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ANJ: Summary of the Online gambling market for the first quarter of 2021: business continues to grow in all gambling segments

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After a singular year in 2020, which ended with a 22% increase in the sector’s turnover, the first quarter of 2021 confirms the very dynamic growth of the online gambling market, with a 35% increase in turnover compared to the same period in 2020. Sports and horse racing betting once again recorded record stakes, while poker, still on the rise, began to return to normal.

In the first quarter of 2021, the turnover of the online gambling sector is up 35% and amounts to 587 million euros. The business was driven by 3.1 million players on accounts, a player base that is up 19% compared to 2020. Each segment of online gambling opened to competition have seen further strong growth in activity this quarter. These performances illustrate the acceleration of the digitalisation of gambling practices, which is a consequence of the health crisis and whose structuring character will have to be confirmed over the long term. As such, the levels of growth recorded in the first quarter of 2021, which are measured in relation to the first quarter of 2020, should be viewed with a certain amount of caution since, on the one hand, they are influenced upwards, for the two online betting segments, by the loss of business linked to the suspension of French sports betting and horse racing betting and, on the other hand, they are oriented downwards for the online poker market, due to the peak of business recorded at the same period last year.

 

Online sports betting: record stakes and new players

The online sports betting segment, which was the most affected by the first period of lockdown, is the one that has seen the most spectacular growth in stakes this quarter. 2.2 billion euros (+79%[1] compared to Q1 2020) were approximatively bet by the players on the competitions of the quarter, which corresponds to the highest amount of stakes recorded in a quarter. The number of sports bettors in the quarter increased by 29% to almost 2.5 million active player accounts (APA). It is very likely that the growth in activity will continue at a high rate this year due to the two major competitions, the European football championship and the Summer Olympic Games.

The FDJ reports a volume of sports betting stakes recorded on the two distribution channels equal to 1.1 billion euros in the first quarter of 2021, which corresponds to an increase of 46% compared to its results for the first quarter of 2020.

 

Online horse racing betting: growth continues and expands

The growth dynamic of the online horse racing betting market observed in 2020 is also continuing at a very steady pace. The horse racing stakes, which amount to 481 million euros, increased by 60% compared to the first quarter of 2020, again the highest volume of stakes recorded in a quarter. At the same time, the turnover of the six licensed horse racing betting operators reached 110 million euros, an increase of 48% compared to the first quarter of 2020. Online horse racing betting also recorded a 13% increase in players, with a total of 402,000 active player accounts (APA) over the quarter.

The horse racing betting offer at points of sale remains affected by the health restrictions which, as revealed by PMU, led to the closure of almost 40% of the points of sale for several consecutive months. As a result, the operator posted a 23% drop in stakes placed in its network of sales outlets for a total of 1.3 billion euros.

 

Online poker: lower growth marks the beginning of a return to normality

Online poker, which recorded the highest turnover increase in 2020, continues to grow at a sustained rate but at a lower rate than in previous quarters. Thus, the sector’s turnover grew by 23% to 120 million euros. The number of online poker players grew by 9% (991,000 active player accounts, (APA)). The results of online poker for the next quarter should however interrupt this dynamic, since they will be calculated with regard to the 2nd quarter of 2020, which had shown an exceptional level of activity due to the first lockdown.

 
Q1 2020
Q1 2021
Variation
TOTAL
 
 
Actives player accounts
2 598 000
3 078 000
+ 19%
Gross Gambling Revenue
435 m€
587 m€
+ 35%
Sports betting
Actives player accounts
1 915 000
2 466 000
+ 29%
stakes
1 220 m€
2 181 m€
+ 79%
Gross Gambling Revenue
263 m€
357 m€
+ 36%
Horse racing betting
 
 
Actives player accounts
357 000
402 000
+ 13%
stakes
300 m€
481 m€
+ 60%
Gross Gambling Revenue
74 m€
110 m€
+ 48%
Poker
 
 
Actives player accounts
906 000
991 000
+ 9%
Gross Gambling Revenue
98 m€
120 m€
+ 23%

 

For Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, ANJ’s Chairwoman“The online gambling dynamics goes on and is accelerating this quarter. It calls for a certain vigilance and must be accompanied in order to guarantee the protection of players, especially in the run-up to major sport events such as the EURO football tournament or the Tokyo Olympic Games. As such, the ANJ reminded operators of the need for their commercial communications to emphasise the importance of maintaining a moderate and controlled gambling practice and for bonuses or welcome offers to be sufficiently clear, enabling players to understand the commitments they underlie. Additionally, the ANJ will pay particular attention to tipsters’ Websites which have recently strongly developed. Some of these Websites are in fact involved in misleading practices and present a real danger for players.”

 

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Summary from the annual general meeting 2022 of Raketech Group Holding Plc.

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The shareholders of Raketech Group Holding Plc gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, on 17 May 2022 to hold an annual general meeting. The following resolutions were made.

It was resolved to approve the Consolidated Financial Statements of the company, the Director’s Report and the Auditor’s Report for the financial year ending 31 December 2021. The meeting resolved to not pay any dividends for the financial year 2021 in accordance with the directors’ recommendation.

Ulrik Bengtsson was elected as board member and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Erik Skarp, Johan Svensson and Magnus Gottås were re-elected as members of the Board of Directors and Pierre Cadena and Clare Boynton were elected as new members of the Board of Directors, all directors being elected for the period until the end of the next annual general meeting in accordance with the Nomination Committee’s proposal.

Annika Billberg and Fredrik Svederman did not stand for re-election.

The meeting resolved that the fees to be paid to the members of the Board of Directors shall be allocated as follows: EUR 50,000 to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and EUR 30,000 to each of the other members of the Board of Directors. No Director having an operational role in the Company or its subsidiaries under which the Director receives a salary, or a consultancy fee shall receive any compensation for the work conducted in the Board of Directors and any committees. The meeting further resolved that the Chairmans of the Audit Committee, of the Remuneration Committee and of the USA Committee shall respectively be entitled to a remuneration of EUR 10,000 each.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Malta was re-elected as the company’s auditor for the time until the end of the next annual general meeting in accordance with the Nomination Committee’s proposal and Audit Committee’s recommendation. The meeting resolved that the auditor’s fees shall be payable in accordance with any invoice approved by the Remuneration Committee.

The meeting resolved to approve the Nomination Committee’s proposal on the principles for appointing the Nomination Committee of the company until the annual general meeting of 2023.

The meeting resolved to adopt the Board of Director’s proposal for guidelines for remuneration to senior management.

The meeting further resolved to adopt an incentive program in accordance with the proposal from the Board of Directors. The program comprises of share options which the participants are entitled to exercise to subscribe for shares in Raketech. The program included a maximum of 28 participants and not more than 1,080,000 share options, which may entitle to the same number of new shares. The share options will vest for three years from the allocation to each participant, whereby 1/3 will vest after the first year, an additional 1/3 after the second year and the remaining 1/3 will vest after the third year. After the vesting, the participant can receive shares in the company.

In accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors, the meeting resolved to amend the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the company to form a fiscal unit pursuant to Maltese law.

In accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors, the meeting also resolved to amend the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the Company, to alter the maximum number of shares which may be issued by the Directors as payment for an acquisition of assets by the company or by any of its subsidiaries after the date of the meeting and/or as payment to a creditor in settlement of debts owed by the company or its subsidiaries after the date of the Meeting, up to an aggregate maximum of 20% of the issued shares on a rolling 12-month basis, and to extend the validity of the authorisation period set out therein until the end of the company’s annual general meeting for 2023, subject to the company’s ability in general meeting to renew this permission by ordinary resolution for further maximum periods of 5 years each thereafter.

Finally, in accordance with the proposal of the Board of Directors, the meeting resolved to amend the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the Company, for the purpose of authorising the Directors to issue shares up to the maximum value of the authorised share capital of the company for any other reasons, for a maximum period of 5 years renewable for further maximum periods of 5 years each.

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Kinguin Launches NFT Marketplace in Partnership with Immutable X

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Kinguin is launching its NFT marketplace, in partnership with Immutable X. Featuring 40+ collections and over 200,000 unique NFTs, it will give gaming and esports customers access to a vast array of exclusive NFT offerings.

The marketplace, built on top of the Immutable X protocol, is mixing the familiarity and practicality of web2 with the freedom and potential of web3. Kinguin offers its users the stability and security of an established digital goods marketplace. Some top NFT games like Gods Unchained, Guild of Guardians, PlanetQuest and Habbo Hotel will all offer NFTs on the marketplace, with more to be announced in the coming months.

But there’s more than just the high-quality content that will appeal to Kinguin’s vast community. Immutable X, created by Immutable and Starkware, is the technologically leading layer 2 scaling solution for NFTs on Ethereum. The combination of Immutable’s deep knowledge of blockchain technology with Starkware’s cutting-edge ZK-rollup technology, means the Kinguin NFT Marketplace will be lightning fast (at 9,000 TPS) and carbon-neutral, without compromising on security.

The partnership presents mass adoption opportunities for both developers and end-users. By combining Kinguin’s 13 million registered users with Immutable X’s scaling solution, you don’t have to compromise your assets’ security, transaction speed, gas fees and negative impact when diving deeper into NFT, making it easier to scale the game and NFT industries together.

Other features include a dedicated search option, making it easy for everyone to buy and sell NFTs. Users can also connect their MetaMask crypto wallet with the Kinguin NFT marketplace, a free hot wallet service available as a smartphone app or web browser extension. With that, every user can buy NFTs or deposit Ethereum for purchase purposes and also check their NFT balance.

Robert Kalbarczyk, Chief Operating Officer & Acting CEO at Kinguin said “We remain focused on our community’s interests and passions. With Play and Earn on the rise, this felt like the natural next step for us. We’re thankful to have partners that share our vision and we’re looking forward to working with Immutable X to offer our customers a range of exclusive NFT gaming assets.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kinguin’s 13 million users to Immutable’s open order book, and help power the next generation of mainstream gamers to truly own their in-game items,” said Robbie Ferguson, Co-Founder at Immutable. “This is an incredibly significant move — one of the powerhouses of digital goods trading from web2 is expanding their offering to NFTs, and they’ve chosen layer-2 Ethereum as the way to do it. We look forward to helping Kinguin scale this marketplace across hundreds of games and millions of players.”

The NFT marketplace may still be in early stages but long term plans are being considered to ensure its continuous evolution. As well as collaborations with big marketplaces, Kinguin also hopes, in time, to develop its own NFT games.

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Casino games are always fun and full of excitement, and online tournaments are designed to add a dose of adrenaline with the element of competition between participants. In this guide we will try to summarise the features of the main online casino game tournaments.

One thing all tournaments have in common is the payment of an entry fee to obtain a number of credits to use. Participants are then given a time frame, or alternatively a number of games, to compete directly against their opponents.

At the end of the allotted time or matches, the players with the most credits accumulated will win a share of the prize pool and shares of the winnings will be awarded according to the order in which they are ranked.

Although these are the most common mechanisms of online tournaments, you should always be sure to read the rules, as sometimes there can be important variations.

How to choose an online gaming tournament site

Most internet tournaments, such as online poker tournaments and slots tournaments, are characterised by large prize pools and strong competition. The motivation for gaming rooms to organise online tournaments is very often to attract new users through the emulative element and thus offer the games in a sporting way.

For players, the advantage is that they can enjoy themselves by paying small entry fees, with the ambition of being able to access rich prize pools in conditions where the element of luck is limited thanks to the large number of rounds that are played against other participants.

As a result of these considerations, when signing up for a site that offers online gaming tournaments at the most popular slots sites, it would be necessary to make a choice based on parameters that mediate personal preferences with the necessary features that every online casino should possess.

While there is little question about personal taste, we can advise users to consider certain essential aspects before registering. Let’s take a look at the points to consider.

Frequency of online gaming tournaments

Type of tournaments offered (esports tournaments, online poker tournaments, online slots tournaments)

  • Average amount of prize money
  • Loyalty programme of online games tournaments
  • Promotions and bonuses
  • Available payment methods
  • Brand reputation
  • AAMS ADM licence

Types of online tournaments

When it comes to online gaming tournaments https://777pokies.casino/tournaments you are exploring a territory full of options and variations. Generally online tournaments are organised for the most popular games but also for some newer ones such as blackjack tournaments, mixed casino games tournaments and live casino tournaments.

Generally, tournaments of popular games are offered several times a day, and special tournaments with guaranteed prize pools are organised weekly or monthly. For popular disciplines such as online poker, competitions are organised on a cyclical basis, starting at the same time and forming part of a series of events that compete for weekly, monthly or even yearly rankings; the winners of these rankings receive attractive prizes.

At certain times of the year, special tournaments are added to the casino schedule for major holidays such as Christmas, Easter or the summer holidays. Of course, during these times there are also tournaments for less popular games such as Sic Bo online, Baccarat and Roulette.

It also happens that there are tournaments organised for the launch of a new game added to the casino, or tournaments reserved exclusively for players who have reached particular goals proposed by the operators and for which entry is free, as well as being by invitation only.

Games available in online casino tournaments

As mentioned above, there are many games for which you can find online tournaments, so let’s try to list some of them with a brief description:

Slot machine tournaments

They can be for a specific slot machine or they can cover several titles at once; sometimes they are organised by certain software providers (e.g. NetEnt, Playtech or Microgaming). Even if they are slot machines, jackpots are deactivated during a tournament.

Online poker tournaments

The largest number of online poker tournaments are poker tournaments, where thousands of players compete for the ultimate prizes in Texas Hold’em, Omaha, HORSE and many other variations. Another type of online poker tournament is that of video poker tournaments, which is less common to encounter and is a distinct category.

Blackjack tournaments

Blackjack, which is one of the most popular games in online casinos, is also played in tournaments where players sitting at the table compete against the dealer to win individual hands and against other participants to accumulate more credits in order to eliminate their opponents from the competition.

Roulette tournaments

These games are very similar to blackjack tournaments, but there are many variations: French roulette, American roulette, European roulette and alternative roulette.

Live Casino Tournaments

The same considerations made for blackjack and roulette apply to live casino tournaments as well, the only difference being that tournaments are streamed live and can be structured for any of the titles present in the live casino rooms, i.e. blackjack, roulette, baccarat, casino hold’em etc.

Mixed games tournaments

Involve a number of different games in the same structure in which you participate in a pre-established manner and at pre-established times. For these special tournaments, it is always best to read the rules carefully in order to understand how to participate and how to win.

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