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“This summer will prove to be one to remember”: Exclusive interview with R Franco on its MGA Licence

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With restrictions ending and a summer of sport ahead of us – we caught up with the MGA’s latest licensee, R Franco Digital, to talk through CCO Mario Benito’s vision for the coming months – with the Spanish supplier now poised for some very exciting expansion plans.

Congratulations on R Franco Digital’s recent MGA Licence! Can you tell us what it means for the company and your plans for the next 12 months?

For R Franco, the acquisition of the Critical Gaming Supply Licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) represents a major step forwards for the business, capping a period of growth the extends right across Europe and beyond. We are now currently licensed to operate in Spain, Colombia, Portugal, Belgium and now, Malta. Our plans for the next 12 months will be focused on this new market for us, which provides us with enormous opportunities to expand our business.

What key European markets does R Franco Digital see as holding major growth potential?

Not only is Spain a market that is close to our heart, given that it is our home and where the business originated in 1965, but it is also one that contains real potential for online growth going froward. We have significant experience in capturing the interest of land-based players – and offering them online as a channel, as well as a world-class digital offering to keep them there. The Netherlands is very much an established market in many ways, where local players already spend more money on gambling activities than in many other regulated markets in Europe, ahead of the new regulations that are set to come into being later this year. After that, you also have the German and Portuguese markets, where we also see significant growth possibilities.

How have the last year’s events shaped the gaming landscape in terms of player behaviour? Are players looking for different types of games?

The online gaming market around the world is very volatile – with plenty of variables at play. All of our competitors are innovating every day to create new, entertaining experiences for players and no supplier can afford to be left behind in that race. With players expecting more than ever from casino games, the market in turn is providing them with new possibilities. One example is the purchase of Free Spins, which was included as an option some time ago; now, there are very few slots in certain jurisdictions that do not integrate this feature.

How is R Franco Digital look to adjust its development pipeline to suit the new environment?

It is fair to say that our in-house development team is improving in leaps and bounds and the proof of that lies in the games themselves, which are getting better and better in order to serve the entertainment needs of players. We are specialists in the Spanish market – because that is where we have been present for the longest period – but our games have also proven to be popular in many other international markets including Portugal and Colombia, and we’re looking forward to building on that this year with our MGA licence.

Looking to your home market of Spain – how has this year shaped up so far – do you see the Spanish operators on track for recovery and a return of land-based?

It has indeed been a difficult year for Spanish operators. New regulations meant increased advertising restrictions and new rules around bonusing and this had the double impact of making it more difficult to attract new players and also to keep them. At the same time, this is a very versatile market and there is still plenty of room for manouevre, so we are sure that there will be a recovery. As one of the market’s leading players we look forward to helping drive that recovery – and we see plenty of potential for activity returning once the conditions are right.

Last but not least, what are your expectations for betting and casino this summer with the upcoming Euros?

It has been a year in the waiting, and we are sure that the delayed European Championships will prove to be successful in every way, with both betting and casino being part of that success. While domestic football leagues are not yet concluded, it will not be long before operators are able to reveal the special promotions they have been working on for so long, in order to capture the attention of their customers. Without a doubt, this summer will prove to be one to remember – and casino has plenty of opportunity to capture the interest of not only sports betting fans, but also traditional land-based players who want to join in this summer’s action online while indoor restrictions are still in place.

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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Time to Invest in Crypto? SOFTSWISS 2023 iGaming Market Overview

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In 2023, crypto bets expanded by more than 20%, as reported by SOFTSWISS. The leading technology company, with over 15 years of expertise in iGaming and number one in crypto-optimised software, shares its analysis of the dynamic crypto landscape.

According to industry research, the global iGaming market is projected to double by 2030 at a compound annual growth rate of 11.7%. Revenues are expected to exceed 140 billion euro, with a significant share attributed to crypto gambling. 

SOFTSWISS, as the innovator in crypto iGaming software development, regularly conducts research to track the dynamics of crypto within the iGaming market. Using extrapolation, comparative and correlative analysis, experts analyse the data gathered from over 600 crypto-friendly brands powered by the company.

iGaming Market Overview

Based on SOFTSWISS data, the iGaming market had a stable expansion in 2023. In absolute terms in euro, the Total Bet Sum grew by 38.2% year-on-year. At the same time, the Total Bet Count displayed an even stronger increase, surpassing 51.2%

The average bet is slightly decreasing for several reasons. One significant factor is the broader reach of online gaming, fueled by advanced technology and increased internet availability. This trend is more evident in emerging markets like LatAm and Africa, where bets are usually smaller. Additionally, the increasing number of players under 30 with budget constraints adds to the decline in the average bet size.

State of Crypto

The in-depth quarterly analysis, initiated at the beginning of 2022, reveals that fiat bets are undergoing more substantial growth compared to crypto bets. In Q4’23, the Crypto Bet Sum saw an 8.2% rise in absolute terms, while the Fiat Bet Sum surged by 16.4% compared to Q3’23. At the end of 2023, the crypto share in the Total Bets Sum (27.5%)  decreased by 3.9 p.p.

The comparative analysis of the 2023 Crypto Bet Sum against  the previous year shows 21.1% growth. Simultaneously, the Crypto Bet Count increased by 50.5% year-on-year. The growing number of bets indicates rising interest in crypto gaming, but the greater availability of digital currencies may lead to slightly more economical bets.

“The advantages of employing digital currencies, such as swift transactions and anonymity, are key drivers for many players. Given these dynamics, the market demands expanding iGaming projects’ opportunities for crypto players. The in-game currency conversion, for example, allows operators to engage players with cryptocurrency assets in games initially designed for fiat transactions. The projects that embrace such possibilities continue gaining more advantageous market positions,” shares Vitali Matsukevich, Chief Operating Officer at SOFTSWISS.

Crypto Bet Stabilisation

The average fiat bet remained steady at around 0.82 euro throughout the previous year. Despite fluctuations in the average crypto bet during 2023, ranging from 1.59 to 1.88 euro, the changes appear modest compared to the twofold drop observed in the average crypto bet during Q4’22, which reached 1.56 euros. This indicates a certain level of stabilisation in the average crypto bet throughout 2023. 

Vitali Matsukevich, Chief Operating Officer at SOFTSWISS, comments: The dynamics of the average crypto bet align with crypto market fluctuations. When digital currency values stabilised in H2 2022, the average crypto bet also levelled out. Another thing is that the average crypto bet is almost two times higher than the average fiat bet, which testifies that digital currencies are potentially used by players with higher incomes. Operators should consider this to increase project profitability.”

Cryptocurrencies Rating

The Top Five most operated digital coins in iGaming landscape have remained stable during the last two years. 

In 2023, the cryptocurrency structure looks as follows:

  • Bitcoin – 73.3%
  • Ethereum – 9.9%
  • Litecoin – 6.6% 
  • Tether – 4.6%
  • Dogecoin – 3.1%

In Q4 2023, Bitcoin experienced a slight decline by a 5.7 p.p. compared to Q3 2023. Conversely, Ethereum and Litecoin showed growth of 4.7 p.p. and 2.2 p.p., respectively, during the same period.

Vitali Matsukevich, Chief Operating Officer at SOFTSWISS, summarises: “The digital currencies market is rapidly expanding, with estimates showing over 50% growth in capitalisation in 2023. Despite the risks caused by the high volatility of crypto and its dependence on various factors, using it can bring extra profits for operators. The iGaming industry is promising for investments due to growth in both fiat and crypto markets, but success depends on trustworthy and experienced partners.

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech company supplying software solutions for managing iGaming projects. The expert team, which counts over 2,000 employees, is based in Malta, Poland, and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

 

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MGA Games joins forces with Solverde.pt, consolidating its presence in Portugal

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MGA Games, developer of localised slot games for global operators, has taken another step in its bid to expand in Portugal. The innovative provider of online casino slot games has completed the integration of part of its production portfolio into Solverde.pt, one of the main operators in the country. It is the largest online casino in Portugal, with more than 2,000 games, including slot games, Roulette, Blackjack and French Bank.

From this moment on, Solverde.pt players can enjoy MGA Games’ greatest hits, including Velho Oeste Mania Megaways, Paulo Futre The Last Gladiator, Elisabete Moutinho Capitã Nemo, Fanny Rodrigues Golden Throne and Popeye Caça Tesouros, among others. Megaways, 5-reel and 3-reel slot games that stand out for their excellent animation, quality of graphics and latest technology. A catalogue to be updated regularly for all Portuguese casino players.

With this agreement, the renowned online casino operator Solverde.pt will continue growing and acquiring fame and notoriety among the most demanding players, thanks to the quality of MGA Games productions.

Sérgio Pascoal, Solverde’s Head of R&D, says: “We are thrilled to introduce MGA Games, a leading Spanish studio in the world of iGaming, to our casino, bringing to our players their expertise in game branding, showcasing personalities from the realms of sports, reality shows, and media entertainment.” He added that “With a commitment to being different, MGA Games promises a unique and exciting journey and that’s what we always aim to bring to our players at Solverde.pt”.

Javier Lanfranchi, Sales Director at MGA Games, comments: “We are confident that our localised slots games will impress Solverde.pt players and make them feel the true excitement of the game. “We share a passion for entertainment, and we reflect this by offering top-notch content of great value to operators.”

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WA.Africa Market Expansion: WA.Technology’s Vision Unfolds at SiGMA Africa

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WA.Technology proudly confirms its attendance at the upcoming SiGMA Africa 2024 iGaming event. WA.Technology is enhancing its footprint across Africa via fresh iGaming experiences tailored for the African audience with its newly upgraded WA.Platform and African-specific WA.Africa omnichannel platform.

WA.Technology will present its full spectrum of B2B iGaming solutions at Booth 04S at the second edition of SiGMA Africa.

It takes place 11 – 13 March at the Sun Exhibits – GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. Thousands of visitors can explore the latest trends in African iGaming and network over three days and enjoy insightful panels alongside the SiGMA Africa Awards.

Central to WA.Technology’s showcase will be the WA.Africa platform, specifically engineered to address the unique needs and preferences of the African market. WA.Africa emphasises omnichannel flexibility, seamlessly integrating mobile, retail, and online gaming experiences enhanced with AI-driven customisation and gamification powered by a knowledgeable regional team.

WA.Africa is part of a joint venture with respected African iGaming experts NE Group. NE Group has an established presence in Africa and has substantial expertise in creating successful platforms explicitly designed for the African market.

WA.Africa incorporates various versatile and captivating features to drive traffic for increased acquisition, engagement and retention while offering enjoyable tailored experiences for players, including:

  • Retail and online functions applied to land-based operations.
  • Mobile-first responsive design.
  • Data-driven BI reporting and dashboard tools.
  • Real-time performance tracking engine.
  • Certified live feed and odds feed integration.
  • Intelligent and flexible PAM.
  • Reactive CMS and CRM capabilities.
  • Auto and manual bonus management system.
  • Risk and trading management through Sportradar MTS
  • Wide range of adaptable betting features.
  • Automated KYC, fraud, and responsible gaming system.
  • Multi-affiliate system.

WA.Africa’s flexibility makes it ideal for operators looking to enter or expand within the region. Thanks to WA.Africa’s market specialists, the platform ensures operators can offer their customers a rich and engaging experience for African players and positions WA.Technology as a key player in the continent.

Visitors will also discover the updated WA.Platform, now more engaging and rewarding after significant enhancements. Highlighted at ICE London 2024, it introduces player-centric innovations such as a Casino AI tailored to individual behaviours, an AI-powered, localised CMS, and extensive customisation for brands and players. With improved back office support, advanced reporting, a versatile dashboard, a user-friendly site editor, upgraded security, and a contemporary design, WA.Platform ensures a personalised, secure, and immersive gaming experience for all users.

WA.Technology continuously seeks betterment, as demonstrated by new game options from WA.Fantasy and WA.Lottery – two of WA.Technology’s fastest-growing verticals – that proved popular hits at ICE London 2024 in an exciting fantasy and lottery free prize giveaway. Explore these innovative gaming solutions firsthand at SiGMA Africa Booth 04S.

At the recent SBC Summit Rio, poker enthusiasts enjoyed a unique, free-to-enter tournament hosted by WA.Technology that served as an ideal prelude to the Brazilian event.

WA.Technology’s fully optimised sports betting vertical WA.Sports will attract significant attention. WA.Sports provides an extensive range of betting options on global sports events, 500,000 pre-match and 360,000 live events,
complemented by the latest features such as live betting, cashout options, and tailored demographic marketing for African audiences.

Attendees can also learn more about WA.Casino, the ultimate end-to-end solution for launching a bespoke, feature-rich online casino that provides access to 6800+ games and 70+ top providers through a single API integration. Its complete customisation, rapid go-live capabilities, and extensive managed services ensure superior client satisfaction and player experience.

SiGMA Africa celebrates the continent’s immense growth potential and WA.Technology is eager to highlight its diverse range of unique, bespoke and client-centric products and services that meet the specific needs of African operators and players.

For more information about WA.Technology and its full spectrum of iGaming solutions, arrange to meet the team at Booth 04S during SiGMA Africa.

 

 

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