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Tapinator Announces Upcoming Heads-Up, Social Card Game

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Tapinator, Inc., a developer and publisher of category leading apps for mobile platforms, with a focus on social casino games, today announced the upcoming release of SPEED: Heads-Up Solitaire, the latest addition to its social casino portfolio. SPEED is scheduled for soft launch later this month and will be the Company’s first truly social, synchronous card game. To bring the product to fruition, the Company is excited to join forces with its partners at Robot Cake Games of Hannover, Germany.

SPEED is based on a classic card game that has been popular for many years within a real-world context. Yet, to date, the game has lacked a best-in-class product within the mobile app stores. We believe that the gameplay of speed is well-suited to become a top grossing mobile game due to the following characteristics:

  • synchronous, heads up competition
  • addictive, bite-sized gameplay sessions
  • balanced combination of rewarding wins and losses
  • tie in to the game’s virtual currency betting system

Tapinator’s CEO, Ilya Nikolayev, commented on the upcoming release, “I remember spending many evenings playing the game of speed with friends and family before the days of mobile devices. Now that gaming has, to a large extent, shifted to mobile we began to wonder why the app store environment lacks a popular, top grossing speed mobile game. We developed SPEED, with our partners at Robot Cake Games, to fill this player need. We have been testing the game internally over the last several weeks and are very excited with what we have built. We believe that we have successfully recreated the competitive, dynamic nature of speed for mobile devices. In fact, as we scale the player base, we believe that there is a future esports opportunity for SPEED. 

We plan on opening up a limited beta of SPEED to our investors before we go into soft launch later this month. We encourage our investors to reach out to us at [email protected] to be placed on our beta list.”

 

About Tapinator:
Tapinator Inc. develops and publishes category leading apps for mobile platforms, with a focus on social casino games. Tapinator’s library includes more than 300 titles that, collectively, have achieved over 500 million mobile downloads, including notable properties such as Video Poker Classic and Solitaire Derby. Tapinator generates revenues through the sale of branded advertising and via consumer transactions, including in-app purchases and subscriptions. Founded in 2013, Tapinator is headquartered in New York, with product development and marketing teams located in North AmericaEurope and Asia. Consumers can find high-quality mobile entertainment wherever they see the ‘T’ character logo, or at http://tapinator.com.

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Frankie’s on board with Sporting Index

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World’s top jockey joins leading bookmaker to offer unique insight for the 2020 Flat racing season

Sporting Index has made the landmark signing of world-class jockey Frankie Dettori, widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, as a brand ambassador.

The deal will see Dettori carry the Sporting Index logo on his breeches and collar, offer exclusive thoughts on his rides at sportingindex.com and support with social media posts and daily previews during the season’s major meetings, such as Royal Ascot.

The Italian’s unrivalled achievements in the Flat racing sphere consist of 19 British Classics, including two Derby wins at Epsom, and an astonishing 251 Group 1 victories worldwide. He currently holds the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award and has done so for three of the last five years.

Sporting Index, who launched a fixed odds offering in 2019 to run alongside its well-established spread betting service, also currently sponsor leading National Hunt jockey Barry Geraghty, who celebrated a vintage Cheltenham Festival with five wins in March.

Simon Trim, CEO at Sporting Index, said: “Frankie is the face of Flat racing, if not horse racing as a whole, so it’s hugely exciting to have him as a Sporting Index brand ambassador.

“He is often riding the most talked about horses of the season, like Enable and Stradivarius, and we’re delighted to be able to bring racing fans closer to that with his regular blog.

“Even though he has cost us plenty of money over the years, no-one has done more to promote the sport of horse racing and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

Frankie Dettori, said: “I’m over the moon to be joining Sporting Index ahead of the new Flat season. There are some top-quality horses that I can’t wait to get on this year, and I look forward to telling readers all about them.

“I saw over the winter that Barry Geraghty had plenty of success with Sporting Index on his breeches, so hopefully it’s the same for me too!”

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Playtech “Takes Full Responsibility” and Apologises for PTES Failings

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Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary.

The case saw a customer sign up for an account in December 2016, ultimately spending £4.5m (€5.0m/$5.5m) on PTES’ Winner and Titanbet brands – losing £119,395 between 1 to 5 April 2017 alone – before committing suicide.

The UK Gambling Commission’s investigation uncovered widespread failings in the business’ social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes that resulted in no action being taken over the individual’s excessive gambling.

“We take full responsibility for these regulatory breaches. As a technology specialist, Playtech focuses on harnessing its capabilities in data-driven intelligence to place consumer protection at the centre of every stage of the player experience from game design to real-time engagement and messaging,” More Weizer, Chief Executive of Playtech, said.

“In recent years, we have invested significantly to seek to ensure that these types of breaches do not happen again, including addressing the specific issues raised by the Commission,” More Weizer added.

Playtech’s board extended its “deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family. Its interim chair, Claire Milne, will be contacting the family to apologise personally for the B2C subsidiary’s failings.

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Bojoko Special Report assess the impact of Covid-19

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Online casino comparison site has created a report that looks at what the pandemic means for the industry and how it can move forwards on a positive footing

Bojoko.com has created a special report analysing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the online casino sector.

The online casino comparison site has used Google Trends data to see how consumers have reacted to the global sports blackout and what this means for online casino operators.

Some of the headline numbers show:

  • Sports betting search terms have declined from February to April. In particular, searches for “Best Betting Sites” and “Sports Betting UK” fell 41% and 33% respectively.
  • Online casino search terms have increased in volume over the three-month period, with “Best Casino Sites” enjoying a 78% increase in volume between February and April.
  • “New Online Casino” search volume recorded a 31% increase over the three months but made the biggest jump between March and April with its score increasing 50% MoM.
  • There were spikes in sports betting search terms on April 4 when the Virtual Grand National took place and casino search terms on Valentine’s Day.

The report also includes expert analysis and comment from a range of contributors, including operators, game developers and responsible gambling experts.

Joonas KarhuChief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “We have created this report as a record of this unprecedented time in the history of the online gambling industry.

“But we also want it to act as a blueprint for how the sector can come out the other side on a positive footing and ensure it is business as usual as soon as possible.

“I’d like to thank those that have provided their opinion and insight and hope that the Bojoko Special Report provides understanding and value to all industry stakeholders.”

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