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Entain and Arena Racing Company Sign Ground-Breaking Media Rights and Distribution Deal for Horse Racing and Greyhound Racing

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Entain and Arena Racing Company Sign Ground-Breaking Media Rights and Distribution Deal for Horse Racing and Greyhound Racing

Entain and Arena Racing Company (Arena Racing) today announce the signing of a ground-breaking long-term media rights deal that covers horse racing media rights and establishes a landmark joint venture between Entain and Arena Racing for greyhound racing, through to 31 December 2029.

This exciting long-term deal will deliver a compelling range of horse racing and greyhound racing product for Entain’s retail & digital channels, Ladbrokes & Coral, as well as for its digital brands – Betdaq, Bwin and Sportingbet, and will launch a joint venture between the two parties for the distribution of greyhound racing content from Entain, Arena Racing and Independent greyhound tracks.

Both horse and greyhound media rights will be produced and distributed to the UK independent bookmaking sector via The Racing Partnership (“TRP”) and into international markets such as Spain, produced and distributed by Arena Racing subsidiary, Vermantia.

Horse Racing Media Rights

The horse racing media rights element of the Entain / Arena Racing partnership covers all UK, race day data & audio-visual coverage for races from Arena Racing’s sixteen UK racecourses, which include Doncaster, Newcastle, Chepstow and Lingfield Park. The deal also includes South African & Australian content and will commence on 1 January 2022 and run through to 31 December 2029.

Greyhound Racing Joint Venture

The ground-breaking joint venture (JV) between Entain and Arena Racing will deliver a single optimised UK Greyhound Racing schedule. The JV will become the vehicle for licensing media rights to Entain & other domestic and international betting operators from these tracks. This joint venture will launch on 1 January 2024 through to 31 December 2029.

The JV will hold the long term exclusive rights to premium greyhound content from twelve stadia owned across Arena Racing (Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr and Sunderland), independent stadia within Greyhound Media Group (“GMG”) (Kinsley, Sheffield, Swindon and Yarmouth) as well as those owned by Entain (Crayford, Hove, Monmore Green and Romford).

Adrian Bower, Entain Chief Procurement Officer said today: “We are delighted to be partnering with Arena Racing on such a comprehensive long-term deal that will give certainty to both parties for the benefit of both horse racing and greyhound racing, as well as helping them navigate the Covid challenges and emerge stronger when the world gets back to normal”

“This is a progressive deal for greyhound racing, that will deliver a sustainable programme going forward, support greyhound welfare, and deliver more money into the sport”

“This landmark deal supports Entain’s omni-channel strategy for its UK digital brands and emphasises the huge value we place on the horse racing and greyhound racing products. We have been looking for a long-term deal that delivers benefits to both parties, allowing us to focus on navigating the immediate challenge of Covid, while generating greater value for all. Ladbrokes and Coral are two of the biggest and longest standing investors in, and supporters of horse racing and greyhound racing, and this significant commercial deal with Arena Racing is just further proof of our support for these two great British sports”

Kevin Robertson, Managing Director of Arena Racing’s Media and International Division said today:

This deal between Arena Racing and Entain represents a new era of collaboration between the horse and greyhound racing industries and their bookmaker customers.”

“We are delighted to have framed this deal to offer long term certainty for both our horse and greyhound racing, as we look to recover from what have been incredibly difficult times for both industries.  Importantly, this deal recognises the value for both horse and greyhound racing being sold directly by rightsholders to their key bookmaker customers. We are delighted to be working in partnership with a significant global partner in Entain who operate historic and popular brands such as Ladbrokes and Coral, continuing their long association with both sports.”

“Both Arena Racing and Entain are committed to the future of greyhound racing, and under the new JV we will be able to sustain and re-invigorate a sport that has been through significant change over the years. The launch of evening greyhound racing on Sky Sports Racing in February is hopefully the first of many new initiatives to promote and enhance the sport”

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BOLD NEW IN-GAME AD PLATFORM REVEALED BY PLAYSTACK

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Leading videogame publisher Playstack today proudly announces the launch of its innovative new advertising technology for developers – the ‘Interact’ SDK – which offers real world redeemables that reward players for interacting with (rather than being interrupted by) in-game advertisements.

Advertising plays an increasingly important role in game monetisation, however Playstack believes there can be better, less interruptive ways of integrating ads.

Interact has been designed to offer developers a new way to monetise whilst making gaming sessions more immersive and rewarding; seamlessly integrating brands into games. This lightweight, easy to integrate SDK gives developers three new advertising alternatives; virtual display advertising, full level takeovers and real world rewards. Developers get engagement and revenue, brands get new customers and players get free stuff.

The Interact technology also gives developers a free, powerful and integrated way to cross promote their own games and apps; allowing them to engage even more with their ever growing audiences.

“Serving ads to gamers has increasingly become like the Wild West. Players are seeing ads interrupt their mobile gaming experience, causing people to skip them, ignore them, or even churn from the game completely. We intend to change that,” said Harvey Elliott, CEO of Playstack. “Our ethos compels us to search out better ways to serve both developers and players – so we’re thrilled to launch Interact as a serious alternative for integrating advertising into games.”

The brand partnership team at Playstack have years of experience and an intuitive understanding of how to integrate brands into games from their work with Playstack’s own portfolio of games. They know how to deliver a branded in-game experience which delights and rewards players and generates real campaign value for brands. Through Interact they are bringing this network of partners and campaign know-how to games developers worldwide.

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NASR Esports takes Global Esports Tour 2021 Dubai title in undefeated run

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United Arab Emirates-based team NASR Esports lifted the Global Esports Tour 2021 Dubai title in style, winning the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament in an undefeated run on November 27.

The team beat Doomsday 2-0 in the semi-finals in a best-of-three tie, before whitewashing Triple 6 3-0 in the best-of-five grand final to win the US$8,000 pay cheque.

The runners-up took home US$4,000 while Doomsday and Level E-sports won US$1,500 for making it to the final four.

They came through a field of 30 teams that took part in the open qualifiers, all vying for a spot at next year’s Global Esports Tour Dubai.

NASR Esports’ victory will assure them a spot at the event in March, where they will compete against the world’s best professional CS:GO teams for a total prize pool of US$250,000.

The Dubai event wraps up the 2021 season of the Global Esports Tour, following successful stops in Los Angeles and Riyadh. Next up on the GEF calendar is the inaugural edition of its flagship event: the Global Esports Games held from December 17-19 in Singapore.

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Crypto gambling wins the market: BGaming gathered Q3 iGaming trends

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Over the past several months, the BGaming expert team has continued to analyze current trends within the gaming industry to determine the latest and most influential changes to the market. What cryptocurrency has shown the most significant growth across Q3, and which BGaming title has become the most fast-growing slot in the portfolio? BGaming has gathered a few interesting facts below.  

Mobile gaming keeps leading position. According to our company’s statistics, mobile gaming has far and away remained the most popular method of gaming, exceeding gaming on both a tablet and a computer. As a matter of fact, almost 95% of our players choose to play our games on their mobile devices, as opposed to nearly 3% and 2% for computers and tablets, respectively. 

The share of the young adult audience is growing. BGaming team has seen an increase in our young adult audience by almost 6% over the past year. In the current climate, young adults are spending more and more time at home looking for new forms of entertainment. Following that trend, iGaming providers track the most popular demands of this new generation, creating and adapting new games and products to meet the needs of this growing market. 

“When composing the road map of our games, we always rely on the analytics that our team collects. Of course, we strive to meet the needs of different generations, but it is important to be flexible and notice any changes in the market on time. So, for example, we see that the demand for exclusive products is growing. The audience wants to see unique games created according to their requests. And this is what we are working on, producing Brand Exclusive games for operators,” noted Marina Ostrovtsova, Executive Director at BGaming.

Crypto gambling wins the market. This year has seen an explosion in the popularity of cryptocurrency across every aspect of life. As digital money becomes more normalized, there has been a surge in their use across all igaming products. Of course, Bitcoin continues to be the most popular form of crypto; however, Litecoin has shown the most remarkable rise in popularity across Q3, increasing by 49%. In addition, Tether expanded in favor this year. BGaming team calculated a 108% increase in its use across brand’s titles in Q3.

Being the world’s first iGaming provider to offer cryptocurrencies, we draw particular attention to crypto gambling. BGaming widens its network of crypto projects and we see the results. The number of explosive winnings on crypto projects has significantly rised over the past few months,” highlighted Bogdan Gres, Brand Team Lead at BGaming.   

Aloha King Elvis is the fastest growing BGaming slot of 2021. BGaming has already released 11 games in the past year, including WBC Ring of Riches, Lucky Dama Muerta, and Dig Dig Digger slots. Released in Q3, the sequel to the immensely popular game Elvis Frog in Vegas, Aloha King Elvis, has almost caught up in popularity and shows the fastest growth among other BGaming titles. The game inspired by the talent and magnetism of Rock-n-Roll King shares includes three types of Jackpot and two types of Free spin rounds that make slot especially attractive to players. 

“We wanted to continue the story of cue Elvis which has already become a symbol of BGaming. The game met our expectations. Moreover, new features such as Buy Bonus and Chance 2.5 added in October also stimulated popularity growth,further noted Bogdan Gres, Brand Team Lead at BGaming. 

BGaming is a fast-growing game provider converting gambling into gaming. Thanks to an expert team and a player-driven approach, the studio creates innovative and engaging products featured on reputable platforms and 550+ online casinos worldwide. BGaming is the world’s first to support cryptocurrencies and offer Provably Fair games. Today the brand’s portfolio includes 70+ products with HD graphics and a clear user interface for every device.

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