TYCHE: A historic album to celebrate Intralot’s 20th birthday

Tyche, Fortune, has always been part of our lives, a whimsical companion, whose favour and generosity we all desire. The ancient Greeks had actually conceptualized chance, coincidence and unpredictability. They perceived everything they were unable to explain as the work of a goddess, the goddess of Chance, Tyche in Greek. Tyche was regarded as a powerful, important forcer, controlling the fate of people, and as a ruler of the universe. Her divine will was revealed to people in various mysterious ways

On the occasion of its 20 years anniversary Intralot has just published a historic album in collaboration with the Foundation of the Hellenic World. The book is entitled “TYCHE: Lotteries and Games of Chance through Time” and addresses the power of Chance in the human spirit. “TYCHE” invites readers to an exciting journey through times through an incursion into the role of Chance and games of Chance in people’s private and public lives, illustrated with a telling photographic collection of prominent samples of art, monuments and scenes from daily life. Either based on luck, strategy or both, games of chance have always offered to mankind the joy of participation along with the excitement of anticipation and hope for the future. Games may have changed over the centuries but gaming is inherent to mankind and will always be part of human culture.

The album presentation took place at the Foundation of Hellenic World in Athens, Greece. Intralot took the opportunity to invite customers, partners and friends to celebrate with them its 20th birthday. Speaking about Intralot and its magnificent journey during the last 20 years, the keynote speaker of the event, Mr. Peter Economides, Brand Strategist, underlined: “Every society needs its heroes. And Greece today needs heroes more than ever before. What Intralot has achieved in 20 years makes it a true Greek hero. The challenges in the gaming industry are huge. Intralot has what it takes – the balance between left brain and right brain cultures – to invent the future.”

Presenting the album, historian and author Georgia Kalogeropoulou stated: “Tyche was perceived in multiple ways through time but its significance in private, social and political life is a constant. The hope for good luck and prosperity was not just an expression of psychological need, but bore various semantic contents, according to the specific society. Tyche was worshipped as a goddess, was an object of philosophical inquiry, ensured that state positions were fairly allocated and ownership was properly apportioned, protected cities and empires, was the companion in entertainment games and was the dream and the expectation for a brighter future.”

Dimitris Efraimoglou, CEO of the Foundation, added: “The idea for the creation of this historical album emerged in the context of the impressive and educational 3D recreations of the Ancient Market – the 3D production currently offered to visitors of the Foundation of the Hellenic World at its dome-shaped Tholos Hall. This idea became a reality thanks to the willingness, the know-how and the hard work of the team of our Foundation and, surely, thanks to the support of Intralot. What makes this album unique is that the historical information contained therein is inextricably connected with and is shown through these 3D recreations. At the Foundation of the Hellenic World we process historical information using different means: print publications, internet, 3D representations, virtual reality, and exhibitions. All these become integral parts of a whole that complement each other and together produce cultural products of scientific excellence and high quality. This is how this album was developed, with original texts and imaginative visual documentation, tracking all the aspects of Tyche throughout the centuries.”

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