Spintec has entered into a new partnership with Konami Australia Pty Ltd to distribute Spintec’s products in Australia and New Zealand. The agreement was signed on July 6 and it represents a significant step in Spintec’s expansion into the Australian and New Zealand markets. The two companies are confident that this partnership will be the cornerstone of growth for their respective businesses in this market.
Konami is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of gaming equipment, games and casino management systems, while Spintec is a developer and supplier of superior innovative electronic table games. Both partners have an important and ever-growing world-wide presence. Their partnership and their combined product portfolio will create a well-rounded offering for the gaming industry in Australia, which is bound to benefit all parties involved.
As the first step into the market, Konami will distribute Spintec’s products to clubs in New South Wales using the X-series protocol. In the future, the two companies plan to expand their distribution area to other Australian states and certify their SAS protocol products. This will enable them entry into the Australian and New Zealand land-based casino market.
“Following the investment in development and certifying our ETG devices for Australian market, I am excited that we have found an ideal partner for distribution. This achievement marks a significant milestone for our business, as it not only validates the quality of our products but also opens up new opportunities for growth and expansion in a promising market like Australia,” Goran Miškulin, CEO of Spintec, said.
“We are pleased to partner with Spintec. Their electronic table games rank among the best in the world and have a huge potential in Australia. We are confident that we can help Spintec achieve their sales ambitions in this market,” said Gerard Crosby, general manager of product development, director, office holder, and secretary at Konami Australia Pty Ltd.
The two companies will be showcasing their product portfolios at Australasian Gaming Expo 2023, the leading gaming trade show in Australia, taking place at ICC Sydney from 15 to 17 August 2023. The Spintec range of products will be on a show at the Konami stand No. 390. The partners believe that this will be a fitting introduction of their cooperation to all the major stakeholders in the gaming industry in Australia.
“We are looking forward to attending AGE 2023 with Konami. They are an important player in the gaming market and it will be exciting to be included in their sales activities. We believe that taking part in the show with a partner like Konami will be a turning point for our presence in Australia,” Goran Sovilj, Global Sales Director at Spintec, said.
Australian Parliament Passes Legislation Banning Online Credit Card Betting
The Australian Federal Parliament has passed the legislation banning the use of credit cards as a payment method for online wagering.
Responsible Wagering Australia CEO Kai Cantwell said that this change was much needed, as Australians should only be gambling with money that they have.
“This is an important measure to protect customers and their loved ones, making it easier for people to stay in control of their own gambling behaviour,” Mr Cantwell said.
“It will complement the existing offering of safer gambling account management tools by RWA members to customers to help them stay in control of their betting.
“It is disappointing to see that other forms of gambling such as lotteries and keno have been exempted from the ban, especially when lotteries are the most prevalent form of gambling in Australia and are commonly accessed by people in low-socioeconomic communities.
“The latest Australian Gambling Statistics show that Australians lost most than $3.2 billion on lotteries and keno in 2020-21. With the introduction of online keno in Victoria, keno losses increased more than 400 per cent from 2021-22 to 2022-23.
“Lotteries were also exempt from the National Self Exclusion Register, Betstop, meaning that Australians who have self-excluded from online gambling are not precluded from gambling up to $10,000 online at a time through lotteries.
“To effectively reduce gambling harm, consumer protection measures must exist across all forms of gambling, otherwise those at risk of harm will just move from one form of gambling to another less regulated type.
“RWA members have been working with the Federal Government and the financial services industry to deliver this credit card ban since 2021 and will continue to engage productively to ensure the ban can be implemented effectively within six months.”
BTG’s ‘Christmas Catch’ Slot Hits Evolution Network December 1
Is there anything more Christmassy than BTG’s Christmas Catch?
The countdown to Christmas has begun, which can mean only one thing: a new festive game from Big Time Gaming. Christmas Catch is high on volatility, even higher on tinsel, and comes stuffed with more goodies than Santa’s sack. This seasonal slot will be hitting the Evolution Network on December 1 like a Christmas pud out of a bazooka.
If all you want for Christmas is a seasonal twist on BTG’s fan favourite Golden Catch slot, then you’ve come to the right place. Christmas Catch takes the magic of the original and transplants it to a winter wonderland on Christmas Eve.
Santa’s hardworking reindeer are putting in overtime this year. With every every spin and reaction, there’s the chance of a Sleigh symbol appearing above reels two to five. Whenever winning symbols are removed, one or more Gift Bonus Prizes may appear. Gift Bonus Prizes are awarded for each Sleigh and can be worth up to 500x the bet, depending on how many symbols are on its reel.
Meanwhile, land three Golden Pudding scatters in the base game to win 10 free spins, with an additional two for every scatter beyond the third. Then it’s take-off for Rudolph and his reindeer pals. The first Sleigh sets off with a 1x Sleigh Multiplier, and with each subsequent Sleigh, the multiplier increases by 1, enhancing your Gifts Bonus Prizes as it goes.
By gathering three or more Scatters during your Free Spins, you’ll be gifted four extra Free Spins. And just like before, for every Scatter beyond the third, you’ll receive an extra two Free Spins, ensuring the festivities continue.
Meanwhile, because this is a Megaways slot, there can be up to 117,649 ways to win on each spin, which could make for some potential big wins this Christmas.
Nik Robinson, BTG CEO, said: “We love this time of year because we have a lot of momentum with our annual Christmas slot, and we have sprinkled as much festive fun as we can onto Christmas Catch. And so, on behalf of everyone at BTG, we’d like to wish all slots fans around the world, health, wealth, happiness and prosperity this Christmas season.”
Nicholas Peters, Chief Business Development Officer for Europe at Evolution said: “Christmas-themed slots are becoming a genre unto themselves, but Christmas Catch must be a contender for the best one ever. This is more than just a seasonal gimmick, it’s a seriously good game with the kind of hugely engaging gameplay we’ve come to expect from BTG.”
Tabcorp Appoints New Chief Financial Officer
Tabcorp Holdings has announced the appointment of Mark Howell as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Howell is currently the general manager liquor finance and network optimisation for Coles Group Limited’s liquor business, which trades as Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and First Choice Liquor Market.
He has formerly held senior finance, strategy, business development and investor relations roles at Coles, as well as senior banking roles at Rothschild and Goldman Sachs in Australia and New York.
Adam Rytenskild, Managing Director and CEO of Tabcorp, said: “Mark is the perfect fit for Tabcorp as we deliver our transformation. He’s passionate about our growth story and dynamic in his thinking.
“Wagering is one of the most competitive industries in Australia and Mark comes from an equally competitive customer focused industry. His experience leading finance teams at Coles and working closely with investors will be invaluable moving forward.”
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