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The world will not see the best of esports at Tokyo 2020

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Esports’ relationship with the Olympics is doomed to fail unless it’s done properly, according to the UK’s first pro gamer.

The International Olympic Committee has announced that the Intel World Open, featuring Rocket League and Street Fighter, will be held in the days leading up to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Each event will boast a $250,000 prize pool and the games will take place from July 22 to 24 – with the Olympics due to start on July 24.

Esports featured in the 2018 Aisia Games and is due to be included in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and this latest move is seemingly a step closer to esports being part of the Olympics.

It follows a similar partnership between the IOC and Intel that saw a StarCraft II tournament staged before the Winter Olympics in South Korea last year.

The difference at Tokyo 2020 will be that Rocket League and Street Fighter are played in front of a live audience, rather than broadcast only as live streams.

However, whilst being hugely popular games, Rocket League and Street Fighter are not deemed “tier-one” esports such as CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends and Sujoy Roy – who was Britain’s first pro gamer – is worried the world won’t see esports at its best.

Sujoy, who is Director of Esports at Luckbox, said: “What makes esports events so great is the atmosphere generated by fans and I’m a bit concerned we won’t see that at its best in Tokyo.

“I fully expect the event to be brilliantly staged and produced, but the games chosen are not the most mature esports and as a result don’t have the full package of support to be successful.

“One suspects the IOC has had a significant influence on the games chosen and it’s easy to see why they have chosen these games – they are easy to understand even for those who don’t follow esports. However, it’s hard to argue that these are the games that will showcase esports at its best.

“Street Fighter and Rocket League are amazing games but CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends consistently fill out huge areas because these are the games with the biggest support built up over years from grassroots communities.

“I believe the best way to showcase esports to the Olympic audience would be to ensure one of these tier-one games – CS:GO, Dota 2 or LoL are included.”


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OPAP Updates Coronavirus Impact on its Business

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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 Appoints Andrew Maclean as its New Sales Director

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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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William Hill Announces New CFO and COO

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William Hill has appointed Matt Ashley as its chief financial officer and executive director to the board. He will take over the new positions on 6 April.

William Hill announced earlier that its current CFO, Ruth Prior, would be leaving to join Element Materials Technology.

Prior would leave William Hill at the end of its annual general meeting on 15 May and would remain as CFO until that date.

The board said Prior and Ashley would work together in the intervening period to ensure a smooth handover.

Ashley is joining William Hill from FTSE 250 passenger transport operator National Express, where he gained chief financial officer experience before leading their North American business as president and chief executive officer. Most recently, he held the position of group business development director.

William Hill also announced that Stephen Parry would join its executive committee as chief operating officer later this year. Parry is currently the integration director of Flutter.

“These two key appointments reinforce our focus on building a high calibre team. Matt and Stephen bring significant strengths to the company. Matt has a wealth of international financial and US experience as well as being an experienced CFO of a FTSE 250 listed company,” Ulrik Bengtsson, chief executive officer of William Hill, said.

Parry, meanwhile, came with a first-class track record of driving digital change, operational focus and customer experience in senior roles at Vodafone and Flutter, Bengtsson said.

“I look forward to welcoming them both to William Hill,” Bengtsson added.


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