first_img30th May 2018 | By contenteditor Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines ASA raps online operators over ‘fairytale’ adverts Regions: UK & Ireland The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has issued warnings to two online gaming sites after ruling that a number of adverts they published were appealing to children Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Strategy Tech & innovation Slots The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has issued warnings to two online gaming sites after ruling that a number of adverts they published were appealing to children. Campaign group Fairer Gambling contacted the ASA in January over its concerns with the adverts, saying that their content would be of interest to youngsters. The complaints related to M88.com, owned and run by Progress Play, as well as Fun88.co.uk, which is operated by TGP Europe. Fairer Gambling cited M88.com adverts for ‘Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood’, ‘Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Fairies Forest’ as its main worries. The group also highlighted a number of adverts on Fun88.co.uk as concerns, with each of these featuring content that it said may appeal to youngsters. Fairer Gambling said the animations in each ad would likely attract children. M88.com removed the games for consumers that were not members of the site, meaning they are no longer able to access them in demo mode. Although M88.com also modified the graphics to remove fairytale characters, it upheld an argument that it did not believe the advert content would appeal to children. However, the ASA disagreed, saying that the content of the ads and the fact they were based on fairytale stories meant they would be of interest to youngsters. In its ruling, the ASA said: “Because the ad promoted a game that was based on a fairy theme, which we considered was highly popular amongst young children, we concluded that ad was likely to be of particular appeal to under-18s. “The ads must not appear again in their current form; we told m88.com to ensure that their gambling ads did not have particular appeal to under-18s.” Fun88.co.uk removed the adverts from its website prior to when the complaint was issued, and also placed demo games behind registration to block children from accessing the titles. However, the operator also said that assessing whether the ads appeal to under-18s was “highly subjective”. Although the ASA commended Fun88.co.uk for removing the ads and placing the games behind registration, the regulator said some of the adverts in question were more likely to appeal to under-18s than adults. As a result, the ASA ruled the ad must not appear in their current form again.Related article: ASA bans ‘misleading’ Kwiff advertlast_img read more

first_img27th June 2018 | By tracey Topics: Casino & games Slots El Fuego by Spimatic Email Address Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Emilio is a dishwasher in a small soup-kitchen in the mornings and a Lucha Libre wrestler known as El Fuego at nights. Despite his small size, El Fuego is the undefeatable hero everybody has been waiting for! El Fuego – Ready for Lucha Libre, amigo?Emilio is a dishwasher in a small soup-kitchen in the mornings and a Lucha Libre wrestler known as El Fuego at nights. Despite his small size, El Fuego is the undefeatable hero everybody has been waiting for!This fierce Spinmatic game with Mexican Lucha Libre theme is a 3×5 slot with 15 paylines, Wild with x2 Multiplier, Free Spin and Free Spin wins during Free Spin.Enjoy the loud atmosphere of Lucha Libre with El Fuego!Play a demo version here.About Spinmatic:Spinmatic is a young company that creates and provides superior casino games –classic slots, jackpot slots, and progressive jackpot slots. Since its foundation in 2015, the company has revolutionised the world of slots producing stunning games using the latest HTML5 technology.  Our games engage players around the globe thanks to exceptional graphics and animations together with unique sound FXs. Spinmatic games are accessible anytime and anywhere: desktop, mobile and retail gambling locations.www.spinmatic.com Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

first_img11th September 2018 | By contenteditor Ambitious free-to-play developer targets new partnerships and products AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Strategy Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img SportCaller will up the ante in both business and product development in the final few months of 2018 after announcing the appointment of industry veteran Andy Clerkson (pictured) as chairman.The free-to-play sports games developer has an eye on growth in the US and a series of other regions after almost trebling its number of partnerships and releasing more than 20 new games so far this year. A successful World Cup has helped it to develop stronger relations with key partners such as GVC, William Hill and Betfair, while it has also successfully introduced its new SCore platform.Clerkson founded leading content, design and technology agency Grand Parade in 2007 before selling to William Hill in 2016. Throughout 2018 he has been in New Jersey, helping William Hill expand into newly-regulated states in the US.Prior to setting up Grand Parade, Clerkson published Maxim USA for Dennis Publishing, which became the largest men’s magazine in the world, selling more than 2.5 million copies per month.His creativity, strategic vision and contacts list make him the perfect appointment, according to SportCaller managing director Cillian Barry.“Andy is a rare breed, he is equally brilliant at business development and product development,” Barry told iGamingBusiness.com.“It is a rare skill to balance both and the reason why are excited about working closely with him on this accelerated growth stage for SportCaller.”In the final few months of the year SportCaller is looking to further help its existing partners roll out its free-to-play content at group level. Barry told iGamingBusiness.com that its R&D team is developing new products and innovations that should be ready by early 2019.In a statement Clerkson added: “What is really exciting is the potential for further growth around the world, not least in the US following the repeal of PASPA.“I look forward to working closely with Cillian and his team to continue developing the strategy, which is all about value creation for our partners and their players.”With popular titles such as Football 21, in which players predict which teams will score a total of 21 goals on a matchday, Barry told iGamingBusiness.com that operators from mainland Europe to the UK, US, Asia and Africa can all benefit by adding free-to-play content to their portfolio.“With approximately 70% of game players returning to play on a weekly basis, a conversion rate of 20% from playing the game to clicking through to have a bet and one client reporting 400% higher value of customers playing these Games compared to customers not playing a Game means we have clearly demonstrated the business case for free-to-play,” he said. “As a result we have moved from the “Why?” to the “How?” and that is a stage we are enjoying at the moment.” SportCaller brings in Grand Parade founder Clerkson Tags: Skill Games Topics: Strategylast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter IGT’s PlayShot approved for Nevada retail roll-out Regions: US Nevada Platform now live as a retail solution with MGM over a year after being approved for mobile wagering​ Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation 21st November 2018 | By contenteditor IGT’s PlayShot omni-channel platform has made its retail debut in Nevada after being approved by the state’s authorities.PlayShot was rolled out as a mobile solution in Nevada last year, and powers sports betting at 10 MGM-operated casinos on the Strip, including the MGM Grand, via the PlayMGM mobile app.It has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) following a number of field trials at MGM’s properties, and can now be deployed at venues throughout the state. The over-the-counter trial also included the testing of IGT’s proprietary MarkSense Technology, which enables operators to design and print parlay sheets and promotions on demand.“Gaining full regulatory approval in Nevada for IGT’s integrated PlayShot sports betting solution enables our customers throughout the state to benefit from its seamless integration of retail and mobile betting technologies in a single solution,” said Enrico Drago, IGT senior vice-president PlayDigital.“Our customers throughout the US recognise the power of the PlayShot technology, and view the hub-and-spoke design of the scalable platform as an important advantage for pursuing sports betting business opportunities in multiple states.”PlayShot is now available in four states, with operators having already deployed the solution in New Jersey, Mississippi, and West Virginia.Since the repeal of PASPA earlier this year IGT has been in competition with the likes of Kambi and SBTech to ink technology deals with major operators.It has been powering DraftKings’ first retail sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl in Mississippi since last week, while is also working with FanDuel and MGM in New Jersey.Earlier this year IGT and William Hill announced plans to jointly offer a full-service solution, including PlayShot and the latter’s trading and strategic expertise, allow state lotteries across the US to launch sports betting where legislation permits.Image: groundzero Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Better Collective to acquire Ribacka in €30m deal Better Collective has completed its acquisition of Swedish iGaming affiliate marketing business Ribacka Group in a deal worth up to €30m (£27.1m/$34.3m).The Denmark-headquartered igaming affiliate marketing specialist will pay an initial €15m in cash to acquire all of the shares in Ribacka, followed by a €6m payment in May 2019 in cash or Better Collective ordinary shares. A final payment of up to €9m will then be made in 2020, based on Ribecka meeting certain performance targets.Ribacka operates a network of sports betting and casino marketing sites in Sweden, including Speltips.se. Better Collective will now leverage this presence to establish a presence in the country’s sports betting market.Terms of the deal state that Ribacka will rebrand as Better Collective Sweden and will remain based at its current site in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.Jesper and Jens Ribacka, the former owners of the business, will also remain in their roles as CEO and board member, respectively. The two will work now with the senior team at Better Collective to identify growth opportunities in the Swedish market.“We consider Sweden to be one of the most interesting markets for online sports betting in Europe, as we believe a change in market dynamics will expand an already growing market,” Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard said. “With the combination of market growth, the successful operation run by Ribacka, and the addition of new talent and visible synergies, we are confident that this acquisition is a strong move for us in Sweden.”Jesper Ribacka added: “Since 2012, we have worked very hard to build strong brands in the Swedish market and, most importantly, a strong team to help us become a success.“I trust this new setup will bring us even further, aligning with the core values of transparency and user empowerment that are found at Better Collective.”The acquisition comes as Sweden prepares to launch its re-regulated market on January 1, 2019. A number of Better Collective’s partners have been awarded new licences to go live in the country next month.Last month, Better Collective cited M&A activity as a key factor in a 68% year-on-year increase in revenue during the third quarter of the year.Revenue amounted to €11.1m in the three months through to September 30, during which the company finalised the acquisition of Austrian sports betting affiliate Bola Webinformation. Better Collective also acquired Thessaloniki-based affiliate WBS and Malta-based KAPA in Q3. Topics: Finance Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Finance 21st December 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Super-affiliate agrees €30m acquisition to establish a presence in Sweden’s re-regulated iGaming market  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img GVC has named former William Hill director Barry Gibson as its new chairman, replacing long-term holder of the office, Lee Feldman. Strategy Former William Hill executive Gibson named new GVC chairman Topics: Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address GVC has named former William Hill director Barry Gibson as its new chairman, replacing long-term holder of the office, Lee Feldman.Gibson, currently chairman of HomeServe, will replace Feldman in February – almost a year after Feldman’s departure was first announced. He becomes a non-executive director of GVC today (4 November).Gibson has been chairman of HomeServe for almost a decade, during which time the home emergency repairs business has grown to become a market-leading FTSE 250 business.Gibson was formerly a non-executive director of William Hill and senior independent director of Bwin.party. He has also held senior posts at Somerfield and National Express and was group retailing director at British Airports Authority and group chief executive of retailer Littlewoods. Gibson said: “I am delighted to be joining GVC at such an exciting point in its growth trajectory.“I have been involved in a number of companies in the gambling sector over many years, and it is immediately clear to me that GVC has industry-leading technology, products, brands, marketing capabilities and people.“As such, I see enormous potential for this business and am looking forward very much to helping GVC to be the most successful and responsible operator in the sector.”Feldman, who has been GVC chairman for 11 years, announced he would be leaving in March 2019. He had been criticised by some shareholders after he sold 900,000 shares, worth £6.0m.His tenure has seen the group grow significantly through major acquisitions, such as the £4bn (€4.49bn/$5.55bn) deal to buy Ladbrokes Coral in 2018.Stephen Morana, GVC’s senior independent non-executive director, who led the process to appoint a successor to Feldman, said: “Our criteria for the new chairman included significant gambling sector experience, a demonstrable track-record of success on a range of high-profile public company boards, and a deep understanding of the evolving corporate governance landscape.“After an extensive search, Barry stood out as exceeding all of those criteria, and we are delighted that someone of his calibre and experience is joining GVC to help us realise our ambitious plans for future growth.“On behalf of the Board I would also like to thank Lee Feldman for playing such an instrumental role in GVC’s transformation from a small AIM listed business to a major Main Market, premium listed company.” 4th November 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker Bingo The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has said that the current restrictions enforced in the country due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) are costing the association up to PHP6bn (£95.1m/€107.4m/$117.8m) a month.Like many countries around the world, the Philippines has introduced measures to slow the spread of the virus, including community quarantine orders on major cities such as the capital Manila.However, despite such measures costing PAGCOR financially, Andrea Domingo, chairman and chief executive of the regulator and operator, said the organisation remains committed to helping the country fight coronavirus.To date, PAGCOR has released a total of P20.5bn to the Philippines government to help support national efforts related to the pandemic, including a package worth PHP6bn that was made available last week.“We still do our best to reach out to communities which do not have access to basic needs; they deserve all the help that we can give,” Domingo said.In addition to financial support, PAGCOR has operated in line with government-ordered measures in terms of social distancing measures. On 9 March, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of public health emergency in the Philippines, and on 16 March, Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine.PAGCOR ordered the temporary closure of all land-based gambling facilities on March 15, and extended the suspension order to the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator and its service providers on March 18.“At the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, PAGCOR immediately did its part in banning crowd gatherings through the closure order on all gaming facilities even if it meant an adverse effect on its earnings,” Domingo said.“The entire Philippine gaming industry will suffer but the people’s safety is of paramount importance – the employees, the customers and the public as a whole.”Meanwhile, PAGCOR recently purchased PHP65m worth of food items to support front-line workers and communities in need of additional support during the crisis. PAGCOR’s volunteer employees helped in the repacking and distribution of goods.Aside from PAGCOR, its licensees have also offered financial help, committing a total of PHP210m in funding, while POGOs have donated PHP150m for personal protective equipment, food and other essentials. Regions: Asia Philippines Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Covid-19 restrictions costing PAGCOR PHP6bn a month 31st March 2020 | By contenteditor The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has said that the current restrictions enforced in the country due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) are costing the association up to PHP6bn (£95.1m/€107.4m/$117.8m) a month. Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Slots German betting and gaming operator Tipico is continuing preparations for its entry to the US market, selecting Scientific Games’ OpenGaming product suite for its New Jersey-facing igaming offering.The supplier’s SG Digital division will provide Tipico with its Open Gaming System aggregation platform, giving it access to more than 2,000 proprietary and third party games.“Tipico’s decision to select OpenGaming to power its new digital casino once again demonstrates the quality of our proposition, and reaffirms our position as a leading supplier in the state of New Jersey,” SG Digital senior vice president of casino Dylan Slaney said.“We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Tipico and look forward to providing them with all the support to ensure that together we launch a successful offering.”Tipico’s managing director for the US Adrian Vella said the operator was “very excited” to partner Scientific Games, which he said would allow it to offer sportsbook customers a “robust new igaming offering”.Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines German betting and gaming operator Tipico is continuing preparations for its entry to the US market, selecting Scientific Games’ OpenGaming product suite for its New Jersey-facing igaming offering. 21st July 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: US New Jersey Casino & games Tipico selects SG Digital to power US igaming launch Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Aspire Global has talked up its acquisition of sports betting technology provider BtoBet as providing the business with “endless opportunities” for growth, following a third quarter in which gross revenue grew 20.7% year-on-year. Regions: Europe LATAM UK & Ireland Nordics Colombia “Aspire Global has recently passed several landmarks and is stronger than ever,” Maimon commented.  Increased finance expenses, plus a lower gain on foreign currency translations and a decline in financial income did lead to profit before tax falling 15.1% to €3.9m. After income taxes of €94,000, and a €278,000 loss from associated companies, net profit for the quarter was down 19.5% at €3.5m.Looking ahead, October trading volumes, including BtoBet, increased to €14.1m, a 32% improvement on the average monthly trading volume in Q4 2019, Maimon said. Operating profit after depreciation and amortisation charges also grew from the prior year, rising 15.5% to €4.9m.  This broke down to €23.8m from Aspire’s B2B technology arm Core, up 13.6%, with a further €12.3m coming from its B2C operations. Games revenue, from developer and content aggregator Pariplay, contributed the remaining €4.0m.  5th November 2020 | By Robin Harrison The expansion into the sports betting vertical, coupled with the consolidation of Pariplay, helped almost double the contribution from Great Britain and Ireland to €9.1m, while revenue from the rest of the world soared from a low base to €2.7m. The business is now operating under 25 different regulatory regimes, chief executive Tsachi Maimon noted, in which twelve of these it holds licences.  Looking at revenue by geographic segment, this broke down to €24.4m from Europe (excluding the Nordic region, Great Britain and Ireland), up 16.7%, in a period where new market expansion is a core focus for the business.  “In Q3 2020 we had 129 active partners and by adding BtoBet we now count 150 active partners,” Maimon continued. “This impressive number gives us a solid base for further growth and expansion.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Following the quarter end, Aspire, via BtoBet, signed up Flutter Entertainment’s Betfair as a partner in Colombia, which Maimon said highlighted the opportunities on offer through the acquisition. He said it showed the business was now capable of competing “for any deal, anywhere”.  Q3 results 2020center_img Gross revenue for the three months to 30 September climbed to €40.1m (£36.2m/$47.2m), though had BtoBet – acquired in mid-September – been factored in, it would have been up 26.1% to €41.9m.  However, thanks to the revenue growth, Aspire’s earnings before interesting, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) remained up year-on-year at €6.6m, a 25.7% improvement on Q3 2019.  Aspire sees “endless opportunites” following Q3 BtoBet deal After paying value added tax (VAT) on European Union activities, Aspire’s net revenue for the quarter came to €39.0m, up 21.2%. However, this growth in revenue led to an increase in operating costs, which climbed 20.4% to €32.4m, as distribution, gaming duties, and administrative costs rose.  “We see endless opportunities to grow with present partners as well as to establish Aspire Global as the prime supplier to new customers.” This growth came despite the additional the costs associated with regulated market operations, Maimon noted, which accounted for 71% of revenue in the quarter, compared to 60% in the prior year.  “Growth has been good during the year and Aspire Global is now a true powerhouse for igaming operators and aim to become the world’s leading igaming supplier. We are confident in our ability to deliver on our 2021 financial targets and truly excited by Aspire Global’s future prospects.” Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Strategy Online casino Product & technology Q3 results 2020 Online sports betting Product & technology M&A Email Address “The past twelve months have been very special to Aspire Global,” he added. “We have made two strategic, important acquisitions — Pariplay and BtoBet. At the beginning of the year we quickly adapted to the Covid-19 outbreak.  The Nordics, in a period where Sweden has imposed an SEK5,000 deposit limit for all customers and limited acquisition bonuses to SEK100, was the only segment to report year-on-year declines. Revenue for the region dropped 40.0% to €3.9m. Tags: Aspire Global Tsachi Maimonlast_img read more

first_imgThis formed part of a Tabcorp-run advertising campaign on 13 and 14 December via Instagram Stories. Last month, Tabcorp also posted 5.7% year-on-year drop in revenue for the first quarter of its financial year, due to disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Tags: Tabcorp New South Wales The payment comprised an $18,000 fine and $12,276 in legal fees. Newspaper reports in Australia suggested a number private equity firms had approached Matthew Tripp with the aim of launching a takeover bid. One was said to have tabled a fee of $9.0bn to acquire the entire Tabcorp business, with another considering a $3.0bn bid for Tabcorp’s TAB betting division. The NSW Betting and Racing Act states that it is illegal to publish gambling ads featuring an inducement to participate in gambling or open a betting account. However, Liquor & Gaming NSW also found that details of 900 NSW residents who had closed their Tabcorp accounts had also been provided to Instagram’s parent company Facebook for the advertising campaign. Marketing regulation 30th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kennedy also said Tabcorp’s history of compliance should not afford it any special treatment or reduced punishment. The ruling should serve as a general deterrent, as well as a specific deterrent to ensure the operator complies with state regulations moving forward. Tabcorp ordered to pay AU$30,000 over NSW advertising breach The ruling comes after Tabcorp earlier this month rejected reports that it could be subject to a takeover bid, in a proposal involving private equity firms and fronted by betting pioneer Matthew Tripp. Topics: Marketing Marketing regulation Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court has ordered Tabcorp to pay more than AU$30,000 (£16,606/€18,490/US$22,157) in fines and costs after it was ruled to have breached advertising rules in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). Revenue for the three months to 30 September was down across its lotteries and keno and gaming divisions, which a 2.9% rise in wagering and media revenue failed to offset. An investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW found that on 14 December 2019, a former Tabcorp betting account holder received a gambling advert offering bonus bets from Tabcorp on his Instagram account via Instagram Stories. While Tabcorp said this was down to human error, Magistrate Erin Kennedy said she considered that some of the 900 may have closed their Tabcorp accounts as they had a gambling problem. As such, these people should not have been exposed to the ads, she said. Regions: Australia Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more