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iGaming Market keeps growing in Spain

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Spain’s revenues of the online gaming market, or GGR, for the first quarter has touched 163.3 million euros. The figure, while drop of 5.69 per cent when compared to the just previous quarter, is an increase of 28.85 per cent when compared to that of the corresponding period in 2017.

This is shown by the data published by the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ), in its report on the online gaming sector, which also indicates that the betting segment has a growth rate over the same quarter of the previous year of 15.89 per cent, with some restraint compared to what was experienced in previous years (20.38 per cent in 2015, 30.33 per cent in 2016 and 20.48 per cent in 2017).

The growth is due exclusively to the counterpart sports bets, both conventional bets that grow 13.35 per cent, and live bets with growth of 18.84 per cent.

Bingo has also experienced growth this quarter with an annual variation rate of 29.87 per cent. This keeps the trend that began in 2016, a quarter in which there was a 9.80 per cent growth that remained in 2017 with a growth of 23.10 per cent.

In the casino segment, the highest growth occurred in the first quarter of 2018 with an annual variation rate of 51.02 per cent. This situation occurs since 2015 with annual growth rates in the first quarter of 38.62 per cent in 2015; 105.04 per cent in 2016; 49.00 per cent in 2017. This growth is mainly due to the behaviour of the machines of chance since its launch in production in 2015 and has led to increasingly higher market shares of the casino compared to the rest of the segments.

Competitions experience a drop of 80.20 per cent in the annual variation rate. This segment exhibits an irregular behaviour with annual variation rates in the first quarter of −47.91 per cent in 2015; 88.53 per cent in 2016; −37.83 per cent in 2017. The overall result is that the market share of the competitions with respect to the rest of the segments is decreasing.

The poker presents this first quarter behaviour somewhat different from previous years, since with an annual variation rate of 41.59 per cent for the first time achieved a growth close to the rest of the games. This seems to reverse the downward trend of previous years already weakly started in the first quarter of 2017 (the annual variation rates in the first quarter were −5.00 per cent in 2015, −12.03 per cent in 2016, and 2. 51 per cent in 2017).

In all the years a better behaviour of the tournament poker is observed than of the cash poker. In this first quarter there was a positive rate for the first time in both the cash game (29.95 per cent) and the tournament game (50.23 per cent).

Marketing spending in the quarter was 76.26 million euros, with an annual growth of 35.79 per cent and broken down into affiliate expenses € 6.26 million; € 3.16 million sponsorship; promotions 25.39; and advertising € 41.45 million.

The monthly average of active users is 796,331, which implies a growth of 24.36 per cent with respect to the same quarter of the previous year. The monthly average of the new registers is 267,856 users, with an annual growth of 27.87 per cent.

Source: 5star.media

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Camel Rock Casino Chooses VizExplorer

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VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions for casinos, announced the execution of a new license agreement to deploy its floorViz™ and campaignViz™ solutions at Camel Rock Casino, operated by the Pueblo of Tesuque.

The New Mexico-based casino exists in a highly competitive market with several other gaming properties nearby. To mitigate the competition, the Tesuque Pueblo tribe announced last year its plans to build a replacement casino on tribal land near the Santa Fe Opera.

Seeking to secure its player base and optimize revenues at the new casino, Camel Rock selected VizExplorer to uncover insights it needs to make informed, profitable business decisions going forward. Using VizExplorer’s floorViz, the team will determine which games to keep, which new games to invest in, and where to place them on the new gaming floor. The marketing team will employ campaignViz to evaluate and properly incentivize players during the transition to the new casino, and determine an effective player reinvestment strategy.

“We are eager to get up and running with VizExplorer and trust that the information and insights their solutions offer will help us improve our slot floor, increase visits and encourage more play among our guests,” says Michael Beach, Camel Rock Casino’s Director of Marketing.

“We’re thrilled that Camel Rock chose VizExplorer solutions. The choice signals a commitment to using technology to derive valuable insights to improve operational efficiency, which is key to winning in a competitive casino landscape,” said Kyle Gryzanoski, VizExplorer’s VP of Sales – Western Region.

Camel Rock Casino joins more than 50 other tribal casinos currently using the VizExplorer platform. The agreement was handled by VizExplorer reseller Game Changing Technologies, a provider of licensing and consulting services to companies doing business in the casino industry.

 

About VizExplorer:

VizExplorer offers operational intelligence (OI) solutions to the gaming industry. The next generation in data-driven decision making, OI lets businesses analyze live, fast-changing data and take immediate action using a single toolset. VizExplorer’s tools help enterprises address smart space and profit optimization, marketing campaign management, CRM and customer service, and service and dispatch management. VizExplorer is led by a team of distinguished OI experts, seasoned industry veterans and world class software developers devoted to building the very best products backed by extraordinary support. VizExplorer is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Las Vegas and Wellington, New Zealand.

Source: Press Release submitted to European Gaming Media

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Record Loss for Russian Bookmakers In The World Cup Final

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In the 2018 World Cup final, France defeated Croatia and won the world championship for the second time in its history. Deputy General Director for Trading BC “League of Stakes” Maxim Afanasyev said that the match was a record loss for Russian bookmakers.

“We recorded a record for the loss – 3.5 times more than at the Champions League final. They played all the outcomes, which were mostly put by the clients: the victory of France, the handicap (-1.5) for the French, both will score, goals in both halves, and, of course, all conceivable and inconceivable totals, ” said Mr. Afanasyev.

He also noted that the final match was probably the most record on payments in the entire bookmaker industry.

“The loss on the Russian market from one final match, according to my estimates, is about $ 100 million,” the expert believes.

In the final match of the 2018 World Cup, France defeated Croatia 4: 2.

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Wazdan pushes the boat out at iGB Live!

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Friday, July 20; 2018, Malta – Game-producer Wazdan hosted partners and the media to a boat party on Amsterdam’s canals to celebrate what has been a meteoric rise in the gaming world in less than a year as well as to mark two major game launches during iGB Live! The company had plenty to celebrate, this week alone Wazdan launched both Fruits Go Bananas™ as well as the much anticipated Spectrum.

In what has been a great year so far, Wazdan opened a new European office in Malta with a big party last month, won Hot Product Award at G2E Asia, as well as Start-Up of the Year Award at MIGEA Excellence Awards, was nominated for the EGR awards, have released a slew of new games and signed with some of the biggest names in the industry including EveryMatrix, Videoslots, SlotMillions, Tipbet, Iforium, iSoftbet, Evenbets, Groove Gaming, Globalplay and Rabbit Entertainment, amongst others.

The hosts welcomed their guests with a delicious dinner party on board the vessel as it cruised Amsterdam’s main canals. As a special treat, wooden boxes of exquisite hand-made chocolates were distributed to guests themed for Fruits Go Bananas™.

Apart from Fruits Go Bananas™ and Spectrum, Wazdan has launched a myriad of games this year, Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Fruits 4 Deluxe, Dracula’s Castle, Magic of the Ring Deluxe, Magic Stars 3, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, 9 Lions, Double Tigers, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe, Corrida Romance Deluxe, Fruit Mania Deluxe, Football Mania Deluxe and Highway to Hell Deluxe.

Head of Sales at Wazdan Andrzej Hyla said: “Innovation is in our DNA at Wazdan and we are having great fun participating in this year’s iGB Live! showcasing our technology platform and our innovative Unique Wazdan Features. By showcasing what our technologists and games developers are capable of, we help to educate the industry on the depth of our talent pool and their capabilities. Wazdan has a technology advantage, and that has always been reflected in the games we produce. We’re delighted so many partners and friends could join us for this very special occasion on Amsterdam’s canals aboard this beautiful boat.”

Wazdan’s world-class studios are experienced in developing games and technologies for desktop, tablets and mobile, with a particular emphasis on mobile. The Unique Wazdan Features, that include the world’s first Volatility Levels™, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature, are a central element to deliver Wazdan’s HTML5 slots for mobile, tablet and desktop and have been showcased throughout iGB Live!.

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

 

 

ABOUT WAZDAN:
Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 100 HTML5 slots, table games and video pokers, Wazdan is gaining popularity on the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns and soon will extended with new amazing slot games, including Los MuertosTM, Mayan RitualTM and Captain FlyntTM, among others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility LevelTM, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes. Wazdan holds a number of  European trademarks including for their world’s-first Volatility Level TM. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay. Wazdan’s Sales Team is showcasing their products at iGB Live! in Amsterdam from July 17th to the 20th.

Source: Press Release submitted to European Gaming Media

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