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Bacta hold latest Parliamentary Lunch for Welsh based MPs

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Members and MPs attend the first Bacta Parliamentary Lunch of 2018
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Concerns surrounding the impact of Brexit on the manufacturing sector, the delay in implementing the £2 maximum FOBT stake and the need for infrastructure investment in coastal resorts were among the topics discussed at the recent Parliamentary Luncheon organised by Bacta and attended by members with businesses in Wales and their constituency MPs. The first Bacta Parliamentary luncheon of 2018 saw National President, Gabi Stergides, Chief Executive John White, Chairman of the South Wales region, John Bollom and Division 4 members, John Stergides (Electrocoin) and Phil Burke (Astra Games), host five Members of Parliament comprising Carolyn Harris (Labour: Swansea East), Gerald Jones (Labour: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney), Chris Davies (Conservative: Brecon and Radnorshire), Madeline Moon (Labour: Bridgend) and Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour: Gower).

Explaining the role and importance of the Parliamentary Luncheons, John White said: “There’s a lot of political lobbying that Bacta undertakes in partnership with its advisers to drive home the key arguments of the day and their macro impact on the industry. A case in point is the FOBT campaign that we ran and which was supported with such vigour by Carolyn Harris MP and parliamentary colleagues Iain Duncan Smith and Sir Peter Bottomley.

In tandem with these activities it’s also really important for MPs to be able to sit down alongside their constituents to hear about the issues they have to deal with on a daily basis and which impact their ability to run successful businesses employing local people. The issue of poverty in Wales was an important discussion point that everyone could contribute to. As well as the specifics relating to the outrageous and immoral delay in implementing the £2 stake and in particular the practical insight provided by Bacta members, we were also able to debate the next steps in trying to differentiate an industry whose currency is fun from the toxic reputation that’s been generated by FOBTs on the high street. Bacta’s Parliamentary Luncheons are a hugely worthwhile initiative and one which MPs appreciate greatly.

About bacta:
Bacta represents the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK, encompassing high-tech and creative manufacturers, machine suppliers for pubs, clubs and bingo halls, as well as operators of Family Entertainment Centres and over 18s Gaming Centres. Bacta members include the whole of the amusement machine supply chain in the UK, which has a collective turnover of nearly £2bn across more than 500 companies, operating in excess of 310,000 machines.

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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NSoft and Casa Pariurilor expand cooperation

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NSoft, premium betting software provider and Casa Pariurilor, a part of the largest Central European betting operator, have extended their cooperation by agreeing on implementation of NSoft´s In-Play MTS betting solution into Casa Pariurilor’s retail network. The network numbers over 700 shops in Romania, positioning Casa Pariurilor amongst the top three betting companies in this country.

Karlo Kralj, NSoft’s Regional Sales Agent announces: “I am delighted to confirm the continuation of excellent cooperation with our client Casa Pariurilor. It is one of the oldest and the most respected betting companies on the Romanian market. Casa Pariurilor`s experts have profound understanding of their market and are great in deciphering the players` needs. The partnership with Casa has helped us significantly by providing the essential market-insights and up-to-date knowledge about Romanian market trends.”

The first deal between NSoft and Casa Pariurilor was set in 2014 with the release of NSoft`s most popular product – Lucky Six, a draw-based game, together with Virtual Greyhound Races. Initially, the products were available in retail and afterwards, have extended to the client´s web.

“We have been working with NSoft for 5 years now and our cooperation is a role model of how B2B cooperation should look like. You know, you can buy a betting software anywhere, but the people make the difference. We witnessed the NSoft`s trustworthiness and reliability with excellent 24/7 support and great turnkey betting solution, thus the decision to use the advantages of NSoft`s Seven Betting Platform and its In-Play MTS solution in our retail network was a logical step forward,” concluded Lewis Findlay, General Manager Romania, Fortuna Entertainment Group.

NSoft`s Sportsbook solution driven by Betradar data provides clients with an extensive offer of up to 25,000 live events per month across 20+ sports. It is highly customizable sports betting platform requiring zero initial costs.

In addition, NSoft’s Seven Platform allows distribution of In-Play and Pre-Match offer through all available channels: retail, terminal, web, and mobile.

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CodeCube Brothers Earns $50,000 Prize in First Mobile eSports Indie Developer Contest

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Inaugural Skillz Indie Ignite Competition Reveals Untapped Developer Talent

 

Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, today announced the winner of its inaugural Indie Ignite game developer competition. First place was claimed by CodeCube Brothers, creators of Color Ring, earning the two Finnish brothers a grand prize valued at over $50,000. Hidden Pixel Games LLC, developers of Pool Payday, also received an honorable mention.

The first-place prize is comprised of a package of services and funds, including a $25,000 user acquisition campaign, $25,000 in game launch optimization services, as well as two Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 passes. The contest challenged indie game developers to create the next hit eSports game, and attracted an overwhelming response from the community.

“My brother and I have tried to design a hit mobile game since 2010, and winning this contest has been the biggest validation – if we hadn’t, we’d currently be looking for second jobs to fund our business,” says Esa Salminen, co-founder of CodeCube Brothers. “Monetizing is a big challenge for indie developers in this crowded market, but Skillz has empowered us to pursue our own aspirations while having the financial stability of a larger games studio.”

To enter the competition, mobile game developers integrated the Skillz eSports infrastructure into the title of their choice. The games were evaluated based on criteria including strong D1 and D7 retention rates, daily active users, and core gameplay loop design. Color Ring took the lead with impressive metrics, excelling across all criteria.

“Developers have always been central to our mission of democratizing eSports, and they never cease to impress us with their creativity,” says Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz. “Skillz levels the playing field so even the smallest of indie developers have the tools needed to create a world-class eSport – all they have to bring is their creativity.”

Skillz is committed to supporting indie game developers, and kicked off its Indie Ignite Season 2 game developer competition this week. In support of this, Skillz is also hosting its first Game Jam next month. This event features hands-on tutorials from world-class experts on how to design and build successful mobile eSports titles. The Skillz Game Jam is open to all game developers, but is particularly ideal for Indie Ignite entrants.

 

About Skillz:
Skillz, the leading mobile eSports platform, connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. In 2018, Skillz was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, and the Entrepreneur 360. Skillz has also been named the #1 fastest-growing private company in America by Inc. Magazine and a CNBC Disruptor 50. Over 18 million gamers use Skillz to compete in mobile games across 13,000+ game studios. Founded in 2012, Skillz is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading venture capitalists as well as the owners of the New England Patriots, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Mets and Sacramento Kings. To learn more, visit www.skillz.com.

 

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Microgaming inks deal with Crazy Tooth Studio embark on icy adventures in Arctic Valor

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Microgaming has signed a long-term supplier agreement with game development studio, Crazy Tooth.

The first game of the partnership will be Arctic Valor™, a riveting new six-reel, 4,096 ways online slot. Crazy Tooth Studio® developed this exclusively for Microgaming. The new game involves fierce Valkyries and has a mythological background.

Ben Hoffman, President at Crazy Tooth Studio®, said: “We are very excited to be working with Microgaming, whose extraordinary position in the market, diverse portfolio of excellent games and extensive list of operators will enable us to greatly diversify our capabilities and deliver our range of innovative slots and games to new audiences. We are thrilled to release Arctic Valor as our first exclusive game for Microgaming.”

David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming, added: “Arctic Valor provides a visually stunning journey into a land of ice and snow, complete with a fantastically vibrant, Norse-tinged atmosphere. With 4,096 ways to win, players can also look forward to smashing their way through to some truly epic rewards via the game’s unique and suspenseful icicle feature.”

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