Twain Sport, the newly launched live sport vertical from the Hybrid Sports League and BetGames, has expanded its reach across Europe following an agreement with the leading Central and Eastern European brand, STS.
The partnership grants STS exclusive access to Twain Sport’s revolutionary hybrid sports product including its hugely successful launch game, T-basket, in the Polish market, adding to an impressive portfolio which includes sportsbook, virtual sports as well as a wide range of esports betting.
Due to its dynamic development over the last few years, STS has increased its revenue over 10-times and has more than 400 betting shops in Poland and offices located in Katowice, Warsaw, Prague and Malta.
With plans for further geographic expansion, the high-frequency entertainment popular with next-gen players is set to meet the increased demand for live sport products, servicing over one million customers in the region.
Twain Sport’s initial offering, T-Basket, delivers head-to-head basketball tournaments every hour, with a match every three minutes, totalling 6300 matches monthly, and has enjoyed great success across the global markets it has already launched in.
In addition, the deal includes exclusivity for Twain Sport’s highly anticipated, T-kick which is set to release in February 2023 and delivers the same exciting head-to-head tournament format but uses football as its inspiration.
Commenting on the deal, BetGames’ CEO, Andreas Koeberl said: “We’re extremely proud of the progress Twain Sport has made since the debut launch in June 2022. Watching the growth in popularity of T-basket amongst players has been great to see, and now partnering with STS we can bring that experience to over a million players in Poland.
“The potential of this partnership is significant and as STS becomes another of our highly valuable partners, we are delighted to award it exclusive Polish rights to both T-basket and our exciting upcoming release T-kick – two ground-breaking hybrid sports that we’re sure will perform strongly.”
Mateusz Juroszek, owner and CEO at STS said:“STS is not only the largest Polish bookmaker, but we are also one of the biggest technology and data-driven companies in the iGaming industry. One of our advantages is our own technology and the ability to easily implement the most attractive tools from the best suppliers. We are constantly improving the customer journey at STS, and in-play odds, powered by Genius Sports will be a pillar of this.
“We are delighted to be partnering with BetGames and to be able to offer our loyal customers access to the first of their kind hybrid sport products they are producing. I have no doubt that T-basket and the upcoming T-kick will be a huge hit amongst players in Poland.”
Twain Sport delivers a similar sporting schedule to Esports and Virtual Sports and offers best-in-class integrity measures using Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System. This sits alongside stringent anti-match fixing protocols, providing operator partners with the world’s very best protection.
Low6 equips BETFAN with free-to-play arcade games
The multi-game partnership sees the legal Polish operator build out its proposition by appealing to the nostalgia of much-loved games
Low6, the leading gamification innovator, has secured an agreement with BETFAN, a new legal Polish bookmaker, to deliver a suite of free-to-play games. The operator has earmarked Low6’s pioneering spin on free-to-play games as a strategic addition to their product offering to retain and boost their active player base.
The new product offering will launch BETFAN’s first arcade-style game, Horse Race. The side scroller game challengers players to navigate a horse between sporting objects by tapping their touchscreen or mouse. The further they progress in the game, the more points they earn.
The portfolio will also include a Bingo game where players will be issued a digital card of sporting events that are marked-off in real time with in-play action. Players are rewarded by getting a line or full-house on completing their card.
“Our goal is to make constant progress.” comments Jakub Świsłowski, Vice President of BETFAN. “The future of our sportsbook division sees free-to-play games as a key development in our product offering. We truly believe that our partnership with Low6 will allow us to make a huge difference in the Polish market and this cooperation will also open up new doors for sportsbooks in Poland”.
“BETFAN, like Low6, are focused on innovation and we’re delighted that part of our portfolio of games will be implemented within their product suite.” comments Jamie Mitchell CEO of Low6. “That our first game is delivered as a new, innovative arcade solution means we have something that the betting market has never seen before. We can’t wait to flick the switch and launch our arcade offering to the wider sportsbook and igaming verticals.”
DSWV Calls for Changes as Black Market Betting Rises in 2023
The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has analysed the development of the German sports betting market for 2023 at its annual press conference. The main focus was on tax revenues, the black market and player protection.
Decline in Tax Revenue
In 2023, legal sports betting providers in Germany recorded stakes of €7.72 billion, a decrease of 5.4% compared to the previous year.
“Instead, the money flows into the coffers of the black market providers,” DSWV President Mathias Dahms said.
This development illustrates the challenges facing the legal market. One important reason for the decline is the migration of many players to illegal offerings. For example, since the State Treaty on Gambling came into force in 2021, regulated providers have not been able to keep up with the extensive betting offers of the black market due to a limited betting programme. The association is, therefore, calling for attractive framework conditions for regulated providers so that they remain competitive.
Combating the Black Market
Despite regulation, the black market has a significant market share in Germany. Studies, such as the Schnabl study by DSWV and DOCV, show that around half of the time spent by German online gambling users is spent on illegal sites. This alarming development requires urgent action on the part of the Joint Gambling Authority of the federal states (GGL). The DSWV is, therefore, calling for a reorientation of the current regulatory policy in order to strengthen the legal market and curb the black market.
Promotion of Player Protection
Many interested parties will open betting accounts during the European Football Championship. It is, therefore, all the more important that gamblers are directed to the legal market. Advertising helps to make the brands of legal providers stand out from the illegal offers on the black market. Only companies permitted by the GGL protect players. In the debate on sports betting advertising, the DSWV is, therefore, expressly opposed to a ban on advertising.
“No company can survive if it is not allowed to advertise, and this must remain the case for sports betting providers. Otherwise, players are left with the black market, where there are no protective measures and controls,” Dahms said during the conference.
Greentube debuts content in Slovakia
Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Digital Gaming and Entertainment division, has taken its diverse portfolio of popular slots live in Slovakia, marking further European growth for the company in regulated markets.
Now available via a range of the country’s leading online casino brands, players will be able to get their hands on Greentube’s upcoming releases such as Book of Ra™ Deluxe 10: Win Ways™, Sizzling Hot™ Deluxe 10 Win Ways™ and Top o’ the Money™ – Pots of Wealth.
These new releases will sit alongside the supplier’s classic games which have proved their enduring appeal among European players including hit titles such as Book of Ra™, Sizzling Hot™ and Ultrahot Deluxe™.
This latest market entry into Slovakia furthers Greentube’s growth in Central Europe and mirrors its progress globally, in line with its strategy for the year ahead.
Opher Ben Zvi, Deputy Head of Global Sales at Greentube, said: “Slovakia is another step forward in our roadmap for 2024. It’s a country with great potential and one where we expect big things from our proven content.
“Our range of games is set to provide a diverse choice for players, beginning with our successful WinWays™ titles. These will soon be joined by the global hits from our Diamond Mystery™, Diamond Link™ and Cash Connection™ game series.
“We’re proud to see them on offer to an even larger demographic via our partners in the country.”
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