In The Spotlight
The winners of the annual Gaming Intelligence Awards were revealed this week in London, with Gala Coral and Playtech leading the charge with two awards each, while Scientific Games and NetEnt retained their crowns for a second year.
It wasn’t a great year for the world’s financial markets, but the companies making up the Gaming Intelligence stock list saw their combined share price increase by an impressive 57 per cent over the course of 2015.
Virtual sports is evolving into an increasingly competitive sector, with the fight for supremacy set to heat up further in 2016. Vermantia CEO Filippos Antonopoulos explains why he believes focusing on developing a strong customer base will ultimately lead to success.
The past twelve months have seen continued consolidation in the social casino space, with land-based operators dominating the market. But perhaps the most intriguing trend is a resurgence of Zynga and social sports, two much-maligned components of the sector.
Zynga has seen its share price fall by almost 11 per cent in after hours trading after the company reported daily active users (DAUs) declining 24 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015, taking the sheen off a year in which total revenue grew 10.8 per cent.
Premier League football club Arsenal FC has signed one of its more obscure betting partnerships, teaming up with Kenyan betting operator SportPesa.
Scientific Games has signed a deal to supply its integrated systems, games and cabinets to the Absentee Tribe of Oklahoma, operators of the state’s Thunderbird casinos in Norman and Shawnee.
The Council of Europe, together with stakeholders including the European Lotteries association and ESSA, have joined forces to explore innovative approaches aimed at fighting the manipulation of sporting competitions.
Amaya has appointed Barclays Capital Canada as the exclusive financial advisor to its recently-established special board committee as it prepares to assess a takeover bid from its chief executive David Baazov.
Content aggregator and platform provider GECO Gaming has signed up its latest major operator partner, with Betfair launching the company’s remote gaming server (RGS).
International Game Technology (IGT) has struck a deal that gives it the property licensing rights to New England-based clothing brand Life is Good, giving it the right to develop a range of lottery products in the US market.
The executive chairman of Scientific Games’ UK subsidiary SG Gaming Steve Frater is to retire from the business, with group managing director Phil Horne promoted to the position of chief executive as his replacement.