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Sportradar signs 10 year agreement with European Handball Federation for data collection and distribution rights

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The European Handball Federation (EHF), EHF Marketing GmbH (EHFM) and Sportradar, a global provider of sports content and intelligence, today announced a long-term partnership to include official data collection and distribution to media organisations and betting operators.

The multi-year agreements, set to run until 2030, will see Sportradar, as the ‘official data partner’ of EHF and EHF Marketing, collect and distribute official EHF data to multiple media and betting entities. In addition, Sportradar will utilise the full breadth of its technological capabilities, including AI and machine learning, to develop new solutions for analyzing data and identifying new insights to improve the sport and provide an unrivalled experience for fans and EHF partners.

The deal includes the collection of live data and comprehensive statistics for more than 1,500 national team and beach handball matches and more than 750 European Cup matches per season across all of European handball’s elite club competitions.

For the European Handball Federation, the agreement includes the Men’s and the Women’s EHF EUROs and their Qualifiers, the EHF’s younger age category events, the European matches of the World Championship Qualification and the Beach Handball EUROs.

On the side of EHF Marketing, the contract includes all matches in the EHF Champions League Men and Women, the EHF European League and the EHF European Cup.

Today’s announcement of the new cooperation follows the existing partnership between Sportradar and EHF and EHF Marketing which started when a multi-faceted data, marketing, and digital services agreement was signed in June 2017.

In February 2018, Sportradar further expanded its scope with the organisation to include the provision of education and monitoring services aimed at safeguarding the integrity of the EHF’s competitions.

The agreement with EHF underlines Sportradar’s expertise within handball and strengthens a portfolio that includes long-term relationships with HBL (German Handball Bundesliga), DHB (German Handball Association), spusu LIGEN (Handball League Austria) and HBF (German Handball League Women).    

Martin Hausleitner, Secretary General of the European Handball Federation, said: “As European handball enters a new era, the agreement with Sportradar is another important piece of the puzzle to elevate our sport to new and unprecedented heights. We are making a significant step forward, not only in terms of the number of matches we are offering live scouting for, but also when it comes to the depth of data available for our fans and partners.”  

David Szlezak, Managing Director of EHF Marketing, added: “It is absolutely vital to offer high quality and accurate data from the EHF’s club competitions. With this new cooperation, we are adding to the top-level scouting we have already achieved with Sportradar. For example, right from the first rounds, data collected in the new EHF European League will be on EHF Champions League standards. We are looking forward to working with Sportradar over the next decade to realise the full potential of this data.”

David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships at Sportradar, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with EHF and EHFM and we are delighted to have further extended our partnership to secure a long-term data and distribution rights agreement. We will be working alongside them to continue to grow the sport via our extensive network of media and betting partners.”

 

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IGT Launches PeakBarTop Cabinet

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International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has launched its next-generation bartop hardware, the PeakBarTop cabinet.

Guests of Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. and Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. can be among the first players in the world to experience IGT’s much-anticipated PeakBarTop cabinet.

“Launching the PeakBarTop builds on IGT’s decades of commanding leadership in video poker and positions us to transform the entire bartop market segment. It provides our customers with a compelling, technologically advanced cabinet for market-dominating IGT video poker games such as Game King, Super Star Poker and Ultimate X Poker, in addition to Proven Performer IGT slot games such as Scarab and Solar Disc,” Nick Khin, IGT’s Chief Operating Officer for Gaming, said.

“IGT customers can launch the PeakBarTop with confidence, knowing that it’s backed by the gaming industry’s most talented and experienced video poker product team and extensive focus group testing with players, operators and bar staff,” Nick Khin added.

The PeakBarTop cabinet includes a 23-inch curved, full-HD display, a front-mounted ticket printer and an embedded card reader. The PeakBarTop cabinet also includes features such as enhanced lighting and sound, a USB mobile device charging port, a play-level indicator for service staff, and embedded Bluetooth technology that enables operators to seamlessly integrate with IGT’s cashless gaming systems technology.

The PeakBarTop cabinet supports an expansive library of IGT game content. In addition to housing the most popular video poker titles of all time, the PeakBarTop portfolio offers new IGT video poker games such as Ultimate X Bonus Streak Poker, exciting Keno games such as Da Vinci Diamonds Keno, Proven Performer slot games such as Mistress of Egypt and a variety of roulette games.

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Authentic Gaming Signs Live Roulette Deal with FavBet

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Online sportsbook operator FavBet has entered into a deal with the market-leading live roulette provider Authentic Gaming.

Under the deal, FavBet players will now be able to access highly entertaining live roulette titles streamed from Authentic Gaming’s modern ARENA Studio located in Malta. This includes 24/7 Roulette, Grand Roulette and the provider’s flagship Blaze Roulette variant.

The deal also includes Authentic Roulette, which allows players to sit down next to real players and wager at real tables located on the floors of real casinos around the world.

FavBet has also taken two branded auto-roulette tables, providing players with a bespoke live roulette offering that allows the operator to stand out from its rivals.

“We are delighted to have joined forces with FavBet and to be proving its players with the most authentic live roulette experience on the market. Blaze has proved to be hugely popular with players in markets all over the world, while our Authentic Roulette titles really do take players to the heart of the action taking place on the casino floor. We believe this will be a successful partnership for Authentic Gaming, FavBet and most importantly FavBet players,” Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic Gaming, said.

“Live casino is becoming increasingly popular with our players, so we wanted to expand our offering with unique, quality live dealer content. Authentic Gaming is the absolute market leader when it comes to live roulette, and we are delighted to have integrated its full suite of games into our live dealer lobby,” Aleksey Tserkovnyi, Product director at FavBet, said.

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Codere SA Launches New Italian Gaming Machines Distribution Unit “Codwin”

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Spanish gaming company Codere SA has created a new Italian gaming machines distribution unit “Codwin” by merging its subsidiaries FG Slot and Gap Games Italia.

Codere is the majority shareholder in the two existing businesses and won approval from investors to merge the units at a shareholder meeting in April.

Andrea Rigodanzo, former MD of FG Slot, will head up the new company, which Codere hopes will offer savings on operational costs.

Rigodanzo said: “It is an extremely difficult time for the legal gaming sector, in particular for operators of gaming machines. As a result, we have decided to join forces to face the challenges the market is presenting to us. The Covid-19 pandemic arrived in an already difficult context of increased taxation and regulations that put a strain on the sector…

“With Codwin we intend to offer a model of management integration and efficiency that will also represent an incubator for other companies that want to continue operating according to the usual standards of reliability and legality and who have a long-term project to share with us. We are able to support companies that are currently experiencing difficulties and to implement a shared strategy that allows them to face the future with optimism and competence.”

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