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Clarion Gaming address industry concern over event congestion with creation of iGB Live!

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The iGaming Super Show, EiG and Amsterdam Affiliate Conference come together at consolidated three brand event launching 2018

 

Clarion Gaming has announced the launch of iGB Live! a new consolidated event which will feature leading brands, iGaming Super Show, EiG, and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference,  each of which will retain it’s own dedicated presence and brand personality. The creation of iGB Live! is part of the commitment made by Clarion to streamline the events calendar and provide stakeholders with a unique opportunity to engage across the entire iGaming space at a single event.

Event Director, Shona ODonnell, who was responsible for bringing the iGaming Super Show to market eight years ago and has overseen its development, believes the rebranding is timely and sees the creation of iGB Live! as a key initiative which will benefit all sectors and stakeholders. She explained: “Our pledge is to deliver a global events, knowledge and training strategy to what is a global industry.  This involves exploring how we can deploy the power and influence of our brands to best effect on behalf of our customers.

From speaking with the market we know how much importance it places on reducing the volume of business events currently on the calendar but at the same time raising standards and improving ROI. The iGaming Super Show, EiG and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference will retain their individual personalities, identity and vision that have made them three of the best known and respected brands in gaming. This strategic move will enhance the value and appeal of attending what will be the biggest dedicated iGaming exhibition and conference for the industry and one which is guaranteed to meet stakeholder needs from a networking, education and business perspective.

The feedback to iGB Live! from all sectors of the business – affiliates, operators, suppliers and regulators – has been extremely positive: our job now is to get on with the important business of delivering best value to our customers courtesy of a clearly considered and joined up strategy.  I am extremely passionate about the future of the brand and excited about overseeing its development. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported our events over the years and look forward to discussing the developments with them all at EiG where I will be available to discuss and take feedback.

Tom Light, Vice President of Business Development at SBTech said: “EiG and the iGaming Super Show have been high quality events for many years and bringing them together under one roof will enable delegates and sponsors to meet even more key players in the affiliate and B2B space. SBTech is delighted to support and sponsor the event and make it even more of a must-attend for everyone in the igaming sector.

Penny Campbell, Head of Events at Microgaming, said: “Microgaming is fully supportive of the plans to incorporate EiG into next year’s iGaming Super Show. We have been loyal supporters of both events for many years and we welcome this decision. The iGaming Super Show has grown in importance year-on-year and become a key meeting place for the industry. Its July time slot works well – long enough after ICE, and just before the summer break. It is a bold step and should be well received by the industry.

The first iGB Live! Incorporating the iGaming Super Show, EIG and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam, RAI.

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A mix of skill and chance: Bitblox on the potential for crypto prediction games

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The rise of cryptocurrency over the last few years has been inescapable. From the launch of new tokens to Bitcoin reaching record highs, the world of crypto is slowly becoming much more popular – and the iGaming space has been no exception to its influence.

Making its debut earlier this year, Bitblox has already made its mark on the iGaming industry with a new vertical: crypto prediction games. With games such as Up or Down, Up or Down Turbo and BitSlap making up its portfolio, Bitblox prides itself on blending games of skill with games of chance, thereby offering something completely new for players.

Brandt Page, Chief Executive Officer of Bitblox, walks us through the company’s journey so far and how crypto prediction games can help operators to tap into the elusive Millennial and Gen Z player bases.

 

Can you start by giving us a very quick elevator pitch – who is Bitblox, and how are you bringing something new to the industry?

Bitblox is really bringing something new to the market that players haven’t seen before. We don’t build slots, or crash games. We are creating games that are a genuine combination of games of skill, and games of chance. Our first games are centred around players making a prediction on the price of Bitcoin – one game runs in 60 second intervals, while the other is much quicker at 20 seconds.

What we have done is really quite bold for the industry. If you walk around the expo floor of any conference now, you’ll see so many different slot titles or crash games. It’s the same in casino lobbies online too. These types of games are fantastic, but our mission was to create something unique for the players.

We also wanted to find a way that would allow us to introduce the iGaming industry to cryptocurrency in a way that is easy to understand. After some internal discussions, and chats with people at industry events, we settled on the idea of cryptocurrency prediction games – they are straightforward, engaging and can act as a platform to introduce players to the world of crypto without overwhelming them.

 

You describe yourself as offering a blend between games of skill and games of chance. Can you tell us what you mean by that? 

You could look at this from two different angles. Firstly, if you are making a prediction on the price of Bitcoin over a set time period, theoretically speaking, you could actually build a model to look at fluctuations in the price of Bitcoin over the last six months or year. If you were smart enough, you could then build a model that might allow you to extrapolate some of that data and offer some sort of prediction on what might happen in the future, based on particular market conditions.

There will be players that try to do this, especially those that are really interested in the trading element. Our odds provider uses an on-chain probability protocol that helps power the odds for our fixed odds games.

On the pools side of things, the probability protocol also ensures that every pool has sufficient funds to pay out winnings.

The other angle that you could look at this blend is that if you look at some of our future games, such as BitSlap, players are still making a prediction on the Bitcoin price, but others may be more interested in which character will win the slap fighting bout.

In that case, we’ve almost flipped the Bitcoin price to become a random number generator in itself. Players are cheering on a fighter, and becoming invested in an individual character, rather than simply just looking at the fluctuations in price.

You can almost think of our games as the perfect mix between trading and gambling. The reality is, we wanted to create an enjoyable experience for players that delivers something new and unique; players have the opportunity to win, unlike in other verticals where the RTP is unbeatable over time.

 

How will this blend of games of skill and games of chance enable Bitblox, and its operator partners, to engage with both sports bettors and casino players? Does UX play a role here, or is it more about the game itself?

I think it’s hard to say just yet because we are still in the early stages of launching. But based on the discussions we’ve been having at industry events, our games offer operators a way to reach, and engage with, a younger audience that tends to be much more technological and crypto savvy.  This is a generation of bettors who are more likely to be comfortable using a Web3 wallet and trading different cryptocurrencies.

If operators can tap into that player base, they can then start to cross-sell much more traditional content – whether that’s sports betting or casino. Engaging with this audience has been notoriously difficult; this is a topic that has dominated industry discussions for years now, and we believe that it is content such as ours that can help bridge that gap.

On the flip side, you then have the more traditional bettors who haven’t had much exposure to the crypto world. We are bringing crypto to players in a way that is easy to understand and engage with. This can then open the doors to introduce those more ‘traditional’ players to newer content that they may have not tried before.

From the conversations that we’ve been having with operators that we’re working with, a clear pattern that we’ve seen is that games such as ours seem to be getting a lot of traction in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Of course, we are aiming for our games to be popular right across the world.

We’ve seen a growth in popularity for crash games, for slots, and now is the time for crypto prediction games. Players like to feel like they are in control of the outcome – by adding cash out features, we are giving players that sense of control that they might not get with other types of games. But I’m very excited to see how our games are received in different markets around the world.

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EGT Georgia to showcase latest iGaming developments at SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024

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EGT Georgia will participate in the upcoming SBC Summit Tbilisi, taking place on June 25 and 26. The company will present its newest iGaming products at stand A60.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a diverse array of online slot games from EGT Digital, which now includes over 100 titles available in more than 50 markets worldwide. Additionally, the in-house developed “all-in-one” betting platform X-Nave will be on display, featuring its four main modules: CRM Engine, Sports Product, Casino Aggregator, and Payment Gateway.

Each module can function as part of the comprehensive solution or operate independently, as they allow for integration with third-party developments.

“We are excited to welcome everyone who wants to enhance their business success and show them how our developments can help achieve that,” said Denis Karpovich, CTO at EGT Georgia.
In addition to exhibiting, the company will serve as a presenting partner at the event. Mr. Karpovich will moderate the session “TechFuel: Role of Technology in Market Development” on the second day of the conference.

He shared: “I am thrilled to moderate a discussion on such an engaging topic, exploring the practical applications of AI in improving customer experience and game development. The session will include compelling case studies from leading tech companies, and I am confident it will provide valuable insights for professionals in the sector.”

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INSPIRED DELIVERS BESPOKE GOLD CASH FREESPINS™ TITLE FOR BETFRED RETAIL

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: INSE), a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems, and solutions along with The Betfred Group, UK based bookmaker proudly announce the launch of Betfred Gold Cash Freespins™.

Immersing players in the atmosphere of Betfred’s distinctive style, Betfred Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-win line slot adorned with Betfred-branded Wilds and symbols. Enhanced by a Free spins Bonus and a gamble feature, this game promises excitement at every spin. Triggering the Free Spins bonus requires three bonus symbols in a single spin, rewarding players with eight free spins.

Players have the opportunity to wager for additional Free Spins or to increase their cash winnings through the gamble feature. With a choice between two gamble wheels, players select their preferred wheel to activate this exciting feature. Featuring stacked Wilds on reels two, three, and four, these symbols act as substitutes for any other symbol on the reels, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the gameplay.

Betfred Gold Cash Freespins seamlessly merges Betfred’s iconic branding with Inspired’s captivating gameplay from the Gold Cash Freespins theme, delivering an immersive and personalized gaming journey tailored to Betfred’s audience. This collaboration showcases Inspired’s expertise in crafting tailored gaming experiences that resonate with individual operator brands.

Inspired’s UK Product Director, Richard Terry, said:  ‘We are proud and excited to be re-launching Gold Cash Freespins in partnership with our long-term customers Betfred. Gold Cash Freespins is extremely popular with players across all gaming verticals and has been transformed for retail with game optimisation functionality and the addition of the iconic Betfred branding.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Betfred’s Head of Retail Marketing, Clare Smith, said: “We’ve been delighted to work with Inspired to bring this new and innovative game to our loyal customers and believe they will be equally as excited by it as we are!”

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