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GCA Altium advises Tombola on its sale to Flutter Entertainment

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Global investment bank GCA Altium acted as advisor to Tombola, one of the UK’s leading online bingo operators, on its £402m sale to Flutter Entertainment, the £20bn LSE-listed global leader in the gaming space.

Tombola, with its 700-strong team located primarily in Sunderland and Gibraltar, is a successful bingo-led gaming company with an emphasis on providing low staking entertainment products to a highly engaged customer base.

Tombola was the first major UK focused operator to introduce both mandatory staking and deposit limits, building a highly sustainable player base over the last 16 years. The company’s fully regulated revenue base comes mainly from the UK and has 400,000 average monthly players.

Flutter Entertainment is a global sports-betting and gaming company with a market cap of over £20bn, and the addition of Tombola to the Flutter portfolio delivers several key strategic advantages. As well as the diversification of Flutter’s products, the acquisition of Tombola also provides an addition of an engaged and sustainable player base, the enhancement of Flutter’s online gaming presence in its core UK market, as well as aligning with the company’s safer gambling strategy of expansion in their recreational customer base.

Peter Jackson, Flutter Chief Executive, said: “As the world’s leading online gambling operator, Flutter is delighted to add Tombola, the UK’s premier bingo brand to the Group. Tombola is a business we have long admired for its product expertise, highly recreational customer base and focus on sustainable play. The brand aligns closely with Flutter’s safer gambling strategy, a key area of focus for us. I am excited to combine Flutter’s digital marketing expertise with Tombola’s operational capabilities within the UK & Ireland division. As the time comes for Phil to hand over the reins, I would like to thank him for building the success story that the business is today, and I look forward to welcoming the Tombola team to Flutter and growing a sustainable business for the future together.”

Martin Larsson, Managing Director at GCA Altium, added: “This is an excellent strategic fit for both parties involved and sees the combination of two powerhouses in the UK gaming market. We see Flutter as a good home to uphold the company’s legacy and support the team as it continues to capitalise on the exciting growth opportunities that lie ahead.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Flutter will pay £402m in cash upon completion for 100 per cent of the business. The transaction is conditional on merger control clearance by the UK Competition and Markets Authority and is expected to complete in Q1 2022.

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Ixia launches $20 million global gaming venture Fund and Studio

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Ixia Capital, a venture capital fund and studio, has launched with an investment of $20 million focused on high-growth companies across gaming, esports, digital assets, and complementary technologies.

The fund has been founded by partners with deep firsthand iGaming industry experience, enabling entrepreneurs to realise innovative ideas, technologies, and transform business models into profitable companies.

Ixia Capital is a global fund with a focus in India, Africa and UAE where the mission is to accelerate development and manage risks to help ventures succeed in specialised fields. The fund is based in the Cayman Islands, while the Ixia Studio is headquartered in the USA.

Ixia Capital CEO and Venture Partner Mona Motwani, said: “It’s a proud moment for us to officially launch Ixia Capital. Our mission is partnering with driven entrepreneurs to equip them with resources, expertise, exposure and capital that allow them to build the best ideas into great companies. Through this hands-on approach, Ixia is all about accelerating ideas and mitigating risks.”

Ixia Studio, the venture studio arm of Ixia Capital, is in the process of launching six disruptive projects – FasFas Games, a Sports NFT Trading Exchange, a Gaming Loyalty Reward Platform, Sports Investment Thought Leadership Platform, and a Sports Coverage and Games Engagement App. The role of the Studio is to provide funding, resources, and operational support to help entrepreneurs build and scale companies.

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SPOTLIGHT SPORTS GROUP AGREES NEW DEAL WITH HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB

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Spotlight Sports Group (SSG), a world-leading technology, content, and media company specialising in sports betting, has signed a deal to extend a multi-year agreement with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).

The long-term partnership, powered by the Racing Post, will promote Hong Kong racing to a worldwide audience through the provision of full racecards for the Hong Kong Jockey Club meetings at Sha Tin and Happy Valley, editorial and tipping content. The partnership will also enable free-to-view live streams and replays of all Hong Kong racing via Racing Post digital platforms.

The collaboration also sees the promotion of the HKJC’s World Pool initiative, specifically with editorial, tipping and signposting of World Pool meetings. Spotlight Sports Group is delighted to have this agreement in place before Royal Ascot, a meeting that not only features high-class horse racing, but five days of World Pool betting.

James Fitzpatrick, Account Director for B2B Content Services at Spotlight Sports Group, said: “The Hong Kong Jockey Club is one of our key partners and I’m delighted we will be continuing our relationship. Extending this deal ahead of Royal Ascot will allow us to continue to promote World Pool days to a global audience during one of the biggest international meetings of the year.”

The view was shared by Michael Fitzsimons, Executive Director, Wagering Products of the HKJC: “The HKJC and Racing Post are two of the most powerful and respected brands in the horse racing industry and we can see many great opportunities to work together to achieve our goals and longer-term vision throughout the life of the agreement.”

 Spotlight Sports Group aims to support the global betting, horse racing and fantasy sports industries.

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EGT’s Gods & Kings Link with first installation in Bulgaria

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EGT’s jackpot Gods & Kings Link made its debut in Bulgaria. The first local gaming establishment to install the product is the largest casino in the country GoldenEye, located in Svilengrad.

“We are very happy to once again have the opportunity to support our partners from GoldenEye by providing them with one of the latest developments from our slot portfolio,” commented Biserka Draganova, Sales Manager for the Balkans and Egypt at EGT. “The fact that out of a total of 500 machines in the casino, 320 are EGT’s is a testament to the great confidence they have in us, and I believe that Gods & Kings Link will show the excellent results expected from it.”

The product is currently available on several cabinets of the G 50 J2 St model, and will be installed on more by the end of June. Gods & Kings Link has 4 levels of jackpot: Minor and Mini, that are fixed for each machine and Grand and Major, which are progressive and can be won with every bet made on any of the 4 games Rise of Ra, Olympus Glory, Ape of luck and Glorious Alexander. The Grand and Major levels are common with EGT’s bestseller jackpot Bell Link, thus creating even greater chances for wealth.

Gods & Kings Link has definitely caught the attention of our customers and in the short period of time we’ve been offering it, we’ve seen a lot of interest in it,” said Mert Caliskan, Casino Operation Director. “The titles in the mix are extremely interesting and provide lots of bonuses and fun during play. This in combination with the possibility of getting even bigger winnings thanks to the connection to Bell Link, which is very popular in our casino, is a guarantee that this will be another very successful EGT product.”

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