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Allwyn Sets Out Next Steps for Retailers Ahead of National Lottery Changeover

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Allwyn, incoming licensee for the Fourth National Lottery Licence, set out some next steps for National Lottery retailers ahead of the changeover on 1 February 2024.

With site surveys – where all retailers are being visited for future equipment upgrades – progressing smoothly, Allwyn will be contacting National Lottery retailers to tell them how they can electronically transfer their existing Retailer Agreement from Camelot to Allwyn, ready for the start of the new licence.

To ensure retailers don’t experience an interruption to their National Lottery service, this will need to be done by 18 December 2023 at the latest – and communications and reminders will ramp up over the coming months.

As part of the transfer process, retailers will be given access to an online portal where they can read their new Retailer Agreement. Camelot Retail Sales Executives – working on behalf of Allwyn – will be visiting retailers over the next few months to talk them through the key changes and to answer any questions they might have ahead of signing the Agreement through the portal. The portal will be smartphone compatible and will include a simple “how to” video and written guides to make the transfer as easy as possible.

Under the new Agreement, commission levels will remain the same for National Lottery Draw-Based Games, Scratchcards and prize payments, and payment terms will remain the same for all games. In addition, any bonds and Direct Debit mandates already in place will automatically transfer from Camelot to Allwyn.

Allwyn will also be removing the monthly lease fees for existing Compact Lottery Terminal (CLT) retailers in the Fourth Licence (saving some retailers up to £600 per year), and introducing additional player protection measures and support.

The majority of the changes to the Agreement have come about as a result of changes to the law and changes associated with the Fourth National Lottery Licence – for example:

  • simple name changes to reflect Allwyn as the new operator
  • modernisation of some of the language used in the Agreement
  • the updating of some conditions to align with recent changes to laws, especially in areas such as data protection and recordkeeping
  • the merging of the agreements Camelot had for its two different terminal types into one

In addition, Allwyn and Camelot have jointly set out a timeline of what retailers can expect over the next six months in the lead up to 1 February. This includes the ongoing site surveys –which are being carried out by Momentum In-store and which will continue until the end of September – as well as a series of pre-planned Lotto and EuroMillions event draws over the summer and autumn, and National Lottery Christmas activity (including festive Scratchcards and special event draws) to ensure the continued strong performance of The National Lottery during the remainder of the Third Licence.

Following the 18 December Agreement transfer deadline, retailers can expect to receive a “Welcome to Allwyn” pack early in the New Year, which will contain more information on what they can expect from 1 February – including initial details of new and improved National Lottery games from March 2024 onwards. Retailers will also receive information about the training they will be required to complete digitally ahead of the changeover.

In the meantime, retailers don’t need to do anything until they’ve received details of the online portal.

Allwyn’s Retail Director, Katharine Challinor, said: “Retailers will soon be hearing from us on how they can easily transfer their existing Retailer Agreement. Their Camelot Retail Sales Executive will also visit their store to guide them through the process and answer any questions they might have. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank National Lottery retailers for their continued support and the role they play in raising £30 million every week for Good Causes across the UK.”

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Groove take it to the edge with Arrow’s Edge deal

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Rebranded iGaming casino platform provider and aggregator Groove is back in the news with another partnership, this time around with game developer Arrow’s Edge.

Arrow’s Edge is an innovative online game developer with a 10-year track-record, providing a comprehensive range of gripping casino games including counterculture hit Back to the 60s, Formula Fortunes, Wizards Jackpot, Monster Blowout, Ocean Life, Chase the Cheddar, Yakuza Slots, Chef Wars, The Winning Dead, Ibiza, Aruban Nights, Panda Planet, and the American football themed 4th and Goal, amongst a cache of over 60 slots.

In addition to slots, Arrow’s Edge also produces a series of table games and video poker games. Through Groove’s aggregator, GroovePlay, operators can access powerful marketing tools on a local or global level, and implement tournaments available from Arrow’s Edge. These can involve numerous levels of customisation, including varying entry fees, structures, prize pools, and games.

The games in tournament format come loaded with bonus rounds and animations, and on top of it all, there are dazzling leaderboards which help ramp up the excitement.

Another easy-to-access GroovePlay marketing feature revolves around the jackpots including Mini Jackpot, Video Poker Jackpot or Mega Jackpot; each of which delivers added value to both casinos and players.

Following a brand refresh and outings with the new brand at iGB Live and SBC Barcelona, aggregator and platform Groove attended SiGMA Europe in November, showcasing Groove’s popular portfolio of world-class content and sports-betting that now includes Arrow’s Edge.

Groove’s recent rebrand gives the company a new look and a new website has been launched at www.groovetech.com with the game portfolio now featuring over 15,000 games, adding well over 100 new games monthly from a dynamic stable of over 100 leading content partners, which Arrow’s Edge proudly joins.

Groove works with tier-1 operators and beyond to professionalise technology solutions that deliver high performance and sustainable revenue around aggregated content ranging from slots, online casino and live casino, to poker and table games alongside a suite of new crash games, in multiple currencies and languages.

A spokesperson for the Arrow’s Edge team said that one of the key values the company is built on is care and dedication for every relationship and each and every partnership no matter the size. The spokesperson continued by saying that Arrow’s Edge cross-platform games and wide range of the matics is a snug fit with Groove, and concluded; “We are sure players and operators will enjoy the variety of excellent features and innovations, including our tournaments and jackpots.”

Yahale Meltzer, COO and co-founder at Groove, said: “After another year of hard-won commercial success, we feel even more committed to continuing to provide our casino cluster with an outstanding offering that pushes the boundaries to the edge; which is why we have onboarded Arrow’s Edge, who have come along in leaps-and-bounds over the last couple of years. We look forward to kicking things off with a bang by listing Arrow’s Edge in our new data-driven B2B Recommender seen by all our casinos.”

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Evolution Launches Crazy Pachinko, Unique Online Slot Game Featuring Crazy Time’s Pachinko Live Bonus Game

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Evolution today announced the launch of Crazy Pachinko, a unique online slot game that includes a live pachinko bonus round straight out of Crazy Time, Evolution’s incredibly popular hit live game show.

A vibrant and very different addition to the extensive portfolio of slot titles from Evolution Group’s NetEnt, Red Tiger, Big Time Gaming and Nolimit City slot brands, Crazy Pachinko merges the best of the live and slot worlds.

Crazy Pachinko packs numerous dynamic multipliers into multiple stages of fun. There’s a qualification slot phase, a top-up slot phase and, finally, the incredible Pachinko Bonus game, presented by a live game host and featuring guaranteed rewards.

The Pachinko Bonus game showcases the iconic pachinko wall where the game host drops the puck, just like in Crazy Time. Other highlights sure to attract both slot players and lovers of Evolution’s all-action live game shows are Sticky Scatter symbols for a better chance of qualification, multipliers that accumulate with each game phase and the potential to receive all ‘double’ segments on the pachinko wall.

“We have been working hard on combining the worlds of live casino and slots and we are trying all sorts of different things,” the Chief Product Officer for Evolution, Todd Haushalter, said. “Crazy Pachinko builds on the success of Crazy Coin Flip, which was our first live slot game, and has been wonderfully successful. To make these games we bring our best slot and live casino minds together to offer games that are true to both styles of play. I think the team has done an amazing job with Crazy Pachinko and players will love it.

“If you search for pachinko big wins on YouTube, there are endless videos of players having fun on this Crazy Time bonus game. The love players have for this bonus cannot be underestimated and to break it out and make it the bonus of a slot game is, I think, just what players are waiting for.”

For trade press and media enquiries, please contact Amy Riches, Head of Marketing, ARiches@ Evolution .com.

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Zitro’s Double Link Now Live at Casino Bilbao’s New Location

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Zitro has introduced its latest innovations from the Glare cabinet line at the recently relocated Casino Bilbao. Among these is Double Link, the newest addition to the company’s lineup of games that have captivated players at the renowned Luckia casino.

Displayed on the exclusive Illusion Glare cabinet, featuring a 43-inch Ultra HD curved screen, Double Link introduces an engaging bonus round that not only doubles the excitement but also enhances potential prizes for players.

Juan Carlos de Pedro, Director of Casinos at Luckia, points out about this new installation: “The diverse range of Zitro’s products allows us to enhance our gaming offerings with the latest innovations in the market such as the highly popular Double Link”.

“We’re thrilled to introduce our latest offering to Casino Bilbao, elevating the entertainment experience for its customers,” the Director of Casinos Spain for Zitro, Jaime Anibal-Alvarez, said. “We believe Luckia’s significant commitment to Zitro products will bring positive outcomes for all.”

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