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Global Online Gambling Market to Reign in Huge Profits till 2025 with Registering a CAGR of 13.2%

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2021 World Gaming Almanac: Coverage of 280+ International Gaming Jurisdictions, 7000 International Property Profiles and 700 Regulatory Agencies
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2020 was a game-changing year online gambling market, mainly due to the online gaming & gambling legalization in the US. Ballot initiatives in the U.S. presidential election from November 2020 added new states to the growing list of U.S. states where online casino betting is legalized, allowing the online gambling market to garner significant revenues. The newly elected government signaled support for opening up the online gambling industry and reducing federal restrictions.

More legal breakthroughs expected in 2021 would become a huge momentum driver in the online gambling industry. Players like Bragg Gaming Group, MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Flutter Entertainment, and Caesars Entertainment are seeing new opportunities to increase their online footprint into major gaming markets in Europe, North America, and APAC markets that could mean big things in 2021 and beyond.

This also means that online gambling markets worldwide would garner significant traction. According to Market Research Future (MRFR), the global online gambling market size is projected to grow at a 13.2% CAGR during the forecast period (2019–2025).  The market was valued at USD 117.99 billion in 2018. Besides, advances in connectivity and other related technologies are expected to foster the global online gambling market size.

COVID-19 Impact
The COVID-19 outbreak has positively impacted the already booming online gambling market, increasing public interest in online gaming by almost 52%. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns worldwide allowed people with more free time to involve in gaming and leisure activities.

Besides, safe distancing mandates are increasing the uptake of online gambling, allowing access to all the games, slots, and sport betting facilities from home comfort. With the increased uses of various cloud gaming services, the online gambling market share is witnessing a constant uptick over the past few months.

Also, increasing investments are seen by the service providers to foster R&D activities to allow slot developers and online casino sites to exploit the online gambling market opportunities, making entertaining gambling programs & games from side project to the next global sensation.

Industry Trends:
Rapid developments in Internet technologies and mobile apps are projected to increase the online gambling market size, registering a significant growth in terms of revenues and the amount of time users spend on such gambling activities. Online poker and casinos are some of the widely played games in the overall online gambling market. With the improving Internet connectivity, online gambling platforms enable gamblers to play with anyone at a time.

Online gambling platforms offer various benefits compared to traditional gambling, such as support with numerous languages and multiple currencies depending upon the gambler’s location. Also, the online gambling platforms use real money, and they’re not required to exchange chips for money, the key feature that is not available in traditional casino games. These are some of the factors significantly boosting the online gambling market growth.

On the other hand, regulatory norms such as The Information Technology Act in India that have certain provisions to ban foreign websites in the country restrict online gambling market growth. Also, in some countries, the governments have invoked the ban on playing on certain foreign betting sites, which can pose challenges to the growth of the online gambling market.

Segmentation:
The online gambling market is segmented into game type, device type, end users, and regions. The game type segment is sub-segmented into betting, casino, poker, lottery, online bingo, and others. The device type segment is sub-segmented into desktop and mobile. The end-user segment is sub-segmented into gambling enthusiasts, social exuberant, and dabbles.

Regional Segmentation:
By region, the market is bifurcated into the Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, Rest-of-North America) and South America, Europe (the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Rest-of-Europe), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, and Rest-of-the-APAC), and Rest-of-the-World.

Europe is projected to dominate the global online gambling market. The presence of a large number of online gambling service providers that offer secured gambling platforms, such as Kindred Group PLC, Bet365, and 888 Holdings, drives the growth of the market in the region.

Besides, increased demand for online gambling services and improved Internet connectivity with high reliability in this region boost the market growth. Furthermore, advanced technologies and favorable government rules and regulations across various countries influence the region’s online gambling market share.

North America is expected to acquire the second position in the global online gambling market. The market rise is predicted to be driven by the rising numbers of gamblers, and gambling platforms in the region contribute to the regional market growth. Current regulatory reforms in the United States are projected to create vast opportunities for new and established companies across the US gaming industry to move into the online space and serve a wider market of customers.

The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to emerge as a profitable market for online gambling globally. Increasing focus on improving internet connectivity and high R&D investment are the major factors projected to influence market growth in the region. Furthermore, technical expertise and the proliferation of smartphones foster the growth of the market. Online gambling platforms in emerging countries such as Indian and China are likely to boost the region’s market share during the assessment period.

Competitive Analysis:
The online gambling market is expected to witness significant product launches and implementations of several strategic approaches, such as expansion, collaboration, mergers & acquisitions, and product launches. Mature industry players are making strategic investments in research and development activities and fostering their expansion plans.

For instance, recently, on Jan. 29, 2021, FOX Bet, along with Pokerstars and Stars Casino, launched its sports betting and online gambling products in Michigan following a major sports-betting app that was approved in the state earlier in January 2021.

In another instance, an online gambling company – Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG), in December 2020, announced the launch of services in New Jersey and is poised for additional expansion with significant investments.

Key players involved in the online gambling market are:

  • The Stars Group (Canada)
  • International Game Technology PLC (US)
  • Betsson AB (Sweden)
  • Net Entertainment (Sweden)
  • Kindred Group Plc (Malta)
  • Paddy Power Betfair PLC (Ireland)
  • Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd. (UK)
  • 888 Holdings PLC (UK)
  • Bet-at-home.com (UK)
  • Betfair Group plc. (UK)
  • Bwin. Party Digital Entertainment (Austria)
  • William Hill Plc (UK)
  • bet365 (UK)
  • Scientific Games (US)
  • VGC Holdings PLC (Isle of Man)
  • Betway (Europe)
  • Spin Inc. (US)
  • Royal Panda (Europe)

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NeoGames makes bid to acquire Aspire Global for SEK 111 per share

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NeoGames, the global leader of iLottery solutions and services, has made a bid to acquire Aspire Global, the leading supplier of gaming solutions, for SEK 111 per share.

On 17 January 2022, a public tender offer was made by NeoGames S.A to the shareholders of Aspire Global to tender all their shares in the Company to NeoGames for a consideration consisting of a combination of cash and newly issued shares in NeoGames . Aspire Global’s main shareholders, who in aggregate own shares corresponding to 66.96% of all shares and votes in Aspire Global, have entered into irrevocable undertakings that enable the other shareholders in Aspire Global to tender their shares to NeoGames and receive 100 percent cash consideration corresponding to SEK 111.00 per share tendered in Aspire Global representing a premium of 41% compared to today’s closing price of SEK 78.5 for Aspire Global’s share.

This value of the company is between 500-600 million US Dollars.

For the shareholders who elect to receive 100 percent of the consideration in cash, the Last Twelve Month (LTM) EBITDA multiple) would be 16.8x which compares very favorably to the comparable multiples in the space.

For those shareholders electing to take the mix of equity and cash on a 50:50 basis, the EV/EBITDA multiple will be 13.6x due to the proposed share price ratio which, whilst a lower multiple, also compares well to industry comparables. The latter option will be subject to change based on the movement of NeoGames share price pre closing of the Offer.

The synergies between the companies expend more the control in the value chain of gaming and lottery and will allow the group to become a true online leader in regulated markets.

NeoGames will gain access to Aspire Global proprietary products and world leader in the managed services offering, also to big volumes in regulated markets such as Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Aspire Global will be able to accelerate its US entry plans through the existing presence of NeoGames.

Aspire Global will continue to act independently and as an iGaming division in the whole group.

All the employees are expected to continue as usual in both Aspire Global group and NeoGames.

Tsachi Maimon will remain as the CEO of Aspire Global group and will be appointed to be the president of the NeoGames group.

Tsachi Maimon, CEO Aspire Global:

“Aspire Global is a high quality, leading supplier with a one stop shop in the regulated gaming industry. Following the acquisition of Btobet, Pariplay, the recent investment in bingo and the divestment of the B2C division and now this potential merger with NeoGames, we will create a leading global supplier for the entirety of the iGaming and iLottery space overnight. I strongly believe that the two companies are well matched with a solid cultural connection forged over many years of working together which will facilitate meaningful revenue synergies. The deal will allow us to leverage NeoGames’ presence in the U.S. to grow even further in this market whilst continuing to roll out new products and support the growth of our regulated clients in Europe, Latin America, Africa and North America. Setting aside the value creation from a financial perspective, both NeoGames and Aspire Global will be able to offer a state-of-the-art enhanced gaming solution as well as supporting growth for existing and new clients. This is an exciting new chapter for my management and employees as we look to lead the space with high quality and innovative products”

Moti Malul, CEO NeoGames:
“This is a highly strategic and transformational transaction for NeoGames that represents perhaps one of the more important milestones for us as a company. We believe that the combination of our two very successful companies will create a leading global provider across all forms of online lottery, sports betting and gaming that would have significant global active presence in many key markets. As a pure-play iLottery provider, we have experienced first-hand the strong convergence and expansion trend of lotteries in many countries globally into online gaming verticals and we believe that with this transaction we will become an even better strategic partner to our existing and future customers. We are excited to also be able to become a leading global provider to regulated gaming operators through the vast experience and product set that Aspire Global brings to our combined entity, together with profound operational experience which is a crucial success factor. The strong ties and cultural fit between the companies, where significant parts of our management teams have worked together and cooperated along the years, provides a great platform for future collaboration and success”

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Livespins joins forces with Fantasma Games

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Studio’s chart-topping slots now part of social streaming bet-behind platform

Livespins, the provider of socially charged online casino experiences, has signed an agreement with Fantasma Games that will see the exciting game studio integrate its suite of slots into Livespins’ ground-breaking live streaming platform.

The partnership will see Livespins’ growing army of hugely entertaining streamers play some of Fantasma’s most popular titles while enabling players to join the ride and bet behind the streamer.

Livespins is keen to work with innovative and cutting-edge studios to offer the best game titles to its streamers as well as players. Fantasma certainly fits the bill with its suite of slots that have been designed to offer player experiences that go beyond gambling.

This includes slots such as Flower Fortune Megaways that allows players to climb through levels built into the game, unlocking additional bonus features as they do. Then you have Heroes Hunt and Heroes Hunt 2 where players unlock different characters as they progress through the game’s storyline.

Livespins integrates directly with an online casino and its proprietary streaming platform allows multiple players to view their favourite streamer and bet behind their play, effectively creating a group bet and shared betting experience on the same spin.

Each player is free to choose the bet amount and the number of spins they prefer. Adding another level of user engagement is the ability to chat with the streamer and other players and add reactions as the streamer spins the reels and the anticipation and excitement builds.

Michael Pedersen, CCO at Livespins, said: “Livespins is here to socially charge online casinos and offer an entirely new category of player experience by combining a well-known bet format – bet behind – with the uniquely immersive and highly entertaining world of streaming.

“At the heart of an engaging streaming session is a slot that provides the thrills and spills that both the streamer and the viewer can get excited about and in Fantasma Games we have a studio that knows how to deliver on both counts.

“This is the first in a series of integrations that we will be rolling out over the coming weeks and months as we continue to ramp up the Livespins product and proposition.”

Fredrik Johansson, Founder at Fantasma Games, said: “As a studio, we have always aimed to be at the cutting edge and to design and develop slots that go beyond gambling to deliver never seen before player experiences. Livespins is working with a similar ethos, and we are thrilled to be their first studio partner.

“This partnership will allow us to leverage the power and influence of streamers and put our slots in front of a new and growing community of casino streaming consumers and online slot players.”

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7Mojos Live casino and slot games joins Salsa Gator

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Salsa Technology has launched 7Mojos’ catalogue of stunning live dealer and slot games onto its Salsa Gator, Salsa’s aggregator platform.

Online casino games provider 7Mojos specialises in creating next-gen entertainment content certified by GLI and holds licences from MGA, the Bulgaria State of Commission and other jurisdictions.

As part of the content deal, the Salsa Gator platform welcomes a number of Live Dealer games including Andar Bahar, Blackjack, Baccarat, Teen Patti and Roulette.

Salsa’s market-leading Salsa Gator provides a rich and diverse selection of engaging casino content. All the titles can be seamlessly accessed with a single integration and are proven to deliver excellent results throughout Latin America.

Salsa Technology’s CEO, Peter Nolte said:”7Mojos is a business we’ve long admired and I’m thrilled to welcome its wide selection of live games to our Salsa Gator. These titles will further enhance our offering and help us kick off 2022 in style.”

Stefan Enchev 7Mojos CCO followed:”Adding our standout live casino and slot games suite to the Salsa Gator platform will greatly enhance our reach and ensure our games are enjoyed by a wider audience in Latam. Working with Salsa is a wonderful opportunity and one that will yield great results.”

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