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Spain France to Share Player Pools “in the Coming Weeks”

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Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), the Spanish online gambling regulator – has announced the issuing of cross-border online poker licenses “in the coming weeks”. This will make the first stage of liquidity-sharing project between Spain, France, Italy and Portugal feasible.

Online gambling regulators from Europe´s four ring-fenced countries concurred on a “basis of cooperation” in July last year with the target of generating a shared liquidity pool for online poker. Irrespective of the persistent failure of the Portuguese market and oppositions from Italian politicians the process of creating the pan-European market advanced.

France´s online gambling regulator – Autorité de Régulation des Jeux En Ligne (ARJEL) – issued to PokerStars.fr; its first cross-border online poker license last month and earlier this week its Spanish counterpart added in the Official State Gazette about the issuing of cross-border online poker licenses as promptly as the law authorises it to do it. Issuing of the licenses will enable operators with cross-border online poker licenses to amalgamate their player pools from Spain and France.

No such time period has been put forward for the joining of operators in Portugal with the pan-European market until the country´s elections take place in March nothing is anticipated to materialise in Italy.

PokerStars and Party to be First in the Queue

PokerStars and Party Poker are expected to be the first recipients of Spanish cross-border online poker licenses. Both have a presence in Spain and France, and although Party Poker´s Spanish presence is minuscule (partypoker.es has not hosted a multi-table tournament since May 2015), the site hopes liquidity sharing will signal a reversal in its fortunes.

The French online poker site Winamax was also expected to apply for cross-border licenses in Spain and France, but the site might be having second thoughts. Despite declaring its support for a pan-European market – and signing Spain´s Adrian Mateos and Italy´s Mustapha Kanit as sponsored pros last October – Winamax has not been quick to apply for either French or Spanish cross-border poker licenses.

One of the issues obstructing Winamax from obtaining a Spanish cross-border poker license is that it allows players from outside France to play on its poker platform. This is contrary to Spanish licensing regulations; and, as Winamax does not have a presence in Spain, the site may be considering whether it is worth abandoning its non-French customers in order to obtain a license in Spain.

888Poker Also Appears Reluctant to Get Involved

With Winamax and PokerStars sharing 80% of the French online poker market, 888Poker doesn´t appear to be in much of a hurry to join pan-European liquidity sharing either. 888Poker does have a healthy market share in Spain, but rather than try to make a profitable incursion into France, the site has decided to turn its attention to the much more open Italian market.

On Tuesday, the company launched 888Poker.it to complement its existing Italian-facing sports betting site and online casino. The launch is being supported by a substantial marketing campaign and it will be interesting to see where 888Poker.it lands among its competition once the dust has settled. The result could determine whether the company eventually moves into the French online poker market and seriously gets involved in pan-European liquidity sharing.

Consequently, it looks as though the launch of a pan-European market could be a bit of an anti-climax. The only two operators likely to take advantage of the initial liquidity sharing possibilities will be PokerStars and Party Poker – the latter being a very minor player in European regulated markets – while Winamax and 888Poker may just sit on the fence. Not quite the “great news for poker in Europe” forecast by some industry observers.


Source: European Gaming Portal

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Everything comes back around in popularity or at least that is what they say. It has happened with vinyl records and now the same is occurring with retro video games. Yes, classic video games have become popular as children of the 1980s and 1990s have grown older and moved into the workforce. But classic games haven’t just become popular to play. People are spending large sums of money on classic games from 20 and 30 years ago and owners who sell the games are making tidy sums. Gamers looking for classic games online can find free casino slot games inspired by retro video games.

Why are classic games popular again?

Classic video games are becoming popular as many older gamers look for a nostalgia factor. Playing games from their childhood brings back memories of yesteryear. Old Nintendo games are a link to the past for many gamers and it is something they don’t want to lose. Nintendo announced in August that it would release a back catalogue of classic games for a new platform. The move will capitalise on the growing number of people looking for older games rather than newer ones. Many older games have inspired online slots which has driven their popularity sky-high.

In addition to personal reasons, today’s mega-blockbuster video games are seen as too violent by many. While video games of the past were an escape from reality, modern games are based – at least loosely – on the problems of the world. From first person shooters to Grand Theft Auto, many older gamers want to play games that don’t reflect reality.

How much are rare video games worth?

A recent study of rare and nostalgic video games from the last 30 years has found a number of old games selling for large sums of money. According to one source, a copy of Nintendo’s Campus Challenge 1991 sells for around $22,000. Amazingly, the now rare game cost just $30 back in 1991. Gamers who had a copy could cash-in on Campus Challenge if they are able to find it. Other rare games selling for big money include the 1988 Sega Megadrive edition of Tetris and Atari’s Air Raid from 1982.

Ultimate 11 is another that is high on the rare games list. According to reports, only 10 copies exist and each goes for $10,000. Kizuna Encounter had only 15 English versions created and is reportedly worth $13,000. One video game collector paid $55,000 for a copy of both games in 2009.

…And then there’s E.T.

In 1982, Atari rushed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game into the marketplace. Atari gave E.T.’s creator just five and a half weeks to develop the game. The company wanted it out in time for Christmas and to reap the rewards of the holiday season. The rushed game was awful and gamers hated it. It barely sold and Atari had warehouses chocked full of E.T. games it couldn’t sell. Unable to move the games and with Atari becoming obsolete by the mid-1980s, the company buried hundreds of thousands of copies of E.T. and other games in the New Mexico desert. Some have been dug up and rare copies of the game have sold for $1,535 at auction. The excavators of the long-lost cartridges found 900 E.T. games in total. After selling them on eBay, the group made $108,000.

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

January 17th 2018, Malta – In 2018 we are celebrating our 10th birthday and 10 years of shared success in the company of our clients. We thought that this called for a moment of celebration, therefore we are inviting you to join us at the most exciting event of the year at Stand N6-310.

EveryMatrix has expanded greatly since our entrance to the market and we have reached new milestones in terms of growing our Sports, Casino and Payment offering to the benefit of our clients and partners.

From sportsbook and casino to payments and affiliate systems, our products work independently and can be easily integrated with existing platforms or can be offered as White Label, where clients can choose to operate under their own gaming licence or use one from us.

Today, EveryMatrix is servicing more than 70 operators from different jurisdictions including Tipico, Norsk Tipping and 188Bet among others, and we are always striving to support constant innovation and offer our clients the best possible range of services and value in the market.

At this year’s ICE edition, we are exhibiting our recent innovations including the latest Front-end Technology & Content Management System and the newly launched cross-product Bonus System that brings unprecedent flexibility among many other value-added features.

Always having operators in focus, we have consequently developed and will be showcasing our CasinoEngine Direct, as well as Data Feed and Sports API solutions too.

With CasinoEngine Direct solution, operators can integrate our casino product directly into their own platform and wallet, and gain access to more than 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers. The CasinoEngine Direct solution secures minimum latency and optimal game speed.

Using our sports Data Feeds and Sports API, a complete solution delivering an unparalleled range of markets and outcomes with industry leading profitability, we help multiple businesses meet their targets, from bookmakers to affiliates and from odds comparison sites to score sites.

Our top representatives will welcome you at Stand N6-310 for the biggest and most exciting event in iGaming.

About EveryMatrix

EveryMatrix is a multi-award winning iGaming software provider, delivering a comprehensive product suite including a fully managed sportsbook, the largest casino content aggregator on the market, a complete gaming and payment processing platform, and a stand-alone affiliate/agent management system.


Source: European Gaming Portal

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EveryMatrix-10-years-at-ICE Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

January 17th 2018, Malta – In 2018 we are celebrating our 10th birthday and 10 years of shared success in the company of our clients. We thought that this called for a moment of celebration, therefore we are inviting you to join us at the most exciting event of the year at Stand N6-310.

EveryMatrix has expanded greatly since our entrance to the market and we have reached new milestones in terms of growing our Sports, Casino and Payment offering to the benefit of our clients and partners.

From sportsbook and casino to payments and affiliate systems, our products work independently and can be easily integrated with existing platforms or can be offered as White Label, where clients can choose to operate under their own gaming licence or use one from us.

Today, EveryMatrix is servicing more than 70 operators from different jurisdictions including Tipico, Norsk Tipping and 188Bet among others, and we are always striving to support constant innovation and offer our clients the best possible range of services and value in the market.

At this year’s ICE edition, we are exhibiting our recent innovations including the latest Front-end Technology & Content Management System and the newly launched cross-product Bonus System that brings unprecedent flexibility among many other value-added features.

Always having operators in focus, we have consequently developed and will be showcasing our CasinoEngine Direct, as well as Data Feed and Sports API solutions too.

With CasinoEngine Direct solution, operators can integrate our casino product directly into their own platform and wallet, and gain access to more than 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers. The CasinoEngine Direct solution secures minimum latency and optimal game speed.

Using our sports Data Feeds and Sports API, a complete solution delivering an unparalleled range of markets and outcomes with industry leading profitability, we help multiple businesses meet their targets, from bookmakers to affiliates and from odds comparison sites to score sites.

Our top representatives will welcome you at Stand N6-310 for the biggest and most exciting event in iGaming.

About EveryMatrix

EveryMatrix is a multi-award winning iGaming software provider, delivering a comprehensive product suite including a fully managed sportsbook, the largest casino content aggregator on the market, a complete gaming and payment processing platform, and a stand-alone affiliate/agent management system.


Source: European Gaming News…

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