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MGA seeks collaboration with Italian Anti-Mafia Commission

Lacking collaboration between anti-mafia authorities

The gaming watchdog fears that a possible result of a lack of collaboration with Italian anti-mafia  authorities shown by the Malta police and regulators, could be the weakening of the fight against irregular activity.

Malta Gaming authorities stated that despite the regulator not being a law-enforcement medium, information relating to irregular activity in correlation with companies registered in Malta did reach it on occasion.

“The problem is that there is no collaboration between the Italian authorities investigating the Mafia, the Malta police and authorities like us. We are literally kept in the dark and find out what’s happening from the Italian press,” sources insisted.

MGA executive chairman, Joseph Cuschieri, reportedly said to Agimeg, the Italian gaming news site, that he would like to “start a collaboration” with the Italian Anti-Mafia Commission, and also any other agency that would want to be in the know about Italian gaming operators’ activity in Malta.

He also insisted that “a handful” of Italian companies that were registered in Malta, in spite of not actually operating here, were going through a review process.

This comes after the recent arrest of Benedetto Bianchi by Italian police, the former being a suspect relating to the membership of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, earlier this month.

The notorious Mr.Bacchi, regarded as the “King of slot machines”, was allegedly responsible for hundreds of gambling stores, each generating millions of euros. Authorities in Italy have reason to believe that Mr.Bacchi was utilising companies based in Malta in order to launder money made by the mafia from illegal activities, including drug trafficking, extortion, and others.

For this reason, the gaming watchdog has expressed concern that the Italian mafia has made use of Malta as a money laundering medium, through suspicious gaming companies registered in Malta.

 

 

BtoBet discusses new leading partnership in Nigeria

During its exclusive roadshow and the VIP dinner organized in Lagos, BtoBet presented the new technology features of its platform to existing clients and tightened new partnerships with local companies willing to develop their business in the region and acquire new market share with BtoBet.

With 150 million mobile users in the area – 52% of the population – and an increasing interest in mobile shopping, the Nigerian gambling market is showing clear signals of being ready to step towards mobile and online. However, the evolution from retail to mobile is challenging; in fact, it requires more than a simple creation of a mobile page.

John Camara and Alessandro Fried

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During the recent show in West Africa, local operators had the possibility to discover how to expand their business in Nigeria with the right tools and fitting technology. BtoBet’s chairman Alessandro Fried was a speaker in the panel “Making the most of growing opportunities in Africa”, showing his vision about how local operators must be prepared to step into the developing scenario towards mobile.

Commenting on his point of view, Fried highlighted:                                                                                                                                                           To win in mobile, the Nigerian licensee needs to focus on the maximization of the experience in shop but at the same time must push the player to move from the shop to mobile, through native apps. In this perspective, a mobile app is no longer a nice-to-have, it is now a must-have”. And he added, “The right technology can provide the support to enable the delivery of the most effective betting proposal to players. Operators must be able to create a cross-channel experience for their users that allows licensees to avoid losing track of all the activities of the players, as they move between channels.”

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BetConstruct supports National Council on Problem Gambling

Award winning online and land based betting and gaming solutions provider BetConstruct has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling, a charitable organisation performs the duty of being a national advocate for services and programs which aid problem gamblers and their families.

BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian stated: “The value of entertainment the gaming industry provides would diminish drastically if we didn’t back up the essential efforts of organisations striving to keep gaming fun and safe for all. Work done by NCPG is extremely important in this area and we feel that it is our duty to support them,”

National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1972 and has a neutral stance on legalised gambling.
Many other companies such as casino companies, lottery vendors, state lotteries and horse racing entities are members of this advocacy group and BetConstruct comes on as a Silver Member.

NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte revealed: “I am pleased to welcome BetConstruct as a member of NCPG. I appreciate their support of our programs and look forward to working with them on responsible gaming issues.”

BetConstruct Secures Class II Romanian Gaming Licence

Award-winning developer and gaming solutions provider BetConstruct has secured a Class II gaming licence from the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN). The company will now be able to supply its platform to all online gaming operators within the Romanian regulated market.

Commenting on the news, BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian said: “BetConstruct views Romania as a significant and forward-looking jurisdiction. With the ONJN license, we are bringing our powerful betting technology to local operators enabling them to stand-out in this important market.”

This licence adds on to the company’s licences granted by Malta Gambling Authority, the UK Gambling Commission, as well as other jurisdictions, which allows BetConstruct to help its partners meet any necessary requirements for operating in different regions.

After having been given the title of Best Sports Betting Product Award at the SBC Awards just two weeks ago, Baloulian commented: “Being recognized as the Best Sports Betting Product supplier by the only awards dedicated to betting, speaks for itself. BetConstruct cherishes the industry’s acknowledgement and the responsibility that comes with it.”

He went on to say: “We will continue building on our success and providing the best products the operators and players expect and enjoy.”

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LeoVegas Launches Silver Lion – New Lightning Box Games Slot

The new Silver Lion game from Lightning Box Games has been given an exclusive launch on LeoVegas.

The slot game will only be available to LeoVegas.com players until it goes to general release on December 7th.

The 5×4 reel, 1024-way slot features tribesmen and animals such as zebras, hippos, and meerkats, and takes players on a safari across the sweeping plains of the African Savannah in search of the mythical Silver Lion. Players can expect bonus rounds when the lion appears through the undergrowth, along with opportunities to win big prizes.

Designed and built in premium HTML5 for desktop and standard HTML5 for mobile, the game comes with graphics and soundtracks that transport the players to the heart of the wilderness.

Commenting on the game, Lightning Box Managing Director and Co-Founder Peter Causley said: “Silver Lion is a beautiful game which offers players big prizes by multiplying their stacked wins by up to 27 times. The math model behind the game ensures players are engaged and entertained in equal measure.

“It is a great addition to our growing portfolio, and the result of months of hard work from everyone here at Lightning Box Games. We are sure players on LeoVegas will enjoy playing the game as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Head of Casino at LeoVegas, Karolina Pelc, commented on the launch of the game: “We’re very pleased to once again deliver on LeoVegas’ promise of being the first with the latest. We’re confident that Silver Lion will be one of those popular games with all our players.”

Lightning Box Games also recently struck a trio of deals with online casino operators in the UK, with its Stellar Jackpots-Chilli Gold x2 title launching with bet365, Coral and Ladbrokes simultaneously.

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Mr Green Moves its Main Market Listing to Nasdaq Stockholm

Online gambling company Mr Green has announced that the company has officially moved its main market listing from Sweden’s mid-sized AktieTorget to the bigger Nasdaq Nordic Market.

The European iGaming operator was founded in 2007 and is now the 76th enterprise to list at Nasdaq’s Nordic markets in 2016.

Earlier last month, Mr Green’s governance stated that it would change its main listing, given that it was a “logical step” for the company’s long-term progression.

Mr Green also believed that its placement on the main Nasdaq Scandinavian market would help the operator in its quest to target international growth, helping it to attract a broader range of investors.

Commenting on the firm’s Nasdaq Nordic listing, Mr Green CEO Per Norman said: “We launched our new technology platform earlier this year and have already started to implement and deliver on our new business strategy, and there is no doubt that our customers like the new Mr Green.”

He added: “I am happy and proud of what our organisation has achieved in such a short period of time and look forward to our journey of change towards continued growth.”

Adam Kostyál, Senior Vice President and Head of European listings at Nasdaq, also commented: “We welcome Mr. Green to the Nasdaq Stockholm main market, where it will make a compelling addition to our consumer services sector.

“Mr Green is yet another example of an online gaming company leveraging Nasdaq Stockholm as a platform for future growth, and we congratulate the company on its listing.”

Reuters reported Mr Green’s financial targets in conjunction with the new listing, stating that the company plans to achieve annual organic growth that exceeds the online gaming industry.

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Playtech Appoints Armin Sageder as New Playtech BGT Sports CEO

Gambling software development company Playtech has announced that it has appointed Dr. Armin Sageder as CEO of Playtech BGT Sports.

The new division brings together Playtech Sports companies – BGT, Geneity, Unilogic, Mobenga, and Playtech’s internal Sports Trading team, and has over 600 employees based in Nicosia, Malmö, London, Vienna, Bremen, and Sofia.

Reporting to Playtech CEO Mor Weizer, Sageder will take responsibility for all business and customer relations of Playtech BGT Sports, and establish and lead a team to manage the division.

Not only did the new CEO found the online payments company Paysafecard, but he also founded BGT in 2005. Earlier this year, Sageder and his co-shareholder sold a large number of their shares to Playtech. He will remain a 10% shareholder of the Playtech BGT Sports division.

Commenting on his new position, Sageder said that he is very excited about the opportunity, adding: “When combining the BGT team spirit together with the extensive know-how and knowledge of all the great talent that exists across Playtech, we have the opportunity to create a powerhouse for the benefit of our clients and their customers.”

He explained that by doing so, they will invest further in their platforms, products, offering and services and will provide customers with a truly enhanced betting experience and maximize the benefits for their licensees.

He went on to say: “Furthermore, we will continue to provide operators with the expertise and capabilities they expect from Playtech and BGT as well as the relevant tools in order to allow them to differentiate their customer propositions and achieve their strategic goals.”

Weizer also commented: “I am delighted that Armin has accepted this role and I strongly believe he is the best person to take our sports offering to the next level together with the talent we have internally.

“Playtech BGT Sports will provide leading sports betting operators with best-in-class platforms and products as we well as a series of unique Omni-channel solutions that we believe will continue to revolutionize retail and online betting businesses alike.”

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UKGC Says Online Gambling is Dominant in UK market

According to the latest set of figures released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), online gambling is the largest form of gambling in the UK market.

Covering the period between April 2015 and March 2016, the statistics reveal that online gambling accounts for 33% of all gambling activity in Britain, generating a gross gambling yield (GGY) of £4.5 billion to online operators within that period.

The gambling industry generated an overall GGY of £13.6 billion within those 12 months, with retail betting accounting for £3.3 billion and land-based casinos bringing in a total of £1 billion.

The UKGC also reported that since September 2016, there were 8,709 betting shops in the UK, representing a decrease of 1.8% on the previous year.

The amount of bingo premises in the country has also declined, dropping by 4.3% to 575 locations between March 2016 and September 2016.

UKGC Programme Director James Green said: “Our latest statistics show that with the growth in online gambling the industry is increasingly taking a creative approach to using technology to engage consumers.

“As the online sector grows operators will also need to demonstrate that they are taking an equally innovative approach to ensuring gambling is safe for all online consumers.”

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Playtech Officially Launches New Prestige Baccarat

Online gambling software development company Playtech has officially launched its new Prestige Baccarat live dealer casino offering.

The provider announced the second instalment of its Prestige live casino suite on Tuesday, following last year’s launch of Prestige Roulette.

Prestige Baccarat is staged in a newly designed environment, offering a custom designed red cloth on the tables, backdrops featuring the Chinese symbol for good luck, a roster of “hand-picked” dealers that are capable of conducting affairs in a variety of languages, and a series of specially positioned cameras that focus on the “squeeze” element of Baccarat.

The game showcases Playtech Live’s first re-engineered user interface. Following the release of HTML5 Roulette, Prestige Baccarat has been built in close co-operation with licensees. Playtech has combined discovery sessions and customer feedback with dealers chosen for their Baccarat skillset and native languages depending on which option players select.

Playtech Live Head of Innovation Kevin Kilminster commented: “A great deal of research, development and close co-operation with licensees has gone into what we are confident is the best live Baccarat product on the market.

“The newly refined live game contains the classic squeeze variations, as well as the squeeze logic associated with one of the most popular casino games in the world. The feedback has been very positive so far and we’re sure it will go from strength-to-strength.”

COO for Playtech Shimon Akad added confidently: “Prestige Baccarat and the Prestige suite of products marks the beginning of a very exciting journey, with Playtech Live unveiling its next generation of live casino games, platform technology and software that we believe will take live casino to an entirely new level of product capability, performance and personalisation.”

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EveryMatrix Appoints Matthew Colledge as New CTO

Leading iGaming software provider EveryMatrix has updated the market, confirming the appointment of Matthew Colledge as its new Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Industry IT veteran Colledge is joining EveryMatrix operations from sports betting solutions provider Offsidegaming, where he led the technology and product development departments as CTO between 2011 and 2016.

EveryMatrix governance was pleased to have secured Colledge’s services, stating that it had gained an experienced CTO with a strong understanding of the industry innovation, business operations, and delivering on iGaming and betting projects.

CEO Ebbe Groes commented on the appointment, saying: “Matt’s leadership in technology caught our attention some time ago and we are happy to have him join our ranks. With his wealth of industry experience and technical skill set, he will oversee ongoing operations and provide the ideal boost for our present drive to increase capacity, top-notch technical support and faster development.”

Colledge joins the EveryMatrix team as the company expands its industry services internationally. Throughout this year, EveryMatrix has informed the market that it has gained 26 new clients, making it one of the fastest-growing technology providers in the sector.

Commenting on his appointment, Colledge said: “EveryMatrix is known in the industry for its ability to come with a flexible approach towards providing software solutions that can respond to operators of all sizes. I am happy to provide the leadership to deliver along with my colleagues a solid and secure infrastructure, a reliable gaming platform and exciting products.”

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