Online TV service FuboTV has named Ali Ghanavati as head of regulatory technology for its new Fubo Gaming subsidiary. Ghanavati’s extensive gaming career includes roles as chief engineer at Gaming Laboratories International, and as deputy chief of the technical services bureau of the State of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, where he consulted with numerous state agencies and gaming jurisdictions regarding casino gaming regulation and standards. He joins Fubo Gaming effective immediately.
Fubo, along with Fox Corp., and Disney, are eyeing legal online gambling as an incremental revenue source to streaming video.
In his new role, Ghanavati will collaborate with Fubo Gaming’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Rattner and the broader management team on both building new and innovative consumer experiences across video and wagering as well as obtaining the requisite state regulatory approvals for each initiative.
Ghanavati, who has deep experience across many aspects of technological regulation in the gaming industry (online casino, land-based casino, sports wagering, eSports and daily fantasy sports), will oversee product and technology standards in those jurisdictions where Fubo Gaming’s forthcoming Fubo Sportsbook will be available. The company expects to launch its sportsbook in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to obtaining requisite regulatory approvals.
“Successfully navigating the gaming industry’s complex regulatory process is critical as we work towards the launch of Fubo Sportsbook,” Rattner said in a statement. “I’m thrilled Ali will lead the product and technology processes for Fubo Gaming.”
Ghanavati previously spent over a decade at GLI, which provides the gaming industry’s testing and certification services. His most recent role at GLI, as gaming development representative, included leading and guiding operators and developers to successfully launch products in various gaming channels.