Waugh Foundation to tie up with gaming company

June 19th, 2009 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) There were raised eyebrows when former Australian skipper Steve Waugh launched his global foundation’s tie-up with 6UP, the SMS gaming service that was dubbed by Union Sports Minister M.S. Gill as nothing but gambling.
The SMS-based game in which fans make ball-by-ball prediction was withdrawn last month during Indian Premier League after Gill asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to look into it.

George Tomeski, co-founder of the company Play Up and managing partner iplayup/cricket, said Friday they have already addressed the concerns pertaining to the service and have come up with a few changes.

“We have already addressed the concerns. We have gone through a thorough process and have made some changes to ensure that it is not likened to gambling or match-fixing,” Tomeski said.

There were reports that Tomeski was in the capital last month to take up the issue with Gill. Through their recent association, each time someone plays the game of 6UP, a percentage will go as charity to the Steve Waugh Foundation Global, which will work towards “identification, treatment and cure of rare diseases and illnesses primarily focusing on children.”

Waugh said he was happy to be associated with the tie-up. “Every project needs a revenue stream and I am very happy to be associated with iplayup.”

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