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SiGMA and The BiG Foundation announces record fund raise from “The BiG Sports Dinner at SiGMA 2017”

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SiGMA and The BiG Foundation are delighted to announce a record fund raise for charity at The BiG Sports Dinner at SiGMA Chairty Dinner and Awards evening on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, at SiGMA in Malta.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the event raised over EUR 26,000 for a variety of charities including the Malta Community Chest Fund, Reaching Out in Africa and St Jude Hospital in the USA. The event was a huge success with demand outweighing capacity at the event.” Commented Richard Hogg, co-Director and Founder of The BiG Foundation.

The BiG Sports Dinner is ‘The’ only Charity Sports Dinner in the Betting and Gaming Industry and is regularly attended by a host of sports stars and industry professionals.

Eman Pulis, CEO of SiGMA, added: “The BiG Sports Dinner is a unique event within the gaming industry and we are privileged to be a part of it. As a company we are very passionate about our industry and charity work, so the BiG Sports Dinner is a natural fit for us. We are delighted that the event raised a substantial amount for worthy charities.”

A host of gaming companies attended the dinner, in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the events chosen charities. This included Microgaming, AliQuantum Gaming, SpinnrGames, Pragmatic Play and Leo Vegas to name a few.

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ABOUT THE BIG FOUNDATION

The BiG Foundation has been set up as a registered charitable organisation in the UK; the focus being on supporting those in difficult circumstances with funds donated from companies and individuals. For more information on our charity and other registered charities in England and Wales please visit www.charitycommission.gov.uk. To see The BiG Foundation’s profile, search using our Registered Charity No. 1153385. See more at www.thebigfoundation.org.uk

About SiGMA

SiGMA is a unique connector in the iGaming world, keeping the community engaged and facilitating breakthroughs. The organisation has undergone rapid growth, and now champions three interlinked pillars – EVENTS, NEWS and CAREERS. The flagship expo in Malta anchors an international event calendar, which in turn underscores a year-round commitment to the global iGaming community. SiGMA’s events and media keep the industry informed, connected and inspired. All of SiGMA’s platforms are the ideal launch-pad for the key players in iGaming to get things done.

See www.maltaigamingsummit.com

For further information please contact:

Richard Hogg at richard.hogg@thebigfoundation.org.uk


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Swiss Casinos forges partnership with Playtech for online launch

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Swiss Casinos, a major land-based casino operator in Switzerland, has signed a partnership with Playtech, the premier gaming software development company based in Isle of Man, for the launch of its online casinos.

The move is significant as the Swiss market will host iGaming for the first time from January 2019.

According to the newly passed Swiss legislation, only the land-based casino operators in the country will be eligible for the licence to run iGaming facility through their online channel from January.

“We are extremely excited to have found an internationally experienced and innovative partner in Playtech,” Swiss Casinos Group chief executive Marc Baumann said. “We will now be able to offer our customers in Switzerland an attractive iGaming offering.”

Playtech chief operating officer Shimon Akad added that his company was pleased to have partnered Switzerland’s leading casino brand.

“Playtech has a long history of success in cooperation with leading brands in the world’s most important gambling markets, and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Swiss Casinos,” he said.


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UK may implement cut of FOBT maximum stakes earlier than announced

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The British culture minister Jeremy Wright said the government is planning to prepone the implementation of the planned reduction of the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Earlier, the date of implementation was October 2019. It could be proposed by six months to April 2019.

It is a real twist in the tale, following the resignation of sports minister Tracey Crouch, who blamed the government of delaying to October the planned the reduction of maximum stake from 100 pounds to just two pounds.

The government had been staring at a possible defeat on its budget legislation in parliament, as many legislators from the governing Conservatives backed an amendment which would have forced them to bring forward the timing of the cut.

Wright said the implementation of the proposed rise in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online gaming operators, could also be preponed to April to cover the negative impact on the public finances.


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SportCaller launches all-new £1m ‘Jungle Jackpot‘ game with Lottoland for new series of hit show

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FTP specialist releases £1m Jungle Jackpot, an innovative new free-to-play game with Lottoland, to connect with a fresh mainstream audience


SportCaller, the free-to-play (FTP) game specialist, has broken new ground by partnering with leading bet-on-lotteries operator Lottoland for the launch of Jungle Jackpot, another fresh concept in its ever-expanding portfolio of products and clients.

The £1m jackpot FTP game is set to roll out for the upcoming series of ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’, hosted by Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby.

Jungle Jackpot offers players the opportunity to win £1m if they can correctly forecast the final placings of the celebrities in the smash-hit ITV programme, by predicting the order in which they will leave the jungle. A secondary daily prediction game, once the evictions start, will also provide players with the chance to win smaller rewards and cash prizes, based on their following of the show and what’s happening day-to-day in the camp.

The main jackpot will see Lottoland partner with some of the UK’s biggest digital properties to promote the game and reach a broad and highly social target audience, opening up the opportunity to introduce them to the value and innovation provided across Lottoland’s lottery betting and wider gaming products.

Having cornered the market for free-to-play sporting games, SportCaller MD Cillian Barry said the launch was the provider’s first foray into mass-media events in order to engage a new and truly mainstream audience.

Barry noted: “It’s a real coup to be collaborating with Lottoland on a jackpot product which speaks to a broader demographic, over and above the sports betting community that is our usual focus. Our combined ability to deliver presents a genuine test case for FTP flourishing outside its original sporting-betting domain by bringing to market a game that will appeal to the wider general public. Jungle Jackpot is a genuine industry-first for such a popular TV show.”

“Novelty betting has been around for years with Paddy Power et al, but this game is now redefining novelty appeal for non-gambling-focussed users. Jungle Jackpot sets a new standard for the next generation of online media consumers – it’s fun, fast, accessible and instantly immersive. In a typically standardised market for sign-up promotions and bonuses, SportCaller offers a third way to market. With our jackpot prediction games, we empower operators and media owners by converting traffic into transactional customer accounts, delivering trackable levels of increased player-activity and loyalty, which means clear, measurable payback.”

Nigel Birrell, CEO for Lottoland added: “The ability of SportCaller’s games to organically harness player engagement around sports events made them the perfect fit for this partnership. We’ve no doubt Jungle Jackpot will provide a real and immediate boost to both our acquisition and the cross-selling of Lottoland’s array of popular products.

“The social elements of this game can also deliver significant potential for growth. The main £1m Jungle Jackpot game gives every adult fan of the show the chance to win a lottery-level prize from a simple prediction mechanic. After all, who doesn’t have an opinion on what will happen each year when this rag-tag group of celebs heads into the jungle? The daily prediction games also represent a very accessible way to make a prediction on who will leave the jungle next, giving viewers a chance to test their opinions for rewards, and ultimately a share of a £10,000 cash prize, if proving to be the ultimate jungle judge!”

All games are fully compliant with global regulations, and are available across mobile and desktop channels on http://junglejackpot.sportcallerI’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.com. The Jungle Jackpot microsite hosting the games is geolocated to UK & Ireland players only, via SportCaller’s geo-restricting tech.


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