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Wazdan picks up six nominations at the BSG Awards 2023

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Wazdan, the innovative games provider, has been shortlisted for six categories at the BSG Awards 2023, with the winners being announced over a three-day conference from the 15th to the 17th of May.

Taking place in Riga, Latvia, the ceremony marks an important event for the iGaming industry in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Wazdan retains a strong presence in the region, being live and holding licenses in Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Wazdan’s nominations for the awards include Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics, Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology, Best Slots Provider in the Nordics, Best Online Casino Provider in the Baltics, Best Slots Provider in the Baltics and Rising Star in Baltic Online Casino Technology.

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This event follows the 2022 Awards which took place last May, where Wazdan took home the trophy for two categories: Best Slots Provider in the Baltics and Rising Star in Nordic Online Casino Technology.

Each category is decided by popular vote, which is open now and running until the 20th of March.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan said: “We are thrilled to once again be nominated among the industry’s best at the BSG Awards 2023. At Wazdan we constantly strive for innovation and it’s great to see that being recognised at the event.

“We would be honoured to be shortlisted. We encourage everyone to vote on Wazdan and we wish the very best of luck to all nominees!”

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Lithuania Mulls Cracking Down on Gambling Ads

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Lithuanian MPs have registered amendments to the Gambling Law proposing to further tighten gambling advertising in the country as of 2025.

Around 50 MPs, mostly from the ruling majority, have signed the amendments proposing to prohibit the dissemination of information of the gambling companies sponsoring any public events, activities, natural or legal persons.

If adopted, the amendments would eliminate the advertising of betting, wagers, and casinos on television, in newspapers, magazines, or news websites and on street billboards. Neither the names nor the logos of gambling operators could appear on the jerseys of athletes and in arenas during the sporting events.

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Companies would only be able to publish information on the types of gambling at the gambling venue or on the company’s website, the address of which is specified in the Gambling Regulation.

It is proposed to allow gambling companies to publish information on gambling only in publications aimed at professionals in the business. They could advertise their name and brand on their head office building or gambling venue.

Lithuanian MPs have started considering tightening the requirements for gambling advertising amid allegations that Šarūnas Stepukonis, a former BaltCap Infrastructure Fund partner, has embezzled and gambled away millions of euros of the fund’s money.

The initiator of the amendments, Mindaugas Lingė of the ruling conservative Homeland Union, has previously said that last year the total revenue of gambling operators amounted to 222 million euros, up from 103 million euros in 2020.

The amount spent on advertising in the gambling business doubled from 6.36 million euros in 2020 to 12.73 million euros in 2023. Gambling operators’ profits increased from 20 million euros in 2020 to more than 53 million euros in 2022.

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IGT Signs 12-Year Contract Extension with UAB Perlas Network in Lithuania to Deploy Upgraded Central System Software

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has extended its contract with UAB Perlas Network (“Perlas”) for an additional 12 years until 2035. As part of the agreement, IGT will provide upgrades to the Lottery’s central retail system including advanced software and user interfaces.

“Upgrading Perlas’ central system with IGT technology will help us optimize and elevate the country’s most popular and exciting lottery games,” said Mindaugas Marcinkevičius, UAB Perlas Network CEO. “We look forward to implementing IGT’s upgrades and are pleased to continue this successful relationship for another 12 years.”

“The technology enhancements being provided to Perlas are backed by IGT’s decades of lottery industry leadership and experience,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer Global Lottery. “This upgraded technology will introduce an administration portal that will enable the Lottery to view and manage all applications and back-office functions, helping to improve efficiencies and maximize profitability.”

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The Lottery has been a customer of IGT’s since 1994. In 2023, IGT announced that it signed a contract with Euloto UAB (Perlas’ dependent company) to deploy its advanced cloud-based remote game server and at least 12 eInstant games per year.

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Spinomenal goes live in Lithuania with Optibet partnership

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Leading iGaming content provider, Spinomenal has extended its successful partnership with Optibet to take its games into the regulated Lithuanian market. Spinomenal first started working with Optibet a while ago when it launched its games with the operator in Estonia and Latvia.

The library of slot content for Lithuania is being integrated via Light & Wonder’s OpenGaming™ platform. Optibet’s Lithuanian players will be able to engage with Spinomenal’s extensive collection of exciting games that stars Majestic King, Poseidon’s Rising, Times of Egypt, Book of Rampage and Lucky Jack – Lost Jungle.

Lior Shvartz, CEO for Spinomenal commented: “Optibet is a huge player in the Baltic region where we have already had significant success within the Estonian and Latvian markets. We’re thrilled to go live in Lithuania with such a strong partner.”

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Davit Khatiashvili, CPO for Optibet commented: “After a very successful launch in Latvia & Estonia, we are pleased to offer Spinomenal games to our Lithuanian customers.”

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