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XLMedia to Slash Headcount and Push for Automation to Cut Costs

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XLMedia PLC, a digital performance marketing services company, has announced that it intends to save USD5 million by laying off staff and moving towards automation and outsourcing.

XLMedia Chief Executive Stuart Simms said: “I joined XLMedia with the clear intention to orientate the Company towards a balanced portfolio of premium branded sites, in verticals and markets that deliver sustainable revenue growth. To support this transformation, we have been working diligently to augment our leadership team and operating structure, as well as to right-size the resources required for our business to operate most efficiently.”

“Our transformation plan continues to gather momentum, and I am pleased to share our progress with all our major stakeholders, alongside welcoming new talent to the business.”

There have been changes at the top as well. Chief Transformation Officer Sarah Clark has become Chief Operational Officer full time after joining the firm in February. Xen Lategan has been appointed as interim technology consultant, having most recently been CTO for News International.

 

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Dutch Gambling Regulator Supports Removal of Gambling Machines from Family Arcades

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Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has ruled that Dutch arcades can no longer run machines based on games of chance in a move to preserve and protect the family environments of arcade venues.

The KSA compliance was sponsored by the Family Entertainment Centers Nederland (FEC Nederland) of the Netherlands arcade trade body, which wrote to representatives to accept the KSA’s system removal action plan.

The KSA claimed in its ruling that the general make-up of venues has changed dramatically, with games of chance machines in entertainment centres frequently serving as the first point of contact for underage gambling interactions.

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Synot Games Partners with Online Casino Wunderino

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Synot Games has entered into an igaming distribution deal with online casino operator Wunderino.

“Adding our games to the Wunderino online casino is a true privilege and a great omen of exciting things to come before the end of the year. Both teams have worked on this with full dedication and a common goal in mind: Providing the best to the players,” Martina Hrabinska, CCO at SYNOT Games, said.

Wunderino was launched in the spring of 2016 by i-gaming veterans to offer more than just the “regular” casino experience by focusing on innovative user experience and entertaining gamification elements in addition to a large selection of games.

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Merkur Gaming to Give Live Stream Presentation of New Product Developments

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Merkur Gaming is going to implement new initiatives and strategies to recover from the Impact of COVID-19.

Merkur Gaming’s chief executive, International, Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, is at the forefront of supporting the Merkur Board and bringing to fruition new initiatives for the short term and also the strategies that will be necessary as more familiar business levels resume. “We are not on holiday and we are not sleeping” he said “we are working very hard to support our customers, in whatever they need, during these difficult times.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to explain a brand new initiative that is just one example of the efforts being made to support Merkur Gaming’s customers.

He said: “What we will be bringing to our customers, starting in early November, will be a live stream presentation from our showroom in Luebbeke. This is not a ‘virtual’ event. Our invited customers will each be hosted by their own, familiar, company representative, and in real time. They will be able to see our new products, our new cabinets and our new games, discuss them one-to-one, ask any questions they have and so get a very valuable first insight into what will be available from Merkur Gaming. I promise you, it will intensive and it will be exciting. Exciting for us to be able to see our customers’ reactions and exciting for them to be up to speed with what we are very confident will be major hit products on gaming floors soon.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to talk about where gaming is taking place successfully at present. “We are, of course, encouraging the industry to ‘Restart with Merkur’ and, in quite a few locations, that is already happening. Our business in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans particularly, is as healthy as it can be in the current situation. In Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia gaming entertainment is doing well. The recent announcement of the new gaming law in the Ukraine is truly exciting and we want all our customers and business partners to know that Merkur is coming, and we expect to be a major supplier there. Early 2021 will see the first installations in the Ukraine and there will be some exciting new developments in Bulgaria also.

In our home market, Germany, casino operations are doing well and the Gauselmann Group’s mainstay, the many gaming arcades that we operate, are active and providing players with the high class gaming entertainment that they have come to expect. In this the existing regulations that gaming arcades must comply with have helped meet the primary need of keeping both players and our staff safe and well. It is mandatory to provide ample space between each gaming machine and that, combined with the highest levels of social distancing, sanitation and protective shielding from machine to machine, has given our loyal players the confidence to return, and in ever increasing numbers.

Despite all of the difficulties of the past months the entire Merkur Gaming team is looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead. We have always been passionate about our place in the national and international gaming industry and, right now and into the future we are focusing on keeping that passion and looking forward to what will certainly be a bright future.”

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