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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

Western Reels slot debuts at BitStarz

(PRESS RELEASE) — After a long day of riding through the prairie, robbing trains and plotting the next great bank heist, it’s time to unwind and kick back in the local saloon. Whether you order a whisky or a beer, it’s definitely a well-deserved drink – after all, you work hard all day.

What better way to unwind after that hectic day than with that drink and some ole timey slot action. Technically slots weren’t around during the times of the wild west, but the action on offer in Western Reels slot at BitStarz gives a pretty good picture of what it would have been like. So, buckle up and holster your pistol as you spin for big wins in Western Reels.

When it comes to the wild west, you really don’t want to be riding around without your trusty pistol or rifle by your side. But, now we’re inside and the lawmen are keeping us safe, so it’s time to holster that pistol and kick back as we wait for the big wins. Western Reels gives us all the western action we could ever ask for, and thanks to its three reels and five paylines, it’s dishing out wins bigger than the whole of the U.S.

Each time you spin the reels, a separate wheel will spin. This wheel contains extra spins and multipliers that will be applied whenever you secure a win. Multipliers are added instantly, while extra spins award you a rather generous respin. The max win you can take home in Western Reels is a cool €48,000. Given that Western Reels is a high volatility game with three reels and an RTP of 96%, that’s one heck of a bargain.

Hop up on your trusty steed and shout yeeha at the top of your lungs, for free spins a comin’. You’d think on such a small game as Western Reels with its three reels that there would be no bonus mode, but Evoplay Entertainment is truly rolling out the big guns in this epic game. Landing three-dollar scatter symbols on the reels will trigger this feature, giving you 10 free spins to win as much as you and your horse can carry back home. The wheel of fortune multiplier only has multipliers from 2x to 8x, so you can relax knowing that some mega wins are heading your way!

Western Reels is packed full of action, and for such a small game it packs one heck of a punch. You’re going to be blown away by the amount of cash that this slot dishes out, in fact, you wouldn’t even know it’s a high volatility slot. The graphics are well designed, the animations are sharp and the soundtrack perfectly replicates the tunes that would have been blasting out of a western saloon.