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Stats Perform Receives IBIA Data Standards Accreditation

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Stats Perform has become the first betting data provider to be awarded the International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) independently audited Data Standards Accreditation for the collection and distribution of sports event data for betting.

The award represents the highest mark of betting data quality and integrity available and is assessed by expert independent auditors, eCOGRA.

“I am delighted to announce that Stats Perform is the first company to meet the data standards protocols IBIA published in October 2020. In passing the independent auditing process, Stats Perform has demonstrated secure and robust internal procedures for the collation of sporting event data for betting and may now utilise the Data Standards Kitemark,” Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said.

“Stats Perform met every requirement set out in the data standards protocols. The company was well-prepared for the auditing process, and the evidence that was reviewed was representative of a company culture that is in line with the core principles of IBIA’s data integrity standards and committed to continually improving upon them,” Shaun McCallaghan, CEO of eCOGRA, said.

“This accreditation is thanks to tireless quality and integrity efforts from our sports data operations teams over the past 15 years and, whilst we’re grateful for the recognition, we know our efforts don’t stop here. We continuously search for new threats and assess opportunities to improve our sports data processes, people and technology,” Andrew Ashenden, Chief Betting Officer at Stats Perform, said.

“Stats Perform’s RunningBall and Opta sports data is chosen by the world’s leading rights holders, sportsbooks and pricing providers to power exceptional in-play betting experiences for millions of global sports bettors,” Andrew Ashenden added.

“Our priority at Stats Perform is the integrity of the betting markets and of the competitions upon which they rely. Effective risk management of our data supply chain involves ongoing investment, collaboration and commitment across numerous expert teams who live and breathe the quality of our product. We are very proud to be recognised by the IBIA for our dedication to quality and integrity,” Jake Marsh, Global Head of Integrity at Stats Perform, said.

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Merkur Gaming Signs MoU with Ukraine’s Gambling and Lotteries Regulation Commission

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Merkur Gaming has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ukraine’s gaming regulatory body, the Gambling and Lotteries Regulation Commission.

The signing of MoU between Ukraine’s Expert Advisory Council of Gambling and Lotteries Regulation Commission (EAC GRLC) and adp Gauselmann GmbH (Merkur) allows Merkur to bring its more than 60 years of experience and achievement in both manufacturing and operations in gaming to help and assist Ukraine in its creation of a strong, socially responsible, and well-regulated gaming industry within its borders.

Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, Chief Executive, International at Merkur Gaming, said: “This is truly an exciting time and a great opportunity. Coming as it does in the current pandemic climate of Covid-19, the news from the Ukraine is inspiring for us and for the entire gaming industry. Historically, difficult times have always also created opportunities and that is clearly the case here. Merkur Gaming is absolutely committed to bringing its huge experience – as both a manufacturer and as a successful operator – to work alongside the authorities in creating a new market opportunity that will create many new jobs, create new wealth and which will be, by law, a socially responsible gaming environment within the Ukraine.

“The overwhelming feeling, the aura as we call it, is already hugely positive and that will increase as actual operations are seen to open up. There are still many challenges to be addressed but we look forward to assisting in the process of those challenges being met. As has been said many times, to make the best result from new opportunities it is necessary to always be in the right place and at the right time. Merkur Gaming is achieving that and will continue to do so in the future as we actively co-operate in making Ukraine’s new gaming future become a resounding success.”

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ESA Gaming secures landmark Malta supplier licence

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Innovative games provider ESA Gaming has been granted its supplier licence by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) as it looks to grow in regulated markets across the globe.

The MGA licence will allow the supplier to distribute its collection of mobile gaming products, aimed at increasing player engagement and cross-sell across sportsbook and casino players, to an array of new partners.

The supplier’s EasySwipe™ products are lightweight HTML5 mobile-first games that offer added revenue opportunities to sportsbooks and allows users to enjoy the best quality casino games without disrupting the sports betting experience.

ESA Gaming has recently struck several deals with operators and aggregator platforms across a number of markets, expanding the reach of its growing EasySwipe™ portfolio which has been proven extremely popular with players.

The supplier also holds certifications in the Italian and Colombian markets with a strategy to grow its product range internationally through its seamless integration process.

Zorica Smallwood, CEO at ESA Gaming, said: “The accreditation of our products by the MGA marks a very exciting step for us as we look to continue our upward trajectory.

“Being granted our MGA licence is vital for us as we continue to gain partners across a number of jurisdictions, while also allowing us to maintain the highest level of compliance with our products.”

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SoftSwiss expands to the African continent

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SoftSwiss is excited to announce its official expansion into the African continent. As the company continues extending its global presence, this month SoftSwiss received a license for Nigeria. This is another great milestone for SoftSwiss in entering new regulated markets.

Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, with 200 million inhabitants, whilst also being a gambling country with an extremely developed regulation for sports betting and lotteries. Furthermore, it is also one of the most competitive and fast-developing markets in gambling in Africa. The size of the population and exponentially growing internet exposure create the right conditions for online gambling companies to operate in. 

It has to be noted, the African region as a whole is more focused on sports betting rather than online casinos. Now after the official launch of the SoftSwiss Sportsbook, the company is ready to build up its presence in this exciting new region.

Ivan Montik, Founder of SoftSwiss commented on this event: “Entering the Nigerian market marks an exceptional turning point for SoftSwiss, as we’re expanding our global presence to a brand new continent. Nigeria is considered one of the most fast-paced iGaming markets in terms of growth and we cannot wait to begin providing our services there. Nigeria is a great achievement for us and we’re planning on moving even further into other regulated markets” . 

 

About SoftSwiss

SoftSwiss is an international tech brand supplying widely acclaimed, certified software solutions for managing iGaming operations. SoftSwiss holds a number of gaming licenses, providing a “one-stop-shop” white label solution by taking care of all technical, legal, and financial processes on behalf of its customers. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, an affiliate platform, and a recently launched sportsbook platform. In 2013 SoftSwiss was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimized online casino solution. The company has thus been regarded as the leading technical expert when it comes to the use of cryptocurrencies in online gaming.

 

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