Bingo Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Italy iGaming Dashboard – June 2018 Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling The dot.it market slumped to its lowest monthly return for the year in May ahead of the World Cup, as a 7.9% GGR margin impacted sports betting revenues 18th June 2018 | By Stephen Carter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Bingo Poker The dot.it market slumped to its lowest monthly return for the year in May ahead of the World Cup, as a 7.9% GGR margin impacted sports betting revenues.Online GGR from licensed Italian sports bettting operators fell 30% month-over-month €40.8m from €58.67m.Casino remained broadly flat at €57.3m, with PokerStars retaining its marginal lead as the leading operator in the market with 9% market share.Bet365 extended its lead over Planetwin365 in sports betting to 17.6% from 14.7% in April. In poker, PokerStars retained its approximate 60% and 40% respective share of tournament and ring games revenue..Click on the drop down options below to compare how Italy’s igaming market has performed on a monthly or annual basis. Revenue figures for online-only sports betting start from October 2016, with operator market shares from May 2017.All data and figures are processed by leading European corporate advisory firm Ficom Leisure, a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector. Email Address
Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance 12th June 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has moved to cancel Wish Me Luck’s gaming licence, effective today (June 12).The regulator has ordered the online raffle operator to cancel its authentication processes and suspend all gaming operations, as well as publish a notice on its site to inform customers about the ruling.The ruling applies to all sites operated by or associated with Wish Me Luck.Wish Me Luck initially had its licence suspended by the MGA in April, after the regulator launched an investigation into the business.Customers with any outstanding payments due from the operator are advised to contact the MGA via email, stating their full name, address, date of birth and user name on Wish Me Luck.The MGA will not be releasing any further information about the decision at this stage so as not to compromise any investigations that may need to be carried out by itself or other authorities.Wish Me Luck becomes the latest operator to lose its licence in Malta after the MGA also cancelled gaming licences for both Neptune Entertainment and Triton Gaming, as well as Bet Service Group and World-of-bets.eu, earlier this year. Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has moved to cancel Wish Me Luck’s gaming licence, effective today (June 12). Malta regulator rescinds Wish Me Luck’s gaming licence Email Address
Email Address Casino & games Rank Group has confirmed flat sales and a 22% year-on-year fall in operating profit in its annual figures, despite digital growth driving an improved performance in the six months until 30 June.Rank’s operating profit slumped to £39.0m (€42.4m/$47.0m) from £50.1m in the year through to the end of June, with like-for-like revenue slipping from £731.3m to £729.5m and statutory turnover edging up from £691.0m to £695.1m.However, as the company presses on with its strategy to build a more extensive digital offering to offset a slowdown in traffic at its bingo and casino venues, digital like-for-like net gaming revenue increased year-on-year by 11% from £95.3m to £105.5m.Total digital net gaming revenue including YoBingo, which was acquired in May 2018, improved by 23% year-on-year.Next year’s digital net gaming figures are set to receive a further boost with the pending acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming. After Stride shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposed £115.3m takeover last month, Rank confirmed today (August 22) that it expects the deal to close in the final three months of 2019.Rank also pointed to an operating profit of £42.2m in the second half of the year, with the company’s transformation programme, which was launched in December 2018, “driving improved group performance and new ways of working”.Rank made £10.7m of savings over the 12-month period after adopting a new operating model for its Grosvenor Casinos brand. Further savings of £11.3m from the new model are anticipated in the 2019-20 financial year, not taking into account wage increases.The annual figures also included £28.6m of exceptional costs, includes an £8.0m provision for technical non-compliance with UK national minimum wage regulations.“We are pleased with the group’s second half performance and the full-year results, especially given the challenges we faced in the first half of the year,” chief executive John O’Reilly (pictured) said.“The transformation programme is pivotal to our growth strategy both in the UK and internationally.“We are excited by the important initiatives that are being implemented across each of our businesses. We have made a good start to the transformation of Rank and there remains a lot of improvement to be delivered.“The acquisition of Stride, which we expect to complete in 2019-20, will help step change our digital business, deliver strong synergies, bring proprietary technology in house and create one of the UK’s leading online gaming businesses.”Rank also confirmed non-executive director Alex Thursby as the company’s new chair. Thursby will succeed Ian Burke who announced in May that he would not be standing for a new term in the role at Rank’s annual general meeting on October 17.Thursby joined the Rank board in August 2017 and has chaired the audit committee since October 2017. The search for a new audit committee chair has commenced.Senior independent director Chris Bell said: “We carried out a formal and rigorous appointment process and it was clear that Alex was the best candidate to become Rank’s chair. Alex has a wealth of experience in compliance and risk governance in regulated sectors and, having been on the board since August 2017, has a solid understanding of Rank.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Rank Group has confirmed flat sales and a 22% year-on-year fall in operating profit in its annual figures, despite digital growth driving an improved performance in the six months until 30 June. 22nd August 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Finance Regions: UK & Ireland Rank’s digital growth softens full-year profit slump AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 888 Holdings has moved to address shareholders’ concerns over Brian Mattingley’s re-election as the operator’s non-executive chairman, after a significant percentage voted against his continuing in the position. Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting Strategy 15th November 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address 888 Holdings has moved to address shareholders’ concerns over Brian Mattingley’s re-election as the operator’s non-executive chairman, after a significant percentage voted against his continuing in the position.At 888’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May, 21.3% of total votes cast were against Mattingley’s (pictured) re-election to the board, which had been put to shareholders in Resolution 4 of the agenda.The operator said that in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, it had contacted those shareholders to vote against Resolution 4 to understand their concerns. This revealed that the main issue with Mattingley’s re-election was the length of his time on the 888 board.Mattingley was first appointed a director of 888 in August 2005, and has since served as its chief executive, non-executive director, executive chairman and non-executive chairman.The board explained that his length of service reflected the “significant value” he brings to his role. It highlighted his wealth of experience of the industry and working for listed business, as well as his industry knowledge and contacts.“The board believes Mr Mattingley’s continued tenure as non-executive chairman benefits all shareholders,” it explained.However, it added, succession planning was underway, something strengthened through the appointment of Mark Summerfield, previously head of gaming for accountancy and professional services giant KMPG, to the board in September this year.The operator will continue to look at potential additional non-executive appointments, and will provide an update on these efforts by its next AGM in May next year.“Any future board appointments will reflect 888’s strong diversity and leadership objectives, whilst complementing and building upon the existing expertise of the board,” it added. 888 looks to ease concerns over Mattingley re-election
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 22nd January 2020 | By contenteditor Yggdrasil launches new publishing division Cherry-owned online gaming solutions provider Yggdrasil has established a new publishing division with the aim of providing customers with the tools to build their own B2B gaming business.As part of the new strategic approach, Yggdrasil will franchise its entire business, including its current and future content portfolio, as well as its gamification and advanced platform technology and Game Adaption Tools and Interface (GATI) product.Yggdrasil said this will enable partners to create their own, end-to-end igaming offering, while future customers will have the option to license any elements of Yggdrasil’s gaming eco-system with all technology, functions.The Yggdrasil Publishing segment will comprise YG Franchise for licensing the supplier’s gaming platform, as well as YG Masters, through which it will provide game development and distribution resources, and YG Game IP, through which it will license games.NetEnt veteran Björn Krantz, who has been appointed as head of publishing to head up the new segment, said: “We are really excited to showcase our new Publishing business which will give operators, studios and suppliers all the tools, tech and knowledge to take control of their content production and distribution and create unique player experiences.“This is a ground-breaking global licensing business that significantly changes our and the industry’s approach to content creation, publishing and distribution,” Krantz explained. “In a very short space of time we have become well-known for our highly innovative online gaming content, platform and software solutions but we are now taking this to another level altogether.” Companies: Yggdrasil Cherry-owned online gaming solutions provider Yggdrasil has established a new publishing division with the aim of providing customers with the tools to build their own B2B gaming business. Topics: Strategy Tags: Online Gambling Strategy Email Address
Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting NY sports betting revenue up in March despite Covid-19 impact The New York State Gaming Commission has reported a month-on-month rise in sports betting revenue for March, despite the state’s market being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic.Sports wagering revenue at the state’s four commercial casinos totalled $99,514 ($80,265/€91,342) last month, up from a loss of $179,593 in February, which was a record low for New York. The March figure was the second-lowest monthly total on record.Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady claimed top spot in the market in March, generating $81,883 in sports betting revenue, compared to a loss of $38,802 in February.The del Lago Resort and Casino, which runs a DraftKings-powered sportsbook and led the market in February, followed with $53,861 in revenue, down from $98,247 in the previous month.Read the full story on iGB North America. Casino & games Regions: US New York The New York State Gaming Commission has reported a month-on-month rise in sports betting revenue for March, despite the state’s market being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic. Email Address 6th April 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Africa “Even in Burundi, there is a young population with a huge willingness to play, but we really needed to fine tune some things such as the price and especially the communication model which seemed like it would have been tailor made for Burundi, but there was always more fine-tuning.” 29th October 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle It was pointed out that it is often better to have an official platform where, for example, players can make a complaint if something goes wrong. They added that for sustainable growth, affiliates need to think of their long-term strategy: African jurisdictions should not be considered an opportunity to make quick money, but to build a sustainable business, the panelists said. In the discussion, panelists explained that the quality and value of traffic depends heavily on the jurisdiction, it is not right to compare European and African countries as the markets are at such different stages. The speakers contemplated the size of the opportunity for affiliates in Africa and where the key opportunities lie. Individual consideration of jurisdictions was considered essential to success, and understanding the variance of market development between more developed markets in Kenya and Nigeria, and those further behind in Uganda and Ghana. ICE Africa Digital: Day 2 round-up The panelists added that a strong regulatory framework was a necessary ingredient for a strong lottery. This, Muller said, was lacking in some countries. In Kenya and Nigeria, affiliate marketing is nothing new, but in other markets there is very little knowledge about the model. Johnstone was joined by Rosk Kishenkov, online operator Melbet’s head of Africa, and Barney Barrow, group chief executive of Cheza Group. Panelists discussed the future of lotteries, hyper-competitive markets and opportunities for affiliates on the second day of ICE Africa Digital 2020. “During the lockdown there was a lot of growth online with all products, but I think the issue with casino from the beginning, why it has not done quite as well here, is that casino has a lot of graphics,” he said. “Unless you strip it down, so it can be played on mobile phones, and when we say that we mean low-end mobile phones, most people aren’t going to play it.” Adekunle Adeniji, managing director of BetBonanza and Alessandro Pizzolotto, chief executive of STM Gaming, discussed how operators can establish their brands and differentiate their products in “hyper-competitive” markets such as Nigeria. This meant that affiliates should look beyond simply offering bonuses to players, and look at creative solutions such as discounts for retailers. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “Sometimes regulators are worried about getting too close to operators, but there are really good examples all around the world where that can be done,” she said. Wojtek Szpil, lottery and betting consultant for the national lottery of Burundi, added that no matter how well-suited a product seems to be for a country, there is usually still more fine-tuning to be done. In a panel titled “Value or volume: how affiliates can succeed in African markets”, Martin Calvert, marketing director at ICS Digital, was joined by Pizzolotto, Income Access ivce presiden tof strategy Sarafina Wolde Gabriel and Betadvisor chief executive Charles Herisson. Pizzolotto, meanwhile, gave his overview of major African markets including Nigeria, which he said needs to see more innovation from new entrants. “National lotteries in Europe are different across Europe too and you can find those differences in Africa,” he said. “The sales and marketing needs to be tailor made for the people who are interested in that product. A key driver in these markets will be internet penetration, the panel agreed. Currently, they said, a lot of traffic comes from WhatsApp and Telegram groups, however this is vulnerable to scams and therefore has not built broad trust among players. The speakers were confident that in the long term, investment into African markets will pay off. With a young demographic of over a billion potential players, the key is to play a part in the development of the mobile and online industries as technology penetration grows throughout the region. Michelle Carinci, managing director of Lottotech, added that close contact between regulators and operators would go a long way to ensuring the regulatory environment is healthy. “Especially in Nigeria, which is our biggest market, the young operators are not willing to take risks,” he said. “They want to copy Bet9ja but become better, but if you’re just copying the bigger players, you will never be better. If somebody invests a million and you invest 100,000, how are you going to beat them at their own game?” “There have been people who’ve tried to translate South African games for Nigeria and it just didn’t work, people just didn’t accept it,” Dawid Muller, co-owner of lottery and gaming management and support services company Division One. Affiliates should also consider which payment models are available – many African operators are unwilling to offer CPAs, but may work with revenue shares and, eventually, when trust has been built, may move to a hybrid model. The panelists were quick to point out that it was important for a lottery product to be tailored to the specific market it is for, rather than attempting to roll out a product across Africa. Topics: Casino & games Esports Lottery Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Strategy Online casino Sports Affiliates Marketing Online sports betting Sportsbook Management “Look at Nigeria, it’s not been an active market for more than 10 years right now,” he said. “It’s very early. So a provider should put their ears down, listen to the people and find out what they really want. “I don’t think we’ll see many new things in terms of elements of the lottery, but there are some key things the government will pursue,” he said. “But the last RFP didn’t discourage many people from proposing and I don’t think this one will. This, the panel said, was important as land-based retailers remain a key driver of gaming sales. That in turn means affiliates have the opportunity to tap into this land-based market. The session began with a discussion of the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which Adeniji said affected African gaming markets in a different way to many European markets. “The first RFP came out in 1999 and was very much based on the UK model. The second was very much along those lines and then the third one started adding more government incentives because by then the South African government could build on a proper foundation.” The panellists were also in agreement that education would be key. While affiliate marketing would see huge growth in Africa the market had to be educated on how it works practically, and helps operators earn money. Understanding of the markets should be as granular as possible and player values, marketing methods and customer behaviour in each individual jurisdiction should all be taken into account, the speakers continued. “The last six to eight months have been crazy as we all know, and retail here, like many other places, was shut down and everyone went online,” Adeniji said. “In Nigeria people were playing Fifa, people love football and they were playing out the same games from the league on Fifa.” A key consideration for the growth of the market will be the conversion of this retail gaming activity to online, how to do this is still being figured out. The discussion comes as South Africa looks set to launch its fourth National Lottery request for proposals. Muller said he didn’t anticipate the terms to be particularly restrictive or different from the previous iteration. The panel noted that trust in operators and affiliates by players is relatively low as the market converts to online and mobile. As a result, trust in the market, in both directions, is a key element to be developed.. The focus then shifted to lotteries, with a panel moderated by Philippe Vlaemminck of Pharumlegal. Panelists discussed the future of lotteries on the continent, one of the most traditionally successful verticals. Email Address “In South Africa we’re quite spoiled,” he said. “We have an unbelievable legal framework and an unbelievable regulatory framework. The panel considered questions of player value in Africa and how to build a sustainable affiliate business in key jurisdictions. Adeniji said that, if an operator or supplier want to learn how to be successful in African markets, rather than looking at what has worked before, it should listen to potential customers. Affiliates should consider different languages for the markets they are aiming to work in, with key languages being French, English and, to a lesser extent, Portuguese. Affiliates need to build a volume of players first and the value will follow, the panelists concluded. “But what I’ve found in the rest of Africa is that they do not have a strong legal or regulatory framework and the environment is filled with, with all due respect, bad guys.” ICE Africa Digital continues today (29 October), with discussions focused on new markets on the continent, handling regulation across jurisdictions and partnerships with local businesses. Register here for the opportunity to hear from some of the leading regulators, operators and suppliers on the continent, and to listen to yesterday’s sessions on-demand. For the first time, ICE Africa included content from iGB Affiliate in the main content stream. This saw AffiliateInsider chief executive Lee-Ann Johnstone moderate a discussion on the opportunities available to affiliates on the continent. Strategy On the other hand, he said the growth in online casino play was not nearly as rapid as it had been in some other regions, which he said was due to the fact that few operators offered online casino products that functioned well on the mobile phones that are more common in Africa. He said the largest increases in play during lockdown came in esports games that resembled traditional sports, such as FIFA, which tapped into the popularity of football and lack of traditional sports action.
The deal was made possible after Stats Perform last month agreed to become the official data supplier of the WTA. This will see the data specialist deliver an exclusive umpire-derived data feed for WTA matches and an ultrafast data feed collected by its Opta analysts. 16th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher “We already have the most advanced tennis models on the market – both in terms of methodology and market offering – and we look forward to delivering new and innovative betting experiences which drive bottom-line growth for our partners using Stats Perform’s exciting new ultrafast shot-by-shot feed,” Sporting Solutions managing director Ed Peace said. Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Sporting Solutions partners Stats Perform to offer WTA in-play pricing Tags: Tennis Stats Perform Sporting Solutions WTA Stats Perform’s senior vice president for B2B and strategic partnerships, Shane Gannon, added: “Sporting Solutions is a high calibre, progressively-minded pricing and risk management supplier and a long-term partner of our premium ultrafast betting data service. Sports betting Sporting Solutions will provide in-play pricing for approximately 80 events each year, as well as risk management solutions to help operator partners generate prices for players while controlling pay-out rates and operational costs. Betting content and technology provider Sporting Solutions is to begin offering customers automated pricing and risk management solutions for in-play Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) events, after agreeing a new data deal with Stats Perform. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “Their reputation for innovation means we’re delighted, but not surprised, that they immediately saw the impact our new official WTA data would have on the tennis betting experiences of their lottery and sportsbook customers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sporting Solutions already uses betting data from Stats Perform for other sports and competitions, including football’s Spanish La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Major League Soccer in North America. Email Address
“This unique solution provides an enriched customer view, in near real-time, drawn from multiple data sources, which enhances decision making and delivers significant efficiency and cost savings.” Entain will now use Synalogik’s Scout solution to enable automatic checking and risk-scoring of thousands of customers. Last week, Entain launched what it described as a “pioneering” affordability checking model for British customers, as part of the Advanced Responsibility and Care (ARC) initiative that will be fully implemented in the market this summer. Tags: Entain Synalogik Entain joins Betway in partnering Synalogik. The supplier’s current clients include law enforcement agencies, while it also has clients in the cybersecurity, insurance, telecommunications and banking sectors such as NatWest and Telefonica. Synalogik chief executive Gareth Mussell added: “We are delighted that Entain is using our Scout system to support its compliance and governance processes. Entain will initially launch the new system across its brands in the British market. In addition, Entain said that it has carried out all of the relevant privacy risk assessments to ensure the new system maintains a high level of privacy for customers. Entain strengthens ID and financial checks with Synalogik Launched in November as part of its rebrand from GVC Holdings to Entain, ARC was developed to deploy the group’s proprietary technology platform and behavioural play data to provide end-to-end player protection and interaction across its network. “This delivers on our vision of leveraging innovation and technology to create the best experience for every customer whilst delivering the highest standards of compliance effectiveness and corporate governance,” Entain’s director of customer protection Brendan MacDonald said. Entain said these new checks will help it to identify players at risk of running into financial difficulty as a result of their gambling, and implement staking limits and tighter affordability checks. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address The partnership aims to act on findings from research commissioned by polling specialist YouGov and commissioned by Entain, which revealed that technology use is shaping gaming and entertainment consumers’ behaviour. It will see the pair collaborate on the launch of a virtual reality product that incorporates betting elements into the sports viewing experience. Cybersecurity Entain said this will significantly improve response times the end user. Its security processes would now take seconds rather than hours or days, the operator explained, while still ensuring full compliance with regulatory and data protection requirements. 8th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The operator is also looking to harness new technology for its core products. In December it announced a partnership with media and technology giant Verizon Media to develop new interactive sports and entertainment products. Topics: Tech & innovation Online casino Online sports betting Cybersecurity Regions: UK & Ireland Gambling giant Entain has linked up with intelligence and security specialist Synalogik to strengthen its identity, financial and credit checks. In February, Entain completed the initial stage of its ARC customer protection strategy, extending the behavioural indicators it uses to identify users potentially at risk of gambling-related harm. The partnership marks the latest step in Entain’s ongoing strategy to strengthen its customer protection methods.
Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Slots 12th April 2021 | By Joanne Christie Finance Portugal iGaming Dashboard – Q4 2020 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter And though its performance was not quite as impressive as sports betting, casino revenue also broke records during the fourth quarter of 2020. GGR rose to a new high of €49.1m, up 17.7% on the previous quarter and 53.4% on the same period of 2019. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter It was largely sports betting that pushed the market up to €113.2m in the fourth quarter, a figure that represented a 34.4% quarter-on-quarter rise and a 73% increase on the final quarter of 2019. Slots made up the bulk of this (71.1%), followed by French roulette (12.6%) and blackjack (6.4%). The market shares of both cash and tournament poker declined further in the fourth quarter, after significant falls in Q3, with 30% and 87.5% decreases in their respective market shares on a year-on-year basis. Punters were so keen to return to betting after the Covid-19-related sporting shutdowns that the vertical swung back to a decisive lead over casino in the quarter. In Q4 sports betting accounted for 56.6% of the market, the highest percentage since 2017. Although Portugal didn’t look to have experienced the same poker boost as other markets while sports betting was unavailable last year, interestingly it does seem to have seen the same slump in poker since sports came back online. Ficom Leisure provides monthly figures on the New Jersey online market in the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard and Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania iGaming Dashboard, available on iGB North America. It also provides quarterly figures on the Spanish online market in the Spain iGaming Dashboard, as well as monthly figures on the Italian market in the Italy iGaming Dashboard. Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal All data and figures are processed by Ficom Leisure following the the official release of the figures by Portuguese regulator the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ). Ficom Leisure is a leading European corporate advisory firm specialising in all segments of the betting and gaming sector. Football was the most popular sport with bettors by some distance, making up 86.7% of turnover, followed by basketball at 5.2% and tennis at 4.9%. Sports betting GGR accounted for €64.1m of this, up more than 50% on the previous quarter and 92% on the same period the previous year. Email Address Portugal’s igaming market enjoyed another record-breaking quarter at the end of 2020, with revenue beating the market’s previous high by more than a third. Scroll down to see the full interactive datasets.