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Wazdan Honoured with Two Prestigious MiGEA Awards

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Wazdan is celebrating after walking off with two key prizes at Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards 2019.

The innovative games developer prevailed in a competitive category to secure the title of Malta’s Best Gaming New Slots Developer. It also clinched the prestigious Malta’s Best iGaming Online Product of the Year gong, capping a superb 12 months for the company.

Wazdan has caught the attention of leading operators across the globe thanks to its innovative suite of tech-rich, omni-channel casino games. Recent partnerships for Wazdan include tie-ins with Kindred, SuprNation, Avento, InBet Games, ComeOn and White Hat Gaming.

The pioneering team at Wazdan has been honoured with a clutch of awards over the past year in recognition of its contribution to the on-going success of the iGaming industry.

“We are very proud and excited to gain industry recognition from an independent panel of expert judges,” says Wazdan’s Head of Sales, Andrzej Hyla. “The iGaming sector is full of dynamic developers and to be recognized as the best in the business is a great honour.”

“These awards are a testament to the team’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and producing engaging, exciting, feature-rich games that meet the desires of the modern player on a range of different channels. We will continue to blaze a trail of innovation going forwards as we seek to become a trusted partner for operators across the world.”
Games from Wazden boast vibrant graphics and an extremely smooth user interface, while they can be tailored according to the particular preferences of each individual player. This has seen them soar in popularity over the past year. Unique Wazdan Features are the key to Wazdan’s success and include the patented, world-first, truly innovative Volatility Levels™, the thrilling Unique Gamble Feature, Ultra Lite Mode, mobile-friendly Energy Saving Mode, Ultra Fast Mode, Double Screen Mode and the newest Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode.

Wazdan has been developing innovative games for more than a decade and it now offers more than 110 striking HTML5 games. The portfolio includes extremely popular titles such as Magic Stars 3, 9 Lions, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Los Muertos™, Magic Stars 5 and Space Gem™, as well as newly released titles, such as Juicy Reels, Magic Stars 6 and Space Spins, which were all received with great industry enthusiasm at ICE London 2019. Wazdan releases at least one new game each month and has recently announced the release of three new exciting games: Lucky Reels, Larry the Leprechaun, and Relic Hunters™ and the Book of Faith.

Already off to a rapid start this year, the team at Wazdan shows no signs of slowing down. Be sure to follow all the latest news at www.wazdan.com

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Spanish Gambling Revenue Up 12.5% in Q1 2020

Niji Narayan

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Despite the suspension of major sporting events due to COVID-19, Spanish gambling revenue grew 12.5% year-on-year in Q1 2020.

The Dirección General del Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) informed that revenue rose to €218.0m during Q1 2020, with players staking €4.80bn during the period, up 3.6%.

During Q1, there were 911,218 active accounts over the month, up marginally year-on-year, though new account sign-ups grew 5.6% to 289,340.

Turning to revenue by vertical, sports betting led the way, with its €110.6m contribution up 8.7% year-on-year and accounting for 50.8% of the quarterly total. This was driven by fixed-odds betting, for which revenue was up 13.1% to €46.3m.

The biggest rise was in fixed-odds betting on other events, which saw revenue jump 91.3% to €1.8m.

For casinos, revenue was up 16.8% at €77.6m. Slots contributed €43.2m, up 15.7%, while the biggest year-on-year rise was recorded for live roulette, which saw revenue grow 35.6% to €18.4m. Standard online roulette also performed strongly, with revenue up 16.7% to €10.7m.

Poker, a product that has enjoyed a return to prominence amid the sporting shutdown, saw revenue grow 13.1% at €24.2m.

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BetConstruct Builds Branded Live Casino Halls in 30 Days

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BetConstruct has expanded its live casino studio capacity to build branded live casino halls for online gaming companies in the shortest time possible.

In the absence of on-site casino entertainment, the technology and solution provider expands the studio’s physical footprint and empowers gaming businesses to make a smooth transition to online operations by offering them a full-fledged live casino hall in just 30 days. Today, the provider is fully equipped to deliver more than 200 dedicated gaming tables upon request.

For those who want a branded gaming area with distinctive design, languages and game selection, BetConstruct allocates a dedicated space in its live studio and implements a floor-to-ceiling construction of a gaming hall.

Every single notion in such gaming space is up for customization – hall colours, number of gaming tables, dealer attires, table fabric, playing cards design, screens, accessories, game types, languages and more.

The final product meets all the requirements an operator has specified, embodies a distinguished atmosphere of a brand and delivers the look and feel of a real casino to the players, thus elevating their engagement.

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New Study Reveals That a Number of Practices in Video Games Significantly Links to Problem Gambling

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According to a new study, a number of video game practices, such as token wagering, real-money gaming and social casino spending, are significantly linked to problem gambling. The study provides evidence that players who engage in these practices are also more likely to suffer from disordered gaming.

Author of the study, Dr. David Zendle from the Department of Computer Science at the University of York, said: “These findings suggest that the relationship between gaming and problem gambling is more complex than many people think.”

“When we go beyond loot boxes, we can see that there are multiple novel practices in gaming that incorporate elements of gambling. All of them are linked to problem gambling, and all seem prevalent. This may pose an important public health risk. Further research is urgently needed.”

For the study, a group of just under 1100 participants were quota-sampled to represent the UK population in terms of age, gender and ethnicity. They were then asked about their gaming and gambling habits.

The study revealed that a significant proportion (18.5%) of the participants had engaged in some behaviour that related to both gaming and gambling, such as playing a social casino game or spending money on a loot box.

“There are currently loopholes that mean some gambling related elements of video games avoid regulation. For example social casinos are ‘video games’ that are basically a simulation of gambling: you can spend real money in them, and the only thing that stops them being regulated as proper gambling is that winnings cannot be converted into cash,” Dr. Zendle said.

“We need to have regulations in place that address all of the similarities between gambling and video games. Loot boxes aren’t the only element of video games that overlaps with gambling: They’re just a tiny symptom of this broader convergence,” Dr. Zendle added.

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