Global media giant IMG has entered a strategic partnership with virtual sports developer Leap Gaming Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS DFS 12th June 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Fantasy Sports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Leap Gaming scores with IMG Global media giant IMG has entered a strategic partnership with virtual sports developer Leap Gaming.IMG said the partnership strengthens its drive to provide the broadest portfolio of technology driven betting and gaming solutions for its global customer base.IMG said Leap’s suite of products will complement IMG’s existing streaming and official data services within its gaming operation. It added that the alliance “will generate significant strategic momentum for both businesses”.Freddie Longe, senior vice-president and managing director at IMG Gaming, said: “Our partnership with Leap Gaming significantly expands IMG Gaming’s touchpoints with the sports betting and gaming sector.“We are excited to begin the journey of executing against our shared strategic vision focused on unlocking further value for our global customer base.”The partnership has been projected to facilitate the rapid expansion of Leap Gaming’s portfolio of virtual sports titles across online and retail platforms.Yariv Lissauer, chief executive of Leap Gaming, said: “The strategic partnership with IMG Gaming will accelerate Leap Gaming’s growth story and provide substantial benefit and value to Leap Gaming and IMG Gaming’s customers.”Related article: GVC extends virtual sports deal with Leap Gaming Email Address
iGB Diary: swapsies, Düsseldorf, biting back and the Pod This week we explore spiralling rivalries, Düsseldorf, snake man and the Pod! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter See you next week, igamers! Stay safe in the sun and thunderstorms. Topics: iGB Diary Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB Diary 27th July 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart This week the Diary returns with three nuggets of gossip to ease you into the weekend. We take a look at the spiralling rivalries between platform providers, an industry road trip to Düsseldorf, slippery dealings and the Pod!Düsseldorf As if we needed any more proof of how rock’n roll igaming is, a group of industry veterans headed to Düsseldorf last week with backstage passes for American rock band Kiss. In true rock’n roll style, our motley crew of igamers picked up a groupie en route and set off for Germany. Rumour has it that not only did they attend the band’s gig but one of their number was pals with the band’s manager and they got to hang out with the band after the show. Rad!Who you gonna call? Paddy Power’s Sportsbet may have come out on top in its recent federal court tussle with Crownbet, blocking the latter’s attempt to change its name to Sportingbet down under. But it now finds itself on the opposite end of a cease and desist order lodged in the Federal Court of Australia for its TV adverts featuring someone called Snake Man. This was lodged after Sportsbet ignored warnings from the “real Snakeman Raymond Hoser” to stop running the ads, who has trademarked the Snakeman and Snake Man names all over the world and now is also seeking licence fees, damages and punitive damages which he says could run into “the millions of dollars”. According to Hoser, who runs the Snakebusters wildlife education business, Australia’s “only hands-on reptile incursion”, party and event experience, says the ad has caused him “immense damage” because it features a snake charmer who loses a venomous snake therefore implying that Hoser “is incompentant (sic) or in some way associated with an incompetent snake handler”. Hoser has form here apparently, claiming to have won four successful infringement actions before reaching court. Will this be time well serpent by Hoser? Will Hoser viper that smirk off Sportsbet’s face? Or will Sportsbet manage to slither out of this one? Time to don our coats? Definitely.iGB Pod This week saw the launch of iGaming Business’s new podcast, imaginatively titled ‘iGB Pod’. You have no idea how long it took us to come up with that (no really). The first edition kicked off at last week’s show in Amsterdam, where a somewhat foggy editorial team were joined by Square In The Air’s James Bennett to chat about the news, followed by an interview with Betsson CEO Jesper Svensson. If you haven’t already, have a listen here!
Regions: Oceania Australia Lobby group urges Australian voters to back online poker 23rd January 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Poker Casino & games The Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) has called on poker players in the country to lobby their local politicians to support legalising online poker ahead of this year’s federal election.Australians will head to the polls on May 18 and the AOPA is hoping the elections will help pave the way for legal online poker in the country.At present, Australians online poker is unregulated, meaning players have to access illegal, offshore sites. Legalising internet poker activities has been discussed by lawmakers in the country for years, but the government is yet to push ahead with firm plans, and is instead looking to force operators out of the market.In November last year it claimed tough new penalties had forced 33 operators to pull out of the market, though the AOPA said that this simply resulted in new entrants replacing the departed sites.Joseph Del Duca, founder of the AOPA, is now urging online poker fans across the country to make their voices heard at the elections and join with his organisation in calling on those running for office to support regulated gambling.“By failing to regulate online poker the government has left the tens of thousands of Australians who enjoy playing online poker regularly at risk, forcing them into the hands of unscrupulous black market operators instead of providing a safe, regulated market for Australian online poker players,” he said. “We call on all poker players to use their vote wisely at the next election. Ask those running for election in your seat whether they support safe, regulated online poker.“The AOPA will be asking all candidates this and passing the information on to the Australian poker community. This matter is too important for us to stop fighting.”The AOPA has met with the current government on a number of occasions to discuss the matter, but says little progress has been made despite claiming that politicians have made assurances that legislation is in the works.Del Duca said that the current approach in not legalising online poker does not work, with players instead turning to offshore sites in order to play. He said this leaves them at risk from harm and it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens.“Regardless of who wins the next election, the Government must act in the interest of Australia by regulating online poker,” he said.” This not only provides more revenue to Australia but freedom to Australians to enjoy a hobby they love and the ability to do so in a safe, protected environment.“When the new government is decided after the next election we will be severely ramping up the fight to bring poker back to our country.”According to the most recent voter intention poll from Essential, Australia could be set for a very close race between the ruling National-Liberal Coalition and the Australian Labor Party (ALP).The poll, carried out from January 9-13, suggests both parties will win 38% of the vote. However, the two-party-preferred vote, places the ALP ahead on 53%, with the Coalition on 47%.Image: Santeri Viinamäki The Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) has called on gamblers in the country to lobby local politicians to support legalising online poker ahead of this year’s federal election. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
BNP Paribas’ involvement as a shareholder in France Pari is great news for the group and its future prospects. That doesn’t mean the group will lose focus on the tasks at hand, namely launches in Spain and potentially Buenos Aires, chief executive Hervé Schlosser tells iGamingBusiness.com.By all accounts, the arrival of BNP Paribas as a minority shareholder in France Pari/Sportnco’s corporate structure is a good move for the Toulouse-based supplier of betting solutions.The financial group’s investment division is taking out a minority stake in France Pari that will see it invest around €2m in the group, and with ARKEA (part of Crédit Mutuel group) and public investment bank BPI France, provide it with €3.4m of credit facilities.The agreement means France Pari/Sportnco will be able to grow its business, increase its headcount from around 70 to 100m, and benefit from the presence of strong institutional investors on its strategic committee, thus consolidating its position and giving it a strong base from which to develop its products.“BNP Paribas’s participation is based on a long-term vision,” France Pari’s CEO and founder Hervé Schlosser says. “The group invests its own funds in these projects and sets out a long-term path for growth without the short-term pressures on returns that are more common in private equity-backed operations.”It’s also a sign of the good work, tech and commercial, France Pari has accomplished since 2010 and the ‘controlled opening’ of the French igaming market.However, Schlosser also admits that the start of its activities was not easy – high taxes and regulatory burdens and an ultra-competitive market putting paid to many, often larger and better-known, suppliers’ and operators’ hopes within a couple of years of launch.Schlosser agrees when this version of events is put to him, but points out that what enabled his company to carve out a position for itself was its flexibility and adapting quickly to the B2B market.“In practice, this meant tight risk management and trading in partnership with our operators,” he explains. “This enabled us to generate the margins our clients needed and we combined it with a strong focus on tech development.”This combination of attention to detail and agility has seen the group grow its client base to include, among others, NetBet, ZEBet, Genybet and PMU (for fantasy sports) in France and Casino Gran Madrid, MGA and Sisal in Spain. This, in effect, means France Pari/Sportnco runs the two largest B2B betting networks in those countries.So what will France Pari/Sportnco do with these new funds and shareholders?“They will enable us to keep developing our technology for our existing clients and prospects. We want to constantly improve our platform, that is what will enable us to grow further,” says Schlosser.Surely his company will be looking at more growth, with new client sign ups and potential acquisitions?“Yes, eventually,” he says, “but that is always part of our ongoing projects. For example, Sisal will be going live in Spain in Q3 and we are partnering with them to apply for a Buenos Aires Province licence.“It’s also no secret that we are in talks with groups in other Latam countries and operators in the US. For the time being we will focus on improving our platform and our tech and continuing our B2B growth.”If Schlosser’s comments sound somewhat underwhelming, they are not meant to be. What he is saying is that he wants to focus on the tasks at hand before turning his attentions to commercial developments or M&A opportunities.So for the time being the focus is on developing the company’s existing business and benefit from the involvement of the new institutions and shareholders, but also expect announcements on commercial and M&A activities at a later point as the group works on those topics in the background.As Schlosser concludes: “The agreement validates the expertise and know-how France Pari has developed since 2010.“We will carry on with this strategy which has served us well so far and of course keep all options open as new opportunities will doubtless arise.” Finance Regions: Europe LATAM Southern Europe Western Europe Italy Spain France Argentina 28th June 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address France Pari claims validation after BNP Paribas backing Tags: Mobile Online Gambling BNP Paribas’ involvement as a shareholder in France Pari is great news for the group and its future prospects. That doesn’t mean the group will lose focus on the tasks at hand, namely launches in Spain and potentially Buenos Aires, chief executive Hervé Schlosser tells iGamingBusiness.com. Topics: Finance Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
Sports betting solutions provider Kambi Group, in collaboration with gaming and platform provider Bragg Gaming Group, has agreed a multi-channel deal to supply sportsbook technology to three New York casinos operated by Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC).Under the agreement, Kambi will install its range of on-property sports wagering products inside Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca.Technology will include betting kiosks, a free-to-play sportsbook product, digital signage and Kambi’s ‘Bring Your Own Device’ solution, which allows users to view lines and build bets on mobile, before placing wagers at the gambling property.Seneca Resorts & Casinos, the SGC division that oversees the three casinos, will begin the roll-out of on-property sportsbooks imminently, with the aim of going live before the end of the year.Read the full story on iGB North America. Sports betting Topics: Sports betting Kambi scores sportsbook deal with three New York casinos Sports betting solutions provider Kambi Group, in collaboration with gaming and platform provider Bragg Gaming Group, has agreed a multi-channel deal to supply sportsbook technology to three New York casinos operated by Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC). 5th November 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New York Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker In this edition of iGB’s quarterly report we report on the sector-wide fall in new depositing customers and the correlation with affiliates’ share prices Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 15th December 2019 | By Joanne Christie Sports betting Regions: Europe UK & Ireland US Nordics Sweden Affiliate Monitor – December 2019 Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Now that the pace of M&A has slowed in the affiliate sector, it’s starting to become clear that not all of the acquisitions have been entirely successful.As the third-quarter results from the leading affiliates show, many are suffering a form of indigestion as the fall in new depositing customers and a number of other key financials shows.This is being reflected in the share prices of the key players, as investors clearly see the number of new sign-ups as a vital sign of a company’s health.In this key metric, the third quarter saw Catena Media regain its position at the top of the table, having briefly been overtaken in NDCs by Better Collective the previous quarter.The latter fared much better in terms of revenue, however, eclipsing the rest of the listed affiliates with revenue growth of 54%. Apart from Gambling.com Group, which registered growth of just 2%, the rest of the field went backwards on the revenue front.But many of the issues currently hitting the bottom lines of affiliates stem from negative regulatory developments in Europe and there’s a lot more optimism when it comes to the potential on the other side of the pond.One problem there though is that operators are driving a hard bargain. While it is only in relatively recent times that operators in Europe have started to put pressure on affiliate margins, in the US affiliates are faced with lower margins from the outset.When combined with the preference for CPA over revenue share, it’s understandable that shareholders are questioning the long-term future for affiliates in the US.A look at Catena’s ‘hangover’ in New Jersey exemplifies the issue perfectly. It pulled in a rush of business in the third quarter of last year as the market opened, but with these players on CPA deals, this performance could not be replicated this year.Nonetheless, while there are hurdles to overcome Stateside, it’s clear affiliates are pinning many of their hopes on this rapidly expanding new market.We hope you enjoy this report and find it useful. Should you have any suggestions or feedback please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] CarterEditorial director, iGBIf you can’t use the Flash player below you can download the report here. Email Address
Sports betting PL stakeholders unanimously back return to training Premier League footballers will resume training from tomorrow (19 May), the first step towards resuming the English top division season following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)-enforced shutdown.Shareholders voted unanimously in favour of the return to small-group training, which enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. This has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, club doctors, independent experts and the government.At this stage, full-contact training – such as tackling – will not be permitted.A consultation with players, the Professional Footballers Association and the League Managers Association will continue, in order to develop protocols for full-contact play.The Premier League said strict medical protocols will ensure all players can train in the safest possible environment.“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process,” the league said.The Premier League has been suspended since 13 March, originally until 3 April, after a number of players and managers tested positive for Covid-19. The UK government’s measures to ease lockdown make a return before 1 June impossible, though all teams have committed to finishing the season.As of 13 March, Liverpool topped the league on 82 points, 25 ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City occupy the relegation places.While football governing bodies in countries such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands have all ended their seasons early, England, Italy and Spain remain set on playing the final games of the 2019-20 campaign. Germany’s Bundesliga, meanwhile, played its first round of fixtures since lockdown over the weekend.In related news, the Scottish Premier League season has been concluded, with Celtic declared champions for the ninth season in a row, and bottom-placed Heart of Midlothian relegated.“Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to officially congratulate Celtic on their achievement of winning the Ladbrokes Premiership this season, and also to sincerely commiserate with Hearts on their relegation,” Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) chair Murdoch MacLennan said.“We would all have rather seen the league season played out on pitches, in stadiums and in front of supporters,” MacLennan continued. “This is not the way anybody involved with Scottish football would have wanted to conclude the league season but, given the grave and unprecedented circumstances that we are facing, the board has agreed that it is the only practical way forward.He added that government-imposed restrictions and concerns over player safety meant an early end to the season was the only option.While SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said all clubs were of the “clear and unanimous view” that the season had to end early, Hearts have submitted a resolution to restructure the Scottish leagues, which would see it avoid relegation.Should this be rejected, it warned that it would pursue legal action, saying the costs of litigation would be far outweighed by the financial impact of relegation. Topics: Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 18th May 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Premier League footballers will resume training from tomorrow (19 May), the first step towards resuming the English top division season following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)-enforced shutdown. Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: People Strategy Swedish online gambling developer Gaming Corps has appointed Mats Lundin, formerly of iSoftBet and Play’n Go, as its new chief commercial officer. Gaming Corps names Lundin as new commercial chief Swedish online gambling developer Gaming Corps has appointed Mats Lundin, formerly of iSoftBet and Play’n Go, as its new chief commercial officer.In his new role, Lundin (pictured) will take charge of sales, establishing new commercial partnerships and the operational development production.Lundin joins Gaming Corps having most recently served as head of sales at casino games software provider iSoftBet.Prior to this, he also spent more than three years as head of sales for Central and Eastern Europe at slots supplier Play’n Go.“My goal is to establish Gaming Corps as a well known developer and games supplier, contributing to the continued growth of this company for which the board and management team have done an amazing job laying the foundation,” Lundin said.“With my global network I hope to have an impact on the final products in terms of quality and availability, so that our output is on par with what the end user expects from a prominent games provider.”Gaming Corps’ chief executive Juha Kauppinen said as the developer continues to expand its business by launching new igaming products, it must strengthen its operational management in order to meet the demand of intense sales activities.“It is very positive that Mats has agreed to shoulder the responsibility of CCO and join the management team now that Gaming Corps enters this new phase,” Kauppinen said.“With over five years’ experience in the iGaming business and 15 years’ experience in sales, Mats has the background and the drive we need, and I bid him a warm welcome.” Tags: Online Gambling People 4th August 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
All forms of games except bingo were more popular for men than women. Lotteries and racing were most popular among older players while younger players were more likely to bet on sports or play poker. Lotteries were the most popular form of gambling, with 61% playing. Racing bettors made up 32% of gamblers, and 22% bet on other sporting events. In addition, 18% played bingo, 11% casino games and 9% poker. When asked to name just one factor that is the most important in deciding to play, entertainment again led the way, being mentioned by 36% of respondents. The probability of winning and safety, however, both closely followed with 35%. Meanwhile, 31% said the operator having a Swedish licence was the most important factor and 27% said it was the odds. The survey of 1,737 Swedes – of whom 1,139 were gamblers – found that 95% of respondents did not know how to check if an operator had a licence to operate in Sweden. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter While only 3% of respondents said they had played with an unlicensed operator in 2020 and 80% said they had not, this confusion may have been a reason why 17% said they did not know if they had gambled with an unlicensed operator during the year. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Casino regulation Online casino Licensing Regulation Horse racing For online players, Svenska Spel was by far the most popular operator, with 55% saying it was their top choice. However, this was down eight percentage points from 2019. In addition, the survey found that a growing portion of people – 12%, up five percentage points – said operators are fully responsible for any increases in gambling addiction that may occur. The portion who said they were partly responsible also grew, by two percentage points to 32%, while the portion who said they were not responsible at all fell from 31% to 24%. 17th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Similarly, 43% of respondents said that they were not aware of self-exclusion tool Spelpaus, though this was down from 50%. This week, Spelinspektionen launched a new awareness campaign for Spelpaus. Email Address Just 2% said they would look on an operator’s website to determine if it was licensed; 1% of respondents said they used Google, and 1% said they would check Spelinspektionen’s own site. Fun and entertainment were the main reason for gambling, with 62% citing this reason. Those in search of big wins made up 30%, while the same amount said it was because they liked the odds of winning. In addition, 67% could not list an advantage of playing with licensed operators. Of those that could, 15% mentioned safety, while 4% mentioned the fact licensees pay tax in Sweden and 1% noted that Swedish law applies to these operators. Only 5% of Swedes know how to check if an operator is licensed, according to a new survey commissioned by regulator Spelinspektionen. Looking only at online players, 32% played lotteries online, while 20% bet on horse racing. 17% bet on online sports while 7% played online casino games, 6% bingo and 5% poker. The vast majority of gamblers – 79% – played at home. A further 25% did so at newsagents, while 4% said they did so at their job or school. Tags: Spelinspektionen Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Of those who gambled, 3% said they did so too much at some point during the past year, with casino and poker players most likely to answer this question affirmatively. However, less than 1% said they sought help for excessive play. A further 15% said they did so to earn extra money for daily use, while 11% said it was because of good causes that their spend may go towards and 11% cited a social aspect. After the percentage of respondents who had gambled in the past year had been on a downward trajectory since 2013, it grew by six percentage points to 66% in the latest edition of the survey. Those who had gambled in the past week or month also grew in a reverse of trends, but by smaller margins, to 32% and 47% respectively. Licensing The participants were also asked if certain words described the current Swedish gaming market. 48% said it was entertaining (included 7% who strongly agreed), up from 2019. However, only 30% said it was safe, up from 27% the prior year, while 25% said it was reliable and just 10% said it was healthy, but all of these were still improvements from 2019. When asked who they would turn to if they had a problem with a specific operator, the vast majority of respondents (81%) did not know. Only 6% said they would go to the operator, 3% to the gambling addiction helpline, 3% the consumer agency Konsumentombudsmannen (KO) and 2% Spelinspektionen. Of those who did gamble, 1% said they did so almost every day, while 28% did so multiple times per week. The survey also showed a growth in gambling in Sweden, reversing a downward trend. Among those who did not gamble in the past year, 29% said this was because they never win. Meanwhile, 17% said it was due to low confidence in the gaming industry, while 20% said they were tired of gambling and 6% said it was due to excessive advertising. A further 11% said they were simply uninterested. Survey: Only 5% of Swedes know how to check if operator is licensed Former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) followed with 23%, up six percentage points, while Bet365 and Unibet tied for a distant third, cited by just 4% of players. Betsson and Mr Green were the only other operators mentioned by at least 1% of players.
Topics: Lottery Retail lottery State monopoly Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Read the full story on iGB North America. 6th January 2021 | By Conor Mulheir IGT has been supplying instant ticket games to the lottery since 2017, most recently launching games such as $10 Ruby Mine and $30 Ultimate Millions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter International Game Technology (IGT), through its IGT Global Solutions subsidiary, has agreed a contract extension with Michigan Lottery to continue providing instant ticket games and related services until December 2021. Regions: US Michigan IGT extends instant games contract with Michigan Lottery It provides the lottery with a variety of products and services such as draw-based systems, retail and self-service lottery terminals, a primary data center, retailer training, field services, field merchandisers and a special events team. Tags: International Game Technology Michigan Lottery In addition to the provision of instant ticket games, IGT has served as the primary lottery technology supplier for the operator since 1988. Glenn Strong, deputy commissioner of marketing for Michigan Lottery said: “We are fortunate to work with a number of instant game printing partners that assist us in developing engaging and entertaining tickets, which comprise about 48% of our sales.” “Our work with IGT helped the Lottery contribute more than $1bn to public education in Michigan last year for the first time ever.” Email Address