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Kiron extends partnership with SBTech

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Specialist virtual games provider Kiron has integrated its BetMan platform with technology provider SBTech, re-engerising their existing partnership.

Kiron’s entire portfolio is now available through SBTech’s platform, adding an extensive variety of virtual sports events, number games and esteemed football content, including its brand-new football product, GOAL, to the existing offering.

SBTech, which provides a sports betting and igaming platform and a full range of management services, will now be able to offer its premium gaming partners Kiron’s rapid play betting experiences across a diverse range of virtual sports events.

The expansion of the supplier’s portfolio via the BetMan platform further builds on its longstanding partnership with SBTech, which was first established in 2014 and has continued to go from strength to strength.

Steven Spartinos, co-CEO of Kiron, said: “SBTech has been a valued partner of ours for over five years. Expanding the content range available through BetMan reinforces our business relationship and bolsters its platform with a greater range of our quality virtual content at a crucial time.

“The demand for virtuals is growing significantly, and thanks to the flexibility of our platform and speed of integration we have been able to quickly provide our partners with a wide-ranging virtual portfolio that cuts above the competition.”

Letizia Angelo, Commercial Partnerships Director of SBTech, added: “With the rise in popularity of virtuals, the expansion of Kiron’s content available through the SBTech platform is a valuable addition to our offering and will be widely welcomed by our global gaming partners.

“Since we first joined forces in 2014 Kiron has been a trusted partner and we look forward to collaborating with them further as its content continues to push the boundaries of innovation in the virtuals vertical.”

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Synot Games Partners with Online Casino Wunderino

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Synot Games has entered into an igaming distribution deal with online casino operator Wunderino.

“Adding our games to the Wunderino online casino is a true privilege and a great omen of exciting things to come before the end of the year. Both teams have worked on this with full dedication and a common goal in mind: Providing the best to the players,” Martina Hrabinska, CCO at SYNOT Games, said.

Wunderino was launched in the spring of 2016 by i-gaming veterans to offer more than just the “regular” casino experience by focusing on innovative user experience and entertaining gamification elements in addition to a large selection of games.

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Merkur Gaming to Give Live Stream Presentation of New Product Developments

Niji Narayan

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Merkur Gaming is going to implement new initiatives and strategies to recover from the Impact of COVID-19.

Merkur Gaming’s chief executive, International, Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, is at the forefront of supporting the Merkur Board and bringing to fruition new initiatives for the short term and also the strategies that will be necessary as more familiar business levels resume. “We are not on holiday and we are not sleeping” he said “we are working very hard to support our customers, in whatever they need, during these difficult times.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to explain a brand new initiative that is just one example of the efforts being made to support Merkur Gaming’s customers.

He said: “What we will be bringing to our customers, starting in early November, will be a live stream presentation from our showroom in Luebbeke. This is not a ‘virtual’ event. Our invited customers will each be hosted by their own, familiar, company representative, and in real time. They will be able to see our new products, our new cabinets and our new games, discuss them one-to-one, ask any questions they have and so get a very valuable first insight into what will be available from Merkur Gaming. I promise you, it will intensive and it will be exciting. Exciting for us to be able to see our customers’ reactions and exciting for them to be up to speed with what we are very confident will be major hit products on gaming floors soon.”

Mr. Isaakidis went on to talk about where gaming is taking place successfully at present. “We are, of course, encouraging the industry to ‘Restart with Merkur’ and, in quite a few locations, that is already happening. Our business in Eastern Europe, in the Balkans particularly, is as healthy as it can be in the current situation. In Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia gaming entertainment is doing well. The recent announcement of the new gaming law in the Ukraine is truly exciting and we want all our customers and business partners to know that Merkur is coming, and we expect to be a major supplier there. Early 2021 will see the first installations in the Ukraine and there will be some exciting new developments in Bulgaria also.

In our home market, Germany, casino operations are doing well and the Gauselmann Group’s mainstay, the many gaming arcades that we operate, are active and providing players with the high class gaming entertainment that they have come to expect. In this the existing regulations that gaming arcades must comply with have helped meet the primary need of keeping both players and our staff safe and well. It is mandatory to provide ample space between each gaming machine and that, combined with the highest levels of social distancing, sanitation and protective shielding from machine to machine, has given our loyal players the confidence to return, and in ever increasing numbers.

Despite all of the difficulties of the past months the entire Merkur Gaming team is looking forward to the challenges, and the opportunities, that lie ahead. We have always been passionate about our place in the national and international gaming industry and, right now and into the future we are focusing on keeping that passion and looking forward to what will certainly be a bright future.”

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Spain’s Online Gambling Market Grows 17.7% Year-on-year in Q2 2020

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The online gambling market in Spain has grown 17.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020.

Total gross revenue of €208.9m (£189.2m/$245.2m) for the three months to June 30 represents a 4.2% decline compared to Q1 2020, however, while advertising spend by licensees dipped significantly during the period.

Sports betting revenue was €68.1m, which represented a 20.8% year-on-year decline, and a 38.4% drop from Q1. Pre-match, fixed-odds staking fell 49.0% to €288.9m, with in-play wagers down 39.6% to €698.6m, as total stakes across all products and bet types declined 40.4% to €1.05bn.

Strong performance from online casino offset the betting vertical’s declines, and suggested players had shifted from one vertical to the other. Revenue grew to €93.5m, a 36.5% improvement on the prior year, with customer stakes up 25.3% to €2.86bn.

This was largely down to slot play, with the product accounting for €51.9m of casino GGR, up 30.4% year-on-year, and more than 19.9% quarter-on-quarter. Live roulette continued to grow strongly, contributing revenue of €27.0m, a 75.7% jump from Q2 2019.

Poker saw revenue almost double, rising 97.4% to €38.2m, while bingo also enjoyed a strong quarter, with its contribution climbing 66.9% to €5.0m.

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