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NOVOMATIC Italia Announces New Board of Directors

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NOVOMATIC Group has appointed new Directors to NOVOMATIC Italia’s Director Board.

 

The new Director Board is headed by Chairman Franco Rota who has been part of the management team since 2007.

“It makes me proud to see how in almost 12 years NOVOMATIC Italia has grown to become a leading provider of services and technologies of all kinds. There is no segment of the Italian gaming market that we haven’t scrutinized to deliver highly specialized and advanced know how. It is a great achievement to see that today the company that started out in 2007 with a handful of employees, has become a large enterprise with 2,800 staff,” Franco Rota said.

Olga Rodrigo has been appointed as the new CEO of the group. She is having a deep knowledge of the Italian market, both of the regulations and of the complexity of the players that compose the system of Italian legal gaming.

“I am very happy to put my enthusiasm and my expertise at the service of NOVOMATIC Italia. The NOVOMATIC Group proves its commitment to Italy as one of the most important countries in Europe. It is therefore essential to consolidate and increase our market leadership by leveraging synergy and collaboration: I am sure that only by working together and sharing common goals, we can obtain the expected results that can allow everyone to feel like active protagonists in their own professional reality,” Olga Rodrigo said.

Markus Buechele is the new CFO of the group. He started his NOVOMATIC career in 2006 at the headquarters in Austria and has been part of the Board of NOVOMATIC Italia since 2008.

“I was able to actively contribute to the fantastic growth of the Group from the beginning – and also throughout delicate times for the Italian legal gaming sector, from the fiscal and regulatory point of view. I feel a great responsibility to all my colleagues and to our reference stakeholder, the mother company, and I am proud of the work done in recent years. It is essential to continue working together and to face the objective difficulties of the whole sector with a spirit of teamwork and the necessary motivation to make a difference compared to our competitors,” Markus Buechele said.

The new constitution of the Board of Directors was augmented by a new personality, Karl Plank, who joined the top management as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“It is an honour for me to be on this Board of Directors. My commitment will be focused on the Gaming Operations, with the aim to develop a collaborative work so that NOVOMATIC Italia becomes a best practice example for the legal Italian gaming sector. Not only as far as the gaming offer is concerned but also with regard to the best practices in terms of Responsible Gaming, from the environmental point of view but also as an employer,” Karl Plank said.

“We are working towards a process of organisational simplification, towards responsibility and the valorization of everyone’s abilities. We strongly believe that the key to success lies in technological evolution and in taking new roads, confirming the pioneering nature of the Group, and being the forerunner in innovation,” Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz, CTO of NOVOMATIC said.

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MyChance Renovates its Platform

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Online casino MyChance has undergone a major renovation in its platform, providing a new, elegant, look and feel. MyChance has also added a number of personalisation and gamification features through the redesign.

The added features include a search tool and the “favourite” and rating games options, as well as an updated player reward system which rewards points that can then be used to rank and unlock additional benefits and exclusive deals.

“Our mission from day one has been to give back to our players and to provide them with the best possible online casino experience in the market. Our new look and improved offering achieve this aim; from our generous loyalty scheme to our thrilling and exciting races that run round the clock, we know how to look after our customers. We look forward to hearing feedback from our existing players and also to welcome new customers through our doors and to provide them with an online casino experience like no other,” Eric Holmberg, CEO of MyChance casino said.

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DAW Sets Out Wish List for Re-regulation of German Gambling Market

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The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has created a wish list for the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

DAW explained that the current regulations for commercial gambling undermine the objectives of the State Treaty on Gambling, in particular when it comes to channeling players towards the legal market.

It said establishments should be permitted to offer multiple game verticals, and that updated regulations should maintain the state lottery monopoly on draw-based games.

New regulations must ensure that legal providers can offer a competitive and economically viable alternative to unlicensed operators, the DAW said.

“The amendment of the State Treaty on Gambling is a great opportunity to counteract the undesirable developments – above all the rapid growth of the black market – with a holistic approach. Only a coherent regulation of all forms of gaming, including the use of commercial slot machines based solely on quality standards, and a strengthening of legal providers can curb the black market and effectively protect consumers,” Georg Stecker, chief executive of DAW said.

DAW calls on state lawmakers to introduce uniform standards for responsible gaming training and player protection measures across all sectors. These controls, it says, must be constantly developed and regularly evaluated by professionals to ensure they are fit for purpose.

A nationwide biometric system that would ensure voluntary restrictions on players’ gambling should also be rolled out. It also believes a certification system for all gaming halls and outlets offering slot machines should be implemented, to help consumers distinguish legal from illegal offerings. In addition, the association argues in favour of a qualification system for gaming machine professionals.

Finally, the DAW argues in favour of regulations governing the exterior design of gaming establishments. It says these should ensure there are no inducements to gamble for minors and vulnerable people, while allowing the operator to inform and educate players about the range of games on offer.

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Fugaso selected as finalists in two categories of “the world’s most prestigious casino awards”

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International software provider Fugaso has been selected for the final in two acclaimed AskGamblers Award categories, Best Slots and Best Software Provider, in what AskGamblers bill as the world’s most prestigious casino awards. The popular global games supplier has developed innovative in-house technology that is driving growth for the company, hence also the nomination as a finalist in the Best Software Provider category.

Fugaso has been making waves in the global iGaming industry as a content provider of choice for a range of tier 1 operators, as well as winning the hearts and minds of players around the world’s igaming jurisdictions, whose votes have been central to these accolades. Fugaso offers an extensive game library of over 65 HTML5 games that guarantee seamless gameplay on all devices and compete with finalists in the AskGamblers Awards including NetEnt, Play’n Go and Microgaming. Fugaso’s Jackpots Series, a popular progressive, has also attracted substantial interest with jackpots regularly topping 6 figure wins.

The rapidly expanding Fugaso portfolio of titles is available via the GrooveGaming platform as well as from SoftGaming, Soft Swiss, Digitain, EveryMatrix, Bet Construct , IGG and many others. Releases this year include Trump It Deluxe, Wild Rodeo, Magic Spinners, Fugaso Airlines, Stoned Joker, Imhotep Manuscript and blockbuster Cleopatra’s Diary, which is in the running for Best Slots at the AskGamblers Awards. All Fugaso games are available in 12 languages, but can be adapted for any language, and every game is supported by all devices, currencies and cryptocurrencies.

The big breakthrough for Fugaso has been the quality of gaming experience the company now offers across all devices. New technology truly takes things to the next level, providing players with a quality of entertainment that matches the standards that they have come to expect in other environments. One of the key technologies deployed in Fugaso games is the highly innovative ‘Rich Free Spins’ feature, which combines the benefits of multiple free spins into one super-valuable free spin that ramps up the excitement with the prospect of potentially highly generous payouts. No other games manufacturer is currently offering ‘Rich Free Spins’, a unique and proprietary differentiator in Fugaso’s technology vault.

As the most reliable source for online casinos, AskGamblers is hosting prestigious casino awards for players to choose the best casino and slot in the industry. AskGamblers is one of the most valued gaming review sites built on the collaboration of real people who submit their opinions on games, casinos, online promotions and everything associated with the industry. Being authentic and unbiased, it’s a trusted reference point to get a real opinion on gaming topics.

Robert  Metzger, Head of Business Development at Fugaso said: “Fugaso is fast becoming a well-known and respected name across the industry and our games can be found in many casinos today with a big fan base. With our speed of game and technology development we are able to add exciting new content quickly and simply. Our aim has always been to deliver market-shaping products and we are delighted to be nominated as finalists in two AskGamblers Awards thanks to the unparalleled support of the market.”

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