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Deloitte’s 2019 TMT Predictions forecast the rise of the smart speaker in Canada

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Deloitte predicts the smart speaker will become the fastest-growing connected device category worldwide with a distinctly Canadian usage: checking the weather

  • Smart speakers to become the fastest-growing internet connected device worldwide
  • Canadian talent and innovation to drive country’s growth in cloud-based AI
  • Popularity of sports betting leads to increased TV viewership among Canadian men, especially when money’s on the table

 

In the 18th edition of its Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions, Deloitte forecasts the rise of the smart speaker—internet-connected speaker with integrated digital assistants—in Canada. While smart speaker adoption in the country is currently at nine per cent, Deloitte anticipates further adoption when language barriers are overcome and Canadians truly understand the devices’ capabilities. Smart speaker adoption in Quebec is almost half that of the rest of the country, and of six countries surveyed, most people used the technology to play music—except in Canada, where people use smart speakers to check the weather.

“Globally, smart speakers are poised for impressive growth,” said Duncan Stewart, director of research for TMT at Deloitte Canada. “In Canada, we’re also predicting growth, but barriers to adoption remain. Language acceptance is still a challenge in Quebec, with usage lagging behind the rest of the country. Additionally – and while it likely comes as no surprise – Canadians tend to use smart speakers to check the weather, but the power of these devices extends far beyond that.”

Deloitte predicts the industry for smart speakers will be worth US$7 billion in 2019. At a 63 per cent growth rate over 2018, smart speakers are poised to become the fastest-growing connected device category worldwide.

AI in Canada: Keeping up with the competitors

Deloitte predicts that companies will accelerate their usage of cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) software and services in 2019. Although Canada doesn’t have the size and scale to realistically compete head-to-head with the global tech cloud giants, it will likely supply technology to those who’ll be providing AI through the cloud. Canada will also see a democratization of AI capabilities and benefits that had previously been the sole preserve of early adopters.

As a strong global leader in AI, Canadian innovation and talent can drive the growth of AI through the cloud, most likely at the applications level, with a focus on enterprise software. Of the global companies already using AI, 58 per cent are using cloud enterprise software plus AI, which is predicted to rise to 87 per cent by 2020.

“Signs point to AI becoming one of the leading economic drivers of our time,” said Anders McKenzie, managing partner for TMT at Deloitte Canada. “Canada is a leader in both research and talent, which positions us well to drive innovation and growth for cloud-based AI by equipping providers with the technology to meet demand.”

In Canada, TV sports broadcasting is a safe bet

Globally, sports gambling is a US$200 billion industry. In Canada and the United States, TV sports watching and gambling is increasingly popular among 18-34-year-old-men, although Canadians tune in slightly less than their American counterparts. In the US, 73 per cent of Americans who bet on sports at least weekly are much more likely to watch the event on TV, compared to 59 per cent of

Canadians. Deloitte predicts that of the demographic who watch TV sports, 60 per cent will also bet on it—and the more often they bet, the more they’ll watch.

Deloitte’s annual TMT Predictions provide an outlook on key trends in the technology, media, and telecommunications industry sectors worldwide. They’re based on global research, including in-depth interviews with clients, industry analysts, global industry leaders, and Deloitte member-firm TMT practitioners. Last year, Deloitte was 90 per cent accurate with its TMT predictions.

The most significant TMT predictions in 2019 are:

  • Hold onto your handsets: 5G heralds a much faster world – 2019 will be the year in which fifth-generation (5G) wide-area wireless networks arrive in scale, offering higher speeds than its 4G predecessor. That’s likely good news for some of the 24 per cent of Canadians who have a wireless-only connection for their home data needs when 5G launches in Canada in 2020 or 2021.
  • Cloud cover spreading AI capabilities to all – In 2019, companies will accelerate their usage of cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) software and services, with 70 per cent of AI adopters obtaining their AI capabilities through cloud-based enterprise software. Of the global companies already using AI, 58 per cent are using cloud enterprise software plus AI, which is predicted to rise to 87 per cent by 2020.
  • Siri/Alexa/Google, what’s the weather like today, eh? – The industry for smart speakers—internet-connected speakers with integrated digital assistants—will be worth US$7 billion in 2019, becoming the fastest-growing connected device category worldwide.
  • Does TV sports have a future in Canada? Bet on it – In 2019, 60 per cent of Canadian and American men aged 18-34 who watch sports on TV will also bet on sports, and the more often they bet, the more often they’ll watch.
  • On your marks, get set, game! – The North American market for esports will expand by 35 per cent in 2019, with the global market to reach US$1 billion by the end of 2019.
  • Radio: Revenue, reach, and resilience – Deloitte predicts global radio revenue to reach US$40 billion in 2019, with over 85 per cent of the developed world’s adult population tuning in weekly.
  • 3D printing picks up steam again – Sales related to 3D printing by large public companies will grow at about 12.5 per cent in each 2019 and 2020, more than double its five per cent growth rate from just a few years ago.
  • Sino the times: Connectivity-driven innovation from ChinaChina will have world-leading telecommunications networks in 2019, laying the groundwork to provide for the gestation and maturation of at least three significant new industries, each of which could generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue annually by 2023.
  • AI will run on Chinese semiconductors – Revenues for semiconductors manufactured in China will grow by 25 per cent to US$110 billion in 2019, up from US$85 billion in 2018. Deloitte also predicts that in 2019 a Chinese chip foundry will begin producing semiconductors that are specialized for AI and machine-learning tasks.
  • Quantum computers are coming–lock up your data – Quantum computers (QCs) will not replace classical computers for decades, but Deloitte predicts the QC market of the future will be about the size of today’s supercomputer market – around US$50 billion.

Deloitte’s Canadian TMT Predictions road show kicks off on January 10 in Toronto, followed by stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, Vancouver, Ottawa, and other Canadian cities.

 

About Deloitte:
Deloitte provides audit & assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories bringing world-class capabilities, insights and service to address clients’ most complex business challenges.

Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

 

Source: Deloitte & Touche

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The 5 Most played Slots In Canadian online casinos

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Canada is one of the major online gambling hotspots. People enjoy playing games online. Even so, online slots seem to have the largest audience. Why are they such a draw? While the reasons for this are much-debated, we can all agree that there’s an increasing number of slot games in Canadian online casinos. Even with a variety of options, Canadian players seem to be attracted to specific games. In 2022, the following are the 5 most played slots in Canada:

Immortal Romance

Immortal Romance is played on 5 reels and 3 rows with 243 paylines. The game is mobile-friendly and is playable from at least 30 coins per spin. As such, it caters to players with different budgets. The Microgaming release has a vampire theme that isn’t quite common. Coupled with various bonus features, you get a gambling experience like no other.

You must land 3 or more similar symbols to get a winning combination. Also, the matching symbols must appear on adjacent reels starting from reel 1. As for specific features, the game has an Autoplay feature that lets you select between 10 and 25 auto spins. Moreover, you can opt to play in Quick spin mode.

Off to the technicals, Immortal Romance has an RTP of 96% and a hit frequency of 31.21%. Basically, you can land winning combinations in every 3 spins. Nonetheless, the maximum possible win is 12150x your stake.

Slot Immortal Romance
Provider Microgaming
RTP 96%
Min. Bet 30c
Max. Win 12150x

Starburst

With an outer space theme, Starburst was created for players who love extraterrestrial-themed slots. The NetEnt release is played on 5 reels, 3 rows with 10 fixed paylines. Here, the minimum stake required per spin is 10 coins. High-rollers can stake up to CAD 100 per spin. Starburst has an RTP of 96.09% and a low to medium variance. Therefore, you can expect plenty of small wins.

To form a winning combination, you will need 3 or more similar symbols on a line. However, the game uses a win-both-ways technology. Therefore, the matching symbols can appear on adjacent reels starting from reel 1 or 5. With the Autoplay function, you can choose between 10 and 1000 auto spins. For responsible gambling, you can stop the autoplay feature at any point.

Slot Starburst
Provider NetEnt
RTP 96.09%
Min. Bet 10c
Max. Win 600x

Mega Moolah

Mega Moolah currently holds the record for the biggest payout as far as slots are concerned. The Microgaming release has a unique African theme that makes it stand out. It is played on 5 reels, 3 rows with 25 ways to win. Moreover, the slot features wilds that help in doubling your winnings.

While some slots lack free spins features, Mega Moolah takes a different path. You can activate its Free Spins feature and get up to 30 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Anyway, the minimum stake required per spin is 25 coins. You can use the AutoPlay function, with a range of 10 to 100 auto spins.

Away from that, Mega Moolah has an RTP of 93.42% and a 46.36% hit frequency. Therefore, close to half of your spins could potentially land you winning combinations. By the way, in April 2021, a Canadian player won CAD 19.4 million in the Mega Moolah Jackpot. This record remains unbeaten to date.

Slot Mega Moolah
Provider Microgaming
RTP 93.42%
Min. Bet 25c
Max. Win 1,955 x excluding jackpot

Thunderstruck 2

Thor fans have a slot game from Microgaming to be pumped up about. Thunderstruck 2 is among the most popular slot titles in Canada. It was released in 2010 and has since been remastered to allow mobile gaming.

Thunderstruck 2 is played on 5 reels and 3 rows with 243 ways to win. The Microgaming release has a Norse mythology theme. It is playable from as low as 30p. With its Autoplay option, you can pick from 10 to 100 auto spins. Additionally, you can activate the quick spin feature to increase your winning chances.

For a winning combination, a player must land 3 or more similar symbols on adjacent reels from reel 1. For instance, land Thor symbols on reels 1 to 4, no matter the position. With regard to player returns, Thunderstruck 2 has an RTP of 96.65% and a hit frequency of 32.62%. Therefore, one in every three spins could result in a win. Nonetheless, the game has a max win cap of x8000 the stake.

Slot Thunderstruck 2
Provider Microgaming
RTP 96.65%
Min. Bet 30c
Max. Win 8000x

Gonzo’s Quest

Gonzo’s Quest is powered by NetEnt. It has a Mayan theme that packs a punch on the game’s outlook. Here, the action takes place on 5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 fixed paylines. A single spin costs as little as 20p. This way, any player can play regardless of their budget.

Notably, the game’s Autoplay function lets you pick from 10 to 1000 auto spins. You can choose to end Autoplay on any win. This way, you get to play responsibly. Further, Gonzo’s Quest was designed using HTML5 technology. This makes it mobile-friendly and therefore platform-independent.

To win, you need to get more than 3 matching symbols on a line. The symbols can appear across any payline starting from reel 1 on the left. Since the game has a 95.97% RTP, you can win big on every base game in case you’re lucky.

 

Slot Gonzo’s Quest
Provider NetEnt
RTP 95.97%
Min. Bet 20c
Max. Win 37,500x

Final Remarks

In a nutshell, there are thousands of online video slots available in Canada. Most of them are fun. They have modern graphics, amazing visuals and soothing soundtracks. Some even have insanely high RTPs. Nonetheless, the five titles we’ve discussed above are the most played in the country. We’ve tried them, and we can confirm that they’re fun. You may want to try them as well.

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IGT to Introduce Self-Serve Lottery Terminals in Ontario via 15-Year Contract with OLG

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, was chosen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) following a competitive procurement as the primary technology provider of self-serve lottery terminals.

This agreement marks the first time that self-serve technology is expected to be available to lottery players in Ontario. The contract will run until June 2027 and includes 10 additional one-year contract extension options. Subject to further government approvals, terminals will begin to be installed in retail locations in the second half of 2023.

“As OLG embarks on the next evolution of lottery play in Ontario, we will work with key partners like IGT to deliver responsible, secure and convenient access to player-favorite lottery games. The introduction of self-serve lottery technology throughout Ontario would allow us to continue to drive sales and maximize revenue for provincial priorities for the benefit of the people of Ontario,” Duncan Hannay, President and CEO of OLG, said.

“IGT is excited to partner with OLG to responsibly enhance the player experience in Ontario with the debut of our self-serve lottery terminals. As the largest lottery in Canada, OLG consistently leads the charge in modernizing the player journey for its customers. IGT’s self-serve technology complements OLG’s goals for innovation and provides added convenience, functionality and unrivaled experiences for players,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery.

Under the terms of the contract, IGT will provide OLG with 1400 GameTouch 28 self-serve lottery terminals for deployment at lottery retailers across Ontario. The GameTouch 28 terminals are built on more than 30 years of experience designing and deploying some of the industry’s most advanced self-serve solutions. The terminals include responsible gaming functionality and AODA-compliant accessibility features such as a pin pad and audio jack to enhance convenience for all lottery players. Throughout the duration of the contract, additional self-serve terminals such as IGT’s GameTouch Draw may also be installed.

In addition to the self-serve lottery terminals, IGT will provide OLG with its OpenRetail terminal software application, ShowMaker multimedia content creation and management system, and retailer advisory services.

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LeoVegas partners with Premier League Champions Manchester City

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  • LeoVegas has entered into a new partnership with Premier League Champions Manchester City
  • LeoVegas’ brand will feature on the first team training kit and across in-stadia assets, including the Etihad Stadium
  • The partnership will strengthen LeoVegas Group’s sports betting offering and visibility across the world’s favourite sport, and will give LeoVegas customers access to unique matchday experiences

LeoVegas Group and Premier League Champions Manchester City have today announced a new partnership that will see LeoVegas Group become the Club’s Official Betting Partner in Europe and Canada.

With a long history of collaborating with sports teams, the partnership with Manchester City is a natural choice for LeoVegas Group given they are both leaders in their respective industries.

Through this partnership, LeoVegas Group and Manchester City will create extra excitement around the sport through cobranded content with both the men’s and women’s first teams and, LeoVegas customers will benefit from being closer to club events, including unique matchday experiences.

The LeoVegas brand will feature across in-stadia assets at both the Etihad Stadium and Academy Stadium, in addition to appearing on the men’s first team training kit sleeve for the 2022/23 season. The partnership will enable LeoVegas to reach a wider global audience, and it is a part of the Group’s ambition to offer the greatest igaming experience.

Gustaf Hagman, CEO of LeoVegas Group, said “LeoVegas Group is proud to be entering into this partnership with Manchester City, and excited to be able to offer our customers unique experiences with the club. Manchester City is a colossal in the sport, with the same leading mentality as LeoVegas; this collaboration is an opportunity for LeoVegas to build further brand awareness to support our global growth.”

Dina Ahmad, Vice President, Global Partnership Sales, City Football Group, said: “Manchester City are pleased to welcome LeoVegas Group as our newest partner. We look forward to working together to bring fans and customers even closer to the club. Additionally, we are excited that this new partnership will also help spark further growth across Europe and Canada and allow us to continue reaching audiences around the world.

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