Month: August 2021

GiG rolls out new pay and play service with Guts

first_img GutsXpress will operate as a sub-brand of its core Guts.com site Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has launched a new offering as part of its Guts.com brand as it seeks to appeal to a wider range of consumers across European markets.GutsXpress will run as a sub-brand of Guts.com and offer users the opportunity to play online casino games without features such as promotions and bonuses.The new service will only be accessible for customers in Finland, Germany and Sweden. “It’s a no frills version of Guts.com, where games are king, no promotions or bonuses,” Guts managing director Regan Hobbs explained. “This is for customers whose motivation is to play beautifully crafted casino games, just straight up game play.“For those customers who prefer the full spectrum site and the benefits and UX it offers, Guts.com is for them.”The move represents GiG’s second pay and play launch this year, following the roll out of a similar service with in-house brand Thrills in November.Guts is one of the company’s longest-running brands, having launched alongside Betspin on the GiG Core platform in 2015. It offers gaming content from a range of developers including Nolimit City, which GiG extended a deal with in May.Guts, along with GiG’s other consumer-facing, in-house brands are playing a major role in boosting the company’s financial performance. B2C operations were the main source of income in the third quarter, responsible for €24.4m (£22m/$27.7m) of total revenue (€37.3m).This performance came after CEO Robin Reed demanded improvements from the B2C division after it saw a dip in revenue and earnings in the second quarter of the year. Reed took over as acting CMO to improve operations within the B2B arm at GiG. Companies: GiGcenter_img GiG rolls out new pay and play service with Guts Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Nordics Germany Finland Sweden AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 12th December 2018 | By contenteditor Casino & gameslast_img read more

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Digital Fuel targets US expansion with new NJ licence

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 8th April 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting DFS Digital Fuel is looking to expand into the US market, with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement clearing the Australian online marketing specialist to apply for an Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise Licence in the state.Should its application be successful, Digital Fuel will be able to deliver affiliate marketing solutions to New Jersey-licensed sportsbook operators on a revenue share business, as well as enhancing existing relationships with gaming operators.The affiliate has been active in the US for the past two years, delivering campaigns focused on daily fantasy sports, poker, casino and sports betting. It is currently approved as a licensed vendor, meaning it has only been able to strike fixed fee deals to date.“There has never been a more exciting opportunity within the sports betting community as the explosion of demand for sports wagering products in the USA shows no sign of slowing down and Digital Fuel is delighted to be among the first US pioneers in the highly competitive wagering customer acquisition space,” Digital Fuel Marketing founder and chief executive Toby Oddy said.“Our ACSIE License application reflects our commitment to helping shape the development of New Jersey’s fledgling sports betting market as we ensure the responsible approach to affiliate licensing and regulation becomes the model adopted US-wide as sports betting sweeps the nation.” Tags: Fantasy Sports Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games Digital Fuel is looking to expand into the US market, with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement clearing the Australian online marketing specialist to apply for an Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise Licence in the state. Digital Fuel targets US expansion with new NJ licence Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US New Jersey Email Addresslast_img read more

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NJ market growth drives GAN to record revenue in Q1

first_img The supplier said that its 2019 outlook remained highly positive, with rapid growth in real-money gaming across the US and abroad continuing, coupled with higher than expected growth of regulated sports betting. It expects mid to high double digit revenue growth to drive it to a new full-year record, and to post a positive EBITDA result for 2019. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games 1st May 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Strategy Regions: US New Jersey Pennsylvania Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img London-listed igaming service provider GAN has credited higher than expected growth in New Jersey’s legal sports betting market for first quarter revenue growing to £4.6m (€5.4m/$6.0m), a new company record.
Revenue was up 122% year-on-year, and £0.2m ahead of GAN’s projections for the three months ended March 31, 2019. This, the supplier said, was down to the rapid growth of online wagering in New Jersey, coupled with increased revenue from cross-selling sports bettors into igaming products over the quarter.GAN currently has three clients in the state, providing igaming services for Paddy Power Betfair’s FanDuel Group and Ocean Resorts’ Ocean Online Casino offering. It will also power the launch of its Pennsylvania client, Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment’s Parx Casino, in the state.In Pennsylvania, it is preparing for the launch of online gaming, scheduled for July 15, and the roll-out of online betting, which it expects to take place in June.While GAN did not provide a full breakdown of revenue and profit for the period, it noted that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation amounted to £0.6m in Q1. This followed a period of increased investment to expand its engineering resources. As of March 31, it has a debt-free balance sheet, including £8.6m in cash and cash equivalents.“We are very pleased with our performance through the first three months of 2019 with a record top-line figure and return to a positive EBITDA,” GAN chief executive Dermot Smurfit (pictured) said. “We knew that the initiatives set in place throughout 2018 positioned the company for a strong first quarter and fiscal year 2019. “We remain focused on landing new clients, and expanding upon existing contracts with clients, in addition to preparing ourselves for a rapidly expanding market due to an acceleration in sports betting-led online gambling regulation in the United States.” London-listed igaming service provider GAN has credited higher than expected growth in New Jersey’s legal sports betting market for first quarter revenue growing to £4.6m, a new company record. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter NJ market growth drives GAN to record revenue in Q1 Email Addresslast_img read more

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Richie in Vegas by Iron Dog Studio

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Topics: Casino & games Slots Richie in Vegas by Iron Dog Studio 25th June 2019 | By Aaron Noy Casino & games Join the jet set in Richie In Vegas – the new, 5×3 slot game that charts one man’s journey from humble casino hopeful to legendary high roller. To help him along, players ascend from the base game to free spins, then through a series of winner’s circles – with every stage offering new ways to strike it rich.You can play a demo of the slot here!You can download the First Look Games affiliate pack for this slot here! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Join the jet set in Richie In Vegas – the new, 5×3 slot game that charts one man’s journey from humble casino hopeful to legendary high roller. To help him along, players ascend from the base game to free spins, then through a series of winner’s circles – with every stage offering new ways to strike it rich.last_img read more

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Gambling Commission to launch consultation on credit card gambling

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Tags: Online Gambling Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Legal & compliance 24th July 2019 | By contenteditor Legal & compliance The GB Gambling Commission has confirmed it will hold a 12-week consultation to gather public and stakeholder opinion on the issue of gambling online with credit cards.Due to launch in mid-August, the consultation will consider a number of options, including an outright ban on using credit cards to gamble online and applying certain restrictions to the payment method.The Commission will then analyse the findings, along with other data collected as part of the initiative, and establish the most appropriate course of action.“Gambling with borrowed money is known to be a risk factor for consumers, so we think there is a need for action; this consultation will help us decide what that action should be,” the Commission’s executive director, Paul Hope, said.In February, the regulator launched a call for evidence on the issue and has since noted a series of key interest points regarding online gambling with credit cards.These include a consideration that if action is taken on credit cards alone, then consumers experiencing harm may use other forms of borrowing to fund their gambling, such as overdrafts and loans.As such, the Commission has called on the financial and gambling sectors work together to protect customers from harm where they gamble with other forms of borrowed money. Upon launching the call for evidence, UK Finance, a body that represents more than 250 firms across the UK’s finance and banking industry, told iGamingBusiness.com it would support the Commission in its efforts.The Commission has also noted that when igaming deposits are made via some e-wallets, operators cannot know which method the payment originated from. Therefore, the regulator said any future proposals would require e-wallet providers to support new regulatory measures.In addition, the Commission has said that it is keen obtain further evidence on consumers’ motivations for using credit cards to gamble and the benefits of doing so.According to the regulator, the initial call for evidence highlighted very little in this regard, adding that in order to prevent harm from gambling with credit cards, it must take account of the impact a ban or restrictions would have on those consumers who are not experiencing harm. Gambling Commission to launch consultation on credit card gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The GB Gambling Commission has confirmed it will hold a 12-week consultation to gather public and stakeholder opinion on the issue of gambling online with credit cards.last_img read more

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Ubisoft teams up with theScore for esports video series

first_img Email Address Topics: Esports Esports Ubisoft teams up with theScore for esports video series Canadian media business theScore has sealed a partnership with Ubisoft to create a video content series dedicated to the interactive entertainment company’s esports title, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Canadian media business theScore has sealed a partnership with Ubisoft to create a video content series dedicated to the interactive entertainment company’s esports title, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.The community surrounding the title – including teams and personalities – will feature in the series, with theScore’s esports content team producing the videos.All of the videos will include custom-made branded integrations from Ubisoft to promote the company’s Pro League and international events.The content will be hosted on theScore’s dedicated esports channel on YouTube, which has nearly 900,000 subscribers.Between March and May this year, theScore’s esports division generated 64 million video views across its platforms, representing year-on-year growth of 188%. Aubrey Levy, theScore’s vice-president of marketing and partnerships, said that the company’s esports division had established “a powerful reputation for highly engaging and dynamic video storytelling, providing competitive gaming fans globally with unrivalled access and insight into the titles, leagues, players and personalities they love”.Last week, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) approved the launch of theScore’s Bet.Works-powered sportsbook in the state. A full launch is anticipated ahead of the start of the new NFL American football season on September 5. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 21st August 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Study: Swedish high-risk players gambling more amid Covid-19

first_img Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Slot Machines More gamblers in Sweden have decreased play than increased during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but more than a quarter of high risk customers are playing more according to a Lund University study.Anders C. Håkansson, professor of psychiatry at Lund University, led the study, which saw 2,016 Swedish people surveyed between 28 April and 4 May. Of this number, 1,246 said they had gambled in some form during the past 12 months.The survey asked respondents questions about changes in their behaviour since the Covid-19 pandemic began, as well as about their pre-pandemic gambling habits.It found that 5.9% of gamblers said they gambled more since the virus hit, compared with 11.6% who said they gambled less. Players who said they played online poker were the most likely to bet more, followed by those who played online bingo, and then those who played online casino.Those who gambled at bricks and mortar casinso, played land-based slots, and those who bet on sports, were the least likely to have increased play since the pandemic began.Across every vertical, the study found that players were more likely to gamble less. The gap between increased and decreased play was narrowest for horse racing, but highest for sports betting, suggesting customers abstained rather than shifted to other products. Young people were most likely to gamble more, with 17.7% of 18 to 24 year olds, and 13.0% of 25 to 29 year olds, reporting doing so. Meanwhile, 7.5% of those in the 30 to 39 age group; 4.6% of those aged 40 to 49; and 2.5% of those aged between 50 and 59 gambled more, along with 4.1% of those aged 60 or above.The study also asked respondents questions from the nine-item Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) to assess whether they were at risk of developing gambling problems.The PGSI asks questions about the past 12-month period, with options including “never”, “sometimes”, “most of the time”, and “almost always”. These categories are given a numerical score from zero to three with risk level based on the total score.Among gamblers who scored a zero and were thus classified as “no risk”, who made up 79% of all gamblers in the sample, just 1.8% reported gambling more under lockdown. For those classified as “low risk”, scoring one to three and making up 10% of gamblers, 12.4% said they gambled more.Among “moderate risk” gamblers, scoring three to seven on the PGSI and making up 5% of the sample, 21.1% said they gambled more.Of those in the “high risk” category, who scored an eight or above, 27.4% said they gambled more. Among those who said they had self-excluded from gambling at some point in the past year, 32.8% reported gambling more.Håkansson concluded that lower risk customers found it easier to limit or cease gambling during the crisis, meaning that increased play was concentrated around the higher-risk groups.However, the study went on to suggest little correllation between increased gambling as a way to ease financial pressure, with no evidence of income affecting levels of play. Those most likely to gamble more were those making SEK45,000 to SEK50,000 ((£3,828/€4,270/$4,811 to £4,256/€4,746/$5,347) per month at 10.0%, but the next most likely were those making SEK10,000 to SEK15,000 per month, at 9.2%.Breakdowns of those who gambled less by age, income or problem gambling severity level were not provided.The 389 respondents who said they were sports bettors were also asked about their activity after almost all major sports across the globe were suspended.Of this number, 59.6% said they gambled less. Meanwhile, 7.2% said they gambled more on other sports that were still taking place; 20.1% said they gambled more on horse racing; 11.3% said they gambled more on casino games, and 16.7% said they gambled more on other games.However, Håkansson said that again those who gambled more “had a clear picture of problematic gambling involvement”.Earlier this month, the first empirical study examining player behaviour before and after countries locked down found casino activity among sports bettors declined since 7 March.The report, based on player data from a “large European online gambling operator” with players based in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany, found that many sports bettors with the operator were already casino players. In the absence of sports, these players reduced – rather than increased – casino spend.The survey comes as Sweden prepares to implement a number of temporary restrictions for the country’s regulated online casino market. As of 2 July, consumers will face a mandatory weekly deposit cap of SEK5,000, while licensees will only be able to offer bonuses up to SEK100.The limits have proved very unpopular with industry stakeholders. Online gambling trade association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) said the move was likely to help the unlicensed gambling market and launched a petition against the measure, signed by chief executives of operators including Betsson, Kindred Group, LeoVegas, NetEnt and William Hill.Last week, chief executives from nine major Sweden-facing operators and suppliers put forward a series of alternative player protection measures that they said would be more effective than the stake limit.Social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi had previously stated that the restrictions would also cover sports betting and horse racing, but these were later made exempt in response to criticism.Sweden’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has also criticised the plans, and last week warned that amendments to the rules may make them even more difficult to implement by 2 July. 15th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Study: Swedish high-risk players gambling more amid Covid-19 Email Address Topics: Casino & games Lottery Sports betting Bingo Poker Slots Bingo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter More gamblers in Sweden have decreased play than increased during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but more than a quarter of high risk customers are playing more according to a Lund University study.last_img read more

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IGT customers gain access to NBA IP through new deal

first_img Regions: US The deal covers the use official NBA data, as well as team and league logos and marks. The agreement makes IGT the first B2B sports betting platform provider in US to bring the league’s intellectual property to regional casinos and sportsbooks. Topics: Sports betting International Game Technology (IGT) has entered into a multi-year partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA). Under the agreement, IGT customers in the US using its PlaySports sports betting solution will be permitted to use NBA intellectual property in their sportsbooks through an agreement with IGT. 15th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Tags: betting Basketball NBA IGT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter IGT customers gain access to NBA IP through new deal Sports betting “With the rise in popularity of in-play, prop and parlay bets, having access to official, real-time NBA data feeds and league marks and logos positions IGT to collaborate with our PlaySports customers in creating highly compelling betting menus for sports fans across the country,” senior vice president of PlayDigital at IGT Enrico Drago said. Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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EGBA commits to safer gambling as stricter Covid-19 measures return

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The EGBA said all online gambling sites should also have in place robust identity verification measures, in order to confirm the identity of new customers and prevent minors from gambling. Its commitment has been supported by local operator associations from 14 European markets. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 14th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher In addition, websites should include safer gambling tools such as deposit limits, time-outs and self-exclusion tools to allow customers to manage their gambling activity. New customers should be made aware of these tools when signing up. To help operators ensure they are operating a safe gambling environment, the EGBA and its partner associations have published a checklist to help businesses in the online gambling market. Adverts and websites should feature clear information about minimum age restrictions, national problem gambling helplines and self-exclusion registers where possible. As such, the EGBA called on gambling operators to be vigilant, promote safer gambling and protect their customers, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable. EGBA commits to safer gambling as stricter Covid-19 measures return Tags: Covid-19 iGaming EGBA Topics: Online casino Responsible gambling Online sports betting Operators should ensure their adverts do not refer to Covid-19 in any way, nor portray gambling as a solution to boredom or social, personal or financial problems. Operators should also closely monitor for problematic gambling behaviour and step up direct safer gambling interventions when appropriate. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its commitment to consumer protection, to head off concerns that the return of strict novel coronavirus (Covid-19) measures could lead to a spike in problem gambling. Responsible gambling “This guidance is intended to help fellow citizens and provides an opportunity for gambling companies to demonstrate their willingness to take responsibility during these challenging times,” EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer. The EGBA followed this up by publishing the first pan-European code of conduct for responsible advertising for online gambling, with a key aim of protecting minors. However, the EGBA has disputed claims that national lockdowns could lead to an increase in online gambling, instead saying activity would decline. In April, the organisation said these claims were “unfounded” and cited research from H2 Gambling Capital that said igaming revenue was likely to fall in 2020. “These are simple but essential measures which all gambling companies should adopt to protect their customers, step up their social responsibility efforts and ensure their advertising is conducted in an ethical and responsible way. We urge all online gambling companies to adhere to them.” According to the EGBA, the reintroduction of more severe restrictions, such as lockdowns where people are required to spend time at home and in isolation, could increase the risks of addictive behaviours. The comments echo similar guidance issued by the EGBA earlier this year when many countries were experiencing their first wave of Covid-19, with much of this focusing on responsible advertising. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Social casino dashboard: Q1 2021

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Social gaming BV1sion is a H2 Gambling Capital partner companyFor more information [email protected] Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bv1sion presents headline metrics on the social casino market, following a year which saw operators benefit from lockdowns across major markets 4th February 2021 | By contenteditorcenter_img Regions: Africa Asia Canada Europe LATAM UK & Ireland US Social gaming Social casino dashboard: Q1 2021 Email Addresslast_img read more

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