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EFL Urges UK Government Not to Ban Gambling Sponsorship

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The English Football League (EFL) has urged the UK Government to resist banning gambling sponsorship for fears it could put more clubs out of business.

Last week, the House of Lords select committee on gambling published a report which said that Premier League clubs should not be allowed to have the logos of betting firms on their shirts from next season – and that teams below the top flight should phase such deals out by 2023.

This season, half of the Premier League clubs have gambling companies as their main shirt sponsors.

The Lords report has now been put to the Government, who has promised to review the 2005 Gambling Act. It follows similar recommendations published last month by an influential group of MPs following a year-long inquiry.

However, EFL is strongly against the proposals given their reliance on money from the gambling sector and the financial crisis already inflicting their clubs.

An EFL spokesman said: “The Covid-19 pandemic represents perhaps the biggest challenge to the finances of EFL clubs in their history.

“With over £40 million a season paid by the sector to the League and its clubs, the significant contribution betting companies make to the ongoing financial sustainability of professional football at all levels is as important now as it has ever been.

“The League firmly believes a collaborative, evidence-based approach to preventing gambling harms that is also sympathetic to the economic needs of sport will be of much greater benefit than the blunt instrument of blanket bans.

“It is our belief that sports organisations can work with Government and the gambling industry to ensure partnerships are activated in a responsible fashion.”

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Detroit Tigers Partners with PointsBet

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Major League Baseball team Detroit Tigers have entered into a new multi-year partnership with sportsbook operator PointsBet to enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement at Comerica Park. The agreement will begin for the upcoming 2020 Tigers season.

“We are thrilled to welcome PointsBet as a gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers. Our incredible fans will love the unique experiences and innovative offerings that PointsBet’s personalized platform provides. We look forward to the fan-friendly enhancements this will bring to the game-day experience in and around Comerica Park for years to come,” Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, said.

“The PointsBet team is excited to announce our groundbreaking deal with the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball, becoming the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with an MLB franchise. PointsBet operates in rare space within the industry by owning our technology environment from end to end, which allows us to be extremely nimble on product innovation and personalized offerings to complement our app’s market-leading speed. We offer the most betting options in the world on MLB games via our unique PointsBetting product, and we are excited to inject a unique and robust betting proposition into the great state of Michigan,” Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, said.

The announcement is made possible by the recent agreement between PointsBet and Major League Baseball, designating PointsBet as an Authorised Gaming Operator of MLB, and granting them rights to use official MLB data along with MLB marks and logos within PointsBet products.

As part of the multi-year deal, PointsBet will have television broadcast-visible branding at Comerica Park and will be featured on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. PointsBet will also have a sponsored presence on the Tigers’ digital platforms and be regularly featured on The Word on Woodward, a twice-weekly fan-favourite live streaming show that airs on the club’s channel. PointsBet will also be integrated into The District Detroit app and the MLB Ballpark app.

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Relax Gaming adds Genesis Gaming to Powered By partner network

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Relax Gaming, iGaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, has signed an agreement with Genesis Gaming, in a Powered By Partnership deal to launch the latter’s collection of premium slot games through its brand Radi8.

The agreement provides Relax with titles including Tiki Towers, Crystal Crater, Dragon Blast, and Jungle Jam, as well as more top performers in Radi8’s growing portfolio.

The slot studio will also gain access to Relax’s fast-growing distribution network and wide market reach, together with the fast and effective delivery that forms the foundation of the Powered By programme.

Genesis Gaming is the latest in a series of suppliers to join Relax’s Powered By network, further diversifying its content distribution platform with a vast selection of quality slot and casino games.

Simon Hammon, Relax Gaming CPO, said: “Genesis’s portfolio offers fresh and engaging titles that will make a great addition to our offering and we expect its content will be a big hit with our partners’ players.

“We’re looking forward to working with the studio and widening the distribution of its mobile-centric casino games to an extensive network of operators in multiple markets.”

Marc Burroughes, Genesis’s Commercial Director, said: “Joining Relax Gaming’s Powered By programme offers a seamless route-to-market that will enable us to quickly reach an unrivalled number of new audiences thereby raising awareness of our brand among some of the industry’s biggest online casinos.

“Designed with optimisation for mobile in mind, our Radi8 games contain an innovative in-game loyalty bonus system which is proven to extend gameplay and increase player lifetime value. We expect our portfolio will perform very well on the operators using Relax’s platform.”

Relax Gaming marked its 10th anniversary this year. It now provides its partners with a roster of over 1,000 casino games through a single integration, including high-quality aggregated content from selected Silver Bullet and Powered By studios together with its expanding portfolio of proprietary products.

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UKGC: Stephen Cohen reappointed as Commissioner

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Stephen Cohen has been reappointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a Commissioner of the UK Gambling Commission for four years from 12 November 2020 to 11 November 2024.

Stephen has over 40 years’ experience in asset management, in Asia, Europe and the USA. He started his career with Mercury Asset Management and worked both as a portfolio manager and in business development. Stephen is also on the board of the Health & Care Professions Council, a healthcare regulator, and is Chair of Audit for both the JPMorgan Japan Investment Trust plc and the Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc.

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Grover Gaming Announces Ramping Up Hiring Efforts

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Grover Gaming, Inc., an industry leader in electronic gaming design and software development, announced today that it is ramping up its efforts to hire talented system and game development professionals.

Grover Gaming is looking for Passionate, Adaptable, Reliable, and Team oriented system and product developers to be a part of an exciting and fast paced company. These system and product developers will be responsible for building the critical system framework for new markets and products aligning with the Grover Strategic Plan to support the continued rapid growth. The ideal candidates will have experience in the slot/pull-tabs gaming industry and enjoy being a hands-on developer. Grover Gaming’s systems and games, known throughout the industry for exciting design and high-resolution graphics, are all created in-house at its development and design facility.

Grover Gaming seeks to add over 40 system and product development professionals in the next 6 months. To assist new employees’ relocation to its headquarters in Greenville, NC, Grover Gaming is offering relocation stipends and signing bonuses. “We recognize the difficult times many people currently face, so Grover Gaming wants to do all it can to attract the best professionals and ensure our new team members start their new careers here on the best footing possible,” said Gerren Brown, Director of Human Resources for Grover Gaming. “Here at Grover, people come first,” added Brown.

Grover’s products and games benefit charities across the country. It was recently announced that Grover Gaming has surpassed $150 million in monies raised for charities through their charitable gaming and fraternal partners across the United States. Inc. magazine has also recognized Grover Gaming this year as one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Grover Gaming develops software, game content and gaming systems for lotteries and charitable gaming jurisdictions and is licensed in OhioNew HampshireKentuckyNorth DakotaSouth DakotaMontanaWashingtonVirginia, and Ontario Canada.

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Online Casino and Sportsbook BETZEST™ goes live with leading Live Casino provider Evolution Gaming™

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Online Casino and Sportsbook Betzest, which will give their players opportunity to access to Evolution’s full range of mainstream and VIP Live Casino games including Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, progressive jackpots and a variety of poker variants.

Betzest continues to increase its operations since its launch in July 2018. Betzest is quickly becoming one of the world’s leaders in offering high class sports betting and casino games.

After adding to its portfolio many key payment methods and casino providers Betzest now offers a great selection of live casino games to ensure amazing entertainment, user experience and adrenaline to their players. This is another significant step in Betzest rapid expansion. The company is looking forward to announcing more collaborations with other leading providers lined up for the beginning of Q3, 2020.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: After the launch of MGA license, we are excited to conclude another partnership with leading Live casino provider Evolution Gaming.
We are always looking to improve the Betzest this year’s leading Live casino operator. A big thank you to our Betzest team for this great accomplishment and to Evolution Gaming team for their continuous support during the process. We’ve had an exceptionally fruitful 2020 already, with a remarkable collection of world-class casino providers and payment methods on the way, I’m certain the best is yet to come.

About Betzest :
Betzest is your leading premier Online Sportsbook and Casino operator run by a team of experienced i-gaming experts.
Due to its unique product and marketing proposition, Betzest is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable online gaming company.
At Betzest players can now take advantage of exclusive sports & casino campaigns, free spins giveaways and even surprise gifts offered to VIP players, by using Bitcoin Core (BTC). Betzest has a Top Notch sportsbook powered by BetRadar along with Casino powered by NetEnt and a separate Live casino powered by Evolution Gaming, E-sports and Virtual sports sections. Alternatively, if sports and casino aren’t your thing you can bet on politics instead.
Choose from more than 15,000 live sports events monthly, Blackjack, Online Slots, Roulette, Video Poker, and get an amazing entertainment under reputable MGA license.

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WCC’s new Career Mode : The most challenging update in cricket gameplay till date

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Stirs excitement among 110 million WCC fans 

Nextwave Multimedia, India’s leading game developer launches the third installment of the World Cricket Championship (WCC 3) with its first full-fledged career mode in a mobile cricket game. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic cancellation of live sports, the career mode’s unique features promise to keep the cricket fever alive among fans around the world. The new career mode will have a cricket season sprawling across 3 brackets, 25 series, and 400+ matches with a built-in challenging performance decision system which determines your rise in ranks starting from a local club to the national or international level.

You can install this game on Android from the link below :
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextwave.wcc3&hl=en_IN

WCC 3’s career mode stands apart with a 3D motion capture feature in a mobile cricket game along with other exclusive features like dynamic difficulty, choice, perma match flow and decision making system and visuals cut-scenes of the player getting selected, making it to the media and many moments of success and failure in a cricket career.

The WCC 3 installation is being launched in 3 phases. WCC 3 saw an overwhelming response with 500,000 pre-registrations within 2 weeks’ time of the opening. The game also saw 2 million downloads with commentators Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden with the first update. The WCC franchise boasts over 110 million downloads, with 15 million monthly active users and approx. 3 million users daily. The franchise has been a long standing successful cricket game and rated among the top 10 games in terms of monthly active users in India for 4 years in a row.

WCC 3 comes with a competitive multiplayer mode focusing on facing off with other players and becomes a communal activity which gamers can become part of 500 plus realistic animations simulate actual cricket. Updated gameplay mechanics, numerous new camera angles, real-time motion capture of athletes and professional cricketers, advanced artificial intelligence along with the bilingual commentary provide an enhanced, all-round gameplay experience.

On the new update, P.R.Rajendran, Founder and CEO, Nextwave Multimedia says, “The new career mode has been the most awaited feature by millions of our fans and we are working to further innovate with more cut scenes to enhance their experience, making it even more immersive. The game inputs are often guided by our fans and with all matches at a halt due to the pandemic, we hope that the game will fill the cricket void.”

World Cricket Championship has grown exponentially and is largely fan driven. The game has always strived to provide quality gaming content aided by continual innovation for its players. WCC 3 beta has since its launch touched 3 million downloads in 50 days and continues to maintain steady growth.

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LiveG24 games land at Planetwin365 live Casinò

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With the new partnership between the SKS365 brand and the software provider specialized in Live Casino Games, the best titles will be available from today for all Planetwin365 customers

Planetwin365 has signed a new agreement with top-class software provider LiveG24s to offer to its customers the most popular Live Casino games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat.

Thanks to this partnership, Planetwin365 players will be able to entertain themselves with the best live experience at the game table. LiveG24 is specialized in Live Casino Games and offers to its partners and their players the closest land-based casino experience ‘Online’.

Valentina Francione, LiveG24 Commercial Director commented: “We are very excited about the partnership with Planetwin365, and we look forward to contribute to their Live Casino expansion.

In addition to Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat, Planetwin365’s customers will be delighted to play Auto Roulette, the new High Low game with side bets based on multiplier, and also the Dual Play Roulette broadcasted directly from the Land Based Casino.

We keep going to integrate our offer to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding and various customer base – added Troy Cox, Chief Commercial Officer in SKS365Relying on the best players in the market gives us the opportunity to guarantee one of the highest levels of digital entertainment which stands out for innovation, evolution and, above all, security.

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Week 27/2020 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Stakelogic has released its latest slot Dragons and Magic. The game is taking players to a mysterious land of fire, ice and poisonous dragons. Players wander through a dark and dangerous forest in search of treasures such as Wilds, Free Spins, Multipliers and Expanding Reels that can potentially deliver big, mega and insane wins. The 5×3 reel video slot allows players to open the spell book and summon tremendous magic powers with between 243 and 7776 ways to win with every spin. When three or more Scatter Symbols land anywhere on the reels, the Free Spins bonus feature is triggered summoning up to 50 bonus spins.

 

Habanero has launched its latest immersive slot title, Hey Sushi. Set to be one of Habanero’s summer highlights, this exotic, high-volatility release sees a delicious range of sushi-themed symbols cascade down a 5×3 grid, as discerning players savour the chance to enjoy thrilling wins. The game awards 10 free games for every three Scatter symbols that land on the reels, with sushi symbols triggering multipliers of up to x15.

 

NetGame Entertainment has released its latest slot MMA Legends. The slot combines real casino online game with betting. In this new game, players will get the chance to appear among the great legends of the sport and feel every emotion of the martial art, where everything depends on technique and good fortune. The slot is equipped with 5 reels and 50 paylines. Both theme and gameplay of the slot are amazing and make the players feel like they are in the middle of a real fight club.

 

WeAreCasino has introduced its latest slot. The 20-payline slot features several high paying symbols that can lead to great rewards such as the Dagger, Lamp, Gemstone and the enchanting BellyDance that serves as a Wild. When 3 or more Scatter symbols ​​land on the reels, up to 60 Free Spins can be summoned. Once the player finds 3 or more Treasure Chests, mysterious hidden chests will emerge and can be unlocked for Bonus rewards and spins. A Genie can also double one’s riches for those who dare enter his gamble game.

 

Relax Gaming, igaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, is commencing a battle for big wins in its latest release Marching Legions. The 5×3 slot is packed with engagement-enhancing features, including Marching Respins, Nudges and Free Spins, which make for an epic gameplay as players try to command and conquer the reels to win up to 10,000x their bet. As on any battlefield, there’s strength in numbers. Each time a full stack of legionaries appears they brandish their swords and charge across the game area, triggering Respins in their wake.

 

Blueprint Gaming is once again delving deep into the ancient Egyptian tomb to bring players the riches of the Pharaohs in its latest addition to the hugely popular Eye of Horus franchise. Eye of Horus Gambler presents players with new levels of engagement, not seen in the original Reel Time Gaming (RTG) version which was successfully transitioned from retail to the online slots market by Blueprint back in 2017. Retaining the captivating charms of the classic title, which has developed a cult following across many of the major European gaming regions, Blueprint has incorporated a selectable Free Games feature which allows players to take control of the bonus and choose their own destiny.

 

Play’n GO have teamed up with global skateboard superstar Nyjah Huston and 5th Planet Games to launch their latest slot title Nyjah Huston – Skate for Gold. Widely considered one of the most successful skateboarding athletes ever, Nyjah Huston is a 6-time World Skateboarding Champion, and the slot celebrates his talent on a board. The slot brings the skill and excitement of pulling off combos onto the reels with some exciting new features, and these are the game’s crowning achievements. Both features, SKATE and Wildboard, challenge players to complete combos with Nyjah’s game symbols, which will release an animated Nyjah onto the grid as he kicks and flips across the reels, leaving a trail of Wilds in his wake.

 

Return to the funky 90s and experience summer on a Miami beach where the fun never stops in BF Games’ latest slot title Hot Sunrise. This 3×3 neon-lit slot offers players the perfect summer vibes and is brimming with hot new features, fantastic gameplay and big rewards. A Wild symbol can substitute all other symbols and landing a stack of identical symbols on two of the reels awards a Respin. Hot Sunrise also comes with a new turbo feature which speeds up the excitement for players. When nine identical symbols land, players get a chance to spin the exciting Wheel Bonus for a chance to claim generous multipliers.

 

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Philippines Continues Chasing POGOs Despite Reports of Closures

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The Philippine government has said that it will not be easing up on its pursuit of outstanding taxes from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) despite revelations that some of them had shut down and left the country.

As per reports, two licensed POGO operators and several service providers have closed operations due to stringent tax rules imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and statements from gaming regulator PAGCOR that no POGO would be allowed to resume post-COVID until all liabilities were paid.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo named Suncity Group and Don Tencess Asian Solutions as the two POGOs to have left, although Suncity denied this was the case when contacted by Inside Asian Gaming.

“Suncity Group spares no effort to develop itself as a global integrated VIP entertainment conglomerate. The junket business in Manila is definitely important to us and we can’t find any reason to leave Manila at this particular moment,” the company said.

“In regards to the comment provided by Mdm Andrea Domingo, we think she is referring to telebetting services, which has nothing to do with the junket business that Suncity Group operates in Manila. We will continue to develop our VIP entertainment business in licensed gaming operators in Manila, and provide seamless VIP services to our guests,” Suncity said.

Nevertheless, the authorities insisted that they will continue to crack down on POGOs.

“I think Secretary Dominguez will not budge from the position that they need to pay all their taxes, including the franchise tax,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, referencing Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

“Now, although the President has said we need all the resources, all the revenues that we can derive from all, including POGO operations to fund Covid-19 response of the government, I think the bottom line is they have to settle their tax obligations,” Harry Roque said.

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