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06 December 2019

Parimatch CEO joined global business leaders at Web Summit in Lisbon

Web Summit, the largest tech event in the world brings together business leaders, celebrities, politicians and scientists in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss and debate emerging technology trends. Parimatch’s very own CEO Sergey Portnov spoke onstage at this year’s Summit alongside Bruce Stein, CEO of aXiomatic, an esports and video game investment business, and the Associated Press’ Global Sports Correspondent Rob Harris, where amongst other things they discussed the risks and rewards of the esports industry. When it comes to the marketing and sponsorship of esports, the industry is still in its infancy, with bookmakers like Parimatch being the first brands to recognize the opportunities and rewards in esports team sponsorship. Soon enough big brands like Nike and Coca-Cola will come along with even bigger marketing budgets, and make esports sponsorship more expensive. Until then, bookmakers are happy to be driving revenue in the esports industry. But it isn’t just about giving money to have your logo on a team’s shirt. According to Portnov: “It is important to build a culture of esports fans if your company is sponsoring a team. You have to be truthful and build a love of sports into the business.” When it comes to the risks associated with esports, like most traditional sports, it is vulnerable to match-fixing. “The risk depends on the event,” says Portnov. “Dota International is less likely to be fixed, as so much is at stake, it is much more likely to be seen in lower league tournaments. But Parimatch doesn’t really see this as too much of a problem, because most esports bets ree for small amounts – the average is $5, on a mobile device. Of course, there are fraudsters out there, but it is much more worrying when somebody bets $100,000 on a soccer game, we would rather take lots of smaller bets on esports.” With 2.5 gamers on the planet, playing everything from FIFA to Fortnite to Counter-Strike, either recreationally or competitively, there is no denying that esports is big business. One thing is for sure, the popularity of esports is only going to grow, and with that so do the risk and rewards for brands putting their name to the burgeoning industry.

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04 December 2019

Parimatch Crowned Winners of Marketing Campaign of the Year at the 2019 SBC Awards

The 6th annual SBC Awards took place in London on 3rd December, one of the most prestigious events in the international bookmaking industry’s calendar. The ceremony celebrates and rewards expertise and innovation in betting and gaming, with 41 awards across a range of categories up for grabs. Parimatch was delighted to be nominated across four categories – Esports operator, marketing campaign, sponsorship and employer of the year. Parimatch beat off stiff competition to take home the award for the marketing campaign of the year, with its “fired up to win” campaign, a partnership with UFC and sporting champion Conor McGregor. "This award is massive recognition for our unique and inspiring marketing activities,” said Parimatch’s CEO Sergey Portnov. “Awards like this ignite the fire in our belly to continue to push the boundaries and be bold and brave when it comes to creativity.” [caption id="attachment_566" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Parimatch launched the “fired up to win” campaign in February of this year, rebooting its branding including a new visual style across digital communications, social networks and the mobile app, whilst also announcing Conor McGregor, one of the most famous athletes of our time, as a brand ambassador. “Conor embodies true courage, a fighter who is not afraid of new challenges and is always fired up to win. Like Parimatch, McGregor always remains true to himself, but also ready to push the boundaries beyond sports. He was a natural fit for our new, and now award-winning marketing campaign” Said Portnov. “This is a small win for him, his main win should come on January 18 during his comeback fight with Donald Cerrone. We hope this award will charge him to win with Parimatch even more in 2020.” A month after the campaign launch, Parimatch saw an increase in consumer registrations of 169%, cementing the campaign’s winning status early on. Congratulations to all the winners, Parimatch looks forward to seeing you again at the SBC Awards in 2020!

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04 December 2019

Parimatch Crowned Winners of Marketing Campaign of the Year at the 2019 SBC Awards

The 6th annual SBC Awards took place in London on 3rd December, one of the most prestigious events in the international bookmaking industry’s calendar. The ceremony celebrates and rewards expertise and innovation in betting and gaming, with 41 awards across a range of categories up for grabs. Parimatch was delighted to be nominated across four categories – Esports operator, marketing campaign, sponsorship and employer of the year. Parimatch beat off stiff competition to take home the award for the marketing campaign of the year, with its “fired up to win” campaign, a partnership with UFC and sporting champion Conor McGregor. "This award is massive recognition for our unique and inspiring marketing activities,” said Parimatch’s CEO Sergey Portnov. “Awards like this ignite the fire in our belly to continue to push the boundaries and be bold and brave when it comes to creativity.” [caption id="attachment_566" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Parimatch launched the “fired up to win” campaign in February of this year, rebooting its branding including a new visual style across digital communications, social networks and the mobile app, whilst also announcing Conor McGregor, one of the most famous athletes of our time, as a brand ambassador. “Conor embodies true courage, a fighter who is not afraid of new challenges and is always fired up to win. Like Parimatch, McGregor always remains true to himself, but also ready to push the boundaries beyond sports. He was a natural fit for our new, and now award-winning marketing campaign” Said Portnov. “This is a small win for him, his main win should come on January 18 during his comeback fight with Donald Cerrone. We hope this award will charge him to win with Parimatch even more in 2020.” A month after the campaign launch, Parimatch saw an increase in consumer registrations of 169%, cementing the campaign’s winning status early on. Congratulations to all the winners, Parimatch looks forward to seeing you again at the SBC Awards in 2020!

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21 October 2019

Parimatch going for gold with SBC Sponsorship of the Year Award

Sponsorship lies at the heart of Parimatch’s international marketing and brand strategy, and in the space of just one year, two of the most iconic sporting names in history have joined the Parimatch brand family. Conor McGregor and Mike Tyson embody Parimatch’s fighting spirit – and both partnerships have put Parimatch on the international stage, proving that some of the biggest names in the sport are ready to place their bets on Parimatch. The Notorious Following the launch of Parimatch’s dynamic new brand look in February, Parimatch announced MMA superstar Conor McGregor as its first ambassador, who would represent the brand across the CIS region and Cyprus. The ambassador deal was activated at ICE 2019, communicated via a video screening at the event and a multi-channel campaign incorporating billboards, digital and print adverts and social media collaborations, to ensure as many audiences as possible were reached across the CIS and beyond. As part of the personal endorsement deal, Parimatch and the Irish fighter collaborate on promotional and consumer activations across digital platforms. A video of Parimatch’s very own CEO, Sergey Portnov, practicing his fighting skills with Conor McGregor, is the latest in a series of content that will be pushed out on Parimatch channels as part of the brand partnership. It is very rare to see such a high profile fighter jump in the ring for a play fight! The face of the new look Parimatch, McGregor has gone on to be featured in adverts which have run in ten countries including Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, reaching an audience of 211,644,753 – demonstrating the huge scale of the partnership in Parimatch’s key markets. Parimatch’s “Fired up to win” marketing campaign featuring McGregor has showcased the brand’s character and resonated widely with audiences – boosting the number of active players and turnover. Iron Mike Tyson Following the booming success of the McGregor deal, Parimatch announced this July that Mike Tyson was to join their team sheet of iconic ambassadors. The boxing legend will be featuring in Parimatch’s brand activations and advertising across the CIS region and Cyprus. The boxing legend requires no introduction, but as the undisputed world champion of professional boxing, and the highest-paid heavyweight boxer in history, it was a major milestone in Parimatch’s corporate history that Tyson chose to put his name to the Parimatch brand. This 12-month personal endorsement deal was announced with a major press conference and party attended by over 100 journalists from major media outlets. The conference was broadcast across 30 news channels, creating 214,269,334 media impressions across 4 countries. The partnership was kicked off in style, with a viral video published by Parimatch. Leveraging the bottle cap challenge, popular on social media during the month of July, Parimatch teamed up with Mike Tyson to create a branded video of him completing the challenge with a powerful left hook. The video has already been viewed by a staggering 2.2 million people on social media – with no signs of abating! The appointment of real fighters and icons as brand ambassadors not only complements Parimatch’s rebooted branding but is central to Parimatch’s ambitious approach to marketing, which is driven by the mission to offer the best quality entertainment products to a growing global community of risk-takers.

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21 October 2019

Parimatch going for gold with SBC Sponsorship of the Year Award

Sponsorship lies at the heart of Parimatch’s international marketing and brand strategy, and in the space of just one year, two of the most iconic sporting names in history have joined the Parimatch brand family. Conor McGregor and Mike Tyson embody Parimatch’s fighting spirit – and both partnerships have put Parimatch on the international stage, proving that some of the biggest names in the sport are ready to place their bets on Parimatch. The Notorious Following the launch of Parimatch’s dynamic new brand look in February, Parimatch announced MMA superstar Conor McGregor as its first ambassador, who would represent the brand across the CIS region and Cyprus. The ambassador deal was activated at ICE 2019, communicated via a video screening at the event and a multi-channel campaign incorporating billboards, digital and print adverts and social media collaborations, to ensure as many audiences as possible were reached across the CIS and beyond. As part of the personal endorsement deal, Parimatch and the Irish fighter collaborate on promotional and consumer activations across digital platforms. A video of Parimatch’s very own CEO, Sergey Portnov, practicing his fighting skills with Conor McGregor, is the latest in a series of content that will be pushed out on Parimatch channels as part of the brand partnership. It is very rare to see such a high profile fighter jump in the ring for a play fight! The face of the new look Parimatch, McGregor has gone on to be featured in adverts which have run in ten countries including Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, reaching an audience of 211,644,753 – demonstrating the huge scale of the partnership in Parimatch’s key markets. Parimatch’s “Fired up to win” marketing campaign featuring McGregor has showcased the brand’s character and resonated widely with audiences – boosting the number of active players and turnover. Iron Mike Tyson Following the booming success of the McGregor deal, Parimatch announced this July that Mike Tyson was to join their team sheet of iconic ambassadors. The boxing legend will be featuring in Parimatch’s brand activations and advertising across the CIS region and Cyprus. The boxing legend requires no introduction, but as the undisputed world champion of professional boxing, and the highest-paid heavyweight boxer in history, it was a major milestone in Parimatch’s corporate history that Tyson chose to put his name to the Parimatch brand. This 12-month personal endorsement deal was announced with a major press conference and party attended by over 100 journalists from major media outlets. The conference was broadcast across 30 news channels, creating 214,269,334 media impressions across 4 countries. The partnership was kicked off in style, with a viral video published by Parimatch. Leveraging the bottle cap challenge, popular on social media during the month of July, Parimatch teamed up with Mike Tyson to create a branded video of him completing the challenge with a powerful left hook. The video has already been viewed by a staggering 2.2 million people on social media – with no signs of abating! The appointment of real fighters and icons as brand ambassadors not only complements Parimatch’s rebooted branding but is central to Parimatch’s ambitious approach to marketing, which is driven by the mission to offer the best quality entertainment products to a growing global community of risk-takers.

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Parimatch’s CEO wins accolade at the SBC Awards 2018 in London

  Parimatch’s CEO, Sergey Portnov won the highly coveted “Leader of the year” award at the SBC Awards held in London. The category celebrates the achievements of the most influential industry figures, with Sergey being recognised for his work in transforming and rapidly expanding the global operations of the business since taking on the role in 2011. Sergey has led the transition of the business from an offline to online betting company and expanded the R&D department from just five to 200 employees in five years. Since 2016, Parimatch Holding has expanded internationally and is now operating in Cyprus, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Tanzania. Parimatch was also nominated for the “Sponsorship of the Year” award for the company’s multi-year partnership with UFC as its official EMEA betting and wagering partner. The sponsorship deal was announced back in July 2018, making Parimatch the UFC’s first-ever marketing partner from the CIS region. This is the first time Parimatch has received nominations at the SBC Awards, which recognise achievements in expertise and innovation across the betting and gaming industries. The event was attended by over 700 sports betting industry operators and affiliates. These awards come after a hugely successful year for Parimatch, as the number of new registered users increased by almost a quarter, and bets per day reached a peak of more than 1,000,000, representing a 40% increase year-on-year. Sergey Portnov, CEO Parimatch, said: Parimatch has come a long a way in a short period of time. We are ambitious and want to continue to grow our brand and offer. These awards are a recognition of the hard work of all our staff and their belief in our vision for the business.

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Parimatch’s CEO wins accolade at the SBC Awards 2018 in London

  Parimatch’s CEO, Sergey Portnov won the highly coveted “Leader of the year” award at the SBC Awards held in London. The category celebrates the achievements of the most influential industry figures, with Sergey being recognised for his work in transforming and rapidly expanding the global operations of the business since taking on the role in 2011. Sergey has led the transition of the business from an offline to online betting company and expanded the R&D department from just five to 200 employees in five years. Since 2016, Parimatch Holding has expanded internationally and is now operating in Cyprus, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Tanzania. Parimatch was also nominated for the “Sponsorship of the Year” award for the company’s multi-year partnership with UFC as its official EMEA betting and wagering partner. The sponsorship deal was announced back in July 2018, making Parimatch the UFC’s first-ever marketing partner from the CIS region. This is the first time Parimatch has received nominations at the SBC Awards, which recognise achievements in expertise and innovation across the betting and gaming industries. The event was attended by over 700 sports betting industry operators and affiliates. These awards come after a hugely successful year for Parimatch, as the number of new registered users increased by almost a quarter, and bets per day reached a peak of more than 1,000,000, representing a 40% increase year-on-year. Sergey Portnov, CEO Parimatch, said: Parimatch has come a long a way in a short period of time. We are ambitious and want to continue to grow our brand and offer. These awards are a recognition of the hard work of all our staff and their belief in our vision for the business.

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