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Award-winning software provider promotes former Chief Commercial Officer to leading role with former CEO David Flynn focusing on the growth of parent company, Glitnor Group


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Swintt, the leading software provider behind popular recent releases Candy Gold and The Crown starring Vinnie Jones, has announced a key reshuffle at executive level that will see former Chief Commercial Officer, David Mann, take over as the company’s new CEO.

As a result of the promotion, outgoing CEO, David Flynn, will take a seat on the Board and now be able to operationally focus on his role as CEO of Swintt’s parent company, Glitnor Group, with Mann now being tasked with expanding the business, driving profitability and managing the software provider’s overall operations going forward.

Mann has been with Swintt since May 2019 and the promotion is fitting recognition for his efforts in helping the studio establish a number of important partnerships that have brought about rapid expansion in global markets. Prior to his time at Swintt, Mann also held roles with Wazdan, Betway and William Hill, showcasing a diverse professional background and highlighting his knowledge across the industry.

Having previously held the role of CEO for both Swintt and Glitnor Group, Flynn will meanwhile step down from his position at the former in order to devote his full time to the latter. With Glitnor being among the fastest-growing business groups in the iGaming space, the move is certainly timely and will help both companies continue to expand with a clear and defined strategy going forward in 2022.

Flynn is also an iGaming veteran with over 19 years of experience in the industry. He holds a Masters in Meteorology from the University of Reading, a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Wolverhampton and has previously occupied C-Suite roles at JPJ Group plc (Ballys), NYX Gaming Group(now a part of Light & Wonder), Microgaming and OnGame AB (now a part of Entain plc).

With the move now allowing both executives to use their considerable expertise to drive the companies to even greater heights, Mann is relishing the opportunity to get started in his new role for Swintt, while Flynn is looking forward to fully dedicating his efforts to heading up Glitnor’s operations.

David Mann, new Chief Executive Officer at Swintt, said: “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to step into the leading role at a company as dynamic and forward-thinking as Swintt. Over the past couple of years, we’ve witnessed incredible growth in a number of key markets and I’m very much looking forward to being able to continue contributing to this outstanding progress in my role as CEO.
We have an exciting path ahead of us as we continue to expand our product portfolio, revamp our tech and launch into new markets around the globe, including the UK in the very near future.”

David Flynn, Chief Executive Officer at Glitnor Group said: “While I’m incredibly proud of everything Swintt has achieved during my time as CEO, David’s promotion means I couldn’t be leaving the running of the company in safer hands. Over the past couple of years, David has proven he has the experience and expertise to flourish in the role while driving further growth for Swintt, and by handing over the reins, I’ll be able to fully focus my efforts on helping Glitnor Group become one of the most entrepreneurial and fastest growing business groups in the iGaming industry.”

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FAVBET switches to Single Wallet for increased player comfort and smoother operations

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FAVBET is doing away with the practice of creating several wallets in the player’s personal account on favbet.com in favor of its own Single Wallet solution which makes it much easier for users to manage their accounts. Migration to the new system is automatic and will not require any action from users.

The Single Wallet replaces the previous system where casino players and bettors had to create a separate account called “wallet” for each payment method without the ability to transfer funds between different wallets. In contrast to the previous approach, the Single Wallet combines all user accounts into one that allows deposits and withdrawals using different cards and payment systems.

The key advantage that FAVBET users get after switching to the Single Wallet is one account for all payment methods. Now, there is no need to create separate wallets for debit cards, Skrill, or other payment methods.

This is not an update to the existing system, but rather a solution developed from the ground up that not only adds convenience but also significantly increases the capabilities of our platform. On the surface, the changes don’t seem like much, but what we created here is in fact a full-fledged banking system that is similar in its functionality and efficiency to the solutions used by the leading financial institutions,” says Serhii Kostiushkin, Head of Engineering at Betinvest.

According to the company’s tech lead, developing the new system was unavoidable as the previous solution was created quite a while ago and could no longer keep up with the company’s growth and user numbers. Additionally, its outdated architecture significantly complicated financial accounting and put excessive load on the platform. The new system processes five times more transactions while being much more stable and not requiring as many resources.

The Single Wallet approach is now a standard for the world’s leading sportsbooks and casinos. Now, all of its advantages are available to favbet.com users.

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Gambling payment fintech continues hiring drive with senior appointment

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Meryem Habibi joins as Chief Revenue Officer

Global cryptocurrency-based fintech services group, SG Veteris, has appointed Meryem Habibi as Chief Revenue Officer. In this newly created role, Meryem will oversee the group’s global revenue generating functions and is responsible for the growth strategy, performance and alignment of its revenue-generation operations.

Reporting to CEO, Anil Oncu, Meryem will lead sustainable business growth though sales, strategic partnerships and marketing, identifying suitable customer segments to target and new markets to enter. Founded over six years ago and headquartered in London, the company grew its staff numbers by 25% and opened new offices in Estonia and Lithuania in 2022, to expand the reach of its Bitpace (gambling and gaming industry online cryptocurrency payment platform) and Koinal (popular cryptocurrency trading platform) brands. It has five offices and provides services to 150+ countries.

Commenting on the appointment, Anil Oncu said:

“I am delighted to welcome Meryem to the team. SG Veteris is in a growth phase, and we are currently bucking the trend in the market by continuing to hire key roles to help with our global expansion plans in reputable jurisdictions over the course of 2023. We’re excited about launching in even more countries as we are seeing consumer behaviours shift and crypto payments becoming more popular and in demand. We are proud to continue to attract the best people in the industry to help us continue to scale.”

Meryem has over 15 years’ experience in finance and technology innovation and joins from international payments/FX trading fintech, AZA Finance, where she was responsible for a major expansion of operations across Middle East & Africa. She has previously served as Head of Channel Operations for EMEA and APAC regions at Diebold Nixdorf, the US-based ATM and software giant, and led marketing and communications at Samsung Electronics.

Meryem Habibi adds:

“SG Veteris is a well-established company with high quality, flexible products which address genuine needs and gaps in the market, and I’m excited about the opportunities ahead. I see real growth potential in the benefits we can bring to cross-border trade and helping businesses to conduct more efficient and cost-effective transactions.”

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Roundtable: The future of cryptocurrency

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Cryptocurrency has really taken off over the past few years within the iGaming industry and has established an important foothold in the world of online casinos.

We spoke to Andrey Starovoitov – Co-CEO at SOFTSWISS, Daniel Heywood – Co-founder of NuxGame, and Matt Sahakian – CSO at Technamin, to talk about what the future holds for cryptocurrency and why it is now a hugely vital part of the industry.

 

How widespread is the use of cryptocurrency in online casino and sportsbook and does it have mass appeal?

Andrey Starovoitov (AS): The use of cryptocurrencies in gambling is a sustained trend that is only getting stronger from year to year. Today, we can see a certain segment of crypto casinos getting a strong foothold and taking over a considerable market share. Crypto casinos are certainly a flagship of our client portfolio along with major fiat casinos. In terms of figures, cryptocurrencies have grown 10% year-on-year to make around 35% of the SOFTSWISS turnover. This is an evident growth indicator on the back of the major coin price volatility, which shows a gradual progressive increase of player interest in this type of deposits.

Daniel Heywood (DH): There has been significant uptake in cryptocurrency adoption in various industries in recent times, including finance, IT, e-commerce and more. Additionally, outside of its use in the corporate world, it has been championed by thousands of private citizens who regularly use cryptocurrencies. This is a far cry from the image crypto had only a few years ago and serves as a testament to its growth.

Matt Sahakian (MS): I think that at this point, crypto is inseparable from our industry. Most reputable online casinos are now offering crypto payment methods and the ones that are not doing so, surely have it in their short-term roadmaps. Online sportsbooks jumped in on the trend a bit later than online casinos, but are certainly catching up as we see the rise of crypto sports betting in the industry.

 

What are the biggest advantages of using crypto for operators and players when placing wagers online?

AS: First of all, operators gain access to a whole new younger audience which generally does not overlap with the traditional fiat casino segment. The use of cryptocurrencies often gives a certain level of anonymity, which, in turn, attracts VIP players and high rollers.

On the level of operations, all crypto casino metrics such as acceptance rate, conversion rate and others are much higher compared to those of fiat casinos. For instance, the SOFTSWISS acceptance rate (successful to attempted deposits ratio) is 99% for cryptocurrencies.

All of the above is just a smidgen of the benefits from using crypto in iGaming. The main advantage is that crypto is an ever-growing trend we’ve been observing over the last five years.

DH: There are lots of benefits for both players and operators, with the speed of transaction being the most obvious. Because there is no intermediary involved in the transaction process things can be completed far quicker and with fewer steps involved, in comparison to traditional payment methods. The added – and significant – spin-off from the removal of that intermediary is the subsequent lowering of fees, making the process more streamlined and cost-effective.

MS: The foremost advantage is the added layer of security that these currencies bring, thanks to the blockchain technology they are based on. Security is always of paramount concern to both operators and players, and crypto puts both minds at ease. The decentralised nature of these currencies also amounts to higher degrees of anonymity which players prefer when it comes to their information and transaction history.

 

In which markets are a cryptocurrency solution particularly relevant?

AS: In fact, when asked which is the most popular market for cryptocurrencies in gambling, at SOFTSWISS we highlight that crypto falls into a separate new market. And it makes sense, as the differences between the crypto and fiat audiences are quite significant – the demand for transaction processing speed, availability of provably fair technology games, high game limits and even top game lists are totally different in these two segments. In general, the geography of crypto gamblers is pretty vast – Canada, Germany, LatAm (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina), and Asia.

DH: Cryptocurrencies are relevant across the world. There is no market in which they’re not playing an increasingly important role. However, they are aiding in the expansion of the iGaming industry in developing countries in particular. This is mostly due to the strict banking rules and restrictions within these jurisdictions that cryptocurrencies remedy.

MS: We’re seeing the Asian market as well as certain areas of the LatAm market embracing crypto, along with Africa and the USA. Mexico is also big on blockchain, being included in the top 50 countries where crypto is most popular. Countries like Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, and the UK are also joining in on the trend.

 

Is it all about Bitcoin, or are other cryptocurrencies commercially viable?

AS: Indeed, we are observing new coins ascending against a gradual Bitcoin decline in the crypto basket, but this does not mean that it is the Bitcoin that is losing its appeal but rather that other cryptocurrencies are gaining momentum as a gambling deposit method. According to our partners’ research, customer interests are shifting towards “stable coins”. Facing the crypto winter, most crypto traders have already sold the most volatile cryptocurrency as we are living in the “cash is king” times. USDT is the leader amongst stable coins, followed by BUSD. As a result, in 2022 we saw that Bitcoin was not the ultimate GO-TO choice for payments. But don’t get me wrong, it is still huge as only Bitcoin offers indisputable decentralisation and freedom of payment. It fell from 65% to 49% in transaction count on average, but marks much lower levels for new casinos with a younger player base.

DH: Bitcoin is of course the obvious leader within cryptocurrency, but there are an increasing number of options for both players and operators. Clients are using an increasingly diverse range, featuring projects such as Ethereum, Solana and Tether and others in order to offer the widest range of payment choices available.

MS: There was a time when Bitcoin was stealing the thunder in the world of crypto. However, that’s not the case today. There are nearly 10,000 active cryptocurrencies out there. Granted that not all of them are as popular or even used, many of them like Ethereum, Binance USD, Dogecoin, Tether and XRP are just as popular with bettors as Bitcoin. That’s the thing with these currencies. You never know which one is going to take the lead.

 

What does the future hold for using сrypto in online gaming? Is it a passing trend or here to stay?

AS: Overall, despite the volatility we are observing, the crypto gambling segment and its audience will continue to grow, as it is the speed, simplicity, and a certain level of anonymity that players value most in cryptocurrencies. We can clearly see an increasing interest in this niche, and a growing number of operators, including top tier ones, are adding crypto to their payment methods.

DH: Cryptocurrencies are categorically here to stay; by now I’m certain most can agree on that. As the crypto industry evolves, new and more innovative solutions are emerging and are competing for their “15 minutes of fame.” This in turn drives more innovation. A few of these are no doubt just a passing trend, yet some will stay with us long-term and become part of the furniture in the industry.

MS: When Bitcoin was released as the first open-source software and blockchain currency back in 2009, many people thought it would be a passing trend. It has been more than a decade now, and look where we are with these currencies today. Much like any other phenomenon, it is impossible to tell where crypto is going, but a decade-long popularity and expansion are clear indicators that this is a journey which we must follow closely.

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