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Gaming Innovation Group reports Q2 2019

Vlad Poptamas

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) reports Q2 2019 revenues of €31.0 million and an EBITDA of €2.5 million.

“With the second quarter behind us, the outlook has improved. I am confident that the recent strategic actions we have taken will lead to revenue growth and an improved bottom line in H2. It has been a quarter with some headwind, primarily due to a tougher Swedish market.

Our global expansion will be driving sequential growth in both B2C and B2B in H2 and we will manage that growth with a strong focus on execution as the Company is heavily focused on improving earnings per share.”, says Robin Reed, CEO of GiG.

Financial highlights

  • Revenues for Q2 2019 were €31.0m (36.9), impacted by the Swedish market and termination of a customer contract in Q4 2018
  • EBITDA was €2.5m (1.7) in Q2 2019, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 8.1% (4.6)
  • Revenues for the B2B segment in Q2 2019 were €13.1m (15.6). EBITDA was €2.1m (4.4)
  • Revenues for the B2C segment in Q2 2019 were €19.6m (24.2), with a positive EBITDA of €0.4m (-2.8)
  • Other operating expenses quarter-on-quarter decreased by 2% in Q2 2019 as a result of increased efficiencies and cost-savings across the organisation
  • Cash flow from operations in Q2 2019 was €3.2m (8.2)

Operational highlights

  • GiG partnered with New Zealand’s largest entertainment company SkyCity Entertainment Group on 21 May for a turnkey, fully managed online casino solution, launch date was 8 August
  • One new brand was signed to Platform Services in Q2 2019, two customers were launched in April with an additional three brands in the pipeline for launch. The total number of brands on the platform is 35
  • Rizk launched a dedicated and branded live casino studio on 11 June and the brand was also launched in India
  • In August, GiG divested its brand Highroller to affiliate and operator Ellmount Gaming Ltd. for a total price of €7 million. The acquirer will become a B2B customer of GiG and continue to operate Highroller on GiG’s platform
  • GiG was granted B2B and B2C licences for online casino and sports betting in Spain and a Class II licence in Romania, allowing affiliate marketing
  • A new SEK400m senior bond was issued on 14 June with a SEK1,000m borrowing limit, refinancing part of the existing bond and credit facilities

Outlook

  • The Company is expecting both sequential revenue growth and improved bottom line as its global expansion is driving growth in both B2B and B2C in H2
  • Growth will be managed with strong focus on execution and cost control

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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Sports Betting and Online Casino Operator Betzest goes live with RedRake Gaming

Zoltan Tundik

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Online Casino Betzest released the full suite of RedRake online gaming content into their portfolio.

Betzest increases their offering in a new partnership with RedRake which will give their players the opportunity to access to RedRake full range of online slots and jackpots.

The online casino and sports betting operator Betzest, is experiencing massive growth since its launch in 2018 and increased its portfolio to over 1400 online slots.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: “We’re thrilled to have gone live with RedRake, and continue our revenue growth with innovative games from many of the industry’s leading game studios. Betzest has gone from strength to strength in the last 11 months, as we continue to sign up and launch more top casino providers. Stay tuned as we have a few exciting things coming up in the next period of time.”

Nick Barr, Managing Director at Red Rake Gaming, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the next casino provider in Betzest’s roadmap. We are very encouraged by the results we have seen coming from the Betzest players and confident this will continue to grow as we release our newest games in the portfolio. Red Rake Gaming and Betzest have the same goals, to provide players with the best gaming experience, so we could not be happier working with the Betzest team.”

 

About Betzest

Betzest is an online sportsbook and casino company offering sports betting and casino type games. Betzest also offers Live Betting, Live Casino and Virtual Sports services. Today Betzest has more than 50 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top providers of only the highest quality.

About Red Rake Gaming

Red Rake Gaming, an online casino provider, offers a wide and varied portfolio of top-performing games across various markets including Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Malta and the UK. As a boutique provider to the iGaming industry, we pride ourselves on working closely with our partners to drive their revenues through our high-quality game production, exclusive promotions and flexibility to accommodate their individual needs. Coming from a strong social background, Red Rake Gaming content has already been proven in the social casino space, with all the success from social applied to our real money gaming. Since its inception, Red Rake Gaming has experienced significant growth, and demand for featuring rich games continues to strengthen. With over 30 top-performing slots, video bingo’s, video poker and table games, Red Rake Gaming has games to meet all operators’ requirements.

For more information on industry-leading content, please visit: www.redrakegaming.com

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1ClickGames figured how to replace human labour with innovative ATM and POS

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1ClickGames has created a business solution that will satisfy both clients and customer needs. The main goal of each gaming business whether land-based or online is to reduce costs and make most processes automated. Less human labor, more machine, this is the credo of 1ClickGames innovational products for retail business.

 

1ClickGames is happy to announce the updated mobile POS terminal and Interactive Lottery Terminal/ATM.   Mobile POS (point of sale) – is an Android-based retailer terminal, which can operate anytime and anywhere, and is loaded with all the necessary cashier functions. The device has a touch screen, printing module, and a new Android system. Terminal supports a full range of lottery games and sports bets; which all can be adapted to the market you operate in to satisfy your customers’ needs.

The Interactive Lottery Terminal/ATM is a self-services machine, that provides multiple intuitive modern technologies to significantly increase engagement with a customer. It provides cashless payments, lottery ticket purchase, payout of winning ticket or exchange. The ATM is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and additional languages.

 

Maxim Terehovich, 1ClickGames CEO: Technology does not stand still and we keep pace with the times. We constantly monitor customer needs, problems or desires, creating products that will start working from the first-time client will turn it on. Our company understands the importance of making gaming portative, providing services in the regions with bad infrastructure or low internet accessibility. The POS and ATM are great solutions for companies that want to automate some of their selling processes and reduce expenses on employees.

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Losers and Winners of Online Gambling in China

Niji Narayan

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Countless ordinary Chinese people, driven by greed and ignorance, have fallen into online gambling like the moths flying towards the fire.

In 2018, Chinese handset maker Gionee was forced into bankruptcy liquidation. The reason was that Liu Lirong, the owner of Gionee, gambled and lost more than 1 billion Chinese yuan in Saipan Island, leading to a shortage of operating capital and final bankruptcy.

Traditional Confucianism holds that gambling means greed and depravity. Many Chinese literary works and academic studies have portrayed Chinese gamblers and many people think that Chinese people are fond of gambling.

Before the rise of online gambling in many countries, China’s neighbouring countries once set up casinos in border areas with China to attract Chinese tourists and gamblers. Gambling-related criminal cases caused a lot of trouble for the Chinese government. Under pressure from the Chinese government, casinos in many border areas had been shut down.

The rise of online gambling has changed the story. Gaming companies have been able to spread their tentacles into every corner of China with the help of internet.

The reason why the gaming companies in the Philippines employ a large number of Chinese employees is that all of the Chinese employees can speak Chinese and most of the customers they serve are Chinese citizens.

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