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CORE Gaming signs SKY partnership after ICE

Following on from last week’s ICE Totally Gaming, CORE Gaming announced that it has signed a partnership with Sky to produce a suite of table games. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although CORE said the first planned launch is a mobile variation on Roulette utilising CORE's HTML5 framework.

CORE Gaming's Mark Rehorst-Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The team at CORE Gaming has been keen to demonstrate the power of its latest HTML5 technical offering and when the challenge was presented to create an industry leading 'mobile first' Roulette product, it was the perfect opportunity. The finished product has exceeded all expectations; from its innovative bet placement mechanism, to its fully rendered 3D wheel with bespoke physics engine. The game will be one of the first truly multi-channel deliveries another achievement that confirms CORE's place at the forefront of the Development sector. We are thrilled to be working with Sky, one of the UK’s most successful casino brands, and we look forward to rolling out more table games in the next few months.”

Samuel Downey, Head of Casino and Games at SKY Vegas, commented: “We set CORE Gaming the challenge of creating the best Roulette game on mobile & tablet devices. They have certainly exceeded our expectations. With the launch of Sky Roulette, we are truly productising the Roulette experience for players. By tracking every in game action, we will continue to evolve the product to ensure it remains the best Roulette experience in the market.”

Tue, 2014-02-11        

Paddy Power driven by online growth in 2013

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has cited the growth of its online gambling business as the reason behind a jump in revenue, operating profit and EBITDA during the 12 months through to December 31, 2013.

In its preliminary results for the year, the company posted net revenue of €745.2 million, an increase of 17% on the €662.7 million achieved in the previous year.

Operating profit also grew slightly from €136 million in 2012 to €137.4 million in the last 12 months, whilst EBITDA also jumped 8% from €168.2 million to 176.9 million.

The company highlighted the success of its online operations as one of the key drivers behind its positive performance in 2013.

Paddy Power said that net revenue in the online sector was up 21% to €473 million while operating profit also grew by 10% to €108.1 million. The number of active users also leapt 19% to 1.9 million.

In addition, the company’s mobile business generated net revenue of €212 million, an increase of 73% on the previous year.

Revenue from mobile eGaming also grew 143%, driving leading eGaming growth of 16%.

In comparison, retail like-for-like net revenue increased just 2% while operating profit fell €900,000 to €13.9 million.

Patrick Kennedy, chief executive of Paddy Power, said: “It was another good year for Paddy Power, with growth in every division and particularly strong growth in online which now delivers over three quarters of group profits.

“We continue to build out our industry leading penetration in mobile sports betting and eGaming: mobile net revenue powered ahead by 73% in 2013 and now accounts for over half of total online revenue.

“Investment in mobile will continue to be significant in order to take advantage of our market leading position and avail of its exceptional growth potential.”

4 March 2014

Danish telecommunications giant TDS A/S to enter an online gambling market

Danish telecommunications giant TDS A/S (formerly Tele Danmark) has voiced its intention to enter an online gambling market that it says is growing by 10 to 15 percent per annum with revenues of around DKK2.5 billion per year.

"All content services that can be digitized, is of fundamental interest to TDC as possible areas of business," confirmed Carsten Dilling, chief executive officer of TDC.  "We already have for several years offered streaming of music, movies & TV series, & it is natural for us to explore whether there are other adjacent business models that may be relevant.

TDC did not divulge whether it is planning to develop its own platform or whether it will partner with an existing provider.

"I do not reveal too much by saying that the ability to operate betting & casino is not a core competency for TDC. But both are well suited to TDC because customers consume our products while they play. Maybe they see a football game on TV while betting on their smartphone or iPad. We are strong in technology & the customer, while supporting us are people who are very competent in online odds & casino," said Dilling.

Welcome Break to take Storm terminals

UK-based family entertainment provider Playnation is to supply motorway service station operator Welcome Break with its state-of-the-art Storm terminals.

The new long-term contract will see Playnation <>  supplying the high-definition gaming machines to allow players to enjoy titles such as Worms, Deal or No Deal and Viz.

Playnation’s new contract win follows a 20-year relationship with Welcome Break, and will see its server-based gaming platforms installed at 35 sites across the UK.

“It’s great to be able to push Storm, one of our most advanced terminals, to a wider audience,” said Ryan Collinge, sales director at Playnation. “We’ve had a great relationship with Welcome Break for over 20 years now, so we’re pleased to be building on that and to be increasing their customer offering even further.”

Storm terminals operate on Inspired Gaming’s Open SBG Core platform, which provides access to content from leading providers such as Inspired, Blueprint and SG Gaming.

Established in 2013 following a management buyout from Inspired Gaming, Playnation currently operates machines in over 1,000 locations within holiday parks, bowling alleys, airports and motorway service stations.

February 18, 2014 by Simon Liddle>

Isle of Man establishes I gaming team

Isle of Man formalises new i-gaming team structure

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The current team includes: Tim Craine, director of business development; Ray Davies, head of e-gaming development; and John Spellman, special adviser to the department.
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(Isle of Man).- Pleased with how the current arrangement is working, the Isle of Man government has decided not to externally replace Garth Kimber as head of e-gaming development. Ray Davies will now assume the title head of e-gaming development and become the main point of contact for industry and press.

Tim Craine, director of business development at the Isle of Man government department of economic development, commented: "Following the departure of the previous head of e-gaming, Garth Kimber, the Isle of Man government department of economic development embarked upon a comprehensive review of the structures and personnel in place to support the island’s vital and important i-gaming sector, in order to determine how to most effectively drive inwards investment going forward.

“The department has now taken the decision that the existing arrangement – for which feedback from industry has been very positive – represents the best way of effectively supporting and developing this key industry in future."

The current team includes: Tim Craine, director of business development; Ray Davies, head of e-gaming development; and John Spellman, special adviser to the department.

“Ray Davies will be the main day-to-day point of contact for industry with prime responsibility for business development," said Craine. “The decision is no way reflects any change in strategy, priorities or resource. The department remains fully committed to supporting and growing the i-gaming sector, which has been a tremendous success for the island and is a central plank of the Island’s economic strategy.” / Reports Annual Rise In Net Revenues.

The world’s largest listed online gambling operator, Digital Entertainment, has released its financial results for 2011 showing an over 93 percent year-on-year increase in net revenues to €674.5 million.


B2B iGaming event to dissect global markets in high level conference stream

iGaming Business, organisers of the iGaming Super Show, have announced that their May event will take a global look at the online gambling market, with many high level speakers already confirmed. Looking primarily at the US and European marketplace, the conference will concentrate on newly regulated markets, the latest opportunities and financial analysis of each sector.


Foxy Bingo Remains Official Bingo Partner of Super League

Foxy Bingo have revealed today that they will remain the official bingo partner of the First Utility Super League until the end of the 2015 season.

Foxy Bingo was a partner in 2013 and had a successful first season raising its brand profile and engaging with Rugby League fans throughout 2013.

The bingo site has launched its two year partnership extension with the Foxy Bingo Crossbar Challenge which sees Super League players Kevin Sinfield, Ryan Bailey and Rangi Chase take on Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Chris Smalling – all coached by Foxy himself.  

Super League Commercial Director James Mercer said: I am delighted that Foxy Bingo have agreed to extend their very successful association with the Super League. We look forward to working closely with them and to developing the partnership over the coming year.”

Golan Shaked, Group Director of Casino & Games at said: “We are delighted to be a partner of Super League for a second season after what was a very successful first year of the sponsorship. “Foxy Bingo is the top UK bingo site, spreading the fun and thrill of winning across the nation and these attributes fit perfectly with Rugby League. “The partnership will be a cornerstone of our campaign to directly engage the Foxy brand with the players who make it such a thriving online bingo community.  Game On!”

Friday, 28 February 2014 12:53


Bingo National Bingo Game looks to shout about its offering through fully integrated campaign


The National Bingo Game from the NBGA (National Bingo Game Association) has unveiled a new integrated campaign, with the aim to promote bingo as an ‘exciting, unique social activity that can change your life for the better’.

Created by The Workroom, dovetailing with national consumer PR from Beattie Communications, the campaign looks to show those celebrating with a ‘winning shout’ pose.

Some of the winning poses used are recognisable from sporting heroes (like Bolt), and others are celebratory and imaginative poses from dances (Thriller and Pulp Fiction) and the world of football (the robot).

Miles Baron, chief executive at the National Bingo Game Association, said: “We’re very excited about this new campaign - it’s cheeky and vibrant and has just the right tone of voice for our audience. The visual execution also builds on our stand out branding for NGBA that The Workroom did for us seven years ago.”

Digital executions include in-club screens, a refreshed website, and new social sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Brigid McMullen, creative strategy director of The Workroom said: “We really feel we hit the nail on the head with this very colourful and entertaining execution. And the really great thing about the Shout idea is that this can be executed in lots of different ways. This is just one of three creative interpretations we’ve evolved. Watch this space.”

The campaign looks to re-engage with existing and lapsed players.

MPs want bingo tax cut to halt club closures

The bingo industry employs more than 16,000 people in clubs around the UK .A group of 54 MPs is backing calls to cut gambling taxes on bingo.  Industry lobby group the Bingo Association say levies on the game should be brought into line with other forms of gambling. Bingo halls' profits are taxed at 20% compared with a 15% rate for bookmakers and fixed odds betting, and 12% on the price of a lottery ticket.

 17 January 2014