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Evolution Gaming Interim Report

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Evolution released today its Interim Report for January-September 2018.

 

Third quarter of 2018 (Q3 2017)

  • Operating revenues increased by 41% to EUR 64.3 million (45.7)
  • EBITDA increased by 28% to EUR 28.0 million (21.8), corresponding to a margin of 43.5% (47.7)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 21.2 million (16.8)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.59 (0.47)

January-September 2018 (9m 2017)

  • Operating revenues increased by 37% to EUR 175.2 million (127.7)
  • EBITDA increased by 31% to EUR 76.1 million (58.0), corresponding to a margin of 43.4% (45.5)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 57.9 million (44.1)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 1.61 (1.23)

Events during the third quarter of 2018

  • Higher than expected growth in number of tables
  • Launch of new studio in New Jersey
  • Expansion in Malta during 2019

Summary of the third quarter and the first nine months of 2018

Evolution gaming Interim Report

 

 

Comments from CEO Martin Carlesund:

The third quarter of the year exhibited continued high demand and good growth. Revenue amounted to EUR 64.3 million, corresponding to an increase of 41 percent compared with the third quarter of 2017. EBITDA amounted to EUR 28.0 million with a margin of 43.5 percent. The margin was impacted by a faster-than-expected growth in the number of tables. We had approximately 500 tables live at the end of the quarter and we expect continued high expansion going forward. We further expect the margin to improve somewhat in the fourth quarter, while the full year number will be in the lower end of our earlier expectations.

The main milestone of the quarter was without doubt the launch of our state-of-the-art studio in Atlantic City, New Jersey; our tenth studio globally. Already from start, the studio serves several strong brands in the market with a broad portfolio of games and services. The response has been positive throughout, and the development of the offering has exceeded our expectations during the initial phase, which provides confidence for the future. However, the US market remains a long-term project, where New Jersey marks the start of a longer journey. The timetable for regulation in additional states is hard to predict; according to reports, Pennsylvania is next during 2019. Regardless of the timing, Evolution is now very well positioned to grasp the opportunities that will open up.

For our newly-opened studio in Georgia, we continue to see positive development with fast growth and a good pace in recruitment. Just as in New Jersey, we are only in the starting blocks and a lot remains to be accomplished. All in all, we can conclude that we have a year of high investment pace behind us, manifested by the said studios as well as our new studio in Canada. When we look upon 2019, we turn our focus to Malta where we evaluate the possibilities for further expansion, potentially via a new studio. All our international teams are located in Malta, and we see that demand for native-language services is increasing as more markets become regulated. In absolute numbers, the investment levels in 2019 will remain approximately on par with this year.

Looking at our markets in the quarter, we note that the Nordics and Rest of Europe continue to grow at the same pace as before. At the same time, the UK has developed slower as a consequence of operators still being in the process of adapting themselves to the latest regulatory requirements. Rest of World continues to exhibit high growth, and we believe it is very positive that our products appeal to players across the globe.

On the product side during the quarter, we have prepared for two new launches that will take place before year-end; a revised RNG suite and Infinite Blackjack, which is a Blackjack game with an unlimited number of players. To expand our portfolio and create new games that go beyond the expected remains a priority, and an important key to continue expanding our leadership in the market. After the end of the quarter, we gained additional proof of our products being in the absolute forefront, as our newly launched and very popular Lightning Roulette was awarded Product Innovation of the Year at the G2E exhibition in Las Vegas. It feels particularly good that the award targeted the best innovation in both the online and land-based categories.

With little more than 2 months of 2018 remaining, we can soon look back at a year that in many ways will be historic for Evolution; not least thanks to our expansion outside Europe. This year, we have also passed the 5,000-employee mark in the group, which is a great achievement. To find the right talents requires time and resources, and I am very proud of all the efforts that are being made in this area.

With all the above being said, Evolution continues on its course to strengthen its leadership in the market by providing the very best products and services that one may find. I, together with all our employees, look forward to our continued progress with confidence.


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Esports Entertainment Group Appoints John Brackens, Former Activision Blizzard Manager of Network Operations, As Chief Information Officer

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Esports Entertainment Group, Inc., a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Brackens as Chief Information Officer.  Mr. Brackens is a senior level professional with extensive experience in startups, high-tech companies and the gaming industry, holding positions that have included CIO, COO and CTO.

During his time at Activision Blizzard, Mr. Brackens served as Manager of Network Operations, where he directed IT service management and hardware support for 4,500+ servers and 50+ million monthly active players. In addition to reducing server maintenance costs by 35%, he also improved system uptime from 97.81% to 99.99%.  Moreover, he managed technology projects including the automated detection and repair of online services and infrastructure using artificial intelligence.

Other key achievements by Mr. Brackens include the creation, execution, and monetization of the League of Gods Asia eSports series, as well as, managing a licensing application for Malta Gaming Authority and Curacao eGaming License.

Mr. Brackens stated, “I joined Esports Entertainment Group because of Grant Johnson’s commitment to providing a best in class betting experience to esports fans. Esports is going to be the leading source of entertainment in the next few years eclipsing many major traditional sports. I want to be a part of this movement. I look forward to helping drive the growth of VIE.gg through cost-effective technologies that deliver value and innovation to players and fans alike, so that everyone can enjoy all of our services as intended.”

Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group stated, “We are very pleased with the addition of John to our senior management team. His experience at the highest levels of information technology and network operations, especially within different licensing regimes, will be invaluable as the Company embarks on its aggressive growth plans within the global esports industry.”

 


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Week 20 slot games releases

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Check out this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

Blueprint Gaming has released the newest addition to its portfolio, Legacy of Ra MegawaysTM, a shimmering adventure set deep in the Egyptian desert. Set in the imposing and mysterious pyramids, stunning visuals and an immersive soundtrack create an intriguing gameplay experience, while the Megaways mechanic, under licence from Big Time Gaming, provides players with up to 15,625 ways to win. Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Legacy of Ra MegawaysTM takes players on a journey through the Egyptian pyramids where big wins can be found if players can successfully raid the tomb.”

Egyptian expedition with Blueprint Gaming’s Legacy of Ra MegawaysTM

 

Microgaming, has introduced Lara Croft® Temples and Tombs™, the latest, five-reel, 243 ways online slot developed by Triple Edge Studios. “The release of Lara Croft® Temples and Tombs™ is a tremendously exciting moment for Microgaming, building on our longstanding branded relationship with Square Enix. The game reflects Triple Edge Studios’ passion and enthusiasm, making it a powerfully attractive product for new and established players,” Jean-Luc Ferriere, Chief Commercial Officer at Microgaming said.

Microgaming - Lara Croft® Temples and Tombs™

 

Pragmatic Play, wishes players good fortune with latest release, Caishen’s Cash. The 5×3 video slot features symbols from Chinese folklore, with hoards of coins littering the sides of the reels and an oriental soundtrack adding an immersive feel to the game. Once the bonus feature is triggered, players can choose between a Money Respin round or Free Spins. The Money Respin sees a number of different coloured coins hitting the reels, which can lead to huge wins.

Pragmatic Play - Caishen’s Cash

 

Quickspin, has released the new game “Hall of the Mountain King”. The game combines Nordic folklore with new game mechanics, extremely volatile gameplay and the chance to win more than 7000x bet. Players can reach their maximum win potential by upgrading all their symbols, increase the multipliers to the max, collect all 6 whirling wilds and then watch it all play out in the last 3 spins. “I would recommend promoting Hall of the Mountain King with the Feature Trigger. The big highlight in this slot is to experience the bonus game and all its exciting features and game events, with a Troll King who’s waving his big hammer around,” Erik Gullstrand, Chief Product Officer at Quickspin said.

Quickspin - Hall of the Mountain King

 

Kalamba Games’ latest slot Doctor Electro amps up the excitement with an expanding reel offering players the chance to unlock electrifying wins. Starring the eccentric character Doctor Electro, the game sees the return of the player favourite HyperBonus feature that presents slot fans with a shortcut to free spins rounds, as well as two levels of bonus jackpots. Players collect column expansion symbols to trigger the all new HyperSpins feature that reveals expanding reels and increases the win potential. The game is a 5-column, 4-row base game, increasing to seven rows and up to 16,807 ways pays.

Kalamba Games’ Doctor Electro

 

Relax and unwind with the latest SYNOT Games release 8 Flowers, standing out from other classic slots both with its reel format as well as a fresh floral theme. Number 8 has a special significance in the Asian culture, representing prosperity and success. To underline the symbolism, 8 Flowers has a unique 3×3 format with 9 reels, 8 paylines and a full bouquet of features!

8 Flowers - SYNOT Games: Can you resist the floral temptation?

 

Play’n GO have released their latest title into the market, a simple yet engaging slot entitled Inferno Star. Inferno Star is an easy to play 5×3 video slot made more engaging with its innovative re-spin feature and the decision to make the game payout with a minimum of only two matching symbols, as opposed to the usual three.

Play’n GO  with new Slot Inferno Star

 

Set in a dystopian futuristic world, and steeped in the occult, NetEnt’s latest release is a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line video slot where four fearless friends set out to protect their city from the wicked Deep Pockets – and destroy the scatter symbol that turned him into an evil maniac. “Combining a proven, player-favourite math model with rich, comic-like graphics and a compelling superhero storyline, Arcane Reel Chaos has the ingredients needed to be a success. I have no doubts that it will be a hugely popular new addition to our portfolio,” said Bryan Upton, NetEnt director of games.

NetEnt - Arcane Reel Chaos


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Swedish Regulator Imposes Fine on Betway and Mandalorian Technologies

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Spelinspektionen, the Swedish regulator, has imposed fine on Mandalorian Technologies and Betway for violating gambling regulations.

According to the Swedish regulations, license holders are only permitted to offer customers a single bonus, however, an investigation found that customers were continually offered bonuses by Mandalorian and Betway.

Mandalorian and Betway have been handed warning from the regulator and issued with penalty fees of SEK9m (£730k) and SEK5m (£406k) respectively.

“As the Spelinspektionen already had indications at the beginning of the year that some gaming companies did not comply with the legislation, on February 19, the authorities issued a letter to all licensees regarding bonus offers. After the letter, the Gaming Inspectorate noted some compliance from the licensees, but the assessment is that further measures must also be taken to achieve full compliance,” Spelinspektionen stated.

“The main purpose of the new gambling regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling. The limitation on bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damage and problem playing. The Gaming Inspectorate will therefore continue to focus on supervision of this area,” Spelinspektionen continued.


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