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Wazdan hosts unforgettable boat party in London

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As part of ICE 2019, innovative game producer Wazdan hosted providers, partners and media for a fun-packed boat party cruising along the Thames River in London.

Following a big year of accomplishments, in which Wazdan has appointed new staff, announced partnerships with industry-leading operators and aggregators including LeoVegas, Playtech, Quickfire TGP Asia, Islands Lotto, BetHard, and River iGaming, amongst others. As well has releasing a slew of hot new titles, including Black Hawk Deluxe, Mayan Ritual™, Hot 777 Deluxe™, Los Muertos™, Fruits Go Bananas™, and Slot Jam, to name just a few; the boat party was the ideal opportunity to celebrate and look forward to further success in 2019.

Revelling with valued providers, partners and media friends, Wazdan hosted an evening cruise on the Thames, treating attendees to dinner, drinks, great company and an opportunity to view London from an entirely new perspective from the river.

Always one to throw a memorable party, Wazdan showed guests a night of first-class fun. On board was a live band, keeping guests dancing, while roaming around the vessel was a brilliant magician performing magic tricks, and leaving attendees mesmerised, mystified and sure to be talking about this night for some time to come.

Chief Marketing Officer at Wazdan, Jeremy Fall, says: “What a delight it was to be able to host providers, partners and media for a fun-filled boat party on the Thames. We love to celebrate our wins, and the team sure know how to throw a party. Attending ICE 2019 is a great opportunity for us to continue to showcase what our technologists and game developers are capable of while enjoying some fun networking with our partners, providers and peers. Setting us apart are our Unique Wazdan Features which we continue to develop and inject into every game produced. We are excited to have launched brand new game titles at ICE 2019 including Magic Stars 5, Magic Stars 6 and Larry the Leprechaun and are thankful to have hosted a memorable party with guests on the Thames.”

Wazdan boasts a portfolio of more than 110 HTML5 slot games, with two new titles consistently released each month. Crowd favourite Wazdan titles include Magic Stars 3, 9 Lions (winner of Hot Hit Product at G2E Macau 2018), Magic Fruits Deluxe, FruitMania Deluxe, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Slot Jam and Los Muertos™.

Wazdan’s expert team of technologists continue to develop innovative, technology-packed slot games suitable for desktop, tablet and mobile. All Wazdan games contain Unique Wazdan Features — the secret ingredient to their success — including the world’s first Volatility Levels™, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode, Unique Gamble Feature as well as two new features: Ultra Fast Mode and Ultra Lite Mode.

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

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Frankie’s on board with Sporting Index

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World’s top jockey joins leading bookmaker to offer unique insight for the 2020 Flat racing season

Sporting Index has made the landmark signing of world-class jockey Frankie Dettori, widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, as a brand ambassador.

The deal will see Dettori carry the Sporting Index logo on his breeches and collar, offer exclusive thoughts on his rides at sportingindex.com and support with social media posts and daily previews during the season’s major meetings, such as Royal Ascot.

The Italian’s unrivalled achievements in the Flat racing sphere consist of 19 British Classics, including two Derby wins at Epsom, and an astonishing 251 Group 1 victories worldwide. He currently holds the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award and has done so for three of the last five years.

Sporting Index, who launched a fixed odds offering in 2019 to run alongside its well-established spread betting service, also currently sponsor leading National Hunt jockey Barry Geraghty, who celebrated a vintage Cheltenham Festival with five wins in March.

Simon Trim, CEO at Sporting Index, said: “Frankie is the face of Flat racing, if not horse racing as a whole, so it’s hugely exciting to have him as a Sporting Index brand ambassador.

“He is often riding the most talked about horses of the season, like Enable and Stradivarius, and we’re delighted to be able to bring racing fans closer to that with his regular blog.

“Even though he has cost us plenty of money over the years, no-one has done more to promote the sport of horse racing and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

Frankie Dettori, said: “I’m over the moon to be joining Sporting Index ahead of the new Flat season. There are some top-quality horses that I can’t wait to get on this year, and I look forward to telling readers all about them.

“I saw over the winter that Barry Geraghty had plenty of success with Sporting Index on his breeches, so hopefully it’s the same for me too!”

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Playtech “Takes Full Responsibility” and Apologises for PTES Failings

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Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary.

The case saw a customer sign up for an account in December 2016, ultimately spending £4.5m (€5.0m/$5.5m) on PTES’ Winner and Titanbet brands – losing £119,395 between 1 to 5 April 2017 alone – before committing suicide.

The UK Gambling Commission’s investigation uncovered widespread failings in the business’ social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes that resulted in no action being taken over the individual’s excessive gambling.

“We take full responsibility for these regulatory breaches. As a technology specialist, Playtech focuses on harnessing its capabilities in data-driven intelligence to place consumer protection at the centre of every stage of the player experience from game design to real-time engagement and messaging,” More Weizer, Chief Executive of Playtech, said.

“In recent years, we have invested significantly to seek to ensure that these types of breaches do not happen again, including addressing the specific issues raised by the Commission,” More Weizer added.

Playtech’s board extended its “deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family. Its interim chair, Claire Milne, will be contacting the family to apologise personally for the B2C subsidiary’s failings.

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Bojoko Special Report assess the impact of Covid-19

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Online casino comparison site has created a report that looks at what the pandemic means for the industry and how it can move forwards on a positive footing

Bojoko.com has created a special report analysing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the online casino sector.

The online casino comparison site has used Google Trends data to see how consumers have reacted to the global sports blackout and what this means for online casino operators.

Some of the headline numbers show:

  • Sports betting search terms have declined from February to April. In particular, searches for “Best Betting Sites” and “Sports Betting UK” fell 41% and 33% respectively.
  • Online casino search terms have increased in volume over the three-month period, with “Best Casino Sites” enjoying a 78% increase in volume between February and April.
  • “New Online Casino” search volume recorded a 31% increase over the three months but made the biggest jump between March and April with its score increasing 50% MoM.
  • There were spikes in sports betting search terms on April 4 when the Virtual Grand National took place and casino search terms on Valentine’s Day.

The report also includes expert analysis and comment from a range of contributors, including operators, game developers and responsible gambling experts.

Joonas KarhuChief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “We have created this report as a record of this unprecedented time in the history of the online gambling industry.

“But we also want it to act as a blueprint for how the sector can come out the other side on a positive footing and ensure it is business as usual as soon as possible.

“I’d like to thank those that have provided their opinion and insight and hope that the Bojoko Special Report provides understanding and value to all industry stakeholders.”

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