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Riga to close gaming venues in city and neighborhoods

Niji Narayan

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The City Council of Riga, Latvia’s capital, is going to close down all gaming venues in the city, including the downtown and neighborhoods.

Riga Mayor, Nils Usakovs has asked the municipality’s Legal Affairs Department and Urban Development Department to prepare a decree that will revoke all gaming venues’ licenses in Riga, except for those given to four- and five-star hotels.

According to the Law on Gambling, if the operation of gambling on the particular premises creates a substantial impairment to the interests of the State and the residents of the respective administrative area, the city or the local government council is entitled to terminate the permit to establish a casino, a gambling hall, a bingo hall, a betting or a wagering shop and to operate the respective type of gambling on the particular premises, by means of a reasoned decision.

“This is one task that we have to accomplish. We made the first step in 2017 when we banned gaming venues in the historical center of the city. At the same time, it is clear that the problem of gambling is the worst in the neighborhoods of Riga. That is why the municipality has to do everything in its power to finally make Riga a city completely free of gambling,” said Usakovs.

To stay up to date with the latest changes in the Baltic region make sure you register here for the second edition of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit. The conference will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel in Vilnius (Lithuania).

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Enlabs Signs Sponsorship Agreement with Lithuanian Football Federation

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Enlabs has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF). Enlabs’ Optibet becomes the main sponsor of the Lithuanian women’s and men’s national team. The agreement gives great exposure to Optibet and at the same time contributes to the development of Lithuanian football.

“It feels very good that we are increasing Optibet’s exposure in Lithuania and showing that we are serious about our goal of becoming the market leader. Basketball and football is the two biggest sports in Lithuania, making this agreement one of the most desirable in the country. The timing of the agreement could hardly be better as we are in full swing of marketing our recently launched betting product at the same time as the men’s team will soon gather for the UEFA European Championship Qualifying. Our strategy of being closely associated with sports is now being extended to Lithuania and we can proudly say that we have some of the absolute largest sponsorship agreements in the Baltics, thus we have broad and qualitative brand exposure in the region,” Robert Andersson, President and CEO of Enlabs said.

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BlueRibbon Software Expands to the Baltic States with Olympic Entertainment Group Partnership

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Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG), the leading provider of online gaming services in the Baltic states, has partnered with BlueRibbon Software, the B2B marketing platform provider, to bring new online experiences to its players.

The strategic partnership marks a milestone for BlueRibbon as the company continues to enter new markets across the world. In the past few months, BlueRibbon has signed several significant deals with major European and Latin American operators.

OEG will use BlueRibbon’s first-of-its-kind player engagement solution across its digital assets, giving OEG the power to create bespoke jackpots that drive player acquisition, engagement, and retention. Such a unique differentiation will set OEG’s player experience apart from its regional competitors, giving the group new opportunities.

Omer Efraim, Olympic Entertainment Group CTO said, “We’re excited to offer our players innovative real-time incentives such as bespoke and segmented jackpots via the BlueRibbon Jackpot platform; the ability to offer cross-product and cross-provider Jackpots goes hand in hand with our strategy for innovation and differentiation.”

Co-founder and CEO of BlueRibbon Amir Askarov said, “Operators across the globe get their content from the same providers, so players are having similar experiences wherever they play. BlueRibbon offers operators and players a win-win situation. Operators can create, control, and market bespoke jackpot promotions to different segments, and players are excited by the increased chances of winnings.”

“As we continue our expansion into new markets, partnering with OEG, the preeminent operator in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, is a great opportunity for us. OEG has recognized that there is a need to introduce innovative products and they have chosen our solution as the way to do it. We are sure that OEG’s players will be thrilled by the new jackpot opportunities they can participate in,” continued Askarov.

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Lithuanian iGaming Revenue Increases in H1 2019

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Lithuanian iGaming Revenue Increases in H1 2019
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Online gambling revenue in Lithuania has increased to €17.5m in H1 2019. The revenue from land-based gaming was also up year-on-year.

Remote betting was the primary source of income with revenue rising from €8.1m to €10.4m. Online casino revenue was also up from €3.8m to €6.4m in H1 2019, with a total of six operators active in this section of the market. Players spent a total of €271.7m on iGaming in the period, up from €255.6m last year, winning €254.2m in the process.

Revenue from the land-based gambling increased from €33.7m in the first six months of 2018 to €34.6m this year. Table games generated €8.6m in land-based revenue, up from €8.4m last year, while sports betting revenue dipped slightly from €4.9m to €4.7m. Players wagered €233.9m on land-based gambling games in the first half, up from €230.6m last year, winning a total of €199.4m.

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