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SCCG Management Announces Sponsorship Partnership with Thunder Fight Center

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SCCG Management, a leading consulting and advisory firm in the gambling and sports entertainment industry, announced its new sponsor partnership with Thunder Fight Center, Brazil’s premier martial arts events venue. This collaboration coincides with the debut of Versus FC in mixed martial arts (MMA), scheduled for Wednesday 24 January at the Thunder Fight Center. The agreement includes the prominent display of SCCG branding within the octagon.

Thunder Fight Center, conceptualized in 2019 and inaugurated amidst the challenging times of the 2020 pandemic, has been a cornerstone in keeping combat sports active in the São Paulo region. As the only venue in Brazil dedicated exclusively to martial arts events, it has successfully hosted 79 events over the past three years, promoting an incredible 1335 bouts in its state-of-the-art cage and ring.

The center’s journey has been marked by continuous enhancements, boasting superior lighting, advanced audiovisual technology, and meticulously crafted interiors. This has established Thunder Fight Center as an unrivaled location for both fighters and spectators, offering everything necessary for a flawless martial arts event.

Additionally, the Thunder Fight Center has played host to a variety of unique sports events, including a major event by the Pillow Fight Championship (PFC). This event not only showcased the versatility of the venue but also highlighted its capability to support a diverse range of sports entertainment. The successful hosting of the PFC event at Thunder Fight Center is a testament to the venue’s adaptability and commitment to bringing innovative and engaging sports experiences to its audience.

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The venue has seen the rise of numerous fighters to international acclaim. André Mascote, for example, debuted at Thunder Fight Center and has since ascended to the highest levels of the sport. Similarly, Jailton Almeida, now in line for a UFC belt, had his last two pre-UFC fights at this esteemed venue.

As a rising star in the global sports entertainment space, SCCG Management has been investing and advising on behalf of the next generation of sports leagues and fan engagement technology. This includes partnerships with niche sports leagues such as the Pillow Fight Championship and Major League Pickleball, demonstrating SCCG’s commitment to diversifying the sports entertainment landscape and championing emerging sports alongside traditional ones.

“We are excited about the partnership between SCCG Management and Thunder Fight Center, coinciding with Versus FC’s debut. This aligns with our commitment to nurturing sports entertainment. Thunder Fight Center’s dedication to martial arts complements our vision to support emerging talents. We anticipate this collaboration will enhance experiences for both fighters and fans, setting new standards in martial arts and sports entertainment,” Stephen Crystal, Founder & CEO of SCCG Management, said.

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Digitain And SoftGamings Expand Partnership

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Digitain has expanded its partnership with SoftGamings through the integration of Virtual Sports.

Digitain, a global leader in Sportsbook and iGaming solutions, has expanded its partnership agreement with SoftGamings in order to include integration of Digitain’s In-House virtual sports products.

Through product expansion, SoftGamings is granted access to Digitain’s In-House Virtual Sports of Virtual Football, European Cup, Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing and more, with a new match/event every 2 minutes, 20,000+ daily events, 150+ betting markets, and 10+ extra markets.

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The product has been developed through the use of the latest cutting-edge technology to give players the feeling of authentic sports, with unique betting markets to drive player engagement, cross-sports betting within events, as well as revenue opportunities.

Ani Mkrtchyan, Digitain’s Chief Sales Officer, said: “SoftGamings is a highly respected platform provider in the iGaming industry. We are delighted to expand our partnership with SoftGamings in order to provide Digitain’s In-House Virtual Sports. Our virtual games portfolio continues to grow and will be available to more operators and their players via the SoftGamings platform.”

Anna Kiselova, Head of Partnerships at SoftGamings, commented: “As a platform provider in the iGaming industry, our company has entered into a strategically important partnership with Digitain. The games of the leading gambling platform provider for online casinos and Sportsbooks are now available for seamless integration through the unique API platform of SoftGamings.

In the future, we plan to expand our existing agreement with Digitain by adding their new products to our offerings as well. We strive to provide solutions of the highest quality and are excited to enrich the gaming portfolio for our clients.”

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EGT Digital in a “winning” partnership with Winner

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EGT Digital’s titles keep on expanding their presence in Romania. The popular winner.ro is the next betting site, where the top games from Clover Chance, Bell Link, High Cash and Single Progressive Jackpot are at the disposal of the local players.

Tsvetomira Drumeva, Head of Sales at EGT Digital, shared her impressions on the partnership: “We would like to thank Winner for adding our gaming content to their portfolio. I believe that we have launched a truly “win-win” partnership for the two parties, which will strengthen both our and their strong positions in the Romanian market.”

Panos Kritikakis, Head of Casino at Winner, said: “As a trustworthy and innovative operator established in the Romanian market, we are very happy with the performance of EGT Digital’s slots and looking forward to offering to our customers the upcoming titles from the Bulgarian provider”.

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Building anticipation with every spin

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Katya Machuganova, Product Owner at Silverback Gaming, talks about how studios are taking their games beyond spinning and winning to deliver the thrilling entertainment experiences players now expect.  

There was a time when players were happy to hit spin and then sit back to see if they would win or not. That alone was enough to generate the anticipation and thrills that make playing online slots such as buzz.

But now it’s different with players demanding more from the slots they play. They want to be engrossed in themes and narratives, interact with characters, have greater control over the outcome of the spin and ultimately be entertained to the same degree as when watching a movie.

Studios are also competing with other entertainment options such as mobile and video games, and these offer rich experiences that keep players engaged and coming back for more. Slot developers must compete with this and simply being able to win money is no longer a strong enough draw.

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One of the key reasons for playing online slots is the anticipation of the win – this can sometimes be more exciting than the win itself. As the symbols drop and align, players find themselves on the edge of their seats waiting to see if they can land the right combo.

Studios have been upping the ante here with many now using cluster wins and cascades instead of standard win lines. This not only builds the win anticipation to a much higher level with each cascade bringing new win opportunities, but it also delivers more value from a single spin.

Cascades on their own are not enough to provide the action-packed experience that players are seeking so the pay system needs to be combined with the right combination of features and bonuses, with the whole game packaged up in a striking theme.

This is something we have done with our latest game, Banana Blitz Deluxe. It takes a zany theme – monkeys and bananas – and wraps it around the cascade mechanic. The team has then built a flow of bonuses that enhance the anticipation built through the cluster pays.

This includes the ever-popular free spins – triggered when at least three Scatters land in the base game – and expanding wilds. This is triggered when the monkey throws a banana peel onto the reel and sees the palm tree wild symbol cover the entire reel.

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It’s important to ensure bonuses tie in with the theme of the game, so Banana Blitz Deluxe also includes the Banana Bonus. This comes to life when scatter symbols land on reels one and five. The player must then pick banana symbols to reveal multiplier prizes.

Once the collect symbol is revealed, all of the picked multipliers (they range from 2x to 100x) are combined and applied to the win.

This is a great example of how to give players some control over the outcome of the game – the picking of the banana symbols is done by them which means they have some say in the multipliers that are revealed before the collect symbol is hit.

The challenge for studios is ensuring that bonuses click together and allow the overall gameplay to flow. Developers also need to be mindful of the market or markets the game is destined for as this will impact the complexity of the features included in the game.

We have been heavily focused on the US for some time now, and the themes, mechanics and bonus combos that hit the mark with players in the likes of New Jersey and Pennsylvania are very different to Norway and Portugal, for example.

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In the US, players are still finding their feet with online slots so while it’s important to create games that excite and entertain, the gameplay needs to be easy to understand – players are often unwilling to spend their balances on learning new slot mechanics and features.

This is why we look to use tried and tested mechanics but combine them in a way that builds the anticipation and energy that players love to experience, even if they are relatively new to playing slots online.

One of the most effective bonus features is the progressive jackpot. Players instantly understand what it is and, most importantly, how they win. It also provides the big win potential that attracts players to certain games over others – the great thing about jackpots is that they appeal to casual players just as much as seasoned spinners.

The Banana Bonanza Progressive Jackpot can be won at random from any base game spin. The prize pot is made up of a 4% contribution from every wager with the jackpot amount always displayed on screen – it increases in real-time with every bet.

This itself is really powerful when it comes to building anticipation as players can see the size of the prize increasing second by second. Of course, as with most progressives, increasing the bet per spin value increases the player’s chance of triggering the jackpot.

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Getting the right balance with theme, mechanics and bonus features is easier said than done – especially in new and emerging markets where player preferences are not quite as advanced as those in more established regions like Europe.

But all players want to be entertained and one thing’s for sure – just hitting spin and waiting to see if a win lands no longer cuts it.

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