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SBC Summit North America set to bring fresh perspectives with focus on iGaming




The upcoming SBC Summit North America, powered by the improved version of the dedicated event app, SBC Connect Plus, is set to host a record-breaking 3,500 senior industry experts and some of the most recognizable brands in the region, as they share their knowledge on the flourishing iGaming and sport betting industry in North America.

The 3-day event will begin with a limited-capacity pre-day conference on May 9, which will feature the Player Protection Symposium, Compliance, and Leadership tracks. The core exhibition and conference will then take place on May 10-11 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey and present attendees with a vibrant exhibition hall, an expert-led conference agenda and an abundance of networking opportunities.

Attendees at the SBC Summit North America will get access to 60 exhibiting operators, affiliates and suppliers, as some of the leading names in the industry including Bet365 PartnersBetegyCatena MediaContinent8IGT PlayDigitalKey AffiliatesKinectifySportradar and White Hat Gaming, will be showcasing their services, offerings and technology on the expo floor.

The extensive conference agenda, which this year will display a stronger focus on iGaming, will tackle a variety of topics such as technological innovation, state-by-state regulations and marketing strategies. The core conference agenda’s far-reaching scope will take place over 5 stages and 10 dedicated tracks, including iGaming Americas, Sports Betting Product, Marketing/Affiliates and Emerging tech that will host the First Pitch start-up competition.

The event will include exclusive keynotes on innovative thinking and leadership from the likes of Frank Abagnale (cybersecurity expert, fraud prevention specialist and the inspiration behind Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can”), Matt King (CEO, Fanatics Betting and Gaming), Jan Jones Blackhurst (Board Member, Caesars Entertainment Corporation), Barry Gibson (Chairman, Entertain) and Bill Miller (President & CEO, American Gaming Association).

Alongside Keynotes, there will be over 300 speakers representing influential operators, data-driven affiliates, regulators, as well as leading media outlets, sports teams and leagues, such as Rhea Loney (Chief Compliance Officer, BetMGM), E. Sequoyah Simermeyer (Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission), Jennifer Matthews (Vice President – Brand Marketing, FanDuel) and Stephen Krombolz (SVP of Business Development, Tipico), to name a few.

Rasmus Soark, CEO and Founder of SBC, said: “SBC Summit North America has always focused on the future and how the industry can be innovative, despite restrictive regulations. As we’re getting closer to the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court overturning PASPA, it’s exciting to see that sports betting has been legalized in most US states and start early conversations about iGaming launch and entry strategies.

“Our speakers, exhibitors and sponsors have all proven in one way or another that you can drive growth with innovative approaches, cutting-edge products, and unwavering dedication to improvement, so there’s plenty for our attendees to uncover.”

Throughout the summit, attendees will have ample opportunities to network with key industry decision-makers, whether during the day on the exhibition floor or at the evening networking events held in the heart of New York City. The daytime schedule includes the Global Gaming Women BreakfastAfrican Americans in Gaming and Tribal Gaming Breakfast meetups, among other networking opportunities

In the evenings, attendees can connect with new and existing leads in a more informal setting at the pre-registration networking drinks at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square (May 9), the official party at Slate NYC, which will also host the Sports Betting Hall of Fame ceremony (May 10) and the closing party at Versa NYC (May 11).

Attendees can also purchase tickets to the lavish SBC Summit North America Awards ceremony, hosted by Meredith Marakovits, the New York Yankees’ clubhouse reporter for the YES Network. The ceremony, taking place on May 11 is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the best operators, suppliers and affiliates in the industry at the New York Hilton Midtown.


Fortnite Battle Royale Global Championship and Rocket League World Championship Head to Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, This September



The location for upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale and Rocket League in-person Championship events has been revealed! Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas will host both the Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS) Global Championship 2024 and Rocket League World Championship 2024 this September.

FNCS Global Championship 2024

Mark your calendars for September 7-8: the in-person FNCS Global Championship will feature 50 of the top Fortnite Competitive duos from around the globe, competing for a share of the $2,002,000 USD prize pool.

Qualification, format, and key dates for the Global Championship can be found in the FNCS 2024 Details blog post.

Ticketing information will be revealed in the coming month, with updates to be posted on the Fortnite Competitive website and social media channels. For more information, check out the reveal blog.

RLCS World Championship 2024

This year’s Rocket League World Championship runs from September 10-15 and returns to Dickies Arena on September 13-15 for the final two days of competition in front of a live audience. The culmination of the RLCS 2024 season, the Rocket League World Championship will feature the 16 best international teams and a $1,165,000 USD prize pool.

Rocket League World Championship 2024 qualification, format, and key dates can be found in the 2024 season announcement blog.

Ticketing information will be revealed in the coming month, with updates to be posted on the Rocket League Esports website and social media channels. For more information, check out the reveal blog.

BLAST, Rocket League Esports and Fortnite Competitive have teamed up with the Fort Worth Sports Commission, an international sports destination agency, and C3 Presents, Texas’ leading event promotion companies, to help support and promote both events coming to Fort-Worth, Texas in September 2024.

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Exploring Canada’s video Game Market: Survey Insights




Technology has become a great source of entertainment to many. Video games particularly have garnered interest from all demographics. In Canada, the gaming industry has experienced significant growth, fuelled by increased accessibility to gaming platforms and the growth of online gaming communities.

Statistics indicate that a large percentage of Canadians are engaged in gaming activities, whether it be playing console or PC games, mobile games, or online multiplayer games. The popularity of video games extends beyond leisure pastimes, with many Canadians participating in gaming competitions, attending gaming conventions, and consuming gaming-related content on platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

The number of video game users in Canada reflects how broad the sector is, from mobile games to digital video games, download games and live streaming. In 2024, the gaming sector will see millions of users in each of these categories. Statista projects 13.38 million users for digital video games and 7.35 million users for online games respectively. It estimates that revenue in the Canadian video game market is expected to reach US$3,925.00m in 2024, so it is no surprise to observe the increasing popularity of the sector.

Well-known online casino provider BetVictor has compiled some key points from major surveys detailing the video game market to give further insight into its makeup and potential. The gaming culture in Canada is growing, which means the type of games and genres will grow along with the sector. Statista recently conducted a survey of 1 576 respondents aged 18 – 64 who are avid video game players, with telling results. ​​In December 2023, a survey about preferred video game genres in Canada revealed the top four genres as being Action, Action – adventure, Adventure and casual games accounting for 31% of respondents’ preferences.

David Winter, Marketing Manager at BetVictor notes that “We’ve seen a steady increase in the popularity of action-themed and adventure-themed slots and many providers are exploring how to expand further into this market.”

The popularity of Action games such as platform and fighting games can be attributed to various factors, such as: social interaction, accessibility and inclusivity, social appeal, and cultural influence. With such a diverse audience, all these factors are crucial to understand the appeal of Action games.

In the digital age, gaming has transcended mere entertainment to become a cornerstone of culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in Canada. From coast to coast, a diverse community of gamers is thriving, reflecting the country’s inclusive spirit and passion for technology. Whether it’s the casual gamer enjoying a quick session on their smartphone or the dedicated enthusiast meticulously building a custom gaming PC, Canada offers a welcome haven for all kinds of gamers.

Diving deeper into the Statista results, Strategy games accounted for 29%. This shows us that players have a strong interest in tactical and decision-making games. While role-playing (RPG) and sports games garnered 22% each, simulation and shooters trailed slightly behind at 21% and 20% respectively.

MMO (massively multiplayer online games), as well as MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) and MOBA (multi online battle arenas) came in at 13% and 8% respectively, representing a significant but niche following. With such a diverse array of preferences, the survey underscores the multifaceted nature of interests among Canadian gamers. It highlights the need for game developers to cater for a wide range of genres and gameplaying styles in the Canadian market.

From action shooter games to role-playing adventures, the industry has something for every gaming enthusiast in the Canadian market. Overall, the popularity of video games in Canada reflects a growing cultural phenomenon, where gaming has become a mainstream form of entertainment and a significant aspect of modern-day leisure activities.

Statistics anticipate a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.10% for 2022-2027, resulting in a projected market volume of US$24.52bn by 2027. Canada’s online gaming market is experiencing a surge in popularity, with a surging number of Canadian players engaging in immersive virtual reality experiences.

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Knorr and World-renowned Gamer and Streamer, Ninja, Call on Gaming Industry to Supercharge Vegetables in Games




Knorr – a global leader in bouillons, soups, seasonings, sauces, and more – and world-famous gamer and streamer, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, reveal to top gaming publishers a little-known imbalance found in a multitude of their games. While everyone knows veggies are good for you in real life, they’re not so good in the virtual world of gaming.

Ninja and Knorr think it’s high time veggies are powered up to get the recognition they deserve, and they are calling on the gaming community worldwide to join this ambition with its #ModTheVeg petition. Gaming fans are invited to sign a petition to show their support for giving veggies a boost in the virtual world and bring a new balance to gaming sustenance.

With a passion for supercharging veggies in the real and virtual world thanks to its flavorful seasonings, Knorr investigated just how much veggies are lagging in the virtual world and in 15 top games they fell behind significantly. For example, in one popular game munching meat gives a +15HP boost while chomping on cabbage delivers just +10HP. In other games the difference is even bigger, where a beef steak brings +552HP while a hearty bean stew lies in its wake, only patching up to the tune of +61HP.

“Recently, I’ve been more mindful of what I put in my body, I have learned how important balanced meals are for my long-term health. Historically, through games we have been limited to using meat based diets to get you through the main quests or heal faster, while apples or cabbage heal you for way smaller. Wouldn’t it be awesome if veggies counted for more in game? Well that’s why I teamed up with Knorr, they came up with some awesome mods for all our favorite games, which will teach fans the importance of veggies and a balanced diet,” said Ninja.

As part of part Ninja’s partnership with Knorr, he will stream on Friday, March 22 at 2 pm PST to bring the issue to his followers, champion veggie equality and play some exciting veggie specific mods. He won’t be alone as a crack squad of eight streamers from across the globe are joining the mission over the coming weeks.

“At Knorr, we believe in making good food accessible for all, so we’re thrilled to team up with Ninja to show how powerful veggies can be and create a new taste of adventure in gaming. We hope this campaign will catch the attention of gaming publishers and spur them on to re-evaluate their games and give veggies the supercharge they deserve,” said Gina Kiroff, Chief Marketing Officer of Knorr North America.

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