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SlotsHawk Editor Jean Prince on SIGMA and the UK Online Slots Scene

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European Gaming are delighted to have with us today, Jean Prince, the UK editor of affiliate website SlotsHawk.com. In this interview, Jean will give us his thoughts on the upcoming SIGMA event in Malta as well as the current state of the gambling industry within the United Kingdom.

Thanks for joining us, Jean. First of all, could you tell our readers a little bit more about the SIGMA event, please?

SIGMA is probably the main meet up event on the calendar for all of the businesses and workers within the international iGaming industry. It is at SIGMA where affiliates, operators, CEOs and freelancers can come together to discuss ideas and come up with business plans for the future. The event also features numerous workshops from speakers within the industry (although this is rather hit and miss). It’s a great event though providing you don’t drink too much, and you attend to advance your own business or the business you work for.

We are particularly interested in the UK gambling scene, is it true that the laws are changing?

The UK government announced at the end of 2020 that they planned to update the 2005 Gambling Act so that it would be ‘’fit for the digital age’. So far, however, changes have been minimal. Although gambling operators with a foot hold in the UK are certainly lobbying MPs. Operators have already been told that autoplay on online slot machines will be banned. In 2019, credit card gambling was banned too. There is a chance that an update to the Gambling Act will chase the last of the operators away from the UK market, but the Conservative government has indicated that they will not be too draconian with the laws surrounding online gambling in the UK. The danger of too many restrictions is that players will likely end up playing at unregulated sites who do not abide by the rules enforced by the UKGC. A delicate balance needs to be ensured.

So, yes, the laws will be changing soon enough but we are unsure exactly how they will change.

We know that competition in the UK market is rife, how has the journey for SlotsHawk been?

We are a solely UK focused affiliate site, so the UK market is our top priority. We launched the site in November 2020, so we have been in the market for around a year now. Progress has been steady and without wishing to jynx things, we continue to grow month by month. You are correct in saying that competition within the UK online gambling scene is high, but there will always be room for websites which can offer punters high quality and helpful information on gambling, in our case, on online slots games. We have guides which showcase the best payout slot games as well as the slots with the highest RTP. These guides offer gamblers genuine advice on the best sorts of casino games to play. Our visitors can also read our guide to the top trustworthy slots websites which prioritise the UK online casinos which are regulated by the UKGC and offer 100% fair gameplay.

Although the competition is high, there is still room for both operators and affiliates which can offer unique and accurate information surrounding the UK gambling scene.

We have witnessed many operators leave the UK market with the reason that the UK market is no longer profitable for them. Do you think this is the beginning of the end for the UK market?

Not at all. Although the market is more restricted in comparison with other countries, the UK is still one of the biggest markets. In addition, it is also probably the safest market in the world for online gamblers. In my opinion, other countries would do well to follow the UKs example when it comes to their gambling laws. For example, the USA is the newest craze in the online gambling world, and it has the potential to be far and way the biggest gambling market ever. But these are still very early days and lawmakers have a lot of work to do. IN the UK the laws are already there, the government just need to ensure that they don’t go over the top on restrictions.

Finally, does SlotsHawk have any plans to expand into other markets?

When the time is right, we will look to expand into other markets, but for now our aim is solely focused on the UK.

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BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 analytical insights from GG.BET & Esports Charts

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The esports analytics service Esports Charts, in collaboration with betting brand GG.BET, widely known for its promotion of esports, has published extensive game and betting data for BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024. The stats reveal how the players and teams performed, and provide insights into who viewers bet on the most.

The final stage of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 Counter-Strike 2 tournament took place from 12 to 16 June. Over 18,000 spectators gathered at the OVO Arena Wembley in London for the tournament playoffs. It was the first time the UK had hosted a Counter-Strike event on such a scale for six years.

Esports Charts analyzed the event and published a series of reports with reviews of the teams’ and individual players’ greatest achievements in the tournament. Before it started, the analytics service published a retrospective review of the viewership of BLAST Premier Spring tournaments over previous years, statistics on the popularity of different team members among Twitch stream audiences, and exclusive data on which teams GG.BET users bet on to win in the tournament.

After the tournament ended, Esports Charts shared its results. The collection of infographics included data on teams’ performances, such as the most spectacular comebacks and wins in rounds with the lowest budget for purchases. They also show betting statistics, such as which teams’ wins produced the most winnings. The final set of information shows how players performed and contains exclusive betting data on individual performances like total deaths and total kills.

GG.BET press office:

“The publication of insights into major CS2 tournaments is becoming a tradition. In March of this year, we shared insights into the first CS2 Major in history. Specialists from both GG.BET and Esports Charts dive deep into the tournaments, analyze a huge quantity of data, and therefore have the chance to monitor exciting esports community trends. We’ll also continue to share the insights we find in the future.

Analytics service Esports Charts is famous for its extensive analysis of esports streams. GG.BET is an international betting brand with a wealth of expertise in esports. Thanks to their joint collaboration, both companies have been able to provide information that the esports community wouldn’t normally consider.

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GGPoker Launches Second Year Of microFestival Online Poker Series with $10 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool

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GGPoker is thrilled to announce the return of its microFestival, the world’s largest micro stakes poker festival, running from June 23 through July 7, 2024. With an impressive $10 million in guaranteed tournament prizes, this year’s series promises to be even more exhilarating for poker enthusiasts of all levels.

GGPoker’s microFestival stands out as the premier online poker event for players with modest bankrolls, featuring No-Limit Holdem, Progressive Knockout (PKO) and Pot Limit Omaha tournaments with buy-ins from just $1. The highlight of the series is the $10.80 Mystery Bounty Main Event, which boasts a staggering $1 million guarantee and a top mystery bounty of $100,000.

Adding to the excitement, GGPoker has introduced a unique freeroll promotion to ensure every participant feels like a winner. Players who fail to cash in any microFestival event will receive a free ticket to one of three $5K freeroll tournaments held the following day. This “Second Chance” offer gives all players another opportunity to win cash prizes, reinforcing GGPoker’s commitment to providing exceptional value and entertainment. In total, 50 freerolls will be held, awarding $250,000 in prizes.

Sarne Lightman, Managing Director of GGPoker, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series: “We are incredibly excited to bring back microFestival for a second year, with bigger and better tournaments and prizes. GGPoker’s goal has always been to make poker accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and with events starting at just $1, microFestival offers incredible value and excitement. Adding Second Chance freeroll tournaments is our way of thanking our players and ensuring everyone has multiple opportunities to win big.”

GGPoker’s microFestival 2024 is set to attract a diverse and dynamic field of players, from newcomers looking to dip their toes into online poker to seasoned veterans seeking to showcase their skills in a low-stakes environment. With a packed schedule of events and millions of dollars on the line, the series promises unforgettable moments and life-changing wins.

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Week 25/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

Spinomenal has expanded its otherworldly Demi Gods Series with the addition of Atlas Unleashed. This epic slots saga unfolds in ancient Greece where the gods rule the reels. The 5×4 design is brought to life with sharp graphics and a momentous soundtrack that lures players into the action. Three Free Spins symbols will instantly launch the feature and will award players with 10 Free Spins. Four Free Spins symbols will award 25 Free Spins and five will gift 50 Free Spins.

Spinomenal bolsters Demi Gods Series with heavenly Atlas Unleashed slot

Forget the dusty saloons of Deadwood R.I.P, the TV dreams of Loner and the spicy dungeons of Kenneth Must Die. This time, you’ll find yourself stranded on a lush island paradise, but paradise takes a dark turn when you discover a Tiki collector with a taste for shrunken heads! Hunted with no food or water, players must face the base game, which features a Progression Bar, where each fallen head is collected. Filling it up will unlock Soul Wilds that progressively increase in size and power. Wild Symbols add 3 points, High Paying Symbols add 2 points and Medium Paying Symbols add 1 point to the bar.

Nolimit City Takes Fans to Discover Tropical Terrors in Beheaded

 

A blistering experience awaits in Blueprint Gaming’s latest offering Cash Strike Hotstepper, as a host of thrilling mechanics take centre stage, including the eye-catching Hotstepper feature offering lavish cash rewards. Stepping into a retro 3×3 grid, a feast of fruit symbols is accompanied by flaming gold coins with the title’s five pathways offering a mammoth 50,000x the original bet. All cash symbols or fixed jackpots on reels one or three are awarded when they land alongside the sizzling Cash Strike Collect symbol on reel two.

Blueprint Gaming blends sizzling mechanics with classic slot fun in Cash Strike Hotstepper

Inspired Entertainment and Paddy Power, the retail division of Flutter Entertainment plc, proudly announce the launch of Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins, a custom game that combines the distinctive branding of Paddy Power with Inspired’s renowned Gold Cash Freespins theme. Set against the iconic green backdrop of Paddy Power’s signature colour scheme, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-winline slot game packed with branded Wilds and symbols, as well as other player-favorite features.

Inspired Launches Bespoke Gold Cash Freespins Game with Paddy Power

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