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Sazka and SBTech agree multi-year sportsbook extension

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Czech national lottery extends partnership with SBTech following two years of “substantial revenue” gains to drive further market share growth

 

SBTech, the leading sports betting and gaming technology supplier and Sazka, the Czech Republic’s national lottery operator, are delighted to announce the multi-year extension of their pioneering sportsbook partnership.

The agreement, first signed in 2016, means SBTech will continue to work closely with one of Europe’s premier lottery groups, supplying it with the industry’s leading sports betting offering.

Full integration with SBTech’s comprehensive responsible gambling protocols also ensures player safety and security are at the forefront of Sazka’s operations.

Since the sportsbook’s launch two years ago, Sazka has achieved significant growth despite competition from international operators, with an enhanced product built around SBTech’s award-winning event coverage and tailored, data-driven risk management, highly configurable bonus engine and a bespoke front-end designed specifically for the Czech market.

Andrew Cochrane, Chief Commercial Officer, SBTech, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with one of Europe’s leading lottery groups. Sazka has achieved remarkable growth by embracing innovation, while also maintaining the highest standards of player safety and corporate and social responsibility.

“We have high expectations for the growth of the regulated Czech market and are committed to long-term shared success in this exciting territory.”

Robert Chvatal, CEO, Sazka, added: “SBTech’s complete sports betting solution has enabled us to expand rapidly over the past two years and we are very happy to extend our partnership. We anticipate continued and sustained growth moving forward and are preparing to leverage the full power of the SBTech sportsbook in the months and years to come.”

 

About SBTech

 SBTech is a global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming, with more than 1,100 employees in nine offices worldwide. Since 2007, the group has developed the industry’s most powerful online sports betting and casino platform, serving licensees in more than 20 regulated markets.

SBTech’s clients include many of the world’s premier betting and gaming operators, state lotteries, land-based casinos, horse racing companies, and igaming start-ups. The group supplies highly flexible betting and gaming solutions to clients looking for exceptional configurability and the quickest route to market, complemented by proven business intelligence and reporting capabilities.

The SBTech offering includes its seamless sportsbook, Chameleon360 igaming platform, managed services, on-property sportsbook and omni-channel solutions that provide players with constant access to sports and casino products across all online, mobile and retail channels.

Supported by unrivalled expertise in trading and risk management, acquisition and CRM, and the highest standards of regulatory compliance, SBTech’s partners consistently achieve rapid growth, enhanced brand loyalty and record revenues. For more information, visit: www.sbtech.com

 

About SAZKA a.s.

SAZKA a.s. is the biggest and oldest lottery company in the Czech Republic with approximately 95% share on the lottery market. The main lottery products of the company are number lotteries with best known lottery Sportka. Apart from number lotteries in the product offer there are scratch cards, sport odds betting and fast-moving games. Second pillar contains non-lottery services, in particular the biggest mobile virtual operator in the Czech Republic SAZKAmobil, credit recharge and arranging of payments for services or selling tickets. SAZKA a.s. provides its products mainly via a unique selling network with more than 7200 selling places which are located all over the Czech Republic. Products are also available on www.sazka.cz, where the customers can play them online.  SAZKA a.s. is a member of supra-national investment group KKCG acting in 11 countries on 4 continents. Sazka a.s. is part of international lottery holding Sazka Group (there are also shares in Greek Lottery OPAP, Italian Lotto and Austrian Casinos Austria).

 

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German States in Discussion Over Possible Transition Period for iGaming

Niji Narayan

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Several German states are in discussions over a potential transition period that could allow operators to continue offering online casino products until the vertical is legalised from July 2021.

The exact nature of the discussions and whether this would allow operators to provide online casino without any sort of restriction, is as yet unclear, with reports telling that they do not want to pre-empt the talks.

“The federal states are currently coordinating the extent to which enforcement measures against illegal gambling can be effectively implemented in the transition phase,” a spokesperson for the state government of Nordrhein-Westfalen said.

While other states are yet to respond to requests for comment, local media reports that the chancelleries in Bavaria, Hamburg and Berlin are also involved in the discussions.

The discussions are playing out ahead of the implementation of the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV) from 1 July 2021. This revised regulatory model, which is currently subject to a standstill period as it is considered by the European Commission, expands the online market beyond sports betting for the first time.

From July next year, online casino and poker will be regulated, albeit under strict conditions, such as a €1 per spin cap on slot stakes, and table games licences restricted to the number of land-based casinos in each state.

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Illegal Gambling on the Rise in Austria

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The Austrian Financial Police have carried out a total of 278 inspections on suspected black market gambling venues since January, resulting in the confiscation of over 660 gaming machines. Over half of the seized machines were found in Vienna, the capital city of Austria.

In a statement issued on July 28, Austria’s financial police set out the progress it has made this year towards a reduction in illegal gambling in the country. It made clear that the majority of illegal gambling activity is taking place in larger urban centres such as Vienna and Linz.

In rural areas, illegal gambling has been largely reduced – for example, in the states of Burgenland, Styria and Vorarlberg combined, only two devices have been found since January.

“I congratulate the colleagues from the financial police on these remarkable successes. Illegal gambling is now concentrated in the metropolitan areas and – thanks to the excellent work of the financial police – is no longer active across the country,” Austria’s finance minister Gernot Blümel said.

“The fight against organised illegal gambling will of course continue to protect players. The ‘gambling mafia’ benefits from peoples addiction and destroys their finances, so we must show absolutely no tolerance here,” he added.

Finance minister Blümel called this year for the creation of an independent gambling regulator for Austria, taking responsibility for the activity away from the treasury.

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Playtech Expands its Partnership with Fortuna CZ

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Gambling technology company Playtech has extended its reach in the Czech Republic after expanding its partnership with operator Fortuna CZ. The partnership expansion will see the operator launching end-user versions of Playtech’s Native Casino app.

Playtech’s native app is fully customisable, including the option to add extra sections and promotions to the home screen, and offers support for 24 languages and a wide range of regulatory environments, with more being added. The launch of the Fortuna-branded version of the app, available for both Android and iOS, expands the omni-channel solution developed by Playtech for Fortuna’s Czech business earlier this year.

The app significantly increases the number of Casino games available to Fortuna CZ players, including popular slots such as Buffalo Blitz, White King and Ways of the Phoenix, plus a range of roulette and blackjack games.

“We’ve worked in close collaboration with the Fortuna CZ team to deliver bespoke versions of our Native Casino app to a robust timescale, and are delighted to be supporting the expansion of the brand’s Casino games portfolio. Removing the hosting obstacles that can come with wrapper-based games creates a flexibility that will allow Fortuna to continue to build on its game selection and enhance player experience. We look forward to continuing our collaboration on the upcoming approved projects,” Anton Golikov, Program Manager at Playtech, said.

“We’ve been delighted with both the fast progress on the Native casino app project and the end result, which, as well as tackling potential technical restraints, opens up a true native experience for our players. We look forward to continuing to build on an excellent working relationship with Playtech,” David Vozábal, Group Head of Product Development at Fortuna, said.

“Since introducing our omni-channel solution to Fortuna in its core Czech market earlier this year, our partnership has gone from strength to strength. We’re very pleased to have the Native casino app in place so quickly to seamlessly deliver such a wide range of Casino games and look forward to building on our relationship with Fortuna as a key strategic partner in the region,” James Frendo, Director of Casino at Playtech, said.

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