Reading Time: 2 minutes
Fans Across the Globe Submitted Nearly 11 Million Entries During Quadrennial Tournament
DraftKings Inc. welcomes the English Premier League (EPL) back to its platform after an epic World Cup performance that saw international customers account for nearly a quarter of the company’s entries during the tournament.
“The World Cup gave us the opportunity to reach soccer fans, globally, in a new and exciting way,” said Jeffrey Haas, DraftKings’ Chief International Officer. “As we now turn our attention to the start of the EPL season, we plan to carry over this momentum and broaden our international audience engagement even further.”
In the span of the World Cup, DraftKings received nearly 11 million entries from hundreds of thousands of customers globally, who collectively accounted for nearly $10 million in winnings. Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany represented the top countries outside the United States for total entry submissions, with the UK earning the highest value of payouts internationally at over $2 million.
Soccer’s grandest global spectacle shone a light on DraftKings’ offerings surrounding the sport, which continues to be a key business driver abroad. This year’s World Cup also featured more EPL players (106) than any other domestic league in the world1, so fans who watched the games and played DraftKings contests were provided a preview of Premier League players who could be daily fantasy stars when the season begins today.
In addition to the Classic mode salary cap format, which consists of building eight-player lineups from at least three different teams and representing a minimum of two separate matches, this season’s EPL contests on DraftKings will also feature Showdown for single-game matchups. Showdown, DraftKings’ newest fantasy game, works by having fans construct lineups of six flex players, and must feature at least one player from both teams, regardless of position. For soccer fans who want to organize their own private EPL contests of Classic or Showdown, DraftKings Leagues is also available throughout the entire season.
To learn more about EPL contests on DraftKings, visit www.draftkings.com
To enter DraftKings’ EPL $50K Season Kickoff contest, visit: https://bit.ly/2OjcnEM
For more details on DraftKings Classic Soccer, visit https://bit.ly/2M8MSth
For more details on DraftKings Soccer Showdown, visit https://bit.ly/2Mfqyxm
To create custom DraftKings Leagues, visit https://bit.ly/2M5YLQM
DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 11 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K and Australia. Now a licensed operator in New Jersey, DraftKings Sportsbook allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports.
Source: Gambling Industry Press Releases
iLUCKI makes debut on SoftSwiss’ platform
Keen to use the technical know-how of SoftSwiss, combined with their profound experience and insightful knowledge of igaming, the team behind the brand is poised to give it their all to entertain players using the best that technology can offer.
A brief glance at the website distinguishes iLUCKI for its breakout layout and game navigation filters with user experience at the very core.
Advanced or simple – the player decides whether they wish to search for their favourite games with simplified filter options to browse through the entire offering or narrow in on that one game they desire most with pinpoint precision.
The smart filter includes search by number of reels and paylines, as well volatility, hit rate and more. It can be easily activated using an elegant switch found on the navigation menu.
Speaking of favourites, players have the freedom to tag their games into a “Favourite” category, so that no time is spent finding their preferred slots. For those wishing to try their luck at something unexplored, iLucki encourages to try its random slot selector.
What is more, the player-oriented brand rolls out a solid library of the top game providers such as NetEnt, Yggdrasil, Microgaming, Play’n GO, NYX and a plethora of other popular game providers. Thanks to the SoftSwiss Game Aggregator, iLucki establishes a vast portfolio of over 40 game brands.
Crypto-lovers will enjoy the ability to play games supporting their coin of choice, whether it is Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Etherium Classic, Litecoin, Dogecoin or Monero.
Support of cryptopayments is brought to iLucki through CoinsPaid, SoftSwiss’ long-term partner in cryptopayments, offering high-end security and speedy transactions.
Anyone looking for the more traditional payment methods, will be satisfied by the abundance of such options for deposits and cashouts as Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, plus Skrill, Neteller, Zimpler, Yandex Money, Qiwi, Sofort, Paysafecard, ecoPayz and more.
The cutting-edge SoftSwiss Bonus Engine allows iLucki to present one of the most diverse and choice-rich promotional systems to date. This comes in the form of several first deposit bonuses, weekend wager free cashback events, high roller bonuses, weekday freespins and a colourful playlist of daily tournaments with local prize pools.
iLUCKI is passionate to become a top rated and player-favourite online casino through quality service, innovative ideas and bespoke promotions.
The complementary affiliates section of the website utilises the in-house affiliate system, developed by SoftSwiss to bring added flexibility to both operators and affiliates alike.
A comprehensive configuration of affiliate commissions, sub-affiliates and billing periods is supplied to the operator, all the while keeping affiliates in the loop on the latest news and exclusive promotional content.
As iLUCKi’s motto goes: “We speak casino. We are casino!” players can have peace of mind and rest assured that their satisfaction is iLucki’s top priority.
SoftSwiss is overwhelmingly happy to introduce iLucki to the growing roster of cutting-edge casino brands utilising its proprietary casino and affiliate platform.
Source: Gambling Industry Press Releases
New deal agreed between SoftGamings and EGT Interactive
AUGUST 2018, VALETTA/MALTA, RIGA/LATVIA: Today SoftGamings and EGT Interactive announced partnership, which includes providing the EGT Interactive gaming content on the SoftGamings platform.
SoftGamings is a platform developer, gaming aggregator and i-gaming services provider with over 10 years of experience in the industry. The company’s game providers’ suite is regularly enriched with recognised titles, such as EGT this August.
EGT Interactive brings the 15 years of experience of the EGT’s land-based casino slots to the world of online casino games. More than 150 games are known worldwide in more than 85 countries.
EGT Interactive offers several kinds of game types – slots, table games, card games, Keno and jackpot games. They are available in both desktop and mobile.
The most popularity seem to be enjoyed by EGT classic slots, such as 40 Super Hot, Burning Hot and Extra Stars. All titles feature traditional design with fruit symbols, as it was in the beginning of the slot machine era. There is no ‘Spin’ or similar button – instead of it a player has to press the button with an exact amount of bet, which can be chosen each time new.
Apart from slots, EGT Interactive offers 2 kinds of table games – European Roulette and Lucky Circle, Card games – Four of a Kind Bonus Poker, Joker Poker and Jacks and Better Poker, and also Keno Universe.
The EGT Interactive jackpot is a multilevel system, where every level is marked with a different card suit. The jackpot cards bonus is randomly triggered after a single game is finished.
The EGT Interactive gaming content is already available for integration from the SoftGamings feature-rich platform. Casino operators can add this software to their casino environments via single unified API.
Irina Sazonova, Director of Partnerships at SoftGamings says: ‘I am happy about our new cooperation with the EGT Interactive. It is a recognised provider, which produces a really quality content, which perfectly suits our Slots Bundle and Casino Games Integration offerings.’
As an aggregator, SoftGamings offers several ways of acquiring games – Slots Bundle, Live Casino Bundle and Casino Games Integration. EGT Interactive content is available as a part of Slots Bundle – a package of the best slot providers in the i-gaming industry. It can also be integrated separately or pick up several more providers at operator’s wish.
About EGT Interactive:
EGT Interactive is a Bulgaria-based gaming provider that brings the 15 years of experience of the EGT’s land-based casino slots to the world of online casino games. The company is growing rapidly through constant innovation, consumer-centric approach and top-notch support. Every single aspect of the company’s products is designed in line with the customer needs. The EGT games are based on an attractive Return-to-Player (RTP) strategy, which has proven to increase the player lifetime value.
SoftGamings is a B2B casino platforms provider and gaming systems aggregator. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, SoftGamings provides solutions demanded in the market and develops its own creative solutions – White Label, Turnkey, Self-Service, Bitcoin platform solutions, Bonus System Standalone feature, Sportsbook solution, Slots Bundle, Live Bundle and Casino Games Integration. SoftGamings’ strong IT team can also provide gamification possibilities, which is one of the major industry trends. Products portfolio includes 40+ gaming suppliers with 3000+ games. The company offers live dealer solutions from Evolution Gaming, NetEnt, Ezugi, Authentic Gaming, Lucky Streak etc, slots from NetEnt, Microgaming, BetSoft, Endorphina, Habanero, Booming Games, WorldMatch etc, sportsbook, hosting, licensing and banking services. Over 100 clients use SoftGamings products and services since 2007.
Source: Gambling Industry Press Releases
Yggdrasil Q2 2018 Update
Business highlights Q2 2018 (Q2 2017)
- 13 new licence agreements signed (12)
- 5 new games launched including first Table Game “Sonya Blackjack” (3)
- 2 gaming studios signed with YGS Masters
- Number of FTEs 243 (134)
- Yggdrasil partners with Nitro Circus for first ever branded game
- Yggdrasil awarded “Innovation in RNG Casino Software” at the EGR B2B Awards
- Player rounds increased by 66% to 1,328 million (801)
- Mobile share of EGW was 62% (56%)
Financial highlights Q2 2018 (Q2 2017)
- Total operating revenues increased by 65% to MSEK 66.7 (40.4)
- EBIT increased by 8% to MSEK 16.6 (15.3)
- EBIT margin amounted to 24.9% (37.9%)
Financial highlights H1 2018 (H1 2017)
- Total operating revenues increased by 67% to MSEK 124.3 (73.7)
- EBIT increased by 17% to MSEK 30.4 (26.0)
- EBIT margin amounted to 24.5% (35.3%)
Notable events after the quarter
- Signed with 888, Intralot and Tipsport. The signing with Tipsport allows Yggdrasil to enter into the Czech Republic market and partner with the leading Czech operator
- Launch of casino games fan site (yggdrasilcasino.com)
Comment on Q2 2018 by founder and CEO Fredrik Elmqvist
“Yggdrasil is once again able to present another eventful quarter characterised by strong growth and further expansion. Player rounds increased by 66% from the second quarter last year and revenues reached MSEK 66,7, representing an uptick of 65%. During the quarter we intensified our investment phase focusing on the organization, product and business verticals, yielding a profitability of as measured by EBIT of MSEK 16,6 and a 25% margin.
The second quarter has been active with the launch of Sonya Blackjack, the first game out in our new product vertical Table Games, including our ground-breaking motion capture technology and in-house proprietary client framework platform. We have also had a flying start for our YGS Masters programme and announced partnerships with two independent gaming studios. I look forward to welcoming additional world-class studios on a selective basis for strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships.
We have also launched a number of new blockbuster titles including Vikings Go To Hell, the third game in the highly appreciated Vikings series, and most recently Tut’s Twister. I am immensely proud of the achievements made by the team and for the continued strong demand among both operators and end players. In addition, our strong market position has been further underlined by receiving the prestigious “Innovation in RNG Casino Software” award at the EGR B2B Awards in June.
On the back of the second quarter performance I am excited by the opportunities lying ahead and believe conditions to be right for Yggdrasil to capture additional market share going forwards. We will continue to put full emphasis on growth and further quality enhancement initiatives targeting both our products and the business, ultimately paving the way for the future for the Yggdrasil Group.”
Fredrik Elmqvist, Malta, August 2018
Yggdrasil is a provider of superior online gaming solutions for igaming operators. The business was founded in 2013 and has since emerged as one of the industry’s most respected and acclaimed suppliers. The business model is highly scalable and covers three product verticals: Casino Slots, Table Games and Bingo, in addition to the business verticals: Yggdrasil White Label Studios, YGS Masters and Yggdrasil Dragons. Since its inception, Yggdrasil has embarked on a solid growth trajectory enabled by a strong corporate culture focused on innovation, creativity, quality and technology leadership. Yggdrasil is headquartered in Sweden and has offices in Malta (operational HQ), Poland and Gibraltar.
Source: Gambling Industry Press Releases
Bethard.com is granted license to operate in Denmark
1xBet announces sponsorship with the Tottenham Hotspur
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports Table Games Revenue for July
Betway appoints Saatchi & Saatchi as lead creative agency
NRM name CHIPS Champion
Sands Resorts Macao Launches Micro-Movie with Venetian Macao Brand Ambassador David Beckham
Wazdan gets in the groove with Groove Gaming agreement
West Ham agree shirt sleeve deal and eSports partnership with Basset & Gold
UK anti-gambling groups want gambling companies to aid problem gamblers
10Bet to Be Principal Sponsor For Blackburn Rovers
News5 months ago
Softbroke collaborates with Asia Live Tech for the expansion of the service line in the igaming market
News4 months ago
Danish Gambling Market update with Birgitte Sand (Director of the Danish Gambling Authority) at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018
Events1 year ago
Announcing Thomas Willomitzer (Founder and CEO at Snapscreen.com, Co-founder of Last.fm) as keynote speaker
Affiliate Success1 year ago
Exclusive Interview with Christoph C. Cemper Founder & CEO of LinkResearchTools and Link Detox
News6 months ago
MGM Resorts unveils its new casino – MGM Cotai
News6 months ago
Stars Group Inc. has grown in leap and bounds – acquiring 62% equity interest in CrownBet
Affiliate Success2 years ago
Affiliate Interviews: Lena of CasinoHawks.com
News6 months ago
Why You Need to Understand Solidity to Invest in Blockchain – by Fueled.NYC