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nanocosmos Joins The CDN Alliance as Founding Member

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Provider of B2B ultra-low live streaming platform and API nanocosmos joined the CDN Alliance as a founding member. With more than 20 years of experience in the audio/video industry and multiple innovations that nanocosmos has contributed to interactive live streaming, this marks an important milestone. The firm joined the initiative to support and bring forward the global CDN Industry and CDN Community.

The CDN Alliance is an independent nonprofit organization with the goal to connect, support, and represent the global CDN Industry, and CDN Community. The organization announced to dedicate its work to defining best practices and raising awareness about the CDN Industry. It aims to initiate and facilitate activities to work on global industry challenges e.g. availability, scalability, reliability, privacy, security, sustainability, interoperability, education, certification, regulations.

As a pioneer in the B2B interactive live streaming industry, nanocosmos will contribute the expertise of delivering ultra-low latency live streaming based on a combination of a self-managed CDN, browser-based player and advanced analytics. Oliver Lietz, CEO nanocosmos, shares his excitement about the news: “This is a great opportunity to have an overall touchpoint for the industry and, with concerted efforts, to create more awareness in the interest of the CDN Industry and CDN Community. We are thrilled to be part of the founding members and look forward to supporting this initiative with our partners”.

At the NAB Show 2022, nanocosmos announced the new release of nanoStream Cloud, which is the combination of a Global Network (CDN), Player and extended analytics. It not only reduces latency further to remain sub-second, but also takes it a step further and makes interactive live streaming about more than just latency. Their comprehensive approach integrates other elements that proved to be especially relevant during the time of increased virtual interaction like quality of service and thus the quality of experience for end users, data driven streaming and streaming protection.

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Announcing the Winners of the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2022

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The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards (BSG Awards) are once again back to celebrate outstanding businesses of the region in the Gambling industry. The BSG Awards 2022 recognized outstanding achievements in 28 categories, with final results decided by delegates of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit brought to you by the #hipthers.

Launched in 2019, the BSG Awards is part of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, the key event of the Baltic and Nordic region during springtime, organized by the Hipther Agency, which brings a wealth of information while also focusing on quality networking. Over the past years, the conference has toured the Baltic countries and is now going back to Vilnius, Lithuania.

The voting took place in 2 separate stages. The online voting stage determined the top 5 companies of each category with a total of 9178 votes. These companies entered the shortlists of the second voting stage, which took place in person on 12 May in Vilnius. Votes have been cast by a secret voting session at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.

The Winners

The final winners in each category had been decided by the attending delegates of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit on 12 May in Vilnius by a secret voting session. Below are the winners of the BSG Awards in each category:

BALTIC Region

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE BALTICS 2022 (OPERATORS): PAF
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE BALTICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETSAFE
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) ULTRAPLAY
BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) BETCONSTRUCT
RISING STAR IN BALTIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2022 (B2B) DS VIRTUAL GAMING
RISING STAR IN BALTIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) IMG ARENA
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) ALTENAR
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) TOM HORN GAMING
BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) WAZDAN
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (B2B) BETGAMES
RISING STAR IN BALTIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) ENDORPHINA
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) CONNECTPAY
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) BMM TESTLABS
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE BALTICS 2022 (CONNECTED) NETSHOP ISP

NORDIC Region

BEST ONLINE CASINO IN THE NORDICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETWAY
BEST SPORTS BETTING OPERATOR IN THE NORDICS 2022 (OPERATORS) BETSSON
BEST ESPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) PANDASCORE
BEST FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) SCOUT GAMING GROUP
RISING STAR IN NORDIC FANTASY SPORTS / VIRTUAL SPORTS 2022 (B2B) KIRON INTERACTIVE
RISING STAR IN NORDIC SPORTS BETTING TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) SIS
BEST SPORTS BETTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) DIGITAIN
BEST ONLINE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) SOFTSWISS
RISING STAR IN NORDIC ONLINE CASINO TECHNOLOGY 2022 (B2B) WAZDAN
BEST SLOTS PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) PLAY’N GO
BEST LIVE CASINO PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (B2B) XPROGAMING
BEST PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) TRUSTLY
BEST TESTING LABORATORY IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
BEST HOSTING PROVIDER IN THE NORDICS 2022 (CONNECTED) INTERNET VIKINGS
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Zeal Network Reports First-quarter 2022 Results

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German lottery provider Zeal Network has reported a 101.6% year-on-year increase in net profit for the first quarter of its 2022 financial year, following a rise in revenue and reduction in operating costs.

Revenue, including income from jackpot insurance, for the three months to 31 March 2022 was €25.1m, an increase of 11.0% from €22.6m in the same period last year.

The majority of revenue (€24.0m) was generated through Zeal’s German business, while the remaining €1.1m came from other operations, with both areas benefitting from higher billings.

Total group billings, which comprise all stakes from customers through Zeal’s offering, were up 10.9% to €181.1m due to better jackpot development and an increase in customers.

Zeal was able to acquire 154,000 registered new customers in the quarter, slightly lower than the 156,000 last year, with acquisition costs per registered new customer up from €33.48 to €38.09.

Turning to costs, operating expenses were 9.8% lower at €16.5m, helped by a 20.2% cut in personnel spend as total employee headcount was reduced from 164 to 156. Marketing costs were 3.3% higher at €7.3m, but direct operating expenses were down 10.6% to €2.5m and indirect operating expenses were reduced by 15.2% to €2.6m.

Higher revenue and lower spending led to a 95.6% year-on-year increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBTIDA), which reached €8.9m in the quarter, up from €4.6m last year.

Zeal also noted €2.1m in amortisation and depreciation expenses, a 2.9% drop on Q1 2021, which resulted in a 187.6% jump in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to €6.8m.

After also taking into account €158,000 in financial costs and a €43,000 loss from associates, pre-tax profit was €6.7m. Zeal paid €1.6m in income tax, meaning it ended the quarter with a net profit of €5.0m, more than double the €2.48m posted last year.

“We have made a good start to 2022 and were able to increase revenue and profitability once again; this gives us momentum to invest in further growth this year,” Jonas Mattsson, chief financial officer of Zeal, said.

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EGT Georgia became a “Permanent Leader”

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EGT Georgia received the prestigious accolade “Permanent Leader” at the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony 2022, organized by the Swiss Rating Association and the Union of National Business Ratings (UNBR). The companies are nominated based on their annual turnover, number of employees, contributions to the state budget, and others.

EGT Georgia participated in the Awards Ceremony for the third time. In the previous two years, the company was nominated as “Leader of the Year”. At this year’s ceremony International Awards were given in total to 30 Georgian and International companies. “It has been 15 years since EGT Georgia started operating in the Georgian market. This award represents corporate responsibility, recognition, and motivation for us. EGT Georgia manages to maintain the status of the fastest growing and most competitive company in the gaming industry in Georgia. We are constantly expanding the horizons of the company’s capabilities to satisfy different needs and market demands. Our main priorities are to improve and modernize the products, to offer high-quality technical services, and of course employee development.” – shared Madlen Matevosian, Regional Manager of EGT Georgia

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NSoft: Why do we have three variations of Lucky Six?

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Do not fix it if it isn’t broken, right? Well, no, not really, and let us tell you why. This is the story on how we upgraded the perfect game by adding necessary variations to global success based on our customers’ feedback and our own know-how.

Lucky Six back story

Our draw-based, bingo-style game Lucky Six is almost as old as the company. It was our firstborn child and the first asset for the foundation of soon to become a successful business in the betting and gaming industry on a global level. Everybody loves Lucky Six. Since the V1, the game was simple, neat, running on any device, with good (configurable) RTP. The RNG driven entertainment soon became a must-have for any betting shop. And yes, it was first made for bet shops.

How to play

A total of 48 numbers are divided into eight groups. Every group has its colour, so the player will find red, green, blue, purple, brown, yellow, orange and black coloured balls with numbers. The player chooses six to ten numbers, and 35 out of 48 numbers will be drawn from the drum.

To win the draw, the player has to guess six numbers correctly.

Evolution of the game

Ever since this basic setup, the game has been continuously renewed, always featuring something new – visual enhancement, better performances, new bonus games, simpler UX, richer statistics, sound effects, etc. It was and still is the ongoing process that resulted in one of the best bingo-style games on the market for the retail distribution channel.

In cooperation with our partners, and betting operators, we have gathered invaluable information from the players themselves, and that is the secret of Lucky Six – the players helped us polish it!

Satellite distributed

Lucky Six is available to the operators and players even in areas with a poor internet connection, thanks to satellite streaming. The satellite stream is performed via the shared channel and with no additional fee for the satellite steam service.

Lightning Lucky Six is born.

After conquering retail, naturally, we have released the game on the online channels: web and mobile. The process demanded the adaptation of the well known and lovable product to the somewhat different surroundings. Online Lucky Six needed to meet quite different expectations of online players. The biggest one was speed-related.

So, fast Lucky Six was born, and it was named accordingly: Lightning Lucky Six.

As we have already mentioned, and as the name itself suggested, the main change of Lucky Six for web and mobile app were speed rounds. The number of markets was optimised as well. This was done in order to keep desired dynamic of the game even with the speeded process and not to overwhelm the players. The entire setup of the Lightning Lucky Six game had the basic premise of creating a fast bet experience for the players. The backend used for the game is similar to one at Lucky Six, with the same flair and simplicity. It can run on almost any device as well.

Although the round duration is configurable in both games, it is evident that the optimal time between rounds for the online is significantly different from the land-based presentations. The payment procedure in a physical shop lasts longer, thus the longer in-between desired time, while online players can only be annoyed with a long delay between rounds.

Optimised markets do not diminish the overall betting experience. On the contrary, it lifts the game and aligns with the desired fast betting experience. Predefined systems 6/7, 6/8, 6/9 and 6/10 in both games give the players more options for winning.

Lucky Six in the Casino category

The expansion of Casino content spin games and video slots is exponential. A lightning-fast!

Online players have easily related to the fast, flashy games, IT games for the online channel.

NSoft has offered and still offers third party integration with leading casino providers covering every aspect of this industry niche. Recently, our Games team have started an exciting journey: the production of our own video slots and casino content. Together with several exciting slots representing the vertical, like Classic Neon, Temple of Horus, and Vice Nights, there is also a spin version of Lucky Six. The game is called Slingshot 6 and proudly represents the latest upgrade of our classic.

Slingshot 6 is a casino game for the online channel. It is a spin game based on bingo which brings diversity into inevitable video slots category and ultra-popular crash categories.

The game’s duration is configurable, but being an on-demand game, there is no waiting time between rounds unless the players choose to have one. The round duration spans from up to 3 sec in turbo mode to 35 seconds.

Similar to Lightning Lucky Six, Slingshot 6 offers optimised betting options, sweetened with the possibility to play on favourites and run the game within one second. A system bet is also available, as well as the bonus symbol, a star, which multiplies the winnings.

User Interface differences

Lucky Six UI differs from the UI made for lightning and casino game categories mainly due to the differences between the number of markets. Still, all of them offer neat design, simplicity, showcase round history, statistics, favourite numbers and appealing drum visualisation.

All games share the same legacy, yet every one of them has its place in the operators’ setting. The popularity of Lucky Six made Lightning Lucky Six desirable online content, which led to a version for the popular casino category.

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FBMDS Launches its Fresh Bonus VIP Collection

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The FBMDS portfolio keeps growing as the brand launches its fresh Bonus VIP collection. This new video bingo pack contains four products – Plus 3, Multi Mega, Multi Champion and Multi Plus – and changes the players’ experience by bringing new possibilities, new emotions and memorable prizes.

“The video bingo players asked and we delivered. After reading the market numbers and the feedback that players provided to our network of clients, FBMDS decided to produce a new line of video bingos that bring more excitement to the gaming sessions,” the company said.

Besides the rewarding Free Plays Bonuses, these four online casino games raise the bet limits to a new level, allowing players to aspire to even more memorable wins.

The FBMDS Bonus VIP video bingo collection also includes subtle graphic changes, building a premium atmosphere. It contains three titles that allow players to bet on 20 cards simultaneously and one game in which players can bet on 4 cards at the same time in each round.

FBMDS makes available demo versions of the four games:

Plus 3 Bonus VIP

Multi Mega Bonus VIP ​

​Multi Champion Bonus VIP​

Multi Plus Bonus VIP

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Playtech Publishes Trading Update for the First Four Months of 2022

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Playtech plc has published a trading update for the first four months of 2022 and also provides an update on the company’s ongoing corporate activity.

Trading Update

Since FY 2021 results were announced on 24 March 2022, Playtech has continued its excellent start to the current financial year with Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited) for the first three months of more than EUR100 million. This positive Q1 run rate has continued through April.

These results are reflected across both B2B and B2C businesses, with Snaitech seeing a positive drive through online business, retail recovery and favourable sports results.

B2B results have been encouraged through strong momentum from the Americas, especially with Caliplay in Mexico, as well as through wider B2B operations such as live casino.

The live casino business has also signed several new licensees and launched a range of new games.

In North America, Playtech has obtained new customers in the US and agreed terms on several new partnerships in Canada following the opening of the Ontario market.

Despite positivities, the effects of the pandemic as well as the war in Ukraine also add to potential uncertainties.

Corporate Activity

In terms of corporate activity, there has been positive progress made with the TTB investor group with regard to a possible offer for the company. Neither terms of the agreement nor a certainty of the deal completing can yet be assured.

And despite the current market conditions, Caliplay and Playtech are continuing to explore possible opportunities that would allow Caliplay to enter the US market on an accelerated basis.

In addition, the disposal of Finalto is still on track to complete in Q2 2022 with two of the four regulatory clearances having now been received.

Annual General Meeting

Playtech will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 30 June 2022.

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EGT Interactive Debuts New Slot Title “Superb Keno”

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EGT Interactive has announced a portfolio upgrade with a revamped version of the lottery-style game keno, called Superb Keno.

Superb Keno is a single-play slot game that offers a precise flow, smooth animation, and other attractive features, according to EGT’s interactive division. In the game, players will pick up to 10 numbers and get rewards for the matches they hit.

The game features a Shuffle Option. With it, players will be able to choose their numbers relying on the company’s RNG predefined numbers.

Superb Keno also features real-time draw animation, and an Exclusive Paytable x2, in which players must match the last Bonus Ball to receive their winnings, while triggering the Jackpot Cards Bonus game reveals impressive Jackpots.

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NuxGame Improves its Live Casino Solutions

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NuxGame updates the most demanded games selection for live casino platforms. However, to get the best games, NuxGame cooperates with popular software developers to produce top-notch products.

Live casinos are among the most enjoyed casino games online. Aside from giving punters a thrilling gaming experience, live casinos allow interactions between players. The most popular live dealer games are roulette, baccarat, poker, and blackjack.

To give the customers a comprehensive live casino platform and the incredible user-experience to their players, NuxGame integrates with prime live game developers:

  • Evolution Gaming
  • Ezugi
  • TVBet 
  • Vivo Gaming
  • Pragmatic Play
  • HoGaming 
  • SmartSoft Gaming
  • OneTouch
  • PlayPearls

One of NuxGame’s solutions used in integrating live games into user’s platforms is the Seamless Wallet API. It is a highly adaptable and effective iFrame solution that enables customers to combine sports and casino gaming content on their platforms. Seamless Wallet API would take a short time and offers constant upgrades to live casinos.

Another NuxGame solution used for online games integration is the Turnkey platform. It is a robust professional software that enables customers to launch a casino and sportsbook platform from scratch in a short period. The turnkey solution offers live casinos with complete functional delivery, a personal account manager, and modern design.

Retail solution from NuxGame is developed for land-based betting shops, and also includes casino games. This software allows betshops to monitor operations by integrating financial information and other data. Retail solutions give land-based configurable user dashboards, complete reporting, and constant system upgrades.

NuxGame live casino now allows operators to offer the maximum number of live dealer games and to meet all player needs.

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Regulus Partners Acquires GBGC

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Regulus Partners, a global strategic advisory business focused on the sports and leisure sector, has announced the acquisition of Global Betting & Gaming Consultants (GBGC).

The acquisition will see GBGC’s global betting and gaming data and reports move under the Regulus umbrella, complementing the company’s existing offering to provide the industry standard for accurate and reliable global gambling data and market analysis.

Following the acquisition, GBGC’s dedicated research team in Isle of Man and Croatia will join the Regulus team to continue to build a leading data product. The Acquisition will see Regulus’ advisory and analysis capability combine with GBGC’s data portal and research team to develop industry leading global data and analysis products. Warwick Bartlett, who founded GBGC in 2001, will continue as a non-executive Director.

“The GBGC database and team are a great fit for Regulus because they have always been as accurate and thorough as possible in an often opaque and uncertain environment. We intend to invest further in the team’s proven capabilities to ensure that we develop a market leading product. Given the increasing scale and complexity of the industry, there has never been a greater need for high quality data and we are delighted to welcome such a high quality team to the Regulus family,” Paul Leyland, co-founder of Regulus, said.

“Regulus is a good fit for GBGC because we both complement each other in so many ways. The combined business will be able to offer the gambling industry and its stakeholders an unapparelled service. The clients of both our businesses will benefit tremendously from the additional services that will assist them in the management and expansion of their businesses,” Warwick Bartlett, founder of GBGC, said.

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