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Introducing the Winners of the 2024 Game Developer Awards

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Play’n GO, Playtech, Elk Studios, Pragmatic Play and streamer CasinoDaddy were some of the big names celebrating victories at the 2024 edition of the Game Developer Awards ceremony.

Concluding the final day of the highly successful CasinoBeats Summit, the illustrious awards ceremony, which took place at the Hilton Malta, was a night dedicated to honouring the remarkable achievements of the iGaming industry.

The evening witnessed the return of veteran host Trudy Kerr, alongside award-winning game developer John Romero, as they handed out 28 awards to accomplished operators, game studios and individuals. Award categories included Game Performance, Streamers, Game Creation, Game People, SlotCatalog, Casino Platform, and Best Game Release.

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Rasmus Sojmark, Founder and CEO of SBC, said: “The Game Developer Awards offers a pivotal opportunity to honour the remarkable accomplishments of the industry, celebrating both regional and global brands as well as individual talent. This year’s shortlist was by far the most competitive we have seen, and I would like to congratulate all our esteemed winners.”

It was a good night for Play’n GO, who secured the prestigious SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Large) award for the second consecutive year, whilst also picking up the Game Music / Soundtrack accolade for their title Hugo Legacy.

The game creation categories saw Playtech once again take home the Game Licensed Content award for their work on Breaking Bad: Cash Collect & Link. Hacksaw Gaming was awarded Game Feature of the Year for their title Chaos Crew 2, Relax Gaming was honoured with the Game Design & Art Direction award for Money Train 4, and GAMOMAT was named winner of the Game Retro-Style award for Fancy Fruits Deluxe. 

Pragmatic Play notably took home two awards on the night, winning both the Game Mechanic of the Year award for their MultiHold mechanic and Slot Legacy Title for Gates of Olympus.

The SlotCatalog categories saw GAMOMAT return to the stage to pick up their second award of the night for Best Game Development Company Central Europe, while Playson was awarded Best Game Studio In Development Countries. Reel Kingdom secured the SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Medium) award, Fortune Factory Studios was named SlotCatalog’s Game Studio of the Year (Small) and IGT Play Digital claimed SlotCatalog’s Best Game Development Company North America. 

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The coveted SlotCatalog’s Rookie of the Year accolade was presented to industry newcomers Area Vegas.

In honour of the individual achievements in the industry, the Game People categories saw Andrei Filipovich of Aviatrix awarded Game Designer of the Year, Julia Aliakseyeva from BGaming named Product Manager of the Year and PearFiction Studios’ Jean-Pierre Larouche presented with the Game Composer of the Year award.

EveryMatrix won the Aggregator of the Year award, The Mill Adventure was awarded Platform Innovation of the Year, while the Best Game Release award went to Lambda Gaming for 8Bit Football Twinko.

This year’s edition saw the introduction of two new awards, the FTN Game of the Year award which was sponsored by BetConstruct and presented to Rubyplay for Mad Hit Olympic First, and the CasinoBeats Annual Community Recognition Award which was awarded to SoftConstruct for its work on BFTH Arena.

It was a big night for CasinoDaddy who took home the esteemed Streamer of the Year award, while The Slot Beasts and Haddzy were recipients of two new Streamer awards, Responsible Streamer of the Year and Next-Gen Streamer of the Year, respectively.

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In the Game Performance categories, PowderKeg Studios claimed the Slot Debut award for their title Munition Mines, Stormcraft Studios won Slot to Watch for their work on Immortal Romance 2, while Light & Wonder and Netflix took home Slot Collaboration of the Year for Squid Game. The illustrious Slot of the Year award went to Elk Studios for Pirots 2.

“Last night’s ceremony was a tremendous success and proved to be a truly memorable night. I would like to thank our official partner Gaming Malta, alongside all our supporting sponsors for their help in honouring the incredible achievements of the industry” Sojmark added.

The awards ceremony concluded the final day of the CasinoBeats Summit, which saw 4,500 industry professionals convene at the InterContinental Hotel in Malta, the hub of iGaming.

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INSPIRED DELIVERS BESPOKE GOLD CASH FREESPINS™ TITLE FOR BETFRED RETAIL

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: INSE), a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems, and solutions along with The Betfred Group, UK based bookmaker proudly announce the launch of Betfred Gold Cash Freespins™.

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Players have the opportunity to wager for additional Free Spins or to increase their cash winnings through the gamble feature. With a choice between two gamble wheels, players select their preferred wheel to activate this exciting feature. Featuring stacked Wilds on reels two, three, and four, these symbols act as substitutes for any other symbol on the reels, adding an element of excitement and anticipation to the gameplay.

Betfred Gold Cash Freespins seamlessly merges Betfred’s iconic branding with Inspired’s captivating gameplay from the Gold Cash Freespins theme, delivering an immersive and personalized gaming journey tailored to Betfred’s audience. This collaboration showcases Inspired’s expertise in crafting tailored gaming experiences that resonate with individual operator brands.

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Inspired’s UK Product Director, Richard Terry, said:  ‘We are proud and excited to be re-launching Gold Cash Freespins in partnership with our long-term customers Betfred. Gold Cash Freespins is extremely popular with players across all gaming verticals and has been transformed for retail with game optimisation functionality and the addition of the iconic Betfred branding.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Betfred’s Head of Retail Marketing, Clare Smith, said: “We’ve been delighted to work with Inspired to bring this new and innovative game to our loyal customers and believe they will be equally as excited by it as we are!”

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7777 gaming secures supplier license in Peru

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7777 gaming has been granted a supplier license in Peru, marking a significant step in the company’s expansion across Latin America. Granted by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), this new B2B license allows 7777 gaming to provide its online game content to locally licensed operators in the country. New legislation, which introduced a licensing system for online betting and gaming, came into force in Peru at the end of 2023, with the regulated market soon to go live.
7777 gaming is fully compliant with Peruvian regulations and will enable local operator partners to manage their entire product suite. The Peru B2B license for 7777 gaming is under its Gaming Innovation OOD company entity, registered by MINCETUR under license number PSV0208.
Elena Shaterova, Chief Commercial Officer at 7777 gaming, stated: “7777 gaming has a proven start of successful offerings in Latin American markets, and we are thrilled to be fully prepared and ready to provide our services immediately in the regulated Peruvian online market.”
“Peru holds great potential as a market, and we are eager to support our partners in launching competitive online game content. Our portfolio of premium games will provide an enjoyable experience for Peruvian players.” added Shaterova.
7777 gaming has already received positive feedback from several of the biggest operators and platform providers in the Peruvian market and is currently working to integrate its games with Kaizen Gaming, Betsson, bet365, Apuesta Total, VirtualSoft, UniversalSoft, and others.
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MGM Resorts International Announces Agreement to Acquire Tipico’s U.S. Sportsbook

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MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts” or the “Company”) today announced that its subsidiary, LeoVegas Group (“LeoVegas”), has entered into an agreement to acquire the product and technology platform constituting the U.S sportsbook and online casino from Tipico Group Ltd (“Tipico”).

This acquisition is the second major investment by LeoVegas, following the acquisition of game developer Push Gaming in 2023. The acquisition will allow LeoVegas to operate a purpose-built proprietary sportsbook across all international markets and brands, with the exception of those exclusive to the BetMGM JV, with a focus on a clean, fast consumer experience with top-class product, pricing and functionality.

Tipico will wind down its U.S. operations prior to the closing of the acquisition. As part of the transaction, LeoVegas will acquire certain of Tipico’s U.S. facing management, technology and trading teams across the U.S., Colombia and Europe.

“The acquisition of Tipico’s award winning U.S. platform marks a significant milestone in the strategic development of MGM Resorts’ global digital gaming business, allowing us to operate a proprietary sports betting platform,” said Gary Fritz, President, MGM Resorts International Interactive, “This acquisition gives us control of our entire technology ecosystem, and we are delighted to bring Tipico’s U.S. team, with their track record of developing high quality product and pricing capabilities, into our business.”

LeoVegas CEO Gustaf Hagman added: “By controlling our own sportsbook technology, we ensure that we will deliver the world’s greatest iGaming experience to customers across all our markets and brands. Powering our strong brands with a competitive and innovative sports product will enable us to grow and strengthen our sportsbook offering in both new and existing markets. I look forward to welcoming the talented teams from Tipico’s U.S. business into the LeoVegas Group very soon.”

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The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2024.

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