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BOS: Swedish iGaming Industry Could Benefit from Government Reset

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A caretaker government is being formed in Sweden following Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s resignation after a motion of no confidence. While the political upheaval poses challenges for continuity, the iGaming industry is generally optimistic that it could benefit from the changes.

The online gaming trade association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) said the change in government could have a positive impact on gaming regulation as there may be changes at the ministry responsible.

The minister for social protection Ardalan Shekarabi has been no great ally of the country’s gambling market.

BOS secretary-general Gustaf Hoffstedt said: “The possibility to pick political points by criticising and making life miserable for the privately owned and international gambling industry always comes first, hand in hand with his willingness to offer state-owned and/or state-governed gambling operators special treatment.”

It is still possible that Löfven will be reinstated as prime minister leading a new government, and that Shekarabi will continue to oversee gambling regulation. However, there is also a chance that opposition leader Ulf Kristersson may form a government, which may have a more positive view of the gaming industry.

Hoffstedt said the vote of no confidence demonstrated that the Swedish government “acts without support from the Parliament”.

He said: “Almost all political parties agreed on the agenda regarding gambling regulation five to ten years ago. Nowadays the opposition often criticises the Minister for his action in areas related to gambling, claiming that he has abandoned the agenda that jointly was decided prior to the re-regulation in 2019.”

The change in government may also make it difficult for Sweden to further extend its temporary deposit limits for online casino gaming, which it last extended until November 14.

Hoffstedt said: “It will be difficult for the government to extend [the temporary Covid-19 measures] beyond November 14 as long as the government is a caretaker government. It will also be difficult to end them early for the same reason.”

The upheaval may also make it difficult for the government to go ahead with any potential plans to introduce new restrictions on the industry.

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Inspired Launches Big Piggy Bonus, a Novel Pig-Themed Online & Mobile Slot Game

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Big Piggy Bonus™, a novel pig-themed slot game where players can “bring home the bacon,” available online and on mobile.

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Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “We’re thrilled to launch Big Piggy Bonus, our first ever pig-themed game. The pig is a likeable animal around world, regarded by many cultures as a sign of prosperity and good fortune, so we hope the theme brings just that for our Operator partners and their players! With its extremely popular Big Bonus mechanic and its crisp graphics, I’m certain Big Piggy Bonus will become a hit, adding even more vibrancy to our growing portfolio of innovative and player-favourite slot titles.”

Big Piggy Bonus is a medium-volatility game with a return to player (RTP) rate of 95%, aimed at the casual online casino player.

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4th Safer Gambling Conference – Online

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The National Betting Authority organizes the 4th Safer Gambling Conference, on Monday, October 4, 2021, from 10:00 to 14:00, online.

The Conference, organized as part of Safer Gambing Week 2021, aims to inform the public and raise awareness, as well as involve and mobilise all stakeholders regarding safer gambling and protection of wider society from any harmful consequences of gambling activities. The focus on safe gambling will emphasize the responsibility of the State and gambling providers to further strengthen player protection mechanisms.

The conference will host renowned academics, scientists, and other related professionals from the field of gambling from Cyprus and abroad to share with participants their experiences and knowledge about safer gambling. Topics to be covered during the conference include Gambling disorder as a Public Health issue, risk assessment and safer gambling tools and design, the use of artificial intelligence and neuroscience to prevent addiction to gambling, safer standards to enhance the protection of players, financial services as means to reduce gambling related harm and many more.

The Safer Gambling Conference targets a wide range of participants, private companies and organized groups and gambling professionals, academics, mental health professionals, business consultants, media, youth workers, lawyers, lawyers and sports federations and individuals of the wider society.

Registration is required. Free participation.

For more information about the agenda click here and registration, click here.

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FIVE THINGS THAT WILL FUEL THE GROWTH OF ESPORTS INDUSTRY

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The new age has very well got adapted to the virtual world of esports. They get excited to take up new challenges, explore some amazing new landscapes with different themes and superficial powers, which one can only hope for in reality. With constant upgradation in technology, the definition of gaming has become more complex and the industry is overpowering.

But the future seems to hold more surprises for the growing esports fanatics. `

Abhishek Aggarwal, the Co-founder and CEO at Trinity Gaming, India’s top gaming talent Management Company have listed down the 5 things that will ensure the growth of esports industry in future:

Introduction of 5G: Accessibility to best technology is crucial in the current era of esports and gaming. Considered as one of the most influential and exciting developments, 5G will offer a faster speed and improved latency, which will give the gamers a more competitive edge. For instance, Telecom giant Airtel hosted India’s first-ever Cloud gaming demo on a LIVE Airtel 5G test network to test the gaming on a simple smartphone at record speed and latency. Response delay, often known as latency frustrates gamers the most. Airtel 5G has demonstrated that it can reduce reaction time from 20 milliseconds to 5 milliseconds. While the latency may or may not impact the casual gaming experience, it affects the efficiency and experience in online multiplayer games such as racing and shooting.
For players it would mean winning or losing a match, and to their audience, it would be the advanced experience. With this, gaming would surely take precedence with a higher bandwidth supporting the esports community to thrive.

Cloud Technology for the Gaming Industry: Gamers/esports community constantly feed in data. This technology comes as blessing to protect the information from getting hacked by an unknown entity. Cloud also allows users to maintain the high quality of the game even while playing in low-end devices.
It has several advantages attached to it and one among them is, even if your system breaks down, you won’t lose your game. With growing smartphones penetration and a vast youth population, 5G-backed cloud gaming could spread to remote areas and offer gamers the right ecosystem to compete and excel in the national and international arena.

Esports in the path to be recognised as a real sport: E-tournaments are taking over across nations inviting ace players to compete and take home a whooping amount of prize money. With time it has got a structure/framework based on which it functions with support from big investors. Their growing power has been sensed by industries and its gradually entering into the mainstream as a serious sport. The latest announcement of 8 esports titles in Asian Games 2022 is being welcomed in the Esports community, only making it more prominent and influential in every aspect.

Brand collaboration with Gaming Influencers: Brand collaboration makes it easier for the esports community to further establish their significance and is a great source to generate revenue. These engagements ensure the brand visibility to their targeted audience in a streamlined fashion and gaining confidence of the loyal supporters of the esports player. This has revolutionized the way gamers are perceived in growing business. Gaming content creators are becoming an effective tool to reach the audience. Content creators not only play the games but they entertain their audiences as well, their fan following is mostly the age group of 15 to 30 which is the most targeted audience in advertising terms. Out of all the influencers in the market, gamers are known to have the best audience engagement in terms of viewership and audience-creator relationships. Trinity Gaming is helping Brands to create innovative Branding Strategies with the help of these dynamic Creators and Influencers in the gaming & esports ecosystem.

Content creation around gaming: It is a young concept which has seen the power to engage with viewers and provide entertainment to a wide demography. These creators bring out a more dynamic aspect of esports, share their experiences, do’s and don’ts, etc. and have now become a strong part of the community. They have successfully grabbed the attention of viewers who are not even part of the gaming ecosystem, making it more diverse and relatable for everyone. Trinity Gaming have created a unique ecosystem for the gaming content creators and currently have a clan of 250+ top creators who have been working with India’s top brands.

The possibilities are limitless, and it would be surely interesting to witness what more the future of esports industry holds.

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