Category: News

30 Jan 2013

Eag Expo: successful Show Despite The Snow

A great success for Eag international expo with visitors and exhibitors in upbeat mood. Despite adverse weather conditions and the accompanying travel disruption, the industry rallied to support its show, with both established and first-time exhibitors reporting high footfall and an increase in genuine buyers. Sega Amusements Europe reported an extremely busy three days. “We had our best first day ever and were seeing customers right up to the very last minute of the final day,” confirmed General Manager Justin Burke. At the Suzo-Happ stand, John Vallis was equally positive. “Suzo-Happ has had an excellent show in spite of the weather,” he revealed. First-time exhibitor Media Theme also enjoyed a busy inaugural event. “We have been very pleasantly surprised by the number of interested buyers and will certainly be returning next year,” confirmed Regional Sales Manager Ian Ball. Innovative Leisure’s Phil Pickersgill reported a perceptible increase in visitors. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of UK and overseas visitors representing the attractions sector, both at the show and at the First Night Party,” he observed.


Summarising the mood at EAG International Expo 2013, Chairman Martin Burlin was positive. “I’ve spoken to a large number of exhibitors during the show’s three days and am in no doubt that there is now a more optimistic spirit than we have experienced for some time. Many exhibitors view EAG International as the launch event for the new year, regarding the show as an indicator of what might be in store for the industry. "If the early indications are correct, hopefully we can all look forward to a positive outcome to 2013,” he predicted.

29 Jan 2013

Greek enforcement measures “unworkable and illegal”

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has today submitted a complaint to the European Commission about the enforcement measures introduced in Greece to protect the OPAP online gambling monopoly.

The RGA believes that they are illegal and unworkable and calls on the Greek Government to regulate an open market in online gambling for the benefit of Greek customers, the Government and online operators.

 In order to protect this monopoly, the Greek Gaming Commission issued a Decision which sets out a range of enforcement measures including the blocking of other gambling websites (internet blocking), preventing banks from facilitating gambling transactions (payments blocking), the sanctions include fines on operators, internet service providers, media companies, payment/credit institutions and even the consumers themselves.

28 Jan 2013

Boris Johnson welcomes Ice!

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given a welcome to delegates attending the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming exhibition (5th/6th/7th February), which is being held at ExCeL London, the capital's international exhibition and events centre. Organisers want to build on the success of ICE Totally Gaming in 2012, when it attracted a record-breaking number of international attendees, with representatives from 118 nations.

The Mayor wants London to maintain its reputation as one of the world's leading locations for major business events (large exhibitions, conferences and trade shows), which are currently worth over £6 billion to the London economy. Such events can also have a positive impact on tourism industry, by raising the city's profile and because delegates may stay on, or return at a future date as leisure visitors.

Writing in the Welcome to the ICE Totally Gaming City Guide, which has been produced in partnership with ExCeL, the Mayor of London says: “I am delighted to hear that ICE Totally Gaming is taking place at ExCeL London and would like to extend a warm welcome to our capital city.”

ExCeL London is a perfectly situated venue offering state of the art facilities, excellent transport links and connections to the best that London has to offer, from hotels to restaurants, and world-beating cultural attractions to exciting nightlife.

The Mayor adds: “London ranks with the best in the world for international events and is capable of delivering events of the magnitude of ICE Totally Gaming.”

The ICE Totally Gaming City Guide comprises 70 pages of invaluable information covering everything visitors need to know about London including bars, travel tips, where to stay, eating and drinking, overground and underground maps, shopping, the top 10 London attractions and the business facilities which are available on the ExCeL river-fronted campus.

26 Jan 2013

Easg: The ever changing dutch gambling landscape

The EASG (European Association for the Study of Gambling is organising a seminar on 28 March 2013 in Amsterdam. The programme of this seminar will reflect the changing Dutch gambling landscape, and give participants the opportunity to hear from experts, most influential speakers and to take part in presentations and paneldiscussions.

Each session will give serious insights across a range of important areas, such as Legal and Regulatory, Research, Compliance, Safety and Security, (Online) Regulation, Responsible Gaming and more. The panel discussions will be focusing on the ‘hot topics’ addressing the current situation and the future of gambling in the Netherlands.

25 Jan 2013

Betfred adds Inspired’s virtuale sports to mobile site

Betfred, one of the UK’s leading retail and online bookmakers, has launched Inspired’s Virtual Sports Betting content on its mobile website. Betfred customers will now be able to bet on Inspired’s award-winning Virtual Horses, Virtual Greyhounds and Virtual Football via their mobile handsets. On average, 450 Virtual Sports events are now available for Betfred customers to bet on via mobile per day.

Stuart Magowan, Head of Mobile Products at Betfred, commented: “We’re delighted to be adding Virtual Sports to our mobile site. We’re committed to providing our customers with more choice and entertainment wherever they are. Virtual Sports fans can now access the same high quality experience they get in-venue and online while on the go.”

Betfred has been offering Virtual Sports Betting to customers since 2001, but upgraded to the bespoke platinum system in 2007, which allows the bookmaker to self-schedule the events, control the margins and brand the backgrounds of the events. The bookmaker offers a larger range of Virtual Sports and Numbers games in shops and online at Betfred.com, and plans to expand the number of Virtual Sports available on its mobile site in due course.

Steve Rogers, Managing Director for Virtual Sports at Inspired Gaming Group, added: “The popularity of Virtual Sports keeps increasing and it’s a particularly valuable product when adverse weather disrupts the racing calendar, as it is in the UK at the moment. Operators can schedule more virtual events – across all platforms – to provide a full betting offer to their customers and assist in mitigating lost revenue from cancelled races.

“Mobile betting especially is growing rapidly; largely thanks to better quality networks and handsets. We can now stream virtual events via mobile without any compromise in quality – it’s a great mobile betting experience and the frequency of events makes it perfect for quick on-the-move entertainment. We always aim to mirror live betting trends as closely as possible and expect another busy 12 months of Virtual Sports mobile launches, with new products coming soon.”

 

 

24 Jan 2013

Spielo International giving costumers the chance to win casino systems product at Ice 2013

SPIELO International™ is awarding several free Casino Systems product licenses, including market-leading GALAXIS™ product modules and SYSTEM2go™ turnkey solutions, to licensed casinos and gaming operations at Stand S7-150 at the ICE Totally Gaming 2013 trade show, taking place at ExCeL, London, from 5 to 7 February, 2013.

Prize-winning promotions include:

•          A free SYSTEM2go Platinum CC license, including magnetic stripe card payment system, player tracking, and point redemption solution for up to 50 slot machines. Licensed operators can enter by participating in an electronic draw following a product demonstration at Stand S7-150. SYSTEM2go is a complete multi-site gaming system including accounting and jackpots that’s quick and easy to deploy through cloud computing.

•          A free license for TimeBOMB FEVER. Visitors enter by simply playing a designated slot machine, and if there’s a hit, they win the prize. TimeBOMB FEVER is one of SPIELO International’s 15 bonusing templates that casinos configure to hit during specified times to attract players and boost gaming.

•          A myPromo™ product license. Visitors enter by requesting a promotional code for immediate redemption on the slot machine through the CRYSTAL.net™ player interface, mirroring the way the myPromo tool works on the casino floor. myPromo is a tool for targeted player promotions and is part of the extensive GALAXIS MARKETING product portfolio, which allows casinos to send promotions to players by email and SMS (text messaging) to attract players into the casino.

•          A Floor Master™ license can be won by trying out the demonstration at the stand. Floor Master, part of the GALAXIS SLOTS product suite, shows the layout of the casino floor on a touchscreen PC or tablet and displays slot performance information and alerts, as well as player information in real-time. Visitors can win a product license using the product demonstration if they guess where the winning player is!

•          Finally, a Black Jack tournament will be taking place in Stand S7-150 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 and 6 February, with the finals on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Licensed casinos will be competing to win up to ten GALAXIS TABLES licenses with player tracking included. GALAXIS TABLES is an advanced table management system installed on more than 2,000 tables in casinos worldwide. One of the most flexible systems available for data input, it can also be adapted to suit operator’s business procedures. Licensed casinos and gaming operators wishing to participate in the tournament should contact their SPIELO International Regional Sales Manager for details.

24 Jan 2013

Net Entertainment releases Thief video slot

Net Entertainment, the world’s leading provider of high-quality online casino games, announces the launch of its latest video slot, Thief™. The setting of Thief™ changes throughout the entire game, taking players from the rainy street of the main setting to the upper levels of a hallway and a vault found in the Free Spins modes. Players experience a roller coaster of feelings, creating anticipation of what’s to come with every spin of the reels.

Thief™ is a 5-reel, 25 bet line video slot featuring Expanding Wilds, and two Free Spins modes; a regular Free Spins mode and an Adrenaline Free Spins mode with an additional Diamond symbol. Two Diamond symbols on the winning bet line guarantee a win opposite to a normal three-symbol combination.

Vibrant colors and upbeat sounds create heart-pounding anticipation during each spin. The paytable design in ThiefTM showcases the expertise in mathematical modeling in Net Entertainment games and ensures that the players are being entertained over and over again.

“Net Entertainment’s ambition is always to drive the online casino market through better games and Thief™ does exactly that,” comments Per Eriksson, President and CEO of Net Entertainment. “Our latest video slot is packed with fun and innovative animations, sounds and features to make sure our players get the best gaming experience out there.”

23 Jan 2013

Net Entertainments slot game Mega Fortune™ pays out 17.8 MEUR

Mega Fortune™, the popular online slot game from Net Entertainment, on January 20 paid out the biggest online jackpot in the world to date. This time the jackpot amounted to about 17.8 MEUR. The winner is a 40-year old male in Helsinki who played at the Åland-based operator Paf. Mega Fortune™ is a progressive jackpot and part of Net Entertainment’s jackpot network, where the liquidity from players from many of the largest European online casinos are pooled.

“This is the second time that Net Entertainment’s games give a winner the world’s largest global online jackpot. The high liquidity that Net Entertainment’s progressive slots offers, result in very rapid jackpot buildup, and is a very good tool for the operators to attract players. We congratulate the winner and Paf to this big win, and look forward to hopefully making many more players millionaires in the future.”, says Per Eriksson, CEO at Net Entertainment”.

21 Jan 2013

Gaming Rewards launches new loyalty platform

Gaming Rewards is set to revolutionise the gaming loyalty industry by being the first to launch a digital rewards platform built specifically for the online and offline gaming industry. This purpose built platform which will be launched at the forthcoming ICE Totally Gaming show at London’s Excel  5-7 February 2013, offers an almost limitless choice of attractive and attainable multi-media rewards for gaming operators and their players.

Jeremy Coleman, Director of Gaming Rewards said:“The Gaming Rewards platform offers an exciting range of instant gratification rewards perfectly suited to the typical gaming customer, including a wide range of music, film, apps for tablets and smart phones, software and e-books to download. Players will be very incentivised to redeem their player points for the latest Hollywood blockbuster or must have app”.

Jeremy Coleman continues:“We are also very excited to be launching our Social Rewards technology, a unique concept that will allow gaming operators to truly engage with their players through their social media channels by rewarding them for sharing their marketing messages. This will totally change how gaming operators acquire, retain, reward and communicate with their players.”

The Gaming Rewards platform and the Social Rewards technology have been developed specifically to offer what today’s tech hungry consumers want and expect from their gaming operator. Both products are fully customisable to feature any of the wide selection of reward options available and can be provided as an iframe in the operator platform, a separate application, as a new browser window or as a new section in the website.

Gaming Rewards parent company has been working with Bwin Party on a large company wide reward and recognition scheme over the past 12 months and it was through this work the team were able to look at the online gaming market and realise there was a real opportunity to offer the operators and players something new and exciting.

The new platforms will be launched at the forthcoming ICE Totally Gaming show at London’s Excel in February 2013.

21 Jan 2013

Net Entertainment planning another big unveiling at ICE

Net Entertainment, the world’s leading provider of high-quality online casino games, is going to reveal its upcoming branded game at ICE 2013. The unveiling is taking place on Tuesday 5th February at 3.30pm at Net Entertainment stand S2-150. In addition to the unveiling, Net Entertainment will also be showcasing its new Live Casino product, as well as its expanding portfolio of mobile games.

The visitors will also see sneak previews of upcoming games and try out the latest platinum offering, Elements: The Awakening, the first Net Entertainment slot to be made in Flash 11.