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Digitain – GGE 2019 Retrospective

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Suren Khachatryan takes a glance back at last week’s G2E Asia summit and looks forward to what it will take to succeed in emerging Asian territories.

 

The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia once again showcased the biggest marketplace for the largest continent, with the definitive must-attend event on Asia’s igaming circuit last week. Now well-established in its 13th renewal, welcoming around 18,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors from all corners of the globe, its prominent place on the tradeshow circuit seems assured.

Digitain was on-site at The Venetian’s D719 stand, where once again we were able to meet existing partners, drive new business and showcase our latest products, uniquely localised for every region. It was a hugely rewarding experience, thanks to the newly configured twin-level expo hall, alongside a series of fresh set of informative conference tracks.

Moreover, Macau offered a timely conference at which to meet coherently, debate the merits and let good ideas win at a pivotal time for the industry as a whole. Whatever the conundrum: emerging territories and cultural taste, partitioned regulation, player engagement, acquisition and bonusing alternatives, social media marketing, post-event retention strategy… all these questions needed answers. And sometimes tough ones. So it was great to trade thoughts on broad plans and specific innovations with other industry leaders, in order that we might converge on the wisest road forward, with G2E Asia providing the perfect lens through which to distil details of every colour.

The overall growth of the igaming industry remains incredibly encouraging, particularly in these growth markets, and the international advance of sportsbook continues unchecked in most developing countries. That said, innovation remains the watchword, both in the markets you offer and the tools with which you allow your clients to engage. Staying positively demarcated from the competition is naturally crucial, and that’s what Digitain does best with our ever-evolving product portfolio.

For me, though, the overarching question was: will Asia fashion its own watershed PASPA moment for sportsbook? Comparisons to the U.S. may at first seem facile. However, the truth is that this patchwork Asian quilt of taste and regulation (not to mention competing tax bands which could inherently price any greedy regions out of the market, or send their players to off-shore illegals) is very reminiscent of what’s slowly unfolding stateside in sports betting.
In general, Digitain has experienced substantial growth in several international markets over the past 12 months. Strategically, in order to accommodate this expansion, we will be opening sales and business development offices in four core areas, including the Philippines. These offices shall locally service existing clients and partner needs as well as increasing our inquiry pipeline.

Make no mistake, this industry will always change and naturally evolve as we respond to opportunities and challenges – often two sides of the same coin. Yet the significance for suppliers and partners coming together to exchange their expert knowledge (be it niche or overarching) remains undimmed as we search for the most effective path through the regulatory woods. A flexible platform, which offers tools and technologies forged from hard-won worldwide experience, constitutes the key in a market where the mass market is belatedly taking off, as VIPs somewhat subside. You need to be nimble, responsible and compliant to take full advantage.
So, while there will always be more lessons to learn in this fluctuating industry, you’ll seldom go far wrong if you observe those three core tenets.

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WorldMatch Certifies Games for the Philippines

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WorldMatch has announced the release of the first batch of its certified games for the Philippines market. This significant milestone marks a crucial step in the company’s global expansion strategy and commitment to providing high-quality gaming experiences to Filipino players.

The initial batch, comprising carefully selected games certified to meet the regulatory standards of the Philippines, promises to offer a wide variety of entertainment options for players in the country. From classics to modern titles, each game has been designed to deliver an engaging and enjoyable experience for users.

“This is an exciting moment for us. We are thrilled to bring our expertise and innovation to the Philippines market and collaborate with brand new partners to deliver extraordinary gaming experiences to local players,” said Xhuljana Demerxhiu, Head of Sales at WorldMatch.

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BETER to exhibit at SiGMA Asia

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Leading provider of fast-paced betting content and data to showcase its full suite of esports and sports products at Asia’s leading trade show

BETER, the in-demand provider of next-generation esports and sports betting content and data, will be exhibiting at the popular trade show SiGMA Asia being held from 3-5 June in Manila, the Philippines.

SiGMA Asia is the leading industry conference for operators and suppliers active in the region.

BETER will be exhibiting at SiGMA Asia and will be showcasing its full suite of fast-paced esports and sports betting products and solutions at stand G801.

Its Esports division provides operators with more than 35,000 events each month via its proprietary ESportsBattle tournaments. This covers hugely popular disciplines such as eFootball, eBasketball, eHockey and CS2.

In addition, the company also provides odds powered by official data for more than 400 international esports tournaments covering 60,000 pre-match and live events per year across CS2, Dota 2, League of Legends, Valorant and many more titles.

For its Sports division, the provider will be showcasing its world-renowned Setka Cup table tennis tournaments and Ping Pong Point events, as well as basketball tournaments under its BSKT Cup brand. In total, it offers more than 10,000 betting events each month.

Delegates can also learn more about BETER’s cutting-edge iFrame and comprehensive Managed Trading Services (MTS), which simplify and improve the management of a sportsbook across both traditional sports and esports content, enhancing operational efficiency and delivering improved performance margins.

BETER is shortlisted in two categories at the accompanying SiGMA Asia Awards in the categories of Best E-Sport Provider and Best Virtual Sports Provider. It has also been nominated in the Digital Sports Betting Supplier category at the Global Gaming Awards Asia-Pacific, which takes place as part of SiGMA Asia.

Additionally, BETER, in collaboration with GR8 Tech, will host an exclusive party on June 3. This event is a perfect opportunity for valued clients and partners to relax and network in a festive setting, celebrating continued partnerships and future successes.

Gal Ehrlich, CEO of BETER, said: “We are thrilled to be attending SiGMA Asia and to be showcasing products and solutions from our esports and sports portfolio. Asia is a fast-growing market and one where players are demanding fast-paced betting experiences, and this is exactly what we offer.

“Our suite of products have proved to be a hit with players around the world, exceeding their high expectations and we expect they will do the same in Asia.”

Chuck Robinson, CRO at BETER, added: “We provide premium fast betting content with 24/7 live streaming and data with a sustained margin retention of 7.5%+ while our commitment to integrity means just 0.01% of matches are flagged for suspicious activity. 

“This is what makes us the go-to provider for operators looking to offer their bettors next generation experiences across esports and traditional sports and we are excited to showcase our offering to delegates at SiGMA Asia.”

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PHP12-M CASH AT STAKE IN PAGCOR’S LINKED BINGO GAME

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Millions worth of cash prizes once again await bingo aficionados in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)’s “Mas Pinasayang Bingo Big Time Milyonaryo” linked bingo games slated on June 16, 2024 at the Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park in Pasay City.

A Php2 million cash prize is at stake in Game 10 while lucky winners from Games 1 to 9 will take home Php1 million per game. An additional Php1 million reward is up for grabs in the local games.

For every ticket worth Php3,000, players will get a chance to play four cards per game for 10 games.

To join, players may register and join the games at the host site or at participating Casino Filipino branches in Angeles, Bacolod, Cebu, Grand Regal, Ilocos Norte, Iloilo, Mactan, Mandaue, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Tagum and Talisay.

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