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FanDuel expands partnership with Sportradar

(PRESS RELEASE) — FanDuel Group and Sportradar, the world’s leading global provider of sports data and content, officially announced an extension of their partnership to bring live streaming to FanDuel Sportsbook’s industry-leading sports betting app.

Following a successful trial of live streaming a major tennis tournament, FanDuel Group will roll out a portfolio of live sporting events including tennis from around the world and European soccer via Sportradar’s Live Channel Online. While live streaming is a well-established part of the betting experience around the world, this will be the first time U.S. consumers will have the chance to watch live action from within their betting app.

“We are really excited to bring live streaming to the U.S. market with FanDuel,” said Neale Deeley, Vice President of U.S. Sales and Gaming, Sportradar. “We have been longstanding partners of both FanDuel and parent company Paddy Power Betfair across a wide range of betting and fantasy services. We’re proud to be an ongoing part of their US expansion plans.”

“The ability to live stream professional sports inside our sports betting product will provide our customers with a first class betting experience,” said Niall Connell, General Manager, FanDuel Sportsbook. “By making Sportradar’s Live Channel Online available alongside our betting markets, FanDuel Sportsbook continues to be the premiere sports destination in the ever growing sports betting industry.”

Sportradar’s Live Channel will be included directly into the FanDuel Sportsbook interface, incorporating live events with betting lines and data, now with the added functionality to actually place a live wager on the event that sports fans are viewing.

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Red Tiger set for Switzerland expansion

(PRESS RELEASE) — Casino game and software supplier Red Tiger is set to be one of the first providers to launch in Switzerland when the new market opens on 1 July having certified 30 of its most popular games in the territory.

The provider is prepared to go live with a number of leading operators in the country after bolstering its online security with the award of ISO 27001 certification in November last year.

Chris Looney, Commercial Director at Red Tiger, said, “We are looking forward to launching in Switzerland and are excited about the opportunities that the country presents.”

“Red Tiger is always looking to expand its reach in regulated markets. As a result, we are well-set to offer operators a portfolio of games that are proven revenue generators elsewhere.”

Red Tiger has recently embarked on a period of commercial expansion across Europe, launching in Sweden, Italy and Denmark already this year.

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Realistic Games launches its first ever 3-D game

(PRESS RELEASE) — Award-winning casino content supplier Realistic Games is hoping players will keep their cool with its latest release, Black Ice.

The five-reel, 10-line slot is the company’s first 3-D game and gives players greater control of their gaming experience as they use the new cinematic view to explore the game.

By utilising the very latest technology, it has created a 3-D world in which players can tilt and swipe their devices in order to change their view of the reels and enhance their game experience.

Each new game starts with 40 Wild symbols and whenever a win is obtained, all non-Wild symbols used in that win are also changed to Wild symbols.

A free respin is then awarded using the new set of enhanced reels giving players an even greater chance of some ice cool wins.

Robert Lee, Commercial Director of Realistic Games, said, “Black Ice is our first 3-D slot and we are very excited to bring this new development to our operating partners. We can’t wait to see how players will react.”

“This latest technology is fantastic and has allowed us to deliver an experience unlike any other game currently on the market.”

“This is another exciting and positive step for us as we continue to grow, and we are confident that Black Ice will add another dimension to our expanding portfolio.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

FanDuel acquired by Paddy Power Betfair

(PRESS RELEASE) — Paddy Power Betfair and FanDuel today announced a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge their U.S. businesses, bringing together the leader in international sports betting and gaming and the company that redefined fantasy sports.

The transaction combines FanDuel’s world-class technology, well-recognised brand, and large, highly engaged user base with Betfair US’s existing TVG horse racing betting network and media business along with its online casino business in New Jersey. The combined business is incredibly well-positioned to capitalise on the sports betting market opportunity in the United States.

“We are excited to add FanDuel to the Group’s portfolio of leading sports brands. This combination creates the industry’s largest online business in the U.S., with a large sports-focused customer base and an extensive nationwide footprint,” said Peter Jackson, Chief Executive, Paddy Power Betfair. “The Group has leading sports betting operating capabilities globally and strong operations on the ground in the U.S. Together with our substantial financial firepower, we believe we are now exceptionally well placed to target the prospective U.S. sport betting opportunity.”

Bringing together the shared talent, expertise, technology, and resources of FanDuel and Betfair U.S. allows the combined company to deliver even better features for sports fans, including new contests, new content, sports betting offerings, and an enhanced overall user experience.

The merged entity will invest in developing new products for consumers, an expanded workforce, and other growth opportunities. Together, the combined entity will also look for ways to drive revenue synergies, including cross-selling, and integrating aspects of the companies’ digital products.

“FanDuel and Betfair U.S. share an enthusiasm for innovation and, as a result of today’s announcement, are prepared to lead the charge into the US sports betting market,” said Matt King, CEO, FanDuel. “The combination of our brands and team, along with a shared culture and vision for the future, will allow us to create the leading gaming destination for sports fans everywhere.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to be complete in Q3 2018.

Moelis & Company LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to FanDuel, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP acted as legal advisors to FanDuel in relation to the Transaction. Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive financial advisor to Paddy Power Betfair, and Blank Rome LLP acted as legal advisors to Paddy Power Betfair in relation to the Transaction.

Source: iGamingAffiliatePrograms.com

Realistic Games launches its first ever 3-D game

(PRESS RELEASE) — Award-winning casino content supplier Realistic Games is hoping players will keep their cool with its latest release, Black Ice.

The five-reel, 10-line slot is the company’s first 3-D game and gives players greater control of their gaming experience as they use the new cinematic view to explore the game.

By utilising the very latest technology, it has created a 3-D world in which players can tilt and swipe their devices in order to change their view of the reels and enhance their game experience.

Each new game starts with 40 Wild symbols and whenever a win is obtained, all non-Wild symbols used in that win are also changed to Wild symbols.

A free respin is then awarded using the new set of enhanced reels giving players an even greater chance of some ice cool wins.

Robert Lee, Commercial Director of Realistic Games, said, “Black Ice is our first 3-D slot and we are very excited to bring this new development to our operating partners. We can’t wait to see how players will react.

“This latest technology is fantastic and has allowed us to deliver an experience unlike any other game currently on the market.

“This is another exciting and positive step for us as we continue to grow, and we are confident that Black Ice will add another dimension to our expanding portfolio.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

Mr Green and Gamingzone establish a joint venture for esports

(PRESS RELEASE) — Mr Green and Gamingzone Entertainment have established a joint venture to create a new community for esports fans with focus on entertainment, news and gaming possibilities.

Mr Green runs several iGaming sites, such as Mr Green Casino and Redbet Casino. Gamingzone Entertainment is specialised in esports and gaming entertainment. The new joint venture will have a new, not yet decided, brand. The joint venture is owned to 55% by Mr Green and to 45 per cent by Gamingzone Entertainment. Karl Mikael Cakste, one of the founders of Gamingzone, has initially been appointed CEO.

“Esports is a quickly growing, global phenomena and an increasing number of fans is spending time on gaming as well as different kind of videos. Experts believe this can become as huge as traditional sports. We want to be part of this development and create a presence among all its fans. In Gamingzone, we have found a partner who understands esports, content and entertainment,” says Per Norman, CEO of Mr Green.

Gamingzone Entertainment was founded in 2017 by individuals with long backgrounds from the media and entertainment industry and companies such as MTG, TV4, Zodiak and Endemol Shine. The company has created the reality show GAMERZ where future talents within the game Counterstrike Global Offensive get the opportunity to become esports professionals.

“Entertainment and betting within esports is still immature. We are convinced that there are interesting and entertaining ways of offering the fans something better than what we have seen so far”, says Karl Mikael Cakste. “We are happy to partner with Mr Green which is an established, knowledgeable iGaming company that acts responsibly and is long-term.”

“Our main ambition is to create a community where esports fans from the entire world love to spend time. People of the age of 18 and older who wants to bet will in due time be offered that opportunity under just and safe conditions,” concludes Cakste.

The new esports community will launch during the fall 2018.

The rational for the new venture will be presented at Mr Green’s Capital Markets Day, 23 May, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. CET in Epicenter, Stockholm. To register. The Capital Markets Day is webcasted live online.

Source: iGamingAffiliatePrograms.com

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