AGA appoints Bill Miller as new chief executive

first_img Veteran Capitol Hill lobbyist Bill Miller has been named as the new president and CEO of US gaming’s leading trade body, the American Gaming Association (AGA).Miller, who assumes the position from January 14, will replace interim leader Stacy Papadopoulos, who took the position following Geoff Freeman’s resignation in June.He was selected by a seven-member search committee, led by Penn National Gaming chief executive Tim Wilmott, tasked with identifying a permanent replacement for Freeman.Miller is currently senior vice president at the Business Roundtable (BRT), the body that represents the chief executive officers of major US companies, with over $6trn in annual revenues and more than 14 million employees.“I am honoured to join a team with a well-earned reputation for advancing the casino gaming industry’s legislative and communications priorities and addressing the issues that matter most to its members,” he said of his new role.“Much to the AGA’s credit, this is a remarkable time for gaming in America,” Miller continued. “The industry is growing, acceptance of gaming as mainstream entertainment has never been higher and the opportunities to continue to advance gaming’s agenda are abundant. I am eager to help lead the industry in this next era.”The AGA has been a leading voice for the industry in the months since the repeal of PASPA in May, which have seen sports betting legalised in a number of states.The organisation has advocated expanded, regulated betting on a state-by-state basis across the country, with senior vice president of public affairs Sara Slane giving testimony that was critical of potential federal oversight to the congressional hearing in Washington DC in September. The association has also published detailed research on the potential positive impact of betting on major US sports.AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry.“Bill’s extensive work with federal policymakers and as a seasoned leader of membership and industry advocacy organisations was critical to our decision,” said Wilmott, who chairs the AGA’s board of directors.“He joins a successful organisation at a time when our industry is enjoying great momentum, thanks in part to a major policy achievement – the ending of the federal sports betting prohibition.” AGA appoints Bill Miller as new chief executive Sports betting Veteran Capitol Hill lobbyist and political strategist to lead US trade body from January Topics: Sports betting Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 18th December 2018 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

Relax Gaming to launch in France with Kindred

first_img Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Email Address Casino games and platform supplier Relax Gaming is to launch its poker product in the regulated French market via its partnership with long-term customer Kindred Group. Relax will launch its full poker offering in the country at the start of the second quarter, with its services to include new poker product, ‘HexaPro’. Unveiled in December, HexaPro features a game format where the customer can win up to 1,000 times their stake in minutes, with only two opponents. Relax has said this poker variant is hugely popular in the French market. “We have gained success with this product in many of Kindred’s other markets already and I’m very excited with the opportunity to give even more players the chance to enjoy the Relax Gaming poker experience, with a foundation built to be fun, fair and exciting,” Relax COO, Martin Stalros, said. Daniel Eskola, CEO at Relax, added: “We remain committed to the continued delivery of superior quality products to Kindred, but we’re opening the door for product growth further down the line by adding more operators and jurisdictions as demand dictates.” Relax is the latest supplier to confirm its entrance into the French market, with SBTech having also announced its move in November of last year. At the time, SBTech said it had a strong pipeline of well-known operators ready to use its services in the country. France enjoyed year-on-year growth across all three legal igaming verticals in 2018, with poker rake for cash games up 5% to €258m (£220.9m/$293.2m). Total revenue for the market was up 25% to €1.2bn. However, national regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) said despite this growth, the market remains fragile due to marginal growth in the poker and horse racing betting verticals. Reports suggest that France could switch to a revenue-, rather than turnover-based, tax on sports betting, to help address the situation, bringing the market in line with the majority of other European jurisdictions. Image: Santeri Viinamäki Casino & games Casino games and platform supplier Relax Gaming is to launch its poker product in the regulated French market via its partnership with long-term customer Kindred Group. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Relax Gaming to launch in France with Kindred Regions: Europe Western Europe France Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 1st March 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

FunFair debuts blockchain platform with first external partner

first_img FunFair Technologies has seen its blockchain-powered platform go live with its first fully external white label partner, Crypto Casino.The new RakeTheRake brand is targeted at the millennial blockchain casino audience, and will have access to FunFair’s audience of 65,000 FUN token holders.The site is affiliate RakeTheRake’s first foray into both the online casino space as well as blockchain, with its previous focus being on online poker.Gaming entrepreneur Jez San (pictured), co-founder at Singapore-based FunFair, said: “Crypto Casino’s launch is a major landmark on the FunFair roadmap and we’re excited to partner with expert marketeers in RakeTheRake who will drive further adoption to our gaming ecosystem.“We continue to update our platform to ensure it’s as user-friendly for those with and without crypto knowledge and working on the next steps with RakeTheRake and its Crypto Casino players will confirm our position as the leading blockchain gaming provider.”FunFair’s platform was first demonstrated by the CasinoFair site which operates under the same umbrella.Karim Wilkins, founder and chief executive at RakeTheRake, said: “Becoming FunFair’s first white label with Crypto Casino gives us great satisfaction.“We’re extremely confident in our brand, the platform and the innovative affiliate technology, and we can’t wait to take CryptoCasino and its players to the moon.”FunFair founder San is an English game programmer and entrepreneur who launched Argonaut Software in the 1980s, making several prominent games for Atari computers. He founded 3D poker operator PKR, which launched in 2006, then FunFair in 2017 with igaming and PKR veterans Jeremy Longley and Oliver Hopton. 20th June 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gamblingcenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Tech & innovation FunFair debuts blockchain platform with first external partner FunFair Technologies has seen its blockchain-powered platform go live with its first fully external white label partner, Crypto Casino.last_img read more

Higher spending pushes profit down at 888 in first half

first_img Higher spending pushes profit down at 888 in first half Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker 888 Holdings has put a significant year-on-year decline in profit before tax in the first half down to higher spending, although the online gambling operator was able to post an increase in revenue for the period. Bingo 10th September 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img 888 Holdings has put a significant year-on-year decline in profit before tax in the first half down to higher spending, although the online gambling operator was able to post an increase in revenue for the period.Group revenue for the six months through to June 30, 2019 came in at $277.3m (£224.9m/€251.1m), up 2% from $273.2m in the corresponding period last year.However, 888 also noted that when accounting for a VAT accrual release in 2018, group revenue was actually down 2% on a year-on-year basis, with total revenue for the first half of last year at $283.9m, including the VAT release.B2C revenue increased 6% year-on-year from $246.7m to $262.5m, with growth across several areas of this business. Casino revenue climbed by 9% to $175.4m, while sport revenue jumped 19% to $44.5m. Bingo revenue climbed 10% to $19.5m, aided by the acqusition of JPJ Group’s Mandalay operating business, which had previously been a client of its B2B division.The operator did see a 24% decline in poker revenue for the period, with this down from $30.6m last year to $23.1m in the opening six months of 2019.888 was also hit by a sharp drop in B2B revenue, which slipped 44% to $14.8m. The operator put this down to the previously announced migration of Cashcade bingo to its proprietary platform, as well as the impact of UK regulatory changes, primarily higher gaming duties, on the Dragonfish bingo network. 888 said this in turn led to lower marketing spend and other cost reductions. The Mandalay acquisition also resulted in revenue from the business no longer being counted as B2B income.Shifting to spending during the first half, total operating expenses at the business were up 1% year-on-year to $71.5m. 888 put this down to continued growth in its casino and sport businesses, with this resulting in higher charges related to third-party sport platform and game providers.Gaming taxes and duties were up by 19% from $37.8m to $44.9m, due to strong revenue growth in the UK, coupled with the increase in the UK remote gaming duty rate from 15% to 21% effective from April 2019. 888 said that expansion in other markets such as Sweden and Portugal also meant it incurred additional taxes.Research and development expenses climbed 10% to $18.3m, primarily due to investment in the BetBright Sport platform, while selling and marketing costs were up 2% to €84.3m. Administrative expenses increased from $13.3m to $16.5m, with 888 citing higher professional and corporate costs relating to Brexit preparations and its launch in new markets.Depreciation and amortisation charges were up from $10.1m to $15.3m, with 888 putting this down to its acquisition of AAPN and a portfolio of bingo brands including Costa Bingo from JPJ Group.This, according to 888, ultimately had an impact on profit before tax, which fell 63.0% from $60.1m to $22.2m in the first half. The operator also said lower earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) hit this result, but noted that last year’s figure was boosted by the VAT accrual release.Adjusted EBITDA was down from $52.4m to $44.9m, while adjusted profit before tax slipped from $42.5m to $27.1m. Profit after tax stood at $19.7, compared to $55.4m last year.Reflecting on the results, 888 chief executive Itai Pazner described the operator’s showing in the first half as a solid performance, highlighting recovery in the UK, as well as growth in Sweden and Portugal.“The board continues to believe that 888 is very well positioned for the future as a result of the group’s diversification across products and markets, product leadership, and first-class team,” Pazner said.“Trading during the second half of the financial year to date has been in line with the board’s expectations with average daily revenue 6% higher year-on-year representing a 9% increase at constant currency. This has been led by a 24% year on year revenue increase in the UK.”Pazner added: “888 has a number of exciting growth opportunities ahead which will leverage the group’s new product developments and marketing innovation. As a result, the board remains confident that the outcome for the full year will be in line with its expectations.” Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

GVC tops GambleAware funding pledges in first half

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has revealed that GVC Holdings topped its list of pledges for the six months to 30 September 2019, with the Ladbrokes Coral owner committing a total of £1.46m (€1.69m/$1.86m) during the period. 16th October 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Bingo Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has revealed that GVC Holdings topped its list of pledges for the six months to 30 September 2019, with the Ladbrokes Coral owner committing a total of £1.46m (€1.69m/$1.86m) during the period.William Hill pledged £1m, while Bet365 donated £868,000 and Rank Group-owned Grosvenor Casinos made separate donations from across its online and land-based business amounting to £166,300. Together with its Mecca Bingo business, Rank donated £284,540 in the first half of the financial year.Betway committed £153,500 to the organisation in the first half, while BetVictor, Playtech and Praesepe Holdings all pledged over £100,000.Total money pledged to and received by GambleAware in voluntary donations during the period came in at £5.4m. The organisation noted that this figure did not include regulatory settlements and additional donations.GambleAware currently requests all businesses that profit from gambling in the British market donate a minimum of 0.1% of their annual gross gambling yield (GGY) directly to the organisation each year.For operators and businesses with an annual gross gambling revenue of less than £250,000 per annum, GambleAware requests that they donate a minimum of £250.GVC’s pledge of £1.46m matches its total donation for the 2018-19 financial year, with William Hill having also donated £1m last year.For the 2018-19 financial year, voluntary donations amounted to £9.6m, which was short of the £10m that trustees of the problem gambling charity had asked of the market.However, in June five of the UK’s leading sports betting operators voluntarily agreed to increase funding for problem gambling treatment and safer gambling.William Hill, GVC Holdings, Flutter Entertainment (formerly Paddy Power Betfair), The Stars Group-owned Sky Betting & Gaming and bet365 agreed to increase their voluntary contribution from 0.1% to 1% of gross gaming yield in no more than five years. Topics: Casino & games Finance Bingo GVC tops GambleAware funding pledges in first halflast_img read more

Gauselmann acquires majority stake in Bede Gaming

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has acquired what it describes as a “significant majority stake” in igaming platform provider Bede Gaming. Gauselmann acquires majority stake in Bede Gaming Email Address German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has acquired what it describes as a “significant majority stake” in igaming platform provider Bede Gaming.Gauselmann said that the deal would further enhance its digital offering, and leave it well-positioned to take advantage of the re-regulation of the German online gaming market from 2021.Its stake in Bede also provides the business with a foothold in the North American lottery market, after the supplier was selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to overhaul its online offering in September 2018.“Bede’s technological expertise is very impressive and its highly complex solutions are first choice for leading gaming companies not only in the UK, but around the world,” Gauselmann Group chief executive Paul Gauselmann explained.“This acquisition will allow us to significantly broaden the existing technology base within the group and at the same time enable us to offer it to our customers and partners.”Following the acquisition, Bede will continue to operate as an independent business unit within Gauselmann, maintaining offices in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, the Bulgarian capital Sofia and Toronto in Canada. Its management team will also retain a stake in the business.Its chairman Joe Saumarez-Smith said he was “delighted” that Gauselmann had acquired the majority stake in the business.“Gauselmann’s long-term prospects and financial strength will allow us to further enhance our range of products and services to existing customers as well as win new business partners,” he said.Oakvale Capital served as financial advisor to Bede in connection with the transaction, with CMS acting as legal advisor and BDO providing tax advice. Gauselmann, meanwhile, retained Addleshaw Goddard as level advisor, with Grant Thornton providing input on taxes and finances. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 12th March 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Central and Eastern Europe Germany Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Lottery Strategy Tech & innovationlast_img read more

Alberta chooses NeoPollard for igaming platform

first_img25th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: Canada Alberta Alberta chooses NeoPollard for igaming platform Tags: Mobile Online Gambling The province of Alberta will launch online gambling after entering selecting platform provider NeoPollard Interactive to power its offering through a tender process. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The province of Alberta will launch online gambling after entering selecting platform provider NeoPollard Interactive to power its offering through a tender process.The province confirmed plans to launch igaming, regulated by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC), in March as part of its 2020 budget. In 2019, it launched a request for proposals to determine who would provide the necessary technology for the offering.NeoPollard, a subsidiary of lottery ticket printing company Pollard Banknote and also provides interactive lottery solutions in Virginia, New Hampshire, Michigan and North Carolina, won this process. The AGLC’s agreement with NeoPollard will last seven years, with an optional twelve-year extension.“NeoPollard Interactive is honoured to be entrusted by AGLC to power its online gambling solution using our market-proven technology, services and games,” Liz Siver, general manager of NeoPollard Interactive said.Read more on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Lottery Sports betting Tech & innovationlast_img read more

OPAP hails resilient Q3 performance as profit climbs

first_img“At the same time, our effort to tap the markets was a remarkable success demonstrating investors’ confidence and enhancing our liquidity.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In terms of expenses, operating costs in Q3 totalled €57.7m, down 3.8% from €60.0m in the same period last year, as OPAP spent less on agent commissions and other operating activities. “Going forward, in the volatile environment of the pandemic and the second lockdown, our focus remains on protecting and actively supporting our employees, partners and stakeholders, safeguarding our healthy financial position and enhancing our product proposition,” Karas said. OPAP paid €22.9m in income tax during the nine-month period, leaving it with a net profit of €70.4m, almost half the €140.7m it recorded at the same point in 2019. OPAP hails resilient Q3 performance as profit climbs Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “Our performance came close to last year’s levels, aided by increased sportsbook activity in Q3 and ongoing growth of online and VLTs, which counterbalanced a drop in lottery and instant and passives,” OPAP chief executive Jan Karas said. Q3 results 2020 Tags: Sazka Group OPAP Lottery revenue, OPAP’s main source of income fell 9.3% to €179.1m, primarily due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on retail locations, including social distancing and capacity limits. After accounting for depreciation, amortisation and impairment costs totalling €26.9m, this resulted in an operating profit of €78.2m, an increase of 4.4% on €74.9m last year. Other major developments during Q3 included OPAP completing its acquisition of a 51% stake in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot operations, more than 18 months after announcing the deal. The operator then increased its stake to 84.48% earlier this month. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the three months to 30 September amounted to €391.0m (£348.8m/$465.9m), down 0.7% from €393.6m in Q3 of last year. “We remain confident in our ability to face future challenges and deliver positive results.” However, following the restart of many major sports events in Q3 – having been postponed since mid-March or cancelled altogether – revenue from sports betting jumped 13.9% to €104.6m. Video lottery terminal (VLT) revenue also increased 10.0% year-on-year to €80.1m, partly due to the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures in OPAP’s core markets. However, revenue from instant and passive games slipped 14.1% to €27.1m as OPAP felt the impact of retail-focused Covid-19 restrictions. Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Slots Q3 results 2020 Retail lottery State monopoly Online sports betting Retail sports betting As to how Q3 impacted OPAP’s year-to-date performance, GGR for the business in the nine months to the end of September was €898.9m, down 21.4% on last year, due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and measures in the first half of 2020. Operating expenses were 5.9% lower at €182.5m, but EBITDA for the period was down 31.9% to €207.6.m. Operating profit was 47.6% lower at €115.1m in 2020 while profit before tax more than halved from €200.9m to €93.3m. Lottery revenue was 24.3% lower at €436.6m, while sports betting revenue fell 17.9% to €233.1m, VLT revenue 20.8% to €168.5m and instant and passives revenue 39.3% to €60.7m. 26th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Sazka-owned Greek gambling operator OPAP reported a slight year-on-year decline in revenue in its third quarter, though reduced spending helped push net profit up 6.7%, as the business began its recovery from novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Email Address OPAP paid €10.2m in finance costs, which left it with €68.4m in profit before tax, level with last year. However, after paying €16.1m in tax, compared to €19.4m in 2019, this resulted in a net profit of €52.3m, up from €49.0m in 2019. Regions: Europe Spending remained level in terms of staffing and other operating expenses, while marketing costs were lowered, which left OPAP with €105.0m in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), up 1.5% on 2019.last_img read more

Following the stream

first_imgOn the rise And as they take over Europe as the dominant accessible medium into gambling, their methods are being emulated (albeit with changes) into the Americas and Asia over the coming years as well. One question remains: what will happen once the brand value of the streamers surpasses the value of the operator they’re promoting? Birth of a scene Affiliates You toast his highs on a pair of Aces, and even share his pain on a straight 15 round loss. In fact, if you set the volume at the right level, you could pop the window in the background and let his voice roll off like a Gen-Z Johnny Carson (who gambles) while you get on with some more important tasks for the day. Such as playing for real money with that €20 free bet from Xposed. To be fair, this is not just happening in gambling. Instagram and TikTok (and YouTube before it) had effectively segmented consumer behaviour between long-form and streaming content long before gambling had a look-in. With Twitch this has increased tenfold, distorting all the other revenue streams. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter This is the new generation of affiliate marketing, and it is rising so rapidly that it will dominate most other forms of directed traffic to operators by the middle of this decade. Particularly those with €1,000 roulette spins. Following the stream So where do streamers go from here? Let’s start with the bad bits first. There’s no way that gambling streamers will continue unabated in their current form. If the regulated industry has clamped down with vigour on loot boxes, free bonuses, capped spending and even limits between spins, it’s only a matter of time before socialist legislative guns are pointed that way. This, then, will rapidly become the new normal. Captive ever more to the small screens given what’s going on outside, and having existing gambling product (and affiliates) hampered by legislation and regulation, viewer demand invokes a void that is gradually being filled by these new content creators. Initially free rollers, they are now major sponsored franchises in their own right, and given their current momentum, stand to gradually take over traditional viewing habits. There is a double-edged sword to this, and one that could significantly affect operators. It is quite likely that streamers will soon have the ability to divert traffic to and from various brands in a much more meaningful way than other forms of marketing. That would be a monumental pivot and would fundamentally alter the dynamics between operator, player and streamer. Operators would have to refocus their efforts onto these new B2B2C clients to ensure they retain brand favour with their core fanbase. Interestingly enough, there’s a solid defence here. It’s reasonable to argue that at any one time, freely available content such as Fortnite, LoL and especially CS:GO has significantly more graphic content and negative influence than a charming streamer trying to get a spin bonus. The demographics are spot on: 82% of Twitch users are male, with 55% aged 18-34. Which partly explains why Ubisoft and Epic have recently increased their pay packets for dedicated streamers (as opposed to professional esports players). Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Online casino Slots Affiliates Honestly speaking, a well-curated stream is entertaining nonetheless, promoted content or otherwise. As long as the underlying agenda is clear, you can even get creative with it. Remember those ludicrous three-minute YouTube clips with guys winning the jackpot, blowing it all in Vegas and escaping with the private jet pursued by the feds? 13th April 2021 | By contenteditor Regulation beckons Email Addresscenter_img Then suddenly a raft of new-age players appeared almost simultaneously on the scene, each with great presenting skills and, crucially, good hardware for capturing and broadcasting high-quality picture-in-picture feeds. With them came the nascence of the brand-sponsored gambling streamer. To operators this was gold dust. Give the streamers some free credit, get them to showcase the best products, throw in a couple of promotions or two and you have a self-perpetuating relationship. The other downside is more of a general issue with the major streaming platforms than with gambling itself. It’s incredibly easy to get access to restricted content on sites like Twitch and YouTube, and we all know that stories such as ‘EVIL streamers lure KIDS to GAMBLE!’ will shortly pop up on all our favourite right-leaning news portals. Tags: RB Capital These implications could suggest the possibility of a complete shutdown of gambling products on some streaming sites, but as things stand it’s unlikely. Eyeballs are increasing proportionally with new – and live – content, which is essential to paying hosting bills. And there’s a perfectly legitimate argument (i.e. one that will hold water in a court of appeal) that says provided its properly gated and disclaimed, it’s no different to the likes of Hearthstone. Having started predominantly in Europe, there are dedicated streamers across pretty much most of the world. Some Japanese casino players trend as high as their European counterparts, and that’s just on Twitch – a predominantly Western-facing medium. Which also suggests that player lifetime revenue shares won’t be as lucrative as they used to be compared with the streamers themselves. Thus the new world order for operators will be more about securing the right streamer partners as their outreach could far eclipse anything a marketer could achieve on a B2C level. In fact, it doesn’t matter anymore how much is played and lost in a session as long as there’s a fantastic streaming experience. The endgame here is that streamers themselves become assets in their own right, with potential to be bought and sold to the right agency that can direct them to various content depending on the opportunity, i.e. price. Streaming is established as a huge component of the console gaming ecosystem, and the first generation of igaming streamers is beginning to emerge. This has the potential to become far more than just another affiliate marketing channel, writes Julian Buhagiar. Which means there’s a particularly cynical undertone to all of this. It’s astounding that even today – after an outright ban on all fake ‘I changed my life by gambling’ feeder sites – there still isn’t a clear narrative differentiating promoted streamer content. There’s little effort to make the case that the majority of streamers up the food chain are all effectively affiliates. Co-founder of RB Capital, Julian Buhagiar is an investor, CEO and board director to multiple ventures in gaming, fintech and media markets. He has led investments, M&As and exits to date in excess of $370m. Thus, assuming the streaming portals remain supportive, and properly caveat promoted content, the future for streamers will be bright indeed. And this is a crucial point. Because good promotion of product is very different to good playing of product. It’s the main reason why gambling streamers were very lacklustre until a couple of years ago. Initially most played with their own money, and did it just for the lolz, or more pertinently, for the follows. Older stalwarts scoff at this medium, saying that properly scripted written content or well-placed media will remain stable revenue streams for affiliates. But they’re missing the point. Millennials and Gen-Zs don’t give a frack about most long-form content, and even if they did you’d have probably lost them somewhere around this paragraph anyway. Stay tuned for the second episode of iGB Affiliate’s new podcast, Affilipod, which will feature affiliate streamers discussing their growth plans. Listen to the first episode, featuring Ian Sims of Rightlander, here. But the actual limit of restrictions is likely to be quite moot. We’ll probably see some more obvious disclaimers about sponsored content and corporate responsibility, and that’s about it. There’s not much that can be done, not without some serious repercussions across the whole streaming medium about what’s permissible and what isn’t – and that is a legislative matter that could take years even to draft let alone implement. Watching Xposed play live blackjack on Twitch is a strangely serene experience. Contrary to most other gambling streamers, he’s soft-spoken and fluidly pivots from conversing about the best SpaceX launches to his beloved Camaro while hitting on a Q-J pair. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Having identified the issues with streamers, the upsides become significantly compelling and disruptive. Streamers are becoming strong brands in their own right and their fanbase enjoys momentum growth. What this means is that thanks to the long-tail effect of good content, eyeballs beget eyeballs, snowballing reputation and followers further.last_img read more

Zebra Wins to launch new online casino with SkillOnNet

first_img Regions: Europe UK & Ireland 27th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher “Not only that, but our platform offers a portfolio of more than 3,000 slots, casino and live dealer games, a great selection of localised payment options and round the clock customer support – everything a casino brands needs to succeed.  SkillOnNet’s vice president of B2B solutions, Jerry Land, added: “We have built a reputation for allowing new brands to enter regulated markets with a leading proposition.  Zebra Wins has announced plans to launch its new online casino brand in partnership with white label casino supplier SkillOnNet. “Zebra Wins combines this with an experienced management team and a concept and theme that will undoubtedly prove to be a big hit with players in markets across Europe.”  “This would not have been possible without SkillOnNet. Its platform and game portfolio provide the foundation we need to offer players the unrivalled levels of fun and entertainment that we are promising. Content will include games from developers such as NetEnt, Big Time Gaming, Pragmatic Play, Evolution Gaming, Microgaming, Yggdrasil Gaming and Merkur Gaming.  Online casino Zebra Wins to launch new online casino with SkillOnNet Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Topics: Online casino Tags: SkillOnNet Zebra Wins “We are thrilled to debut Zebra Wins to players in regulated markets across Europe and for them to enjoy the incredible online casino experience we have created for the first time,” said Adele Sinclair, managing director of 15 Marketing, the owner of Zebra Wins. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The new Zebra Wins brand will launch in the UK and a number of other regulated markets across Europe. The offering will include more than 3,000 slots, as well as table games, instant win games and live casino rooms.last_img read more