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The Most Innovative Companies in Malta Rated

Take a closer look at some of Malta’s most forward-looking gambling companies

Malta is a tiny island country, located in the centre of the Mediterranean, just below the Italian island of Sicily. Not exactly the most famous country in the world, Malta is often one of the forgotten countries of Europe. However, this beautiful little island probably deserves a little more attention. Malta enjoys 300 days of sunshine — more than pretty much anywhere else in Europe – and boasts a rich and varied culture and history.

In recent years, Malta has also become one of the global hubs for the online gambling industry. There are around 300 gambling companies currently located in Malta at the moment, including some of the biggest names in the industry. They benefit not only from the benevolent climate, but also the remote gaming licences, English speaking workforce, and lenient corporate taxation. We are going to take a close look at some of the most innovative gambling companies in Malta, and see how they rate.

Talk about innovation in the world of online casinos, and it is hard to look too far past Casumo Casino. The team of Casumo is on a mission to re-invent the world of online gambling, and specifically how we think about online casinos. The traditional model of an online casino is one which tries to replicate the look and perception of a land-based casino. This means muted red and black colours, and images of beautiful smiling people in formal attire.

Of course, this does not take into account the enormous potential that an online casino has when compared to its physical counterpart. Casumo has approached the online casino from the 21st century perspective, where social media is king and much of our time is spent on our smartphones. The result is a visually stunning site like nothing that existed before, a different world of gaming which blurs the line between social gaming and gambling. Spend some time in the Casumo universe, and you may not want to come back! That fun and entertaining vibe extends to those who work for Casumo as well, in a company where imagination and inspiration can thrive.

Mr Green Casino is another fresh and forward-looking betting site. The company is based in the popular Sliema area of Malta, and has grown considerably since its launch in 2008. Awards don’t mean everything, but the fact that Mr Green picked up the gongs for Online Gaming Operator of the Year in 2017 from both the eGaming Review and the IGA certainly must count for something. Your ‘host’ at this award-winning site is the eponymous ‘Mr Green’ a green-suited, bowler hat wearing gentleman. The casino likes to reward its players, offering regular bonuses and promotions to keep new and existing players happy. They have also recently launched a potentially game-changing piece of software which monitors players to ensure that there are no problem gambling concerns. Mr Green is not just popular with players, as employees report a positive environment with competitive salaries and good benefits.

The biggest name on the Malta gaming scene — certainly in terms of size of the workforce — is Swedish-owned Betsson. This company is famous throughout the island of Malta for the benefits and generous parties thrown for its workers, making it a great landing spot for potential new employees. As for the site itself, Betsson offers something for everybody in terms of the products on offer. When you register with the site, you will gain access to the sportsbook and poker rooms as well as the impressive casino.

The promotions section of the site is particularly noteworthy as there are always lots of offers to choose from for both new and existing players. Betsson is particularly popular in the Scandinavian market, naturally enough, but has been making its presence felt on the global scene in recent years. Once again, Betsson is not a company which is afraid to take risks, and its forward-looking vision has served this company well over the years.

Whether you are thinking of registering at an online casino, or even venturing to Malta to work for one, we trust that this article has given you food for thought. Certainly, these three online casinos are three of the best in the business. All of them are committed to putting their players first, and to providing an immersive and entertaining gaming experience. This type of company attracts a youthful workforce, and this is the truth of the online gambling industry in general. This is reflected in the fresh designs and games which you can expect to enjoy at these standard-bearing casinos.

 

SiGMA17 Stands Awards

We are introducing you the most eye-catching and impressive stands of SiGMA 2017

The fourth edition of SiGMA with its conferences, exhibitions and networking events has indeed proved to be the gaming industry’s premier showcase event. But what really helped to make this event a great success was the expo floor itself.

With the extraordinary dedication of the exhibitors, SiGMA17 had an impressive number of incredible stands that were impossible to miss. Bold, eye-catching and innovative, they were certainly aiming to stand out. We have evaluated stands based on their aesthetics, functionality, and innovation. Meet the winners!

Best GOLD: Videoslots

The visual identity of Videoslots is without any doubt the aspect that defines the brand — and at SiGMA’17 the company had proven it once again. The online casino built an outstanding double decker stand with a meeting space on the second floor that also provided a space saving solution. While Videoslots’ visitors had a chance to enjoy a unique multiplayer slot experience, they were also able to have a drink in the cocktail bar downstairs and network after. The stand had successfully balanced fun and professionalism.

 

 

Videoslots

Best SILVER x 2: Betsson

Betsson had created a stand that defined the company’s unique identity, and it was absolutely impossible to miss. The innovative concept of the construction with the moving elements caught the attention of anyone who passed by.

 

Betsson

 

Best SILVER x 1: Microgaming

Microgaming had left a mark at SiGMA show with a winning stand. The company transformed its space into a steak house — the winning strategy to attract everyone’s attention indeed.

 

Microgaming

Best Bronze: Betfinal

Betfinal had transformed its booth into a tiny football field with stadium chairs. This unusual idea created an appealing brand image and was a very innovative way to boast the brand around.

 

Betfinal

 

Best Standard: NetEnt

NetEnt found its own way how to stand out. The company had a stand inspired by its popular slot game ‘Planet of the Apes’. The actual stars of the game were there themselves, happy to take a selfie with anyone who visited their booth.

 

NetEnt

 

Best Branding: UJM

There was a style-dedicated corner on the expo floor. Uniforms by John Marks had turned its stand into a showcase of the latest designs of the gaming uniforms and accessories.

UJM

 

Betsson Attains RaceBets in €40 Million Deal

Online gaming company Betsson has attained the horse betting operator RaceBets in a deal that is worth around €40 million.

The horse betting operator currently has licences in Ireland, the UK Germany and Malta and they offer punters the opportunity to bet on over 250,000 different races yearly.

Seeing that up to three-quarters of RaceBets’ revenue comes mainly from the locally regulated markets mostly Germany and the UK, it makes a perfect strategic fit for the gaming company.

Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO and president of Betsson AB stated: “Horse racing is important in many of our markets and the key rationale of the acquisition of RaceBets is to enable our subsidiaries to accelerate the launch of a world-class horse racing product on all core brands.”

Currently, horse racing is one of the most popular betting sports with an estimated worth of €3.5 Billion in the European sports betting market.

Betsson will acquire RaceBets from their company’s founder along with the German Thoroughbred Racing Association. This transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be finalised sometime in the beginning of 2017.

In 2015 RaceBet’s revenue was €9.3 million and adjusted Ebit was €3.36 million. Their annual growth rate between 2013 and 2015 was recorded at 12%

Betsson Group Upgrades Mobile Casino to be Largest in the World

Online gambling company Betsson Group AB has declared that its flagship brand – Betsson.com – now boasts over 800 game titles, officially making it the largest mobile casino in the world.

Releasing its latest mobile casino client, Betsson Group updates its product with a new interface reflecting the company’s recent rebrand under the tagline “Anytime’s Playtime”. The product comes as a direct response to customer demand, and incorporates a lighter and fresher style with clearer game titles and jackpot amounts, larger thumbnails, and a completely updated architecture of the casino to offer improved search, filtering, and favouriting, as well as personalisation and recommendation.

Development teams at Betsson have placed user-experience and customer journey as the main focus of its product upgrade, with the mobile casino offering an optimised product layout as mentioned above.

Commenting on the upgrade, Betsson.com Managing Director Fredrik Axelsson said: “We’re very excited to be able to offer such a diverse range of games on Betsson.com’s mobile casino.

“Betsson Group is well known for leading the field in terms of technology, and this further innovation brings Betsson.com to the absolute forefront of the industry”.

The company revealed that its mobile casino was its first product to be built on the firm’s in-house development front-end platform, ‘OBG – One Betsson Group’.

The OBG platform will support the operator’s technology platform ‘Techsson’, connecting all 21 front-end Betsson Group brands.

Betsson.com offers a vast range of first-class online gambling products that include sports betting, online poker, casino games, and many more, in a safe and fun environment. The sportsbook offers more than 4000 sports betting channels, which include a live betting option and a large array of in-play betting opportunities. The casino offers everything from table games to slot machine games, as well as a host of other games.

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Betsson AB Seeks SEK Bond for Increased Corporate Acquisitions

Stockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB has published a short market update, confirming that it has issued a mandate to Nordic investment banks, DNB Markets and Swedbank, in order to “arrange fixed income investor meetings starting 14 November 2016”.

The betting operator is seeking to secure a three-year bond issue, from which the proceeds will be used to facilitate Betsson’s ongoing acquisition strategy, its refinancing debt, and general corporate purposes.

Betsson AB CEO and President, Ulrik Bengtsson, commented on the update, saying: “Betsson has a clear acquisition strategy and we constantly review opportunities that could materialise in the short or medium-term. The planned bond issue creates increased financial flexibility for Betsson to continue to be active in the consolidation of the gaming sector.”

Betsson continues its strategy of focusing its growth via acquisition in related markets. The operator’s recent acquisitions include TonyBet’s Lithuanian sports betting asset for a total consideration of €4 million, for which the deal was completed in September 2016.

Following a hard second half in 2016, Betsson governance declared that the operator was back on track after experiencing a successful third quarter performance, recording an operating income of €24 million.

Last October, Betsson revealed a new brand refresh for its flagship division Betsson.com, launching the new tagline: “Anytime’s Playtime”

This week, Betsson is also exhibiting at Malta’s biggest iGaming summit of the year, SiGMA16. If you’re interested in joining us at this gaming summit this week from today till Saturday 19th, click here to register.

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Betsson to Open Second Office in Malta for European Expansion

Stockholm-listed sports betting operator Betsson AB has officially confirmed that it will be opening a second office in Malta.

The new office will be named “Betsson E² Hub” and will be situated in the town of St Julian’s. It will house approximately 300 employees and will act as a support department for the operator’s growing European footprint.

When confirming the opening of the office in Malta, Betsson management stated that the E² Hub would house a mix of different departments. The operator will maintain its “centralised operations” within its “Experience Centre” which is situation in the town of Ta’ Xbiex, Malta.

Presently, the Betsson group employs around 1,900 employees, with strategic hubs based in Europe including Stockholm, Budapest, and London.

Commenting on the opening of the E² Hub, Chief HR Officer at Betsson Group, Taina Makkonen, said: “Betsson Group is experiencing strong growth, and as a result, we are continually looking to bolster our talent pool, hiring the brightest talent from across Europe.

“This expansion means we have simply outgrown the Betsson Experience Centre, the operational headquarters of Betsson in Malta, and as a result, will be expanding to a second building – the Betsson E² Hub – in St Julians.”

Betsson will also be showcasing during Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year – SiGMA16. If you’re interested in coming to watch Betsson along with the many other exhibitors at this iGaming summit in November, click here to register today.

Martin Schillig

Martin is an experienced, hands-on and creative HR professional with 7 years’ experience in the iGaming industry. In his role as HR Manager at Betsson Group, Martin and his team are responsible for the HR Shared Services across Betsson Group. Furthermore, his team is tasked with ensuring that Betsson Group truly offers one of the best employee experience in the industry. Martin’s agile mindset makes him passionate about people analytics and in applying data and technology to successfully create a world-class employee experience and make employees feel engaged.

iSoftBet content now available on Betsson

Betsson, the major European gaming operator has agreed to offer the leading mobile and casino games provider iSoftBet portfolio on their platform. This deal between the two companies was announced today after they agreed on a deal.

Over 1,000 titles from iSoftBet Game Aggregation Platform (GAP) will be available to Betsson players which also includes games created by their in-house team and third-party developers of more than 20 leading studios.

Part of the iSoftBet’s unique portfolio collection of slots and table games includes highly recognisable and popular content like Basic Instinct, 24 and Platoon. These are available via Flash and HTML5.

Speaking on this latest development, Head of Business Development at iSoftBet Michael Probert stated ” “This deal is extremely exciting for us and further evidence of our growing reputation within the European gaming sector.”

He went on to say “Our strong content range and willingness to go the extra mile for our partners means that an increasing number of operators now consider our Game Aggregation Platform and native titles as a must-have addition to their platform.”

Group Director of Games of Chance at Betsson Andy Broughton-Braithwaite spoke on the addition of iSoftBet portfolio saying “We’re very pleased to have entered into a partnership with iSoftBet. They have a fast-growing portfolio which includes some very high-quality games. The deal also gives our brands access to a number of other very popular providers via the iSoftBet network.”

Betsson, which is licensed in Malta and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden is now the latest major operator to partner up with iSoftBet.

 

 

Betsson confirms acquisition of TonyBet Lithuania

Betsson has expanded its Baltic market reach with the acquisition of the Lošimų Strateginė Grupė  which operates under the TonyBet brand.

Betsson, the Nordic gambling operator has confirmed that they have acquired TonyBet Lithuania assets for an initial €4 million with a further €2 million bonus payable in 2017 based on performance of assets.

This deal is expected to strengthen Betsson multi brand European growth strategy giving them a stronger foothold in the licensed Baltic markets of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania where TonyBet presently holds online gambling licenses for.

TonyBet who also holds licenses for Denmark and the UK was founded by Antanas Guoga aka Tony G, Businessman, Lithuanian elected member of the European Parliament and also a well known poker player. TonyBet is one of two gambling operators that is allowed to service the Lithuanian market. They also operate 20 betting shops along with a licensed website providing poker, sportsbook and online casino there. According to Betsson, Tonybet in the first half of 2016 generated a revenue of €3 million with adjusted earnings of €550k.

CEO and President of Betsson AB Ulrik Bengtsson stated: “We see strong synergies in this acquisition, through migration of the operator to Betsson’s technical platform, and development of the casino offering.”

He went on to say: “This acquisition is a good strategic fit for Betsson Group as Betsson’s ambition is to increase revenue from locally regulated markets. We have now consolidated our presence in the Baltic region by ensuring local licenses in all three markets, and continue to pursue growth across Europe, organically and through acquisition”

Gamevy’s Innovative Skill and Strategic Games Now Live with Betsson

Award-winning supplier and operator Gamevy has announced that its content has officially been launched with leading Swedish gambling operator Betsson AB.

When speaking about the launch, Gamevy Marketing Director and co-founder Helen Walton said: “Betsson’s renowned for offering unusual and engaging content to their customers. So we approached them early and were delighted by their response to the games! We are confident that this will be an exciting partnership, and we have great plans for the future.”

Gamevy’s content has been delivering excellent results with lottery and sportsbook players in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Russia. Acting as an innovative conversion path to the games and casino tab, the games appeal to a softer player base and to younger customers.

The London-based supplier and operator is still fairly new to the industry and is inspired to offer instant wins where players can push their luck, show their skills, and get the chance to win a life-changing jackpot. Their games are live across Europe, proving special popularity with a broad demographic of players.

Betsson AB offers a number of online gambling products such as casino, poker, bingo, sports betting and scratch cards.

The gambling operator will also be one of the exhibitors showcasing at Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year, SiGMA16. If you are interested in joining this iGaming summit in November, click here to register today.