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18: Features That Impact iGaming

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The announcement of iOS 18 at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2024 brings many new features and improvements, some of which may impact the iGaming industry. Both players and operators will benefit from enhanced customisation options, improved security measures, and performance upgrades that promise to elevate the user experience. After yesterday’s keynote at WWDC 2024, we’ve put together a list of 7 new iOS 18 features and how they will influence iGaming.

1. Game Mode
Let’s start with, perhaps, the most significant update for the iGaming industry: the introduction of Game Mode. This feature minimises background activities to improve game performance and enhances responsiveness with AirPods and wireless gaming controllers. There’s no special switch to toggle, instead iPhones operating iOS 18 will automatically trigger game mode where appropriate to provide a higher quality gaming experience. The result is smoother gameplay, reduced latency, and a more immersive experience. Game Mode is a game-changer for users seeking optimal performance and for developers aiming to deliver high-quality gaming experiences.

2. Customisable Home and Lock Screens
iOS 18 introduces extensive customisation options for home and lock screens. Users can arrange app icons and widgets in any layout, allowing them to prioritise gaming apps and place them where they are most accessible. This feature means users can choose quick access to their favourite games instead of default tools like the camera or flashlight, enhancing the overall user experience and convenience.

3. Updated Control Centre
The updated Control Centre in iOS 18 allows users to customise which apps and controls are easily accessible, including music and specific iGaming apps. This makes it easier for players to quickly access and control their games and gaming-related settings, streamlining the user interface and making the gaming experience more intuitive.

4. Lock and Hide Apps
Users can lock and hide apps with the new iOS 18 update, requiring Face ID or a passcode to unlock them. This is particularly useful for iGaming apps that contain sensitive information or payment details, providing an additional layer of security and privacy for users. For operators, this feature ensures that their apps can offer a more secure environment, boosting user trust and confidence.

5. Improved Password Management
iOS 18 introduces a dedicated Passwords app, transforming the password keychain feature into a full-blown app that safely stores all credentials and syncs them across Apple devices. This is particularly useful for users who manage multiple accounts across different iGaming platforms, ensuring that they can easily and securely access their profiles without the hassle of remembering numerous passwords and the safety of having those passwords protected.

6. App Intents
App Intents is a new way to engage with apps using Siri. Users can now use voice commands to interact with their favourite iGaming apps, for example, “Hey Siri, buy a Quick Pick for Daily Million.” This new feature makes it easier and faster for users to perform specific actions within iGaming apps, opening up new possibilities for seamless, voice-activated interactions, enhancing user convenience and engagement.

7. Advanced Accessibility Features
Finally, new accessibility functionalities in iOS 18, such as eye tracking and custom voice controls, can be used to make iGaming apps more inclusive. Eye tracking allows users to control games with their gaze, while custom voice controls enable them to navigate and interact using personalised voice commands. These advancements ensure that iGaming apps using iOS 18 are more accessible to a broader range of users, including those with disabilities, expanding the potential player base and enhancing the gaming experience for all users.

The iOS 18 update is poised to enhance the iGaming experience through a combination of performance improvements, better customisation options, and advanced features. These updates will enable developers of iGaming apps to create more engaging, secure, and personalised experiences. For users, the enhanced performance, security, and customisation options will make gaming more enjoyable and accessible. As the iGaming industry continues to grow, the innovations introduced in iOS 18 will play a crucial role in shaping its future.

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High 5 Games and Caesars Digital Expand Partnership into West Virginia

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High 5 Games, a leading iGaming content provider, is proud to announce its official entry into West Virginia’s iGaming market through a launch on Caesars Digital iGaming platforms.

West Virginia marks the fifth market where High 5 Games and Caesars Digital have collaborated to launch High 5’s catalog of titles on Caesars Digital platforms. Players in West Virginia can now enjoy High 5 Games’ diverse portfolio, including popular titles such as 88 Drums, Da Vinci DeluxeWays, and Green Machine Deluxe, along with the supplier’s unique promotion system, Rapid Rewards, on Caesars Palace Online Casino and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino.

The High 5 Games and Caesars Digital partnership has already elevated the online casino experience for players in Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ontario by bringing fan-favorite titles online.

Anthony Singer, CEO of High 5 Games, commented on the expansion: “We’ve seen positive outcomes from our partnership with Caesars Digital, a prominent operator in the U.S. market, so we look forward to expanding into West Virginia. With our enhanced focus on Power Bet and continuously evolving portfolio, we’re committed to providing unique experiences to the players in West Virginia.”

High 5 Games and Caesars Digital have consistently raised the bar in delivering innovative iGaming experiences to players across North America. The West Virginia expansion is a milestone for their partnership, highlighting their commitment to ongoing growth in the iGaming industry.

Matthew Sunderland, Senior Vice President and Chief iGaming Officer at Caesars Digital, added: “High 5 Games has brought exceptional content to our online casino players in multiple jurisdictions. This expansion to West Virginia will further elevate our portfolio in that market with a new selection of games that should entertain our players.”

 

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Ampverse DMI Partners with Orangutan in Multi-Year Deal; College Rivals BGMI Champions to Join Exclusive Roster

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College Rivals find, Sahil Nagpal gets dream pro debut with Rivals Ape X team

India’s largest Collegiate Esports and Gaming IP, College Rivals, owned by Ampverse DMI, has forged a strategic alliance with Orangutan, a leading esports organization in India. College Rivals, remains committed to offering professional gaming prospects to college students and has awarded its inaugural professional gaming contract to Sahil Nagpal, a student from Jalandhar, Punjab.

He demonstrated his prowess during the Season 1 representing the potential and caliber that this College IP aims to tap, cultivate and unearth as part its commitment to foster grassroot esports talents and provide them with a life changing platform and experience.

Joining Orangutan’s Academy BGMI team, Sahil Nagpal’s achievement not only fulfills his dream of becoming a professional player but also serves as inspiration for millions of others. While College Rivals will continue to empower college gamers, paving their path towards professional success in Season 2, the chosen players will also get a shot at playing for Orangutan as part of this strategic multi year partnership.

Ashwin Haryani, Country Head of Ampverse DMI, India revealed the importance of the partnership, “Ampverse DMI and Orangutan are embarking on a holistic partnership. They understood the concept of us building a talent hunt and making sure the top winners are given a platform to perform at a national and international stage. Beyond competition, our alliance also aims to enrich the esports ecosystem with an exclusive BGMI Team, a merchandise line and brand presence on the jersey of the team, every time they step out to play.”

As part of this partnership, Ampverse DMI and Orangutan will jointly co-own Rivals Ape X, a youth team beginning with a BGMI lineup that will include at least one player from every College Rivals season moving forward. Rivals Ape X, featuring some of the nation’s exciting up and coming players will aim to dazzle nationally and internationally in BGMI tournaments.

As part of the selection process, Orangutan had tried out all the 8 BGMI College Rivals Finalists, from Season 1 through a trial and Sahil was chosen on the basis of his in-game skills, game sense and overall team work.

Jai Shah, Co-Founder of Orangutan, expressed his enthusiasm about the initiative, “I am incredibly excited to introduce Rivals Ape X, our Academy Esports Team, in collaboration with Ampverse DMI and College Rivals. This collaboration marks a significant step in our mission to nurture and develop young, hungry talent, providing them with a bigger platform to showcase their skills. Together with Ampverse DMI, we aim to create a pathway for the next generation of esports champions and build a community where passion, skill, and ambition can thrive. Together, we’re setting the stage for the future of competitive gaming.”

College Rivals Season 2 will see 50+ colleges participating across 22 cities in both offline and online competition format. Any college student from Pan India can register and compete as the preliminary competitions have already been rolled out from July 15 along with diverse entertainment experiences tailored for college students including opportunities to become college ambassadors, purchase exclusive College Rivals merchandise and other interesting initiatives in a groundbreaking gaming format never seen before in India.

The competitions will take place for three gaming titles—BGMI, Valorant, and EA FC 24—with the grand finale being played in February, 2025. The winners from monthly qualifiers will compete in a grand finale for the ultimate battle and a prize pool of up to ₹50,00,000 along with the contract.

 

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RG24seven Virtual Training appoints UK Safer Gambling CEO Victoria Reed As a Strategic Advisor

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RG24seven Virtual Training, the responsible, effective, and free video-based virtual training system for gaming employees, and a BMM Innovation Group company, today announced that Victoria Reed will serve as a Strategic Advisor to help expand operations and social impact across the global gambling industry.

Reed, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Better Change in the UK, will provide business development and strategy to fuel the continued growth of RG24seven Virtual Training.

Wendy Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of RG24seven, said, “I am very pleased to have Victoria join us at this important growth stage of RG24seven. She is an extraordinary leader and excels in all facets of global strategy, innovation, and business development. I look forward to working alongside Victoria and tapping into the wealth of experience and knowledge that she brings.”

Anderson added, “The importance of credible employee training is more critical than ever in today’s global gaming industry. It helps to improve employee performance, morale, and satisfaction, not to mention acting as a safety net against potential fines and violations. Victoria will be a great asset in helping RG24seven expand this message on a global scale.”

Victoria Reed expressed her admiration for RG24seven’s commitment to social impact, their extensive training library, and the exceptional operational excellence led by Wendy and her team.

She said, “It is a tremendous privilege to join RG24seven in a more official capacity. Our shared values emphasize the crucial need for training gambling employees and safeguarding players, all while ensuring that operators can achieve commercial success.”

Reed added, “Our industry is only as strong as the people working within it and by ensuring everyone has access to compliance-grade, responsible training, we can help to sustain our industry and ensure our customers remain free from gambling harm.”

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