Swintt granted permission to operate in the UK
Leading online casino software supplier announces much-anticipated licensing agreement to bring its award-winning catalogue of games to players at UKGC-regulated platforms
Innovative software supplier, Swintt, is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application for a UK license, meaning players at UKGC-regulated platforms will soon be able to enjoy its extensive collection of award-winning video slots and live casino games.
Having been founded in 2019, Swintt has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the iGaming industry over the past few years and now boasts a rich and varied catalogue of over 140 state-of-the-art releases. Such has the studio’s impact been in that short space of time that the company was named Innovation in Mobile winner at the EGR B2B Awards in 2022 in recognition of its ground-breaking product offering.
Now that the company has gained approval to distribute its games in the UK, Swintt will continue with its over-arching strategy to expand into regulated markets worldwide and bring its titles to a vast new audience, many of whom may not yet be familiar with the studio’s pioneering range of bonus features.
As part of the first phase of the launch, Swintt will unveil a couple of titles in its signature Xtra range of slots, Aloha Spirit XtraLockTM and Mystic Bear XtraHoldTM, as well as the popular mobile-first release, Candy Gold. Boasting trademark features such as jackpot Tiki Spins, locking re-spins and purchasable block-busting power-ups, all three titles will offer a totally unique slot experience to UK-based players.
This popular trio of games will be further complimented by the release of a title that will no doubt strike a chord with casino fans in the country – The Crown starring Vinnie Jones. Featuring a celebrity appearance from the former Welsh international footballer turned actor and philanthropist, The Crown sees players put together a crew as they prepare for a daring heist on London’s famous jewels.
The first slot in the Swintt catalogue to feature multiple base game locations, The Crown allows players to play at one of four different venues, each of which boasts its own signature wild and bonus feature. Should they land three or more jewel scatter symbols at any location, they’ll also trigger the Crown Caper feature, where they’ll be able to collect up to 12 Free Spins with a maximum 7x prize multiplier.
The Crown should prove to be a big hit with fans of the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movie and will certainly provide plenty of entertainment as Swintt continues to roll out the rest of its releases across the UK.
David Mann, Chief Executive Office at Swintt, said: “Swintt is thrilled to be able to announce the issuance of a UK licence that will enable us to share our incredible collection of games with players at UKGC-licensed platforms for the very first time.
“While we should be able to announce the first of our UK partners shortly, in the meantime I can assure players that it won’t be long until they’re able to access some of our award-winning titles and experience the features that have helped us become one of the leading software providers.”
Metropolitan Gaming Wins Compliance Team of the Year Award
Metropolitan Gaming has won the “Compliance Team of the Year – Non-Financial Services” at the ICA Compliance Awards Europe 2023, recognising its effective approach in terms of ensuring player protection, combating financial crime and meeting high compliance standards.
The success of Metropolitan Gaming’s compliance output follows adoption of an advanced “3-lines of defence” strategy. In addition, the Group worked to further mitigate AML and social responsibility risks and to develop a more fluid customer journey. It also invested in additional manpower at venue level and centrally to develop more effective management information tools. Its delivery and monitoring regime was reviewed regularly, and a period of continuous improvement has since followed across the company-wide compliance programme.
Evidencing this in the HM Treasury Supervision Report 2020-22, the Gambling Commission presented Metropolitan Gaming as a positive case example of how far the company has progressed by making “significant improvements in culture, policies, procedures and delivery”.
ICA President, Bill Howarth, commented: “We congratulate Metropolitan Gaming for their outstanding achievements and for driving excellence in financial crime prevention and compliance. We have been really impressed by the volume and quality of entries and congratulate all winners and highly commended entrants for being recognised for their collaboration, innovation and dedication. Thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony last evening and we look forward to welcoming you again for another successful edition in 2024.”
Jimmy Howard, Group Compliance Director at Metropolitan Gaming, added: “Metropolitan Gaming strives to benchmark standards in compliance across the industry and we are honoured to be recognised for the work and commitment on the part of so many that has helped us to achieve this award. This award recognises the excellence within our venue teams who deliver compliance and the support teams that provide the tools to facilitate compliance.”
The ceremony was attended by over 360 guests, bringing together regulatory and financial crime prevention professionals, to celebrate the contributions of individuals and companies combating financial crime and meeting high compliance standards. The evening celebrated the achievements of a total of 119 shortlisted finalists. Selecting the winners for 2023 was an esteemed judging panel comprising 66 senior compliance and financial crime prevention leaders from across the ICA membership, ICA subject matter experts and the wider compliance community.
France Considers New Bill to Legalise Online Casino in the Country
France’s National Assembly is analysing a bill that could lead to the legalisation of online casino in the country. The core proposal of the initiative is for a “five-year moratorium”, whereby online casino gambling would be legal for a period of five years but only for “national actors”.
Introduced last week by Philippe Latombe of the Democratic Movement party, Bill 1248 sets out proposals to open a regulated online casino market in France.
Article 2 of the bill set out that this measure would run through until 1 January 2030. After this, the market would be extended past existing casino licensees and opened to other operators interested in offering online casino.
This, the bill said, would allow existing licensees to develop in “serene” economic conditions before the market fully opens.
“If the opening were to be total and immediate, it would upset our regulatory frameworks, weaken the national casino industry and the economic balance of the municipalities where it is located. This could then lead to potentially devastating consequences for employment in this sector,” the bill said.
Meanwhile, Article 1 makes reference to authorising operators to offer online casino games, similar to those currently available in land-based casinos.
Finally, Article 3 said that online casino games would be subject to the same levies operated by the state and local authorities for other forms of gambling.
At present, online casino is not legal in any form in France. Internet sports wagering and horse racing betting is permitted through approved operators, while licensed land-based casinos are also legal.
According to Bill 1248, the changing habits of players means that their preference is now to gamble online. However, with internet casino currently deemed illegal, this has forced consumers to gamble with offshore, unlicensed sites that do not offer protection measures.
Legalising online casinos and issuing licences to approved operators, the bill said, would help create a safer environment for players. This market would also help generate additional tax income for the country, the bill added.
“The ban in force against online casinos is reaching its limits, even if the authorities try to identify and block illegal sites using court orders,” the bill said.
“Faced with these developments, it appears that the absolute prohibition regime is de facto not very protective for consumers. This justifies raising the question of the evolution of the French legal framework in order to adapt it to new practices.”
Spinomenal Secures Swedish B2B Supplier Permit
Spinomenal, the leading iGaming content provider, has successfully secured its Swedish B2B suppliers permit from the Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA).
The Spelinspektionen awarded Spinomenal with its latest European permit, which means Swedish casino players will be able to keep on gaining seamless access to its richly populated games catalogue.
Among the standout titles that are available from Spinomenal in the Swedish market are popular hits Lucky Jack – Dagger Of Destiny, Majestic King and Book of Rampage. An added bonus for Sweden’s iGaming community is that they will also be able to take a journey into Spinomenal’s unrivalled Universe concept which pulls together storylines from many of its favourite titles.
Spinomenal’s CEO, Lior Shvartz, commented: “Sweden plays a significant role in our expansion strategy and we’re elated to announce that we have secured our B2B suppliers permit from the SGA. This permit showcases our commitment to operating lawfully within leading regulated markets and we look forward to keeping on sharing our games with Sweden’s slot players.”
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