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Golden Race First to be Awarded Class 4 Licence by the MGA

Betting industry supplier Golden Race has become the first ever virtual sports developer to receive a Class 4 licence in Malta.

The innovative company received recognition from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) earlier this month following an extensive application process.

The award of this license is the latest development in Golden Race’s push to be the largest virtual sports provider for the regulated markets in the industry.

Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter commented: “We are extremely proud to be the first virtual company to receive a Maltese Class 4 licence, which allows all companies who work under the Maltese Gaming Regulations to take advantage of our product there.”

He went on to say that: “The process takes a lot of time and effort to ensure all of the stringent guidelines are adhered to, but at Golden Race we strive to provide exactly what customers need to be successful, regardless of their location and regulations. Now those operators who love our products can use them fully licensed – it’s win-win all around.”

The supplier’s games suite is used all across Europe, Africa, CIS countries, Latina America and Asia. Golden Race is the creator of the new revolutionary Real Fighting game – a global pioneer in pre-recorded video virtuals, and its 3D Virtual League product is one of the most commonly played in the world.

The MGA license is one of three recently obtained by the heavy-hitting company as it continues to expand across the globe.

Golden Race will also be showcasing at SiGMA16 – Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year. If you’re interested in coming to watch Golden Race along with our many other exhibitors this month between the 16th and 19th November, click here to register.

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NetEnt and Gauselmann sign contract for Italian retail market

NetEnt and German gaming producer Gauselmann’s subsidiary Merkur Gaming Italia have entered into a licencing agreement where NetEnt will distribute gaming content to the Italian Comma 6a retail market. The Italian Comma 6a market is the single largest gaming market in Europe with over 350,000 regulated machines currently installed.

Merkur gaming Italia currently has approximately 3,000 Comma 6a machines installed in Italy and more than 8,000 employees. This agreement will initially cover two popular NetEnt games Starburst and Eggomatic with the launch of the games expected to be by the first quarter of 2017.

Chief of European market operations and MD of NetEnt Malta Ltd Enrico Bradamante had this to say: “I’m very excited about working together with Gauselmann. This partnership combines our vast online gaming experience and award-winning digital games with one of the world leaders in the land-based gaming machine industry.”

MD of Merkur Gaming Italia Roberto Migliozzi added:“I’m delighted to announce that NetEnt games content will soon be available in our games portfolio of Italian Comma 6a machines, and I’m confident that players will be amazed by the quality of these games. NetEnt is a valued partner and I’m thrilled that we are now able to offer their games to Italian consumers.”

 

GLI authorised to test for New York Gaming Commission

Gambling equipment and software tester Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been authorized by the New York State Gaming Commission to perform independent testing and certification for gaming equipment in the state of New York.

GLI has also been authorized to conduct inspection and certification for the following categories:

  • Games and game variations
  • Gaming devices and their modifications
  • Gaming associated equipment and their modifications
  • Cashless wagering systems and their modifications
  • Inter-casino linked systems and their modifications
  • Mobile gaming systems and their modifications
  • Interactive gaming systems and their modifications

GLI will now be actively able to perform testing and certification for New York State Gaming Commission with the results being released soon now that this new authorization in place. GLI said that they look forward to a continued relationship with New York as they advance in this significant market expansion. GLI also wishes to thank the New York State Gaming Commission and staff for their ongoing support and professionalism.

GLI has been constantly delivering the highest quality for 25 years in land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services in supreme efficiency while also reducing time to market. They boast of 21 laboratories located across Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and North and South America. GLI serves over 475 global jurisdictions, with more than 130 of them that exclusively accept GLI certification letters.

Dr Joseph Borg

Dr. Joseph F. Borg is an advocate, acting currently a Senior Advisor to WH Partners, practicing mainly on Gaming, Blockchain, Esports, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures Gaming Law at the University of Malta. Joe occupied the role of Secretary General of the Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) for over 3 years and is currently the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Bitmalta, which is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promoting and stimulating discussion about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in Malta. Before joining WH Partners he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta. Joe was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012. He had originally joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director Legal and Enforcement and has occupied this position for almost 4 years. Before joining the Authority, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years.

Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), with Distinction. Earlier, he was awarded the LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending a thesis entitled, ‘Protection of Trademarks Against Domain Names’. In November 2000, Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and Humanistic Studies. Joseph went on an Erasmus Exchange in 2002 at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza of the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna. In 2009 he completed a Regulator Development Program organized by the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2012 he was awarded a certificate in Casino Management by the UNLV.

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Tom Horn Signs Landmark Deal With TOPsport

Tom Horn Gaming has confirmed the conclusion of an exclusive agreement with Lithuania’s premier betting company TOPsport. In what represents a landmark deal, the company becomes the first certified casino games provider approved by the Lithuanian Gaming control authority.

Tom Horn GamingTom Horn titles will be featured across TOPsport’s website, the most visited regulated betting site in the country. In addition to Sports Betting, Live Dealer games and other Virtual sports, Tom Horn Gaming will be promoting their entire catalogue of dedicated video slots together with a raft of brand new cross-platform casino games, all now available online through TOPsport.

High demand for Tom Horn games is attracting more and more aggregation platforms and operators as clients of Tom Horn, and according to Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming, this is something which forms a key component of the agreement and the expanding range of games the company will be promoting in the region.  He explained: “We have a number of exciting new games which we will be debuting in time for our roll-out in Lithuania alongside our well known games such as ‘Dragon Egg’, ‘Blackbeard’s Quest’ and ‘Fire and Hot’, which have all been extremely successful and exceptionally popular within other European markets.  TOPsport has just activated our games onto their website, the largest leisure space and most popular internet betting platform in the country. We believe that Tom Horn games will be a great debut to introduce new gaming vertical to Lithuanian players.”

He continued: “We are proud to be working with TOPsport, which was the first betting company to be established in Lithuania back in 2001. Thanks to this landmark agreement and approval from Lithuanian authorities, our games are the first regulated product within the territory. Prior to this, legal gambling was extremely limited in the market, but with more and more attention being focused on Eastern Europe and the significant advances that we’re making in the gaming industry, all eyes are on agreements like ours to help develop the territory even further.”

Discussing the future for Tom Horn Gaming he concluded: “Our roll-out in Lithuania is part of Tom Horn’s strategic expansion on regulated markets. We are in process of certification and licensing within additional territories and right now we are closing similar arrangements with leading operators in other European territories.”

LeoVegas Launches Felt Table Games

Award-winning mobile casino gaming operator LeoVegas has added a full suite of proprietary table games from specialist supplier Felt.

Customers of LeoVegas.com can now play table games such as Perfect Pairs, Lucky Lucky and 21+3, which have shown to be some of the most popular and successful games in the US and European land-based sectors over the past few years.

John Parsonage, CEO of Felt, said that these games will help LeoVegas to extend its reach and drive revenues by tapping into the profitable table game sector.

He commented: “There is a real demand for innovative and stimulating table game content that provides multiple betting opportunities across different devices, attracts new players, and increases existing player value.

“LeoVegas shares the same view, believing these games positively complement their existing game portfolio and provide them with an all-round enhanced casino offering. Being mobile-focused, they see the benefit of providing a suite of games that have each earned their spurs in the highly-competitive and challenging bricks and mortar environment, but are now perfectly tailored to its use.”

Committed to enrich player experience, Felt provided the ultimate table game formats, designed with authentic real-life casino attributes and a clean, modern and functional presentation.

Karolina Pelc, LeoVegas Head of Casino, stated: “We were very happy about going live with Felt’s content, with the recent launch of Sportsbook and a dedicated Live Casino vertical, I think adding exciting new content to our table games portfolio will be a great fit for the new demographics of players we start to see more of these days.

“Many think there is little place for innovation in the field of Table Games but Felt proves different. With a heritage of successful game formats, authentic styling and a user centric, mobile focused interface, I am confident these games will work well for LeoVegas and our players will find great enjoyment in playing them.”

LeoVegas will be showcasing at Malta’s biggest upcoming event of the year, SiGMA16. To come and watch LeoVegas along with the many other exhibitors at this iGaming summit in November, click here to register.

NetBet Secures 10-year Romanian Licence

NetBet, online sports betting operator, has announced that it has secured a “Class 1 Romanian operator license” from Oficiul National pentru Jocuri de Noroc (ONJN), or National Office for Gambling,  for a ten-year period.

This conformation will allow Malta-licensed NetBet to operate Romanian subsidiary Cosmo Gaming Company Ltd.; a division which will maintain NetBet.ro’s operations and services.

Having been granted a provisional license by ONJN, NetBet governance stated in October 2015 that it was committed to continue the development of its operations within the Romanian betting market.

The sports betting operator had previously shown its market intent by announcing its biggest European sponsorship partnership with Romania’s most popular football club; Steaua Bucuresti.

Commenting on the ONJN licensing, Alexandre Mangaud, Director of Marketing at NetBet, said: “Romania is important to us and it was essential that we could to provide our services within the market.

Regulated markets are and remain the main target for NetBet as they provide safety and peace of mind for players. Being able to offer a safe, transparent and responsible product is core to our company values.”

Italy’s ADM to Issue More eSports Licenses

It has today been announced that Italy’s online gaming and betting regulator, Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), is set to issue further eSports licenses in order to channel the vertical to the regulated betting operators working in the country.

This move follows the continuous increase in popularity that eSports is gaining, with betting operators attempting to attract potential eSports bettors to their websites in a bid to cross-sell them into their ‘traditional’ sports betting offerings.

The first batch of new eSports licenses will cover the ‘DOTA 2’ and ‘League of Legends’ franchises, and will be regulated under the betting decree of July 2013 on sports and other events as identified by the licensees and verified by the ADM.

Valerie Peano, partner at the Rome-based law firm EGLA, said that the 2013 decree placed “limitations on the types of bets that could be placed: the nature of the bets must not include any sort of violent, indecent or discriminating offer. Therefore, eSports instigating violent behaviours and/or any kind of discrimination will not be accepted”.

Licensed operators will list the eSports events that they will be offering markets on, and the ADM will add the events in the betting schedule along with the real-time results through the national central system.

“As a general rule, licensees shall submit a technical report to detail (i) the eSport event/s, (ii) the bet/s to be included within said customised betting program and (iii) the results certification modalities of the event through two different sources of information, one official (e.g. federations) as well as (iv) the licensee’s system description for relevant data registration and storage,” added Peano.

Licensees will also have to offer solutions to facilitate access to information by the regulator, particularly to live events, so that it can carry out monitoring and inspection activities. ADM will also maintain authority over betting integrity issues as well as the risks associated with irregular betting patterns.

EveryMatrix Launches Development Office in Vietnam

EveryMatrix, leading industry platform and iGaming software provider, has announced the launch of its new development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

As it opens its tenth global office, the company, originally founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, reached a significant corporate milestone.

The new office in Vietnam will be working on a number of development processes, including frontend JavaScript delivery, the development of web components as well as other further mobile applications. EveryMatrix governance stated that the office is a fundamental step towards accelerating the delivery of client integration cycles.

EveryMatrix stated that it was somewhat impressed with the developer talent pool available to international companies when detailing its selection of Ho Chi Minh City, and that city officials had built progressive policies for further growing technology industries.

Ebbe Groes, CEO and co-founder of EveryMatrix, said of the new development office: “The present iGaming industry displays a significant commercial potential which translates into a growing number of clients for our company. This reality required a new development office so that we can offer the same high-quality products and respond to the latest demands of our clients for responsive desktop and mobile solutions.”

EveryMatrix’s global office portfolio now consists of the UK, Romania, Denmark, Norway, China, Malta, Ukraine, Philippines, Armenia and Vietnam.

EveryMatrix will be showcasing at Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year at SiGMA16 this November. If you would like to come and see them along with other exhibitors at this iGaming summit, click https://maltaigamingsummit.com/register/ to register.
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Olybet to Relaunch income Access Affiliate Programme

Continuing its recent run of partnership successes, Income Access, industry affiliate marketing and player acquisition software provider, has announced that it has agreed to service the affiliate programme of Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG), an Estonia-based gambling operator.

Income Access management detailed that, utilizing its gaming specialized marketing software, OEG will relaunch its OlyBet brand affiliate program.

OlyBet, regulated by the Estonian Tax & Custom Board since 2010, has become one of the most popular iGaming and online betting firms in Eastern Europe. OEG management stated that in order to continue its growth momentum in core regions, a new affiliate programme was necessary.

Income Access’s relaunch of the OlyBet partnership programme offers affiliates a 50% revenue share offer for their first three months promoting the brand.

Veiko Krünberg, Managing Director of OEG’s Online Operations, said: “Our aim is to attract affiliates across the board with our personalised approach and irresistible offers for players.”

“We’ve redesigned the programme to leverage our strongest side – casino operations. We are confident that this new focus will help affiliates succeed.”

Nicky Senyard, founder and CEO of Income Access, added “We are pleased to partner with one of the largest land-based casino operators in Europe.”

“Our affiliate team is looking forward to helping OlyBet grow their already successful online operations.”

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to SiGMA16, Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event this November, click here to register: https://maltaigamingsummit.com/register/
The early bird offer is available until the end of May.