Friday, May 31, 2024

Heart attack, stroke and cancer account for 60% of life insurance claims in the region – Zurich consumer report reveals

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Friday, 31. May 2024 AETOSWire

Over the last three years, Zurich has paid out more than US$210 million across individual and group life claims.


Key highlights:

Claims for living benefits surpassed life insurance claims for the first time, amounting to 56% of the total claims, a 6% increase compared to last year, suggesting a growing trend and increased emphasis on supporting customers during their lifetimes.

Heart attacks and strokes remain the primary cause of death, accounting for 36% of claims, followed by cancer at 25%.

Cancer constitutes 80% of cases in women, with ovarian cancer as the second leading cause; while 1 out of 4 men have claimed insurance for cancer, with prostate and stomach cancer among the leading causes.


Zurich International Life, part of Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich), has just revealed their claims payouts, reaching US$210 million across individual and group life claims. Their recent Customer Claims Paid Report 2024 highlights the major causes of life and critical illness claims. This year, individual claims amounted to US$170 million, compared to last year’s US$160 million, necessitating a closer examination of individual lifestyle choices. The rise in claims for life and critical illness cover is primarily attributed to heart disease and cancer, which have alone accounted for 60% of life claims.

The report is based on living and life cover benefits claims made against Zurich’s retail and group life policies between 2021 and 2023 and highlights a notable shift in the distribution of insurance claims. Surprisingly, the report revealed that claims for living benefits surpassed life insurance claims for the first time, amounting to 56% of the total claims, a 6% increase compared to last year.

“People must carefully assess their personal lifestyle choices, examine the potential associated risks and accordingly create a life plan to protect the future of their loved ones,” said Deepak Gaur, Head of Claims & Corporate Operations at Zurich. “Transparency in communication with your insurance adviser is paramount, to ensure informed decision-making when planning your finances. This will ensure individuals receive the best protection for themselves and their families,” he added.

A case for living benefits       

Living benefits ensure that your loved ones have financial security even if you’re unable to work due to illness or injury, helping maintain their financial stability. According to the report, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer have continued to remain significant contributors to critical illness claims, collectively constituting a staggering 92%. They also accounted for 60% of overall life insurance claims, underscoring the profound impact of these health conditions on individuals' lives and the importance of having comprehensive coverage.

The report highlights significant differences in claim patterns between men and women, shedding light on the need for tailored insurance solutions that address unique health conditions. While existing beliefs often suggest otherwise, cancer affects both men and women. Among critical illness claims, cancer constitutes 80% for women, yet it's crucial to recognise that men also face substantial cancer risks. Notably, 1 out of 4 men have used their insurance cover for cancer, with prostate and stomach cancer ranking among the leading causes.

According to the report, women have accounted for 44% of death and 80% of critical illness claims, primarily attributed to cancer, over the past three years. Additionally, claims for heart attacks and strokes have doubled for women, rising from 7% to 14% in just a year. These findings emphasise the need to assess potential health risks, considering factors such as lifestyle choices, age, and habits. By acknowledging and addressing gender-specific differences, insurance providers can better serve customers and ensure impartial access to financial protection.

Life’s uncertain at any age

The report underscores the inadequacy of a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to life insurance and critical illness cover, stressing the importance of understanding diverse demographics. This year, the average age of life cover claimants decreased to 53, while the age range of claimants has widened from 27 to 80, marking a four-year increase from 2023.

Notably, the youngest critical illness claimant was two years old, while the oldest was 84, emphasising the universal necessity for insurance coverage across all life stages.

How much is enough?

Securing the financial well-being of non-earning family members who provide you with the support you need is extremely crucial. Zurich recognises this and offers a practical solution to assess your life insurance needs. The insurance coverage that you take should cover your current and future financial obligations.

Taking the first step is crucial, but seeking guidance from a financial adviser is essential to gain a comprehensive understanding of your situation and needs. They can offer invaluable insights into critical factors such as age, health status, and dependents, significantly influencing insurance costs. Armed with this personalised knowledge, customers can request coverage plans that precisely align with their financial and life goals and needs.

Take the first step towards your protected future

“At Zurich, we prioritise our customers’ health and comfort. Over the past three years, we've paid out 98% of all life claims across 73 countries. We ensure that we’re there for our customers in their time of need, without any hassle – settling claims within 72 hours of receiving all required documents,” said Deepak. “Life insurance is essential for financial security but having a reliable partner matters just as much. Our promise to you is to pay you, on time, wherever you are.”

The report underscores the importance of tailored solutions that address personal situations and health conditions, ensuring comprehensive coverage for individuals at every stage of life. As individuals take proactive steps towards securing their futures, Zurich stands ready to serve as a trusted partner, offering peace of mind and reliable support in times of need.

About Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer serving people and businesses in more than 200 countries and territories. Founded 150 years ago, Zurich is transforming insurance. In addition to providing insurance protection, Zurich is increasingly offering prevention services such as those that promote wellbeing and enhance climate resilience.

Reflecting its purpose to ‘create a brighter future together’, Zurich aspires to be one of the most responsible and impactful businesses in the world. It is targeting net-zero emissions by 2050 and has the highest-possible ESG rating from MSCI. In 2020, Zurich launched the Zurich Forest project to support reforestation and biodiversity restoration in Brazil.

The Group has about 60,000 employees and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information is available at

About Zurich International Life

Zurich International Life Limited is a part of Zurich Insurance Group and was established in the Isle of Man, which is licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority with established and registered branches in the UAE licensed by the Central Bank of the UAE. It is registered (Registration No. 63) under UAE Federal Law Number 6 of 2007, and its activities in the UAE are governed by such law.

Further information about Zurich International Life is available at



Melwyn Abraham

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ExaGrid Wins 3 Industry Awards at Network Computing Awards 2024


 ExaGrid named “Company of the Year” for 5th year in a row

(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExaGrid®, the industry’s only Tiered Backup Storage solution with Retention Time-Lock that includes a non-network-facing tier (creating a tiered air gap), delayed deletes and immutability for ransomware recovery, today announced that the company was honored with three industry awards, including Company of the Year, Hardware Product of the Year, and the Return on Investment Award during the Network Computing Awards ceremony, held in London on May 23, 2024.

ExaGrid continues to gain recognition for its Tiered Backup Storage, winning four industry awards so far in 2024, including:

  • Data Breakthrough Awards – Data Backup Solution of the Year
  • Network Computing Awards – Company of the Year
  • Network Computing Awards – Hardware Product of the Year
  • Network Computing Awards – Return on Investment Award

The Network Computing Awards are determined by public vote. The 2024 awards mark the sixth consecutive year of wins for ExaGrid at the Network Computing Awards, and the fifth consecutive year that ExaGrid has won the Company of Year award.

“We are honored to win these three awards, especially to be recognized as Company of the Year again, and we are grateful to our partners and customers for their support. Congratulations to all of the winners of the Network Computing Awards 2024, and many thanks to everyone who voted for us,” said Bill Andrews, President and CEO of ExaGrid. “As highlighted by the Return on Investment Award, ExaGrid continues to innovate its product, and improve the economics of backup storage by providing advanced integration and improved deduplication with the leading backup applications, and offering a scale-out architecture which eliminates expensive forklift upgrades and planned product obsolescence, all while delivering the best performance, security, and ransomware recovery solution at a low cost up front over time.”

About ExaGrid

ExaGrid provides Tiered Backup Storage with a unique disk-cache Landing Zone, long-term retention repository, and scale-out architecture. ExaGrid’s Landing Zone provides for the fastest backups, restores, and instant VM recoveries. The Repository Tier offers the lowest cost for long-term retention. ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture includes full appliances and ensures a fixed-length backup window as data grows, eliminating expensive forklift upgrades and product obsolescence. ExaGrid offers the only two-tiered backup storage approach with a non-network-facing tier, delayed deletes, and immutable objects to recover from ransomware attacks.

ExaGrid has physical sales and pre-sales systems engineers in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Benelux, Brazil, Canada, Chile, CIS, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nordics, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and other regions.

Visit us at or connect with us on LinkedIn. See what our customers have to say about their own ExaGrid experiences and learn why they now spend significantly less time on backup storage in our customer success stories. ExaGrid is proud of our +81 NPS score!

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Mary Domenichelli

شراكة هي الأولى من نوعها بين شركة Cequence المتخصصة في مجال أمان واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) وشركة Aramco Digital

 ستحدد مذكرة التفاهم منهجًا معينًا لابتكار حل لحماية واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) وتقديمه إلى سوق Aramco الرقمي


(BUSINESS WIRE)-- أعلنت اليوم شركة Cequence الرائدة في مجال أمان واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) وإدارة الروبوتات عن توقيعها مذكرة تفاهم مع Aramco Digital Company الرقمية المتخصصة في مجال التكنولوجيا التابعة لشركة Saudi Aramco بغية وضع خطط للتعاون الإستراتيجي هادفةً إلى تعزيز أمان واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) وتوطينها داخل المملكة العربية السعودية.

يهدف هذا التعاون إلى دفع عجلة التحول الرقمي في القطاعات الصناعية في المملكة العربية السعودية، وعن طريق تطبيق حل Unified API Protection (UAP)، فإنه سيتم حماية البيانات الحيوية والوظائف المهمة المعرضة للخطر في واجهات برمجة التطبيقات (API). يأتي هذا في أعقاب الإطلاق الأخير لشركة Aramco Digital Company التي تهدف إلى تسريع وتيرة التحول الرقمي داخل المملكة ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا. إضافةً إلى ذلك، ستدرس الشركتان إمكانية ابتكار حل لحماية واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) هو الأول من نوعه بغية توفيره لسوق ADC.

وقع على مذكرة التفاهم Ameya Talwalkar المدير التنفيذي في شركة Cequence وMoataz Lami مدير قسم أمن المعلومات في Aramco Digital بالنيابة عن Cequence وAramco Digital Company، كما تفضل بالحضور Andy Mills نائب رئيس شركة Cequence في أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وإفريقيا، وJames Sherlow مدير قسم هندسة الحلول في Cequence.

صرح Talwalkar، قائلاً: "إن التوسع الذي يشهده العالم الرقمي، خصوصًا مع ظهور الذكاء الاصطناعي التوليدي واعتماده على واجهات برمجة التطبيقات (API)، جعل واجهات برمجة التطبيقات (API) الهدف الأول للمهاجمين". "ونظرًا إلى أن واجهات برمجة التطبيقات باتت هي حجر الأساس في التحول الرقمي، فإن تأمينها هو أمر بالغ الأهمية. ومن جانبي، فإنني أرى أن هذه الشراكة تؤكد على التزامنا بتوفير أفضل الحلول الأمنية لواجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) التي من شأنها حماية البيانات الحيوية وضمان اعتماد سلس وآمن للذكاء الاصطناعي في المؤسسات."

تعد منصة Unified API Protection المبتكرة من Cequence الحل الوحيد لحماية واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) مع إدارة متكاملة للروبوتات، إذ يمكنها القضاء على المخاطر الأمنية المجهولة والجسيمة عبر الويب والهاتف المحمول وكل مراحل دورة حياة أمان واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API).

بفضل Cequence، يمكن للمؤسسات ضمان قدرتها على تأمين التطبيقات الحيوية والدفاع عنها ضد فقدان البيانات والاحتيال وتعطل الأعمال. كما تحقق فرق الأمان التي تفعّل منصة UAP حماية مستمرة ضد المخاطر التي تطول واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) بأكملها، مما يمكّن المؤسسات من جني المزايا التنافسية والتجارية لاتصال واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) واسع الانتشار بأمان مع تلبية عنصر الامتثال التنظيمي.

وسعت شركة Cequence نطاق أعمالها في الشرق الأوسط توسعًا كبيرًا في عام 2023 في خطوة لتأمين استثمارات من Prosperity7 Ventures بغية تلبية الطلب الإقليمي المتزايد. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، أبرمت شركة Cequence شراكة مع AmiViz، أول سوق تجارية للشركات (B2B) في منطقة مجلس التعاون الخليجي (GCC) بغية تفعيل منصة UAP في المؤسسات في كل أنحاء المنطقة. وتجدر هنا الإشارة إلى أن شركة Cequence تحتل موقعًا رياديًا في مجال الحلول الأمنية المبتكرة في المنطقة، إذ تعمل على حماية مجموعة متنوعة من المؤسسات، بما في ذلك أكبر مزود للاتصالات السلكية واللاسلكية، ويؤكد تميزها في هذا الصدد على قدرتها على تقديم حلول متكاملة لا مثيل لها فاعلة في مواجهة التحديات الفريدة والفروق الدقيقة الخاصة بالمنطقة والصناعات المختلفة.

نبذة عن Cequence Security

تعد شركة Cequence الرائدة في مجال أمان واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) وإدارة الروبوتات الجهة الوحيدة التي توفر حل Unified API Protection (UAP)، والذي يسهم في توحيد ميزة اكتشاف الثغرات وتلبية عنصري الامتثال والحماية في كل واجهات برمجة التطبيقات (API) الداخلية والخارجية بغية الوقوف كحائط صد في مواجهة الهجمات والإساءة المستهدفة والاحتيال. كما يدعم نموذج التفعيل المرن، الذي يتطلب أقل من 15 دقيقة لدخول واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) بدون الحاجة إلى أدوات تطبيقية أو SDK أو تكامل JavaScript، عمليات التثبيت البرمجية الخدمية والمحلية والمختلطة. هذا، وتعد حلول Cequence متطورة للغاية لدرجة تتيح لها التعامل مع المتطلبات الأصعب التي تفرضها مؤسستا Fortune وGlobal 2000، مما يضمن أكثر من 8 مليارات من طلبات واجهة برمجة التطبيقات (API) اليومية وحماية أكثر من 3 مليارات من حسابات المستخدمين. للتعرف على المزيد، الرجاء زيارة

إن نص اللغة الأصلية لهذا البيان هو النسخة الرسمية المعتمدةأما الترجمة فقد قدمت للمساعدة فقط، ويجب الرجوع لنص اللغة الأصلية الذي يمثل النسخة الوحيدة ذات التأثير القانوني.

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Katrina Porter

Tulip Innovation Launches New Patent Licensing Program based on LG Energy Solution and Panasonic Energy Lithium-Ion Battery Technologies


BUDAPEST, Hungary - 

Battery manufacturers now have an efficient and flexible way to access rights under broad patent portfolios of more than 5,000 patents encompassing critical IP from two industry pioneers.


(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tulip Innovation Kft. today announced the launch of a new licensing program aggregating patents related to lithium-ion battery technology from LG Energy Solution, Ltd. (LG Energy Solution) and Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd. (Panasonic Energy). Tulip’s new licensing program is based on a combined portfolio of more than 5,000 LG Energy Solution and Panasonic Energy patents from over 1,500 patent families and is available to all battery manufacturers globally. This program represents the largest aggregation of patents offered for license in the battery industry to date.

LG Energy Solution and Panasonic Energy are leaders and pioneers in lithium-ion battery technology, with a history of groundbreaking innovation spanning more than two decades and significant investments in research and development annually. These companies have successfully developed - and served as the principal contributors to - many of the most widely deployed battery technologies in the world.

Tulip’s program offers battery manufacturers a new efficient and alternative way of accessing this wide range of patented technologies from LG Energy Solution and Panasonic Energy through a single license. The patent portfolio licensed by Tulip covers a broad spectrum of materials and processes related to cathode, anode, electrolyte, separator, and electrode, as well as structures and processes related to cells, modules, and packs.

“With standardized agreements, streamlined administration, and a single point of contact, Tulip offers considerable advantages for manufacturers who are ready to obtain the IP licenses necessary to cover their lithium-ion battery operations under the LG Energy Solution and Panasonic Energy patent portfolios,” said Giustino de Sanctis, CEO of Tulip.

Tulip’s engagement as licensing administrator reflects the trust in its team of experienced patent licensing professionals shared by both LG Energy Solution and Panasonic Energy.

“The Tulip program is an excellent opportunity for companies active in lithium-ion battery manufacturing to obtain broad licenses on major technology areas that could serve as bedrocks for their businesses,” said Jay Kim, Chief Technology Officer of LG Energy Solution. “By providing a fair patent license opportunity to industry latecomers, Tulip will contribute to upholding fair and competitive market condition in the battery industry.”

“Creating a fair competitive environment through this program will foster innovation in green technology, thereby contributing to achieving a more sustainable society,” said Shoichiro Watanabe, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Energy. “Tulip’s unique ability to provide licensees with tailored solutions, combined with a deep understanding of the technologies and industry standards, along with simplified reporting and administrative procedures, will significantly benefit all stakeholders involved.”

For more information, please visit

About Tulip Innovation

Tulip Innovation Kft. is an independent company founded to establish and manage the lithium-ion battery licensing program. Based in Hungary, the hub of European battery manufacturing, Tulip’s mission is to collaborate with companies implementing Li-ion battery technology to ensure that their manufacturing operations have access to Tulip’s robust IP portfolio. Led by a team of licensing professionals with decades of experience, Tulip has a unique combination of strong industry connections and expertise in negotiating and administering patent licenses. Additional information is available at

About LG Energy Solution

LG Energy Solution (KRX: 373220), a split-off from LG Chem, is a leading global manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, mobility, IT, and energy storage systems. With 30 years of experience in revolutionary battery technology and extensive research and development (R&D), the company is the top battery-related patent holder in the world with over 58,000 patents. Its robust global network, which spans North America, Europe, and Asia, includes battery manufacturing facilities established through joint ventures with major automakers. Committed to building sustainable battery ecosystem, LG Energy Solution aims to achieve carbon neutrality across its value chain by 2050, while embodying the value of shared growth and promoting diverse and inclusive corporate culture. To learn more about LG Energy Solution’s ideas and innovations, visit

About Panasonic Energy

Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd., established in April 2022 as part of the Panasonic Group's switch to an operating company system, provides innovative battery technology-based products and solutions globally. Through its automotive lithium-ion batteries, storage battery systems and dry batteries, the company brings safe, reliable, and convenient power to a broad range of business areas, from mobility and social infrastructure to medical and consumer products. Panasonic Energy is committed to contributing to a society that realizes happiness and environmental sustainability, and through its business activities the Company aims to address societal issues while taking the lead on environmental initiatives. For more details, please visit


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New Poll Shows Three Quarters of Smokers Believe Vaping Misinformation



(BUSINESS WIRE)--The global network We Are Innovation has today published the results of a poll showing a staggering three-quarters of smokers wrongly believe vaping is just as harmful as smoking.

Recent research conducted by Ipsos reveals that 74 percent of smokers worldwide believe that vaping is at least as harmful as smoking. This alarming Misperception Epidemic perpetuates a cycle of preventable illness and death, as individuals are deterred from switching to safer alternatives. The potential consequences of this are dire.

Countries that have successfully reduced smoking prevalence have empowered smokers to access alternative products, such as vapes and nicotine pouches, accompanied by accurate information about their relative risks.

Sweden has lowered smoking rates to 5.6 percent, just above the threshold at which a country becomes officially “smoke-free.” At the same time, New Zealand, which has more recently adopted smoke-free alternative products, has slashed smoking prevalence to 6.5 percent in just a few years.

Suppose a significant portion of smokers remain under the false impression that vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking. In that case, smokers will be deterred from switching and condemned to a life of ill health and premature death despite robust evidence showing that vaping is 95 percent less harmful and effective at helping smokers quit.

Marking World Vape Day and calling for a sea change in the way public health agencies talk about vaping, We Are Innovation CEO Federico Fernandez said:

“Vaping is one of the public health success stories of the 21st century. Innovation has given us a product that is proven to be 95 percent less harmful than smoking. But misinformation is rife and threatens to undermine our progress. Public health authorities can’t ignore this any longer – smokers must have access to acceptable and affordable vapes to help them switch.”


We Are Innovation is a network of individuals and institutions who fervently believe in the power of innovation to drive progress and solve the world’s most pressing problems. With a global presence encompassing over 40 think tanks, foundations, and NGOs, WAI represents the diverse voices of a global civil society committed to advancing human creativity, embracing new technologies, and promoting innovative solutions. Through our collaborative approach and cutting-edge expertise, we are spearheading transformative change globally. Visit us at


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Cadmus Announces Katja Silva-Leander as United Kingdom Managing Director

ARLINGTON, Va. - Thursday, 30. May 2024

Silva-Leander to Enhance Cadmus' Global Market Expansion

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cadmus, a leading provider of technical and strategic expertise to governments, energy utilities, and private sector companies worldwide, is pleased to announce the appointment of Katja Silva-Leander as Managing Director of its United Kingdom operations.

With more than two decades of experience in international development, including in economic growth and development and climate finance, Silva-Leander brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. As the leader of Cadmus UK’s operations, she will spearhead the growth and execution of its portfolio of donor-funded programs.

In her new capacity, Silva-Leander will focus on enhancing Cadmus UK’s impact across the globe with clients such as the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, British International Investment, the U.K Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and others. Her efforts will target areas such as climate resilience, digital transformation, economic growth, gender and social inclusion, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.

"Joining Cadmus is an exciting opportunity to contribute to our mission of solving complex global challenges," said Katja Silva-Leander. "I am eager to work with the talented team at Cadmus to deliver positive, sustainable change for our clients and drive strategic initiatives that benefit our clients and communities.”

Prior to joining Cadmus, Silva-Leander held key positions where she successfully managed large-scale donor programs and played an integral role in securing new business from major donors and development finance institutions such as the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the World Bank, Proparco, and the United Nations.

“Katja’s experience and expertise in areas of vital importance to the future of international development make her the ideal leader to support Cadmus’ UK-based clients and operations,” said President and CEO Ian Kline. “I am delighted to welcome her to Cadmus.”

About Cadmus

Cadmus is a strategic and technical consultancy compelled to help solve the world’s most challenging problems. We assemble outstanding teams of leading experts with an ethos grounded in collaboration and a drive for impact, who work seamlessly across disciplines and leverage transformative technologies to help our clients achieve extraordinary outcomes. Together, we are strengthening society and the natural world. Cadmus’ more than 1,000 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations around the world. For more information, visit


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The Cadmus Group LLC
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Pudgy Penguins and Mythical Games Partner to Create AAA Mobile Video Game

 PFP collection Pudgy Penguins is to launch its first blockchain-enabled mobile video game through a collaboration with gaming studio Mythical Games on Mythical Platform next year


(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pudgy Penguins, the brand development company behind the series of globally recognized Pudgy Penguins characters, and next-generation gaming technology studio Mythical Games today announced a partnership to create a unique web3-enabled mobile video game. The partnership unites the creators of the globally recognized Pudgy Penguins characters and the gaming studio behind two of the most successful blockchain games ever, NFL Rivals and Blankos Block Party.

Details of the forthcoming game developed in conjunction with Mythical Games were announced at Consensus 2024. The upcoming mobile game will be an immersive video game drawing upon the lore and humor that have made Pudgy Penguins so beloved, coupled with AAA quality, playability, and accessibility synonymous with Mythical Games' title NFL Rivals. The new game is scheduled to launch on the Mythical platform in 2025, home to NFL Rivals, with over 5 million players, and the Mythos Chain (MYTH), with over one million active wallets.

“Web3 in gaming is evolving quickly, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for games to be powered by strong communities and great gameplay,” said John Linden, Mythical Games CEO. “Pudgy Penguins is the only web3 project to truly go mainstream through their incredible retail partnerships with Walmart and Target and their rapidly growing social media following. We are excited to combine their efforts with a game that will be played by millions. Building this with Mythical Games on the Mythical Platform and Mythos Chain, already used by millions of consumers, is going to be a major driver to further push web3 with mainstream consumers.”

Luca Netz, CEO of Pudgy Penguins said: “When we decided to create a mobile-first AAA blockchain-based Pudgy Penguins game, working with Mythical Games is something that excited me. Our growth strategy that has reached millions, combined with Mythical Games’ experience and success with gaming, sets up this endeavor for success. We can’t wait to show the Pudgy Penguins community what’s in store and solicit their feedback as development ramps up.”

In the build-up to its release, Pudgy Penguins holders will be treated to exclusive content, sneak peeks of in-game footage and given the opportunity to help shape key aspects of the game’s development. The game is designed to appeal to the Pudgy Penguins community as well as the broader gaming market to further grow the Pudgy Penguins’ brand and ethos.

Ahead of the game's launch in 2025, interested players can join Pudgy Penguins Discord, and follow Pudgy Penguins (@pudgypenguins) and Mythical Games (@playmythical) Twitter/X accounts to stay updated on the upcoming game.

About Pudgy Penguins

Pudgy Penguins is dedicated to making Web3 accessible to everyone by creating innovative products that enable seamless onboarding. Their focus on community empowerment and building brand awareness has made them a leader in the Web3 space while also disrupting the traditional web2, retail sphere. They're committed to impacting the everyday consumer and shaping the future of Web3.

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About Mythical Games

Acknowledged by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2021 and recently Forbes’ Best Startup Employers (2024), Mythical Games is a next-generation game company creating world-class games and empowering players to take ownership of their in-game assets through the use of blockchain technology. The team has helped develop major franchises, including Call of Duty, Call of Duty Mobile, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Magic: The Gathering, EA Madden, Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery, Marvel Strike Force, Modern Warfare 3, and Skylanders.

The Mythical Marketplace, the first in-game blockchain Marketplace on iOS and Android, provides gamers with ownership and control over the purchase and sale of digital assets, while the Mythical Platform protects gamers that may be new to blockchain through a custodial wallet for their digital items.

Mythical Games is one of the 22 founding member companies of the Mythos Foundation ( utilizing the Mythos Chain as its blockchain and Mythos’ MYTH token as the utility token for the Mythical Marketplace.


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Lenovo ranks 10th in the Gartner® Supply Chain Top 25 for 2024 report

 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lenovo has once again been ranked in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2024, ranking tenth in this list of global companies with exceptional supply chains. The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 is a renowned annual ranking of the world’s superior supply chains. From financial and corporate social responsibility data and community opinion, the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2024 report, celebrates and profiles companies demonstrating excellence in supply chain management.

Over the last 12 months, Lenovo has intensified its focus on key areas in its supply chain, including security, digital transformation, and environmental sustainability, alongside the company’s global/local approach to drive greater efficiencies and improved customer outcomes.

Today, Lenovo’s global hybrid manufacturing network includes 30+ manufacturing sites spanning 10 markets in the 180 markets Lenovo does business in, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, and the US. This ensures the supply chain remains resilient and can adapt to any disruption.

Lenovo’s supply chain is one of the clearest examples of its global/local strategy and delivers not only operational efficiencies for the business but a definitive advantage to customers through a focus on manufacturing in Europe for Europe, the Americas for the Americas, and Asia for Asia. Bringing manufacturing closer to customers shortens the local supply chain, utilizes the local skilled labor force, and supports Lenovo's sustainability goals through more sustainable manufacturing methods. Building devices close to customers dramatically reduce the freight miles these products incur, providing more efficient and sustainable transportation options. As an example, since becoming operational in 2022, Lenovo’s European manufacturing facility in Hungary has shipped over 1.5 million workstations and servers to over 2,500 customers in 70 markets across EMEA.

Che Min (Jammi) Tu, Senior Vice President and Group Operations Officer, Lenovo, said, “Our supply chain has always been a towering strength for Lenovo and remains fundamental to our future success. Over the past few years, we’ve seen the topic of supply chains make headlines around the world when the flow of goods is impacted and the knock-on effect this has on a business and its reputation. What’s clearer than ever today is that a company’s supply chain is a competitive advantage and can no longer be considered a cost center. In fact, at Lenovo, we’ve successfully transitioned our global supply chain into a commercial center and profit pool. We are also pioneering Manufacturing as a Service, as well as developing and incubating new technologies and solutions within our manufacturing facilities and logistics services that we can offer our customers. For us, we’re incredibly proud that we continue to be recognized as having one of the most exceptional supply chains in the world across all industries.”

Lenovo's commitment to delivering innovation, efficiency, and resilience to customers worldwide is underpinned by its resilient supply chain, ensuring cutting-edge products reach customers securely.

Lenovo's supply chain security approach is built on a foundation of prevention. Suppliers and components are vigorously vetted, with the company’s security-by-design approach embedded into the product lifecycle. By taking a proactive stance against backdoors, tainted products, counterfeits, and hardware/software vulnerabilities, Lenovo safeguards its products and sets a high industry standard for supply chain security.

Doug Fisher, SVP and Chief Security Officer, Lenovo, said, “Lenovo is dedicated to driving supply chain security through leadership, so we remain in front of the supply chain evolution. Our goal is to ensure our products are safe, highly resilient, and trustworthy before entering our customers’ environment. We attest to the integrity of each device right down to the lowest levels in the system.”

Lenovo also remains committed to ESG. It was in the first group of companies and the first PC and smartphone maker to have targets validated in alignment to Science Based Targets initiative’s Net-Zero Standard. It continues to focus on future-proofing its operations by making the supply chain more robust, adaptable, and profitable and recently released Lenovo ESG Navigator, a digital solution for collecting and measuring ESG data points – like energy use - from factory sites in real time.

With the development of an AI-powered ESG assessment system such as Lenovo’s Intelligence Sustainability Solutions Advisor (LISSA), Lenovo is empowering customers with actionable sustainability insights from across the global supply chain to understand the estimated emissions impact across their IT lifecycle and make critical decisions to decrease emissions. Initially developed to support supply chain decision-making, LISSA has now been commercially deployed to support customers’ IT sustainability goals.

As part of Lenovo’s drive towards the circular economy, utilizing the supply chain for customers’ after-sales support, where possible, returned components are repaired by engineers, quality-tested, and reused. To date, 4m+ components, including motherboards, processors, drives, memory, and more, have been diverted from landfills for reuse within the product lifecycle.

About the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 ranking and methodology

The Supply Chain Top 25 ranking comprises two main components: business performance and opinion. Business performance in the form of public financial and ESG (environmental, social, governance) data provides a view into how companies have performed in the past three years, while the opinion component offers an eye to future potential and reflects leadership in the supply chain community. These two components are combined into a total composite score.

Gartner derives a list of companies from a combination of the Fortune Global 500 and the Forbes Global 2000. In an effort to maintain the list of companies evaluated at a manageable level, a general annual revenue threshold of $15 billion has been applied and companies without physical supply chains are excluded.

Read the full Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2024 Report here.

Gartner Press Release: Gartner Announces 20th Annual Rankings of the Global Supply Chain Top 25, May 22, 2024.

Gartner Insights, The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2024,

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About Lenovo

Lenovo is a US$57 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #217 in the Fortune Global 500, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver Smarter Technology for All, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company with a pocket-to cloud portfolio of AI-enabled, AI-ready, and AI-optimized devices (PCs, workstations, smartphones, tablets), infrastructure (server, storage, edge, high performance computing and software defined infrastructure), software, solutions, and services. Lenovo’s continued investment in world-changing innovation is building a more equitable, trustworthy, and smarter future for everyone, everywhere. Lenovo is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange under Lenovo Group Limited (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY). To find out more visit, and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.


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