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European Lotteries, the European Casino Association, and the World Tote Association join forces to battle illegal online gambling

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The European Lotteries Association (EL), the European Casino Association (ECA) and the World Tote Association (WoTA) welcome the European Commission’s plans to modernize the rules applicable to the online environment. As representatives of the licensed and regulated gambling industry in Europe, we cherish the same values of trust, reliability and integrity for our players. We support the right of people to enjoy and play in a nationally licensed secure gambling environment and our members work hard every day to provide this.

The Alliance represents over 150 operators in the gambling and lottery sector in Europe, where together they contribute more than 35 billion euros yearly to good causes and state budgets. Almost 1 million people are – directly and indirectly – employed by the members of the Alliance. With over 350 000 independent points of sale for lotteries and around 900 casinos across whole Europe, these operators offer a wide variety of safe, well-regulated and controlled games and channel the players to this legal and nationally licensed supply of games.

We call on everyone to support our members, to enable this significant contribution to the benefit of
society to continue.

The Digital Services Act package foresees a notice-and-action mechanism. Such mechanism will enable all users to notify online intermediaries about potentially illegal online content or activities and to help the latter to react quickly and be more transparent regarding the actions taken. Our Alliance sees this as an important improvement in the fight against illegal online gambling offerings and looks forward the enforcement and implementation of these measures by the involved stakeholders to protect the interests of all EU citizens.

Illegal gambling operators offer their services online to players located in multiple EU Member States without having obtained any license in such national markets. These practices are illegal and detrimental for consumers and state budgets, as there is no mutual recognition of national licenses in the gambling sector within the EU and no sector-specific EU legislation in that field is needed.

Illegal (not licensed in the country of offer) gambling operators:

§ Do not respect the laws and regulations set up by the national regulators of the EU Member States where they provide their services
§ Make it practically impossible to protect consumers and especially a vulnerable population from the risks of overconsumption
§ Can enhance the emergence of social problems and crime and constitute a major problem in the fight against money laundering
§ Often do not pay taxes in the national markets where their players are located and do not contribute to any public good or specific charities
§ Represent an unfair and unequal competition to the nationally licensed and authorised gambling operators, threatening their legal business models and the substantial sustainable economic and social contribution they provide to EU member states.

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Continent 8 Technologies continues global expansion with two key hires in Asia

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Lalaine P. Vidal joins award-winning infrastructure provider as Business Development Manager and Christopher Caturay as Technical Solutions Architect

Continent 8, the award-winning global managed hosting, connectivity and security provider, continues to build out its presence in Asia with two key hires.

Lalaine P. Vidal joins as Business Development Manager and Christopher Caturay as Technical Solutions Architect. Both will be based out of the Philippines and will be responsible for supporting the company’s growing customer base across the region.

Vidal has more than a decade of experience in sales and marketing across a range of sectors including banking, BPO, real estate, telco and IT cyber security. Caturay is a cyber security professional with experience in the end-to-end process of deploying solutions and applying best practices for various businesses and in a range of sectors.

The hires form part of a wider push in Asia, where Continent 8 already offers infrastructure, connectivity and security solutions to a range of customers in iGaming and beyond.

The company’s cyber security offering has seen exceptional growth in recent years, keeping up with the evolving cyber security landscape, and with cyber-attacks at an all-time high in Asia, Continent 8 can defend a customers’ infrastructure against the growing number of threats.

Lalaine P. Vidal, Business Development Manager at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “The opportunity to join Continent 8 was one I simply couldn’t turn down. It is the leading infrastructure provider in the industry, and I am looking forward to using my experience in sales and marketing to drive the business forward and further establish its presence and customer base across Asia.”

Christopher Caturay, Technical Solutions Architect at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Asia presents unique challenges when it comes to infrastructure and cyber security. I’m excited to be working for a business that has a comprehensive and unique solution for businesses targeting the Asian market.”

Peter Williams, Managing Director – Asia Pacific at Continent 8 Technologies, added: “Lalaine and Christopher are great talents and are a brilliant addition to the Continent 8 team in Asia. This is an important market for us and one where we have ambitious growth plans that we are actively deploying.

“Lalaine will play a vital role in introducing more businesses to Continent 8 and the award-winning solutions that we provide, while Christopher will ensure that customers are deploying the right products and services for their organisation. This localised approach, along with having feet on the ground, is what makes Continent 8 the go-to infrastructure and security provider for companies targeting Asia and other markets around the world.”

Via network points of presence in Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo), Philippines (Manila), Singapore and Taiwan (Taipei), Continent 8 connects Asia to the rest of the world over a high-capacity, fully redundant private network comprising 90+ locations.

Meet the Continent 8 team at ASEAN Gaming Summit, 21-23 March 2023 at the Manila Marriott Hotel.

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PRAGMATIC PLAY SECURES LATEST DEAL IN SWITZERLAND WITH SWISS CASINOS

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has partnered with Swiss Casinos, one of the biggest operators in Switzerland, as it further expands its foothold in the regulated market.

The supplier’s entire slot portfolio is now live with Swiss Casinos, giving players access to more than 300 premium games. Those include recent titles The Knight King™ and Cowboy Coins™, as well as multi-award-winning player favourites Sugar Rush™ and Gates of Olympus™, which are proven performers in the Swiss market.

The deal follows similar agreements with major Swiss brands such as Pasino.ch (Groupe Partouche) and 7melons (Grand Casino Bern), as Pragmatic Play cements its position at the forefront of slot development and distribution in Switzerland and beyond.

Irina Cornides, Chief Operations Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Swiss Casinos to our growing operator base after a fast and straightforward integration. Introducing Pragmatic Play’s premier games
to an even larger audience will further strengthen our position in Switzerland, where Swiss Casinos is a leading online gaming brand.

“We look forward to working with the team closely as we continue to build momentum in this key regulated market.”

Patrick Mastai, Director Online Casino at Swiss Casinos said: “Pragmatic Play remains one of the most consistent and unique slot providers in the market. It makes sense for us to partner with such a leading industry name on our latest venture which will undoubtedly positively impact our growth plans.

“We are excited to be able to bring such a vast array of new titles to our casinos and raise the stakes for our slot enthusiasts.”

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Yggdrasil creates a buzz with new launch Bugs Money

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Yggdrasil and Reflex Gaming are transporting players to a world where bees make more than honey in the latest YG Masters creation, Bugs Money.

Hailed by Reflex Gaming as one of their most impactful slots to date, the game presents a wide array of vibrant bees, bugs, insects, flowers and fruits. The colourful art and design is coupled with thrilling features: Free Spins and Glow Wilds reel modifiers.

The Free Spins feature is triggered when three or more scatter symbols land and offers a choice of 3, 7, 10, or 15 Free Spins with a max win multiplier of 50x, 20x, 10x and 5x respectively. This allows players to directly set the volatility of the Free Spins feature and encourages user participation.

During the bonus, the majestic Queen Bee symbol can land on the centre reel, increasing the multiplier by 10x, up to a huge maximum of 500x.

When the Glow Wilds reel modifier bonus is triggered during the base game or Free Spins, the setting changes from day into night. While the reels are spinning, glow bugs land on random reel positions to add wild symbols. The Queen Bee can also make an appearance during the Glow Wilds bonus to deliver insane wins.

Part of the YG Masters portfolio, Bugs Money is Reflex Gaming’s 13th title as part of the initiative. The offering is powered by GATI, Yggdrasil’s state-of-the-art technology enabling partners to employ the preconfigured, regulation-ready, standardised development toolkit to consistently produce cutting-edge content followed by rapid distribution.

Stuart McCarthy, Head of Product & Programs at Yggdrasil, said: “Bugs Money is a playful, fun and vibrant title with straightforward yet engaging game play.

“Our partnership with Reflex Gaming has been fantastic to date with over 10 titles launched and we are excited to introduce yet another premium game to our wide operator network.”

Mat Ingram, CPO at Reflex Gaming, said: “This game has been a lot of fun to create. It’s another original concept from our studio.

“Despite the tranquil setting, it can quickly turn volatile. The Free Spins can dramatically increase the volatility by offering a super volatile mode. Allowing players to set their own volatility in the Free Spins feature offers greater engagement and ensures the title appeals to a wide demographic.”

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