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MGA | The Malta Gaming Authority and the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit sign a Memorandum of Understanding

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) have consolidated their long-standing relationship by means of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), specifically aimed at improving the sharing of information and co-operation between the two entities, on the areas of supervision of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), provided for by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (Cap. 373 of the Laws of Malta).

The MGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Heathcliff Farrugia, said he was delighted to sign such an important MOU with the FIAU, stating: “Our relationship with the FIAU has gone from strength to strength, particularly since the introduction of EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.  Due to the nature of our roles, we are in regular contact, also conducting joint supervision on MGA-licensed entities.  This MOU will thus continue to strengthen this collaboration, underpinning our resolve to ensure Malta’s gaming sector is kept free from crime, preventing money laundering and combating the funding of terrorism.” It will influence MGA casinos such as Crazyno, Casumo and other gambling operators and make them provide stricter KYC and AML verifications for players.

Kenneth Farrugia, Director of the FIAU, said that “the MGA is a strategic partner of the FIAU in ensuring that the highest levels of AML/CFT compliance are applied across the gaming sector. The MOU will therefore further strengthen the long-standing excellent relationship and the level of collaboration between the two authorities and demonstrates our commitment and determination in increasing Malta’s effectiveness in combatting money laundering and terrorism financing.”

The provisions of the MOU also allow both parties to discuss avenues of further co-operation in the area of AML/CFT, including in relation to training of respective employees, training of persons and entities licensed by the MGA, and assessing the competency on AML/CFT of individuals holding key positions with licensed entities, particularly those appointed as Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO).

The MOU was signed by Heathcliff Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer of the MGA and Jesmond Gatt, Chairperson of the FIAU.

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At Least $150M Up For Grabs In GGPoker’s WSOP Winter Circuit

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GGPoker today announces the latest iteration of the WSOP Winter Circuit online tournament series, which runs from December 4 through January 9. With at least $150,000,000 in prizes to be won, this year’s WSOP Winter Circuit is the richest yet.

As in previous years, the tournament series is headlined by 18 ring events, each awarding the winning player both a coveted WSOP Gold Ring and the lion’s share of the prize money. The series is further comprised of a full schedule of side events and satellite tournaments.

The series highlights include:

 

  • #18 $1,700 WSOP Winter Circuit MAIN EVENT – Final Day on January 9 – $10,000,000 GTD

  • #1 BIG 50 Bounty MILLION$ Kick-Off – Final Stage on December 5 – $1,000,000 GTD

  • #2 $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Rollers NLH – Day 2 on December 5 – $5,000,000 GTD

  • #6 $1,500 Merry MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH – Final Day on December 12 – $1M for 1st place winner – $5,000,000 GTD

  • #15 $210 New Year’s MYSTERY BOUNTY – Final Stage on January 2 – $250K top bounty – $2,023,000 GTD

 

All WSOP Winter Circuit ring event winners will receive an exclusive invitation to the WSOP Million Dollar Freeroll in Las Vegas in 2023. The winner of the $1,700 Main Event will also be invited to join GGPoker’s Team Champions, alongside previous main event winners.

“As always, just as winter starts cooling things down, GGPoker heats the poker world back up again with the blazing excitement of the WSOP Winter Circuit,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “There’s more to be won than ever before, along with WSOP gold and tournament glory – it’s time to take a seat and claim your ring!”

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

To learn more about WSOP Winter Circuit, please visit: https://en.ggpoker.com/tournaments/wsop-winter-circuit-2022/

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Azerion – H1/2022 highlights

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Azerion is scheduled to host its first Strategy Deep Dive and release its Q3 2022 results announcement on Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 8:00 CEST (7:00 BST), therefore they wanted to use this opportunity to look back and reflect on all the amazing projects we’ve accomplished over the last few months.

Mergers & Acquisitions
For the second half of the year, Azerion has been growing its portfolio as well as its global footprint with a number of acquisitions as a complement to its organic growth. They’ve brought together a great diversity of offerings and capabilities to one global powerhouse, creating a new world of opportunities for us.

As a leading digital entertainment and media company, they are reaching more people in more ways. Azerion is adding value to our audiences and increasing access to their advertising and digital publishers around the world. For example, they now have new innovative formats added to our proprietary portfolio of ad formats, thanks to Vlyby (video advertising), Targetspot (audio advertising), Madvertise (mobile formats), and AdPlay (digital out-of-home advertising). They strengthened their direct sales to advertisers with [M]Media in the Netherlands and TakeRate in Italy). Lastly, they’ve optimized services to advertisers and publishers along with Hybrid Theory (campaign performance management) and AdPlay (publisher monetization services).

Azerion is expanding our geographic footprint – in Europe, the UK, US, and APAC region – to become faster and more competitive. From these acquisitions they are launching new products, expanding our investments in digital advertising, and vigorously building our offerings to keep growing for many years to come.

Partnerships & Collaborations
Azeion’s partnership announcements are always pretty big news. During the second half of the year, they extended their partnership with Ajax eSports, partnered with Cool Cats to increase the utility of NFT’s within Habbo, and added a large selection of games to GameDistribution with Gameloft and Ubisoft Nano.


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They were once again voted the best Digital Media Owner in the Autumn Award surveyed by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in the UK. Also, they had won the Spring award in May and this time they achieved the highest score in the history of the survey. This is a great recognition of their integrated value proposition to advertisers.

In November, they also announced the results of their brand survey on attention measurement, revealing that their digital advertising formats drive up to 20x higher attention compared to standard formats.


Premium Games
They had a lot of exciting advancements regarding their premium games lately, specifically in Habbo and Hotel Hideaway! Most notably, they’ve partnered with ITV studios, with Love Island opening a virtual villa in Hotel Hideaway to create social experiences and opportunities for brands and players. The branded room attracted 3 million visits in 30 days with 46,000 daily visitors on average, spending an average of 52 mins in total over the period.

In August, Habbo launched its new app, available for Android. Not long after that, Habbo followed with the launch of its new Habbo iOS app. Android and iOS users can now have a much smoother, fully-fledged cross-play experience in Habbo.

Another big win for Azerion was to be crowned the winner in the “Top European Metaverse Platform” at the first annual European Metaverse Summit & Awards 2022. These awards are just this beginning, and they promise that there are many more milestones to follow!

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Rhys Hamilton Joins SOFTSWISS as Head of VIP Player Support

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Rhys Hamilton Joins SOFTSWISS as Head of VIP Player Support
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SOFTSWISS is delighted to announce that Rhys Hamilton has joined the company as Head of VIP at Managed Services. In this role, Rhys will be responsible for reinforcing the VIP service with cutting-edge analytics and unique segmentation to drive VIP value and retention and maximise revenue growth.

As a customer-centric iGaming expert, at SOFTSWISS Rhys Hamilton will apply his vast knowledge and profound industry experience to empower the VIP Player Support team. 

Rhys brings over 18+ years of expertise across multiple roles in iGaming companies. Before joining SOFTSWISS, Mr Hamilton worked as Head of Casino at League of Entertainment, and Head of VIP at Casumo and Hero Gaming.  

I am really excited to bring the heat to SOFTSWISS at a time when the growth of the company is rocketing. Taking the lead of the VIP team, I look forward to developing a winning combination of Gold Star service for VIPs in a responsible and sustainable way”, ​​Rhys Hamilton, Head of VIP at SOFTSWISS, comments on his new role. 

“We are confident that the extensive expertise of Rhys will boost SOFTSWISS’ service level in working with the VIP sector and make our communication more personalised. In addition, we’re going to deep dive into VIP analytics and, as a result, increase the VIP segment’s revenue”, says Anastasia Vyshinskaia, Head of SOFTSWISS Managed Services. 

Having moved from Gibraltar, Rhys Hamilton joined SOFTSWISS’ office in Malta. Now the company is focused on expanding its presence in the island nation, well-known as an iGaming hub, and is looking for iGaming specialists to strengthen the team. 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,500+ employees, is based in Malta, Poland, Georgia, and Belarus.  SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

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