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Genius Sports and IBIA establish global sports integrity partnership


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June 12, 2024

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The agreement includes Genius Sports becoming an Associate member of IBIA

Genius Sports and the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) have agreed a global sports betting integrity information sharing and wider anti-match-fixing partnership. The agreement establishes a powerful alliance that brings together one of the world’s largest sports technology companies in Genius Sports and IBIA which is the largest customer account sports betting integrity monitoring body in the world.

Under the deal, Genius Sports and IBIA will share information relating to suspicious betting activity from their respective monitoring and intelligence platforms within agreed parameters. Access to certain technological resources and integrity reports will be also included in the arrangement, with the potential for collaboration on wider anti-match-fixing activities globally. Genius Sports will also become an Associate member of IBIA.

Simon Martyn, Director of Integrity and Rights Enforcement at Genius Sports, said: “Cooperation and the sharing of information are vital pillars to safeguarding the global sports industry from the threats of match-fixing and betting-related corruption. Our partnership with IBIA will provide us and our partners with greater transparency over global betting patterns, helping to identify, manage and prevent any integrity threats.”

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “I am delighted that we have reached this important agreement with Genius Sports. It brings together two leading global players in the sports technology and betting integrity environments with a clear focus on protecting sporting events from betting-related corruption. The addition of Genius Sports as an Associate member of IBIA is particularly welcome given the breadth of its sporting and integrity relationships across North and South America, which will assist IBIA’s operational expansion across those regions.”

Genius Sports is the trusted integrity partner to over 150 sports leagues and federations worldwide, including the NFL, Premier League, PGA TOUR and DFB. It provides sports with comprehensive integrity services including 24/7 bet monitoring and reporting, bespoke education tools and robust intelligence solutions.

IBIA is a not-for-profit body that is run by operators for operators to protect regulated sports betting markets from match-fixing. It represents over 50 of the world’s leading betting companies which operate over 125 sports betting brands. IBIA members generate more than $300bn in annual betting turnover (handle), accounting for approximately 50% of the global commercial regulated land-based and online sports betting sector, and in excess of 50% for online alone.

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Creating Your Own Gaming Skins: A Step-by-Step Guide


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June 12, 2024

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The gaming skin market has seen a fresh wave of impressive growth. This growth has attracted various individuals, including artists, designers, and enthusiasts. The goal of these people is to benefit from the gaming skins market by using their skills. But one question remains, how does one go about creating a gaming skin? Knowing how to make your personalized gaming skin puts you at an advantage in the market. In this guide, we will discuss how you can design your game skin.

How to Create Your First Game Skin

Creating game skins can be fun and rewarding. It’s a great scene for players when they get a CSGO case opening for free or get another cosmetic boost. Creating game skins is a skill that can be learned. It is the first step in becoming a seller of game skins on popular online marketplaces. Learning how to create your own skins is not easy, but following the steps below, you will be on your way:

Pick a Software

This is the first step in your journey to become a game skin designer. There are different software choices to make, and they all have their pros and cons. The best iGaming professionals will tell you to always pick software that you are comfortable using. Do proper research before you settle on software. One rule of thumb is to always have an idea of how you want the finished product to look. Working your way backward, you will be able to discover which tool is right for you. You can also use review sites to compare and contrast the different tools and their requirements. Here are some of the tools that are available to you:

  • ZBrush
  • Photoshop
  • Blender
  • GIMP
  • Substance Painter

UV Map

The UV Map is a 2D rendering of the parts that make up your 3D skin. It is modeled on a flat plane and is a crucial step in your skin design. Creating a UV map allows you to add texture to your skin design. There are different software programs you can use for this step, including Blender and 3ds Max. Maximize the use of space when creating your UV map and increase the resolution for maximum effect. You should also strive to minimize distortion and stretching so that your skin has a decent finish. This part of the process needs careful attention to detail. Do spend as much time as you need.


The game skin design is the visual part of the process. You have to come up with a color scheme that matches the theme, genre, and mood of the game. The style, details, and effects you use must also be perfect and match the game. You can compare your design to other designs on the market and see how your design composition matches up. Take advantage of concept sketches and reference images to design your skin. Do not get stuck in design hell. It is important that your work is finished rather than perfect. You can make changes after the release if there are any corrections that must be made.


Painting the game skin involves adding texture to your UV Map. There are different methods you can use to achieve this, including stencil painting, normal mapping, bump mapping, and projection painting. While adding paint, you should note the effects of light, shade, and shadows on your final work. This helps your game skin to maintain a consistent look and feel. Make previews after the painting is done to see if there are any corrections necessary.


This step involves saving the skin and getting ready to place it on your character. You should select the file format that is appropriate depending on the game engine and platform. For example, Unity uses the PNG format so their skins must be exported in that format. Other file formats for game skins include JPG and TGA. Ensure that you export the file with the correct size and quality. Remember to save your game skin file with a clear name. This helps you to avoid mistakes or accidently deleted files.


After your hard work is complete, it’s time to apply the skin to your game character. Import the skin file to the game engine and assign it to a character model. You can customize the settings, such as the shader, reflection, and transparency. These should match your character to create the correct effect. You should also test the skin for glitches or issues, which you should fix if there are any. The skin can be tweaked and adjusted later on if there are any upgrades you want to make.

Other Considerations

If you want to sell your game skins, you must consider the game you are designing for. How popular is the game? What is the value of cosmetic items being traded? And what unique angle can you exploit? Answering these questions will give you a clear line of sight toward achieving your goals. These considerations are the next steps you should take once you have gotten the hang of designing game skins. If you want to get the most value from creating game skins, you must have a plan of action.

The game skin industry is large but still growing. Many enthusiasts are looking for a way in, but material is not readily available on how to break into the industry. If you hope to become a designer, the steps we have listed above will guide you in your quest to make your first game skin. Learn how to use the tools mentioned properly before you dive into making skins. You can take advantage of platforms like YouTube, where free tutorials on how to use these platforms are posted. Have fun designing!

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Award-winning presenter Laura Woods joins BetMGM as newest brand ambassador


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June 12, 2024

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BetMGM, the iGaming and online betting brand, has announced award-winning presenter, Laura Woods, as their new brand ambassador.

Woods brings a wealth of sporting knowledge to BetMGM from her esteemed experience as a presenter for TNT Sports and ITV Sport. She joins as the brand’s latest ambassador, having established herself as one of the world’s leading sports presenters covering the biggest events in the calendar.

In her new role, Woods will be sharing her unique thoughts to BetMGM’s customers on the key sporting stories throughout the year via a weekly blog, while she will be involved in creating regular video and social content. She will also be prominent in various advertising campaigns across the brand’s channels.

Commenting on her new role, Laura Woods said: “I’m delighted to be joining BetMGM as the brand’s newest ambassador, particularly ahead of a huge couple of months in the sporting calendar with the Euros starting in just two days’ time, the Olympics weeks away and, of course, the new Premier League season just around the corner.”

“BetMGM has a strong ethos around responsible gambling – something I’m really passionate about. It’s a really exciting partnership and I can’t wait to get started!”

Sam Behar, UK Director at BetMGM UK, said: “Laura is the ideal fit for the BetMGM brand as we grow our ambassador network.

“Her broadcasting career to date has been hugely impressive, entertaining and informing sports fans across the UK week in week out and we’re excited for Laura to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise with our customers.”