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SCCG Management Announces Sponsorship Partnership with Thunder Fight Center




SCCG Management, a leading consulting and advisory firm in the gambling and sports entertainment industry, announced its new sponsor partnership with Thunder Fight Center, Brazil’s premier martial arts events venue. This collaboration coincides with the debut of Versus FC in mixed martial arts (MMA), scheduled for Wednesday 24 January at the Thunder Fight Center. The agreement includes the prominent display of SCCG branding within the octagon.

Thunder Fight Center, conceptualized in 2019 and inaugurated amidst the challenging times of the 2020 pandemic, has been a cornerstone in keeping combat sports active in the São Paulo region. As the only venue in Brazil dedicated exclusively to martial arts events, it has successfully hosted 79 events over the past three years, promoting an incredible 1335 bouts in its state-of-the-art cage and ring.

The center’s journey has been marked by continuous enhancements, boasting superior lighting, advanced audiovisual technology, and meticulously crafted interiors. This has established Thunder Fight Center as an unrivaled location for both fighters and spectators, offering everything necessary for a flawless martial arts event.

Additionally, the Thunder Fight Center has played host to a variety of unique sports events, including a major event by the Pillow Fight Championship (PFC). This event not only showcased the versatility of the venue but also highlighted its capability to support a diverse range of sports entertainment. The successful hosting of the PFC event at Thunder Fight Center is a testament to the venue’s adaptability and commitment to bringing innovative and engaging sports experiences to its audience.

The venue has seen the rise of numerous fighters to international acclaim. André Mascote, for example, debuted at Thunder Fight Center and has since ascended to the highest levels of the sport. Similarly, Jailton Almeida, now in line for a UFC belt, had his last two pre-UFC fights at this esteemed venue.

As a rising star in the global sports entertainment space, SCCG Management has been investing and advising on behalf of the next generation of sports leagues and fan engagement technology. This includes partnerships with niche sports leagues such as the Pillow Fight Championship and Major League Pickleball, demonstrating SCCG’s commitment to diversifying the sports entertainment landscape and championing emerging sports alongside traditional ones.

“We are excited about the partnership between SCCG Management and Thunder Fight Center, coinciding with Versus FC’s debut. This aligns with our commitment to nurturing sports entertainment. Thunder Fight Center’s dedication to martial arts complements our vision to support emerging talents. We anticipate this collaboration will enhance experiences for both fighters and fans, setting new standards in martial arts and sports entertainment,” Stephen Crystal, Founder & CEO of SCCG Management, said.

Compliance Updates

Pace-O-Matic Wins Landmark Texas Court Case: A Victory for Small Business Owners and Community Organizations




Pace-O-Matic, the industry leader in skill-based games, today announced a significant legal victory in Texas, affirming the legality of its skill-based games. This ruling, issued Tuesday evening by State District Judge Laurine Blake, emphasized that such games are not considered gambling under Texas law. The ruling represents a triumph for small business owners, bar owners, and fraternal organizations who rely on these games to attract customers and support their businesses.

Michael Barley, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Pace-O-Matic, stated, “This ruling is a monumental victory for the small businesses and community organizations that have been able to thrive thanks to skill-based gaming. Our commitment to providing legal, enjoyable, and skill-based gaming options has once again been validated by the courts.”

This legal win underscores Pace-O-Matic’s dedication to fostering a responsible gaming environment while supporting local economies and community groups.

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Compliance Updates

NJDGE Closes its Investigation of Evolution AB with No Further Action




Evolution AB has been informed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) that it has conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Evolution AB and that its investigation has been closed with no further action taken.

In November 2021 the NJDGE received a report prepared by an unidentified firm alleging misconduct by Evolution AB. Following receipt of the report, the NJDGE commenced a thorough investigation into the allegations to determine their validity.

The NJDGE found no evidence that Evolution sanctioned, promoted, permitted, or otherwise materially benefitted from its content offered by operators in any market that the NJDGE considers a prohibited jurisdiction.

Evolution also conducted an internal review, while concluding that its due diligence and compliance processes were sufficient, Evolution took the opportunity to enhance its processes. The NJDGE supports the enhancements that Evolution has made. The enhancements did not relate to any jurisdictional violations.

The NJDGE’s investigation into this matter is closed requiring no further action.

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Gen.G and University of Kentucky Bring Back Award Winning Conference “Campus Takeover” Designed to Drive the Future of Collegiate Esports




Global esports and gaming organization Gen.G and the University of Kentucky (UK) are bringing back their award winning collegiate esports industry conference, Campus Takeover, on March 30 and April 6. This two-day event will bring together esports professionals with students and administrators from different universities. UK continues to pave the way as an esports ecosystem leader in the SEC and Midwest region.

Campus Takeover Day 1 is a student-focused event leading up to the professional conference, and will be live-streamed at on March 30 starting at 4:30 PM EST. Campus Takeover Day 2, the flagship professional conference, will be hosted at the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building on the University of Kentucky campus on April 6, starting at 10:00 AM EST.

“Since we started this event, we had a responsibility to uphold what future students expect of the University of Kentucky when it comes to their budding esports careers. There’s a lot expected about the future of gaming and esports, and we want to make sure our students are well equipped to be that expected change for years to come,” Heath Price, Associate Chief Information Officer at University of Kentucky, said.

Additionally, many esports professionals hailing from different segments of esports business will participate in various panels during Campus Takeover. The panels and discussions will cover a bevy of topics, including how to maximize your time when looking for new jobs, a conversation around esports, influencers, business, and video games, a look at intersectionality in games, and much more. Other clubs and programs will also be welcome to have tables within the Atrium during Campus Takeover, so even newer students get to see everything UK has to offer.

“University of Kentucky has been our long term collegiate partner; their investment in this community allows us to have a small hand in making sure the future of gaming and esports is secure. We all want to see this industry thrive, and we hope Campus Takeover is a stepping stone for other schools to form their own ways to develop the collegiate esports ecosystem,” Martin Kim, Chief Revenue Officer at Gen.G, said.

Campus Takeover was recognized at the 2023 Esports & Gaming Business Summit Tempest Awards, where it won the award for the Collegiate Esports Program of the Year.

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