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World Rugby and unions confirm men’s July test schedule

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A strong revised programme of men’s test matches is set to take place in July after all unions and World Rugby agreed a revised schedule within the existing window

Twenty-five of the top 30 ranked unions to play tests in the July window; World champions South Africa and hosts Japan play first tests since Rugby World Cup 2019; The UK and Ireland set to host a number of nations, while New Zealand becomes Pacific hub; Samoa v Tonga play-off to deliver first qualifier for RWC 2023 in Oceania 1; Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifiers also to be played in Europe, Africa and South America.

A strong revised programme of men’s test matches is set to take place in July after all unions and World Rugby agreed a revised schedule within the existing window. The revisions have been made recognising an ongoing and complex global COVID-19 picture while aiming to limit further impact.

The British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa headlines a busy July programme that will see 25 of the top 30 ranked unions in action with several hosting or being hosted for the first time since the pandemic began, including world champions South Africa and Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts Japan.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to cause disruption, the underpinning principle for the schedule was the fixtures agreed in San Francisco in 2017. Where it was not possible or practical to honour that schedule, the hosting rights were reversed with key arrangements met. Where this contingency has not been possible for COVID-19 reasons, World Rugby has facilitated discussions to confirm an alternative schedule for teams consisting of a minimum of two matches for unions who sought replacement fixtures.

This means that Argentina, Japan, USA and Canada will now travel to the UK and Ireland, New Zealand will host tests against Fiji, and Georgia travel to South Africa. The Samoa versus Tonga Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifier will also be hosted over two legs in New Zealand, creating a Pacific hub in the country across the July window. RWC 2023 qualifiers will also continue in Europe and get underway in Africa and South America.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “This has taken a monumental effort from all concerned. While there is light at the end of the tunnel in respect to COVID-19 in many nations, the challenges continue to be present, dynamic and impactful and therefore I would like to thank the unions, their respective governments, broadcast and commercial partners and players for their flexibility and full commitment to the process.

“Fans around the world can now look forward to an exciting bumper schedule of men’s test matches involving at least 25 teams, which will be a welcome sight for everyone. The road to Rugby World Cup 2023 also continues with key qualifiers for Samoa and Tonga and, of course, we are anticipating a fascinating British and Irish Lions series.”

World Rugby Vice-Chairman Bernard Laporte added: “Fans from all over the world will rejoice with this window of international rugby. I am delighted that match ups between northern and southern hemisphere teams can finally take place, this will act as a prelude to the exciting Rugby World Cup that we are all looking forward to in 2023.”

World Rugby and unions will continue to monitor the dynamic COVID-19 situation closely and respond if necessary, while any revisions to the November international programme will be confirmed in due course. World Rugby will also maintain its high performance support for emerging nations ahead of the July tests.”

World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said: “Confirmation of the programme of July tests is the culmination of a considerable amount of detailed consultation and planning across the respective unions. It is also a reflection of the strong collaboration across the game that characterises our drive to strengthen engagement with all stakeholders to deliver a more aligned, meaningful and effective men’s international calendar beyond Rugby World Cup 2023.”

World Rugby and unions will continue to monitor the dynamic COVID-19 situation closely and respond if necessary, while any revisions to the November International programme will be confirmed in due course. World Rugby will also maintain its high performance support for emerging nations ahead of the July tests.

World Rugby continues to lead and facilitate focused and productive discussions with all stakeholders regarding the establishment of a globally integrated international calendar following Rugby World Cup 2023. International Rugby Players and the respective national leagues are central contributors within the dedicated working groups. Through these discussions, the sport is united in the mission to optimise the calendar for players, the international and club game.

Additionally, following the announcement of increased high performance support funding for RWC 2021 qualified and qualifier tests, World Rugby continues to be in discussion with unions regarding confirmation of a women’s test programme that will boost preparation for next year’s tournament.

 

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iSoftBet launches customisable Jackpot Tool to take brands to the next level

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iSoftBet has launched Jackpot Tool, its flagship, data-driven, customisable player engagement solution that operators can tailor and apply to over 8,000 games including 150 top-performing iSoftBet titles to elevate engagement campaigns and enhance the player experience.

iSoftBet recently carried out comprehensive qualitative market research, focused on real money player focus groups seeking opinions on how engagement tools fit into existing gameplay today, and how they enhance the user experience.

It concluded that two main areas should be highlighted by providers: the value of a customised offering and giving players a choice.

Jackpot Tool enables operators to stand out in a highly competitive market, reduce internal investment, set budget controls and analyse player data to monitor and optimise performance thanks to its comprehensive back office. Jackpot Tool gives operators unlimited flexibility, improving gaming experiences for visible results.

Using the tool iSoftBet customers can create and configure any type of jackpot for any customer requirement. This ranges from progressive, multi-level and VIP to promotional and time and/or event based as well as include a host of configurable triggers and settings including hot jackpots, player targeting, cross licensee and much more.

During phase one of launch iSoftBet’s Jackpot Tool has proven to significantly boost player engagement generating 35% more spins on games with the tool compared to games without, while it also saw a 350% uplift in bets and 150% increase in active players.

Andrew Bonnici, Chief Product Officer, iSoftBet, said: “Creating great games is no longer enough. Today’s players demand amazing experiences and our new customisable Jackpot Tool, alongside our suite of advanced player engagement solutions, significantly elevates and enhances operator offerings and the customer experience.

“With players’ behaviour in mind, we have created a series of easy to integrate, customised solutions that present both choice and added value, keeping the players engaged and providing them with the experiences they want.”

Jackpot Tool is one of many iSoftBet player engagement solutions that includes Tournaments, Achievements, Free Rounds and Real-Time Data solutions.

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Triple Cherry secures new slots partnership with 888

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Triple Cherry, the Spanish video slots provider, is delighted to announce a new partnership with 888, one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming companies, to launch its leading slot content on 888casino.

The partnership will see 888casino host a selection of Triple Cherry’s premium slots titles which have a diverse range of features, graphics and sounds, providing players with an enriching and exciting gaming experience. This includes fan favourites such as Mega Chef, Monsters Fear Bullets and Thunder Rock. This adds to 888casino’s existing portfolio of industry-leading games and content.

Juan Antonio, CEO of Triple Cherry, said: “We are very excited to be partnering with 888, one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming companies. Making our range of quality games available to 888casino customers is a major milestone for our business and will give us further momentum for expansion.

Talya Benyamini, VP B2C Casino at 888, commented: “We are excited to be partnering with Triple Cherry to strengthen our product offering for our casino customers. Triple Cherry’s exciting and dynamic slots titles will add to our existing portfolio of casino games, helping us to continue delivering on our commitment to offering an entertaining and varied gaming experience for players. We look forward to building on this partnership in thefuture.”

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Solverde.pt announces the launch of new games by Portuguese company Darwin

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Solverde.pt is a Portuguese online casino, based in Espinho, and the company highlights the new creations of the Portuguese company Darwin, from ‘Banca Francesa’, the classic Portuguese game of casinos, to the card game ‘Blackjack’.

SOLVERDE.PT, the Portuguese online casino, announces the launch of new games by Portuguese company Darwin, the casino games production studio.

The Portuguese company Darwin started producing games for SOLVERDE.PT in 2019 and distinguished itself by the innovation of its offer, namely: a realistic version of ‘Banca Francesa’, the classic Portuguese casino game; and six versions of the ‘Blackjack’ card game; as well as a series of slot machines aiming at product disruption.

“Darwin bets on the versatility, and at the same time, the simplicity of the game mechanisms. And the goal is always the same: to optimize the gaming systems so that, from any mobile device, the best experience is possible”, says Sílvia Meneses, Head of Casino da Solverde.pt.

Solverde.pt is the Portuguese online casino with more games available on a single platform: 1300 games. In 2021, the company decided to continue to diversify its entertainment offer, one of the keys to SOLVERDE.PT’s success, in a highly competitive market where creativity and innovation are differentiating factors. This year, the company released 359 new games, with 33 games added only last month. The inevitable highlight is slot machines, which remain the Portuguese’s favorite gaming modality – according to the latest data from the Gaming Regulation and Inspection Service (SRIJ), 76% of Portuguese who play online casino choose slot machines.

“It is with great pride that we reached the 1300 games mark, a growth that has been made alongside a number of studios such as Darwin, which has fully captured the interest of Portuguese players. The online casino is an increasingly competitive market in Portugal and we believe that while our offer stands out for its innovation, we will always be one step ahead”, concludes Américo Loureiro, Director of SOLVERDE.PT.

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