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Gaming entrepreneurs in the spotlight at BEGE Expo 2017

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For the first time this year the must-attend gaming show in Eastern Europe – the Balkan Gaming and Entertainment Expo welcomed startup companies from the region in a separate zone on the exhibition floor.

 

This year the exhibition went under the slogan “Bulgaria – the technology hub of the Balkans”, which meant to highlight the importance of past and current advancements in the technological field, as well as the achievements of the young entrepreneurs, part of which was the Startup zone.

On the second day of BEGE Expo took place the Gaming Startup Challenge. This was the final stage of the competition and the startups had the mission to make the best sales pitch in order to impress the jury. President of the jury was Mr. Ivan Tzankarsky – Executive Director of Casino Technology. The members were Mr. Iordan Chahanov from the global provider of analytic software Statsoft, Mr. Angel Dimitrov – R&D Director of the first Bulgarian software university Softuni and Mr. Stoyno Stoynov – CTO of AvantX Technologies.

The company that was evaluated with the highest potential and best presentation was Zebra Digital – a digital marketing company, presenting their concept for online games as a unique way of engaging prospects and generating new leads.

The Macedonian startup company Football Chat AI was awarded with the second place award. They have created an artificial intelligence system that successfully predicts the outcomes of football games by analysing several history segments of the teams and so far has reached a success rate of nearly 60%.

The third place award went to the first dark fantasy action-adventure video game of the Bulgarian game studio Incineration Productions. Although the creators take inspiration from the real world and its legends and myths, they strive to combine them and tell a story that has never been told before.

Awards for an excellent participation received the other two contestants – Pseudocode games and The Sixth Hammer.

PowersVR is the superhero virtual reality game that Pseudocode Games presented at the Gaming StartUp challenge. The game lets players step into the shoes of a wide cast of superheroes and villains and explore a city filled with challenges and secrets for players to uncover and experiment with.

The team of The Sixth Hammer presented their biggest project so far – Moo Lander, a 2D game in the Metrodivania genre. The storyline starts in the distant past and it features the cow milk as a primary and most-effective resource for two ancient civilizations – The Landers and The Anunnaki.

We gathered a lot of positive feedback at BEGE Expo 2017. This means that we are in the right direction” commented Yasen and Dimitar from the Sixth Hammer.

The organizers of BEGE Expo shared their intentions to make the Startup zone a traditional accompanying event to the exhibition in order to support more the entrepreneurs in the region and give them a platform for sharing ideas and business opportunities, making beneficial partnerships and meeting investors.

BEGE Expo – the leading gaming and entertainment exhibition in Eastern Europe. The event is business oriented and provides opportunities for commercial contacts and presentations of products for the leisure, gaming and entertainment industry as well as technology products for optimizing operational, management and control processes. BEGE welcomes manufacturers, vendors, operators and representatives from the gaming and entertainment industries.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Betway Bulgaria officially launches, offers live and bet-builder options

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Another company has officially launched its activities in the growing niche of online betting in Bulgaria. But here we are not just talking about another operator licensed by national institutions, but about a leading brand worldwide. Betway is one of the largest bookmakers in Europe and globally, and the fact that it already offers its services in Bulgaria speaks positively about the development of the gambling business in the country.

Indications of an increase in the size of the industry appeared last year, when several operators received a permit to operate under Bulgarian jurisdiction. It is unlikely that this process will end with the official launch of betway bulgaria, rather the brand entering the country can be perceived by international operators as a positive assessment of the market in Bulgaria. What can we find at Betway besides the obvious – increased competition and of course more choice for consumers?

What do we find in the sports section?

Sports betting – this is the leading sector of the company, which started operations in 2006. The brand is associated with a number of teams in Europe such as Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Leicester, Alaves, Belenenses, Werder, etc. Of course, the top championships in Europe are present in the latest betting platform, but that’s not all. Betway offers the opportunity to make predictions at less popular UEFA championships. The fans of the Bulgarian championship have options too. All matches of the First League are present in the bookmaker’s menu, and are offered with dozens of choices for each of them.

Real-time bets and long-term combinations

Live bets are a big thrill for many players. This option is present at Betway, and this also applies to the mobile version, of course. It is not difficult to detect current events – they come first when loading the platform. And with them the bookmaker really comes up with interesting offers, some of which are rare on the Bulgarian market. The outcome of the bets become clear in literally seconds if the next goal market or one of the performance options is selected.

In addition, the company accepts predictions with a much longer horizon. It is now standard to bet on who will be the champion in England, Spain, Italy or Germany. However, there are also specific markets and selections for certain teams – will Barcelona take the trophy this season, will Liverpool reach the final in at least one of the tournaments in which it participates, etc. And if users don’t find what they’re looking for in these offers, they can always turn to the betting menu. The bet-builder is still limited to one match, from which we can choose two or more selections until the desired odds are formed. This is the most appropriate way to optimize the bet according to personal preferences and therefore it is increasingly preferred by the players.

Betway’s first steps on the Bulgarian market are impressive. And this is just the beginning, we can expect even more in the near future.

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Online gaming revenues surge in Bulgaria

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The Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry’s (BTAMOI) reports that the country’s online gaming revenues showed a growth in the last financial year. The industry paid €57 million in taxes to government, which corresponds to a 17 per cent rise year on year. BTAMOI said in a press release: “For the period 2017/2018 the gaming industry in Bulgaria has shown very good results at national level, based on the country’s upward economic performance.”

The online gambling segment in Bulgaria represents about 10 per cent of the country’s total gambling market. The segment posted a revenue of €89 million in the nine months to September 30, a spike of 30 per cent compared to the figure same time last year.

Source: Latest News on European Gaming Media Network

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Bulgaria adds more websites to iGaming blacklist

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The State Commission on Gambling (SCG) of Bulgaria has added four more websites to its blacklist of iGaming companies that are operating without a license.

The four websites added to the blacklist as per order no. 1913 of October 28 and no. 1991 of November 9 are nissicasino.com, 1xbet72.com, pokernox.com, 1xdcxc.host.

The SCG periodically updates the list of illegal gambling sites.

The State Commission on Gambling has been established for the purpose of inspecting the compliance with the law of the activity of the gambling games organisers, the producers of gabling game equipment, the distributors and service organisations for the maintenance and repair works of such equipment performed on the territory of Bulgaria.

Source: Latest News on European Gaming Media Network

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