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OKTO takes on Betting on Sports with suite of mobile payment solutions

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OKTO Group, the financial technology provider specialising in digital payment and player engagement applications, will be showcasing the latest wave of gaming payments disruption at next week’s Betting on Sports in London.

OKTO’s commercial team will be at stand #R18 during the prestigious event, which takes place from the 17th to 20th September at Kensington Olympia, to demonstrate how the company’s mobile-centric payment solution for gaming can drive player engagement and cut transaction costs for operators.

The company’s director of gaming, Simon Dorsen, will be also kicking off the first panel discussion of the associated Payments Expert Forum on September 18th, tackling the future relationship between retail betting and fintech.

With years of experience in both the payments and betting industries, Dorsen, who was recently appointed to build on the success of OKTO’s digital banking, mobile payment and retail products in Europe, will be unpacking the impact of financial technologies on consumer gaming interactions.

The Athens-based fintech firm is harnessing the mobile-based payments revolution by bridging the gap between the retail betting and payments experience. Its unique products provide a seamless journey across multiple player channels, as well as add-on loyalty and promotional functions that deliver a player-retaining service.

With experience in directly operating an established network of 5,000 points of sale across multiple jurisdictions and processing transactions reaching up to €1 billion, the payment service provider is well positioned for continuing its rapid growth in the region.

Commenting on OKTO’s plans for European expansion, Simon Dorsen, Director of Gaming at OKTO, said:

“Betting on Sports has a fantastic reputation as an event which opens real business opportunities and our attendance this year will no doubt be the start of some exciting partnerships. We can’t wait to demonstrate how our innovative solutions not only reduce cash handling costs for operators, but also speed up the flow of transactions and deliver a better player experience.

“I’m particularly looking forward to joining a lively discussion on how fintech can transform the retail betting experience – a topic very close to us at OKTO.”

 

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s your island the best in show? Win a Google Mini with e2save’s Animal Crossing competition

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A new competition has launched to find the best Animal Crossing island designs, following on from the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons earlier this year.

The competition, run by online smartphone retailer, e2save, is challenging avid Animal Crossing fans across the country to showcase their islands in a bid to win a Google Home Mini.

With more than 13 million copies of the New Horizons edition sold within the first six weeks of the release2, e2save is asking gamers to show off their islands in a photo competition. The competition is open now and will end on 4th September. To enter, you’ll need to visit e2save’s Facebook page here and submit a picture of your island to be in with a chance of winning.

The competition comes as searches for ‘Animal Crossing’ have increased by a staggering 1,010% in the last 12 months1, with 165,000 average monthly searches in the UK, according to research conducted by e2save. The searches peaked in April this year, with a whopping 3,131,860 searches after the game’s release in March1.

The Animal Crossing series has been loved by fans across the world since its initial release in 2001, due to its iconic characters such as Tom Nook and its adorable game play. The addition of New Horizons to the series sees gamers move to a deserted island, rather than the rural village featured in previous games.

With the option of designing and creating your own home and surroundings, the series attracts gamers with a creative flair. Searches for ‘Animal Crossing design’ increased by 7,614% in the last year1 and ‘Animal Crossing custom designs’ also rose by a huge  80,900%1, showing that players are keen for their village to look the part.

Karl Middleton, Mobile Expert at e2save, said: “We’re big gamers at e2save and we were all excited with the launch of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons earlier this year.

“With the ability to design and create your own island, as well as incorporating custom designs, New Horizons is a great addition to the Animal Crossing collection and has provided many of us with hours of fun. With so many users searching for tips on island designs, it’s easy to see that gamers are taking real pride in their island and wanting it to look the better than their friends’.

“We wish all those who take part in our competition good luck and may the best island win.”

 

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Spearhead Studios reveals Black Forest

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Black Forest is the latest slot title of Spearhead Studios, the gaming company within EveryMatrix Group. Following a busy month of July with 5 new titles launched, Black Forest is set to join Spearhead Studios slots portfolio.

Inspired by the fairy tale mythology associated with this historical German woodland, Black Forest is a slot designed with the German market in mind. The dark, magical theme sets the player in a fantasy world filled with mystery.

The medium-volatility slot offers Random Wilds, Free Spins, Expanding Symbols and a Card Gamble option, and the woodland creatures can bring wins of 2,200x. Available in the 96.04% RTP variant.

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director of Spearhead Studios, says: “Following up our Super July, we are already releasing another exciting title, Black Forest. This is a game true to our motto, local games for local markets, and I am confident that it will be a perfect match for Germany and some Eastern European markets.”

Kevin Corti, Game Development Director at Spearhead Studios, comments: “Designed around a dark, magical, fantasy theme, this 9 payline slot offers random mystery wilds, free Spins which can re-trigger, and the marquee feature; “Lord Of The Forest” in which, the top paying symbol can expand on any reels it lands to create new and/or expanded wins, delivering additional big win potential. The game also offers card and ladder gamble options.”

Visit SpearheadStudios.com to test our games and drop us a line at [email protected] for the integration details.

 

About Spearhead Studios:

Spearhead Studios is the real-money game production studio within EveryMatrix group of companies. Here at Spearhead Studios we believe in challenging the ordinary. We develop high-quality HTML5 video slots, table and other online real-money games. Our aim is to disrupt the industry by making gaming both fun and fair for everyone. Our mission is to change the game of game making. We are not game makers; we are game changers.

 

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ALOT Solutions announces appointment of Chief Financial Officer

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ALOT Solutions today announces the appointment of Mr. Geaspar Byrne as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective 1st August, 2020.

Geaspar has been a senior consultant to ALOT Solutions and its predecessor, Lottoland Solutions, since 2017. He has more than 21 years’ experience of corporate finance, accounting, internal control, corporate governance, risk, strategy, business development and growth management across international markets. Prior to 2017, he held senior positions with leading global institutions including Alibaba Group (AGTech Holdings) and Deutsche Bank. Geaspar is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a degree in Financial & Business Economics and is a member of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club.

Commenting on the appointment, Michael Carruthers, CEO of ALOT Solutions said: “I am delighted to welcome Geaspar to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Geaspar will play a leading role in shaping and delivering our strategy and will ensure that our finance function continues to develop in a way that supports our ambitious growth plans. At a time when our development is accelerating, Geaspar brings an ideal combination of in-depth understanding of the business as well as significant corporate finance experience.”

Geaspar Byrne said: “I am very excited to be expanding my role with ALOT at this important time in the Company’s development. I look forward to working closely with Mike and the rest of the executive team to facilitate the successful delivery of our strategy.”

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