1/3/2021 | “I do not think it is a case of revoking the rules that prohibit the exploitation of 'games of chance', but rather legalizing and regulating all forms of 'games of chance', especially those already adopted in mature markets and adopting rules identical to that of other countries,” explains Roberto Carvalho Brasil Fernandes, former lawyer of the Brazilian Association of State Lotteries (ABLE) and accredited by the Deputies Chamber to represent the interest of this sector. He defends the concomitant existence of resort casinos and multidisciplinary casinos, the latter without a hotel.
1/3/2021 | Leading sports betting site in South America, Betsul, is the new official sponsor of Ceará Sporting Club. The brand will be exposed in the shorts of all the players, who will debut the new uniform, Sertão Alvinegro, today (1) during the match against ABC, in Natal, valid for the debut of Brazil’s Copa do Nordeste, where ‘Vozão’ is the current undefeated champion of the competition. "We seek continuous growth throughout the Brazilian territory," says Betsul's CEO, Fernando Rivas.
1/3/2021 | Author of the study “The Urban Culture of the Games of Fortune in the Cities”, on the regulation of money bets administered by the private sector in Brazil, the specialized lawyer Paulo Horn assures that " the need of regulation of the sector to attract new investment is highlighted "and asks to stop calling the activity as "games of chance or luck", because what is appropriate for him is "games of fortune." Full interview by Tribuna de Imprensa Livre.
1/3/2021 | The final of the Serie A of the Brazilian football championship brought together four of the most important teams in Brazil. São Paulo faced Flamengo at home, and Corinthians went to Rio Grande do Sul to compete with Internacional and try to nip a bigger slice of the prize money for the top 10. Most bookmakers made promotions for the occasion, and AGClub7 released a big one delivering more than R$ 500,000 (US$90k) in prizes for bettors.
26/2/2021 | The number of sports betting and casino sites that sponsor Brazilian sport continues to grow and, this Friday (26), another operator joined this select list of Brazilian sport supporters. Dafabet, a brand of global strength that has been operating in Brazil for two years and has Marco Pequeno's iGaming360, as a local partner, closed a sponsorship with América, one of the most traditional clubs in Minas Gerais and Brazil.
1/3/2021 | Zitro continues to garner success. This week the SAGSE organisation awarded the company the ‘Best Video Bingo Provider’ award, an important recognition, since it shows that despite its spectacular growth in the video slot segment, it has managed to maintain its leadership with the product that catapulted Zitro to stardom in its origins: Video Bingo. Two product lines that, both in land-based and online casinos, are causing a sensation among players.
26/2/2021 | Greek lottery giant Intralot has completed the sale of its 20% stake in Intralot de Peru SA to private equity firm Nexus Group. The original deal, announced earlier this month, saw Nexus agree to pay US$21 million to take ownership of the stake. However, after taxes and transaction expenses, the final value of the deal was US$16.2 million.
1/3/2021 | Playtech has signed a new partnership with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to use the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? brand across its fast growing product vertical, Live Casino. Playtech will develop three highly innovative and bespoke games utilising the brand and delivering the next step in the Live Game Show experience.
1/3/2021 | The Cartagena de Indias Convention Center and the organizers of the traditional Colombian fair Gaming & Technology Expo, formerly FADJA, announce new dates and format for their face-to-face event. It is announced for August 18 and 19 when, according to the organizers, "it is already expected that a large part of the executives and representatives of exhibitors and sponsors will be vaccinated in their countries of origin and the air borders will be open."
26/2/2021 | Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been named Best Laboratory in the SAGSE Awards 2020. Additionally, GLI’s Vice President of Latin America & Caribbean Karen Sierra-Hughes was named a Top Leader in the Land-based and Online Gaming categories. “We are honored and indeed humbled to be recognized by our industry peers for our work,” said GLI President/CEO James Maida.
1/3/2021 | Casino and sportsbook platform provider Soft2Bet has launched a new online casino, Boka. Loaded with gamification features, the MGA-licensed operator brand allows users to collect musical notes, which can be exchanged for bonuses in the site’s shop as disk-spinning players try their hand at its enthralling slot collection. The company is also present in Brazil, waiting for the country’s online gaming regulation.
26/2/2021 | In an exclusive interview with GMB, Josh Tromans-Jones, recently appointed Chief Technology Officer at Salsa Technology, believes that Brazil is on the right track for regulation and that as soon as this happens, the company “will be one of the first to obtain the necessary certifications.” For him, accepting the position of CTO at the game developer “was an easy decision. The chance of joining a well-known and fast-growing firm with a very strong core and a great product is huge.”
26/2/2021 | In an interview with Luiz Carlos Prestes Filho, Executive Director of the newspaper Tribuna da Imprensa Livre, businessman Marco Aurélio Lage, owner of Hotel Brasil in the city of São Lourenço, State of Minas Gerais, assured that “the most viable solution to the current economic crisis will be the return of the casinos to promote tourism. It will be like giving oxygen to the patient in the ICU. Only with one difference, the government will not have to make any investment.”
26/2/2021 | To contribute to the development of Peruvian football and as a way to reaffirm its commitment to add positive values to the national sport, Betsson Peru, in alliance with the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF), announces its official integration into the name of the most important local football tournament. In this way, after more than 20 years, the first division championship in Peru is named Liga 1 Betsson.
25/2/2021 | Continent 8 brought together six iGaming legends for a record event, drawing the biggest audience ever to an EGR webinar with over 1,000 subscribers. Among the stars are John Coleman (Microgaming); Shimon Akad (Playtech); Matt Kalish (DraftKings); Yaniv Sherman (888 PLC holdings); Jordan Levin (Scientific Games Digital) and Matt King (FanDuel), with Micky Swindale (KPMG) moderating the event. In order not to leave out the Brazilian market, Continent 8 subtitled the event into Portuguese. See here the full video.
26/2/2021 | Ronaldo Nazário, known as ‘Fenômeno’ (the Phenomenon), is creating a holding company to accelerate his investments in eSports. The world champion player for the Brazilian team says that the measure is necessary due to the ongoing transformation in the world of sports and entertainment. Named Oddz, the new company will have three other partners and will incorporate Nomad, a game startup he created last year in partnership with electronic game developer Kinship.
26/2/2021 | Pragmatic Play has appointed former Rank Digital Head of Gaming Product, Bhotesh Maheshwari, as its new Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Operations as the company looks to further cement its position as a top tier supplier in regulated markets. “We have hugely exciting expansion plans within regulated regions and new product verticals. It’s fantastic to be embarking on this next phase of growth for the company,” Maheshwari said.
26/2/2021 | The SAGSE Awards were dedicated last year to those entities and individuals who helped keep the industry moving forward, and Latin American sports gambling and iGaming operator Betcris was selected to receive two awards. In the ‘Online Leader’ category, firm’s Head of Business Development Fernando Garita was chosen as one of the top five in the industry. Betcris was also chosen as the ‘Best Sports Betting Operator’ in Latin America.