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EVOLUTION SELECTED BY GROUPE PARTOUCHE FOR LAUNCH IN THE SWISS MARKET

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Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, announced today that it has been selected by Groupe Partouche to deliver online Live Casino services to the regulated Swiss market.

Partouche’s Evolution-powered Live Casino — scheduled for launch during the first half of 2020 — will allow the group’s customers in Switzerland to play a rich mix of online live games on smartphones, tablet and desktop.

The live games from Evolution’s wide-ranging, award-winning portfolio will include live dealer Roulette, Baccarat, numerous live dealer Poker variants, as well as games such as Lightning Roulette from Evolution’s fast-growing Game Shows category.

The France-headquartered Groupe Partouche is one of the leading land-based casino groups in Europe with 42 casinos across France, Switzerland and Belgium. The Group’s Pasino complexes offer an entertainment concept inspired by Las Vegas casinos. The Group currently operates two land-based casinos in Switzerland — at Casino Du Lac Geneva and Casino Crans Montana in the ski resort of the same name. Alongside their entertainment offering, the casinos offer a range of table, slots and electronic gaming options.

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Explaining the decision to partner with Evolution Gaming, Alexander Sosnovski, iGaming CEO at Casino du Lac Meyrin in Geneva, Switzerland, said: “Groupe Partouche’s historical roots are driven by strong family traditions and values. Our concept blends an original combination of games, shows, international catering and events aimed at creating a VIP experience and providing a high level of customer service. Evolution is therefore a strategic partner for us, not only because they are the leader in Live Casino games, but also because they are developing new and exciting technology for online entertainment.”

Sebastian Johannisson, Chief Commercial Officer at Evolution, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Groupe Partouche to partner with them and have our Live Casino solutions available to their players in the Swiss market. The Evolution portfolio fits perfectly with the Partouche Group’s next generation of casino entertainment philosophy. We are confident that their players will love playing our Live Casino games online just as much as they enjoy visiting Partouche’s land-based casinos in person.”

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Funds Advised by Apax Partners LLP Fully Exit their Equity Position in Genius Sports

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Genius Sports Limited announced that Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (Apax Funds) have fully monetized their equity interest in Genius Sports and no longer holds any shares in the Company. The Apax Funds first acquired a majority interest in Genius Sports in September 2018 and have supported the Company through a period of transformational growth over the last six years.

“Apax has been a tremendous partner to Genius Sports, and we are grateful for their valuable insight and expertise over the last six years. Today marks the conclusion of a very successful partnership, and we look forward to welcoming this next chapter with the ongoing support of our high-quality institutional shareholders,” Mark Locke, Co-Founder and CEO of Genius Sports, said.

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Betsson Receives Highest Possible ESG Rating, AAA, by MSCI

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Betsson AB announced that it has been awarded an AAA rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG Ratings, an upgrade from the previous AA level. The AAA rating is the highest possible and confirms Betsson’s dedicated efforts in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, which form a part of running a profitable business long-term.

Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said: “Receiving the highest ESG rating from MSCI is a testament to Betsson’s dedication to ethical business practices, responsible gaming, and sustainability. These are constant efforts that span across the entire business as we are continuously striving to improve.”

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG ratings measure a company’s resilience to long-term ESG risks, helping investors identify ESG risks and opportunities within their portfolios. Ratings range from AAA (highest) to CCC (lowest) based on a company’s exposure to and management of industry specific ESG risks relative to peers. Rated companies incur no costs for the rating. MSCI’s methodology ensures unbiased and independent assessments, maintaining the credibility and objectivity of the evaluations.

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Holland Casino Names Hans van Slooten as New Director of Operations

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Holland Casino has named Hans van Slooten as its new Director of Operations.

Van Slooten has been with Holland Casino for three years as Regional Casino Manager in the North-East region and prior to that worked for a variety of companies including KLM, Sligro and FrieslandCampina.

Van Slooten will be taking over the role from Leise, who has been with Holland Casino for 39 years, starting as a Croupier. During his time, he has also been a Casino Manager of various locations, Regional Director and Chief Operations Officer, while also being Director of Operations, and Regional Casino Manager of the South-East region.

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Leise will remain with the company until 1 July 2025 for various strategic projects, while Van Slooten will start his Director of Operations role on 1 October of this year.

Petra de Ruiter, CEO of Holland Casino, said: “With Hans, we have found a worthy internal successor to Noël as director of operations. Hans has a lot of experience both inside and outside Holland Casino. His strength is that he is close to the people, both our guests and our employees. In addition, I am extremely grateful to Noël for his years of dedication and commitment to Holland Casino. I have great admiration for the fact that someone who has been with a company for so long can still think so fresh about the future. That is not given to everyone. I am pleased that Noël is prepared to use his knowledge and expertise for Holland Casino in the coming months.”

Incoming director of operations Hans van Slooten said: “It is a great honor to succeed Noël. I have great respect for his wonderful career, his commitment and inexhaustible drive for our beautiful company. Although it will not always be easy to follow in his footsteps, I will take on my responsibilities with and for the operation with dedication. I look forward to meeting more colleagues in the branches and at the head office from October.”

Director of Operations Noël Leise said: “When you have worked for a great company like ours for almost 40 years, it is difficult to choose the right moment to pass the baton. After all, Holland Casino is such a part of my life that it cannot help but hurt a little. I am happy that I can still be meaningful for the future of our company in a different way in the coming period. I have every confidence that Hans will fill the role of Director of Operations very well in his own way and I wish him every success with that.”

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