Toronto, ON – January 25, 2021 – i3 Interactive Inc. (“i3” or the “Company”) (CSE: BETS) (FRA: F0O3) is pleased to announce it has closed the initial tranche of the previously announced acquisition of LivePools Private Limited (“LivePools”). The Company’s subsidiary Redrush Online Private Limited (“Redrush”), has closed on the initial tranche of US$1,400,000 and has been issued 10,125 shares of LivePools, being 12.61% of the economic ownership in LivePools. Unless otherwise agreed, the remaining three tranches are expected to close on or before April 1, 2021, October 12, 2021 and February 1, 2022, respectively, for a total additional consideration of US$6,100,000. Upon closing of the remaining tranches, Redrush will own 51% of the economic ownership of LivePools and Redrush will have an option to acquire the remaining 49% of shareholdings in LivePools (the “Minority Interest”) for an additional US$7,500,000. As of closing of the initial tranche, Redrush also has the right to appoint a majority of directors on the board of directors of LivePools, and controls 51% of the voting rights in LivePools.
LivePools is a company registered in India focusing within the Fantasy sports, rummy and real money skill based gaming space launched in 2018 by Gaurav Assomull and Vickram Assomull. LivePools has grown to over 1.5 million users with the aim to be over 10 million users by Q1 2022.
i3’s management team commented “Our plan to enter the Indian gambling market began almost two years ago with an investigation into the best avenue to enter what is one of the largest and fastest growing online gaming markets in the world. We took our first step last year with the launch of i3’s BLITZPOKER platform. After the launch of BLITZBOKER exceeded the company’s expectations, our next step was to break into the already established and rapidly growing fantasy sports gaming segment in India. LivePools was a company i3 shortlisted as a potential acquisition after a year of reviewing similar opportunities. The first-class quality of the team, the proprietary technology, the efficient low-cost CPA and player activity and enjoyment through marketing and new product offerings made the decision to move forward with this opportunity very compelling. We are building what we believe will be the premier destination for Indian fantasy sports enthusiasts. Our commitment to product, customer service and exciting brand engagement is unwavering. Furthermore, the addition of fantasy sports to our existing poker offering works perfectly with our desire to continue to build an ecosystem that welcomes gamers of all skill levels. It’s all about having fun and engaging where you want and with the products you want and i3 believes we are that destination and we’re setting out to prove it”.
The closing of this initial tranche represents the Company’s commitment to the skill based online gaming market in India, which continues to exceed expectations as the fastest growing skill based online gaming market in the world. With the closing of this initial tranche, and the goal of acquiring controlling interest of LivePools, the Company has expanded beyond its successful launch of BLITZPOKER, executing on its strategy to create a world class experience and ecosystem for gamers. With this investment comes the addition of fantasy sports, rummy and quiz gaming to go along with the Company’s already successful poker product launch, continuing to round out the ecosystem which will soon include a number of additional product offerings such as esports and other skill-based games.
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The Company is in the business of providing its customers with entertaining, exciting and engaging online gaming products with a unique blend of skill-based games and games of chance. The Company’s product suite includes social gaming, sports betting, poker, rummy, fantasy sports, quiz games as well as thrilling games of chance as part of its certifiably fair online casino. The Company will soon be adding to both its product offering and to geographic availability as it strives to make its products available everywhere globally.
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