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Vermantia shortlisted for three EGR B2B Awards

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Nominated for Live Streaming Supplier, Sports Data Supplier and Virtual Sports Supplier

 

Vermantia, the leading omni-channel content solutions provider for lotteries, gaming and betting operators, has been shortlisted in all categories entered at the EGR B2B Awards.

The annual EGR B2B Awards, considered one of the most prestigious in the industry, recognises the companies that have demonstrated strong commercial success and business-changing innovations over the past year.

Vermantia’s shortlisting reflects the company’s unsurpassed business results for 2018, which has seen the firm expand its portfolio to include more than 105,000 premium live racing and sporting events streamed annually through its proprietary platform. Alongside, its ever-widening range of virtual and next generation games now serves partners in 32 countries across the globe.

Commenting on its success, Filippos Antonopoulos, CEO at Vermantia said:

“Being shortlisted for all of the categories we entered at this year’s EGR B2B Awards is testament to the hard work and dedication by every member of the Vermantia team across the globe.

“We plan to spend the next year ahead building on this year’s success – delivering the industry’s most engaging live betting content to customers in every corner of the world.”

Vermantia’s nomination follows on from its two years of success at the SBC Awards, where it won Virtual Sports Product of the Year as well as Best Retail Betting Product for its FLAVOR self-service betting terminals.

Vermantia’s portfolio is available to operators as a fully-customisable solution via its CONNECT platform, providing engaging betting opportunities to customers who also benefit from the cashless convenience of its award-winning FLAVOR terminals and V-POS self-service betting solution.

 

About Vermantia:

Vermantia is a leader in omni-channel content solutions for lotteries, gaming and betting operators worldwide. The company constitutes a one-stop-shop for bespoke data and picture content featuring thousands of live events a year, including premium quality horse and greyhound racing from countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and South Africa. These are supported by the most comprehensive portfolio of virtual sports on the market. Founded in 2007, the company has offices in Athens and Italy, as well as representatives in the UK, CIS, and Nigeria, allowing it to partner dozens of international operators across 32 countries. In March 2018, Arena Racing Company (ARC) acquired a majority stake in Vermantia, expanding its broadcast infrastructure and technological capabilities, allowing it to create a market-leading content & data hub. For more information about Vermantia visit www.vermantia.com

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Online Casino and Sportsbook BETZEST™ launches Esports product powered by leading Sportsbook provider BetRadar

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Betzest just launched the full suite of BetRadar online Esports content added to their portfolio.

In partnership with BetRadar Betzest expands their offering to players with an opportunity to access BetRadar’s full range of Esports including most popular video games such as Counter-Strike, Dota, LOL (League Of Legends), Motorsport, Overwatch, StarCraft, etc.

Furthermore, Betzest increases their Virtual betting portfolio with a multi-competition that includes Virtual Football Champions Cup, Virtual World Cup, Virtual Football League, Simulated Reality Leagues, as well as Virtual Basketball, Virtual Horse and Dog Racing and Virtual Tennis.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said:  We are always looking to improve Betzest™ Sportsbook product for our players. In partnership with BetRadar, we are excited to add an extra dimension to our Esports offering.  Highly innovative and entertaining E-Sports video games will add to our customer experience with high-frequency betting opportunities on offer around the clock.

Esports will add on to our remarkable collection of world-class sports betting, casino, live casino and Virtual sports.

 

About Betzest:

Betzest is your leading premier Online Casino and Sportsbook operator run by a team of experienced i-gaming experts.

Due to its unique product and marketing proposition, Betzest is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable gaming company.

Betzest is offering unrivalled sports betting and casino games experience now under reputable MGA license. The company operations continue to expand in variety of markets and online gambling verticals such as Live Betting, Live Casino , Virtual Sports and e-Sports. Betzest boasts its robust and multi-functional online sports betting & Casino operating on SportingTech platform. Today Betzest has more than 60 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top gaming providers.

 

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Online gaming sees 22% rise in March

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  • Top five Steam games see rise of 37,059 users from February to March
  • Football Manager has all-time high of 189,230 users in absence of live football
  • 22% rise in players on Steam’s top 20 games since February

Online gaming platform Steam has seen a 22% rise in users on its top 20 games in the past month, reveals new research.

The past month has seen a massive rise in people playing games, with online gaming platform Steam seeing a 22% spike in people playing their top 20 games in the past month when compared to figures from February.

Research by OLBG’s Gaming Habits study breaks down the data behind Steam’s top six games, studying their average player statistics at any one time in previous months when compared to March 2020, the rise and fall of the figures in those months and the peak number of players during that time – something which went through the roof in March.

When studying games Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Grand Theft Auto V, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Football Manager, the average player count on each game was on average 289,366 at any given time, up 14% from the previous figure of 252,307 in February.

Over these five games, that’s a gain of 37,059 users in the space of a month.

These figures differ even greatly on a wider scale when compared to a wider selection of the Steam library. Between December – February, the average player count per month was just 97,966 across the top 20 games available on Steam, but that figure rose by 22% in March, to an average count of 115,709.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was the game that saw the biggest spike in users, with a massive 23.36% rise in people playing the game in March, going from 543,979 in February to 671,033 in the space of a month – a gain of 127,054 and peaking at 1,145,972 players at once on Tuesday 31 March at 8pm.

Football Manager has been another game which has seen a spike in popularity, thanks in part to Sport Interactive’s decision to offer the game for free to Steam users for a two week period.

Between December – February) the average player count for Football Manager 20 was 44,897, but that figure shot up by almost 60% in March to 76,022 – with an all-time high of 189,230 people playing it at 5pm on Sunday, 30 March.

For more detailed analysis and visual representations of the trends in online gaming, visit: https://www.olbg.com/blogs/growth-esports-popularity

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France’s FDJ Takes Out Syndicated Loan to Pay for its Exclusive Lottery and Betting Rights

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France’s leading gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has taken out a €380 million syndicated loan to finance payment to the French state of the financial consideration to secure its exclusive 25-year rights to operate lottery games as well as online and sports betting.

Under the terms of the “PACTE Act” enacted on 23 May 2019, the Ordinance of 2 October 2019 reforming the regulation of gaming set the period during which FDJ will retain its exclusive rights at 25 years and stipulated that the financial consideration must be paid by 30 June 2020. The amount of this consideration was set at €380 million in the schedule of conditions approved by the Decree of 17 October 2019.

FDJ took out a €380 million floating-rate syndicated loan, repayable on a straight-line basis over 20 years, from five French banks. The financing was coordinated by Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France as Joint Mandated Arranger and Agent, with BRED, Caisse d’Epargne Hauts de France, Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel de Paris et d’Ile de France and Crédit Lyonnais acting as Joint Mandated Arrangers.

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