NOVOMATIC is going to launch new products at this year’s edition of Europe’s major gaming event from February 7-9 at ExCeL London.
Prominently positioned in the South hall, the show’s biggest exhibitor will showcase an inspiring display of cutting-edge gaming solutions for the diverse industry segments and markets on an all-new exhibition stand, and the savvy ICE visitor will instantly recognise: NOVOMATIC is back in black.
Land-based casino and AWP products & systems, biometric technologies for modern access solutions, secure cash handling solutions, sports betting and iGaming solutions – there is hardly an operator requirement for which the vastly diversified NOVOMATIC portfolio does not have a perfectly fitting answer in store, or can tailor a custom solution.
At the centre of attention, the slogan “BLACK IS BACK” heralds the international launch of a highly versatile slot cabinet series: the successor of NOVOMATIC’s hugely popular “Black Edition” cabinet with a series of three exciting new slot machines. All three models of the BLACK EDITION II series deliver leading-edge cabinet design, perfectly angled screens and a razor-sharp game presentation against the backdrop of a Black Metro finish and a contrasting LED ambient lighting concept. The multi-screen cabinet versions BLACK EDITION II 3.27 and BLACK EDITION II XL 3.32 are equipped with two full HD LCD screens in 27” and 32” diameters respectively and an equally dimensioned topper, which is optional for the XL cabinet version. The bottom screens feature PCAP-touch for maximum player interaction and the smoothly integrated toppers are slightly angled in characteristic Black Edition-style – all of which creates a striking presence on the floor, especially in XL and with the optional topper onboard. The sister model BLACK EDITION II 1.49J perfectly complements the cabinet series and offers a state-of-the-art presentation of NOVOMATIC’s wide range of upright games with its elegant 49″ J-curve screen. Additional features that enhance player convenience are the ergonomic footrest and padded palm-rest the powerful sound system and the overall maximum-impact game presentation powered by game play, graphics and audio.
Additional cabinet news comprise the massive new video slot slant top MASTER SL in versions 2.32 and 3.32 as well as two further slant top cabinets for the ETG segment. The DIAMOND X will showcase modern, state-of-the-art Progressive content presentation with the exclusive XTENSION LINK Volume 1 in the upright cabinet 1.55J and the brand new GOLDEN LINK Progressive mixes in the multi-screen version 2.32.
A central content highlight and showcase theme are the Candelas de los Muertos games with Señorita Suerte and Señor Muerte, both presented in banks of brand new BLACK EDITION II 1.49J machines, as well as with a dedicated photo booth and game characters roaming the booth. Both titles are also part of the brand new Linked Progressive mix NOVO LINE CASH CONNECTION Edition 4, which will be premiering at ICE with a superb selection of 20 LOCK ’N’ WIN titles. Further new mixes comprise a MONEY PARTY mix, an ULTRA BOOST LINK multi-game, NOVO LINE Interactive Edition X4 and Impera-Line HD Edition 9 as well as Series 2 of the top-selling IMPERA LINK.
NOVOMATIC ETGs will be represented with two new slant top terminals as well as a sneak preview to further product news waiting to be launched as 2023 moves on – and a complete LOTUS ROULETTE Genius installation.
At the centre of the stand, NBS will present the powerful features and functionalities of the NOVOVISION casino management system. This modular system offers a highly effective toolset for efficient casino management with extensive possibilities for automation, detailed analysis and sophisticated performance optimisation, taking into account all responsibilities and requirements of modern casino operations in terms of player protection, responsible gaming and reporting obligations.
In the different dedicated areas of the exhibition stand, experts from various subsidiaries as well as technology partners will also present their market-specific portfolio: NOVOMATIC Gaming UK, NOVOMATIC Netherlands and NOVOMATIC Gaming Spain with their show display of market-specific AWP products; Ainsworth and Apex with their latest cabinets and games; Fazi with a full range of ETG solutions; NOVO Cash with moneychangers made in Germany, AdmiralBET systems as well as SSBTs and the ever-growing Digital Gaming and Entertainment Division Greentube with trend-setting iGaming content and solutions.
Thomas Schmalzer, Vice President Global Sales NOVOMATIC AG, said: “As the traditional NOVOMATIC performance show, the ICE is an experience we look forward to every year. Especially for this year, we have an exceptionally extensive range of new products and attractive highlights – and such a comprehensive portfolio that the NOVOMATIC stand is really a one-stop shop.”
Entain Provides Update on Current Trading and FY23 Guidance
Entain plc has provided an update on current trading and FY 2023 guidance, as well as plans to update shareholders on the progress of ongoing actions to accelerate operational performance and drive shareholder value.
Post the summer, Online Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) has been mixed across the Group, but in aggregate, softer than anticipated. Q3 Online NGR growth is now expected to be up high single-digit percent, and down high single digit percent on a proforma basis. Key drivers include:
- Adverse sporting results impacting sports margins during September
- Group wide implementation of industry leading safer gambling measures and ongoing regulatory headwinds persisting longer than expected, particularly in the UK
- Slower growth than expected in Australia and Italy
- Good underlying Online growth (ex-regulatory impacts) as evidenced by further strong proforma growth in active customers across the quarter
- Strong performance from recent acquisitions, particularly SuperSport in Croatia
- Robust performance across Retail
BetMGM in the US continuing to perform well: on track to deliver positive EBITDA in the second half of 2023; FY2023 NGR at the upper end of $1.8-$2.0bn guidance; and the successful rollout of Single Account Single Wallet, as well as online sportsbook enhancements supporting strong start to the NFL season.
Entain now expect Group Online NGR for FY2023 to be up low double-digit percent with proforma NGR down low single digit percent. The company reiterate their expectations for FY2023 EBITDA to be in the range of £1.00bn-£1.05bn supported by robust operational controls.
Actions to Accelerate Operational Strategy and Performance
Over the last three years Entain has undergone a significant strategic transformation, improving the quality of earnings and aligning operations to ensure the Group is positioned as strongly as possible to deliver long term shareholder value.
Alongside the Q3 trading update on 2 November 2023, management will share more detail on how these actions are being implemented to accelerate performance and delivery, including:
- A comprehensive market review focusing on long-term sustainable organic growth
- The simplification of Group structures and operations to improve operational leverage and reduce costs
- A plan for the migration of acquired businesses on to the Group’s industry leading technology platform
- Optimising our capital allocation priorities
- Progress on delivery of the Group’s Online EBITDA margin target of 30%
Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain, said: “We continue to see good underlying growth in our online business and are reiterating our EBITDA guidance for the year despite softer than expected revenue growth in Q3 and the ongoing roll-out of industry-leading safer gambling measures. We continue to attract more customers than ever before to enjoy our products and services. BetMGM remains on track to deliver positive EBITDA in H2 and a full year NGR performance at the top end of our expectations, and we are particularly excited about the product improvements that we are rolling out over the NFL season.
“We have made significant changes to the Group over the last three years. Our focus now is on accelerating the actions we are taking to drive sustainable organic growth, expand our margins, capitalise on the US opportunity and deliver long-term returns for our shareholders. We remain confident in our ability to deliver on the vast opportunities ahead of us, and look forward to sharing more detail about the changes that we are making alongside our Q3 trading update in November.”
Holland Casino Identifies New Groningen Casino Site
Holland Casino has chosen Business Park Ter Borch as the new location for its Groningen casino. Holland Casino selected the location at the gateway to Groningen for its accessibility and construction opportunities. Business park Ter Borch, on the edge of the municipality of Tynaarlo, offers Holland Casino the best opportunities to build a casino that meets the company’s architectural and sustainability requirements. Moreover, the location at the gateway to Groningen is easily accessible for guests and there is ample parking.
CEO Petra de Ruiter said: “We are happy that the decision has now been made. If the Tynaarlo municipal council is as enthusiastic as the board of Holland Casino, we can enter the period of planning and construction. I’m looking forward to that and especially to the moment when the new Holland Casino Groningen is open. That is not only good news for our guests, but also for our employees.
“They will soon be able to optimally welcome guests from a new building and offer the hospitality that can be expected from us.”
Spatial planning councilor Jurryt Vellinga of the municipality of Tynaarlo said: “The location makes sense because of the good accessibility and the space that the business park offers. For us it is a sign that the municipality of Tynaarlo and the region are still popular for companies. This location offers employment opportunities and is a great boost for tourism in our municipality.”
Attention has also been paid to the former Holland Casino location on Gedempte Kattendiep in Groningen. The casino was destroyed in a fire in 2017, with Holland Casino operating a temporary facility since 2018.
“Holland Casino offers the municipality of Groningen every cooperation to ensure that something beautiful comes back to the city center. We are grateful to everyone involved for all the cooperation and support we have received in recent years. We are very grateful to Groningen and Tynaarlo for the efforts made to find a suitable location,” Ms. de Ruiter said.
The new branch of Holland Casino, Holland Casino Groningen, is expected to open in 2027.
Maria’s Room Rebrands into Maria Ozawa Casino, Marking Third Year Anniversary Partnership with M88 Mansion
Renowned international celebrity and businesswoman, Maria Ozawa, is commemorating a significant milestone in her partnership with Asia’s leading online gaming platform, M88 Mansion, as she celebrates her third year as Celebrity Partner.
A highlight of this celebration is the transformation of “Maria’s Room” into “Maria Ozawa Casino,” showcasing her growing influence within the M88 Mansion community and promising an enhanced and thrilling gaming experience for players, with Maria’s personal touch. The rebranding reflects Maria’s lasting impact and the exciting evolution of this partnership over the past three years.
Alan Wafer, Head of Commercial at M88 Mansion, said: “Maria Ozawa has been an integral part of the M88 Mansion family for three incredible years.”
Maria Ozawa said: “Being a part of M88 Mansion has been an amazing experience. I’m thrilled to see Maria Ozawa Casino succeed, as we offer players an enhanced gaming experience. It’s been a fantastic three years, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
In line with her ongoing collaboration with M88 Mansion, Maria Ozawa will participate in the upcoming M88 Mansion-sponsored event, IT’S THE SHIP, Asia’s Largest Festival at Sea, from November 1-3, 2023, enhancing the event with her star presence.
Beyond the virtual realm, Maria Ozawa’s role as a Celebrity Partner extends to a tour across several countries, accompanied by press conferences, allowing the public and media to connect with her.
Maria Ozawa’s three-year journey with M88 Mansion has seen exceptional growth and collaboration. With the transformation of Maria’s Room into Maria Ozawa Casino and her engagement with players, the future of this partnership looks promising.
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