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eSports does not at all offer its participants the same physical activity as football or track athletics.But Swedish parliamentarian Rickard Nordin, is a fierce lobbyist for the trending activity: “The best eSports players have to make 400 decisions a minute. It is not possible to be that sharp without being in good shape”, says Rickard.
Rickard Nordin (Centerpartiet (Center Party)) is a member of Sweden’s 349-strong parliament, that will be voting for reregulation of the Swedish gambling market in May or June.
And he is a staunch champion for both the reregulation, and for the more and more visible merge, between eSports and online gambling.
“I think the reregulation bill will be passed without any problems. Technology has made the old regulation obsolete, and I am happy that we are finally closing this”, says Nordin.
Rickard will vote for a reregulation with an 18 per cent tax rate for all, and is sure that a clear majority in the Swedish Parliament will do the same:
“Everything said and done, we are quite happy with the suggested changes as they are. There is of course a group from the parliament, that has worked on the reregulation together. On a personal note, there are small details with this bill that I would have done differently. But it is always like that, and I think this will pass through Riksdagen without a problem”.
Rickard is a speaker in the eSports panel, in the upcoming i-Gaming Forum at Berns Salonger on April 17-18. “As far as i am concerned eSports is a sector that is currently neglected and forgotten. Despite being one of the most important types of activity, that we have in Sweden”.
Why is this so?
“I guess it’s much a generational problem. But I am an eSports gamer myself, and I also stream myself, says Rickard. Who representing the Gothenburg region in parliament, and who is one of it’s younger generation members”.
What are the main issues?
“The visa rules in Sweden are lagging behind, because eSports is not really regarded as a sport. The educational part of it, does not get the right recognition, and there are tax issues as well”.
According to Rickard, the increased popularity of eSports, is of benefit to society in many ways.
“That habitual drinking is going down amongst teenagers, and other young people is partly due to eSports, I know that for a fact. eSports is a lot about team effort, making logical decisions, and learning to communicate clearly. Learning the English language properly not least…”
Rickard is a bit disappointed, with the slow progress that eSports is making in Sweden:
“We are world class, if you talk about the actual players and their performance. But it’s appalling, that often visas are not granted to top foreign players for the biggest eSports competitions. Or work permits, so they can join top teams here. It’s comparable to Russias ice hockey team not given visas, for a World Championship in Sweden”.
“Or the football player Marta, not given a visa to play in the Swedish women’s football league. We can compare this to the German government declaration, for example, where eSports is mentioned specifically”, Rickard says to i-Gaming Forum
You are speaking at the i-Gaming Forum in Stockholm on April 18, in a panel that will be discussing the merge between eSports and online gambling…
“This is very important! Partly because it means sponsorship and commercial perks. And it also means more professional gaming. Clear rules at all major events, good drug controls and other safeguards as well”.
Apart from all the issues that you have mentioned, what is most important for eSports in Sweden right now?
“Where does eSports fit in? Is it culture? Is it sports? It is important that this is defined, that eSports is properly recognised. There is more than a symbolic value for this”.
Rickard Nordin sums up his case:
“It’s vital that eSports players get this recognition. They are doing something, that is positive for society, not something that they should be ashamed of in any way”.
Source: European Gaming News
EGT Romania: new promotions for slot machines!
A challenge that EGT Romania has always accepted, both towards customers and other operators, most of them already becoming partners, is to always offer them the opportunity to grow their businesses by choosing the most performing, attractive, interactive, awarded and appreciated products from the gambling industry. So, periodically we make offers as attractive as possible to facilitate the decision to progress of each operator.
Starting with January 2020, EGT Romania offers operators the opportunity to purchase slot machines from both previous generations and the latest models, at extraordinary prices conditions.
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The increasingly diverse demands of players develop the need for operators to integrate tailor-made products and services into their gaming halls. AWPs are some of them. Taking this into account, you can now take advantage of the following offer:
- You can purchase cabinets from the Vega Vision range with AWP mixes in 12 or 24 installments, without advance payment.
- You can also purchase Vega Vision cabinets in 12 or 24 installments, without advance payment, if you choose game mixes from the Collection Series range.
!!! In addition, we thought that you might want to convert AWP to Collection Series or vice versa at some point, so we created a minimum cost for you. Therefore, you will benefit of only 999 Euro + VAT per conversion (compared to 1950 Euro + VAT – the basic price).
P-24/24 UP, P-27/27 ST SLIM – 2 months free of charge!
These EGT slot machines, equipped also with AWP game mixes, awarded and appreciated year after year, are still in the top of the preferences of players and operators alike.
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S32/55 – S-line range – 40 E discount
Presented for the first time in Romania in September 2019, within the EAE, the S32/55 terminal, from the S-line multiplayer range, impresses with the imposing appearance, with a dominant display of 4K resolution, 55 inches.
- You can rent S32/55, during this period, with 40 E discount.
For questions, complete information and additional details, we invite you to contact the EGT Romania sales team at the data available here.
Could UK Government Policy Threaten Online Betting Promos?
Most observers would agree that the UK political class is pursuing a dialogue on the very nature of the gambling industry. The headline issue is, of course, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT’s), which have been the focus of a huge campaign. This week the UK Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced that the maximum stake in these gaming machines will be cut dramatically starting in October 2019. The move has cross-party support, and even the gambling industry has been vocally supportive, knowing that it at least makes sense from a PR perspective to seem concerned about the issue.
However, FOBT’s are not the only issue being discussed about the industry in the UK, with some changes perhaps having a big impact on punters. Advertising has come under scrutiny recently, with an almost saturated feel to the volume of sports betting adverts played on television during events like Premier League games. Sky, the UK’s dominant figure in sports broadcasting, has agreed to ‘regulate itself’ and limit the number of betting adverts beginning at the start of the 2019 Premier League season.
The move by Sky, while seemingly commendable as they will lose out on a chunk of the estimated £460 million gambling companies spend on advertising in the UK, is also indicative of the fact that the landscape is changing. The Labour Party, in particular, has signalled that they will try to put curbs on many aspects of the industry should they win the next election. For example, Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, has called for a ban on funding accounts with credit cards and any advertising during live sports events.
However, one area that will be keenly watched by casino players and bettors is that of promotions. Incentives like free bets, price boosts, reload bonuses and the rest are the “carrot” that usually acts as a tipping point to encourage a player to join a new site, but they are certainly not the only reason why people bet. If a Government decides that promotions force people to bet, rather than supplement a decision that has already been made, could they too be in the firing line as the UK authorities try to further regulate the industry?
Free bets offers popular with punters
One would argue that would come to the detriment of the customer, rather than the industry. Consider how a punter might want to bet with William Hill on Real Madrid at 12/1 to win the Champions League, or the Boston Celtics at 7/1 with Bet365 to win the NBA Championships; they could check a list of free bet no deposit 2018 offers and potentially make their bet for free. Is it fair to take away those incentives from the customer?
There is a fine line between the idea of a promotion and the “bet now!” command that is being looked at by the Advertising Standards Agency, but it’s hard to know where that line will be drawn in the future. Punters would be irate to learn that they can’t, for example, go to a bookie and find an incentive like a price boost on the current odds of 12/1 for Chelsea to win the Premier League.
In the end though, money usually settles these matters. While the UK Government has made moves on FOBTs, it was slow-acting because bookmaker shops were keen to point out that those betting terminals equate to jobs. 2017/18 was estimated to have raised £2.8 billion in gaming tax receipts for the UK Exchequer. The Government will be loath to jeopardise that income. The point is: if the bookies can make their case, those promos will be here to stay.
Pragmatic Play roars to life with 5 lions
New release sees ancient spirits guarding amazing riches
15 June 2018: Pragmatic Play, the multi-award-winning games provider, has announced the launch of 5 Lions, a 3×5 video slot steeped in myth and legend.
Chinese iconography lights up the reels of 5 Lions, with turtles, phoenixes and dragons appearing covered in glittering gemstones.
The mystical lions of the game’s title act as the wild symbols, granting the player a random multiplier of up to 40x and springing to life when they appear in any winning line.
Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Our suite of high quality games continues to go from strength to strength, and 5 Lions is a great addition that we are proud to introduce to our partners and players.
“The game’s mystical air is complemented by an engaging and visually satisfying array of bonus content, and it certainly has the potential to keep players coming back.”
Three gilded yin-yang symbols unlock 5 Lions unique free spins feature, expanding the three central reels to four symbols in height and boosting the potential ways to win from 243 to 576.
Players then have the opportunity to choose between seven lions, offering a wide selection of different multiplier ranges. These options range from six free spins with a range of high multipliers (15x, 30x, or 40x) to 25 free spins with a range of lower multipliers (2x, 3x, or 5x).
Pragmatic Play’s portfolio contains more than 80 proven HTML5 video slots, including Wolf Gold, Chilli Heat and The Champions. These titles are now live with a growing list of leading casino brands, including Mr Green, Betsson and LeoVegas.
For more information on this release or to arrange an interview please contact Tom Lewis at Square in the Air on 020 3586 8257 or email@example.com
About Pragmatic Play
Pragmatic Play is one of the fastest growing providers of slots games in the online gaming industry. It has proven expertise in creating mobile and desktop content that engages modern players. Its expanding portfolio features more than 80 proven HTML5 titles, which support 26 languages and all major currencies, and are built on unique in-house designs.
The provider’s games are attuned to the needs of players and operators in regulated markets all over the world and are now a fixture on many of the leading casino brands.
For more information please visit http://pragmaticplay.com/
Source: European Gaming News
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