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Microgaming kicks off 2020 with a wealth of January game releases

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Microgaming has revealed details of its latest drop of action-packed exclusive new games designed to excite and entertain players.

Throughout January, Microgaming will launch an array of exclusive new titles developed by its roster of independent studios and game development partners.

The new year begins with a trip to ancient Egypt in Book of Atem, developed exclusively by All41 Studios. Players can unlock the mysteries of the pharaohs in this five-reel, 10-payline slot featuring free spins with expanding symbols. The magical book symbol acts as both a wild and scatter in this dynamic game offering excellent win potential up to 5,000x the initial bet. With classic Egyptian music and graphics, Book of Atem revealed its ancient secrets on 7 January.

East Asian riches await in Double Lucky Line by Just For The Win, featuring vivid visuals and a feast of features. Set to launch exclusively to Microgaming operators on 14 January, this five-reel, 17-payline slot is home to several double symbols, including pairs of dragons, frogs and turtles. The ever-present Double Lucky Line feature ensures that only double symbols land on the centre reel, thereby optimising win potential during normal gameplay. Rounding out the game’s features are Random Wilds and free spins, with Lucky Wilds awarding further free spins and unlocking extra double symbol positions throughout the reel set.

Triple Edge Studios take players on a safari in African Quest, a five-by-four reel, 1,024 ways online slot including Hyperspins™, Microgaming’s strategic paid respin mechanic, which previously featured in Break da Bank Again Respin. Players join the search for Kubwa, the high-paying stacked lion symbol ready to roar out majestic rewards. Gathering three or more scatter symbols awards free spins in which players have the chance to select their desired free spin and multiplier option. During free spins, the wild symbol awards a multiplier, which can potentially result in up to a 64x multiplier if more than one multiplier lands. Embark on this African adventure on 21 January and set your sights on magnificent rewards.

Microgaming’s fourth exclusive release in January is The Incredible Balloon Machine™ by Crazy Tooth Studio. Taking flight on 28 January, this whimsical and innovative game features WiNCREASE™, multipliers up to 10x, and a rewarding Pick Bonus feature, in which players can inflate colourful balloons against a dreamy sky to reveal lofty rewards – provided they collect them before the balloons pop!

Providing access to an industry-leading portfolio of exclusive content and top-performing partner games, Microgaming is set to deliver dozens of exciting new titles in 2020.

“Microgaming’s January titles are representative of the variety and quality that will be rolled out throughout 2020. The mechanics of these feature-rich exclusive games combine with innovative new designs to create a thrilling gameplay experience for all players. The year ahead is shaping up to be very exciting as we add new games to Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network, take on new adventures with some of our favourite characters, and continuously debut exclusive games with new and dynamic themes.” – James Buchanan, Director of Global Operations at Microgaming.

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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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