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Finnish gambling market projections

Athira A

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Veikkaus, which is a Finnish state-owned company, has the monopoly over all gambling activities in the country. The company provides a wide array of games, including the Finnish national lottery, fixed odd betting, football pools, scratch tickets and so on. In total, there are 20 different kinds of games organized by the company. Most of its revenues are derived from the national lottery, which is extremely popular among the Finnish population. Interestingly, Veikkaus is managed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and the proceeds from its operation are channeled back to it. In 2010, these profits amounted to 463 million euros. The rules of the games, on the other hand, are controlled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

This model of regulating gambling activities in the country has been ubiquitous in the Nordic countries, but recently a new trend of liberalization has emerged. The national monopolies are having a harder time maintaining a customer base as people are switching to the online casinos, which are more difficult for the authorities to keep away. Internationally licensed online gambling providers are still able to reach the customers in countries where it is illegal for privately owned companies to provide these services. Some countries have tried to employ the banking sector in order to limit the power of such companies to process transactions for the customers. There has been a case of resorting to Apple in order to remove some gambling applications from the App Store as well.

As stated by the editor of the Finnish website Netti-casino.biz, it is interesting to see what path Finland will take when it comes to liberalizing the gambling market. There is a precedent for both liberalization as well as toughening of the regulations. Sweden and Denmark are already accepting applications from private companies for gambling licenses, while Norway is trying to strengthen the hold of its national monopoly over the market. There are no signs as to which direction Finland will follow yet. There are some obvious advantages to be had with liberalization. The government is not able to collect taxes from underground markets, which emerge when activities that are in demand are banned by the regulators. With a regulated market, it could see a surge in the tax revenues.

Online gambling is gaining popularity in Finland

Veikkaus’ revenue report shows an increase in the share of the digital activities. The company’s digital revenue increased by 10% from last year and in Q1 comprised 44% of the total revenues generated. The number of weekly active online customers stands at 626,000, which is an 11% increase. This shows that the monopoly is coping successfully with international providers, which might give the regulators less incentive to liberalize the market. Veikkaus claims to have captured 90% of the online market and furthermore, plans to “renew the company’s strategy in 2018 to respond to the strong change in the operating environment.”

Source: http://netti-casino.biz/casinouutiset/ennuste-suomen-rahapelimarkkinoille/

Athira is a self-described “logophile” – a lover of words. She loves updating her vocabulary and playing around with words, to frame a sensible world of letters. Letters come alive when they become words and when words become sentences. And that’s her job, to put them together in a meaningful way without loosing its essence. She has written content for websites, articles and poems for an international magazine, and press releases as well. She also loves writing on social media. She holds a Masters degree in bio-technology, but she has always been interested in the organic farming of words. Besides writing content for our daily news feed, she is also working as staff writer/editor with Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Week 46 slot games releases

George Miller

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Let’s have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

Tom Horn Gaming’s latest slot invites players to discover the land packed full with precious diamonds that appear across a 1x3x4x3x1-reel grid with 36 paylines. Diamond Hill, filled to the brim with thrilling action, has all the ingredients to excite players. They are sure to benefit from Multiplier Wilds and a Respin feature that can help them rack up some serious wins. Wild symbols will keep players on their toes throughout the game. They initiate a Wild Multiplier feature that promises an abundance of winning opportunities with a multiplier trail of up to 9x. When the Wilds land on the first or fifth reel they change to multipliers that increase the line win by a specific multiplier.

Tom Horn - Diamond Hill video slot

 

Mobile-first games developer OneTouch is inviting players to enjoy the thrill of the safari from the safety of their own home with its latest release Wacky Wildlife. The 4×4 slot, which can be played on mobile, tablet and desktop, immerses players into a lush and wild environment packed full of animal symbols including lions, zebras and rhinos. Wacky Wildlife follows recent release Steam Vault, which saw the mobile-first operator step back in time to deliver a future classic full of stunning graphics with classic stepper reels.

Wacky Wildlife

 

Play’n GO have returned to the music world for their latest slot Black Mamba, created in partnership with the Italian hard rock band of the same name. After the success of House of Doom, Sabaton and their most recent release, Demon, Play’n GO have once again teamed up with another band to create and unique slot based on their musical stylings. The Italian super band from Italy comprises of four members; Martina Cori (vocals), Alexandra Maiolo (guitar), Cecilia Nappo (bass) and Federico Maragoni (drums), all of whom feature as characters in the game, using their musical skills as part of its special features before coming together in an epic grand finale. The slot includes the band’s original music, as its soundtrack is taken from their newest album Black Mamba II, which was released in October this year. This includes popular tracks such as MonstersNatural Born Disaster and the hit single Watch Me When I Fail, which is performed during the game’s main Free Spins feature.

Play’n GO Hit All the Right Notes With Black Mamba

 

Pragmatic Play invites players on an adventure with the exotic new title, Aladdin and the Sorcerer. The 3×5 video slot welcomes players into the magical world of Aladdin, where jewels adorn the reels in a mystical desert city, as the hero battles an evil sorcerer for riches.

Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Aladdin and the Sorcerer is an enchanting new addition to our best-in-class slot portfolio.

“The action-packed title boasts exciting features, an immersive storyline and massive payouts, giving players a shot at their own fairytale ending.”

Aladdin and the Sorcerer is the latest creation to join Pragmatic Play’s award-winning collection of slot games, such as Fire StrikeSweet Bonanza, Mustang Gold, and fan-favourite Wolf Gold.

Pragmatic Play Enters A Whole New World In Aladdin And The Sorcerer

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Zitro to Offer Training Session at SAGSE 2019 with Collaboration of the University of Palermo

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Zitro University is going to offer a new edition of its training event at SAGSE 2019 with the collaboration of the University of Palermo, one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America.

“This year we have chosen a different way to collaborate with SAGSE and show the casino operators our commitment with the Latin American region. After the extensive product presentation we made during the Zitro Experience Argentina in April, we believed that, on this occasion, the best way to add value to our customers was by contributing to creating at SAGSE a space for reflection on the future of the industry, which has to take into account the changes in consumer tastes and the abundant entertainment offer that comes hand in hand with new technologies,” Sebastián Salat, CEO of Zitro said.

“The University of Palermo and Zitro are united by the firm conviction that continuous training is an essential tool to face the changes that occur, at a speed every time more vertiginous, in all areas of our lives, and, of course, also in the gaming industry. We thank Zitro for inviting us to its Zitro University, and, above all, for continuing to promote this type of training events, so necessary in such a rapidly changing world,” Patricio O’Gorman, professor at the University of Palermo said.

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‘Century Siege: TD Battles’ Going Live

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Synergizing ‘Card Battlers’ with Tower Defense, MOBAs, and Mythology!

Goober Games, in collaboration with Stepico, announced that their ambitious PvP title, ​Century Siege ​, will be launching globally on November 20th, 2019, after spending several months in Soft Launch. “With Century Siege we originally set out to follow the road paved by Clash Royale. But we soon realized that this pathwas well-worn and, by listening to our community, we decided that the only way to stand-out was to take risks and differentiate” – ​Benjamin Andre, Project Director and Lead Design ​.

Through this planned progression of tweaks, optimizations, and feature additions, the dust has officially settled; leaving Century Siege with the ability to stand on its own two feet, with a face all its own. ​Yes​, it has the ‘Elixer’ and ‘Card’ (Summon) mechanics that have become genre-staples; but it also has many tricks up its sleeve that add a much deeper level of Strategy.

An Offensive Tower class called ‘ ​Spawners ​’ that create a constant stream of friendly units that travel down the lane to assault the Opponent.

Players also choose a ​‘General’ ​, each with their own Special Abilities, that will lead the troops in battle. With Abraham Lincoln, lay waste to enemies with a barrage of cannonfire. Or, select Ghenghis Khan and assault the opponent’s Crystals with hordes of Mongolian Archers.

Once an Enemy Crystal is destroyed, ​‘Rift Creeps’ ​ of the player’s choosing (Minotaurs, Werewolves, Zombies, etc) will begin to rush that lane in a fashion that ​MOBA ​ fans will be familiar with (they even drop gold!).

These features coalesce into an engaging ‘Tug-of-War’ experience that succeeds in its quest to be different. If that was all that was to be said, it would already be enough to recommend giving Century Siege a shot. But, the personality and the ​World ​ that the game creates through its subtexts of Time Travel, Mythology, and historical figures, place Century Siege in a position to be considered one of the most unique ‘Tower Defense’ games released into the Mobile App Market.

Given that the team already has plans for a Single-Player mode or standalone TD game, it is apparent that there is certainly a lot of room for exploration within the world of Century Siege; and we are excited to see which paths this community will travel down. Take a look for yourself on November 20th, available for free on the Google Play and App Stores.

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