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Bayern Munich Executive Criticises Online Betting Restrictions of German Gambling Treaty

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Jörg Wacker, the board member of FC Bayern Munich, has criticised the online betting restrictions of the nation’s “Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling” set to be introduced in 2021.

Despite Lander (state) consensus being reached on eliminating restrictions on online casino products, Germany’s Bundesrat (Federal Council) maintains controversial requirements attached to sports betting, restricting monthly player deposits to €1000 and yet to be determined in-play wagering bet types.

Wacker advises Lander (state) executives to revise their agreed federal mandate on sports betting as “the regulation does not fit market realities.”

“The term illegal is completely unsuitable for the majority of German operators, who hold EU licenses and are sanctioned by Schleswig-Holstein. The legal situation has not been clarified for 15-years, but that does not mean that operators are illegal. German bookmakers paid €500 million in tax revenues last year, meaning that there is a legal basis in which they operate,” Wacker said.

Wacker would retort Bundesrat justifications for the Treaty’s strict in-play wagering and monthly €1000 deposit restrictions, as a means of better controlling sports integrity and gambling addiction.

“Is it really like that? If products like in-play betting and poker are allowed does Germany suddenly become a land of gambling addicts… Sodom and Gomorrah! These products have been offered in Germany without restrictions for over a decade now and that outcome has simply not happened. The same applies to game manipulation. A €1000 deposit limit and a ban on live betting carry the greater risk of consumers migrating to the black market, where they will wager higher amounts. The black market is easy to find these days, so we are better off keeping players legal,” he said.

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MainStreaming Announces Appointment of Nicola Micali as Chief Customer Officer

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MainStreaming, an iMDP INTELLIGENT MEDIA DELIVERY COMPANY, which is redefining the CDN market with its innovative Edge Network services, announced the appointment of Nicola Micali as its new Chief Customer Officer (CCO).

With a track record of improving processes and efficiency and creating go-to-market strategies, Harvard alumnus and former Akamaite, Nicola Micali joins MainStreaming with the goal of solidifying a customer-centric organisation that prioritises long-term relationships, customer experience (CX) and satisfaction, ensuring MainStreaming’s continued business growth and market leadership.

Nicola brings a wide range of professional experience as a Leader of Customer Success & Professional Services at Akamai for over 10 years, where he was responsible for services and overall revenue. He developed the services strategy for the Americas’ media & entertainment, gaming and partners verticals exceeding all revenue targets year after year. Nicola’s expertise in leading technical customer-facing teams has resulted in higher customer satisfaction and successful worldwide streaming events.

With a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Harvard, Micali’s educational background further enhances his capability to lead and innovate in the Edge video technology sector. As Nicola steps in as CCO, he will play a pivotal role in guiding the entire customer lifecycle journey. His expertise in customer success positions him perfectly to lead MainStreaming’s efforts in providing world-class service to a global clientele.

MainStreaming’s CEO, Antonio G. Corrado, said: “QoS for our customers and QoE for end users are at the core of our streaming business. It is the best proxy for customer satisfaction for us. We are happy to welcome Nicola Micali, who demonstrates his expertise in customer success. Together, we are set to strengthen our commitment to being a customer satisfaction-oriented company, leveraging our world-class services directed to broadcast-quality standards that are requested by industry players.”

MainStreaming’s video delivery technology is meticulously developed in-house, offered as managed private Edge Network to help broadcasters, OTT TVs and content owners overcome the toughest challenges of live streaming at scale, addressing the limitations of classic CDN and enabling new application solutions on the Edge.

“I am honored to join a team that is on a mission to write a new chapter in video streaming delivery, setting new standards, and paving the way for the future of TV. I am ready to contribute to MainStreaming’s innovative approach and customer-centric philosophy. Together, we are set to revolutionize how the streaming industry approaches Edge Network architecture for live streaming, emphasizing a more distributed, ultra-low-latency, energy-efficient, and globally scalable design,” Nicola Micali said.

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Safer Gambling Tools Use Hits Record High in 2023 – New Report from EGBA

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Members of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) significantly stepped up their efforts to implement and promote safer gambling in 2023, according to the association’s fourth annual sustainability report. The report reveals that 65% of European customers – a record 21 million of them – used safety tools last year, with over half doing so voluntarily, a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Additionally, the association’s operators sent a record 67.6 million messages to their customers to promote safer play, a 49% yearly increase. Over 23 million of these messages were personalised based on a customer’s actual playing behaviour.

EGBA’s Sustainability Report 2024 outlines the joint efforts and progress made by its members to promote a sustainable approach to gambling and contribute positively to society in Europe. The report aims to track yearly progress, support transparency and reinforce a strong culture of social responsibility. This year’s report includes key sustainability highlights from EGBA and its members during the past year, as well as data points collected from its members related to customers, safer gambling tools and promotion, social contributions, employment and diversity, and energy and environment.

“We’re pleased to publish our latest sustainability report, highlighting significant progress by our members in many areas of safer gambling, particularly in the roll-out of safety tools and their direct interactions with players about their playing behaviour. This demonstrates their collective efforts to embed a sustainable approach to gambling at the heart of what they do. In the report, our CEOs also quite rightly flag their concerns about the growing black market in Europe and the risks it poses to players and the progress made in safer gambling. We’re pleased to expand our reporting this year with specific new metrics about the use of safety tools and messages to promote safer play,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, said.

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CT Gaming Introduces “Tournaments” Module

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CT Gaming’s Casino Management System has been a cornerstone of the product offerings for nearly a decade. It has continuously evolved to meet the industry’s and the client’s changing needs. One of the most exciting recent developments is the introduction of a separate module dedicated to tournaments.

The new feature represents a significant advancement in the company’s capabilities and offers a range of benefits for both operators and players. The tournament module enables a variety of competitive formats, allowing for dynamic competitions between players, software applications, gaming machines and even specific games. This flexibility means operators can create and manage tournaments tailored to their unique audience and strategic goals.

For players, the tournament module enhances the gaming experience by introducing an element of competition and excitement. It encourages engagement and loyalty by providing opportunities to compete for prizes and recognition. The ability to participate in tournaments adds a new layer of interaction, making the gaming experience more immersive and enjoyable.

Additionally, the module’s integration into the company’s Casino Management System ensures operators can easily track and manage tournament activities. This includes real-time monitoring of player performance, automated scorekeeping and detailed reporting on tournament outcomes. Such features not only streamline the management process but also provide valuable insights that can be used to refine future tournaments and promotions.

The implementation of this module underscores CT Gaming’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the gaming industry. By continuously enhancing the Casino Management System, the company aims to provide its clients with cutting-edge tools that drive engagement, optimise operations and ultimately contribute to their success. The company believes that this new module will be a game-changer for the clients, offering them a powerful new way to attract and retain players while setting a new standard for competitive gaming experiences in the casino environment.

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