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BGC Urges UK Govt to Take “Science-led Approach” and Allow Casinos and Bookies to Re-open After Lockdown

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The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the UK Government to take a “science-led approach” and allow casinos and betting shops to safely re-open when the latest England-wide Covid lockdown ends.

BGC said there is no evidence that the venues have contributed to the spread of the virus. Since re-opening their doors in the summer, casinos and bookies have operated safely, contributing vital tax revenues to the Exchequer and, in the case of betting shops, millions of pounds to horseracing in levy and media rights payments.

Following Boris Johnson’s latest announcement, every casino and betting shop in England will be forced to shut again until at least December 2.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of BGC, said he welcomed the extension to the furlough scheme which has been announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. But he said it was vital that when the latest lockdown is lifted, casinos and betting shops are allowed to re-open from day one so they can get back to contributing to the economy rather than relying on government subsidies.

Mr. Dugher said: “Nothing matters more to our industry than the safety of our staff and customers, which is why we want to contribute to the national effort to defeat this virus.

“We also welcome the support for businesses forced to close under the second lockdown.

“But when we exit this, the Government must have a science-led approach and avoid the arbitrary and unnecessary decisions that led to random closures of casinos and betting shops, which damage employment and revenues to the Exchequer.

“It’s also important that when the latest lockdown is over, betting shops are allowed to open safely along with other non-essential retail, as they were in June. Casinos, which have the best anti-Covid measures operating anywhere in hospitality and entertainment, should also reopen at the same time.

“At a time when there is widespread despair among sporting bodies, the Government also needs to recognise that a healthy betting industry is vital to the funding of sport, and that betting shops in particular are critical to the financing of horseracing.”

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SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator Integrates SmartSoft Game Provider Products

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The SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator extends its range of accessible online games by concluding a partnership with SmartSoft. As a result, all clients of the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator will experience and enjoy the game provider’s content. In total, more than 20 new partners have joined the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator since the beginning of the year.

The SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator currently offers access to the products of more than 170 game providers, the ranks of which SmartSoft now joins. As part of the partnership, the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator clients will have access to a wide range of popular games, including mini-games, slots, casino games, keno, PvP table and card games, scratch & win and unique games with gamification features. These will complete the line-up of more than 11,000 games, 3,000+ of which are optimised for cryptocurrencies. 

In addition to accessing classic SmartSoft games, the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator clients will also evaluate a special category of top games with a unique game engine. These include the provider’s hits such as JetX, Cappadocia and JetX3

In addition to major fiat currencies, the studio supports cryptocurrencies, particularly bitcoins. All SOFTSWISS White Label and Game Aggregator clients under Curacao and Malta licences will have access to SmartSoft content.

Nikita Keino, Partner Managers Team Lead at SOFTSWISS, comments: “I am sure the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator clients will appreciate the number of games and features SmartSoft offers. We do not doubt that it will be long and fruitful cooperation, because it can’t be any other way. Welcome, SmartSoft!”

Luka Namoradze, CMO SmartSoft, notes: “We are delighted that SOFTSWISS is becoming our partner and want to thank you for being a part of our extended network. Many operators already can’t wait to have our games through the SOFTSWISS platform. We are looking forward to a long and rewarding partnership.”

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Lady Luck Games awarded multiple market certification

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Games from Swedish slots specialist Lady Luck Games have been certified in five of Europe’s most important regulated markets.

Players favourites like Valhöll: Hall of the Slain, Valley of the Muses and Alchemister will join new release Rooftop Fight on the roster of online casinos in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

The certification, via iTech Labs, will now allow their high-quality artwork and engaging maths models to be enjoyed by millions of new customers at some of the industry’s leading operators.

Lady Luck Games co-founder and CEO Mads Jorgensen said the regulatory approval would provide a significant commercial boost to the studio in its quest for international expansion.

He added: “We are very confident that our games portfolio has universal appeal and having this certification is an important step in proving that. Access to market is hugely important for any company in any industry and we now have a real opportunity to take great strides as a business.”

Lady Luck Games recent acquired fellow provider Spigo ApS’s operations in Denmark, including the studio’s casino games, eight customer integrations and Spigo Station, the supplier’s Denmark-certified platform.

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PRAGMATIC PLAY KICKS OFF THE CELEBRATIONS WITH DAY OF DEAD™

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, invites players to lace up their dancing shoes and join the celebrations in new release, Day of Dead™.

Bursting with eye-catching visual effects and a fiery fiesta soundtrack, the stunning game provides players with a unique slot experience inspired by the popular Mexican national holiday, Dia de Muertos.

Central to the game’s action are the Wilds, one of which will move one space across the reels with each spin until they fall off, paying any wins and triggering respins before they do. Respins will continue to take place until there are no Expanding Wilds in view.

Landing three Scatter symbols on the first, third and fifth reels in the base game triggers the Free Game feature. There is no set number of spins here, rather the feature will continue to operate as long as there are Expanding Wilds on the screen.

Players in eligible jurisdictions can take advantage of the Buy Feature, costing players 100x their stake to trigger the Free Game feature on the spin that follows.

Day of Deadarrives swiftly after recent hits Cash Bonanza™, Mystic Chief™, and Piggy Bank Bills™, which exist amongst a collection of over 200 HTML5 titles in Pragmatic Play’s award-winning games portfolio.

Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Dia de Muertos is a very unique festival that has some very eye-catching visuals associated with it, therefore we wanted to create a title that provides a true feast for the senses.

“We are thrilled with how Day of Deadhas shaped up, with its dazzling graphics and unique mechanics combining to bring something entirely new to our portfolio.”

Pragmatic Play currently produces up to five new slot titles a month, while also delivering Live Casino and Bingo games as part of its multi-product portfolio, available through one single API.

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