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Kaspersky finds 92% of esports pros oppose cheating to win

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A Kaspersky survey has revealed that the majority of professional gamers stand for fair play and competition. According to the study, 92% of North American esports pros and 68% of esports pros globally agree that using cheats is inappropriate, even if it means their team can win.

Cheating is not unusual in the gaming world. According to a recent Omdia study, “Cheating, hacking, piracy and esports: critical steps needed to protect the industry,” 81% of respondents flagged cheating or hacking in esports as either a “major” or “moderate” concern.

The Kaspersky survey found that cheating can even cause negative emotions in gamers: 86% of global professional players (75% of North American players) admit they get angry when another player obviously cheats. In addition, 76% of global gamers (67% in North America) said that using cheats or loopholes just shows that a player is not good enough to win honestly.

Most players also said that the industry must do more to stop cheaters. Ninety-two percent globally and 75% in North America said they believe that game providers should do more to prevent players from using cheats in their games.

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“Cheating can negatively affect the performance of gamers’ computers, or cause data and gaming assets leaks,” said Marina Titova, vice president, consumer product marketing at Kaspersky. “Such scenarios can happen because cheats often contain malicious files and programs. Besides, cheating creates a trust issue between gamers, game providers, and platforms. Gamers are not happy when someone has an illegal advantage over honest players and expect game manufacturers and platforms to create conditions for fair play.

In order to maintain a high level of performance and security, Kaspersky recommends the following:

  • It’s safer to buy games on official sites only and wait for sales. They take place fairly often, so you won’t be sitting on your hands for long.
  • Try to avoid buying the first thing that pops up. Even during Steam’s summer sale, before forking out the dough for a little-known title, at least read some reviews of it. If something is fishy, people will probably figure it out.
  • Beware of phishing campaigns and unfamiliar gamers. It’s a good idea to double check the website you are redirected to via a link in a received email and the extension of a file you are going to open.
  • Reliable security solutions can support specific modes created for gamers. For instance, “Gaming” and “Do not Disturb” modes in the new Kaspersky solutions turn on automatically while users are gaming, watching movies or on a video call, and turn off when they are done. When apps intended for work, study or play are used, the relevant mode activates itself, hiding tasks and notifications. Users only receive critical security alerts when their attention is required.

Within the report, Kaspersky defined the following gamers’ categories:

  • Esports ProsSee gaming performance as extremely or very important; have taken part in tournaments at least once in the last two years; are either building an income from gaming,  or aim to make money from it.
  • Esports AmateursHave taken part in tournaments at least once in the last two years and like taking part in tournaments and competitions; do NOT look for money making opportunities from their gaming
  • Hardcore GamersPlay at least 20 hours per week
  • Gadget GamersInvest a high or very high sum of money to improve their gaming performance (hardware / training / nutrition, etc.).
  • Gaming InfluencersStream at least once a month; have a minimum of 1,000 followers.
  • Top Gaming InfluencersStream at least once a week and have at least 10,000 followers.
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ReactivAction Limited Partners with Fast Track to Underpin Growth Strategy, Starting with the Brazilian Market

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ReactivAction Limited, an ambitious new player in the iGaming industry offering online casino games and sports betting, has gone live with Fast Track, marking a strategic move to cement a stronghold across multiple markets, starting with Brazil.

This partnership not only marks a dynamic alliance but also a ground-breaking integration of Fast Track with Altenar’s renowned player account management (PAM) platform. This innovative collaboration highlights Fast Track’s exceptional ability to seamlessly integrate with various leading iGaming systems, further cementing its position as the industry’s most versatile and adaptable CRM solution provider.

With plans to expand beyond Brazil into Canada, New Zealand and Ireland through a second brand, ReactivAction Limited was on the lookout for a long-term partner that not only understands its growth trajectory but is also a critical driving force behind its growth. By leveraging Fast Track’s state-of-the-art AI-driven tools, lifecycle automation and real-time data analytics, ReactivAction Limited is poised to elevate its player engagement and retention strategies. This advanced technology empowers ReactivAction Limited to customize communications, personalised promotions and bonuses, aligning them with individual preferences and behaviours for a more tailored and engaging gaming experience.

“We were looking for a platform that sets us up for success from day one, making it possible to execute and automate the entire retention strategy, a system that could scale and mould around our expansion and provide solutions to our unique challenges,” the Director for ReactivAction Limited, Leone Stranges, said. “Fast Track’s lifecycle templates, real-time capabilities and experience within the industry made it a straightforward choice.”

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“We are always excited at the prospect of empowering a forward-thinking operator through our platform,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Fast Track, Simon Lidzen, said. “We look forward to a fruitful long-term relationship to support ReactivAction Limited’s growth trajectory as it expands its brand into new markets.”

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Design Works Gaming Attains iGaming License in Ontario Canada

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Design Works Gaming (DWG), a leading games studio, proudly announces the acquisition of its iGaming license in Ontario, Canada.

This significant milestone opens doors to a new era of growth and expansion for the company as it ventures into the thriving Canadian market. As the first Canadian region to launch regulated online gaming, Ontario had over 1.2 million active player accounts by the end of 2023 and that count is steadily growing.

With its license secured, DWG is poised to bring its innovative slots and premium LuckyTap titles to the Ontario market, further solidifying its position as a key player in the global iGaming industry. The company’s commitment to delivering iconic, never-before-seen gaming experiences to players has been a driving force behind its success and the expansion into Canada only furthers that mission.

The founder and Chief Executive Officer for DWG, Troy Zurawski, expressed his excitement about this significant achievement, stating: “Securing the iGaming license in Ontario is a momentous milestone for our company. We have been working tirelessly to take the next step in our global expansion and Canada has been in our sights for a long time. Entering this new market opens a significant opportunity to introduce new players to our fresh, exciting approach to casino play.”

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Known for its creativity in game development, DWG is consistently pushing boundaries to deliver captivating gaming experiences. The company will bring unparalleled entertainment and robust content offerings such as its award-winning Break the Bounty LuckyTap and 10X Fortune to Canadian players.

DWG is continuing to expand its global presence in the dynamic and evolving iGaming market. To learn more, visit DesignWorksGaming . com.

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Booming Games has been granted a B2B license by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

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Booming Games, a fast-expanding iGaming slot provider, announces the acquisition of a B2B license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) of Ontario, Canada, paving the way for entry into North American markets.

This Monday, Booming Games received official notification of its B2B gaming license approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO). The license authorizes the company to distribute its content to licensed gambling operators in Ontario, Canada. This opens the doors for Canadian players to enjoy popular games such as TNT Bonanza, Cash Pig, Buffalo Hold and Win, and The Wild Wings of Phoenix.

Booming Games remains committed to upholding the highest standards of regulatory compliance and responsible gaming practices.

Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games, expresses enthusiasm for being among the first iGaming providers to secure a complete B2B gaming license in Canada. The company’s swift market action has granted it a competitive advantage.

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Niehusen affirms, “We are thrilled to have obtained a full Ontario B2B gaming license, allowing us to expand in the fast-growing Canadian market. Ontario is the next milestone of our strategy to expand in regulated markets after successfully entering Spain, Colombia, The Netherlands, and Denmark in 2023. ”

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