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Exclusive interview with Vladimir Malakchi: Evoplay kicks-off in Ireland!

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Capping off an outstanding year for Evoplay with multiple industry awards and deals with major providers, including Relax Gaming, Bragg Gaming Group and Fortuna, we sat down with Evoplay’s CCO, Vladimir Malakchi to talk through his plans for their Irish debut.

 

The burgeoning Irish market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the iGaming landscape, but what promise does it hold for Evoplay?

I would say that the Irish market’s steady expansion stems from a crucial factor – a strong demand for iGaming. The latest research illustrates that Irish gamblers constitute one of the largest iGaming audiences across Europe. To be specific, around ​​59% of Ireland’s population regularly gambles online, rendering it a particularly attractive jurisdiction for providers that are looking to expand into up-and-coming markets.

Our recently established partnership with Novibet has allowed us to unlock the Irish market and reach iGaming enthusiasts across the country with our highly sought-after titles, including 52 gamification-packed video slots and 10 instant games, featuring bestsellers such as our World Cup-inspired Penalty Shoot-out.

 

How are you looking to cater to Irish players’ preferences, and how does that impact your game development strategy? 

Online casino is in good company amongst some of the most popular types of entertainment in Ireland, and our rich portfolio is more than suitable to provide its players with the experiences they desire. The people in Ireland are sociable, outgoing, entertaining, and enjoy participating in healthy competition thanks to the nation’s rich heritage in sports.

Evoplay’s games are well-known for their innovative and gamified elements, which are core tenets of the development process surrounding each product. For this reason, we can rest assured that the variety of content we provide caters to all demographics of Irish players, with titles stacked full of social features such as leaderboards, live chats, progress systems, and tournaments.

The inclusion of these features ensures maximum excitement for players, thanks to their support of social interaction and healthy competition between players, with the experiences further enhanced by strong betting features, customisation, and well-designed peripherals.

 

Is there a particular demographic of Irish player that your products have seen success with?

As our development strategy is to create products that capture the imaginations of a broad audience, our games are popular with a real variety of demographics, from conservative players all the way to the next generation. Those coming from a background of traditional casino games will find a lot of joy in our impressive selection of our retro slots, such as the Fruit Super Nova series, while next-gen players seeking something fresh and unique can dive into our collection of modern experiences, featuring innovative yet easy-to-understand titles stacked full of social elements.

With almost half of the Irish population being interested in football, supporting football clubs and consuming a spread of sports content, our renowned football-themed instant game – Penalty Shoot-out – has every chance to become the next big hit in the market during the World Cup and beyond.

 

How have your Irish-themed slots been received by players in the region?

We already have Irish-themed titles in our portfolio, and that’s not only in regard to slots but instant games too, which have become the perfect accompaniment to Saint Patrick’s Day and a portion of our more traditional content.

Ireland as a country has a very rich culture and supplies us with so many exciting opportunities to develop themes and plots to create leading experiences. I am sure that the distinctive charm and the local peculiarities of Irish culture will inspire us to develop more titles that feature elements of Irish heritage in the months ahead.

 

Having recently taken your sought-after games portfolio live with Novibet, do you have any other operator deals on the horizon?

Ireland is a high-potential market with an online casino vertical generating more than €200 million year on year. Establishing an agreement with an operator as respected as Novibet is the first step in reaching Irish customers and making a statement about what we do at Evoplay. We definitely see more partnerships within the jurisdiction on the horizon and welcome opportunities to further establish a solid footing in the region.

 

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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TVBET enters distribution agreement with Golden Matrix Group

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The live games provider TVBET has signed a partnership with Golden Matrix Group, a deal which sees the company incorporate the provider’s top-notch live games into its offering.

TVBET is a provider which offers easy and smooth API integration of TV games based on odds. Its games are a perfect product for casinos and bookmakers, both online and offline. TVBET games are well-known card games and lotteries adapted for online streaming format. Since its launch in 2016, TVBET’s major idea has been to create and then maintain top-shelf and up-to-date content for partners that will literally «glue» any player to their computer’s, tv’s, or smartphone’s screen.

The partnership with Golden Matrix Group strengthens TVBET’s position in the igaming arena and delivers its content even wider.

Golden Matrix Group is an established gaming technology company that develops and owns online gaming IP and builds configurable and scalable white-label social gaming platforms for its international customers. The gaming IP includes tools for marketing, acquisition, retention, and monetization of users. The provided platform is unparalleled in both mobile and desktop website deployment, proving compatible throughout all major operating systems and web browsers.

Utku Sarper, TVBET Sales Lead, states: “We are entering a new win-win deal with a strong igaming representative — Golden Matrix Group. It is proud to welcome the B2B company among our partners, and we are sure the synergy of our companies will bring us mutually beneficial results!

TVBET will enhance Golden Matrix Group’s content offering, and for us, this deal will bring new growth opportunities in the market.”

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Hacksaw Gaming Signs Content Agreement with Sisal

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Leading iGaming studio Hacksaw Gaming has entered into a partnership with Italian-facing online casino operator Sisal.

Under the terms of the deal, Sisal players will gain access to a selection of popular Hacksaw Gaming titles, beginning with March 2020 release Cubes. Cubes was Hacksaw Gaming’s first 3D-styled release, proving so popular it went on to spawn a sequel with Cubes 2 arriving in February 2021.

Several Hacksaw Gaming games are scheduled to follow over the proceeding weeks, including slot favourites Hand of Anubis, Hop’n’Pop, and Aztec Twist, plus instant win games Mines and Coins, which recently turned one year old. Designed to reinvent non-traditional gaming, the Dare2Win series puts a modern twist on beloved arcade games and offers alternative casino entertainment for players everywhere.

Hacksaw Gaming’s latest partner, Flutter-owned Sisal, is a leading force in Italy with a number of product verticals among its portfolio. In addition to online slots, Sisal players can wager on sports, poker, and lottery games. Sisal’s wide range of lottery titles includes SiVinceTutto, Vinci per la vita – Win for Life, Eurojackpot, VinciCasa, and SuperEnalotto – Italy’s leading lottery title offered exclusively by Sisal since 1997.

Today’s news represents another step forward for Hacksaw Gaming as part of an ongoing strategy to bolster its footing in regulated markets.

Remarking on the partnership, Gabrielle Star, Hacksaw Gaming’s CCO, said: “Hacksaw Gaming goes from strength to strength in Italy following our market entry earlier this year.

“This deal represents a signal of our intentions as we continue to broaden our horizons in regulated markets. Sisal is a household name in Italy, and we’re delighted its players can finally get a taste of our award-winning games.”

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EvenBet Gaming publishes e-book that addresses poker launch challenges

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Downloadable guide includes insightful solutions to help operators

Leading online gaming software developer, EvenBet Gaming, has released its latest e-book that is designed to support operators when launching an online and mobile poker offering in today’s marketplace.

The e-book titled 10 main mistakes to avoid before launching an online poker room” leans on the company’s 15+ years’ experience of launching new poker projects. It guides operators through best practices to efficiently deploy a poker business that delivers strong engagement, revenues and profits from the start.

This useful guide provides operators with a wide range of solutions to the main issues they face when setting up a digital poker offering, including:

  • Choosing the right business model
  • Understanding compliance and regulatory demands
  • Creating a sufficient team capable of managing poker rooms and their players
  • Structuring an effective promotional campaign

Intended to support businesses across the globe, in particular countries within the LatAm region, EvenBet anticipates high demand for the e-book that is available in both English and Spanish, as more operators look to establish online and mobile poker offerings.

Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming, said: “There’s currently very little guidance for operators which are at the beginning of the journey into launching a poker business. It’s a complex operation to rollout, particularly with limited experience in this vertical, and quite often we see the same common mistakes that lead to an inferior final product.

“Given our superior experience within the poker industry, we decided to develop this e-book and help those operators that would benefit from our insight. We made a conscious effort to make the guide as simple as possible to understand, ensuring it leads to more efficient new poker rooms being launched worldwide.”

To download a free copy of EvenBet Gaming’s latest e-book, please click here.

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