BetConstruct partners PMU for horse racing betting launch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Sports betting Regions: Europe Western Europe France Companies: BetConstruct BetConstruct is to expand its sports betting services with the addition of horse racing, through a new partnership with French betting and gaming operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU). Through the cooperation agreement, BetConstruct will be able to offer live streaming and betting markets on flat and harness races organised by PMU in France. The horse racing offering will initially go live in BetConstruct’s native Armenian market, sharing liquidity with PMU’s French player pools, before being made available to its client base around the world from spring next year.“PMU is very happy with this partnership with BetConstruct, which will give Armenian players the opportunity to bet on French horse racing, within the same network [as French bettors],” PMU area manager for Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Philippe Thebault commented. “This was a big first step, and hopefully the agreement will allow BetConstruct’s partners around the world to enjoy French racing and PMU’s product, as well as allowing our organisation to expand our distribution network with BetConstruct.”BetConstruct regional director for Africa, France and Monaco David Ozararat added: “[We are very satifisfied to collaborate with] PMU and broadcast world-renowned French horse racing.He said the agreement with the operator would help grow both BetConstruct and its partners’ customer bases.The deal further expands PMU’s network of international partners. The operator currently works with more than 80 operators in over 50 countries worldwide, most recently moved into the Spanish market for the first time, through a partnership with Ladbrokes and Cirsa joint venture Sportium. Image: Max Pixel Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address iGaming solutions provider plots initial launch in Armenia before global roll-out of horse racing product 3rd December 2018 | By contenteditor BetConstruct partners PMU for horse racing betting launchlast_img read more

FAST TRACK provides Cashmio with CRM tool

first_img3rd January 2019 | By Josephine Watson FAST TRACK provides Cashmio with CRM tool Tech & innovation Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img Topics: Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter FAST TRACK has partnered with Cashmio Casino to provide the popular online casino operator with its customer relationship management tool – FAST TRACK CRM.This is the first agreement in which FAST TRACK has licensed out its pioneering CRM software, which forms part of the management and technology services it provides to the likes of Metal Casino, Ikibu and Casino Calzone.FAST TRACK CRM provides casino operators with the ability to manage, automate and analyse all aspects of the player journey in one place and all in real time.The tool has been built for driving efficiency, giving users the ability to focus on what really matters to them.“When searching for a CRM solution, we struggled to find the right product that matched our requirements as a brand,” Cashmio CEO Maria Boelius, said.“But after speaking with the team at FAST TRACK, it was clear the FAST TRACK CRM was the tool for us to achieve our objectives.”Simon Lidzen CEO of FAST TRACK, said: “Cashmio has been a strategic partner for us, providing us with great insight in how we can provide FT CRM as a standalone product.“Cashmio’s vision is clear; they wanted an efficient tool, with real time marketing capabilities and to remove the ad hoc requirements to drag lists and administrate multiple systems.“This is how future operations are run, and this is what our tool is built for.”last_img read more

Norwegian regulator warns chess federation over Kindred deal

first_img Norway’s gambling regulator has warned the country’s chess federation against finalising its proposed commercial partnership with Kindred Group.In a letter to the Norwegian Chess Federation – which has jurisdiction over world champion Magnus Carlsen – Lottstift said it should “consider the consequences” of working with a company it claims operates in the country illegally.Lottstift said that Kindred, through its subsidiary Trannel, offers money games in Norway via the Unibet and Maria Casino brands, despite not being licensed. The regulator suggested that the chess federation could legally find itself in a ‘grey zone’ if it is seen to help market operators which are not licensed in Norway.“By entering into an agreement with Kindred, the Norwegian Chess Federation puts itself in a situation where connected will continuously operate in a grey zone between freedom of speech and illegal marketing,” Lottstift said in a statement.“As of today, the agreement is impossible to assess in advance what activities will constitute a violation of the marketing ban. This comes entirely to how the activity is carried out in practice.“Although the co-operation agreement itself may be legal, the Norwegian Gaming Authority will nevertheless encourage Norway’s Chess Federation to carefully assess the consequences of entering into such an agreement, both by becoming involved in a situation that could potentially lead to a risk of violation of the gaming rules, and by publishing fronts a collaboration with one actor who today deliberately breaks Norwegian law.”The chess federation, which said it has sought legal advice, will make a formal decision whether to proceed with the partnership at a meeting in July.Trannel International was ordered to cease operations in Norway in April after being found in breach of national igaming regulations by Lottstift.The subsidiary was one of seven operators hit by an order from Lottstift banning Norwegian and foreign banks from processing transactions to its site in February this year.The operator has also launched a lawsuit against the regulator, accusing it of going beyond its remit to prevent Kindred from offering online gaming services in Norway, which is due to be heard at the Oslo City Court later this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Norway’s gambling regulator has warned the country’s chess federation against finalising its proposed commercial partnership with Kindred Group. Norwegian regulator warns chess federation over Kindred deal Legal & compliancecenter_img 24th June 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliancelast_img read more

BetMGM launches mobile app in Indiana

first_img Tags: Mobile Topics: Tech & innovation Email Address BetMGM is now live in a third US state after its mobile sports betting app launched in Indiana. 27th February 2020 | By contenteditor BetMGM is now live in a third US state after its mobile sports betting app launched in Indiana.Roar Digital – the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings – and its BetMGM product has entered the state through a market-access agreement with Boyd Gaming, after the Indiana Gaming Commission approved the launch earlier this week.BetMGM offers in-app betting options on college and professional sports and live-streamed events from around the world.“Introducing BetMGM in Indiana is a significant development for Roar Digital and MGM Resorts,” said Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming for MGM Resorts.Read the full story on iGB North America. Tech & innovation BetMGM launches mobile app in Indiana Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Indianalast_img read more

ICS targets LatAm expansion with new solutions packages

first_img Digital marketing specialist ICS-digital is rolling out a new service package designed to help emerging igaming brands grow their business across Latin America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address ICS targets LatAm expansion with new solutions packages AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Digital marketing specialist ICS-digital is rolling out a new service package designed to help emerging igaming brands grow their business across Latin America.ICS has designed packages bespoke to each country in the region, providing solutions such as SEO, outreach and content creation for partners.It also offers access to the agency’s Digital PR department, established last year, as well as its translation solutions and audiovisual content creation services.Through the package, ICS aims to provide a cost-effective solution to grow in the region. Each is tailored to country-specific requirements, such as putting greater focus on boosting casino keywords in Argentina, with less emphasis on poker and sports betting, to cater to local tastes.Its Colombian package, meanwhile, focuses instead on added extras brands would need to gain a foothold in a more regulated and competitive markets, such as site audits.“We’re seeing more and more interest in the LatAm region from brands either already operating in Europe, North America, or Asia and wanting to expand, or brand new start-ups in the region wanting to capitalise on local growth opportunities,” ICS director Charlotte Green explained. “As a result, we wanted to design a services package that focuses solely on maximum exposure within the LatAm region.“Certainly the region’s passion for sport, the growing interconnectivity spreading throughout the countries, and a regulatory environment that needs relatively little detangling really do combine to make it an attractive proposition.” Marketing & affiliates Regions: LATAM Topics: Marketing & affiliates 29th April 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gamblinglast_img read more

Karas takes over as interim OPAP chief executive

first_img Topics: Lottery People Strategy Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greece Greek gambling operator OPAP has appointed chief commercial officer Jan Karas as acting chief executive while it seeks a permanent replacement for the outgoing Damien Cope. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Greek gambling operator OPAP has appointed chief commercial officer Jan Karas as acting chief executive while it seeks a permanent replacement for the outgoing Damien Cope.Effective from 1 June, Karas will assume all of Cope’s responsibilities, with the exception of human resources duties, which will be handled by deputy CEO Odysseas Christoforou. When Cope announced his departure early in April, the operator said Karas would take temporary charge if a successor was not identified by the end of May.Karas was only appointed as CCO in January this year, after spells as OPAP’s chief operations officer retail and chief sales officer.Prior to this, he worked for telecommunications giant Telefónica, as vice president of O2 shops in Germany and also held a number of senior roles at Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, including director of retail.“Jan is assuming responsibilities of the CEO and I am looking forward to working with him,” OPAP’s executive chairman Kamil Ziegler said. “I am convinced that we will achieve our strategic goals and address the challenges arising after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, leveraging the opportunities to deliver value to our shareholders and stakeholders.”The appointment comes after OPAP last month announced that it had begun the process of identifying a successor to Cope, who is to step down as CEO when his four-year contract concludes at the end of May.Cope, who was appointed in May 2016, will shift to advising the OPAP board, as well as working with majority shareholder Sazka Group as it pursues new international development opportunities.“Personally, and on behalf of OPAP’s board of directors, I would like to thank Damien for his significant contribution to OPAP’s progress and results and wish him all the best for the future,” Ziegler said.Last week, OPAP announced that it was to reopen its network of retail stores across Greece after the national government lifted certain restrictive measures related to the coronavirus.OPAP’s 3,750 stores will begin to reopen from 11 May, while street vendors have restarted the sale of Hellenic Lotteries products. OPAP stores and Play-branded gaming halls in Greece, plus its Cyprus-based stores, have been closed since 14 March. Karas takes over as interim OPAP chief executive Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 21st May 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

BCLC looks to expand lottery reach with iTel partnership

first_img Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Telecommunications provider iTel Networks will provide internet to Canadian provincial lottery operator British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) retail partners through a new partnership.This is designed to help partners in remote and rural areas of British Columbia sell lottery products, by providing remote network services to retailers.iTel secured the three-year contract after the BCLC launched public procurement process that included a request for proposal covering province-wide internet services.“Given the breadth of our network, iTel checked off all the boxes we had on our list,” BCLC vice president of business technology and chief information officer Pat Davis explained.Read the full story on iGB North America. BCLC looks to expand lottery reach with iTel partnership Telecommunications provider iTel Networks will provide internet to Canadian provincial lottery operator British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) retail partners through a new partnership. Regions: Canada British Columbia 6th July 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Kindred signs IL, OH market access deals with Penn National

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kindred signs IL, OH market access deals with Penn National Unibet operator Kindred has struck market access deals with regional casino operator Penn National Gaming to offer online betting and gaming in Illinois and Ohio. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 8th September 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Unibet operator Kindred has struck market access deals with regional casino operator Penn National Gaming to offer online betting and gaming in Illinois and Ohio.It hopes to offer betting in Illinois, subject to it being licensed by the state Gaming Board, and both online betting and gaming in each state, provided legislation is passed.In Illinois, Kindred’s Unibet brand will partner with Argosy Casino Alton in the greater St. Louis area to launch its online product. Currently, sports bettors in Illinois must register in person to place bets online, which means a journey of more than 250 miles for Chicago residents who would wish to register with Unibet.In Ohio, meanwhile, the operator will partner with Penn National’s Hollywood Casino, which has facilities in Columbus and Toledo, as well as a site at Dayton Raceway.Read more on iGB North America. Regions: US Illinois Ohio Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games Email Addresslast_img read more

Salary Survey 2020: Part 4

first_imgWhile the data shows a fall in average salaries, this by no means reflects a fall in the going rate. Talented product managers still command a premium; it’s just that this year we’ve seen employers try to hire at more junior levels, especially in Malta. There’s no escaping the fact, though, that experience is highly valuable and can rarely be found on the cheap, particularly in younger markets and most noticeably in the US.– Darren Kirby The specialist expertise required by igaming’s marketing professionals remains critical. Even as the out-of-industry talent pool swells, employers still require deep industry experience, particularly in markets with strict advertising regulation. We expect demand to stay high, especially in content, CRM and acquisition. – Chloe Bailey AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In the fourth and final part of the iGB-Pentasia Salary Survey for 2020, we look at the salary benchmarks for finance & operations, marketing, product & project, sales & account management and tech & design MarketingIn recession times, businesses often see marketing as a luxury; nice to have, but easy to trim. Igaming employers have largely taken a longer-term view, retaining the majority of marketing staff. Remote work was already common in tech, but it’s now become the default. Employers aren’t always enthusiastic, particularly when it comes to commercial or corporate roles. Contract work and consulting arrangements are now more common. Unsurprisingly, many have focused on the task at hand, putting plans for job moves on hold. Now, though, demand is rising and salary rates have increased year-on-year, reflecting the consistent importance of these roles within businesses. Remote opportunities are perhaps thinnest on the ground for finance and operations professionals, when compared to colleagues in other departments. Employers should expect to plan well ahead for recruitment, particularly when targeting senior candidates.– Christine Hili Topics: People Diversity HR People moves Recruitment Data from senior management roles are included, but not C-suite or Board because salaries at this level vary so greatly on an individual basis. However, hope is already returning. Confidence has risen as the industry discovers that much of its revenue held strong. And where it initially seemed like sales and account managers’ modus operandi had been obliterated (conferences, meetings, networking), the profession is proving its ability to find new ways to work. Remote hires are now absolutely the new normal.– Steve Kirk Tech & designThe initial recoil of the tech talent market during lockdown was fleeting; demand sprung back sharply. The market is arguably more competitive than ever. While salaries have only increased moderately, Covid-19 has intensified cross-industry digitalisation, piling additional pressure on an already limited gaming talent pool. DevOps specialists and Java developers are our most-requested candidates, as are tech leaders. Read Part 1 of the iGB-Pentasia Salary Survey, which covers the headline figures, Part 2 on the key regional trends and Part 3 on the benchmarks for analytics and data; customer services; and compliance, legal and fraud. Finance & operationsIt’s fair to say that those in operational roles, and in finance, have experienced a challenging year. Sales & account managementThe Covid-19-induced shock to confidence can be seen most keenly in sales and account management. For many companies, salespeople were the first in line for furlough or lay-offs. Naturally, salaries have fallen, opportunities are less prevalent and those in employment remain cautious of moving jobs during tough economic times. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Email Address Companies planning tech expansion should make talent acquisition a top strategic priority and should conduct a market mapping exercise prior to deciding on the right location for their technical hubs.– Robert Gray Reducing salary levels reflect a slower market pace, however. Candidates remain understandably cautious about moving jobs, even as opportunities are growing once again.  The survey covers a wide range of roles to ensure it takes into account variations in factors such as specialisms, seniority and experience.  Salary Survey 2020: Part 4 People Quoted ranges refer primarily to UK salaries. Across Europe, rates are generally around 5-10% lower, and in Malta 10-20% lower. Selected US salary bands have also been listed. In other locations, rates vary significantly. In Europe many employers have focused on tech team growth within Eastern European countries, though many have discovered shallower talent pools than expected, leading to frequent bidding wars. Data analysis & editorial: Will Sawney, Eleni Antonaropoulou & Sam Carey Product & projectDiversification is the topic on everyone’s lips. 2020 showed how punishing an over-reliance on one product – sportsbook – can be. Product and project managers are leading the efforts to ensure greater resilience through expansion into new areas: esports, virtuals, casino and beyond. 17th November 2020 | By Stephen Carter Tags: Salary Survey 2020 Pentasia Notes on the dataSalary bands compiled using data from placements made by Pentasia from July 2019 to June 2020 inclusive, as well as its consultants’ knowledge of the market. Part one of the Salary Survey looks at the headline figures, while part two analyses of trends in key jurisdictions. Part three, meanwhile, benchmarks salaries for the most in-demand roles, as well as setting out how employers and candidates can use the data to their advantage. Image by Wynn Pointaux from Pixabaylast_img read more

Genius Sports agrees data deal with Liga MX

first_img Genius Sports agrees data deal with Liga MX Genius Sports Group has agreed an exclusive data collection deal with Liga MX, covering Mexico’s top two flights of men’s football, its domestic cup and the women’s division. 24th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Enrique Bonilla, Executive President of LIGA MX, said the agreement would allow the league to both expand its global reach and increase its focus on integrity. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “As one of the highest quality, most passionately followed leagues in world soccer, we are delighted to be supporting Liga MX at such a critical stage of its global growth,” Sean Conroy, commercial director of Genius Sports Group, said. “Our long-term partnership will deliver value for Liga MX and help to connect Mexican soccer with fans around the world while providing sportsbook operators with security of supply and premium new streaming content.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Under the deal, Genius will have the exclusive rights to collect in-stadium data for statistics, streaming and betting for all Liga MX, Liga de Expansion, Copa MX and Liga BBVA Femenil matches and distribute it to sportsbooks in both the US and the rest of the world. Earlier this month, Genius agreed a similar deal with the Argentine Football Association, covering 13 competitions organised by the AFA, including the Liga Profesional de Fútbol and Primera B Nacional. Genius will implement its Bet Monitoring System for the league, which uses odds movements from around the world to flag potentially suspicious betting activity.center_img “It is important to highlight that Genius Sports Group’s integrity program will provide real-time alerts for betting-related issues, which strengthens our commitment to transparency.” Sports integrity Genius will soon be publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as it intends to complete a reverse merger with special purpose acquisition company dMY Technology Group. The new publicly traded business will have an enterprise value of $1.5bn (£1.15bn/€1.27bn). “Our league grows in every aspect, development, innovation and the expansion of our international profile are our fundamental pillars,” Bonilla said. “This alliance with Genius Sports Group will help us reach, through data, more fans around the world.  Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Sports integrity Product & technology Regions: LATAM Mexico Tags: Genius Sports Group Email Addresslast_img read more