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Yggdrasil Gaming Q4 2017 Update

George Miller



Yggdrasil Gaming Q4 2017 Update
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Q4 highlights

  • Revenues for the period increased by 61% to MSEK 51.2 (Q4 2016: 31.8)
  • EBITDA for the period increased to MSEK 21.5 (13.2), yielding a margin of 42%
  • EBIT for the period increased to MSEK 17.5 (9.3), yielding a margin of 34%
  • Number of player transactions (rounds) increased by 87% to 1,184 million
  • Mobile gaming is now 59% of total gross game win
  • Six new licence agreements were signed, including Pinnacle, Tabcorp, Rank Group and Snaitech
  • Announced plans to enter the Danish market through deals with Jackpotjoy Group, Danske Spil/ and LeoVegas
  • Two new games were released: Pumpkin Smash and Reptoids
  • Announced plans to enter a new product vertical, bingo
  • Launched EUR 500,000 Christmas Calendar campaign for operators
  • Two jackpots dropped – EUR 3.48m for Joker Millions and EUR 1.12m for Empire Fortune


2017 Full Year Highlights


  • Revenues increased by 95% to MSEK 169.1 (2016: 86.9)
  • EBITDA improved significantly and amounted to MSEK 71.5 (2016: MSEK 40.1), yielding a margin of 42%
  • EBIT amounted to MSEK 58.8 (2016: MSEK 27.4), yielding a margin of 35%
  • Released 11 new network games and one operator exclusive game
  • Signed 40 licence agreements
  • Announced entry into the Italian market
  • Won Slot Provider of the Year at the 2017 EGR B2B Awards and Innovator Supplier of the Year at the 2017 International Gaming Awards
  • Revamped technical platform iSENSE2.0+
  • Launched a new game mechanic, Fusion Realms, with the game Jungle Books
  • Launched new business development initiative – Yggdrasil Dragons


Notable events after the quarter


  • Named Innovator Supplier of the Year at the International Gaming Awards 2018
  • Launched new game, Ozwin’s Jackpots
  • Jackpot of EUR 1.9m fell on Joker Millions
  • Signed two new operators, including
  • Announced plans to enter into the Spanish market through a deal with GVC
  • Announced plan to launch table games product
  • Exhibited at Europe’s largest B2B igaming event in London, ICE Totally Gaming, where the third instalment in the successful “Vikings” series was announced


Comment from Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil:

Looking back at 2017, it has been yet another landmark year for Yggdrasil. Revenue for the year grew to MSEK 169.1, while full year operating profit was up 35 percent to MSEK 58.8. These fantastic results were only possible because of the team we have assembled, and the support of our customers.


The fourth quarter saw us launch our biggest ever marketing campaign, a Christmas Calendar with a prize pool of EUR 500,000. The campaign featured different tournaments, cash races and missions that all utilised our award-winning BOOST™ in-game promotional tools. The campaign meant Yggdrasil processed the highest number of rounds in its history, and we delivered this without any issues because of the dedication of our team.

The fourth quarter was also a busy one from the perspective of new customers, whether that be signing operators or integrating and pushing existing ones live. During Q4 we saw an increase in customers in Italy, and the signing of new and existing customers for another new regulated market for Yggdrasil, Denmark. Our first customers went live in Denmark in February, and we will do a full launch in the country in Q2.

We also used the quarter to expand our product offering beyond slots. In December, we announced news that we would enter the bingo vertical with an innovative new product that will bring a fresh dimension to the sector. Our bingo product is developed from a mobile-first perspective and includes a number of industry-first features. We continue to lead the way on mobile, and during the fourth quarter mobile game win was up to 59 percent.

There have been more slots releases as well, with Reptoids and Pumpkin Smash both going live, while we also released a previously exclusive game, Orient Express, to all customers.

This level of activity has required a further expansion to the team. We welcomed 26 new people to the Yggdrasil family during Q4, taking our team up to 191 people. This process continues, and with that in mind I am delighted to welcome our first HR director, Johan Hedlund, who brings with him vast experience from the likes of IKEA. He will bring valuable knowledge about leadership and HR to Yggdrasil. We now have a complete senior management team passionate to steer company towards further victories.

It has been a remarkable 12 months, but I am even more excited about the possibilities and opportunities that lay ahead in 2018. We have a world-class team, an industry-leading product set and the best customers in the business, and we will be building upon this throughout the year and beyond.


/ Fredrik Elmqvist

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Russian Online Casinos Supply the Donbass Separatists

George Miller



Russian Online Casinos Supply the Donbass Separatists
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Pro-Russian separatist groups of the Donbass War (Eastern Ukraine) receive material funds from illegal gambling business, states a recent article published in the Russian Sobesednik magazine. According to article, part of the illegal profits of the online casinos is used to finance the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

As reported by GC Alor analysts, the black turnover of these Russian online casinos is around 200 billion RUR (2,725,065,200.00 Euro). The Majority of these online casinos are registered in foreign administrations, like Azino777 being registered in Curacao.

As experts say, many online casinos are physically based in Ukraine, where the legislation is slightly more loyal than Russian. It is allowed, for example, to develop gaming software for third-party customers. Lucky Labs company, which is linked to the online casino “Vulcan”, operates in Ukraine as software developer.

According to the Security Service of Ukraine, which conducted searches at the office of the company lately, Lacky Labs also controls the websites of CasinoX and Joycasino. The company’s office is big. It is a 4-storey building designed for 150 people. There is also a basement area where there is a kitchen and a dining room, a gym.

Lucky Labs was founded by two Russians. Because of the sanctions imposed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, now they are not allowed to enter the country. However, Lucky Labs continues to exist. Now the company is registered by an Ukrainian citizen.

If some of the profits of illegal online casino go to pro-Russian patriotic purposes, it becomes clear why Roskomnadzor does not block their Internet addresses. The correspondent of “Sobesednik” managed to access the mentioned online casinos without any obstacles, using no VPN or “mirrors”.



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Poland: Accepted Changes In Taxes, Including Gambling

George Miller



Poland: Accepted Changes In Taxes, Including Gambling
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Poland’s lower house (Sejm) has voted down five Senate amendments to a comprehensive amendment to several tax bills, including gambling.

The adopted amendments may be applied retroactively, which is to the income earned from January 1 2018.
Gamblers will be treated in a uniform manner after the changes.

Adopted by the Sejm on May 10th of this year extensive amendment to the Personal Income Tax Act (PIT), the Corporate Income Tax Act (CIT) and the Act on flat-rate income tax on certain revenues earned by natural persons; that all winnings on machines will be exempt from PIT, the tax relief for creators will be extended to the next creative professions, the real estate income tax will be larger. This applies to provisions adopted last autumn and effective from January 1st 2018.

Unlike the regulations adopted in autumn, the amendment assumes for example, that participants of legal gambling will be treated in a uniform manner. Regardless of whether the games are organized by casino operators or a company performing a state monopoly in this area, which would be Totalizator Sportowy. In line with the provisions changed by the Sejm and approved by the Senate on Thursday, winnings in slot machine games, card games, dice games and cylindrical games – regardless of which legally operating entities organize them – will be exempt from personal income tax.

In the remaining scope, the rules of taxing winnings (in numerical games, cash lotteries, mutual bets, etc.) are to remain unchanged in relation to the provisions currently in force. Pursuant to the amendment of October 27th 2017, winnings in gambling are subject to a l0% PIT tax on winning if their one-time value of winning exceeds PLN 2,280 (528 Euro).

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Bulgaria’s Gambling Advertising Bill awaits EC Green Light

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Bulgaria's Gambling Advertising Bill awaits EC Green Light
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Bulgaria’s gambling law amendments are waiting for the approval of the European Commission before they cam com into effect, announced the country’s Committee on Budget and Finance.

The Committee expressed their accord by saying that the gambling law was already once ratified by the European Commission, this meaning tha any future reforms and additions to its existing provisions will have to be given a formal consent by European commissioners. Bulgaria may face sanctions from the EU, if it fails to provide the newly introduced gambling-focused bill for an EC review.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance will now have to prepare the necessary documentation and notify the Commission about the proposed changes to its gambling law.

EU commissioners will then have three months to review the legislative piece to determine whether it is in line with European regulations. If the bill survives the three-month standstill period and gains enough traction in the nation’s legislature, there would be no more hurdles before its enactment.

The legislative piece, authored and sponsored by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov and his party, the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, was introduced this spring. The bill aims to curb the aggressive promotion of scratchcards and other lottery and gambling products and services and to limit significantly the number of facilities where scracthcards can be purchased from.

Bulgaria’s regulated gambling market was worth BGN3 billion (approximately $1.9 billion) last year and represented around 3% of the country’s GDP. The local gambling industry has been going from strength to strength over the past several years, with its rapid growth being driven mainly by the rising scratchcards sales.If approved in its current form, Minster Simenov’s bill would restrict the direct and indirect advertising of scratchcards and other lottery-style games across different media outlets. However, lottery and totalizator draws would still be broadcast on television and the names and of games would still be allowed to be mentioned across media.

Minister Simeonov has also clarified previously that while draws and the names of different lottery games would not be banned from television, winners in such games would no longer be shown under the new bill.


Source: CasinoNewsDaily

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