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Betsoft Gets Best Casino Supplier of the Year Award

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Betsoft Gaming, the premier content provider based in Malta-based has got the Best Casino Supplier of the year at the 2018 Malta iGaming Excellence Awards.

This was the second edition of the Malta iGaming Excellence Awards 2018 (MIGEA).

The award ceremony saw over 20 awards being distributed under various categories. A panel comprising representatives from the country’s Gaming Authority, as well as high-profile consultants, igaming experts, legal firms, and investment bodies, chose the winners.

While the MIGEA terms stipulated that, to be shortlisted, companies must demonstrate a strong connection with Malta, competition remained fierce for marquee awards such as Best Casino Supplier.

Many of the world’s leading casino content providers have maintained operations in the island nation for many years, so Betsoft ran against various well-established names before being honoured as Malta’s finest supplier of online slot games and supporting solutions.

And while the judging criteria were far-ranging, Betsoft’s success was attributed to the company’s compelling content portfolio – including the sought-after Slots3 series – as well as its forward-thinking platforms and frameworks.

These include the Shift HTML5 development environment, the comprehensive Casino Manager back office platform, and Vault, a new solution designed to extend Betsoft’s presence to emerging markets where data connectivity is normally considered an insurmountable obstacle.

This regional award comes just over a month since Betsoft’s broader international impact was honoured with the award of Best B2B Digital Platform and Solution at G2E Asia, as Betsoft’s account management director, Julian Camilleri, explained.

 “We believe constant innovation leads to cutting-edge content, which means that our teams in Malta and overseas are experienced in reacting to an ever-changing global market,” Camilleri said.

“I know that everyone here is rightly proud of our Maltese presence and heritage; this small country has always had an impact that far outweighs its size, and we are thrilled to be a part of securing that reputation. But at the same time, we are excited to have been recognised for our work twice in as many months – nationally and internationally.  We may be based in Malta, but we also pride ourselves on delivering excellent content and class-leading support to regulated markets around the world.”

Betsoft Gaming recently was granted a Class II licence by the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN).

 

Source: iGamingBusiness

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GLI Appoints Alberto Ruiz-Ocaña as New Business Development Manager for EMEA

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has appointed Alberto Ruiz-Ocaña as new Business Development Manager for EMEA.

Ruiz-Ocaña has more than 10 years of experience in licensing, compliance, and helping businesses develop and implement successful business strategies. His skills will help enable growth in European and LATAM markets. As Business Development Manager for EMEA, he will be focused on developing opportunities for GLI with new clients across all sectors of the industry including, online, land-based and VLT Lottery.

“Alberto is a great addition to the growing GLI EMEA team, and his experience and contacts, particularly in online gaming, will provide GLI with new opportunities in a rapidly expanding market. His language skills will be beneficial to many of our European clients, which will help us build even more contacts and clients in the EMEA markets,” James Illingworth, Vice President Sales for GLI EMEA, said.

“I am really excited to be joining an industry-leading and respected global company. The EMEA team has already made me feel very welcome, and I look forward to helping them and GLI go from strength to strength,” Alberto said.

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Betixon Secures Approval to Launch its Games in Dutch iGaming Market

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Online casino content developer Betixon has secured approval to launch its games in the recently regulated Dutch iGaming market.

Certified by national regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), Betixon will now be able to provide titles such as Boots of Luck, Wild Wolf, Book of Sheba, Vampire Call, Age of Halvar and Reign of Zeus to licensed operators in the Netherlands.

Betixon said it has already lined up a number of strategic partners in the country and will begin to roll out its content shortly. Talks are ongoing to go live with other operators active in the market.

The developer is also certified to offer games in Great Britain, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy, Colombia and Romania.

Lior Cohen, chief executive officer at Betixon, said: “The Netherlands is one of the most important markets in Europe and we believe that it will grow at a rapid rate in the coming months and years now that a proper regulatory framework is in place.

“Our slots have been designed to deliver an exceptional player experience on mobile and each game is packed with eye-catching graphics and animations that we combine with smart math and mechanics to ensure players are entertained with every spin.

“We will be going live with our first operators shortly and looking forward to partnering with more as we establish Betixon as a leading content provider in the Dutch market.”

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New Study: Ten EU Member States Strengthened Consumer Protection Rules for Online Gambling Since 2018, But Significant Fragmentation and Gaps Remain

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A new study has found 10 EU Member States have made progress in strengthening their consumer protection rules for online gambling since 2018, although significant fragmentation and gaps in how these rules are implemented still remain.

The study, published by the City, University of London (CUL), reviewed specific aspects of the consumer protection rules in EU Member States, including know your customer requirements, the protection of minors, safer gambling and treatment support, and assessed whether these rules are becoming similar or not.

The CUL study concludes that while most Member States have adopted similar approaches towards consumer protection, there are significant differences in how national rules are designed or implemented and in some Member States specific consumer protection rules for online gambling are missing. For example, the study found that while 16 Member States have established a national self-exclusion register for online gambling, how gamblers are added to these registers and the duration of their self-exclusion varies significantly, and not all these Member States have rules which prohibit gambling advertising being sent to those who are self-excluded.

The study is an update to a previous study which was published by CUL in 2018. Both studies were commissioned by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) for the purpose of contributing to research knowledge about the safer gambling regulations which exist in the EU and raising awareness about the level of consumer protection offered to EU citizens in respect to online gambling.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said: “We welcome the progress made in strengthening the consumer protection rules in EU member states. In several areas, regulatory principles are converging, but there is increasing fragmentation in how the rules are implemented and this creates a complicated compliance and enforcement map for Europe’s gambling regulators and operators, while evidently also not benefiting the consumer. A more standardised regulatory framework would surely benefit all. While regulations and enforcement are extremely important, the study also highlights that more could be done to strengthen prevention measures and ensure that those who are affected by harm are signposted to relevant helplines and treatment centres.”

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