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Paysafe wins Gold Stevie Award

(PRESS RELEASE) — Global payments provider Paysafe Group today announced that its Canadian HR unit was awarded with the ‘Gold’ award in the ‘HR Achievement in Benefits Design and Administration’ category at the 2019 Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The ceremony was held last Friday, 20 September, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City.

Paysafe’s top award in the field of employee benefits recognises a milestone year for the company’s Montreal and Calgary-based team of 14 HR professionals, who support close to 600 employees across three offices. Following strong company growth, the team introduced a more flexible modular benefits program, providing employees with more choice in their medical and dental benefits. Powered by a new service provider, the plan also offered state-of-the-art technology via mobile apps.

In tandem, the HR team revamped the Canadian group retirement plan, increasing the company’s employer matching contribution and offering employees more diverse investment options.

The team also spearheaded a range of other activities to improve the employee experience. These included a weekly running club, fortnightly spinning classes and catered healthy lunches as well as a new monthly book club, culminating in biannual Wellness Weeks. In addition, the team expanded the company’s diversify and inclusion strategy through an external audit, internal trainings and the introduction of a network of D&I champions.

Benefiting the community was also a strong focus for the team through an unprecedented range of corporate social responsibility activities. Autism Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Fondation En Coeur, and UNICEF were among more than 15 charities that benefited from the CSR program.

Paysafe’s ‘Gold’ Stevie award follows the company being presented with three 2019 Career Show Awards on 10 September in Sofia, Bulgaria: ‘Best Career Development Program,’ ‘Best Recruitment Innovation’ and being named the third ‘Best Employer’ in the country.

Nick Walker, Chief Human Resources Officer at Paysafe Group, said, “I’m delighted to see our Canadian HR team receive the top honor at the prestigious Stevie Awards for Great Employers in the category for benefits, which is at the heart of the employee experience and retention. As we strive across all our offices to make Paysafe an exceptional company, it’s impressive to see two of our global HR teams recognised in as many weeks.”

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GiG halts investments in its game studio

(PRESS RELEASE) — Gaming Innovation Group Inc. has taken a strategic decision to halt investments in building its proprietary game studio, GiG Games, with immediate effect. The existing proprietary casino games will remain in GiG and continue to be offered to both internal and external operators.

The rationale behind this decision is to reduce OPEX and concentrate focus on key strategic areas, developing the technology and product to enable the full business potential as “the global partner and operator for strong brands in iGaming.” This action will swiftly lead to cash savings building to approximately €250,000 per month once the full effect is realised. Revenues generated from the proprietary games division have been negligible.

The 25 people employed by GiG Games have received termination packages as a consequence of the closure. Three employees are retained to maintain the current game studio until the end of 2019.

GiG started its game studio at the end of 2017, launching its first in-house developed casino game in October 2018. GiG’s games IP allows the Company to re-enter the casino games vertical at a later stage should proprietary content be considered strategically more important. GiG will continue to offer casino games to internal and external operators from third party providers.

Richard Brown, acting Chief Executive Officer of GiG, commented, “The decision to halt in-house content production is a strategic choice to facilitate full focus and resources on becoming the platform of choice for the iGaming industry. This forms part of recent strategic initiatives taken to reduce non-marketing related OPEX, together with our commitment to execution and bottom line earnings. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in building our own games for their contribution and dedication to the company.”

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OneTouch awarded Malta B2B software license

(PRESS RELEASE) — Mobile-first games developer OneTouch has been awarded a B2B software license from the Malta Gaming Authority enabling it to roll out its cutting-edge content to a wealth of tier one brands within the rapidly growing jurisdiction.

The B2B ‘Critical Supply License’ is a milestone moment for one of the rising stars of the slot and table games market as the industry enters one of its busiest periods and operators look to refresh their casino offerings in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

OneTouch, known for its stunning portrait games that deliver a world-class mobile experience, has had a stellar 2019 launching a string of new table game titles including High-Hand Hold’em, Baccarat Supreme, and the world’s first portrait mobile version of Andar Bahar, one of India’s most popular card games.

This year has also seen the disruptive developer launch its first slot titles including Sumo Showdown, Lucky Lion and Golden Stripe, a unique game ideal for the Asian market whose 1x3 stepper slot-style adds a sense of uncomplicated elegance as players try to match symbols.

In an exclusive partnership with Premier League football team Watford FC, OneTouch also developed a branded slot game for last year’s FA Cup finalists.

In addition, OneTouch has signed a series of high-profile 2019 commercial agreements with leading content aggregators such as BetConstruct and QTech enabling its games to be distributed to a vast array of brands and new and established markets.

Ollie Castleman, Head of Marketing, OneTouch, said, “Gaining MGA license approval is a milestone moment for the business and gives us a huge opportunity to rapidly grow our footprint on the island with some of the industry’s biggest names.

“We have some stunning new products in the pipeline and we’re really excited to be able to offer them to tier one brands in Malta.”

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KPMG eGaming Summit celebrating 10 years

(PRESS RELEASE) — The 2019 KPMG Isle of Man eGaming Summit is just around the corner and a special anniversary edition of the program has been announced to celebrate the 10th birthday of the high profile series that started on the island in 2010.

This year’s eSummit is being held on 3 October at Comis Hotel and Resort, Mount Murray. Built around the theme of “Raising Standards Together for 10 Years”, the invitation-only event will look back to previous eSummits over the past decade and will feature key industry speakers from the island and beyond.

KPMG’s Micky Swindale will commence the day’s agenda with a recap on the Isle of Man gaming story since 2010, before welcoming Isle of Man Chief Minister Howard Quayle to the stage to open the summit program. Simon French of Bixteth Partners will then talk through ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’ examining 10 years of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the gambling and betting sector. The M&A theme continues into the first panel of the day, exploring continuing consolidation, current M&A activity and trends.

Throughout the day, familiar figures in the Isle of Man gaming sector have been invited to reflect on the industry’s journey since the first eSummit, telling the story of the past 10 years, as well as asking all of those in attendance to look ahead to the next 10 and predict what they might bring. Garth Kimber, from Xela Holdings, will kick-start these sessions before the morning coffee break, which is sponsored by Wiggin.

The morning will continue with David Black from Continent 8 Technologies, followed by sessions looking at industry collaboration starting with Sarah Hanratty, CEO of the Senet Group, and a second panel session on collaboration to protect customers, led by KPMG’s Adam Rivers. Vaughan Lewis, Group Director of Investor Relations at the Stars Group, will then report on events and the outlook in the US.

Lunch, kindly sponsored by Boston Link, will be flanked by two more Isle of Man gaming reflections with Bill Mummery from Celton Manx and Warwick Bartlett from Global Betting & Gaming Consultants. In the afternoon, Lydia Barbara, Chair of Digital Isle of Man, will explore ‘Technology for Good’ which will be followed by a panel focusing on regulation and enforcement.

Lyle Wraxall, CEO of Digital Isle of Man, will further explore the Isle of Man gaming story, before Wes Himes, Interim CEO of the Remote Gambling Association updates delegates on the transformation of the RGA, along with the Association of British Bookmakers, into the newly-formed Betting and Gaming Council, and its plans for the future.

The day will draw to a close with the traditional operator panel, moderated by KPMG’s Russell Kelly. Speaking with leading figures from the sector, he will draw together their thoughts on all the matters discussed and their views on the global direction and priorities for the eGaming sector. Isle of Man Department for Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly will give the closing address before delegates are invited to join Mischon de Reya for post-summit drinks and canapes.

Commenting on the event, KPMG’s Russell Kelly said: “Once again this year’s line-up of speakers and panellists bring an enormous amount of expertise, experience and insight to our conference. This is our 10th anniversary eSummit in the Isle of Man and it will be a great opportunity to look back and see how the sector has developed and what lies ahead for the next ten years”.

“As always, we are indebted to all of the speakers who are giving their time to support this event and to our sponsors including Boston Link, Continent 8 Technologies, Digital Isle of Man, Locate Isle of Man, Manx Telecom, Mishcon de Reya and the Stars Group.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

NetEnt opens a new office in the UK

(PRESS RELEASE) — The establishment of NetEnt U.K. Ltd and the move into a new office in the Stanley Building at King Cross is a strategically important step for NetEnt. The U.K. is a prioritized growth market and local presence will better support U.K. operators.

The office was opened by Andy Whitworth, Managing Director NetEnt U.K. & Chief Strategy Officer and Rob Fell, Director of Platform Products & Services. The U.K. team has since grown with top talents from the industry and the office will grow further within the next few months.

“We are delighted to be open for business in the U.K. We need a local presence to better support our valued customers and grow our market share. We have already recruited some key talent and now we begin a period of recruitment for the second wave,” said Andy Whitworth, Managing Director of NetEnt U.K. Ltd.

“This is a natural next step and an example of our commitment to the local market. The U.K. is already our largest market, and we see a short-term opportunity to grow our market share by being closer to our U.K. based customers. Our increased U.K. presence is one of the NetEnt Group’s key strategic initiatives this year,” said Therese Hillman, CEO of NetEnt.

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Greentube broadens Italian footprint

(PRESS RELEASE) — E-Play24 has boosted its games offering with Greentube, the Novomatic Interactive division, which will see its Home of Games portfolio live across the operator’s platforms.

Italian operator and platform provider E-Play 24 prides itself on partnering with industry leaders, and this latest partnership is no exception, with the deal granting E-Play24 the opportunity to offer some of Greentube’s greatest hits, such as Book of Ra Deluxe, Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe and Sizzling Hot Deluxe on its platforms.

Daniel Lechner, Greentube Head of Sales, commented, “We are delighted to expand our game offering to E-play24 and their brands, further strengthening our presence in the Italian market. For Greentube, Italy has become a key market over the last 12 months and we aim to be the leading supplier for the region, backing up the strong street market and land-based presence of our parent company NOVOMATIC.”

Antonio Tressanti, CEO of E-Play24, added, “Thanks to the great partnership with Greentube, the Vegas section in our E-Play24 Casino platforms will grow not only in volume, but also in quality. There are few suppliers that can boast such a wide range of quality content and this makes me particularly happy.”

Alessandro Grasso, E-Play24 Group Casino Manager, stated, “Being able to offer our customers the world’s most played slot, Book of RaTM deluxe, means E-Play24 can be more in-line with current consumer demand. After months of development and hard work we have reached this new and very important milestone. Among other things, we are currently working on many interesting projects that will be placed on the market in the coming months, all this to continue to expand our range of online games.”

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