Leading games provider and social casino operator, Design Works Gaming (DWG) launched a record number of titles across its social casinos in 2019, ahead of its imminent entry into online real money gaming.
Over 125 new games went live on DWG’s social casinos Diamond Sky Casino, Spin Vegas Slots and Cash River Casino last year, an increase of 14 percent compared with 2018.
In preparation for DWG’s debut in online real money gaming, after being granted a GB Gambling Commission licence at the end of last year, the company is busy working with GLI to complete the certification for 41 games.
This year, the company will further certify 50 more of its existing titles that have already been successful in land-based and social casinos, offering online operators a portfolio of titles with proven track records. In addition to new game titles, DWG will also launch its suite of promotional tools in 2020.
The most popular game across all jurisdictions in 2019 was fan-favourite Diamonds, Sapphires & Rubies. This classic Vegas-style slot is adorned with bonus features such as stacked wilds, wheel bonuses and a 4-level progressive jackpot.
Andy Harris, UK CEO of DWG, said: “One of our unique selling points is the number of proven games we can offer our operator partners, so I am pleased to have further expanded our portfolio with a record number of titles in 2019.
“Our UK launch is now imminent and 2020 will be an exciting year for DWG as we set off on our journey in real money gaming.”
To find out more about DWG’s portfolio of games and promotional tools, set up a meeting with the team at ICE London 2020 by contacting [email protected]
Skycity Appoints David Attenborough as Non-Executive Director
Skycity Entertainment Group has announced its intention to appoint former Tabcorp Managing Director and CEO David Attenborough as a non-executive director, pending regulatory approvals.
In a Friday morning filing, Skycity said Attenborough would join the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity with 1 March 2023 touted as his likely start date.
“David has extensive gambling industry and corporate governance and sustainability experience which will bring considerable expertise to the Skycity board,” Julian Cook, Chairman of Skycity, said.
Based in Sydney, Attenborough stepped down from his role at Tabcorp last year following the completion of a demerger from its lotteries business. He had led Tabcorp for 12 years, having taken on the top job in 2019.
888 Suspends VIP Activities in Middle East; CEO Steps Down
888 Holdings announced the departure of its chief executive on Monday, as it said it was suspending some VIP accounts in the Middle East pending the outcome of an internal compliance investigation.
Just weeks after announcing that chief financial officer Yariv Dafna had “mutually agreed” to step down from the business, 888 announced that CEO Itai Pazner is stepping down with immediate effect.
888 had said in January that Dafna was stepping down at the end of March, but the company has now said he will remain in his job until the end of the year.
Non-executive chair Lord Mendelsohn is assuming the position of executive chair on an interim basis while the company searches for a permanent CEO.
The news came alongside a separate statement in which the company said that an internal compliance review had revealed that “certain best practices” had not been followed in regard to “know your client” and anti-money laundering processes for 888 VIP customers in the Middle East region.
As a result, VIP activities in certain of its .com markets have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
“While further internal investigations are underway, the board has taken the decision to suspend VIP customer accounts in the region, effective immediately. The board currently estimates that the impact is less than 3% of group revenues, should the suspensions remain in place,” 888 said.
888 said its current understanding is that the process deficiencies identified are isolated to the Middle East only.
Mendelsohn said: “The board and I take the group’s compliance responsibilities incredibly seriously. When we were alerted to issues with some of 888’s VIP customers, the board took decisive actions.
“We will be uncompromising in our approach to compliance as we build a strong and sustainable business.”
GameArt Launches Dedicated ICE London 2023 Page
GameArt has launched its dedicated ICE London 2023 page to facilitate bookings with the team prior to and during the gaming show, for visitors to get a taste of what they can expect from the GameArt team at ICE, and to permit users to download GameArt’s latest brochure.
Visitors to this page are able to get a taste of what they can expect from the GameArt team at ICE. The team is hosting a Pirate’s Battle Live Tournament with many prizes to be won including a cruise vacation package worth €1500. During this tournament, participants will get to play GameArt’s forthcoming Pirate’s Pearl Megaways slot game, which will go live in online casinos on February 28. Among the other activities at GameArt’s stand is the Pirate’s Pearl Ring Toss game. The GameArt team will be showcasing its new games roadmap and new Yeet&Sweet initiative, as well as Tronius’s new gaming machines powered by GameArt—Electronic Roulette and the Viserion multi-game machine.
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