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IHRB and BHA Confirm New Equine Anti-Doping & Medication Control Initiative

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The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a new equine anti-doping & medication control initiative, underpinning their common commitment to the regulation of medicine use and zero tolerance of doping in horseracing on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Out of Competition Testing (OOCT) is a critical component of an effective, modern anti-doping strategy in sport. Both jurisdictions have increased OOCT in recent years, increasing access to and testing of Thoroughbreds at all stages of their careers. Building on this and reflecting their shared focus on participant safety and wellbeing, and the integrity of horseracing, the IHRB and BHA are now formally conducting joint OOCT operations across both jurisdictions. The inspections commenced last week with almost 250 samples taken from more than 120 horses that are entered for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival in an operation across 14 training premises in Ireland over the last two days, which saw the Head of Equine Regulation, Safety and Welfare and a Senior Veterinary Officer from the BHA join forces with the IHRB’s Deputy Heads of Veterinary Operations and Policy and other IHRB Authorised Officers.

The IHRB and BHA have agreed that when working jointly in Ireland, they will be operating under IHRB Standard Operating Procedures, and all samples will be considered as IHRB samples. When IHRB Veterinary Officers operate in Britain, it will be under BHA protocols and BHA jurisdiction. In both instances, there will be transparent exchange of any adverse results or screening findings that arise from these tests, with all samples being tested by LGC Laboratory, one of six laboratories worldwide which is recognised as a referenced laboratory by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

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Dr Lynn Hillyer, Chief Veterinary Officer for the IHRB, said: “The IHRB Strategy 2024-2027 commits us to close engagement with international horseracing bodies and benchmarking ourselves against best international practice. This new venture shows stakeholders and the racing public that we collaborate as professionals across both sides of the Irish Sea, sharing best practice and resources and demonstrating equally stringent regulatory processes and standards to the extent that our anti-doping and medication control programmes are interoperable.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with our BHA colleagues in this way and see it as a positive step forward that reinforces the point that there is no room for anything other than the highest standards of integrity and welfare in either jurisdiction.”

James Given, Director of Equine Regulation, Safety and Welfare said: “The BHA welcomes the collaboration with the IHRB to demonstrate to stakeholders and the public that horses running from either side of the Irish sea in each other’s races do so under the same level of scrutiny.

“Not only will our Medication Control and Anti-Doping (MCAD) team have access to more information about visiting horses, but there will be opportunities for our wider team to share ideas and best practice in other areas of our work.

“Like the IHRB, this is aligned with our aims around international collaboration, the response to racecourse accidents and the overall improvement of equine safety and welfare.”

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SkillOnNet Expands Partnership with Eyecon

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Eyecon Games are now available to players in Spain via the PlayUZU Brand

Industry leading global entertainment brand SkillOnNet has extended its successful partnership with top games studio Eyecon by going live with its content in Spain through the incredibly popular PlayUZU brand.

SkillOnNet first entered into a partnership with Eyecon back in 2020 and since then, the game studio has garnered a reputation for providing a wide assortment of innovative and engaging slots.  Therefore, this latest deal now means that players at PlayUZU will have access to fan favourites such as Stampede – Call of the Pride, Fluffy Favourites and Champions of Poseidon.

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Jani Kontturi, Head of Games at SkillOnNet said: “We are constantly looking to add immersive, feature rich content to our portfolio, especially when it’s for specific regions around the world.

“PlayUZU has experienced phenomenal success in the Spanish market and Eyecon’s games will be a fantastic addition to our casino lobby and we can’t wait to build on this collaboration.”

Zvi Chazanov, Commercial Manager at Eyecon said: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with SkillOnNet and introduce our games to the Spanish market through the PlayUZU brand.

“Spain is a key market for us, and we are confident that our partnership with SkillOnNet will enable us to reach a broader audience of players seeking premium gaming content.”

Known for its fair-play policy and unique rewards system, coupled with the company’s “player first” approach and exceptional range of high-quality games, PlayUZU has quickly become one of the most popular online casino destinations in Spain.

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NODWIN Gaming Partners with Global Esports Federation as Portfolio Management Company for Key Emerging Markets

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NODWIN Gaming, the leading South Asian gaming and eSports company, today announces the agreement with the Global Esports Federation (GEF) to become the portfolio management company (PMC) for key global emerging markets across South and Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in NODWIN Gaming’s ambition in driving the growth of gaming and eSports globally, by leveraging its expertise and leadership position in emerging markets worldwide.

The GEF convenes the dynamic, ever-evolving eSports ecosystem including the adjacent industries and diverse network of global impact partners. Established in 2019, the GEF has flourished to over 155 member federations engaging billions of ‘#worldconnected’ athletes, players and fans.

Firmly dedicated to its mission and universal values, the GEF has evolved to become an authentic voice of the eSports community, elevating the industry’s legitimacy and credibility at a global scale. Furthermore, the GEF plays a pivotal role in cultivating emerging technological development, user, fan and brand experiences that enable innovation in gaming while ensuring the sustainable growth for eSports and limitless opportunities that inspire the world’s hyper-connected youth.

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With strategic partnerships with industry giants and a proven track record of organizing gaming events and lifestyle festivals, NODWIN Gaming has now acquired exclusive rights to create and market GEF-licensed eSports events in more than 20 countries such as India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, Thailand and Vietnam in addition to the entire continent of Africa.

As a PMC, NODWIN Gaming also secures non-exclusive rights to host GEF-licensed events globally, which paves the way for synergistic collaborations amongst the company’s subsidiaries and strategic partners worldwide. NODWIN Gaming’s recent acquisition of the Turkey-based Ninja Gaming readies the company for endeavors in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa while its Singapore-based experiential marketing powerhouse branded focuses on the Asia Pacific region. With its equity investment earlier this year into Freaks 4U Gaming, a leading full-service gaming and eSports agency in Germany, NODWIN Gaming will tap into potential opportunities in developing GEF-licensed events in non-exclusive regions through the agency’s European as well as endemic and non-endemic network.

The co-founder and Managing Director for NODWIN Gaming, Akshat Rathee, shares his insight on the partnership with the GEF: “The world of eSports is evolving towards true global celebration of eSports titles across the world. The GEF truly epitomizes the hopes and aspirations of all the developing world markets that NODWIN Gaming seeks to develop. We believe our partnership with the GEF will bring the best of eSports opportunities to the youth of the emerging world.”

The Chief Operating Officer for the GEF, Mario Cilenti, commented on the partnership: “We are thrilled to have NODWIN Gaming on board as our PMC for the South Asia, Central Asia and Africa markets. Its capabilities and extensive experience makes it ideal partners to advance the GEF’s mission and further engage with eSports communities across key growth regions.”

For more information, please visit NODWIN Gaming on X or the official website.

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Paddy Power launches new innovative Checkd Dev betting tool Mix ‘N Match

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Long-term partnership enhanced through product that allows same-game multiples to be packaged together

Sports betting technology specialist Checkd Dev, part of award-winning Checkd Group, has enhanced its long-term partnership with Flutter Entertainment brand Paddy Power by developing and successfully launching betting solution Mix ‘N Match.

Created as the supplier’s first bespoke product for Paddy Power in the UK, Mix ‘N Match enables users to build combination bets quickly by offering pre-configured betting opportunities. These can be personalised rapidly, with easy-to-use filters helping users build smarter multi-leg bets far more easily.

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The successful launch builds on the success of Checkd Dev’s Smart Acca iFrame product, which is licensed for use to tier-one operators including William Hill and Sky Bet. The latest iteration of the API moves the proposition forward even further, by allowing for multiple single-event combinations to be packaged together in the same bet.

Markets on offer include 1×2, BTTS, fouls, shots, shots on target, goalscorer and cards, with data from all the major leagues and competitions. Mix ‘N Match also includes a Bet Shuffle function to randomly generate new betting opportunities on the go.

The product utilises official Opta data, with historical form intelligently interrogated to provide rapid-fire data visualisation insights that aid bet selection, ultimately driving improved conversion to bet placement for the operator.

Adam Patton, Checkd Dev Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to have worked with Paddy Power on this innovative product. The collaborative approach taken with their internal team was a pleasure to witness too, both teams worked seamlessly together. We look forward to evolving the product even further as we begin to build a clearer picture of user behaviours.”

Rob Elliffe, Head of Product at Paddy Power, said: “Checkd Dev were great to work with throughout and despite being a complex product, delivery was on time. Mix ‘N Match is a truly innovative product and one that’s already proving popular with our customers, benefiting the user journey through the smart use of data to support betting decisions.”

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