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Flutter Entertainment Buys 51% Stake in Serbia’s MaxBet

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Paddy Power and Fanduel owner Flutter Entertainment said it had bought an initial 51% stake in Serbia’s second biggest sports betting and gaming operator MaxBet for €141m in a bid to expand in the Balkans.

Flutter said the deal allows it to acquire the remaining 49% stake in 2029 on similar terms.

It added that the deal aligns with its strategy to target fast-growing, regulated markets where it can combine local expertise with its global pricing and technology.

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Flutter, the world’s largest online betting company, said the €700m Serbian betting market is attractive due to its relatively low online penetration of around 35% and expected online compound annual growth to 2025 of about 15%.

MaxBet, which generated pro forma fully regulated revenue of €145m in the year to June, 44% of it online, also has a smaller presence in Bosnia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

It has an estimated 20% online share as well as over 400 retail outlets across four markets, a well-known local brand and 95,000 online average monthly players.

Flutter, which makes 78% of its revenue in its main divisions of the US, Australia and Ireland and the UK, operates in more than 100 countries around the world.

Peter Jackson, Flutter’s chief executive, said today’s acquisition continues the company’s progress against the strategic priorities it has set for its International division; to buy and build podium positions in regulated markets.

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“We believe MaxBet is an excellent opportunity to replicate the success we have achieved in markets like Georgia, India and Italy by acquiring a strong brand in a podium position, where we see a compelling opportunity to combine that extensive local expertise with the power of the Flutter Edge to accelerate and transform growth,” the CEO added.

The deal is subject to customary regulatory clearances and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024.

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Wazdan adds to Croatian presence with SuperSport tie-up

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Wazdan, the gain-focused developer behind some of the world’s most rewarding casino game experiences, has gone live with SuperSport, expanding its foothold in Croatia.

As part of the agreement, an initial tranche of games go live with the operator, including its top-performing hits such as 9 CoinsGrand Gold Edition, 9 Lions, 12 Coins™ and Burning Sun™, with more titles set to be uploaded in batches at a later stage.

Thanks to the new deal, SuperSport’s players can now enjoy the provider’s renowned mechanics including Cash Infinity™, Sticky to Infinity™ and Hold the Jackpot™, which deliver proven results to operators.

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With over 20 years of experience in the betting and gaming industry, SuperSport’s online platform is a market leader in Croatia and is now set to benefit from Wazdan’s pristine titles.

The Balkans have remained a key growth area for Wazdan as it continues to expand across regulated markets worldwide.

Radka Bacheva, Sales and Business Development at Wazdan: “Marking another step in our growth strategy, the Balkans have quickly emerged as one of the most exciting markets in Europe and we are delighted to bring our dynamic titles to SuperSport, a market leader in Croatia.

“Through our engagement-boosting features, we can guarantee an unmatched gaming experience to its players and can’t wait to see how they react.”

Robert Milic, Head of Games at SuperSport said: “Wazdan’s award-winning features and titles add real value to our offering, so we are thrilled to bring an influx of its games to our players.

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“As a market leader in Croatia, it is imperative that our content remains of the highest calibre and genuinely excites players. By forging agreements with providers such as Wazdan, we can achieve this whilst elevating our position in the industry to new heights.”

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Bulgarian President Approves Gambling Law Amendments

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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has decided not to veto the proposed amendments to the Gambling Law, which include a prohibition on gambling advertisements in the media.

Previously, President Radev had indicated that he was deliberating on the changes to the Gambling Law and was awaiting input from his advisors before making a final decision.

The prohibition on gambling advertisements in the media was approved by a significant majority of deputies during the final session of the 49th National Assembly. Despite objections raised by various media outlets, gambling operators, sports clubs, and other businesses between the readings, the amendments were endorsed. Some stakeholders argued against the ban, suggesting that public discussion should precede its adoption.

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The initiative for the amendments originated from GERB and DPS, and it was introduced unexpectedly during the last days of the 49th National Assembly by Yordan Tsonev (DPS) and Temenuzka Petkova (GERB). The bill swiftly progressed through the legislative process, passing its first reading in the budget committee and subsequently receiving approval in the plenary session. An extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Budget and Finance was convened to facilitate the voting on the amendments before the deputies commenced their pre-election recess.

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SOFTSWISS Expands to Bulgaria: European Growth Through Partnership

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SOFTSWISS, a leading iGaming software provider, entered the Bulgarian market through a partnership with operator Topwin.bg. This strategic move strengthens and expands the SOFTSWISS brand in Europe.

SOFTSWISS has secured certification from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) for use in the Bulgarian market, ensuring all technical and legal requirements are met. The partner utilises the SOFTSWISS Casino Platform, the Sportsbook, the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator, and Affilka, all fully prepared and technically optimised for this local market.

According to Statista.com, revenue in the Bulgarian iGaming sector is projected to reach €134.60m in 2024. SOFTSWISS has facilitated its partners’ entry into Bulgaria by adapting its products and obtaining the necessary local certifications.

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“Entering the Bulgarian market marks a significant milestone for us, as our products are now recognised in another EU country. This expansion aligns with our global development strategy to broaden the SOFTSWISS brand’s presence in local markets. Our partnership with TopWin has deepened our understanding of this market and presents mutual growth opportunities,” says Vitali Matsukevich, COO at SOFTSWISS.

Krasimir Tokushev, CEO of ‘Golden City 7’, the holder of the licence for Topwin.bg comments: Partnering with the well-established SOFTSWISS products is a significant advancement for us. This collaboration will elevate our platform to new heights, and we are confident that our Bulgarian players will be delighted with the enhanced gaming experience.

SOFTSWISS has several international and national licences and certifications, including a recent South African licence acquired through the purchase of a majority stake in Turfsport.

The company is actively expanding into new markets. This year, the focus is on the LatAm market, where the company has strengthened its presence by appointing Rubens Barrichello as its Non-Executive Director in Latin America.

 

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About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform, and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

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