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NOVOMATIC Group catches the lion share of attention at ICE Totally gaming with its grand appearance

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NOVOMATIC GROUP, one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies in Europe captured the lion share of attention once again with its biggest appearance at ICE Totally Gaming London, the world’s most important gaming fair. Here a total of 25 group companies presented the NOVOMATIC Group’s comprehensive product portfolio from February 6th-8th, across an expanse of approximately 4,700 m². The offers at the NOVOMATIC exhibition stand ranged from high-tech casino equipment, systems and cash management solutions to arcade and pub products, sports betting, online, mobile and social gaming etc.

Harald Neumann, the CEO of NOVOMATIC AG said at a press conference at ICE London: “With this trade show appearance, which was again the largest, NOVOMATIC persists  to prove that as a full-service provider, we are among the world’s leading gaming technology groups.”

During the fair, Harald Neumann made an initial assessment of the 2017 fiscal year of the NOVOMATIC Group. The initial assessments revealed that the accumulated revenue of the NOVOMATIC Group witnessed a hike by around 10 percent to more than EUR 4.8 billion in 2017. Accordingly, Neumann expects to achieve a new revenue record.

NOVOMATIC is all determined to set its focus this year on leveraging the synergies between its approximately 300 companies, following the acquisition of a 52 percent stake of Ainsworth Game Technology. However, further acquisitions are not ruled out.

According to Neumann, initial calculations indicate that the NOVOMATIC Group will generate an accumulated revenue of EUR 4.8 billion in the 2017 fiscal year (2016: EUR 4.4 billion). The NOVOMATIC Group includes – in addition to NOVOMATIC AG – the Swiss companies ACE Casino Holding AG and Gryphon Invest AG.

NOVOMATIC AG itself will also be able to report a record revenue again this year, with figures increasing by a further 10 percent compared to 2016. The NOVOMATIC Group additionally achieved a new record in terms of headcount with around 29,500 employees.

The NOVOMATIC Group has seen strong growth in recent times, primarily through strategic acquisitions. The company now has 300 shareholdings, around 230 of which are consolidated in the balance sheet. Indeed, on January 5 this year, the finalisation of the majority holding in the Australian industry giant, Ainsworth Game Technology Limited marked a significant milestone in the history of NOVOMATIC AG. “Having grown a lot over the past few years, we will this year focus on increasing synergies between companies and, correspondingly, on more effective internal structures,” added Neumann. “Nevertheless, we will continue to watch the market and make purchases, where it makes sense,” He concluded.

About NOVOMATIC
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 29,500 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor, Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 75 countries. The Group operates around 270,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in it’s some 2,100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus, offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land-based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

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Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Play’n GO enter Czech Republic with Tipsport deal

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23 January, 2018 – Award-winning slots specialist, Play’n GO, has signed an agreement with Tipsport which sees its award-winning mobile and desktop games added to the Czech sportsbook’s online offering.

Tipsport can now offer its players in the newly-regulated market Play’n GO’s licensed, multi-channel games, soon to include MultiFruit81 and Sweet27, both bespoke for the territory.

The deal went live in late 2017, and sees Play’n GO also provide its Game Account Toolkit (GAT). The unique platform acts as a bridge to operators’ existing platforms, allowing for easier third-party integration and new content. Significantly, it negates the risk of disbanding large, legacy systems.

Johan Törnqvist, CEO at Play’n GO, said: “We’re pleased with the start we’ve made with Tipsport and the integration of our unique GAT platform. Its ability to handle the heavy load of data processing, as well as other tools key to commercial success, provides the foundation which all major operators can benefit from.

Critical to the solution provided to Tipsport is GAT’s ability to offer alternate wallet solutions to operators, reducing technical barriers and unlocking the full potential of their existing systems. This allows them to fully leverage their existing customer base as well as enter new markets. 

We hope to build on our successful partnership to date by deploying further gaming content in the coming months, backed up by GAT’s proven stability and flexibility.” 

Jakob Lorentzon, Director of Online Casino at Tipsport, said: “Play’n GO’s gaming solutions stood out in what was a very competitive selection process. Ultimately, their flexible GAT platform was the logical choice as it complements our existing back-office operations.

We’re delighted to be providing our player base with a suite of innovative, award-winning games which will add an extra dimension to our redeveloped website and new sportsbook offering.

The deal highlights Play’n GO’s capability of providing flexible, premium content and gaming platforms to all types of operator, across multiple jurisdictions.

Play’n GO will showcase its new product verticals on stand N3-460 at ICE 2018, with delegates able to see how its expanded expertise and gaming provision can benefit both online and land-based casino operations.

For more Information on this release or to arrange an interview with Johan Törnqvist please contact press@playngo.com

 

About Play’n GO

Play’n GO is an award-winning supplier of high quality gaming content to many of the world’s leading casino brands.  Their genuine omni-channel solution can be tailored to suit the needs of individual online and land-based partners, regardless of geographical, regulatory, or market-specific requirements. Their games are developed in HTML5 to provide an enhanced user experience on all devices and operating systems. They are complemented by superior back-office administration tools which provide expansive reporting and marketing capabilities, ensuring operators are equipped to provide the ultimate gaming experience. The supplier’s extensive portfolio was recently recognised by the award of the IGA Slot Provider of the Year 2017 title. For more information about Play’n GO, who have offices in Sweden, Malta, Hungary, and the UK, please visit http://www.playngo.com.

About Tipsport 

Established in 1991 as a regional company with one branch only, Tipsport quickly became an international holding company and the major bookmaker in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. At Tipsport and Chance brands in the Czech Republic, and Tipsport brand in Slovakia, the holding employs more than 3,000 people. With the overwhelming majority of bets being placed online, the company’s main focus is on technology. Thanks to its unique, in-house solutions, Tipsport is the No.1 sports betting operator in the Czech Republic and one of the major players in Europe. The introduction of highest quality on-line casino products adds yet another very exciting segment to the company’s portfolio 

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Austrian giant exits Germany’s online gambling market

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As per the reports of a spokesman on Tuesday, Novomatic a giant among international producers and operators of gaming technologies left Germany’s online gambling market at the end of December on account of the country’s regulatory uncertainties.

Concerned with unclear regulation regarding gambling halls in Germany, one of its core markets, Novomatic gave up plans for a € 5 B. initial public offering on the Frankfurt bourse in September 2017.

The sale of gambling equipment, adds to approx. 40 percent of Novomatic’s revenue the rest emerging from operating gambling halls. Online activities only account for a small percentage of sales.

Novomatic confirmed reports that it is no longer extending its services to real-money online casinos in Germany.

A spokesman said in a statement “Unfortunately there are many providers which continue to place copied gaming content unlawfully on the German market without having relevant agreements with us.”

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NOVOMATIC finalises Ainsworth investment following green light from gaming regulators

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Gumpoldskirchen, 8 January 2018 – NOVOMATIC, one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies completes investment in an Australian gaming supplier, Ainsworth following the acceptance from regulatory authorities, including the Nevada Gaming Commission which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With all the fundamental international regulatory confirmations aligned and all set NOVOMATIC gets to advance forward with the purchase of approximately 52% of Ainsworth Game Technology Limited (AGT), the Australian gaming company. The formalities involved regulatory approval from multiple gaming jurisdictions, comprising of Australia, South America and the United States (US). One of the authorities’ foremost function was to execute comprehensive compliance checks not only for NOVOMATIC but also for all owners, Supervisory Board and Executive Board members.

The completion of the transaction took place on 5th January 2018. NOVOMATIC is now the owner of 52% of AGT’s issued capital. Given the completion of the sale, Mr Len Ainsworth has resigned as an Executive Director of AGT effective immediately. Mr Ainsworth will continue to support AGT as a consultant for a period of 12 months.

NOVOMATIC is now one of the few European Union based companies to have passed strict compliance checks from these international authorities. For this reason, varieties of independent licensing boards undertook lengthy probity investigations and have confirmed the deal can go ahead.

NOVOMATIC is particularly proud of its successful approval with the Nevada Gaming Control Board in Nevada, US, which required rigorous compliance scrutiny. NOVOMATIC is now the first Austrian company to receive regulatory approval in the gaming metropolis of Las Vegas. Harald Neumann, Chairman, stated: “The compliance investigations carried out as part of this registration were extremely thorough. They included all corporate divisions of NOVOMATIC AG.”

The purchase of shares in AGT at over EUR 300 million is, to date, the largest investment an Austrian company has ever made in Australia. Mr Neumann added: “Our shares in Ainsworth are strategically very important for NOVOMATIC. After all, the joint plan is to increase market share in the US to about 10% over the next five years. In the long-term, NOVOMATIC may become the world market leader in the area of gaming.”

About NOVOMATIC

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 25,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in 45 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to more than 70 countries. The Group operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in its some 2100 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land-based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

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