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Dimitar Berbatov renews his multi-year association with JBO as its Regional Brand Ambassador

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Footballing icon Dimitar Berbatov has renewed his multi-year position as official brand ambassador for JBO (Just Bet Online), the leading Asian sports and eSports betting operator.

In his ongoing role for JBO, Berbatov will continue to be the face and force behind a series of dedicated promotions and activations for one of the most recognised and well-regarded digital sportsbooks and eSportsbooks in Asia. This progressive partnership rolls on seamlessly with a dedicated long-term scope for collaboration.

Roundly considered the greatest Bulgarian footballer of all time, Berbatov’s engaging appeal and timeless track-record of on-field ingenuity has matched up perfectly with JBO’s own innovative brand values over the past few years. Indeed, having played for many of the world’s most storied football teams – including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayer Leverkusen, Fulham and Monaco – Berbatov has formed an immediate rapport with football fan-bases worldwide.

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JBO enjoys a rich heritage in football and international sports, with a sponsorship portfolio to match. Having successfully worked with Bologna FC in Serie A and secured the title sponsorship of the Dota 2 eSports property for the JBO Asian Masters League event, JBO is also the Official Regional Partner of Olympique de Marseille in France’s Ligue 1. Away from Europe, JBO has also partnered with VICI Gaming (one of the top esports organizations in China), Keen Gaming, Killer Angel, 5POWER Gaming and 496 Gaming previously.

The extension on Berbatov’s deal further underlines JBO’s progressive and ambitious expansion over the years, growing its global footprint into more emerging markets, empowered by the operator’s aim to engage, educate, and entertain.

A JBO spokesperson praised the brand’s flagship ambassador: “We’re thrilled to have extended Dimitar Berbatov contract with our team as JBO’s original and long-standing brand ambassador. Dimitar is a natural entertainer, both on and off the field, so we look forward to launching more exciting promotions and broader content framed around this unique character and his wise insights into the game. We both like to achieve our goals in the most creative way and playing style possible. Naturally, there’ll also be the chance for our customers to gain further exclusive analysis and game previews from one of the brightest minds in football.

“JBO intends to supplement this global partnership to drive awareness and participation around our progressive brand values across both mature and developing Asian territories. We are invariably looking for new creative ways to engage with our customers across digital channels and betting verticals as varied as sportsbook, esports and casino. Dimitar is a dream fit for the energy and expertise that JBO is spreading across varied local markets, raising the technological bar to elevate the game for the fan experience and social traction.

“JBO has pioneered a truly unified and gamified betting experience. Our players remain incredibly loyal and proud of JBO’s brand values which resonate with them for fair play and creativity, helping foster a responsible recreational community.”

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Berbatov, Bulgaria’s all-time leading goalscorer, added: “I’m thrilled to be renewing terms with JBO across Asia and the Far East. As I’ve come to witness first-hand over the past couple of years, they’re a brand which perfectly aligns with my footballing history and sporting passions, underscored by a desire to fuse fun with fairness and flair across wider sport. It’s a combination that’s vital to winning any game and also entertaining your audience. JBO is also a young vibrant brand, providing a safe and secure platform for its users. I can’t back a better storyline than that.

“As a result, I look forward to bringing more high-quality content and activity to Asian markets with my signature style and professionalism, helping fans discover new and deeper ways in which to engage with and enjoy the sports they love.”

While JBO continues to develop its online offerings for football fans around the world, this latest landmark signing highlights its commitment to international representation and fostering a football-friendly environment within a responsible gaming culture.

JBO provides one of the broadest offerings of markets and odds for the sports bettor. With customer engagement and entertainment at its core, it provides an innovative and holistic end-user experience via the latest technology and games, allied to trusted and personalized customer service.

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Profiles of Animesh Agarwal, Naman Mathur, Payal Dhare and Tirth Mehta

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  1. Animesh Agarwal aka 8Bit Thug, Founder & CEO of 8Bit Creatives and Co-Founder of S8UL

Mr Animesh Agarwal is the Founder, and CEO of 8Bit Creatives, India’s leading Esports consulting and talent management agency.  He is also the founder of S8UL, a hub of gaming content and Esports. S8UL is the parent org of IQOO SOUL, the leading Esports organization in India.

S8UL is the only Indian Esports organization to win at the global Esports Awards and has done so multiple times by securing the prestigious ‘Esports Content Creator of the Year’ recently. Having also won the inaugural ‘Global Impact on Mobile Gaming’ award at the MOBIES earlier this year, the organization has elevated the stature of Indian Esports worldwide. Moreover, team SOUL has also roped in iQOO as its exclusive title sponsor, marking the first time that an Esports organization in the country secured a high-profile title sponsorship with a mobile manufacturer that extends beyond individual tournaments.

Animesh dons several hats as an entrepreneur, an ex-pro gamer, a monster energy Esports athlete, a gaming & luxury lifestyle content creator, and a pioneer in the Indian Gaming Industry. He has a deep understanding of the industry and is dedicated to shaping the Esports and gaming industry in India. He has partnered with other industry front runners like Nodwin Gaming & LOCO to make substantial strides in advancing gaming & Esports in India.

His Company, 8Bit Creatives is equally making remarkable milestones in the business of content creation and brand collaborations around gaming and esports. With some of India’s top gaming talents in their line-up and backed with experience and exposure of collaborating and curating campaigns with 100+ top-notch brands like Netflix, Coca-cola, Reliance Digital, Mx Players, OnePlus, Realme Narzo, Flipkart, Airtel, and many others; 8Bit Creatives boasts of managing popular and renowned gaming content creators and influencers- Mortal, Scout, Mavi, Snax, Thug, Payal, Kaashvi, 8bit Goldy, 8bit Sid to name a few.

 

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  1. Naman Mathur aka Mortal, Co-Founder of S8UL

Naman Mathur, popularly known as Mortal, is a prominent figure in the Indian Esports community and the Co-Founder and CMO of S8UL Esports. Known for his exceptional gaming skills and influential presence, Naman has been instrumental in shaping the landscape of Indian Esports. His achievements both as an Esports athlete and a gaming creator have earned him global recognition, cementing him as the face of Indian Esports.

Naman holds the distinction of being the only Indian Esports athlete nominated four times in the prestigious global Esports Awards. The 26-year-old clinched the runner-up in the ‘Esports Personality of the Year’ category in consecutive years in 2022 and 2023, following his previous nomination for the ‘Streamer of the Year’ category in 2020 and 2021 where he secured the second position on both occasions.

As an Esports athlete, the Mumbai-born gamer has won notable tournaments including the BMPS Season 1 (2022), PUBG: Mobile Club Open, and PUBG Mobile India Series (2019) while also representing India on the international stage. Acknowledged for his exceptional gaming content, Naman was honored with the ‘Best Gaming Influencer’ at the Impact Digital Influencer Awards last year.

With an impressive following of 7 million subscribers on YouTube and over 5.3 million followers on Instagram, Naman’s influence transcends his gaming prowess, as he has played a pivotal role in elevating the status of Indian Esports on a global scale.

 

  1. Payal Dhare aka PayalGaming, India’s leading female gamer who is part of 8Bit Creatives

Payal Dhare, hailing from the small city of Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, defied societal stereotypes from an early age and embarked on a journey as a gamer. It all began when her cousin brothers introduced her to the world of video games.

While Payal’s father provided unwavering support, her mother initially shared the concerns for her future. However, Payal’s determination and passion gradually changed her mother’s perspective. As a result, her mother now stands as a proud supporter of Payal’s achievements.

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Payal commenced her career as a hardcore content creator. Although her first video on YouTube did not feature gameplay, it served as a significant starting point for her. Unlike aspiring lifestyle influencers, Payal’s primary focus was to connect with her audience through gaming. She aimed to have fun while playing games and involve more people in the process. Payal believed that competitiveness was not always necessary when engaging in video games.

By breaking stereotypes and pursuing her passion, Payal Dhare has become an inspiration for aspiring gamers, content creators, and individuals seeking to challenge societal norms. With over 3.1 million followers on Instagram and 3.69 million subscribers on YouTube, her journey exemplifies the importance of following one’s dreams, even in the face of adversity.

 

  1. Tirth Mehta, Bronze medal winner in Hearthstone at Asian Games 2018

Tirth Mehta, a 28-year-old lad from the sleepy town of Bhuj in Gujarat’s Kutch district won the bronze medal in Hearthstone — a popular online digital collectible card game — at the Esports demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games. Hearthstone, developed and published by American video game company, Blizzard Entertainment, has garnered huge interest among online gamers from across Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, besides India. The game is a combination of chess and poker, requiring players to have core skills in maths and probability.

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QTech Games bolsters its bingo offering with S4Gaming’s non-jackpot games

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Emerging-markets leader strengthens its premium platform with a new game family from the revered video-bingo supplier

QTech Games, the number-one games distributor across Asia and all emerging markets, has signed an upgrade to its existing S4Gaming partnership, enabling its platform customers to more premium content from the video-bingo supplier’s non-jackpot bingo offering.

Barcelona-based S4Gaming draws from a deep well of breakout games, including popular slots titles such as Multidragon, Golden Lion, and Binvaders. These games already form part of the progressive portfolio made available to QTech Games and its clients, but they have now been joined by a new portfolio of non-jackpot games around bingo, featuring hits like La Mina de la Suerte, Gran National Bingo, Pesero and more.

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This non-jackpot game family is proving more engaging to players who enjoy better RTP from their favourite underlying core games, and attractive to operators searching for no – or more limited – jackpot liabilities.

S4Gaming boasts a comprehensive catalogue, ably backed by an experienced team that offers decades of industry expertise in a developing digital landscape that demands varied content, above all in newly regulating jurisdictions like LatAm. Its cornerstone philosophy hinges strongly around innovation, providing creative ideas to improve every aspect of the UX.

This ongoing collaboration widens S4Gaming’s geographic footprint, targeting emerging markets from Asia to Latin America in particular. As the fastest-growing distributor in Asia over the past few years, QTech’s platform is proven in fragmented territories and delivers the most expansive gaming suite around, localised for each region, with native mobile apps, powerful reporting and marketing tools, and 24/7 local-language support.

Unlike many other verticals, bingo initially struggled to adapt products to mobile and its smaller screen interface, losing its lines for invention. However, now S4Gaming is capitalising on the enormous potential within bingo to deliver an engaging, socially-led product that can win back the market share conceded to other gaming sectors.

QTech Games CCO, Daniel Long, said: “It’s another resounding endorsement of our platform to have integrated more premium content from S4Gaming. Their expanding video-bingo library is an engaging vertical in and of itself, delivering another dimension to our gaming-vertical spread, courtesy of some high-quality graphics, responsible gameplay and unique features. Together, we will continue to raise the bar and shape a localised experience for global players.

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“There’s no reason for the social aspect of bingo to be impacted in the transition to mobile. In fact, its surging popularity among millennials, should propel this surge of interest in this timeless game across the generations. The key is to maintain and evolve a varied product portfolio that caters to all player preference and points on the volatility and return-to-player spectrum. Some players simply prefer a more reliable RTP and longer dwell-time from their go-to games, while this is also appealing to operators who might be looking to avoid towering jackpot liabilities.”

Carles Fernandez, CCO at S4Gaming, added: “QTech Games is a natural habitat for superior games and a rarefied air for the player experience. We are broadening our influence across developing regions and their market-leading platform provides an agile pathway to some previously overlooked territories.

“Needless to say, agreeing this new deal tracks our core strategy to fully leverage our reach, and we look forward to seeing how new audiences embrace our games.”

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Fun88 New Millionaires: 5 Lucky Players Hit Crazy Time Jackpot

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Fun88 announced an extraordinary victory in the renowned Crazy Time game, where 5 fortunate players have collectively won a staggering amount of 1 Crore INR. This remarkable win highlights the excitement and potential rewards available to all participants in the dynamic world of live casino gaming.

Five users decided to try their luck on the Crazy Time live casino game at Fun88 on 3 April 2024. They each chipped in a small amount of 100 INR & hit a massive jackpot.

“We were just playing for fun, but Fun88 India turned our Rs 500 bet into a life-changing 1 Crore win!” said Shrikanth Reddy, one of the Jackpot Winners.

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Crazy Time, a live game show with multipliers, bonus rounds give a chance to win BIG on every spin. Its innovative design and interactive features make it a must-try for gaming enthusiasts seeking an exciting and rewarding experience. With a focus on security and reliability, Fun88 provides a secure and enjoyable environment for players to indulge in their favourite pastimes.

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