TORONTO and LONDON, Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Breaking Data Corp. (TSXV:BKD and OTCQX:BKDCF) (“Breaking Data” or the “Company”), owner of GIVEMESPORT, a leading next generation sports media company, has sold its Toronto-based technology team to Highground Technologies Corporation (“Highground”) for an undisclosed sum.
Under the deal with Highground, Breaking Data will retain an agreement that will allow the Company to use the Artificial Intelligence (AI) previously built and to continue to develop machine-learning based systems for GIVEMESPORT and GIVEMEBET.
GIVEMEBET is a new online sports betting brand that will complement GIVEMESPORT’s leading position in digital sports publishing.
Under the sale and licensing agreement with Highground, Breaking Data will retain a 10 per cent stake in VRFY, a subsidiary of Highground. VRFY is a 21st century media company that uses AI to help consumers detect, collect and validate real time news events.
The Letter of Intent that was announced on October 17, 2017 for US$2.25m to develop and license software to Highground is superseded by this deal with Highground along with a US$500k consulting contract that was completed by Breaking Data in early 2018.
Nick Thain, CEO of Breaking Data, said: “We are pleased to announce this deal with Highground. It allows us to continue to use AI within our media and new online gaming business, at the same time as reducing our cost base.”
Thain continued: “This is another step on the road to us becoming a next generation sports betting and gaming company.”
About Breaking Data Corp.
Breaking Data is a market leader in artificial intelligence services that provides a range of solutions including semantic search, machine learning and natural language processing (NLP). GIVEMESPORT is Breaking Data’s flagship application, a leading source of sports news and events that makes use of semantic machine learning and NLP to track social media and distribute the latest sports news to consumers in real-time.
GIVEMESPORT, Breaking Data’s wholly owned subsidiary, is a leading next generation sports media company with the largest single publisher Facebook page for sports in the world, with over 26.1 million fans (Average April to June 2018). The next largest single sports publisher Facebook page is ESPN with approximately 19 million fans. GIVEMESPORT has a global Alexa ranking of 661st (March 2018), reaching over 33 million monthly visitors (March 2018). Visit GIVEMESPORT’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GiveMeSport
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David Berman CFO