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GVC recruits RISQ to power all jackpots from the World Cup and beyond

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GVC recruits RISQ to power all jackpots from the World Cup and beyond
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Jackpot risk-management specialist to drive customer retention for leading operator

 

13th June 2018, London – RISQ, the B2B-only jackpot risk management specialists, have announced a deal with GVC to roll out their unique jackpot solution across the leading operator’s suite of brands. This new partnership begins with a free-to-play prediction game which adds a fresh dimension to customer acquisition and retention, gearing jackpot payouts up to €11 million* on the World Cup.

The Wallchart Jackpot prediction game will be showcased on bwin, GVC’s flagship European sports betting brand, which has launched the ‘Maradona’s Millions’ promotion to tie-in with the brand’s blockbuster ‘Who Stole the Cup?’ World Cup campaign, which as well as featuring Maradona also includes football royalty in Cafu, Vicente del Bosque and Stefan Effenberg. Maradona’s Millions offers players the opportunity to win up to £/€5 million* by correctly predicting the winners and runners-up of each group in the initial stage of the tournament and the winner of every knockout match up to and including the final.

As well as challenging players with forecasting the results of Russia 2018, the free-to-play Wallchart Jackpot mechanic facilitates the combination of various individual stats and player-performance markets in accumulator-style propositions, covering every angle of the event for deeper user-engagement.

The RISQ-backed game forms part of GVC’s wider marketing strategy for this summer’s showpiece event, allowing the multi-brand operator to expand its global footprint across numerous jurisdictions and regulatory frameworks when it comes to both free-to-play and real-money gaming.

This deal is also an industry first, inasmuch as RISQ are providing GVC with the flexibility to employ lottery, RNG and other sports predictor applications, as jackpots become an integral part of the gaming landscape for transforming marketing initiatives and product offerings.

RISQ’s B2B Director, Tom Mitchell, said: “It’s incredibly satisfying for our jackpot solution to have been integrated by such a huge name as GVC. Incorporating an intuitive free-to-play game with any sportsbook generates a proven benefit across a number of KPIs – especially as reliable cross-selling techniques and user-engagement become ever more elusive commodities for operators.

Our research overwhelmingly suggests that participation in free-to-play games exponentially ramps with higher jackpots. So with our game-changing Jackpot RNG raising the bar on these prize funds across the board – and up to €11 million for GVC – the possibilities are endless for boosting new accounts and fostering a loyal customer base across all platforms and devices.

Claus Hansen, Head of CRM at GVC, added: “Partnering with RISQ has helped up to set new standards in delivering promotions at GVC. Combining their cutting edge B2B platform with our broader marketing assets has enabled us to create a standout promotion in the intensely competitive landscape of the World Cup.

The elasticity they offer provides multi-product flexibility (whether it be lottery, RNG or FTP sports games) giving us a unique chance to employ jackpots in a scalable, tailored fashion across the entire group of brands.

 

About RISQ:
RISQ, a technology company based in the City of London, offer high-level precision and data analytics in jackpot risk management. The company provide hedge bets and insurance on the outcomes of international lotteries and have access to the largest insurance limits in the industry. Their Jackpot RNG (Random Number Generator) is suited to a wide range of applications, tailoring odds, jackpot-size, and frequency to each operator’s specific needs. These scalable solutions stimulate traffic, acquisitions, and player behaviour in the global-gaming and digital-marketing sectors. RISQ think differently, seeking out opportunities that allow clients to increase their margins and maximise returns through innovative technology, allied to a unique corporate structure. They process over 40,000 bets per day, generating over £50m in payouts for a range of B2B partners. UK and Alderney-licensed, RISQ were the first company to offer an insured RNG solution and have scope to grow its limits up to £250m per play.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Betway renews partnership with Hammers

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Betway CEO Anthony Werkman and David Gold, Joint-Chairman of West Ham United outside the London Stadium. / Photo Source: whufc.com
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Betway is delighted to announce the largest partnership deal in its history, renewing the agreement with West Ham to remain as the Club’s principal partner for a further six years.

The leading online bookmaker has been the Hammers’ principal partner for four years, since 2015, and the ongoing success of the partnership has led to the new long-term deal being finalised.

In that time, Betway and West Ham have worked hand-in-hand to bring supporters closer to their heroes, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Initiatives like the Betway Academy, Betway Fan Taxi and West Ham Supermarket Sweep show Betway’s commitment to understanding the emotions and bonds that Hammers fans have with their Club, and this is something supporters can expect more of with the partnership extension.

Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway, said: “Our partnership with West Ham United has been a huge success over the past four years and we are proud to be extending it by another six.

“They are a club with one of the most passionate fanbases in the game, who we have built up a strong relationship with by giving them some unforgettable experiences and memories.

“This is something we are wholly committed to and we are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the club.”

Karren Brady, West Ham United Vice-Chairman, said: “We are delighted to once again extend our partnership with Betway. After working together successfully for four years, this is a new, long-term, record-breaking commercial deal for the Club, which shows the faith that Betway has in West Ham United and our iconic global identity which has seen us recognised as one of the world’s biggest football brands.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Betway as we embark on the next chapter for our great Club, and we will use this partnership as a platform for success, both on and off the pitch.”

Karim Virani, Digital and Commercial Director at West Ham United, said: “We’re hugely excited to continue working with such a respected and responsible Principal Partner in Betway. Since the front of shirt sponsorship began, Betway has supported the Club in a whole range of ways, by giving their time and energy, as well as their investment.

“This has delivered some fantastic work for good causes around our local boroughs, as well as putting on a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for die-hard Hammers fans. Extending this partnership provides the opportunity for this great work to continue for the benefit of our supporters and our communities, which are the lifeblood of West Ham United.”

Paul Adkins, Marketing and Operation Director of Betway, said: “We signed our first deal with West Ham United in February 2015 at a historic time for the club with the upcoming move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

“We then eagerly extended our deal with the club in August 2016 for a further three years, which was the largest sponsorship agreement in West Ham’s history, something we have been delighted to extend.”

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Hotel Casino Acaray Adds Link King to its Entertainment Portfolio

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EPICENTER Major qualifiers gathered more than 15 million views

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Dota 2 EPICENTER Major qualifiers have gathered 15,4 million views worldwide*. The qualifier matches for EPICENTER XL, last year’s Major series tournament in Moscow, gathered nearly two times fewer views – 7,8 million. Meanwhile the total amount of broadcast hours on Twitch amounted to 866 in 2019 as compared to EPICENTER XL 2018’s 1100 hours.

The viewer count for the qualifier stage of DPC 2018-2019 season’s fifth Major reached 177 147 during the CIS region grand-final of Virtus.pro versus Natus Vincere. Notably, EPICENTER XL’s qualifiers final viewer count peaked at 67 668 under the same conditions. Overall, more than 5,5 million unique users viewed EPICENTER Major, exceeding last year’s figure by more than 1,2 million.

The Russian broadcast of the upcoming Major’s qualifiers engaged more than 10 million views, with 3 million unique views. The previous year’s CIS broadcast gathered 4,4 million views and 2,3 million unique users.

EPICENTER Major in Dota 2 with a prize pool of $1 000 000 will take place in Moscow from June 22 to June 30. 14 out of 16 participating teams advanced to the main event through CIS, China, Europe, South America, North America, and Southeast Asia regional qualifiers. Two remaining spots are reserved for the participants of the previous Minor.

Epic Esports Events (a member of ESforce Holding) is the organizer of the EPICENTER Major. The tournament operator specializes in hosting international competitions and is the organizer behind EPICENTER Dota 2 and CS:GO series in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Their first Dota 2 series was deemed the best Live Entertainment event by a leading European award EUBEA 2016, and EPICENTER XL 2019 was awarded the first place in nomination Russian Event per Eventex Awards.

*excluding statistics from China


ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations and the leader of electronic sports in Russia. The holding company integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities as well as online retail sales of esports-themed merchandise. ESforce owns over 220 popular online resources with a combined audience of 12 million followers and 114 million annual unique visitors, which provide a 90-percent reach to esports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences. In 2018, the holding became part of the largest technology company in Russia, Mail.Ru Group.

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