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iSoftBet seals Stoiximan content and platform deal

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Major European markets operator to integrate provider’s comprehensive games portfolio and powerful GAP content aggregation platform

 

International iGaming operator GML Interactive (Stoiximan and Betano), is set to go live with iSoftBet’s 150-strong proprietary slots and table games portfolio and market-leading Game Aggregation Platform (GAP) complete with more than 3,000 titles from 46 providers.

Stoiximan and Betano will gain access to iSoftBet’s best-performing slots portfolio, including Hot Spin, The Dalai Panda, and latest blockbuster release Book of Immortals, and more than 3,000 slot and table games from 46 suppliers in the iGaming industry available on the GAP platform.

The Greek operator will also be able to take advantage of a series of advanced marketing and real-time gamification tools as part of the GAP agreement including iSoftBet’s latest innovation ‘In-Game’.

In-Game allows operators to use a series of cutting-edge customer engagement features that enhance the player experience and significantly boost retention rates. This includes jackpots, leaderboards based on achievements or points, or rewards in the form of cash bonuses or free rounds, symbol-based promotions across not only all iSoftBet games, but also more than 3,000 game titles available via iSoftBet’s GAP.

Headlining the In-Game tool is the inclusion of real-time leader boards, allowing players to track their progress against others while still playing their favourite game, all in real-time, and available across a multitude of devices.

Michael Probert, Chief Commercial Officer at iSoftBet, said: “Stoiximan is one of South Eastern Europe’s leading operators and we’re delighted to partner with them across both our GAP platform and our leading proprietary content. They operate in several rapidly emerging markets and this is a fantastic opportunity to both extend and further enhance our presence across a wide variety of regulated territories.”

John Kalamvokis, Head of Casino at GML Interactive (Stoiximan and Betano), said: “iSoftBet is well-known for producing best-performing games and generating significant revenues for its customers via its own games and its GAP platform. We are delighted to be partnering with them and look forward to a prosperous working relationship and growth across our markets.”

 

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Greece Prohibits Advertisement on Online Slots

Niji Narayan

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The Greek government has implemented tough norms on online gaming and advertising. As per the new norms, the maximum stakes of random number generator (RNG) games is limited to of €2, and maximum prizes are limited to €5000.

The slot games  should not be advertised anywhere outside of an operator’s own website. Gambling products other than slots can be advertised on social media but the operators must ensure that the ads are viewed only by persons over the age of 21.

There are several other provisions.

Online players now need to fix loss and time limits for play, and operators must inform players when they reach 80% of their limit.

Casino games will have a prize limit of €70,000 and sports betting will have a prize limit of €500,000 per bet.

Fees for for seven-year licences have been fixed at €3million for online betting and €2million for other forms of gaming.

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Dutch Govt. Grants Power to Local Authorities to close Leisure Venues

Niji Narayan

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In a significant move, the Dutch government has granted power to Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst – GGD) to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades. The GGD can exercise this power, if needed, for containing the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo De Jonge announced this decision amidst concerns about rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

Dutch gambling trade association VAN Kansspelen also issued a warning to its members to strictly implement all restrictions and ensire that customers follow all of the measures intended to limit the spread of the virus, such as keeping a distance from one another.

“The number of infections is increasing and people not adhering to the basic rules as closely, such as observing the 1.5m and hygiene measures,” VAN Kansspelen said. “The national government is taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

“As a sector, it is important to contribute to the prevention of infections. We therefore call on you to adhere to all protocols and the rules. Also inform your guests of this if they do not comply with this.

The Netherlands government allowed casinos and slot arcades to start functioning again on July 1, after closing in mid-March.

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SkyCity Shuts Down Auckland Casino as New Zealand Re-enters Lockdown

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Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has once again closed down its flagship integrated resort SkyCity Auckland, after the New Zealand government revealed four new cases of community transmitted COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The cases have come as a huge shock to the country, which only 24 hours earlier had celebrated 100 days without a single new locally transmitted case of the coronavirus. Auckland has immediately been placed back on Stage 3 restrictions for three days as a precautionary measure, with the rest of New Zealand on Stage 2. Under Stage 3 lockdown, bars and many businesses will be closed, gatherings restricted to 10 people and travel in and out of Auckland mostly prohibited.

SkyCity’s casinos in Hamilton and Queenstown will remain open with social distancing measures in place.

“SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand government. SkyCity is well prepared to respond quickly to these changes and is in a strong financial position to withstand the financial impacts of these temporary restrictions,” Graeme Stephens, CEO of SkyCity Entertainment, said.

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