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UK Culture Secretary Appoints Four New Commissioners to UKGC

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Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has appointed four new Commissioners to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) with immediate effect. Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey will serve as Commissioners for five years from 30 April 2020.

Terry Babbs is having experiences in both the private and public sectors. Terry is the Senior Independent Director at the General Dental Council, vice-chair of the Investment Committee of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme and a non-executive director of HMRC’s Valuation Office Agency.

Brian Bannister is currently the Executive Director for Strategic Insight and Influence at The Law Society of England and Wales. Brian previously led global communications for KPMG and was also PwC’s UK Director of Communications for six years. Prior to that, he was PwC’s UK Director of Public Affairs.

Jo Hill is the Executive Director of Strategy and Risk at The Pensions Regulator. She was previously Director of Market Intelligence, Data and Analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and also held a number of senior roles in the banking and insurance sectors. Jo is also a Trustee of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

Sir Martin Narey was the Director-General of the Prison Service of England and Wales for seven years and also headed the Probation Service for a three-year term. After leaving the Civil Service in 2005, Sir Martin became the Chief Executive of Barnardo’s until 2011. He is also a Government advisor on children’s social care and is the chair of the My Foster Family charity.

“Terry, Brian, Jo and Sir Martin bring a wealth of valuable expertise to the Board of Commissioners. Their collective experience will help us as we look to implement further protections for consumers and strongly regulate what is a fast-moving and innovative industry. I’d like to welcome them to the Commission and look forward to working closely with them,” Bill Moyes, Chair of the Gambling Commission, said.

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CT Interactive pens OlyBet distribution deal

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CT Interactive has signed an agreement to provide gaming content to the operator OlyBet.

CT Interactive`s specially selected slot titles will now be available via desktop and mobile devices to customers throughout the operator`s brands in the Baltics and CEE markets. The provider`s top-performing slots will be included in the deal: Lucky Clover, 40 Treasures, Banana Party.

Milena Tsankarksa, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive, said she was delighted to pen the deal with OlyBet, which would now allow the distribution of CT Interactive`s slots to even vaster players` base in Europe.

She added: “We’re a great fit, and we are happy to offer quality products which will increase excitement and retention rates for operators“.

„The deal is the next step in fulfilling our strategy to significantly increase our market share in Europe. Our games offer a wide variety of themes and maths models which perform equally well in every gaming environment“, commented Lachezar Petrov, CEO at CT Interactive.

Erika Padisaar Casino Managerat OlyBet said: “CT Interactive’s slot games are a great addition to our wide range of existing gaming content and will provide our customers with a new selection of high performing products“

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Casino Plus Bonus: New English Edition is live!

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Casino Plus Bonus, the leading German gambling news and review portal has finally launched its English language Edition! It features exclusive news covering everything you need to know about the international Gambling scene. The goal of the new Casino Plus Bonus version is to bring the successful concept of this leading iGaming informational platform to an international scale. While the portal has originally been a reference point for gamblers across Germany, Switzerland and Austria, it is now available for a Worldwide audience.

What is new for Casino Plus Bonus?

With the beta-testing complete, the English Edition of Casino Plus Bonus is now fully functional and available on all devices. One interesting feature is that the English-language version has a special technological focus on mobile devices. This is due to the ever growing popularity of mobile gaming.

Jack Bannon, publisher of the English Edition, said:

“The English-language version of Casino Plus Bonus is a very challenging and motivating undertaking. We are starting from an influential position with credible brand recognition crossing over from the German language versions of the portal. We are already taking the different cultural and behavioral particularities of an international audience into consideration, as well as recognizing the multiple regulation frameworks across various jurisdictions. Naturally, our goal is to consistently keep readers fully informed on developments in their respective market and offer the best casino promotions available to our audience.”

What does Casino Plus Bonus feature?

Casino Plus Bonus is a leading informational platform that covers news about the casino industry, game producers and new game releases, as well as interviews with important personalities in the gambling industry.  It also has a dedicated team of experts in the casino testing field, that review and provide ratings for online casino provider. Additionally, Casino Plus Bonus offers a great selection of service articles, such as how-to-guides, as well as a wide selection of exclusive casino bonuses.

The International Edition will have a focus on Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland as main English-speaking countries. However, also India and other countries that have an audience that searches and reads iGaming content in English, for example CEE will be taken into consideration. Each country has licensed casino operators that offer special deals and Casino Plus Bonus takes that into account with dedicated casino listings.

What does the English Edition of Casino Plus Bonus focus on?

Apart from the usual features of Casino Plus Bonus, the new English version will have a new focus:  The new English-language portal will pay particular attention to special promotions. Every promotion will be tested and validated before it is published to the target audience. Most of those promotions  include no deposit bonuses and free spins and are exclusive for the readership.

Moreover, the English Edition will have a focus on English-speaking countries, such as Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, as well as India and other countries that have an audience that searches and reads iGaming content in English.

Georg Heinrich, Founder and Publisher of the German edition added:

“We are extremely happy to have Jack Bannon and his team on board. We believe that parts of our winning concept translated into leadership on the German market can also be transferred into the creation of an informational iGaming portal for an international audience. Furthermore, Jack has extensive publishing experience in the gambling field and will develop the international edition of our iGaming informational product further.”

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POPOK GAMING RECEIVED THE SBC AWARDS 2022

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PopOK Gaming is over the moon as it was recognised as a Rising Star in Casino Innovation at the SBC Awards 2022.

The long-awaited SBC Summit Barcelona proved its worth, going well beyond all expectations. At the amazing Palau Nacional in sunny Barcelona, the very best in the iGaming industry was rewarded and celebrated on September 20-22, 2022.

There was an indescribable emotional overload and an incredibly warm atmosphere prevailed when various qualified operators, affiliates and providers gathered and had heated discussions, riveting networking and plenty of fun. On the last day of the event, the SBC Awards ceremony took place, with the purpose to acknowledge the achievements gained so far and award prizes to the winners.

The modern iGaming content developer PopOK Gaming was recognised as a Rising Star in Casino Innovation. During the summit, the brand brought its wonderful solutions to the table, showcasing Crazy Poki, Yummy, Diamond Quest, Flaming Fruit and many other engaging games to the attendees and receiving tons of positive remarks.

PopOK Gaming Product Manager, Tsovinar Elchyan said, “We are extremely thrilled to receive the SBC Awards 2022 as an innovation and a good example for all involved. It was certainly an evening to remember. Now we are even more motivated aiming for greater accomplishments.”

 

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