Pincus: For new mobile devs, it’s organic growth or bust

first_imgPincus: For new mobile devs, it’s organic growth or bustAt Slush, Zynga founder Mark Pincus advised mobile startups to set a “high bar” for organic growth before investing in advertising and UAMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 12th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleZyngaThe casual gaming market has changed since the early days of Zynga, but founder Mark Pincus would advise any new developer to aim for the same kind of organic growth that first started his company’s meteoric rise.When they first launched at the end of the last decade, games like Zynga Poker and Farmville reached millions of daily active users with almost no money spent on marketing. Today, the amounts invested in user acquisition are so high that most developers struggle to gain a foothold next to the vast spending power of the biggest mobile companies.In a Q&A session at the Slush conference in Helsinki, Finland, Pincus told GamesIndustry.biz that, while the current market conditions are far tougher than those Zynga faced, if he started again today he would look for the same organic growth before committing resources to UA.”If I can’t get to organic, I’m not doing it” “If I were starting a gaming app or company today I would hold myself to a high bar of, ‘If I can’t get to organic, I’m not doing it.’ If I can’t get something good enough that it spreads some other way than ads, then it’s a B+.”Earlier in the same session, Pincus categorised a B+ as “the enemy” of both an A and an F, either of which would indicate the kind of innovation and risk-taking that the mobile games market now demands. It is easy to pursue an idea that is only “pretty good”, he said, and to find “positive feedback loops” to justify pushing forward.”It takes up space, and you have to be ready to kill that idea to make space,” he said. “Sometimes there’s a power in admitting, y’know what, I don’t have any good ideas right now. We all feel this need to be pursuing something, but you get booked up doing that – that’s on my mind a lot as a product maker. “We fall in love with our own ideas, and it’s really hard to have this third-person perspective and say, ‘I thought this would be the coolest thing, but now I’ve built it and it’s just not that great’.”For a smaller mobile game developer, UA can obfuscate the true worth of a product, and the audience gained through that method may quickly disappear when the money runs out. In Pincus’ view, if a mobile game can’t grow to a significant level organically, the market may now be too crowded and unforgiving to justify any other approach.”The original vision that we had for social gaming, it doesn’t feel like anyone – including us – has delivered on it” However, Zynga’s chairman also said that there is some blue ocean left for mobile game developers to explore; specifically in social gaming, which he believes is still ripe with potential.”The original vision that we had for social gaming, it doesn’t feel like anyone – including us – has delivered that much on it,” he continued. “We thought that gaming could be this medium for people to be social, to express themselves, to be really found and seen. It offered so many more dimensions than you get on Facebook with a ‘like’ or just posting a photo.”Games offer this chance to take on a different role; there’s a chance to be altruistic or heroic. I feel that, other than in very hardcore games like World of Warcraft, I don’t feel that is available and accessible to consumers.”I feel that is wide open. Minecraft touched on it, but I feel that’s still completely available.”With mobile as the obvious platform for a more meaningful form of social gaming, Pincus suggested that an impediment to achieving it lies in the way the ecosystem is dominated by a small handful of huge, increasingly lethargic platforms.”Facebook and Myspace in 2007 were this amazing ecosystem that let us really move quickly, and not waste time in getting our audiences by building software,” he said. “I feel like we need that today. It feels like we’re kinda stuck in cement. It feels really slow and high friction to me.”I want a way to have an idea and then, within a week or two, turn your idea into something that’s in front of real people. Not in a year, not after rounds of venture financing. Somehow it feels like we’ve gone backwards on that.””If we want to innovate, we have to go and build our own network, our own software…and that’s a lot of fucking work” According to Pincus, Zynga is now working a lot more on HTML games, which could help get around the escalating problems around acquiring audiences on mobile. It now has games on Facebook Messenger that get 100,000 organic installs a day, which is “back to where we were a long time ago.” However, the platform is still owned and controlled by Facebook, which – like all owned platforms – limits the degree to which developers can pursue innovative ideas, and how far those innovative ideas can spread.”I feel like the amount and the pace of innovation in social has come to a complete halt,” he said. “In a similar way to how we were at one point with AOL. We were all waiting for AOL to do something and if they didn’t do it then nothing was going to happen.”I think it should be easier [to connect with people]… I have friends and people who might be around me, but if I’m waiting for Facebook to offer its nearby thing or something it doesn’t happen. In a way, as a result, we’re kinda back to being alone and less connected.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “There’s a lot of effort we have to put in to connecting, and there’s not a lot of intelligence in the system. If we want to innovate, we have to go and build our own network, our own software…and that’s a lot of fucking work just to want to do this one thing.”Pincus expressed an interest in “open source” social platforms for mobile, which would allow everyone to “participate in the ecosystem” and create business plans that do not turn on the whims of a single company – an idea that Simogo touched upon this week when it announced it was giving up on mobile in favour of console. An open social platform for mobile, he said, would mean, “our efforts are having network effects, which are helping all of us with each new effort.” “I really want to see that, and once we have that it’s going to be so much better for all of us… I want to see that moment on mobile, where we say Facebook is amazing, Snapchat and Google are amazing, but they’re not the whole mobile ecosystem experience. We ought to have something that we all participate in, and that any of us can add an innovation to.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesZynga acquiring Chartboost for $250mFirst quarter financials show publisher’s continued acquisitions have led to soaring revenues, but it continues to post net lossesBy Brendan Sinclair 6 days agoZynga pledges $100,000 to Girls Who CodeNew partnership announced on International Women’s Day will enable non-profit to expand its program of free coding clubsBy James Batchelor 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

ESL acquires minority stake in Indian publisher Nazara Technologies

first_imgESL acquires minority stake in Indian publisher Nazara Technologies”Our goal is to bring esports to the players and fans all around the world,” says ESL CEOHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterFriday 9th February 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleESLNazara TechnologiesIn a bit to further globalise its esports operation, ESL has acquired a minority stake in Indian gaming firm Nazara Technologies. The deal, worth an undisclosed amount, also includes a license agreement with Nodwin Gaming, an Indian esports startup recent acquired by Nazara. As reported by Business Insider, under the deal Nodwin has secured exclusive licensing rights to organise ESL events in the region for the next five years, including community platforms and competitions. The deal also secures media distribution rights of ESL global content across local and digital platforms in India. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Our goal is to bring esports to the players and fans all around the world,” said Ralf Reichert, ESL’s CEO. “We believe that Nazara, one of the leading mobile games companies will help us in expanding our ESL operations through strategic local partnerships.”Manish Agarwal, CEO, Nazara Technologies, added: “We look forward to partnering with ESL to bring global games to India and other emerging markets.”Earlier this year, Nazara acquired a majority stake in mobile developer Nextwave Multimedia, as part of its $20 million plan to develop esports in the region. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNazara Technologies gets $13.7m in fundingHornbill Capital enters the Indian games industry with INR 100 Crore investmentBy Matthew Handrahan 3 months agoNazara Technologies buys majority stake in Paper Boat AppsIndian firm raises stake to 51%, values the educational game developer at around $20mBy Matthew Handrahan 9 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

NetEase acquires minority stake in Quantic Dream

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. NetEase acquires minority stake in Quantic DreamInvestment will “open new opportunities for our studio” says co-CEO Guillaume de FondaumiereHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterTuesday 29th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNeteaseQuantic DreamChinese games giant NetEase has acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream, it was announced today. In a statement from NetEase, the company confirmed that Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently under its current leadership. The two companies didn’t disclose the scale of investment, but co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere said it will “open new opportunities for our studio”. The investment will be channeled towards supporting Quantic Dream’s “vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company” and to develop “advanced technologies and games for the future”. “With a strong focus on in-house development, we are constantly looking for partners that complement us in the development and creation of the next generation games,” said NetEase vice president Ethan Wang.Creative director and CEO David Cage added: “The landscape of the gaming industry will go through major evolutions in the coming years, with new hardware to come, new business models to explore and new ways of playing to invent.”We want Quantic Dream to take a key role in this exciting future and having NetEase by our side as a strategic partner will allow us to expand our creative vision and develop the company to its fullest potential. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “NetEase understands what Quantic is about as they share our passion for high quality games and our ambitions for the studio.”The investment comes off the back of a mixed year for Quantic Dream. While Detroit: Become Human was the studio’s fastest selling game to date, the studio also lost a court battle over its toxic work culture. NetEase, meanwhile, was hampered by the Chinese game market freeze which saw it lose roughly 31.6% of its market value over the course of 2018.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCourt overturns ruling against Quantic Dream over unfair dismissalQuantic Dream also shared a statement to “set the record straight,” dismissing all allegations of toxic cultureBy Marie Dealessandri 29 days agoQuantic Dream opening a Montreal studioNew location will collaborate with Paris headquarters on same project; Stephane D’Astous tapped to be GM By Brendan Sinclair 3 months agoLatest comments (1)James Berg Games User Researcher 2 years ago That is a very interesting partnership, looking forward to seeing what they come up with 🙂last_img read more

MNRE invites solar policy comments

first_imgMNRE invites solar policy commentsGovernment department launches draft policy on web and asks for opinion by 1 March. February 10, 2015 Peter Carvill Markets Markets & Policy Policy Share India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is inviting comments on its Draft Solar Policy, which was published on the web today.The ten-page document, available here, outlines some of the government department’s thinking. However, sections of it are blank and very little relevant or concrete information can be gleaned. It gives no proposed start or end date, no minimum targets for implementation of solar over the next five years, and any hint of prices to be paid for electricity generated. Currently, the proposition is titled ‘Solar Policy, 201x‘. References are made throughout to finding suitable approaches and models but with no fine detail as to how or when this will be achieved.However, the document does provide a tantalizing hint that feed-in-tariffs could be applied. The author of the proposals writes, “The State shall promote implementation of solar power plant and sale of electricity generated to a Person other than the Distribution Licensee. The Nodal Agency shall extend its support for implementation of solar power plants under this segment. The Electricity Regulatory Commission shall announce suitable provisions for the development of the plants under this category.”The Draft Solar Policy also hints at heavy government investment in the areas of decentralized and off-grid solar applications to meet guidelines set out by MNRE. Firstly, the Nodal Agencz will look to identify priority areas for off-grid and decentralized deploymnt. 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Yann Candele Claims Caledon Cup at Canadian Show Jumping Tournament

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Having dominated the CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament, Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, rode away with the Caledon Cup on Sunday, September 23. Candele won all three phases of competition comprising the Caledon Cup at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, ON, recently named the official equestrian venue of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.Candele won Thursday’s $15,000 Caledon Cup Phase 1 riding Carlotta Singular, and returned to the grand prix arena on Saturday to win the $35,000 Caledon Cup Phase 2 with Game Ready. In Sunday’s third and final phase, the $50,000 RAM Equestrian Caledon Cup Phase 3, Candele qualified both Carlotta Singular and Game Ready for the five horse jump-off.Mac Cone, 60, of King City, ON, opened the jump-off with a clear performance in a time of 38.93 seconds riding Unanimous, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by The Unanimous Group and Southern Ways.His 2008 Olympic silver medal teammate Jill Henselwood, 49, of Oxford Mills, ON, was next in the ring with New Idol Z. Henselwood has been riding the eight-year-old grey Zangersheide mare since last summer, and the pair recently stepped up to the grand prix level. They produced a clear round over Leopoldo Palacois’s shortened jump-off track, but their time of 40.85 seconds would leave them in fifth place in the final standings.Riding a hot streak, Candele was next in the ring with Carlotta Singular, a 10-year-old Hannoverian mare. The pair were recently the traveling alternates for the Canadian Show Jumping Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games and used their experience to produce a clear round in a time of 37.08 seconds to move into the lead.Erynn Ballard, 32, of Tottenham, ON, qualified her new mount, Quintello, for the jump-off. In only their second competition together, Ballard and Quintello were clear in a time of 39.50 seconds to take fourth place. A 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Quintello is owned by Francis Berger of Southshore Farm of Mont St. Hilaire, QC, and Tjeert Rijkens of Germany.As the final challenger, Candele already had the win sewn up with Carlotta Singular, but that didn’t stop the hometown favourite from putting on a show for the crowd. With the 12-year-old Game Ready, Candele raced through the timers in 37.57 seconds. While it wasn’t fast enough to take over the lead, it did give the win to Carlotta Singular and second place to Game Ready.“You have to be lucky to even get in the jump-off, and then having two experienced horses helps,” said Candele, 41, of his success with the horses owned by Susan Grange of Lothlorien Farm in Cheltenham, ON. “Both horses won here this week, and were expected to do well in the grand prix. I am thrilled that, even with the extra pressure we had on us, we were able to succeed.”While Carlotta Singular won the $50,000 RAM Equestrian Caledon Cup Phase 3, Game Ready had the highest point total overall and was awarded the Caledon Cup, presented by the Kirton family in memory of their father, Gord Kirton.“I would especially like to thank the Kirton family for their support of the Caledon Cup,” said Candele who has lived in Canada since relocating from France in 1999 to work for Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON. “I have been close friends with Kim Kirton and the Kirton family for many years since coming to Canada, and it was very special to receive the award from them.”Candele continued, “It was great to win in front of a home crowd. By hosting the Pan American Games in 2015, Palgrave is going to attract more and more attention to our sport in the coming years, and it is great that the local community can start to become familiar with the big names in show jumping that compete at the Caledon Equestrian Park.”In addition to showcasing the best horses in the country, the CSI2* Canadian Show Jumping Tournament is held for the benefit of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. This year’s recipient, Hannah Smith, 10, of Cardston, AB, was granted her wish for a horse, presented by 2008 Olympic team silver medalists Jill Henselwood and Mac Cone. Following the $50,000 RAM Equestrian Grand Prix, Candele, as well as several other competitors, autographed their ribbons for Smith. Throughout the course of the weekend, several initiatives including the Jumping For Dreams luncheon, BBQ, and NationWide Auto Warranty Mechanical Bull Riding Challenge, raised funds and awareness for the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament’s long-time and very special charity partner.For more information on the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament, including full results, please visit www.equiman.com$50,000 RAM Equestrian Caledon Cup Phase 3Rider/Hometow/ Horse/Faults/Time1. Yann Candele/Caledon, ON/Carlotta Singular/0:0/37.082. Yann Candele/Caledon, ON/Game Ready/0:0/37.573. Mac Cone/King City, ON/Unanimous/0:0/38.934. Erynn Ballard/Tottenham, ON/Quintello/0:0/39.505. Jill Henselwood/Oxford Mills, ON/New Idol /0:0/40.856. Francois Lamontagne/St. Eustache, QC/Undergroud des Hauts Droits/47. Angela Covert-Lawrence/St. Lazare, QC/Utan/48. Ainsley Vince/Burlington, ON/Darling/49. Erynn Ballard/Tottenham, ON/Wennous/410. Neil Badcock/King City, ON/Campino/411. Lauran Patava/Etobicoke, ON/Sly/412. Kelley Robinson/Russell, ON/Enzo/5 Tags: Canadian Show Jumping Tournament, Yann Candele, Unanimous, CSJT, Carlotta Singular, Mac Con, Games Ready, Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Event Riders Association Meets FEI to Discuss Rules Changes

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews Representatives from the Event Riders Association (ERA) met with Giuseppe Della Chiesa, Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee, and Catrin Norinder, FEI Director Eventing & Olympic in London (GBR) on December 6, 2012 to talk through changes to the FEI Eventing Rules that will be implemented from January 1, 2013.The meeting was designed as a clarification exercise and as an opportunity to discuss the motivation behind the Eventing rule changes for 2013. Athlete Categorisation and Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) were two of the key points of discussion.The new rules oblige National Federations and trainers to take more responsibility to ensure that their riders are ready to compete internationally, using their own NF qualification system and not relying solely on the MERs.ERA was represented by Ruy Fonseca (BRA), Bruce Haskell (NZL) and Nick Wallbridge (GBR). ERA President, Francis Whittington, who had initiated the talks, was unable to attend the meeting, which was held on 6 December at London Heathrow (GBR), but he commented favourably after speaking to the ERA representatives.“This meeting was part of the ongoing working relationship surrounding the rules and demonstrates that the riders are taking responsibility for their sport and that the FEI encourages their involvement in this process,” he said. “It was a really valuable discussion and was very much appreciated by the riders. We were really delighted at how receptive the FEI were to our comments and it shows how dedicated the Eventing Committee is to the future development of the sport.”FEI Eventing Chair, Giuseppe Della Chiesa, was also very positive about the outcome of the meeting. “It is always healthy to have an inclusive discussion around rules changes and after the very successful workshop at the FEI Sports Forum earlier this year, it was good to have another session, this time with representatives from ERA, to discuss these changes and how they will be implemented. The support from the riders is very much appreciated by the FEI.”The FEI Eventing Department has now produced a document detailing FAQs on the 2013 Eventing Rules. The document can be accessed here. Tags: FEI Eventing Committee, Giuseppe della Chiesa, Event Riders Association, Catrin Norinder, ERA, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP last_img read more

Teenager Wins World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand

first_imgTaupo teen Annabel Francis has added another solid win to her tally with victory in the POLi Payments FEI World Cup Qualifier at the MetalForm Central and Southern Hawke’s Bay Showjumping Championships in Dannevirke this afternoon.Ten lined up to be challenged by course designer Roger Laplanche in the last qualifier of New Zealand’s highest-ranking series, with the final next weekend in Auckland.Clear rounds came from Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) aboard her former eventer Henton Faberge, series leader Tegan Fitzsimon (West Melton) aboard Windermere Cappuccino and Melody Matheson (Havelock North) on Cortaflex Graffiti MH. Five combinations sat on four faults apiece including Annabel and her mounts La Quinara, who had a rail at the first jump, and Carado GHP, her nominated horse for the very valuable series points.In the second round, only Annabel and La Quinara managed to leave everything up. “My plan was for a fast clear to put the pressure on the others and we did just that,” said 18-year-old Annabel. “She is so brave and has so much scope. I wasn’t sure I had done enough at the end of our round given there were three very good combinations to follow us.”Earlier in the round Annabel had opted to retire aboard Carado GHP. “It just wasn’t his day.”However, the day certainly belonged to the 12-year-old German-import La Quinara who also won the Haupouri Best First Year World Cup Horse. “I bought her three years ago when she was quite green, so she has really stepped up. More experience will just make her better.”This is Annabel’s second World Cup qualifier win aboard La Quinara. “It is very special to win again. I love working hard and getting good results like this.”Annabel will now talk to her trainer Jeff McVean before deciding on her plans for next week’s final. Her victory today topped off a great show for Annabel who also won the 1.4m yesterday aboard La Quinara.Roger Laplanche’s course had ridden well but had a few lines that proved too challenging for some.The winner of the New Zealand league, which culminates with the final next weekend, usually has the chance to represent the nation at the Longines FEI World Cup Final which is scheduled to be held March 31-April 5, 2021, in Gothenburg Sweden, but with a global pandemic whether it goes ahead or not is uncertain.For full results, head to www.main-events.com Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Tags: New Zealand, World Cup qualifier, Annabel Francis, La Quinara, Roger Laplanche, center_img Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

PSG Handball and HBC Nantes lead LIDL Starligue

first_imgRaul Gonzalez extends his adventure at Paris Saint-Germain until June 2023! 8.Ivry310282:872 13.Selestat300376:870 5.Aix320193:844 11.Dunkerque310268:802 7.Nimes320190:854 PSG Handball suffered first defeat in domestic Championship 2020/2021 14.Cesson Rennes-Metropole300375:900 Creteil30 – 24Selestat STANDINGS: Paris SG34 – 32Aix 4.Chambery Savoie320185:754 Chambery Savoie29 – 25Ivry 6.Montpellier320195:874 Recommended for you Montpellier35 – 28Cesson Rennes-Metropolecenter_img Click to comment Nimes22 – 27Toulouse 10.Creteil310278:882 2.Nantes330093:806 12.Saran301288:1001 3.St. Raphael321084:755 Related Items:HBC Nantes, LIDL Starligue handball, PSG Handball ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsPSG Handball and HBC Nantes are the only two teams on 100% after three rounds of matches in French LIDL Starligue. Two leading teams won all matches despite their tough schedule, as they are French representatives at VELUX EHF Champions League.However, PSG Handball had tough job to outplay Aix 34:32 without injured Nikola Karabatic.HBC Nantes won in away match against newcomers – Saran 31:27.RESULTS: 1.Paris SG3300100:816 Saran27 – 31Nantes UNSTOPPABLE! PSG HANDBALL 21/21 in France! ShareTweetShareShareEmail 9.Toulouse310283:912 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

THW Kiel win Pixum Super Cup 2020

first_imgRecommended for you Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTHW Kiel won the Pixum Super Cup 2020! The German champions beat SG Flensburg Handewitt 28:24 (14:13) in front of 2.200 fans at Düsseldorf ISS Dome, Arena with 12.000 seats capacity.Dario Quenstedt has been voted for the Most Valuable Player of the Super Cup.TOP scorers were Niklas Ekberg and Sander Sagosen with seven goals. SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby THW Kiel: Saggau (n.e.), Quenstedt (1.60., 11/1 saves); Ehrig (n.e.), Duvnjak (2), Sagosen (7), Reinkind (1), M. Landin (4), Weinhold (1), Wiencek (2), Ekberg (7/4), Wäger (n.e.), Dahmke (n.e.), Zarabec (3), Calvert (n.e.), Horak, Pekeler (1); Trainer: JichaSG Flensburg-Handewitt: Buric (1.-60.), Bererud; Hald, Svan (4), Wanne (4), Jöndal, Steinhauser, Mensah (2), Sögard (2), Gottfridsson g (1), Semper (4), Pelko (2), Möller (5), RödSCORES: 1:0, 2:1 (2.), 2:3 (6.), 5:3 (8.), 7:5 (12.), 7:8 (16.), 9:10 (22.), 11:10 (25.), 13:12 (27.), 13:13 (28.), 14:13; 16:15 (35.), 18:15 (39.), 21:18 (45.), 22:19, 22:21 (52.), 25:21 (55.), 27:23 (57.), 28:24 PHOTO: THW Kiel THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:SG Flensburg Handewitt, THW Kiel THW KIEL – SG FLENSBURG-HANDEWITT: 28:24 (14:13) Harald Reinkind to stay at THW Kiellast_img read more

France explores a credit line for Iran, but needs Trump’s buy-in

first_imgNahal Toosi reported from Washington. Also On POLITICO EU tests maritime security pact after Iran tanker fight By Jacopo Barigazzi Le Drian told reporters that French President Emmanuel Macron had felt it was worth pursuing the credit line idea after talking to Trump during the G7.“President Macron felt that President Trump was open to attenuating the maximum pressure strategy [against Iran] and was open to finding a new itinerary that would lead to a deal,” Le Drian said.Whether Trump decides to support the credit line idea could come down to if Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, agrees to meet with him, sources told POLITICO.“All this won’t work unless at some point Rouhani accepts to see Trump. If they refuse, it won’t happen,” a senior French diplomat said.An ideal opportunity for a Rouhani-Trump meeting will occur later this month during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Trump has in the past sought to meet Rouhani during that annual gathering, but he’s been rebuffed.Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal last year. He said the deal, negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, was too narrow and time limited. After pulling out of the agreement, Trump has imposed a slew of U.S. sanctions on Iran, badly damaging its economy. In return for the credit line, Tehran would have to fully comply with the 2015 nuclear deal and commit to not threatening security in the Persian Gulf and not impeding freedom of maritime navigation. The country would also have to agree to future talks on Middle East security and on more long-term nuclear arrangements, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said Tuesday. The credit line would be guaranteed by Iranian oil.The exact value of the credit line, and which countries will contribute to it, remains under discussion, although Iranian officials have said it would be around $15 billion.“There is still a lot to figure out. It’s all still very fragile,” Le Drian said.His remarks came a day after an Iranian economic delegation was in Paris for talks. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire was in Washington on Tuesday to meet with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Lawrence Kudlow, a top economic adviser to Trump.Neither a credit line nor oil sales are possible without American waivers on sanctions, French officials said. And U.S. officials are not especially enthused about either idea, people familiar with the issue told POLITICO.A senior Trump administration official reacted brusquely to questions about the credit line, saying “the Europeans are desperate to salvage a terrible deal.” A senior State Department official, meanwhile, insisted: “There are no discussions taking place between State Department officials and European officials to reinstate Iran waivers or relax our pressure in any way.” PARIS — European officials are looking at creating a multibillion-dollar credit line for Iran to entice the sanctions-battered country to keep abiding by an international nuclear deal.But their efforts face resistance from U.S. officials who oversee those sanctions, even though President Donald Trump has publicly flirted with the idea as part of broader nuclear negotiations.French officials said this week they have been discussing the possibility of a credit line with both Iranian and U.S. officials. The talks come as Iran has pledged to take more steps to violate the nuclear deal within days, its latest retaliation for Trump’s decision to quit the agreement and reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran.center_img Iran at first kept abiding by the agreement, hoping that European countries, as well as Russia and China, could help its economy survive the U.S. sanctions. But the other countries have not been able to give Iran the relief it wants because U.S. sanctions have deterred European companies from doing business with Iran, for fear of losing access to the much more lucrative U.S. market.In recent months, Iranian officials have taken small steps to violate certain aspects of the agreement. They have said they will take more steps at the end of the week if the European signatories don’t “fulfill their obligations.”France’s Macron has staked significant political capital in trying to save the deal and broker some sort of détente between Trump and Iran.In recent weeks, France has been having extensive conversations with China, India and Japan, the three main purchasers of Iranian oil pre-U.S. sanctions. French officials say the three countries are ready to resume buying Iranian oil if the U.S. reissues waivers.The Trump administration has kept up its ongoing sanctioning of Iran, which it dubbed its “maximum pressure campaign.”On Tuesday, the administration announced it is imposing sanctions on the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes on grounds that their work advanced the country’s ballistic missile program. “There’s no appetite for the credit line idea — at least the French version as we know it now,”another U.S. official separately told POLITICO.The official added, however, that including a credit line might be something worth considering as part of a future deal with Iran that covers its nuclear activity as well as a range of other matters of dispute, such as its ballistic missile program.Another person familiar with the administration’s discussions echoed the notion that none of Trump’s deputies appear enthused by the credit line concept. The challenge, as it often is, is that Trump himself may be on a different page than his aides.“The big question is, ‘What the hell’s in Trump’s mind?’” the person said.While in France last month for the Group of Seven summit, Trump indicated he was open to the idea of a credit line so long as the U.S. doesn’t pay for it.“No, we are not paying, we don’t pay,” Trump said. “But [the Iranians] may need some money to get them over a very rough patch and if they do need money, and it would be secured by oil, which to me is great security, and they have a lot of oil, but it is secured by oil, so we are really talking about a letter of credit. It would be from numerous countries, numerous countries.”last_img read more