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How Unikrn’s UMode Revolutionises Esports Skill Betting

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If there is one trait we can take from the huge explosion in popularity in competitive video gaming over the past couple of years, it’s that video gamers sure do love talking about how good they are at playing their favourite titles. There is a level of competitiveness in the Esports world that is unmatched in either the entertainment or real-world sports industries, acting as just one part of the reason why it has amassed such a huge following, and Unikrn have found a way to bring a new and unique dimension to this hyper-competitiveness with their UMode feature.

Whilst the impact esports betting is having around the world is undeniable at this point, there has never been a true house vs. player formula perfected for the community to get to grips with until now. By using a Blockchain-based backend and an innovative patent-pending system, gamers now have a place where they can place wagers on the best odds available on their favourite Esports titles, teams and events, but actually live out the life of a successful pro and earn rewards from their performances in game.

At the time of writing, the platform allows players to deal their wagers with cash, in-house currency of Gold Unikoins and a variety of cryptocurrencies depending on their region. The first games on offer to players were League of Legends, Dota 2 and Fortnite, but has recently been expanded to include Starcraft II, Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG), Fortnite: Arena, Halo 5 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

What distinguishes UMode as a revolutionary platform is the viable matchmaking system the feature uses. When placing their wagers, players are asked to synch up their Steam, Xbox or Battle.net profiles to ensure that the match they are placed in best fits their skill level. Not only does this eliminate the usual skill betting issues of shark and smurf accounts, but it ensures that experiences with UMode are both fair and fun.

Speaking about what brought UMode to Unikrn, CEO Rahul Sood said:

“Unikrn is built by gamers and is striving to give fans a way to heighten gaming even more. Over years, our fans have begged us for a way to back their own games and make their matchmaking more interesting, and now we’ve developed a way to do so which avoids the pitfalls of traditional players-vs-player skill betting.”

Unikrn has not only been backed by A-list Hollywood stars such as Ashton Kutcher and industry experts like Guy O’Seary and Shari Redstone, but it is a site driven by people who live and breathe competitive gaming, and that is reflected in the wagers offered on UMode.

Essentially, players will have a proposal or challenge put forward by the house upon synching up their profiles. These challenges naturally change from game to game and offer something as simple as just straight up winning a matchmaking game, to something more specific such as planting or defusing a certain number of bombs. This allows players of all styles to find a wager that suits them and helps add a new dimension to some of the actions players wouldn’t otherwise have thought about in game.

The innovative technologies keep a track of a player’s performance and adjusts the challenges to suit their blossoming skills, as well as presenting them with various community leaderboards and winnings to add some extra competition into the mix, even going the extra mile and publishing weekly statistics and boards showcasing how the community has been performing against the house, as well as how players are ranking against their best performances and those put up by their fellow users.

There are no wait times, no cooldown periods or hanging onto what other players are doing, just fair and exciting amounts of fun for Esports enthusiasts of all levels of skill and experience.

UMode is fully supported with a range of systems designed to ensure only people of legal gambling age can partake in any bets they place, that their details and wagers are both secure and confidential and remains only available in selected regions across the world where the mode is fully approved and registered. Support is on hand with a guide on how to set up and synch accounts, a Discord community located at the bottom of each landing page, a frequently asked questions tab and a help centre that is available to reach out to 24/7.

Unikrn looks set to continue dominating the Esports betting and wagering scene with daily industry news pieces and the best odds and offers from Esports all over the world, and UMode could be the feature that tips the scales towards a more player vs. house version of skill gaming for Esports enthusiasts in the years to come. Check out UMode and a whole host of other esports news, streams and betting markets over at Unikrn.com.

 

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Aspire Global Acquires Leading B2B Sportsbook Provider Btobet

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Aspire Global has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of BtoBet Ltd, a leading B2B sportsbook and technology provider. The acquisition of the sportsbook constitutes a key part of Aspire Global’s growth strategy since it is a major step in creating an offering that covers the main elements of the B2B iGaming value chain. Together with the acquisition last year of the leading aggregator and games studio Pariplay, the purchase of BtoBet’s sportsbook platform positions Aspire Global among the world’s leading iGaming suppliers.

The purchase price is €20 million in cash of which €15 million at closing and €5 million twelve months after closing. In addition, there is an additional consideration based on BtoBet’s performance two years after closing. This consideration is seven times BtoBet’s EBIT in the second year from closing date minus the purchase price of €20 million. In 2019, BtoBet had revenues of €4.4 million and an EBITDA of €1.5 million and in the first six months of 2020 revenues were €3.1 million and EBITDA €1.2 million. The transaction is supposed to be closed during Q4 2020 with material positive effect on Aspire Global’s EBITDA as of 2021. The acquisition is not expected to have any material effect on the financial results in 2020. BtoBet is headquartered in Gibraltar and has almost 100 employees, the majority of which are based in the offices in Italy and North Macedonia.

With the proprietary sportsbook Aspire Global will control the IP in the full value chain and consequently also steer the complete roadmap. In addition, the proprietary sportsbook provides Aspire Global with the highest flexibility when it comes to adding new features and securing fast time to market.

BtoBet has 32 operators on its platform in Europe, Latin America and Africa. The company is a leading provider in Latin America and Africa and with the acquisition Aspire Global, with its broad presence in Europe and recent establishment in the US, takes a prime position also in these two growing markets. BtoBet’s platform, named Neuron 3, provides operators with the core technology for a player-centric environment to facilitate their player interaction in placing their bet in any channels of choice. The result is a betting experience with an accentuated entertainment perspective based on the seamless transition of the core technology which adapts to various scenarios related to the players’ behaviour through any channel, any jurisdictions and markets’ requirements.

Tsachi Maimon, CEO of Aspire Global, said: “Aspire Global now enters the sports betting arena with storm strength. With the acquisition of BtoBet we have become a true global B2B company which owns and provides an iGaming platform, sports betting, casino games and games aggregator as well as managed services for all continents and markets. Aspire Global can now compete for any deal, big or small, that exists out there.”

Tsachi Maimon continued: “This is a perfect match. We are impressed by the qualities of the Neuron Sports platform and in addition we will get access to new growth markets, new potential big deals and new opportunities.”

Alessandro Fried, founder and shareholder of BtoBet, said: “I am truly enthusiastic by the opportunities we see by becoming part of Aspire Global, the powerhouse for iGaming operators. With our joined forces we will take this new global iGaming offering in every corner of the earth. We have been in the industry for a long period of time and finally we met the perfect partner that matches our vision and with which we can build a stronger presence globally.”

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Week 38/2020 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

The much awaited ‘Lucky Scarabs’ by Booming Games is about to be made available in all the best casinos. Shane Cotter, Booming Games’ Director of Product says, “This game promises to be a wild ride; as scarab beetle after scarab beetle pour onto the reels creating wild wins everywhere you look. And it gets even wilder in Free Spins, with the addition of Sticky Scarab Wilds making for some huge wins.”

 

Gamzix has released their new product – Book of Symbols slot – the demo version of which is already available on their website. The main plot of the Book of Symbols slot is a search for treasures in the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. The game is filled with sacred symbols, hieroglyphs and scarabs, following which the player goes the way to the divine light. Overcoming all trials, you gain eternal youth of the soul, living beyond space and time. The high quality 3D design makes it possible to appreciate all the advantages of the slot even better, and the music brings it closer to the theme of the game.

Gamzix launches the newest Book of Symbols slot

 

Yggdrasil, has released its latest YG Masters title, 2 Gods Zeus vs Thor, in partnership with 4ThePlayer after a successful limited exclusive launch with GVC. The five-reel slot features world first feature DUAL SPIN™, with Red or Blue spins corresponding with the different Gods on the reels. If the winning spin matches the reel, it is doubled. When the Win Spins bonus is triggered after three scatter symbols land, every spin is a win with an ever-increasing multiplier, which grows as players correctly guess who wins, Zeus or Thor. Win Spins are also packed with retriggers, creating an immersive gaming experience like no other.

 

Yggdrasil releases electrifying 2 Gods: Zeus vs Thor in partnership with 4ThePlayer.com

 

iSoftBet, the leading online and mobile casino content provider, has released the thrilling Western Gold Megaways™ to its network, following a successful exclusive period with operators. Brands including Betsson, Stoiximan, Softswiss and 10cric have had exclusive access to the game before being rolled out to the iSoftBet network. The game proved incredibly popular with Betsson players, leading to Western Gold Megaways™ taking the crown as its most successful exclusive partner launch ever. This new Megaways™ title, set in a frontier town of the Wild West, features classic cascading wins as well as a random “Max Megaways” modifier which can trigger at any time, guaranteeing the maximum number of 117,649 ways and a shot at multiple cascading wins.

iSoftBet rides into town with Western Gold Megaways™

 

Wrapped in brilliant graphics and splendid animation, this slot has a great potential to become the highlight for all curiosities. We call it the Chance Machine saga by Endorphina. This classic 5-reel, 3-row, 20 fixed-line online slot provides players with shimmering reels and symbols. It is a perfect fusion of quality design, a classic theme and solid mathematics. The best gemstone cutters worked on the symbols of this dazzling slot. The beautiful Crown acts like a wild symbol that appears on 2,3 and 4 reels and substitutes for all symbols and expands vertically to complete the combination to amaze players with wins. Gold and brilliant stars are the scatter symbols that count on any position on the reel.

Chance Machine 20 – the milestone of the craftsmen work

 

Play’n GO have unleashed their latest offerings into the markets today and, in an unprecedented move have released not one, not two but THREE brand new titles, in what they are calling The Wealth Series. The Wealth Series consists of Celebration of Wealth, Temple of Wealth and Beast of Wealth; three titles that come together to create a complete overall gaming experience. Each game is based around different cultural aspects of prosperity featuring various signs and symbols of wealth. While each game contains its own free spins feature, giving players the choice and control of how they wish to play the feature.

Play’n GO Bring the Wealth with Triple Game Release

 

NetEnt is offering players a feature-packed sail across the reels in Rage of the Seas, the new addition to its award-winning portfolio. The 5×4 video slot, which has expanding reels that can create up to 5488 betways, is rich with features, including Spreading Wilds and Stacked Wilds, as well as Major and Minor Reel Upgrades to boost winning potential. The base game also offers a double Multiplier, Free Spins and Extra Free Spins, creating an action-packed gaming experience that maintains engagement levels throughout the session. One unique feature with Rage of the Seas is that it offers two ways to get into Free Spins, either via collecting Scatters or by opening up all areas. The Free spin feature also offers the same double multiplier as the base game does.

NetEnt readies the cannons in Rage of the Seas

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has released its combat-filled futuristic escapade, Star Bounty. The supplier’s latest 4×6, 4,096 payline title sees players exploring space as they search for big bounties amongst the stars with high-tech weaponry. With Tumbling wins ensuring every winning spin is prolonged, and a missile feature which fires into random symbols on reels two, three and four, turning them into Wilds, Star Bounty is another action-packed addition to the Pragmatic Play portfolio.

Pragmatic Play’s New Launch Star Bounty Takes Players to the Cosmos

 

Playson transports players back in time on a mystical African adventure with the launch of its new game, Rise of Egypt Deluxe. Set in the legendary land of pyramids and Gods, this 3×5 videoslot with 20 paylines sees Playson update its classic, Rise of Egypt, with additional thrilling features. This new title has been developed with excitement at its core and is the first to give Playson fans the option to purchase game features, in this case, Free Spins. The Wild symbol is pristinely drawn as an Egyptian Bastet and substitutes all symbols except the Scatter. When the Cat Goddess lands, it expands on the whole reel if it can compose a winning combination and appears on reels 2, 3 and 4.

Playson evokes the Land of the Pharaohs with Rise of Egypt Deluxe

 

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Online Casino and Sportsbook BETZEST™ goes live with the leading Casino provider Yggdrasil™

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Online Casino and Sportsbook Betzest™ expand their offering in a new cooperation with award-winning Swedish casino provider Yggdrasil™, which will give their players opportunity to access to Yggdrasil™ full range games portfolio most popular branded epic slots, including Valley of the Gods, Vault Of Fortune, Vikings go Wild, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked Circus, Double Dragons, Jackpot Express, Football Glory, Jungle Books, Temple Stacks: Splitz and many more.

After adding to its portfolio MGA license, many key payment methods and top online casino providers Betzest now offers a great selection of casino games to ensure amazing entertainment, user experience and adrenaline to their players. This is another significant step in Betzest™ rapid expansion and their performance in 2020 demonstrates that Betzest is becoming stronger than ever. The company is looking forward to announcing more partnerships with other leading providers lined up for the end of Q3, 2020.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: We are thrilled to conclude another partnership with leading casino provider Yggdrasil™. We’ve listened to our players and with this superb addition, we straighten our large client provider’s base in our key strategic markets. We trust that their high quality, innovative games, BOOST™ tools and gamification features will play an important part in taking Betzest™ casino to the next level. We are pleased to welcome them to the Betzest family and look forward to working with them closely for many years.
To celebrate in style, we are rewarding all our players with a fantastic deposit bonuses, Free Spins, Tournaments and No deposit Bonuses.
A big thank you to our Betzest team for this great achievement and to Yggdrasil™ team for their continuous support during the process. We’ve had an extremely fruitful 2020 already, with a remarkable collection of world-class casino providers and payment methods on the way, I’m certain the best is yet to come.

 

About Betzest:
Betzest is your leading premier Online Sportsbook and Casino operator run by a team of experienced i-gaming experts.
Due to its unique product and marketing proposition, Betzest is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable online gaming company.
At Betzest players can now take advantage of exclusive sports & casino campaigns, free spins giveaways and even surprise gifts offered to VIP players, by using Bitcoin Core (BTC). Betzest has a Top Notch sportsbook powered by BetRadar along with Casino powered by NetEnt, Microgaming, Play’nGo, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play and a separate Live casino powered by Evolution Gaming™, E-sports and Virtual sports sections. Alternatively, if sports and casino aren’t your thing you can bet on politics instead.
Choose from more than 20,000 live sports events monthly, Blackjack, Online Slots, Roulette, Video Poker, and get an amazing entertainment under reputable MGA license.

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