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BetGames CEO interview: Bringing T-Kick to Europe

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BetGames has certainly been making waves in the last few months with the launch of its revolutionary live sport vertical, Twain Sport.

Speaking with BetGames’ CEO, Andreas Koeberl, we sat down to talk all things live action, as well how Twain Sport’s big bet on engaging the Tik Tok betting generation with the latest in short-form, high turnover betting action is already proving a success.

 

Congratulations on the launch of T-Kick! Given football is the world’s most universal sport, how big are your global plans for this unique hybrid version of live football?

AK: Thanks a lot. I’m incredibly proud of the team for making it happen right before ICE, which provided the perfect stage to showcase our revolutionary product to the global iGaming industry. Our ambitions to be the best are high, and they have to be, as football is the biggest sport in the world – no matter if you look at as a sports fan or punter.

So, the answer is quite simple: we want to push T-Kick out into all continents starting with our home markets in South Africa and Europe, where we’re already one of the best in live entertainment. The great thing is that all operators who are already live with T-Basket can just switch T-Kick on without any effort, which gives our tier-one partners an excellent springboard into instant success.

 

Going into this hybrid adaptation of live football betting – can you talk us through how it works and how T-Kick is positioned to benefit your big-brand operator partners?

AK: In general, we position T-Kick as a complementary product to tier-one sports, which provides additional engagement and revenue, rather than cannibalising sportsbook. For us, it’s all about being complementary to sporting fixtures, and with more than 10,000 T-Kick and T-Basket matches a month already, we offer operators a perfect product for both off-peak hours and in-between major sports matches.

To complement sportsbook, this means a full head-to-head tournament every single hour. This gives our operator partners a sticky product that is also the exact short-form, live action that players want – before, after, or during a Champions League match … or even at half time! Not only that, now that we have two sports – T-Basket and T-Kick, players get 30 super quick matches with immediate settlement each hour. This idea to offer complementary unique content is in our DNA at BetGames since the company’s inception, and we’re sure that with the next stage in our evolution, we’ve got aperfect product.

 

Does BetGames and Twain Sport believe that short-form, live action is the future of live betting and how does this fit for the new generation of players?

AK: The question on how to engage Gen Z is probably the headache for every operator and supplier in the industry. I think there is no recipe or right answer. What we do know, is that we have to think differently and try out whole new ways of engagement involving different channels and forms of entertainment. Thinking that one specific product can fix the aforementioned headache is probably naïve here. When it comes to TWAIN SPORT, we see that the average age of our players is around 25 years old, and given the nature of the product, being action packed and quick, we seem to be appealing to new generations with a ‘Tik-Tok’ style demand for short-form content. Furthermore, the ease and understanding of our product means that we can cater to newer, casual players.

 

Our European Gaming readers all know about the value of retail across the likes of Belgium, Austria and Germany, can T-Kick work in betting shops just as well as it does online? 

AK: That’s a great question. So far, we are live only in the digital world with around 40 brands – although certainly got some exciting plans for retail coming up.

When it comes to the mechanics of the product, given that T-Kick offers a full football tournament every hour, it makes it a very suitable product for the social environment of a retail shop. The appetite we’re seeing from operators really underlines that. We’ve already signed several major contracts across Europe to put the product onto SSBTs and on-screen in shops, with the first retail launches to be expected in early Q2, so watch this space!

 

Last but not least, when it comes to boosting player engagement and incremental revenue – can you talk us through who T-Kick will be go live with and how can it make a unique impact for operators looking to acquire new players?

AK: We’re aiming to launch it across at least 80% of the existing BetGames estate. As we are live on 1500 websites globally, you can get an impression on what we are aiming for. We were lucky to have amazing partners with the likes of Betway, Hollywoodbets, TopSport, Betsson, and many more who’ve launched already. Interestingly, about a quarter of the brands that went live with are new for us, so we’re already able to see that we have a product that is giving us a real net growth.

From the operators’ side, I would like to reiterate the biggest strength and value we’re bringing to the table, it’s all about providing the perfect complementary product to tier-one sports that excites and engages a next-gen, casual audience. Not only that, but we’re also bringing some much-needed innovation into the retail world that can attract new demographics of players.

To add to that, integrity is at the heart of TWAIN SPORT given our partnership with Sportradar, so especially in an environment with tighter and tighter regulation like Europe, we offer something really innovative in line with the regulations of the MGA, UKGC and other major European frameworks.

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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BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 analytical insights from GG.BET & Esports Charts

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The esports analytics service Esports Charts, in collaboration with betting brand GG.BET, widely known for its promotion of esports, has published extensive game and betting data for BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024. The stats reveal how the players and teams performed, and provide insights into who viewers bet on the most.

The final stage of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 Counter-Strike 2 tournament took place from 12 to 16 June. Over 18,000 spectators gathered at the OVO Arena Wembley in London for the tournament playoffs. It was the first time the UK had hosted a Counter-Strike event on such a scale for six years.

Esports Charts analyzed the event and published a series of reports with reviews of the teams’ and individual players’ greatest achievements in the tournament. Before it started, the analytics service published a retrospective review of the viewership of BLAST Premier Spring tournaments over previous years, statistics on the popularity of different team members among Twitch stream audiences, and exclusive data on which teams GG.BET users bet on to win in the tournament.

After the tournament ended, Esports Charts shared its results. The collection of infographics included data on teams’ performances, such as the most spectacular comebacks and wins in rounds with the lowest budget for purchases. They also show betting statistics, such as which teams’ wins produced the most winnings. The final set of information shows how players performed and contains exclusive betting data on individual performances like total deaths and total kills.

GG.BET press office:

“The publication of insights into major CS2 tournaments is becoming a tradition. In March of this year, we shared insights into the first CS2 Major in history. Specialists from both GG.BET and Esports Charts dive deep into the tournaments, analyze a huge quantity of data, and therefore have the chance to monitor exciting esports community trends. We’ll also continue to share the insights we find in the future.

Analytics service Esports Charts is famous for its extensive analysis of esports streams. GG.BET is an international betting brand with a wealth of expertise in esports. Thanks to their joint collaboration, both companies have been able to provide information that the esports community wouldn’t normally consider.

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GGPoker Launches Second Year Of microFestival Online Poker Series with $10 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool

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GGPoker is thrilled to announce the return of its microFestival, the world’s largest micro stakes poker festival, running from June 23 through July 7, 2024. With an impressive $10 million in guaranteed tournament prizes, this year’s series promises to be even more exhilarating for poker enthusiasts of all levels.

GGPoker’s microFestival stands out as the premier online poker event for players with modest bankrolls, featuring No-Limit Holdem, Progressive Knockout (PKO) and Pot Limit Omaha tournaments with buy-ins from just $1. The highlight of the series is the $10.80 Mystery Bounty Main Event, which boasts a staggering $1 million guarantee and a top mystery bounty of $100,000.

Adding to the excitement, GGPoker has introduced a unique freeroll promotion to ensure every participant feels like a winner. Players who fail to cash in any microFestival event will receive a free ticket to one of three $5K freeroll tournaments held the following day. This “Second Chance” offer gives all players another opportunity to win cash prizes, reinforcing GGPoker’s commitment to providing exceptional value and entertainment. In total, 50 freerolls will be held, awarding $250,000 in prizes.

Sarne Lightman, Managing Director of GGPoker, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series: “We are incredibly excited to bring back microFestival for a second year, with bigger and better tournaments and prizes. GGPoker’s goal has always been to make poker accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and with events starting at just $1, microFestival offers incredible value and excitement. Adding Second Chance freeroll tournaments is our way of thanking our players and ensuring everyone has multiple opportunities to win big.”

GGPoker’s microFestival 2024 is set to attract a diverse and dynamic field of players, from newcomers looking to dip their toes into online poker to seasoned veterans seeking to showcase their skills in a low-stakes environment. With a packed schedule of events and millions of dollars on the line, the series promises unforgettable moments and life-changing wins.

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Week 25/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

Spinomenal has expanded its otherworldly Demi Gods Series with the addition of Atlas Unleashed. This epic slots saga unfolds in ancient Greece where the gods rule the reels. The 5×4 design is brought to life with sharp graphics and a momentous soundtrack that lures players into the action. Three Free Spins symbols will instantly launch the feature and will award players with 10 Free Spins. Four Free Spins symbols will award 25 Free Spins and five will gift 50 Free Spins.

Forget the dusty saloons of Deadwood R.I.P, the TV dreams of Loner and the spicy dungeons of Kenneth Must Die. This time, you’ll find yourself stranded on a lush island paradise, but paradise takes a dark turn when you discover a Tiki collector with a taste for shrunken heads! Hunted with no food or water, players must face the base game, which features a Progression Bar, where each fallen head is collected. Filling it up will unlock Soul Wilds that progressively increase in size and power. Wild Symbols add 3 points, High Paying Symbols add 2 points and Medium Paying Symbols add 1 point to the bar.

 

A blistering experience awaits in Blueprint Gaming’s latest offering Cash Strike Hotstepper, as a host of thrilling mechanics take centre stage, including the eye-catching Hotstepper feature offering lavish cash rewards. Stepping into a retro 3×3 grid, a feast of fruit symbols is accompanied by flaming gold coins with the title’s five pathways offering a mammoth 50,000x the original bet. All cash symbols or fixed jackpots on reels one or three are awarded when they land alongside the sizzling Cash Strike Collect symbol on reel two.

Inspired Entertainment and Paddy Power, the retail division of Flutter Entertainment plc, proudly announce the launch of Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins, a custom game that combines the distinctive branding of Paddy Power with Inspired’s renowned Gold Cash Freespins theme. Set against the iconic green backdrop of Paddy Power’s signature colour scheme, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-winline slot game packed with branded Wilds and symbols, as well as other player-favorite features.

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