket brands, as well as selected Gauselmann-operated entertainment venues. The technology of the paylado cash loading service is powered by European payments business Funanga, which was chosen for its ease of use, best-in-class security features, and comprehensive network of Point-of-Sale payment partners.
To load the paylado app, customers simply generate a barcode within the digital wallet app, have it scanned at the point of sale, and the funds will be instantly credited to their paylado wallet. The barcode is unique to each customer and to paylado, cannot be transferred, and has no financial value until it is scanned. The closed-loop system is designed for security and simplicity for operators and customers alike, facilitating the demands of those customers who like to have the option to fund their Paylado wallet and entertainment activities with cash.
“We work with the biggest iGaming brands in the world, and the EPG Financial Services partnership is a perfect demonstration of why,” said Jens Bader, Funanga CEO. “The paylado team was building an innovative payment solution for users and needed an out-of-the-box white label product, that is reliable, established, and designed predominantly for iGaming. We knew that the service would need to meet customer expectations from day one, with no teething problems. It also needed to be easy to use and incredibly secure.”
“We chose Funanga for its robust track record on customer security, regulatory compliance, and technical quality,” said Rupert Kainzbauer, CEO of paylado/EPG Financial Services. “Gauselmann has built an unrivalled reputation in the casino and entertainment sectors. We expect our customers’ iGaming experience to meet the same high standards. Having a large ready-made network of POS locations was therefore essential because it would enable players to pay from tens of thousands of convenient locations immediately. The additional advantage with the Funanga platform is the embedded automated closed loop nature of the product”.
Gamescom Latam Set to Start in June 2024 in São Paulo
On 26 June 2024, the starting pistol will be fired in São Paulo for the first gamescom latam, the new gamescom satellite event for all of South America. This was announced at an event in Brazil by the involved partners: game – The German Games Industry Association, Koelnmesse, BIG Festival, and Omelete Company.
Following gamescom asia, which has been taking place in Singapore since 2021, gamescom latam will be gamescom’s second international satellite event. It integrates BIG Festival, which is popular with the games community in South America and drew around 50,000 attendees in 2023. gamescom latam is aimed at both the gaming community and trade visitors, with respective areas for each target group.
“The international importance of gamescom grew significantly again in 2023, as its impressive reach and the on-site presence of leading figures in the industry demonstrate. We’re convinced that, more than ever, the games industry needs events that are gathering places for the entire games ecosystem. With the magnetic power of its international brand, gamescom can help make this happen. So we’re very excited to be putting on gamescom latam together with our partners in the coming year to bring the unique festival feeling of the world’s largest games event to South America,” Felix Falk, Managing Director of game, said.
“With our events abroad, we accompany our customers to the most important growth markets worldwide. After gamescom asia, gamescom latam is by no means a competitor to the successful original event in Cologne, but rather an ideal addition to our international portfolio,” Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse, said.
gamescom latam will take place from 26 to 30 June 2024 at the São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center.
VTuber Awards 2023 Finalist List Revealed
The VTuber Awards, the prime award show celebrating VTubing culture and community worldwide, is excited to present the finalists of this year’s event. The shortlist was carefully put together based on over 30,000 submissions to ensure that every submission was considered. Any VTuber, regardless of audience size, language, genre, or gender, was eligible to apply to ensure fairness and openness of the competition.
The next stage of the VTuber Awards, open voting, has already started! Fans can vote for their favorite VTuber from the list of finalists and thus bring them closer to victory. More votes mean more chances of winning. Voting deadline is December 11, 2023. To vote, please visit the official VTuber Awards website.
In total, winners must be selected in more than 20 categories. Below, you can see the nominees fighting for victory in their respective categories. The full list of the Awards finalists is also available on the website.
Best Art VTuber:
Best FPS VTuber:
Best Music VTuber:
Best Minecraft VTuber:
Henya the Genius
Best Tech VTuber:
Most Chaotic VTuber:
Best RolePlay/ASMR VTuber:
LewdTuber of The Year:
Best Just Chatting/Zatsu VTuber:
VTuber Parent of The Year:
Most Dedicated Fan Base:
Chumbuds (Gawr Gura)
Kindred (Vox Akuma)
Rising VTuber Org:
Best VTuber Organization:
Best Philanthropic Event:
Vexoria’s Survivors.org Charity Stream
Mika Melatika’s 60 Hour Charity Marathon
Vox Akuma’s SAVE Charity Stream
Best Concert Event:
Candy Pop Explosion
Connect the World
Best Streamed Event:
Hololive Sports Festival
Stream Game of The Year:
Baldur’s Gate 3
Henya the Genius
League of Their Own:
Gamer of The Year:
VTuber of The Year:
The winners will be announced during the gala evening on December 16, 2023. The VTuber Awards will be produced by WePlay Studios and hosted live at the WePlay Esports Arena Los Angeles, with an open broadcast on Filian’s Twitch channel.
The VTuber Awards is the first major award show dedicated exclusively to virtual creators and their contribution to streaming culture. Hosted by Filian in collaboration with Mythic Talent, the event is intended to celebrate all VTubers worldwide.
Swifty Global Secures GLI Certification for New Cutting-Edge B2B Gaming Platform
Dear Cashmere Holding Company (OTC: DRCR) also known as Swifty Global (Swifty), is a cutting-edge technology firm focused on creating ground-breaking solutions in the sports betting and gaming sector. Swifty currently holds licenses spanning several global jurisdictions with many more licenses in process. Swifty currently operates its proprietary swipe betting sports prediction application, as well as its traditional sportsbook and casino gaming platforms in numerous jurisdictions.
In a significant step forward, Swifty is proud to announce the completion and approval of the Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) certification for the company’s new innovative B2B gaming platform which has now been certified in the UK and can also be used for operators in Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Estonia and Malta. The newly developed B2B platform sits at the center of the Swifty Global scaling and growth strategy and will unlock a substantial new revenue stream for the business.
‘‘Securing this endorsement from GLI effectively certifies our B2B platform readiness for deployment across most European markets, and with this in mind we anticipate a significant spike in revenue over the coming months as we begin to roll out our new offering. Conversations are already underway with several sportsbooks and casinos, and we are confident that the first deal for this B2B platform will close by year end,” commented James Gibbons, CEO of Swifty Global.
In line with this, Swifty has recently completed the gap analysis for the South African SANS 1718 standards. The minimal changes requested by the gambling regulator once again highlights the robust nature of the Swifty product offering. This positive outcome has set the stage for the company to pursue official certification, which Swifty will initiate within the next two weeks. Once fully certified Swifty is set to officially launch its offering into the $1.8 billion South African gambling sector.
In addition to market and product expansion, Swifty’s relentless focus on enhancing its current offerings continues with the launch of its second major release of its platform, packed with a suite of innovative updates. This includes AI-powered multilingual support, enhancing global user accessibility, and affiliate management integration to open new marketing channels through sites like gambling .com. The release also introduces a dynamic modular interface for creating personalized user pages with various components like sports and casino widgets, adaptable based on user location. Significant enhancements also include a casino aggregator, an improved reporting module, and an AI-driven bonus rules engine, all aimed at elevating user engagement.
‘‘These updates collectively mark a major update to Swifty’s gaming offering, reflecting our commitment to continued innovation and user-centric design. With AI-powered enhancements and a dynamic modular interface, we’re not just keeping pace with the industry – we’re setting a new benchmark for what a gaming platform can offer. As we move towards the close of Q4, I am extremely confident about what the future holds for Swifty Global. The convergence of our technological advancements, new partnerships, and market expansion is set to drive substantial growth into the new year, delivering with it significant value for our loyal shareholders,” concluded Gibbons.
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