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Kiwis splurge $125m on gambling

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The Department of Internal Affairs pointed an escalation in lottery spending owing to the introduction of new Lotto games which resulted in more winners and bigger Powerball prizes.

The last few years saw Kiwis splurging on Lotto allured by the Bigger prizes. As per the statistics from the Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealanders spent an extra $125 million gambling in the past financial year. Over $2.334 billion was handed over for the four main forms of gambling in the 2016/2017 financial year which comprise lotteries, up 26.8 percent, and non-casino pokie machines, up 3.1 percent.

Spending on racing and other sports betting dropped 1.3 percent and casino betting was down 2.4 percent.

Adjusting for changes in population and inflation, gambling spending increased 1.1 percent to $635 per person for the year.

The take from NZ Lotteries’ product sales increased 26.8 percent from $437m the year before to $555m in 2016/17.

That worked out to an average $151 per person. The Lottery Grants Board approved $235m in grants for community services and projects.

As revealed by a Lotto spokeswoman, “Sales for 2016/17 were driven by successful product changes, which resulted in unprecedented Powerball jackpots, together with a range of digital enhancements and a strengthened brand presence in retail. The financial year also saw two Must Be Won Powerball draws during the year, with New Zealand’s biggest-ever jackpots of $40m and $44m.”

Pokie machine spending increased 3.1 percent to $870m. But adjusted for inflation and population changes, the per-person amount dropped a fraction, from an average $240 to $237.

The take from the country’s six casinos decreased 2.4 percent to $572m.

SkyCity, with four of New Zealand’s six casinos, said reduced international business turnover affected gambling revenue.

Andree Froude, the spokeswoman for the Problem Gambling Foundation, said her organisation was most concerned about the more harmful types of gambling, such as pokies.

More information was needed to know why the amount spent on them had lifted.

She said there had been a couple of years where the spend had been trending down despite population growth and inflation but it was now holding.

“It is not  tourism, it is not  economic growth and it certainly is not  people having more money to spend because these pokies are in our poorer communities.”

A “sinking lid” – the practice of not issuing new licenses for machines – was not enough, she said.

Economist Gareth Kiernan, of Infometrics, said it was hard to say what relationship gambling had with the economy.

He said some gambling types might be a “normal good”, which meant people spent more on it when they had more income, while other types might be an “inferior good”, which people turned to when they had less.

“These changes occur in the context of the broader and longer-term gambling environment and economic environment.”


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Kinguin Launches API Giving Merchants Access to Inventory and Award Winning Customer Support

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Kinguin, one of the world’s leading online retailers in the video and PC game industry today announced the launch of the Kinguin application programming interface (API) for e-commerce. The newly released API is free to qualified online retailers and makes it easy to list, price, and sell thousands of video games while using Kinguin’s award-winning Customer Support and automated order-processing.

With the Kinguin e-commerce API, retailers gain access to a virtually endless supply of CD keys via Kinguin’s robust video and PC game catalog, eliminating traditional online store needs of inventory management and control, while offering larger, more diverse selections of products. Retailers can immediately add up to 15,000 games with customizable attributes such as pricing, descriptions and more to their existing store offerings.

Customers pay the participating store directly as normal, then, without any middlemen or delays, orders are automatically processed by Kinguin. Game keys are immediately dispatched once an automated purchase information has been received. Problems regarding game keys or transactions will be handled completely, professionally and immediately via Kinguin’s award-winning customer service channels – simplifying the purchasing experience for merchants and gamers.

“The mission of the Kinguin API for e-commerce is to make it easier for any e-commerce store to distribute virtual products. In this way, businesses can take advantage of the large volume of products available at Kinguin.net quickly, easily, and profitably,” says Kamil Grabowski, Project Manager behind Kinguin’s API for e-commerce. “Our goal is to satisfy the gaming community, both players and merchants, and with this API, it’s going to be easier than ever.”

To apply for the Kinguin API e-commerce solution, please apply here.

About Kinguin:
Founded in 2013, Kinguin has fast become the largest alternative marketplace to Steam, Origin, and Battle.net, with more than 7 million loyal customers globally. Kinguin’s mission is to create an ecosystem built for the gamer. To achieve this, Kinguin provides easy and secure access to games, innovative ways for gamers to trade and conduct commerce, and new ways for developers to reach customers directly. Kinguin is also involved with esports, esports venues, and esports centers of excellence worldwide. Visit https://www.kinguin.net and https://www.kinguin.io for more information.


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Leap Gaming launches Instant Football

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Leap Gaming, a developer of 3D multi-platform casino and gaming solutions, has launched its latest game, titled Instant Football.

It provides an on-demand football experience through both desktop and mobile devices. Its hallmarks are realistic animated action and fast-paced betting options.

The interface is characteristically simple and intuitive. It features 16 teams. Its other features include the option to browse between games, on-demand activation of games and the ability to skip scenes and matches for faster betting.

Instant Football offers a broad range of betting markets, including home and away teams, and Rebet and Rebet*2 on the same teams – all of which are available 24/7.

Video footage has been created using motion capture technology to record professional players and scans of real stadiums, and is voiced with professional commentary.

The game also offers a range of customisable options, including the UI and UX, languages (the game automatically adjusts to location), currency and betting limits.

It is available directly through Leap Gaming, or via 1X2 Network, SG Digital and other selected platforms.

Yariv Lissauer, CEO of Leap Gaming, said: “Instant Football is one of our most complete game to date, and combines stunning graphics with professional commentary with a wide range of betting options to deliver a truly world-class player experience.

“Virtuals are becoming increasingly popular as players demand round the clock access to sports events and games, and we can certainly deliver this via titles such as Instant Football.”

 

Source: interGameOnline


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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions wins Norsk Tipping’s competition

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a full-service lottery provider based in Austria, has won a mini competition conducted by Norsk Tipping to find a suitable supplier of the digital version of the lottery’s most popular scratch game “Million Flax”.

“Million Flax” is one of the core products in Norsk Tipping’s portfolio of physical scratch games and it has won a great brand recognition since its launch in 1995. NLS offered not only a smooth transition of all elements from the physical ticket to its digital version but also proposed attractive and playful animations that can further enhance players’ retention.

“We are very happy that once again our offering has proven to be the best fit for Norsk Tipping’s sophisticated online games portfolio. It was a competitive bid and the fact that we won based on quality is another validation of NLS’ innovative approach to the eInstant game category” – explained Pall Palsson, Director of Product Management at NLS.

This win comes as part of the contract that NLS inked with Norsk Tipping in March 2017, following a competitive tender procedure. Under the terms of the contract, NLS supports the growth and diversity of lottery’s e-Instant portfolio and provides business development expertise in the area of interactive games.


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