SBC CIS Weekly Digest: July, 24—31

SBC CIS Editorial Team is happy to present a quick recap of the gambling industry events, news, regulations and partnerships that happened last week. 

Join industry leaders, innovative software and technology providers, and regional experts on October 24, 2023 for the game-changing event — SBC Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. This brand new summit is the premier iGaming & Sports Betting conference for Georgia and neighbouring regions, drawing attention to the Black Sea and Central Asia regions.

At Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace, you will discover new opportunities and get to know the leaders of this rapidly growing industry region. Gain valuable knowledge and understanding of large scale markets such as Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as emerging markets including Uzbekistan. This event will help you pave your way to these unique and promising regions where the worlds of iGaming and sports betting meet and interact.

The inspiring conference program will bring together C-Level executives and industry experts to share their valuable insights on a variety of topics such as iGaming, innovation and emerging market perspectives.

Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the potential for outsourcing and business relocation, as well as gain skills in generating leads and networking with key decision makers at exclusive and comprehensive evening networking events.

SBC Summit Barcelona’s Player Protection Symposium is expected to bring together 15,000 delegates including top operators, regulators and executives to discuss the important aspect of player safety in the gaming and betting industry. This special player-focused track will take place on the second day of the event on September 21st, as part of the global betting and iGaming show at Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc. The conference will present resources and strategies for driving innovation in the industry, with a focus on effective and meaningful player protection practices. Participants will discuss the use of data to better understand audience behaviour, metrics that help measure the effectiveness of responsible gaming initiatives, ethical issues related to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to identify problematic gaming behaviour, and other interesting topics.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded to a petition calling for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Parimatch. Earlier this year the brand had to terminate its B2C operations in Ukraine after being included in the list of companies that were sanctioned by the Ukrainian government for allegedly keeping ties with the aggressor-state. On his website, President Zelenskyy, posted a formal response to the aforementioned petition:

“I thank everyone who joined this petition for their active civic position. I requested the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal to carefully study the issue raised in the text of the petition and, if there are grounds, to take the necessary response measures.”

BetMGM reported positive EBITDA in Q2’2023. The brand expects FY 2023 revenue to be close to the upper bound of their forecast. The joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Entain announced net revenues of $944 million in their H1 2023 trading report, including a 25% increase from digital operations. The brand has also said it expects to match its revenue forecast range of $1.8 billion to $2 billion in FY 2023.

VBET became FC Dynamo Kyiv’s official sponsor for the 2023/2024 season. As part of the agreement, both parties plan to actively involve Dynamo Kyiv fans in various events, creating unique fan experiences. In addition, the partners will cooperate in the media and marketing areas, which will help strengthen the club’s presence on various platforms and enhance its overall image.

More on VBET — the brand has also became the main charity partner of the Game4Ukraine, an All-Star football match, initiated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy with an aim to raise funds to rebuild educational facilities that were destroyed by the russian military forces during their invasion of Ukraine. The game will take place on Saturday, August 5, at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge arena.

In Ukraine, a player claimed the biggest jackpot that FAVBET online casino has offered this year. The lucky person received UAH 1,026,449.6 from a winning spin worth only 60 UAH. Helping the player join the ranks of Ukrainian millionaires was the “Favbet Jackpot” promotion where players of the online casino have the opportunity to win one of four types of jackpots depending on the size of their bet. 

IGT completed an upgrade of the iLottery platform for the Polish lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy, moving all its components to the cloud. For the first time in its history, IGT became a fully cloud-based iLottery platform client with the Totalizator Sportowy to be the first lottery in Europe to have a complete iLottery system in the cloud.

Crystalbet added 70 games from the EGT Digital’s portfolio. Among them are Bell Link, High Cash, Clover Chance, as well as 5 games with a single progressive jackpot. Players also have the opportunity to enjoy the xRide multiplayer. With such a wide selection, Crystalbet invites its visitors to try their luck and enjoy the exciting gaming experience offered by EGT Digital.

NetBet announced a new partnership with SlotMatrix, EveryMatrix’s B2B content aggregator. Through this partnership, players at NetBet will gain access to the exclusive portfolio of games from EveryMatrix’s own studios Armadillo and Spearhead, offering a wide selection of games to suit all tastes and preferences.

Stretch Network, an online poker platform, created a more connected experience for its players by introducing three innovative features. As part of this commitment, three new features would be rolled out to the operator partner network, which include automatic leaderboards, interactive emoticons and a banner management system. Over time, these features would allow players to communicate more actively, compete, express emotions through emojis, and receive personalised notifications, making the experience of playing on the Stretch Network even more immersive and interactive.

EGT Digital and the Romanian online casino Million committed to the strategic partnership. As part of a new agreement EGT Digital will offer almost the entire gaming portfolio to Million, a brand owned by Ritzio Entertainment Group. Ritzio Entertainment Group is the casino operator, owner and manager of Fortuna Palace in Bucharest and numerous other casinos in Germany.

Avento Group launched 7777 Gaming products in over 15 brands. This partnership will offer 100+ titles from 7777 Gaming at renowned brands such as Mr. Bit, Frank Casino, SlotV and many others.

LuckyStreak and Daintree Gaming signed a new partnership agreement under which Lucky Streak will launch its casino gaming content library on Daintree sites under the BetWiz and BetSpin brands before expanding it to other sites managed by Daintree.

SkillOnNet and BF Games entered into a partnership resulting in the integration of over 80 games from BF Games into the SkillOnNet online platform. SkillOnNet users will have access to a variety of content from the London-based BF Games, including such popular slots as Fiery Slots and Chicken Madness Ultra.

Bet365 and Rightlander expanded their partnership as the betting group became more focused on stricter compliance with responsible gambling in international operations. Promoting responsible gambling and keeping track of regulatory developments became key priorities for Bet365, especially in markets such as the UK and the Netherlands, where there have been significant legal changes with the UK Gambling Law Review published and the Netherlands No Advertisement Act coming into force.

Caleta Gaming, a Brazilian game developer and casino engine supplier Relum, announced a new partnership agreement. Over 110 exclusive games will be included in the Relum’s aggregation system, thus becoming available to a global audience. In addition to the 14,000 games from 180+ providers already available at Relum, the platform provides solutions for attracting and retaining players, as well as optimising operators’ marketing spend.

Bragg Gaming Group signed a global distribution agreement with 888 Holdings, owner and operator of William Hill, Mr Green, 888 and SI Sportsbook brands. Content will be provided by Bragg’s own studios Atomic Slot Lab and Indigo Magic, as well as from partners working with Bragg.

Spinomenal and Palms Bet signed a partnership agreement to expand Spinomenal’s presence in the Bulgarian market. The agreement gives Spinomenal the opportunity to expand its reach in Bulgaria by bringing the full range of its gaming content to Palms Bet online casino. Integration will be carried out through CT Interactive, which will gain Spinomenal the access to another segment of the Bulgarian market.

Greentube strengthened its position in the Belgian market after entering into a new agreement with Betway to provide content for their online casinos. This partnership will allow Betway’s players in Belgium to access Greentube’s casino games portfolio, which was successfully integrated into Betway through the iForium aggregation platform.

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