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BNP Paribas Développement enters France Pari capital structure for continued B2B growth and tech investment

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France Pari/Sportnco – the leading provider of turnkey betting solutions to igaming operators in regulated markets, is pleased to announce the entry of BNP Paribas Dévelopment into its capital structure.

The agreement sees BNP Paribas Développement become a minority stakeholder in the group with a presence on the company’s strategic committee and enables France Pari to boost its investment in technology to benefit its B2B customers and prospects.

The arrival of such a major financial institution into its corporate structure is a major boost for France Pari and an additional asset that will enable it to sustain the strong growth it has experienced in recent years.

It also reflects the trust that exists between BNP Paribas and France Pari, which have been working closely together for the past 10 years.

The agreement also validates the expertise and know-how that France Pari/Sportnco has developed since the regulation of the French igaming market in 2010. Its strategy, focused on B2B, has enabled it to become one of the European leaders in the supply and management of turnkey betting solutions for the igaming across regulated markets.

BNP Paribas Développement’s entry into France Pari’s capital structure is part of a long-term vision. The group invests its own funds in these projects, setting out a long-term path for growth without the short-term pressures on returns that are more common in private equity-backed operations.

BNP Paribas has also established access to a €2.8m fund alongside Credit Mutuel’s ARKEA division, to which France’s public investment bank BPI France has added €0.5m, further strengthening the group’s financial resources.

At a strategic level, France Pari will focus its attentions on its B2B customers and prospects and invest further in its technology to develop the best platform on the market.

Hervé Schlosser, President and founder of France Pari, said: “The arrival of BNP Paribas Développement into our corporate structure is extremely positive and we are delighted about it. It will enable us to provide an even better service to our current and future B2B customers in this high-tech sector. To work with and have the support of such major institutional investors is also a strong signal of the progress the French igaming industry has made in recent years as it reflects the attractiveness and long-term potential of our sector.”

Emmanuel Del Agua, Head of Investment at BNP Paribas Développement, added: “The remarkable work that France Pari has accomplished over the past 10 years has enabled it to develop first-rate technical expertise in France and internationally and to become a leader in its sector. Our entry into the group’s capital is a further sign of the confidence we have in the future of France Pari/Sportnco. “

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Synot Games Partners with Online Casino Wunderino

Niji Narayan

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Synot Games has entered into an igaming distribution deal with online casino operator Wunderino.

“Adding our games to the Wunderino online casino is a true privilege and a great omen of exciting things to come before the end of the year. Both teams have worked on this with full dedication and a common goal in mind: Providing the best to the players,” Martina Hrabinska, CCO at SYNOT Games, said.

Wunderino was launched in the spring of 2016 by i-gaming veterans to offer more than just the “regular” casino experience by focusing on innovative user experience and entertaining gamification elements in addition to a large selection of games.

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Merkur Gaming to Give Live Stream Presentation of New Product Developments

Niji Narayan

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Merkur Gaming is going to implement new initiatives and strategies to recover from the Impact of COVID-19.

Merkur Gaming’s chief executive, International, Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, is at the forefront of supporting the Merkur Board and bringing to fruition new initiatives for the short term and also the strategies that will be necessary as more familiar business levels resume. “We are not on holiday and we are not sleeping” he said “we are working very hard to support our customers, in whatever they need, during these difficult times.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to explain a brand new initiative that is just one example of the efforts being made to support Merkur Gaming’s customers.

He said: “What we will be bringing to our customers, starting in early November, will be a live stream presentation from our showroom in Luebbeke. This is not a ‘virtual’ event. Our invited customers will each be hosted by their own, familiar, company representative, and in real time. They will be able to see our new products, our new cabinets and our new games, discuss them one-to-one, ask any questions they have and so get a very valuable first insight into what will be available from Merkur Gaming. I promise you, it will intensive and it will be exciting. Exciting for us to be able to see our customers’ reactions and exciting for them to be up to speed with what we are very confident will be major hit products on gaming floors soon.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to talk about where gaming is taking place successfully at present. “We are, of course, encouraging the industry to ‘Restart with Merkur’ and, in quite a few locations, that is already happening. Our business in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans particularly, is as healthy as it can be in the current situation. In Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia gaming entertainment is doing well. The recent announcement of the new gaming law in the Ukraine is truly exciting and we want all our customers and business partners to know that Merkur is coming, and we expect to be a major supplier there. Early 2021 will see the first installations in the Ukraine and there will be some exciting new developments in Bulgaria also.

In our home market, Germany, casino operations are doing well and the Gauselmann Group’s mainstay, the many gaming arcades that we operate, are active and providing players with the high class gaming entertainment that they have come to expect. In this the existing regulations that gaming arcades must comply with have helped meet the primary need of keeping both players and our staff safe and well. It is mandatory to provide ample space between each gaming machine and that, combined with the highest levels of social distancing, sanitation and protective shielding from machine to machine, has given our loyal players the confidence to return, and in ever increasing numbers.

Despite all of the difficulties of the past months the entire Merkur Gaming team is looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead. We have always been passionate about our place in the national and international gaming industry and, right now and into the future we are focusing on keeping that passion and looking forward to what will certainly be a bright future.”

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Spain’s Online Gambling Market Grows 17.7% Year-on-year in Q2 2020

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The online gambling market in Spain has grown 17.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020.

Total gross revenue of €208.9m (£189.2m/$245.2m) for the three months to June 30 represents a 4.2% decline compared to Q1 2020, however, while advertising spend by licensees dipped significantly during the period.

Sports betting revenue was €68.1m, which represented a 20.8% year-on-year decline, and a 38.4% drop from Q1. Pre-match, fixed-odds staking fell 49.0% to €288.9m, with in-play wagers down 39.6% to €698.6m, as total stakes across all products and bet types declined 40.4% to €1.05bn.

Strong performance from online casino offset the betting vertical’s declines, and suggested players had shifted from one vertical to the other. Revenue grew to €93.5m, a 36.5% improvement on the prior year, with customer stakes up 25.3% to €2.86bn.

This was largely down to slot play, with the product accounting for €51.9m of casino GGR, up 30.4% year-on-year, and more than 19.9% quarter-on-quarter. Live roulette continued to grow strongly, contributing revenue of €27.0m, a 75.7% jump from Q2 2019.

Poker saw revenue almost double, rising 97.4% to €38.2m, while bingo also enjoyed a strong quarter, with its contribution climbing 66.9% to €5.0m.

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