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EGT Spain and Gran Casino de Castellon team up to fascinate the players

Euro Games Technology notched up another success in Spain, increasing the number of its machines in the reputable Orenes Group’s gaming facilities with the first installation of Premier Curved cabinets in Gran Casino de Castellon. The partnership between the companies has evolved over the years with a number of deliveries of the slot bestsellers P-24/24 Up and P-24/32V Up with the Egypt Quest jackpot in most of the operator’s casinos. Now it reaches a milestone, introducing the P-42V St Curved model to the players, equipped with the Orange and Green Collection gaming mixes and with the Premium Link jackpot that is compatible with all types of slot machines.
“The Premier Curved model is a top performer in many countries and I am confident that it will not make an exception for Spain,” commented Kristian Kostovski, director of EGT Spain. “Orenes Group is an operator known for its impeccable services and the elegant Gran Casino de Castellon is a place worth visiting, if you are in search for classy entertainment. I am delighted that EGT was chosen to diversify their product offerings and am glad to acknowledge that the shown initial results of the machines is another success in a row, taking into account the performance of the previously installed EGT equipment.”
Orenes Group has been a major participant in the recreation industry in Spain for over 40 years and has achieved a leading role in the casinos, bingos, amusement arcades, sports betting, hotel terminals and online gaming sub-sectors. “We aim to offer the latest and the most original products to our players, because their enjoyment is our sure bet” shared Paco Zahinos, director of Gran Casino Castellon. “The newly delivered cabinets of EGT came out to be a sure bet as well. Thanks to them we welcomed more guests in our casino who mostly appreciated their contemporary design, curved displays and variety of games. The cabinets have a very high occupancy rate which makes us also ponder several more installations with EGT Spain in near future.”
The P-42V St Curved model has refreshed the gaming halls of many operators around the world. Combined with the Collection series mixes of 48 various titles each, it becomes a valuable tool for players’ maximum satisfaction. The cabinet features a 42-inch portrait-oriented curved monitor with integrated touch screen and an optional 27-inch overhead topper. It ensures high comfort with its ergonomic design that also attracts from afar with its ambient LED illumination, highlighting the machine’s contour. The Premium Link system may connect all EGT and other manufacturers’ slot models to participate for common mystery and symbol-driven progressive jackpots. It is easy adjustable to different operators’ requirements and adds more thrill to the game.
“The installation in Gran Casino Castellon is the next stage of our progress in Spain,” concluded Mr. Kostovski. “In future we will keep on relying on new and high performing homologations for the country, like the trendy Premier Curved product line.”

 

Zitro Participates In The Inauguration Of The Spectacular Maverick Complex In Argentina By Petros Philippou3rd July 2019 No Comments

Zitro’s renowned Video Slots Bryke are already in the recently opened Hotel Casino Maverick in Argentina. A premiere that, from the start, the banks of video slots of Bryke were heavily occupied.
The president of the Casino Maverick Hotel, Fabio Torres, commented, “We are proud to inaugurate this project, in which we have worked with so much effort and symbolises for us the professional growth of so many years in the entertainment industry. Today we can not only satisfy our clients with games on offers but our complex has also a four star hotel, spa, gastronomic offer divided into a restaurant located on the first floor and three bars in the gaming rooms occupying a total space of 3084 m2 to offer for the first time in the city of Plaza Huincul, a full experience, endowed with the quality of the service that represent us from our beginnings.”
Mariana Salazar, General Manager of Maverick, says: “We thank our customers who have given us their unconditional support for so many years to keep growing and suppliers like Zitro that accompany us with their sensational products”.
Alejandra Burato, Regional Manager of Zitro for Latam, highlights the spectacular Casino Maverick offer: “Our fabulous progressive multi-game banks, Link King and Link Me, are part of the assured success for our customers in Argentina and throughout the region. In addition, the new launch of the standalone Smart Spins games that we know are a safe bet for fun.”

 

Maverick Gaming Announces Purchase of Roman

Maverick Gaming LLC have announced the signing of a definitive purchase agreement to buy Roman Casino located in Renton Washington. 
“This purchase gives Maverick thirteen card rooms in Washington and nearly 200 table games” said Eric Persson, Owner of Maverick Gaming. 
“In the next month we expect to give details on six more Washington properties, and we look forward to elevating the card room experience in this State,” said Tim Merrill, President of Maverick Washington. “As our cardroom footprint grows, customers will achieve significant player benefits, such as the ability to earn points at one property and redeem at another. We also intend to develop hotels in the Seattle market, which are badly needed, and customers will be able to redeem points for room nights as well.” 
“It feels great to be back home and the fact that my company will provide over 3,000 jobs which have average compensation above $75,000 is something that I am very proud of. We look forward to adding even more jobs and opportunity over the next several years” said Mr. Persson. 
Maverick intends to fund this GAG transaction primarily with cash on hand and debt financing from HG Vora Capital Management, a private investment firm. 

 

SkillOnNet has Germany licence renewed

Schleswig Holstein regulator reissues online casino licence to continue to operate its hugely popular DrückGlück brand in the country
SkillOnNet, the platform provider behind some of the most popular online casino brands in Europe, has had its Germany licence reissued by the Schleswig Holstein regulator so that it can continue to operate its DrückGlück brand in the country.
This is a major milestone for SkillOnNet, DrückGlück and online casino as it brings to a close recent speculation that operators may be prohibited from pushing their brands to players in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. SkillOnNet’s licence permits it to operate in the country until 2021.
To coincide with the reissuing of its casino licence, DrückGlück has signed an extension to its current unique sponsorship deal with 2 Bundesliga football team Holstein Kiel that includes press wall logo placement, LED boards around the stadium, cam-carpets, billboards, a centre circle banner and more.
In addition to this, SkillOnNet will re-open its marketing war chest with plans to spend big on a high-profile TV advertising campaign that will run across well-known TV channels including Pro7, RTL, SAT1, VOX, Kabel1 and Sport1.
Michael Golembo from SkillOnNet, said: “We are thrilled to have been reissued our online casino licence in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, allowing us to continue to offer players in the country the best possible online casino experience through DrückGlück.
“This is being backed by a major marketing campaign, first through extending our current partnership with Holstein Kiel – which to date has proved to be hugely successful for both parties – and then via a major TV advertising campaign across all the big channels.
“DrückGlück, with over 3,000 games on offer, has established itself as the online casino market leader in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and the renewal of our licence proves that we are doing this while meeting the highest possible regulatory standards.”
Tim Jost, Head of Marketing at Holstein Kiel, said: After a very good start to a very promising cooperation, DrückGlück and KSV Holstein-Kiel have agreed on a long-term continuation and expansion of the partnership. With DrückGlück at our side, we have gained a partner who is very committed to Holstein Kiel and always communicates with us in an open and personal way, which we greatly appreciate here.
“Furthermore, we are proud that the brand Holstein Kiel can also be promoted to other public spaces by its partner DrückGlück. Community actions for fans and partners of KSV Holstein are implemented. We are very much looking forward to further positioning the Holstein Kiel brand together with our partner and to be able to execute interesting campaigns for our fans and sponsors. We are very proud to have this partner by our side and look forward to the coming years.”

 

EGT Interactive partners with Germaniasport in Croatia

EGT Interactive has strengthened its presence in Croatia with a new partnership with major operator Germaniasport.
EGT Interactive has signed a deal with Germaniasport in Croatia. This partnership is a continuation of their partnership with Mozzarbet group. Being a part of one group and based on its highly successful partnership with Mozzartbet in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the company is looking forward with great expectations towards their latest collaboration with Germaniasport.
Todor Zahraviev, CEO of EGT Interactive commented: “EGT Interactive has long-term traditions in Croatia, covering not only the online but also the land-based operations. Our product has been proven throughout the years to be not only well-known but also highly-successful and preferred by the players. For us, this partnership is not only a natural continuation to the existing partnership with the group of companies of Mozzartbet, but will also surely strengthen our position in the territory, ensuring the Tier 1 status of our premium content. We are certain that we are looking towards a highly successful collaboration for both sides and we are thrilled by the opportunity to be able to provide our content to the vast base of players of Germaniasport.”
Following the EGT Interactive deal, Matej Miloš, CEO of Germania Sport commented the new step up in business collaboration: “Partnership with EGT in land-based operations through the years gives us full confidence that the premium content and exceptional service will be provided to our users.
“Growth of our company is based on exceptional values and high standards for also users and employees and we are happy to have EGT interactive as a partner that will provide our online service take to the next level.”

 

Playson expands global reach with Pragmatic Solutions partnership

Slot supplier strikes deal with platform provider
Casino software developer Playson has agreed a partnership with Pragmatic Solutions to distribute its games through the company’s open iGaming platform.
Under the agreement, the slot supplier will deliver its portfolio of more than 60 games including popular titles such as Legend of Cleopatra, Wild Burning Wins and Book of Gold.
The deal gives Playson the opportunity to supply its content to key operators from across the market and is the latest in a string of important deals the slot provider has made this year.
Michael Tadross, Head of Commercial Department at Playson said: “We are delighted to have entered into this new partnership with Pragmatic Solutions, which paves the way for Playson to deliver our innovative portfolio as well as experience-enhancing features to operators using Pragmatic Solutions’ highly successful platform. The technical project is progressing well and we’re excited to go live with our first operator over the coming weeks.”
Flavia Dumitru, Head of Operations at Pragmatic Solutions said: “We’ve been hugely impressed by Playson and its innovative games content and we’re delighted with this new collaboration. We look forward to helping distribute its popular suite of games and building a successful partnership in the future.”

 

Blueprint Gaming strikes iGaming Platform partnership

Supplier’s slots portfolio integrated onto the GameHub
Leading slots developer Blueprint Gaming has secured a content distribution agreement with iGaming Platform, continuing with its international growth strategy to further enhance its global footprint.
As part of the deal, popular Blueprint releases such as Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash and Wish Upon A Jackpot, as well as its range of Megaways titles, under license from Big Time Gaming, have all been integrated onto iGaming Platform’s GameHub.
Moving its content onto the GameHub significantly enhances the slot provider’s international reach, with iGaming Platform’s partner network featuring more than 250 operators in 85 different countries across the globe.
Siôr Walbyoff, Head of Business Development at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Our partnership with iGaming Platform allows us to extend our distribution and reach through its GameHub platform to new customers and territories.
“We’re excited about the partnership and look forward to seeing top performing games such as Diamond Mine, Ted and Buffalo Rising go live across the GameHub network.”
Phil Pearson, Head Of Sales & Account Management at iGaming Platform, said: “We’re proud to be launching Blueprint Gaming’s content on GameHub. They’re one of the biggest names within the industry who have established a reputation for creating a mix of exciting games that players love to experience.
“We’re sure the addition of Blueprint’s branded games, as well its range of Megaways titles, will drive greater engagement and deliver further revenues for our operator partners.”

 

Parimatch Enters Partnership with FAST TRACK

Parimatch has chosen FAST TRACK CRM (https://www.fasttrack-solutions.com/crm) as the tool for advancing their player engagement strategy.
FAST TRACK’s ambitious team is already hard at work to fully customize the platform and enable Parimatch to create enhanced moments and interactions for their players.
Parimatch was founded in 1994 and was one of the first bookmakers in the CIS region to launch an online betting website. The brand’s success as the leader in this region has allowed them to expand into more than 10 countries, becoming a global brand.
Tamara Babits, Chief Marketing Officer of Parimatch, said: “Parimatch is a dynamic, agile organization. With FAST TRACK CRM, we will have a CRM platform that matches our own way of working: data-led and forward-thinking. The platform will allow us to interact with our players via the best channels and in the right moment.”
FAST TRACK CRM allows operators to control all aspects of player engagement from one place, in real-time. This is key to providing a personalized player experience and taking customer interaction to the next level.
FAST TRACK co-founder and CEO, Simon Lidzén, believes this partnership is a perfect match: “It is incredibly inspiring to be working with people who are already so far ahead of the crowd in their approach to data and automation. The Parimatch team have shown a deep understanding of what it means to create purposeful engagements by targeting players at the right moment, and now it is FAST TRACK’s job to support them in doing so.”
FAST TRACK has enjoyed a lot of interest in FAST TRACK CRM since the product was officially launched in February 2019 and will continue to develop services to simplify the online casino business for its partners.

 

Gamesys launches Virgin Bet brand in the UK

The landmark agreement with SBTech sees full platform Virgin Bet sportsbook released with bespoke front-end built using next-generation APIs.
The Gamesys Group has launched Virgin Bet with industry-leading sports betting supplier SBTech.
Aiming to disrupt the UK market, Virgin’s unique personality-led brand will be brought to life through a slick, simple-to-use product focusing on providing a straightforward and engaging betting experience.
Created in partnership with Gamesys’ development teams, SBTech’s award-winning platform powers Virgin Bet with a bespoke front-end interface, signifying their extensive technological capabilities and a firm commitment to the UK market.
SBTech was chosen by Gamesys following a competitive tender process to secure the landmark agreement – which is one of the UK’s biggest iGaming sportsbook deals in recent times.
Gamesys’ Gibraltar Marketing Director Simon Mizzi said: “We’re excited to launch Virgin Bet into the world’s most competitive sportsbook market. We believe the Virgin brand has the ability to help change the industry for the better and we look forward to giving our customers the experience we feel they deserve.”
SBTech CEO Richard Carter added: “This is a significant announcement and achievement for the business which strengthens our UK presence. Gamesys is likely to become one of our largest customers over time and we’re delighted to be working with their management team whom we have long admired.
“Gamesys has put its faith in us due to our proven track record of delivering world-class sportsbook and casino platform solutions. This is a testament to our talented team, outstanding product portfolio and the exceptional results we are able to generate for our partners.”

 

EGT at Belgrade Future Gaming 2019 – code word innovation

“The Belgrade Future Gaming show is a long expected event in Serbia, established as a focal point of all the innovations in the local gaming industry. We have always shown developments that make a lasting impression and our display this year will not make an exception,” promises Aleksandar Kliska, general director of EGT Serbia.
Brand-new, facelifted and bestselling cutting-edge product solutions of Euro Games Technology, EGT Multiplayer and EGT Interactive will welcome the visitors of booth E1. The next generation slot cabinets of General series will be presented with the models G 32-32 VIP, G 27-32 St and Up, G 27-27 St and Up. Their high-resolution frameless monitors with integrated touch screen, optional multimedia toppers and large and convenient keyboard with dynamic touch display and electromechanical buttons ensure maximum comfort, usability and enjoinment to the players and represent EGT’s interpretation of the modern gaming trends. The VIP model in the selection justifies its superior position in comfort with its cozy multimedia chair, equipped with game and sound volume controls in its armrests and with stereo speakers in the headrest.
The General cabinets will team up with the new Red and Fruits General HD multigames, each bringing up 54 engaging titles (video slot, roulette, card, keno, etc.) as well as with the latest member of the Collection mixes – Gold Collection HD of 48 games. The facelifted bestsellers P-24/24 Up and P-27/27 St Slim along with the P-42V St Curved and the Super Premier cabinets will attract the attention with their Red, Green, Orange, Purple and Fruits Collection multigames.
Several jackpot systems at the booth will allure the visitors to different gaming adventures.  The newly developed 4-level Jackpot Cards and the universal to all EGT machines Premium Link give the players the chance to win mystery and progressive jackpots. The 4-level progressive Dragon’s Turn system welcomes into the Asian world of luck and fortune with its main game of 5 reels and 40 lines, and two wheels – inner jackpot and outer bonus, granting numerous surprises.
The latest generation S-Line terminals of EGT Multiplayer will guarantee a suitable solution for every gaming hall, being flexible enough to form various configurations. At d
isplay will be 3 out of all 5 models – S 32, S 32 32 and S 32 32 32, featuring 1, 2, or 3 HD monitors respectively. They feature multigames and multi-language options, offer real-time in-screen HD video streaming and during the show will demonstrate the King 3 and 4 multigame mixes, together with the 4-level mystery Jackpot Cards jackpot system. A dual-sided 49-inch visualization board will be part of the terminals’ configuration, enabling a high-resolution broadcasting of the jackpot levels accumulated value and a HD video streaming of the roulette wheel and the statistics of the game.
The T-Line Series of EGT Multiplayer will be presented with the T84 roulette table of 6 player stations, connected to an automated wheel. The product is equipped with a fast number detection system based on optical and IR sensors and offers the option for classic roulette rules plus dynamic paytable feature.
The Spider casino management system of EGT will demonstrate how it may facilitate the everyday activities in casinos. Along with the well-known jackpot control, Cage, TITO, and Vault modules, the visitors will become also familiar with the recently developed bonusing and player tracking functionalities.
EGT Interactive will take care of the good mood of the online gaming fans. They will enjoy some of the hottest titles in the company’s portfolio, which are available for desktop and mobile devices.

 

Merkur Gaming at Belgrade Future Gaming 2019

Following last year’s successful première, Merkur Gaming is again presenting at this year’s Belgrade Future Gaming 2019 in Serbia from 4 to 5 June. Gauselmann subsidiary GeWeTe will once again also be represented at the trade fair. Alongside around 30 national and international exhibitors, Merkur Gaming and GeWeTe will present a top-class ‘made in Germany’ product show at the Belgrade Expo.
“Serbia is an important market for Merkur Gaming, in which our products are very well received. Belgrade Future Gaming is therefore an ideal platform at which to present them to a wider audience and at the same time underscore our commitment to the Serbian gaming market,” explains Athanasios “Sakis” Isaakidis, Chief Executive, International.
Merkur Gaming’s exhibition stand – Stand C2 in Hall 2 – speaks for itself: with an area of 85 square metres, it is 20 square metres larger than last year. The highlight this year is the Allegro cabinet, which is soon to be rolled out in Serbia. With its spectacular 43-inch curved screen with ultra-HD resolution and an ergonomically streamlined player interface, the Allegro promises a whole new gaming experience. Merkur Gaming will also make an impact at the show with its eye-catching Avantgarde Trio, the Avantgarde RTG with RTG game, the Evostar and the G-Box. GeWeTe’s cash handling specialists will exhibit four state-of-the-art cash centres. “We are looking forward to the trade fair in Serbia and to interesting conversations with customers,” Athanasios “Sakis” Isaakidis adds.  

 

Spirit Gaming announces partnership with StylGame

Spirit Gaming now exclusive partner for the casino chair specialist in Germany.
Spirit Gaming from Germany is proud to formerly announce an exciting new partnership: Spirit Gaming is the exclusive partner for StylGame for the whole of Germany. This agreement also covers part of the Swiss market as well.
Founded by Luigi Iulita in 2001, StylGame has advanced to become a major global player for casino seating. StylGame offers a wide range of solutions. Royal Stool is the brand name that offers an amazing number of casino chairs. Customers are given maximum flexibility in choosing from many different seats and frames. Furthermore, StylGame has the right mix between modern and traditionally styled casino chairs. The trend to larger two-player casino slots is covered by the Double Seating range from StylGame, also with a great variety of choice.
StylGame is the only manufacturer of gaming chairs that has carried out specialist research (together with the local university and Casino de Venezia amongst others) in ergonomic seating. This has resulted in stylish Italian chairs that not only look great – players enjoy the comfort they offer. It has been proven how the positive effect of sitting properly can positively affect player comfort. This research has been so influential in the global gaming industry that major gaming manufacturing companies have adopted StylGame’s recommendations when creating new cabinets – to ensure that players can sit as comfortably as possible.
“StylGame has so much to offer and we see great opportunities here. It’s clear when you see StylGame chairs that this is an Italian company – they are so stylish. The proven player comfort is something that operators in Germany will be particularly open to. A gaming chair is not only an investment; it is a key part of the gaming operations. The more a player feels at ease, the more he or she will tend to choose that particular gaming location. Operators who invest in StylGame will have a competitive advantage over those who use chairs that don’t offer such a comfort value”, commented Frank Ziegler, founder and CEO of Spirit Gaming.
StylGame has a further exciting solution for the gaming market. Service Call is a stand-alone system that enables operators to provide a key service: the ability to call an assistant directly at the gaming machine. Operators can programme the service to relate to Cash-out, Technical Support or simply to order a drink or snack. This further heightens player experience and can thus increase gaming revenue.
“Spirit Gaming has quickly established itself as a major distributor and service partner in the European gaming market. We are making particular use of their roots in the German market and their knowledge of the Swiss market”, explained Luigi Iulita, owner and CEO of StylGame. “We are very excited about this partnership”.
Enquiries may be directed to Vitali Philippi whose contact details are: Email: vp@spirit-gaming.de ; Telephone  (mobile) +49 (0) 160 99645823.

 

Mayfair Casino Ltd acquires Clermont Club

Mayfair Casino Ltd has announced the acquisition of Clermont Leisure (UK) Ltd located at No 44 Berkeley Square, formerly the Clermont Club.
The club, which has been closed since March 2018, will be refurbished and relaunched in early 2020.
The acquisition is in line with Mayfair Casino’s long-term plans to expand its footprint in London. This becomes Mayfair Casino Ltd’s second property in the city, following last year’s acquisition of Napoleons Casino on Leicester Square, which re-opened as Horizons Casino in July.
A spokesperson for Mayfair Casino says: “We’re very happy to have added such a well-respected and historical brand to our portfolio and will now focus on a smooth transition period before we begin on rebranding and refurbishing the property. It’s a very exciting time for Mayfair Casino Ltd.”
The Grade I listed building is the only surviving townhouse designed by William Kent, built between 1742 and 1745. Since 1950, the address has been a private member’s club and casino.

 

ITL launch Spectral Bunch Note Feeder into Retail Market

Innovative Technology, the leading cash handling technology provider, have introduced the Spectral Bunch Note Feeder (BNF) ideal for self-service, cash deposit and smart safe applications. This combined banknote feeder, validator and large cashbox brings a host of benefits for the retailer including fast acceptance speeds and a significant reduction in refill times while providing convenient, quick bunch note deposits.
Tony Morrison, Sales Director commented, “Our new Spectral BNF has a large deposit capacity with the ability to present 100+ notes and an impressive 2200 cashbox for large scale applications. Notes enter the validator from the bottom of the note pile so constant refill is available, significantly minimising cash replenishment time as retailers no longer need to wait until all notes are fed in before refilling. This highly reliable product combined with fast acceptance speeds of less than 2 seconds across multiple currencies, make it particularly attractive for retail and back-office environments. The Spectral BNF is based on the NV200 Spectral validator and introduces a separate secondary tray to ensure continuous operation in the case of a rejected note. The highest level of security is ensured as our Spectral Technology provides 100% note image capture to validate the authenticity of notes as well as exceptional protection against fraudulent and stained notes.”
Spectral Technology has state-of-the-art spectral sensors which give the highest spectral coverage and features optical and mechanical anti-strimming technology that delivers outstanding fraud protection and best in class performance. The NV200 Spectral’s cutting-edge note centring mechanism bring the user exceptional handling and outstanding first-time note acceptance.
Tony continued, “A safe interface add-on module is also available. When the Spectral BNF is used with ITL’s Safe Interface it is ideal for smart safe customers wanting to improve their back-office security. The combined unit allows customers to gain access to the validator head (and BNF) while the cash is securely stored inside the smart safe. This gives an enhanced level of security and provides ease of access for maintenance for smart safe and deposit applications.”
Check out the ITL website for more information: https://innovative-technology.com/products/products-main/769-spectral-bnf

 

YGAM welcome new Head of Marketing and Communications

Carly Boyt, Head of Marketing and Communications at YGAM
YGAM, the UK charity which works to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and social gaming, and which has established a reputation as being a progressive organisation that the industry can work with, has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Carly Boyt as Head of Marketing and Communications.  Carly has worked in senior marketing and communications roles for over a decade across a variety of sectors including tourism, fashion, retail and most recently in the third sector, where she led the communications for Look Good Feel Better, the national charity that helps women with cancer regain their confidence. Her role at YGAM is  to build, develop and implement the organisation’s marketing and communications across all channels, help drive the highly successful YGAM Workshops and Student and University Engagement Programme as well as supporting partnerships with commercial organisations operating in the gaming and gambling space.
Heralding the appointment, YGAM Chief Executive, Lee Willows commented: “After four years with an absolute focus on impact, delivery and evaluation we are now starting to invest in key strategic roles at YGAM to help us take flight in 2019/20 as we work towards working with one million young people. Carly’s appointment is an example of this investment and will be critical in helping us create a step-change to raise awareness among professionals of our social purpose as well as developing the positive and productive relationships we already enjoy with the industry and adding to our list of supporters who recognise the very practical work that we undertake with young people in the field.”
Looking ahead to the challenges presented by her new role, Carly Boyt said: “There’s no doubt that I have joined the YGAM team at an exciting time, as we seek to further expand the number of young people we reach.  I’m looking forward to developing and working on unique projects and campaigns, in support of YGAM’s growth and strategic plans.”
To learn more about the work undertaken by YGAM, visit: ygam.org

 

SUZOHAPP Participates at the Feria Internacional del Juego as Complete Source for Gaming Components and Solutions

SUZOHAPP – a leading technology company with over 50,000 products for casino operators and gaming OEMs – will be exhibiting at the Feria Internacional del Juego that will take place in Madrid between 9-10 April.
SUZOHAPP will be present at Booth #C18 in Hall 3 and will be showcasing a complete offering of components and solutions for Gaming, Amusement, Sports Betting, Lottery and Bingo. Including coin and bill validators, LCD monitors, locks, pushbuttons, printers, scanners and more.
SUZOHAPP will be supported by Automated Gaming which is the new SUZOHAPP sales representative and service centre for the Spanish gaming market. “We are excited to be with SUZOHAPP at this year’s Feria Internacional del Juego. We will display a portfolio of unique components and solutions that meets the demands of various gaming market segments,” commented  Genís Catà, CEO of Automated Gaming.
”We are pleased that Automated Gaming will now be supporting us in Spain,” said Goran Sovilj, SUZOHAPP’s Executive Vice President of Gaming & Amusement in Europe.
“They are a team of highly skilled professionals with years of experience and expertise. We see great opportunities in our partnership.”
A full range of key products for gaming and amusement machines and sports betting terminals will be showcased, including:
SUZOHAPP’s latest VisionPro Edge-Lit LED touch and non-touch monitors, and Elo Touch open frame monitors
Nanoptix printers, including the new PayCheck Terminal XL
Newland barcode scanners
Locks, including the new Giussani E-PRL reprogrammable electronic lock
Toppers, pushbuttons and LCD button decks, including the new DPS (Dynamic Panel Systems)
Coin and bill validators, and hoppers
A rich selection of cabinet parts (speakers, power supplies, USB chargers, and more)
Additionally, SUZOHAPP offers an extensive range of cash handling products for the casino cashier. As major highlights, the SCAN COIN ICX Active-9 coin sorter and the CashComplete SDS-35 Smart Deposit Solution will be showcased, coupled with the advanced CashComplete Connect monitoring software.
Mike Sigona, SUZOHAPP’s Global Gaming Product Manager and Business Development Manager in Europe, stated “Simplify your sourcing with us! Discover all advantages of relying on a single supplier with an extremely broad product range, local resources and global capability. It saves time, money and energy when working with SUZOHAPP.”  
“We offer a complete package of all key components to OEMs. Our customers know they can rely on us to support them with integration, just in time delivery, quick spare parts availability and service,” concluded Mr. Sovilj. ”If you are in search of the latest innovations and technologies for improving your gaming business, or just looking for the latest trends – please visit us in Madrid.”

 

EGT will soon welcome its guests at Fer-Interazar 2019

On 09 and 10 April Madrid will again become a center of gaming, hosting the Fer-Interazar 2019 show and booth C9 of Euro Games Technology, EGT Multiplayer and EGT Interactive will summon the fans, igniting their curiosity with its latest developments.
For a first time in Spain will be presented the General line of EGT cabinets with the models G 32-32 VIP and G 27-27 Up and St. Their two high-resolution frameless widescreen monitors, securing highest quality picture, ergonomic keyboard with dynamic touch display and electromechanical buttons for the main game functions, modern look and powerful Exciter III platform are but a small part of all their features, set to turn them into Spanish players’ favorites. The top experience for the players is guaranteed with the G 32-32 VIP also for its multimedia chair, incorporating game and sound volume controls, and in addition the latest Gold HD, Red General HD and Fruits General HD multigames are rich in title diversity and strong in potential and effect.
EGT will also exhibit its models P-24/24 Up and P-27/27 St in a B2 salon modification, designed specifically for that popular segment in Spain. They will be equipped with the Orange Collection salon gaming mix and will also be present in their regular version that is already top performing around the world. The Super Premier 75, P-42V Up and St Curved will complete the slot cabinet range, representing the well-known in over 80 countries Premier series.
The exotic themes are leading in the EGT selection of jackpots. Debuting for the country will be the new progressives Ancient Spin (4 levels) and Sands Princess (5 levels). Both will take the players into Ancient Egypt and are generous in numerous wins and different surprises. For those who prefer the Asian designed gaming Cai Shen Kingdom and Dragon’s Turn will promise an experience hard to forget.
The T84 touch roulette table of EGT Multiplayer with an automated wheel will also not go unnoticed by the visitors with its 84-inch main display and 6 touch screen gaming places. Combining the advantages of the slot cabinet with the flexibility of the terminal, the S32 next generation multiplayer terminal of the S-line series will be another highlight at the booth.
EGT Interactive will also take place in Fer-Interazar 2019, demonstrating its vast gaming portfolio and featuring some adapted to internet land-based gaming titles, as well as specially created for the interactive environment.
Mr. Kristian Kostovski, director of EGT Spain, commented on the show: “Fer-Interazar has strong traditions in Spain and is a good opportunity for us to present our latest developments, moreover we have a lot to show at this edition in terms of novelties and product solutions that are eye-catching and offer a perfect price/quality ratio to the operators”.

 

Microgaming’s award-winning games go live with 888 Casino

Microgaming announces its casino content is now live with 888 Casino, one of the world’s most popular online gaming entertainment and solutions providers. 
The milestone agreement enables 888 Casino to expand upon its current casino offering and access Microgaming’s award-winning portfolio of games, including branded titles such as Jurassic World and Game of Thrones, as well as hundreds of Casino in Bingo (CiB) side games. 
888 Casino has been at the forefront of the online gaming industry for over 20 years, providing players with innovative, world-class gaming solutions. With headquarters and main operations in Gibraltar, 888 Casino has licences in multiple regulated jurisdictions, including Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK. 
Players on 888 Casino are now able to enjoy a wealth of engaging and compelling casino games from Microgaming and also benefit from access to the world’s largest progressive jackpot network, which has paid out more than €1 billion to date. 
The product rollout will commence in the UK, with further regulated markets, including Denmark and Sweden, to follow. 
John Coleman, Chief Executive Officer at Microgaming, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome 888 Casino, a major player in the industry, to our ever growing customer base. I am confident that this will be the start of a positive strategic relationship which will further strengthen the Microgaming brand across Europe, and I look forward to providing 888 with even more of our innovative, popular content in the coming months.” 
Guy Cohen, SVP Head of B2C at 888 Holdings, adds: “888 Casino’s mission is to always exceed its customers’ expectations and provide the most enjoyable online gaming experience possible and this exciting deal takes our casino offering to the next level. Microgaming has a proven track record in delivering high quality gaming products; this deal will enable us to raise our position of offering the most engaging and interactive casino content alongside our existing portfolio of games.” 

 

IGT Launches New Bingo Gaming Platform with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

Custom game bundle on IGT’s CrystalSlant cabinet includes live bingo, slots, video poker and keno.

International Game Technology PLC have announced that it recently launched a new Bingo Gaming Platform with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL). The Canadian lottery operator now features a total of 500 of these unique Class III games at two of its flagship casinos in Winnipeg, Canada – McPhillips Station Casino and Club Regent Casino. read more

 

The roulette table T84 pleases the players of Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Reel Games Inc and its partner EGT Multiplayer announce the launch of the T-Line touch table roulette at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, located in Indio, California, near Palm Springs. The casino is operated by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and includes in its gaming portfolio 2000 slot machines and video poker, 40 tables, and 9,300 sq. m of special events center space. Now it is also supplied with the luxury and stylish T84 model, featuring a 84-inch touch screen with six player positions, a double zero automated roulette wheel, enhanced quality stereo sound and fast number detection system based, on optical and IR sensors. It is able to be connected to an unlimited number S32 player terminals and has an included 23-inch LCD-TFT monitor, displaying statistical game information. The T84 will also be linked to the jackpot system Diamond Number of 2 levels – Diamond and Sapphire, as soon as it is approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Sean Smith, founder and president of Reel Games Inc., shared about the installation: “I am delighted to begin partnering with the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, especially with this product. I first showed it to them at the G2E Vegas two years ago, when it still wasn’t approved for the US. The model speaks for itself as a high-end, beautiful luxury roulette solution and they are always looking for new products for their gaming floor. Prior to their installation we also delivered two T84 to Seminole Tribe of Florida Casinos and the customer’s initial feedback is positive.”
Reel Games Inc. have also supplied slot machines to the Seminoles and other tribal gaming establishments, like Thunder Valley, Cache Creek and Chickasaw. At the Indian Gaming Show 2019 the company, together with EGT and EGT Multiplayer, will showcase some new jackpot and slot developments, as well as the S-Line roulette terminals. “I am expecting high interest in our products and many guests from around the US at our booth and am prepared to show them around an exposition that will not leave them indifferent,” added Mr. Smith.

 

Win Systems, a winning bet in FADJA

Win Systems, the leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, will participate once again in the FADJA trade-show in Bogota on the 10th and 11th April, at booth #69.
Win Systems will showcase all its gaming solutions for the region along with Golden Gaming, the sole distributor in Colombia for GameStar slot machines and Gold Club electronic roulettes. Together with its gaming machines, the company will also exhibit its renowned casino management system Wigos, including some of its powerful features and tools.
One of the main attractions for all delegates visiting the Win Systems booth will be seeing the latest slot machine in the Americas for the first time, the GameStar Rhapsody. This amazing gaming slot combines an attractive and robust design with cutting-edge technology, so it’s the ideal solution for smaller venues and for casinos in categories 2 and 3. The new GameSTar ST3, the slant-top version of the successful GameStar S3, will be also exhibited for the first time in Latin America with the new symbol driven jackpot Power Gong.
The renowned Gold Club electronic roulettes, whose performance in the Colombian market has exceeded the highest expectations, will also be showcased at the booth. Gold Club range of electronic roulettes is the most compact in the premium segment, allowing the casino to maximize floor monetization. Its reliability and advanced features are some of the main reasons for its fast penetration in the key markets in the region, such as Colombia and Peru.
Win Systems will also be displaying its casino management system Wigos, which connects more than 85,000 slot machines in more than 310 casinos of all sizes around the globe, both in very consolidated markets and in new jurisdictions (for example in many states in the USA). Highly skilled executives from the company will be demonstrating some of its powerful features to optimize daily operation and decision making, such as Intellia (business intelligence tool), WinStats (an app allowing the casino managers to receive real-time key figures from the casino on the smartphone) and WinUp (an app for players, customized with the casino image and content).
Eric Benchimol, CEO of Win Systems, commented: “Win Systems can’t miss FADJA, as it is one of the most important trade-shows in Latin America and we’re rapidly growing in markets such as Colombia or Peru”.
“Many operators from these markets are very interested in the new products that we’ll bring to the trade-show and wish to see our new slot models such as the GameStar Rhapsody and the GameStar ST3. We also noticed a growing interest in more sophisticated casino management systems like Wigos, signifying that the market is more and more competitive and therefore more professional. Our Gold Club electronic roulettes range are getting an amazing acknowledgment amongst players, and this is noticeable by operators.”
Win Systems will be at stand #69 at FADJA. To arrange a meeting, please send an email to marketing@winsysgroup.com or call +34 935 308 049. To connect with Golden Gaming, please send an email to cristina.quintero@grupoadministrativo.com or call +57 311 4624202.

 

Esports levels up at ICE London as European expansion beckons, states Sparks CEO, Dina Niron

The ongoing expansion of esports across the globe was evident at this year’s ICE London, the world’s biggest gaming technology event, with a dedicated focus on the sector across the ICE VOX conference agenda, world class teams competing live on the showfloor and leading companies from established and emerging markets driving esports into its next phase from the London show.  Leading industry advisor and former CEO of Playtech subsidiary Juego Online, Dina Niron, who took part in the ‘Esports: The esports ecosystem in 2019 – What you need to know’ panel at this year’s ICE VOX at ExCeL London, believes the sector is only just getting started and the industry’s relatively new focus on esports wagering will be ripe for expansion as regulation across Europe continues to grow.
Discussing why esports had such an enhanced presence at ICE London and why the event is the ideal place to determine the future of emerging industry trends, she explained: “ICE London was a great opportunity to interact and share my experience and views of the expected growth of esports with leading esports business owners, management and professionals.  This year especially, the growing interest in this sector was very obvious.”
Focusing on the perceived myths about esports demographics, Niron believes that the major concerns hovering over the esports sector are already being tackled through a proactive and dedicated community of players and fans – something she is keen for the industry to engage with in a similar way to which gambling and betting has engaged with traditional sports fans.  Reflecting on where the sector is positioned going into 2019, Niron explained: “Esports is still seen as a relatively new phenomenon to mainstream audiences, so for operators to successfully interact with esport fans, who are mostly millennials, it’s imperative they offer unique, tailored content which is, in turn, advertised via millennial influencers and channels according to their expectations and in line with cutting edge technology.  With so much content being generated and promoted to fans daily, there is a growing demand in esports for local teams and tournaments.  Going forward, I see this becoming quite a key factor in the sector and expected to mirror the conventional sport template by creating loyalty with local fans and, therefore, expansion.
“Esports wagering is a key focus for the sector and the possibilities here are already regulated territories like Malta, Isle of Man, UK and Italy, Spain and Denmark, as well as the legalisations of additional markets,” Niron continued.  “I envisage its growth as similar to the roll out of DFS in the United States, in that more US and European states will continue to regulate esports wagering, providing more potential in 2019 and beyond.  At this stage, the major issues facing esports are cheating, match-fixing/betting fraud, doping, online attacks and boosting, but the esports community is trying to tackle these issues by self-regulating and setting up new voluntary organisations, such as Esports Integrity Coalition: ESIC, to regulate, supervise and, when needed, take actions and even impose sanctions.”
Esports forms a key part of Clarion Gaming’s newest event, ICE North America, which takes the ICE experience to Boston, MA, USA on May 13-15. For more information and to register, visit icenorthamerica.com.

 

BetVictor broadens greyhound product offering with SIS partnership

Leading multi-channel supplier SIS (Sports Information Services) has reached an agreement with BetVictor, one of Europe’s leading online gambling companies, to provide the company with British and Irish greyhound content.
The deal significantly strengthens BetVictor’s greyhound offering, with the operator now having access to over 33,000 races per year, streamed from 8 am to 10 pm UK time.
The greyhound content consists of more than 53 meetings per week from British tracks including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford, as well as Irish action from Curraheen Park, Kilcohan Park, Kilkenny, Limerick, Mullingar, Tralee and Youghal.
Delivered in a “Bet and Watch” format, the new service allows BetVictor to offer regular short-form betting events to its fast-growing customer base, providing them with engaging betting content designed to increase engagement and dwell time.
Eoin Ryan, Director of Product at BetVictor, said: “Over the past year we have invested heavily into developing our Greyhound product and this partnership with SIS ensures that our customers will receive a best-in-class experience, with access to more races across the UK and Ireland and high-quality streaming so they can watch the action unfold.”
Sandra McWilliams, Sales Director at SIS, said: “Delivering our content to a leading operator such as BetVictor underpins our status as the leading supplier of racing content, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them.
“BetVictor customers will now have access to live pictures of the best greyhound racing from the UK and Ireland, which is sure to drive increased engagement and revenues for the operator.”

 

Wire Act’s enforcement has been pushed back

The DoJ has further delayed the enforcement of its revised opinion of the Wire Act, which involves all forms of online gambling.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) recently revised its opinion on the Wire Act and expanded its reach to all forms of gambling. However, the body has delayed its enforcement, in order to give operators time to readapt their operations.
According to a DoJ spokesperson, as reported by GamblingCompliance, the deadline has been pushed back from April 15 to mid-June. The reinterpretation of the Wire Act, which would impact on sports betting and other forms of online gambling, was issued in January and generated major criticism from the industry.
The iDEA Growth trade association, which advocates the expansion of iGaming, has announced it has filed a lawsuit against it, becoming the latest to do so. “We trust that the New Hampshire Court will give appropriate weight to judicial precedent over political factors in making its decision, a decision sure to have a major impact on a fast-growing industry poised to offer significant economic benefits to states across the country,” Jeff Ifra, the lead attorney in the suit, said.
Previously, the American Gaming Association (AGA), released a statement signed by senior vice president of public affairs Sara Slane in response to the new opinion and said that “it is unfortunate that the Department of Justice departed from well-established practice in reversing its previous opinion without a compelling reason to do so.”

 

Blueprint Gaming partners with EveryMatrix

Software provider significantly enhances casino offering
Slots developer Blueprint Gaming has reached a content distribution agreement with leading iGaming integration platform CasinoEngine powered by EveryMatrix.
As part of the deal, Blueprint Gaming has delivered its portfolio of award-winning games to EveryMatrix’s casino integration platform CasinoEngine, enabling its ever-growing operator network quick access to Blueprint’s diverse range of games, including popular releases such as Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash and Wish Upon A Jackpot, as well as its series of Megaways titles, under licence from Big Time Gaming.
The slot developer’s integration onto the CasinoEngine is part of its international growth strategy and will allow the company to expand into new regulated territories.
Siôr Walbyoff, Head of Business Development at Blueprint Gaming, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this partnership with EveryMatrix, one of the industry’s leading casino providers. In recent months we’ve made a concerted effort to expand our presence in regulated markets and the deal with EveryMatrix gives us access to supply our top-performing content into new territories.”
Stian Hornsletten, EveryMatrix co-founder and CasinoEngine CEO, said: “CasinoEngine’s mission is to simplify operators’ access to additional markets while supplying the finest casino content available. Blueprint Gaming is an established name and we’re pleased to integrate their exciting gaming offering. They produce a variety of games and we’re looking forward to receiving even more content throughout the year.”
EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine is a top performance integration platform that enables access to 8,000+ games across more than 140 vendors and sub-vendors.

 

ICE London attendance tops 36,000 to record 8th straight year of growth

ICE London 2019 has confirmed its status as the world’s most popular business-to-business gaming expo with attendance figures recorded at 36,092, an 8 percent increase on the 2018 figure and the eighth consecutive year of growth. The interim figures, which have been calculated on the raw registration and attendance data for ICE London 2019, will now be forwarded for independent audit.
Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, believes the attendance figures tell only part of the ICE London success story. She said: “These are very encouraging and of course I’m delighted to be able to report on what would be our eighth consecutive year of growth.  I would like to pay tribute to our exhibitors who once again brought fantastic theatre and creativity to their ICE London show presence, contributing magnificently to the energy and atmosphere visitors experienced at ExCeL London.  The event industry has a tendency to be consumed by attendance when actually it’s the chemistry of an event and, as a result, the quality of the interactions and connections that take place between visitor and exhibitor, visitor and visitor and between exhibitors that really count and which distinguish a good show from a great show.
“The internationalism of ICE London remains a stand out characteristic and the global gaming industry turned out in force with representatives from Botswana and Honduras raising the number of nations present at ExCeL London to 155 – a remarkable statistic by any standards.  The figures are showing fantastic growth from key geographical regions, notably LatAm which recorded an increase of no less than 43 percent.”
“Once our attendance data has been interrogated and verified by the independent audit, we will be in a position to share more insights with the huge community of international gaming professionals which participate in and have an interest in ICE London.”
After London, the ICE brand moves across the Atlantic to Boston (MA) for the first edition of ICE North America (May 13 –15).  This new event has attracted the support of 45 global organisations, comprising commercial, sports federation, trade association and media sponsors for what promises to be the biggest sports betting and interactive gaming event in North America.  ICE North America’s pioneering agenda will focus on the five key verticals comprising Sports Betting, iGaming, Affiliate Marketing, iLottery and Esports.  To find out more, go to: icenorthamerica.com

 

British gambling industry united once again for Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has announced that Responsible Gambling Week 2019 will take place from 7th -13th November and that following the success of RG Week 2018 organisations and businesses from across Britain will once again join forces to support the campaign.
The IGRG brings together every sector of the gambling industry through its member trade associations, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB); British Amusement Machine Association (BACTA); The Bingo Association (BA); National Casino Forum (NCF); and Remote Gambling Association (RGA); all with the common objective of raising awareness of safer gambling behaviours and encouraging staff, customers and the wider public to discuss what it means to gamble responsibly.
The headline theme of the Week will be Let’s Talk About Safer Gambling. By coming together with one voice, the industry is able extend its reach and ensure that the message of safer gambling connects with the widest possible audience.
Encouraged by the success of Responsible Gambling Week 2017 and building on the huge engagement achieved in 2018, which encompassed more than 12,000 gambling venues and online sites, 120,000 employees across Great Britain and created some 20 million impressions on social media, the IGRG is seeking to build on these excellent results and take the campaign further in 2019.
Operators promote responsible gambling 365 days of the year, but Responsible Gambling Week creates the opportunity for businesses to start a conversation about safer gambling not only with their customers, but also with their friends and families.
John Hagan, Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, said:
“Social responsibility is fundamental to the gambling industry’s approach, and we are all dedicated, year-round, to promoting safer gambling. But what makes Responsible Gambling Week special is that the whole industry is united and engaged to highlight safer gambling to a broader audience.
“Responsible Gambling Week 2018 was widely supported across the industry, helping to set a new benchmark for the campaign.  We are confident that with the continued support of operators, charities and information networks we can build on last year’s success and reach a far greater audience.
“RG Week 2019 will take place from 7th to 13th November; in announcing these dates early in the year we are hoping that the increased planning time will encourage and allow for further support.  For 2019 we will be seeking to broaden RG Week’s supporter base and make use of complimentary communication networks, refining message themes for RG Week in line with consumer research and following input from specialist support groups.”
Responsible Gambling Week will be attending ICE Totally Gaming, held at London ExCel from 5th – 7th February 2019, where team members will be available to discuss this year’s campaign.
Further information about RG Week 2019 will be made available on the Responsible Gambling Week web site (www.responsiblegamblingweek.org) in the coming weeks and supporters can register for updates on the site. The website will be a key resource and information point for the 2019 campaign for customers, the general public, staff and supporting organisations, in addition to providing information and material for the media. Social media channels for Responsible Gambling Week 2019 are also live on Facebook and Twitter @RGWeek19
Responsible Gambling Week 2019 will take place from 7th – 13th November 2019.  Organisations wishing to support the Week and get involved should, if a member of a supporting trade association, contact their trade association first. Organisations that are not members of a supporting trade association should contact the Responsible Gambling Week team by email: info@responsiblegamblingweek.org
To stay up to date, please visit and follow Responsible Gambling Week 2019 on Facebook www.facebook.com/RGWeek2019 and on Twitter at @RGWeek2019 .

 

RSPH backs calls for tougher online gambling limits

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which is soon to establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA), welcomes the call for tougher limits on online gambling in a speech by Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
RSPH, who have previously called for gambling to be treated as a public health issue, support Watson’s definition of gambling activity in the UK as a public health emergency. The Health on the High Street report, published by RSPH, highlights that young people face an unprecedented level of exposure to gambling, with over 400,000 11-16 year olds spending their own money gambling each week.
The government are on course this year to implement a £2 maximum stake for FOBTs and a requirement that online operators verify a potential customer’s age before they can gamble. Labour’s policy would limit stakes in all online gambling, building on progress being made in taking action in this area to protect the public’s health.
Watson’s speech calls for a new Gambling Act, that would implement:
A system for checking affordability before a gambler can start higher deposits
Stake limits on products linked to higher rates of problem gambling
The integration of online games into the existing categorisation of gambling machines according to maximum stake and prize
In 2019 RSPH will establish a Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) with the support of GambleAware.
The Alliance which will initially be established for three years, has the primary objective of bringing together organisations and individuals, specifically policy makers, who have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling.  The Alliance will seek to:
Highlight the rising concerns about gambling related harms;
Engage and influence policy makers, Government, NGOs and the public health community in order to encourage positive action;
Promote evidence so it can be translated into practical steps;
Undertake periodic surveys and polling to inform GHA campaigns to increase awareness of the health harms from gambling.
Niamh McDade, Senior Campaigns & Communications Executive at the RSPH, said:
“It is vital that regulations in the online world catch up with restrictions being introduced offline and we welcome the call to limit stakes in all online gambling. With 18% of the population gambling online, we must ensure that we identify and understand all sources of problem gambling.
We look forward to establishing the Gambling Health Alliance this year to provide a forum for all relevant stakeholders to collaborate and increase our understanding of the range social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to gambling related harms.”

 

Isle of Man GSC introduces software suppliers’ licence

Mark Rutherford, deputy chief executive of the Gambling Supervision Commission
In a move that is set to make life simpler for gaming operators and suppliers on the Island, the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission is introducing a licensing scheme for software suppliers that will go hand-in-hand with the creation of a centralised software database.
The Isle of Man has announced that it will shortly be rolling out a brand-new software suppliers’ licence that will make it easier and quicker for operators to launch new products from trusted firms.
Under the new rules, B2B firms now have the option to apply for a licence which will allow them to list their games and software on a register of pre-approved products. Rather than having to produce specific certification for a new slot or third-party product, the Island’s gaming operators can refer to the register to see which products they are able to deploy immediately.
The move promises to streamline processes for both regulators and B2Cs on the Island, offering an innovative way to deliver efficiency to the gaming community, while maintaining high regulatory standards.
Mark Rutherford, deputy chief executive of the Gambling Supervision Commission, said: “Over the years we’ve had a number of software developers come to us and ask us if the Isle of Man was considering licensing their business model, so this year at ICE, for the first time, we’re delighted to be able to say ‘yes’.
“The benefit for the Isle of Man operators – the B2Cs – is that they get to see what products they can deploy straight away, secure in the knowledge that the GSC has already approved them, and it’s possible, with a following wind, that it’ll become a sort of directory of games.
“We’re not expecting everyone to want to jump on straight away, but so far, we’ve had an immensely positive reception from operators. We also recognise that for suppliers, the register may have the benefit of making their games and products more prominent, although that’s not its primary purpose.”
Commenting on the application process for suppliers, he added: “It’s essentially the same law that we’ve used for B2Cs, so the process in essence is the same, but without actually having control over players an awful lot of our consumer-protection law doesn’t really apply. So, while we will be still be as thorough with our diligence as we are with our B2Cs, software suppliers will need to supply a lot less information and therefore the application process should be swifter.”
Software suppliers who want to take advantage of the new register will be able to apply for a licence from the 22 February.
Isle of Man eGaming will be exhibiting at ICE Totally Gaming in London ExCel Centre from 5-7 February at Stand N6-220, N7. Contact Tony Jones on tony.jones2@gov.im or stop by the stand to arrange a meeting.

 

SUZOHAPP appoints Matt Luckhurst as Sales Director for Components in UK & Ireland

SUZOHAPP is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Luckhurst as Sales Director for its Components business in the UK & Ireland, effective February 4th.
Mr. Luckhurst brings with him a wealth of experience in Sales Leadership and Relationship and Strategic Management, both in the UK and within Europe. With many years of experience within the Retail, Banking, Gaming and Travel & Tourism industries, he brings extensive knowledge and valuable expertise to this position. Mr. Luckhurst previously worked as Sales Director for Glory and has also held positions at NCR, TOREX and Wincor Nixdorf.
“We are pleased to have gained such a high calibre professional to join our team in this key position in the UK and Ireland,” commented Simon James, Managing Director of SUZOHAPP UK & Ireland. ”Our Components business represents our core area of focus and we look forward to creating new opportunities and building new relationships in this space.”
“I’d also like to express my sincere thanks to our previous Sales Director, John Vallis, who will be leaving the company in February,” continued Mr. James.  ”John has played an invaluable role in the growth of our company throughout his time with us and, on behalf of the whole SUZOHAPP team, we wish him every success in his future career.”