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Danish Gambling Authority Reports Online Casino Revenue of DKK6.57b for 2019

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Danish Gambling Authority Spillemyndigheden has reported online casino revenue of DKK6.57b (US$952.3m) for 2019, 2% higher than the previous year.

Locally-licensed online casino revenue rose 8.1% to DKK2.33b, the only gaming vertical to enjoy a year-on-year improvement. Sports betting revenue fell 1% to DKK2.5b. Gaming machines dropped 2% to DKK1.38b and land-based casinos fell 1.6% to DKK348m.

In the fourth quarter, betting scored the highest revenue at DKK621m, although down 6.4% from the same time in 2018. Down 3.2% year-on-year, online casino revenue came in second. Gaming machines fell 6.8% while land-based casinos bucked the downward trend by rising 2.2%. Mobile gambling dominated with 48% of 2019’s sports betting revenue, well ahead of land-based wagering (34.2%) and desktop computers (17%).

Denmark is proud of its responsible gambling programme, ROFUS, It garnered 21,065 registrations at the end of 2019. This is a rise from 17,687 at the end of 2018.

StopSpillet problem gambling hotline handled 722 calls in its first year of operations. Not unexpectedly, 39% of the overall calls came from relatives. Online gambling is the major issue for most.

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Microgaming Signs Distribution Agreement with Neko Games

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Microgaming has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games.

The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020, joining hundreds of new games being added throughout the year by the supplier’s diverse roster of exclusive independent studios and content partners.

“Video bingo games are particularly popular in LATAM, and the team at Neko Games have done a tremendous job with their debut title, Super Showball. We are pleased to welcome the studio to our content aggregation platform and look forward to working with them on further diversifying our portfolio for Microgaming customers worldwide,” Leon Thomas, Commercial Director of Microgaming, said.

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Bertrand Méheut Steps Down as President of PMU

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Bertrand Méheut has stepped down from his position as president of the French sports and horse racing betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU).

“Bertrand Méheut left his job in order to be able to devote himself fully to his personal commitments and other professional projects,” according to the press release by the PMU.

Méheut, who previously served as the President of Canal+, has been President of PMU since 2018. His successor will be appointed in the general meeting which will be held on June 9.

Even if he had no executive duties within the PMU, the departure of Bertrand Méheut challenges in this period of major turbulence for the operator.

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G2 Esports Partners with Brandgenuity to Expand Global Licensing Efforts

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G2 Esports has partnered with Brandgenuity to strategically expand its global licensing efforts. Brandgenuity is a leading global independent brand licensing agency headquartered in New York.

“G2 is building a lifestyle and entertainment empire. We have designed and developed streetwear-inspired collections and merchandise that sell out almost instantly thanks to the #G2ARMY and we want to continue to bring our fans merchandise that makes them proud to rep G2. The Brandgenuity team demonstrated that they understood both our brand and our dedication to entertain at all costs and we know they will propel us forward in our global licensing efforts,” Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of G2 Esports, said.

“We are thrilled to be working with G2 Esports, who are one of the most dominant teams in the world, and the undisputed leaders in fan engagement and world-class entertainment. This brand has everything we look for to build a great licensing program; double-digit growth trajectory, a distinctive personality and truly passionate fans,” Teri Niadna, Managing Director of Brandgenuity Europe, said.

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