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High 5 Games enters a world of fantasy with The Amulet and the Charm Power Bet

Vlad Poptamas

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Leading independent casino games provider High 5 Games (H5G) has unveiled the latest incarnation of its classic game The Amulet and the Charm, which now features the company’s innovative Power Bet feature for the first time.

The newest addition to H5G’s slots library features all the popular characters and symbols from the original release, with the Power Bet feature set to raise engagement levels as players seek the precious amulet.

During the gameplay, players can boost their wins for 30 spins by activating the Power Bet concept. Once triggered, users are offered the option of either taking the Amulet Boost to receive more scatter symbols, or the Charm Boost for even bigger scatter values.

The 4×5, 40 paylines slot also includes H5G’s Scatter Bucks feature that leads to big wins even on spins when the reels don’t align, as well as Stacked Wilds, where symbols are stacked on top of one another to create a block of wilds in the same reel, increasing the chance of a winning combination.

Anthony Singer, CEO and Founder of High 5 Games, said: “Power Bet has become hugely popular with players looking to boost their wins, and we’re sure the addition of this exciting new feature to one of our most successful games will raise excitement levels even further.

“For those looking for good fortune in their life, this is the perfect game to find the luckiest charm of them all with the gameplay packed full of fun features and bonus rounds to win big.”

Vlad Poptamas is a Junior Content Editor at European Gaming Media and at PICANTE Media and covers a large variety of industries among which the gaming industry. Vlad has a background and possesses skills that enable him to do creative content writing and editing.

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Rise in Staffing Costs Results in Full-year Revenue Loss for Genius Sports

Niji Narayan

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Genius Sports Group has posted a loss of £7.6m for the year 2018 despite a 23.9% yearly rise in revenue for the 12-month period.

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018, amounted to £65.8m, up from £53.1m in the year 2018. Genius Sports experienced momentous growth in its rest of world business, with revenue up from £200m to £31.3m. UK revenue also climbed from £6.1m to £7.3m, while rest of Europe revenue increased a little from £26.9m to £27.2m.

Though, GS also noted a growth in expenses for the year, with the cost of sales rising 52.4% from £18.4m to £28.0m and administrative expenses up from £23.3m to £29.5m. Hiring more staff costs particularly hit Genius, with this jumping from £22.3m to £29.7m as the business increased its employee numbering from 669 to 901 in the year.

The increased costs drove Genius from an operating profit of £5.9m in 2017 to an operating loss of £4.2m for the full year. Evaluating the results, Regulus Partners said that Genius’s historical pattern of growing revenue at the expense of profitability also need to be changed in order to deliver viable potential.

Market Analyst at Regulus also emphasised Genius’s acquisition of English and Scottish football official betting data from what is now Stats Perform, saying that this is “transformational to Genius and potentially transformational to the betting as well as sports rights sectors.”

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Svenska Spel Launches Verisec’s Freja eID Technology

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Svenska Spel has launched Verisec’s Freja eID to enhance its customer identification process.

The new gambling legislation that came into force on 1 January this year requires gaming companies to use an e-ID for registration of their customers. This is to increase safety and to ensure players’ age and identity. Until now, the customers of Svenska Spel have been referred to a single e-ID but with the introduction of Freja eID is given both greater choice and independence, by not being locked to a specific login method.

“Most companies that digitize their services put considerable resources on good user experience and to eliminate eventual friction for users who want to access the digital service. Thus, not keeping users locked to a specific sign-in solution is an important step. We believe that this is not only positive for the users, we also believe it is a strong competitive factor in that Svenska Spel is the first gaming company with a gaming license that offers its users more than one e-ID,” Johan Henrikson, CEO of Verisec said.

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Trustly Launches its New Product Trustly Live

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Online banking payments provider Trustly has launched Trustly Live, the product built specifically for land-based gaming. With the introduction of Trustly Live, Trustly is helping to remove the need for cash at land-based casinos and sportsbooks.

With Trustly Live, players can scan a Trustly QR code with their smartphone and instantly deposit funds from their online bank account. This helps operators to lower cash handling costs while also catering to the preferences of their players. Additionally, Trustly Live can strengthen KYC and AML checks, ultimately helping to enhance the trackability of players and meet increasingly strict regulatory requirements. Trustly Live is currently live with Cherry Spelglädje in 45 locations in Sweden and plans to expand across Europe in the coming months.

“The launch of Trustly Live will help land-based operators thrive in today’s increasingly cashless economies. Cash handling is expensive, unsafe and, frankly, outdated. Consumers are already adopting safer and more convenient ways to pay and Trustly is excited to be bringing innovation to the land-based gaming world by helping operators keep pace with their players’ preferences,” Samuel Barrett, Director of Gaming at Trustly said.

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