SBC CIS Weekly Digest: October 9 — 16

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

Legendary football player and founder of the AAA Foundation, Shota Arveladze, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming SBC Summit Tbilisi, where he will give a welcoming speech.

Viktoriya Zakrevskaya, Head of Finance And Administration at Ukrainian Gambling Council, talked with SBC CIS about the ways Ukraine’s gambling industry overcomes the challenges and charts a course for growth amid the wartime. Don’t miss your chance to meet Viktoriya Zakrevskaya at SBC Summit Tbilisi this October and get essential market insights and perspectives, and hear the voices of Ukrainian businesses.

CreedRoomz will take part in the SBC Summit Tbilisi, where it will present cutting-edge gaming solutions and a range of games specific to the region. At the summit, CreedRoomz will be showcasing an exciting array of land-based casino technology. With the games available in more than eight languages, including Turkish and Farsi, visitors will be able to see how virtual and real worlds can be seamlessly interconnected. CreedRoomz’s innovative solutions allow players to enjoy their favourite casino games wherever they are.

The Ministry of Finance of Kyrgyzstan published a report stating that in 2023, the state budget received over 46 millions soms in the form of taxes from casino activities.  Taxes from casino activities began to flow into the republic’s budget only in May, when 17 million soms were collected, in June 7.7 million soms were collected, and in July — 6.7 million soms. In August the state budget received 14,8 million soms in the form of the casino tax. In addition, 14 million soms were collected from sports betting operations. In total, profits from gambling activities in Kyrgyzstan amounted to 47.8 million soms.

CasinoBeats organised a special three-part roundtable, dedicated to a range of topics spanning work life balances, six-hour work days, the quality of life and career progression conundrum and the ‘anti-work’ movement. The list of speakers included Giorgi Tsutskirdze, Spribe’s Chief Commercial Officer, Alina Dandörfer, Co-Founder and Director at Apparat Gaming, Cathryn McGinty, Chief People Officer at Glitnor Group, and Nana Shneider, Human Resources Development at Betbazar.

Optimove published data showing that the majority of players are tired by the marketing fatigue of gambling operators: about a third of players feel overwhelmed by the frequency of advertising messages. As part of the Optimove 2023 Report of Players’ Preferences in iGaming Marketing, 396 online gaming fans aged 21 and older with a household income of at least $75,000 were surveyed in September-October 2023. According to a study published on G2E, 86% of players do not value excessive or irrelevant emails, text messages and push notifications from gambling sites and unsubscribe as a result. In particular, 30% of players complain about the frequency of advertising messages from operators, while 64% consider this frequency acceptable. Optimove describes marketing fatigue as consumers becoming overwhelmed or demotivated by repeated marketing messages.

Rugby League Commercial and Betfred signed a three-year contract extension, allowing the largest and most extensive commercial partnership in the sport’s history to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2026.

Betby organised a charity auction to celebrate its fifth anniversary. The funds raised were donated to Common Ground, a community centre located at the Betby office in Riga. These funds will be used by Common Ground to host a Christmas party for children affected by the war in Ukraine. Betby also doubled the amount of money raised through the campaign before making a donation to the community centre.

TrustPay announced its latest Instant Refund solution to streamline payment processing in terms of making refunds.  The company said the new offering was designed to “make the refund process faster, easier and more efficient” for both businesses and customers. Instant Refunds solution offers an alternative to processing refunds as regular bank transfers by speeding up the whole process, which could take days if done through a banking institution. unveiled a new TV ad featuring its brand ambassador’s collaboration with renowned football Manager Jose Mourinho. In this video, the head coach of AS Roma talks to viewers about the history of European football accompanied by sounds of violin, paying special attention to the highlights of his career.

SOFTSWISS supported the global initiative “Pink October”, aimed at increasing awareness of breast cancer. Throughout the month, the company will be organising a number of events for its employees around the world. “Pink October”, is a global campaign aimed at spreading awareness of breast cancer, empowering people to be active in their fight against the disease, and creating a supportive environment within the community.

BetConstruct unveiled its newest product, an enhanced version of online streaming platform. FastMedia’s OTT streaming platform is designed to meet the needs of both sports federations and other streaming companies by customising and building the platform according to clients’ goals. The platform can be customised to suit the requirements of various streaming providers, payment methods and other services that can be added additionally. Key product features include streaming, video on demand (VOD), subscription, pay-per-view capability, multi-channel broadcasting and multi-language support.

SoftGamings announced that they have added exciting games from NOVOMATIC to their portfolio.

BetConstruct established a strategic partnership with game development studio AvatarUX to expand its gaming portfolio in the global market. This partnership opens up exciting prospects as BetConstruct will now provide its operators with the full range of games from AvatarUX, including such popular titles like CherryPop, TikiPop, PixiePop and Kitty POPpins.

Boldplay signed a new partnership agreement with Ukrainian gambling operator FAVBET. Boldplay will provide a wide range of innovative slot machines, table games, bingo and keno, as well as virtual scratch cards on FAVBET’s platform licensed in Curacao. This means that FAVBET Casino customers will soon be able to enjoy over 100 exciting new releases.

BGaming strengthened its position in the online casino industry in the Balkans by entering into a partnership with MaxBet. Leveraging its extensive 30-year experience in the Serbian casino industry, BGaming will integrate its full range of gaming content into the Maxbet online platform, providing their players with access to over 100 games.

Slotegrator presented an innovative tool — a progress bar that inspires and motivates players to make new achievements. It records players’ gaming activity in detail, presenting their winnings, capabilities and key metrics in the online casino. This feature-rich player information widget displays a player’s complete achievement path and serves as a powerful tool for self-motivation.

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