William Hill must ‘move faster’ on problem gambling

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 19th July 2018 | By contenteditor Bingo Email Address William Hill has launched a new UK-facing responsible gambling initiative after admitting to “falling below” the standards expected by the national regulator, parliament and the general public. The ‘Nobody Harmed’ campaign has been designed to tackle the issues related to problem gambling and offer help to those who experience this harm. William Hill said the project will be implemented across both its retail and online businesses as it seeks to enhance public trust in gambling activities. Speaking to iGamingBusiness.com, Ciaran O’Brien, director of corporate communications at William Hill, said that the bookmaker must “move much faster” to tackle problem gambling and the new Nobody Harmed campaign will form a large part of this effort. “Quite simply, while we have always taken problem gambling seriously, we have fallen below what’s expected of us by the regulator, parliament and ultimately the public,” O’Brien said. “We need to move much faster and get much better at addressing the harm caused by problem gambling.” William Hill has set out four key targets it aims to hit with the new campaign. The bookmaker will look to support all customers to stay in control through the design and marketing of our products; create new ways to identify people at risk and intervene effectively; strengthen its system of support for those who do experience harm; and empower all William Hill staff to fulfil its shared ambition. “The ultimate goal of the campaign is that nobody is harmed by gambling, but like any ambition, it will be hard to achieve and we certainly cannot achieve it alone,” O’Brien said. “The important thing about stating the ambition however is it gives a clear lead to our people that we should seek to do the right thing.” Confirmation of the new campaign comes as the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it was examining whether William Hill and Bet365 breached television betting advert guidelines during the recent World Cup football tournament. Companies are barred from making urgent calls to action in commercials. In response to this, O’Brien admitted that while a company as big as William Hill “will get things wrong”, the bookmaker is “committed” to working with the ASA on implementing new rules on advertising. “The new ASA code only came in in April and are subject to some interpretation so it may be that until we have some case history we won’t know what is covered by the code but if we have contravened it we will hold our hands up,” O’Brien said. “In any big organisation we will get things wrong – the important thing is our intention, our key actions and how we deliver on them and learn out loud on the way through. “We have also committed to take serious look at advertising and what could be done better – including much stronger restrictions if needs be – as part of this process.” Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Strategy Bingo William Hill must ‘move faster’ on problem gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bookmaker admits it has fallen short and sets out new responsible gambling drivelast_img read more

LeoVegas eyes Spain licence after Sweden application

first_imgLegal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Sweden represented 24% of net gaming revenue for the firm in Q2 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter LeoVegas has revealed plans to pursue a licence in Spain after submitting an application for a new licence in Sweden.The company is seeking to obtain a licence that covers casino and sports betting in Sweden, which recently launched an application process ahead of changes to national gambling laws.Swedish regulator Lotteriinspektionen received 22 applications on the first day of the process, and this number has since increased with the likes of Kindred and now LeoVegas entering the fray. The re-regulated market will open up on January 1, 2019.Philip Doftvik, head of corporate finance and investor relations at LeoVegas, told iGamingBusiness.com that the company “welcomes” regulation in Sweden and that it has been “looking forward” to applying for a licence in the country for some time.“Sweden is one of our core markets and we are the biggest brand for online and mobile casino in Sweden,” Doftvik told iGamingBusiness.com.“In Q2, Sweden stood for 24% of our total net gaming revenue. Sweden is an important market for LeoVegas and we believe we have great opportunities to continue gaining market share in the Swedish market.”Doftvik added: “LeoVegas is a company that operates in several regulated markets and thus has the right tools and knowledge to create sustainable and strong growth.“Submitting an application in Sweden is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time and welcomes the regulation with the focus sustainability and responsible gaming.”Doftvik also outlined the company’s broader plans, revealing that LeoVegas could look at applying for a licence in Spain as part of its ongoing growth plans.“Our strategy is to expand in regulated markets and markets that are soon to be regulated, new product categories and to carry out strategic and complementary acquisitions,” he said.“This means that we constantly looking to enter new markets. For example, we believe Spain is particularly interesting.” Topics: Legal & compliance Tech & innovation LeoVegas eyes Spain licence after Sweden application 20th August 2018 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Nordics Southern Europe Sweden Spain Email Addresslast_img read more

Bookmakers and responsible gambling

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Leading tipster site bettingexpert.com evaluates which of 27 of the most popular bookmakers offer the best responsible gambling tools.It’s become almost impossible to watch, attend or listen to a sporting or racing event without being met with a procession of online sports betting promotions.While online betting becomes increasingly popular, advocates of responsible gambling have likewise become more aggressive in promoting their cause.This month’s bookmaker analysis takes a look at what bookmakers offer in terms of responsible gambling protections, tools and resources and what else they could offer customers to give them the best chance of keeping their betting on the straight and narrow.There was very little to distinguish between the 27 bookmakers in this analysis, with the majority providing similar tools and resources for customers who may be experiencing issues with their gambling.Deposit limitsEach bookmaker in this analysis offers deposit limits, giving bettors the opportunity to restrict their deposits to a given sum over a selected period of time.Bookmakers allow their customers to impose deposit limits over periods of 24 hours, seven days and 30 days.In most cases bettors can lower their chosen deposit limit; however limits can only be raised after a given period of time. For example, bet365 customers must wait a period of seven days before their deposit limits can be raised.Setting deposit limits is not only a good idea for bettors who are concerned with their gambling losses; it can be a great way for weekend punters to ensure their gambling stays within their budget.For example, if you only want to bet £50 each weekend, then imposing a £50 limit over a seven day period is a good way to start.Self-exclusionIf deposit limits are not enough, self-exclusion is worth considering. While there is always the option of closing your account, self-exclusion allows you to suspend your account for a given period of time. For example, bet365 allows customers to suspend their accounts for periods of six months, one year, two years, five years, or the most drastic of all, account closure. Each bookmaker in our study offers both short term and long term self-exclusion.While most bookmakers allow customers to log into their accounts to withdraw funds during the exclusion period, customers are not able to place bets.If customers’ gambling is causing them concerns, it is recommended that they begin with deposit limits, graduating to a term of self-exclusion if they feel their wagering is becoming too reckless.Time online alarmAn increasing number of bookmakers now allow users to set an alarm to notify them when they have been logged into their betting account for a certain time period, often referred to as ‘Reality Check’.As with deposit limits, once a time has been set, users cannot change the frequency of their alerts until the given time period has elapsed.Setting an alert is certainly a great way to inhibit more speculative betting. Anyone who loves betting knows how easy it is to log into their account, fall into a deep dive, exploring odds and markets for sports and leagues the world over, many of which even the most astute punters would admit to having little genuine insight.Most bettors have a narrow frame of expertise, and imposing an alarm can only help keep them focused and wagering on the markets they know best.Bet historyIn virtually every guide to better betting that we have published, time and time again, we recommend that punters keep a detailed history of their bets.It doesn’t matter what sports, leagues or markets people bet on, keeping a record of their wagering will not only help improve betting returns but it can help them avoid developing the habits of erratic betting.With this in mind, it’s encouraging to see that all bookmakers offer detailed betting histories (as well as deposit histories), giving their customers the ability to examine their wagering tendencies.While a bet history provided by the bettor’s preferred bookmaker is certainly helpful, the best way to improve betting returns and keep a steady eye on betting habits is by them creating their own detailed betting history spreadsheet. We recommend keeping specifics such as date, bet sum, bet type, details of the wager, the result and importantly, space to comment on the bet.Most of all it’s important to keep a record of the frame of mind when placing the bet. Was the bettor chasing losses? Were they betting on a sport or league simply because there was nothing else to bet on that evening? Were they exceeding thier usual bet stake by a large degree?After only a few months of betting, they’ll often see that the bulk of their losses were due to poor discipline. A detailed bet history can help them correct that.Self-evaluationA number of bookmakers offer their customers the opportunity to conduct a self-evaluation. This typically involves customers answering a series of questions and providing them with an independent assessment.Any self-evaluation questionnaire will ask customers questions such as:– Why do you gamble? – How do you feel when you run out of betting funds? – Have you ever lied about the amount of money you gamble? – Do you chase your losses after a losing bet? – Would you rather gamble than spend time with friends? – How does your gambling impact your mood?Responsible gambling guidesIt’s great to see that all bookmakers now provide their customers with detailed guides to responsible gambling, detailing their responsible gambling tools as well as providing links to external responsible gambling resources.We recommend that bookmakers provide not only responsible gambling tools and resources but also detailed guides on the fundamentals of wagering, discussing topics such as betting odds and probabilities, how betting odds are framed, what are bookmaker margins and how much to bet to name just a few.Providing customers with responsible gambling resources and tools is a good start, but we regard a responsible gambler as a gambler that truly understands the dynamics of betting, the risks involved and just how difficult it is to be an ongoing profitable punter.No matter what protections bookmakers provide, they can only go so far and  it is up to the customer to recognise when their gambling is getting out of hand and to seek help sooner rather than later.About bettingexpert.com Providing expert tips and in depth betting theory, bettingexpert.com is the world’s biggest social network of sports betting tipsters. Its global community of experts compete for prizes by sharing their strongest tips on upcoming matches across 25 different sports to help millions of sports bettors place knowledge-supported bets, with the best odds available from a variety of bookmakers. Betting Expert is owned by Better Collective, the leading developer of educational platforms within the igaming industry. 9th October 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bettingexpert.com evaluates which bookmakers offer the best responsible gambling tools Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Casino & games Regions: Europe Bookmakers and responsible gamblinglast_img read more

BtoBet targets Latin America with Wildar Gaming

first_img BtoBet targets Latin America with Wildar Gaming Sports betting 7th February 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter BtoBet has linked up with Wildar Gaming to support the launch of its White Label Partnership Program in Latin America. BtoBet has joined forces with Wildar Gaming to support the launch of its White Label Partnership Program in Latin America.The iGaming and sports betting software provider has said the new partnership will allow it to access opportunities in emerging markets within Latin America, including Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city.BtoBet CEO Alessandro Fried said working with certified partners such as Wildar in Latin America will help the company to identify new customers across the region.“Already being physically present in Latin America for a substantial number of years, Wildar have extensive knowledge of the different regulatory scenarios that constitute the whole region, and how each operator must tailor his offer to suite the local player preferences,” Fried said.Fried has also said the company hopes to work with more partners in Latin America as and when more regions move to regulate gambling activities. He added that a large part of its service offering in the region will be based on its Neuron Gaming platform.“The improved technology [on Neuron Gaming] allows a new level of operational control, while ensuring a more advanced and tailored user experience,” he said.Meanwhile, Fried has also said that BtoBet will launch a number of new products for both the iGaming and sports betting markets in the coming months as part of its wider expansion strategy.In addition, Fried has revealed that the company is close to finalising partnerships in both mature and emerging markets around the world.Image: Max Pixel Tags: Online Gambling Regions: LATAM Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovationlast_img read more

IGT hit by service revenue decline in H1

first_img International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to 30 June, 2019, which resulted in a drop in service revenue over the reporting period. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 2nd August 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter IGT hit by service revenue decline in H1 International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to 30 June, 2019, which resulted in a drop in service revenue over the reporting period.Total revenue for the first half declined 1.3% to $2.38bn (£1.96bn/€2.14bn), the result of service revenue for the period falling 4.0% to $1.97bn. This was offset in part by a 14.9% increase in product sales, to $408.1m, though not enough to avoid a year-on-year fall.Operating expenses for the half fell to $1.98bn, down to reductions in costs of sales (to $1.19bn) and research and development (to $131.5m). However due to the lower revenue, operating income for H1 was down 1.0% to $401.9m.Non-operating expenses rose to $166.4m, with a slight drop in interest expenses to $206.9m offset by a lower foreign exchange gain for the period, of $17.5m. After $116.0m was set aside for income tax, net profit for the half was down 8.6% at $119.5m. Once income attributable to IGT’s non-controlling interests of $74.4m was stripped out, H1 profit was down 22.7% at $45.1m.This followed a second quarter in which IGT saw revenue rise, but earnings hit by increased costs and foreign exchange losses. Revenue for the three months to 30 June was up 2.7% to $1.23bn, with a drop in service revenue to $980.0m offset by a 30.2% increase in product sales to $254.2m.Growth was driven by the North America gaming and interactive division – up 8% at $274m – and the International segment, up 20% to $229m. IGT saw more marginal growth in Italy, where revenue rose to $422m, both on a constant currency basis. This offset the North American lottery unit, which saw revenue remain flat at $309m.However operating costs for the quarter rose to $1.01bn, as a result of increased product sales expenses, selling, general and administrative costs and other operating expenses. This was offset by the revenue growth, leading to a 7.0% increase in operating profit to $223.7m.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the quarter amounted to $454m, up 3% year-on-year.However, interest expenses and foreign exchange charges weighed on the operator’s bottom line. Interest expenses grew to $103.9m, while the company incurred foreign exchange expenses of $41.1m, compared to a $172.5m foreign exchange benefit in the prior year. This resulted in non-operating expenses soaring to $121.4m.After income tax provision of $63.3m, net income stood at $39.0m. After $34.1m, related to income from IGT’s non-controlling interests, profit for the quarter stood at $4.9m, down from $161.5m in Q2 2018.Despite seeing profits fall sharply in the period, IGT chief executive Marco Sala hailed what he called a strong second quarter fo the business.”We had a strong second quarter, with top-line growth driven by a sharp increase in gaming product sales and impressive gains in global lottery same-store revenues. Profits were up nicely in our North America Gaming and Italy segments,” Sala said. “I am pleased with the broad-based improvement in key performance indicators for our main businesses.“EBITDA in the quarter was the highest we achieved in three years and translated into substantial free cash flow for the first half,” IGT chief financial officer Alberto Fornaro added. “Recent capital markets activity strengthens our financial structure, enhances flexibility, and positions us well for the coming years.” Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe US Southern Europe Italy Email Address Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Strategylast_img read more

Closing the circle

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Through its acquisition of platform provider Optima, Sportradar can now claim to offer every link in the betting chain to clients. Chief executive Carsten Koerl and Optima boss Jacob Lopez talk Daniel O’Boyle through the deal Topics: Sports betting Strategy 25th October 2019 | By Stephen Carter Tags: Online Gamblingcenter_img Closing the circle Through its acquisition of platform provider Optima, Sportradar can now claim to offer every link in the betting chain to clients. Chief executive Carsten Koerl and Optima boss Jacob Lopez talk Daniel O’Boyle through the dealAs any executive knows, proper due diligence is key to the success of any acquisition. And in this respect, Sportradar held an advantage over most when it was on the hunt for a sports betting platform.Working with a variety of suppliers as a data provider, the company has an intricate knowledge of the range on offer in the industry.“Being in our position, we work with almost every player in the market and we get a very good look at what kind of features and what kind of platforms are in the market,” Sportradar chief executive Carsten Koerl explains.“We are operating with most of the platforms who are out there. We have a very good view of what the companies are in the market and what features they offer, so we looked into many players.”In the end it proved to be Optima, the Spain-based platform provider founded in 2012 by former Stan James chief technology officer Jacob Lopez, that Sportradar purchased for an undisclosed fee.Rather than being an obviously hot property in its sphere, Optima, by Lopez’s own admission, wasn’t growing rapidly. Sports betting, after all, is a highly competitive space in which the likes of SBTech, SG Digital’s OpenBet, with the likes of Playtech, Amelco, Kambi are all jostling for market share.While the product Sportradar had seen as a data provider played a part, Koerl said that it was just one in a range of factors the supplier considered when picking its target.“We base our decisions not only on product but also based on price, based on integration and based on future features,” Koerl says. “On those metrics, Optima turned out as the most attractive.”It wasn’t a quick decision, he adds.“It was really a mix of factors, but what was very important for us were some questions: What is the scalability of the platform?, What is the underlying technology behind it? and How can we really process a high volume and guarantee to clients a very high service level?“Those were very important to us and we believe Optima is top level for this,” he says. “There are for sure others in the market who are not bad, but we believe from a scalability perspective and a stability perspective Optima is outstanding.”For Optima, meanwhile, the prospect of a deal wasn’t always particularly attractive.Since the company’s formation in 2012, it had never received outside investment. This, Lopez says, was deliberate, as it allowed the business to avoid external pressure for short-term gains, and instead focus on longer-term, sustainable growth.“One of our main concerns if we would do a deal like this is that we wouldn’t have the same flexibility and let us continue to have the same attention to detail with operators we have today,” he explains.However, he adds, Lopez ultimately concluded that Sportradar was prepared to support this approach, which played a key role in convincing him the deal was right for his company.“We have a very well-aligned vision,” he says. “The vision, the technology and the product that we have and the way we approach business. We work very hard to make sure sure our product stands out.”Completing the set And now Sportradar can provide every link in the sports betting supply chain, a huge leap from its early days as a pre-match data provider. It’s been a gradual process, which has seen it add an odds comparison tool, live data, client registration, liquidity management and managed trading services over the years, slowly but surely filing any gaps in the business.“It was very clear from the very beginning that we started with the basement, which is data and we made our way to the core function which is the platform,” Koerl explains. “And we developed that step by step.”This also means that it will now find itself competing against the companies it works closely with as a data provider. Of course, all its related solutions will remain platform agnostic, allowing these relationships to continue.And it’s not as if Sportradar is going to aggressively compete from the off. Koerl estimates the process to fully integrate Optima with its products and services will take up to two years, though the platform is immediately available to existing and prospective clients.While he claims Sportradar is targeting deals with top-tier operators, Koerl is under no illusions as the competition it will face for these deals, not just from rival platforms, but also from in-house solutions.“This can be difficult because they have their own platforms [that] they all believe in,” he says.“But we believe that betting providers should maybe focus more on the licensing and marketing because looking at things from an efficiency perspective we can do these things more efficiently than in-house – that’s the underlying assumption.”It’s a major step forward that many have believed to be coming, and one that opens up a new front for Sportradar to compete on. The US, where it serves as an official partner to the likes of the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, is one. Koerl even suggests China may offer opportunities in the near future.It’s a bold move, and the competition will be fierce, but should Sportradar successfully position itself and the Optima platform as a viable alternative to the host of solutions already on the market, the rewards could be significant. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Finding value in F2P

first_img Finding value in F2P Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Skill Games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Free-to-play has existed for two decades now, so why do questions persist over its sustainability? Sam Forrest argues that the model can be profitable, provided that operators focus on engaging players for the long term and treat payers and non-payers fairlyTwo decades ago, the South Korea-based company, Nexon, pioneered a new model known as free to play (FTP). It was widely believed to be the answer to combating piracy, one of the most prevalent issues in the industry at the time. The logic tracked well – why would you steal what you can get for free? No one could have predicted the widespread and enduring success of the model, which has since been regularly modified and improved to suit the changing needs of the industry. FTP titles drove the bulk of spending last year, accounting for 80% of total digital game spending in 2019 according to Nielsen’s SuperData Research Group.While once solely associated with casual mobile and PC games, FTP has since made its mark on the console market, attracting global attention for premium titles including Fortnite: Battle Royale, Dota 2 and League of Legends. The core methodology behind the FTP model is that players can access most of the content within a gaming title without incurring any costs, while those players who want to progress through the game more quickly or access additional content can pay for the pleasure.Despite a large portion of their content being free to users, developers still make a profit as, in the vast majority of FTP games, the paying players subsidise the FTP players. The truth in this claim is apparent in a recent 2019 monetisation report from Swrve, which states that 64.5% of total revenue comes from the top 10% of paying users. Prioritising fair play Paying users can purchase ‘perks’ that they would not have access to as a free player, resulting in access to hidden features or obtaining superficial cosmetic items such as new skins or gadgets.So, how do developers ensure equality among payers and players? Guaranteeing that FTP and paying players are treated equally within the game, beyond what they pay for, is a tricky task. While paying players are an integral revenue stream for developers, the active player base that comes from FTP has immense value within the game.If the two distinct player bases are treated fairly, it creates longevity in the game, allowing it to grow in terms of liquidity and revenue.Evidence of this strategy being successful can be seen in a number of online games. In the social casino genre, KamaGames’ Pokerist allows paying players to buy virtual chips that permit them to play for longer or to access pro tables where chip requirements are high.In terms of equality for all players, however, the company’s random number generator guarantees that, regardless of how many chips are purchased, the odds of winning remain the same for all players. While the purchased chips facilitate continued access to the game, the act of buying chips in no way enhances a player’s chances of winning, nor skews the odds of winning in their favour. There is a brief and recent history of games developers unfairly prioritising paying users, providing them with significant in-game advantages not available to others.When this occurs beyond allowing paying players to access diverting content such as a mini game or more creative skins, the gaming world is quick to accuse developers of diverging from FTP to a pay-to-win model.For true gaming enthusiasts, this anger stems from the knowledge that, no matter how many hours they spend toiling away in their chosen game, they are incapable of reaching the same level of success as that of a paying user. In effect, the free experience is cheapened to such an extent that the prospect of winning is rendered impossible. Anyone even remotely within the sphere of gaming is aware of how global organisations have inspired a widespread backlash following the over-milking of in-game microtransactions. For EA, Star Wars Battlefront II should have been one of the biggest gaming success stories of 2017.Yet, its onerous and expensive microtransactions, on top of an initial cover charge, instigated an animosity in gamers that spread industry-wide like wildfire. First-week sales were 60% down on Battlefront I, hitting the company’s share price and leading it to overhaul its approach to microtransactions. Talk of loot boxes and microtransactions have the industry buzzing, with many now regularly targeting operators who prioritise microtransactions over gameplay, or worse, those who may encourage a gambling mentality among impressionable players. This global criticism has resulted in several countries banning games that host loot boxes.This confluence of events, along with the appearance of EA and Epic Games at the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, serves as a warning of what can happen when titles quietly attempt to transform from an FTP or pay-to-play game to a pay-to-win scenario. Why bankroll free players? Some question how the FTP model can be profitable for developers, even when executed perfectly, as the majority of users won’t ever part with a single cent. While it’s clear that FTP is not foolproof, empires have been built by those who can crack the formula.Companies such as KamaGames, Supercell, Tencent and Niantic can boast annual revenues in the millions (and, for some, billions). In many cases, it has been done without the impressive budget of AAA titles. The fact is, despite 72% of players only ever making one purchase and 47.7% of purchases being made on the first day of installation, according to Swrve, the sheer number of players that these titles attract ensures profit. For developers, one of the greatest advantages of FTP will always be that it creates a recurring revenue stream instead of solitary, one-off payments. Also, in exposing a higher number of players to the game, the likelihood of ‘down the funnel’ conversions increases as players continue to enjoy the game and become more invested.This is why operators who adopt this model are becoming increasingly more devoted to introducing mechanics which guarantee continued, long-term engagement. On its most basic level, and as far as it relates to the traditional mobile standard of FTP titles, players can either slowly grind and progress through a game’s content for free or choose to pay and speed up their progression.Outside of revenue garnered from direct monetary transactions, for some developers, customer data such as social media and demographic information is of notable value. This data can highlight the type of user, in terms of gender, age or even income, who is most interested in their product, allowing operators to direct future campaigns and promotions at this audience. Furthermore, when you are looking at a multiplayer game, the most vital contribution non-payers make is simply their engagement with the game. Their presence alone is enough to champion the argument for the FTP model. After all, little can compare to the challenge of going head-to-head against an authentic human rival and emerging the undisputed victor.Through increasing player liquidity, non-payers enhance the overall quality of experience for the payers and have rightfully earned their place within the game. The ideal FTP title is fair, enhances gameplay for payers but doesn’t create a negative experience for non-paying users. Yet, just like a simple app game, mastering FTP has proven to be harder than it looks.  Sam Forrest, the director of global communications for KamaGames, is a highly proficient PR and communications veteran with over 25 years of experience in the interactive entertainment sector. Throughout his career, he has worked with a wide number of well-known global entertainment brands including Disney/Pixar, WWE, UFC, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Hasbro and Marvel.center_img Topics: Casino & games Social gaming Casino & games Free-to-play has existed for two decades now, so why do questions persist over its sustainability? Sam Forrest argues that the model can be profitable, provided that operators focus on engaging players for the long term and treat payers and non-payers fairly 2nd March 2020 | By Stephen Carterlast_img read more

German politician appointed to Postcode Lotterie board

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Germany’s former Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has been named as the new deputy chairwoman of the advisory board of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie, run by Dutch charitable lottery operator Novamedia.A former member of the Bundestag for 23 years and Federal Minister of Justice for eight years, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has also served as anti-Semitism commissioner for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for almost two years.Together with five advisory board colleagues, she will be responsible for deciding on the allocation of funding for social and green projects. She will be joined on the board by a colleague from her time in the Bundestag, the chamber’s former president and Federal Minister for Youth, Family and Health Rita Süssmuth.Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is a well-known figure in Germany, through her decades-long work in politics.“She is an outstanding politician, a pleasant colleague and a great person,” her former Bundestag colleague and fellow board member Süssmuth said. “I am looking forward to the joint work on the advisory board of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie – and the further support of many effective social and green projects.”Managing director of the postcode lottery, Annemiek Hoogenboom, said of her appointment: “Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has not only achieved a lot as a politician. She has also been involved in various social and non-profit organizations for decades. We are very happy that this extraordinary woman will now support and enrich our advisory board as Vice Chairwoman. “Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger herself added: “The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie is the only lottery in Germany in which entire neighbourhoods not only win together, but also support social and green projects in their area. I think this concept is great and am therefore very happy to be able to support the social lottery as an advisory board member.”The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie has been operating since 2016, and offers participants a chance to win a share of over €1 million each month, alongside their neighbours.The lottery donates 30% of revenue to charitable causes, and already supported more than 2,100 projects across Germany, donating around €47m (£41.8m/$55.6m). Its parent company Novamedia also runs similar lotteries in its native Netherlands, the UK, Norway and Sweden. 3rd September 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Topics: Lottery Email Address German politician appointed to Postcode Lotterie boardcenter_img Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany Germany’s former Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has been named as the new deputy chairwoman of the advisory board of Deutsche Postcode Lotterie.last_img read more

Isle of Man licence applications up 30% in 2020

first_imgThe Government’s digital department noted an increased number of businesses have been making initial enquiries about the jurisdiction, with service providers on the island reporting a significant uptick in interest over the last 12 months. Regions: UK & Ireland The Isle of Man has seen a significant increase in demand for gaming licences from operators across the globe, which the island’s government attributed to proposed changes to regulation and market structure in other jurisdictions. Licensing Jade Zorab, director of compliance consultancy Amber Gaming, which is based on the Isle of Man, added that the efficiency of the island’s regulator was a positive during a time of uncertainty. There has been an increase of 21 licensees in the last 12 months, compared to just 8 licence approvals in 2019. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “Over the last 10 months, we have received or completed a considerable number of applications. By the time we have closed those out and added recent applications, we will have 60 licences to supervise.” “We are exceptionally busy at the minute processing a significant rise in the number of applications for online gambling operators,” said Steve Brennan, chief executive of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img “The future outlook is positive and it is no surprise that the Isle of Man is experiencing an influx of eGaming ventures, which we are proud to support,” Zorab said. 25th March 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Tags: Isle of Man Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission Amber Gaming Topics: Legal & compliance Licensing Regulation Isle of Man licence applications up 30% in 2020 A 30% increase in demand for gaming licences sees the number of licensees to be supervised by the Gambling Supervision Commission now at 55, with others in the pipeline. Recent Isle of Man licensees include 5Dimes, which received a licence as part of a pivot towards jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Email Addresslast_img read more

LeBron James named All-NBA player for record-breaking 16th time

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Latest Sports News TAGS16th All-NBA Team selection2019-20 All-NBA First TeamAll-NBA playerLeBron JamesMilwaukee Bucks SHARE Halle Open 2021 Final: Ugo Humbert defeats Andrey Rublev to become champion Cricket Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were unanimously selected to the 2019-20 All-NBA First Team, the league announced on Wednesday.James has set the NBA record with his 16th All-NBA Team selection, which includes a record 13 selections to the First Team, two to the Second Team and one to the Third Team. He passed 15-time All-NBA Team selections Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.Antetokounmpo, the 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and James both received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 500 points each. Named to the All-NBA Team for the fourth time, Antetokounmpo has earned his second First Team honour. 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Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’Mumbai Indians Yuvraj Singh slams BCCI, ‘Board handled end of my career in a very unprofessional manner’The 2019-20 All-NBA First Team also features Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Lakers forward-center Anthony Davis and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.Harden and Davis have been voted to the All-NBA First Team for the sixth and fourth time, respectively. Doncic is making his All-NBA Team debut in his second season. He is the first player selected to the All-NBA First Team in either his first or second season since Duncan in 1998-99.The 21-year-old Doncic also becomes the sixth player named to the All-NBA First Team at age of 21 or younger, joining Kevin Durant (2009-10), James (2005-06), Duncan (1997-98), Rick Barry (1965-66) and Max Zaslofsky (1946-47).The 2019-20 All-NBA Second Team consists of LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (372 points), Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic (311), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (284), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (199) and Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (168).The 2019-20 All-NBA Third Team is composed of Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (153 points), Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (147), Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert (110), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (61) and Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (56).Siakam, Tatum and Simmons join Doncic as first-time selections to the All-NBA Team. Paul and Westbrook have been voted to the All-NBA Team for the ninth time each. Lillard and Leonard have earned their fifth and fourth All-NBA Team selections, respectively. This marks the third All-NBA Team honour for both Butler and Gobert and the second for Jokic.The All-NBA Team was selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Players were awarded five points for each vote to the All-NBA First Team, three points for each vote to the Second Team and one point for each vote to the Third Team. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one centre for each team, choosing players at the position where they play regularly. 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