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One year on: Showcasing Altenar’s Ontario success

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One year on: Showcasing Altenar’s Ontario success

 

Twelve months ago, Altenar made a name for itself as one of the first major European sportsbook providers to go live in Canada’s nascent regulated province of Ontario. 

With the market now in its second year of being regulated, we spoke to Altenar’s Head of Sales, Antonino Barra, to hear more about the success Altenar’s market-leading technology has brought to Ontario, as well as the award-winning provider’s expectations for the year ahead.

 

It is almost a year since Altenar entered Ontario. How have you settled into the region and how has the product been received?

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We’ve been live in the region with a big-name operator since the early days of the market being regulated back in early 2022. Overall, business has been fantastic – we can see how much demand there is for sports betting in Ontario thanks to the influx of very successful teams across a wide range of sports, including the Canadian Football League.

When we went live in the market back in April 2022, we envisaged a bright start for us, and it has presented a significant opportunity to develop and implement our bespoke trading and pricing models for Canada’s most popular sports. Without a doubt, we have one of the best trading teams in the industry and we’ve got some fantastic case studies to back it up. All in all, it’s been an excellent first year and our products have been incredibly well received.

 

What is attractive about the region from a sportsbook point of view?

Ontario loves sport, so it has been a great experience for us so far. Teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Raptors and the Ottawa Senators are all well supported, and this is evidenced in the extensive popularity we’re seeing when it comes to sports betting on some of Canada’s best-loved sports.

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According to iGaming Ontario’s first year’s performance report, Basketball was the most popular sport to bet on, accounting for 29% of all wagers, followed by soccer (15%), football (13%), hockey (9%), and baseball (8%). Sports categories include bets on a variety of athletic activities, including but not limited to professional leagues. Having such a diverse range of sports has proven to be a fantastic challenge for our trading teams and we’ve really enjoyed becoming localised experts on North American sports!

 

Did you set any targets for your first year in Ontario and did you achieve them?

Being able to provide a full solution to players in Ontario, with one of the most comprehensive sports betting propositions available, was also another OKR we put a lot of effort into achieving. A crucial differentiator was to provide a bespoke provision of ad hoc services that could be tailored   to exactly what Canadian players have been looking for. So far, it has been great to see all of these vital targets reached and we look forward to surpassing them.

 

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What advantages does Canada offer as opposed to LatAm or the US?

When we compare Ontario to the LatAm region, we must understand that the market is less granular. The legal framework allows space to offer different business plans and enables us to have been one of Ontario’s true pioneers.

In LatAm, it is easy to be overpowered by certain operators who hold too much sway, given some jurisdictions have big name operators holding up to 75% of market share. The retail vs. online split is also hugely different, in that Canada is hugely online-first, while in LatAm – retail will always be the flagship brand.

Looking at comparisons with the US, the cost can be hugely prohibitive in comparison as you have to go through the licensing process for each new US state. As a result, the bureaucratic hurdles involved in making that happen require a vast provision of resources, as well as the risks involved in the land-based lobby slowing down any launch process.

On the other hand, when examining the situation in Ontario, it becomes apparent that the regulatory framework is remarkably flexible, offering a highly convenient platform for sportsbooks venturing into the North American market for the first time. This aspect serves as a significant incentive for numerous European brands to establish their presence in North America prior to expanding further south. The market’s favourable reputation stems from its commendable ability to provide tailored conditions that are exceptionally conducive to growth.

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How does the next 12 months look? Do you expect to branch into other provinces as they come online?

Absolutely. As it stands, Ontario is the only province that currently offers a licence and is open for entrants, but we will look to target all provinces as they slowly come online. The next couple I expect to follow suit are Alberta and British Columbia, and we’ll be first in the queue for those. The current status regarding lotteries is that they have a monopolistic hold over these provinces, just like we’ve seen with land-based and tribal influence in the US. Of course, Canadian lotteries have a vested interest in seeing themselves hold onto the market so this will be an interesting development to keep an eye on.

For 2023 to 2024, we’ll be focused on solid growth and helping new operators develop and grow their operations to become verifiable contenders.

Finally, given the economic outlook over in Europe – and indeed, the likely contractions faced, there’s plenty of fortune awaiting on the western side of the Atlantic, so we’d certainly encourage brands looking for a better outlook to set foot in here – it’s a place to be watched with interest.

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Delasport Expands in Ontario with a new deal with Green Brick Labs

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Leading iGaming supplier Delasport expands further in Ontario through a sportsbook deal with Canadian operator Green Brick Labs (GBL).

The global software company will provide its award-winning Plug & Play Sportsbook iFrame solution, so that their new partner can add it to their growing platform.

The deal is expected to come into fruition by the end of this quarter and is yet another strategic move by Delasport, who successfully obtained an Ontario license earlier this year.

‘We are happy to extend our foothold in Ontario and make it happen with a great partner like Green Brick Labs, adding to our confidence as a leading software supplier’, says Delasport’s VP of Business Development Rosaire Galea Cavallaro. ‘Our Plug & Play sportsbook iFrame solution will skyrocket GBL’s operations due to the high quality of service they will be able to provide to their customers and we couldn’t be prouder.’

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The Canada-based operator shares a similar opinion and as much excitement for the new partnership:

‘This is exactly the type of product we needed and is yet another proof that we provide the best solutions on the market for our customers’, GBL’s CEO Matt Rathbun comments. ‘At GBL, we prioritize great user experience, so this deal fits our vision perfectly.’

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The Mill Adventure Partners with GeoLocs to Offer Advanced GeoLocation Services to Operators

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GeoLocs, a leading provider of advanced geolocation compliance technology dedicated to the iGaming industry, is thrilled to announce its partnership with The Mill Adventure, a pioneering platform provider.

The partnership will see The Mill Adventure seamlessly integrate GeoLocs, a comprehensive geolocation service, into their platform, offering robust, precise, and secure geolocation verification for their operator partners. This integration ensures guaranteed compliance, enhances security, and prioritises player privacy (as seen by the recent ISO certification awarded to GeoLocs and mkodo), all while delivering a superior experience to users when verifying their location on iOS, Android, and desktop with no need for additional downloads or companion apps.

“We are very excited about our partnership with The Mill Adventure,” said Stuart Godfree, Managing Director of GeoLocs. “Our advanced geolocation technology perfectly complements The Mill Adventure’s cutting-edge platform, enabling operators to offer a more secure, compliant, and user-friendly gaming experience.”

The Mill Adventure is renowned for its innovative solutions that empower operators to create unique and engaging gaming experiences. By leveraging GeoLocs’ geolocation technology, The Mill Adventure will provide operators with the tools they need to ensure precise geolocation verification, fraud prevention, and adherence to local gaming regulations, as well as a unique player experience that will set their clients apart from competitors, in markets such as Ontario, Canada. This partnership emphasises both companies’ commitment to innovation, security, and regulatory compliance.

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“Integrating GeoLocs’ geolocation services into our platform offering not only enhances our compliance capabilities but also allows us to offer secure and enhanced gaming experiences to operators and their users,” said Robert Bowell, Chief Operations Officer of The Mill Adventure. “This collaboration reinforces our mission to deliver top-tier solutions to the iGaming industry.”

As the iGaming industry continues to evolve, the importance of accurate geolocation services cannot be overstated. The partnership between GeoLocs and The Mill Adventure is a significant step forward in addressing these needs, providing operators with the tools necessary to thrive in a competitive market.

For more information about GeoLocs and The Mill Adventure, please visit geolocs.io and themill.io

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BetConstruct to Participate at Canadian Gaming Summit 2024

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BetConstruct to Participate at Canadian Gaming Summit 2024

 

BetConstruct is set to present its latest advancements in Sportsbook and Social Gaming at the Canadian Gaming Summit, taking place June 18-20 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.

The Canadian Gaming Summit is a pivotal event for the gaming industry, offering a premier platform for industry leaders to network, explore innovative products, and gather essential insights. During the summit, BetConstruct will demonstrate a variety of its products and services, with a focus on its Social Gaming platforms and its comprehensive Sportsbook solution.

The Sportsbook, renowned for its flexibility and state-of-the-art technology, is designed to meet the dynamic needs of operators and players alike. It covers millions of monthly matches across over 3000 leagues in 21 sports tournaments, providing accurate sports statistics and a suite of management tools tailored for operators. Key enhancements include personalised CRM features, AI-driven push notifications, and customisable sports trees, along with innovative tools like Bet-Insights and a new Telegram Bot for seamless iGaming integration and enhanced user engagement.

Building on this foundation, the FTN 2024 Offer introduces a Multi-Wallet website and Branded Exchange, which further streamline transactions and elevate user convenience during the European Football Championship. These features are designed to integrate seamlessly with the Sportsbook’s robust infrastructure, providing a cohesive and enhanced experience for all users during this high-profile sports event.

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Additionally, BetConstruct will showcase its Social Gaming platform, designed to enhance player engagement and encourage community interaction through innovative gaming experiences. The Social Casino Games Development at BetConstruct creates custom social games that attract more players by delivering an exceptional social casino experience. This initiative ensures player flexibility and incorporates a variety of features to increase the games’ appeal.

Visitors are invited to join BetConstruct at Stand A210 to discover how their leading-edge technologies can transform gaming operations and elevate the user experience, setting new standards in the industry.

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