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UK government prepares fixed-odds betting terminals crackdown

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The government has signalled that it is preparing to crackdown on FOBTs. But the extent to which the machines will be controlled is dividing the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

 

Fixed odds betting terminals in the UK have been under scrutiny for quite some time now, with multiple reports of residents asking the government to come up with a plan to determine the future of gaming machines in the territory. Despite the claims, it is still uncertain how the machines will be controlled in the United Kingdom.

As the Observer revealed, the extent to which the FOBTs will be managed and colored is facing a hurdle as the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is divided on the subject. The news outlet has reportedly seen a letter from the chancellor Philip Hammond to the Bishop of St Albans, representing the church which believes that the machines have a devastating effect on gamblers and have been responsible of rising violence in some communities, The Guardian said.

The bishop wanted the chancellor to assure him that the review initiated by the DCMS will be published this fall. His intervention comes after a brief that the Treasury wasn’t sure if it wanted to cut the stakes. Nevertheless, Hammond was very adamant that the move was going to proceed: “Recent media reports on the status of the review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures are entirely without foundation. Both I and my department fully support DCMS’s work to ensure the UK’s gambling regime continues to balance the needs of vulnerable people, consumers who gamble responsibly, and those who work in this sector.

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The national idea is to limit gaming publicity and to reduce FOBTs maximum stakes from £100 to just £2 as the Gambling Commission published evidence that they could be harmful for players. Whilst the review was supposed to be released this summer, the date was pushed bak and the move was welcomed by opponents to the terminals as they believe that the long consultation process means that the government is getting ready to take action against FOBTs.

Last week, the national gambling regulator UKGC issued a record £7.8 million fine against 888 Holdings as it found serious failings in its handling of vulnerable customers. The regulatory body disclosed on its website that inadequacies were found in a investigation of 888’s self-exclusion procedures for customers and that “888 also failed to recognise visible signs of problem gambling behaviour displayed by an individual customer, which was so significant that it resulted in criminal activity.” The firm said that it concluded a voluntary regulatory settlement with the UKGC, which had found a technical failure in 888’s systems where more than 7000 customers who had chosen to be self-excluded from the platform were still able to access the accounts on the bingo platform.…

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Amusnet Gears Up for the Inaugural SBC Rio 2024 in Brazil’s Newly Regulated Market

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Amusnet, a leading online slots and live casino content provider, announced its participation in the first-ever SBC exhibition in Brazil, SBC Rio 2024. This milestone event marks a significant moment for the iGaming industry in Brazil, following the country’s recent move to embrace regulation, opening new avenues for operators and content providers alike.

“The new regulatory framework in Brazil is a significant opportunity for leading online casino providers like Amusnet, and we are fully committed to becoming a key player in this vibrant market too. Our goal is to collaborate with all licensed operators in Brazil, providing them with high-quality, innovative gaming solutions tailored to meet the preferences of Brazilian players,” said Daniel de los Rios, Commercial Manager LATAM at Amusnet.

At SBC Rio 2024, Amusnet online casino selection will feature slot games, compiling the most-loved and well-performing titles, such as Hot Deco, Diamond Plus, Extra Crown, Phoenix Star, and Cocktail Rush. Among these, the spotlight will be on the exciting and innovative 20 Golden Coins, which stands out with its Bonus Coins and Reel Nudge features. Moreover, the festive reels of Dancing Dead will captivate visitors with its attractive theme and thrilling bonus features.

In the Live Casino vertical, Amusnet will bring its most popular live games, including Vegas Roulette 500x, Dynamic Roulette 120x, and Live European Roulette. Moreover, the company will unveil its upcoming games, Baccarat and Dynamic Sic Bo, designed with Asian elegance and featuring fast-paced gameplay. Both games will be hosted by entertaining live dealers 24/7, guiding players through the immersive gaming experience.

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As the iGaming landscape in Brazil evolves, Amusnet is optimistic about its prospects in the market. The company anticipates a significant growth trajectory by the end of the year, driven by strategic collaborations and the introduction of tailored gaming solutions.

“SBC Rio 2024 is not just an exhibition for us; it’s a gateway to various opportunities in the Brazilian market. We are here to learn, share, and contribute to the burgeoning iGaming ecosystem in Brazil. See you there,” shared Daniel de los Rios.

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Digicode Appoints Itai Zak as Executive Director for iGaming Division

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Digicode, a leading provider of innovative software solutions, has appointed Itai Zak as Executive Director for the iGaming division. In this role, Itai will drive the growth and strategic direction.

With over 15 years of experience in the iGaming industry, Zak brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Digicode. He has a proven track record of successfully leading and scaling businesses in the online gaming sector, gaining experience as the CEO of SBTech, GoWild Gaming, and Spiral Solutions.

Under Itai’s visionary leadership, GoWild Casino not only seamlessly transitioned to a state-of-the-art iGaming platform but also achieved an astounding 450% increase in profitability, driven by Itai’s strategic expansion into new markets and his ability to build and lead a formidable team of over 300 professionals.

At SBTech, Itai was instrumental in redefining the company’s sales, marketing, and business development approach, transforming SBTech into a leading provider of turnkey sports betting and iGaming solutions. His efforts have helped grow the company from 60 to over 600 employees across multiple global locations, with significant year-on-year growth in net profit.

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Itai’s appointment is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and strategic growth within the iGaming sector. His proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings.

“We are thrilled to have Itai Zak join our team. His deep understanding of the iGaming landscape and leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and expand our foothold in this dynamic industry. Also, Itai’s proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings,” Max Maslii, President and global CEO at Digicode, said.

In his new role, Zak will develop and execute Digicode’s iGaming strategy, focusing on driving revenue and growth. He will work closely with the product development and sales teams to deliver cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of iGaming operators.

“I am excited to join Digicode and lead their iGaming division. Digicode has a proven track record of delivering innovative software solutions, and I am eager to contribute to their continued success in the iGaming market,” Itai Zak said.

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Pragmatic Play Goes Live with City Center Online in Argentina

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is enhancing its standing in Argentina and is now live with City Center Online.

Taking its leading Slots portfolio to the online casino, City Center Online’s players are now set to benefit from leading titles, including award-winning hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus as well as more recent releases from Pragmatic Play’s ever-expanding portfolio such as Pub Kings and Mustang Trail.

This latest agreement follows a series of partnerships that Pragmatic Play has struck across the regulated LatAm markets, combined with several regional industry awards, further cements its position as the leading supplier in Latin America.

Victor Arias, VP of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to announce Pragmatic Play’s agreement with City Center Online as the brand continues its upward trajectory and supply even more LatAm operators with its acclaimed, industry-leading titles.

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“With Pragmatic Play’s renowned slot library now live on the platform, we are confident they will be a hit with City Center Online’s players, and we look forward to see its content provision expanding even more in the near future.”

Samanta Zio, Online Gaming Manager at City Center Online, said: “The quality and brand recognition that is brought on by Pragmatic Play games cannot be understated and we are delighted to now offer its portfolio to our players.

“Underpinning our commitment to providing premium gaming experiences to audiences in Argentina, we are confident this partnership is a momentous win for City Center Online.”

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