Luckbox and Esports Entertainment Group unveil key hires

27 November 2018

Luckbox has poached Frida Ericksson from Pinnacle Sports to serve as the esports  betting start-up’s new director of operations, while rival operator Esports Entertainment Group has hired Christopher Malone as its new chief financial officer.

Ericksson (pictured), will oversee security, fraud prevention, verification, payments, customer support and responsible gambling activities at Luckbox. She joins after just under three years with Pinnacle, where she served as fraud, compliance and payment processing manager, before being promoted to global payment processing manager in January this year.

“My role will be pretty broad and will involve several aspects of customer interactions – and tools for all these areas,” she said. “My aim is to ensure a smooth payments and verification flow together with a world-class customer support.”

The company has embarked on a hiring spree in recent months ahead of its launch, planned for 2019. Earlier this month, Aleksandar Dimitrov was unveiled as head of product for sportsbook at Luckbox, following the appointments earlier this year of Quentin Martin as chief operating officer and Vadim Soloveychik as chief marketing officer.

Luckbox, founded by former PokerStars duo Lars Lien and Mike Stevens, is set to launch its new esports betting platform in early 2019, with support from Omega Systems.

In August, Luckbox became the first cryptocurrency-supported esports betting platform to obtain a gambling licence from the Isle of Man government. The company has said that the licence will enable it to tackle markets such as the Nordics, Eastern Europe and Canada.

Meanwhile, Esports Entertainment Group has recruited Christopher Malone as finance chief ahead of what it hopes will be a period of significant expansion.

“His experience at the highest levels of finance and information technology organisations, with stringent reporting requirements to regulators on both sides of the border, will be invaluable now that our company has secured financing and embarks on aggressive growth plans within the global esports industry,” Esports Entertainment Group chief executive Grant Johnson said.

Malone is the founding director of PrOasis, a professional consulting firm, where he has spent the past 26 years working in executive management, corporate finance, strategic planning and governance for Canadian small- to medium enterprises.