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BGC Calls for Urgent Implementation of Casino Modernisation Plans

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Standards body The Betting and Gaming Council has welcomed the modernisation plans for casinos, and called for their swift implementation.

Proposals outlined by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, in their White Paper consultation response on land-based betting and gaming, included a host of modest, but mission critical, modernisation measures.

While it will take time to consider the full impact of the proposals, they did include the introduction of cashless payments, new rules on gaming machines allocations and allowing all casinos to offer sports betting for the first time.

In a further move welcomed by the BGC, the government said the Gambling Commission would consult on player protection measures to ensure the correct standards are in place where debit card payments are used on gaming machines.

While these proposals are welcome, the BGC urged ministers to act swiftly to implement the plans, so businesses could improve their offer to customers without delay.

Michael Dugher, CEO and Acting Chair of the Betting and Gaming Council, said: “Casinos are a vital pillar of the UK’s leisure, hospitality and tourism sector and we welcome the Government’s consultation response which is positive progress on the modest, long-overdue but mission critical modernisation reforms needed for the land-based casino sector to compete and thrive.

“Casinos currently employ more than 10,000 people, contribute £300m annually in tax and generate an estimated £800m a year to the UK economy.

“Much needed reforms on cashless payments, gaming machine allocations and allowing all casinos to offer sports betting will strengthen the sector to better meet the needs and expectations of their customers.

“While we welcome these proposals, attention must now shift to the timeline for implementing policy changes and we urge the Government to urgently set out a clear timeline for progressing the relevant legislation to make them reality for our members.

“Too many casinos have sadly closed in recent years as successive administrations failed to deliver the changes we needed to protect jobs and growth. The BGC and our fantastic casino members have campaigned for these new measures for years to allow businesses to modernise, innovate and grow, and we strongly welcome the Government’s approach to ensure casinos are better placed to make that happened.”

The new proposals were outlined in a Written Ministerial Statement, by Minister for Sport, Gambling and Civil Society Stuart Andrew MP.

Announcing the new measures, he said: “As set out in the Gambling Act Review white paper, the measures we consulted on are therefore necessary to modernise the outdated and overly restrictive regulations that apply to the land-based gambling sector.”

Casinos are a vital pillar of the regulated betting and gaming sector, as well as the leisure, tourism and hospitality sector. In London alone, they deliver an additional £100m to the capital’s economy. Each month around 22.5m adults in Britain enjoy a bet, whether it’s buying a lottery ticket, having a game of bingo, visiting a casino, playing online or having a wager on football, horseracing and other sports.

The regulated betting and gaming industry, including the land-based sector, already makes a huge economic contribution throughout the UK, with BGC members supporting 110,000 jobs, generating £4.2bn in tax and contributing £7.1bn to the economy. Meanwhile, the most recent NHS Health Survey for England estimated that 0.4% of the adult population are problem gamblers.

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EGT Georgia to showcase latest iGaming developments at SBC Summit Tbilisi 2024

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EGT Georgia will participate in the upcoming SBC Summit Tbilisi, taking place on June 25 and 26. The company will present its newest iGaming products at stand A60.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a diverse array of online slot games from EGT Digital, which now includes over 100 titles available in more than 50 markets worldwide. Additionally, the in-house developed “all-in-one” betting platform X-Nave will be on display, featuring its four main modules: CRM Engine, Sports Product, Casino Aggregator, and Payment Gateway.

Each module can function as part of the comprehensive solution or operate independently, as they allow for integration with third-party developments.

“We are excited to welcome everyone who wants to enhance their business success and show them how our developments can help achieve that,” said Denis Karpovich, CTO at EGT Georgia.
In addition to exhibiting, the company will serve as a presenting partner at the event. Mr. Karpovich will moderate the session “TechFuel: Role of Technology in Market Development” on the second day of the conference.

He shared: “I am thrilled to moderate a discussion on such an engaging topic, exploring the practical applications of AI in improving customer experience and game development. The session will include compelling case studies from leading tech companies, and I am confident it will provide valuable insights for professionals in the sector.”

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INSPIRED DELIVERS BESPOKE GOLD CASH FREESPINS™ TITLE FOR BETFRED RETAIL

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Bonus and a gamble feature, this game promises excitement at every spin.
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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: INSE), a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems, and solutions along with The Betfred Group, UK based bookmaker proudly announce the launch of Betfred Gold Cash Freespins™.

Immersing players in the atmosphere of Betfred’s distinctive style, Betfred Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-win line slot adorned with Betfred-branded Wilds and symbols. Enhanced by a Free spins Bonus and a gamble feature, this game promises excitement at every spin. Triggering the Free Spins bonus requires three bonus symbols in a single spin, rewarding players with eight free spins.

Players have the opportunity to wager for additional Free Spins or to increase their cash winnings through the gamble feature. With a choice between two gamble wheels, players select their preferred wheel to activate this exciting feature. Featuring stacked Wilds on reels two, three, and four, these symbols act as substitutes for any other symbol on the reels, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the gameplay.

Betfred Gold Cash Freespins seamlessly merges Betfred’s iconic branding with Inspired’s captivating gameplay from the Gold Cash Freespins theme, delivering an immersive and personalized gaming journey tailored to Betfred’s audience. This collaboration showcases Inspired’s expertise in crafting tailored gaming experiences that resonate with individual operator brands.

Inspired’s UK Product Director, Richard Terry, said:  ‘We are proud and excited to be re-launching Gold Cash Freespins in partnership with our long-term customers Betfred. Gold Cash Freespins is extremely popular with players across all gaming verticals and has been transformed for retail with game optimisation functionality and the addition of the iconic Betfred branding.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Betfred’s Head of Retail Marketing, Clare Smith, said: “We’ve been delighted to work with Inspired to bring this new and innovative game to our loyal customers and believe they will be equally as excited by it as we are!”

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Aviatrix and Games Global partnership cleared for takeoff

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Aviatrix has landed yet another content deal, this time with platform provider Games Global.
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Aviatrix, the fast-growing crash game featuring innovative engagement mechanics, has landed yet another content deal, this time with platform provider Games Global.

Aviatrix joins Games Global’s portfolio of world-class content and its distribution network, which reaches hundreds of iGaming brands worldwide.

It means players at Games Global’s operator partners will enjoy the most talked-about crash game on the market, complete with NFT-based engagement mechanics and regular updates.

Aviatrix regularly launches new features and functionality to keep the game fresh and exciting. These include free bets that can be accessed in-game via promo codes, and seasonal themes related to major events and celebrations, like St. Patrick’s Day or Euro 2024.

Mikalai Pobal, Co-founder and CBD at Aviatrix, said: “We really respect Games Global, because like Aviatrix, they’ve very quickly assembled a great team which is driving genuine innovation in our sector. We’ll continue to focus on delivering the very best experience to our players, now with the support of Games Global. We’re going to make fantastic partners.”

Andy Booth, Chief Product Officer at Games Global, said: “We constantly strive to offer operators the industry’s very best gaming content, bringing together the highest quality partner games to complement our exclusive portfolio. We’re thrilled to see Aviatrix take flight on our Games Global PLUS aggregation platform, elevating our third-party offering to new heights. The product really has been flying high since it launched, and we look forward to working with the Aviatrix team to ensure continued success.”

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