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What Finland’s Online Gambling Sector Can Learn from Sweden’s New Regulation

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On January 1, 2019, Sweden opened up its online gambling sector, regulating the sector but largely relaxing the tight grip that it had on the digital entertainment industry. More than 30 online casino operators have been awarded licenses thus far, though, more than 70 casinos had submitted their applications.

The move is expected to revolutionize the online gaming industry in the region. But, more than that, some also expect it to be a beacon for other European countries – like Finland  – to follow, using Sweden’s online casino reform as a guideline for its own regulatory efforts.

Like Sweden, Finland Should Expect a Flood of Applications

The Finnish online casino sector, similar to that of Sweden, has been regarded as a restrictive industry. Finland’s industry is state-controlled with just one brand, called Veikkaus, providing lotteries, sports betting, slot machines, and horseracing, on the block. But as Finland prepares to overhaul its online gambling sector following a review (as announced in December 2018), the country should expect to be flooded with applications. This is especially the case as Veikkaus’ earnings are already down having decreased by 1% during the first quarter of 2018 due to its introduction of responsible gambling tools. Plus, Finland’s population famously loves gambling and it is part of everyday life says yle.fi. This gives casinos an additional incentive to focus on the region.

There are already several international online casino operators that promote themselves in Finland, with suomicasinot.net explaining that many of these allow players to cash out to Finnish bank accounts and offer games in Finnish. These casinos are specifically targeted towards Finnish gamblers but if the country’s gambling sector is revamped, these efforts within the region may be renewed and the Finnish authorities will have to be prepared for the influx.

The Need for Localized Games

The new Swedish regulation also highlights the need for localized games and how important these could be for any online casino that wants to achieve success in Finland – or any other European country in which English is not the primary language. Several major slot game developers such as Microgaming (which develops games like Game of Thrones and Immortal Romance) are already offering localized games, as noted in this europeangaming.eu report. This is despite Sweden’s new regulation having gone live just days ago.

Developers and online casinos in Finland will have to be just as prepared for the country’s new regulation to go live, being ready to appeal to Finnish customers in the best way possible. It could be a significant undertaking as in addition to text translations, games may need to be changed in order to be compliant with any new rules. There may also be limits on how much players are able to spend in one go and how long they can play for. It will also be necessary to appeal to Finnish interests in terms of themes.

We could still be a while away from Finland’s gaming overhaul. But judging by the way in which Sweden’s online gambling operators have shot off from the line, preparation is the key for success.


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New headquarters for DraftKings

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DraftKings, one of Boston’s largest tech companies, is moving into a new corporate headquarters in downtown Boston, as it planned to grow from 425 employees to more than 700 employees in 2019. About 600 of those workers were expected to be based in Boston.

Company executives are hosting a ribbon cutting and tour of the 105,000-square-foot space near Copley Square in the city’s Back Bay neighbourhood.

DraftKings was founded in 2012 and made its mark as a major force in daily fantasy sports. The company is currently located in an office building near South Station.

 


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AGTech announces revenue report of 2018

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AGTech Holdings Limited announced its final results for the last year, revealing a profit of approximately HK$317.1 million (US$40.4 million). The results were up from a loss of HK$302.2 million in the prior year period.

Revenue of the group, however, was down 44.2 per cent year-on-year to approximately HK$168.6 million.

The main revenue contributions were from lottery hardware, lottery games, and systems, provision of distribution and ancillary services, games and entertainment business in the PRC.

The decrease in revenue was caused by an HK$86.0 million decrease in revenue from its games and entertainment division and a decrease in sales of lottery hardware of approximately HK$60.3 million.


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AGS Demonstrates Its Obsession With Tribal Gaming At The NIGA Indian Gaming Trade Show April 3-4; New Orion Upright Cabinet Makes NIGA Debut

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Company’s passion for the game takes center stage as AGS displays full lineup of new slot and table games, and online social and real-money games

 

AGS today announced that it will be exhibiting at NIGA‘s Indian Gaming Trade Show April 3-4 in San Diego, with a spotlight on the Company’s newest core slot cabinet – the Orion Upright℠ – along with a host of new slot titles, table products, and online social and real-money gaming solutions.

AGS will be live in Booth No. 1651 at the San Diego Convention Center. Taking center stage will be AGS’ new Orion Upright, a core cabinet with many of the same features as the Company’s award-winning Orion Portrait℠ and Orion Slant℠ platforms, including the distinctive starwall design featuring 420 game-synchronized full-color LED lights to celebrate gameplay. The Orion Upright is launching with a library of exclusive new titles and greatest hits from AGS’ ICON™ cabinet.

Debuting for the first time at NIGA, gaming operators will experience AGS’ Orion Upright with the new Fortune Blast™ family featuring four brand-new titles — Luck and Luxury™, Imperial Luck®, Goddess Treasures®, and Blazing Luck™. This new series offers ways or line-pay evaluation for more winning opportunities, and a symbol-locking feature to keep players on the edge of their seats.

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “NIGA is a show we look forward to every year because it gives us a chance to meet with our tribal operator-partners in an intimate setting and highlight our newest and most exciting products that are launching over the year. This year we are very excited about our new Orion Upright because it fills a need on many casino floors for a differentiated, attractive, and sophisticated core cabinet with great content.”

The Company will also showcase its hottest new Class II and Class III titles for the Orion Portrait platform, including Crystal Magic®, Hearts and Horns™, Enchanted Pearl™, and the popular Rakin’ Bacon!™ with its cherubic pig that gets fatter and fatter as the wins add up. Hailing from the Company’s Australia game-development studio, the title Red Silk™ showcases a fresh new family on Orion Portrait featuring a three-level linked progressive, a wild reel feature, and up to 10 free games. For the Orion Slant, AGS will spotlight the Fa Cai Shu™ and Kingdom Ca$h® families, which offer themed banking, linked progressive jackpots, and a variety of math models for a diverse and exciting gaming experience.

AGS continues to propel its table products business with a host of new proprietary table games and table solutions. NIGA attendees will get to experience Super Start Hold’em™, a poker-style game whereby the players always start with the better two-card hand than the dealer; the popular Criss Cross Poker™ with Bonus Spin™; Blackjack Match Progressive™ featuring the popular must-hit-by jackpot level; and Three Card Blitz, an exciting new flush-based game featuring player vs. dealer excitement to achieve the highest-scoring hand using up to three suited cards.

AGS will demonstrate its two table-game progressive platforms – STAX™ and Bonus Spin – which just reached a milestone of more than 1,000 units installed across the U.S. with a healthy backlog of orders planned throughout 2019. The award-winning STAX has a must-hit-by option that is driving demand and excitement on games like Super 4®, Blackjack Match™, and Royal 9™ as players anticipate the chance to win one of the five progressive jackpots. And Bonus Spin offers an eye-catching and anticipatory experience with its virtual prize wheel.

From its table equipment lineup, AGS will showcase the Dex S™ single-deck poker shuffler, featuring a streamlined design that is economical, durable, reliable, and exceptionally functional.

In the Company’s Interactive display, AGS will showcase its ConnexSys™ Social White-Label Casino solution, a turnkey, free-to-play mobile casino app that integrates the casino brand with AGS’ proven and player-favorite land-based titles to keep players engaged at home, work, and on-the-go.

And with real-money gaming at the forefront of many tribal gaming operators’ agendas, AGS will also be on hand to provide live demonstrations of its AxSys Games Marketplace™ and large library of titles, featuring AGS top-performing games as well as a host of entertaining games from third-party developers.

 

About AGS:
AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II Native American gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and growth have helped us branch out to become a leading all-inclusive commercial gaming supplier. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, real-money gaming platforms and content, highly rated social casino solutions for operators and players, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more at www.playags.com.

 

©2019 PlayAGS, Inc. All® notices signify marks registered in the United States.  All ™ and ℠ notices signify unregistered trademarks. Products referenced herein are sold by AGS LLC or other subsidiaries of PlayAGS, Inc.

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