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Malta Contemplates Issuing a Fifth Casino License

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Malta is contemplating the issuing of a fifth casino license. Malta currently has four casinos – Casino Malta, the Dragonara Casino, Oracle Casino and Portomaso Casino. A request for proposals (RFP) for a new casino is underway.

Malta published in the government’s official newspaper, the Malta Gazette, an RFP regarding a “concession to open and operate a casino in Malta.” The country’s Privatisation Unit (PU) is overseeing the process and all submissions must be made in public no later than noon on April 7. From now until then, several milestones are already in place to facilitate the process, including a cut-off date of March 1 for any requests for clarification on the RFP. Responses to those requests will be delivered no later than March 17, which will give candidates only about two weeks to make their final submissions.

The PU explains on its website, “The Privatisation Unit, acting on behalf of the Ministry for the Economy and Industry​, is hereby inviting Prospective Proponents to submit Proposals for the opening and operation of a casino in Malta. Prospective Proponents are reminded that for the opening and operation of a casino in Malta, the Successful Proponent must, in addition to holding the Concession, also hold a valid Casino Licence issued by the Authority in terms of the Gaming Authorisations Regulations.”

All proposals must come from companies that are established and registered in the European Economic Area and the entity that wins the concession must be fully-owned by that company. The casino will need to be built in a tourist area that has been designated as such by the Malta Tourism Authority, but two specific areas are off-limits. No casino will be allowed in either Gozo or Comino.

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Armadillo Studios launches its first slot title – 15 Armadillos

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Armadillo Studios is delighted to announce the official launch of its first game, 15 Armadillos, on the 20th of January. This 5×3 high volatility video slot showcases the natural beauty of the Everglades with a splash of cash via respins, jackpots, symbol collection, Armadillo Link, and free spins.

Players can win again and again thanks to the wild respins, accumulating animal power with each win and building up suspense for the chance to trigger an Armadillo Link – an exciting jackpot feature where each full column of credit prizes also upgrades the jackpot with the top jackpot set at 10,000x for filling all 15 positions.

15 Armadillos fuses symbol collections and pick bonuses to boost the free spin experience to uncharted possibilities. Players are given the flexibility to pick from a massive variety of feature combinations which not only offer a plethora of experiences in each session, but continuous insight into how the next free spins could always top the previous record.

Whether you go with the American Eagle or the Otter free spins, by combining some of the most powerful enhancements together, the game can generate free spin thrills with total wins that almost make the 10,000x top jackpot look small in comparison.

The game will be distributed exclusively by Spearhead Studios and is currently certified in six markets, with more to follow.

David Stoveld, COO of Armadillo Studios, says: “We are proud to debut our first game of many as an American focused gaming studio. Nestled in Florida’s beautiful Everglades, 15 Armadillos sets the tone for our innovative style, where volatile features are accumulated into each animal for a truly unique and rewarding player experience.

Armadillo Studios was established in 2021 in Miami, Florida, and it focuses on bringing premium-quality content to the rich and expanding U.S. casino market. Managed by CEO Razvan Haiduc and COO David Stoveld, the studio has recently partnered with the famous female fighter Amanda Nunes for a branded casino game that is expected to hit the market in the second part of the year.

The team’s efforts will continue in the following months, with the planned release of another upcoming title, Queen of Egypt – Exotic Wilds.

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Oddin.gg to deliver esports betting solution to sports betting platform Novusbet

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The global sports betting industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace. As the pastime gets more and more popular with users, it is also becoming more diversified. One of the niche markets that has seen even more rapid and significant growth is esports betting, which offers a potentially large, mostly untapped source of revenue for operators. As esports betting continues to become more widespread, Oddin.gg, the leading esports betting solutions provider, has been selected by sports betting and platform provider Novusbet to help the latter expand its portfolio.

Novusbet operates primarily in Latin America and Africa, where the majority of its clients are located. Going forward, those clients will gain access to Oddin.gg’s unique and innovative iFrame esports betting solution. This will allow them to target esports bettors throughout their operational areas, reaching tens of millions of potential new customers.

Oddin.gg co-founder and Managing Director Marek Suchar remarked, “This new relationship with Novusbet is the culmination of hard work on the part of both companies, as well as the recognition of the important role esports betting will play in the larger sports betting ecosystem. We are thrilled to be able to count on this new partnership to extend our reach and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”

Novusbet will implement Oddin.gg’s iFrame at the beginning of 2022. This will give all their clients access to tournaments and events for titles like CS:GO, Dota 2, and League of Legends, already household names in the fast-growing industry.

Simone Suppa, Novusbet Operations Manager added, “Oddin.gg’s esports betting solutions stand apart in a market that is seeing greater competition. We are excited to be able to launch their iFrame for our clients, who will benefit from the innovation and advanced technology that Oddin.gg continues to bring to the esports space.”

The esports ecosystem has been rapidly evolving over the past decade with explosive growth over the past two years. Esports betting is changing to reflect the developments. Many traditional sportsbooks around the world have embraced esports betting as a core component of their betting markets, poised to tap into a source of revenue that is expected to reach $13 billion by 2025.

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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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