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FTN Network Closes Seed Funding Round, Oversubscribing Goal of $3 Million

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FTN Network announced today that it has closed its seed funding round, oversubscribing its goal of $3 million in just two months from a group of private investors, led by investor Perry Gershon and a TechStars investment fund. Along with the raise, FTN saw tremendous growth in multiple areas of its business in Q3 of this year, headlined by over $1.05 million in quarterly total revenue, a 52% increase when compared to Q3 of 2022. FTN expanded throughout the year, signing football data guru Aaron Schatz, creator of the industry leading DVOA analysis, acquiring new fantasy business tools that helped FTN widen its customer base, and launching The FTN Fantasy Show on SiriusXM Radio, a compliment to FTN President Jeff Ratcliffe’s own industry leading presence on CBS television and SiriusXM Radio. FTN’s consumer subscription businesses alone are on par to exceed $1 million annual revenue for 2023, and nearly 60% growth over 2022. Additionally, the company is restructuring with Kevin Adams, FTN’s Founder and CEO, selling a majority of his equity to Gershon and taking on an advisory position with new responsibilities. Perry Gershon becomes FTN’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Gershon, a career businessman, spent over 25 years as an industry pioneer in commercial real estate finance. Perry started his business ventures by developing and operating one of New York City’s first sports bars in 1987, the Polo Grounds. Perry was also the 2018 Democratic nominee in New York CD-1 for the House of Representatives. Former FTN CEO Kevin Adams will remain on FTN’s expanded Board of Directors in his new role and will also serve the Company in an advisory capacity as its Chief Strategy Officer. “With the success FTN has had in 2023, it’s key to continue to build on the foundation that Kevin and the rest of the team have created,” Gershon said. “The recent success gives us momentum and direction as we continue to develop FTN into the industry standard for those looking to get a leg-up when betting or playing fantasy sports.” About FTN Network FTN Network is a fantasy sports and betting media company with a thriving suite of consumer products along with an expanding sports data and analytics vertical that specializes in delivering business-to-business solutions. Founded in 2020, FTN gives the fantasy and sports betting community an edge through its own unique ecosystem, providing customizable tools that turn raw data into true insights while also offering expert analysis and content to help users make the most informed decisions possible. Contact Details Sterling A. Randle +1 801-319-6153 srandle@hotpaperlantern.com

December 05, 2023 09:02 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Cedar Point Collegiate Softball League to Launch in 2024 at Sports Force Parks in Ohio

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Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center announced the formation of the Cedar Point Collegiate League, a new softball league that will launch in the summer of 2024 in Sandusky, Ohio, located on the shores of Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo. The Cedar Point Collegiate League will operate under the umbrella of the American Collegiate League (ACL), the national body of governance for regional NCAA summer league softball that was established in 2022. Scheduled to take place during June and July, the league will feature up to six teams, each with a roster of 16 players. The league aims to provide opportunities for youth and amateur softball players to showcase their skills and foster greater interest in the sport. Prospective players can apply for participation at americancollegiateleague.com. Players will have access to summer job opportunities through the Cedar Point Amusement Park and have lodging options through employee housing at Cedar Point or The Landing Residence Hall at Terra State College. Participation in the league will include a fitness center membership and access to an indoor turf training facility. “The Cedar Point Collegiate League represents a significant expansion in our mission to offer college softball athletes more diverse training and competition options nationwide,” said Ryan Moore, President of the American Collegiate League. “This new league not only provides a top-tier venue for athletes to sharpen their skills during the summer but also plays a crucial role in inspiring the next generation of youth softball players.” “Ohio's vibrant sports culture and strong community support make it an outstanding location for advancing softball – and our facility at Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center, with its state-of-the-art amenities, stands as the perfect stage for the new league,” said Amanda Shank, Vice President of Business Development at Ripken Baseball®, which acquired the center in May 2023. “We're thrilled to contribute significantly to the growth and development of collegiate softball athletes by offering them a platform where they can hone their skills, gain exposure, and compete at a high level.” Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center boasts versatile facilities, including 11 high-quality softball/baseball synthetic turf diamonds, and features batting cages, spectator seating, and scoreboards at each field. Ripken Baseball also recently announced the acquisition of Baseball Factory™ and Softball Factory™, an organization focused on player development for ages 11 to 18. On the softball side, 88% of Div. I and Division II schools have at least one Softball Factory alum and 71% of Division III level. About Ripken Baseball Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big League Experiences while teaching children how to play sports the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art facilities – The Ripken Experience ® Aberdeen Powered by Under Armour® (Maryland), The Ripken Experience ® Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience ® Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), The Ripken Experience ® Elizabethtown (Kentucky), Sports Force Parks™ at Cedar Point Sports Center (Ohio), and Cooperstown All Star Village (New York). Ripken Baseball also develops and trains athletes through the acquisition of Baseball Factory™ and Softball Factory™. Learn more at ripkenbaseball.com. Contact Details Eric PR & Marketing, LLC Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://www.americancollegiateleague.com/

December 05, 2023 07:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair returns in January 2024

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Fair Websites HKTDC Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair – hktoyfair.hktdc.com HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair – hkbabyfair.hktdc.com Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair – hkstationeryfair.com HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach Newswire - 5 December 2023 - Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the 50 th edition of Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the 15 th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the 22 nd Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair will be held from 8-11 January 2024 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fairs will return in EXHIBITION+ hybrid model, complemented by the "Click2Match", an online smart business matching platform that will operate on 1-18 January, providing an extended platform for traders to connect beyond geographical limits. Buyer Registration link: https://bit.ly/3Tm2viH Hong Kong's toy industry Hong Kong exporters have a reputation for high quality toys. Contract manufacturing with overseas manufacturers and license holders generates a large share of the industry's revenues. Taken together with re-exports, Hong Kong was the world's eighth largest toy exporter in 2022. Meanwhile, the ASEAN market has become a key export destination for the Hong Kong toy industry recently, with its share of Hong Kong toys exports growing from 8.4% in 2021 to 17.8% in 2022. According to the International Trade Centre, emerging markets such as mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Poland will continue be the key drivers of the global toys market. Revenue from Asia market is projected to grow faster than global average in the next 5 years, according to Statista. Toys & Games revenue amounts to US$38.34billion in 2023, which is projected to grow by an average rate of 3.5% between 2023-2028, versus world market growth of 2.6%. Demand for toys and games in Asia has been boosted by the region's young demographic, growing household incomes, and the rising popularity of Asia's pop culture and entertainment brands, from Hallyu (Korean Wave), Japanese anime, and to an increasing extent T-culture (Thailand). Strong Asian participation at HK Toys Fair Against this backdrop, the upcoming Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair features an extensive array of innovative and smart tech toys, creating ample sourcing opportunities for buyers. In the coming edition, the three concurrent fairs are expected to welcome around 2,500 global exhibitors, showcasing a broad selection of smart toys, quality baby products and creative stationery. Alongside with the presence of 'World of Toys' pavilion which features mainly European exhibits, the fairs also feature a strong line-up from Asia, including group pavilions from Mainland China, Korea and Taiwan, as well as exhibitors from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. The strong presence of Asian toy exhibitors in the fair provides an excellent and ideal avenue for those looking to expand their sourcing reach. New zones to debut at the 50 th HK Toys & Games Fair The collectibles market has become a significant part of the toy industry, with growing numbers of adults and seniors collecting toys. A new Collectible Toys zone is launched at the Kidult World. Hong Kong exhibitor Yu Tung Technology Limited is the global licensee for multiple global brands. They created the proprietary Internal Interconnect Endoskeleton System (IIES) that incorporated IIES into 24" Optimus Prime from Bumblebee the Movie. They are also making PLAMO for Transformers from Bumblebee the Movie and for kids' category products like Toy Story 4, Cars 3, Minions and TF Rescue Bots. To promote Hong Kong's creative industries and branded toys to the world, Hong Kong Brand Toy Association (HKBTA) will set up a pavilion at the toys fair for the first time. Threezero (HK) Ltd is a high-end collectible toys company with design and development teams based in Hong Kong. They will exhibit high-quality collectible figures based on characters from pop culture around the world. Sustainability takes centre stage in the fair. The new Green Toys zone showcases exhibitors with commitment to eco‑friendly innovations. Banatoys Co., Limited is a toy branding supplier focusing on creative R & D and branding solutions. They are committed to developing and designing toys with high quality, safety and environmental responsibility. The Smart-Tech Toys and Games zone will showcase a wide array of tech-based toys and games including those operated via mobile apps, or incorporated with the latest VR, AR and MR technologies. Exhibitor Cheertone (HK) Industrial Co Limited has an innovative team with experienced product developing engineers. The company will exhibit kids' smart watches, kids' camera, kids' learning machines and game console. Other highlighted product zones including the Brand Name Gallery, which will feature unique and innovative products by internationally renowned brands, including Eastcolight, Hape, Welly, Classic World, Rastar, Masterkkidz, AURORA and more. Presenting industry trends A series of events will be held for visitors to keep abreast of the latest industry development and strengthen their networks. The inaugural Asian Toys & Games Forum will feature speaker from reputable international market research provider, who will share valuable insights on the market outlook, emerging trends, and unique opportunities for the toys and games industry in Asia. Children Research expert will analyse consumer preferences across generations, highlighting the strategies necessary for success in expanding brand horizons within the toys and games industry. Steering the industry towards a sustainable future, the Forum will invite speaker from prominent global testing and certification company to offer informative session on achieving sustainability goals throughout the production journey, from concept and design to certification. The forum will also delve into trending topics such as 'phygital' toys and AI, looking into the future of the toys and games industry and the opportunities these trends may present. Concurrent events create crossover opportunities The HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair will be held concurrently. The Hong Kong Baby Products Fair will present a wide range of baby products, including strollers and baby gear, bedding and furniture, skincare and bath products, baby clothing and footwear and maternity products to buyers while the Hong Kong International Stationery & School Supplies Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, will assemble the latest art and craft supplies, gift stationery, back-to-school items, office and school supplies. The three fairs provide abundant trading opportunities and good potential for crossover business activities among the participants from various sectors. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn Contact Details Senior Media Relations Executive Leila Cheng +852 2240 4049 leila.sy.cheng@hktdc.org

December 05, 2023 05:13 AM Eastern Standard Time

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What are Progressive Jackpot Slots? A Guide to Playing Progressive Slots at Canadian Casinos.

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As long as online gambling has been around, slots have always been the star of the show. They’re well suited for the online platform and have some excellent features and gameplay to offer. One of the most popular variations of slots is progressive jackpots. What is a Progressive Jackpot Slot? Progressive Jackpots were first introduced in the Mega Moolah slot, developed by Microgaming (now owned by Games Global). It’s different from a regular slot because it has a special jackpot, which is contributed to every time any player places a bet on the game. These jackpots aren’t just limited to the site they’re on either, as some jackpots aggregate across multiple casinos, called networked progressive jackpots. This leads to huge jackpots, which can be randomly triggered when you play the game. Sometimes, to be eligible to trigger the jackpot, you have to bet a certain amount, but this rule will change between games. There are usually different types of jackpots within the same game, with smaller jackpots easier to trigger than large ones. A great site which allows you to enjoy progressive jackpot slots is Spin Casino, read here to learn more. How to Play Progressive Jackpot Slots Playing progressive jackpot slots is no different from standard slot machines: insert your bet and spin the reels. If you hit a winning combination, your wager will pay out. Progressive jackpots usually trigger randomly, meaning you don’t need a specific combination to win. Sometimes, you must bet above a certain amount to be eligible for the jackpot, but this isn’t consistent. Different slots will have unique rules for play, so you should read through an individual game’s instructions before placing down any money. But, in general, if you know how to play a slot game, you’ll get the gist of a progressive. There are no guaranteed ways to win a progressive jackpot, and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably trying to scam you. However, there are some things you can do to keep your play fun and fair: Understand the rules for triggering a jackpot — you don’t want to make a bet after bet without having a chance at winning the progressive. Ensure you play at a reputable casino with a solid licence — you want to know that a casino will be able to pay out if you win. Make the most of all welcome bonuses, promotions and offers — some online casinos offer these bonuses on progressive jackpot slots. Tips for Playing Progressive Jackpot Slots Here are a few tips for playing progressive jackpot slots: Have a strategy prior to playing. For example, have a set amount to limit your play and have a time frame for playing. Don’t let frustration get the best of you, and take regular breaks. This will help to keep a level head and control your expenditure. Never chase your losses. Pick a safe online casino, preferably one with low deposit requirements, to get you started. Readers can find all the information they need to know about the Best $1 Deposit Casinos in Canada in our review. Popular Progressive Jackpot Slots Some of the most popular progressive jackpot slots include: Mega Moolah Megapays Jackpot Age of the Gods Jackpot Immortal Romance Mega Moolah Divine Fortune Pork Knox Conclusion The introduction of progressive jackpots changed the world of slots forever. Those huge jackpots are an exciting prize, and it’s hard to resist trying your hand at it. And even if you don’t hit it, the slot you’re playing is usually a good time, regardless. While the sky-high networked jackpots are attractive, don’t forget to give the smaller ones the time of day, too. Smaller jackpots are usually easier to trigger. And, of course, as exciting as progressives are, don’t get lost in those numbers. Take frequent breaks, watch your pockets and remember before all else to have fun. Contact Details Acroud Media info-media@acroudmedia.com

December 05, 2023 04:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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FanDuel Promo Code: Get $150 in Bonus Bets for NBA In-Season Tournament

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All new customers at FanDuel can get $150 in bonus bets as the NBA's inaugural In-Season Tournament closes in on Saturday night's final in Las Vegas. Place a winning $5 bet on any moneyline market to be rewarded with $150 in bonus bets, courtesy of the FanDuel promo code. This offer can be used in conjunction with Tuesday night’s TNT NBA games, starting with the New York Knicks facing the Milwaukee Bucks before the Los Angeles Lakers host the Phoenix Suns in the doubleheader. Continue on to learn more about the FanDuel promo code and how to claim it today. REVEAL FANDUEL PROMO CODE HERE How to Claim the FanDuel Promo Code The process could not be simpler if you want to claim this incredible FanDuel promo code. Below, we have provided a step-by-step guide to help new users claim their welcome bonus on the platform. Click here to reveal the promo code and be taken to the FanDuel sign-up page. Next, when prompted, you will need to enter your personal details, like your name, address, email address and date of birth. Create a unique username and password combination. Sign in to your account and make your first deposit of at least $10 to be eligible for the FanDuel welcome offer. Head to the Sportsbook and place a qualifying first bet of at least $5 on any moneyline market. If your team wins, receive $150 in bonus bets! FanDuel Legal States FanDuel Sportsbook is currently legal to play in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming. NBA In-Season Tournament Schedule 12/04 - Quarter-Finals 12/05 - Quarter-Finals 12/07 - Semi-Finals 12/09 - Final Gamble Responsibly If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call or visit the Council on Compulsive Gambling: Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-Call GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org CO, DC, IL, IN, LA, MD, MS, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV or WY - Call 1-800-GAMBLER AZ- Call 1-800-NEXT-STEP IA - Call 1-800-BETS-OFF KS, NV - Call 1-800-522-4700 MI - Call 1-800-270-7117 for confidential help MA - Call 1-800-327-5050 NY- Call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is for entertainment purposes only. Gambling comes with its fair share of risks, and is is important to recognize that when using online gambling sites. While we review different gambling sites, you should check with local laws in your area before gambling online. Also, all gambling sites and guides are rated 21+ only. The following free gambling addiction resources can be of help: 21+ Please Gamble Responsibly. Gambling Problem? Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER NCPG - ICRG - Gamblers Anonymous - Gambling Therapy Contact Details Acroud Media info-media@acroudmedia.com

December 05, 2023 01:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Is BetMGM Sportsbook Legal In Michigan?

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Sports fans in Michigan are in for a treat as the king of sportsbooks, BetMGM, has landed its famous site in the state. In this article, we will be discussing everything keen sports bettors need to know ahead of playing on the platform. Keep reading to find out about BetMGM and its sportsbook, where it is legal to play, and everything that it offers to its players residing in Michigan. What Is BetMGM? BetMGM is one of the best online sportsbooks in the world. Now, taking over the United States state by state, the platform is able to show Americans everything that it has to offer. BetMGM launched its famous sportsbook back in 2018 in the US and has since expanded to operating in over 20 states, making it one of the most widely available platforms in the country. It offers all of the top sports and leagues not only in the US but worldwide; sports fans can find top offers on their favorite teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and more while also keeping an eye on the likes of the English Premier League, international sports, e-sports and more. BetMGM Michigan BetMGM Sportsbook has had huge success across the US, and residents in Michigan are now able to be a part of the action, too. Residents aged 21 and over can sign up for an account with the Golden Sportsbook and take advantage of everything it has to offer. Whether your preference is that of the NBA or NFL, college sports, leagues around the world, or even e-sports, you can bet that BetMGM will have some of the best odds on them. BetMGM sportsbook is also available across many other states, including Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Washington D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky*, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. You May Also Be Interested In Click here to learn more about the top-quality BetMGM Sportsbook. Summary BetMGM is where all sports betting fans can be found playing, and its continuous success and growth across the US will enable it to continue its expansion around the world. If you are a keen sports bettor and fan, head to the BetMGM sportsbook site to get yourself started at the king of sportsbooks. Contact Details Acroud Media info-media@acroudmedia.com

December 05, 2023 01:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Investors Dogpile Into Dogecoin and Galaxy Fox for End-of-Year Crypto Surge

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Investors Dogpile Into Dogecoin and Galaxy Fox for End-of-Year Crypto Surge As 2023 comes to an end, investors are piling into $DOGE and $GFOX for a massive end-of-year crypto surge. So, why these two? The upcoming DOGE-1 moon mission, a SpaceX project fully funded by $DOGE, drives the excitement surrounding Dogecoin. Meanwhile, Galaxy Fox ($GFOX), a more recent arrival on the market, gained major interest after raising over $400k in a few short weeks. These remarkable achievements have not gone unnoticed, and investors have started to look at these two as the best meme coins to buy now. What Makes $GFOX the Best ICO Crypto of 2023? Galaxy Fox is quickly becoming very popular on the market with its rewarding and exciting platform that blends gaming, DeFi, staking, and NFTs. This new ERC20 coin powers a Web3 running game where users can compete with each other and gain tangible rewards. Each gaming season, which will be held weekly and monthly, the top 20% of players will receive a share of the prize pool. This pool, raised with the in-game purchases, also funds the treasury and supports long-term project growth. An essential component of the Galaxy Fox ecosystem is staking. This program is powered by 2% of all transaction fees, which are collected in the Galaxy Fox Stargate reward pool. This setup, which rewards investors who lock up their $GFOX tokens, supports long-term holding and gives $GFOX a great competitive edge among the best meme coins to buy now. A clever tax structure supports the further sustainability of the token. Besides the mentioned 2% staking pool fee, another 4% is deducted from each $GFOX sale/purchase, supporting liquidity pool and treasury. This approach guarantees a steady stream of capital for future expansion and discourages investors from selling. One of the most notable aspects of Galaxy Fox is its presale, whose phased approach indicates a guaranteed 450% growth by the end. The presale will include ten separate stages, each will start at a higher price and, in the end, will reward the earliest backers with the highest rewards. Apart from this, the whole ICO phase will be packed with bonuses and giveaways, so the chances to profit with $GFOX are truly massive. The project has just entered the second presale phase, but many expect quick sellouts, considering the intensive buying pressure and adoption rate. So, ensure you join in early and benefit from all these opportunities. Is $DOGE Rebounding? In May 2021, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, in collaboration with Geometric Energy Corporation, first announced the DOGE-1 mission, which aims to broadcast advertisements from space. The plan was to integrate it into an Intuitive Machines ridesharing mission. According to the latest news, NTIA has finally approved the project’s X-Band frequency. This development, considering the DOGE-1 Satellite being fully funded by $DOGE, has already positively impacted the cryptocurrency's performance. It's important to keep an open mind on Dogecoin, though. While such events can cause some short price boosts, $DOGE’s long-term growth is always a topic of debate. This is because $DOGE is inflationary and lacks in-house developments, which have always been, and most likely will be, the main reasons for its volatility and sharp declines. Summary Finding the best meme coins to buy now is a tricky task. Yet, looking at the market direction and trends can help a lot. $DOGE seems to rebound finally, but the hype might be short-lived. Meanwhile, Galaxy Fox is becoming a fascinating new player, with an ecosystem built for long-term success and consistent financial returns. So don’t miss out on this exciting newcomer with insane profit potential. Check out their presale today to cash in on the biggest rewards. Learn more about $GFOX here: Visit Galaxy Fox Presale | Join the Community Contact Details Team media@galaxyfox.io

December 04, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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SIGMA America Announces First-Ever "Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway"

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SIGMA Corporation of America, a leading camera and lens manufacturer for both photography and cinema applications, today announced its first-ever "Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway" which offers the chance to win SIGMA lens packages in the month of December for four mirrorless interchangeable lens camera systems. The four lens package prizes are: Week #1 (Dec. 4-10) Three ultra-fast SIGMA prime lenses for Fujifilm X Mount cameras (MSRP $1,267) 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary Week #2 (Dec. 11-17) Three pro-level F2.8 zoom lenses for Sony E-Mount cameras (MSRP $3,997) 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports Week #3 (Dec. 18-24) Three pro-level F2.8 zoom lenses for Panasonic, Leica & SIGMA L-Mount cameras (MSRP $3,997) 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS | Sports Week #4 (Dec. 25-31) Three ultra-fast SIGMA prime lenses for Nikon Z cameras (MSRP $1,397) 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary "Four lucky photographers will win lens sets featuring some of the most well-regarded lenses available for each mirrorless camera platform, and bring their equipment portfolio to a whole new level," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of SIGMA America. "The Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway is our way of expressing gratitude to SIGMA's loyal customers during the holiday season, welcoming new customers, and supporting the growth of the art of photography." Interested photographers can complete the entry form here for a chance to win the first of four lens packages. Entrants can also earn bonus chances to win by browsing the SIGMA America website, answering some easy questions, and visiting SIGMA on social media. Entry information for additional giveaways can be found in the coming weeks on SIGMA America social media channels. Although there will only be four winners in SIGMA's first-ever "Holiday Mirrorless Lens Giveaway," all holiday shoppers have the chance to enjoy savings on dozens of SIGMA lenses through the 2023 Holiday Sale. ### About SIGMA Corporation Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan. In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA CINE lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA CINE lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production. Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with over 35 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more users can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease. For information about SIGMA America, please visit sigmaphoto.com and SIGMA Blog for helpful information about our products, or follow SIGMA America on social media. SIGMA Photo: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram SIGMA CINE: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Contact Details SIGMA +1 631-201-7381 SIGMA.PR@Sigmaphoto.com Stacey Doss Stacey@sddpr.com Company Website https://www.sigma-global.com/en/

December 04, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Design from Taiwan Shines Worldwide

Asia University Taiwan International Student Design

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 4 December 2023 - Organized by the Ministry of Education, the Taiwan International Student Design Competition is the biggest international competition of its kind. Initiated back in 2008, it is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. Widely recognized by the global design community for being both prestigious and trustworthy, TISDC serves as the best example of the Ministry of Education's success in promoting design education. Starting from this year, TISDC begins its collaboration with local governments, including Chiayi City Government, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chiayi City Government, and the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Kinmen County Government. The competition encompasses three categories: Product Design, Visual Design, and Digital Animation. With "compassion" as the theme of this year, the competition invited students from all over the world to observe and care more about the world and their surroundings. With a compassionate and caring mindset, they can make the world a better place. The award ceremony of the 2023 Taiwan International Student Design Competition was held at Eslite Performance Hall in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei City on December 1st, 2023. This year, a total of 18,367 entries representing 1,161 universities, colleges, departments, and schools from 56 countries and regions participated in the competition. The jury panel consisted of international professionals. During the preliminary selection, 741 works were shortlisted by 112 professionals from 31 countries, with 38 jurors from Taiwan and 74 from abroad, accounting for 34% and 66% respectively. The final selection was held face-to-face and the judging panel consisted of professional judges from Taiwan and 21 representatives from international design associations, making it a diverse group of 41 judges from all five continents. Eventually, 85 works were selected as winners, which means only 4% of the works can be a finalist and the winning rate was even as low as 0.46%. It shows how rare and precious it is to stand out from all the other works. The prizes are listed as the following: 1 grand prix of the year and 1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze, and 12 honorable mentions for each category (sponsored by the Ministry of Education); 21 international design association special prizes (jointly sponsored by iSee Taiwan Foundation and Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation); 3 environmental sustainability awards and six regional special awards (established by TPCA Environment Foundation); one special award and two honorable mentions in collaboration with the Chiayi City Government. With the sponsorship of iSee Taiwan Foundation and Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation since 2015, TISDC has been collaborating with 21 international design associations. These reputed global design partners are located across the five continents of Europe, Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. These 21 organizations, which have authorized the establishment of international design association special prizes in TISDC, include Cumulus, International Council of Design (ICoD), World Design Organization (WDO), The Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA), Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI), etc. The winners of these international design association special prizes this year came from Poland, India, Thailand, the United States, Taiwan, and so on. The collaboration of global partners builds an international design exchange platform that can expand the impact of design from Taiwan, allow Taiwan to be seen and known for design, and provide young students worldwide with a stage where they can shine and unleash great potential. Contact Details Asia University Taiwan International Student Design Competition Executive Miira Lin tisdc.tw@gmail.com

December 04, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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