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Bet365 Boosts Its Mobile Casino App With Playtech

Leading online gambling company bet365 has become the first betting operator to integrate Playtech’s new native application, boosting its mobile casino app’s speed and user engagement.

Detailing upgrades, the gambling software developer Playtech specified that bet365 customers would see new improvements such as faster loading times, quicker access to their favourite games, and heightened ‘immersive’ gameplay. The technology provider added that this would all be better than HTML5 equivalents.

Further features such as a personalised lobby accompanied by a ‘device centric’ layout will also be made available to bet365 players, making it easier for them to navigate. Playtech mobile also detailed that all its games inventory has been optimised for both Android and iOS systems.

Playtech COO Shimon Akad commented: “Research, including a recent Nielsen report, suggests that 89% (vs. c.11% browser) of time on mobile is spent in-app, supporting the theory that native apps are what players want to use when gaming.

“Playtech has invested significantly in native technologies, backing up our strategy to provide the best solutions for our partners and their players. The instant and sticky native play functionality and new features will ensure our licensees can drive player values and make our new app the best on the market today.”

CEO of bet365 Christian H Bogstrand said: “We have worked closely with Playtech on the development of the new Casino native app, ensuring we provide high-quality content with a much faster and improved gaming experience.”

BetConstruct to Launch Optimal Odds Feed for EnergyBet UK

Multi-channel software development company BetConstruct has announced that it will be launching its optimal odds feed for new UK sports betting operator EnergyBet.

EnergyBet will enhance its sports betting offering, providing its customers with a comprehensive sports coverage of over 30,000 live markets, by utilising BetConstruct’s odds feed.

The sports betting operator’s management specified that the odds service was necessary to successfully launch in the saturated UK betting market, marking its betting services appealing to sophisticated UK consumers.

EnergyBet CEO Marcin Sapinski commented on the partnership, saying: “No matter what sports you are into, and no matter what time of year, our customers will find a vibrant and exciting offering, with lots of special bets, bonuses and exclusive EnergyBet promotions.”

“We are looking forward to offering customers one of the most extensive ranges of sports, and our partnership with BetConstruct will allow us to provide this, in a reliable and dynamic way.”

BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian added: “We are pleased to provide Odds Feed to EnergyBet that operates in one of the most important gaming and betting markets – the United Kingdom.”

“I think that their desire not to be an ordinary sportsbook coupled with the Odds Feed Service from BetConstruct will prove to be very successful.”

BetConstruct and Energy Casino will also be showcasing at Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event in November, SiGMA16. If you are interested in joining and watching them along with the other exhibitors at this iGaming summit, click here to register today.

Final Steps for Ladbrokes and Coral Merger This Week

The £2.3 billion Ladbrokes – Coral merger is expected to be confirmed this week, with the operators agreeing to sell between 350 and 400 betting shops.

Ladbrokes governance cancelled CEO Jim Mullen’s business presentation this week, in which the firm’s business strategy under his stewardship would have been further outlined. The company has decided to defer Mullen’s review to a later date.

The Ladbrokes – Coral merger, which was originally announced in June 2015, has now entered its final regulatory steps.

Following a review by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), both businesses have been forced to sell a significant portion of their retail betting inventory in order to meet UK fair competition standards.

The two operators’ governances have presented plans on their disposable retail assets. The bookmakers will now be granted the right to sell the inventory to a suitable buyer by the CMA.

In another update, it was reported that once the deal is finalized, Gala Coral senior management will be rewarded with a £50 million windfall.

Ladbrokes will also be showcasing at Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year, SiGMA16. If you would like to come and watch Ladbrokes and the many other exhibitors at this iGaming summit in November, click here to register.

888Poker Launches 888Live Festival Series

888Poker, one of the largest and most popular online poker networks in the world, is broadening its live tournament experience with the creation of the 888Live Festival Series.

The tournament series will be held at different locations three times a year. 888 will be taking advantage of its relationship with poker room Aspers Casino in Stratford for the first festival; 888Live London, which is to be held between October 13th – 23rd.

The 888Live London Festival will be hosted by Team888 Ambassador Kara Scott, and is expected to attract the largest prize pool that any of the network’s live events have ever had to offer.

In total, 11 events will be held, and 888 promises to provide increased variety, longer structures, a broader range of buy-ins and larger guarantees. The opening event on October 13th is a £220 buy-in event with three starting flights and a £100,000 guarantee. The £880 buy-in 888Live London Festival Main Event is a £880 buy-in event that will carry a £200,000 guarantee and will be taking place on the 20th October. There will also be a £2,000 buy-in High Roller on the 19th October.

To qualify for the Main Event, customers may simply play online at 888Poker or participate in a range of £50 live satellites throughout the festival, and the smallest buy-in events will be £120.

Chris Moorman, Dominik Nitsche and Sofia Lovgren, 888Poker Ambassadors, will be featuring in the opening festival in London, each carrying an $888 bounty on their head for the Main Event.

In connection with 888’s logo “Make it big!”, the 888Live Festival Series will be carrying a three-word slogan: Bigger. Better. Different.

888Poker will also be showcasing at SiGMA16, the biggest upcoming gaming event in Malta. If you are interested in joining this iGaming summit in November where you can watch 888 as well as other exhibitors, click here to register today.

NetEnt Launches Innovative NetEnt Live Mobile Product

Leading online casino solutions supplier NetEnt has announced the launch of its highly innovative Live Mobile product.

The Swedish developer promised that its latest casino would entertain players across the globe with a host of diverse features to offer an engaging experience, whether players are playing at home or on the go. NetEnt Live Mobile is available across all Apple and Android mobile devices.

Powered by NetEnt’s Chroma Key technology, the mobile product allows 3D-branded backgrounds to be set to suit the needs and requirements of all gambling operators. The developer said that the truly live experience will be ensured by high-quality streaming capability.

NetEnt Live Mobile offers both the standard landscape mode, as well as a unique portrait one. Players will be given the chance to place their bets during spins, which in an option borrowed from land-based casinos. Live casino tables will be run by the company’s experienced dealers.

Commenting on the launch, CEO of NetEnt Per Eriksson said that they are proud to unveil their latest innovative product and that they expect it to change the way operators and their customers use live casino.

He further noted that it was their intention to bring players as close as possible to the real casino environment by harnessing the best existing audio, video, and streaming technology.

The company revealed that the NetEnt Live Mobile product was created with actual players taking part in the process for user-friendly interface to be developed.

Since its foundation in 1996, the Swedish game developer has grown to be one of the pioneers in the creation of innovative online casino games and related solutions. It is therefore not surprising that its products have been opted for by some of the biggest names in the industry.

NetEnt will also be showcasing at SiGMA16, Malta’s biggest upcoming gaming event of the year. If you wish to join and watch all the exhibitors at this iGaming summit in November, click here to register today.

888 Holdings Hits Incredible Record Revenues for H1 2016

The governance of one of the world’s most popular online gaming operators and platform providers, 888 Holdings, has officially declared a record revenue performance driven by “outstanding casino and sports growth”.

Compared to H1 2015’s $220 million, the operator posted group revenues of $262 million, up 19%. Despite being affected by adverse currency movements of around $3 million, the firm’s record-breaking performance translates to a period EBIDTA of $38 million, compared to the $28 million in the same period last year.

Strong top-line metric growth sees the firm report H1 group profits of $27.8 million, up 39% when compared to last year’s $20 million.

The company recorded growth throughout all its core divisions, highlighting the strong performance of its casino product with active players in the 2nd quarter of 2016 up 35% year-on-year, driven by innovative CRM and premium content.

888 Holdings governance was pleased with the progress of its sports betting division which had hit period revenues of $25 million, boosted by the success of the Euro 2016 marketing campaigns.

CEO of 888 Holdings Itai Frieberger commented on the H1 2016 performance, saying that: “888 has delivered a very encouraging performance in H1 2016, resulting in a 19% increase in Group revenue to a record $262.0 million. This strong outcome was driven by outstanding momentum at 888Casino and 888Sport where we achieved impressive revenue increases of 31% and 63% respectively.

“In line with our strategic focus we have made further excellent progress developing 888 in regulated markets and have grown regulated revenue by 29% against the prior year, reflecting strong performances in the UK, Spain and Italy as well as 888’s recent successful launch in Denmark.”

“888’s continued success is built on our first class technology and core expertise in CRM, marketing and analytics. These strengths, along with the fantastic efforts of our highly skilled and dynamic team, mean that the business is in excellent shape to deliver long term sustainable growth.

Trading in Q3 has started well with average daily revenue until 27 August 2016 15 per cent. above strong previous year comparatives and 22 per cent. higher on a like for like basis. With this strong momentum the Board remains confident of delivering against expectations for the full year.”

888 Holdings will also be showcasing at Malta’s biggest gaming event of the year, SiGMA16. If you are interested in watching 888 and the other exhibitors at this iGaming summit in November, click here to register today.

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.

NetEnt Online Casino Games Go Live with Rank Group

Leading online casino games developer and supplier NetEnt has announced that a selection of its most popular titles is now live with major UK gambling operator The Rank Group.

Rank Group first revealed that it would be enhancing its online casino offering with NetEnt games back in June. Following a seamless integration process, online players at Rank Group can now enjoy titles by one of the world’s leading providers.

This move comes as part of NetEnt’s strategy to further extend its presence in the rapidly growing UK online gambling market that is so highly competitive.

Rank Group currently manages the UK’s largest land-based casino chain, Grosvenor Casinos, and Mecca, one of the leading bingo networks in the country. Under the terms of the agreement, NetEnt games are now available on both the mentioned brands.

When speaking about NetEnt games going live with the British gambling operator, Enrico Bradamante, Managing Director of NetEnt Malta Ltd., said that they are happy to sign a deal that would expand their presence in the regulated UK market, and further noted that their titles will most certainly be enjoyed by Rank Group customers.

Ciara Nic Liam, Rank Digital Head of Casino and Games, commented that expanding their portfolio with content by a supplier with a proven track record in the market will definitely resonate well with their customers.

NetEnt will also be showcasing at Malta’s biggest iGaming event of the year in November. If you would like to experience SiGMA16 and watch NetEnt and other exhibitors, click here to register today.

Tain Expands Business with Newly Attained Romanian License

Leading software and solutions provider Tain has announced that it has officially attained a Class 2 license from the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN).

The company will now be able to supply its platform to all online gaming operators in Romania’s recently regulated market.

It is the first license that the software and solutions provider has acquired in Eastern Europe, and it comes as part of a larger strategy for targeting expansion within the region’s regulated markets.

Mathias Larsson, Tain’s Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to take this first step into one of the regulated markets within the Eastern European region. We have customers that are already operational in Romania, and there are many others that have shown interest in working with us.

“As we are already integrated with all premium content providers that hold a license in Romania, Tain is now the perfect choice for operators wanting to enter the market.

“Tain has a well-defined and ambitious strategy that has identified the potential of the Eastern European region, and we hope to soon announce the attainment of further licenses. We expect Hungary to be the next market that we enter.”

The awarded license comes shortly after the provider was announced to have been acquired by XIN Gaming, leading games developer for the Asian online casino market.

“We have made a lot of progress in the short period of time since acquiring Tain,” Larsson said.

“Tain has a long heritage, but we are on the verge of a dynamic and exciting new era for the company. We are, of course, keen to discuss our ambitious plans with any new and existing customers within the iGaming industry.”

Tain will also be showcasing at Malta’s biggest gaming event of the year, SiGMA16. If you are interested in coming to watch Tain along with the other exhibitors at the iGaming summit in November, click here to register today.

BetConstruct Gives Advice on Starting an Online Casino

Software development company BetConstruct has given details on the initial key fundamentals and logic for new market entrants that are planning on launching online casino enterprises.

The global online casino and gaming market is on the rise as more countries and states legalise and regulate online gambling. Over the next three years, the market is forecasted to increase steadily, driven by the advance of top-notch casino software which has reached an impressive point, both in terms of graphics as well as the number of games offered.

BetConstruct advises that upon starting your own casino, you must find ways to stay ahead of your competition and promote your casino effectively, which requires plenty of market research and a strategic business plan.

Before venturing into the online casino industry, it is wise to choose a software provider that focuses on the results you wish to achieve, rather than on the features you want to see. Top software providers take a unique approach of building relationships with their partners, allowing them to shift their focus from cost-based transactional efforts to a value-driven collaboration.

Functionalities and services including powerful back office tools, a multi-channel solution, a user-friendly interface, a vast and impressive games portfolio, and good customer support all lay the foundation for a successful online casino that will attract and retain players.

When it comes to promoting your casino, BetConstruct says that it is important to plan an effective marketing campaign to gain customers. Your provider will ideally offer you a fully-featured customer relationship management (CRM) system, as well as a bonus system, affiliate marketing solutions and banner management upon request. Such tools will help you to focus on the promotion of the casino through big data technologies and make data-driven decisions.

With integrity and powerful technologies combined with a diversified games portfolio, you will create a win-win situation for both your players as well as your business.

BetConstruct has received a number of awards such as ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the International Gaming Awards, and the EGR ‘Best Customer Service’ for two years running.

The company will also be showcasing at Malta’s biggest gaming event of the year. If you are interested in watching BetConstruct along with the other exhibitors at SiGMA16 in November, click here to register for the iGaming summit today.