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Degree 53 successfully completes Betfred.com website migration

George Miller

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Degree 53, specialists in the UX, design and software development for the online gambling industry, have finalised the migration of the entire sports betting website for one of the leading UK bookmakers and their long-term client, Betfred. The developers created a fully adaptive web application, utilised across Betfred.com, to support access for all devices and enable product owners to easily manage it from a single codebase. The project has improved the overall user experience and increased efficiency of managing the site.

Degree 53 built a fully responsive framework to enable all website features to respond to the customer’s device. This means that Betfred’s website changes its layout and content responsively to adopt the best view. Betfred already had a tablet view in the new framework and Degree 53 extended this to desktop. The team built new frontend templates for all website features and functionalities to have a desktop version – Lotto, Games, Bingo and Virtual, PickYourPunt Builder, Racing Post data and Watch Live. This has made Betfred.com more user-friendly and easier to interact with on all platforms.

Previously, Betfred was using two separate codebases for web and mobile views respectively (Betfred.com and Betfred.mobi). This required doubling up on any updates that needed to be built and released for both platforms, which added time, resource and cost to manage. As Degree 53 had built Betfred.mobi and have been supporting Betfred with the development and design of their products, the team took up the migration of the entire codebase to help the operator improve the running of the website and increase its efficiency.

Rakesh Chablani, managing director of Betfred Digital comments: “This project has been very important to us and has changed how we operate our digital channels. Before, managing two separate codebases had been quite challenging in terms of launching updates, fixing issues and adding new content in general. This meant that we had to employ two different teams, which also incurred additional costs. We’d created one of the easiest sportsbook apps and we wanted to bring the same experience to desktop. The website migration has been a massive success and we have already noticed how much quicker and easier it is to have just one codebase. Our customer feedback has also been very positive and I am glad that, together with Degree 53, we’ve been able to create a modern product that our customers can access regardless of their device. ”

Andrew Daniels, managing director at Degree 53 says: “The Betfred website migration is one of our biggest projects to date. It involved a significant amount of work to ensure there would be no downtime to Betfred services and all features were supported on any type of device. We carried out various performance tests to address this and designed frontend templates to adapt to relevant screen sizes for maximum efficiency. I’m happy that we’ve been able to help Betfred once again to not only offer an intuitive product for their customers, but also help them reduce operational costs with this migration. I’m excited to see where this project will take us and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Degree 53 has been working with Betfred for over five years. They created the Betfred mobile sportsbook in 2014 and have been continuously developing it alongside other services from the bookmaker.

About Degree 53:
Degree 53 is a leading online gambling technology provider, specialising in the development of bespoke gambling and betting platforms, web and mobile solutions, as well as UX, design and consultancy services. Degree 53 holds the Remote Gambling Software licence accredited by the UK Gambling Commission and its portfolio includes projects, such as comprehensive gaming platforms, sportsbook development, bespoke betting mobile apps and websites, third-party integrations and more. Degree 53 aims to improve the digital experience for the operators and their customers in the gambling industry. More information can be found at www.degree53gaming.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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MGA Cancels the Gaming Licence of ASAP Italia SRL

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The Malta Gaming Authority has cancelled the gaming licence of ASAP Italia SRL. ASAP Italia SRL has thus been directed to proceed with the cancellation process of the authorisation, and to suspend all gaming operations with immediate effect.

In addition, a notice on the Authorised Person’s website is to be displayed informing all players that the Authorisation has been cancelled.

Due to the cancellation of the licence, ASAP Italia SRL is, therefore, not authorised to continue conducting gaming by means of distance communications under an Authority licence.

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William Hill Appoints 72andSunny for European Advertising

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William Hill, the leading betting and gaming brand in Europe, has appointed 72andSunny Amsterdam to handle its creative advertising account. The initial venture with 72andSunny will build upon William Hill’s new brand-led outlook following on from its recent brand campaign.

“It’s an exciting new chapter for William Hill. Our industry is changing at a rapid pace and it is important for us to be at the forefront of the conversation. To achieve our new approach, we needed a new creative partner and 72andSunny best illustrated their understanding of our brand and how we can create an emotional connection with our target audience in a fun and responsible way,” Charlotte Emery, Global Brand and Marketing Director at William Hill said.

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Why operators must look beyond bonuses in Sweden

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There’s been a lot of talk about the limitations of the newly regulated Swedish market due to operators only being allowed to offer one introductory bonus to players.

But bonuses are not the only thing players are looking for in today’s highly competitive online gambling marketplace. Today many users are more concerned about better service and faster withdrawals.

I believe if operators focused on these they would more than make up for any player churn being experienced due to the inability to offer regular bonuses.

One of the big trends taking off in the Swedish market over the past year has been the so-called ‘no-account’ casino. This term is something of a misnomer as there is indeed an account, but it is created in the background with very little effort required of players.

It would perhaps be more accurate to call it ‘automated registration’ and this would certainly be more popular with regulators, who are understandably concerned about any description that implies inadequate checks are being carried out.

This simplified registration process, made possible by Trustly, is particularly suited to the Swedish market, where consumers are racing towards a cashless society but are at the same time very protective of their privacy.

And, crucially for operators struggling to adapt to the new bonus regime in Sweden, customers using this automated registration process do not expect bonuses.

They do, however, expect to receive their money immediately when they win. One of the big frustrations among players is operators that hold onto their money for longer than they should, sometimes under the guise of doing KYC.

KYC is, of course, very important, but it shouldn’t be used as an excuse to delay payouts to players.

At Altenar we’ve recently launched our first sportsbook client in the regulated Swedish market, LuckyCasino.com, which offers Trustly to players.

While we recognised the attraction of the system and the importance of immediate withdrawals, we also saw the need to adapt the process to account for the fact that compared with casino, in sports betting there is a greater risk of fraud due to the potential for misuse of inside information.

We therefore designed a feature so that limits can be set, varying from operator to operator and segment to segment, and that when payouts go over that limit we have to manually approve the settlement.

By putting such thresholds in place, players can still enjoy the services of Trustly when betting, but there are protections in place to make sure the system is robust.

Operators using the automated registration process have reported huge success so far and I believe in the next 12 months almost all operators in Sweden will have implemented this. We’re shortly about to launch our second Swedish licensed operator using the same feature.

New entrants to the market should look to compete with the more established players by getting ahead of the curve in this way rather than trying to attract customers with huge first-time bonuses.

While many in the industry have complained about the bonus limitations, I believe we will have a better market without the constant slew of bonus offers.

I’ve been involved in the Swedish market for many years, going right back to my time at Expedt in 2002 through to working with Altenar’s partners both before and after the market regulated.

If we look back to the early 2000s, the bonuses that companies were offering their users were simply tools to help them learn the systems. Over time, this evolved into more and more operators throwing large sums of money at players to attract or retain them.

As a marketing tool this simply isn’t sustainable over the long term. It’s time operators started looking at other ways to attract and retain players and automated registration is certainly a good place to start.

 

Written by Dinos Stranomitis COO Altenar.

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