Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

13. Related Parties

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13. Related Parties
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
13. Related Parties

13. Related Parties

 

Related party (payables) receivables

 

Related party payables and receivables represent non-interest-bearing (payables) receivables that are due on demand.

 

The balances outstanding are as follows:

 

Related Party Receivables     March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021
  Related Party payables                
Related Party payables Luca Pasquini   $ (3,159 )   $ (502 )
Related Party payables Victor Salerno   (52,922 )   (51,878 )
Related Party payables   $ (56,081 )   $ (51,380 )
                   
  Related Party Receivables                
Related Party Receivables Luca Pasquini   $ 1,378     $ 1,413  

 

  

 

Luca Pasquini

 

On January 31, 2019, the Company acquired Virtual Generation for €4,000,000 (approximately $4,576,352), Mr. Pasquini was a 20% owner of Virtual Generation and was due gross proceeds of €800,000 (approximately $915,270). The gross proceeds of €800,000 was to be settled by a payment in cash of €500,000 over a twelve month period and by the issuance of common stock valued at €300,000 over an eighteen month period. As of June 30, 2021, the Company has paid Mr. Pasquini the full cash amount of €500,000 (approximately $604,380) and issued 112,521 shares valued at €300,000 (approximately $334,791).

 

On January 22, 2021, the Company issued Mr. Pasquini 44,968 shares of common stock valued at $257,217, in settlement of accrued compensation due to him.

 

On July 11, 2021, the Company entered into an agreement with Engage IT Services Srl.("Engage"), to provide gaming software and maintenance and support of the system, the total contract price was €390,000 (approximately $459,572), in addition, on October 14, 2021, the Company entered into a further agreement with Engage, to provide gaming software and maintenance and support of the system for a period of 12 months, the total contract price was €1,980,000 (approximately $2,192,000). Mr. Pasquini owns 34% of Engage

 

On September 13, 2021, Mr. Pasquini, the Company’s Vice President of Technology, resigned as a director of the Company.

  

 

Michele Ciavarella

 

Mr. Ciavarella agreed to receive $140,000 of his 2021 fiscal year compensation as a restricted stock award, on January 22, 2021, the Company issued Mr. Ciavarella 24,476 shares of common stock valued at $140,000 on the date of issue.

 

On January 22, 2021, the Company issued Mr. Ciavarella 175,396 shares of common stock valued at $1,003,265, in settlement of accrued compensation due to him.

 

On July 15, 2021, Mr. Ciavarella, Executive Chairman of the Company, was appointed as the interim Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, effective July 15, 2021. Mr. Ciavarella will serve as the Company's Executive Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer until the earlier of his resignation or removal from office.

 

Mr. Ciavarella agreed to take his 2021 bonus and a portion of his 2022 salary as a restricted stock award, on January 7, 2022, the Company issued Mr. Ciavarella 162,835 shares of common stock valued at $425,000 on the date of issue.

 

Carlo Reali

 

On January 5, 2022, the Company promoted Carlo Reali to the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer.

 

On March 29, 2022, the Company issued Mr. Reali ten-year options exercisable for 100,000 shares of common stock, at an exercise price of $2.50 per share, vesting equally over a 4 year period commencing on January 1, 2023.

 

We do not have a formal employment or other compensation related agreement with Mr. Reali; however, Mr. Reali will continue to receive the same compensation that he currently receives which is an annual base salary of $71,200.

 

Victor Salerno

 

On July 15, 2021 the Company consummated the acquisition of USB and in terms of the Purchase Agreement the Company acquired 100% of USB, from its members (the “Sellers”). Mr. Salerno was a 68% owner of USB and received $4,080,000 of the $6,000,000 paid in cash upon closing and 860,760 of the 1,265,823 shares of common stock issued on closing.

   

Together with the consummation of the acquisition of USB, the Company entered into a 4 year employment agreement with Mr. Salerno terminating on July 14, 2025 (the “Salerno Employment Agreement”), automatically renewable for a period of one year unless notified by either party of non-renewal. The employee will earn an initial base salary of $0 and thereafter $150,000 per annum commencing on January 1, 2022. Mr. Salerno is entitled to bonuses, equity incentives and benefits consistent with those of other senior employees.

 

Mr. Salerno may be terminated for no cause or resign for good reason, which termination would entitle him to the greater of one year’s salary or the remaining term of the employment agreement plus the highest annual incentive bonus paid to him during the past two years. If Mr. Salerno is terminated for cause he is entitled to all unpaid salary and expenses due to him at the time of termination. If the employment agreement is terminated due to death, his heirs and successors are entitled to all unpaid salary, unpaid expenses and one times his annual base salary. Termination due to disability will result in Mr. Salerno being paid all unpaid salary and expenses and one times annual salary.

 

Pursuant to the Salerno Employment Agreement, Mr. Salerno has also agreed to customary restrictions with respect to the disclosure and use of the Company’s confidential information and has agreed that work product or inventions developed or conceived by him while employed with the Company relating to its business is the Company’s property. In addition, during the term of his employment and if terminated for cause for the 12 month period following his termination of employment, Mr. Salerno has agreed not to (1) perform services on behalf of a competing business which was the same or similar to the type of services he was authorized, conducted, offered or provided to the Company, (2) solicit or induce any of the Company’s employees or independent contractors to terminate their employment with the Company, (3) solicit any actual or prospective customers with whom he had material contact on behalf of a competing business or (4) solicit any actual or prospective vendors with whom he had material contact to support a competing business.

 

On September 13, 2021, the Board appointed Mr. Salerno, the President and founder of the Company’s newly acquired subsidiary, USB, to serve as a member of the Board.

 

Prior to the acquisition of USB, Mr. Salerno had advanced USB $100,000 of which $50,000 was forgiven and the remaining $50,000 is still owing to Mr. Salerno, which amount earns interest at 8% per annum, compounded monthly and is repayable on December 31, 2023. 

 

 

 

Paul Sallwasser

 

On September 13, 2021, the Company granted Mr. Sallwasser ten year options exercisable for 21,300 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.10, vesting equally over a twelve month period commencing on September 13, 2021.

 

Steven Shallcross

 

On January 22, 2021, the Company issued to Mr. Shallcross, a director of the Company, 5,245 shares of common stock valued at $30,000, in settlement of directors’ fees due to him.

 

On September 13, 2021, the Company granted Mr. Shallcross ten year options exercisable for 13,600 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.10, vesting equally over a twelve month period commencing on September 13, 2021.

 

Andrea Mandel-Mantello

 

On June 29, 2021, the board of directors of the Company appointed Mr. Mandel-Mantello to serve as a member of the Board. The appointment was effective immediately and Mr. Mandel-Mantello will serve on the audit committee.

 

On September 13, 2021, the Company granted Mr. Mandel-Montello ten year options exercisable for 13,600 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.10, vesting equally over a twelve month period commencing on September 13, 2021.