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Sportingtech appoints Michael Jack as Chief Technology Officer

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Full-service betting and gaming platform provider Sportingtech has significantly enhanced its executive leadership team with the appointment of Michael Jack as Chief Technology Officer.

Jack brings a wealth of industry experience following a career spanning more than 15 years, previously holding senior positions at Gaming Innovation Group, Light & Wonder and OpenBet, and driving the success of large Tier 1 operators and WLA members.

Throughout his career, Jack successfully implemented a series of large-scale projects and developed a reputation for his ability to transform company cultures, streamlining operational teams to ensure smoother processes and a supportive, collaborative environment.

In his new role, Jack will use his extensive gaming and technology experience to further boost Sportingtech’s technology offering, ensuring the provider is ahead of the curve in explosive emerging markets, ready to enter newly regulated territories and expediating its growth trajectory.

This latest expansion of the Sportingtech team comes as the provider won Best Platform Provider at the CGS Brazil Awards 2023, highlighting its tremendous growth in LatAm. Jack will further cement the leadership credentials of Sportingtech in Brazil and emerging LatAm markets.

Michael Jack, Chief Technology Officer at Sportingtech, said: Now is an exciting time to join Sportingtech in such a pivotal moment in the company’s growth.

“I look forward to working with the diverse, highly-experienced team and contributing to its continued success going forward as it continues its expansion into thriving regulated global markets.”

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55% of Swedish slot players think ‘Bonus Buy’ games should be banned

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Exclusive Swedish polling conducted by Play’n GO today also reveals overwhelming general public support for the prohibition of Bonus Buy slot games

Play’n GO, the world’s leading casino entertainment provider, has today revealed exclusive polling conducted in Sweden that shows overwhelming support for the prohibition of the controversial slot mechanic featured in ‘Bonus Buy’ games.

The results of a nationally representative survey in Sweden are stark:

  • Seven out of ten members of the general Swedish public (69%) support changing the regulation to ban ‘Bonus Buy’ games
  • Incredibly, more than half of Swedish slot players (55%) want the game type prohibited too

Among the respondents who want to see the controversial slot game banned, two-thirds of the public (66%), and more than half of slot players in Sweden (52%), believe ‘Bonus Buy’ games exploit vulnerable gamblers.

Further, nearly two-thirds of slot players themselves (63%) think that ‘Bonus Buy’ games result in higher losses for players.

So called ‘Bonus Buy’ games allow players to buy directly into the bonus or free spins round of a slot game, in many cases for hundreds of times more than their initial stake for a single spin.

The controversial game type is banned by some of the world’s leading regulators including KSA of the Netherlands and the UK Gambling Commission, who reiterated their stance in a reminder to all online casino operators back in January 2020 that stated ‘Gambling products must not actively encourage customers to increase their stake or increase the amount they have decided to gamble.’

The findings by Play’n GO also reveal today that Swedish slot players overwhelming think that:

  • changing the regulation to align with the UK and the Netherlands regarding ‘Bonus Buy’ games is the ‘responsible thing to do’ (61%)
  • a change in the regulation shows that ‘the Swedish government are taking gambling issues seriously (63%)
  • they would be proud if the gambling regulator prohibited ‘Bonus Buy’ games (53%)

In December, the Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen reported that Spelpaus, the centralised national self-exclusion system, surpassed 100,000 registered users for the first time.

Commenting on the overwhelming support in Sweden for the prohibition of ‘Bonus Buy’ slot games, Johan Törnqvist, CEO and Co-founder of Play’n GO, said: “Play’n GO has been a consistent and vocal advocate for a sustainable, regulated, and thriving gaming industry that is based around an ‘entertainment-first’ mindset for many years.

“I pledged as far back as 2021 that Play’n GO would never make a Bonus Buy game3 – a decision that has cost us hundreds of millions of Swedish Krona – but I stand by that decision. Bonus buy games are harmful to players, and to the long-term health and sustainability of the entire industry, and they should be excluded from the regulated Swedish market.”

Over half of the Swedish public (51%) described game suppliers who have decided not to make ‘Bonus Buy’ games as ‘responsible’, with more than a quarter choosing ‘ethical’ or ‘brave’.

The exclusive research was conducted among people in Sweden who reported that they played slots at least once per month.

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Wazdan takes players on an aquatic adventure in its award-winning new release Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin

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Wazdan, the gain-focused developer behind some of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences, is deep-diving into its latest ocean-themed slot Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin.

Tipped as the One to Watch for 2024 at the SlotsWise Awards, the game has been hotly anticipated by both operators and players thanks to its immersive design and field-tested features.

Set out on a 5×3 grid, Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin sees an additional reel run atop the board with the Collector symbol appearing at random with a countdown, accumulating cash symbols that fall beneath it.

The game’s aquatic theme is further enhanced with the Trawler Cash Out mechanic which can be triggered in addition to the standard Cash Out, paying both its collected cash symbol in addition to the ones on the reels above when its countdown reaches zero.

Three starfish scatter symbols award an initial ten Free Spins. This round is augmented by the Collect to Infinity™ feature which can prolong the lifespan of the Collector for the duration of the Free Spins, providing a maximum win potential of 2,500x.

Wazdan’s latest feature-rich release sees the provider further diversify its offering, following two recent additions to its top-performing series, Hot Slot™: 777 Rubies Extremely Light and Hot Slot™: 777 Cash Out Grand Gold Edition.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “Immersing players in a mesmerising oceanic backdrop complemented by our gain-guaranteeing features, Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin marks one of Wazdan’s most hotly anticipated releases to date.

“With seamless thematic mechanics such as the new Trawler Cash Out feature, Mighty Fish™: Blue Marlin is already an award-winning title, and we have no doubt players will deep-dive into its engaging gameplay.”

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NuxGame bolsters security capabilities with Jumio integration

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NuxGame, the experienced betting and iGaming software provider, has enhanced its online casino platform through its latest strategic partnership with digital identity verification technology leader, Jumio.

The collaboration sees NuxGame’s platform benefit from Jumio’s AI-powered Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) verification checks, ensuring compliance with global regulatory standards.

Exemplifying the provider’s commitment to elevating risk management, Jumio’s sophisticated  AI-driven KYC and AML technologies empower its partners with tools to adeptly manage risks and adhere to evolving compliance requirements. This forward-thinking approach is pivotal for casino operators looking to offer a responsible and seamless gaming experience.

In addition to enhanced security measures, NuxGame has also recently broadened its payment capabilities, adding leading global payment processors and empowering players to purchase cryptocurrency directly on the platform.

The latest partnership for NuxGame follows its recent GLI-19 Certification, accredited in recognition of the platform’s adherence to the highest technical standards and further demonstrating its commitment to responsible gambling.

Denis Kosinsky, Chief Operating Officer at NuxGame, said: “Jumio provides pioneering identity verification technology and we are confident our customers will find value in the software that is now integrated into our platform, allowing them to reinforce their position as a trustworthy and reliable gaming destination.

“With the ever-changing regulatory landscape, we want our clients to have comfort in the knowledge that our platform provides the necessary tools for them to operate safely and securely, making Jumio an ideal partner for NuxGame.”

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