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What Impact Has Lockdown Had on Online Gambling?

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2020 has been a year of changes, and a lot of these modifications and alterations to our lives have been illustrated across the internet and search engines. Whether this has been seen through increased searches for baking recipes or home workouts, Google can track trends and show change over time and comparisons with previous years.

While some were configuring home offices, gamers around the world were contemplating what to do when sports were gradually canceled. One industry that acted as the perfect example of the impact of COVID restrictions was the online gambling industry. As gambling itself spans multiple sectors, it’s interesting to look further into how exactly the industry adapted and changed according to the ‘new normal’.

Searches Show Sports Betting Down Significantly

According to studies, searches for sports bets dropped 57.08% – presumably as people realized there were no live sports to bet on, while casinos saw a 76.18% increase in search volume. Betting on a sport and betting at an online casino offer similar experiences for customers, so it makes sense that those who are unable to gamble in one way may have searched for a new way to do so. Many online casino sites ensured that they were prepared for the onslaught of new customers – especially those new to the industry – with a series of welcome bonuses and promotions.

Lottery Surges in Ireland

As sports were rained out for the months of lockdown in Ireland and even around the world – the Olympics was postponed, which has only previously happened during times of war – those interested in gambling turned to other modes of entertainment. One of these was the online lottery in Ireland, which takes the basic concept of the lottery and scratch cards, and merges them with themes such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

The digital nature of the lottery benefits from what technology offers, adding an additional layer to the traditional game. Indeed, in Ireland, the malleability of the online casino offering has led to a further appreciation of the online experience.

eSports Sees New Fans

Moreover, eSports still continued to be played. Indeed, the absence of traditional sports and the ability to still watch and engage with those who play online led to a growth in eSports over lockdown. Hours spent spectating on Twitch rose by 99% – from December 2019’s 867 million per month to May 2020’s 1.72 billion. These viewers were retained even after restrictions were eased, showing that many had discovered a newfound appreciation for eSports that continued when conditions were more routine.

Sites Eye Back-Up Plans

The sudden need to change their plans will no doubt have spurned the entire industry to be more malleable in unexpected circumstances. As some things are clearly out of the control of the industry, reactions to these things are not, so many sites will no doubt have strengthened their offering to react to any sudden changes in the future. Many gambling sites already offer a range of different verticals – from lottery, bingo, and casino games, to sports betting – meaning that should one be out of action, the others would ensure loyal customers still had something to do.

The lockdown presented a change for many industries – and many were able to adapt. Restaurants moved to takeaway food, personal trainers delivered classes online, and gambling shifted from sports betting to alternative methods. Whether these were online casinos or lotteries, or even into the realm of eSports, people adapted to their circumstances by discovering new ways to gamble. As sports returned, some even maintained their new hobbies as well.

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1Click Games receives the prestigious ISO 27001 Information Security Certificate

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The ISO 27001 certificate is a worldwide information security management standard that allows organizations in the online gambling industry and other sectors to manage asset security. It establishes, in particular, how information security risk management processes should be built and what controls should be used. ISO 27001 certification allows 1Click Games to offer additional guarantees to our customers regarding information security and data processing.

This year, the compliance of 1Click Games with ISO 27001 international standards was checked by one of the world’s leading independent auditors. The auditors assessed how our services comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization, including management processes, the use of technologies and equipment. The analysis showed that the risk management system in the services is built and developed on the basis of the best world practices and fully provides the necessary information protection.

Maxim T., CEO at 1Click Games, says: “Data protection is one of the cornerstones of our business, and ISO 27001 certification demonstrates how seriously we take this responsibility and these strict standards. The certification process, took many hours of detailed checks. However, along with the satisfaction of the result, we recognize that this is only part of our ongoing responsibility to ensure the maximum possible safety of our customers. Besides, information security is never a static process, and in order to continue to set our services at the highest possible level, we requested one of the strictest certificates — ISO 27001 — and received it.”

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Top 5 latest charming iGaming brands out of the European Market

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It is no secret that the iGaming market is on the rise, with new iGaming operators and software providers constantly appearing. It might be, therefore, difficult to find those with unique offerings. We have put together a list of some of the rising stars of the industry present on the European market.

AFUN

AFUN Entertainment Group specializes in game development, payment system development and product data analysis. It is among the best legally licensed Sportsbook and iGaming platforms, with more than 1,500 game products and 30,000 sports events.

Present across Europe, America and Asia, the AFUN Group is licensed by Curaçao and has obtained an offshore gaming license from the Gambling Commision of the Government of Malta. With over 20 years of experience, the company has recently entered Latin America with one goal in mind: to guarantee the best online experience and provide each user with a personalized gaming experience on a trustworthy platform. It has already shown promising growth on the Brazilian market.

Check out their website with a wide range of games and keep up with the latest updates through their LinkedIn page.

Wazdan

Wazdan leads the way on innovation in casino content development. With a portfolio of over 150 cross-platform casino games, the company promises amplified performance and revenue growth.

The company adopts a partner-centric approach, offering tailored services and products that best align with their clients’ growth strategy. Wazdan also aims to stay innovative by constantly expanding its cutting-edge player-engagement suite, while respecting all the requirements of the regulatory regimes, promoting responsible gaming.

The company has been in the market for 10+ years pushing iGaming technology forward, which undoubtedly earns a place for them on our list.

Softswiss

Softswiss offers software for online casinos and bookmaking websites. What makes this company stand out is that their products can be delivered as standalone solutions or combined into a single iGaming Platform.

Softswiss was awarded the Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics 2022 (B2B) award at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards. Beyond its casino platform – an exceptional, scalable, iGaming platform with high-speed of operation and intuitive management – the company’s portfolio includes:

  • Game Aggregator – Bringing together 170+ casino game studios with over 11,000 mobile-friendly games via a single API integration
  • Softswiss Sportsbook – A unique high-performance platform for sports betting operations
  • Affilka – Affiliate Management Platform
  • Jackpot Aggregator – Enabling customized jackpot campaigns
  • Softswiss Lottery Terminal – An all-in-one lottery system for any land-based operation

With such a wide range of offerings and further services, including anti-fraud support, player retention and content management, the company deserves this spot on the list.

Stakelogic

Best known for its online slots and live casino games, Stakelogic offers a wide selection of casino games and works with over 500 operators in 20+ countries. The company’s slogan ‘Think Bigger’ highlights its commitment to innovation, as the company constantly works to revolutionize the online gaming industry.

Stakelogic creates graphic slots and live casino games that represent the most advanced online games available on the market. Every product is tweaked and tuned to the level of ultimate user experience.

Over the years, the company has collected 7 awards for its outstanding performance. With 10+ live studios, 3 game shows and 250+ unique slots, Stakelogic is changing the way players play.

Apparat Gaming

Apparat Gaming is a relatively new player on the iGaming market, but is already showing promising results. Founded in 2020 by a team of industry veterans, the company is on a mission to develop “slot games with a German accent”.

Apparat Gaming develops slots of the highest artistic quality, with German technical standards. The company secured a licence from the Malta Gaming Authority in 2021 and has since become the trusted supplier of online content for operators in Germany and other European markets.

As the last contender on our list, Apparat Gaming delivers on the German stereotype: high-quality products, reliability and commitment. And absolutely no sense of humor. This is iGaming with a German Accent.

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Fasten your seatbelts – Pilot from Gamzix is out!

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Gamzix, igaming development studio, has announced the release of its first crash game “Pilot”. This is the 30th game from Gamzix provider. To celebrate this small anniversary was released something as good as video-slot, but different.

There are 3 essential facts of the crash game “Pilot”:

– 2.4 Mb weight. It’s from 30% to almost 350% lighter than competitors have.
– Different skins. All skins will be under the same game ID, so there is no need to add a new game. Also, there is a plan to add new skins every month and there will be a lot of thematic skins for sport events, holidays etc.
– Pilot is supported via web view (Telegram/Viber/WhatsApp and others).

“First Crash Game in Gamzix portfolio, and we can’t be more proud and excited about it. Because every time we do something different, every team-member sees his/her growth in real time. And this is preparing us for the new big jump”, – Alexandr Kosogov, CEO at Gamzix.

Enjoyable sounds with imitation of plane take off fulfill every round of the game. There is an ability to change skins for individual casinos, fair play and support for 22 localizations and for all types of currencies (FIAT+Crypto).

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