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Wazdan doubles down on SiGMA

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One of the world’s most sought after games developers in the slots industry, Wazdan, will be showcasing its full range of award-winning products, including two new Unique Wazdan Features, with its biggest ever presence at SiGMA 2018.

The imaginative slots maker has doubled-down on last year’s participation, where they delighted the crowds with an impressive FlashMob courtesy of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and some talented local dancers who really wowed the crowds. This year the stand is double the size and showcases some of the award-winning slots games and new technologies that are wooing operators and players alike.

SiGMA has established itself as one of the leading iGaming exhibitions in the international event calendar. With the venue expected to accommodate around 12,500 delegates, SiGMA 2018 is the prime event for operators, suppliers, affiliates and more taking place in the heart of gaming in Europe, Malta. Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, will open the Conference and an extra day has been added to the Summit dates, showing just how popular this Mediterranean show has become, a global influencer on the world stage.

Wazdan will be showcasing all the exciting products that have had the entire industry buzzing all year, and which has put them in the running for multiple awards, winning ‘Start-up of the Year’ at Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards 2018, ‘Online Casino Innovator 2018’ at the Central and Eastern Europe Gaming Conference (CEEGC) held in Budapest and ‘Hot Product’ Award at G2E Asia. The company was recently shortlisted for ‘Best Gaming Innovation’ at the SBC Awards 2018 and in the ‘Games Vendor’ category at the Malta Gaming Awards.

On stand B278 the international Sales Team will be on hand throughout the show to advise aggregators, operators and affiliates on game features, particularly the Unique Wazdan Features which are built-in to all of the latest generation slots and include the world’s first Volatility Levels™, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature which have been attracting growing attention from a wide range of casinos and tier-1 operators. Wazdan team is working hard to keep on providing casino operators with new innovative features, therefore, the company will be showcasing two new Unique Wazdan Features during the show: Ultra Lite Mode and Ultra Fast Mode.

Wazdan’s talented studio has been designing and launching 2 games a month throughout the year, with the latest games featuring outstanding storylines, imaginative characters, skillfully composed soundtracks,  impressive graphics, fluid animations and a wide range of intuitive and exciting special features and gamble scenarios. Some of the blockbusters this year include Great Book of Magic Deluxe, 9 Lions, Double Tigers, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe, Corrida Romance Deluxe, Football Mania Deluxe, Highway to Hell Deluxe, Hot 777 Deluxe™, Mayan Ritual™, Fruits Go Bananas™, Spectrum, Los Muertos™, and recently launched Black Hawk Deluxe, amongst others.

Members of Team Wazdan will be available on the expanded stand to highlight how the entire portfolio of over 110 HTML5 slots can be managed to maximise player engagement and drive the bottomline for operators, who, as the market becomes more saturated, need the highest quality products at their disposal to retain customers and provide sufficient choice across game genres.

Head of Sales at Wazdan Andrzej Hyla said: “We are looking forward to a great SiGMA 2018. We’re looking to build a pipeline of new business from the show as well as meet partners and key stakeholders. SiGMA provides Wazdan with a platform to express our innovation muscles with peers and to convey that we have more and more products coming to the market that can make a difference for operators.”

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

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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Yobetit Sponsors Local Voluntary Group South End Core

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SEC representatives on the left and Yobetit Content Coordinator Ylenia Anastasi and Marketing Manager Michael Hjelm.
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The Maltese betting company Yobetit has recently sponsored the local voluntary group South End Core (SEC) by gifting the group over 200 scarves. Yobetit hopes to extend their support to help SEC extend theirs to the community and local sports teams.

SEC was founded by Louis Agius, and is currently being run by Dillon Mercieca. The group continues to follow and support the Malta National Teams in Football, Rugby, Water polo and Handball. On top of providing local support, SEC also provide social support, by fund-raising and organising events to help the community.

The scarves feature a new design along with the Yobetit logo to accommodate the new re-branding of South End Core as part of the 2019 campaign. SEC have been operating in Malta for over 10 years attending local matches, as well as international games to support local talent.

“We are always pleased to show our support locally,” said Yobetit Marketing Manager Michael Hjelm adding;

“SEC is a passionate group of people who similarly like to help the community and boost local talent whenever they can. We at Yobetit hope our sponsorship will help the group continue to grow and show their support.”

South End Core’s Dillon Merceica shared his appreciation for Yobetit’s influence within the Maltese community, he said;

“I am very pleased that Yobetit heard our idea about a possible partnership. This shows that the Yobetit team understand, support & appreciate local supporters. We hope that this partnership renews itself year after year.”

This year Malta will be competing in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying tournament in March, and you can be sure to see SEC in the crowd supporting the Malta national team and proudly wearing the Yobetit sponsored scarves.

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BetConstruct secures ADM approval for Italian market

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BetConstruct made it to the licensing list of the Italian Agenzia Dogane Monopoli.

BetConstruct continuously expands its operations to the regulated markets. In 2018 they got licensed to provide gaming products of well-known MGA-Licensed casino providers, secured Remote Operating Licence from the UKGC for their Live Casino, got their Retail Solutions licensed in Romania. And the list of the achievements goes on.

Recently the Italian Gaming Regulator has published the name-list of the new licensees and Vivaro Limited, trading as BetConstruct, was featured there.

To help their partners to enlarge the coverage of their operations worldwide, the team at BetConstruct aims to further expand to such markets as the USA, Denmar, and Sweden.

 

About BetConstruct

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions with development, sales and service centers around the globe.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include an extensive range of products and services, including Sportsbook, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Solutions, RNG & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more. The latest addition is the industry-first complete management infrastructure, SpringBME (Business Management Environment).

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring platform with its powerful back office tools and all-inclusive services that empower operators’ growth and help contain their costs. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unfettered opportunity to succeed.

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Advertisement banning trends in the European Union and the Balkans, subject of the IMGL MasterClass in Prague

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There has been a recent wave that has swept across the gambling industry and had the form of banning gambling related advertisement. This is the case in many European jurisdictions, but we are not excluding that this is a global wave. Media outlets have reported that such bans are scheduled to be included in Asia as well.

In Sweden, new online gambling operators may lose their ability to market their products entirely if the government takes note of new survey results which shows more than half (53%) of Swedes believe gambling advertising should be banned.

The latest survey results are not a surprise and come to complement the Minister of Civil Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi beliefs, who has summoned all 69 Swedish online gambling licensees to a meeting on the 14th of February to discuss their marketing activities. Just earlier, Shekarabi publicly contemplated following the UK’s lead and banning all gambling promos during live sports broadcasts.

About two weeks ago, Niels Folmann, director of the state-run former gambling monopoly Danske Spil, told local media that the Danish government should follow the UK’s lead and enact a blanket prohibition on gambling advertising during televised live sports events.

These subject are among the reasons why we have asked the experts of the industry from IMGL to present a MasterClass during the event which will focus on these aspects and treat the industry is currently facing in several European jurisdictions and also in the Balkans.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

Italy in the focus – Good news and bad news

The Italian gambling authority, Agenzia delle dogane e dei monopoli (ADM), released the list of the approved candidates that will be allowed to operate in the local market. Their licenses will be valid through December 31, 2022. The regulator has awarded 66 concessions and has also issued licenses to four other companies which will treat with reserves for reasons it said it would communicate to the licensees themselves.

Even if the Seria A gambling sponsor ban has been delayed until July, there are still lots of tensions in the “lo Stivale”.  The Italian soccer clubs have been permitted to keep existing betting deals until the end of the season. The extension follows the enforcement of a government-led blanket ban on gambling advertising throughout Italy.

The ban applies to all gambling-related products and services across all media platforms – including television, websites, and radio – and sports clubs are also to be prohibited from carrying sponsors from the industry.

While the delay to the implementation of the ban is a positive for soccer clubs in the country, the move merely marks a delay to a law that could have severe consequences for Italy’s soccer industry.

Operators within the gambling industry have criticized the new measures, warning that prices may rise and the illegal gambling sector could benefit as a result.

In an open letter written in July to Luigi Di Maio, the government’s Deputy Prime Minister who authored the decrees, Italian-licensed gambling operator LeoVegas added that the ban wouldn’t achieve a significant reduction in gambling activity. Rather, he wrote, it would lead to a surge in advertising by gambling operators not holding Italian licenses. (source sportspromedia.com)

Quirino Mancini, the Global Head of the Gaming and Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners will take the role to give an in-depth review of the Italian market.

The company he represents, Tonucci & Partners, is a top-ten Italian general practice firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Brescia, Padua, Florence, Tirana, Bucharest, and Belgrade.

Quirino is one of the leading Italian gaming and gambling lawyers with a specialist practice of almost 20 years. He acts for Italian and foreign-based online and land-based companies operating in the Italian gaming market, advising them on legal, licensing, regulatory, day-to-day compliance and any other operational aspects connected to their activities. He also runs a bespoke matchmaking and business strategy service to provide clients with a customized type of assistance that includes also introduction and facilitation of dealings with the local regulatory authorities, banks as well as scouting and suitability checks on potential business partners.

Quirino is a regular speaker at most international gaming conferences and sits in the editorial board of various sector reviews and magazines. Co-founder and editor of www.gaminglaw.eu, a pan-European information and commentary portal focusing on legal and regulatory issues under European and national gaming laws.

Secretary and fellow member of the Leadership Committee of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), a worldwide organization gathering regulators, lawyers and advisors, in-house counsels and educators engaged in the gaming business. A fellow member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)

You can Register here or View the Agenda

Britain to blame for the situation?

If you have read the intro part of this article, you will find one common fact. In each situation, the UK gambling ban is cited. It seems everyone is following the idea of the advertisement ban which has been sparked last year.

UK press has just announced that it has been decided that gambling adverts will no longer be allowed to appear on websites or in computer games that are popular with children, under new rules designed to stop irresponsible gambling.

Bookmakers will be required to use every targeting tool possible to ensure online gambling promotions are not seen by under-18s. They will also have to avoid placing gambling adverts on parts of websites that are popular with children and stop using celebrities or other people who appear to be under 25 in their promotions. (source: theguardian.com)

Coming into force on 1 April, the guidelines devised by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which is responsible for writing and maintaining the UK advertising codes, will prohibit online ads for gambling products being targeted at individuals likely to be aged under 18. These standards cover all digital media including social networks and other online platforms.

This complements many other banning procedures, as you may know, from July 2018, the British betting industry has implemented a “whistle-to-whistle” ban on all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sports programming, with the exception of horse and greyhound racing.

William Hill has become the first UK-listed operator to call for a media strategy review in 2019, with competitors likely to follow suit as betting leadership adjusts to new advertising realities.

Russell Mifsud (Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG Malta) will take on the role to discussing these aspects and how will report how operators are taking steps in order to comply while also keeping an eye on the brand strategy and business run.

Russell is an Economist and Associate Director at KPMG, who leads the firm’s gaming department. Russell provides insight on the industry externalities and commercial strategy for KPMG and our clientele across the board. He also helps drive a core group of professionals who specialize in gaming within the KPMG network globally. Russell also sits on the board of the Malta Remote Gaming Council and Silicon Valletta. He works closely with the KPMG Audit, Tax & Advisory teams locally and internationally in order to assist network with identifying risks and opportunities, with a view to adding strategic insight and guidance to clientele across the board.

Russell Mifsud and Quirino Mancini will be joined by leading experts from Central Europe, the Balkans and Germany to complement advertisement banning procedures which are being implemented or discussed in their jurisdiction.

Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft) and Martin Arendts (Founder of ARENDTS ANWAELTE) be the experts taking on this role while the MasterClass will be moderated by Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW)

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the IMGL MasterClass presented by members and non-members of the International Masters of Gaming Law at Prague Gaming Summit 3!

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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