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European Casino Association Awards Four EDP 2021 Diversity Scholarships

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The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced the successful candidates for this year’s ECA Diversity Scholarship, sponsored by AGEM, Clarion, the University of Las Vegas International Gaming Institute and the ECA.

The Diversity Scholarship is open to all ECA member employees and in its fourth year since inception is to award more candidates than ever before to participate in the renowned Executive Development Programme (EDP).

The EDP is a prestigious gaming leadership course, a partnership between the UNLV International Gaming Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The scholarship covers the full cost of the programme, which this year, as last, is to be staged online due to ongoing travel and Covid-19 restrictions.

Over three decades, the EDP has become a reference point for gaming executives seeking to take their careers to the next level, whose aim is to build leadership and management skills and develop strategic thinking. It is a unique occasion to learn and share best practices with peers from around the world. The jury from the sponsoring organisations has examined the applications and awarded four ambitious male and female colleagues from the European land-based casino industry aspiring to a leadership position and hoping to broadening their professional education.

“The ECA scholarship programme recognises the contribution individuals have made within their daily roles that embody the inclusive nature of our profession. The ECA has awarded four candidates working in Monaco, Slovakia, Sweden and Slovenia to take part in the programme to promote the individual growth of the gaming professionals who, through their actions, have supported and enhanced diversity and inclusion within the industry,” ECA Chairman Per Jaldung said.

The ECA’s Diversity Scholarships for 2021 have been awarded to the following candidates:

  • Joanna Petit – American Games Supervisor, Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco. “Being a young female manager has not been easy in a masculine world. I found my place and I have been able to unite my team through enthusiasm, professionalism, listening and communication.”
  • Shalini Kolling – Human Resources Manager, Casino Cosmopol, Sweden. “I believe that the EDP needs more applicants like me who come from minority categories, and possess the foundation quality, that is a genuine hunger to ensure that the individuals and their organisation succeed.”
  • Jan Pecha – Casino General Manager, Olympic Casino, Slovakia. “I am very positive regarding diversity. Under my leadership, everyone has equal rights. I believe the EDP will be a very valuable experience.”
  • Darko Devic – Table Games Manager, Casino Mond, Slovenia. “I was pleasantly surprised that male members of our team can apply for the scholarship. In my opinion, it is crucial to be aware of inequality in the workplace in order to prevent it.”

“The partnership formed with Clarion, the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and the University of Las Vegas has created an opportunity for the ECA to reward four industry colleagues for their outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion with the gaming sector. Each of this year’s recipients personify the values of this award, having a passion for the industry and an understanding and empathy for the diverse make-up of both front and back-of-house in the European casino business. The EDP is a perfect reward for such dedication to further their personal and professional growth,” ECA Secretary Hermann Pamminger said.

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Slotegrator Launches New Platform for Online Casino Operators

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Slotegrator has announced the launch of a new platform that includes a wide range of functions for online casino and sportsbook operators. The product was released on May 16.

The technologies included in the modern microservice architecture of Slotegrator’s new platform have improved the product and provided the company’s customers with a higher level of service by optimising speed, security and stability. The project launch process for operators has been significantly accelerated — a typical launch will take no more than a few days, and the requests of end users, online casino players, will be implemented in the shortest possible time.

The new platform gives the operator more opportunities for integration with various systems, including game content developers, payment services and mobile applications. The user-friendly interface of the back office and intuitive dashboard make the onboarding process as comfortable as possible for operators. The adaptability of the back office for tablets and smartphones is provided for managing projects from anywhere in the world.

Slotegrator’s longstanding clients are already using the product. The features retained from the previous platform have been upgraded. For example, the bonus module has been improved in terms of UI — now it is much easier to create bonuses In addition to modules from the previous platform that were updated and transferred to the new model, the new platform has new tools and modules — in particular:

Casino Builder, which allows the client to make various changes to his gambling site using simple tools. From the back office, the operator can independently build a lobby and fully customise the frontend of his project, making it easier than ever to create its layout by choosing how to display providers, banners, etc. There is also a set of ready-made casino front-end presets for deploying the project in 3 clicks.

The business intelligence (BI) module, which gives the operator access to the site’s analytics, such as key markers like GGR, unique players, marginal profit, and number of active users for a selected period of time — per day, week, month, or year. By comparing performance over different periods and analysing the current situation, the operator can easily make the right strategic decisions and increase productivity. The module is constantly being developed, expanded, and supplemented, providing more and more opportunities for the most effective project management.

A separate KYC module, which helps make the player verification process smoother and more consistent.

The launch of the new platform is an important event for Slotegrator. A number of additional key improvements are planned in the coming months after the launch, which will facilitate the work of all operators. The system is unified — when a developer updates services, customers immediately get access to these updates — so, all operators use a single version of the product.

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Genius Sports Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

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Genius Sports has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

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  • Delivered Group Revenue of $85.9m, outperforming first quarter outlook by 10%.
  • Group Adjusted EBITDA of ($2.9m), exceeding first quarter outlook by 42%.
  • Reaffirmed 2022 Group Revenue and Group Adjusted EBITDA outlook of $340m and $15m, respectively, and 2023 outlook of $430m to $440m and $40m to $50m, respectively.

“Our strong first quarter is a result of successful execution. We began 2022 with a comprehensive Investor Day, outlining our strategic plan and underlying assumptions supporting our financial outlook. Our financial and operational achievements in the quarter demonstrate our ability to deliver on that plan and increase our competitive advantages through unique and proven technology,” Mark Locke, Co-Founder and CEO of Genius Sports, said.

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Announcing the Winners of the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2022

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The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) are once again back to celebrate outstanding businesses of the region in the Gambling industry. The BSG Awards 2022 recognized outstanding achievements in 28 categories, with final results decided by delegates of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit brought to you by the #hipthers.

Launched in 2019, the BSG Awards is part of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the key event of the Baltic and Nordic region during springtime, organized by the Hipther Agency, which brings a wealth of information while also focusing on quality networking. Over the past years, the conference has toured the Baltic countries and is now going back to Vilnius, Lithuania.

The voting took place in 2 separate stages. The online voting stage determined the top 5 companies of each category with a total of 9178 votes. These companies entered the shortlists of the second voting stage, which took place in person on 12 May in Vilnius. Votes have been cast by a secret voting session at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.

The Winners

The final winners in each category had been decided by the attending delegates of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit on 12 May in Vilnius by a secret voting session. Below are the winners of the BSG Awards in each category:

BALTIC Region

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE BALTICS 2022 (OPERATORS): PAF
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE BALTICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETSAFE
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) ULTRAPLAY
BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) BETCONSTRUCT
RISING STAR IN BALTIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2022 (B2B) DS VIRTUAL GAMING
RISING STAR IN BALTIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) IMG ARENA
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) ALTENAR
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) TOM HORN GAMING
BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) WAZDAN
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) BETGAMES
RISING STAR IN BALTIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) ENDORPHINA
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) CONNECTPAY
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) BMM TESTLABS
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) NETSHOP ISP

NORDIC Region

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE NORDICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETWAY
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE NORDICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETSSON
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) PANDASCORE
BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) SCOUT GAMING GROUP
RISING STAR IN NORDIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2022 (B2B) KIRON INTERACTIVE
RISING STAR IN NORDIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) SIS
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) DIGITAIN
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) SOFTSWISS
RISING STAR IN NORDIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) WAZDAN
BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) PLAY’N GO
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) XPROGAMING
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) TRUSTLY
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) INTERNET VIKINGS
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