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PokerStars VR Brings Poker Into Immersive Virtual Worlds With Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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Virtual poker experiences arrive just in time for the holiday season

PokerStars’ latest innovation, PokerStars VR, is now available to download and play for free in all of PokerStars’ global markets. The eagerly anticipated official launch of the game follows on from a well-received closed beta test which saw more than 150 invitees play and test it using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. PokerStars VR is available to download through the Oculus and Viveport stores, as well as through Steam.

Players worldwide can now experience what happens when the worlds of live and online poker collide from the comfort of their own home. PokerStars VR was developed in collaboration with virtual reality developer Lucky VR and provides the perfect mix of serious gameplay, fun interactivity and social engagement that adds a whole new poker realm for players and gamers to explore.

Players have the chance to become fully immersed in a variety of social poker scenes, choosing their own environment to play in such as Macau 2050, The Macau Suite, The Showdown Saloon, Monte-Carlo Yacht, and The Void. Using intuitive controls for easy gameplay, they can also handle chips and cards, and pick up on tells, talk and interact just as they would at a live table. The game also features a host of interactive props to have fun with, voice command, and integrated Twitch broadcasting and media streaming on Oculus Rift for those who wish to play and stream.

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“When we showcased the product it was amazing to see people really enjoy and become engrossed in the game,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. “We wanted to venture into the world of virtual reality because we believe it is an exciting avenue of technology to explore and something that our players would appreciate. I highly recommend that everyone tries out the game as it can only truly be understood and enjoyed by experiencing it.”

The new game simulates the live poker experience as closely as possible, bringing the same subtleties and interactions to an online environment. A lot of work has gone into recreating the atmosphere of a live poker game, including features such as chip stacking, card-peeking and the ability to try to get a genuine read on opponents, giving bluffing a whole new dimension.

Players can explore how tells work in PokerStars VR, as well as other lessons and insights, at PokerStars School and PokerStars Blog.

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky VegasSky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in EuropeAustralia, and the Americas.

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at http://www.pokerstars.com/about/responsible-gaming/.


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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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