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Europol Supports Portugal In Huge Operation Targeting Illicit Lotteries And Sports Betting

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The Fiscal Action Unit of the Portuguese Republican National Guard, together with the Territorial Command of Setúbal and with the support of a number of other Territorial Commands from Portugal*, as well as Luxembourg and Europol successfully carried out operation SHADOW GAME from 6 to 8 November.

 

After an investigation of 15 months, coordinated by Eurojust and Europol, participating law enforcement forces carried out 267 house searches in Portugal and 8 house searches in Luxembourg earlier this month. As a result of these, 30 individuals were arrested in Portugal, and one detained in Luxembourg in accordance with the European Arrest Warrant. EUR 576,000 have been seized in cash alongside some 3,000 computer devices used for illegal gambling, 22 firearms, 86 vehicles, including several luxury vehicles and several bank accounts resulting in the recovery of more than 6 million EUR in criminal assets. Fourteen commercial companies and 93 people from Portugal, Luxembourg, as well as Brazil and Switzerland were also indicted.

The investigation revealed a structured and hierarchical transnational criminal organisation operating in various EU Member States (Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal) and Switzerland. The criminal organisation was active in the field of servers and software for the development of games of chance, lotteries and sports betting. The purpose of the network was to obtain and maximize illicit revenues by dividing them along the chain of operators and reinvesting them in economic sectors and licit enterprises. The total amount of criminal profits obtained in Portugal and in Luxembourg is currently estimated at EUR 80 million.

Europol supported this investigation by providing on-going analytical support, organising and funding operational meetings between Portugal and Luxembourg and by deploying its staff members and mobile office capabilities to Portugal and Luxembourg during the action days to prepare and assist both country’s National Authorities with on-the-spot real time intelligence analysis, which has already allowed for the identification of new international links.

* Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Vila Real, Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Lisbon, Évora and Faro

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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Novomatic signs deal with Casino di Venezia

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Novomatic has signed an agreement with Casino di Venezia for developing slot machines and software. As per the agreement, Novomatic will develop software for the entire slot park in the two venues of the Venetian Casino, Ca` Vendramin Calergi, a 16th century historic building overlooking the Grand Canal, and Ca` Noghera, a modern venue located near Venice airport.

Novomatic Chief Operating Officer DI Ryszard Presch said: “With Casino di Venezia, we have gained an important partner who shares our dedication to expanding the range of services available to players and operators. For this reason, we constantly work to improve the gaming experience, so that the time spent at the Casino is more efficient and safe.”

Alessandro Catarossi, General Manager of Casino di Venezia said: “The new software, which will be installed in the medium and long term on a fleet of more than 600 machines, will enhance the services available to our customers and will help to make the slot machines even more efficient and secure.”

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AGEM inducts six more members

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), an international trade association of gaming suppliers, has inducted six new companies. The association’s board of directors approved the membership of the new applicants. With this, the membership rose to 172 members.

The six new AGEM members are the following:

1. Acuris Risk Intelligence: Based in London, Acuris Risk Intelligence combines expert human analysts and state-of-the-art technology to help organisations manage risk in business relationships effectively;

2. CS-1 Transportation: a logistics provider based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, with offices in Phoenix and Las Vegas. CS-1 specialises in the secure transport and movement of gaming equipment;

3. Eclipse Gaming: headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, Eclipse Gaming develops slot games and innovative solutions to engage the audience and deliver measurable results for its partners;

4. Fennemore Craig, P.C.: A law firm with a strong gaming and hospitality practice and a history of representing casino operators, tech companies and investors. Based in Phoenix with offices in Reno and Las Vegas;

5. Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4): Dutch-based G4 offers international accreditation and certification of responsible gambling standards for the global gambling industry; and

6. NRT Technology Corp.: a Toronto-based firm that designs and develops next-generation payment systems, financial and marketing kiosks and digital and mobile services.

 

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Blueprint Gaming integrates slots portfolio with SBTech

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Sports betting supplier significantly enhances casino offering

 

Leading slots developer Blueprint Gaming has further expanded its global reach after integrating its portfolio of games with sports betting solutions specialists SBTech.

As part of this new partnership, SBTech’s fast-growing operator network will now have access to one of the industry’s most diverse range of games for the first time.

Popular Blueprint releases such as Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash and Wish Upon A Jackpot, as well as its increasingly sought-after range of Megaways™ titles, under license from Big Time Gaming, have all been seamlessly integrated onto the SBTech platform.

This latest deal marks another important step in Blueprint Gaming’s strategic ambitions to increase its international footprint across the global gaming industry.

Siôr Walbyoff, Head of Business Development at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Partnering with SBTech gives us reach into new territories and customers across Europe, further solidifying our position as a premier content supplier across the iGaming industry.

“We’re excited about launching our latest content across the SBTech customer network.” 

Andrew Cochrane, Chief Development Officer of SBTech, said: “We’re delighted to add yet more leading casino content to our platform with our partnership with Blueprint Gaming and look forward to launching its core product content across our network of platform partners.

“The addition of branded games, such as Ted and Thundercats, along with its top performing Megaways™ titles, will complement our existing product offering and drive further casino revenue growth for our partners.”

 

About Blueprint Gaming

Blueprint Gaming is a leading UK based game studio and part of Germany’s Gauselmann Group. It creates exciting slot games for the global online and mobile markets and its games are also available to be played on over 100,000 land-based gaming terminals across the UK, Germany and Italy.As well as its original content, which has become hugely popular, it has developed successful slots based on a broad range of third party brands, offering players familiarity and operators unique marketing opportunities. Blueprint Gaming design and development team strives to push creative boundaries in the creation of slots that are as successful for its operating partners as they are entertaining and engaging for its players.

Blueprint is licensed to develop and supply online games by the UK Gambling Commission and Alderney Gambling Control Commission. The company’s slot release The Goonies picked up the “Game of the Year” crown at the Gaming Intelligence Awards 2019.

 

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