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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.

Betsson’s Sportsbook Boosts Revenue in Q1

Recently appointed as president and chief executive of Betsson, Ulrik Bengtsson has paid tribute to the operator’s sportsbook’s continuous success after the firm achieved a year-on-year revenue increase during the three months up to March 31st.

In the first quarter, revenue totalled SEK 1 billion (€109 million/$123.1 million), representing an 18% increase on the SEK 847.4 million posted during last year’s corresponding period, but due to exchange rate fluctuations, it was burdened by SEK 44.7 million.

Betsson’s sportsbook business posted 27% year-on-year organic revenue growth, with SEK 6.7 billion of turnover coming in, up from last year’s SEK 6.1 billion.

Operating income also went up to SEK 250.1 million from SEK 238 million, while income before tax increased to SEK 246.9 million from SEK 236.4 million.

Net income, in addition, expanded to SEK 234 million from SEK 224.1 million, which corresponded to SEK 1.69 per share, rising from last year’s SEK 1.62 in the same period.

Bengtsson, who began his new role with the firm in February, said that “Organic growth continues to be strong; this is the eighth consecutive quarter where growth in constant currency has exceeded market growth in our core markets.

“Betsson’s consumer brands are doing particularly well, with organic growth in constant currency of 21%, and sportsbook is growing, despite low historical margins, with organic growth of 27 per cent in constant currency. The underlying activity continues to be strong, with growth of 45% in active customers, which during the quarter was 538,077.

“The “old” Betsson has now been fully migrated to the shared technical platform, which further strengthens the possibilities for good growth.”

Betsson Announces New London Technology Centre

Betsson AB, a European sports betting opetator, has declared the opening of its ‘Applied Digital Technology Centre” in Holborn, London.

The company is set to open its new London office while partnering with collaborative workspace specialist WeWork, in order to focus on improving the firm’s technology development and data capabilities.

According to a corporate statement issued, Betsson AM governance stated that its branch in London would become an integral part of its business, aiming to create further ‘direct synergies’ with its corresponding teams.

Betsson added that “The London hub further signifies our collaborative spirit and the embodiment of One Betsson. We have already begun building a team passionate about data and digital, aiming high to deliver world class data-driven solutions to the wider business.”

The opening of the firms London technology hub corresponds with the operator re-launching of its sports betting subsidiary Betsafe for the UK market.

The operator announced last month Rocket, a marketing agency in London, as its media planning and buying lead, while the operator prepares for a seven figure UK marketing campaign for the Betsafe brand.

About Betsson

With roots stretching as far back as 1963, Betsson has grown to become one of the leading operators in the iGaming arena.

With four offices around the world, the company is proud to deliver a range of popular, first-class online gambling products and games which include Sportsbook, Live Casino games, Bingo and Scratchcards.

Betsson launches Felt table games

Specialist Table Game supplier Felt Ltd, has partnered up with gaming giant Betsson to launch a number of its world famous proprietary games.

For the first time, sites such as betsson.com, betsafe.com, and oranjecasino.com, will feature up to eleven of the most popular land-based table games.

The portfolio consists of seven blackjack side bet games, including Perfect Pairs, 21+3 and Lucky Lucky; three poker variants, and Felt’s Double Ball Roulette. All of the games have enjoyed great success in U.S. and Canadian casinos.

According to Felt’s CEO, John Parsonage, the deal had been driven by an increasing demand for stimulating table games that provide multiple betting features and big win opportunities.

“We’re delighted to launch our initial suite of 11 games with Betsson, who are among the most innovative online operators in the sportsbook and casino market” said Parsonage.

“Their strong table games user base, and desire to provide their customers with unique content makes them a perfect fit for us.

“These games are proven performers in the highly-competitive and challenging bricks and mortar environment and we’re certain that they will be a big hit for Betsson on mobile and desktop devices.”

With player experience at the very heart of Felt’s ethic, the company is wholly devoted to providing players with the ultimate table game formats, designed with authentic real-life casino attributes and a modern, clean, and functional presentation.

Ulrik Bengtsson appointed CEO and President of Betsson AB

The Board of Directors of Betsson AB has appointed Ulrik Bengtsson as new CEO and President of Betsson AB.
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Ulrik Bengtsson on the cover of SiGMAgazine

Ulrik Bengtsson has extensive experience in digital consumer services and four years of experience in Internet gaming through his role as CEO of Betsson Malta. He will replace Pontus Lindwall who will return to his previous role as working Chairman of the Board.

Lars Linder-Aronson, current Chairman of the Board, will remain on the Board as a member. Ulrik Bengtsson will assume his role as CEO and President on 1 March.

Ulrik has long-standing experience of digital consumer services, including MTG and Viasat. Over the past four years, he has successfully worked as CEO of Betsson’s operational company BML Group Ltd, on Malta. Going forward, Bengtsson will also continue to serve as CEO of BML Group on Malta.

“It will be great to have Ulrik as CEO of the parent company as well, as he knows the entire operations of the Betsson group. Ulrik has played an important role in the development and the execution of the strategies which have resulted in significant value growth for the group,” says Pontus Lindwall, current CEO and President of Betsson AB.

“Ulrik’s knowledge of Betsson bodes for a continued good continuity”, says Lars Linder-Aronson, Chairman of Betsson AB.

“I have been a part of an incredible journey over the past four years with Betsson but I think that we are still only at the start of a structural transformation of the entire industry, which is enabled by a continued transfer of the activity towards online. In my role as CEO and President of Betsson, I will continue to ensure that in the first instance the group focuses on customers, and that innovation takes place where it is important for them. In this way Betsson will continue to gain marketshare. Our strategy to grow both organically and through acquisitions remains” says Ulrik Bengtsson.

Source: Betssonflash.com

Betsson Affiliate Lounge rebranded with new name and website

Betsson Group’s affiliate network Affiliate Lounge has been rebranded with a new name and website betssongroupaffiliates.com.

 

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Allister Bajada, Head of Affiliates at Betsson Group

The new website will provide enhanced user-experience with improved navigation and functionality. All the product information details, materials, tools and assets needed to promote the group’s brands will be from now on accessible in a more convenient and user-friendly way.

Allister Bajada, Head of Affiliates at Betsson Group, said: “The objective of the new site is to expose Betsson group’s multi brand affiliate strategy in a more effective manner while showcasing informative and usable information of the 18 different B2C brands available to our partners”.

The state-of-the-art technology used to create the new website made it compatible with the latest browsers requirements and mobile devices. To help the affiliates promoting their brands more successfully, the site includes some useful tips.

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Betsson stand at SiGMA15

 

Google’s executive Gamel appointed as new marketing chief at Betsson

Betsson, the largest igaming company based in Malta and SiGMA15 exhibitor, has appointed new chief marketing officer Marion Gamel, former executive at Google and Eventbrite.

In 2003 Marion Gamel co-founded Google’s marketing team in Eurhead-betssonope, holding a role of marketing manager for the UK and Ireland later on.

During 7 years of her sound career in Google, she conducted successful launches of Google’s major consumer products, such as Gmail and Google Maps, as well as other core services – AdWords and AdSense.

After holding her final position at Google, head or marketing for emerging markets, she moved to Evenbrite, where she served as a vice-president of marketing.

Marion Gamel will take up her new position at Betsson with the beginning of 2016. We keep our fingers crossed!

 

 

Malta’s largest gaming company reacts to refugee crisis

Betsson, the biggest igaming companyscreen-shot-2015-09-10-at-22-04-40 based in Malta, decided to donate its online advertising placements for helping refugees escaping war-torn Syria. The money will be entrusted to Red Cross. Besides the donations, Betsson also supported developing the advertisements that appeared on http://www.aftonbladet.se and http://www.expressen.se.

It is worth mentioning, that it was a grass roots initiative which came from the Betsson employees. Their idea was to collect as much money as possible to deliver the humanitarian aid to those in need.

Betsson also encouraged other companies to join the movement and help hundreds of thousands suffering.

Betsson profits grow, bigger workforce needed

Betsson, whose Malta-base employs a strong 750+ workforce, saw revenue rise by almost 25% in the last quarter of 2014, a new quarterly record of €86 Million. 2014 overall figures leaped forward in part thanks to last February’s acquisition of the Oranje and Kroon Casino brands. Poker profits, in contrast, fell by 20% due to Poker’s declining popularity in Betsson-friendly markets, specifically Scandinavian.

In light of this steady growth, Ulrik Bengtsson (Betsson CEO) argued that the gaming sector in Malta was finding it difficult to hire suitable candidates with the right talent. As a result, with the support from the University of Malta, this summer, paid internships will be offered to University students reading degrees in statistics, computing and data sciences.

Bengtsson went on to elaborate, “We have found it very hard to recruit in this field and can easily absorb those who are qualified. The interesting thing is that many of the students do not realise that these skills are required for i-gaming. It is not intuitive that we also require statisticians and data scientists.”

Internship applications will be open until the 20th February, 2015. The outcome will be announced by March same year. Further information may be collected by emailing Betsson at academy@betssongroup.com.

Betsson’s acquisition of NordicBet – an update

Since the official acquisition of NordicBet by igaming giant Betsson in October 2012, NordicBet has been making strategic moves into the spotlight.

Back in December 2013, live dealer specialist Evolution Gaming announced that it had launched a live casino offering for  NordicBet. The agreement came after NordicBet had just confirmed making Evolution Gaming its primary live casino services provider. With NordicBet came its affiliate brands, TrioBet and Maxino, so the offer came as a natural consequence, said NordicBet representative.

The new service for the NordicBet.com website included Evolution’s generic live roulette, blackjack and baccarat tables. NordicBet also gained access to Evolution’s turnkey native speaker dealer tables, inclusive of Svensk Roulette, Deutsches Roulette and Ruletka Live, as well as the exclusive private Norske Roulette services, just to mention a few.

NordicBet’s casino manager, Simon Högberg had commented at that time: “Above all it was the sheer quality, volume and variety of the live tables and associated services available that made Evolution the right choice for us. This now gives us the platform from which to deliver a truly world-class live table gaming experience to players in all of our markets.”

Just a couple of days ago, a deal was struck between NordicBet as to become an official partner of the Champions Hockey League (CHL) European club ice hockey competition.

The deal in place states that the partnership will run for a period of  three years, debuting in the 2014-15 season and ending in the 2016-17 campaign.

Under the agreement, NordicBet will become the CHL’s official sports betting partner. The igaming company will be entitled to  exclusivity in the sports betting category,  and will also present a statistic selection of the CHL on its website.

The NordicBet branding will also be present on perimeter boards during all CHL games and benefit from full integration across official CHL communications and other promotional materials, which will include the CHL streaming platform and website.

The 2014 – 2015 season of Champions Hockey League will commence on the 21st August 2014.

Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO of Betsson Malta, will be speaking at SiGMA, the Malta iGaming Summit.NordicBet