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Counting Down: A Roundtable Preview of Brazil’s iGaming Era

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Counting Down: A Roundtable Preview of Brazil's iGaming Era

 

As Brazil finally gives the green light for sports betting and iGaming, industry leaders are gearing up for a transformative chapter in 2024. In this insightful roundtable discussion, we had the privilege of engaging with key figures, namely Henrique De Simoni (Account Manager LatAm at 3 Oaks Gaming), Massimiliano Vandelli (Head of Sales at ESA Gaming), Denis Kosinsky (VP Operations at NuxGame), Ihor Zarechnyi (CBDO at Evoplay), Jack Smith (Senior Sales Director at Sportingtech), and Roman Bogoduhov (Head of Accounts LatAm at EvenBet Gaming) to delve into the exciting prospects of casino entry into the newly regulated market. Our focus centred on the meticulous preparations undertaken by suppliers, understanding local player preferences, and exploring the collective vision for the future of this burgeoning market.

 

As the journey to secure the final approval for iGaming regulation in Brazil concludes, what strategies and preparations has your company put in place for the upcoming market launch?

 

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Henrique De Simoni
Despite Brazil’s iGaming market being in its incipient stages, it has transitioned from a rising star to a tangible reality. This regulatory milestone in the largest Latin American country signifies a plethora of opportunities for the entire iGaming ecosystem, spanning from operators to providers.

As a company known for its agility and meticulous attention to detail, we’ve been actively engaging with key events in the region such as SBC Brazil, and SiGMA Americas. By fortifying our network and relationships with major operators, platforms, and aggregators, we’re positioning ourselves strategically for the impending market launch.

Massimiliano Vandelli

The impending regulation of iGaming alongside sports betting in Brazil presents a pivotal opportunity for our company. We’ve meticulously prepared for this milestone by adopting several strategic initiatives. Firstly, we recognise the significance of a diverse portfolio, particularly given the potential exclusion of certain online casino games. Therefore, we’ve focused on ensuring a balanced offering to cater to varying preferences and regulatory requirements.

Localization lies at the core of our approach. Brazil’s vast and distinct market demands tailored solutions, encompassing language support, minimum bets, and game types that resonate with local preferences. Additionally, understanding the nuances of player behaviour, such as volatility preferences, is crucial for delivering a compelling gaming experience.

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Furthermore, leveraging our existing partnerships with established operators positions us strategically in capturing a substantial market share. We have a track record of success with these operators, and collaborating closely with them not only strengthens our market presence but also facilitates smoother market entry.

 

Ihor Zarechnyi
Evoplay’s business strategy after the final approval of iGaming regulation in Brazil will involve forging key partnerships to strengthen our position in the Latin American market.

With Brazil’s population surpassing 215 million and the local audience’s passion for entertainment, our diverse game portfolio is calibrated to cater to their preferences. Our overarching goal is to replicate and surpass the success we’ve already achieved in Latin America. We focus on enhancing the gaming experience of Brazilian players by addressing their entertainment requirements.

 

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Denis Kosinsky
As for all new market entries, our strategy for Brazil consists of compliance, localization, partnerships and innovation. Much like Europe, Brazil is a highly fragmented market and each state should be approached on a case-by-case basis. We are customizing our platform for Brazilian players by adapting to the culture in terms of language, local payment methods and games that resonate locally while our multi-brand feature can be used by casino operators to manage different geos. We’ve also turned our attention to forming partnerships with Brazil-based companies, enabling us to both broaden our reach and enhance our offering.

With smartphones dominating as the preferred device for iGaming, we’re optimising our tech’s mobile compatibility for a superior experience. In addition, our marketing efforts are tailored to engage Brazilian audiences through localized content and community events. As Brazil finalizes its iGaming regulations, NuxGame is ready to deliver a comprehensive and culturally attuned gaming experience.

 

Jack Smith

We have recently seen that the Brazilian government has now officially recognised GLI as a certified testing lab. As part of this we have made continued efforts to conform to GLI 19 and GLI 33 which are synonymous with other markets on a global level. In addition to that we have also been working closely with Serpro on data transfer requirements.

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In terms of strategy, our stance remains the same as always. We are focused on collaborating with our operators to ensure that we give them all of the technical tools and capabilities to harness their own local expertise and continue to be successful. This is crucial in what will likely be a very competitive market.

 

Roman Bogoduhov

The country is still at the early stages of regulation, so setting rules and transforming them into business practices will take several long and hectic months. Traditionally, online poker is not the first vertical to be regulated, and this is the case for Brazil as well: our turn will come after sports betting and online casino games. What we are doing now is a lot of homework and preparation: connecting with the market stakeholders, getting to know the player preferences, specific market challenges, and software demands.

Product localisation and customisation are at the core of the EvenBet Gaming platform, and our offering has to be ready for the market launch. So, our business development team explores the market and identifies the features and solutions needed by the Brazilian operators and players, so that we can adapt our product to their needs.

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Also, it’s crucial to mention that the Brazilian iGaming community is quite closed and somewhat wary towards foreign vendors and providers, preferring to establish partnerships with companies that demonstrate a proven success record in the local market. While regulation moves forward, we can take it slowly, creating fruitful relationships, showcasing examples of our partnership with operators in South America and educating the market on the business strategies allowing us to earn on poker.

 

 

In anticipation of the iGaming launch, which specific verticals do you believe will capture the hearts of local players, and have you identified any unique preferences or trends that are shaping your approach?

 

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Denis Kosinsky
As part of our continuous improvement strategy, NuxGame conducts regular market research and player feedback analysis to tailor our offering and stay ahead of the tech curve. With our aims of delivering a diverse, engaging, and secure gaming environment that aligns with local player preferences, we have identified key verticals that are poised to captivate local players.

Mobile gaming is one of the largest growing trends worldwide and Brazil is no different. NuxGame’s platform has optimized games to present a seamless mobile experience, catering to this increasing demand. Looking at specific genres, live dealer games perform particularly well in Brazil. For these titles to flourish moving forward, it is important to ensure that there is a Portuguese-language option in addition to high-quality live streaming and a diverse array of experiences to engage as many players as possible. Brazil is also a large adopter of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. NuxGame’s Web3 technology and cryptocurrency purchasing feature position us to leverage these technologies for secure and efficient gaming experiences.

 

Ihor Zarechnyi
Initial findings from Brazil reveal a strong preference among the local audience for online casinos and sports betting. Based on third-party market research, it appears that Crash games capture the attention of 79.61% of Brazilian players. Following closely behind are slots, with a significant 39.83% engagement. Leveraging these data and our experience in the LatAm market, we’re confident that Evoplay’s diverse game portfolio, particularly our sport-themed titles, will deeply resonate with this audience.

However, despite our solid foundation, we remain committed to further understanding the local business culture and refining player communication approaches for strategic success. We’re actively developing exclusive projects like Slotopia and Bingo to enrich our offerings and cater to diverse player demographics.

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Roman Bogoduhov

Undoubtedly, sports betting will stay the top online vertical in Brazil. As the market expands, new technologies and advanced solutions are coming to the country, online sports betting has a chance to become more prominent than offline, thanks to live bets, mobile access, and fast and secure payments which become available as the regulation settles.

Traditionally, the lottery is the second most popular gaming activity. Still, the state has a monopoly here, so the operators and vendors will demand lottery-like games: bingo, scratch games, keno, etc. Live casino games, card games (including poker and blackjack), and new trends like crash games will follow the leaders.

Jack Smith
As we know in most established markets there is a traditional split between sports betting and casino with Brazil unlikely to differ. Brazilians have a huge affinity with Soccer and that is not going to change anytime soon with more operators vying for sponsorship opportunities with its biggest clubs.

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The inclusion of iGaming into the bill was hugely important as well as this represents a sizeable piece of the market. The likelihood is that we will likely see this continue to grow through traditional live dealers and crash games which have proven to be popular in the region as well.

At Sportingtech we recognize iGaming’s importance, hence why we are continuing to partner with local games providers to supply fresh new casino content that we feel will identify with the consumer. It remains to be seen how the landscape will change in the future but as always, our teams will continue to research the market and look for new innovative products to satisfy Brazilian players.

 

Massimiliano Vandelli

We foresee a diverse landscape of gaming verticals that will resonate with Brazilian players, driven by both traditional and innovative content. One area of particular promise lies in non-traditional games, such as crash games, which have demonstrated considerable appeal across Latin American markets. Our EasySwipe™ portfolio, in particular, stands out as a compelling offering for sportsbooks seeking to diversify into casino games. For instance, games like Goal Mine World, which allows players to personalize their gaming experience by selecting colours associated with the Seleção Canarinha (Brazilian national team), are tailored to resonate with local tastes.

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Our widget integration within sportsbooks has already yielded remarkable results, fostering player loyalty and facilitating seamless cross-selling between sports and casino content. This underscores the importance of delivering fast and engaging casino experiences that complement sports betting activities.

While sports are expected to drive significant engagement, the initial interest from online operators targeting the Brazilian market indicates a growing demand for high-quality casino content as well. In response, our latest line of video slots, featuring titles like 12 Deadly Spins and Candy Drops, is poised to captivate avid casino enthusiasts seeking immersive gaming experiences.

 

Henrique De Simoni
Absolutely! With our company’s wealth of experience in the iGaming industry, I’ve been entrusted with spearheading our efforts in LatAm, particularly in Brazil. Understanding the local culture, speaking the language, and possessing a background in the B2C sector allows us to infuse our offering with user-centric experiences for enhanced player engagement.

I firmly believe that cross-selling will be the primary vertical to target. Seamlessly transitioning players from the sportsbook to casino presents a golden opportunity, especially in a country where sports hold significant cultural sway. While crash games have made initial waves, we anticipate slots to take centre stage in the long run. Our successful slot title, Coin Volcano, with its captivating theme, user-friendly gameplay, and vibrant graphics, exemplifies the high-quality gaming experiences we’re aiming to deliver in the market.

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What are your overarching expectations for its trajectory? Are there specific milestones, challenges, or growth indicators that you foresee shaping the landscape in the coming years?

 

Massimiliano Vandelli
Looking ahead, we anticipate various challenges and growth indicators that will shape the trajectory of our operations in Brazil. Regulatory developments, including the implementation of iGaming legislation and associated licensing frameworks, will significantly influence market dynamics and operator engagement. Furthermore, evolving player preferences and market trends, such as the integration of sports and casino content, will present both opportunities and challenges for our growth strategy.

Primarily our aim is to secure significant exposure for our games with leading operators in the market. To achieve this, we are committed to fostering and strengthening our relationships with major partners in Latin America, who are poised to play a pivotal role in the market. We’re exploring opportunities for exclusive partnerships, developing sports-driven content, and creating bespoke games tailored to the requirements of major operators. By prioritizing localization, we aim to enhance player engagement and drive adoption of our offerings across the Brazilian iGaming landscape.

 

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Jack Smith
Given the strong interest by what feels like the majority of the iGaming industry, it’s fair to say that everyone sees the growth potential in Brazil over the coming years. Research suggests that revenues will reach $2bn in 2024 and a projected market volume of $4bn by 2029. If those projections were to be correct, Brazil would solidify itself as one of the largest markets globally.

There aren’t specific milestones we are working towards but the continued increase of internet penetration in Brazil will play a crucial role in the development of the online gambling market. Smartphones are becoming more cost effective and available to everyone, and with the incoming legislation we will see the introduction of native apps to the iOS and Google Play stores. This will add an additional layer of convenience to the consumer.

There is also the retail opportunity, which has been hidden in plain sight for a number of years, so it will be interesting to see whether operators transition into retail to penetrate players who are limited to cash only transactions.

 

Ihor Zarechnyi
With the market’s upcoming launch, we anticipate a notable surge in activity. However, like any new endeavour, this journey may be accompanied by challenges and will require thoughtful, well-balanced actions from regulatory authorities and market participants.

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We maintain a positive outlook based on predictions that Brazil’s online sports betting, casino, and bingo market could soar to nearly $3 billion in revenue by 2027, positioning it among the world’s leading markets.

As we navigate rapid growth, it’s important to acknowledge the potential risks, including market overheating. However, armed with a robust strategy and a line-up of games that culturally connect with Brazilian players, we’re well positioned for success in further solidifying our standing in the LatAm market.

 

Henrique De Simoni
The average Brazilian spends over nine hours on the internet per day, signalling a profound digital presence ready for exploration. As such, we’re poised to leverage this extensive online engagement by ensuring our high-quality games, coupled with robust gamification elements, provide unparalleled slot experiences.

In anticipation of numerous new entrants and potential mergers and acquisitions in the market, we’re gearing up for increased competition. With over 134 companies vying for licences in Brazil, each capable of operating three platforms, the landscape is primed for expansion, with an estimated 402 regulated betting sites anticipated. Despite the challenges ahead, we’re optimistic that our expertise and ability to resonate with the Brazilian audience will set us apart. The best is indeed yet to come!

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Roman Bogoduhov

Now the Brazilian iGaming market is shaping, and once the project is launched and adapted to the local preferences, it’s relatively simple to compete and acquire players. The operators will win with attractive bonuses and promotions, well-thought campaigns, and in particular social media marketing and influencer-based advertising. Brazil is one of the biggest influencer markets in the world, according to the statistics, up to 45% of consumers here trust social media platforms and recommendations. At this stage, I will not be surprised if Instagram and TikTok are literally invaded by sports betting and casino placements.

During this initial bountiful period, operators must keep in mind long-term goals. Given the difficult history of long and painful payouts and the lack of local or at least Portuguese-speaking customer support, these two operational aspects are irreplaceable for building trust and long-term engagement and are currently in the top three reasons for player churn.

 

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Denis Kosinsky
With regulation finally being implemented, we can expect Brazil to become a favorable market for growth and sustainability. Early insights signal toward rapid expansion fuelled by the recent legislation, while its young, tech-savvy population’s strong interest in digital entertainment means it is poised to become one of the biggest markets worldwide. Pivotal to success in the market will be player acquisition and retention strategies that provide a superior user experience. Initiatives such as loyalty systems, player battles and brand customization will be critical in retaining players and staying competitive.

We’re closely monitoring growth indicators such as user engagement metrics, market share expansion, and the adoption of new gaming technologies to adapt our strategies for sustained growth. Furthermore, responsible gaming, at its core, is the most important contributor to making the gambling industry sustainable in the long-term. To play our part in this, NuxGame will be focusing on ethical practices to foster a safe and sustainable gaming environment.

Stemming from complex regulatory frameworks, compliance requirements and heightened competition, encountering challenges in a new market is unavoidable. Through our dedication to innovation, customer satisfaction, and strategic partnerships we can address these obstacles before they arise and ensure a smooth launch into the regulated Brazilian market.

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Why is LatAm such an important market for 3 Oaks Gaming?

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Why is LatAm such an important market for 3 Oaks Gaming?

 

3 Oaks Gaming is beginning to establish itself across regulated European markets, but now it has a focus on gaining a footprint in the rapidly evolving Latin American region.

We spoke to 3 Oaks Gaming’s Account Manager LatAm, Henrique De Simoni, about the distributor’s plans for LatAm and the overall appeal of the region.

 

3 Oaks has recently signed multiple deals in LatAm. How did those deals come about and are there plans for any more partnerships in those territories?

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It is fantastic to sign a range of deals across LatAm, initially in Colombia and Mexico before sealing a number of agreements in Brazil. Colombia, in particular, is now a mature jurisdiction and entering the market there first ahead of other regulated territories was something that we felt was a sensible move for us.

Luckia and BetPlay are two of Colombia’s foremost operators, with a huge network of suppliers under their remit. To sign deals with those two giants undoubtedly bolsters our reputation within the region.

We also have Bet7K and F12.bet with our portfolio in Brazil and many more operators that are almost ready to go live in the next semester.

Overall, we have connected with multiple casino platform providers, such as Vibra Solutions, Alea, Hub88 and Salsa Technology, extending the reach of our content across the continent and we are excited at what the future holds for us with these partnerships.

 

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Why were Colombia and Mexico first on 3 Oaks’ list when entering LatAm?

Colombia and Mexico emerged as the top choices for several compelling reasons. Firstly, both countries exhibit substantial market potential, with burgeoning populations eager for new and exciting gaming experiences. Additionally, the regulatory landscapes in Colombia and Mexico have been evolving positively, offering conducive environments for the expansion of the gaming industry. This regulatory stability provides a solid foundation upon which we can build our operations and establish long-term success.

Despite Colombia’s rapid maturity within the gaming sector, our thorough analysis identified continued high potential for growth. By securing certification for our games in Colombia, we’ve positioned ourselves to capitalise on the evolving landscape and seize lucrative business opportunities.

Mexico is now the second market in terms of volume, internet betting traffic and great demographic numbers related to gambling in LatAm. This opportunity of offering casino games for Spanish speaking countries that adores sports is something that challenges us and makes the industry more competitive in terms of generating the best premium slots.

 

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What other LatAm regions are 3 Oaks targeting over the next 12 months?

With some provinces in Argentina already regulated, such as the capital Buenos Aires, this is a key market for us as we look to expand across the continent. Argentina has shown substantial numbers in the iGaming market and can easily become the third largest country in terms of GGR.

However, we are also looking at other regions in LatAm as we try and finalise further partnerships here so watch this space as our journey continues!

 

With Brazil on the cusp of regulation, how do you think the space will pan out over the next 12 months and what plans does 3 Oaks have for the region?

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It’s no secret that Brazil has been our number one target and we are thrilled to be live in the jurisdiction through a number of agreements already. Certain analysts predict that the market is expected to be worth over US$3 billion by 2028, which is an astonishing prediction, but also an incredibly exciting one.

We will see an increase of mature companies trying to expand in Brazil and can expect to reach the biggest operators with our approach and outstanding customer experience. We have premium slots, a team that believes in the market and everything to make our brand visible for our Brazilian customers.

These numbers ensure Brazil will be the jewel in Latin America’s crown once it fully regulates, and thanks to the deals we have in place, we feel we are well positioned for future growth when regulation finally kicks in.

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“Francisco Leiva: Forging the Future of the Gaming Industry in Chile”

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"Francisco Leiva: Forging the Future of the Gaming Industry in Chile"

 

In the vibrant gaming industry in Chile, Francisco Leiva’s figure emerges as a key reference. A trained industrial civil engineer, his professional journey spans 35 years, from his beginnings in the public sector to his prominent role as Superintendent of Casinos, and more recently as Corporate Manager of Strategic Development at Marina del Sol. His entry into this industry, marked by challenges and significant achievements, reflects his commitment to progress and innovation. In this interview, Francisco shares his vision, experience, and accumulated wisdom over the years.

 

Could you tell us a bit about your career, professional trajectory, and path to where you are today; What motivated you to enter the Gaming industry?

I am an industrial civil engineer, and my career started in the public sector 35 years ago. Initially, I worked at the Ministry of Health and then at the Ministry of Finance, where I was involved in the drafting and legislative processing of various bills, such as the anti-money laundering law and the gaming casinos law.

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Given my work in the legislative process of the gaming casinos bill, after its enactment in February 2005, President Ricardo Lagos appointed me as the first Superintendent of Casinos to implement the law. It was a significant professional and personal challenge as it involved bringing an industry that was far behind similar developed countries as Chile up to date.

 

During your time as Superintendent of Casinos in Chile, what were the most challenging tasks you undertook, and what would you say was your legacy in the gaming industry?

The main challenge was implementing the new gaming casinos law, which involved setting up the Superintendency, hiring staff, and preparing all conditions for private investors to apply for new casino operation permits. This led to 52 projects being submitted for the 18 available casino permits, with investments exceeding US$ 755 million at the time. Foreign investment accounted for 55%, and national investment for 45%.

The result was the construction of 18 new casinos along with complementary facilities such as hotels, convention centers, restaurants, and other leisure facilities that turned these areas into tourist attractions in the cities where they were built.

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Undoubtedly, the main challenge was meeting the tender requirements within a tight timeframe. We managed to have a competitive process with operators from around the world, radically changing Chile’s gaming casinos industry.

The legacy was transforming the gaming casinos industry from seven municipal casinos to a modern industry with 24 top-level casinos and facilities.

 

What significant lessons have you learned throughout your career? And what message would you like to leave for future generations?

One lesson is that ambitious goals can only be achieved through dedication and by building motivated teams with clear objectives. It’s impossible to do it alone in tasks like these.

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I believe the message is to work with honesty, dedication, and without losing sight of the task entrusted to you.

 

Knowing you personally, not just professionally, what activity inspires you or helps you achieve balance in your life?

Since I was a child, I have been passionate about playing tennis, and I have tried to maintain this passion even as a senior player. In this sense, I think engaging in sports helps maintain a healthy mind and body, which is essential to counter the stress that comes with demanding and complex work.

Similarly, one cannot neglect family life, as they are the ones who will ultimately support you in difficult times.

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In summary, the only way, although not easy, is to harmonize work demands with a balanced life.

 

Finally, what is your opinion on hosting such an important international event in your country? And in a way, being one of the hosts to such important international personalities.

It is very important for the country to host such events that allow interaction among different actors in the gaming industry. It facilitates the exchange of experiences and networking, allowing the industry to continue developing. It is also important for public authorities, especially regulatory ones, to participate so they can understand the industry’s reality and see where the industry is heading given technological and cultural changes.

Francisco Leiva’s story in the gaming industry in Chile is an inspiring testimony of determination and success. From his crucial role in implementing the gaming casinos law to his contribution to the industry’s growth and modernization, his legacy endures as a beacon of positive change. Beyond his professional achievements, Francisco reminds us of the importance of balancing work and personal life, as well as the need to stay focused on values such as honesty and dedication. His optimism and commitment to the future of the gaming industry in Chile are a reminder that success is achieved through effort, teamwork, and a clear vision.

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Women in iGaming Interview: White Hat Studios’ Holly Fairweather

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Holly Fairweather, Director of US Accounts at House of Brands provider White Hat Studios, sits down with Gaming Americas to discuss the growing influence of women in the iGaming industry, and highlights how more can be done to improve the overall gender imbalance

 

Gaming Americas: Since joining the industry in 2018, have you noticed a change in how women are represented within iGaming companies, as well as general attitudes?

Holly Fairweather (HF): When I reflect on the past six years, it feels great to say I have seen a lot of positive changes in our industry and more importantly, an ever-increasing drive to address gender diversity. There is still work to do, and I am reminded of this attending our industry events, where it’s very evident we still lack female presence in C-level roles and on expert panels. It’s also not hard to see walking around conferences the overall gender imbalance that exists. With that being said, I do feel it’s moving in the right direction and I am regularly inspired by women around me being promoted to senior management roles, providing great mentors and role models. Awareness of gender diversity and celebrating success is continually being pushed via various channels, and for me plays a big part in why we are seeing more women have the confidence to progress in their careers and more women enter the industry. It’s also important to say, and why I think change is happening more, that the want of women to succeed and to increase female presence in our industry, is indeed backed by a strong support network of women supporting women, but also of the men in our industry.

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Gaming Americas: How important are groups like Global Gaming Women? What kind of initiatives have they offered to help your own career development?

HF: I’ll be honest, I’m still learning about all that Global Gaming Women offers. Working in the US market I see GGW as a substantial network which offers reams of support from training courses, lean in circles and mentorship and networking events just to name a few. I have taken part in a few of the industry wide networking events, and really enjoyed them, connecting with some amazing people, learning more about the industry. One of my objectives this year is to participate in more events, adding value where I can whether that’s within the GGW network or through other avenues.

 

Gaming Americas: What more can the industry do to make it more appealing to women and ensure they are better represented within organizations?

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HF: It’s got to start within each individual company taking responsibility for equal representation. This is not a tick box exercise to achieve a target on a gender split % by x date but must be about promotions and roles being rewarded to the best candidate for the role, regardless of gender, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. We need to shout about the success stories of DEI within the industry, creating an inclusive work environment will attract not just more women but more candidates overall, increasing the talent pool.

There is also a piece around exposure and shining the light on the fantastic women we have leading the way. Sharing their career paths, the good, and the challenges, to provide relatable examples of success. To make women in gaming not about the stats or portray the headline as a negative but more around showcasing the women that are successful and why, helping more women relate and pursue a similar path if this is what they wish to do.

 

Gaming Americas: What advice would you give to the next generation of women that are looking to make a breakthrough in the industry?

HF: This is a good one! First and foremost, you lead your own progression. Be proactive in building your network, push yourself out of your comfort zone to attend networking events. Reach out to other women in the industry for support and mentorship. That is on you to drive.

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Immerse yourself in a team with values that align with yours, a team that welcomes and promotes diversity of all types and supports and rewards on merit are key.

Build your knowledge, for me knowledge is confidence. Quickly realise it is ok not to know everything, ask the questions and find out. Be solution-oriented, supporting your superiors will get you noticed for going over and above and adding value to your team and company.

I was told ‘people do business with people,’ which I stand by and could not be truer in the igaming industry. Always treat everyone with respect, be kind, be yourself, but don’t forget to back yourself! Relationship building is so key in this industry and has helped me progress to where I am today.

Lastly, take risks. And by this, I mean sometimes you must step out your comfort zone and push yourself to try something different to progress to the next stage. So far, the most pivotable moment in my career and biggest risk I have taken, and I’m sure Andy Whitworth (CEO) and the White Hat Studios (WHS) team won’t mind me saying, was accepting the job at WHS. A brand-new supplier to the US, no content live alongside the fact I had never worked in the US market, so of course there was an element of risk. It was, however, a calculated risk as I was joining a team of experts, senior level management I had worked for previously, in an ever-growing US market. A no brainer now when I look back.

 

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Gaming Americas: From a White Hat Studios perspective, what DEI initiatives does the company put in place?

HF: DEI of all types is something I believe increases the performance of a team, and is something we are extremely passionate about at WHS. As we grow and expand, maintaining a strong culture has never been more important. We recently held a WHS workshop in Prague, with one section of our day spent holistically agreeing and locking down our values as a team, ‘Who we are, what we stand for ‘and ‘treating everyone equally’ is now embedded in our company culture as one of our five core values.

I have been lucky in the fact I have never felt that my gender has held me back in my current role and previous igaming companies. Although I understand this has not been everyone’s experience, I truly believe the more we celebrate success, drive awareness, embed inclusion within our companies, and work together across DEI as a whole, we will continue to see women progress and take on careers in igaming.

 

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