iGB Market Monitor: February 2019

first_img With the rising tide of populism putting many industries in the political firing line, the gambling sectors in Italy and Poland are unfortunately no exception. In Italy, the economy is showing signs of the business-bashing policies of the ruling coalition government, having slipped into technical recession the past two quarters. A far more positive outlook is found in Denmark, however. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Nordics Southern Europe Poland Denmark Italy Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Poker Slots With the rising tide of populism putting many industries in the political firing line, the gambling sectors in Italy and Poland are unfortunately no exception. In Italy, the economy is showing signs of the business-bashing policies of the ruling coalition government, having slipped into technical recession the past two quarters.While the dot.it sector turned in an impressive performance in 2018, GGR breaking through the €1.5bn barrier having hit the €1bn landmark just two years previous, it will also have to contend with the small matter of all forms of advertising coming to an end this July.In Poland, government concerns over the proliferation of illegal gaming machines are shaping the policy response to gambling more broadly, and we are, according to report author Scott Longley, seeing “the controlling instinct of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party permeate into the online world”.With non-monopoly operators only allowed to offer sports betting taxed at an unsustainable rate of 12% of turnover, national lottery monopoly Totalizator Sportowy launched its Playtech-powered casino offering totalcasino.pl in December.With this unlikely to capture any significant share of the dot.com gaming market, logic would suggest a subsequent rethink of this policy by the government but no one there is “holding their breath”, according to Longley.A far more positive outlook is found in Denmark however, where recent growth trends continued into the third quarter and the Danish Gambling Authority has been focusing its efforts on combatting the remaining black market and maintaining the high degree of channelisation to dot.dk brands.We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the Market Monitor and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.Click on the e-reader below to view the full Market Monitor. 21st February 2019 | By Stephen Carter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Slot Machines iGB Market Monitor: February 2019last_img read more

Nevada sportsbook handle falls short of NJ in May

first_img27th June 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: US Nevada AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Nevada sportsbook handle falls short of NJ in May Casino & games Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Nevada’s sports betting handle rose 0.6% year-on-year to $317.4m in May, though the state’s total gambling revenue for the month was down 6.0% to $981.8m. Nevada’s sports betting handle rose 0.6% year-on-year to $317.4m in May, though the state’s total gambling revenue for the month was down 6.0% to $981.8m.May marks the first time amounts wagered in New Jersey have surpassed stakes in Nevada. Earlier this month figures from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement revealed that bettors staked $318.9m in May, of which of which $263.6m was spent online. Nevada’s sportsbooks saw revenue decline sharply year-on-year, falling to $11.3m. The majority ($7.8m) came from baseball, with a further $4.5m coming from basketball, while a $2.4m loss on football drove down revenue. A further $1.3m was generated from betting on other events, along with $72,000 from parlay cards. Read the full story on iGB North America.last_img read more

Global Daily Fantasy Sports acquires Playgon for CAD$9.5m

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Software supplier Global Daily Fantasy Sports will acquire live dealer games supplier Playgon Interactive after executing a definitive share purchase agreement which will see Global acquire all of Playgon’s shares for CAD$9.5m. Casino & games Global Daily Fantasy Sports acquires Playgon for CAD$9.5m 3rd December 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Software supplier Global Daily Fantasy Sports will acquire live dealer games supplier Playgon Interactive in a CAD$9.5m ($7.2m) deal.The move will see Global expand its footprint out of the daily fantasy sports sphere and into live casino, a sector that Darcy Krogh, chief executive of Global, said he believes will be at the centre of growth in online gaming in the near future.“This acquisition of Playgon brings to Global a cutting-edge technology that I am very excited about and adds another unique product to our portfolio of B2B content,” Krogh said. “Playgon’s proprietary technology is flexible and applicable to both real money and social gaming markets.“Live casino is the innovation that best compliments the growth of online casino gaming. Technological advancements, increased connectivity, mobile gaming, along with positive regulations in the industry continues to open up new markets and fuel this online casino growth.”Read more on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Strategy Email Addresslast_img read more

Belgian casinos to reopen on 1 July

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Belgian casinos to reopen on 1 July Casinos in Belgium are set to reopen on 1 July, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès has announced.Wilmès said casinos will be part of Phase 4 of the country’s reopening following a lockdown to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Belgium is set to enter Phase 3 on 8 June, which will see restaurants and contactless sports activity resume.The reopening of casinos on 1 July is contingent on transmission of the virus in Belgium remaining low. Contact sports will also resume on 1 July and may be played in front of up to 200 spectators.The Belgian Gambling Commission said it expects gambling halls and betting shops to also reopen on 1 July, but will have to wait for a ministerial decree to confirm that this is the case.Wilmès did not announce what restrictions will be in place for casinos when they reopen.Casinos in Belgium closed on 18 March, as almost all of Europe locked down because of the pandemic. Casinos in Belgium are set to reopen on 1 July, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès has announced. 5th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Slots Regions: Europe Western Europe Belgium Casino & games Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Slot Machines Email Addresslast_img read more

SciPlay moves into casual gaming with Come2Play acquisition

first_img Topics: Casino & games Strategy Social gaming SciPlay moves into casual gaming with Come2Play acquisition AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 23rd June 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Casino & games SciPlay, the social gaming division of Scientific Games, has expanded into the casual games sector through the acquisition of mobile developer Come2Play.Headquartered in Tel Aviv and founded in 2007 by Alon Barzilay, Come2Play offers a range of card titles such as Solitaire Pets Adventure and Backgammon Live among its games.The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, though SciPlay noted that the transaction closed yesterday (22 June), and that the fee paid will not materially affect its liquidity position.Under SciPlay’s leadership, the studio will now work on developing new casual games for the business.SciPlay’s most recent acquisition came in 2017 when it took ownership of Bingo Showdown developer SpiceRack. The deal came before SciPlay was spun off from Scientific Games last year.“Adding a new genre of evergreen casual games and an incredibly talented team to our portfolio immediately expands our market beyond social casino apps, and enables us to leverage our unique technology and strategies to drive player engagement and grow revenue,” SciPlay chief executive Josh Wilson explained.“We believe that with our support and expertise in user acquisition, analytics and live ops, we will be able to drive new growth behind the Come2Play titles.”Come2Play chief executive Barzilay added: “Our studio was founded on our passion to make games that really connect with our players, and we are thrilled to be joining SciPlay to take our games to the next level.“By leveraging the expertise and support from the wider SciPlay team, we will amplify the reach of our games, including our ground-breaking Solitaire game, Solitaire Pets Adventure.”The deal comes amid growing interest in casual games from studios traditionally focused on other social genres. Zynga acquired Turkish casual gaming specialist Peak Games in a $1.8bn deal earlier this month, while DoubleDown Interactive announced that same month that a key motivation behind a US initial public offering was to fund the business’ expansion into the genre. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter SciPlay, the social gaming division of Scientific Games, has expanded into the casual games sector through the acquisition of mobile developer Come2Play.last_img read more

Casinos reopen in Cambodia and South Korea

first_img Topics: Casino & games Strategy Casinos in South Korea and Cambodia have reopened, as much of Asia eases out of lockdowns caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.NagaWorld Cambodia will reopen its VIP and slot machine sections tomorrow (8 July) after the country’s Ministry of Health conducted an inspection of the property on 4 July.The operator and the Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding on 30 June that would allow the casino to reopen as part of a pilot project ahead of a wider reopening of venues across Cambodia.NagaWorld operator NagaCorp said the casino was chosen because of its location in the centre of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, its status as the largest casino in the country and its large workforce and contribution to the Cambodian economy.The operator will take measures including providing isolation rooms for guests, enforcing distancing and placing sanitiser and other safety equipment around the location. Masks and temperature checks will also be required for guests and staff.“The reopening of NagaWorld is a cautious approach and hence the guidelines issued by the MOH must be implemented,” NagaCorp said.If the NagaWorld reopening is successful, more reopenings are expected to follow.Meanwhile, Kangwon Land’s casino in South Korea reopened last week (1 July) after being closed since 23 February.This follows a temporary “rehearsal” opening on 27 May, which the operator said helped it identify and deal with shortcomings in its reopening plan. In addition, Kangwon land will sterilise casino chips and will place notices around its properties to remind customers to respect social distancing requirements.The operator said it installed screens at gaming tables and between gaming machines. It also said it is “reviewing ways to minimize contact between employees”.Kangwon Land added that its management team is making daily inspections of its reopening plans to ensure they are effective. 7th July 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Casino & gamescenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Asia Cambodia South Korea Casinos reopen in Cambodia and South Korea Casinos in South Korea and Cambodia have reopened, as much of Asia eases out of lockdowns caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.last_img read more

BGC in “utter dismay” at government’s casino U-turn

first_img “The support from HM Treasury, such as the Job Retention Scheme, has really helped but now our members will be forced to pay National Insurance on top of salaries in August while they remain closed,” he added.“As furlough payments are phased out, there will be no flexibility for casinos to adapt to the new working and leisure environment when they are eventually allowed to reopen.” Casino & games 31st July 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland “This latest fiasco represents a huge blow to the casino industry which will now have remained closed for nearly five months,” Dugher continued. “Casinos are a fundamental part of our leisure, hospitality, entertainment and tourism industry.He pointed out the sector employs over 14,000 people directly, as well as indirectly supporting another 4,000 UK jobs, paying more than £5.7m in tax per week in 2019. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter However, he warned that operators, having spent millions on reopening plans, including recalling furloughed staff, now looked to be forced into “significant redundancies” due to the heavy cost of the closures. Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to express its “utter dismay” at the decision to delay the reopening of English casinos by at least two weeks. Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to express its “utter dismay” at the decision to delay the reopening of English casinos by at least two weeks.Earlier today (31 July) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that casinos, which had been due to reopen from 1 August, would not reopen until 15 August at the earliest.The properties closed on 20 March as the UK went into lockdown amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and it was not until 17 July that the government set a date for casino reopenings. Other gambling venues such as betting shops (from 15 June) and bingo halls (from 4 July) have already been allowed to open their doors to customers.However, with stricter lockdown measures being reintroduced in the north of England, Johnson said it was necessary to “squeeze the brake pedal” on easing lockdown in other parts of the country further.This has been greeted with horror by the BGC, which had lobbied the government to either reopen, or at least set out a timescale for casinos to reopen.In a letter to the UK finance minister, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, BGC chief executive Michael Dugher (pictured) described the U-turn as “highly illogical, inconsistent and deeply damaging to those businesses and thousands of staff they employ.”Dugher said the government’s strategy for dealing with Covid-19 appeared to be “in disarray”.“We were told that the strategy was to move to regional and local lockdowns, yet the government’s announcement today forces all casinos to remain closed,” he wrote.“It is also the case that the new restrictions are supposed to be focused on households not mixing – not on closing businesses.”He cited government advice stating that households were permitted to avail themselves of hospitality options such as bars and pubs.Dugher’s letter also took exception to Johnson’s assertion that businesses such as casinos were higher risk, something he said was “bizarre and quite wrong”. The BGC pointed out that casino operators had invested heavily in making their properties Covid-secure, installing perspex screens, sanitisation equipment and employing track and trace systems to protect patrons.The industry had also coordinated with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Public Health England to ensure that all venues were ready to reopen from 1 August.  Topics: Casino & games BGC in “utter dismay” at government’s casino U-turn Email Addresslast_img read more

Playtech pens strategic deal with Novomatic Americas

first_img Tags: Novomatic Playtech Sports betting Novomatic ActionBook is currently active in 11 US states and counts the likes of DraftKings and Penn National among its clients in the country. Playtech has entered into non-exclusive sports betting partnership with the Novomatic Americas arm of video lottery terminal (VLT) supplier Novomatic. 4th March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The deal builds on a long-term partnership between Playtech and Novomatic, via which the two parties jointly operate more than 10,000 kiosks worldwide. The partnership will also see Playtech and Novomatic Americas jointly market Playtech’s mobile sportsbook and player account management (PAM) software to prospective US customers. “This combined service will deliver a best-in-class experience and is a further example of Playtech’s ability to partner with leading companies and leverage its scale in the rapidly growing US market,” Playtech’s US managing director Jonathan Doubilet said.center_img Regions: US Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Sports betting Retail sports betting Playtech pens strategic deal with Novomatic Americas Email Address Under the deal, Playtech’s sports betting kiosk (SSBT) systems will be delivered through Novomatic ActionBook sports wagering kiosks across the US. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 generates 5 million tourists for Russia

first_img By Kunal Dhyani – July 9, 2018 Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Football The ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup has recorded a massive 5 million tourists, including 2.9 million foreigners that have visited the cities for the matches, according to a statement by the head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, Oleg Safonov.“According to preliminary information, the World Cup host cities have received more than 5 million tourists. Moscow saw the heaviest tourist flow of more than 2.7 million, while St. Petersburg received more than 600,000, and Sochi, more than 500,000. The growth of tourists visiting the World Cup host cities was from 19% in Moscow to 1,678% in Saransk, with the average growth of 74%,” the agency head said. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’UndoSuryakumar YadavUndoPUBG Mobile Big Update : For the first time ever, India Government makes it official, ‘No Permissions to PUBG’UndoThere are currently 2.9 million foreign tourists in 11 cities hosting the World Cup matches. This indicator grew by 20% in St. Petersburg and 235 times in Saransk when compared to the same period for June, Safonov noted. The foreign tourist flow grew 10 times in Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg and 15 times in Volgograd, whereas in the other World Cup host cities it increased 1.5-2 times.Numerous football fans, foreign state officials and politicians, as well as experts have already praised Russia’s organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, noting the warm-hearted hospitality in all of 11 hosting cities, but branded the outcomes of this world championship as utterly unpredictable.The eight remaining teams left to fight it out for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy, are hosts Russia, France, Uruguay, Sweden, Brazil, England, Belgium and Croatia.The matches to battle for the semifinals begins today Friday June 6th as France do battle against Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod stadium for a place in the semis, the city of Kazan will host the Brazil vs Belgium encounter.On Saturday, June 7th, England take on Sweden in Samara while hosts Russia are set to face off against Croatia at the legendary Fisht Olympic Stadium in Russia’s southern resort city of Sochi.According to FIFA’s official statistics, the number of fans at all stadiums during 56 out 64 total matches played at the 2018 World Cup (48 matches in the group stage and eight matches in Last 16) came to 2,576,584 people, which carries an average of 46,010 at each match.The World Cup in Russia has already chalked up 146 goals scored in all of the previous 56 matches (2.61 per match on the average), with the Belgian team scoring the most so far – 12 goals in four games.A total of 32 national football teams entered the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but narrowed down to 16 as they proceeded to the knockout phase after the group stage, held between June 14 and 28. 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ICC renews partnership with ITN Productions Sport

first_img Cricket Cricket Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Cricket Cricket BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video ICC renews partnership with ITN Productions Sport YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsored Facebook Twitter International Cricket Council and ITN Productions Sport have renewed the partnership for editing highlights packages from two major tournaments to be used by ICC partners and the wider media.Shorter fast-turnaround content from the ICC World Twenty20 2018 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will also be tailored for licensees and the ICC’s digital platforms.  Football By Kunal Dhyani – November 10, 2018 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeE! OnlineCNN’s Christiane Amanpour Undergoes Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisE! Online24/7 SportsIt’s Amazing To See How These NBA Stars Have Changed Since College24/7 SportsCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingITN Sport had also worked on last year’s ICC Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup, reacting as matches unfold and focusing on clips that provide viral potential.“We were very happy with ITNP’s editorial and publishing solutions provided during cricket’s global pinnacle events in 2017,” said Aarti Singh Dabas, ICC’s head of media rights, broadcast and digital.“We are continually striving to deliver faster and better-quality content to our fans and partners and we are confident that ITN will successfully help us deliver that objective during our two major events.”Also Read: In a first, Hindi and Bengali content to feature on ICC websiteAs well as the ICC, ITN Productions Sport – a joint venture production partner for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the long-term production partner for the English Football League (EFL) – produces multimedia coverage for major sports organisations, including the Premier League, International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Team GB.“As an experienced partner of the ICC we’re delighted to continue to bring their digital content to life,” said Tim Godfrey, partnerships director for ITN Productions Sport. “Our technical workflow is tried and tested to ensure that high quality footage is delivered to fans and stakeholders as quickly as possible.”Also Read: Unprecedented demand for Cricket World Cup 2019 tickets: ICC Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Matteo Pessina goal helps Italy beat Wales, finish top of Group A with flawless record; Follow Live Updates PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Cricket Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Football CricketLatest Sports NewsSportSports Business WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa in huge trouble; SA 59/6 (22.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates Previous articleCatch India’s campaign in ICC Women World T20 LiveNext articleEA Sports, UEFA announce eChampions League with $ 280,000 prize purse Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket TAGSICCICC Cricket World Cup 2019ICC World Twenty20 2018International Cricket CouncilITN Productions Sport SHARE WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Latest Sports News last_img read more