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Gaming1 launches with Unibet

(PRESS RELEASE) — Leading gaming and sports betting partner Gaming1 has gone live with Unibet, Kindred Group’s flagship brand.

Under the agreement, a selection of engaging slot and dice games from Gaming1’s celebrated portfolio has launched on Unibet – Belgium and .com sites, with Sweden and Romania set to follow in the near future.

Gaming1’s latest partnership further extends its international reach, with new market entries and commercial agreements planned over the coming months.

As well as its renowned in-house gaming suite, the company currently operates more than 20 online gaming brands with land-based partners in Spain, Portugal, France, Serbia, Peru and Colombia.

Sabri Tekaya, Managing Director at Gaming1 Malta, said: “Kindred is one of the gaming industry’s major groups and Unibet is their flagship brand, so we are thrilled to be partnering with them.

“Our immersive in-house games catalogue is enjoyed by a wide range of international players, and we are sure Unibet’s customers in Belgium and beyond will really enjoy playing the games.”

David Robertson, Head of Casino at Kindred, said: “We are delighted to partner with GAMING1, a market leader with a multi-channel portfolio that has earned deserved plaudits from across the industry.

“Their portfolio of games fits perfectly with our premium quality customer offering, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Betsson Nordic sanctioned by the SGA

(PRESS RELEASE) — Betsson Nordic Ltd, an operational subsidiary of Betsson AB which operates the Betsson brand in Sweden, has been issued a warning and a sanction fee of SEK20 million from the Swedish Gambling Authority. Betsson Nordic Ltd is considered to have failed to register agents who sold vouchers as well as offered on its webpage, Betsson Mastercards with the perceived scope for potential future customer incentives. Both cases are deemed by the SGA as non-compliant with the Swedish gambling legislation.

Both the warning, the sanction and the hefty sanction fee come as a surprise to Betsson AB. The decision will be appealed on both accounts since Betsson AB does not agree with the view that Betsson Nordic Ltd has not complied with the Swedish Gambling Act. Betsson AB is of the view that the vouchers have been offered in line with the applicable law and that Betsson Nordic Ltd has not offered any commercial incentives or benefits connected to the Betsson Mastercard.

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Pariplay partners with Estoril Sol Group

(PRESS RELEASE) — Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has announced a partnership with Portuguese market leading operator, Estoril Sol Digital, from Estoril Sol Group, further expanding its presence in the regulated iGaming space in Europe. Through this agreement, Estoril Sol’s ESC Online brand will reap the benefits of Pariplay’s extensive repertoire of over 100 high-quality games as well as a catalogue of exciting third-party titles.

ESC Online was the first licensed casino operator in Portugal’s regulated online market. Operating on the same principles as their highly recognised land-based casinos in Portugal – Casino Estoril, Casino Lisboa and Casino da Póvoa – and optimised for enjoyment across all devices, ESC Online strives to deliver the same excellent gaming experience across all platforms for online players.

Complementing ESC Online’s impressive gaming portfolio, which is comprised of popular slots, blackjack and roulette games, is Pariplay’s state-of-the-art content of over 100 exciting and engaging online casino games. This includes recent releases like Mystery Fox and popular titles, such as Dragons of the North and Wolf Riches, which are designed using unique themes and rewarding special features.

The partnership is poised to have a huge impact on player engagement in the Portuguese iGaming market and further amplify ESC Online’s market dominance.

Rui Magalhães, CEO at Estoril Sol Digital, said: “We are thrilled to have signed an agreement with a games provider of Pariplay’s caliber. Their broad regulatory footprint, high-quality games and cutting-edge technology are exactly what we are looking for in a partner to help us achieve our goals. We anticipate their superior suite of interactive casino games to tremendously benefit our content offering.”

Adrian Bailey, Managing Director at Pariplay, said: “We are very excited about partnering with the prestigious Estoril Sol Group and marking another great deal in the Portuguese gaming market, where Pariplay continues to establish our presence. Much like us, they have proven to be a trailblazer within the industry, making them and Portuguese players an ideal fit for our innovative technology and game content. Onboarding another great operator aligns with our strategy to expand our regulated footprint and make more strides across all key European markets.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Digitain releases live table football odds feed

(PRESS RELEASE) — Leading global sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has announced the launch of its latest in-house development, and a first for the industry – a live streamed table football feed, featuring professional players, supported by pre-play and in-play odds and player statistics.

This live table football feed is now being made available to any operator who wants to gain competitive advantage by offering this exciting package to their customers.

Operators’ customers everywhere can experience this exciting and entertaining initiative, designed to drive acquisition and retention of their customers, grow revenues and enhance competitiveness.

With over 400 matches played every week and with over 50 markets available to bet on in each match – this is product is a great boost for customers searching for entertaining action.

An AI generated odds feed and real-time statistical player data add to the excitement – combine that with the skills and strategy being streamed live from our exclusive studio – and you really have the complete package.

Amid widespread disruption to sporting events, Digitain continues to equip their 70+ international partners with a fantastic range of alternate revenue streams including premium quality betting options for esports, virtuals and alternative sporting markets and are now ready to release this great new product to the wider industry.

Martin Clarke, Director of Product Management at Digitain said: “Sports fans everywhere around are missing competitive sports and this new live odds feed will enable operators to differentiate their offering and to be more competitive at this challenging time.. We have exciting plans to further develop this innovation – and look forward to delivering further value to our partners”

“Following in the footsteps of our recent new product launches; RocketOn, Crash and Penalty- our Live Table Football service marks the latest addition to our acclaimed in-house catalogue, as Digitain continues to help operators – old and new – to respond to fixture schedule disruption with action-packed alternatives.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Malta Gaming Authority signs new data sharing agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Malta Gaming Authority has recently established a data-sharing agreement with the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association. The WPBSA is the regulatory authority for both Billiards and Snooker worldwide. It is responsible for the global development of both sports, and for the governance and integrity related to the sports. In addition WPBSA is also responsible for providing professional player support, as well as the development of coaches.

Nigel Mawer QPM, WPBSA’s Vice Chairman stated that “This is an important step forward in the battle against match-fixing and betting issues in snooker. I am really pleased to have the support of the MGA, and the MGA’s Sports Integrity team in combating corruption in sport.”

The MGA’s Sports Integrity Manager, Antonio Zerafa stated that “In these unprecedented times there has been a shift in focus from team sports to more individual sports. Hence, this period proved to be a perfect example of how stakeholders of sports and sports betting integrity need to widen their horizons in terms of collaboration. Our recent data-sharing agreement with the WPBSA places us in a position to be able to also assist individual sports in their fight against corruption.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

UKGC tightens measures to protect consumers during lockdown

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Gambling Commission has today issued new guidance for online operators. It ensures that consumers are further protected following the publication of new evidence that shows some gamblers maybe at greater risk of harm during lockdown. Included in the guidance is the need for affordability checks, prevention of reverse withdrawals and restrictions on bonus offers.

The new guidance follows the Commission publishing data showing the impact that Covid-19 is having on consumers and the industry so far. Collected through the gambling industry and also through YouGov surveys this data shows that during lockdown gambling participation is down overall. This reflects the closure of land based venues and the cancellation of sporting events, with only a small number of people starting to gamble for the first time.

However, while there is no evidence to suggest an increase in problem gambling, the shift in the market as a result of Covid-19 evidence shows an increase in the use of certain gambling products such as online slots, poker, casino gaming and virtual sports.

The majority of those gambling indicate that they have not increased the time or money they have spent, two thirds (64%) of more engaged gamblers reported that they have increased the time or money that they are spending on at least one online gambling activity including National Lottery products.

The data also shows that in terms of time spent gambling, while overall session length has decreased, there has been an increase in the number of sessions that are played for over an hour

The Commission has reviewed its current guidance in light of the risks that some players may be experiencing harm while in lockdown, and online operators must now take account of the Commission’s additional guidance, which makes clear they should:

• Prevent reverse withdrawal options for customers until further notice

• Cease to offer bonuses or promotions to all customers who are displaying indicators of harm

• Interact with customers who have been playing for an hour in a single session of play

• Review thresholds and triggers for new customers to reflect the operator’s lack of knowledge of that individual’s play and spend patterns

• Conduct affordability assessments for individuals picked up by existing or new thresholds and triggers which indicate consumers experiencing harm – limiting or blocking further play until those checks have been concluded and supporting evidence obtained, and;

• Implement processes that ensure the continual monitoring of their customer base – identifying patterns of play, spend or behaviours have changed in recent weeks.

Online operators will be expected to make changes to act on this guidance as soon as possible. The Commission will bring forward plans to consult on whether further targeted player protection measures are required on a permanent basis.

Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur said:

“Operators must use the data they hold to protect their customers and now, more than ever, it’s vital that online operators really know their customers by monitoring how long they are playing for and understanding how financial uncertainty is impacting them and what they can afford to gamble with.? To ensure operators do that, we are strengthening our guidance and expect operators to take account of that to prevent bonus offers or inducements being offered to customers who are showing any sign of harm‘’

“Work was already underway to address many of these issues but this means we will now accelerate this work due to the unique situation that many consumers will find themselves in during lockdown.”

“We will continue to monitor and publish the data that we are collecting and we will take further measures if required.?We are monitoring online operators closely and if we see irresponsible behavior we will step in immediately, suspending licences if we need to.”

Minister for Sports, Tourism and Heritage Nigel Huddleston said:

“It is vital that people are protected from the threat of gambling related harm and I welcome these latest steps from the Gambling Commission.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will not hesitate to take further action if required.”

Later this month the Commission will be opening a consultation which will propose strengthened measures around ethical product design, including reverse withdrawals and VIP Inducements.

Following the announcement of the lockdown and social distancing measures on 23 March, Mr McArthur also wrote to online operators to remind them of their responsibilities to protect consumers.

Nigel Huddleston MP wrote to gambling operators in April to remind them of their responsibilities during Covid-19, and urged them to give more prominence to safer gambling messages.

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

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