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Betway becomes official global betting partner of the Mzansi Super League T20

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Betway has agreed a three-year-deal to become the official betting partner of the Mzansi Super League T20 – further adding to its cricket sponsorship portfolio.

The tournament, which takes place in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay, Cape Town and Paarl, is broadcast live in the UK and the first fixtures have already provided some great action.

Former South African international AB de Villiers impressed the locals as he hit fifty in vain as Tshwane Spartans were beaten by Cape Town Blitz, while Nelson Mandela Bay Giants beat the Jozi Stars.

Betway’s latest seven-figure-deal comes just months after it was confirmed as the official betting partner of both the men’s and women’s Cricket West Indies (CWI) sides.

Betway’s Anthony Werkman, said: “We are really pleased to be on board at the start of this new look T20 tournament.

“Being involved as a global partner shows the ambition Betway has to become a recognised worldwide supporter of elite professional sport, and the names appearing in this tournament certainly fit that bill.

“I am sure that the crowds will enjoy the games and we look forward to delivering an exciting experience for our customers too over the next three years.”

Cricket South Africa CEO, Thabang Moroe, added: “We are thrilled to have sports betting brand, Betway, on board to join our roster of sponsors, all whom have committed to helping us take Mzansi T20 to the world through the game of cricket.”


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China has set up an ethics committee to review online games

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China has formed an “ethics assessment committee,” which will review online games before their release in the country.

The committee comprises online gaming experts and researchers from government departments, industry institutions, and media outlets.

The committee evaluates online titles that might “arouse social concerns and those that have already stirred controversies.”

So far the committee has examined 20 games and denied approval for nine games and sent back the remaining 11 games for amendment.

China has been clamping down on fresh game content since August (at the very least), with regulators in the country refusing to issue new game licenses in an apparent attempt to combat near-sightedness in children and teens and quell addiction fears.


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UK broadcasters warn gambling ad ban could affect TV rights contracts

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UK broadcasters have issued a warning that the value of TV sports rights contracts will come down if proposals for gambling advert bans are enacted.

This warning comes amidst the media reports that the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), had given its nod to an advertising ban during live televised sport.

The broadcasters are apparently lobbying against the proposals to ban gambling ads, as such a ban would affect their income. As things stand now, gambling adverts is a vital part of to their business revenue.

The two main players in the UK, Sky Sports and BT Sport, have their own sponsorship deals with bookmakers for their coverage of English soccer’s top flight Premier League. In addition, the English Football League (EFL), the body for the three lower tiers, is sponsored by SkyBet.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky UK & Ireland chief executive, has said that any ban on TV advertising would actually represent a limited gesture from the gambling industry. Citing a Gamble Aware report, Van Rooyen says the industry spends five times as much on social media promotion as it does on TV advertising and that if it was serious about tackling the issue it would address the “inconvenient truth” over spending online.

 “The amount of cash spent promoting gambling on social media has more than tripled over the past three years,” he said. “If the RGA and gambling companies are serious about protecting vulnerable gamblers, then they should start by looking at where they spend the most money, what has the least level of regulation and where there is most evidence of harm: the online world.

“These aren’t the views of a broadcaster scared of losing TV ad revenue; quite the opposite. Last month we voluntarily agreed to limit the number of gambling ads to one per commercial break. And we’re using our AdSmart technology to enable people to block gambling advertising if they wish. As a result, there will, of course, be some financial impact to Sky, but a proportionate and responsible limit to gambling advertising is the right thing to do.

“The irony is that TV advertising is already highly regulated, with rules around exposing inappropriate advertising to minors and limiting when and how often gambling ads can be seen. This is not the case online.”


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New release Slot Jam showcases Wazdan’s three different Volatility Levels™.

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Wazdan’s 19th HTML5 game release of the year, Slot Jam, is packed with fruity goodness. This is another new generation slot from the innovative slots-manufacturer which is attracting the attention of all the top operators and aggregators.

Set in a candlelit larder packed with crates of fruit, preserves, jams and even a mischievous mouse who pops up from time-to-time from a crate of melons, Slot Jam stars a range of delightfully rendered characters: grinning Grapes, obliging Oranges, passionate Pears, perky Plums, sultry Strawberries and wicked Watermelon to name just a few.

A signature of Wazdan’s slots is the built-in excitement from exceptionally well-crafted game architecture. Slot Jam is a 4-reel, 9-payline video slot with Cascading Reels and a Mystery Bonus which packs a thrill with up to 200 times payout on the original bet.

Wilds that double each win to which they contribute, while players can activate up to 30 Free Spins. A nice touch is a 4×3 Wall of Symbols Bonus that doubles wins. The Gamble Feature is set against a strawberry jam recipe book and allows players to choose between two fruit baskets, hiding juicy fruits or a mischievous mouse.

The game also offers Unique Wazdan Features, including Volatility Levels™, Double Screen Mode, Unique Gamble Feature, Energy Saving Mode Ultra Lite Mode and Ultra Fast Mode, all of which keep players on their toes and give them additional game experience dimensions.

Slot Jam showcases Wazdan’s world’s-first Volatility Levels™ that allow players to set the game to a low variance where the game has more frequent but smaller wins. Alternatively, if players are feeling brave, Slot Jam can be put to a high level where the game has fewer although bigger wins. Players are free not to alter the ‘Volatility Level™’, leaving the setting as it is, where the Wazdan game has standard RTP.

Head of Sales at Wazdan, Andrzej Hyla, said: “Slot Jam is replete with a range of topical features that will ensure lots of fun for players and add another great game to operators’ catalogues. Our portfolio of outstanding original games continues to grow and the Unique Wazdan Features direct player attention to the immersive gameplay, making sure that our clients get access to the best gaming experience on the market.”

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

ABOUT WAZDAN:
Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 110 HTML5 slots, table games and video pokers, Wazdan is gaining popularity on the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Mayan Ritual™, Los Muertos™, Fruits Go Bananas™ and soon will extend with new amazing slot games, including Captain FlyntTM, among others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility LevelTM, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes, as well as Ultra Lite Mode and Ultra Fast Mode. Wazdan holds a number of  European trademarks including for their world’s-first Volatility Level TM. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay. Wazdan’s Sales Team will be showcasing their products at ICE.


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