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Microgaming expands its portfolio of table games with Switch Studios

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Microgaming shakes up the table games vertical with an array of new releases developed by Switch Studios, an independent game studio developing content exclusively for the online gaming supplier.

Six new table game creations are scheduled to be released to Microgaming customers this December, demonstrating Switch Studios’ ambition to refresh the market with tailored, immersive games specifically optimised for mobile and desktop devices to powerful effect.

Following the release of European Blackjack earlier this year, Switch Studios have created a suite of blackjack variants. Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Strip Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Classic Blackjack launched simultaneously on 4 December, with Vegas Single Deck Blackjack due for release a week later on 11 December. Each bespoke title gives a casino classic new life with a minimalist design that puts the action at the forefront.

Players can experience the silk-smooth design and stellar performance of these blackjack titles both on the move or from the comfort of their home. Built on a powerful new engine, each game features Standard Side Bets: Double Down, Insurance, and Split Hands, and combines fluid gameplay with exciting animations and sound for a thrilling casino experience.

Built on the same engine that powers Switch Studios’ suite of blackjack games, Baccarat similarly benefits from clean graphics, superior sound and an intuitive game interface. Due to launch on 11 December alongside Vegas Single Deck Blackjack, Baccarat is a multi-platform online table game that updates a timeless Eastern classic for a new generation of players by emphasising quality design and features.

In addition to a sleek design and strong colours, Baccarat features a revolutionary implementation of the game’s essential player-controlled Card Squeeze mechanic, letting players authentically peel, pull, rotate, and flip their cards, a customisable Scorecard feature that can be tailored by the player, Advanced Road Statistics and a Turbo Mode.

Players can enjoy the best of classic casino gaming in these modern and feature-rich table games, available to Microgaming operators this month.

European Roulette, European Blackjack, and American Roulette are also part of a full suite of exclusive table games developed for Microgaming by Switch Studios earlier this year.

“We have further expanded our table games offering with the launch of six exciting new titles from Switch Studios, developed exclusively for Microgaming. Each of the six creations realises Switch Studios’ ambition to refresh the table games market with exciting casino experiences. The suite of blackjack games, along with the new baccarat title, are sure to set the standard for a new breed of table gaming.” – James Buchanan, Director of Global Operations at Microgaming.

“We are excited to see Microgaming release six new games under the Switch Studios brand. Our latest blackjack and baccarat titles combine immersive gameplay with stunning visuals, to provide new and seasoned players with a thrilling, modern and enjoyable mobile-friendly gameplay experience both at home and on the go. Each game comes with a unique built-in feature allowing operators to put their own stamp on it, by applying their own branding to the felt colour, table logo stamp, card back colour and card back logo. We aim to bring innovation, style and the best selection of games to the online table gaming sector, and we look forward to creating more exclusive titles for Microgaming next year.” – Tom David, Head of Studio at Switch Studios.

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32Red Launches New Responsible Gambling Campaign Featuring Wayne Rooney

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32Red, the sponsor of Derby County FC, has launched its latest responsible gambling campaign featuring Wayne Rooney.

32Red released the video as part of their ongoing commitment to encourage responsible gambling, with Rooney at the forefront of the move.

The former Manchester United and England captain, now with Derby, appears in the video along with boxer Carl Frampton and jockey Paddy Brennan.

In the minute-long video, Rooney, 34, who has been open about his own gambling issues in the past, looks straight into the camera and says: “Do you gamble responsibly?”, as well as encouraging gamblers to “set limits on your play” and “how long you play for.”

Neil Banbury, 32Red managing director, said it was vital to have someone with Rooney’s profile and global reach to deliver and get across such an important message.

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Qontigo Launches Two New Thematic Indices On Video Gaming And Healthcare

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Qontigo has expanded its suite of innovative thematic indices by two new concepts: online gaming and the fight against obesity. The STOXX® Video Gaming & eSports Index and the STOXX® Health & Weight Loss Index were introduced today, and financial products based on these indices are expected to launch in the coming weeks.

Both indices are positioned to benefit from structural, global economic growth trends. The STOXX® Video Gaming & eSports Index is comprised of companies focused in the high growth area of video games and eSports. The STOXX® Health & Weight Loss Index includes constituents that are connected to the immediate need of addressing the rising obesity levels in the global population.

“The online gaming and health and weight loss indices are the latest additions to our thematics family that seeks to capture sector-specific, long-term growth. At Qontigo we have advanced thematic investing since 2016 and now offer two dozen theme-based STOXX indices following modern concepts with above-average growth outlooks. Thematic investing aims to capture the momentum of disruptive megatrends that fall into the categories of demographics, climate change and technology. As an investment category, thematic investing has nearly tripled in the three years through December 31, 2019“, said Stephan Flaegel, Global Head of Indices & Benchmarks at Qontigo.

Each index selects constituents from the STOXX® Developed and Emerging Markets Total Market Index, and from certain Chinese markets, with substantial revenue exposure to business sectors associated with the respective concept. The business categories are based on FactSet Revere’s data. Only stocks with a given minimum trading volume are eligible.

Additionally, the two indices will exclude companies that Sustainalytics considers to be non-compliant with the Global Standard Screening and those involved in controversial weapons. This is in line with increasing demand from asset owners and investors to comply with sustainability norms, a drive that has also emerged in thematic strategies.

 

About Qontigo

Qontigo is a financial intelligence innovator and a leader in the modernization of investment management, from risk to return. The combination of the company’s world-class indices and best-of-breed analytics, with its technological expertise and customer-driven innovation enables its clients to achieve competitive advantage in a rapidly changing marketplace. Qontigo’s global client base includes the world’s largest financial products issuers, capital owners and asset managers. Created in 2019 through the combination of STOXX, DAX and Axioma, Qontigo is part of Deutsche Börse Group, headquartered in Eschborn with key locations in New York, Zug and London.

About STOXX

STOXX Ltd. is Qontigo’s global index provider, currently calculating a global, comprehensive index family of over 10,000 strictly rules-based and transparent indices. Best known for the leading European equity indices EURO STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 50 and STOXX Europe 600, STOXX Ltd. maintains and calculates the STOXX Global index family which consists of total market, broad and blue-chip indices for the regions Americas, EuropeAsia/Pacific and sub-regions Latin America and BRIC (BrazilRussiaIndia and China) as well as global markets. STOXX is the administrator of the STOXX® and DAX® indices under the European Benchmark Regulation and exercises control over all benchmark administration processes within Qontigo.

STOXX indices are licensed to more than 600 companies around the world as underlyings for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), futures and options, structured products and passively managed investment funds.
www.stoxx.com

 

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Pin Projekt Partners with SBTech for 24/7 Live Betting on Lottery Service

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SBTech to offer supplier’s continuous automated live lottery draws

Pin Projekt, the leading live lottery supplier, has secured a deal with the award-winning platform and technology provider SBTech, for the entire portfolio of their live betting games.

As part of the agreement, SBTech will offer the live service that features over 2,000 daily draws from 4 studios and 20+ betting games to their platform partners.  The service is supplied through all channels including desktop, mobile and retail with the availability of 24/7 driving player engagement.

Lotto Instant Win, a Pin Projekt brand, is also offered through this partnership and sees over official draws completed through a continuous and uninterrupted live stream hosted by live dealers.

Andrew Cochrane, Chief Development Officer at SBTech, said: “We are delighted to be working with Pin Projekt to provide a wealth of live lottery content to our platform partners. SBTech is committed to adding high quality content onto our platform that drives revenue, and this latest partnership showcases this perfectly.”

Ivan Grković , CCO at Pin Projekt said “SBTech is undoubtedly the leading platform provider in the gaming industry and we are excited to enter the Big League with them while SBTech has recognized the superior quality and uniqueness of our innovative and integrated services. Having been recognized by such a reputable company will definitely boost our credibility and give us a push to continue developing the best live lottery betting service out there.’’

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