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Microgaming Set to Launch New Slots This Year

Niji Narayan

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Microgaming has presented its latest and upcoming games, which include new progressive slots, new branded content and the return of some legendary characters, at ICE London 2020.

The leading supplier showed that it is keeping its foot firmly on the pedal, with more than 100 exclusive titles and 240 partner games set to join its content aggregation platform.

Kicking off ICE, Microgaming unveiled one of several new branded games set to launch on its platform this year with the announcement of its Game of Thrones™ Power Stacks™ online slot, developed exclusively by Slingshot Studios.

The second day took attendees to a mesmerising world filled with magical riches in Sisters of Oz, a new progressive slot featuring the newly revamped WowPot jackpot, created exclusively by Triple Edge Studios.

On the final day, attendees were engrossed in a world of straight-to-video 90s action, screaming riffs and high-energy gameplay with the reveal of a new Aurora Beast Hunter slot by Just For The Win.

Gameburger Studios, creator of Break da Bank Again Respin and 9 Masks of Fire™, took to the stand to unveil 9 Pots of Gold and 11 Champions Golden Goal. Utilising their inspiration and passion to develop entertaining, story-driven casino slots, Neon Valley Studios, creators of Aurora Wilds, demonstrated its upcoming Age of Conquest online slot and Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah progressive.

Foxium’s creative experts unveiled 3 Tiny Gods and Cossacks: Wild Hunt. All41 Studios, the ambitious studio based in Estonia that created Magic of Sahara and Book of Atem, revealed some of its upcoming titles, including Arena of Gold and Mayan Eagle. Continuing to expand Microgaming’s portfolio of table games, Switch Studios, who specialise in developing brand new table games content, including roulette, blackjack and other popular variants, revealed their modern take on the ancient dice game Sic Bo.

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A new German gambling comparison website is offering to refund players if they do not get paid by online casinos

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A new German gambling comparison website is offering to refund players if they do not get paid by online casinos
Casinos.de only works with trusted operators and offers a refund to players if their cash is withheld by a recommended casino for no good reason.
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The Casinos.de site is offering this first-of-a-kind “deposit guarantee” in an effort to become an established brand and authority in the German market.

The site, whose domain was purchased for a six-figure sum, offers comparisons between casinos that are trusted operators and which have been carefully vetted for reliability and quality of service.

If a player does not receive their winnings from a recommended casino and there is no good reason for withholding the cash, then up to €500 from their first deposit will be refunded by Casinos.de

The website offers expert guides to playing online and helps people choose an online casino based on factors such as region, preferred deposit method, or by a favourite game.

Casinos.de is owned by Blexr, a performance marketing company based in Malta and Barcelona, which specialises in lead generation. It invested €450,000 to obtain this domain name in an effort to build a web property with integrity for the German market.

Blexr’s co-founder Paudie O’Reilly said offering a guarantee over player deposits was a “very unique approach to the market and the first of its kind”.

He added: “Given the need for trust amongst our users, we are saying to German players that we will put our money where our mouth is.

“If for some reason you do not get treated as you should at a casino we recommend, we’ll give you your money back. We are that confident in our offering that we can commit to this deal and follow through with our promise.”

The site launched in January and Mr O’Reilly said it was the first step towards claiming a majority share of the German market.

“We created www.casinos.de to give a sense of security to German players who really value a trustworthy name.

“They tend to be very data and computer savvy and show concerns about the legitimacy of websites. We knew upon entering the market that we would need to offer German users something that contained premium qualities, along with trust and legitimacy.”

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Andrew Black – the mastermind behind Betfair

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Andrew Black – the mastermind behind Betfair
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This is not just another success story for online gambling – it is the story of the man who created a different bookmaker, different from other companies on the market! Andrew Black has laid the foundations for the best sports betting market around the world – Betfair, a company that has learned to be a leader since its founding.

Andrew Black’s early years

Born in 1963, Andrew Black graduated from King’s College School in London and decided to continue his studies at Exeter University, and his major was computer science. However, his university training was not finished as Andrew was passionate about betting and spent most of his time at local betting points rather than listening to his lecturers.

One interesting fact is that Mr Black’s father was an outspoken opponent of gambling and participated in many campaigns against this activity and the laws that allowed it. If Andrew had followed his father’s views, he might not have been able to deliver one of the best business ideas.

Before the idea was born

Andrew was forced to work for years as a regular employee for various companies.
In one of them, the US company Track Data, he was employed in customer service and development.

However, this job did not bring him the desired revenue and after a while he turned to betting again. The sport he was betting on was horse racing, and after his colleagues saw that Andrew was a pretty good expert, they even began to follow his predictions. It is known that in 1992 Andrew Black won £ 25,000 with a stake of just £ 20 after correctly guessing the winners of 2 of the big horse races in the UK.

These profits allowed him to fulfill one of his dreams – to buy a racing horse! After Andrew’s prognosis continued to be quite successful, he chose to leave his permanent job, earning less than £ 30,000 a year.

Black continued to develop his skills as a bettor but at one point the losses began to spin out of control and he had to find permanent employment again. He started out as a trader at Boxall but stayed there for only a year. It was also one of the turning points in Andrew’s life, because after that moment, he began his own career.

The idea behind Betfair

Andrew Black’s life was full of ups and downs. After many career changes, after the successes and failures of being a professional bettor, Andrew Black took action and set up his own software company, which won partnerships with many other organizations.

By experimenting with different betting software, Andrew began to refine the idea of ​​a bookmaking business. At some point he decided to take the risk and put all his savings into his idea, the so-called Sports Exchange. However, his £ 50,000 could not be enough, so Black sought out other investors.

And he found one in Edward Ray – brother of Andrew’s best friend, Jeremy. Edward was an investment banker and could definitely help develop the idea. After creating their business idea project, they sought new funds from venture capital funds. Also the two of them had some wealthy relatives and friends, from whom they raised quite a large sum, which with their funds totaled 1 million pounds! This amount was enough to allow the Betfair project to see the light of day in 2000!

What exactly is the sports exchange?

At that time, people had the opportunity to bet on the various sports events and markets that certain bookmakers offered them.

The idea of Andrew Black and Edward Ray was to create a different betting model. The Sports Exchange is an online platform that allows different people to offer markets and odds. That way, other people can bet their money on these odds and markets.

To a large extent, the model was borrowed from the financial exchanges, but implemented in sports betting. This model offered people a new way of betting that, in many cases, allowed them to bet better and get higher odds than the various bookmaking companies offered them.
Betfair’s profit came from the commissions it collected on every settled bet. This business model works the same way today, with Betfair continuing to be the leader and offering the best Sports Betting Exchange.

A very important strategic step

At the same time that Betfair was created, another company, Flutter, appeared on the market, which uses a similar method of taking bets. A very successful move for Andrew Black and his colleague, Ed Ray, was to acquire Flutter in 2001, which gave them great power over the Sports Exchanges with 90% market share!

Andrew Black’s life after the creation of Betfair

Only 2 years after the company was created, the two founders Andrew Black and Edward Ray received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year title.

Over time, the company began to offer casino-type bets as well as bets on multiple sports and, in the traditional way, with fixed odds.

In 2010, the company was listed on the London Stock Exchange, with a share price of £ 13. This means that its total value is £ 1.4 billion! Andrew himself owned 15% of the stock, providing him nearly £ 200 million.

And when Betfair was excluded from the stock market, after its acquisition by Paddy Power in 2016, one share of the company was worth £ 44! Andrew Black created but also helped tremendously in the development of Betfair over the years. Out of this sphere, he maintained his interest in horse racing.

Black is investing in various technology areas in the UK and is also emerging as a professional bridge player. Created by him, Betfair is currently one of the world’s leading bookmaking companies and the sole leader in Sports Exchange betting. The company continues to grow and, after being acquired by its new owners, continues to innovate in the field of sports betting. It is one of the founding bookmakers of the Cash Out option and also implements features like ACCA EDGE and Price Rush!

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Addison Global’s MoPlay Declares Insolvency and Stops Withdrawals from Customers

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Addison Global’s MoPlay brand, which had its licence suspended by the regulators, has announced that the company is now insolvent and has stopped withdrawals from customers.

The operator was suspended after the UK Gambling Commission explained in a statement that it suspected “that Addison Global Limited has breached a condition of the licence (section 120(1)(b) and is unsuitable to carry on the licenced activities (section 120(1)(d) of the Act).”

A message on the MoPlay website said: “Due to financial difficulties, we are unable to process withdrawals. We draw your attention to clause 9 of our terms and conditions which refers to the status of funds in the event of insolvency.”

Clause 9 of MoPlay’s terms and conditions added: “Funds will be held separate from company funds in a mixture of bank accounts and reserve funds which we hold with our payment processors. However, if there was ever a situation where we became insolvent, your funds would not be considered separate to the other company assets and you may not receive all your funds back.”

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