On Air Entertainment to go live with Georgia studio
Global provider of premium live casino content to open state-of-the-art four-floor studio in Tbilisi with 130 tables and a team of 1,700
On Air Entertainment, the go-to provider of thrilling live casino content, is set to break ground and a brand-new studio located in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi as part of wider global expansion plans.
The four-floor studio will contain 130 tables for English Blackjack and Roulette, with each set against stunning backdrops that have been designed to capture the unique atmosphere of a buzzing land-based casino floor.
This is the fast-growing provider’s third studio and takes its total table capacity to 220 and comes shortly after announcing it had been given the green light to open a studio in Romania.
The Georgia studio benefits from cutting-edge digital environments as well as high-definition cameras and powerful microphones. This ensures games are broadcast to the highest quality and deliver a superior player experience at all times.
The facility will be run by a team of 1,500 – 2,000, including game presenters as well as operations and technology units.
OnAir expects to open the doors of its Georgia studio in Q1 2023 with operators already showing interest in adding these tables to their portfolios.
After launching its first blackjack table in November 2021, OnAir has since worked tirelessly to enhance its offering with the addition of roulette, speed roulette and auto roulette and 9 Pots of GoldTM StreamIconTM Edition to follow on 16 August and 6 September respectively.
The OnAir network is also certified in key regulated markets including the Isle of Man, the UK, Greece, Ontario, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Malta.
Mathijs Beugelink, Head of Operations at OnAir Entertainment, said: “We have quickly become the go-to provider of premium live casino content and the demand for our games continues to increase at pace, which is why we have an ambitious roadmap for new studio launches.
“Our Georgia studio really is cutting edge and the technologies it contains allow us to deliver an unrivalled player experience at all times.
“It is great to be able to bring so many jobs to the wonderful city of Tbilisi and we look forward to growing out our team with the best talent in the business. This is a significant milestone for OnAir Entertainment and for the operators that we work with.”
Vasileios Martharis, Head of Studio, Georgia, at OnAir Entertainment, added: “OnAir’s Georgia studio will be one of the most advanced in the industry and will allow us to further strengthen our position as a tier-one live dealer provider to operators in regulated markets around the world.
“I am looking forward to building out the team that will run the studio with me and bringing such a significant employment opportunity to Tbilisi. OnAir is committed to becoming the leading provider of live casino content in the industry, and this studio is another step towards achieving this goal.”
EGT Digital Signs Agreement with Adjarabet
EGT Digital’s games are live on the betting site of one more reputable operator in Georgia. At disposal to Adjarabet’s clients are all 70 titles of the top sellers Bell Link, High Cash, Clover Chance, the 5 Single progressive jackpots, as well as the brand-new multiplayer proposition xRide.
Tsvetomira Drumeva, Head of Sales at EGT Digital, said: “We are very happy that in a short period of time we have been able to prove ourselves as a stable and trusted provider in the country and Adjarabet’s decision to integrate the whole gaming content of ours to its high-rated online casino is a convincing proof of this. I believe that our titles will demonstrate an excellent performance, including xRide, that recently has been introduced for the very first time. It received positive feedback because of its innovative concept according to which the winnings are generated by an increasing multiplier and the players are able to track in real-time the results of the other participants.”
Avtandil Oboladze, Head of Online Casino department at adjarabet.com, said: “EGT Digital’s games offer great bonuses and high chances of winning in a combination with a rich variety of themes, which makes them very attractive to our customers. I am confident that they will rank among the favorites of our visitors, and we look forward to seeing the next propositions of the Bulgarian provider.”
CT Interactive’s content certified for Georgia
CT Interactive has certified more than 190 games for the territory of Georgia. From now on, the Georgian operators will have access to the exclusive portfolio of the global casino content provider.
Dimitar Muhovski, Chief Development Officer in Georgia & Central Asia at CT Interactive, expressed his excitement by commenting: “It is a great honour for our company that such a large portion of our content has been approved for the Georgian market”. He also added that the local brands have already contacted CT Interactive’s representatives to learn about the new package of games.
The award-winning portfolio of the company includes games like Wild Clover, Win Storm, HOT 7s X 2, Bavarian Forest, Clover Party, Pot of Luck, Pot of Jewels, Lucky Clover, Purple Fruits, Big Joker, and more.
“The Georgian players will have the chance to enjoy very high-quality products. Last year, our slot game Win Storm won the Online Game of the Year Award during the BEGE Awards 2022, and we are very proud of this achievement”, said Muhovski.
During the years, the brand’s products have proven their quality and have helped more than 1,500 casinos worldwide to improve their customers’ experience. The company regularly manages to release new, exciting games.
For the past six months, new portions of CT Interactive’s content have been certified for Spain, Italy, Colombia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, and Bulgaria. This action follows the company’s strategy is to increase its presence on regulated markets around the world.
Georgia Bans 1.45 Million People from Gambling
A new decree approved last year has banned well over a million people from participating in gambling in Georgia. The law, which follows the introduction of new online casino restrictions, bans under 25s, public employees, the socially vulnerable and those blacklisted by courts from gambling.
Minister of finance Lasha Khutsishvili said 1.45 million citizens are now banned from gambling, including people who are self-excluding. The new law came into effect this month after being approved by prime minister Irakli Garibashvili last year.
Last month, Garibashvili approved another batch of restrictions to tighten the country’s gambling laws. One of the measures will be to ring-fence online casino licences so they can be held only by land-based casinos based in Georgia.
That would make Adjara Group, Crystalbet and Iveria the only operators that can hold online casino licences. However, in addition, the government plans to offer a licence for exclusive rights to operate online casino for a fee of €1.6m.
Last year, the government presented plans to introduce separate gaming licences for specific verticals so that operators would no longer be able to expand into different verticals with no need for an additional permit. The annual permit fees for each of the business types (online casino, slots and betting) were to be set at €35,580.
All gambling advertising on TV, websites and public places has also been banned, and gambling taxes have been raised. Another batch of measures that are expected to be imposed includes a ban on casinos on ships.
The government says the measures are designed to bring the country in line with the EU expectations as it seeks to enter the bloq, although there is no EU ban on gambling advertising or prohibiting certain people from participating.
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