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Games Industry Rates Bavaria, Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia the Best Locations in Germany

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Which German states shine the brightest as games industry locations due to their political commitment to regional companies and actors? A survey of the German games industry gave top ranking to Bavaria, just ahead of Berlin, with a close third place going to North Rhine-Westphalia. These are the results of game’s (German Games Industry Association) industry barometer 2021, based on a poll of association members. Hamburg and Baden-Württemberg took fourth and fifth places, respectively.

“A number of Germany’s states have strengthened their regional commitment to the games industry considerably in the last several years. This has resulted in improved conditions in the respective locations, for example through higher and specified funding levels, games summits or dedicated hubs. This commitment is critical for games companies, as conditions vary starkly between the different German states – and, along with good general infrastructure and access to qualified employees, these conditions are often decisive when it comes to investing and locating. The importance of regional support has grown even more due to the launch of the national games funding – because it finally allows internationally competitive conditions for all of Germany, while the individual states can set specific focuses with their own funding programmes, such as support of young company founders. In this dynamic growth phase of the industry, all states, regardless of their size, can and should tap their own potential to their best advantage,” Felix Falk, Managing Director of game, said.

Just how strongly financial support for the games industry varies between states can be clearly seen when comparing, for example, North Rhine-Westphalia and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania: whereas 3 million euros goes to games production between the Rhine and the Ruhr annually, developers on the Baltic coast thus far receive nothing in funding. Hamburg reintroduced games funding in 2020, supporting the development of prototypes, among other things. The city state provides 520,000 euros for this purpose annually. Rhineland-Palatinate is set to launch a regional games funding programme amounting to 125,000 euros in late 2021. In 2020, federal states such as Berlin and Brandenburg as well as Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony and Saarland also increased their funding for computer and video games.

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TrueLayer continues its European expansion appointing Sebastian Tiesler as Country Manager for Germany

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TrueLayer continues its European expansion appointing Sebastian Tiesler as Country Manager for Germany
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TrueLayer, Europe’s leading open banking platform, has announced that Sebastian Tiesler has joined the firm as Country Manager for Germany. A highly experienced product and commercial manager, Hamburg-based Sebastian will define and manage commercial strategy in Germany, alongside TrueLayer’s Chief Revenue Officer Max Emilson.

The announcement comes as TrueLayer consolidates its position as the leading open banking platform across Europe, routing more than half of all traffic in the UK, Ireland and Spain. TrueLayer offers 90% coverage of German banks delivered through PSD2-compliant APIs and has been active in the country through its collaboration with innovators such as Revolut.

“Open banking offers significant benefits over the existing payment methods available to German consumers and businesses – they’re instant and digitally-native, providing an improved payment experience and at a lower cost to the merchant,” Tiesler explained. “This is the ideal time to join an innovator like TrueLayer as more German banks, consumers and businesses embrace open banking. There is so much opportunity and I’m incredibly excited to help build the business, expand our local market presence, win new business with local clients and work with our existing clients as they expand into Germany to take advantage of the changing market landscape.”

Sebastian brings more than a decade of experience in fintech product management and commercial development, most recently from German open banking firm, finleap connect, where he was responsible for solution engineering & go-to-market strategy. He has extensive banking and payments knowledge having also worked at figo, responsible for product development and subsequently helped merging with two other firms to create finleap connect, and as Head of Mobile Solutions at Star Finanz, a subsidiary Finanz Informatik (Sparkassen FInanzgruppe), among others.

Max Emilson, CRO at TrueLayer, commented: “TrueLayer is accelerating its European expansion, tackling the issues of costly, poor converting payment methods with instant, secure bank-to-bank payments. Germany offers a huge opportunity with established financial services centres, a thriving fintech scene, and ecommerce platforms that can all benefit from TrueLayer’s services. Sebastian will play a critical role for us in Germany, building on our work with clients such as Revolut, and expanding our operations in the country. His experience, within the local fintech and payments ecosystem and in-depth knowledge of open banking will be vital as we continue to grow in the country.”

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BTOBET ENTERS HIGHLY REGULATED POLISH MARKET WITH MULTI-CHANNEL BESTBET24 LAUNCH

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Leading sportsbook platform provider BtoBet, now part of Aspire Global, has announced a deal with BestBet24 marking its entry in the highly regulated Polish market.

BtoBet is providing BestBet24 with its Neuron 3 sportsbook platform for both its retail and online channels, as well as a dedicated risk management service.

Warsaw-based BestBet24’s operations will feature an extensive network of over 80 retail shops in parallel to an online and mobile offering.

Dima Reiderman, Chief Operating Officer at BtoBet, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this strategic partnership with BestBet24. This partnership and the resultant entry of BtoBet in the highly appealing Polish market falls in line with our growth strategy in the mature European market and other regulated jurisdictions. We are very pleased to be working alongside BestBet24 to build a market leading sportsbook offer for the Polish players and to transform their brand into a market leader through a unique and engaging betting experience.”

Kamil Kliniewski, Chief Operating Officer at BestBet24 said: “We seek to present a new approach to the Polish betting industry, which has up until now been characterised by a lack of diversity amongst the different brands already operating in the market. We are confident that our market knowledge, in synergy with BtoBet’s technological capability will enable us to acquire a strong market share.”

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Superbet Romania features NSoft’s Roulette and Virtual Penalty Shootout

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Superbet Romania features NSoft’s Roulette and Virtual Penalty Shootout
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Superbet Romania recently added NSoft’s second most popular game, Roulette and Virtual Penalty Shootout, into its online channels.

The players of Superbet in Poland and the ones in Romania have already recognised this newest addition to NSoft’s hot game portfolio.

“NSoft are a long-term strategic partner for us at Superbet, their Virtuals are a fan-favourite for our omnichannel customer base” Adam Shaw, MD Online at Superbet.

“Our companies have grown together. It is safe to say that we have found a reliable partner in NSoft, and we are always open to new features, games and solutions coming from NSoft dev kitchen”, concluded Shaw.

NSoft’s Roulette is a round-based modular game available for all channels. It is one of the most popular NSoft’s games thanks to its stability, simplicity and well-developed user interface.

Simplicity in bet placement, fast rounds and additional features, such as statistics including hot and cold numbers, makes it very appealing for the players. The game is a must-have from the betting operators’ side as the players are accustomed to having quality roulette software on display.

“In the initial phase of development, we have learned that there are very few round-based Roulette games in general, and not a single retail-based Roulette. Most of the Roulette products were on-demand casino category products and real, physical roulette machines located in casinos and bet shops. So, that was our niche. Soon after Roulette for retail and terminals, we have developed a version for the online channel,“ said Karlo Kralj, VP of Sales at NSoft.

Kralj added that the NSoft dev team went one step further and developed Lightning Roulette, a version created for the online channel with lightning-fast rounds and revamped UI.

The second novelty on Superbet’s betting website is Virtual Penalty Shootout, a virtual sports game that captures the players’ attention with stunning visualisation created using motion capture technology. This engaging game, with the various betting markets, has been nominated for the Global Gaming Award in the category Product Launch of the Year.

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