Stats Perform Launches Pressbox

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Stats Perform has announced the launch of PressBox – an all-in-one online platform that delivers data-driven insights, video clip discovery and unparalleled data research at a speed faster than ever before.

Sports media organisations face a near-insurmountable challenge of producing high-quality analysis, graphics, video, and more within moments during a live event. PressBox addresses these challenges by compiling the most impactful tools all in one place, powered by Stats Perform’s best-in-class sports data. PressBox users can create a truly unique fan experience by supercharging production efforts, reducing time to insight, and enriching commentary with PressBox.

“Key narratives which might have taken researchers 10 crucial minutes to uncover are served in mere moments to PressBox users. PressBox is the destination for the best sports research and data-driven insights all under one intuitive platform,” Nancy Hensley, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Stats Perform, said.

Alongside the release of the PressBox platform are two new Stats Perform applications on the PressBox platform – PressBox Live and PressBox Video.

PressBox Live, a real-time sports media dashboard, provides detailed player and team statistics, insights and new AI-powered metrics to tell a deeper sports story. The dashboard includes:

  • A live feed that surfaces insights as fast as the action occurs, quickly unlocking the story of the game and reducing manual research time.
  • Advanced metrics like live win probability and expected goals that adjust constantly with the action.
  • Integrated live chat with Stats Perform’s award-winning Research and Editorial staff to serve as an extension of a user’s team.
  • Graphics and visualisations that share information that is quick to consume, as opposed to just viewing traditional data tables.

PressBox Video, a new application in the Stats Perform ecosystem, is a personal video content assistant designed to transform the conventional video clip discovery, editing and publishing process with:

  • A massive selection of sports videos, with access to more than 10 years of archive footage.
  • In-app, cloud-based video editing software to speed delivery and customise video content.
  • Intuitive search functionality to find the right clip at the right time, every time.
  • Personalised content preferences that automatically present the most relevant clips.
  • Multiple video file formats and screen ratios that allow for video export compatible with most major broadcast tools and social media platforms.

Bragg Gaming Group Appoints Richard Carter as CEO

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Bragg Gaming Group has announced that its board member Richard Carter has stepped into the role of CEO of the Company.

In addition, board member Paul Godfrey assumed the role of Chair of the Board and board member Lara Falzon moved to the role of Audit Committee Chair.

Prior to joining the Bragg Board of Directors in 2020, Carter was CEO of sports betting solutions and services provider SBTech for five years.

“I’m excited to be leading Bragg in its next phase of growth and helping to shape the future of the company, as we continue to provide next generation premium content and tools to our B2B partners. Bragg has the cutting-edge technology, the data driven insights, the player engagement tools and the premium content that ideally positions the Company to capture an increasing proportion of global iGaming market. I’m eager to leverage these strengths to expand Bragg in both our core European markets and in the rapidly growing North American iGaming market,” Carter said.


Absolootly Massive! Microgaming’s Mega Moolah Hit for a Record-breaking €19.4 Million

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Microgaming’s iconic Mega Moolah progressive jackpot has set a new payout record with an incredible €19,430,723.60 win on Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah.

Struck by a player in Belgium at Napoleon Sports & Casino on 27 April 2021, the eight-figure sum marks the largest ever jackpot win on Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, which holds the record for the world’s largest payout in an online slot machine – a record which it has now beaten for a second time with this latest win.

The €19.4 million win comes hot on the heels of two top-tier jackpots triggered on Microgaming’s WowPot jackpot, which paid out a huge €17,529,047.11 and €2,025,388.75 on 14 April and 19 April respectively. As with all wins on Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network, the winner will receive their prize as a lump sum.

Developed exclusively for Microgaming by Triple Edge Studios, Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah takes players down the rabbit hole in search of gold coins and big wins, serving up a magical gameplay experience infused with vibrant artwork and wonderful win potential.

Launched in May 2020, this whimsical progressive jackpot slot is just one in a series of new titles to feature the iconic Mega Moolah. The game has now conjured up more than 500,000 wins and over €46 million in prizes across all jackpot tiers.

Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network remains an industry stalwart, having paid out more than €1.3 billion across all jackpots, tiers and games to date.

“We’re absolootly delighted to see Mega Moolah make history once again with its latest record-breaking win, and what an incredible win it is – €19.4 million! That’s the largest jackpot payout in an online slot of all time. Congrats to the player, and well done to Napoleon Sports & Casino on their second Mega jackpot win on our network in as many weeks,” John Coleman, CEO of Microgaming, said.

“This is a historic day for Napoleon Sports & Casino. We are completely over the moon. The winner of the Mega Moolah jackpot read about our player winning €2 million+ with the WowPot and pursued his own dreams and luck on the other Microgaming jackpot-giant Mega Moolah. It almost feels like our site has become ‘the home of the jackpot’. This record breaking jackpot is the absolute highlight of the amazing partnership we have with Microgaming,” Tim De Borle, CEO of Napoleon Sports & Casino, said.


West Asian Football Federation Enters into Partnership with Sportradar

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The West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) has entered into a partnership with Sportradar to undertake a series of educational workshops to uphold and protect the integrity of regional competitions.

Sportradar Integrity Services’ Education & Prevention team will provide engaging educational material to help educate all the key stakeholders in WAFF competitions on key topics surrounding international sports betting, match-fixing and social media integrity.

“The West Asian Football Federation is committed to fighting match-fixing, and under this agreement we are demonstrating the importance we place on protecting the game in West Asia. We are excited to collaborate and work together with Sportradar to educate, spread awareness and protect the integrity of West Asian football,” Khalil Al Salem, General-secretary of WAFF, said.

“We are honoured to be starting this relationship with the WAFF, who are taking crucial proactive measures in the fight to prevent integrity issues. We hope this relationship will be a fruitful one where we can collaboratively work together to safeguard the integrity of football in the region and help the WAFF become a model for other federations in Asia and around the globe,” Andreas Krannich, Managing Director Integrity Services, Sportradar, said.


Dubai Denies Rumours of Issuing Gambling Licences

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Dubai Government has issued a statement denying social media reports that the emirate has started issuing licences for gambling activities.

The Government of Dubai Media Office said reports circulating on social media about the gambling licences are “incorrect,” without giving any further details.

Gambling is not permissible in the UAE although the government allows some organisations to run competitions and raffles, as long as they have express permission from the relevant regulatory bodies.

Unlike other countries in the Middle East, the UAE also has separate laws that relate to online gambling. Its Cyber Crimes Law sets out penalties for anyone caught operating an online gambling business. Internet service providers are required by law to block websites that provide illegal content, and that includes gambling-related content.


Kaizen Gaming Partners with OKTO

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Kaizen Gaming has partnered with digital payments provider OKTO to provide players of the Stoiximan and Betano brands with a physical-to-digital payment method.

Stoiximan.Cash and Betano.Cash is set to modernise the player’s payment experience in a faster, easier, safer and more compliant way. The totally immersed mobile on-premise payment solution enables players to top up their online gaming account instantly through any physical point-of-sale, while never leaving the Stoiximan and Betano mobile apps.

Kaizen Gaming aligned with its vision to differentiate through an exceptional customer experience in every touchpoint with the player and drive customer loyalty, enhance its members’ payment journey with an entirely seamless and frictionless topping up process with funds accessible in real-time, offering both convenience and security.

OKTO supports Kaizen Gaming via its proprietary payment technology and its country-by-country national retail networks, which will be reaching over 110,000 points-of-sale across six markets where Kaizen Gaming operates. Alongside, the fintech provider ensures the per-country collaboration with the necessary payment and electronic money institutions, always working towards fully compliant solutions.

The solution is now available in Greece and Cyprus under the Stoiximan brand, committed to bringing every Stoiximan player just a few steps away from experiencing the new mantra “Play with Stoiximan, Pay with Stoiximan.Cash” as well as in Romania under the Betano brand. The immediate next steps foresee the expansion of the solution across Europe, in the markets that Kaizen Gaming operates under the international brand Betano.

Kostas Georgoulas, Director of Strategic Accounts of OKTO, said: “Our partnership with Kaizen Gaming is in line with our mission to digitise the physical payment experience and provide consumers with the capabilities to transact across multiple channels seamlessly and securely while operating under the umbrella of one of the most recognisable brands in Europe. That kind of flexibility speaks to the player, making the payment process frictionless and creating a consistent experience.

At the core of our offering is a safe, secure and reliable electronic payments platform. Whether it’s mobile, online, or in-shop gaming, we aim to make payments effortless, faster, simple, and safe.”

Litsa Katsika, Customer Account & Payments Product Manager of Kaizen Gaming, said: “Our goal is to continually improve our products and services to offer the best experience to those who trust us for their entertainment.

Our cooperation with OKTO is based on our common belief that a digitized, seamless and secure payment experience forms an integral part of our members’ overall experience. In OKTO, we deem the reliable fintech partner and the wide network of point-of-sales nationwide and internationally to be necessary. Both should contribute to rapidly and effectively offering the ultimate payment solution that suits not only the demands of the next-gen player or mobile-first player but also the demands made by those that wish to enjoy the benefits of cash-based transactions.”


DoubleUp Group Selects Fast Track for CRM Solutions

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Fast Track has signed a deal to provide its customer relationship management (CRM) solution to the new online casino brand of the DoubleUp Group.

DoubleUp Group strives to simplify the user experience. Using their expertise in tech, the team is always on the lookout for ways to improve the player experience. This creates seamless experiences, allowing players to “dive straight into the fun.” Their intuitive new online casino brand is set to launch this May.

Fast Track will support DoubleUp Group’s new launch with their real-time player engagement platform, allowing the team to implement automation across CRM activities and efficiently scale this as the brand grows. This includes the use of Fast Track’s in-house solution for on-site notifications to create “in the moment” engagements and experiences for their players.

“We chose Fast Track because they offer a flexible solution that can power the dynamic engagements that are vital to creating a memorable player experience. We want our team to harness the full extent of their creativity and not be limited by the capabilities of default tools. Fast Track will give them this freedom, allowing them to maximise player engagement,” Ale Rollo, Managing Director of DoubleUp Group, said.

“We share a lot of the same values as DoubleUp; we are constantly looking at how products and processes can be improved, and don’t settle for the status quo. We know they have ambitious plans for their brand and we are ready to support them in making it a success,” Christopher Hirst, Co-founder of Fast Track, said.


ECA Postpones European Dealer Championship Until 2022

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In light of the continued uncertainty regarding international travel and the viability of in-person events due to the ongoing pandemic, the Board of the European Casino Association (ECA) has announced the cancellation of this year’s European Dealer Championship (Monte-Carlo, October 4-8) and ECA Industry Forum (Vienna, November 31-December 3), with both events postponed until 2022.

While no fixed dates can be supplied at this time, the ECA assures members that the European Dealer Championship will return in April/May 2022, followed by the ECA Industry Forum in September/October 2022.

“Health and safety have always been our top priority and the continued uncertainty created by the pandemic makes the postponement of our in-person events the prudent decision. We needed to put down our foot and make this decision now considering the scale of these events and the efforts that are going into organizing and executing them. While we regret the cancellations this year, we look forward to the prospect of EU-wide vaccination programmes lifting current travel restrictions to enable us to reunite with our members in 2022,” ECA Chair Per Jaldung said.

“The ECA Dealer Championship brings together the best dealers from all over Europe in the spirit of healthy competition, while the Industry Forum is a special get-together for industry stakeholders, suppliers and researchers to celebrate the collaborative nature of this business. We believe these events will be more important than ever in 2022 as the industry rebounds from the pandemic and seeks to address the challenges of the ‘new’ future,” Hermann Pamminger, Secretary-General of ECA, said.


Entain Launches Employee Share Ownership Plan

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Entain, the leading global sports betting and gaming entertainment group, has launched a share ownership plan for over 22,500 employees. The group-wide plan will allow employees in the UK and abroad to profit from the growth of Entain’s global business.

Around 22,500 employees at all levels of the business can now apply to join Entain’s ShareSave plan. In the UK, where Entain has 2885 Ladbrokes and Coral shops, almost 14,000 retail workers can apply for the plan. By starting monthly contributions at just £5 or more, Entain hopes to put share ownership within reach of everyone, including people across its international operations.

Entain said ShareSave will initially be offered to colleagues working in countries representing around 99% of its workforce, also including the Philippines, India and Bulgaria. The company said it had initially placed a £100 monthly cap on contributions to reflect the truly global nature of its business and currency differences across the workforce, with the aim of maximising the appeal to all colleagues.

“Entain has been one of the highest performing companies in the FTSE-100 over the past year, which is the result of hard work and efforts from teams across our international business. Building a strong customer-centric culture where everyone contributes and shares in our continuing success is really important, so this plan is designed to be attractive and accessible to all,” Jette Nygaard-Andersen, Chief Executive of Entain, said.

Under the terms of the ShareSave plan, colleagues can choose to save a monthly sum from £5 to £100 over three years. At the end of this period, they will have the opportunity to buy shares in Entain for 20% less than their market value at the start of the invitation period, which they can sell for a potential profit. Alternatively, they can retain the stock as shareholders in the company, or simply take their savings back.

Betsoft Gaming Goes Live on

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Betsoft Gaming has extended its ongoing collaboration with the government-owned Finnish gaming company Paf to the Spanish market. The renowned content provider’s award-winning portfolio is now accessible on Paf’s Spanish platform.

“Paf is a trustworthy operator with a substantial customer base. We look forward to growing our business relationship together. The Spanish market is important to Betsoft, hence our commitment to translation and localisation of our games. We are delighted to see our portfolio going live on,” Anna Mackney, Sales Executive at Betsoft Gaming, said.

“Paf is all about giving our clients great entertainment and promoting socially aware and responsible gaming. The games we showcase must reflect this, as our clients trust us to provide both quality and integrity. Partnering with companies like Betsoft is part of our commitment to ensuring this. We are very happy to launch their leading, certified titles across our Spanish platform,” Eric Castro, Head of Content and Casino Games at Paf, said.