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Kambi secures double EGR B2B Awards win

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udges commend “impressive product innovation and strong new client wins” as Kambi wins Sports Betting Supplier category and retains Sportsbook Platform Provider crown 

Kambi was named both Sportsbook Platform Provider and Sports Betting Supplier of the year at the prestigious EGR B2B Awards in last week’s virtual ceremony held over three days.

The awards recognise the highest performing companies which power the betting and gaming industry, with Kambi taking home the event’s headline sports betting prizes.

Recognising Kambi’s “impressive commercial and financial success”, alongside “high stability, scalability and focus on pricing”, the judges found the Kambi platform to be “geared up for the best in class”.

Kambi scored highly across all key criteria in the two categories, including commercial success, product development & delivery, innovation, UX/UI and back office/reporting.

The provider secured a number of key milestones throughout the judging period, adding to its series of US market firsts in states including Colorado, Michigan and Illinois, signing new partners including Penn National Gaming, Seneca Gaming Corporation and BetWarrior and becoming the first sports betting technology provider to attain membership of the International Betting Integrity Association.

Kambi also continued to refine and enhance its sportsbook with the launch of the Kambi Multi Builder, as well as its unique Bring Your Own Device technology.

Max Meltzer, Kambi’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “At Kambi, we pride ourselves on being the partner visionary sportsbooks across the globe can trust to springboard them to success, providing all the technology and flexibility required to help them to achieve market leadership.

“We are very proud that the success we have delivered for our partners over the judging period has been recognised with two hugely prestigious award wins, and I would like to thank all of our staff and partners for making this possible. We look forward to building on this over the coming 12 months.”

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UK Gambling Commission Launches Public Awareness Campaign on Gambling Controls, Rights and Safeguards

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has launched its latest public campaign promoting “9 ways to keep yourself safe when gambling.”

The campaign focuses on raising public awareness of safer gambling control tools, facilities and support groups such as GambleAware and GamCare. Also, the UKGC seeks to provide better all-round guidance on how consumers can monitor their activity with licensed incumbents – “maintaining consumer spend at a manageable level.”

Raising public awareness, the UKGC reminds audiences to undertake “reality checks” as to why they are gambling – “to escape debt or as a way to make quick money? Think carefully about your motivations to gamble.”

The UKGC also reminds audiences of their rights to ask for a “timeout from gambling” for a set period of up to six weeks.

Vulnerable consumers are reminded that all licensed operators must offer access to the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme, which enforces a “longer break from gambling” for a minimum period of six months.

The campaign sees the UKGC continue to expand its initiatives on raising public awareness of consumer rights and responsibilities when gambling.

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Esports Sportsbook Rivalry Announces Roll Out of Cryptocurrency Payments in Partnership with CoinCorner

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Isle of Man licensed betting platform, Rivalry, is the latest esports focused sportsbook to adapt to changing player preferences by supporting payments through Bitcoin. COVID-19 has, in many cases, served as an accelerant to slow-burning changes in consumer behaviour and preferences. Most notably: the meteoric rise of esports betting. While many operators were left scrambling to adapt to the overnight demand, a select few, such as Rivalry, were perfectly positioned to capitalize on the pandemic pivot. Much like cryptocurrencies, esports betting is proving to be anything but a fad.

Forward-thinking operators like Rivalry believe esports provide a glimpse into the future of betting. Their average esports bettor is in their twenties – an early adoptor and digital native that is no stranger to Bitcoin, but maybe less so to traditional betting mechanics and terminology. This brings new opportunities for operators to reshape and reimagine the betting experience.

Rivalry CEO, Steven Salz adds – “Our integration with CoinCorner has allowed us to offer Bitcoin as a payment option to our players and further simplify the payment experience. It’s partnerships like these that help us evolve the betting experience for a new cohort of bettors that think and behave differently”. 

UK Bitcoin exchange, CoinCorner, has seen business appetite adjusting to accommodate the recent rise in demand for online banking and payment methods, with an uptick in businesses keen to introduce Bitcoin payments as a way to gain competitive advantage by opening up to new markets, receiving cheaper fees and no chargebacks.

Sam Tipper, Business Development Manager at CoinCorner, said: “Since I joined CoinCorner in 2019, we’ve been making huge strides in assisting businesses across multiple industries to accept Bitcoin – preparing them for the new reality of a changing payment landscape. This is particularly true for businesses regulated out of the Isle of Man, like Rivalry, who cater to a global market.”

While the gambling industry debates on the staying power of esports as a profitable betting market, operators like Rivalry are adapting with ease and transforming the betting experience to meet the needs of an evolving user base.

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United Remote weave warm Wazdan welcome

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Aggregator and platform United Remote has announced a new partnership with online casino slots developer Wazdan to further extend its games portfolio and provide additional choice to the aggregator’s established B2B distribution channel.

United Remote is the conduit through which a range of innovative games studios can engage with best-of-breed gambling brands. United Remote has carefully assembled a differentiated portfolio of over 2000 entertaining, innovative and unique games that complement their own in-house titles, and this latest partnership with Wazdan brings a solid set of over 100 HTML5 games to the platform.

United Remote is a rapidly-growing aggregator, which has undergone a transformation over the last 12 months, extensively re-organising and redefining the core offering to reshape the way the company engages with operators, game partners and other stakeholders.

The company has successfully completed a period of intensive restructuring which has resulted in major technology and enterprise investments, with the organisational culture having been significantly reshaped to provide added-value to operators. In addition to technology investments and enhancements, United Remote has been adapting the agreements the company previously had put in place, de-risking the entire enterprise, and focusing very particularly on customer protection.

United Remote has on-boarded real-time tools as part of their renewed commitment to be in a position to give operators a bundle of tools that they will not find anywhere else which enable and accelerate, to drive engagement and revenue up.

United Remote has taken the strategic decision under CEO Jeremy Fall’s leadership to align with established aggregators who have critical mass to ensure maximum reach for their content partners. These powerful market-makers are drivers of putting partner games in front of more operators in more markets than ever before.

Multiple award-winner Wazdan has a stable of innovative slots, and a range of technology developed to position Wazdan at the forefront of the slots industry with the world’s first Volatility Levels™, Energy Saving Mode, Ultra Lite Mode and Ultra Fast Mode, central to the company’s mobile and player-friendliness, along with Unique Wazdan Features which generate added excitement  and fun for players.

Wazdan titles include mature classics such as Mayan Ritual™, Fruit Mania Deluxe, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe, Corrida Romance Deluxe, Football Mania Deluxe, Highway to Hell Deluxe, Fruits Go Bananas™, Spectrum and Los Muertos™ , while more recent releases feature games such as Reel Hero, Sonic Reels, 9Tigers, Black Horse Deluxe and Lucky9, amongst others. Wazdan’s latest release, Reel Hero, has already had great feedback from players, and was awarded ‘Slot of The Week’ by Slot Beats in June.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan said: “This partnership with United Remote allows Wazdan to extend our reach further in certain key jurisdictions. 2020 is set to be a great year for fans of our games on the back of this new partnership with United Remote.”

United Remote Group CEO Jeremy Fall said: “We are delighted to be able to help boost Wazdan’s market expansion further with their proprietary technology-packed games. Wazdan’s hallmark for developing content that seamlessly transitions from the casino floor to mobile, tablet and desktop devices will add more exciting options for our operators and their players.”

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