New Flight Connection Between Malaga and Malta operated by Air Malta

The iGaming sector has a huge impact on business in Malta, at an impressive 12 percent of the GDP, and is expected to continue growing. The flourishing industry attracts many foreign companies, especially between Malaga and Gibraltar, located in the South of Spain. However, this collaboration has been difficult as there have not been any direct flights between both industry locations in the past. People travelling between Malta and Malaga and/or Gibraltar face extensive travel hours, layovers at foreign airports and long journeys causing unnecessary losses for the companies. These flight connections were not considered optimal for successful collaboration.

To ease the transit between the airports of Malaga (AGP), Gibraltar (GIB) and Malta (MLA), a petition was created by Robin Reed from Gaming Innovation Group in an attempt to gain support for the inclusion of a direct flight connection between Malta and Spain. Along with many others, Robin works in Malta and lives in Spain. Therefore, he needs to travel frequently between both countries.

 

The announcement  of Air Malta was thanked by CEO of Gaming Innovation Group, Robin Reed, with the words: “We are very happy to see Air Malta connecting the two iGaming hubs of the world together. This will connect people across the industry and make their lives more lean and comfortable. It is of tremendous value to GIG company whom is employing almost 500 people across the two locations and we are incredibly thankful to everyone whom signed up to the petition, and to those whom enabled it”.

 

Henrik Persson

 

His petition was welcomed by other gaming companies such as Optimizer Invest. Henrik Persson, Partner & Co-Founder of Optimizer Invest, commented: “Very nice to see that Air Malta act on the advice that the industry has given them. The new route will connect two strong gaming hubs and ease the communication for all companies with offices both in Malta and Gibraltar. It will also give great access to the growing tech environment of southern Spain and the Spanish gaming market. Well played Air Malta!”

 

Air Malta responded to the high demand and will introduce their new route between Malaga and Malta by the beginning of summer 2018. Air Malta announced that they will be flying biweekly.

This announcement is expected to expand the customer base of Air Malta while increasing business in the iGaming industry.

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Twin.com is live and proudly announces IGC as its platform provider

Oring Ltd has teamed up with iGaming Cloud (iGC) to launch its new stunning casino Twin.com (Twin). The iGC platform provides a level of robustness and scalability that will deliver a feature rich experience for players.

For Twin it was critical that the platform provider selected was able to offer not only a solid base with Alex Ratcliffe, Casino Manager for Twin, commenting “The iGC platform is second to none in the market place for delivering technological innovations to meet the player’s demands”.

Totally customer centric with a view to a gamified experience at the forefront of Twin’s development plans, this new partnership will be a great asset to delivering an amazing journey for our players. Marcin Jablonski, Chief Brand Officer for TWIN.com added “We have been given a unique opportunity to create an environment from the ground up that we, as casino players, would be excited to play in. Utilising Gaming Innovation Group’s iGC platform enables this vision and has given us both the solid base and toolset to deliver a truly great casino experience”.

Head of iGC, Ben Clemes, commented “I want to encourage all casino enthusiasts to get a first-hand experience of the refined mobile-first design of Twin.com. The people behind Twin are an amazing team to work with. Looking at the development plans these industry veterans have for their new online casino, I’m quite certain, that Twin.com will bring a lot of quality entertainment and joy to their lucky customers.”

Continual development of the gaming environment and design blended with an ambitious drive and content release roadmap, Twin is the hottest new casino release of 2017.

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Better Collective expands market by acquiring Pull Media

Better Collective has expanded their market by acquiring  Pull Media a French digital company. This step is seen as a significant move in their extensively growing acquisition strategy.

Pull Media enables Better Collective to become a leader of the regulated French market instantly.

The acquisition of various Pull Media sites beyond the French market, strengthens their focus markets, such as Germany and the UK.

Despite the big impact they already have on the German speaking market, specifically after just recently acquiring the similar-priced Austrian company SportFreunde GmbH, the company saw big potential in the French company in order to reinforce their position.

The deal was prompted due to the high-quality content generated by Pull Meid. The acquisition will now give the company the possibility to grow at the side of the EGR Nordic Affiliate Award winner of the year 2016.

Automatically, it will enable Better Collective to gain more foothold in markets such as Italy and France, where they previously were less established and to evolve into one of the key affiliates. Furthermore, their amount of employees will increase by an additional number of 35 people which triggers a growth plan in order to extend Better Collective.

More than 200 sites where part of the acquisition and most are related to sports books. The values promoted on the sites from Better Collective align well with those from Pull Media and ensure that the core value synergy is moving forward.

Part of Better Collective’s long-term strategy is to expand its range within some of Europe’s most stable and important markets as well as entering new emerging markets, in which the acquisition of Pull Media fitted perfectly.
Additionally,existing synergies, enable the company to improve the overall performance and to extend the growth across existing and recently acquired sites.

Better Collective’s Founder and CEO Jesper Søgaard said: “Better Collective is really excited to acquire Pull Media and we see it as a great fit for both companies. Pull Media showed some impressive growth in the last few years and now we are looking forward to drive it even further. We are certain that with the existing resources and synergies we will be able to effectively grow the whole of Better Collective’s network becoming one of the strongest players in the highly competitive affiliate market.”

Pull Media’s CEO John Samson stated: “Following 7 years of steady growth internationally, Pull Media needed to go to the next level. With the help of Blueprint Partners we looked for consolidation partners and Better Collective came as the perfect fit for us, notably in terms of working synergies and company cultures. Our team is really excited to share best practices, tools and betting services within the new group.”

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AXL Affiliates sponsors Malta’s Heavy Weight boxing Champion Billy Corito

AXL Affiliates are a Global independent iGaming Affiliate Network. With over 1 million daily unique visitors Maltese based company AXL Affiliates sponsors Malta’s heavy weight boxing Champion Billy ‘the Hitman’ Corito.

The Sponsorship by AXL Affiliates of Corito helps sustain and replenish Malta’s ecosystem by supporting a local sporting talent. SiGMA caught up with founder Alex Munteanu who said of the partnership: “Malta has a thriving sports scene and AXL Affiliates are very proud to be sponsoring Heavyweight Maltese Boxing Champion Billy ‘the Hitman’ Corito whom is the best boxer in Malta! It’s important to support and give back to the Island which AXL Affiliates are based.”

Billy Corito

AXL Affiliates are one of the biggest affiliate companies in the world. Established in 2006 they created and have sustained the biggest iGaming affiliate network. The site is currently delivering 5,000 plus depositing players each month from their own network of 500 gaming sites.

Billy ‘Hitman’ Corito was born in Greece but now resides in Gzira, Malta. The champion is without doubt one of Malta’s best known professional boxers.

It is undeniable that AXL Affiliates produce knock out results and with Corito delivering knock outs of a different kind, it seems the perfect match with these two heavy weights.

Malta is host to some 300 gaming companies, 450 licenses and a strong workforce of 10,000 people. It’s fantastic to see another positive aspect from the phenomenal rise, the Island has had as the world leading premier iGaming hub.

To see ‘The Hitman’ in action you can catch him at Medasia Playa Friday 22nd September 2017, where he will fight Igor ‘The Beast’ from Ukraine. The professional bout is sancioned by Malta Boxing Commision.

AXL Affiliates will be attending SiGMA17. The show will be bigger and better than last year, this year’s exhibition will take place at Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali. We decided to go for a bigger venue and create an iGAMING VILLAGE – with six themed bars, three restaurants and two lounge areas all within the expo. SiGMA17 will take place on 22nd- 25th November where we expect 7,000+ delegates; if you haven’t signed up already you can register here.

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Yggdrasil’s Jungle Books slot to be released on September 20

Based on Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book, Yggdrasil Gaming, a developer of online and mobile casino games, will launch its new slot, Yggdrasil’s new Jungle Books on September 20. The popular Jungle Book is a compilation of stories about an abandoned child, called Mowgli, which gets raised by his friends and wolves. Inspired by the famous stories, the players of Yggdrasil’s Jungle Books will be taken on exciting adventures through the jungle.

Within this game, players will get to know to Fusion Realms, a revolutionary new mechanic, which smoothly mixes reel structures and different features into a single frame. Yggdrasil’s ground-breaking technology enables the game’s five adventurous characters to wander about many various reel sets and to try individual feature combinations. Characters are not only the host of their individual realm but also have the possibility to visit realms of other characters and to create different feature combinations. Whilst, in their own dimension, players get rewarded by the the characters with two bonus features.

Since Yggdrasil new slot, possesses 45 possible combinations of features, The Jungle Book is considered as his biggest and most exciting game yet. To achieve the biggest outcomes players can combine their own features as well as guest features.
Mowgli, who has been brought up by wolves in the jungle, the tiger Shere Khan, the black panther Bagheera, the bear Baloo and the python Kaa are the five dimensions, 58-69 payline slots. Everyone of these characters has two particular bonus features, which are active while they are acting as a host in their own respective realm.Other characters can join the host’s dimension at any point, and if they do so, bring one of their respective bonus features with them. Then for at least three spins the guest stays in the host’s dimension.

The realms change periodically. The host of the dimension that was visited the last, turns into a guest for the new realm. In case of a guest currently being on visit while the realms switch, the new dimension can not be the one of the present guest and has to be one of a different character instead.

After the game will be launched on iSense2.0+, a new and recently improved HTML client framework, Players will be able to play The Jungle Book on all suitable devices along with smartphones, notebooks and tablets.

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Ezugi reveals more details about new agreement with BtoBet

BtoBet and live dealer expert Ezugi have entered a strategic partnership. Both parties agreed that BtoBet will serve as the latest live dealer partner for Ezugi.

Online gaming software provider BtoBet becomes the current live dealer collaborator of Ezugi. According to the agreement, the first-ever ‘Baccarat OTT’  and the latest ‘Bet behind BJ’ will be included. As a result, Ezugi’s suite gets expanded to 17 games.

Sagi Ifrach, Business Development Director at Ezugi, expressed: “In partnering with BtoBet we open up several major opportunities for both companies to expand into new markets”.

BtoBet’s Head of Production Marja Kostova added: “I firmly believe that the combination of BtoBet’s advanced platform with Ezugi’s strong experience in live casino gaming, will offer successful opportunities of growth in all regulated markets worldwide.

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Over £150 Million Revenue At Risk For British Bookmakers In Pending FOBT Crackdown

Fixed – Odds betting terminals (FOBT) dubbed “the crack cocaine of gambling” by campaigners are under review by the UK government, which could potentially hit the British bookmaker’s revenue very hard.

The pending crackdown is expected to be completed next month and is looking into the controversial fixed odds betting machines, where currently every 20 seconds, customers can wager up to £100.

There has been an ongoing issue between FOBTs opponents and Gambling industry stakeholders regarding the large amounts of money that can be wagered in such sort time frames; the main concern being the risk they pose to vulnerable people and their addictive nature.

Gross gambling revenue from the betting machines from October 2015-September 2016 reporting period totalled £1.8 billion, making FOBTs the UK bookmaker’s largest retail revenue generator.

Popular games such as roulette and blackjack are located in betting shops around the nation allowing players to wager on the outcome – 34,388 is the average number of FOBT’s in the above time period. The biggest FOBT and operators in the UK are set to suffer huge revenue losses if there is a change in legislation.

One of the leading operators could lose up to £450 million in revenue in 2018 and another expected to lose more than £280 million if the maximum stake is reduced to £2, according to British financial services firm, Barclays. These are huge losses even for the big operators and would make a large dent in profits.
The gambling industry waits with baited breath for results from the UK review, which is expected in October.

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Launch of redesigned Mr. Green’s online sports wagering website

An updated version of Mr. Green’s online sports wagering website has been launched. The renewal of the domain includes innovative betting prompts that have been created to support punters in placing smarter bets. This is the first of its kind within the industry.

The Mr. Green website, operated by the Stockholm-based company Mr. Green & Co AB, was redesigned to offer customers new features such as the new mobile feature Instant Tennis and the Combi Spin Football service. It also offers clients more than 17.000 bet prompts per week under the stamp of Bet Assist.

As stated by Mr. Green, the innovation of Instant Tennis was developed within the company and the features “engaging visualizations” at the side of “suspense-filled and super-fast betting” provide an “entertaining experience” and allow punters to appoint their own odds. Users can also to spin in order find their favoured match selection.

Features of the new look, which have already been introduced to clients from Ireland and the UK, also encompass improvements to its overall design as well as the navigation facilities. In addition to that, Betterlogic uses the analytical and modelling tool, owned by the developer, to generate new content.

Mr. Green & Co AB’s Chief Executive Officer Per Norman stated: “The launch of our new sportsbook embraces the five cornerstones of our business strategy Mr. Green 2.0 brand; user experience, product offering, geographic expansion and being the leader in Green Gaming. The Green Gaming aspect is especially important since the new features help our customers in making informed betting decisions based on expert insight. I think we offer the first sportsbook that really tries to support customers in betting smarter.”

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Are you GDPR Ready? Smart Technologies is your local expert

Data Management Begins with Discovery

What GDPR forces business leaders to consider, however, is where every single piece of personal data is across their IT estate – including the Cloud.

Taken in this context, the question of the data that an organisation holds on individuals becomes a far more complex one to answer, and one that is going to require time, resource and budget.

A thorough approach to data discovery, properly implemented, will lead you to data that you did not know about.  Usually organisations have multiple gigabytes of data ‘hiding’ throughout their network, including company sensitive information, personally identifiable data and duplicated information; all of which could be misappropriated or mistakenly shared.

No Excuses for Not Knowing what data you have! – Starting with What You Know

Most organisations have distinct functional areas with distinct processes and tools for holding data on individuals. Once this initial dataset is understood, it becomes important to identify what is personal data, and what is not.  This is further broken down into data that could be used to identify an individual, and information that would be classified as sensitive.

Creating Your Audit Trail with the Clipboard Approach No Longer Works

Unknown Data is your Biggest risk. Understanding your ‘known data’ is just the first part of the process and it is easy for organisations to forecast the potential impact of inaccuracies or poor governance on the data that they already have. The risk is tangible because the data is visible.  The greater danger is for organisations to stop at simply recording and securing what they have, as the biggest threat to their business could be from the data that they cannot see.

Hidden data presents numerous risks to an organisation, and every organisation will have some stored somewhere on their network. The fact that unknown data exists makes it impossible for an organisation to quantify its risk of exposure without specialist tools to turn that unknown data into a known data asset.

The Solution to Discovering Hidden Data is Search, Big Data and Machine Learning

Smart Technologies has partnered with Exonar offering a specialised IT solution, that will compress the amount of time, removes the hidden cost, and takes away the potential for human error in data collection and management by leveraging Machine Learning and Big Data to undertake data discovery and classification. Our solutions provide the functionality for organisations to audit, identify and classify hidden, high-risk data held within a network – whether it’s Cloud, on premise or hybrid.

This is not about using technology for its own sake, but to speed up the process by which businesses can make smart decisions, especially considering the timelines involved in GDPR.  This gives organisations the scalability to process millions of documents across multiple platforms, make classification intuitive and search like you’re using a search engine – not something that requires a database admin.

Approaches to Data Discovery – Smart Technologies’ Solution 

Our solution provides Automated Data Discovery with the following features

  • Intelligent Classification
  • Provision of Digital Search
  • Analysis of the document structure to inform identification
  • Understanding context in which data is provided
  • Use surrounding words and phrases to pinpoint the right data
  • Identify all hidden data
  • Provide continuous identification and management of data in near real-time

Conclusion – Your Data Will Determine Your Compliance – Let us Help you!

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Ladbrokes Coral introduces integrated Match & Player Specials football markets

One of the leading sports betting solutions, Digital Sports Tech (DST) has furthered its partnership with Ladbrokes Coral by powering the top sportsbook’s brand-new combined Match & Player Specials markets.

The markets which were introduced by Ladbrokes and Coral for the new Premier League season will have DST’s proprietary player props. Hence, same-game accumulators incorporate the props in addition to the most popular match markets.

These accumulators are driven by DTS’s recent Quick Pick Accumulators solution, allowing the users to experience a combination of match and player prop markets from one particular game by accounting for probability appearing in the accumulator.

A few examples include:

Chelsea to win, under 10.5 corners and Kante to make 3+ tackles

Arsenal to win, Lacazette to score and Ozil to make 2+ assists

The DST’s Feed Handler solution is being used by Ladbrokes and Coral. This customised solution allows the operator’s trading teams to generate their personal player prop and accumulator markets. The console automatically powers these to the operator’s front-end.

Every market that gets created is also settled automatically and priced dynamically by the brand-new proprietary platform of DST.

Ari Lewski, in the position of Executive Director at Digital Sports Ltd stated: “With the new football season in full-swing, we’re thrilled to be expanding our existing partnership with Ladbrokes Coral by powering and facilitating all of their new player prop and accumulator betting markets. The popularity of same-game accumulators has grown exponentially in recent seasons, particularly with millennials who are highly active via social media channels. We feel with the addition of our player props that we are adding a whole new and exciting dimension to these markets.“

Ladbrokes Coral Digital product director Gary Gallagher expressed: “We take a customer-first approach to innovation and the Digital Sports Tech solution allows us to provide a better user interface for match and player markets. Customers are demanding growth in this area and being the first operator to offer these player and match propositions combined is a significant statement for Ladbrokes Coral. DST have proven themselves to be both flexible and reliable in delivering such an outstanding feature – and we are looking to further expand our coverage quickly.”

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