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The Newest Trends in the World of Online Sports Betting

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Online sports betting has been around for many years. A hobby that used to involve heading over to the local bookie eventually moved online and it has grown exponentially ever since.  Not only can we place bets on who will win a game, but there are all betting opportunities open to us now. What’s more, because there are so many betting sites, we can always choose the one that offers the best value. We can compare football betting and odds – and see which online bookie is the most generous, which offers the best promotions – and it might even let us live stream the game and watch the action ourselves.

Ultimately, our online sports betting options are getting better every day and here we will look at what we might expect in the next few years…

Betting Competitions

Originally, online betting platforms simply allowed us, the punters, to place bets on the platform for real money wins. Although this is still essentially what we do,  these sites have started adapting what they offer and give us more opportunities.

Some have even started creating gambling competitions with a prize pool. These competitions generally involve punters competing with their winnings, giving them a chance to win even more. Whichever punter wins the competition will win the biggest portion of that prize pool… which could be worth thousands. 

 

Crypto Sports Betting and Gambling

It wasn’t that long ago that cryptocurrencies were introduced to the world of online gambling… and it was greeted with some scepticism. Although there are still many that are unsure of this new way to play, there are all sorts of benefits of crypto gambling that are pretty hard to ignore.

Firstly, crypto allows bettors to make all their transactions safely and securely – and completely anonymously. This means that you won’t have to worry that your personal or financial details might get stolen. Considering the vulnerabilities of the internet, this is ideal. What’s more, crypto transactions are a lot quicker than traditional transactions, which means you can cash out your winnings much more quickly.

 

Mobile Betting and Apps

Pretty much everyone has access to a mobile phone or device these days – and this has had a massive impact on sports betting. More people than ever use their phones to place their bets now. As such, bookies have had to make sure that they offer websites that are perfectly adaptable to whichever device needs it. 

In addition, more websites have also started to offer more F2P (free to play) games – and these are purely for entertainment. However, some might charge a nominal fee to upgrade the game and access better features – and they can buy in-game items as well. As such, it’s another way to keep players happy and generate more revenue!

 

Live Gambling

Playing and betting online is lots of fun, but if you find a betting site that offers live casino, live gaming and in-play betting then all the better. Ultimately, players and punters like to bet on platforms that offer live gambling opportunities – be it playing against a real dealer on a real game, or betting on the action of a match as it happens. There are now more ways than ever to bet live – and the technology surrounding it is constantly improving.

 

Skills Based Betting

Some online betting sites have now introduced ‘skills-based betting’. This is where you place a bet on the outcome of future events. However, these aren’t typical futures bets as they allow punters to benefit even if they lose. That is because you are wagering against other punters and not against a bookie. This allows you to put your skills to the test and even make a profit.

 

Conclusion

The world of online gambling is always changing and evolving, which means our experiences are always improving. New technologies mean that we have more options and more innovative ways to bet than even before – and it’s simply getting better every single day.

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Germany’s Largest State Lottery Moving Retailers to Scientific Games’ New Optical Technology

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Company’s Contour.v Terminals Will Modernize Transactions for WestLotto’s Players and Retailers

Scientific Games and Germany’s WestLotto technology teams are collaborating to bring camera-based retail technology to the Lottery’s retailers in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. The company’s high-performance Contour.v terminals move the retail lottery transaction to a more modern, transparent and contactless experience for both retailers and players. Scientific Games will install the Contour.v terminals across WestLotto’s network of more than 3,000 retail outlets beginning in April 2025.

2024-SG-Socials-WestLotto-1200x1200.pngAndreas Kötter, Managing Director for Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG, said, “Our work with WestLotto’s longtime technology partner Scientific Games continues to modernize our retail network. The new camera-based terminals are the next step toward digitalizing transactions in our retail environments, and we anticipate a very positive reaction from our retailers as well as our players.

Offering contactless player interactions and mobile scanning features, the Contour.v terminals represent Scientific Games’ new-era optical technology. Contour.v was innovated by the company as part of its newest line of high-performance Contour terminals to meet evolving market demand in integrated lottery retail and digital environments.

The camera-based optical terminals feature an easily viewable and accessible ticket scan area and HD screens configurable for both clerk and player view, Contour.v was designed with durability and unparalleled user experience in mind. A sleek, uni-body eliminates unnecessary parts, making the terminals extremely reliable. Unique, advanced optics technology enhances the speed of service. The Contour.v terminals also offer easy processing and a variety of options for ongoing software upgrades.

“WestLotto has always demonstrated a strong focus on technology. Moving to new optical terminals is another example of innovative vision to modernize the lottery retail experience,” said Matthias Müller, VP of Sales & Marketing for Scientific Games. “We are very pleased that WestLotto continues to trust Scientific Games’ technology and support services.”

The company has served WestLotto for more than 25 years and currently provides the Lottery with its world-leading instant games, as well as a retailer management system, retail point-of-sale technology, iLottery and sports betting

Scientific Games is a supplier to all 16 lotteries in Germany, and the largest lottery systems technology provider in Europe. The company currently supplies games, technologies, analytics and services to 150 lotteries in 50 countries.

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Aurora Gaming Crowned Champions of $350,000 Skyesports Masters 2024, Earns Spot in Skyesports Championship

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Aurora Gaming has been crowned the champions of the Skyesports Masters 2024, defeating OG 3-1 in an intense Grand Finals. With this victory, the team will take home $105,000 of the $350,000 prize pool and secure a slot in the next tournament of the 2024 Skyesports Counter-Strike 2 roadmap, the Skyesports Championship 2024.

The Skyesports Masters 2024 took place from April 8 to 14, featuring eight teams from India and Europe competing for the lion’s share of the substantial prize pool.

Coming in after a first-place finish at the Skyesports Grand Slam 2024 in Pune, India, last month, Aurora Gaming were on a hot streak and favored to win it all. The Siberian team had a dominant run throughout the upper bracket, achieving first place.

Facing Aurora in the Grand Finals was OG. The team had already lost to Aurora in their opening game of the Skyesports Masters and had to navigate through a high-stakes lower bracket, eliminating ENCE, Ninjas in Pyjamas, BIG, and BetBoom to reach the Grand Finals.

Aurora proved to be the stronger team this time as well, with a decisive 3-1 finish. The map-wise results were as follows:

● Anubis: 13-6 (Aurora Gaming)

● Mirage: 11-13 (OG)

● Ancient: 13-10 (Aurora Gaming)

● Overpass: 13-3 (Aurora Gaming)

In a post-match interview, Aurora’s Evgeniy “Norwi” Ermolin expressed gratitude to the team’s fans, stating, “I am feeling really good; we played really well today. Thank you for watching, for the support, and for everything. We will continue trying our best and look forward to playing some LAN.”

The Skyesports Masters 2024 reached a peak viewership of 41,833, a significant increase from the previous year, according to Esports Charts. Counter-Strike esports in India was given a revival through the 2023 and inaugural edition of the Skyesports Masters, the Playoffs for which happened in Bangalore, India. Skyesports has also announced that the Skyesports Masters will return for its third edition in the summer of 2025 with a six digit prize pool.

With this victory, Aurora Gaming has secured a slot in the Skyesports Championship 2024, the details of which will be announced later. It’s the next tournament in Skyesports’ 2024 Counter-Strike 2 esports roadmap, which has paved the way for international teams to look at the tournaments as viable IPs for them to participate in.

Commenting on the Skyesports Masters 2024, Shiva Nandy, Founder and CEO of Skyesports, said, “Congratulations to Aurora Gaming for winning the Skyesports Masters 2024. With more than 40,000 concurrent viewers, the tournament has made a significant impact in the global Counter-Strike 2 esports ecosystem, and I couldn’t be more excited for the future. Up next, we will bring another elite tournament, the Skyesports Championship 2024, which will be the sixth edition of this IP and the first time that Counter-Strike 2 will be a part.”

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4ThePlayer Celebrates Recognition as Top Game Provider!

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In an exciting acknowledgement from the Slots Launch Weekly Roundup, 4ThePlayer has been highlighted as one of the top 35 game providers in the iGaming industry, against competition from 457 game providers!

This recognition comes as the newsletter celebrates its first anniversary, showcasing the top achievements of game developers and the games they have released over the past year.

Slot Launch reviewed 4,270 new casino games this year and stated that 4ThePlayer stood out by having 40% of its games in the weekly top 10% of new releases, according to their expert assessment. This emphasises the company’s commitment to high-quality, engaging and player-centric games! Praising the company’s performance, Slot Launch commented about the shortlist:

“We’ve virtually played every single game that’s ever been made for real money online play and we’re confident that our ability to identify hit games is as good as it gets…..We feel [4ThePlayer] have absolutely smashed it with their games over the past 52-week period.”

Henry McLean – Co-founder, Commercial & Marketing Director at 4ThePlayer said:

“We are thrilled to be ranked among the top 35 game providers in Slot Launch’s list, especially given the competition of 457 game providers and 4,270 games! Thank you for this recognition. Both I and my team are delighted, and this motivates us even more to continue creating engaging and entertaining games for players to enjoy!”

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