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Habanero signs Stanleybet deal in Italy

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18th July 2018 – Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has agreed to supply its games to Stanleybet’s customers in Italy.

Knockout Football, a highly original slot designed to capitalise on football fever in Italy, will be among the titles integrated by the operator, along with other recent hits London Hunter, 5 Mariachis and Fa Cai Shen.

Delivered via its own platform and served by dedicated account management teams, Habanero prides itself on providing a high-class portfolio with outstanding graphics and game play.

Arcangelo Lonoce, European Head of Business Development at Habanero, said: “We have created a very varied portfolio full of slots of the highest quality and it’s great that this has been recognised by Stanleybet. Our games are proving increasingly popular across Europe and in Italy in particular and we are sure their players will enjoy playing our content, which has something for every type of player.”

Gianluca Porzio, Online Department Director for the Stanleybet Group, said: “We offer the most entertaining and immersive titles on the market, and in Habanero’s slots we found the features we are looking for in the products to be added to our platform. Habanero has assured excellent results to all its partners and we look forward to pushing ahead with the integration, as we are sure this will be also in the partnership with Stanleybet.”

The new deal follows the certification of Habanero’s content in the region by the Italian regulator ADM last year and is hot on the heels of a similar agreement with international operator Betshop.

 

 

About Habanero

Habanero is a supplier of quality slots and table games for the online and land-based casino industries. Hosted on Habanero’s own platform and made available at a competitive rate, these games are tailored to the widest possible variety of devices, allowing operators in multiple territories to maximise their incomes.

Purchased by a group of European investors in 2012, the company now boasts a host of skilled designers, developers and mathematicians. Its management team has over four decades’ worth of experience in betting and gaming.

 

About Stanleybet:

Stanley was established in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1958 and, after over 20 years of development in Ireland, relocated to England in 1979, setting up its headquarters in Liverpool.

In 1986, after the extraordinary expansion of its betting shops and casinos, the Company went public on the London Stock Exchange and changed its name to Stanley Leisure Plc. The Stanley Leisure share quickly joined the prestigious ranks of the market’s 250 blue chips used each day to calculate the stock exchange index.

Stanley International, a 50/50 joint venture between Stanley Leisure Plc and an Italo-British player was established in July 1997 and immediately began overseas operations in Croatia and Italy.

In 1998, Stanley Leisure Plc requested authorisation from the Italian Ministry of Finance to participate, with its 100 betting shops, in the test phase for betting assigned to SNAI as a monopoly. The Ministry’s response was that it could only tender once the test phase was complete. But the 1999 call for bids for 1,000 concessions included certain disqualification clauses: publicly listed companies were not eligible to tender. Following Stanley’s complaint with the European Commission, a violation procedure was commenced against Italy. However, it was not until the rulings of Court of Justice Judges Gambelli (2003) and Placanica (2007) that Stanley’s disqualification was found to be in violation of EU law.

In May 2005, Stanley Leisure sold all its betting shops in the UK (approximately 700) to William Hill, while remaining a leader in England with its casinos and focusing on significant development in Europe through its investee Stanley International.

The Italian government put nine-year concessions up for tender in August 2006, but the clauses on the distances between points-of-sale favoured the 1,000 winners of the 1999 call, from which Stanley had been unfairly excluded. Stanley took action and, in 2012, Judge Costa Cifone with the Court of Justice ruled that the Italian government had, with the clause in the invitation to tender (under the Bersani decree), once again violated EU law to Stanley’s detriment.

September 2006: the Malaysian group Genting International launched a complete takeover bid on the London Stock Exchange for Stanley Leisure Plc. The bid was a success.

The following month, the Italo-British owner of 50% of Stanley International acquired the residual 50% from Genting International, assuming complete control of the English holding company that controls the entire group.

In 2012, Stanley and the Italian Regulator, ADM, met informally to discuss Stanley’s participation in another invitation to tender for a nine-year concession. However, the Monti decree unexpectedly established a concession term of only three years and included a clause requiring the free transfer of the network at the end of the concession, making it impossible for high-profile companies to participate. Following the dispute that arose, the Court of Justice (Laezza’s decision of 2016) yet again confirmed that the Italian government was in violation of EU law with the free network transfer clause.

Meetings were held with the Italian Regulator and an understanding was reached for Stanley to tender for online services. Since then, Stanley has run betting operations remotely in Italy with a valid ADM licence. Stanley hopes to reach an agreement as soon as possible for retail services as well, and is putting all its efforts in this direction.

In 2014, at the end of the long non-competition period agreed with William Hill, Stanley resumed operations in the United Kingdom: it opened its first shop in this new era on 14 February 2014 in Liverpool. 

Stanley holds a licence for retail and/or online operations in the United Kingdom and many other European countries. Only its Italian operations are cross-border under a Maltese licence, due to the discrimination that Stanley has faced in accessing Italian concessions, in violation of EU law, as confirmed by multiple rulings of the Court of Justice and Italian judges, including at the highest levels.

The Stanleybet Group is currently a major European player in the gaming industry and operates in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Malta and Cyprus, with a total of over 2,000 shops and offices and 3,000 employees and freelancers. 

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Rightlander Limited Appoints Sarafina Wolde Gabriel As Chief Strategy Officer

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Rightlander Limited appoints seasoned digital marketing leader Sarafina Wolde Gabriel as Chief Strategy Officer, marking a new era of strategic expansion and innovation for the global compliance and risk management solutions provider.

Rightlander, the advertising and affiliate compliance monitoring specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarafina Wolde Gabriel as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

In her new role, Wolde Gabriel will work closely with the company’s founder, Ian Sims, and the broader management team to craft and implement business strategies intended to accelerate the company’s growth on a global scale.

“Sarafina brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in strategic planning and business development,” said Ian Sims. “We are confident that her innovative thinking and strategic approach will be instrumental as we continue to grow our business and enter new markets.”

Wolde Gabriel’s remit will include expanding Rightlander’s reach into new markets and verticals, evaluating potential new product opportunities, and building strategic partnerships to boost business growth. This strategic vision aligns with the company’s objective to strengthen its market position and meet the increasingly complex needs of clients around the world.

Speaking on her appointment, she said, “I am thrilled to join Rightlander Limited and am committed to contributing to the company’s forward-looking approach. I look forward to working with Ian and the entire team to explore new opportunities and create innovative strategies that will drive global growth.”

A seasoned professional in digital marketing with over 19 years of experience, Wolde Gabriel brings to Rightlander a wealth of knowledge in leadership within the iGaming and marketing sectors.

Beginning her impressive career journey with Paysafe’s Income Access in 2004, she made significant strides, eventually serving as the company’s CMO until 2016. Her tenure with Paysafe was decorated with numerous industry awards, underscoring her expertise in driving growth and success in the digital marketing space.

In her most recent role as the VP of Strategy at Income Access, she directed innovative marketing strategies and established key business partnerships, contributing to the company’s global expansion. In 2022, Wolde Gabriel made a strategic shift, joining GeoComply, a geolocation and fraud prevention company, as a senior director, where she continued to excel in new business development and global expansion.

Wolde Gabriel holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Surrey, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from Concordia University, Montreal. An active contributor to her community, she served as the President of the African Students Association during her time at Concordia University.

The addition of Wolde Gabriel to Rightlander Limited’s leadership team reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its strategic direction and accelerating its growth trajectory.

For more information on Rightlander Limited and its comprehensive range of services, visit www.rightlander.com.

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ComeOn Group launches new bespoke live casino studio under the name Nordic Ruby Lounge

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Leading iGaming operator ComeOn Group announced the launch of Nordic Ruby Lounge, a new bespoke Live Casino environment from their Ruby Lounge portfolio. The live casino studio offers a local touch for a native customer entertainment experience and will be available to the Group’s core markets. Nordic Ruby Lounge taps into customisation and personalisation by offering a Scandinavian style live casino environment with native live dealers for a top of the line local customer experience.

Cristiano Blanco, Chief Product Officer at ComeOn Group, said: “We are extremely happy to see Nordic Ruby Lounge take things to the next level with our live casino offer. Our Nordic players can now enjoy a bespoke environment locally tailored around their preferences, with native dealers for that extra cherry on top. It’s been about great teamwork throughout all involved departments, which has landed us in a great quality product with a truly impressive design and functionality. For us, the launch of Nordic Ruby Lounge is a great milestone and with that said we are looking forward to seeing Nordic Ruby Lounge succeed and take things up a notch.”

Nordic Ruby Lounge is a part of the Group’s Ruby Lounge portfolio, which was launched early 2022 with a strong premium brand identity statement for an exclusive and safe entertainment experience. Ruby Lounge is a live casino studio with a “brands within brands” approach that offers live Blackjack and Roulette tables served by ComeOn’s team of dedicated live dealers.

The customised and personalised touch makes Nordic Ruby Lounge a one of a kind live casino product, setting the standards high against main competitors in the industry. Live casino is a strategic focus for ComeOn Group, making the launch of Nordic Ruby Lounge a great milestone in their growth track.

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Thunderkick enters the Latin American market with Rushbet via partnership with Rush Street Interactive

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Independent slots studio Thunderkick is setting its sights on the Latin American market after going live in Mexico with Rushbet, an online casino and sportsbook operated by Rush Street Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”), a U.S. based company.

Players in Mexico will now be able to enjoy the provider’s renowned portfolio of games, including Midas Golden TouchEsqueleto Explosivo 2 and Carnival Queen.

Rushbet is a proven and respected online casino and sportsbook in the Mexican market, being named as the best sportsbook operator of the year at 2021’s SBC Latinoamérica Awards and boasting the largest collection of games in the region.

The agreement marks Thunderkick’s first entry into Latin America, a key market within the industry. It follows recent deals with Germany’s Interwetten and the UK’s Jumpman Gaming, signalling worldwide expansion and upwards growth for the studio.

Fredrik Ekholm, Head of Sales at Thunderkick said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding into Latin America with Rushbet, one of the market’s most exciting and renowned operators.

“Not only is the LatAm market a key focus for us, but this partnership will also see more players than ever enjoying our fantastic collection of games. We’re excited to see what Rushbet’s player base thinks!”

Richard Schwartz, CEO at RSI’s Rushbet said: “Thunderkick has a truly innovative portfolio of slots that we’re delighted to be bringing to Rushbet. Their approach to slot-making is refreshing and we fully expect our players to enjoy the entertaining games.”

“We have every confidence that this partnership will be a successful one, and we’re honoured to be welcoming Thunderkick to Latin America.”

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