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Rootz Secures Ontario Licence!

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Hot on the heels of obtaining a German market operating licence at the end of 2022, Rootz Limited has announced the company’s success in gaining access to the regulated Ontario, Canada, market from January 2023. This latest success further strengthens the online casino operator’s reputation as a global contender.

CEO of Rootz, Lasse Rantala, states that “increasing our footprint within regulated markets is in line with a dynamic strategy that seeks to provide innovative gaming solutions to players around the world. Ontario is an important market for us, and we welcome the opportunity provided by AGCO to become a licensed operator and to enter into an operational agreement with iGO”.

This agreement will see Rootz Ltd. launching four leading casino brands into the regulated Ontario market; Wildz, Wheelz, Caxino and the streaming brand Spinz will be available to Ontario residents from 31January 2023.

The four casino brands all run off the Rootz proprietary platform utilising a single account structure that provides players with access to all four Rootz brands with a single account and virtual wallet. The company’s existing automated and fully-personalised CRM tool, Journeys, is set to provide a seamless play experience for Ontario customers.

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Rantala’s expertise includes cultivating teams equipped with the advanced skills required for exceptional service delivery in a complex operating environment:

“Full credit goes to our first-rate teams for the Ontario licencing achievement: as an operator, we prioritise the need for safe, secure and fair play; the strict compliance requirements within regulated markets such as Ontario and Germany will provide peace of mind to our customers that they are enjoying play experiences with a licensed provider,” Rantala concludes.

As a multi-brand platform, Rootz’ reputation has gained traction within the industry, having received numerous awards and accolades within a short time frame.

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IGT’s Tiger and Dragon Game Debuts in #1 Position on Eilers & Krejcik’s US & Canada Game Performance Report

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International Game Technology PLC (IGT) announced that its Tiger and Dragon multi-level progressive (MLP) game debuted in the number-one position on Eilers & Krejcik’s May 2024 US & Canada Game Performance Report in the “Top Indexing NEW Games – Premium Leased & WAP” category. Tiger and Dragon Cash on Reels took the top position by performing at more than 2.8X zone average and Tiger and Dragon Multipliers ranked third for performing at more than 2.5X zone average.

“Building on the tremendous success of IGT’s Prosperity Link and Mystery of the Lamp games, Tiger and Dragon earning this number-one position in Eiler & Krejcik’s May 2024 game performance report validates our commitment to delivering the industry’s best MLP games. Both Tiger and Dragon themes deliver compelling gameplay mechanics, vibrant graphics, and stunning merchandising that provide our casino operator partners with games that players truly love to play,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming.

IGT’s Tiger and Dragon is housed on IGT’s PeakCurve 49 cabinet and features three unique bonuses: Tiger, Dragon, and the combined Tiger and Dragon bonus. The game introduces an entirely new lock-and-respin and reveals a bonus structure featuring money ball symbols with credit values that can combine. In another new game mechanic, when gong symbols on reels land in the same row, monetary winnings are revealed. Adding to the gameplay excitement are the game’s “up arrows” that appear on reels and increase credit values exponentially.

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NorthStar Gaming Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

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NorthStar Gaming Holdings Inc. released its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2024. All dollar figures are quoted in Canadian dollars.

“In the first quarter we continued our pattern of strong year-over-year growth, highlighted by record total wagers. Our premium customer experience and growing brand awareness are propelling higher player retention, strengthened loyalty and increased player values. These positive trends enable us to spend our marketing dollars more efficiently, contributing to improved operating leverage as the business scales,” Michael Moskowitz, Chair and CEO of NorthStar, said.

Financial highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024:

  • Revenue, including managed services fees, net of bonuses, promotional costs and free bets, was $5.9 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 63% over $3.6 million in Q1 2023.
  • Total Wagers1 at Northstarbets.ca were $218.0 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 56% compared to $140.2 million in Q1 2023.
  • Gross Gaming Revenue at NorthStarbets.ca was $7.0 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 59% over $4.4 million in Q1 2023.
  • Gross Margin was $2.2 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 91% over $1.2 million in Q1 2023, and represented approximately 37% of revenue compared to 32% of revenue in Q1 2023.

Recent Operating Highlights:

  • Notable year-over-year improvements in key performance indicators (KPIs) included a 42% increase in active players, a 9% decline in cost per acquisition of a customer (CPA), and a 54% increase in estimated 12-month player values.
  • Renewed the strategic marketing agreement with Playtech Software Limited, which will contribute services valued at up to $4 million through to October 31, 2024, designed to accelerate player acquisition in Ontario.
  • Secured $3 million of short-term financing to fund the Company’s continued growth through an unsecured promissory note to Playtech plc dated April 25, 2024 repayable in one year, or earlier upon completion by the Company of additional financing transactions.
  • Recently celebrated the second anniversary of the NorthStar Bets platform, which launched in Ontario on May 9, 2022. Northstarbets.ca has generated more than $1 billion in total wagers1 in its first two years of operations.
  • Ongoing roll-out of enhancements to the Company’s “Sports Insights 2.0” content vertical, an initiative announced in February 2024, with recent additions including player injury reports from industry leader RotoWire and a revised content strategy placing a greater emphasis on casino.
  • Launched the VIP Elite program to help secure the loyalty and satisfaction of our most active players.
  • Introduced branded studios for select live dealer games, prominently showcasing the NorthStar Bets brand and reinforcing the Company’s positioning as a premium offering.
  • Continued to strengthen the Casino vertical, which has surpassed 650 games covering all major categories and curated from leading vendors worldwide.

“March was the strongest month of Q1, and we have maintained that momentum into the second quarter. Our team is making regular improvements to our service offering, such as the recent launch of a VIP Elite strategy aimed at the most active players who drive a meaningful share of our results. We have some exciting demand creation activities planned for the coming months along with further innovations to our platform and content. We remain focused on unlocking value for our stakeholders and are excited about the opportunities ahead of us in 2024,” Mr. Moskowitz said.

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Swintt games approved for release in Ontario

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Swintt games approved for release in Ontario

 

In-demand software provider receives AGCO approval to operate in the regulated province, bringing full suite of games to Canadian players for the very first time

Swintt, the EGR award-winning software provider famed for its classically-themed Premium releases and state-of-the-art Select slots, has announced it has received permission to operate in Ontario, meaning its full suite of games will now available to AGCO-licensed platforms.

Having unveiled ambitious plans to expand into further regulated markets at the start of 2024, Swintt’s portfolio is now certified in eleven countries including Malta, Germany and the Netherlands, but this latest approval represents the company’s maiden entry into North America.

This means that not only will Ontarian players now be able to enjoy popular SwinttGames releases like the fan favourite slot Aloha Spirit XtraLockTM, but also newer upcoming games from Elysium Studios – Driven by Swintt.

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The product of Swintt’s acquisition of Elysium Studios earlier this year, the collaboration has resulted in a new line-up of releases being added to the software provider’s roster, with these games combing immersive themes and features with the very latest in slot design and graphics.

Tipsy Charms, the first game in the Elysium Studios – Driven by Swintt line-up, has already launched to great effect – and with the Mesopotamian-themed adventure, Law of Gilgamesh, scheduled for May 30th, there’s plenty for Ontarian players to look forward to in the coming weeks.

With all this and more on the horizon for the province in the second half of 2024, everyone at Swintt is excited about entering the regulated Canadian market for the first time and the company has high hopes that the approval will further underline its credentials as a leading global provider.

David Mann, Chief Executive Officer at Swintt, said: “Swintt is delighted to have received AGCO approval for its games in Ontario and we’re very excited to now have the chance to take this new and dynamic market by storm. Being certified to launch in Ontario is definitely a huge step for the company that will enable us to showcase our brand to new audiences on the global stage.”

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