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Sportradar, PlaySight and Belgian EuroMillions Basketball League Bring Automated Production and AI Technology to the Court

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PlaySight, a global sports technology platform, is excited to announce a new partnership with Sportradar, the leading provider of sports data intelligence, and the EuroMillions Basketball League (EMBL), the professional men’s basketball competition in Belgium. All EMBL games and associated content will now be produced and distributed via PlaySight’s Smart AI and automated production sports technology through Sportradar OTT.

This partnership will also see automated graphics from LIGR (Live Graphic Systems) embedded into all EMBL games – providing a professional viewing experience to fans of the league throughout Belgium and the rest of the world.

PlaySight’s Smart sports AI and connected camera technology is already installed in all the league’s arenas, enabling full-service production at a much more efficient and affordable level. PlaySight’s cameras also provide real-time video for officiating and instant replay, as well as video breakdowns for coaches on the sidelines. The live video feed from PlaySight will be distributed via Sportradar OTT to drive fan engagement and maximise betting opportunities.

“We believe that this will be a blueprint for other professional leagues across the world,” said Wim Van de Keere, the General Manager of the EMBL. “We can’t wait to get started on this new collaboration for next season and have carefully selected best-in-class partners with the capabilities offered by Sportradar, PlaySight and LIGR. Beyond the enhanced viewing experience, we look forward to adding real-time video for coaching and instant replay purposes for our referees to further enhance the quality of our basketball. It will also open up additional commercial opportunities for the clubs and the league.”

Backed by more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and a scalable infrastructure, Sportradar OTT streams over 50,000 live sports events globally, delivering more than 50,000,000 video sessions a month to upwards of 100 partners all over the world. Powered by a combination of market-leading data and a fully customisable OTT solution, it enables rights holders to grow engagement and maintain lasting relationships with fans, while also generating substantial digital revenue.

Felix Blank, Sportradar’s Director, Digital Platforms, said: “PlaySight’s live and on-demand video capabilities will integrate seamlessly with the Sportradar OTT platform, improving operational efficiency while ensuring fans enjoy the best possible experience when watching the EuroMillions Basketball League live or on demand. “Sport is all about the relationships fostered with fans and we can’t wait to help that process for the EMBL by combining top-quality video production with innovative data products to ensure a best-in-class OTT offering for the league and its followers.”

“Our AI and connected camera platform are proving to be a great fit for leagues looking to provide the best possible service while also improving operational efficiency,” said PlaySight CEO Chen Shachar. “Our technology, which we have branded the SmartCourt, truly does get smarter over time – backed by an AI platform, we get better at streaming, tracking and capturing each sport with every dribble, pass and shot. We are also providing an entire ecosystem for all of the league’s stakeholders – broadcasting, coaching, officiating, and more. This partnership will also enable the EMBL to reach its fans in new and innovative ways with more content and highlights.”

The team at LIGR expects its technology to have a positive impact on the broadcasts. “We are rapidly expanding our team and technology within our automated, cloud graphics platform and continue to be led by a deep passion for sports and basketball on the world stage,” said Luke McCoy, CEO of LIGR. “We are excited to help expose the talent within the EMBL, engage new and old fans with in-game statistics and highlight key performances while opening up live, in-game commercial opportunities that previously didn’t exist.”

The 2019-20 EMBL season kicks off on September 14th and all the action will be broadcast live and on demand via Sportradar OTT.

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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Codere Appoints Luis Sánchez Serrano as Corporate Director of Technology and Digitalisation

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Gambling group Codere has appointed Luis Sánchez Serrano as the Corporate Director of Technology and Digitalisation. Luis Sánchez will report directly to the Group’s general director, Vicente Di Loreto.

Luis Sánchez has more than 23 years of experience, mainly in the banking industry, in companies such as Liberbank, Bankinter, Banco Espirito Santo, has proven capabilities in the design and implementation of transformation projects, innovation and digitalisation of organisations , as well as a broad strategic and transversal vision of the main processes and technological solutions of the market.

“This incorporation strengthens our team and consolidates the strategy of change and transformation undertaken in our group to continue fulfilling our commitment to the client and creating value,” Vicente Di Loreto said.

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Pollard Banknote Adds GALAGA™ to its Portfolio of Licensed Brands

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Pollard Banknote Limited has added the classic arcade game GALAGA™ to its portfolio of licensed brands. Under an agreement with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., Pollard Banknote will offer GALAGA™ branded instant tickets to its lottery clients. Pollard Banknote’s suite of licensed brands includes several powerhouse arcade games from the early 1980s.

As per the agreement, Pollard Banknote will leverage the GALAGA™ signature logo and colourful pixilated icons for eye-catching ticket designs and promotional merchandise. The ticket artwork will utilise distinctive GALAGA™ imagery to mimic the game’s acclaimed playstyle. GALAGA™ branded merchandise, including full-sized vintage arcade games, will be available to lotteries for social media contests and second chance draws.

“Pollard Banknote’s retro arcade brands have captivated lottery players around the globe, and we are confident that GALAGA™ will give players more of the classic arcade look and feel they love. We look forward to helping lotteries bring GALAGA™ to market, supported by our 360˚ approach to marketing and promotional programs that promote player excitement and engagement,” Brad Thompson, VP of Sales and Marketing at Pollard Banknote said.

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Evolution Gaming: Interim report January-June 2019

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Evolution released today its Interim Report for January-June 2019.

 

Second quarter of 2019 (Q2 2018)

  • Operating revenues increased by 45% to EUR 85.7 million (59.3)
  • EBITDA increased by 63% to EUR 42.7 million (26.2), corresponding to a margin of 49.8% (44.2)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 34.5 million (20.1)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.19 (0.11)

January-June 2019 (1H 2018)

  • Operating revenues increased by 49% to EUR 165.0 million (110.8)
  • EBITDA increased by 63% to EUR 78.6 million (48.1), corresponding to a margin of 47.7% (43.4)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 63.1 million (36.7)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.35 (0.20)

Comments from CEO Martin Carlesund:

“Evolution’s strong development continues, and we can report continued high growth and further improved margin in the second quarter. 2019 is a year of product and innovation, and during the period, we have launched all this year’s new games. The response has been instant, and we are overwhelmed by the positive reception among both players and operators. Our aim in the development has been to create games that attract new player types and to expand the Live vertical into new segments, and so far, we are very happy with the outcome. All games, from the new titles within the Game Show category to the dice games, find their audiences and we see a significant increase in the number of players. The new games are not as staff intensive as the traditional table games, which in combination with a generally high efficiency in all studios contribute to the margin development. The extended portfolio also contributes to the revenue growth, but it is important to note that most of our revenues continue to derive from our core games and that the new games are still in an early stage post-launch. However, all new titles contribute to a generally higher interest in Live Casino and we believe that the Live vertical will continue to grow its share of the total online casino market. When the Live vertical grows, we take market shares – as do our customers with access to the new games.

Revenues amounted to EUR 85.7 million, which is 45 percent higher than the corresponding quarter last year. EBITDA amounted to EUR 42.7 million with a margin of 49.8 percent, which is the highest margin recorded so far in a single quarter. In the first half of the year, the margin was 47.7 percent, and we expect to be able to sustain this level in the second half as well which is why we increase our expected margin range to 47-49 percent for the 2019 full year.

The positive market development continues. The Nordics are growing, however at a somewhat slower pace as the Swedish market now is normalising following the intense start to the year as a result of the new gaming legislation. The UK continues to stabilise and is growing compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Both Rest of Europe and Rest of World also exhibit favourable growth.

Going forward, we will continue to invest in the development of both additional game shows and other innovative product types, as well as table games to meet the overall demand for Live. We also continue to invest in our studios. During the quarter, we have transferred the first tables to the new Malta studio, while also expanding the studio in Georgia. In addition, we have initiated a doubling of the capacity in New Jersey. We will also strengthen our presence in the US further and have started the planning for the construction of a studio in Pennsylvania. All in all, investments for the 2019 full year in absolute numbers will be somewhat higher than in 2018. It is imperative for us to meet the demand for Live, to continue to enable innovation within the company and to constantly increase the gap to competition. Connected to this, it is important to remember that in a case where we must prioritise, we will always put growth before margins.

During the first half of the year, we have laid the foundation for Evolution’s continued leadership in Live Casino. A proof of this was when we received the award as Live Casino Supplier of the Year for the tenth consecutive year at the EGR B2B Awards in June. The award goes straight to all our employees. I am immensely proud of everyone’s achievements so far this year, and the innovation power they possess creates confidence for the future.

Since Evolution’s inception, we have had a paranoid approach to our development, and given all achievements so far in 2019 I would like to conclude these comments by pointing out that we are never fully satisfied, we never sit back and each day, we fight to become a little bit better.”

 

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