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WAGMI Games Expands Leadership Team with Key Hire of Former Electronic Arts Senior Product Manager, Esteban Gil



Los Angeles, California–(Newsfile Corp. – March 17, 2023) – WAGMI Games, the publisher behind the rapidly growing mobile strategy game WAGMI Defense, is pleased to announce the appointment of Esteban Gil as its new Senior Product Manager, effective Q1 2023. With over a decade of experience in the gaming industry running events, developing games, and managing projects, including a tenure as Senior Product Manager at Respawn Entertainment (EA), Esteban is poised to lead WAGMI Games to new heights. In his new role, Esteban will work closely with the core team to develop and execute strategies that will take the WAGMI Defense franchise to the next level.

At Respawn Entertainment, Esteban led the strategy, stakeholder communication, and game LiveOps for Apex Legends Mobile, achieving outstanding results. He also performed extensive analyses of game performance and player behavior, ensuring that the LiveOps in-game seasonal planning process ran smoothly and that players enjoyed a seamless gaming experience. With Esteban’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of the industry, WAGMI Games is well positioned to build upon the success of WAGMI Defense and expand its reach in the mobile gaming market.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Esteban to our team,” said WAGMI Games CEO Ian Bentley. “His deep expertise in data analysis, marketing, project management, and LiveOps will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we continue to expand our business.”

With his work in the gaming industry, Esteban is a co-founder of RetroSHFFL, a leading esports and streaming production team based in Mexico. With his experience in building successful esports teams and producing high-quality gaming content, Esteban brings a unique skillset that will be invaluable to WAGMI Games as they look to achieve mass adoption for their games in the Central and Latin American market.

Esteban’s experience in the AAA mobile space will bring valuable insights to WAGMI Games’ web3 and NFT gaming projects. “I’m excited to apply the skills and experience I’ve gained from the mobile space into WAGMI Games,” said Esteban. “I believe that web3’s true potential is yet to be discovered in the gaming industry, and I love how WAGMI Games is approaching this challenge and I’m thrilled to be a part of that journey. I believe we can deliver even more engaging and immersive gaming experiences to our fans around the world with these new technologies.”

About WAGMI Games

WAGMI Games is a Web 3.0 gaming franchise that aims to disrupt the traditional mobile app store gaming industry by giving power back to the players. The franchise’s first title, WAGMI Defense, is on the brink of being released on the official App Stores, and the company has already successfully launched a Genesis NFT collection and a NiFe Wars Comic Book, which is readable in the GameStopNFT marketplace. With the vision of WAGMI Studios, the franchise can create unique marketing and promotional videos using advanced Animation and Motion Capture technology, bringing its characters to life.

With the company’s slogan “We Are All Going To Make It”, the team is dedicated to capitalizing on the world’s #1 Web3 acronym W.A.G.M.I. and positioning itself to claim a substantial share of the market.

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space





The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud





TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.

TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.


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MAS launches transformative platform to combat money laundering





The MAS has unveiled Cosmic, an acronym for Collaborative Sharing of Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Information and Cases, a new money laundering platform.

According to Business Times, launched on April 1, Cosmic stands out as the first centralised digital platform dedicated to combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing on a worldwide scale. This move follows the enactment of the Financial Services and Markets (Amendment) Act 2023, which, along with its subsidiary legislation, commenced on the same day to provide a solid legal foundation and safeguards for information sharing among financial institutions (FIs).

Cosmic enables participating FIs to exchange customer information when certain “red flags” indicate potential suspicious activities. The platform’s introduction is a testament to MAS’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the financial sector, mandating participants to establish stringent policies and operational safeguards to maintain the confidentiality of the shared information. This strategic approach allows for the efficient exchange of intelligence on potential criminal activities while protecting legitimate customers.

Significantly, Cosmic was co-developed by MAS and six leading commercial banks in Singapore—OCBC, UOB, DBS, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered—which will serve as participant FIs during its initial phase. The initiative emphasizes voluntary information sharing focused on addressing key financial crime risks within the commercial banking sector, such as the misuse of legal persons, trade finance, and proliferation financing.

Loo Siew Yee, assistant managing director for policy, payments, and financial crime at MAS, highlighted that Cosmic enhances the existing collaboration between the industry and law enforcement authorities, fortifying Singapore’s reputation as a well-regulated and trusted financial hub. Similarly, Pua Xiao Wei of Citi Singapore and Loretta Yuen of OCBC have expressed their institutions’ support for Cosmic, noting its potential to ramp up anti-money laundering efforts and its significance as a development in the banking sector’s ability to combat financial crimes efficiently. DBS’ Lam Chee Kin also praised Cosmic as a “game changer,” emphasizing the careful balance between combating financial crime and ensuring legitimate customers’ access to financial services.


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