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It is my great pleasure to bring to you my latest interview. This week we once again focus on the role of blockchain in the gambling industry as it still is a trending topic. And what better way to get a glimpse into the vertical, then asking the experts of the industry. Matthew Stafford has been appointed as CEO of BlockChain Innovations Corp. this April and he has since than given speech at many industry events. It is high time we got the chance to pick his brain in our unique style. See below our interview with Matthew.

Let’s start with a few words about yourself. Our readers love to hear top-class professionals describing themselves.

Matthew: Thank you for a very kind introduction. I’ve spent 10 years in regulated gaming and public markets as an attorney, most recently with Scientific Games and NYX Gaming Group where I helped take that company public in Toronto in 2014 through its acquisition of Openbet Technologies Limited; the world’s largest sportsbook platform provider in 2016. I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of gaming clients both brick-and-mortar and in the digital space, as well as payment providers, data and compliance vendors and the multitude of gaming software platforms around the world.

You took over as CEO of Blockchain Innovations Corp (BCI) about four months back. What are your early reflections on the job?

Matthew: It’s a very exciting and busy time. We are bringing a disruptive technology to two markets – both the commercial gaming industry for operators and the public market in Toronto for investors.

There is a lot of interest in both sectors around the technology and what it can do. In the capital markets, it’s about building blockchain companies as a value-added segment that gives depth to cryptocurrencies beyond price speculation and mining. For the gaming industry, it’s about building a modern gaming and payment platform that is compatible with conventional technologies so that our operator clients can offer blockchain wagering now and be poised for the future.

You studied law and started your career as a legal intern. How does your legal background help in your functioning as the CEO of BCI, especially as cryptocurrencies and other blockchain financial solutions are still viewed with suspicion by the regulators in several countries. 

Matthew: I was fortunate enough to work in gaming – at leading slot manufacturer Aruze Gaming America, Inc. – before graduating law school. As the Assistant General Counsel there, I obtained over 150 gaming licenses for the company worldwide and won approval for hundreds of devices. I also oversaw regulatory compliance at NYX and that foundation provided me with the ability to navigate complex regulatory issues, just like the treatment of crypto and blockchain with regulators. A working partnership and understanding of the regulatory schemes behind those agencies is crucial in terms of finding a viable solution for the industry in any circumstance.

What is important to note regarding uncertainties around crypto and blockchain is that, although perhaps skeptical, regulators are addressing the issue. There is positive movement towards adoption; the regulation/licensing frameworks that are being considered are being conducted by many jurisdictions and the outcome is to find that balance of providing the industry with competitive technology while meeting the regulatory objectives within a particular jurisdiction.

Can you tell us more about BCI’s soon to launch cryptocurrency wallet, Pebwallet, and its PebbleShare tipbot?

Matthew: Pebwallet.com is our fully-functional cryptocurrency wallet for users to manage and exchange multiple cryptocurrencies for smart-contract coins. They can also buy, sell, and exchange wagers via our PebbleShare tipbot. The wallet communicates to any existing operator’s PAM via an API and, in addition to standard transaction accounting and reporting, operators may permit wagering between players using pay-as you-go cryptocurrency where no money is on deposit as well as players with fiat currency on deposit, in their existing operator account.

Once activated, users with popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum may then exchange those coins for PebbleCoin and begin placing smart-contract wagers. PebbleCoin, the gaming-by-design crypto-currency BCI’s technology utilizes, is one of the first cryptocurrencies to use smart contracts and trade them as freely as coins.

BCI claims that its blockchain social betting solution has something unique and innovative that the competitors, especially Bitcoin and Ethereum, do not have: basically, BCI’s solution does not have a lag in provable transaction confirmation. Could you explain about its practical real-time implications?

Matthew: BCI has provably instant confirmation of transactions, or bets integrated within its technology and our cryptocurrency PebbleCoin. The confirmation time for Bitcoin is 1 hour and Ethereum is 180 seconds. The implication of that 180 seconds to 1 hour is that live wagering environments are not possible with Bitcoin or Ethereum since there is an ability for one side to “roll-back” the transaction on the blockchain. If this were the case, users could cancel bets when the line prices move against their position – that’s not feasible in a betting market.

These are good times to be a betting solution provider in the USA, as the US supreme court has repealed PSPA, which would inevitably lead to the legalization of sports betting in many US states. How do you see the prospects for BCI?

Matthew: We see a lot of opportunity for operators to be “born on the blockchain”, that is to have a blockchain wagering offering for their players as their sole platform or a complementary offering to their player base. With the 6-3 United States Supreme Court decision striking down a 1992 law prohibiting such sports betting outside of Nevada, and the American Gaming Association estimating there is over $250 billion wagered annually in the US, it is a promising time for the sector.

Those figures mean that the demand for suppliers in the US will exceed the capabilities of conventional platform providers. We anticipate operators that want to be live when authorized by their state will look to blockchain as a modern technology that is able to offer a full solution for their sports wagering operations. Along those lines, because of the near-zero cost to operate our system, Tribes and state sports lotteries stand to gain the most from a blockchain solution since those savings go directly back to the taxpayer or tribal entities managing gaming operations for the tribe.

About BlockChain Innovations Corp.

Blockchain Innovations is headquartered in Las Vegas. The company designs and develops market ready blockchain technology for public and private real-money wagering and peer-to-peer gaming companies across the globe.

The company’s blockchain technology consists of a fully functional crypto-currency wallet, a tipbot – PebbleGo for easily sending and receiving smart contracts, and its smart contracts platform – the ideal wagering eco-system for instant confirmation, where contracts are tradeable, divisible, transferable and new wagering not available in traditional retail or online markets.

The company’s technology is built around PebbleCoin, a gambling-by-design cryptocurrency that has been mined since 2015. Pebblecoin’s unique features make it the only crypto-currency that can facilitate real-time wagering.

For more details visit www.blockchaininnovations.info


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Esports Entertainment Group Appoints John Brackens, Former Activision Blizzard Manager of Network Operations, As Chief Information Officer

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Esports Entertainment Group, Inc., a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Brackens as Chief Information Officer.  Mr. Brackens is a senior level professional with extensive experience in startups, high-tech companies and the gaming industry, holding positions that have included CIO, COO and CTO.

During his time at Activision Blizzard, Mr. Brackens served as Manager of Network Operations, where he directed IT service management and hardware support for 4,500+ servers and 50+ million monthly active players. In addition to reducing server maintenance costs by 35%, he also improved system uptime from 97.81% to 99.99%.  Moreover, he managed technology projects including the automated detection and repair of online services and infrastructure using artificial intelligence.

Other key achievements by Mr. Brackens include the creation, execution, and monetization of the League of Gods Asia eSports series, as well as, managing a licensing application for Malta Gaming Authority and Curacao eGaming License.

Mr. Brackens stated, “I joined Esports Entertainment Group because of Grant Johnson’s commitment to providing a best in class betting experience to esports fans. Esports is going to be the leading source of entertainment in the next few years eclipsing many major traditional sports. I want to be a part of this movement. I look forward to helping drive the growth of VIE.gg through cost-effective technologies that deliver value and innovation to players and fans alike, so that everyone can enjoy all of our services as intended.”

Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group stated, “We are very pleased with the addition of John to our senior management team. His experience at the highest levels of information technology and network operations, especially within different licensing regimes, will be invaluable as the Company embarks on its aggressive growth plans within the global esports industry.”

 


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Check out this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

Blueprint Gaming has released the newest addition to its portfolio, Legacy of Ra MegawaysTM, a shimmering adventure set deep in the Egyptian desert. Set in the imposing and mysterious pyramids, stunning visuals and an immersive soundtrack create an intriguing gameplay experience, while the Megaways mechanic, under licence from Big Time Gaming, provides players with up to 15,625 ways to win. Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Legacy of Ra MegawaysTM takes players on a journey through the Egyptian pyramids where big wins can be found if players can successfully raid the tomb.”

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Microgaming, has introduced Lara Croft® Temples and Tombs2122-67 Week 20 slot games releases, the latest, five-reel, 243 ways online slot developed by Triple Edge Studios. “The release of Lara Croft® Temples and Tombs2122-68 Week 20 slot games releases is a tremendously exciting moment for Microgaming, building on our longstanding branded relationship with Square Enix. The game reflects Triple Edge Studios’ passion and enthusiasm, making it a powerfully attractive product for new and established players,” Jean-Luc Ferriere, Chief Commercial Officer at Microgaming said.

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Pragmatic Play, wishes players good fortune with latest release, Caishen’s Cash. The 5×3 video slot features symbols from Chinese folklore, with hoards of coins littering the sides of the reels and an oriental soundtrack adding an immersive feel to the game. Once the bonus feature is triggered, players can choose between a Money Respin round or Free Spins. The Money Respin sees a number of different coloured coins hitting the reels, which can lead to huge wins.

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Quickspin, has released the new game “Hall of the Mountain King”. The game combines Nordic folklore with new game mechanics, extremely volatile gameplay and the chance to win more than 7000x bet. Players can reach their maximum win potential by upgrading all their symbols, increase the multipliers to the max, collect all 6 whirling wilds and then watch it all play out in the last 3 spins. “I would recommend promoting Hall of the Mountain King with the Feature Trigger. The big highlight in this slot is to experience the bonus game and all its exciting features and game events, with a Troll King who’s waving his big hammer around,” Erik Gullstrand, Chief Product Officer at Quickspin said.

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Kalamba Games’ latest slot Doctor Electro amps up the excitement with an expanding reel offering players the chance to unlock electrifying wins. Starring the eccentric character Doctor Electro, the game sees the return of the player favourite HyperBonus feature that presents slot fans with a shortcut to free spins rounds, as well as two levels of bonus jackpots. Players collect column expansion symbols to trigger the all new HyperSpins feature that reveals expanding reels and increases the win potential. The game is a 5-column, 4-row base game, increasing to seven rows and up to 16,807 ways pays.

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Relax and unwind with the latest SYNOT Games release 8 Flowers, standing out from other classic slots both with its reel format as well as a fresh floral theme. Number 8 has a special significance in the Asian culture, representing prosperity and success. To underline the symbolism, 8 Flowers has a unique 3×3 format with 9 reels, 8 paylines and a full bouquet of features!

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Play’n GO have released their latest title into the market, a simple yet engaging slot entitled Inferno Star. Inferno Star is an easy to play 5×3 video slot made more engaging with its innovative re-spin feature and the decision to make the game payout with a minimum of only two matching symbols, as opposed to the usual three.

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Set in a dystopian futuristic world, and steeped in the occult, NetEnt’s latest release is a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line video slot where four fearless friends set out to protect their city from the wicked Deep Pockets – and destroy the scatter symbol that turned him into an evil maniac. “Combining a proven, player-favourite math model with rich, comic-like graphics and a compelling superhero storyline, Arcane Reel Chaos has the ingredients needed to be a success. I have no doubts that it will be a hugely popular new addition to our portfolio,” said Bryan Upton, NetEnt director of games.

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Swedish Regulator Imposes Fine on Betway and Mandalorian Technologies

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Spelinspektionen, the Swedish regulator, has imposed fine on Mandalorian Technologies and Betway for violating gambling regulations.

According to the Swedish regulations, license holders are only permitted to offer customers a single bonus, however, an investigation found that customers were continually offered bonuses by Mandalorian and Betway.

Mandalorian and Betway have been handed warning from the regulator and issued with penalty fees of SEK9m (£730k) and SEK5m (£406k) respectively.

“As the Spelinspektionen already had indications at the beginning of the year that some gaming companies did not comply with the legislation, on February 19, the authorities issued a letter to all licensees regarding bonus offers. After the letter, the Gaming Inspectorate noted some compliance from the licensees, but the assessment is that further measures must also be taken to achieve full compliance,” Spelinspektionen stated.

“The main purpose of the new gambling regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling. The limitation on bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damage and problem playing. The Gaming Inspectorate will therefore continue to focus on supervision of this area,” Spelinspektionen continued.


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