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Betting & Gaming Council to envelop Senet Group assets and responsibilities

The Senet Group will has over its assets and responsibilities to the Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) on 8 April.

Previously a responsible gambling body for the UK market, the Senet Group was established in September 2014 – but it hands over its duties as part of the BGC’s commitment to drive safer gambling across the industry.

The BGC was formed as an amalgamation of the Remote Gambling Association and the Association of British Bookmakers, and it now continues the centralisation of influence within the UK gambling sector.

The Senet Group currently manages the MOSES retail self-exclusion campaign and oversees the ‘When The Fun Stops Stop’ campaign.

Gillian Wilmot, Senet Chairman, said: “The collaborative ethos at the heart of the new Betting and Gaming Council now offers the opportunity to combine resources to deliver safer gambling initiatives at scale.”

Brigid Simmonds, Chairman of the BGC, said: “The cross-industry collaborative approach pioneered by Senet became a blueprint which made the creation of the new Betting and Gaming Council possible.

“I would like to thank the Senet board, headed by Gillian Wilmot, and the team led by Sarah Hanratty for their hard work, dedication and the legacy they leave through the Safer Gambling Commitments, which provide a roadmap for raising standards across our industry. We look forward to building on that work.”

Relax Gaming Announces Appointment of Nadiya Attard as Director of Sales

Relax Gaming, iGaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, has appointed Nadiya Attard as Director of Sales to push forward on its global expansion strategy and realise new growth opportunities.

Assuming the position on 30th March, Attard brings over 15 years of B2B and B2C online gaming experience to the company, having held several senior positions at NetEnt, which she joined in 2013 after five years with Betfair, as well as Pari Match, Marathonbet, and Microgaming.

During her tenure as Director of Business Development at the casino games supplier, Attard was a driving force behind its sales department, having played an instrumental part in its commercial success and global expansion into new and regulated markets.

She joins Relax Gaming at an exciting time in its business journey after the company has significantly expanded its geographical reach this year and grown its portfolio with the addition of several tier one operators and reputable platform providers.

Daniel Eskola, CCO at Relax Gaming, said: “Nadiya’s track record for delivering results and going above and beyond targets is admirable. We are thrilled that she is joining the Relax team and are positive that with her ability to develop long-lasting business relationships she will further the company’s success and make a huge contribution to our future growth. 

Nadiya Attard, Director of Sales, said: “Relax Gaming’s reputation for being a forward-thinking, progressive company makes it a fantastic business to be a part of and I’m looking forward to working with some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry. Relax is already growing rapidly so now is the perfect time for me to help accelerate its success.

“I feel motivated by the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead, and together with all the team I’m convinced that we can transform possibilities into realities. When a product and company’s reputation is this strong, it is a pleasure to be a part of.”

Relax Gaming provides its partners with a selection of over 1000 premium casino games, including high-quality aggregated content from selected Powered By and Silver Bullet studios along with its innovative proprietary products.

Online gaming should be legalised in Macau to offset revenue drop

The Chinese Government should legalise online gaming in Macau to offset the continued revenue decrease down to the coronavirus outbreak, an industry analyst tells Gambling Insider.

March gross gaming revenue (GGR) for Macau’s casinos was down 80% year-on-year to MOP5.26bn ($660m), with accumulated GGR decreasing 60% from last year, to MOP30.49 for Q1 2020.

While that total  is a 69% improvement on February’s figures, the coronavirus outbreak has had a detrimental impact on the region, which has suffered 41 reported cases of the virus.

According to Jason Ader, CEO of independent sponsor and buyout firm SpringOwl Asset Management, given the overall rise of online gaming, this should be legalised in Macau to offset such huge revenue hits.

He said: “I really think this is the moment, if you have a license in Macau, to legalise online gaming. The Chinese government has been against online gaming and you do have a black market there for people who are playing online, but there really shouldn’t be.

“Why not allow your licensees in Macau to connect with those customers in mainland China. The Government would obviously watch it and monitor, regulate and control it but at least you then have the potential to tax and regulate online.

“Allow the mass market and the premium mass market in Macau to play online in the current environment and that loss of tax revenue would be mitigated; I think that’s the key. Gaming exists because it’s an economic driver and source of revenue, so that is something I think the Chinese government should really consider.”

Ader doesn’t believe March’s revenue figures should come as a surprise, considering strict travel measures are in place. This includes a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in Macau who has travelled outside Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, within the past two weeks, with its borders closed for anyone coming in from outside those regions.

He said: “There wasn’t any surprise with the 80% drop; there was a moment in the period where it was down 100%. Nothing is normal right now with borders being reclosed and the distance between the tables in casinos, with dealers all wearing masks. It’s not even close to being back.

“I know the Macau Chief Executive’s goal was to have things back to normal by May but I don’t think there’s any real chance of that given the more recent flare up with respect to new outbreaks.

“I think the quarantine measures are probably going to be in place for at least a whole month. We have another tough month ahead for gaming Macau.”

The full interview with Ader will be available in the May/June edition of Gambling Insider magazine.

Push Gaming Announces GVC Casino Content Supply Deal

Online casino games supplier Push Gaming has partnered up with major gambling group GVC Holdings to supply its games to the operator’s brands.

The integration of Push Gaming titles will happen in several phases. The first phase will see GVC’s online gaming brands, including Ladbrokes, Coral, and bwin, go live with a selection of titles from the developer’s ever-growing portfolio.

The remainder of games will be rolled out in the coming months. This means that players across GVC’s brands will gain access to hit Push Gaming titles such as Jammin’ Jars, Razor Shark, The Shadow Order, and Immortal Guild, among others.

The integration of content will happen via the supplier’s proprietary gaming platform.

The deal with GVC is the latest major partnership announced by Push Gaming as the company is transitioning from a boutique game developer to a full-service supplier of products for the online gaming industry.

As part of its evolution, Push Gaming recently debuted a new logo. The company says that it is part of its growth strategy to foster innovations across the key features of its own iGaming platform and harness new in-game mechanics for better player acquisition and retention.

Looking Forward to Entertaining GVC Players

Push Gaming CEO James Marshall said that they are pleased to be teaming up with GVC and to be providing their games to players at “some of the most popular and successful online gambling brands in the world.”

Mr. Marshall went on that their content has proved to be a big hit with a wide range of online casino players and that they “look forward to entertaining and exciting GVC’s customers.”

Push Gaming has offices in London and Malta. Earlier this year, the company obtained a Game Host license from the UK Gambling Commission and a B2B license from the Malta Gaming Authority for its proprietary iGaming platform.

The supplier said that the licenses were an important milestone in its transition and its strategy to implement innovation by combining “great graphics, intelligent maths and state of the art game mechanics.”

Push Gaming plans to roll out a plethora of new gaming titles this year, in addition to platform-level innovations, following the recent acquisition of Game Server Integrations (GSI).

Last month, Push Gaming announced a partnership with Boom Casino, a newly launched brand that is part of the Hero Gaming online casino group. The partnership included an exclusive promotional bonus campaign offering a bonus round on Push Gaming’s hugely popular Jammin’ Jars title and aimed to spread the word about the new online gaming operation.

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Oklahoma tribal gaming leader rejects governor

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matthew Morgan has rejected the latest gaming compact offer from Governor Kevin Stitt.

Last week a law firm working on Stitt’s behalf sent a letter to Oklahoma tribes asking them to end their lawsuit against the governor and comply with his proposed gaming compact.

The letter, sent on March 24, begins: “We are in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of Oklahoma’s tribal and non-tribal environment. Now more than ever is a time for us to stand together. Unfortunately, the lawsuit currently pending in federal court is doing just the opposite.”

The proposed compact would place a 5% fee on gambling revenue, authorize sports betting at tribal casinos and place an additional 2% fee on total sports wagering transactions.

Morgan responded that Stitt is trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to the state’s advantage.

Morgan writes: “This letter is yet another unsuccessful attempt to divide the Tribes. The letter confirms the real intent of Governor Stitt is to destroy the tribal interest outlined in the existing compacts. The Tribal leaders who received the letter reject the proposal as disrespectful and disingenuous.”

On 31 December, Oklahoma’s Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes filed a federal lawsuit against Stitt contending that the state’s 15-year gaming compact automatically renewed at the start of 2020.

Stitt contends that the compact expired with the start of the new year. A federal judge ordered mediation.

Malta Gaming Authority to licensees: no references to pandemic

Irresponsible communication during the pandemic is considered a breach of regulation.

The Malta Gaming Authority issued a notice warning licensees that, considering how much stress the pandemic could cause players, the gaming industry has to deliver “socially responsible commercial communications with respect to COVID-19”, also stating that this was “a very trying time for all” but could be “particularly distressing to players.”

Any direct or indirect reference to COVID-19 or any related circumstance would be considered to amount to a breach of this regulation,” the statement continued.

The MGA is also asking licensees to inform affiliates and make sure their strategies and marketing campaigns conform to an ethical and socially responsible manner, shunning anything that alludes to the global crisis, or encourages solitary gaming over social gaming.

Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur issued a similar warning for the Great British marker ealier this week.

Japanese Self-Regulator BCA Lays down Blockchain Gaming Guidelines

In a quest to deal with gambling and online scams within the blockchain gaming space, a Japanese organization named The Blockchain Contents Association (BCA) has proposed a new set of guidelines. BCA is a self-regulatory organization that came into being last month. The entity aims to protect users from blockchain-based gaming and social media content. 

BCA Guidelines amid Japanese laws

Japan has a number of well-established casinos. However, gambling is still illegal in most places across Japan – be it online or physical. In this scenario, the BCA intends to safeguard blockchain-based gaming developers from any illegal inducement. Hence, the proposed guidelines. 

These guidelines are in line with local laws including the Law for Preventing Unjustifiable Extra or Unexpected Benefit and Misleading Representation, the Payment Services Act, and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. 

The idea is to clearly discriminate for gaming developers about what is gambling and what is not. 

Hironao Kunimitsu, president of the BCA commented, “Through the new guidelines, we aim to help our users use content with peace of mind and contribute to the healthy development of the blockchain contents industry in Japan.”

More about the BCA

As of now, the association is comprised of 10 companies including – Hakuhodo, advertisers, public relations firms, gumi, Startbahn, and double jump.tokyo. As per BCA, all member companies will have to abide by a set of pre-requisites, which may also be revised in the future. 

However, it is safe to say that BCA’s move is a step forward towards a legal and compliant adoption of blockchain gaming. 

Gauselmann Group shuts 700 gaming establishments in Europe

Gauselmann Group has announced it has shut all production and sales activity throughout Europe, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The German supplier has closed all 700 of its gaming establishments in the country and across Europe, which will impact its Lübbecke base.

Earlier this month, Gauselmann had confirmed that base would become its global sales headquarters.

The announcement comes following measures introduced by the German Government to close all non-essential shops to curb the effects of the coronavirus, which has caused nearly 20,000 deaths worldwide.

Despite this, Gauselmann’s worldwide departments will remain open to continue product development on a part-time basis.

The supplier also said it will use its financial reserves to support the business during the outbreak, with it yet being known how long restrictions will remain in place.

Gauselmann Group CEO and Founder Paul Gauselmann said: “As a family business, we are happy our employees stand by us not only in the past but also in the future.

“I am sure once this crisis is overcome, there will be an even better future for all of us.”

Online gaming share prices rise as much as 62% in last week

As stock market prices tumble across the globe, online gaming companies have seen significant share price growth across the last week.

Though gaming companies generally have been caught in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic where share value is concerned, 888 Holdings has seen a 62% share price rise within the last seven days, while NetEnt has seen its stock rise 42% and Playtech 28%.

Even for some land-based US giants like MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment, the last week has seen marginal growth as investors come to terms with the implications of the coronavirus’ spread.

But online companies in particular have seen far sharper increases, while companies like Flutter Entertainment have also seen higher bouncebacks, likely due to their digital arms.

Indeed, though stock prices remain lower than they were pre-coronavirus across the board, we may be seeing somewhat of a redistribution of investor interest towards online gaming firms.

Operator 888 recently reported its sports betting segment had taken a hit but that online casino and poker saw growth in demand.

With only 16% of its 2019 revenue deriving from sports betting, 888 is in a far stronger short-term position than other operators for whom sports is such a strong vertical.

Evolution Gaming has also seen a 6% growth in share value, having stated demand has not fallen for its live casino products.

Playtech recently said it has seen “limited impact” towards its B2B business, with the company’s poker and bingo businesses seeing increases in activity.

Meanwhile, NetEnt is still benefiting from its acquisition of Red Tiger, announcing this week it will accelerate integration between the two online casino companies.

While sports betting has virtually come to a standstill, with the Olympics becoming the latest major event to be postponed (until 2021), online casino, poker and bingo providers have seen business remain largely unaffected, if not improved.

Sports wagering companies will have to seek alternatives, like esports and virtual sports, but for gaming companies focusing on non-sporting games of chance, investors remain convinced of their chances to continue generating cash flow.

It is also no coincidence companies such as Evolution and 888 operate purely on a digital basis. While the retail and land-based sectors have taken a significant hit, the ability to play mobile and online games has never been easier for customers.

Red Rake Gaming Delivers Casino Games Suite to Premier Gaming

Red Rake Gaming has added a new client to its ever-growing list of operator partners as the online casino content provider looks to gain access to a larger gambling audience and expand its presence across important markets through major partnerships.

In a press release that hit the wire earlier today, Red Rake Gaming announced that its entire games library is set to go live with Malta-based online casino operator Premier Gaming.

With offices in Spain and Malta, Red Rake Gaming specializes in the creation of innovative content for the increasingly competitive iGaming industry that serves a highly demanding customer base.

Premier Gaming is the latest of a flurry of partnerships unveiled by Red Rake Gaming in recent months. It should also be noted that the provider’s alignment with the online casino operator is in line with its strategy to grow its presence across major European markets.

News about the partnership between Red Rake Gaming and Premier Gaming emerged shortly after it was announced that the online casino operator has teamed up with another leading iGaming provider, Red Tiger.

As mentioned above, Premier Gaming is based and licensed in Malta. The company boasts significant presence in Sweden’s regulated online gambling market as well as in Finland and Germany.

Delivering the Best Experience for Players

As part of its partnership with Red Rake Gaming, Premier Gaming is set to gain access to the provider’s entire slots portfolio.

Premier Gaming players will thus be able to embark on an adventure into the palace of the wise and mighty King Solomon with Red Rake Gaming’s newest slot release, Solomon: The King. This exciting new title provides players with the chance to win 20,000x and to unlock exciting mini-games with losing spins.

Another thrilling game Premier Gaming players will be able to gain access to is Gustav Minebuster – Red Rake Gaming’s first cluster slot.

Commenting on their partnership with Premier Gaming, Nick Barr, Managing Director of Red Rake Gaming’s Malta operation, said that they are thrilled to team up with the operator as they share many core values, including their focus on regulated markets and their effort to deliver the best experience to players.

Mr. Barr went on that Red Rake Gaming has significant presence in Premier Gaming’s core markets and that they look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.

Premier Gaming said that Red Rake Gaming is a welcome addition to their portfolio and that the provider’s games will certainly prove popular with their players.

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