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Exclusive interview with Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, VP, Huawei Consumer Mobile Services Europe



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Today we’ve sat down with Huawei’s VP of Consumer Mobile Services, Europe, Dr. Jaime Gonzalo to talk about HDC.Europe and many more things that shape up the app ecosystem.

EG: Huawei recently hosted HDC.Europe at WebSummit in Lisbon. What were some of the key announcements at the event?

JG: There were a number of topics that we announced at HDC.Europe during WebSummit 2022, with a special focus on growth and business expansion – not only for ourselves but also for our Partners who work with us.

Our vision for some time has been to create an integrated Ecosystem, and over the last 2 years, we have seen our own business grow exponentially, including our App distribution platform AppGallery, which now has more than 580 million monthly active users globally, over 45million of which are in Europe. Also in the last 2 years, our global developer community has grown to over 6 million developers, an increase of 233%, and has resulted in more than 220,000 apps being integrated with our HMS Core open capabilities.

In that time, Huawei Mobile Services has also invested in competitive and innovative services, alongside our partners, to ensure a safe, seamless, and smart experience. This includes our Cloud and Browser services, Petal Search, Petal Maps, and more.

To support our partners’ growth potential, we’ve also invested heavily in comprehensive Business Monetisation platforms, including Huawei Ads, which now connects more than 2,000 Advertisers with more than 360,000 Publishers, and enables our Programmatic advertising platform to provide growth opportunities for all apps and game developers and website owners that want to scale up their businesses.


EG: What are some gaming app trends that you’re seeing on AppGallery?

JG: We see strong growth of games in AppGallery in terms of both revenues and installs dimensions. In fact, YoY performance has nearly doubled each year since 2020.

Thanks to the close cooperation with top developers and their resulting growth on AppGallery, more and more developers are considering AppGallery as one of their main user acquisition channels instead of other more traditional marketing channels. We are keeping up the pace and hundreds of new quality games are launching on AppGallery each quarter from within Europe alone.

We are also exploring hot topics like Web3, and NFT-based content with pinioning developers. However, the end goal is to build a ‘value added’ end-user experience-oriented mobile gaming ecosystem together with our game developer partners.


EG: What’s next for AppGallery and the HMS ecosystem in 2023?

JG: We’re very proud of how far we’ve come with AppGallery, but we know there is more work to be done.

As we look to the future there are new devices and health trends that really excite us. Commitment to innovation will always be in Huawei’s DNA, and we continually invest heavily in R&D – actually, in 2021 we were ranked second globally for R&D investment and held the number one position for patent applications in Europe.

We’ve seen strong growth in innovative form factors such as foldable phones and wearable devices, and we believe they will be a big part of the tech industry’s future. Our position here will be strengthened considerably with our integrated ecosystem approach of hardware, software, and cloud to innovate not only on hardware but also on new scenarios for the user experience.

One of a number of core areas will be HUAWEI Health. Here we will continue to expand on allowing developers to use the open capabilities to obtain health & fitness data of Huawei wearable devices and devices of Huawei ecosystem partners, allowing for innovative new products, such as the Blood pressure monitoring HUAWEI Watch D to be developed.


EG: In your opinion, why does bringing games to alternative app marketplaces, like AppGallery, pay off?

JG: There are multiple benefits of bringing mobile games to alternative app stores, including how partners can achieve an improved return on their considerable investment in new and existing games, come out on top in the ongoing user acquisition war, and lower the cost of retaining their hard-won customers.

Game developers are finding it increasingly difficult to reach new audiences. The major challenge is that customer acquisition cost has increased significantly over the years due to market saturation and inflated pricing. That’s why alternative app platforms such as AppGallery are emerging and playing their part to provide developers with improved revenue-generating opportunities.

Currently, 99.9% of apps downloaded via the leading app distribution platforms are losing users monthly, pushing the costs of retention higher and higher, whilst AppGallery has increased in-app revenue by 300% year-on-year. Casual game growth has also increased by over 20 times over the same period, and monthly ad revenue for developers has doubled.

Because of this, on AppGallery, gaming has become the fastest-growing and one of the most successful categories, reaching millions of monthly active users with new and existing gaming apps. The app platform now lists games from some of the world’s leading games companies, including play favorites PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends, Garena Free Fire, State of Survival, and Lords Mobile, to name just a few.


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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BLAST teams up with Fortnite for third year and will operate the entire 2023 Fortnite Champion Series



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BLAST has teamed up for a third consecutive year with Fortnite, and this year will produce and deliver the entire 2023 Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) with a combined prize pool of $10 million on the line.

As part of the collaboration, BLAST will work with the Competitive Fortnite team to deliver three Majors and bring FNCS to an epic conclusion for the year when the Global Championship takes place in-person from Copenhagen, Denmark in late 2023 with an eye-watering $4 million on the line.

The new FNCS format consists of three Majors played across February and March (Major One), April and May (Major Two) and July and August (Major Three). All three Majors will see the European and North American regions produced and broadcasted from BLAST’s Copenhagen studios with broadcast talent on-site and players playing remotely.

The announcement strengthens and deepens the esports entertainment company’s relationship with Competitive Fortnite, after having delivered the entire 2022 FNCS schedule and the long-awaited return to Fortnite in-person events in Raleigh, North Carolina last November for the FNCS Invitational.

BLAST first teamed up with Fortnite in 2021, when delivering the FNCS All-Star Showdown and FNCS Grand Royale events.

Leo Matlock, MD of Development at BLAST, said: “Extending and expanding the BLAST and Competitive Fortnite partnership into a third year is testament to the brilliant progress that has been made with FNCS over the last few years. We are really proud of the journey we’ve been on with the Competitive Fortnite team and how we have been able to support them in elevating the FNCS fan experience by focusing on player-led storylines and fan-first production techniques. 2023 is turning out to be another thrilling year, Major One has already been completed from the BLAST Copenhagen studios and we’re excited to deliver the remaining three FNCS events with a combined prize pool of $8 million on the line.

“We look forward to building on last year’s unforgettable return to Fortnite in-person events for the FNCS Invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina by bringing the year-defining FNCS Global Championship to our hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark for fans and players to enjoy later this year.”

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TVBET enters distribution agreement with Golden Matrix Group



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The live games provider TVBET has signed a partnership with Golden Matrix Group, a deal which sees the company incorporate the provider’s top-notch live games into its offering.

TVBET is a provider which offers easy and smooth API integration of TV games based on odds. Its games are a perfect product for casinos and bookmakers, both online and offline. TVBET games are well-known card games and lotteries adapted for online streaming format. Since its launch in 2016, TVBET’s major idea has been to create and then maintain top-shelf and up-to-date content for partners that will literally «glue» any player to their computer’s, tv’s, or smartphone’s screen.

The partnership with Golden Matrix Group strengthens TVBET’s position in the igaming arena and delivers its content even wider.

Golden Matrix Group is an established gaming technology company that develops and owns online gaming IP and builds configurable and scalable white-label social gaming platforms for its international customers. The gaming IP includes tools for marketing, acquisition, retention, and monetization of users. The provided platform is unparalleled in both mobile and desktop website deployment, proving compatible throughout all major operating systems and web browsers.

Utku Sarper, TVBET Sales Lead, states: “We are entering a new win-win deal with a strong igaming representative — Golden Matrix Group. It is proud to welcome the B2B company among our partners, and we are sure the synergy of our companies will bring us mutually beneficial results!

TVBET will enhance Golden Matrix Group’s content offering, and for us, this deal will bring new growth opportunities in the market.”

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Hacksaw Gaming Signs Content Agreement with Sisal



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Leading iGaming studio Hacksaw Gaming has entered into a partnership with Italian-facing online casino operator Sisal.

Under the terms of the deal, Sisal players will gain access to a selection of popular Hacksaw Gaming titles, beginning with March 2020 release Cubes. Cubes was Hacksaw Gaming’s first 3D-styled release, proving so popular it went on to spawn a sequel with Cubes 2 arriving in February 2021.

Several Hacksaw Gaming games are scheduled to follow over the proceeding weeks, including slot favourites Hand of Anubis, Hop’n’Pop, and Aztec Twist, plus instant win games Mines and Coins, which recently turned one year old. Designed to reinvent non-traditional gaming, the Dare2Win series puts a modern twist on beloved arcade games and offers alternative casino entertainment for players everywhere.

Hacksaw Gaming’s latest partner, Flutter-owned Sisal, is a leading force in Italy with a number of product verticals among its portfolio. In addition to online slots, Sisal players can wager on sports, poker, and lottery games. Sisal’s wide range of lottery titles includes SiVinceTutto, Vinci per la vita – Win for Life, Eurojackpot, VinciCasa, and SuperEnalotto – Italy’s leading lottery title offered exclusively by Sisal since 1997.

Today’s news represents another step forward for Hacksaw Gaming as part of an ongoing strategy to bolster its footing in regulated markets.

Remarking on the partnership, Gabrielle Star, Hacksaw Gaming’s CCO, said: “Hacksaw Gaming goes from strength to strength in Italy following our market entry earlier this year.

“This deal represents a signal of our intentions as we continue to broaden our horizons in regulated markets. Sisal is a household name in Italy, and we’re delighted its players can finally get a taste of our award-winning games.”

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