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Leading gaming and sports betting partner GAMING1 has announced its latest joint venture partnership as it marks its entrance into the Dutch market.

The joint venture will see GAMING1 team up with Holland’s prestigious land-based chain, Gran Casino, which operates multiple hotel-based casino and gaming venues in partnership with hospitality company Van der Valk, one of Holland’s largest hotel and restaurant chains, boasting multiple four-star establishments across Europe and the Caribbean.

Under the agreement, Gran Casino will harness GAMING1’s proprietary sports betting and casino platform to deliver a truly next-generation online casino experience.

With the partnership set to enable Gran Casino to enter the online betting and gaming space for the first time, the new online venture will be established under GAMING1’s Circus brand.

Already renowned as a major online gaming brand across France, Belgium, Serbia and Peru, the deal is set to grant Circus a landmark entrance into the Dutch market, with a particular focus on its online operations.

In merging Gran Casino and Van der Valk’s hospitality and localised expertise with GAMING1’s online technology, the deal will also see the supplier provide its library of proprietary online game content, spanning slots and table games.

Commenting on the deal, Sylvain Boniver at GAMING1 said: “With a track record of success spanning multiple regulated markets across the globe, our unique partnership model brings together expertise from both parties to deliver the ultimate omni-channel consumer experience.

“We’re delighted to partner with Gran Casino and Van der Valk, and given our home markets of Belgium and France, it’s certainly an incredibly proud moment for us all to announce our long-expected entrance into one of Europe’s most exciting new regulated jurisdictions.”

Frank Kastelijns, Director of Gran Casino added: The Dutch online market holds a wealth of opportunity, and we’re excited to partner with GAMING1, who brings an established reputation for transforming its partners operations into a true online experience. We’re sure that together we’ll be able to introduce players to one of the best online gaming catalogues available.” 

Gert van der Valk, Director of Van der Valk International, also added:

Bringing together GAMING1, one of Europe’s market leaders, with Gran Casino and Van der Valk International, shows how far our ambitions go for Holland’s players. Together we will take gaming and hospitality to new heights with our unique gaming experience.”

Offering a modular and flexible sports betting and casino platform that provides a seamless betting and gaming experience, GAMING1 provides superior gamification capabilities, full land-based integration, localised bet pricing and market-leading bet acceptance ratios.

As well as its successful land-based operations in France and Belgium, GAMING1 also operates as an industry-leading betting and gaming partner for regulated markets including Portugal, US, Spain, Switzerland, Colombia, Serbia and MGA jurisdictions.

Notable company highlights over the past year have seen GAMING1 become the first provider to live casino online in Colombia in partnership with Evolution. The supplier also celebrated its entrance into North America via a joint venture with Delaware North, a global hospitality company with a portfolio of regional casinos and gaming venues in the United States and Australia.

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November

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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”

 

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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games

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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions

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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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