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Flexion “Direct-to-Consumer” Talks with Top Mobile Game Developers at GDC Will Define the Future

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Executives from Flexion, the games marketing company, will hold a series of summit talks with top developers at GDC in San Francisco (18 to 22 March 2024) to discuss how direct-to-consumer (D2C) services could enhance revenue.

The D2C’24 Summit will focus on the opportunities offered to developers by recent moves freeing up the mobile games market and, in particular, on new routes to user acquisition. The aim will be to align the industry on the best way forward in light of changes in the app stores.

Flexion is already the leader in accessing alternative markets including Amazon, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Aptoide, DT Hubs and ONEstore, boosting revenue for top games without upfront costs or significant effort. It is building on its partnerships with these platforms and other industry leading companies from UA to 3rd party billing to meet future developer needs.

“We have many years of experience and the know-how in taking an existing game and finding new revenue sources. We have also built partnerships across the industry – including with alternative app stores – that will allow us to help developers go much further in future,” Jens Lauritzson, CEO of Flexion, said.

In the last quarter, Flexion saw a 64% increase in its own revenue, as an increasing number of developers took the plunge into alternative markets. Through working with Flexion, developers see a more than 10% average boost in revenue (over marketing in Google Play alone) without significantly adding to their costs.

Jens said: “Developers have been frustrated by difficult user acquisition, where it is challenging to achieve positive returns due to changes in tracking and high store fees. But with the DMA in Europe and court cases in the US forcing Google and Apple to ease their stranglehold on the mobile games market, now is an excellent time for developers to re-engage directly with consumers.

“Many will hesitate at the underlying complexity and size of investment needed to exploit these opportunities, and so third-party services, like those being developed by Flexion, are going to be vital in making the ROI figures work.”

Through the D2C’24 Summit, Flexion will canvas opinions and share its ideas on direct-to-consumer marketing with top developers. The goal will be to create a consensus on the tools and services developers will need to maximise returns.

“We’re at the edge of a step change in the mobile games market and it’s important for the industry that we get things right. That’s why we’ve invited developers to these talks, and I’d be happy to hear from anyone else who would like to contribute to the discussion,” Jens said.

Ben Anquetil’s appointment as Head of Business Development is an important part of Flexion’s future-focused strategy. He has a brief to evaluate the company’s value proposition for D2C with the aim of ensuring that developers generate better return on their marketing spend going forward.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ben to the Flexion family at such an exciting time. He has a wealth of experience in the alternative distribution space and in strategic initiatives that generate more revenue and audiences for developers. With his help, Flexion will grow a whole new aspect of its business, offering developers easy access to the burgeoning range of markets that will become the norm,” Jens said.

“I foresee amazing opportunities for developers. By using D2C services, they will be able to enhance user engagement and retention for their games while improving margin. These factors will give them the freedom to grow revenue and audiences,” Ben said.

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CT Gaming Introduces “Tournaments” Module

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CT Gaming’s Casino Management System has been a cornerstone of the product offerings for nearly a decade. It has continuously evolved to meet the industry’s and the client’s changing needs. One of the most exciting recent developments is the introduction of a separate module dedicated to tournaments.

The new feature represents a significant advancement in the company’s capabilities and offers a range of benefits for both operators and players. The tournament module enables a variety of competitive formats, allowing for dynamic competitions between players, software applications, gaming machines and even specific games. This flexibility means operators can create and manage tournaments tailored to their unique audience and strategic goals.

For players, the tournament module enhances the gaming experience by introducing an element of competition and excitement. It encourages engagement and loyalty by providing opportunities to compete for prizes and recognition. The ability to participate in tournaments adds a new layer of interaction, making the gaming experience more immersive and enjoyable.

Additionally, the module’s integration into the company’s Casino Management System ensures operators can easily track and manage tournament activities. This includes real-time monitoring of player performance, automated scorekeeping and detailed reporting on tournament outcomes. Such features not only streamline the management process but also provide valuable insights that can be used to refine future tournaments and promotions.

The implementation of this module underscores CT Gaming’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the gaming industry. By continuously enhancing the Casino Management System, the company aims to provide its clients with cutting-edge tools that drive engagement, optimise operations and ultimately contribute to their success. The company believes that this new module will be a game-changer for the clients, offering them a powerful new way to attract and retain players while setting a new standard for competitive gaming experiences in the casino environment.

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Kambi charts over 20 years of sportsbook evolution with the “Kambi Founders’ Story”

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Interactive resource recounts the Kambi journey from inception to becoming the world’s leading sports betting supplier

Kambi, the world’s trusted sports betting partner, has launched the Kambi Founders’ Story, an interactive resource outlining the company’s journey to becoming the industry’s leading sports betting supplier.

Featuring interviews with key figures from throughout the company’s history including Co-founders Kristian Nylén and Anders Ström, as well as Kambi Sportsbook MD Erik Lögdberg, the Founders’ Story charts more than two decades of Kambi’s history, from the halls of Sweden’s Karlstad University to milestones such as creating history by processing the first legal online bet in the U.S.

The Founders’ Story also charts the evolution of the sports betting industry, taking in landmarks such as the dot-com boom and the birth of live betting to the broadening influence of the B2B sportsbook model.

Officially founded in 2010 and gaining independence in 2014 with its listing on the Nasdaq Stockholm First North, Kambi has gone on to become the foremost provider of sportsbook technology and services to the regulated betting and gaming industry, with partners including BetPlay, LeoVegas, Kindred Group, Rush Street Interactive and Paf, Kambi’s first partner signing back in 2010.

Kristian Nylén, Kambi CEO and Co-founder, said: “Kambi’s journey is unique within the sports betting sector, and as I step up to the Board of Directors and welcome incoming CEO Werner Becher, I am pleased to be able to look back with pride and share it with the industry through this Founders’ Story.

“The business has grown from an idea between university friends to become the clear leader in its field, and as the Kambi Group continues to enhance its delivery with an expanding range of modular services including AI-driven odds feeds, front-end UX and esports, it is a journey that is only just getting started.”

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Betting on Crypto: How Crypto Casinos are Driving Mainstream Adoption

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Author: Scott Major, CCO, Transact365

In the digital age, two revolutionary trends are converging to reshape the landscape of financial entertainment: cryptocurrencies and online gambling. At the forefront of this intersection are crypto casinos, innovative platforms that are not only leveraging blockchain technology but also driving the widespread adoption of digital currencies.

By integrating digital assets into an engaging and familiar activity like gambling, crypto casinos are introducing a wider audience to the practical uses of blockchain technology. Conversely, the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies is attracting more users to online gambling platforms, expanding the reach of such platforms to tech-savvy individuals who prioritise privacy and decentralisation.

Crypto Casinos: Pioneering Adoption

Crypto casinos represent a new frontier in the gambling industry, leveraging blockchain technology to offer players a secure, transparent, and decentralised gaming experience. By accepting cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others, these platforms provide users with unparalleled privacy, faster transactions, and lower fees compared to traditional fiat currency casinos. This alignment with the ethos of decentralisation and financial sovereignty inherent in cryptocurrencies has attracted a growing number of tech-savvy users and early adopters to the world of online gambling.

Moreover, crypto casinos are not just leveraging cryptocurrencies; they are actively promoting their adoption. In fact, crypto casinos are expected to become more mainstream by the end of 2024.  Players who may have been previously unfamiliar with digital assets are now acquiring and using them for entertainment purposes, thereby integrating cryptocurrencies into their everyday lives. This increased exposure to cryptocurrencies through gambling fosters a deeper understanding and acceptance for their utility and benefits beyond the gaming sphere. Therefore, as cryptocurrencies gain wider acceptance, more traditional gamblers are likely to explore crypto gambling options. This trend could expand the market share of crypto casinos within the overall online gambling industry.

The Ripple Effect: Cryptocurrencies and Online Gambling

Cryptocurrencies are also revolutionising the online gambling industry by addressing long-standing challenges related to payment processing. One of the critical barriers for traditional online casinos has been the inefficiency for certain underbanked sectors and at times costliness of payment solutions –  exacerbated by stringent regulations and geographical limitations. Cryptocurrencies circumvent these hurdles by offering a decentralised payment method that operates across borders with minimal fees and swift transaction times.

An efficient payment solution is paramount to maximising the synergy between cryptocurrencies and online gambling. Crypto casinos have capitalised on blockchain technology’s ability to facilitate instant and secure transactions, ensuring seamless deposits and withdrawals for players worldwide. This efficiency not only enhances the user experience but also expands market reach by attracting players from regions where traditional banking systems may be unreliable or inaccessible.

Harnessing Efficiency for Growth

By streamlining financial transactions through blockchain technology, crypto casinos are able to offer competitive advantages that resonate with today’s digital-first consumers. This includes faster payouts, reduced transaction fees, and heightened security measures that inspire trust and confidence among players.

The rise of crypto casinos is not merely a trend but a transformative force that is propelling the adoption of cryptocurrencies and reshaping the online gambling industry. By embracing blockchain technology and user-friendly crypto and local payment solutions, these platforms are fostering a symbiotic relationship that not only benefits both industries but most importantly the customers alike.

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