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SAZKA Group teams up with Sir Keith Mills in bid for Fourth UK National Lottery Licence

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SAZKA Group, Europe’s largest lottery operator, today announced it has appointed Sir Keith Mills as Bid Chair of the UK team for the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition. Sir Keith, a successful entrepreneur whose creative talent conceived the loyalty programmes so ubiquitous today, brings a wealth of experience from his roles across sport, charities, and business. He played a pivotal role in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and subsequently, their successful staging. For the past six years he has chaired the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a role he hands over to Lord William Hague next month. He is also Chairman of the Invictus Games, the international adaptive multi-sport event created by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

Commenting on the announcement, Sir Keith said, “I am driven by organisations that make a real contribution to society. I chose to team up with Sazka for the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition because I believe the UK National Lottery needs to grow and be engaging if it is to continue to fund the thousands of good causes every year. Our lottery is a national treasure with nearly 26 years of history; however, the landscape has changed immeasurably since it was first launched back in 1994. The challenge now is to ensure the lottery connects with people right across the country, making it fresh and exciting as it once was, bringing new ways that are relevant for today and tomorrow’s generation. I feel passionately that it needs to be restored to the nation’s hearts, especially in these difficult times. I teamed up with Sazka because they have a proven record of taking established lotteries, growing them and evolving them to be relevant for the future. I am cognisant that much has to be done for us to make a winning case in this competition, but I believe that over the course of this process we will be able to demonstrate how Sazka’s expertise coupled with the experienced British team that we are building in the UK will offer the right stewardship for the UKNL for 2023 and beyond.”

As Bid Chairman, Sir Keith will lead a team with world-class bidding and delivery experience, including for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Comic Relief. Sazka has appointed former London 2012 employee, Alastair Ruxton, as the Bid Director, together with British experts in key areas such as Player Protection, Good Causes, Innovation, Digital, Retail and Customer Experience.

Commenting on the agreement, SAZKA Group CEO Robert Chvátal said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sir Keith Mills and have him lead our entry in the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition. We are hugely excited to be participating in this competition and for the chance to take stewardship of the National Lottery, helping the UK to fall back in love with this vital institution. Operating in five different national markets (Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus) has given us an unprecedented level of insight and experience in running lotteries. In addition, we have consistently increased participation and revenues for the lotteries we operate. We want to bring this deep knowledge and customer insight to revitalise the UK National Lottery increasing sales and money raised for good causes, thereby providing a much-needed long-term boost to community, arts, sports and heritage institutions across the UK.”

After submitting the Selection Questionnaire earlier this month, SAZKA Group has been accepted into the competition by the Gambling Commission, the body running the Competition. The team will now review the final bid application documents and continue to assemble a strong consortium capable of submitting a winning bid in 2021.

About Sir Keith Mills
Sir Keith Mills GBE DL is a British business entrepreneur who founded the Air Miles and Nectar customer loyalty programmes and has established numerous businesses, both in the UK and internationally.  In September 2003, Sir Keith was appointed International President and CEO of London 2012 established to bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Having won the bid, he established LOCOG to organise the Games, where he was Deputy Chairman alongside Lord Sebastian Coe.  In 2007 Sir Keith established an Olympic related charity, International Inspiration, which he chaired, and in 2008 he established a UK charity, Sported, which he funded and chaired for 10 years. In 2014 Sir Keith established, and was Chairman of, the Invictus Games, working with Prince Harry to deliver a new major international sport event for wounded servicemen and women.  Sir Keith Chairs the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Invictus Games Foundation.  Sir Keith is also a Director and an investor in a number of private companies.
Sir Keith has received numerous awards including: Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Chief Executive of the Year, and the Sports Industry Businessman of the Year, and was knighted by The Queen in 2006 and again in 2013 when he received the Grand Knight Cross for his services to sport.

About SAZKA Group
The SAZKA Group is a national lottery, instant lottery and digital gaming operator, with our trusted brands and industry-leading technology delivering over €17bn in annual sales. Established in 2012, SAZKA Group is already one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing lottery companies and our strong performance across our markets is helping to fund good causes in the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Austria, and Italy.
Since entering the lottery market in 2012, SAZKA Group has quickly expanded from the Czech Republic into four other European markets. SAZKA Group has consistently taken on established lotteries and made them better, while also expanding into new market segments through market-leading technology platforms. The Group’s unique experience of operating in different jurisdictions enables it to adopt a tailored approach to customer experience in each market, helping to increase sales and returns to good causes.
Responsible gaming and funding good causes are at the heart of SAZKA Group’s business and culture. it promotes responsible gaming in all of its markets and is committed to having a positive impact where it operates. From building children’s hospitals in Greece to support for the Czech Olympic Foundation, SAZKA Group has put its business skills to the benefit of the local community.

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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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