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Mobile apps developer and publisher Homa Games raises a record $15 million, the largest European Seed round in 2021

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Homa Games, a mobile developer and publisher with more than 30 apps in its portfolio, has raised a record $15 million Seed round from Idinvest Partners, e.ventures & renowned business angels.

Since its foundation in 2018, Homa Games has chosen HyperCasual as its main focus and has created multiple worldwide game hits of the genre such as Tower Color, Sky Roller and NERF Epic Pranks!. Combining in-house made tech and its own creative studio, Homa Games provides the service of unique excellence to its studio-partners with the focal point on automation and optimization at every step of app production and publishing.

GROWING EXPONENTIALLY EXPONENTIALLY DESPITE COVID RESTRICTIONS

The company’s rapid growth fell on the world-turning pandemic, making it one of the only startups in France actively hiring during the national lockdown. Homa Games quadrupled its team in the past year, expanding the offices to Toulouse, Lisbon and Skopje with the HQ remaining in Paris, and absorbed free-to-play mobile Toulouse-based studio IRL Team. In the same span of time, the company’s milestones were topped by reaching 250 million lifetime downloads, with one of the biggest contributors being NERF Epic Pranks! – one of the first IP HyperCasual games on the market and the company’s first licenced game in collaboration with Hasbro.

“Resilience, task ownership and teamwork are the basis of Homa Games culture, and what allowed us not only to be fully operational during the lockdown, but succeeding in innovation and growth.” shared Oliver le Bas, CRO and Co-founder.

By 2021 Homa Games consolidated its growth by hiring key management figures, including VP of Operations, Julien Bourhis, previously project leader for Boston Consulting Group, Naveen Mewani, Head of Growth Strategies and Romain Levrini, VP of Finance.

DISRUPTING THE CONTENT CREATION PROCESS TO RELEASE LEADING MOBILE APPS WORLDWIDE

“HyperCasual is paving the way for a new production flow to release fun games at a very fast speed. At Homa, we are creating technologies to push this vision a step further, and our goal is to disrupt the content creation process to release the most entertaining apps to a massive audience. We unlock the creativity of developers around the world. This Seed round will enable us to invest further in talents, IP licensing, and products.” Daniel Nathan, CEO & Co-Founder Homa Games.

IDINVEST PARTNERS AND E.VENTURES SUPPORT WILL ACCELERATE HOMA’S GLOBAL EXPANSION AND IMPACT ON THE MOBILE INDUSTRY

In the ever growing mobile industry Homa aims to further diversify and expand their portfolio, innovate and create new tech in User Acquisition and Monetisation, and prototyping and development. The company will combine its expertise with the experience of Idinvest Partners, a European venture capital firm and holder of the Venture 2020 fund prize by Private Equity Magazine, and e.ventures, a leading early-stage early-stage American venture capital fund which invested in Farfetch, Sonos, Scopely, Blinkist and Gopuff among other companies. OneRagtime, a French venture capital fund is also participating in the round. Renowned business angels invested in the company including Jean-Marie Messier (ex-Vivendi CEO), Vladimir Lasocki (Managing Director and Co-Head Carlyle Europe Technology Partners), John Cheng (ex-GM Data Products at Unity) & Alexis Bonillo (Co-Founder of Zenly).

Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner at Idinvest Partners, and Jonathan Userovici, Partner at e.ventures are joining the board of Homa Games.

Benoist Grossmann declares: “The world of mobile games is booming. Homa is already becoming one the leading players in the space with an exceptional team innovating at a crazy pace.”

“Homa built its own proprietary technologies and tools over the past years, making its end-to-end platform one of the most efficient and successful worldwide. The team is building better and better apps & games, reaching hundreds of millions of users and building long-term playful relationships with this audience” adds Jonathan Userovici.

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TVBET goes live in Africa at eBet through Bitville Gaming

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TVBET and Bitville Gaming are now working together, thanks to a recently signed partnership. This new collaboration is a significant step towards the provider’s aim to gain a strong footprint within Africa. B2B provider of live games, and B2B development company Bitville Gaming have united under one goal — to provide the gaming market with the best products and services.

The provider of B2B online streaming games, TVBET, stays strong in pursuing its goals and continues to conclude win-to-win partnerships. This time, the new deal is a collaboration with the B2B development company Bitville Gaming. As part of the deal, a range of TVBET live games is already available at Bitville Gaming’s partner — eBet Swaziland.

eBet Swaziland is an operator offering a wide range of gaming activities. The portfolio of eBet includes betting on sports, like soccer, basketball, boxing, rugby, tennis, etc., virtual sports, a wide range of slots, lotteries, and so on. From now on, eBet players may enjoy TVBET’s chosen live games. The products available at eBet include some of the most popular B2B provider’s games, namely Fruitrace, 1Bet, Lucky6, WheelBet, 5Bet, 7Bet, Keno.

Bitville Gaming is a well-established development company with a highly qualified team of experts. It specializes in creating fixed-odds B2B products for the betting, gaming, and gambling industries. The company’s services also include B2B iframe betting solutions, portal, and free-standing pos wagering solutions, online and SMS wagering solutions, mobile-money wagering solutions, bespoke platform and product development, B2C product development. Originating from South Africa, the company has established itself very well worldwide.

“We believe that the addition of TVBET to our suite of products displays our ongoing commitment to bringing up-to-date, contemporary, and innovative solutions to the African i-Gaming landscape. This is just the beginning of many exciting solutions and products to come!” — says Andrew von Hoesslin, Managing Director of Bitville Gaming.

The partnership promises to be mutually beneficial for all parties. Cooperation between companies will help them strengthen their positions in the betting market and offer their partners new solutions.

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SKS365 welcomes ELK Studios: the international operator signs a partnership for online slots on Planetwin365

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SKS365, the international sports betting and gaming operator ends in glory a year of steady growth for its online casino vertical with another strategic partnership.

The company has signed an agreement with ELK Studios, a Swedish provider specialized in slot machines and online games, which entered the Italian market this year. Thanks to this deal, SKS365 will be offering to its clients the most renowned titles of the provider such as Wild Toro 1 & 2, Katmandu Gold and Nitropolis via the Planetwin365 casino. Further releases such as Book of Toro, Toro 7’s and Stars of Orion are expected soon to be added to the operator’s gaming portfolio.

The extensive portfolio of games, the attention to detail, and the solid mathematical modeling are the strong points of ELK Studios combined with the X-iter mode, which allows players to pick different bonus features for each game, from single bonuses to multiple combinations.

“The titles of ELK Studios are among the best in the world for the quality of their content and the advanced game features and this will allow us to offer an even richer and more engaging gaming experience. We are confident that this new addition will immediately impress our players “, said Troy Cox, Chief Commercial Officer of SKS365.

“We are very excited to grow ELK’s footprint in Italy with such a well known brand as Planetwin365 and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership”, added Martin Lerby, CSO at ELK Studios.

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WSOP Winter Online Circuit Returns To GGPoker

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At least $100,000,000 and 18 WSOP gold rings to be won from December 12 through January 9

GGPoker today launches the WSOP Winter Online Circuit poker tournament series, which runs December 12 through January 9.

This series is made up of 18 headline ring events, each awarding the winning player a coveted WSOP gold ring in addition to the prize money collected, and a full schedule of hundreds of side events and satellite tournaments.

The WSOP Winter Online Circuit series guarantees at least $100,000,000 in cash prizes across the full schedule, with 13 of the ring events boasting tournament guarantees of $1,000,000 or higher.

The series highlights include:

  • BIG 50 MILLION$ – $50 BUY-IN – Sunday, Dec 12 [Final Day] – $1M GTD

  • $400 COLOSSUS – $400 BUY-IN – Sunday, Dec 19 [Final Day] – $2.5M GTD

  • $400 PLOSSUS – $400 BUY-IN – Sunday, Dec 26 [Final Day] – $1M GTD

  • $100 MILLION$ Mini Main Event – $100 BUY-IN – Sunday, Jan 2 [Final Day] – $2M GTD

  • GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH – $1,050 BUY-IN – Sunday, Jan 9 – $1.5M GTD

  • $525 Main Event – $525 BUY-IN – Sunday, Jan 9 [Day 2] – $5M GTD

 

Day 1 flights to the first WSOP ring event, BIG 50 MILLION$, are already running at GGPoker, with satellites starting from $0.50.

“WSOP circuit events are great; they give every player the chance to win a big prize and gold ring, while enjoying a taste of the WSOP experience,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “This time around, there’s also the not-insignificant matter of $100,000,000 in prizes to enjoy as well; it might be getting cold outside, but the action is just heating up at GGPoker!”

Players will receive leaderboard points each time they take part in a ring event or side event, with the top 100 players on the leaderboard sharing $100,000 in prizes upon the conclusion of the series.

Two of the WSOP Winter Online Circuit headline events will be broadcast on GGPoker.TV – the $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Roller will be shown on Tuesday, December 21, while the $525 Main Event $5M GTD event will be showcased on Saturday, January 15.

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

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