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INSPIRED STORMS IN WITH ITS LATEST SLOTS: BIG SPIN BONUS EXTRA SPINS, GOLD FISHY FREE SPINS & WILD PARTY JOKERS

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest online and mobile slot games: Big Spin Bonus Extra Spins™, Gold Fishy Free Spins™ and Wild Party Jokers™.

Big Spin Bonus Extra Spins

Big Spin Bonus Extra Spins is the much-anticipated sequel to Inspired’s award-winning Big Spin Bonus™. Building upon the success of its predecessor, Big Spin Bonus Extra Spins takes everything players love about the classic fruit slot and adds an innovative twist where they can win extra Big Spins in the Bonus.

Players plunge into a journey packed with heart-pounding action and excellent winning potential. Landing three or more Bonus scatters triggers the Big Spin Bonus, where sticky wilds will build up increasing the chance of a big win. Inspired’s Dual Gamble Wheel gives players the chance to gamble for cash or a shot at the Big Spin Bonus. With a return to player (RTP) rate of 94.5%, this game is perfect for the online casino enthusiast who craves the best in iGaming entertainment.

Gold Fishy Free Spins

Gold Fishy Free Spins is a “fin-tastic” adventure, a fish-themed version of Inspired’s number-one hit slot, Gold Cash Free Spins™. Gold Fishy Free Spins is the “reel” deal, giving players a splash of aquatic fun.

Three Bonus scatters trigger the game’s Free Spins Bonus round with a complimentary eight Free Spins, featuring the four highest-paying symbols. Fortune Bet can be triggered to boost a player’s chances of Bonus entry by more than double. To activate, the player pays a premium of 50% of their bet to initiate the Bonus symbol re-spin. Gold Fishy Free Spins is a medium-volatility game with an RTP rate of 93.75% that’ll make players smile from “gill to gill” and guarantee a “whale” of a time.

Wild Party Jokers

Wild Party Jokers™ invites players to party and win big with a descendant of Inspired’s hit slot Call of the Wild™. Wild Party Jokers takes the excitement to a whole new level with its thrilling Golden Joker mechanism, designed to supercharge a player’s gaming experience.

Six or more Wild symbols trigger the Wild Win & Spin Bonus, and if one of them is the elusive Golden Joker, players should brace for an explosive start! Upon entering the Bonus, the player is awarded three spins to collect as many Wilds as they possibly can before the exhilarating Wild Win Spin takes over. Landing more Wilds, however, resets a player’s spins to three, giving them another chance to stack up their wins. If no new Wild symbols land in view, however, the number of spins decreases by one. If the player reaches the point at which  they are down to no more Wilds, the game’s vibrant reels spin once more and land, awarding the player with a final win before the Bonus ends.

Players who fill the screen with Wild symbols are awarded 25x the six-of-a-kind Wild symbol award, plus a bonus of a whopping 1000x stake for huge rewards.

Inspired’s dual Gamble feature allows players to gamble for more cash or to increase their chances of triggering the Bonus, offering them a chance for more Wild riches. With two RTP versions available—94.51% and 91.98%—players can join the party, spin the reels, and let Wild Party Jokers take them on a wild ride of big wins.

Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “We are proud to present the first of our winter lineup, with each title boasting captivating themes, innovative gameplay features, and top-quality graphics.

“Our teams are committed to creating a diverse content portfolio, varied in themes and mechanics, that caters to a wide range of player preferences. I’m certain these three exciting games will capture the hearts of gamers across the world in search of a fun casino experience.”

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Application Start for Gamecity Hamburg Prototype Funding on March 7 – 400,000 Euros for Games from Hamburg and New Diversity Checklist

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“In the context of paused federal funding, we are pleased to reliably support game developers in Hamburg once again with up to 400,000 euros with the Prototype Funding 2024. In this funding round, we’re adding a diversity checklist to our application documents to encourage our applicants to examine their own structures and processes while developing. Games are the leading medium of our time and can showcase diverse voices, perspectives, and stories,” comments Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg.

Starting this year, answering the diversity checklist is mandatory when applying for Prototype Funding. Applicants’ answers can optionally be used by the awarding committee when evaluating projects. Applicants whose team and/or project enriches the diversity of Hamburg’s games landscape can receive a bonus in the evaluation by the awarding committee. On the contrary, applicants are not disadvantaged in the evaluation process if that is not the case for their team and/or project. The awarding committee consists of Nina Müller (Head of Publishing, Goodgame Studios), Jonas Hüsges (Publishing Director, Daedalic Entertainment), Valentina Birke (Director, Indie Arena Booth), Jens Unrau (Head of the Media and Digital Economy Department of the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media) and Dennis Schoubye (Head of Gamecity Hamburg). They will decide on the granted funding after the end of the application phase on the basis of the submitted projects and a subsequent pitch by the applicants.

The Application Process

Eligible to apply for Prototype Funding are: 

  • developers and developer groups
  • or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 
  • who are based in Hamburg
  • or which relocate their registered office to Hamburg
  • or open a branch office/business location in Hamburg

 A consultation with Gamecity Hamburg is mandatory and is recommended at least two weeks before the submission deadline on April 8, to prepare applicants optimally for their submission. Interested parties please contact [email protected] to arrange an appointment.

Projects funded through the Prototype Funding program

Since the start of the first funding round in 2020, the Prototype Funding has so far supported 26 games projects with more than 1,450,000 euros. Among the funding recipients are, for example, the indie studio Tiny Roar, which received prototype funding in 2022 for its dreamlike world-builder game “Wanderful”. The serious game “Mambio” by neurodactics, an educational game to make arithmetic understandable for primary school children, received the Prototype Funding in 2021 and was able to secure over 1,100,000 million euros in additional federal computer games funding in 2022. The virtual reality game “Crumbling”, in which your own controller becomes an action figure, was part of the first prototype funding round as well and found a strong partner alongside investors in Meta. Crumbling celebrated its successful release in February 2024.

Further funding programs for Hamburg games industry by Gamecity Hamburg

Every year, the Games Lift Incubator supports five teams, developers and start-ups in the development of digital games and projects. In addition to 15,000 euros in start-up funding, the recipients receive a comprehensive coaching and mentoring program featuring international experts as well as workshops and subsequent individual support. The application phase for this year’s Games Lift runs from May 2 to June 10, 2024.

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The 2024 BAFTA Games Nominations Host and Panel have been announced!

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BAFTA’s team of panellists will announce and discuss the nominations live, give their opinions on the outstanding games we’ve seen from the industry in 2023 and recognise the creative talent who made them.

Lucy James said: “I’m so excited to be returning to host the BAFTA Games Awards nominations stream for the 2024 Games Awards. BAFTA’s commitment to uplifting and celebrating the people who make the games we love is an incredibly important endeavour: now more than ever. 2023 will go down in history as one of the greatest years for video game releases ever, but also for being one of the worst for the industry. Sadly, 2024 looks to be continuing this trend with multiple project cancellations, studio closures, and mass layoffs. It’s important for us to take a moment to band together to recognise the contributions and achievements of our hard-working and talented peers.”

Luke Hebblethwaite, Head of Games at BAFTA, said: “We’re hugely excited to be revealing the nominees for this year’s BAFTA Games Awards and couldn’t be happier than to have five such energetic and knowledgeable voices to lead us through the big moment. I’m looking forward to their lively and insightful reactions and a great conversation as we celebrate the amazing talent, creativity and hard work behind the best games of the year.”

The world’s most prestigious annual celebration of excellence and creative achievement in games, the 20th BAFTA Games Awards, will take place on Thursday 11 April at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London and will be livestreamed on BAFTA’s YouTube, Twitch and X channels at 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET / 11.00 PT.

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Sportradar publishes third annual integrity report

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Sportradar Integrity Services, a unit of Sportradar (NASDAQ: SRAD), today published its annual report, ‘Betting Corruption and Match-fixing in 2023’, detailing the company’s findings into suspicious betting on global sport. Based on the monitoring of approximately 850,000 events and matches across 70 sports, the report highlights a total of 1,329 suspicious matches in 2023, occurring in 11 sports in 105 countries.

Compared to 2022, the data indicates the suspected manipulation rate in all sports remained steady at 0.21%, or one in every 467 matches in 2023. Similarly, the analysis has marked no single sport having a suspicious match ratio greater than 1%, confirming that 99.5% of sporting events monitored had no suspicious betting detected.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) assisted in detecting almost three quarters (73% or 977 instances) of all suspicious matches in 2023, representing a 123% increase when compared to 2022. While AI integration into Sportradar’s Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) has boosted detection rates, analysis by our integrity experts is essential to ensure accurate interpretation of data. Sportradar is committed to advancing both AI capabilities and human oversight to protect the integrity of sports.

Key findings in 2023:

· As the world’s most popular sport for betting, soccer continued to be the most affected by match fixing with 880 suspicious matches, followed by basketball with 205 matches, then table tennis with 70 matches.

· Account-level betting data was used to detect 85% of suspicious matches in volleyball, and 100% of suspicious matches in tennis and table tennis, underscoring the importance of collaborating closely with the sports betting industry to combat match-fixing and integrity threats.

· Europe had the highest number of suspicious matches (667 vs 630 in 2022), followed by Asia (302 vs 240 in 2022) and South America (217 vs 225 in 2022).

· 1,295 suspicious matches came from men’s sporting events, while 34 came from women’s sporting events.

Data and reporting from Sportradar Integrity Services last year contributed to a total of 147 sporting and criminal sanctions, spanning 10 sports in 23 countries across 39 cases, underlining the company’s credentials as the established market leader in integrity services. By supporting over 220 partners globally including sports organisations, state authorities, national platforms and law enforcement agencies, Sportradar is committed to keeping sport clean from threats such as match-fixing, doping and other forms of fraud and corruption.

Andreas Krannich, EVP, Integrity, Rights Protection and Regulatory Services, said: “Continued investment in the development of technology is key to detecting otherwise hard-to-find occurrences of match-fixing. In combination with access to account-level data, collaboration across the industry and human experts, we have a suite of powerful tools to help both prevent and detect risks to sports integrity. Further advancements in the fight against match-fixing will be possible as the AI models continue to learn and we will keep honing our expertise to protect sport from manipulation.”

Sportradar takes a holistic, multi-faceted approach to match-fixing detection, powered by its market-leading technology and expert Integrity Services unit. As well as account-level data, the UFDS analyses 30 billion odds changes across 600 global betting operators in real-time and uses advanced AI to detect and flag suspicious matches to Sportradar’s global team of integrity analysts. Supporting this effort is also the Sportradar Integrity Exchange (SIE), where more than 70 betting operators proactively submit suspicious betting information, using account-level betting data to detect and flag suspicious matches.

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