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Swintt set sail on an all-new Norse adventure in Viking Honour XtraWildTM

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Swintt set sail on an all-new Norse adventure in Viking Honour XtraWildTM
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Software provider’s Viking-themed slot challenges players to sharpen their blades and raid the reels armed with a fleet of Free Spins and epic expanding wilds

Swintt, the award-winning software provider behind action-packed slots Aloha Spirit XtraLock™ and Book of the East, is raising anchor and setting sail on an epic new adventure in Viking Honour XtraWildTM – the latest smash hit in the Swintt Select range.

Featuring five reels and 30 paylines, the brand new slot draws its inspiration from the Norse warriors of old and invites players to heed the battle call as they raid the reels for maximum multipliers of up to 6,261x their stake with the help of an exciting game mechanic that adds fresh wilds on every spin.

Dubbed the “Wild Selector”, this innovative extra will replace a random symbol with a wild at the start of each round, with the chosen symbol then substituting for any regular base game icon to complete winning paylines. Not only that, but once the spin is completed, any wilds that are present will move one space to right and remain locked for the next round, with this continuing until they leave the reels.

If the Norse gods are with them, players will also have the opportunity to trigger 8, 15 or 25 Free Spins by landing three, four or five scatter symbols respectively. Whenever this happens, the “Wild Selector” will retain the symbol that was chosen at the start of the triggering spin, only this time Odin will bestow his blessing on players by transforming it into an expanding wild that stretches to fill the entire column.

During the Free Spins, the expanded wilds will continue to move one reel to the right for the duration of the feature, with this potentially resulting in multiple columns being wild at once to trigger legendary prize combinations.  With the help of this feature, it’s far easier for players to completely fill the reels with just one symbol and trigger the slot’s maximum five-of-a-kind win on all 30 paylines.

With these two lucrative additions and an engaging Norse theme that sees the reels decorated with unique symbols including axes, shields, helmets and horns, Viking Honour XtraWildTM promises to be an exciting new addition to the Swintt Select catalogue. Available now at all of the software provider’s partner casinos, Swintt is sure it will prove to be an epic voyage that players won’t forget in a hurry.

David Mann, Chief Commercial Officer at Swintt, said: “With its epic Norse theme and innovative “Wild Selector” feature, we’re proud to unveil Viking Honour XtraWildTM as the latest addition to our exciting collection of Swintt Select slots.
“Boasting a rewarding bonus feature that sees expanding wilds remain on the reels for up to five spins, the slot promises payouts that are sharper than a Viking’s axe and should prove to be a huge hit with any players who are brave enough to heed the battle call and take it for a spin this month.”

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MiFinity enable N1 Interactive’s payment expansion

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MiFinity, the secure iGaming eWallet, today announced a new partnership with online casino operator N1 Interactive Limited. The MiFinity eWallet will now be available as a payment method for customers in some of N1 Interactive’s European markets across 37 brands.

As one of the most popular casino brands on the market, N1 Interactive offers a wide range of payment methods for players in different regions. MiFinity will be working with N1 Interactive to help increase conversions by providing players with their preferred payment method via the MiFinity eWallet.

Paul Kavanagh, CEO at MiFinity, said: “We have considerable experience in N1 Interactive’s key European markets, providing customers with localised payment methods via our eWallet. With over 40 integrated payment methods, we can significantly reduce the risk of a player abandoning the cashier across all N1 Interactive’s live brands.”

N1 Interactive added: “We’ve onboarded MiFinity because they offer a wide range of local payment methods in our target markets, as well as having an in-depth understanding of these markets. With their support, we can provide better service to our players and streamline the payment journey, increasing conversions and removing transaction barriers.”

With the MiFinity iFrame, brands like Casino Universe, Slot Hunter Casino and N1 Casino can provide players with the option to use their MiFinity eWallet within the cashier experience. Once players have signed up for a MiFinity eWallet, they can choose their preferred local payment method to transfer funds. Then, players simply select the MiFinity option directly in the cashier for deposits and withdrawals when playing online.

Paul Kavanagh said: “Removing unnecessary steps in the payment journey, such as navigating to a 3rd party payment page, positively impacts conversion rates. Similarly, providing players with localised payment methods, multiple currencies, and multilingual options reduces the risk of cart abandonment. Our iFrame does all this within the brand’s cashier, providing a seamless customer experience.”

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ACMA Blocks Illegal Offshore Gambling and Affiliate Marketing Websites

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The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing websites.

The sites include Casino Moons, Winnerama, Extra Vegas, Win Paradise, LegitGamblingSites and Gamblers Lab.

The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 568 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

Over 170 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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Entain to Pay £17M Penalty for Online and Retail Failures

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Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment Group, has confirmed that it has agreed a regulatory settlement with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in respect of alleged historical licensing breaches. The regulatory settlement amounts to £14m in respect of Entain’s digital business and £3m in respect of its retail business.

Entain has entered into the regulatory settlement with the UKGC in order to bring the matter to a close and avoid further costly and protracted legal proceedings. Entain accepts that certain legacy systems and processes supporting the operations of its British business during 2019 and 2020 were not in line with the evolving regulatory expectations of the UKGC in respect to aspects of social responsibility and anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards. However, the Group also notes the UKGC’s statement that it found no evidence whatsoever of criminal spend within Entain’s operations.

The issues raised by the Commission relate to the period between December 2019 and October 2020, which predates the many changes in the area of safer gambling and AML that Entain has introduced. For instance, in 2021 Entain launched its Advanced Responsibility and Care (ARC) programme which, using revolutionary AI technology, operates in real-time and is individually tailored for each customer. The initial trials of ARC in the UK have shown a risk assessment accuracy of over 80%, a 120% uplift in the use of safer gambling tools by those most at risk and a 30% overall reduction in customers increasing their risk levels.

Furthermore, in May of this year, Entain was awarded the Advanced Safer Gambling Standard by GamCare, having evidenced the highest standards of player protection and social responsibility for its online and land-based gambling businesses in Great Britain.

As part of the settlement, Entain has also agreed to appoint a Board sponsor to oversee the implementation of any further improvements identified by the original 2020 compliance assessments and to undertake an independent audit of the relevant policies and procedures at a future date.

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