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Yggdrasil Gaming and VoodooDreams.com enter into Partnership

Online and mobile casino games provider Yggdrasil Gaming and SuprNation’s debut brand, the online casino VoodooDreams.com has entered into an agreement together where the games supplier will furnish the online casino with their portfolio of slots.

VoodooDreams.com casino will now have access to Yggdrasil slots which include Bicicleta and Big Blox. They will also be granted access to their collection of in-game promotional tools such as BOOST™, and social sharing tool BRAG.

CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming Fredrik Elmqvist stated: “We love working with operators that want to shake up the gaming industry, so we are thrilled to have agreed on a deal with SuprNation. We are excited to see the creative ways SuprNation promotes the Yggdrasil portfolio using our in-game promotional tools and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

Co-Founder and COO at SuprNation Henric Andersson added: “Yggdrasil’s games are held in high regard across the industry, so it was vital that they feature on our new online casino, VoodooDreams.com. We are delighted not only to offer these games to our players but also to support them with the best collection of promotional tools on the market.”

Founded in 2015, SuprNation serves as a home for some of the most creative people in the gaming industry. VoodooDreams.com was launched earlier this year as an online casino focused on delivering a better user experience.

Yggdrasil recently won Slot Provider of the Year at the 2016 EGR B2B Awards, the latest in a growing list of accolades including Gaming Software Supplier of the Year at the 2016 International Gaming Awards, and Software Rising Star at the 2015 EGR B2B Awards.

Betcade Launches First Gambling Mobile Payments Solution

The world’s first Android app store for real money gambling, Betcade, has announced the launch of Betcade Pay – the first mobile payments solution built and optimised for gambling customers.

The fast, secure, and easy-to-integrate service is now available for integration to gambling operators, requiring the fewest steps to deposit out of any solution on the market.

By the first quarter of 2017, Betcade Pay will begin to process UK consumers on Visa and MasterCard, which is available both with and without charge-back protection and bank transfers.

As the service launches across Europe, it will host over 50 global payment methods by the end of the first quarter, continuously adding more methods throughout 2017.

Betcade CEO David Chang commented: “We’ve been working closely with operators and others in the industry all along to develop our product, roadmap and business model. Numerous operators are very positive on the payments component and have been asking to use the technology separately, so we have decided to make Betcade Pay available as a distinct product.

“Not only will it help facilitate payments for both operators and users, Betcade Pay will help drive higher KPIs as well as offer competitive pricing structures for operators the world over.”

Chairman of Gamevy, Paul Dolman-Darrall, added: “The industry’s been crying out for a payments facilitator like this. Not only does it support our business goals, it is easy to integrate, offers a seamless and safe payment process for customers, and enables us to offer something that no other payments facilitator in the world can.”

Betcade Pay is an FCA-licenced payment institution in the UK, as well as PCI compliant, and it securely stores all personal identifiable information within the EU. As a payment facilitator, all payments made are passed onto the operators themselves immediately, allowing them to have full anatomy with their loyal and trusted users.

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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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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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Catena Media Announces Casino UK Acquisition

Catena Media, the lead generation and online marketing company have expanded their reach with the acquisition of Casino UK. The purchase price which is payable upon completion amounted to €10.6 million.

The purchase was penned on November 30, 2016 and under the terms of the acquisition, Catena Media will consolidate Casino UK and their related assets in their own operation in order to “utilise the synergies” between the two companies.

Casino UK website is estimated to generate a revenue of around €600,000 per quarter with an operating margin of about 80%. Most of its revenue comes from the UK market. They currently provide reviews about UK-facing online casinos popular casino games guides and other gambling related content.

Catena Media CEO Robert Andersson commented on his company’s acquisition in a press release on Thursday stating how pleased they were with the opportunity to strengthen their UK position.

Catena Media also acquired another UK-based and oriented website SBAT, a sports statistics and betting tips website earlier in October at a cost of €3.2 million (with an option for an additional earn-out of up to €10.5 million).

Catena Media was founded in 2012 and proves to be a fast growing lead generation company having offices in the United Kingdom, Serbia and Malta. Their main focus during the past year has been on growing their market position within the iGaming industry by organic growth and strategic acquisition of key affiliate businesses in its main markets of interest.

Within Catena Media’s four-year history, they made gambling news this spring with their largest transaction to date being the acquisition of the Serbian affiliate portal AskGamblers for the amount of €15 million. Within the past several months as well the company has purchased several affiliate brands in the Italian, UK and German markets.

iSoftBet Announces Launch of New Slot Cherry Trio

The leading online and mobile games provider iSoftBet is thrilled to reveal the launch of their new slot game Cherry Trio.

This new slot game which will be released on both mobile and desktop consists of a 3-reel, 5-line slot. Cherry Trio also comes with numerous exciting features which include Respins, Sticky Stacked Wild Reels and a 1,000-coin Jackpot.

The game is has a classic Vegas Slot Machine theme with vintage music and sound effects to give the feel of a crowded Vegas Casino. The interface itself reminisces of an actual live slot machine in a casino even on the mobile phone release platform. Cherry Trio is definitely made for fun and entertainment.

Managing Director of iSoftBet Nir Elbaz spoke on the company’s latest release saying:

“Cherry Trio is a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio.

“A classic five-line mechanical slot with some modern twists, the game offers the best of both worlds. We have added ‘old-school’ symbols – the traditional Bars, 7’s and Wilds along with an exciting Respin feature, which will keep players engaged for longer.

“As the name suggests, the cherry is where the main action is and a full screen of stacked cherries will reward the player with a healthy 1,000-coins jackpot.”

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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NetEnt Launches New Slot Game – Warlords: Crystals of Power

Leading software development company NetEnt is giving its customers the chance to conquer the world and gain untold riches through its newest slot, Warlords: Crystals of Power.

The new title is one of the company’s biggest in-house creations to date, and the result is an animation-heavy production with mass audience appeal.

The game is set in an age where rulers spend their days waging war over lands and treasure, and following years of conflict, only three Warlords remain – the Barbarian, the Priestess, and the Samurai. Each Warlord holds a Crystal of Power that the others want to claim as their own.

The 5×3, 30-line game offers a triple dose of excitement with three different types of free spins, which each correspond to one of the character symbols. Striking three different scatter symbols will activate the battle between the three Warlords – and the chance to win big prizes.

NetEnt CPO Simon Hammon commented on the new game: “An incredible amount of effort has gone into the creation of the game and the storytelling of Warlords: Crystals of Power. We are thrilled with the 3D graphics, soundtrack and gameplay, the result is simply stunning.”
He went on to say: “Players will be blown away by the attention to detail, especially the animations and interactivity of the characters. We have really pushed the boundaries with this game, and are confident our customers and their end users will enjoy the result.”

NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the gambling market since its inception in 1996, providing players with thrilling games powered by its cutting-edge platform. With innovation at its core, NetEnt is committed to helping its customers stay ahead of their competition. The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and has offices in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg, and Gibraltar.

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Yggdrasil Announces €200,000 Christmas Calendar Campaign

Yggdrasil Gaming plans to boost players engagement and retention over the festive season with the release of their €200,000 Christmas Calendar Campaign.

This new campaign entails running 31 daily campaigns which will showcase their BOOST in-game promotional tool collection along with their social sharing tool BRAG. The campaign will cover their most popular slots including Viking Go Wild, Holmes, Stolen Stones and Golden Fish Tank. The ‘Missions’ tool will also be showcased in this campaign which encourages players to compete to win big prizes, along with the ‘Cash Race’ where players can play to win direct prizes in a set time period.

Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “The countdown to Christmas is already under way, and Yggdrasil is celebrating with a €200,000 festive bonanza that will showcase the power of our in-game promotional tools, BOOST™ and BRAG.

“The online casino sector is more competitive than ever, and aside from creating great new titles, we are dedicated to ensuring that our games are backed by a supporting infrastructure that allows operators to keep their players engaged and entertained.”

Thomas Hutchinson, Head of Casino at NordicBet, continued: “The Yggdrasil Christmas Calendar is a great concept that NordicBet will take full advantage of. I love being able to cherry pick which promotions NordicBet takes part in, and work the Yggdrasil promotions around other promotions we have planned for Christmas. It is simple and convenient, and we value Yggdrasil’s holistic approach to slots content.”

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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