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Maxim Slobodyanyuk on Euro 2024: Innovative Atlaslive’s Sportsbook for Operators’ Success in iGaming

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As we draw closer to the start of Euro 2024 on June 14, the sporting community buzzes with anticipation, along with operators in the iGaming industry and their eager sports bettors. Today, we’re interviewing a particularly fascinating figure, Maxim Slobodyanyuk, whose company has developed one of the world’s most innovative and adaptable Sportsbook. We’ll hear firsthand about football innovations and the unique possibilities that modern technology brings to the field.

Maxim Slobodyanyuk, Chief Executive Officer at Atlaslive, a dynamic iGaming platform, will share his insights and expert thoughts on the eve of the highly awaited Euro 2024. He will discuss the innovations in football for modern operators and the incredible opportunities for iGaming businesses, thanks to the integration of Atlaslive’s powerful Sportsbook Platform.

Maxim, Euro 2024 approaches, which begins on June 14th, the excitement around football betting is becoming palpable. Could you please share how Atlaslive’s innovative sportsbook is setting up to enhance the betting experience for this major event?

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As Euro 2024 nears, starting on June 14, the anticipation in the world of football betting is indeed palpable. At Atlaslive, our in-house developed Sportsbook is designed to significantly enhance the betting experience for this major event. We’re prepared to handle peak loads effortlessly, thanks to our robust Platform that boasts a 99.9% uptime. This reliability means that our players can place their bets almost continuously, without the risk of losing access during critical moments.

Moreover, our Platform offers tools for objective and highly professional betting management, ensuring accurate and timely results. We understand that our partners may have unique needs, and we are equipped to develop and integrate new, exclusive modules swiftly, tailored to their specific business requirements. All these capabilities give us a significant competitive edge in both existing and new markets.

 

Maxim, what do you think about expanding promotional activities to include a variety of sports beyond just football? Could you explain how operators can benefit from this approach and what impact it has on their success?

Expanding promotions to include a wider range of sports is definitely a smart move for any iGaming operator. While football typically holds the top spot in betting, other sports have a lot to offer too. When we spread out our efforts to include these other sports, we reach more markets and make the most of different sports seasons.

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Let’s take a simple example. Say an operator focuses only on football and runs a big ad for a Premier League game. This might bring in a lot of bets at first, but it also makes the business really depend on how that game goes. If the game doesn’t turn out well, the operator could lose a lot of money.

That’s why at Atlaslive, we offerl operators to think wider. Our Platform supports this strategy by providing detailed business analytics, helping our partners identify the most lucrative opportunities, and tailor their promotions to maximize returns across different sports and seasons. So they can make smarter choices and do better in the long run.

 

As the trend of online casinos offering sports betting continues to grow, could you tell us more about the advantages for operators in integrating a sportsbook into their platform? Please, share any unique features or innovations that set Atlaslive’s sportsbook apart.

Certainly, launching a sportsbook before major events like UEFA Euro 2024 is a proven strategy. There are plenty of other events that also draw attention. But what really matters is how the operator plans to move forward.

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As the trend for online casinos to include sports betting grows, it’s clear there are big advantages for operators who integrate a sportsbook into their platform. People’s habits are changing, most of them are not just spinning slots in the casino lobby for hours anymore. They want more engaging, live experiences tied to real-world events. A sportsbook, especially one with a variety of betting options, really taps into this desire for more dynamic entertainment.

Our Sportsbook at Atlaslive is designed to boost engagement and conversions — our current partners have seen increases of over 30% in these areas. This is thanks to the unique features and special gamification techniques we’ve built into our Platform.

Sure, an online casino can succeed on its own. For example, in Europe, online casinos have generated billions in revenue without sports betting. But think about how much more successful they could be if they added sports betting. Sports events naturally draw a lot of attention and excitement, which makes them easier to promote than casino games alone. Plus, sports betting is often more socially accepted, which helps attract and retain players.

What sets our Sportsbook apart? It’s developed in-house with a focus on user-friendliness. We make it easy for players to find and bet on exciting events, which keeps them coming back. We’re also continuously enhancing our Platform to ensure it’s lightning-fast, intuitive, and equipped with the latest in real-time risk management and anti-fraud technology. It’s designed to scale and adapt to multiple markets as needed.

I’m sure casino operators who offer both slots and sports betting will always maintain a strategic advantage in attracting and retaining players.

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You mentioned Atlaslive’s strategy includes growing with partners and adapting to different market conditions. How does this help improve your sportsbook’s performance and reliability for operators in new markets?

Yes, really, our strategy at Atlaslive is all about growing alongside our partners and adapting to diverse market conditions. This approach greatly enhances the performance and reliability of our Sportsbook, especially in new markets. By understanding and adjusting to local needs, we keep our Platform robust and highly relevant to specific regional demands.

Each market has its unique challenges, from regulatory requirements to player preferences. Our ability to swiftly adapt allows us to offer solutions that are both flexible and compliant, which is crucial for maintaining smooth operations and securing trust among operators.

At the same time, our ongoing commitment to refining our technology means that we can handle the demands of various markets without sacrificing speed or functionality. This ensures that our partners can offer their customers a reliable and engaging betting experience, no matter where they are.

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How do you see the future of sports betting, what new technologies and trends do you consider pivotal for boosting the overall betting experience?

Sports betting is all about staying current with technology. At Atlaslive, we’re really pushing the limits with live and mobile betting. That’s why we continue to optimize our Platform for mobile use, making sure that our users have a seamless, fast, and reliable experience.

According to our current statistics, over 90% of users are now betting through mobile devices, and this trend continues to grow. People find it easier to bet on the go, which is why we’re heavily focused on improving our mobile betting apps.

eSports, virtual reality, data analytics, and AI are reshaping how fans interact with sports betting. These technologies make betting more exciting and more responsive to the real-time actions sports fans love. We’re seeing a strong preference for live betting because it lets bettors engage with the game as it happens, adding an extra thrill to every match.

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Altenar’s global expansion: Sam Hill outlines plans for growth in LatAm, Europe, and Beyond

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Can you elaborate on Altenar’s specific goals for global expansion? What regions are Altenar focusing on for growth?

We’re not interested in limiting ourselves, so we are actively exploring several global expansion opportunities. Our highly customisable product can be tailored to any region, and we have the content library to support a global audience. Leveraging our existing customer base and success in Latin America, a market where we are already well-established, makes perfect sense. Specifically, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru are regions where we have seen strong results and hold further growth potential.

There’s no reason why we can’t expand further across Europe too, where we already have a foothold, and Asia, a largely untapped market for us. Can we do more to establish a stronger presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region? Absolutely! Growing the business globally is a key focus.

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You have nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, including roles at Betgenius, BetVictor, and IMG. How will your experience be leveraged to help Altenar achieve its global ambitions?

My sales experience and track record in the content and data space were likely factors in my hiring. My network is fairly extensive and a useful asset that can be leveraged to Altenar’s advantage. In my previous roles at IMG ARENA and Genius, I managed a significant portion of the global sales team, including overseeing territories that are key target areas for Altenar.

Altenar stands out as a leader in this area, excelling in both proprietary content delivery and seamless third-party data integration. Our partnerships with over 20 third-party sportsbook suppliers allow us to deliver the broadest and highest-quality content portfolio – a critical advantage for any operator in a competitive market.

 

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Can you provide some examples of how Altenar might tailor its approach to different regions?

The foundation of success in different markets is always providing the right products. While UI/UX and front-end features offer customisation options, bespoke solutions are also available. Operators can request or configure custom settings in the backend, including margins, bet limits, customer profiling and across our extensive proprietary bonus engine.

UI and UX are key elements. For multi-territory operators, we offer flexibility in content presentation. They can choose the sports, competitions, markets, banners, bonuses, and bet boosts they want to display. Our deep bonus tool capabilities allow for territory-specific customisation, and operators can enable or disable frontend features based on their needs.

However, differentiation goes beyond just the user experience. Our experienced and dedicated account management team provides exceptional support. We strive to execute any individual operator’s trading strategy, whether they prefer a hands-off approach or a more involved one. We provide the operational support needed for either scenario.

Finally, we can cater to specific market demands. In Brazil, for example, we offer a deeper selection of domestic sports content. This allows operators to differentiate themselves and provide what customers want, ultimately leading to better customer acquisition and retention.

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Growing Altenar’s revenue and securing high-profile global partnerships is a key aspect of your role. Can you elaborate on the types of partnerships Altenar is looking to establish, and what qualities define a ‘high-value customer’ for Altenar?

I have great confidence in Altenar’s product offerings. We have a well-established reputation for excellence, but we need to continue raising brand awareness and communicating the value we deliver. My goal is to increase awareness of Altenar’s capabilities among high-profile brands.

We are targeting different partnerships. Casino operators are leaving revenue on the table when it comes to sportsbook, that we are perfectly placed to help them recognise. Another major focus is speaking to established operators in various territories. Can Altenar take their brand to new markets, where they can leverage their potential for growth? Even North American operators today will naturally be looking south at LatAm. We can then leverage their brand recognition in new markets. It is a broad remit but ultimately we will leverage the quality of the Altenar product and the strength of the relationships we have to capitalise on our growth potential.

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“Our Product is Young, Flexible, and Dynamic” – Anhelina Stasiuk on the Future of the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator

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European Gaming met with Anhelina Stasiuk after her appointment as Head of Business Line at the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator to learn about her plans for the product. In this interview, Anhelina shares her vision for expanding the client base, enhancing player engagement, and maintaining top-notch service and technological innovation.

 

Congratulations on your recent appointment as Head of Business Line at SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator! Can you share your immediate priorities with us in this new role?

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Thank you for your congratulations.

I am pleased to have this opportunity because the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, being one of the newest products in the SOFTSWISS ecosystem, presents vast opportunities for development. Its technological advancements and timeless appeal make it a top-notch engagement tool in high demand among our clients.

Our meticulous approach focuses on technology to ensure we deliver high-quality solutions. As the new Head of Business Line at SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, my priority is to expand our client base by tapping into the clients of the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator. I believe this tool is a ‘must-have’ for them. They can seamlessly launch the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator and join the Network Jackpot, offering their players a thrilling experience and the chance for significant wins.

Expanding our Network Jackpots is another priority in our strategy. Our research shows that network jackpots increase player engagement and enhance performance metrics for participating casinos. The shared pool mechanic is particularly attractive to players, offering more substantial rewards than individual branded jackpots.

 

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Can you explain how the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator differentiates itself from other jackpot solutions in the market from your point of view?

We continuously study our competitors, and our Network Jackpot consistently delivers excellent results, giving us a significant market advantage.

A key strength is our collaboration with game providers. For example, we have launched network jackpots with providers like Evolution and currently have a campaign running with Apparat Gaming. These collaborative jackpots highlight their portfolios and open new initiatives for SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator’s clients. The Jackpot Aggregator’s unique mechanics and the Game Aggregator’s user-friendly settings make these launches seamless and fast.

Additionally, we allow other platforms to organise their own jackpot networks. We can integrate with third-party platforms, enabling them to launch and manage their networks effortlessly.

Our Jackpot Aggregator is versatile and compatible with sportsbooks, which is rare in the market. Betting jackpots are especially exciting during major sports events. For example, we launched jackpots for several SOFTSWISS Sportsbook’s clients during the European Football Championship. With flexible settings, brands can create different jackpots to meet the heightened interest in sports betting.

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Moreover, we can run joint campaigns for both casino and sports betting, which is another unique feature. This versatility allows our clients to maximise engagement across different types of gaming activities.

 

How do you envision the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator evolving, and what impact do you expect these changes to have on SOFTSWISS’s market position?

The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator is a universal and modern tool that can be implemented not only in casino games but also across the entire iGaming system. All SOFTSWISS products integrate seamlessly, and the Jackpot Aggregator is no exception. It enables unified campaigns combining casino games and sportsbooks, enriching the user experience and allowing casinos to customise launches quickly and easily.

 

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Customer satisfaction is crucial for any product’s success. What strategies will you implement to ensure that the Jackpot Aggregator continues to meet and exceed your clients’ expectations?

A partner recently emphasised that while a product may be perfect, service is equally crucial. They emphasised that they would always choose the option with excellent service. At SOFTSWISS, we are committed to excelling in both areas – ensuring our product is stable and our service outstanding.

Our technical team is dedicated to maintaining top performance, ensuring the product can handle any load, regardless of the client’s size, supporting existing functionality, and developing new features. We pride ourselves on our technology.

Equally, we prioritise excellent communication and a solid client-oriented approach in our hiring process, supporting our managers’ qualifications through ongoing training.

Our account managers focus on providing quick responses. We have established minimum response time standards to ensure clients receive timely assistance, even on weekends. We understand that time is money, and our clients trust that their requests will always be processed promptly, with the necessary support and advice for effective operations.

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What are the main challenges for you in this new position?

The challenge is to demonstrate that I can achieve everything I have planned. I have a proven track record of success and am eager to lead us forward in this new role. With the team, we will explore new opportunities and continue to develop the product.

We are prepared to enter new markets and work with clients to consider new markets at their request. Our young, flexible, and dynamic product makes it well-suited for expansion and adaptation.

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Amplifying horse racing: An inside look at how Altenar is diversifying its platform in partnership with SIS

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Industry heavyweights SIS and Altenar are both well-respected suppliers in the industry, known for delivering memorable sports betting experiences. After penning a new deal to boost its horse racing offering, Antonis Karakousis, Director of Operations at Altenar, is joined by Andy Kelly, Head of Commercial Partnerships at SIS to discuss the huge benefits in play.

 

How did the partnership come about?

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Andy Kelly: One of the biggest goals for SIS this year is continued geographic expansion. Having signed a host of international deals, we are looking to enhance our reach, a key strategy to support this ambition is to partner with leading platform providers that have big networks worldwide. Altenar has an impressive client base and being able to collaborate will only serve to benefit both brands. Our extensive product range appeals to operators in search of added value, with 24/7 betting content to drive new operator revenue streams across racing, competitive gaming (esports), and live number draws.

We have hit the ground running with Altenar, with our teams demonstrating a willingness to cooperate and implement strategies in providing products to operators efficiently, with no disruption to existing offerings.

Antonis Karakousis: The collaboration with SIS is a significant milestone for us.. The decision to add a racing provider to our in-house sportsbook stemmed from our commitment to offering a diverse and engaging sports betting experience to the users. Recognising the popularity and global appeal of racing products, we sought a reputable partner who could deliver high-quality content and a seamless integration process.

 

What excites you the most about the partnership?

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Karakousis: The breadth of SIS’ offering, including its extensive portfolio of horse racing services, real-time data, and streaming solutions, aligns seamlessly with our commitment to providing diverse and engaging content to users. We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will have on our platform and the satisfaction it will bring to our operators.

Kelly: Our partnership with Altenar provides us with the opportunity to offer the full SIS product range to a host of new operators across the world through a single integration. The deal means we can get more eyes on our products. We are launching with over 74,000 racing events every year, with our range of live fixed odds numbers draws to follow, with Competitive Gaming events-based sports simulation product completing the product offering. It’s about providing Altenar with a range of premium, highly engaging content that creates fresh revenue opportunities around the clock, through exciting short-form events.

It has been great to see both sides sharing insights to ensure smooth and seamless processes in delivering content to a wide range of operators.

 

How has the integration worked so far?

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Kelly: The integration process has all been smooth so far, aided by the experienced and very capable technical teams on both sides. Together we will be able to offer bettors more round-the-clock opportunities across the product range, initially starting with our live racing content. Having worked with platform providers in the past, we are confident that we can continue to get our products to market through Altenar quickly and seamlessly.

Karakousis: Working closely with the SIS team, our technical experts have engaged in a concerted effort to ensure a smooth incorporation of their products into the Altenar sportsbook. We are pleased to share that the integration has exceeded our expectations on several fronts.

 

Are there any more products in the pipeline?

Karakousis: Our collaboration with SIS goes beyond the launch of the horse racing product. We have exciting plans in the pipeline, with both greyhound racing and lottery games set to be introduced in the near future. There is no doubt that SIS’ product base is one of the most respected  in the industry and has elevated our offering to a wider audience. Additionally, as 2024 progresses, we expect the horse racing product to expand further, bolstering odds on some of the world’s premier race meetings.

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Kelly: We are constantly looking at enhancing our existing product range to serve the evolving needs of operators. This has previously been demonstrated by our expanded range of live fixed odds numbers draws, with high-frequency Fast 15’s designed to keep bettors engaged with a new draw every three minutes.

We will also continue to grow our live racing content offering across the world. We have the rights to some of the biggest and most prestigious international races in the world including all contests at Saudi Cup and the Dubai World Cup, to name a couple. Having rolled out fixed-odds betting in Colorado with bet365 recently, we are hopeful that other US states will follow suit.

There is also the possibility of adding a wider array of sports simulations to our SIS Competitive Gaming offering to ensure localised appeal.

 

How do you foresee 2024 going in terms of this partnership?

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Kelly: We believe the rest of the year will bring mutual success and growth for both SIS and Altenar. We are already seeing the positive impact of our partnership, with collaborations across multiple departments, working together cohesively to meet the challenges of the market together by delivering a product range that engages bettors and provides additional revenues for operators globally. With our combined efforts this is certainly achievable.

Karakousis: As we look ahead to the rest of the year, we are highly optimistic about the trajectory of our partnership with SIS and the impact it will have on the Altenar sportsbook. The collaboration has already laid a strong foundation with the successful launch of the horse racing product, and we anticipate several key developments and milestones in the coming year.

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