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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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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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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Protecting Your Business From Increasingly Sophisticated Cyberattacks

Whether you’re leading a Fortune 500 company or your own small business, cybersecurity must be a fundamental business objective. Several high-profile cyberattacks in the first half of 2017 have affected organizations of all sizes all over the world, and these attacks are only going to become more common and more sophisticated.

As a business leader, it’s important to understand that the threat is constant. Even if you’ve never experienced an attack, your servers are perpetually being scanned by hackers for vulnerabilities — and the damage can be fatal to your business. A cyberattack can result in the loss of critical information, putting the reputation of your brand at stake.

If you suffer a cyberattack and are able to react quickly, it’s certainly possible to mitigate the damage to your business and your customers, though containing an attack can get tremendously expensive. If you have a plan in place, however, you can save yourself a lot of time and money — and protect the future of your business.

Diagnosing the Threat

There are countless types of cyberattacks, including malware, phishing, rogue software, and many others. But over the past couple of years, hackers have increasingly favored distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks when targeting businesses.

There are essentially three types of DDoS attacks.

A volume-based attack overloads servers with data, rendering the victim’s website inaccessible. This is the type of attack that generally makes the news, as roughly 90 percent of DDoS attacks are volume-based. The other 10 percent are split between protocol attacks, which drain your servers’ resources by overloading them with requests, and application-layer attacks, which perform specific requests to extract important information from your servers, such as credit card details or user logins.

Good Bots vs. Bad Bots

The key characteristic of DDoS attacks is the use of bots to do the dirty work, and bots are everywhere. In fact, if you analyze a typical website, you’ll find that around 61 percent of traffic is actually nonhuman and attributed to bots.

A bot is usually a software program that runs simple and repetitive automated tasks over the internet. Google’s crawler is perhaps the most famous example. The crawler scours websites, analyzing text, titles, page speed, inbound links, and other factors to determine the ranking of the site. This is typically a good thing — as a publisher, you want the Google crawler to get on your page and rank you as highly as possible.

Likewise, communication on many websites — including news platforms, reservation sites, and shopping sites — is often conducted through chatbots. These bots allow companies to cut costs and better serve their customers.

But bots can also be used to cause harm.

During a DDoS attack, a bot herder usually controls huge botnets, or robot networks, via a control server and manipulates them into behaving a certain way to extract as much valuable information as possible from a targeted website. This is the same mechanism behind a remote file inclusion (RFI) attack or cross-site scripting (XSS) attack.

Attacks in Action

Hackers are getting more creative when it comes to cyberattacks, and the threats are becoming more serious — and expensive. For example, in 2016, U.K.-based betting company William Hill had its website knocked offline as a result of a DDoS attack. Fortunately, the attack didn’t occur during a major sporting event, but it could have cost the company an estimated £4.4 million.

Ransomware is another type of cyberattack that is becoming more common, and hackers are becoming more original. For instance, the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt, a hotel in Austria, was ransomed early in 2017. But rather than simply take control of the hotel’s website and demand money, the hackers took it a step further by locking guests out of their rooms and shutting down the hotel’s reservation system.

Some types of cyberattacks are more sinister in that they do more than simply knock a company’s website offline or demand money. In 2015, for example, PokerStars was hacked by a bot that gave certain players an unfair advantage and helped them win a combined $1.5 million. Because poker isn’t a completely randomized game and you can win with the right calculations, bots and artificial intelligence tactics are becoming a more common problem within the industry.

And no industry is immune to hackers — sometimes, the attacks may even come from competitors. Here at LeaseWeb, we once saw a unique attack on an airline website that looked like a simple seat reservation. But as we analyzed the request, we noticed that it went through the entire reservation process of choosing a carrier, departure time, destination, and price, but then it immediately stopped once it was time to pay.

We then realized that the request was carried out by a bot, and the intent was to show the flight as being completely booked. That way, when real customers visited the site to make a reservation and saw that there were no open seats, they’d go to a competitor — which is exactly what the hacker wanted.

Albert Einstein once said, “Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.” The same theory holds true with cybersecurity. Because cyberattacks are a growing problem across all industries, nobody is immune to threats. You can resolve them once they happen (after they’ve already cost your company a lot of money and, more importantly, potentially harmed your brand reputation), or you can create a cybersecurity plan to ensure they never happen in the first place. At LeaseWeb, we’re here to help make that plan a reality.

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Esports Entertainment Group Inc. signs 60 affiliate Esports streamers

The licensed online gaming company, Esports Entertainment Group Inc, which specialises in Esports betting, announced during gamescom 2017, that it signed over 60 affiliate streamers. These streamers represent an audience of Esports viewers which attributed to more than 250 million online video views in the last 30 days.

Gamescom 2017, is considered to be the largest event for video and computer and games worldwide. This year the gamescom, was attended by 350,000 visitors, 650 journalists and 900 exhibitors from 106 countries. The conference is renowned as meeting point for international companies within the entertainment industry and the global gaming community.

The Esports Entertainment Group was represented by eight full- and part-time employees in a premium 10×20 booth. The presentation of the Esports wagering platform to Esports streamers, had a major impact on their signings.As partners of the Company, Esports streamers will be able to earn commission on all Esports gaming clients, which are registered and play with the Esports Entertainment Group.

As stated by Grant Johnson, currently in the position as CEO of Esports Entertainment Group, explained that the: “gamescom 2017 far surpassed our expectations. The overwhelming response from Esports streamers has served as further confirmation that our position as the safest, most secure and transparent Esports betting platform on the planet will be very well accepted. We are excited as we are set to launch with all of our new affiliate partners.”

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XLMedia achieves new record performance for H1 2017

London AIM, listed as XLMedia Plc specialist in the affiliate marketing industry, published its H1 interim results of 2017 ending June 30, and disclosed an ‘accelerated growth’ among its assets and products, since XLMedia achieves new record performance with a revenue of $68 million, which is 33% more than in 2016, where the H1 reached $51.2 million.

To update their investors, the governance of XLMedia said the company, whilst sustaining high margins with partner clients, had been able to expand the coverage of its publishing inventory.

At the same time, by integrating new digital assets XLMedia managed to successfully extend the company’s portfolio beyond the sector of online gaming.
For example Greedyrates.ca, a Canadian based website to compare the market credit and MoneyUnder30.com, a compilation of financial services in the US, are both part of the new corporate assets.

By the end of a successful six-moth period, XLMedia declared $22.9 million as a group EBITDA, which is 33% more than in the previous year, where the amount reached $17.7 million, in combination with the corporate profits of $19 million.

In a statement, XLMedia governance formulated, that after acquiring the platforms ClicksMob and MarMar, which are ranked as the first platforms of mobile marketing, the company is now striving to extent its weight in mobile marketing this August.

Concerning the H1 2017 corporate performance, Ory Weihs, currently holding the position as the Chief Executive Officer at XLMedia, stated:  “We are delighted to report another record period of strong profit growth for the Group. The combination of both organic and acquisitive growth has accelerated our progress extending our business into new verticals and new geographic regions.
Current trading remains strong and we are confident that the ongoing implementation of our strategic focus will continue to yield excellent results, underpinning the board’s ongoing confidence in the Company’s near and medium term prospects.”

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10th October – next MFCC SiGMA tour for interested clients

On the morning of October 10th, at 9:30, SiGMA will be organising the sixth tour at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali – this year’s venue.

The exhibitors and potential sponsors are welcome to view and experience the new venue along with its facilities. In addition, the visitors will have a chance to discuss stand construction and other matters with local suppliers of stands, printing and furniture.

Should you be interested to join the tour, please RSVP by dropping us an e-mail at sophie@sigma.com.mt

MFCC

Expanding the show and moving to a new venue was one of the toughest decisions we made this year. Our exhibitors were hesitant to release their bookings for 2017 and we could not provide a single space to a new exhibitor. Delegates are interested in meeting new exhibitors apart from existing ones. We believe it is crucial to keep the show cosy and fun, as well as being able to bring new exhibitors.

For SiGMA’17 we will introduce the iGAMING VILLAGE – an expo floor with six themed bars, three restaurants and two lounge areas. Enjoy a drink, lunch, and a cigar at no cost! Not to be missed, SiGMA will also be offering free shuttle bus service for its visitors. Let’s make MFCC a welcoming home this year!

With 1,000 free flights for affiliates and C level executives, many more startups and investors for our Startup Pitch and more talented attendees for our Careers Convention, we’re expecting 6,000 delegates this year. Our delegate numbers have shown significant growth since our first show in 2014. Their demographics can be found here.

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GoWild Affiliates Shortlisted as top contender for Prestigious EGR Affiliate Programme of the Year Award

The EGR Operator Awards 2017 has shortlisted GoWild Affiliates as top contender in the EGR Affiliate Programme category

September 12, 2017 – GoWild Affiliates, the exclusive affiliate program for the GoWild, WildJackpots and AstralBet casino brands, is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for the EGR Affiliate Programme of the Year award at the EGR Operator Awards 2017.

Scheduled to take place on October 26, 2017 in London, The EGR Operator Awards are the pinnacle of success in the online gaming world. One of the highest external recognitions to be achieved, awards in each field are granted by an independent panel of judges, based on operational excellence and commercial success.

Delivering the bottom-line numbers, flexibility and fast payments that fuel affiliates’ success

Priding itself on partnership, GoWild Affiliates has more than a decade of experience, delivering excellent results through personal account management, dedicated support, top-notch marketing materials, implementation strategies, and branding initiatives – culminating in the bottom-line numbers and fast payments that fuel affiliates’ success.

With a flexible approach when it comes to the types of commission plans and payment structures offered to partners, the GoWild active affiliates network has been growing at an exceptionally strong rate of 35% year-over-year, with a 50% growth in the Nordic market over the past six months. As for earnings, during the first six months of 2017, affiliates earned 65% more commission than in the same period in 2016.

These numbers are expected to grow with the recent launch of the proprietary iGaming platform GoWild HERO. Featuring more than 1,500 games from 20 top software providers including Microgaming, Net Entertainment, Evolution Gaming, Scientific Gaming, Yggdrasil Gaming, iSoftBet, and Play’n GO, GoWild HERO enables affiliates to offer customers access to one of the largest, most varied selections of games, in one online casino.

“At GoWild we are extremely proud of all we have achieved with our affiliate program,” commented Roger Katz, Head of Marketing at GoWild. “Recognition by a prestigious external body like the EGR Operator Awards is a true testament to the success of our team, that continuously works to make our partners happy, introduce innovative programs, and keep GoWild affiliates on the leading edge of the online gaming industry.”

Going forward, GoWild affiliates will benefit from the expansion into the UK gambling market as well as further expansion in Malta, with a growing focus on multiple markets and sectors.

About GoWild

Established in 2008, GoWild is a leading online gaming operator licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission. With over a decade of know-how to back it up, the company focuses on delivering a unique gaming experience that gives players exceptional freedom of choice in terms of promotions and game variety, as well as some of the fastest payouts on the market.

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