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AvatarUX Studios strengthens YGS Masters portfolio

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Hong Kong-based business adds to diverse range of premier independent studios working to deliver unique Yggdrasil content

 

Yggdrasil has announced that AvatarUX Studios will be the latest independent studio to partner with the innovative content provider through its flagship Yggdrasil Game Server (YGS) Masters programme.

AvatarUX is a real-money and social games studio that specialises in highly interactive, portrait-first casino games with an Asian DNA for the European market, featuring action-packed 3D graphics and state-of-the-art in-game gamification.

The Hong Kong-based business becomes the fourth studio to join YGS Masters following Rabcat, Northern Lights, and Fantasma Games with each one working collaboratively with Yggdrasil to develop and deliver unique content in line with Yggdrasil’s global content roadmap.

AvatarUX has a strong focus on user experience, merging video and casual game concepts with casino features, and delivers its games via Swedish born, Asia-based promoter and serial iGaming investor Carl Wahlin. The first game to be delivered is entitled Kingpin. Click here for an exclusive preview.

Through the YGS Masters programme, Yggdrasil will be the exclusive distributor of this new breed of game, while AvatarUX will gain access to BOOST®, Yggdrasil’s collection of proprietary in-game promotional tools.

Stuart McCarthy, Head of Studio Partnerships at Yggdrasil, said: “We are hugely excited to be partnering exclusively with AvatarUX. What we have seen so far has been stunning so we can’t wait to release a series of collaborative new titles onto the market. As publisher looking to work with studios around the globe that fit local criteria.

“YGS Masters is about forging partnerships with the world’s premier independent studios that fit in with local criteria across a multitude of markets. This then brings new, high-quality and highly original gaming experiences to our customers.”

Carson Wan, Managing Director, AvatarUX, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Yggdrasil. The YGS Masters programme is rapidly growing to become a leading venture allowing independent studios to blossom, and we eagerly look forward to being part of it.

“Our games are unique. Why do we make slot games in Asia for the European market? Well, it worked for Bruce Lee! YGS Masters now gives us the opportunity to use Yggdrasil’s infrastructure and platform capabilities, including BOOST®, to really push us, enhance our games and take our business to the next level.”

Yggdrasil is exhibiting at ICE 2019 at stand number N3-140 in London between 5th and 7th February.

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Nuvei Announces New Corporate Positioning and Brand Merger with SafeCharge

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Payment technology provider Nuvei has announced the launch of its new corporate positioning, tagline and redesigned website.

The new brand represents the company’s drive to unite payment technology and consulting. Its mission is to provide the payment technology and intelligence businesses need to succeed locally and globally, through one integration.

This also marks the brand merger with SafeCharge, which Nuvei acquired in August 2019. SafeCharge will now operate under the Nuvei name, representing its global brand. The integration of both organisations under one name and a full-stack, native payment technology platform is designed to further remove payment barriers worldwide, empowering merchants with unparalleled global commerce capabilities.

“Businesses are looking for partners, both strategic and technological. We’ve become the payment technology partner that our clients can count on to make our world a local marketplace. We aim to deliver unified commerce solutions and expertise, helping our clients capture every payment opportunity that comes their way – no matter where or how they operate,” Phil Fayer, chairman and CEO of Nuvei, said.

Through a single integration, Nuvei provides a seamless payment journey with connectivity into 200 geographic regions and local acquiring in 30 markets. Businesses can easily accept more than 450 alternative and local payment methods in 150 currencies, delivering a frictionless customer experience wherever transactions happen. Nuvei’s collective intelligence and proven technology offer merchants the ability to increase approval rates, enhance customer retention and loyalty, reduce fraud and simplify business operations.

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Spiffbet Set to Acquire Goliath Casino

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Spiffbet is set to acquire the parent company of Goliath Casino, a Swedish online casino operator that mainly targets higher spending players.

In a deal that still has to be approved, Spiffbet will offer Goliath shareholders new shares in Spiffbet. Up to 6,632,331 Spiffbet shares will be issued at SEK0.401 each, which will represent 3.8% of all Spiffbet shares and correspond to a value of around SEK2.6 million (€252,518).

Spiffbet plans to offer a further private placement worth SEK856,073 to selected investors, including some Goliath shareholders, to partially finance the acquisition of Goliath as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Goliath’s director board has recommended the deal, but it will need approval from 90% of Goliath’s shareholders. So far, 84.2% of shareholders have indicated their support.

Spiffbet, which completed a merger with Metal Casino earlier in the year, has said it expects Goliath to make a contribution to profit for the second half of the year.

“The acquisition of Goliath strengthens our position in the online casino and is an important part of our acquisition plan. Through Goliath, Spiffbet gets access to a new brand that is internationally viable and that we can develop and expand into new markets,” Henrik Svensson, Chief Executive of Spiffbet, said.

“Furthermore, the coordination benefits with Metal Casino are clear. Goliath fits in well with our business and complements our market presence with a different profile and partly other markets,” Henrik Svensson added.

“Through the acquisition, Goliath gets a fresh start and can, through Spiffbet, continue to develop and be part of a larger group of companies where other brands are included. Spiffbet has strong support from its owners to be the locomotive in the consolidation that is taking place in the gaming industry and I look forward to being a part of this journey,” Claes Wenthzel, Chairman of Goliath, said.

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Casino.org Launches “Player Assist” Service

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Casino review site Casino.org has launched its exclusive “Player Assist” service, bringing a new level of support to its players. The casino review site’s new service allows its users to issue complaints about any of its partner sites in just four simple steps.

A site which puts honest, expert advice at the forefront of everything they do, Casino.org wanted to echo this sentiment further than just choosing a casino through their site. The Player Assist service has been launched to aid them in following through with their users if anything should go wrong past the referral stage.

The feature will run completely independent of the partners on the site, so that they can offer their services 100% free of charge.

Casino.org is one of the most popular guides to online casinos and gambling. Its team of experts provides players with a wealth of information to help them guarantee safe play online and win more.

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