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IMG ARENA signs long term extension with Ekstraklasa

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IMG ARENA, a leading sports betting service and content hub, has secured an extension to its global* live streaming partnership with Poland’s premier football league, the Ekstraklasa.

The multi-year renewal will see IMG ARENA package live footage from the competition for betting and gaming operators to offer to their customers.

Following a period of commercial growth, Ekstraklasa paid record revenues to its clubs in 2019-20, and the league is set to grow from 16 to 18 teams from 2021-22, providing a greater volume of matches and further increasing the live streaming coverage.

Freddie Longe, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of IMG ARENA, said: “The Ekstraklasa is an ambitious organisation with an entertaining product. We are delighted to be extending our partnership and to stream a growing number of matches.

“Football is the world’s most popular sport, and we are committed to ensuring we have a high quality, diverse portfolio of content to engage fans across the globe.”

Marcin Animucki, President and CEO of Ekstraklasa, said: “IMG ARENA has played a vital role in helping our organisation drive revenues for our members with packaged, engaging content that sustains and builds interest in Ekstraklasa around the world. We take great pleasure in announcing the renewal of the partnership and look forward to building on this mutually beneficial collaboration.”

The Ekstraklasa was formed in 1926, with 82 teams competing in the division since it was founded. Current champions Legia Warsaw won their 14th title in 2019-20, making them the joint most-successful club alongside Wisla Krakow and Gornik Zabrze. A total of 16 different teams have lifted the trophy.

Headquartered in London, IMG ARENA works with more than 460 leading sportsbook operators worldwide, providing always-on services including 24/7 live streaming and on-demand virtual sports products designed to evolve and inspire engagement by placing fans at the heart of the action. In 2019, more than 175 million hours of IMG ARENA content was watched by 56 million unique viewers around the globe. IMG ARENA’s clients include the ATP, UFC, the PGA TOUR, European Tour, the FA Cup and Serie A.

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Century Casinos Announces Extended Polish Casino Closures in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Century Casinos, Inc. announced that its Polish casinos would remain closed through January 31, 2021, subject to potential extensions, to comply with extended quarantines issued by the Polish government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Poland operating segment contributed 4% of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, and it currently appears that due to the pandemic’s current scope it will adversely impact the Company at least through the first half of 2021.

 

About Century Casinos, Inc.:
Century Casinos, Inc. is a casino entertainment company. The Company owns and operates Century Casino & Hotels in Cripple Creek and Central City, Colorado, and in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; the Century Casino in Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Missouri, and in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in New Cumberland, West Virginia; the Century Mile Racetrack and Casino (“CMR”) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Century Bets! Inc. (“CBS”). CBS and CMR operate the pari-mutuel off-track horse betting networks in southern and northern Alberta, respectively. Through its Austrian subsidiary, Century Resorts Management GmbH (“CRM”), the Company holds a 66.6% ownership interest in Casinos Poland Ltd., the owner and operator of eight casinos throughout Poland; and a 75% ownership interest in Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Company operates four ship-based casinos. The Company, through CRM, also owns a 7.5% interest in, and provides consulting services to, Mendoza Central Entretenimientos S.A., a company that provides gaming-related services to Casino de Mendoza in Mendoza, Argentina. The Company continues to pursue other projects in various stages of development.

 

SOURCE Century Casinos, Inc.

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STS secures exclusive rights to LVision’s BetBooster in Poland

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STS will deliver new innovations to its home market of Poland after becoming the exclusive operator of BetBooster, developed by sports data studio LVision.

BetBooster is an automated sports insight feed designed to optimise customer engagement with betting markets, based on historical data of markets and AI analysis of player behaviours.

STS informed that it is just the third operator worldwide to launch LVision’s BetBooster service, and has exclusive rights to the product in Poland.

“STS once again strengthens its position not only as a clear industry leader in terms of market shares (46.6% of current market share) but also as the most technologically advanced and innovative bookmaker in the country,” Mateusz Juroszek, President and owner of STS, said.

“It is also another step on the way to further consistent and effective development of our competitive advantages in Poland and on foreign markets,” he added.

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German Youth Protection Regulator Approves HooYu as a Suitable Age Verification System

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The German Commission for the Protection of Young People in the Media (Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz – KJM) has approved HooYu as a suitable age verification system.

The KJM offers providers legal certainty by reviewing concepts and systems to check that they meet the technical requirements to satisfactorily perform age verification which enables ID document validation and identification by means of an automated process involving the comparison of biometric data.

“As gaming operators embrace the new German regulatory regime, they are looking to age verification systems approved by the KJM. At the same time, operators want a customer sign-up process that makes it easy and convenient for the user to go through the age verification process. The HooYu digital KYC journey does just that, it solves both sides of the equation – what the regulator is looking for and that smooth sign-up experience that gaming operators want to provide to their users,” David Pope, Marketing Director of HooYu, said.

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