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IOC and UEFA host joint betting integrity workshop

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Sports betting entities and international federations joined UEFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 11 April for a full-day workshop focused on how sport and the sports betting industry can work together to fight match-fixing. Co-organised by the IOC and UEFA, and held at Olympic House in Lausanne, the workshop explored opportunities for cross-sector collaboration with a focus on integrity exchange in support of the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024 and the UEFA Euro 2024.

The workshop kicked off with presentations by the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC) and UEFA’s Anti-Match-Fixing Unit, exploring each team’s strategy for combatting match-fixing, engaging with the sports betting industry, and detecting and investigating potentially fraudulent betting activity.

UEFA promotes integrity through dedicated education, prevention, and awareness raising programmes and by detecting, investigating, and sanctioning match-fixing. Collaboration with stakeholders within football, particularly the network of integrity officers who work for UEFA’s 55 member associations, as well as the wider sports community is vital to this work.

UEFA upholds the integrity of all UEFA competitions via tailored, competition-specific integrity measures. Building on the integrity success of previous UEFA competitions, UEFA’s approach for EURO 2024 will feature close collaboration with host and participating nation stakeholders, public authorities, and sports betting entities as well as real-time betting market monitoring. Our secure UEFA integrity website will allow players, referees, officials, and members of the public to report suspected cases of match-fixing confidentially and anonymously. During the workshop, UEFA shared its competition risk assessment and mitigation strategy and explained the escalation, triage, and assessment approach for any potential integrity concerns.

“Sport alone cannot eradicate match-fixing. We must work together – raising awareness, sharing information, ensuring robust prevention and detection systems are in place – to protect sport and athletes. During the UEFA EURO 2024, our Germany-based staff (supported by the entire Anti-Match-Fixing Unit based in Nyon) will work hand-in-hand with betting integrity entities, betting operators and regulators, public authorities, and the national associations.” Vincent Ven, Head of Anti-Match-Fixing at UEFA

“The main objective is to ensure robust 24/7 monitoring of the competition in compliment to our dedicated prevention and education programme for all participating athletes and officials. UEFA’s multi-stakeholder Anti-Match-Fixing Assessment Group will manage pre and in-competition monitoring, ensuring that UEFA can immediately review and address any potential integrity threats to the tournament.”, Ven added.

“Collaboration is essential. During the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, we will work together with a series of betting operators, associations and major betting regulatory authorities to exchange relevant information about irregular betting patterns or suspicious betting activities detected that might imply competition manipulation.” Friedrich Martens, Head of the OM Unit PMC

Panel discussions with several sport governing bodies and betting integrity entities provided insight into best practices, trends, and success stories from each sector’s perspective, whilst two betting operators took the floor to share examples of recent fruitful cooperation with UEFA and the IOC on prevention and investigations.

The afternoon featured frank discussion regarding how to enhance cooperation between sport and sports betting entities, recent trends in sports betting and their potential impact on sport integrity, and how to improve information sharing in support of match-fixing detection and investigation.

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Making a Bang in Bulgaria! Hacksaw Gaming goes live with Alphawin

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Hacksaw Gaming and the swiftly up and coming Alphawin solidify their new partnership with the launch of 12 of Hacksaw’s top picks on their site.

As of the 10th of April, Alphawin’s players will be able to enjoy the likes of Chaos Crew, Wanted Dead or a Wild, RIP City and many others. Set to be a hit amongst Alphawin users in Bulgaria, we are anticipating the launch of even more of our fan favourite games in the near future. In a market that has been dominated by local well-known brands for a while, we look forward to seeing how Hacksaw games make waves with Alphawin’s players.

Founded in 2007, Alphabet Gaming now has a sizable network of over 10 land-based casinos and has easily been named one of the region’s industry leaders with its growth. Moving and adapting with the evolution of online gaming, they established Alphawin in 2021. They currently boast one of the largest online casino portfolios in the region, featuring 27 slots and 6 live casino providers. With hopes to add more before the close of 2024, the future is looking like a bright one for Alphawin.

“We are very excited to start our partnership with Hacksaw Gaming.” Alphawin’s spokesperson stated that “the company offers an innovative and unique take on the concept of casino gaming and is an excellent fit for us!”

Set for star positioning, Hacksaw Gaming’s games will see the spotlight in the initial launch with banners, targeted ads and top lobby positions. CEO Marcus Cordes shares Alphawin’s positive outlook on the partnership – “Another strong collaboration under our belts! We’re absolutely sure that the avid Alphawin players will enjoy our artistic visuals and enticing bonus features of our most loved games. With of course plans to expand the Hacksaw portfolio in the future”

As both parties broaden their horizons and look onwards, what do we foresee? Well, we see Hacksaw Gaming and Alphawin, a truly prime pairing.

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Phoenix Games Expands Partnership with Warhammer Owner Games Workshop

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Phoenix Games and Games Workshop are continuing their cooperation on Warhammer Combat Cards and expanding their collaboration to work on more of Warhammer’s Universes.

Phoenix Games, a globally operating games company specialised in acquiring and enhancing game studios, is expanding its collaboration with the Warhammer brand. The partnership between both companies is built on the success of the mobile game Warhammer Combat Cards, which was developed by Phoenix Games’ studio Well Played Games for iOS and Android, delighting millions of players worldwide.

Thanks to the partnership, Phoenix Games is expanding its access to the rich universes of Warhammer, including Age of Sigmar, The Horus Heresy and The Old World, providing a foundation for the development of innovative game concepts to include in Warhammer Combat Cards. The objective of the collaboration is to transform the iconic miniatures of characters and factions into unique gaming experiences within Warhammer Combat Cards that will excite not only fans of Warhammer but also new players.

“Continuing and even expanding our partnership with Games Workshop is a logical step, as it unlocks numerous opportunities to create versatile gaming experiences based on globally beloved universes. We are very excited about the opportunity to enhance the Warhammer Combat Cards game with additional IPs and provide fans of the game with new content in the long term,” says Klaas Kersting, CEO of Phoenix Games.

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Altenar becomes General Sponsor of EEGS 2024

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The acclaimed Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS) gladly welcomes Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider, as a General Sponsor for this year’s edition of the event. The conference will be held on 27th and 28th of November at the IEC, Sofia, Bulgaria. For another consecutive year Altenar joins the event as a major sponsor with total commitment for fostering innovation and growth in the gaming and entertainment industry, as a whole. This enduring long standing partnership has brought significant mutual benefits and opportunities for both parties and all event participants over the years.

Altenar is delivering best-in-class solutions for licensed operators around the world. Ranging from a standalone sportsbook product to the provision of a turnkey sportsbook solution, Altenar offers proven stability coupled with a flexible and personalised service.

Launched in 2011, Altenar powers hundreds of online sports betting sites, while their self-service betting terminals and mobile app help ensure they meet all operator needs, with an exponentially growing client base in more than 30 countries.

Altenar COO Dinos Stranomitis said: “In Altenar we consider EEGS and BEGE as a key event to establish connection with East and Southeast Europe. Considering that Bulgaria is playing a key role in that region, our presence is a must. See you in Sofia.”

Altenar is an invaluable partner, thus contributing to the success and vibrancy of EEGS itself. The continued support highlights a shared commitment to excellence and progress within the industry, making this year’s event an essential platform for associated industry luminaries and entrepreneurs to explore the latest trends and opportunities in gaming, entertainment and hospitality in general.

The Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS), the premier conference of the region, provides a dynamic platform for industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest trends and opportunities shaping the gaming and entertainment landscape.

No doubt you wish to position your company alongside the Conference and exploit our expertise.

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Glitnor Group expands IBIA’s betting integrity presence in Ontario

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Glitnor Group, operating under the LCKY Group in Ontario, has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). Glitnor Group’s luckycasino.ca brand sportsbook will feed into IBIA’s world leading betting integrity monitoring platform. The operator joins over 50 companies and 125 leading sports betting brands in IBIA and further cements the association’s position as the leading sports betting integrity monitoring body in Ontario and globally.

David Schwieler LCKY Group CEO, said: “At Glitnor Group, we’re dead serious about keeping our betting games fair and square. That’s why teaming up with IBIA is a big deal for us. We know how crucial it is to protect the spirit of sports, and we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and work closely with the IBIA to make sure sports betting stays exciting, speedy, and above all, fair.”

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “I am delighted to welcome Glitnor Group as IBIA’s latest member in Ontario. Glitnor and IBIA share a common goal to maintain the integrity of the sports betting marketplace and to protecting consumers and sports from match-fixing. Ensuring product integrity is paramount to our approach and we look forward to integrating Glitnor within our leading global sports betting integrity monitoring system.”

IBIA is a not-for-profit body that has no competing conflicts with the delivery of commercial services to other sectors and is run by operators for operators to protect regulated sports betting markets from match-fixing. IBIA’s global monitoring network is a highly effective anti-corruption tool, detecting and reporting suspicious activity in regulated betting markets.

Through the IBIA global monitoring network it is possible to track transactional activities linked to individual customer accounts. IBIA members have over $300bn per annum in betting turnover (handle), accounting for approximately 50% of the global commercial regulated land-based and online sports betting sector, and in excess of 50% for online alone.

IBIA recently released a report on the Availability of Sports Betting Products which highlighted Ontario as a leading regulated gambling jurisdiction, with an expected onshore channelisation for sports betting of 92% in 2024 forecast to rise to 97% in 2028. IBIA currently represents over 60% of the private sports betting operators licensed in the province. All online sports betting operators licensed in Ontario are required to be part of a betting integrity monitoring body.

IBIA’s 2023 annual integrity report detailed 184 alerts reported in the year, which represents a decrease of 101 (or 35%) on the revised 2022 figure of 285 alerts. IBIA alerts contributed to the investigations and subsequent successful sanctioning of 21 clubs, players and officials in 2023, an increase on the 15 sanctioned in 2022.

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AI-Media Enters into Partnership with DAZN

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AI-Media, a global leader in end-to-end captioning technology solutions, has entered into a new partnership with DAZN, the global sports entertainment streaming platform. Through this collaboration, AI-Media will deliver live and recorded multi language and translated captioning using various solutions from its AI-powered LEXI Tool Kit.

DAZN Group is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports media platforms, and this partnership marks a significant moment in their commitment to inclusivity and accessibility of their content. Leveraging AI-Media’s LEXI Tool Kit, DAZN will seamlessly integrate live captions across its extensive and diverse premium sports content, enriching the viewer experience for millions worldwide.

Key highlights of this partnership include:

Cutting-Edge Technology: LEXI 3.0, AI-Media’s latest automatic captioning solution, introduces innovative features such as speaker identification and AI-powered caption placement, ensuring accuracy exceeding 98%. LEXI’s advanced vocabulary caters to region-specific nuances, including challenging pronunciations and complex spellings, enhancing the quality of sport content captioning.

Complete End-to-End Solution: DAZN will utilise AI-Media’s Alta IP caption Encoder for LEXI Live captioning delivery. Alta offers a virtualised, API-powered software solution tailored for IP video environments, ensuring seamless integration.

Expanded Language Support: Initial rollout includes Spanish and English captions for EMEA and US markets, with plans for additional languages through LEXI Translate, encompassing French, German, Italian, Arabic, Japanese and more. This supports DAZN’s global expansion strategy across its 120 channels, catering to diverse audiences worldwide.

Support for On-Demand FAST Channels: DAZN has implemented AI-Media’s LEXI Recorded solution for captioning pre-recorded content on their FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming TV) Channels. LEXI Recorded, a newly launched solution in the LEXI Tool Kit, offers fast turnaround, highly accurate and low-cost captions – essential for high volume, time-sensitive captioning applications of recorded content.

Cost-Effective Solution: Transitioning from costly human captioning services to AI-Media’s LEXI platform enables DAZN to deliver multi-language captions across multiple channels at the same cost as human delivery, enhancing accessibility while optimising resources.

Mark Lovatt, General Manager of Global Strategic Accounts at AI-Media, said: “With this new agreement, we’re excited to bring live and recorded multilingual captions to DAZN viewers using our LEXI Tool Kit solutions. Choosing AI-Media for LEXI automated captioning underscores the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the industry. As the top automatic captioning provider, we’re uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality captions for DAZN at a lower cost. This partnership marks a milestone in our global sports market expansion, and we’re thrilled to work with DAZN to make their content accessible to all viewers through our leading automated captions.”

James Pearce, SVP of Broadcast & Streaming at DAZN, said: “DAZN is at the forefront of using technology to improve the enjoyment and viewing experience of fans. This partnership with AI-Media is another example of where DAZN uses best in class tech-based solutions to deliver the services and products that our customers want and expect. DAZN is all about putting customer choice at the centre of our offer, so we will be working hard to roll this out across all our services and looking forward to progressing this with AI-Media.”

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Affilka by SOFTSWISS Announces Partnership with 10bet

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Affilka by SOFTSWISS, a leading provider of affiliate tracking software for the iGaming industry, announces a new collaboration with 10bet, a prominent player in the iGaming realm. 

10bet operates in diverse markets, including Europe, LatAm, and Africa. Offering both casino and sportsbook solutions, 10bet brings over 20 years of global experience and expertise to the table.

This partnership marks a significant milestone for both companies as they join forces to enhance affiliate marketing strategies and expand their market reach. 10bet has already launched seven brands through the collaboration with Affilka by SOFTSWISS. Five of these brands were successfully migrated, while two were created from scratch, with another one to follow shortly.

Notably, 10bet made a strategic decision to transition from third-party software to leverage the advanced features and tailored solutions offered by Affilka by SOFTSWISS. Thanks to a designated Project Manager in the 10bet team, the integration process was smooth and seamless. Allocating a single point of contact is crucial to ensure effective migration and ongoing success.

“We are delighted to partner with Affilka by SOFTSWISS,” says Yotam Peretz, VP of Acquisition at 10bet. “The platform provides us flexibility, reliability, and personalised support. That’s exactly what we need to optimise our affiliate programs and drive growth in our target markets. I’m sure this collaboration marks the beginning of an exciting and successful journey.”

Angelika Antonova, Head of Sales at Affilka by SOFTSWISS, comments on the recent partnership: “This migration serves as further validation of Affilka’s superiority over existing solutions in the market, highlighting its distinct advantages. We are happy to welcome 10bet to the Affilka family. This partnership signifies our shared vision for excellence in affiliate marketing. We look forward to collaborating with the 10bet team to deliver outstanding results and unlock new opportunities in the dynamic iGaming landscape.”

Affilka by SOFTSWISS is ready to present valuable industry insights and unveil the upcoming reporting system updates at the SiGMA Americas Summit in San Paulo on 23–25 April. Clients and potential partners can book a meeting with the Affilka team at stand i70 on the SOFTSWISS events page.

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

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SoftGamings Partners with FA CHAI

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FA CHAI is the latest addition to SoftGamings’ long list of 300+ game providers powering the gaming catalogue, which already boasts over 10,000 games. Since stepping onto the scene in 2019, FA CHAI has already amassed over 500 partners worldwide, hosting over 1.5 million daily active users.

FA CHAI is renowned for its exceptional game design and technological prowess. Its portfolio includes different game mechanics and features, including Extra Bet and Buy features. All of its games have been GLI-certified, guaranteeing fairness and security.

Key titles from FA CHAI, such as Lucky Fortunes, Golden Genie and Merge Magic, along with engaging fishing games like Star Hunter and Monkey Key Fishing, are set to become staples within SoftGamings’ offerings. These games stand out for their compelling gameplay, superior graphics and the unique ability to engage players from all walks of life.

FA CHAI’s commitment to leveraging HTML5 technology ensures that its games are seamlessly accessible on mobile devices, regardless of their operating systems, which aligns with the demand of the modern casino player.

Anna Kiselova, head of partnerships at SoftGamings, said: “This partnership with FA CHAI not only expands our portfolio but also strengthens our commitment to bringing innovation, new gaming verticals, and diversity to our partners. FA CHAI’s exceptional game design and technology complement our platform perfectly, promising our operators and their players a more immersive gaming experience. At the same time, we are delighted to be in a position to offer FA CHAI access to new markets, improved visibility and reach, and plenty of opportunities to grow as a brand.”

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Stakelogic’s Slot and Live Casino Content is now live with L&L Europe

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Stakelogic expands its reach in the UK, Malta, and Sweden through integration with L&L Europe

Stakelogic, the industry’s leading cutting-edge provider of casino content, has continued its European expansion after integrating its innovative slots and live casino games onto L&L Europe’s platform.

This means that players at L&L Europe based in the UK, Malta and Sweden can now access Stakelogic’s award-winning portfolio of games, including Tiki Tiki Hold ‘N’ Win, Wild Wild Bass 3, Wild Hogs and Pigeon Hut.

This is matched by the immersive and creative experience offered by Stakelogic Live’s live casino offering. Titles like Super Stake Blackjack and Spin to Win have helped Stakelogic Live redefine the live casino landscape.

Speaking of redefining the landscape. The newly launched Super Wheel™ does exactly that. This optional feature brings players the best of both worlds. Players trigger the feature and are taken to a live-casino setting. A host spins the Super Wheel, giving players the chance to land multipliers or one of three bonus features.

Neil Tanti, Senior Sales Manager at Stakelogic said: “The team at L&L Europe has spent the last few years creating a unique market position across all sectors of the iGaming industry and we are absolutely delighted to be partnering with such a progressive operator.

Similarly, we are passionate about creating the most thrilling and state-of-the-art content and we can’t wait to see our games enjoyed by L&L Europe’s players.”

Jan Wienk, Head of Marketing & Product of L&L Europe said, “At L&L Europe, we are committed to offering our players the best possible casino experience, and partnering with Stakelogic aligns perfectly with this goal. Additionally, Stakelogic Live’s product fills a gap for particular GEO’s we service and therefore partnering with them is the right choice.

“As we continue to expand our portfolio, identifying the right suppliers is key and we are really excited to see where this collaboration goes.”

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Play’n GO Music Unveils MoneyGram Haas F1 Team Playlist Collaboration

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Play’n GO, the world’s leading casino entertainment provider, has today announced a collaboration between Play’n GO Music and MoneyGram Haas F1 Team, which kicks off with Team Principal Ayao Komatsu sharing his personal pre-race playlist with fans ahead of his home race in Japan this weekend.

Launched in 2023, Play’n GO Music aims to showcase the musical talent behind so many of Play’n GO’s flagship games. This music division of the global gaming studio is also partnering up with artists from around the world to create new music and this latest venture sees MoneyGram Haas F1 get involved in the project.

MoneyGram Haas F1 Team fans will be able to listen to Team Principal Ayao Komatsu’s pre-race playlist, an eclectic mix of classical orchestral symphonies fused with modern-day rock, rap and pop.

Listeners will delight in the contrasting lyrical sounds that Komatsu uses to get in the zone on race weekends and can feel like part of the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team ahead of the Japanese race with further collaborations to follow throughout the season.

To listen to Ayao’s playlist, please follow this link: https:/ /open.spotify. com/playlist/0ekWpDcAO5inMib9LNS3iC?si=2573beb6098745a3&pt=b92f0b1d044ea32ef91f5b87e887b9ed

“We are so excited about Play’n GO Music and to welcome MoneyGram Haas F1 Team into the project,” the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Play’n GO, Ebba Arnred, said. “Race fans will now get a behind-the-scenes look at the soundtracks that inspire the team at the track week in, week out. We’re thankful to Ayao for sharing the music that matters to him ahead of his home race this weekend, and we can’t wait to hear from the rest of the team throughout the season. Best of luck to everyone at MoneyGram Haas F1 Team in Japan this weekend; we’re all behind you.”

Play’n GO is a proud sponsor of MoneyGram Haas F1 Team. To find out more about Play’n GO, please visit PlaynGO. com.

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