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German Lottery Revenue Dips

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There has been a 3% year-on-year decline in Germany’s state lottery association the Deutsche Lotto-und Totoblock (DLTB) for the first six months of 2019.

The sales over 16 Gernman federal states fell to €3.6bn (£3.2bn/$4.0bn), with the bulk of revenue generated by the Lotto 6aus49 game. The title accounted for €1.8bn of sales — up 3% from H1 2018 — or half of all sales over the period.

Meanwhile, Eurojackpot struggled during the first half, with sales falling to €603m. However, the DLTB noted, sales in the prior year were boosted by an exceptionally large jackpot, which saw players buying tickets for the chance to winning a prize pool that rose to €90m.

The games offered by DLTB members created 60 new millionaires in Germany during H1. A player in Rheinland-Pfalz won a €63.2m prize in a Eurojackpot draw, the largest prize awarded in the country.

Nordrhein-Westphalen, Germany’s most populous state, was home to 12 of the new millionaires, including one player that secured a €45m Eurojackpot prize, the second-largest sum to be awarded.

 

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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Microgaming to Close its Poker Network in 2020

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Microgaming is going to close the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) in 2020. MPN is an award-winning network that has provided online poker players with unique and entertaining gaming experiences for more than 16 years.

“The network model no longer fits with our strategic vision for poker, and this is the right time to announce the closure as we focus on redistributing key resources and personnel across the business. While the network will be closing, this is not the end for poker at Microgaming, which is driven to create the most enjoyable entertainment experiences, leading the way with world-class gaming content. Ultimately, this move will help the business to achieve that vision as we follow a new strategic direction for the vertical, details of which will be revealed in due course,” John Coleman, CEO of Microgaming said.

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SUZOHAPP Wins “Fastest Growing Vertical” Award

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SUZOHAPP has received the “Fastest Growing Vertical” award from Newland. The award was presented during the Newland Partner Event that took place in Ireland.

Goran Sovilj, SUZOHAPP EMEA Executive VP for Gaming and Amusement, received the award from Newland Auto ID CEO Mr. Guo and Newland EMEA CEO Peter Sliedrecht.

“I am very proud of my team here in the EMEA region. We bring proven the value we bring to the industry. We have introduced a scanner to the market that has quickly been accepted by a growing number of OEMs as the preferred scanner given its technological benefits and proven quality. Indeed, this award reflects our long-term commitment to the global gaming industry,” Goran said.

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Zynga Poker Partners with Brad Garrett for “Celebrity Home Game”

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Mobile poker game Zynga Poker has partnered with Emmy Award winner Brad Garrett for a special “Celebrity Home Game” sweepstakes event.

By completing challenges daily in the Zynga Poker, two lucky players will win seats at a celebrity card game in Southern California, hosted by Garrett himself. Zynga will donate up to $100,000 to the Maximum Hope Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Garrett that provides financial stability for parents of children diagnosed with life-limiting conditions.

“What I love about Zynga Poker is that you can practice your game without having to worry about your ‘tells’ or poker table etiquette – it’s just about the cards. I can make a sincere pledge to the winners of this sweepstakes – when you’re at my Home Game, we’ll be playing by these same rules. Check your poker face at the door, and get ready to have some fun,” Brad Garrett said.

“Poker isn’t a game of chance – it’s all about showmanship and skill, and that’s something Brad Garrett has in spades – no matter what he says. We’re proud to bring our players an opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime poker night, hosted by a legend in comedy and a hero to families in need. Now our players have the opportunity to show off their skills and prove that lady luck plays favorites,” Bernard Kim, Zynga’s President of Publishing said.

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