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Exclusive Interview with Dennis Tsalikis (CEO at Fantasy Sport Interactive)

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It is always nice to catch up with successful people and get a glimpse into their extensive knowledge. This week I had the pleasure to interview a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in setting up and managing businesses in diverse sectors. Dennis Tsalikis is co-founder and CEO of Fantasy Sports Interactive, an entrepreneur who decided to combine his passion for Fantasy Sports with his skill in establishing successful businesses.

Dennis has an engineering background and prior to starting his own business ventures, he was employed at Vertu.

After establishing his Higher Technical Education with a University degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and gaining hands-on working experience as a CNC operator at N. Bazigos S.A, Dennis proceeded to acquire a Master’s Degree (MS) in Composite Materials, from London’s Imperial College. Below is our exclusive interview with Dennis, hope you enjoy it!

Let’s begin with a few words about yourself. Our readers love to know how top-class entrepreneurs describing themselves.

Dennis: Fervent. Down to earth,with a positive outlook. Demanding, but fair. Always striving for the best, first and foremost for my people and then in terms of personal accomplishment.

You have studied engineering and science in some of the foremost institutions in Europe, and have had a stellar industrial career. What made you switch to something seemingly different like betting and fantasy sports?

Dennis: For me, engineering and science are the foundations of constructive thinking and a solid professional background. Our Co-Founder, Bill Mexias, and I, got to know fantasy football while working in the UK at Barclays and Vertu respectively, as a team-bonding activity in the workplace. We immediately realized that fantasy football would become the next big thing in gaming and we could see that fantasy sports were the perfect option, combining innovation with great business potential.

You have made your debut in the gaming sector when you co-founded Bet4theBest.com? Did the launch and subsequent performance of the company go according to the plans? Would like to hear your experiences?

Dennis: Bet4theBest was my debut in the gaming industry, an amazing and most positive experience. We managed to establish a tight-knit and effective core team, sharing a common passion in fantasy sports and skill gaming. Internally speaking, we learned a lot in this difficult and demanding journey, while on a collective, industry level, we were part of a generation of operators that managed to bring Fantasy Sports in Europe and to the spotlight. We are most proud about being the first licensed fantasy sports operators in Europe to launch under a wide and impactful marketing strategy, including mass media such as the newspapers and the radio alongside digital marketing. Furthermore, Bet4theBest was a successful Proof of Concept and a product that caught the attention of the UK fantasy football audience, one of the most mature and demanding audiences in the industry.

It has been close to a year since you launched Fantasy Sports Interactive Ltd.  How is it going now? Would like to hear some stats and details about major deals.

Dennis: Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI) is the next level of our Fantasy Sports business venture and the main, B2B act after our B2C opening. During our original business planning, we had foreseen the future need of the market for reliable white label fantasy sports solutions. Our platform has been designed to increase customer attraction, enrich Marketing strategy, provide competitive content and an exciting gaming experience. Our tailored offering led us to a very satisfying first year, featuring a partnership with Gauselmann’s subsidiaries, Cashpoint and Xtip, in progress, a successful World Cup launch and ongoing collaboration in Africa with Africabet.com and a couple of more projects, including our future launch in India with Indus Games.A very important piece of information I can share with you now, is the development of an exclusive, breakthrough Fantasy product, which we plan to announce at ICE 2019.

It is already a crowded market of gaming software developers. What makes Fantasy Sports Interactive stand apart in the crowd?

Dennis: The winning combination of Fantasy Sports Interactive is that variety, versatility and innovation. Our goal is to offer original products going beyond standard market formats and this is what makes us stand apart. Our We make customized fantasy products for fantasy sports betting, social gaming, skill gaming, in mobile-first, online and retail formats. We offer back-end support services, flexible marketing solutions and consulting, making results and meaningful customer relationships a top priority. However, the most important part of FSI is our team, which is high-skilled and most experienced in the fantasy betting industry.

In the USA sports betting is likely to grow significantly in the coming years, following a recent US Supreme Court order that allows states to decide on legalizing sports betting. What are your thoughts on the development? How it is going to affect the gaming industry, and gaming software developing companies in particular?

Dennis: I think that everyone in the iGaming industry was expecting the US market  to open at some point. The PASPA court ruling made this possible and it is groundbreaking, since it opened the doors to a wide market of consumers who have been seeking to enjoy legal and regulated gaming services for some time now. The US audience is one of key importance; It has a strong affinity for Fantasy Sports, but at the same time it needs further education in betting and igaming. The skill gaming element is very important and this will require software companies to become more versatile and flexible. This is why we feel that FSI is ready for the US market, with a mature, tested product, combining fantasy sports with betting options.

Fantasy sports have been evolving all the time. How do you see it developing further in the near future, amidst the rise of new disruptive technologies?

Dennis: Indeed, Fantasy Sports have evolved greatly, from the classic season-long model, to the various daily fantasy options available today. I think that contemporary technologies and the lasting internet boom will lead to further progress and gamification, with more clear and mature fantasy products developed around instant and social gaming. Gaming technology will evolve under a customer-centric model, with bet types where the user has full control and a wide range of options to choose from.


Here are a few more details about Dennis and FSI:

Dennis chose to exploit his industrial background and expand the valuable experience he gained in business, by shaping Genesis World Trans, an international cargo services company, which already counts 12 years of successful activity.

While being the Managing Director of Genesis World Trans since 2008, Dennis continued to explore all aspects of business activity and decided to pursue his entrepreneurial vision, by founding one of the first Fantasy Sports Companies in Europe.

In 2014, together with Bill Mexias, he Co-founded “Bet4theBest” – a B2C fantasy football company based in Malta and Athens and the first step of an innovative and ambitious business plan targeting the contemporary iGaming industry.

Bet4theBest operated under a soft launch since 2014 and its official launch within the UK in 2015, was marked by organized and intense marketing activity. Traditional wide-range marketing channels such as the newspapers and the radio (The Racing Post, Daily Star, Daily Mirror, talkSport), were combined with digital marketing activity and a well-known brand ambassador in retired footballer and BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas.

Bet4theBest is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission, servicing all locations covered by both Authorities. The company kept operating, offering a variety of fresh and competitive fantasy football games to consumers, until 2017 and served as a Proof of Concept for the white label products of the upcoming Fantasy Sports Software Company, Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI).

Dennis Co-founded FSI in 2016, keeping the business core and philosophy of Bet4theBest, while further growing its dedicated team and the company’s caliber.

FSI is based in London and has an active branch in Athens, as well.

Under Dennis’s leadership and with an experienced team, the Business and IT divisions have been constantly developing the company and its Fantasy Sports products, aiming at continuous evolution and successful partnerships.

FSI already boasts two important iGaming partnerships, one already launched for the World Cup with Africabet.com and one being a work in progress with Gauselmann’s sportsbook subsidiary companies, Cashpoint and Xtip. In the meanwhile, the team has been working on projects yet to be announced, as well.

About FSI:

Fantasy Sports Interactive offers the most complete range of fantasy sports gaming options. It has been the first company to launch fantasy betting services in Europe through its own fantasy sport product, Bet4theBest, and gain hands-on B2C and marketing management experience.

Powered by our innovative platform and deep insight in fantasy sports betting and skill gaming, we provide tailored white-label solutions to iGaming operators, lotteries and business companies seeking a modern and effective customer acquisition tool.

We offer companies the opportunity to create an engaging, competitive and fully licensed iGaming product that fits each operational model like a glove.

FSI has developed the optimal Fantasy Sports Solution for every operator:

A complete software offering for the iGaming industry, designed to increase customer attraction, enrich Marketing strategy, provide competitive content and an exciting gaming experience.

Our offering includes:

  • Fantasy Sports gaming products
  • social gaming concepts
  • fantasy sportsbook and betting formats
  • online, mobile-first and retail options
  • backend support services
  • full adaptability in terms of Regulatory frameworks

For more details contact: maria.arnidou@fantasysportsinteractive.co.uk

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George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Are you interested in using Joomla web hosting for your website? If yes, then you’re on the right page today. Explained here are some important details why Joomla website hosting is the best option that you can try. If you’re just new to use this kind of content management system and hosting, then through the use of a simple language you will be able to understand why you need this hosting option. 

You perhaps know that it is not easy to develop a professional or business website, most especially if you have to start from scratch. The process can be tedious but despite it you can still choose the best Joomla hosting after you read this article.

Take note first that you have to avoid a bad hosting provider. It is not good for your website, and more especially for your business. If you start wrong then you will end up in the wrong place. Getting the best web host is the best thing you can do. When it comes to hosting providers, you have to choose the one that can cater to your website more efficiently. Compatibility factor must also work. So if you’re using a Joomla CMS platform, you’re also advised to use a Joomla web hosting. It can be a great start for you if you do this.

Why Is Joomla Hosting the Best? 

Before I am going to give you the exact details why you need to try Joomla hosting, you need to understand first the facts about Joomla content management system (CMS). Joomla is a tool that a website developer can use to create websites. Through the years, it’s been regarded as the most trusted Content Management System (CMS) worldwide. When we say “most trusted” it simply means there are a lot of website owners who are using it. As a matter of fact, there are already 30 million websites, more or less, which use this CMS.

By using this CMS, you can have 10,000 components that you can utilize in expanding the functionalities of your professional or business website. There can be numerous options at your disposal. The options include virtual store, image galleries, forums, newsletters, and others that are quite food for your growth and progress.

Joomla can let the users manage their website as efficient as possible. You can simply create a new page easily. You can modify the present pages with an ease. You can add new photos. You can change the style of your menu options as quick as needed.

Essentially, you can do all things you want with this CMS type. No hassle at all. You can do them as fast as want even if you don’t possess technical knowledge. With just a basic knowledge in text editor or Microsoft Office, you can manage your website effectively.

Joomla web hosting is providing you the needed space for your website data. It runs your website basically. You have to purchase a disk space where you can store and manage all your digital files. An example of this is the presence of your file folders in your computer or laptop. You need to have a folder for every file and the file is saved on that folder. Then the file is accessible anytime you want. Just open your computer and get your file if you want to use it by opening the folder. Joomla web hosting is very much similar to this idea.

Joomla hosting is the best among the best because it has a lot of great options. You can choose from the following choices:

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  • Virtual Private Server (VPS)

Shared hosting is the most popular form because of the idea of being “shared.” It is inexpensive but it does have some limitations, so to speak. Its advantages are: affordability, user-friendliness, and convenience. But due to limited resources, you can’t have a full control over your data usage.

Dedicated hosting in Joomla is advantageous in a sense that the hosting server is intended only for you. It is easy to use. Furthermore, it is flexible and has a high rating when it comes to website performance. In terms of reliability and security, they are guaranteed with this type of Joomla website hosting. There is one problem – it is so costly.

VPS, eventually, lets you use a virtual machine that is taking care of your website operation. The virtual machine is managing many users. But unlike shared hosting, it has an isolated physical computer for every user. It is secure and protected. You can have a full control of your website data and information. But similar to dedicated hosting, it is also expensive.

If you have some questions about Joomla hosting, you can contact Netshop ISP today.


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Greek gaming operator OPAP has provided an update on the impact of coronavirus on its business. OPAP revealed that almost all its revenue had been wiped out by the closure of its outlets due to coronavirus lockdown in Greece and Cyprus.

Greece reported its first coronavirus case at the end of February.

“We have responded quickly to protect our employees and agents, taking a number of necessary mitigation steps,” Damian Cope, Chief Executive of OPAP, said.

The company estimates that the monthly earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) will be 50–53 million euros lower if the shutdowns are extended beyond April.

OPAP said in a statement that Cope will step down at the end of May when his four-year contract ends and that it has begun looking for a successor. If none is found by that date, Chief Commercial Officer Jan Karas will take over as acting CEO.

“I am confident that OPAP will bounce back strongly once this unfortunate period comes to an end,” Cope said.

OPAP reported a 62% rise in fourth-quarter net profit to 61.8 million euros as a result of its new video lottery operation and lower taxation.


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Pariplay Ltd, a leading provider of internet gaming systems, has appointed Andrew Maclean as its new sales director.

Maclean is having more than 15 years of experience in the iGaming industry. He served as the director of commercial account management at SG Digital, the digital division of Scientific Games. Other senior roles which he held include head of partner management at Ongame and commercial director at NYX Gaming Group.

“I really look forward to working for Pariplay and bringing my extensive experience from the iGaming industry to further strengthen their brand and extend their increasingly strong footprint on the B2B market. Pariplay has a cutting-edge product and I cannot wait to be part of their successful journey. As well as their strong proprietary games content, I will be engaging customers with Pariplay’s stellar aggregation platform, all available by a single, swift implementation of Fusion,” Maclean said.

“In addition to his unparalleled reputation, Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the role that will help Pariplay continue to strengthen its presence across regulated iGaming regions. We expect this to be another landmark year for the company and look forward to the expanded role that our sales team will play in meeting that objective,” Adrian Bailey, Managing Director of Pariplay, said.


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