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Mybet sells B2C online gambling division

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Mybet, the German online betting operator, has signed a deal to sell its online gambling division with an unrevealed “strategic investor.” The company sold the division to focus only on B2B and retail divisions.

On Friday, Mybet Holding SE announced that it had signed a non-exclusive term sheet for the sale of its Mybet.com B2C online gambling operations to the unspecified investor for a sum the company claims is “supposed to be in the high single-digit million range.”

Under the terms of the deal, which is subject to the conclusion of a binding contract and the fulfilment of certain conditions, this mystery man/group will acquire 100% of Mybet group companies Personal Exchange International Ltd and PNO Casino Ltd as well as full and exclusive online rights to the Mybet brand.

Mybet will retain the right to use the Mybet brand “to an extent necessary for the continuation of its remaining business segments B2B services as well as for the operation of the stationary betting shops.” Following the deal, Mybet will focus solely on its “positively performing” B2B operations and the expansion of its retail operations.

Mybet’s online B2C business had suffered in recent years, in part due to the delayed launch of its new digital platform, which finally appeared in March. The following month, Mybet announced that it had launched a NetEnt-powered live casino offering after the forced closure of Mybet’s original Novomatic-powered live casino in January, following that company’s decision to exit the German-facing online casino market.

In March, Mybet had teased investors with news that it was holding exclusive talks regarding a future strategic and operational joint venture with an unidentified “leading provider of sport bets and online casino games headquartered in Malta.” The plan was that Mybet would hold a 51 per cent stake in this JV, while the investor would contribute “equity in a medium single-digit million range” to help finance “future investments in market activities.” That deal was contingent on Mybet contributing its “online business.”

 

Source: calvinayre.com

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Dutch Gambling Regulator Supports Removal of Gambling Machines from Family Arcades

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Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has ruled that Dutch arcades can no longer run machines based on games of chance in a move to preserve and protect the family environments of arcade venues.

The KSA compliance was sponsored by the Family Entertainment Centers Nederland (FEC Nederland) of the Netherlands arcade trade body, which wrote to representatives to accept the KSA’s system removal action plan.

The KSA claimed in its ruling that the general make-up of venues has changed dramatically, with games of chance machines in entertainment centres frequently serving as the first point of contact for underage gambling interactions.

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Synot Games Partners with Online Casino Wunderino

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Synot Games has entered into an igaming distribution deal with online casino operator Wunderino.

“Adding our games to the Wunderino online casino is a true privilege and a great omen of exciting things to come before the end of the year. Both teams have worked on this with full dedication and a common goal in mind: Providing the best to the players,” Martina Hrabinska, CCO at SYNOT Games, said.

Wunderino was launched in the spring of 2016 by i-gaming veterans to offer more than just the “regular” casino experience by focusing on innovative user experience and entertaining gamification elements in addition to a large selection of games.

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Merkur Gaming to Give Live Stream Presentation of New Product Developments

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Merkur Gaming is going to implement new initiatives and strategies to recover from the Impact of COVID-19.

Merkur Gaming’s chief executive, International, Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, is at the forefront of supporting the Merkur Board and bringing to fruition new initiatives for the short term and also the strategies that will be necessary as more familiar business levels resume. “We are not on holiday and we are not sleeping” he said “we are working very hard to support our customers, in whatever they need, during these difficult times.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to explain a brand new initiative that is just one example of the efforts being made to support Merkur Gaming’s customers.

He said: “What we will be bringing to our customers, starting in early November, will be a live stream presentation from our showroom in Luebbeke. This is not a ‘virtual’ event. Our invited customers will each be hosted by their own, familiar, company representative, and in real time. They will be able to see our new products, our new cabinets and our new games, discuss them one-to-one, ask any questions they have and so get a very valuable first insight into what will be available from Merkur Gaming. I promise you, it will intensive and it will be exciting. Exciting for us to be able to see our customers’ reactions and exciting for them to be up to speed with what we are very confident will be major hit products on gaming floors soon.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to talk about where gaming is taking place successfully at present. “We are, of course, encouraging the industry to ‘Restart with Merkur’ and, in quite a few locations, that is already happening. Our business in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans particularly, is as healthy as it can be in the current situation. In Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia gaming entertainment is doing well. The recent announcement of the new gaming law in the Ukraine is truly exciting and we want all our customers and business partners to know that Merkur is coming, and we expect to be a major supplier there. Early 2021 will see the first installations in the Ukraine and there will be some exciting new developments in Bulgaria also.

In our home market, Germany, casino operations are doing well and the Gauselmann Group’s mainstay, the many gaming arcades that we operate, are active and providing players with the high class gaming entertainment that they have come to expect. In this the existing regulations that gaming arcades must comply with have helped meet the primary need of keeping both players and our staff safe and well. It is mandatory to provide ample space between each gaming machine and that, combined with the highest levels of social distancing, sanitation and protective shielding from machine to machine, has given our loyal players the confidence to return, and in ever increasing numbers.

Despite all of the difficulties of the past months the entire Merkur Gaming team is looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead. We have always been passionate about our place in the national and international gaming industry and, right now and into the future we are focusing on keeping that passion and looking forward to what will certainly be a bright future.”

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