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Parimatch signs international UFC deal

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Parimatch, a top gaming operator in Russia and the CIS region having a user base of 1.7 million, has become the official UFC Betting Partner for the entire EMEA region, except for the UK and Ireland.

The first ever UFC event in Russia will take place at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium in September, which will have Parimatch as an “introducing partner.”

As per the company’s stats, 5% of its customers currently bet on UFC. The company planning to increase that to 10% within the year. This deal is expected to boost the customer base significantly.

CEO Sergey Portnov (pictured with UFC president Dana White) identified growth in mixed martial arts as the “No.1 priority for the company.”

He told iGamingBusiness.com: “UFC is the fastest growing kind of sports in the world after, I guess, cyber-sports. Everybody understands it’s a trend.”

“Parimatch is a trend company, and is aiming to become a leading company. When such an organisation like UFC enters the CIS market, we would like to be associated with the brand. We were the first to understand that UFC will need a partner and have built our partnership relations.”

Cyprus-headquartered Parimatch is already a sponsor of Ukraine’s national football team and partner of Ukrainian Premier League champion Shakhtar Donetsk, Russian Premier League side FC Rostov and Cypriot title-holder APOEL. It also holds partnerships with major hockey and basketball leagues in Ukraine. iGamingBusiness.com understands that esports team Virtus.pro will also soon be added to its portfolio.

As part of its partnership with UFC, Parimatch explained that its logo will be incorporated into athletes’ apparel and be displayed in the octagon and on the UFC.com website. Parimatch believes it can play a major role in building UFC’s presence in its own home region.

“This partnership is strategic and long-term. We aim to fix the MMA category for ourselves,” Portnov added.

“Passion drives our company, and we are ready to build a close and robust relationship with UFC and help them to develop this market. We are prepared to accustom the audience to such a great sport as MMA.”

 

Source: igamingbusiness.com

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EGT Interactive Partners with ZonaGioco

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EGT Interactive has entered into a partnership with ZonaGioco, a famous casino operator in Italy.

As per the deal, EGT’s portfolio is now available on ZonaGioco. The integration is through Octavian Lab, an Italian software house that offers a fully customisable online betting and gaming platform solution.

Players at ZonaGioco can now enjoy titles like 100 Super Hot, Shining Crown, Flaming Hot, Amazons’ Battle, Zodiac Wheel and many more.

The partnership with ZonaGioco grows the provider’s footprint in Italy-regulated territory and increases its reach.

“ZonaGioco is a well-known operator in Italy with an impressive reach. We are delighted to partner with them and to offer our famous games to more and more players across this market,” Todor Zahariev, Managing Director of EGT Interactive, said.

“Intend to facilitate consolidation of the proposals and ensure our customers the possibility of an increasingly captivating choice suited to their tastes and expectations. The partnership with the EGT Interactive provider ensures us the most appropriate experience and solidity to meet this commitment. We are confident that the operating agreement reached will see us together in supporting and relaunching our respective activities,” Fabrizio Frenna, Managing Director of Zonagioco, said.

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ANJ Opens Public Consultation on Gambling Advertising in France

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French national gambling regulator L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has hosted its first citizen workshop on gambling advertising.

The body of research is one part of the ANJ’s “public consultation phase” on the prominence of gambling advertising launched by the regulator following the conclusion of UEFA Euro 2020.

This month, the regulator will host workshops across French provinces, seeking diverse public opinions on how France should update its advertising laws to moderate gambling advertising and protect young and vulnerable gamblers.

ANJ launched its national review after concluding that licensed operators failed to meet its pre-EURO 2020 warnings on advertising standards.

The regulator has split its public research into two phases that will see its citizen workshops followed by an online questionnaire that aims to secure direct feedback on current French gambling adverts.

The ANJ’s advertising research will be supported by France’s ARPP (Professional Advertising Regulatory Authority) and the country’s public health networks to ensure that “gambling is maintained as a recreational practice”.

French licensed operators have also been reminded of their duties to submit “a mid-term activity” report outlining their advertising campaigns scheduled for the remainder of 2021.

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Stanleybet Group Signs Deal with Fast Track

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Stanleybet Group has chosen Fast Track CRM to power player engagement for their online offering.

Fast Track CRM is built on a rich real-time data feed that enables operators to engage players instantly based on their behaviours. The platform also provides simple, visual workflows for operators to create and orchestrate complex sets of engagements. Stanleybet Group will be able to use the rich data in the platform to create granular segmentation models and get a deeper understanding of their players.

“We have been operating online for just over a decade and feel it’s time to revamp our engagement strategy and really show our players everything we have to offer. Fast Track is the perfect partner for this next phase in our online journey and can provide a solution to all the challenges we are facing in scaling our communications and rewards,” Joris Petllion, Director of Online at Stanleybet Group, said.

“Working with a brand like Stanleybet Group, that is a household name and has a long history in the industry, is a privilege. We hope to take all that history and power in their brand and enable them to work in a smart and scalable way to delight their online player base,” Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track, said.

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