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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.

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William Hill Secures Market Access in Michigan Through Partnership with GTB

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Sports betting company William Hill has partnered with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) and secured market access in Michigan.

William Hill will be GTB’s exclusive provider of online sports betting and online casino gaming throughout Michigan, with plans to open retail William Hill Sports Book at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel this year.

The William Hill Sports Book will be located in the current Onyx Sports Bar at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, with a satellite location at Leelanau Sands Casino. Both are expected to open prior to the 2020 football season, pending regulatory approvals. William Hill plans to launch Online Casino Gaming and Online Sports Betting when permitted under Michigan regulations.

“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan,” Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, said.

“Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams,” Joe Asher added.

“It was important for us to find a partner with a great sports betting and gaming brand that has proven experience throughout the US market. William Hill’s expertise in sports betting operations and marketing and strategic media partnerships will ensure that we are able to attract customers from throughout the State of Michigan to the online products while offering another great amenity to attract guests to our casinos. We look forward to working with William Hill to develop the best sports book in northern Michigan at Turtle Creek Casino,” Michael Schrader, CEO of Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, said.

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Overwatch Postpones Seoul Matches Due to Corona Virus Outbreak

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The Overwatch League has postponed its scheduled matches in Seoul amid reports that Asia’s virus outbreak is spreading in South Korea.

The league previously postponed matches scheduled for three cities in China this month and rescheduled them for March in Seoul due to the COVID-19 illness. Those matches, along with previously scheduled home dates for the Seoul Dynasty, have now been postponed.

“In order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, & staff, we are canceling plans to host OWL 2020 matches in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7, including the Seoul Dynasty home event. We’ll share more info about when and where matches will take place at a later,” Overwatch League said in a statement.

This is the first year for OWL’s unprecedented global schedule including host matches for its 20 city-based franchises in Asia, North America and Europe.

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Slotegrator Signs Partnership with Spadegaming

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Slotegrator has partnered with Asia-based online game developer Spadegaming.

Spadegaming’s full portfolio of stellar slots and fishing games will now be available for integration into online casinos through Slotegrator’s APIgrator protocol. The online slot game provider’s top titles include Fishing War, Heroes, Brothers Kingdom, Magical Lamp, Prosperity Gods, Zeus, Princess Wang and CaiShen 888.

“I am delighted that the partnership with Slotegrator finally goes live. Meeting their very experienced, fresh and goal-oriented team, I am sure that our collaboration would be a great success, fully utilizing our portfolio of more than 100 special themed games. Slotegrator would be a valuable partner in our journey around the globe, we look forward to it,” Dimitrios Malegkos, sales executive at Spadegaming, said.

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