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Exclusive Interview with Blanka Homor, Sales Director at Playson

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– Tell us about the CEE region for you in 2020 – what’s been your major highlights?

Throughout 2020, the CEE region was hugely important for Playson. It was the year when our games were certified in Croatia, Republic of Srpska, Serbia, Greece and Montenegro, which increased our foothold within the region significantly. We signed a raft of major commercial deals and were often among the first suppliers to partner with operators upon entering a newly-regulated territory.

That success is testament to our credentials as one of the region’s most exciting suppliers, and we can’t wait to continue expanding our CEE reach with a string of new agreements in 2021.

– To give readers a view of how you see the market – where’s been key for you and what regions are you keeping a close eye on?

Germany remains a key market of focus for us. Despite a decline in gaming revenue caused by tougher restrictions on domestically licensed operators, we believe the market will continue to grow. Further west, neighboring Netherlands, which is set to bring in regulated online gambling later this year, is also of strong interest to us, and we’re keeping a close eye on any regulatory developments coming out of Switzerland.

We plan to apply for local licences and secure comprehensive operator partnerships in both of those territories, which will further cement our position among the region’s fastest-growing content developers.

– How have events in since last March changed your approach to the region? Would you say it’s changed the landscape and demographics?

Businesses across the globe continued to reel from the shockwaves caused by Covid-19, and our industry is no different. The closure of land-based casinos and retail betting outlets took its toll, as did the pause on sporting fixtures.

One sector that has surged, however, is online casino. The coronavirus outbreak and ensuing lockdown caused a spike in activity, with demand for our content hitting record highs. Nevertheless, we’ve continued to adapt to the changing circumstances, with the pandemic causing delays and interruptions to regulatory processes in markets across the globe.

– Looking to the future – what should our readers be watching out for in the next 12 months?

Even more thrilling Playson content! New games, bonus features and engagement tools are all on our agenda, with the aim of increasing retention rates and dwell time for operator partners.

Our upcoming release, Wolf Power: Hold and Win, is a glowing case in point. The slot showcases in-game jackpots including the Grand Jackpot worth x500, with stacked Wilds, Hold and Win mechanics and Free Spins also making an exciting appearance.

Overall, 2020 will see us maintain the impressive content rollout that attracted so many fans last year, with an emphasis on unique gameplay features tailored to key markets.

– And last but not least, looking outside of the gaming industry, can you name an industry figure or company that we’d do well to learn from in the year ahead?

We continue to learn from colleagues in the blockchain space, which has gone from strength to strength in recent months.

As an open and transparent ledger of actions and information, blockchain allows regulators to monitor the funds going in and out of a casino, and how much and how frequently players bet. From a player protection standpoint, that could be extremely promising.

Given that a large percentage of our revenue comes from mobile, we also keep track of new smartphone releases from the likes of Samsung and Apple. That’s a vital part of ensuring our content is optimised for the full spectrum of devices, which is a high priority for Playson.


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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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Hokkaido Excludes IR from 2021 Budget

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Hokkaido has announced its initial budget for 2021 on February 19, with a 15.4% (JPY432.9 billion) increase over last year to JPY3.25 trillion (US$30.9 billion). This is the third-largest initial budget ever for the prefecture, which will now be proposed at the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly regular session on February 25.

However, the fund for IR development was a notable absentee following a recent comment by Governor Naomichi Suzuki that an IR was not in the immediate future for Hokkaido.

Funds being set aside in prefectural budgets have traditionally been considered by experts as a strong indicator of a prefecture’s intentions regarding IRs. The fact that no funds have been set aside for IR development in Hokkaido’s 2021 budget appears to signal the death knell for any remaining glimmers of hope that Hokkaido could somehow jump back into Japan’s IR race.

At a press conference, Suzuki positioned the new fiscal year’s budget as “a budget that protects lives, livelihoods and creates a path for the future.” It is hoped this will help the prefecture navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and build a society resistant to infectious disease while also promoting Hokkaido’s future in a post-pandemic world.

Revenue has declined in the economic downturn and the prefecture’s financial situation is strained. Governor Suzuki commented, “We will firmly defend ourselves while at the same time starting on proactive policy. Balancing defense and offense has been difficult but we will accept the challenge to build a future for Hokkaido while controlling the pandemic.”

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Japanese Politician Raises Concerns Over China Blacklist on Overseas Casino Tourism Destinations

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The Japanese government has refrained from commenting following a question from House of Representatives member Kenji Eda regarding concerns that Japan’s first integrated resort developments could see the nation added to a blacklist being compiled by Chinese authorities on foreign casino destinations.

The blacklist, originally revealed by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism last August and expanded earlier this month, is said to comprise overseas tourist destinations that are “disrupting” China’s outbound tourism market by opening casinos targeting mainland Chinese customers. The blacklist system would see travel restrictions imposed on Chinese citizens going to overseas cities and scenic spots named on the blacklist.

Eda revealed via his personal blog that he had submitted a question regarding the blacklist and its potential impact on Japan’s IRs, stating, “In August 2020, China announced that it would create a blacklist system to restrict travel to foreign cities that had a casino, with the allegation that overseas casinos threatened the property and safety of their citizens. With that in mind, we can understand that there are concerns that overseas casinos are a hotbed of crime, particularly corruption and graft. I request an answer if the government is aware of this system.

“Further, this, adding to the impact of the coronavirus, could have a major impact on IR (casino) operation in East Asia, which relies heavily on wealthy Chinese visitors. In the past, The Chinese government has restricted travel to South Korea because of deployment of the US military’s ground-based missile interception system, and there is a risk they could use this system politically.

“Considering this system, even if we build casinos (IR) in Japan, we cannot have expectations that foreigners, and especially Chinese tourists, will be able to visit.”

In response, the government said, “We are aware that the Chinese government has announced the establishment of a system as you described in August 2020, but the specific details are yet to be announced so we will refrain from comment.”

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Enjoy a fantastic fruit cocktail with Fruits’n Jars, the new release from Red Rake Gaming

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The specialist casino game provider, Red Rake Gaming, has just released its latest game, a 5×3 reel video slot where players can obtain a wide variety of different wins. Bonus symbols that hide surprising multipliers, a mini game with a huge roulette, jam jars with mysterious symbols and a wild symbol that rewards the player with lucky multipliers.

A video slot with a great cocktail of fruits and classic symbols, including “mystery symbols”, which reveal a symbol adding to the excitement of much of the action.

The wild symbol rewards players with lucky multipliers. A sidebar will be displayed with different multipliers of either X2, X3, X5, X10, X15, X20 or X25, and one of them will light up to multiply the player’s win by the number in question.

The most impressive feature in this video slot is the Major Roulette, where players can multiply their bet and obtain wins as interesting as the already well-known Minor, Major and Grand wins.

Not only do the bonus symbols grant players access to the free spins feature, but they also hide surprising multipliers. With 3 or more bonus symbols players can earn up to 25 free spins.

Fruits’n Jar has been released today, 25th February, with all Red Rake Gaming operators. As with all previous releases, this new slot will be available on the new tournament tool, making it even more exciting to play.

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