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Microgaming CEO Steps Down After 17 Years’ Service to the Company

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It was recently announced that Microgaming CEO John Coleman is planning to step down at the end of 2021. The former leader of one of the world’s most prominent iGaming brands has decided that he needs a fresh challenge after working for the company for the last 17 years. He will be replaced by another long-term servant of the brand, Andrew Clucas, who is currently working as Microgaming’s chief operating officer. This spells a new era for the company, but there is no reason why it can’t continue setting the standard in the online casino industry.

John Coleman to Step Down as CEO

Coleman has been the CEO of Microgaming for the last three years, having been appointed in June 2018. Prior to that, the Irishman had been the chief financial officer for almost 14 years. After a hugely successful tenure with the iGaming company, Coleman decided that it was time to step down and pursue other projects. In a recent statement on the Microgaming website, Coleman said:

“I am honoured to have led Microgaming as CEO – such an incredible business and people. After 17 years at the company, this is a natural time for me personally to embark on the next adventure. Microgaming has a strong leadership structure in place and an exciting future ahead, and I am delighted to announce Andrew Clucas as my successor. – Andy is a brilliant colleague, friend and leader, and I have every confidence that he will steer Microgaming to new success.”

The successor that Coleman mentioned in his announcement is Clucas, a former Royal Airforce pilot who joined Microgaming in 2009. Clucas’s rise within the company has been astounding. After heading up various divisions throughout his first decade, he took on the role of chief operating officer in 2018. He was clearly the natural replacement for Coleman, with the two having worked closely together over the last few years. Clucas stated that it was a high honour to be named the CEO of such an esteemed company and pledged to continue the amazing work done by his predecessor with the same levels of passion and drive.

The handover of responsibilities will take place at the end of December, and Clucas will take the company forward in 2022 and beyond. He will be tasked with maintaining Microgaming’s position as an industry behemoth, and in ensuring that the company continues evolving and progressing in the future.

Coleman a Big Part of Microgaming’s Continued Success

Microgaming has achieved an incredible amount in its history, with Coleman’s contributions over the last decade helping towards that success. The CEO has overseen a few of the company’s most recent achievements as it has innovated with upcoming technology, including virtual reality. For its VR Roulette game, Microgaming won the Innovator of the Year award in 2016 at the International Gaming Awards.

While Coleman has been CEO, the Isle of Man-based software provider has won innumerable accolades. In 2019, Microgaming picked up the CasinoBeats Pride of Gaming award, the Women in Gaming Diversity Award for Diversity and Inclusion, the EGR B2B award for Innovation in slot provision, and the Best Leadership Event at the ICE Awards. There are numerous other achievements that Microgaming accomplished while Coleman was in charge, but these are a few of the highlights.

On top of overseeing awards for the company, Coleman and Clucas have picked up some credit for themselves. The former won the Gaming Intelligence Hot 50 in 2019, while the latter claimed the same trophy the following year.

Microgaming was already well-established before Coleman joined the company. Indeed, it’s one of the oldest and best-known software providers in the iGaming industry. Founded in 1994, Microgaming claims to have developed the first online casino platform, thus sparking the industry that went on to achieve global domination. To survive for so long in such a cutthroat sector is commendable and is a testament to the running of the company behind the scenes. The Isle of Man-based business is constantly moving with the times and ensuring that it remains as one of the leaders that others look to for inspiration.

Best Known for Slots and Forward-thinking Ideas

Microgaming is best known for being one of the most successful slot developers on the planet. It has produced some iconic games which have driven the genre forward, including Tomb Raider, Jurassic World and Immortal Romance. It is still pushing the boundaries and creating new offerings, with titles like Game of Thrones Power Stacks among the best new slots alongside up-and-coming developers like ELK Studios and Nolimit City. The fact that Microgaming is still considered one of the best in the business for reel spinners highlights how the company is always looking to move with the times.

Microgaming is renowned for having broken various records with Mega Moolah, which was one of the first ever progressive jackpots. The game famously paid out lottery-like wins of more than £7 million in 2009 and £13.2 million in 2015. Both results set the Guinness World Record for largest online casino pay out. The game also spawned a thriving offshoot of traditional slots. Nowadays, when players log on to online casinos, they will see various games with rolling jackpots that pay out randomly to lucky winners over a network.

Aside from slots, Microgaming has one eye on the future and is ensuring that it is positioned to take care of any emerging technology that may go mainstream. This was highlighted with its creation of VR Roulette in 2015. At this time, many analysts expected virtual reality to go mainstream the following year. This hasn’t come to fruition yet, but Microgaming is well-placed to capitalise on the platform if it becomes an essential household item.

Microgaming has gone through various CEO changes over its 27-year history, and this has never had a negative effect on its dominance in the online casino industry. Clucas will be expected to continue steering the ship in the right direction, adjusting course where he sees fit to ensure that the company stays ahead of the competition.

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SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024: The iGaming and Sports Betting Event where Eastern Europe Meets Central Asia

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The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 is set to bring together the key players in the iGaming and sports betting industries from June 25-26, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace, Georgia. Organized by SBC Events in collaboration with Sports Media Holding, this event promises to be a pivotal gathering for professionals targeting the burgeoning markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

A Gateway to Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The second edition of the SBC Summit Tbilisi is designed to offer unparalleled insights into the high-potential markets of the Black Sea, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. This premier conference is a must-attend for those looking to expand their business into complex and diverse regions such as Georgia, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and Slovenia. The event provides a unique platform to understand the local regulatory landscapes, cultural nuances, and market opportunities.

Comprehensive Conference Agenda

The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 will feature a rich conference agenda that brings together C-Level executives and industry experts to discuss a wide range of topics. Attendees can expect to gain valuable knowledge on:

  • iGaming trends and innovations
  • Emerging market opportunities
  • Regulatory updates and compliance strategies
  • Outsourcing and business relocation opportunities

Who Will Be There?

The summit is expected to attract over 1,500 delegates, including 600 operators, 150 affiliates, 60+ speakers, and 30 exhibitors. This diverse gathering offers a fantastic opportunity to network with key decision-makers, generate leads, and forge meaningful partnerships.

Networking Opportunities

SBC Events are renowned for their exceptional networking experiences, and the Tbilisi Summit will be no exception. From the moment attendees step into the venue, they will be treated to an all-inclusive networking environment. Designated areas on the show floor will provide hot refreshments, breakfast, and lunch, along with various bars offering favorite drinks throughout the venue.

Evening networking events will take place in some of Tbilisi’s most upscale locations, providing a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to continue business discussions and build new connections.

Special Features

  • Keynote Speaker: Chris Bird, CEO of The Raheem Sterling Foundation and former COO of Manchester City, will share his insights and experiences, adding significant value to the event’s agenda.
  • VIP Networking: Attendees can look forward to an exclusive VIP networking experience, ensuring they can connect with the most influential figures in the industry.
  • Held in Collaboration with Sports Media Holding: As a leading service aggregator in the EE&CIS region, SMH Global brings a wealth of expertise and networking opportunities to the event.

Why Attend?

The SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024 offers an unmatched opportunity to gain a foothold in the promising markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. With a comprehensive agenda, top-tier speakers, and exclusive networking events, this summit is the ideal platform for industry professionals to learn, connect, and grow their businesses.

For more information and to register, visit the SBC Summit Tbilisi website.

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eGaming Integrity Launches to Enhance Compliance for OGRA Licence Holders and CSPs

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We proudly announce the official launch of eGaming Integrity, a specialised compliance services provider exclusively dedicated to protecting OGRA licence holders and the CSPs that support them.

Our mission is to enable online gambling operators, and the CSPs that support them, with the tools they need to thrive in the Isle of Man, ensuring integrity, transparency, and adherence to industry standards.

The Isle of Man eGaming sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, with the number of OGRA licensees more than doubling in recent years. With the sector having grown so quickly, it has led to a shortage of highly qualified, well trained, and egaming experienced compliance and AML professionals locally. This skills shortage presents a significant challenge for online gambling operators licensed here.

With our team of industry experts and former regulators, eGaming Integrity enables businesses to remain compliant with the stringent regulatory requirements under the Isle of Man licence through our tailored services which include mock audits, remediation, and internal audits.

Speaking about the requirement for such services, Emma Shilling, eGaming Integrity director said “licensed online gambling operators and local Corporate Service Providers have been looking for a credible provider to offer specialist services beyond day-to-day compliance. We’ve already helped several CSPs navigate the sector in previous roles, where eGaming isn’t always the primary area of expertise so businesses have sought our experience and industry knowledge to help them service their clients more effectively.”

Fellow director, Nick Bowden added “our in-depth evaluations prepare operators for regulatory visits, remediation support to bring businesses back into good standing with the regulator, and independent assurance makes sure risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.

eGaming Integrity are now working with a number of OGRA licence holders and local CSPs, providing customised compliance and regulatory advisory services that align with business objectives and operational intricacies.

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Week 24/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

ELA Games, announced the release of its conceptually new game “Joker Cashpot”. The new slot game aims to attract players with its exciting mechanics, a balance of strategy and randomness and traditional colourful design by the studio’s artists. Joker Cashpot is a rare example of a creatively modified slot where the player can accumulate and multiply rewards.

 

Yggdrasil has partnered with ReelPlay to offer up to 10,000 ways to win in feature-filled dystopian release Armageddon 10K WAYS™. The cascading slot transports players into a hellish oblivion where spinning the reels can stave off otherworldly invaders and rack up prizes by way of Bonus Respins, 10K Ways and four local jackpots. The Bonus Respins feature is triggered whenever players land six or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels.

Yggdrasil and ReelPlay unleash hell on earth in Armageddon 10K WAYS™

 

Habanero brings fairytale magic to its latest slot Waltz Beauty, where mystery symbols and multiplier rewards await players. Set on a 6×4 grid, the game sets the scene with an enchanted palace where a host of princesses populate the board as its symbols which must form matching combinations across 25 paylines.

Habanero dances with the beast in new release Waltz Beauty

 

Booming Games is proud to announce that its highly-anticipated title, Ronaldinho Spins, is now available to players worldwide. Ronaldinho Spins is the first slot game ever created featuring the image of international football superstar Ronaldinho Gaucho. After months of development and refinement, the slot is now set to deliver entertainment and joy with its stunning visuals and exciting features.

 

Amusnet brings you a fruity delight with its new classical video slot. The 5-reel 10 fixed paylines game offers colourful and yummy-looking gameplay. Packed with fruity symbols, sizzling design and captivating sound effects, 10 Power Hope promises a thrilling gameplay experience filled with fiery wins.

Go Hot or Go Home with Amusnet's newest slot release 10 Power Hot

 

Thunderkick has released the newest addition to its expanding collection, Sword of Arthur, taking players on a journey to King Arthur’s Ancient Briton. King Arthur himself features as the game’s highest-paying symbol, followed by his armour and shield, while the low-paying icons are represented by fantasy-style playing card symbols. The legendary sword of Arthur takes centre stage as the Wild and Scatter, helping to form wins and trigger the Bonus Game.

Thunderkick reignites Arthurian legend in latest slot Sword of Arthur

 

With the cream of European football preparing to showcase their skills on the grass at Euro 2024 in Germany starting this week, Apparat Gaming icon, Jack Potter, has set out on a mission to spread the beautiful game to ancient Egypt in the quirky new adventure, Jack Potter and The Book of Football.

 

Triple Edge Studios, part of Games Global’s exclusive studio network, has launched its latest feature-filled title, Goal Strike Rising Rewards™, kicking off the excitement ahead of a big summer of football. Set within an electrifying football stadium and showcasing five reels with varying rows of 3-4-5-4-3, players spin the slot’s unique reelset that is adorned with football shirts, boots, and whistle symbols for the chance to unlock a variety of innovative multiplier and free spins features and win increasing jackpots via the Rising Rewards™ mechanic.

 

Not all pigs are happy in mud and that’s certainly the case for the two porkers in the latest slot from Fantasma Games. Gold Pigger is already live with a limited number of operators, and a truly flying start with initial key player KPIs up +100% from an already very successful 2024 game release performance.

 

 

PG Soft has released its highly infectious video slot, Zombie Outbreak. The game unfolds within an apocalyptic world where the undead rise on the 5 reels, featuring a layout with 4 rows on reels 1, 3, and 5, and 5 rows on reels 2 and 4. One of the many electrifying features of Zombie Outbreak is the Expanding Wild symbol, which replaces all symbols aside from the Scatter symbol.

The game unfolds within an apocalyptic world where the undead rise on the 5 reels

 

 

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