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Interview with James Illingworth, Director of European Business Development Gaming Laboratories International

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James Illingworth has over 20 years in the European Amusement and Gaming industry with a network of contacts worldwide. His latest position is within GLI Europe leading the Business Development team in looking after their clients for both on-line and land based sectors. James’s previous positions include working for Spielo GmbH (part of Lottomatica), Italian Manufacturer Magic Dreams Srl, John Huxley Casino Equipment Ltd and Atronic GmbH. James entered the industry in the publishing sector working on titles such as Coinslot and Euroslot as well as instigating and launching the “Casino International” trade title.

James is one of the key speakers of the SYNERGY BETWEEN LAND-BASED AND ONLINE OPERATIONS panel at the 8th edition Eastern European Gaming Summit, which will be held 23-24 November, 2015.

EEG: There have been many success stories over the years in Western Europe about land-based bookmakers creating their presence in the online industry as well. Do you think that in these modern days, having an online platform is essential? How would you encourage land-based operators in Eastern Europe to enable their online business as well?

James: As an independent test lab, we don’t advise business on their business processes, however, we can advise land-based operators in Eastern Europe and around the world to adopt and follow best-practices and standards as they integrate online operations into their land-based businesses. These best-practices and standards should include a thorough security infrastructure, as any online operation can be exploited as an access point for criminals, There was a major casino in Las Vegas whose data was recently compromised by criminals who used the casino’s website as a portal. Strict security coupled with a rigorous following of local jurisdictional regulations are the minimum of what GLI would advise in these situations. It can seem daunting; however, GLI has a great deal of experience in these areas in established and emerging jurisdictions worldwide, and we are here to help as much as we are able, drawing on our global resources to help local operators have the best possible outcomes.

EEG: The synergy between land-based and online has to be synergized in a way brand can keep their identity. Have there been cases where it all changed? Adding the online section lead to a re-branding?

James: As a test lab, GLI isn’t a marketing consultancy, however, we have casually noticed that brands that maintain identity from land-based to online and vice versa seem to have had better success.

EEG: Eastern Europe has a lot of potential to become the next large online gaming region, is the land-based sector ready for this wave?

James: There are two sides to this question: the business side and the regulatory side. As a test lab, we will leave the business side to the analysts. From the regulatory side, certainly there are jurisdictions who are well prepared to assimilate both land-based and online operations into the larger gaming landscape. Other jurisdictions have some work to do, however, they are coming along. The good news is, none of this is new. There are many examples and case studies to learn from – both in terms of positive models to follow and pitfalls to avoid. We have been testing land-based gaming since 1989 and interactive gaming for more than 20 years, and our teams of experts are always available to bring our global expertise to local operators to help them establish the best schemes possible.

If you would like to get the unique opportunity to ask all your important questions and learn first-hand details about how to synergize land-based and online gambling operations be sure to attend the Eastern European Gaming Summit in which James Illingworth shall give his expert opinion and to benefit from the presented gaming tips and strategies. For 8th consecutive year on 23 – 24 November 2015, Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria will bring together under one roof world’s leading figures and companies from the industry to present and outline current market developments and future trends with global vision and focus on the Eastern European market.

Visit the EEGS website here.

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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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49 gamblers turn millionaires in 2017 in Bulgaria

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National Revenue Agency (NRA) of Bulgaria has reported that 49 gamblers in the country became millionaires in 2017 alone. The agency has also stated that the total winnings from gambling received Bulgarian gamblers in 2017 amounted to BGN 627 million.

The report also indicates that as many as 13,447 Bulgarian gamblers have won more than 5,000 BGN last year.

The biggest winning was 9,815,422 BGN, and the game is not specified. The second biggest winning amounted to BGN 7.9 million, the third place was 5.7 million BGN. The other TOP 10 winners of the ranking have won from 4 to 5 million levs, the NRA reports. A total of 49 Bulgarians have become millionaires due to gambling last year with their winnings over 1 mln BGN.

80 Bulgarians have won between BGN 500,000 and BGN 1 million. Most gamblers, 12,395 people were lucky to receive winnings between BGN 5,000 and BGN 100,000.

The NRA statistics is not segmented by type of gambling because such information was not collected. However, it is clear from the tax agency data that the biggest winning was paid by companies which are the lottery operators.

The National Lottery has paid more than 5,000 levs to 6,209 people, according to official data from the NRA. Eurobet has provided such prizes to 259 people, New Games reported about 672 winners.

Since the lottery operators are required by law to pay out at least 50 per cent of the value of the bets, it can be concluded that turnover of lotteries is about BGN 1 billion in Bulgaria.

 

Source: E-PLAY Online

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