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Playtech to Deploy Native-First Products Ahead of App Store Changes

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Playtech is going to launch native-first products to support the operators preparing to change according to the recent changes in Apple’s App Store guidelines. The new native-first product line includes fully native online casino content and natively compiled games. The new products will also allow Playtech’s clients to easily build native apps through a software development kit.

Peter Mares, CTO of Playtech Games Innovation Labs, said that the changes in the App Store guidelines have created one more “Apple-shaped hoop” for gambling operators to jump through.

Apple’s App Store posted important updates of clause 4.7 of its guidelines in June 2019. The App Store’s revised policies are set to take effect on September 3.

The updated guideline is that the HTML5 games “distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations” and that “this functionality is only appropriate for code that’s embedded in the binary and can be reviewed by Apple.”

As per the updated guidelines, the gambling operators can no longer repackage their websites via HTML5 technologies and upload these on the App Store. Gambling apps must now include a native functionality, that is all aspects of a gaming or betting app must be native to iOS.

Mr. Mares added that as an iGaming industry veteran, Playtech understands that in order for its clients to succeed, they need some help from the provider in order to be able to continue to operate as usual. This is why Playtech has unveiled its native-first product line that, among other things includes fully native gaming content and natively compiled games.

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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Caesars Gets FTC Clearance for Sale of Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

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Caesars Entertainment Corp. has got clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for the sale of its Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to a New York-based real estate group.

Caesars announced last month that it has entered into an agreement to sell Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to a company controlled by a principal of Imperial Companies of New York City for $516.3 million.

The hotel and casino resort’s new owner will lease it back to Caesars for at least two years. Under their lease agreement, Caesars will pay $45 million in annual rent.

While the FTC clearance is an important step towards the finalisation of the deal, it also needs shareholder and regulatory approval from Nevada casino regulators.

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Irish Bookmakers to Get Tax Relief in 2020

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Paschal Donohoe, the Finance Minister of Ireland, has confirmed that bookmakers across the Republic will not be subject to tax on the first €50,000 in wagers that they take in a year, however, will be subject to EU state aid rules.

Ireland’s independent sector has faced an up-hill battle in competing against larger betting operators such as Paddy Power, Boylesports and Ladbrokes following the doubling of the betting tax from 1% to 2% last year.

While the tax rise is expected to generate an estimated €95m in 2019, a number of independent bookmakers have had to close their doors as a result. Bookmakers are obliged to place a tax on each bet tied with them, with the levy tied to State cash which is then used to support the horse and greyhound racing industries.

The unchanged budget, according to HRI’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh, has been attributed to the ‘stand still situation’ over Brexit in which he expressed no surprise that the budget remained the same.

“All this is framed in a Brexit contest. We have long terms plans to develop the industry and they will need funding. But the main short terms issue is Brexit and in the context of the threat of a no-deal Brexit it was never going to be a year of initiatives. It’s a stand still situation. We’ll have to take this away and look at the implications for our own budget. It will make the budget process trickier and tighter. But the more immediate priority is to get the country, and the equine industry, through the next few months,” Brian Kavanagh said.

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NOVOMATIC Appoints Robert van Roosendaal as its Key Account Director

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NOVOMATIC has appointed Robert van Roosendaal as its Key Account Director for Germany, BENELUX, Iceland, Portugal and France. Robert van Roosendaal is a gaming industry expert with many years of sales experience.

Robert van Roosendaal is now responsible for the distribution of the complete portfolio of casino products in Germany, Iceland, Portugal, the BENELUX countries and France. He reports into Jens Einhaus, VP International Sales, Europe and The Americas.

“With Robert van Roosendaal we have been able to assign this key position – especially in the German and French casino markets – to an expert with extensive sales experience as well as excellent market and product knowledge,” Jens Einhaus said.

Robert van Roosendaal joined NOVOMATIC AG in 2016. After a number of sales-related projects, he was most recently Senior Manager Global Sales for Emerging Markets. Prior to joining NOVOMATIC, he held senior sales positions with renowned manufacturers in the casino industry.

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