Gold Blitz by Fortune Factory at Games Global

Turn the wins up to 11 with this exciting new 4,096-way slot. On offer are a player-favourite stacked high pay chase, instant cash jackpot awards, and a truly electrifying bonus choice experience!

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Go-live date (expected):20/12/2022Game special features:– 5-reel slot
– Free games
– Free spinsNumber of paylines:4,096Number of reels:5×4RTP% (recorded/theoretical):96%Variance/volatility:HighNumber of symbols to trigger feature/bonus:3, 4, 5 and 6 scattersCan feature be retriggered?YesNumber of free spins awarded:– 2, 3, 5 or 7 Gold Blitz free spins
– 8, 12, 20 or 30 free spinsStacked or expanding wilds in normal play?NoStacked or expanding wilds in feature play?NoNumber of jackpot tiers:3Auto-play function?Yes

Cyber She by WorldMatch

There’s a new mother nature, hauntingly echoing to the few survivors to reform a new society. After the ecological disaster, Cyber She is coming to the rescue.

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Game type:InstantGo-live date (expected):Already live!Game special features:The game is an RNG version of a pinballRTP% (recorded/theoretical):94.65%Variance/volatility:LowAuto-play function?No

Do you really know your customer? Onboarding and ID checks in an expanding gaming universe

As new markets open, the addressable online gaming market is growing at pace. However, this places additional pressure on operators as they look to onboard customers across multiple jurisdictions. Alongside the challenge of differing local ID verification requirements, launch periods can throw up further risks, including bonus abuse and other attempts to defraud operators and players.

How can operators and platforms protect both themselves and their customers?

This is where biometrics come in. An automated solution that recognises any ID document from around the world and speeds up the verification process, allowing for a smooth onboarding process and helping operators ensure they can rapidly grow an audience in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Agenda:

Verify fast, verify first: Why ID checks should be at the top of your user funnelRise of the machines: How you can automate to accelerate customer onboardingFight the fraudsters: How customer verification can stamp out bonus abuse and other types of fraudDo more with less: Ways you can take the heavy lifting out of new market launches

End 2 End secures new Malta licence

The approval will enable End 2 End to deliver its range of bingo solutions to operators that also hold an MGA licence. 

The supplier’s platform offers a range of multiplayer bingo games, including 90- and 75-ball bingo variants, and allows operators and aggregator platforms to roll out the products on multiple channels through a single integration.

The provider works with clients across both the online and land-based bingo markets. 

“The MGA is one of the most trusted regulators in the industry and it’s a proud moment for us to receive our licence,” founder and chief executive Alejandro Revich said. “It caps off an excellent year for the business and sets us up perfectly for a strong 2023.”

Aside from Malta, End 2 End is also approved in a number of other key markets such as Great Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark and Colombia.

888 to restructure €200m William Hill of acquisition debt

The business, through its 888 Acquisitions subsidiary, will raise the amount in senior secured notes consisting of Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes due 2027 and Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2028, with an interest rate of 7.558%.

The debt is of the same kind that 888 issued in July, when the business raised €700m to pay off “amounts outstanding under certain acquisition financing arrangements,” which were entered into the purchase the William Hill business, as well as repay some of the acquisition target’s own debts.

The proceeds of the offering will be used to go towards paying off £347m in pound-denominated loans that the business took on in order to finance the acquisition.

888 said that the company “will transact appropriate hedging arrangements, and the overall exercise is not expected to materially impact the company’s overall cost of debt, cash interest costs or leverage ratio.”

Overleveraged

In November, 888 announced that the company had become more exposed to the effect of higher interest rates due to the company’s debt level.

The ultimate structure of the William Hill buyout resulted in a higher amount of debt that was initially anticipated preceding the announcement of the deal. 888’s debt stands at 5.7x earnings, “significantly above” its mid-term target of 3x.

Since only 36% of gross debt is fixed, with the remainder subject to floating rates, the company is highly vulnerable to higher interest rates. Due to global macro-economic conditions, central banks across Europe and the US are raising interest rates, and are predicted to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  

“While our financial leverage is currently higher than our mid-term target, our streamlined operations and capital discipline will give us a clear path to deleverage to less than 3.5x by the end of 2025,” 888 CEO Itai Pazner said.

Despite the challenges associated with the business’s leveraged debt, Pazner remained bullish on the prospects for 888 and William Hill’s synergies.

“Our long-term potential remains exciting. Building our unified tech platform will present us with real future growth opportunities as we take advantage of our world class brands, product and content leadership, and customer excellence to set our business for the next decade of growth.”

Dutch regulator takes action over further World Cup-related marketing breaches

The breaches, the KSA said, were in relation to activities based on the 2022 Fifa World Cup, which is currently taking place in Qatar, where the Dutch national men’s team has reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament.

Two operators were warned about adverts within a free-to-play World Cup prediction game. This form of marketing is not legal in the Netherlands due to the likelihood of minors playing these games and after being contacted by the regulator, both operators withdrew the ads.

The KSA also spoke to a number of operators about the use of role models in advertising or sponsorship. Dutch law states that the name or logo of a gambling business cannot be used in the same communication as the image, voice or name of a role model. 

Again, after being contacted by the KSA over the breach, both the operators withdrew halted the marketing.

The regulator also issued a warning to an operator advertising sports betting while a match was in progress. Providers are not permitted to promote or market their services while an event is taking place and after the KSA ruled the operator in question breached this rule, the advert was withdrawn.

In addition, KSA contacted a local café that was taking bets on matches involving the Dutch national team. The regulator said as the café did not hold a licence to offer bets so this activity was not legal, leading to the café halting any further betting.

KSA pre-World Cup warnings

In total, KSA has issued 14 warnings in recent weeks around the World Cup, including some that were issued in the build-up to the tournament starting last month.

The announcement comes as a new Dutch government report about KSA was published this week, concluding that the body’s capacity was “too limited” to properly tackle illegal online gambling, but stopped short of recommending it receive more resources to cover this area.

Rasputin Megaways by Big Time Gaming

Hey, hey, hey! Turn up the speakers and hit the dance floor with Big Time Gaming’s Rasputin Megaways.

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Go-live date (expected):12/12/2022Game special features:MegawaysNumber of paylines:2,985,984Number of reels:6RTP% (recorded/theoretical):96.68%Variance/volatility:HighNumber of symbols to trigger feature/bonus:3Can feature be retriggered?YesNumber of free spins awarded:– 7 in Big & Strong
– 10 in Ecstasy & FireStacked or expanding wilds in normal play?Single wildStacked or expanding wilds in feature play?Single wildNumber of jackpot tiers:0Auto-play function?Yes

Armadillo Does Christmas by Armadillo Studios

Join him in this 5×4 reel slot – it’s full of unique features, good vibes, presents and incredible wins that will snowball your playing experience.

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Go-live date (expected):8/12/2022Game special features:– Random wilds
– Wild reel
– Colossal reels
– Random multiplier
– Symbol upgrades
– Free spins
– Trail bonus
– Christmas collections
– 3 buy bonus optionsNumber of paylines:25Number of reels:5×4RTP% (recorded/theoretical):88.13%, 94.17%, 96.02%Variance/volatility:HighNumber of symbols to trigger feature/bonus:3 symbols to trigger bonusCan feature be retriggered?NoNumber of free spins awarded:N/AStacked or expanding wilds in normal play?NoStacked or expanding wilds in feature play?NoNumber of jackpot tiers:N/AAuto-play function?Yes

Acroud CFO Attard departs

Attard took up the position with Acroud in November of last year after initially joining the business as its head of finance in July 2020.

However, Acroud said Attard will step down from the role in order to pursue another career opportunity. He will remain with the business until early March 2023 to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

“On behalf of everyone at Acroud, I thank Roderick for his work during his tenure as CFO,” Acroud’s chief executive Robert Andersson said. “He leaves behind a strong finance team that is well-positioned to continue supporting the company moving forward

“We wish Roderick success in his future endeavours.”

Prior to joining the group, Attard spent more than two-and-a-half years with Highlight Media Group, first as financial controller and later operational CFO.

Attard also worked in several roles for KPMG Malta for over seven years, including as audit manager, while he spent time as assistant manager for KPMG Channel Islands. 

Acroud said it expects to announce the appointment of a new CFO in the near future.

Acroud Acquisitions

Acroud has made a number of acquisitions while Attard was CFO.

This included a £5.1m ($5.71m/ €5.89m) acquisition of an affiliate and media business, later revealed to be the paid media assets of Catena Media.

During 2021, the affiliate group acquired Power Media Group, which allowed it to offer software-as-a-service (SaaS), as well as affiliate business TheGamblingCabin.

Santa Pets by Swintt

Santa Pet’s 7×7 grid with Cluster Pays will treat you to free spins and wilds galore – plus there’s a max win of 7,000x bet.

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Go-live date (expected):07/12/2022Game special features:Cluster PaysNumber of paylines:Cluster PaysNumber of reels:7×7 layoutRTP% (recorded/theoretical):94.48%Variance/volatility:HighNumber of jackpot tiers:0Auto-play function?Yes