Bodog Founder Appointed ‘Special Economic Envoy’ to Antigua Barbuda

Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 -
Bodog Founder Appointed ‘Special Economic Envoy’ to Antigua Barbuda

The name Calvin Ayre comes to mind whenever someone thinks of Bodog and the massive influence the man has had on the online gambling industry. The Canadian entrepreneur calls the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda his home now with dual citizenship and the recent appointment honours the man who has created a business that deals with the virtual gambling world. Calvin Ayre is being made the ‘Special Economic Envoy’ to Antigua Barbuda’s government.

The Bodog founder will be advising Antigua and Barbuda on policies relating to blockchain technology and digital currencies.  Antigua and Barbuda has a solid history for being progressive when it comes to adopting an edge in the international business community. In the 1990’s it became an early leader in offshore banking and Internet Gaming.  Now with this new appointment  Antigua Barbuda intends to do the same in the blockchain technology using the global private sector. The Calvin Ayre .com web site explained the reasons behind this move by the government. “His efforts are expected to re-invigorate the Internet Gaming industry in Antigua and Barbuda which, in 1999, provided more than US$100 million to the economy and employed over 2,000 people. Today, the online gaming business is worth in excess of US$37.9 billion annually with markets throughout Asia and Europe.”

The new Envoy commented, “I’ll continue to focus on being an online gaming industry analyst, a tech investor, and a philanthropist. Most importantly, I’m just going to continue enjoying life to the fullest,”

Mr. Ayre has also invested a great deal in the virtual currency industry with Mr. Ayre operating a tech company that handles Bitcoin transactions on the public ledger. A recent press released stated that Ayres’s business group “processes more Bitcoin transactions than any other platform in the world today.”

Bitcoin has not been universally adopted as legal in all countries but currently a Bitcoin is worth nearly three times as much as an ounce of gold.


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