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Greek Operator OPAP Posts Profit Despite Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic

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Greek gambling operator OPAP has announced its consolidated financial results for the period ended December 31, 2020.

OPAP reported revenues in FY 2020 stood at €1129.8m lower by 30.3% y-o-y. GGR came in at €230.9m decreased by 48.3% y-o-y as a result of the imposed lockdowns on retail venues. Net Profit in FY 2020 increased 1.5% to €205.3m (FY 2019: €202.4m).

Q4 2020 net profit reached €132.1m versus net profit of €61.8m in Q4 2019, while on an l-f-l basis Q4 2020 net profit dropped by 74.3%. Net profit has been positively affected by the recognition in Q4 of a €142.7m gain related to the re-measurement of the 36.75% stake held by Kaizen Gaming’s Greek and Cypriot operations.

Jan Karas, CEO of OPAP, said: “Although Q4 was yet another quarter disrupted by Covid-19, with retail closure and restrictions imposed for tackling the pandemic, OPAP has once again demonstrated substantial operational and financial readiness to mitigate the impact, through its diversified portfolio.

On the operational front, online growth contributed significantly to our topline, with both our revenues and our customer base reaching all-time high levels. At the same time, our investment in Kaizen Gaming, which operates the leading Stoiximan brand, has been concluded, our games portfolio has been further enhanced and our retail network partners have been supported efficiently.

Looking forward and having successfully preserved our solid financial position and cash reserves, we continue – despite the still prevailing exceptional conditions – to build on what we have already accomplished. With confidence, we are pursuing the successful execution of OPAP’s new business strategy, the Fast Forward strategy, in order to deliver even better Gaming Entertainment to our customers.”

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1spin4win Unveils “Treasure Hunt” Network Promotion for Online Casinos

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1spin4win, a renowned provider of online casino games, announced the launch of its new network promotion, “Treasure Hunt”. Set to run from June 1 to 9, 2024, this thrilling event invites players on an enchanting adventure across 11 captivating games, with a total prize pool of €20,000 waiting to be claimed.

The nine-day “Treasure Hunt” promotion is designed to significantly enhance player interest and engagement, boost GGR and betting volume, and elevate the brand image of participating online casinos. Players will have the chance to win one of 515 randomly awarded cash prizes, adding an extra layer of excitement to their gaming experience.

Each bet placed during the promotion can result in a maximum of one prize, with no limit on the number of prizes a player can win. Notably, all prizes are deducted from the GGR prior to invoicing, ensuring a smooth and transparent process for operators.

The “Treasure Hunt” promotion features a stellar lineup of participating games, including Sun Treasure, Lucky Robbery, Cash the Gold Hold and Win, Cash the Gold, Mega Cash the Gold, Hold the Gold, Book of Corsairs, Lucky Jane & Aztec Book, Lucky Jane in Egypt, Lucky Gold Miner and Dolphin’s Wealth.

To cater to a global audience, all participating titles support 16 fiat and cryptocurrencies, including EUR, USD, BTC, ETH, LTC and USDT.

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Allwyn Appoints Ifor Evans as Group Chief Technology Officer

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Allwyn announced the appointment of Ifor Evans as its new Group Chief Technology Officer. Ifor will replace Tony Khatskevich, who, after six years of dedicated and exemplary service, has decided to move from his current role as Group Chief Technology Officer and become an Advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors. In this role, Tony will focus on offering strategic counsel on innovation, technology, IT and security matters. Ifor will take up the CTO role at Allwyn on 1 June 2024.

Ifor is an accomplished CTO with over 25 years of extensive experience in software engineering, systems and data architecture, IT management and project leadership. He joins Allwyn from Gamesys PLC/Bally’s Corp, where he has been Group Chief Technology Officer since 2019 and where he developed, maintained and operated highly capable gaming platforms.

Prior to Gamesys, he held the role of Group Chief Technology Officer (Southeast Asia) for Lazada, part of the Alibaba Group, working in Singapore. He also established Lazada eLogistics (LEL) as a separate entity within the Lazada Group, and led a team of over 400 individuals to create and implement a comprehensive technology strategy.

Robert Chvátal, CEO of Allwyn Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ifor as our new Group Chief Technology Officer to continue enhancing the innovation of the lotteries we operate. Allwyn wants to make its lotteries even more entertaining and attractive to new audiences, and in doing so have even more of a positive impact on society.

“Ifor is a dynamic business leader who has an excellent track record of delivering technology solutions across the gaming and IT sector. He has exceptional strategic capabilities, proven operational effectiveness and strong experience in our markets.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Tony for his exceptional contribution and commitment to Allwyn over the past six years. He played a pivotal role in establishing a strong technology function for Allwyn, and conceived and led technology initiatives that have helped to drive innovation across the Group. In addition, Tony played a key leadership role in Allwyn’s winning bid in the UK and management of the transition. I’m very pleased that we will continue to benefit from Tony’s wisdom, knowledge, ideas and warm personality in his new role, where he will continue to help us to fulfil our business growth and ambitions.”

Ifor Evans said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Group Chief Technology Officer of Allwyn. The company’s commitment to social impact is evident across its global footprint. I look forward to helping the team to develop even better lotteries and new game formats through the power of cutting-edge technology and future thinking.”

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Interblock Becomes a Direct Buyer in the Netherlands

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Electronic table game specialist supplier Interblock has become a direct buyer in the Netherlands, expanding its reach in Europe.

“By transitioning to a direct buyer, we are positioned to enhance our responsiveness and tailor our offerings more precisely to the unique preferences of our Dutch Arcade market. This strategic move allows Interblock to directly serve customers in the Netherlands, ensuring a deeper understanding of their needs and fostering stronger relationships,” said a company spokesperson.

The company’s activities in the region will be led by Klemen Sitar, who has been newly appointed to the role of deputy sales director for Interblock in EMEA.

“With his expertise, we are confident in our ability to drive unprecedented success and deliver unparalleled gaming experiences to our Dutch audience,” the company said of his appointment.

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