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GRWA conference to be held in Brisbane this month

Thu, Feb 14, 12:08pm by Staff Writer

The 10th edition of the Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australia (GRWA) conference will be held at the W Brisbane on 26-28 February 2019.

This special edition of the conference will bring together gaming experts from across Australia and the world.

Industry buffs will be discuss the future outlook of the Australian casino and club industry, as well as the current strategies and government regulations that gaming organisations need to consider to stay ahead in the market.

Speakers at the event include Managing Director and CEO of The Star Entertainment Group Matt Bekier, according to Calvin Ayre.

Gaming innovation and technology will be a hot topic of discussion at the conference, as the industry evolves to using artificial intelligence and mobile technology to attract the next generation of players.

The conference will also take a look at the sports betting, racing and wagering side of the industry.

Of note will be discussions surrounding Point of Consumption Tax, esports, daily fantasy sports, loot boxes, social casinos and more.

Speaking about sports betting and wagering will be Jason Scott, CEO of Ladbrokes Australia, Darren Kwan, president of the Australia Esports Association and Rossi Biddle, co-founder and CEO of Fantasy Sports Global.

A post-conference workshop will be hosted on how to activate esports to target the millenials, with a guide through tournament production cycles, planning and technical requirements, as well as marketing strategies to attract new players.

Draftstars up and running in India

Fantasy sports are growing not just in Australia, but across the globe.

One of Australia’s most recognise fantasy sports platforms recently launched in one of the fastest growing sports markets in the world.

Owned by Australian gaming and betting company PlayUp, Draftstars India is an Indian-based fantasy sports website that will offer real money fantasy games to Indian residents.

After the website launched last week, more than 2,300 registrations had been taken within a few days of operation.

Draftstars India will be operated through a Delhi-based company Fantasy Studio Pvt. Ltd.

Australian-based PlayUp offers various social and money gaming options such as fantasy sports, e-sports betting, horse racing betting, casino games and virtual games through its various brands.

PlayUp operates, ClassicBet, Draftstars, Betting.Club, TopBetta, MadBookie and 123Gaming.

It will deliver the world’s first fully-integrated, blockchain enabled global fantasy sports, online sports betting and gaming ecosystem.

The company also operated PlayChip, a cryptocurrency based token that can be used to play on the company’s gaming and betting brands.

Customers will be able to deposit on its Indian fantasy platform using PlayChip, despite the Indian government and Reserve Bank’s regulatory crackdown on all cryptocurrencies.

Draftstar India’s Operations Administrator Venkatesh Iyengar said, “the Indian market is the fastest-growing fantasy sports market in the world. Given PlayUp’s strong reputation and brand in the country it was a natural decision to introduce another of our most popular pay-to-play fantasy sport platforms, Draftstars.”

The website is currently offering international and domestic cricket and football games on its platform, with plans to add basketball and the Asian game kabaddi.

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