BetInvest Strikes Deal with Goodwin.am

BetInvest, one of the leading UK based gambling software providers, has revealed that it has entered into a partnership with Top-3 Armenian online and retail sports book operator Goodwin.am.

The agreement between the parties will see BetInvest provide Goodwin with fully customized online white-label comprising sports betting, virtual sports and lotteries with casino, live dealer and binary options to follow in due course (which is due to the local regulations specifics).

All the above services will be available on seamless-wallet Omni-channel basis with mobile and web versions as well as iOS and android applications and BetInvest terminal solution at the goodwinbet.com and Goodwin.am domains.

The websites will be available in English, Russian and Armenian and multi-currency functionality will enable each customer to have several different wallets in different currencies as well as different payment methods on one account.

BetInvest will cater for Armenian customer’s needs by adding multiple local tournaments and leagues to its live and pre-match product and will also develop a variety of locally oriented promotions.

The software provider will also add to the white-label solution by providing Goodwin’s more than 170 betting shops with a complete retail software solution which includes cashier, betslip info and in-play display software, virtual sports as well as additional products that will see the operators’ revenues increasing.

Edgar Makaryn, the Chief Executive Officer of Goodwin.am, revealed that based on the strong reputation and reliability of the brand that they have developed through the years and the edge that the products of BetInvest gives them, they set high KPIs and targets for the entire business and are endeavoring to become the number one sports book and casino operator in Armenia with possible expansion to Georgia.

Bet365 and BetConstruct Awarded Malta Licenses

Bet365 and BetConstruct are thrilled to reveal that they have been awarded online sports betting licenses by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

A few days ago the MGA made an announcement to the effect that it had awarded a Class 2 remote gaming license to the Maltese subsidiary of the Stoke based Bet365.

According to a spokesman for Bet365 the company made the decision to add a MGA license to its existing Gibraltar license “so as to obtain and maintain certain regulatory approvals as well as support its operations in the evolving global regulatory environment”.

The Class 2 gaming license awarded to Bet365 from the MGA is the second regulating body to back the company’s sports betting operations. Bet365 also holds a betting license in Gibraltar. Bet365 has set up a marketing company in the country in order to support the licensing and is due to commence operations immediately.

The MGA also announced that BetConstruct, one of the leading gambling tech providers, has been issued a Class 4 remote gaming license that covers sports betting services and provisions. The license will see BetConstruct being allowed to offer its platform to different operators in the European betting market. BetConstruct’s first sports betting customer, Vivaro, also recently received a Class 2 gaming license by the Malta Gaming Authority.

Vahe Baloulian, the Chief Executive Officer at BetConstruct, said that the new diploma would “further enhance their ability to serve existing as well as future partners, including those who wish to operate under the white label arrangement.

Inspired Launches new “Matchday” format for Rush Football 2

Inspired, one of the leading providers of Virtual Sports, Mobile Games and SBG Video Lottery, recently announced the launch of an exciting and high income-driving virtual sport format, namely Rush Football 2 Matchday – a supercharged “Matchday” format especially for its newest virtual sport, Rush Football 2 HD.

Rush Football 2 was launched by Inspired early this year and has since become the most advanced virtual sport in the industry. The launch of this Matchday format will see Inspired taking the player experience and operator revenue opportunities to new levels.

Inspired’s Matchday format allows players to have a life-like football betting experience with the thrill of watching non-stop matches whilst enabling bets to be placed during the season. Up to eight matches can be run by operators concurrently every three minutes and players can bet on a single match, create multiple match accumulators and also bet on finishing league positions, prior to every Matchday.

Every match includes a full range of over 25 markets, including total goals, match betting, double chance, handicaps, correct scores and more.

Industry veteran Ian Darke (BT Sport/ESPN) provides action packed commentary and together with the ability to place multiple bets across up to eight matches, players can enjoy an exhilarating football experience.

Inspsired’s Rush Football 2 Matchday can be found across retail, online and mobile platforms, initially in Italian and English, with more languages being added in the near future.

Inspired’s virtual products are currently used by land-based, online and mobile operators across 50,000 venues and over 300 Web and mobile sites across 35 countries and creates over $10 billion in revenue each year.

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral to Merge

Ladbrokes

Following extensive negotiations between leading betting firms Ladbrokes and Gala Coral a merger between both sides has been officially agreed to by both firms.

In terms of the deal a betting firm worth an amount of £2.3 billion will be formed to become the largest combined online and retail betting firm in the United Kingdom. The name of the new company will be Ladbrokes Coral and according to reports the company will have revenues of £2.1 billion, with £392 million in earnings.

Ladbrokes Coral will be listed on the London stock exchange, with both brands set to stay on the high street.

The move will also see Andy Hornby, the former boss of failed bank HBOS, being given a senior role in the new business.

The combined group consists of nearly 4,000 betting shops and 30,000 employees and is set to overtake William Hill as the biggest bookmaker in Britain. The company will, however, have to sell a few outlets in order to satisfy any concerns from competition authorities.

Peter Erskine, Ladbrokes’ Chairman, commented on the new deal by saying that this is a major strategic step for Ladbrokes which firmly accelerates their strategy to improve the customer experience and build recreational scale. He added that Ladbrokes and Coral are two highly complementary businesses, with rich heritage and brand presence across the UK and internationally.

Jim Mullen, Ladbrokes Chief Executive, who will retain his position at the head of the new group, said that he was announcing an aggressive three-year investment program to build their UK retail, digital and Australian recreational customer base. He added that he also intends to restore their passion and pride of being at the heart of sports betting in their culture and all that they do.

Sportradar Signs with Russian Football League

Sportradar, one of the leading sports data providers, is proud to announce that it has entered into a multi-year data partnership with the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL).

In terms of the agreement, Sportradar will become the Russian Football Premier League’s Official Sports Data Partner” as of the upcoming 2015/2016 season and will be granted the right to collect, archive and distribute “Official Data” to the media as well as to the betting industry.

The agreement between the parties covers the Russian Football Premier League, which is the highest professional football competition in Russia, as well as the national Super Cup and the Youth Championship. Sportradar will not only collect and distribute sports data but will also provide the Russian Football Premier League with its “dernier cri” content solutions which are available across multiple digital platforms. Sportradar’s Live Sports Centre and its mobile application that is due to launch shortly offers fans comprehensive and in-depth, real-time data visualization.

Sergey Pryadkin, the President of the Russian Football Premier League, revealed that they are aware that data, and especially live data, is becoming more and more important and Sportradar will be a great partner for them as they endeavor to provide their fans with the most entertaining and engaging content, no matter where they are or which device they use.

According to Johannes Ranke, the Managing Director of Sports Data and Licensing at Sportradar, with the FIFA World Cup 2018 only a few years away, the passion of Russian football fans is growing and growing. He added that they are very excited to work together with the Russian Football Premier League and feel confident that they can offer sponsors and fans new ways to understand and follow their favorite teams.