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Spinola Gaming enters the eSports Lottery Sector

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Spinola Gaming enters the eSports Lottery Sector

 

  • Spinola Gaming gains new partners providing eSports-based lotteries for the LatAm market.
  • With the ever-growing rise in eSports activity, operators are looking for new revenue streams to monetise their traffic. 

Spinola Gaming, one of the leading authorities in lottery software announces the world’s first eSports-based and customizable lotteries. These products have gained interest in the LatAm and Asian markets, with LatAm eSports operators and suppliers already in discussion on integrating our new and updated eSports lottery platform for these regions. These eSports lottery products are built around integrating global lotteries, custom eSports based lottery products, digitised scratch cards, along with instant spin and win games, designed around eSports events and tournaments in perspective.

With player and viewership numbers increasing sharply around the key esport gaming titles, operators have seen a massive increase in new registrations. An article under H2 Gambling Capital, via iGB found that eSports betting saw an increase of over 60% in GGR in H1 of 2020, a considerable amount when compared to sportsbetting’s losses during this period.

Spinola Gaming envisions the eSports market to increase even further for the next 2-3 years, and the pandemic has very clearly acted as a catalyst for the eSports betting market. As seen in Business Insider most projections see the eSports ecosystem on track to surpass $1b, and while in terms of audience; APAC, North America and Europe are currently the top three eSports markets, although one of the fastest-rising regions is Latin America, which is expected to skyrocket to $42m by 2023.

Our product team, accompanied with the marketing department anticipated and discussed this situation in the final half of 2020, and designed a full lottery product suite which is applicable for eSports operators to design and launch lotteries during tournaments and games. Spinola Gaming’s custom lottery games gives all operators the ability to run their own fully customised jackpot games in the same, or similar formats as the world’s leading lotteries. With eSports, the jackpots available are fixed or progressive, and results are based on third party draws or the lottery supplier’s fully certified RNG.

Spinola Gaming’s lottery games can be implemented for one-off eSports promotions or for entire seasons to keep players engaged and returning week after week. Thomas Mahoney, COO of Spinola Gaming wants to express his future plans regarding this project, “The future of eSports is very likely to spill into mobile games, which will reduce barriers of entry, and allow even more games and gamers to come pouring in. Although lottery games are seen as one of the oldest types of gaming verticals, and eSports is considered one of the newest, we believe that both verticals can work hand in hand to provide the best experience possible for our clients’ players. We’ve seen great growth in LatAm from an online lottery perspective, and with all the indications showing eSports to grow rapidly there, I’d say LatAm, as a region is one to watch in 2021.”

 

Be Part of the Progress

Spinola Gaming has initiated the process of onboarding new clients across emerging markets in LatAm, Southeast Asia and Africa. Users within those countries will soon be discovering new ways to play their favourite jackpot and lottery games, in a virtual environment. Complementing these virtual lottery games, operators can now have access to instant win games, like digital scratch cards to provide to their users who believe online is the next step in lottery’s evolution.

IGT’s Industry-Leading PlaySports Platform Powers FanDuel SportsBook Mobile App in Virginia

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IGT's Industry-Leading PlaySports Platform Powers FanDuel SportsBook Mobile App in Virginia

 

International Game Technology PLC announced today that its PlaySports platform is powering FanDuel Group’s recently launched FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app in Virginia. IGT and FanDuel Group have teamed up to deliver industry-leading sports betting in twelve U.S. states, including nine where players can enjoy the IGT PlaySports-powered FanDuel Sportsbook mobile app.

“We are excited to continue to grow our geographical and operational footprint with the launch of legal sports betting in the Commonwealth of Virginia late last week,” said Niall Connell, Senior Vice President, General Manager FanDuel Sportsbook. “These are complex launches with individualized state-by-state requirements that require experienced partners like IGT.”

“We are proud of the role IGT has played in helping FanDuel Group build the player-preferred sports betting solution in the U.S. market,” said Enrico Drago IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. “The IGT PlaySports platform is aiding FanDuel as it scales new market opportunities such as its recent launch in Virginia and enabling FanDuel to deliver its multi-state sports betting enterprise.”

Since 2018, IGT has been a platform provider for several FanDuel Sportsbooks across the U.S., including the nation’s largest volume retail sportsbook in the U.S. — Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J. In August 2020, IGT and FanDuel Group announced a multi-year agreement naming IGT FanDuel Group’s exclusive retail platform provider for the entire U.S. market and a principal iGaming content supplier. Virginia joins New Jersey, TennesseeMichiganPennsylvaniaColoradoIndianaIllinois and Iowa as states where players can enjoy IGT PlaySports-powered FanDuel Sportsbook apps.

For more information on IGT PlaySports visit IGT.com/PlaySports.

About IGT
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

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Entercom Launches BetQL Audio Network

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Entercom Launches BetQL Audio Network

 

Entercom has announced the launch of BetQL Audio Network. The network, which follows the Company’s recent acquisition of sports data and iGaming affiliate platform QL Gaming Group, will feature sports gambling programming heard across Entercom’s robust portfolio of sports stations, which combined reach nearly 30 million listeners per month, as well as the RADIO.COM app and digital platform.

The network will be headlined by two widely popular daily shows – “You Better You Bet” with Nick Kostos and Ken Barkley, which received an average of over 670,000 monthly downloads since the start of the 2020 NFL season and “BetQL Daily” with Joe Ostrowski and Ross Tucker, which was launched in September 2020 and formerly known as “BetSweats.” Network programming will also initially include “BetQL Countdown to Kickoff,” which has run throughout the NFL playoffs, with future programming expansion announced at a later date. Available nationwide via RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio platform in the US, BetQL Audio Network will also be accessible via the BetQL mobile application and desktop platform and on-demand where podcasts are found.

As part of the network launch, KEZW-AM in Denver will relaunch as The Bet 1430AM, serving as a broadcast distribution channel for BetQL Audio Network content. The network will subsequently launch on 93.1 HD3 in Los Angeles. All programming will continue to be available in live and on-demand audio and video formats via RADIO.COM.

“With our acquisition of QL Gaming Group in November, we committed to leveraging our national scale to amplify the rapidly growing sports gambling landscape and deliver smart, data-supported sports-betting content to our listeners. By combining the BetQL brand and our deep collection of expert talent, this new network compliments our industry-leading local sports broadcast portfolio and will further enhance our position as a leader for sports betting programming,” Mike Dee, President of Sports at Entercom, said.

Caesars Entertainment Announces Investment in DFS Platform SuperDraft

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Caesars Entertainment Announces Investment in DFS Platform SuperDraft

 

Caesars Entertainment has announced a strategic investment in the daily fantasy sports platform SuperDraft.

With the investment, Caesars takes an initial minority equity position with an option to increase its stake over time up to 100% at pre-determined levels. The partnership positions SuperDraft as an exciting new option and dominant force in the daily fantasy sports industry.

“The addition of daily fantasy sports fits seamlessly with our strategic vision for mobile and online sports. SuperDraft’s innovative multiplier game mode is unique in the marketplace, and we believe it offers a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our position in the sports gaming landscape,” Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, said.

As part of the investment, SuperDraft will join Caesars’ online brands, World Series of Poker, Caesars Online Casino, and, upon the acquisition’s close, William Hill, as part of a full slate of mobile and online gaming channels.

“We’re super excited to be part of Caesars’ powerful gaming ecosystem. Daily fantasy players deserve a breath of fresh air, and we’re here to transform the industry. SuperDraft is now well-positioned to accelerate its growth with financial staying power while broadening its consumer appeal with bigger contests and better rewards to players of all interest levels,” Steve Wang, CEO and Founder of SuperDraft, said.

“Caesars is a strong strategic partner that will allow us to further enhance our industry-leading tech stack and provide an enhanced player-first experience. Now SuperDraft can adapt to the market faster than the institutional daily fantasy providers, while providing our players with unmatched prizes, loyalty rewards, and exclusive VIP opportunities,” Nate Hunter, CTO and Co-Founder of SuperDraft, said.

Playtech in Talks to Sell its Financial Division for $200M

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Playtech in Talks to Sell its Financial Division for $200M

 

Playtech PLC has confirmed that it is in exclusive talks to sell its financial division for up to $200 million in cash as part of its simplification plans.

Playtech is going to sell Finalto to a consortium backed by Barinboim Group, Leumi Partners Ltd, Phoenix Insurance Co Ltd, and Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd.

Finalto provides a trading platform and liquidity services on a business-to-business basis, while its direct-to-consumer offering is Markets.com.

The cash offer from the consortium is worth up to $200m, of which $170m is payable on completion. Approximately $110m of capital required to run the business will be transferred with the business upon any sale.

Betway Renews Sponsorship Deal with MIBR

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Betway Renews Sponsorship Deal with MIBR

 

Betway has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Brazilian esports organisation MIBR.

Since the partnership began in 2018, Betway and MIBR have continued to deliver top tier content and unique activations for fans such as the successful “MIBR Stars – Brought to you by Betway” and “Lobby das Estrelas” exhibition events last year, where MIBR players and influencers battled it out on fan-favorite CS:GO maps.

Moving into 2021, the two leading brands are committed to continuing their partnership, creating more exciting content for loyal supporters, and building upon MIBR and IGC’s longest partnership to date.

“In 2018, we had the great honor of becoming founding partners of MIBR, helping to re-launch this legendary brand. Today, we are renewing our agreement to continue our fantastic relationship, at what is a really exciting time. We’re looking forward to continuing to offer great insight and entertainment to CS:GO fans in Brazil and around the world,” Adam Savinson, Head of Esports at Betway, said.

“We are very happy to continue our partnership with Betway. As MIBR prepares yet again to play in the biggest tournaments in the world, our partnership with Betway and their continued support of the CS:GO community, particularly in Brazil, has helped us grow the largest, most passionate, and engaged fan base in the world. We look forward to working with Betway to keep building and developing new fans and future talent,” Yuri “Fly” Uchiyama, Director of MIBR, said.

Spearhead Studios goes live on Colombian operator Rivalo

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Spearhead Studios goes live on Colombian operator Rivalo

 

Spearhead Studios is pleased to announce the first partnership of 2021. Colombia-facing operator Rivalo has agreed to make available to its players Spearhead Studios’ games, including the top hits of 2020 and future titles such as Video Bingo.

Spearhead Studios’ titles have been made available to Rivalo and their Colombian audience via EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine, the iGaming Integration Platform, which is already powering the operator’s casino offering on the market. The partnership aims to provide fresh content and more entertainment options to Rivalo’s loyal fanbase.

Since launching one year ago, Spearhead Studios released no less than 21 new engaging titles, bringing the studios’ portfolio to a total of 28 games certified in 11 jurisdictions, including in Colombia, Romania, Belarus, Germany, among others. After finalising its Colombia certification process in June 2020, the provider is seeking to expand its footprint in the LATAM region in 2021.

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director at Spearhead Studios, comments: “It is a pleasure to work with Rivalo and we are happy to go live on their platform with all of our games. Rivalo is a fast-growing operator and this partnership will help both parties expand their business on the Colombian market.

“We’ve also started building Video Bingo games which is a game type favoured by players in Colombia and other promising LATAM markets. In 2021, our focus will be to expand even more in this market and strike valuable partnerships with operators active on those markets.”

Alvaro Mosquera, Country Manager Colombia at Rivalo, says: “We are very excited about starting the new year with this new partnership with Spearhead. We are sure their excellent games will be welcomed by our Colombian players with great enthusiasm and that Spearhead’s new Video Bingo as well as their Blackjack games will be part of the tip of the spear of our expanded Casino offering for 2021.

“As the premium operator on the Colombian market, we are committed to pursuing our pioneering trend of adopting fresh technology and delivering exclusive content. Spearhead games will not only be accessible to our current customers, but they will also be showcased to more than 8 million Rappi users via our mobile Casino integration within RappiApuestas, Rappi’s own betting App.”

2020 has seen Spearhead Studios surpassing its commercial targets by striking a number of key strategic partnerships with leading content aggregators and operators. The studios’ titles are now available in multiple jurisdictions, with Book of Souls, Book of the Kings, Fruits & 777’s, Lara Jones is Cleopatra, and Royal Crown being the top-performing ones in terms of GGR and total played rounds.

Catena Media Expands U.S. Portfolio After Launching In Michigan and Virginia

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Catena Media Expands U.S. Portfolio After Launching In Michigan and Virginia

 

Lead generation giant, Catena Media, has successfully boosted its U.S. portfolio with two new markets following the legalisation of online sports betting in Virginia as well as online sports and casino betting in Michigan.

Catena Media wasted zero time in preparing for the openings of these states and has already secured vendor registrations for both and also has been building sites in expectation of the launches.

The international company is now comfortably set to take the top spots for both sport and casino in Michigan, the 10th largest state -by population- in the U.S. and dominant position in sports in Virginia, which will further boost its position as the number one affiliate in the US.

Virginia’s Online Sports Betting market went live on Thursday, 21st January, and Michigan followed suit on Friday, 22nd January.

This follows a federal ban on sports betting being revoked in 2018, meaning that states were free to choose their own laws on the matter.

As the United States regulatory changes around online gambling have gained momentum over the years, Catena Media has diligently worked to prepare itself for every state launch.

In fact, the company’s forward-thinking U.S. team created its first Michigan-focused affiliate site ‘PlayMichigan.com’ all the way back in 2018.

Michael Daly, Vice President North America, said: “Catena Media’s North America team is excited about not just one, but two states, Michigan and Virginia, reaching fruition in their online sports betting process by going live last week.

“For Catena Media, it is just another step, albeit a large one, in our journey with those states, which began in 2018 when we first launched PlayMichigan.com.”

These aren’t the first examples of Catena Media being prepared for new states legalising online sports betting. When the Pennsylvania market opened in 2019, the affiliate company was able to utilise years of preparation to go live with multiple casinos and sportsbook operators.

Aim Lab launches Creator Studio Public Beta

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Aim Lab launches Creator Studio Public Beta

 

Dream, build, and train in Aim Lab’s Creator Studio, now in public beta on Steam for PC

Aim Lab announced the public beta launch of Creator Studio, a new tool within the popular Aim Lab training software that enables gamers to take their aim training to the next level. In Creator Studio, players can create and build endless possibilities — their own maps, training tasks, and objects — and share them with the community around the world. The Creator Studio public beta is now available in Aim Lab, downloadable for free on Steam for Windows PC.

Aim Lab was built as the ultimate training solution for players of first-person and third-person shooters, blending cutting-edge performance tracking and analytics with artificial intelligence and machine learning to make players better, faster.

With Creator Studio, the power is put back in the community’s hands to dream, build, and train by enabling them to create anything they can imagine and test themselves against any scenario their favorite games may throw at them. Creators can customize every element within Creator Studio, including bot behaviors, target spawning, buildings, terrains, map physics, and more.

Since games are always changing, Creator Studio offers an easy and versatile solution to customizing your practice and build training tasks to share with your friends and Aim Lab’s community of more than 8 million people.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/kbpb7jwTiTA

Key Features

Map Creator: Players can create any map from the ground up based on their needs. Choose from hundreds of objects to add to your map. Re-create your favorite map section, change the look and feel of the environment, add interactive elements, and change the physics.

Target Customization: Customize target look, behaviors, movement, and more. Players can shoot at orbs, bots, or both!

Workshop: Collaborate and share your custom maps and tasks with the rest of the Aim Lab community.

In October 2020, Aim Lab launched a $100,000 Creator Fund to award ten creators $10,000 each to make their own maps, weapons, training tasks, bots, and more to share with the community. As a result, Creator Studio is launching with hundreds of training tasks, offering more training scenarios to players than ever before. In efforts to shine the spotlight on Aim Lab’s talented community, more rewards are planned in the future, to be announced at a later date.

“We want Creator Studio to be the ultimate platform for players to create experiences for the community to improve their in-game skills,” said Dr. Wayne Mackey, founder of Aim Lab. “It’s been immensely satisfying to see how early testers and creators have engaged with Creator Studio and what they’ve made so far. I can’t wait to see the kinds of things people build with it in public beta.”

Aim Lab is currently in Early Access on Steam. For more information, please visit aimlab.gg.

BetGames.TV strikes deal with Superbets

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BetGames.TV strikes deal with Superbets

 

Supplier’s Caribbean dominance strengthened with Dominican Republic expansion

 BetGames.TV, the leading live dealer betting games supplier, has agreed a content deal with Dominican Republic-based operator, Superbets.

The deal, which is expected to go live in Q1 this year, will see BetGames.TV’s entire product library activated across the betting platform provider’s online and retail operations, including Bet on Poker, War of Bets and Wheel of Fortune.

The partnership will not only result in BetGames.TV’s portfolio being operational in the Dominican Republic, where Superbets holds a leading position in the market, but across other territories within Latin America where the omni-channel operator has plans to expand into.

Thanks to BetGames.TV’s products’ ease-of-use, low-spend and dedication to providing extended entertainment sessions, the studio has seen its popularity surge across LatAm in 2020, with a 300% surge in bet counts during the months of lockdown.

Commenting on the deal, Eddie Morales, LatAm Sales Director at BetGames.TV saidWe have ambitious expansion plans at BetGames.TV, not only in terms of strengthening our presence in the Dominican Republic, but just like Superbets, with the goal to grow throughout the wider LatAm region.

“This deal is a great fit for both parties, not only because of our leading positions in our respective fields, but due to the alignment of our growth plans – and we look forward to scaling together across one of the world’s most exciting regions.”

Felix Arburola, O.M. at Superbets added: As an omni channel gaming platform, we are tasked with finding the best products on the market through the best providers, with the best reach.

“The variety of games in all formats is always a priority for our players and virtual and live games are no exception. Our business model is based on being able to offer a unique range of games and personalised service to our customers, so with the incredible quality and variety of BetGames.TV’s content being as impressive as it is innovative, this can only boost our service provision and offer that ‘wow’ experience to our customers.”

With more than 70 operator deals signed in 2020, including Betway, Amelco and SBTech, BetGames.TV’s 10-strong catalogue of unique, in-house games are now live online across 2,000 sites online and 4,000 retail locations globally.

As well as winning two SBC Awards in December, the company has established itself as one of the industry’s most regulated live dealer and betting games suppliers, with licences held across the UK, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, South Africa and Colombia.

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