Spotlight Asia – Pioneering iGaming innovators #1

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 15:50 Category: Asia , Posted by Katy

In our Spotlight Asia series, we’re celebrating some of the leading innovators and game-changers in the emerging iGaming sectors across Asian markets. It’s a guide to who-to-know and how they’ve shaped the industry for the future, an invaluable source focused on the up-and-coming and established minds in the emerging iGaming space.

As the rate of innovation increases exponentially through technologies such as blockchain, AI, and IoT, there’s a new breed of high-achievers entering the space. Others have further solidified their place in the sector with years of experience informing their ideas.


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Sudhir Kalé is continuously helping others improve their business acumen through his consultancy firm

Sudhir Kalé is a business consultant, speaker and educator who has worked with innumerable individuals in organisations all over the world to help them improve their offerings to employees and customers.

He founded GamePlan Consultants, a boutique organisation that offers a wide variety of the aforementioned services. His academic work has been cited over 4,000 times and he has three decades of consulting and training experience, with over two hundred executive development seminars across five continents. Sudhir has also published over 100 articles on gaming management, has been quoted by a litany of major publications, and appeared on several TV programs and radio talk shows.



Tony Gallippi is guiding the introduction of the open-source platform Bitcore

Tony has 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing in the Robotics and Financial industries, having worked with both Industrial Devices Corporation and Aerotech for 15 years.

Gallippi was invited by the US Senate to speak about bitcoin and the financial market in November 2013. He stated that the credit card industry cost the United States around $20 billion each year as a result of fraud.

BitPay was founded in 2011, while Bitcoin was still in its infancy. They are currently the largest bitcoin payment processor in the world, and whilst payment processing was their first contribution to the Bitcoin ecosystem, with Bitcore they are building an open-source platform to power the next applications of Bitcoin.

The BitPay secure bitcoin wallet is giving consumers a powerful toolkit for getting started right with bitcoin payments, and the BitPay Card gives bitcoin users a fast way to convert bitcoin into dollars and spend their funds anywhere Visa is accepted.



Stephen Pair is also aiding in the introduction of the open-source platform Bitcore

Stephen Pair has over 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries. He has held various roles including entrepreneur, architect, manager, team lead, and developer.

He started programming at a young age on his dad’s TRS-80 Model 1 (circa 1978) and spent much of his early career focused on languages, compilers, operating systems and virtual machines. During the 1990s, he developed an interest in the mechanics of financial markets, economics, and monetary systems and the question of how they might evolve as the global Internet developed.

He closely followed developments in cryptography along with attempts at creating new electronic money and accounting systems. This background led to the formation of with his business partner Tony. He holds two patents in the field of streaming analytics along with several additional filings, some of which are still pending.



Hayato Terai is in charge of the G8C blockchain-based online casino platform and token

Hayato Terai is the CEO of GanaEight Coin (G8C), and he is in charge of the Maltese subsidiary which produces the G8C blockchain-based online casino platform and token.

GanaEight Coin’s ‘Anti-ICO’​ represents an innovative way of bridging the gap between virtual assets and the casino industry, with an unprecedented approach to creating value through a blockchain platform. GanaEight Coin Ltd, a Ganapati Group company, is utilising both its in-depth knowledge of blockchain technology and unique approach to the online casino world.

Ganapati produces high-quality, immersive online casino content for the iGaming industry. They supply international online gaming markets with titles that combine the best Japanese game design with a unique entertainment element.

With offices in Tokyo, London, Malta, Estonia and Taiwan, Ganapati games utilise the provider’s contacts across the entertainment industry and feature licensed IP from internationally recognised studios along with its own in-house studios.



The Gaming Beat Charity donated funds from over 600,000 respondents to have one million trees planted

The Gaming Beat Charity is a subsidiary charity brand of Asia-focused iGaming software supplier BBIN where they have supported a number of different charities around the world. Among the work they’ve done, they’ve partnered with the Cambodian Children’s Fund, where they donated $40,000 to various educational projects in support of vulnerable children in Cambodia, they bought donation boxes and food bundles for The Food Bank Singapore, and they donated $100,000 to Trees for the Future so that one million trees could be planted around the world.


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