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iGB releases Most Influential Women 2019 list

George Miller



iGB releases Most Influential Women 2019 list
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iGaming Business has today revealed the results of its Most Influential Women 2019 list, with publication in issue 119 of iGaming Business and on

The publishing division of ICE London organiser Clarion Gaming introduced the list in 2018 to try to redress the gender imbalance that exists at the highest levels of the gaming industry.

It aims to showcase the industry’s most accomplished women and inspire others to progress their careers within the industry.

“iGaming, like many other industries, has significantly fewer women than men at the top levels of business and a persisting gender pay gap. However, there are a growing number of women occupying extremely important roles within our industry,” said Stephen Carter, editorial director of iGaming Business.

“This year’s list features women who have played key roles in transformations within their organisations, women who’ve been champions of diversity and women who’ve raised the profile of the entire sector itself.”

Ewa Bakun, director of industry insight and engagement at Clarion Gaming and a member of the judging panel, added:

“We have seen the topic of diversity and inclusion evolve over the last few years from a truly niche one to the mainstream and every major organisation in the gambling sector, which is still male-dominated if we look at the board levels, understands now that it’s as much a commercial imperative as it is a moral one.

“True role models for other aspiring female managers and executives, like those on iGB’s Most Influential Women list, are key and we’re hoping that their success will help many other talents from underrepresented groups develop their careers and genuinely feel that the gambling industry can be a welcoming environment offering professional growth.”

In alphabetical order, the 2019 list features:

  • Melissa Blau, director, iGaming Capital
  • Britt Boeskov, chief experience officer, Kindred
  • Shannon DeHaven, deputy director of digital operations, Michigan Lottery
  • Therese Hillman, CEO, NetEnt
  • Lee-Ann Johnstone, founder, Affiliate Insider
  • Mandy Ross, CIO, Tabcorp
  • Anna Sainsbury, founder and chair, GeoComply
  • Jamie Shea, head of sportsbook digital, DraftKings
  • Karen Sierra-Hughes, director, Latin America and Caribbean government relations and business development, Gaming Laboratories International
  • Micky Swindale, CEO, KPMG Islands Group

Due to an increase in both the quantity and quality of nominees this year, the judges also listed five runners-up. These were Maris Bonello, head of responsible gaming and research at Kindred;

Ellen Monaghan, director of people operations at; Cristina Niculae, group chief strategy officer at Gaming Innovation Group; Fiona Palmer, CEO at Gamstop; and Oksana Yanyshyn, head of product at Pragmatic Play.

About the list
The list was compiled from nominations received by a survey conducted on SurveyMonkey between July 22 and September 10. The survey was promoted to those working within gaming or related sectors.

The entries received were then assessed by a panel of judges chosen from across the industry. The judges were Ewa Bakun, director of industry insight and engagement at Clarion Gaming; Andrew Bulloss, partner at Odgers Berndtson; Kelly Kehn and Christina Thakor-Rankin, co-founders of All-in Diversity Project; Suzi Read, head of talent development at Kindred; Holly Straker, inclusion, engagement and events executive at Sky Betting and Gaming; and Helen Walton, founder and CCO of Gamevy and Gluck.

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The world of gambling – as seen by millennials and Generation Z

George Miller



The world of gambling - as seen by millennials and Generation Z
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The generation gap is a subject of discussion that continues to be relevant year on year. Why is it that those born since 1981 are so important to the gambling industry and its future? According to Betinvest COO Max Dubossarsky, every new generation contributes to the development of the entertainment industry, raising the standards for how gambling products and services are created.

Millennials caught the peak of digital technology at a young age, at a time when some of the Generation Z babies were being born already with a smartphone in hand.

The issue of continuity of the generations carries from one age to the next and takes on new dimensions. The gambling industry has its finger on the pulse, aware that the characteristics and preferences of each generation provide detailed information about current and potential players.

During recent years, society has had its eyes fixed on the so-called “millennials” – Generation Y – born between 1981 and 1996, and Generation Z – the “New Silent Generation” – born after 1995—1996. Why are their views and way of thinking important to the gambling industry? Mainly because millennials and Gen Z are products of the digital age.

Modern-day innovations, which previous generations could only have dreamed about, are now the norm for Gen Y and Gen Z. So if it is hard to amaze millennials with high-tech “perks”, it is nigh on impossible to surprise Gen Z – who have fully adapted into the world of 3D technology, VR and AR.

To attract and retain the attention of young players and avoid their games becoming a boring alternative to others on the market, operators created products that borrow features from videogames.

The millennial generation is the first to have grown up with videogames, so their way of life has become one of the reasons for developing online gambling.

This first “internet generation” divides their lives between an online and an offline reality. Many things have become possible to do with the use of gadgets, without the need for physical input. In contrast to well-off baby boomers who were big fans of visiting casinos and the luxury entertainment of gambling, millennials lived in unstable economic conditions and are therefore notable for their rationalism. As a result, they prefer more affordable entertainment, including activities which do not involve leaving the house. The gambling industry grasped the attitude of the new generation and changed its approach accordingly: the first gambling websites started to emerge, and the big casinos began organising events with new kinds of entertainment, such as concerts by famous musicians and DJs, opening exclusive malls, and the like.

Another important move in the battle to earn the attention of younger players is product customisation, responsive design, and additional gamification during the gaming process.

Gen Z, who more or less stormed into the digital age fresh from the cradle, have tough demands. In the modern-day world of gambling, it is no longer enough for games to have just high resolution, gripping storylines and 3D effects. Players want light, fun and quality solutions with compatibility across different devices, secure data and convenient payment methods. Products which cannot easily be adapted to the specific characteristics of regional markets lose their standing and risk being unable to keep up with the competition.

Millennials and Gen Z tend to be cautious in what they do online.

Almost every user leaves behind a digital footprint, which is analysed by marketing experts. It “shows” the user’s interests and gives clues as to what the potential customer might like, helping operators to cater to each player better. But at the same time, data confidentiality and secure payment have become two key issues that users consider when completing any online activities.

It is safe to say that each new generation has contributed – and continues to contribute – towards the change in attitudes towards gambling. Each generation develops the industry by demanding more, thereby raising the standards for how gambling products and services are created.

Because of the rapid development in digital technology, today’s players live in two worlds – an online and an offline world. With the huge amount of offers available, they select the products that are easily understandable. Time has become too expensive to waste on figuring out how things work, especially when it comes to the entertainment industry. Their leisure time is therefore crucial for operators to consider.

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LOTTO24 Appoints Carsten Muth to Executive Board

Niji Narayan



LOTTO24 Appoints Carsten Muth to Executive Board
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Lotto24 has appointed Carsten Muth to its Executive Board with effect from December 1, 2019. As a member of the Executive Board, he will be responsible for Legal Affairs and Regulation, Compliance and Human Resources.

Carsten Muth has 15 years of experience as a lawyer in the e-commerce sector. As an in-house counsel, he has been responsible for the legal area of Lotto24 since 2010. As part of the takeover by ZEAL Network SE, the 44-year-old played a major role in the integration of Lotto24 into the ZEAL Group. Carsten Muth was previously a legal advisor and data protection officer at AOL Deutschland Medien GmbH.

“With Carsten Muth, we have not only gained a lawyer with industry experience but also a long-standing Lotto24 employee as a member of the Executive Board. We wish him every success and look forward to working with him in a spirit of trust,” Peter Steiner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 said.

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Soft2Bet brings the festive cheer with promotions on seven brands

George Miller



Soft2Bet brings the festive cheer with promotions on seven brands
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Casino and sportsbook group Soft2Bet is getting into the Christmas spirit by offering exciting promotions across its seven brands between 1-31 December.

Popular casino Nomini offers players an opportunity to test their logic with its Christmas Puzzle where punters arrange numbers in ascending order to unlock a daily surprise.

Players on Soft2Bet newest mobile-friendly online casino Wazamba will have access to the Memory Card Games where they must match pairs with holiday symbols, while those who venture over to LibraBet have to pair football players with their corresponding teams. Gifts of bonuses, free spins and cashback are also available on the completion of a successful daily trial.

Players at Malina Casino, BuranCasino, BoaBoa, and CampoBet are also in for a seasonal treat as the brands have a Christmas Road hiding a different promotion every day.

These festive promotions top off an exciting year for the casino group, which saw an engaging range of high-performing slots added to its portfolio, including Larry the Leprechaun, Rise of Dead, Pirates Plenty and many more.

Teodora Breskovska-Hall, Head of Casino and Games at Soft2Bet, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for everyone here at Soft2Bet and it’s important to give something back to the fans of all our brands.

“We know our Christmas promotions are going to be a big hit with players and we wish them the best of luck while on the lookout for fantastic yuletide prizes.”

Soft2Bet currently operates with SGA, MGA, and Curacao licences, with further certification within the EU set to follow.

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