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SportCaller continues winning run for Kindred retention with Streakr




Unibet launch proves an instant success for ramping retention rates and improving CRM at the group’s leading brand

SportCaller, the free-to-play (FTP) sports-game specialist, has rolled out its latest innovative game, Streakr, with leading Kindred Group brand Unibet to instant acclaim.

Through SportCaller’s market-leading platform, Kindred has become the first operator to harness FTP as a central marketing tool with a long-term strategy at both group and local levels. Streakr is just the latest manifestation of these plans, focusing on driving deeper engagement and reliable retention among active customers at Unibet, as the brand bids to grow its international footprint.

Streakr is a free-to-play game which enables users to win free bets and cash prizes for accurately predicting consecutive correct results. The player with the longest winning streak scoops a jackpot-sized prize, but the game’s underlying premise embraces a softer marketing function to improve customer dwell time and repeat visits.


Early results have already surpassed Unibet projections in the first week after launch. Over 60% of those customers have since returned to play on a daily basis, while 15% of them have already been awarded a prize from playing. This intuitive and accessible FTP format offers highly attainable prizes, ranging from £2 to a £30.000 jackpot, and is tailored to assist Unibet in driving and retaining active customers.

Streakr is just the latest original sportsbook offering to market off the SportCaller production rank, delivering low-cost acquisition levels with a trademark flair for innovation, coupled to trackable and provable results. These traits led to SportCaller being named as Best Acquisition & Retention Partner and Sports Betting Innovator of the Year at the prestigious EGR B2B Awards 2019.

More broadly, SportCaller’s burgeoning partnership with Kindred’s stable of global brands has seen the group roll out a total of 15 games across 14 countries and in 14 different languages over the past few months, running games from local leagues to international tournaments, with at least 20 different sports scheduled to feature by Q1 2020.

SportCaller’s game-changing, light-to-deploy platform empowers now partners to easily press “predictor” games, like Streakr, into the service of any sport or event. This new mechanic allows both operator partners and media owners to launch their own branded games with speed and flexibility to capture the enthusiasms of fans across the sporting calendar’s mass-market events.

Johannes Nijboer, Sportsbook Business Portfolio Manager at Kindred Group, said: “At Unibet, as with all Kindred Group brands, our cornerstone aim is to improve the user experience with customised, local solutions on the international stage. Which is why this companywide alliance with SportCaller makes so much sense for driving retention in a responsible manner Above all, it provides the elasticity and peace of mind for us to grow a regulated and sustainable sports betting market across our markets.


“The unique platform developed by SportCaller frees up our local teams to deploy games based on their territorial strategies in addition to catering for worldwide needs. Their proven track record, industry knowledge, and 24/7 support readily made them our preferred partner, while their rapid concept-to-actualisation game creation and fully-compliant deployment mean we can target and plan with precision, no matter what the territory.”

SportCaller MD Cillian Barry added: “We like to think that our FTP platform’s speed of integration and scalability set SportCaller apart. And Streakr is the latest incarnation in this ongoing evolution, demonstrating the varied benefits of our wide-ranging games, and promoting the sportsbook proposition via softer marketing techniques aimed at consolidating retention.

“Given that FTP has become a significant marketing function for Kindred as they look to enhance the customer experience through innovation, this is a partnership of which we’re particularly proud. We look forward to working in close collaboration with their family of brands over the years to come.”

In a standardised marketplace running out of ideas and regulatory rope for sign-up offers and bonuses, SportCaller is transforming free-to-play games into a standalone vertical for enhanced recruitment strategy, reactivation and retention through consequential engagement and organic gameplay across the sporting spectrum.

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Pace-O-Matic Congratulates Casino Industry on Record Profits





Pace-O-Matic, the leading name in skill game entertainment, is tipping its hat to the fat cats of the gambling world for yet another record-breaking year. The United States casino industry recently reported a record $66.5 billion in winnings for 2023.

That includes Pennsylvania, the second largest casino market in the country behind Nevada. While casino reps curiously blame skill games for ‘losses’, in 2023 Pennsylvania casinos brought in a record $5.7 billion in revenue from gambling. That equates to a 9.3% increase year over year.

“On behalf of the local small businesses, restaurants, bars and fraternal organizations that the casino industry is determined to put out of business, we extend the warmest congratulations to big casinos for their $66.5 billion in winnings,” the Chief Public Affairs Officer for Pace-O-Matic, Michael Barley, said. “It’s not every day you see such record profits. Now our only question is, where are these losses the industry and, specifically casinos in Pennsylvania, are claiming to be connected to skill games?”

The Pennsylvania casino industry also saw a 28% increase in iGaming year over year as well as a 4.08% increase in slot machine revenue last month across the Commonwealth over last year.


Regardless of what big casinos say, Pace-O-Matic remains committed to its mission of providing engaging skill-based entertainment to players while supporting the heart and soul of America; local small businesses. Skill games bring supplemental, sustainable income to bars, restaurants, VFW halls, American Legion posts and other small businesses across Pennsylvania. These businesses use income from skill games to pay bills, make charitable donations, provide health benefits, pay competitive wages and more.

“The casino industry continues to attack skill games for loss of revenue yet these losses don’t seem to appear in any of their reporting,” Barley said. “While they spin misleading information, we will stick to the facts. The fact is, that skill games are a legal source of income that Pennsylvania’s small businesses rely on every day to make ends meet.”

On the heels of a unanimous Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruling that found skill games to be legal and Governor Josh Shapiro including skill game revenue in his 2024/25 budget, it’s clear that support for regulating skill games is growing among lawmakers and the public. Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw has proposed legislation, Senate Bill 706, that would tax and regulate skill games, establishing a framework for the legal games to continue to operate.

Pace-O-Matic is a leading developer of legally compliant games of skill in the United States. Its games are played in thousands of small restaurants and bars along with many social halls such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) posts. Pace-O-Matic games generated millions of dollars in revenue for businesses and clubs in Pennsylvania last year.

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DAZN Appoints Brice Daumin as CEO of French and Swiss Operations



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DAZN Group, the world’s leading sports streaming service, announced the appointment of Brice Daumin as CEO of its French and Swiss operations. Daumin will oversee DAZN’s growth strategy in France, using his experience and knowledge of the French market garnered over 25 plus years in the French media and telecoms industries.

The move further underlines DAZN’s commitment to France after its launch in August 2023. DAZN brings its French subscribers the best of combat sports including a weekly schedule of top-quality boxing, MMA with the Professional Fighters League and PFL Europe featuring world-class fighters such as Francis Ngannou and Cédric Doumbé, huge PPV boxing line-ups featuring Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, such as “Day of Reckoning”. DAZN also brings its customers top-tier football including Ligue 1 Uber Eats, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

DAZN has also delivered a distribution strategy, striking deals with prominent telco and cable operators, to ensure as many French sports fans can access DAZN’s compelling catalogue of premium live sports content, magazine programming, archive and other sports entertainment products. Daumin will report directly to Alice Mascia, whose group responsibilities include her roles as Group Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of DACH.


Shay Segev, CEO of DAZN Group, said: “DAZN’s global sports offering expanded into France last year and we’re excited to announce that Brice Daumin is joining our team to help us grow in this evolving market. With his extensive in-market experience across our strategic imperatives – customer focus, commercial development, and distribution – Brice will play a key role in our long-term development in France. This is a clear statement of DAZN’s commitment to France and our ambition to continue growing in this exciting sports entertainment market.”

Brice Daumin, CEO of DAZN France, said: “This was an easy decision for me to make. DAZN has already demonstrated its offer right across Europe, with its operations in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Working with the biggest rights holder, in local markets and on a global level, DAZN delivers a fantastic service in a way that works for fans and rights holders. The opportunities for further growth in France are clear, especially when you look at the expanding range of sports entertainment products DAZN is creating – e-commerce, ticketing, social experiences and gaming. The French sports fan is ready for a new experience, one that DAZN will deliver.”

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Clarion Gaming Digital Expands North American Reach with Global Gaming Business Acquisition





iGaming Business (iGB) parent company Clarion Gaming Digital has acquired Global Gaming Business (GGB) as it accelerates its growth strategy across North America.

The purchase includes GGB magazine’s annual publications Casino Style, Tribal Government Gaming and Progressive Products Preview (P3) as well as its online assets including GGB News.

It will extend the digital publishing business’ global reach as the North American market enters a crucial phase, providing clients with access to a significantly bigger audience through its range of marketing services products.

Founded in 2002, GGB is trusted title with a reach beyond sports betting and iGaming into commercial and tribal gaming. It bolsters Clarion Gaming Digital’s ability to provide a comprehensive range of news, analysis and data to every sector of the industry.


The acquisition is a cornerstone of a wider multimillion pound investment to enhance Clarion Gaming Digital’s data and audience development.

“This is a major milestone for our digital business as we unlock the benefits of our investment,” the Managing Director for Clarion Gaming, Alex Pratt, said. “We are acquiring a business with deep industry heritage and with it the opportunity to build on its solid foundations in the United States.”

The B2B Global Content Director for Clarion Gaming Digital, Robin Harrison, said the acquisition came amid changes to state regulations as well as new land-based and online developments across the United States and Canada.

“We are delighted to seal this deal, which brings in new industry expertise to the team, expands our reach and consolidates our presence in a crucial region,” Harrison said. “We will build an offering that acts as the final word on key industry developments and GGB’s authority and relationships takes us a step closer to that goal.”

“We have had lengthy discussions with Clarion Gaming Digital in recent years and believe it shares our passion and vision for serving our readership in a way that will maintain the quality of the publications for decades to come,” the publisher and Chief Executive Officer for Casino Connection International LLC, the parent of GGB, Roger Gros, said. “As the gaming industry continues to grow in many different ways, our relationship with Clarion will make certain that our pivotal role in the industry remains unchanged and we can continue our important work going forward.”


Clarion Gaming Digital plans to further accelerate its North American expansion by leveraging unique partnerships on offer through the wider Clarion Events portfolio such as the DigitalPlay Summit at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention over April 10 to 11.

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