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Esports Entertainment taps John Brackens as chief information officer

The former Activision Blizzard manager has experience with information technology and network operations within different licensing regimes
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Esports Entertainment is a licensed online gambling company focused on e-sports wagering and gaming for adults

Esports Entertainment Group Inc (OTCQB:GMBL), the licensed online gambling company, said Friday that it is tapping John Brackens as the company’s new chief information officer.

Brackens earlier served as manager of network operations at Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI), where he directed IT service management and hardware support for more than 4,500 servers and 50 million monthly active players. He was effective in reducing server maintenance costs by 35% and automating the repair of online services using artificial intelligence.

“I joined Esports Entertainment Group because of Grant Johnson’s commitment to providing a best in class betting experience to e-sports fans,” said Brackens. “Esports is going to be the leading source of entertainment in the next few years eclipsing many major traditional sports. I want to be a part of this movement.”

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Esports Entertainment is a licensed online gambling company with a focus on e-sports wagering and gaming for adults. The company’s e-sports betting platform VIE.gg offers exchange-style wagering and pool betting on e-sports events in a licensed, regulated and secured platform. It is the first and most transparent e-sports bet exchange as a result of Esports Entertainment being a fully reporting SEC issuer in the US.

“I look forward to helping drive the growth of VIE.gg through cost-effective technologies that deliver value and innovation to players and fans alike, so that everyone can enjoy all of our services as intended,” said Brackens.

Esports Entertainment Group CEO Grant Johnson said the new hire is a key addition to the senior management team.

“John’s experience at the highest levels of information technology and network operations, especially within different licensing regimes, will be invaluable as the company embarks on its aggressive growth plans within the global e-sports industry,” said Johnson.

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