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Yggdrasil seals ATG casino slots content agreement

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Innovative gaming solutions supplier Yggdrasil will provide Swedish horse racing operator ATG with its high-quality casino slots games in the soon-to-be regulated Swedish market.

ATG is Sweden’s sole trotting and thoroughbred racing betting operator, offering betting opportunities to thousands of players at around 900 race days annually across the country as well as online and in retail outlets.

The operator will be able to complement its leading horse racing product with Yggdrasil’s portfolio of innovative casino slot games including its latest releases Penguin City, Hanzo’s Dojo and Wolf Hunters.

The agreement comes ahead of Sweden preparing to adopt a new regulatory framework on 1 January 2019.

Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO, Yggdrasil, said: “Our range of innovative casino slots games has proven very popular throughout Europe, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with ATG, one of Sweden’s most respected operators who have a large, loyal and dedicated customer base. Our regulated market strategy is accelerating and we’re looking forward to the Swedish market opening next year.”

 

About Yggdrasil:

Yggdrasil is a provider of superior online gaming solutions for igaming operators. The business was founded in 2013 and has since emerged as one of the industry’s most respected and acclaimed suppliers. Yggdrasil operates a highly scalable business model and covers three product verticals: Casino Slots, Table Games and Bingo, in addition to the business verticals: Yggdrasil White Label Studios, YGS Masters and Yggdrasil Dragons. Since its inception, Yggdrasil has embarked on a solid growth trajectory enabled by a strong corporate culture focused on innovation, creativity, quality and technology leadership. Yggdrasil is headquartered in Sweden and has offices in Malta (operational HQ), Poland and Gibraltar.

 

About ATG:

AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) is owned by the national trotting and thoroughbred racing associations, 90% by the Swedish Trotting Association (ST) and 10% by Swedish Jockey Club (SG). ATG is proud to present large runner fields every day, all year around to create great racing and interesting betting opportunities. ATG delivers a combination of world class trotting and thoroughbred racing and exciting and entertaining betting. ATG offers betting at a just over 2,000 agents, on digital platforms, as well as on 37 trot and thoroughbred racecourses all over Sweden.

In 2017, almost 20,000 races with betting were carried out with a turnover for the corporate group of approximately SEK 4.2 billion. Through betting, ATG is able to safeguard the long-term conditions of Swedish horse racing. For example, in 2018 ATG will give back a surplus of minimum SEK 2 billion into the sport.

 

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The world of gambling – as seen by millennials and Generation Z

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The generation gap is a subject of discussion that continues to be relevant year on year. Why is it that those born since 1981 are so important to the gambling industry and its future? According to Betinvest COO Max Dubossarsky, every new generation contributes to the development of the entertainment industry, raising the standards for how gambling products and services are created.

Millennials caught the peak of digital technology at a young age, at a time when some of the Generation Z babies were being born already with a smartphone in hand.

The issue of continuity of the generations carries from one age to the next and takes on new dimensions. The gambling industry has its finger on the pulse, aware that the characteristics and preferences of each generation provide detailed information about current and potential players.

During recent years, society has had its eyes fixed on the so-called “millennials” – Generation Y – born between 1981 and 1996, and Generation Z – the “New Silent Generation” – born after 1995—1996. Why are their views and way of thinking important to the gambling industry? Mainly because millennials and Gen Z are products of the digital age.

Modern-day innovations, which previous generations could only have dreamed about, are now the norm for Gen Y and Gen Z. So if it is hard to amaze millennials with high-tech “perks”, it is nigh on impossible to surprise Gen Z – who have fully adapted into the world of 3D technology, VR and AR.

To attract and retain the attention of young players and avoid their games becoming a boring alternative to others on the market, operators created products that borrow features from videogames.

The millennial generation is the first to have grown up with videogames, so their way of life has become one of the reasons for developing online gambling.

This first “internet generation” divides their lives between an online and an offline reality. Many things have become possible to do with the use of gadgets, without the need for physical input. In contrast to well-off baby boomers who were big fans of visiting casinos and the luxury entertainment of gambling, millennials lived in unstable economic conditions and are therefore notable for their rationalism. As a result, they prefer more affordable entertainment, including activities which do not involve leaving the house. The gambling industry grasped the attitude of the new generation and changed its approach accordingly: the first gambling websites started to emerge, and the big casinos began organising events with new kinds of entertainment, such as concerts by famous musicians and DJs, opening exclusive malls, and the like.

Another important move in the battle to earn the attention of younger players is product customisation, responsive design, and additional gamification during the gaming process.

Gen Z, who more or less stormed into the digital age fresh from the cradle, have tough demands. In the modern-day world of gambling, it is no longer enough for games to have just high resolution, gripping storylines and 3D effects. Players want light, fun and quality solutions with compatibility across different devices, secure data and convenient payment methods. Products which cannot easily be adapted to the specific characteristics of regional markets lose their standing and risk being unable to keep up with the competition.

Millennials and Gen Z tend to be cautious in what they do online.

Almost every user leaves behind a digital footprint, which is analysed by marketing experts. It “shows” the user’s interests and gives clues as to what the potential customer might like, helping operators to cater to each player better. But at the same time, data confidentiality and secure payment have become two key issues that users consider when completing any online activities.

It is safe to say that each new generation has contributed – and continues to contribute – towards the change in attitudes towards gambling. Each generation develops the industry by demanding more, thereby raising the standards for how gambling products and services are created.

Because of the rapid development in digital technology, today’s players live in two worlds – an online and an offline world. With the huge amount of offers available, they select the products that are easily understandable. Time has become too expensive to waste on figuring out how things work, especially when it comes to the entertainment industry. Their leisure time is therefore crucial for operators to consider.

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LOTTO24 Appoints Carsten Muth to Executive Board

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Lotto24 has appointed Carsten Muth to its Executive Board with effect from December 1, 2019. As a member of the Executive Board, he will be responsible for Legal Affairs and Regulation, Compliance and Human Resources.

Carsten Muth has 15 years of experience as a lawyer in the e-commerce sector. As an in-house counsel, he has been responsible for the legal area of Lotto24 since 2010. As part of the takeover by ZEAL Network SE, the 44-year-old played a major role in the integration of Lotto24 into the ZEAL Group. Carsten Muth was previously a legal advisor and data protection officer at AOL Deutschland Medien GmbH.

“With Carsten Muth, we have not only gained a lawyer with industry experience but also a long-standing Lotto24 employee as a member of the Executive Board. We wish him every success and look forward to working with him in a spirit of trust,” Peter Steiner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 said.

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Soft2Bet brings the festive cheer with promotions on seven brands

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Casino and sportsbook group Soft2Bet is getting into the Christmas spirit by offering exciting promotions across its seven brands between 1-31 December.

Popular casino Nomini offers players an opportunity to test their logic with its Christmas Puzzle where punters arrange numbers in ascending order to unlock a daily surprise.

Players on Soft2Bet newest mobile-friendly online casino Wazamba will have access to the Memory Card Games where they must match pairs with holiday symbols, while those who venture over to LibraBet have to pair football players with their corresponding teams. Gifts of bonuses, free spins and cashback are also available on the completion of a successful daily trial.

Players at Malina Casino, BuranCasino, BoaBoa, and CampoBet are also in for a seasonal treat as the brands have a Christmas Road hiding a different promotion every day.

These festive promotions top off an exciting year for the casino group, which saw an engaging range of high-performing slots added to its portfolio, including Larry the Leprechaun, Rise of Dead, Pirates Plenty and many more.

Teodora Breskovska-Hall, Head of Casino and Games at Soft2Bet, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for everyone here at Soft2Bet and it’s important to give something back to the fans of all our brands.

“We know our Christmas promotions are going to be a big hit with players and we wish them the best of luck while on the lookout for fantastic yuletide prizes.”

Soft2Bet currently operates with SGA, MGA, and Curacao licences, with further certification within the EU set to follow.

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