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Sportradar launches next-level OTT solution at Sportel Monaco

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Sportradar, the world’s leading provider of sports data, betting, media and entertainment solutions, has announced the launch of their next-level Sportradar OTT at this year’s Sportel Monaco, featuring a newly developed engine and core that seamlessly connects Sportradar’s range of sports data with video capability.

For over 15 years, Sportradar have provided a dedicated sports video platform that enables sports rights holders to create a global OTT offering and generate substantial digital revenues. More than 25 partners have signed up to Sportradar’s sports media solutions within the last 18 months, complementing their existing OTT partners including Borussia Dortmund, the WRC, Deutsche Telekom, LAOLA1.tv, ITF Davis Cup and Fed Cup, ITTF, EuroHockey and the IMMAF.

A key part of their sports media offering, the latest OTT features fully integrated data and video, providing clients with an even greater and more refined ability to enhance the user experience, create content, engage with fans, increase audiences and therefore generate more revenue.

Managing Director OTT at Sportradar, Rainer Geier, said: “Having data and video together is crucial if you want to supply an OTT solution in this technological day and age.

“With over 15 years of global AV and sports data experience, we have already developed the industry’s leading media ecosystem. This has enabled us build on our truly dynamic and trusted end-to-end OTT solution with a stable technical basis for clients to manage multiple channels, control video strategy, maximise digital platforms, leverage local and global marketing, provide enriching customer data, increase rights value and therefore generate new revenue streams.

“Video is still the most important distribution channel and content is king, so offering more engagement options through one trusted, innovative and flexible solution will help our clients meet the demands of the modern-day sports fan who want seamless accessibility, engagement and gamification, personalisation and a stable user experience.”

Sportradar’s OTT incorporates all aspects required to create a complete and bespoke OTT solution using state-of-the-art technology to produce a holistic platform approach based on a flexible product and business model that can add to the streaming and engagement experience with ability to incorporate all Sportradar’s products.

Clients can also utilise Sportradar’s additional services and knowledge to support the ongoing success of their streaming platform with production, content creation, platform success management and monetisation opportunities.

All new clients will be able integrate the latest OTT, while current clients, which already include a range of sports federations, leagues, clubs, broadcasters and media across the world, will switch over to the new solution. Like all of Sportradar’s products and solutions, they will have a choice of trusted, innovative and flexible options, with OTT core, extensions, customisable and third-party add-ons.

The new Sportradar OTT core incorporates innovative features for content management, video player, user management, platform, analytics, content delivery and monetisation.

The range of individual configurable extensions include mobile and smart TV apps, recommendations, data features, automated content, personalisation and DRM.

The full package offers the opportunity for complete individualisation, allowing clients to further customise their platform using a fully bespoke solution with extra features, personalised design and SSO.

They can also choose to include third party integration, with CRM, data, analytics and PSP.

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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Fidelity National to acquire Worldpay for about $35 billion

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US-based Fintech company Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has signed a deal to acquire Worldpay, a UK-based payment processing company, for about $35 billion. This is said to be the largest deal in the payments segment. The FIS offer for Worldpay, which was bought by US credit card processing company Vantiv in 2017 for $10.63 billion, values Worldpay at about $43 billion, when debt is included, the companies said on Monday.

Worldpay’s London listed shares were up 9.4 per cent at 8104 pence in early trading on Monday.

“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” FIS Chief Executive Officer Gary Norcross said in a statement.

Worldpay shareholders will receive 0.9287 FIS shares and $11 in cash for each share held, valuing the company at $112.12 per share — a premium of about 14 per cent based on the stocks’ Friday closing, according to Reuters calculations. The combined entity will have revenue of about $12 billion, the companies said.

Upon closing, FIS shareholders will own about 53 per cent and Worldpay shareholders about 47 per cent of the combined company.

Worldpay, which has provided payment processing services for more than 40 years, operated as a business unit of Fifth Third Bancorp until June 2009 when it separated as a stand-alone company. It was spun out of RBS to private-equity firms Bain Capital and Advent International in 2010.

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ComeOn recruits Hampus Eriksson as CPO

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Gaming operator ComeOn, a subsidiary of Cherry AB is strengthening its management team by recruiting Hampus Eriksson as CPO (Chief Product Officer).

 

Hampus joins ComeOn from game supplier NetEnt, where he worked as Director of Product & Services. Hampus has an extensive background with solid experience from both marketing and product-related managerial roles in the iGaming industry.

“I have followed ComeOn’s journey for several years and am impressed with how well they have succeeded with their brands in highly competitive markets. At the same time, I perceive great potential and major development opportunities on the product side, so it will be very exciting to be part of ComeOn’s continued success,” says Hampus Eriksson.

“ComeOn continues to deliver strong results while investing in innovation and technology. We are convinced that the development of our industry will continue at a fast pace and it will therefore be important to remain at the forefront and able to respond quickly when necessary. With Hampus Eriksson on the management team, we are further strengthening our product focus, which is fantastic both for us and our customers,” says Lahcene Merzoug, CEO of ComeOn.

ComeOn is a leading player in the rapidly growing market for online gaming via mobile, tablet and computer, with well-known brands and strong positions, primarily in casino and sports betting.

 

CHERRY IN BRIEF:

Cherry is an innovative and fast-growing gaming company with operations in gaming, entertainment and media. The company was founded in 1963 and today, Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Development, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The Group’s objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry AB’s principal owner is Bridgepoint Europe VI Fund. The company’s Class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se.

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Wazdan super sizes their games with the launch of new Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode

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Wazdan games hit the big screen with the addition of a new Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode, which lets players zoom their games to show bigger reels for super-sized fun.

Innovative game producer Wazdan has been developing market leading, tech-rich slot games for more than a decade through their team of gaming enthusiasts committed to pushing the limits of technology, gaming and inventive features which allow players to tailor their experience.

The latest addition in Wazdan’s lineup of Unique Wazdan Features is the Big Screen Mode. Through the Big Screen Mode feature, players of Wazdan games are able to zoom in on their game, showing bigger reels and changing the dedicated control panel below the game into universal buttons, which are placed on the right-hand side of the screen, just like players would experience in the mobile version. With two zoom modes to choose from, players can adjust the width of the reels to their screen. By enabling this unique feature, players can focus on the thrilling action taking place on the reels of their favourite slot game.

Unique Wazdan Features have long been the secret sauce making Wazdan games a cut above the rest. All new Wazdan games come jam-packed with Unique Wazdan Features, ensuring players control their playing experience, making adjustments to suit their particular preferences.

So far Wazdan has 7 Unique Wazdan Features on offer. Their world-first patented Volatility Levels™ give players the option to change the volatility level of each round. The Unique Gamble Feature can be activated after every win, giving players an extra game with a 50/50 chance to double their win in an instant. For players on the move, activating Energy Saving Mode will extend the life of any device’s battery by roughly 40%. Ultra Lite Mode suites players suffering with a slow Internet connection to decrease the games load time. Double Screen Mode allows players to see the pay table for each game, where win values of all game symbols can be seen, including special symbols like scatters and wilds. Finally, for players who like a rapid game, Wazdan’s Ultra Fast Mode allows them to adjust the speed of the game, without affecting the game algorithms, performance or its RTP.

Wazdan offers players and operators more than 110 stunning HTML5 games with these cutting-edge Unique Wazdan Features.

Wazdan Head of Sales, Andrzej Hyla, says, “We are proud of the accomplishments of the Wazdan team and brand. It has been a big year for us, and Big Screen Mode is yet another example of the innovation we inject into our games. Big Screen Mode has already been received with enthusiasm by players, as have the games which offer this feature. With so many new title releases, partnerships and accomplishments already this year, we are beyond excited for every new month, sure to come with many more announcements.”

Keep up to date with the latest Wazdan news at: https://www.wazdan.com

 

ABOUT WAZDAN:

Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver an original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 110 HLML5 slots, table games and video poker games, Wazdan is gaining popularity in the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Magic Stars 3, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns as well as amazing new and upcoming slot games, including Los Muertos™, Mayan Ritual™ and Larry the Leprechaun amongst others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility Levels™, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes, Ultra Lite Mode, Ultra Fast Mode, as well the brand new Big Screen Mode. Wazdan holds a number of European trademarks including a trademark for their world’s-first Volatility Level™. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay.

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