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Marketing maven Patty Toledo enters the game as 4Players’ Marketing Director

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Gaming aficionado, music savant and former MMA fighter joins global interactive experiences platform to lead the way in connection, communication and immersion

Pioneering technology veterans 4Players has announced the appointment of industry leader Patty Toledo, as its first Marketing Director. Patty brings her considerable skills to 4Players as it prepares to launch new products to support game developers to create metaverse-ready, engaging player experiences, and will drive a marketing strategy to take the much-loved brand into the future.

Patty’s vision is to bring revolutionary gaming solutions to the most remote edges of the planet by expanding 4Players’ markets and geographical reach, while moving the brand into a new era. With a very established career in the game industry, Patty has been given the opportunity to build a new marketing strategy to showcase all of the remarkable products that 4Players offers. 4Players has been at work for over 20 years and is very familiar with the games industry, with a focus on building a team that can add value to the company while bringing great synergy. 4Players immediately recognised the value that Patty brings to deliver new growth, with company rebranding and constructing a new identity, alongside launching innovative new products, among her first objectives.

Patty has an impressive career history spanning multiple industries and holds exemplary experience. Once an MMA fighter and music producer, she has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists, including Bon Jovi, Metallica and Iron Maiden, before turning to the gaming industry, where she found her true calling. Now, she is taking on an essential new role at 4Players where she is sure to make her mark.

Patty Toledo, Marketing Director at 4 Players, said: “I am over the moon to join the 4Players team. 4Players is a unique game technology company that understands what players value in games and works with developers to create the best user experience possible. They are visionaries and we share the same ideologies of wanting to build the brand, bring it to life and share it with the world!”

4Players has been co-shaping the evolution of gaming, offering developers a way to easily integrate immersive social experiences based on voice and data into their games. 4Players create real-time, cross-platform, interactive experiences with voice and videos, powered by its global server network. This innovative technology is metaverse-ready, reliable and affordable with an SDK that is quick and easy to integrate. 4Players tools take privacy and data protection to a new level. With no need for players to register any personal details, data remains anonymous, putting users’ minds at ease.

Phillip Schuester, CEO at 4Players, says: “We are excited to have Patty as part of our team. Her knowledge, skills and experience are unparalleled in the gaming industry, and she is an incredibly valuable addition to 4Players.

“We have been creating some great tools for developers to make their game experiences more immersive and less disruptive. Having Patty with us, bringing onboard her diverse background and expertise, will allow us to reach a broader market and support creative minds around the world.”

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Low6 equips BETFAN with free-to-play arcade games

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The multi-game partnership sees the legal Polish operator build out its proposition by appealing to the nostalgia of much-loved games

Low6, the leading gamification innovator, has secured an agreement with BETFAN, a new legal Polish bookmaker, to deliver a suite of free-to-play games. The operator has earmarked Low6’s pioneering spin on free-to-play games as a strategic addition to their product offering to retain and boost their active player base.

The new product offering will launch BETFAN’s first arcade-style game, Horse Race. The side scroller game challengers players to navigate a horse between sporting objects by tapping their touchscreen or mouse. The further they progress in the game, the more points they earn.

The portfolio will also include a Bingo game where players will be issued a digital card of sporting events that are marked-off in real time with in-play action. Players are rewarded by getting a line or full-house on completing their card.

“Our goal is to make constant progress.” comments Jakub Świsłowski, Vice President of BETFAN. “The future of our sportsbook division sees free-to-play games as a key development in our product offering. We truly believe that our partnership with Low6 will allow us to make a huge difference in the Polish market and this cooperation will also open up new doors for sportsbooks in Poland”.

“BETFAN, like Low6, are focused on innovation and we’re delighted that part of our portfolio of games will be implemented within their product suite.” comments Jamie Mitchell CEO of Low6. “That our first game is delivered as a new, innovative arcade solution means we have something that the betting market has never seen before. We can’t wait to flick the switch and launch our arcade offering to the wider sportsbook and igaming verticals.”

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DSWV Calls for Changes as Black Market Betting Rises in 2023

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The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has analysed the development of the German sports betting market for 2023 at its annual press conference. The main focus was on tax revenues, the black market and player protection.

Decline in Tax Revenue

In 2023, legal sports betting providers in Germany recorded stakes of €7.72 billion, a decrease of 5.4% compared to the previous year.

“Instead, the money flows into the coffers of the black market providers,” DSWV President Mathias Dahms said.

This development illustrates the challenges facing the legal market. One important reason for the decline is the migration of many players to illegal offerings. For example, since the State Treaty on Gambling came into force in 2021, regulated providers have not been able to keep up with the extensive betting offers of the black market due to a limited betting programme. The association is, therefore, calling for attractive framework conditions for regulated providers so that they remain competitive.

Combating the Black Market

Despite regulation, the black market has a significant market share in Germany. Studies, such as the Schnabl study by DSWV and DOCV, show that around half of the time spent by German online gambling users is spent on illegal sites. This alarming development requires urgent action on the part of the Joint Gambling Authority of the federal states (GGL). The DSWV is, therefore, calling for a reorientation of the current regulatory policy in order to strengthen the legal market and curb the black market.

Promotion of Player Protection

Many interested parties will open betting accounts during the European Football Championship. It is, therefore, all the more important that gamblers are directed to the legal market. Advertising helps to make the brands of legal providers stand out from the illegal offers on the black market. Only companies permitted by the GGL protect players. In the debate on sports betting advertising, the DSWV is, therefore, expressly opposed to a ban on advertising.

“No company can survive if it is not allowed to advertise, and this must remain the case for sports betting providers. Otherwise, players are left with the black market, where there are no protective measures and controls,” Dahms said during the conference.

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Greentube debuts content in Slovakia

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Digital Gaming and Entertainment division, has taken its diverse portfolio of popular slots live in Slovakia, marking further European growth for the company in regulated markets.

Now available via a range of the country’s leading online casino brands, players will be able to get their hands on Greentube’s upcoming releases such as Book of Ra™ Deluxe 10: Win Ways™, Sizzling Hot™ Deluxe 10 Win Ways™ and Top o’ the Money™ – Pots of Wealth.

These new releases will sit alongside the supplier’s classic games which have proved their enduring appeal among European players including hit titles such as Book of Ra™, Sizzling Hot™ and Ultrahot Deluxe™.

This latest market entry into Slovakia furthers Greentube’s growth in Central Europe and mirrors its progress globally, in line with its strategy for the year ahead.

Opher Ben Zvi, Deputy Head of Global Sales at Greentube, said: “Slovakia is another step forward in our roadmap for 2024. It’s a country with great potential and one where we expect big things from our proven content.

“Our range of games is set to provide a diverse choice for players, beginning with our successful WinWays™ titles. These will soon be joined by the global hits from our Diamond Mystery™, Diamond Link™ and Cash Connection™ game series.

“We’re proud to see them on offer to an even larger demographic via our partners in the country.”

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