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InComm Partners with Xsolla to Enable Online Game Account Funding with Cash at GameStop

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InComm, a leading prepaid product and payments technology company, announced today that it has partnered with Xsolla, the one-stop-shop for game developers to launch, monetize and scale their games globally, providing a unique solution for cash-preferred gaming consumers.

GameStop will be the first video game retailer to leverage InComm’s cash-based payment technology platform, VanillaDirect™ Pay, to allow Xsolla’s customers to use cash to load their gaming accounts at any of GameStop’s more than 3,800 locations across the U.S.

This will allow gamers to buy online game subscriptions or in-game currency without needing a credit card or traditional banking account. Leveraging the VanillaDirect Pay solution will help Xsolla fill a significant market need in which 52 percent of their end users prefer to pay with cash.

“The growth of online and mobile gaming has presented retailers with a new and attractive way to reach consumers,” said Matt Lanford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services at InComm. “Allowing consumers to fund their gaming accounts in-store using cash gives them the options they need to keep playing. Video game consumers are fully devoted to their game of choice and will be loyal to the retailers that help them play. Now, retailers can capture that loyalty, drive foot traffic and encourage additional purchases. It is a win-win for both sides of the register.”

Xsolla offers game developers a suite of tools and services that enables them to self-publish and monetize their games globally. It provides payment and billing solutions to some of the most popular online and mobile games in the world including Smite, Phoenix Point and PUBG. Xsolla’s partners’ games are played by over 50 million active monthly users. If those users want to fund their gaming account with cash, they only need to bring a barcode supplied to them through the game’s website or app to one of GameStop’s locations across the country. After the barcode is scanned and the payment is collected, the customers’ accounts will be updated.

“This partnership with InComm and their VanillaDirect Pay technology, allows us to give cash-preferred players the ability to quickly and conveniently fund their accounts, and get back to playing the games they love,” said Aleksandr Agapitov, CEO of Xsolla. “Our goal is to develop the tools and services that level the playing field by giving all of our game developers, from indie to enterprise, the ability to monetize their games to all gamers, at all GameStop stores. In turn, GameStop will have access to the hundreds of indie games we serve. Everyone wins.”

VanillaDirect is InComm’s proprietary suite of cash-based payment solutions, and VanillaDirect Pay is the latest solution launched under its banner enabling consumers to digitize cash at retail such as GameStop.

For more information about VanillaDirect, please visit www.VanillaDirect.com.

About InComm

By building more value into every transaction through innovative payment technologies, InComm creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences. InComm’s unique products and services – which range from gift card malls to enhanced payment platforms – connect companies across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives and financial services to an ever-expanding consumer base. With more than 25 years of experience, over 500,000 points of distribution, 366 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm leads the prepaid and payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more at www.InComm.com.

About Xsolla

Xsolla delivers a comprehensive suite of tools and services that make it easy to launch and monetize games and products globally. Serving only the video game industry, the Xsolla product suite caters to businesses from indie to enterprise, with: Pay Station and its #1 Anti-fraud solution, Partner Network, Site Builder, Store, Login, and Launcher. These Xsolla tools work seamlessly to eliminate the friction in distribution, promotion, sales and payments so developers, publishers, and platform partners can increase their audience, sales and revenue. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices worldwide, Xsolla operates as a merchant and seller of record for major gaming entities like Valve, Twitch, Ubisoft, Epic Games, and PUBG Corporation. For more information, visit www.xsolla.com.


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SBTech signs five-year sportsbook extension with betting powerhouse Bethard

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Scandinavian sports betting group continues successful partnership to drive further international expansion

 

SBTech, the leading sports betting and gaming technology supplier to the regulated iGaming sector, has confirmed a five-year partnership extension with Bethard, in a deal that underpins the operator’s continued aggressive international expansion strategy.

The supplier’s sportsbook, complete with the industry’s most technologically advanced pre-match and in-play betting features, has been central to Bethard’s exceptional financial results, with exponential growth across the company’s multi-brand portfolio in key regulated markets including the UK.

Bethard enjoyed its most successful summer, becoming one of the top performers in the SBTech partner network during the football World Cup. This was also driven by “The Zlatan Challenge”, a unique World Cup prediction tournament fronted by the soccer legend, offering a total prize pool of €200,000.

As Bethard moves to widen its international footprint, SBTech’s award-winning sportsbook will continue to be at the core of its multi-year plan to cement its status as one of the leading Nordic and global betting brands.

Andrew Cochrane, CCO of SBTech, said: “The extension of our agreement with Bethard is testament to the increasing value of our partnership and the high level of trust we’ve built with the team over the past few years.

“We work closely with our operators to grow their revenues and have a proven track record of delivering above average market growth. Our goal is to always provide our customers with superior solutions that deliver standout value in the most competitive regulated territories, and I anticipate even greater success for both companies as the latest chapter in the Bethard story unfolds.”

Erik Scarp, CEO of Bethard, added: “Our partnership with SBTech has been a significant growth driver for the business across key markets, and I’m delighted we have agreed a long-term extension in line with our rapid expansion into a host of new and emerging territories.

“The SBTech sportsbook is hugely powerful and provides us with great flexibility, differentiation and speed to market which mirrors our existing and new markets strategy. Our continuing relationship with SBTech means the future is very bright indeed.”

 

About SBTech

SBTech is a global leader in omni-channel sports betting and gaming, with more than 1,100 employees in nine offices worldwide. Since 2007, the group has developed the industry’s most powerful online sports betting and casino platform, serving licensees in more than 20 regulated markets.

SBTech’s clients include many of the world’s premier betting and gaming operators, state lotteries, land-based casinos, horse racing companies, and igaming start-ups. The group supplies highly flexible betting and gaming solutions to clients looking for exceptional configurability and the quickest route to market, complemented by proven business intelligence and reporting capabilities.

The SBTech offering includes its seamless sportsbook, Chameleon360 igaming platform, managed services, on-property sportsbook and omni-channel solutions that provide players with constant access to sports and casino products across all online, mobile and retail channels.

Supported by unrivalled expertise in trading and risk management, acquisition and CRM, and the highest standards of regulatory compliance, SBTech’s partners consistently achieve rapid growth, enhanced brand loyalty and record revenues.  For more information, visit: www.sbtech.com

 

About Bethard

Set on becoming a world leading sportsbook, whilst at the same time offering a state-of-the-art technical platform for its B2B customers, Bethard Group is building the next generation igaming company. We are driven, innovative and willing to take smart, calculated risks. The Bethard mission is to give potential winners across the globe the best gaming experience possible, by striving to improve our products, service, technology, communication and our game every day, all the time. That’s what we do to make sure winners keep joining us.

 


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Tencent to Showcase Optimized Cloud Services at G-STAR Gaming Event

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Technology Leader to Demonstrate Cloud Services Enriched by Gaming Know-How

 

Tencent, a leading internet services provider, will showcase its cloud services and its one-of-a-kind gaming and social platform linkages at the G-STAR 2018 exhibition in Busan, Korea from November 15-18. The event, one of the world’s largest gaming exhibitions, will see the Chinese technology company — itself a renowned game developer — operating in familiar territory.

“We are keen to connect with our friends in the gaming industry and to demonstrate how our experience in the space has helped make Tencent Cloud the solution of choice for game developers and publishers,” said John Dao, Vice President of Tencent Cloud.

Tencent Cloud has 49 availability zones — each with high-speed connections offering 4T-protected bandwidth — that operate across 25 geographic regions globally. Tencent Cloud products support the whole life cycle of game development and operation as well as their rapid development of international business. In addition, Tencent Cloud offers seamless connectivity with QQ, WeChat, WeGame, Tencent App Store and other services operated by the company to provide a wealth of channel-based promotional resources and to help overseas gaming companies with expansion aiming to tap into the Chinese market.

In addition to an introductory conference, Tencent Cloud services will be showcased at Tencent‘s G-STAR exhibition booth. A number of hands-on interactive experiences will be available, including demonstrations of cloud gaming and immersive 3D audio effect of Game Multimedia Engine.

About G-Star 2018:

As one of the world’s top four gaming exhibitions, G-STAR has gone from being a regional industry conference to a truly international celebration for game developers and players from across the globe.

 

About Tencent:

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Our social products Weixin and QQ link our users to a rich digital content catalogue including games, video, music and books. Our proprietary targeting technology helps advertisers reach out to hundreds of millions of consumers in China. Our infrastructure services including payment, security, cloud and artificial intelligence create differentiated offerings and support our partners’ business growth. Tencent invests heavily in people and innovation, enabling us to evolve with the Internet.

Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 1998. Shares of Tencent are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

 

Source: Tencent Cloud


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IGT Enters Electronic Bingo Market in Canada

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is first operator in Canada to feature IGT’s new electronic bingo content

 

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) today announced that the Company recently launched first-of-its-kind electronic bingo content for the Canadian market. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (“OLG”) is the first Lottery in Canada to feature a range of IGT’s electronic bingo games through a pilot at twelve of OLG’s charitable gaming centers.

IGT’s engaging electronic bingo games such as Bengal Eyes®, Golden Rooster® and Pharaoh’s Legacy® are among the many exciting titles that players can enjoy at twelve OLG-governed charitable gaming destinations.

“Launching electronic bingo content in Canada represents a meaningful growth opportunity for IGT and our customers,” said David Flinn, IGT Regional Vice President Canada. “IGT’s bingo portfolio for Canada complements our existing solutions portfolio for the region, and is anchored in dynamic titles that were localized to meet the needs of our customers and their players. Following a successful launch with OLG, we look forward to extending our electronic bingo installed base to additional provinces throughout Canada.”

 

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

Source: IGT


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