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Crucial Compliance strengthens board with Chairman appointment

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Responsible Gaming and AML Strategy specialist, Crucial Compliance, appoints Nigel Birrell as Non-Executive Chairman

Crucial Compliance has today announced that it has appointed Nigel Birrell, to the position of Non-Executive Chairman. This news comes just weeks after Andy Masters joined the board as Chief Operating Officer.

Birrell brings with him a wealth of experience which will support the company’s ongoing strategy for international expansion. It also further bolsters the governance of the business, providing a springboard into new and exciting markets. As the CEO of the Lottoland Group, and previously Group Director of M&A at Bwin.Party (now GVC), Birrell adds significant and arguably, unrivalled iGaming experience to the business.

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Foster, Managing Director at Crucial Compliance said: “We are thrilled to have Nigel join the team. With his unrivalled industry knowledge and experience, we are looking forward to receiving his counsel in helping to shape Crucial’s future for sustainable growth.

“In attracting someone of Nigel’s calibre, we have reiterated our commitment to driving safer gambling and business change through holistic growth strategies.”

Nigel Birrell added: “I am delighted to be joining Paul, Andy and the team at Crucial Compliance at this formative stage in what has already been a tremendous early phase of its development as a leading provider of regulatory, corporate responsibility and compliance services. ”

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Football Manager and Wordle Amongst 2022’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Mobile Games, Study Reveals

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A new study from Mozillion has revealed the mobile phone apps which are the fastest growing in 2022 so far, as well as those which have decreased in popularity most since 2021. Researchers from the mobile phone marketplace analysed data for more than 500 of the most popular apps currently on the market, to reveal which have shot up (or down) in popularity with mobile phone users. The study also revealed the mobile gaming apps which have increased and decreased in popularity most over the past six months. 

The top 20 fastest growing mobile games in 2022  

Delivery game Deliver It 3D was the mobile game which has shot up the charts most, increasing by 997 positions in the App Store over the past six months. Hugely popular mobile games including Angry Bird, Football Manager, Wordle and HeadsUp! also featured in the top ten fastest growing mobile games in 2022 so far.

Rank Mobile Game Increase in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Deliver It 3D 997
2 Rovio Classics: Angry Bird 996
3 Football Manager 2022 Mobile 994
4 Fill The Fridge 991
5 Wordle 986
6 Heads Up! 983
7 Football Manager 2021 Mobile 983
8 Tall Man Run 973
9 Total War: MEDIEVAL II 971
10 Poppy Playtime Chapter 1 959
11 Arcadia – Arcade Watch Games 958
12 Super Goal – Soccer Sticman 955
13 Coffee Inc 2 953
14 Worms3 950
15 Labyrinth City 949
16 Convenience Stories 947
17 Fishdom 942
18 Coloring Match 940
19 Papa’s Cluckeria 939
20 Slay the Spire 938

The top 20 mobile games that have decreased in popularity most in 2022 

Once-popular games Traffic Cop 3D and Paper Fold were found to be amongst the apps that have seen the biggest decreases in popularity in 2022 so far, dropping between 996 and 999 spots on the App Store charts since 2021.  

Rank Mobile Game Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22)
1 Traffic Cop 3D -999
2 Retro Bowl -998
3 Paper Fold -996
4 Moon Pioneer -994
5 Flex Run 3D -985
6 Candy Challenge 3D -983
7 Watersort Puzzle -978
8 Youtubers Life -977
9 MAD FUT 22 Draft & Pack -977
10 Shot Factor -976
11 Turn Left!! -975
12 Keyboard Art -972
13 Zen Match -966
14 Water Sort Puzzle -964
15 Stacky Dash -951
16 Call of Duty -950
17 Magic Tiles 3 -950
18 Stone Miner -946
19 The Cube -941
20 Survival Challenge 3D -939

The most consistent mobile games of 2022 

While some apps are only destined to spend a short time ruling the top positions of the App Store charts, others have remained consistent as we transitioned into the new year of 2022. Hugely popular mobile gaming app Minecraft remained in the top five of the charts over the six-month period, as did popular pizza game Papa’s Pizzeria.

Mobile Game Increase/Decrease in App Store Chart Position (Oct ’21 – Apr ’22) 
Minecraft  0 
Papa’s Pizzeria 0 

Founder at Mozillion, Len Leeson comments:    

“Apps are a huge part of everyday life for mobile phone owners in 2022. From tracking fitness and nutrition, mobile gaming or social networking with friends and family, checking the weather – or even finding your life partner! Apps are becoming more technologically advanced and user-friendly every year, allowing our mobile phones to help us become more efficient and connected in our day-to-day lives.  

Our research has shown that while some apps are just fleeting trends, others are very clearly here to stay and remain firm favourites amongst mobile phone users, year after year. 

There’s an amazing choice of apps that are out there now, and alongside the fun ones, some are increasingly important and useful. With this in mind, we recommend you look for at least 128GB or even 256GB of storage when buying a new phone, so that the capacity keeps pace with the (many) apps you may want to download.” 

To view the full list of the apps growing and decreasing in popularity in 2022, visit: https://www.mozillion.com/resources/the-mozillion-app-trends-report-2022/

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React Gaming to Offer LOOT.BET Esports Wagering Skin via HHRP in the Philippines

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Generationz Gaming Entertainment, a subsidiary of the React Gaming Group, has signed a white label revenue sharing agreement with HHRP Inc to operate LOOT.BET’s esports wagering platform in the Philippines, pending successful certification of the LOOT.BET platform by Gaming Laboratories International.

“We are thrilled to have HHRP as a partner for the Philippines market, HHRP being one of only four companies holding online gaming licences in a country of more than 109 million people,” Laurent Benezra, President and CEO of React Gaming, said.

“This agreement is part of our two-pronged growth strategy to expand LOOT.BET’s reach into the B2C and B2B markets. The advantage of the B2B market is that LOOT.BET’s platform will be offered to established customer bases, thus involving no customer acquisition cost on our part. Our partner will offer our white-label platform as its own to its customers and we will receive a portion of the revenue generated when those customers use the platform. The more popular our platform, the more revenue it will generate. The great thing about this model is that we can replicate it in multiple markets and with multiple online gaming providers at minimal cost,” Laurent Benezra added.

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PRAGMATIC PLAY JOINS FORCES WITH VERSUS IN SPAIN

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has further expanded its footprint in Spain, having partnered with VERSUS, the sports betting and online casino brand of Orenes Group.  

The agreement will see the provider’s complete slots portfolio go live on this casino brand, which has operated in the Spanish market since 2011. Its multi-channel presence ensures it possesses a powerful reach across the country. 

VERSUS customers will be able to enjoy leading slots from Pragmatic Play, including latest launch Fire Strike 2™ and Barn Festival™, as well as the multi-award-winning titles Gates of Olympus™ and Wolf Gold™. 

The deal follows a number of key commercial agreements signed by Pragmatic Play in recent weeks, including with Stake, Begame and Hollywoodbets, as the supplier continues its impressive commercial momentum.  

Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Spain is a leading regulated market in Europe, and we’re delighted to partner with a company as established as VERSUS in the territory. 

“VERSUS is a leading brand, and we are excited to bring our expansive slot offering to its players as we continue to collaborate with prominent operators, which aligns with our ethos of developing and delivering premium entertainment to users globally.” 

Juan José López, Sports Betting and Online Gambling Director at VERSUS, added: “Pragmatic Play’s impressive slot portfolio brings vibrant titles, retro hits and forward-looking mechanics together to deliver incredible player experiences.  

“It is an exciting moment for us as we broaden our potential player base with the world-class supplier’s content.” 

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