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Exclusive Q&A with Dario Jurcic, Chief Business Officer at NSoft

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Let’s begin with a few words about yourself and the company, NSoft. Our readers love to hear confident, top-class professionals say something about themselves and their job.

My name is Dario Jurcic, and I’m a Board member (Chief Business Officer) at NSoft company. I have been performing this role for the past 1.5 year. Prior to joining NSoft, I have been working in the banking industry, and my background is in IT/BI. NSoft is a leading software solutions provider hailing from Bosnia & Herzegovina, with its core business in entertainment, but recently we have also expanded our portfolio to security and health. We pride ourselves for being one of the few truly multi-vertical omni-channel solution providers with a wide range of products, such as Platform, Sportsbook, Virtual and Draw based games, Casino but also in-house terminal/ssbt production.

The year 2019 was a crucial year for NSoft. You had planned global expansion as the main mission for the year? Looking back, how did it go?

Prior to 2019 we knew we had the right products and services, but in 2019 we decided to go more aggressively on advocating our portfolio to a much wider audience. The campaign included heavy digital marketing efforts, but also increasing our business team in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This resulted in significant revenue growth and new market penetrations, however, the best is yet to come as the onboarding process has passed and the team is pressing on.

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You have recently signed a big deal in Haiti. Could you tell us more about your progress in Haiti?

The reception of our solutions in Haiti was beyond our expectations. The punters really love the products, especially the virtuals, and the partners are enjoying steady business growth. Nevertheless, the whole Latin America is really interesting for us and as I mentioned before we do have our representatives in the region now. It is really important to understand the needs of this market and we’re doing our best to understand and adapt to customer needs. I can only see more success for NSoft in this area, especially now since Brazil is opening its doors.

NSoft started offering Betradar’s Virtual Football League to Fortuna Romania’s customers in December. How has been the customers’ response towards the game so far?

That’s an interesting trifecta you mentioned: Romania, Betradar and Fortuna Group.
Romania is one of our key markets, Betradar is our partner of choice while Fortuna Group is one of our largest and most renowned partners. Doing business in Romania, partnering with Betradar and Fortuna have brought us much success so it’s no wonder that introducing a new product with the three ingredients combined was a complete success.

NSoft now has offices in Croatia, Asia, and Costa Rica, apart from headquarters in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  What are your expansion plans?

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We do not plan to stop there. Africa is actually the continent we’re investing the most, and where we have expanded our team the most. The opportunities there are vast, and the development of the industry is as exciting as it was in Europe 10 years ago. Apart from that, we’ve just established our Business Development Department with a goal to tackle untapped opportunities with a bit different approach. The synergy between our gaming solutions and our security solutions will bring even more USP’s – but we’ll talk about when time is due.

The US gaming industry is undergoing tremendous changes. Tell us more about your US-specific products. How different is the US gaming sector from Europe’s?

Currently we are not so much focused on the US, but it, definitely, is on our roadmap. I believe that retail will be strong in the US, and I don’t think there is a better solutions provider for retail in the world thanus. We did see a growing interest for our SSBT’s in this market and I think STARK terminals will open many doors for us there. We need to be careful though, and we need to meet the needs of the markets we just expanded to. Losing focus and understanding of customer’s needs might backfire – so we’re taking one step at a time.

Now we can about some of your products. What set apart your betting platform, Seven, from the competition?

The Seven platform was built from code line 1 for the cloud, no legacy code. It is both horizontally and vertically scalable and built on modern technologies. This means that the needs for any size of operator could be met – and scalability is really something operators struggle nowadays. When you add to that its omnichannel capabilities, seamless product and payment methods integrations combined with clean UI you do have a winner. Our extensive device management makes us second to none when it comes to retail, you can install and operate thousands of devices from a single point and that is really remarkable and very much needed in the fast moving world where you don’t have the time to sit in the car and go to the shop to install a device.

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Could you tell us about your upcoming products and games?

During ICE 2020 we will be displaying our two new virtuals: Virtual Drag Races and Virtual Penalty Shootout. I wouldn’t want to spoil it now, but both games are very much unique, and I’m eager to see the reception during the expo. Apart from that, we will be displaying our brand new T-800 terminal which is a bit more robust version of the ultra slim and popular T-1000 terminal. Also, something we’re really proud of are the synergies of our products so you’ll be able to see Vision AI surveillance system integrated on our terminals or even on Seven platform. Later, during the year we will be presenting our new Casino vertical products, but also products that belong to the health industry.

Now on to the final question. It is perhaps more cultural than technological. NSoft grew from a city that is not too well known for its software products. How difficult is it for a company from a Balkan or Eastern European country to scale new heights in the global technological front?

I think the hardest part is behind us, we have conquered the region we came from and we already see the good results in the new markets. Having the best company culture and the best team does help. When you add to that the variety and maturity of product portfolio, how could we go wrong?
No matter where we do business, or where we onboard new colleagues, the reception of NSoft is amazing and we are humbled and thankful for this. The best is yet to come.

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Altenar’s global expansion: Sam Hill outlines plans for growth in LatAm, Europe, and Beyond

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Can you elaborate on Altenar’s specific goals for global expansion? What regions are Altenar focusing on for growth?

We’re not interested in limiting ourselves, so we are actively exploring several global expansion opportunities. Our highly customisable product can be tailored to any region, and we have the content library to support a global audience. Leveraging our existing customer base and success in Latin America, a market where we are already well-established, makes perfect sense. Specifically, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru are regions where we have seen strong results and hold further growth potential.

There’s no reason why we can’t expand further across Europe too, where we already have a foothold, and Asia, a largely untapped market for us. Can we do more to establish a stronger presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region? Absolutely! Growing the business globally is a key focus.

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You have nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, including roles at Betgenius, BetVictor, and IMG. How will your experience be leveraged to help Altenar achieve its global ambitions?

My sales experience and track record in the content and data space were likely factors in my hiring. My network is fairly extensive and a useful asset that can be leveraged to Altenar’s advantage. In my previous roles at IMG ARENA and Genius, I managed a significant portion of the global sales team, including overseeing territories that are key target areas for Altenar.

Altenar stands out as a leader in this area, excelling in both proprietary content delivery and seamless third-party data integration. Our partnerships with over 20 third-party sportsbook suppliers allow us to deliver the broadest and highest-quality content portfolio – a critical advantage for any operator in a competitive market.

 

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Can you provide some examples of how Altenar might tailor its approach to different regions?

The foundation of success in different markets is always providing the right products. While UI/UX and front-end features offer customisation options, bespoke solutions are also available. Operators can request or configure custom settings in the backend, including margins, bet limits, customer profiling and across our extensive proprietary bonus engine.

UI and UX are key elements. For multi-territory operators, we offer flexibility in content presentation. They can choose the sports, competitions, markets, banners, bonuses, and bet boosts they want to display. Our deep bonus tool capabilities allow for territory-specific customisation, and operators can enable or disable frontend features based on their needs.

However, differentiation goes beyond just the user experience. Our experienced and dedicated account management team provides exceptional support. We strive to execute any individual operator’s trading strategy, whether they prefer a hands-off approach or a more involved one. We provide the operational support needed for either scenario.

Finally, we can cater to specific market demands. In Brazil, for example, we offer a deeper selection of domestic sports content. This allows operators to differentiate themselves and provide what customers want, ultimately leading to better customer acquisition and retention.

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Growing Altenar’s revenue and securing high-profile global partnerships is a key aspect of your role. Can you elaborate on the types of partnerships Altenar is looking to establish, and what qualities define a ‘high-value customer’ for Altenar?

I have great confidence in Altenar’s product offerings. We have a well-established reputation for excellence, but we need to continue raising brand awareness and communicating the value we deliver. My goal is to increase awareness of Altenar’s capabilities among high-profile brands.

We are targeting different partnerships. Casino operators are leaving revenue on the table when it comes to sportsbook, that we are perfectly placed to help them recognise. Another major focus is speaking to established operators in various territories. Can Altenar take their brand to new markets, where they can leverage their potential for growth? Even North American operators today will naturally be looking south at LatAm. We can then leverage their brand recognition in new markets. It is a broad remit but ultimately we will leverage the quality of the Altenar product and the strength of the relationships we have to capitalise on our growth potential.

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“Our Product is Young, Flexible, and Dynamic” – Anhelina Stasiuk on the Future of the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator

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European Gaming met with Anhelina Stasiuk after her appointment as Head of Business Line at the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator to learn about her plans for the product. In this interview, Anhelina shares her vision for expanding the client base, enhancing player engagement, and maintaining top-notch service and technological innovation.

 

Congratulations on your recent appointment as Head of Business Line at SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator! Can you share your immediate priorities with us in this new role?

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Thank you for your congratulations.

I am pleased to have this opportunity because the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, being one of the newest products in the SOFTSWISS ecosystem, presents vast opportunities for development. Its technological advancements and timeless appeal make it a top-notch engagement tool in high demand among our clients.

Our meticulous approach focuses on technology to ensure we deliver high-quality solutions. As the new Head of Business Line at SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, my priority is to expand our client base by tapping into the clients of the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator. I believe this tool is a ‘must-have’ for them. They can seamlessly launch the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator and join the Network Jackpot, offering their players a thrilling experience and the chance for significant wins.

Expanding our Network Jackpots is another priority in our strategy. Our research shows that network jackpots increase player engagement and enhance performance metrics for participating casinos. The shared pool mechanic is particularly attractive to players, offering more substantial rewards than individual branded jackpots.

 

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Can you explain how the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator differentiates itself from other jackpot solutions in the market from your point of view?

We continuously study our competitors, and our Network Jackpot consistently delivers excellent results, giving us a significant market advantage.

A key strength is our collaboration with game providers. For example, we have launched network jackpots with providers like Evolution and currently have a campaign running with Apparat Gaming. These collaborative jackpots highlight their portfolios and open new initiatives for SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator’s clients. The Jackpot Aggregator’s unique mechanics and the Game Aggregator’s user-friendly settings make these launches seamless and fast.

Additionally, we allow other platforms to organise their own jackpot networks. We can integrate with third-party platforms, enabling them to launch and manage their networks effortlessly.

Our Jackpot Aggregator is versatile and compatible with sportsbooks, which is rare in the market. Betting jackpots are especially exciting during major sports events. For example, we launched jackpots for several SOFTSWISS Sportsbook’s clients during the European Football Championship. With flexible settings, brands can create different jackpots to meet the heightened interest in sports betting.

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Moreover, we can run joint campaigns for both casino and sports betting, which is another unique feature. This versatility allows our clients to maximise engagement across different types of gaming activities.

 

How do you envision the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator evolving, and what impact do you expect these changes to have on SOFTSWISS’s market position?

The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator is a universal and modern tool that can be implemented not only in casino games but also across the entire iGaming system. All SOFTSWISS products integrate seamlessly, and the Jackpot Aggregator is no exception. It enables unified campaigns combining casino games and sportsbooks, enriching the user experience and allowing casinos to customise launches quickly and easily.

 

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Customer satisfaction is crucial for any product’s success. What strategies will you implement to ensure that the Jackpot Aggregator continues to meet and exceed your clients’ expectations?

A partner recently emphasised that while a product may be perfect, service is equally crucial. They emphasised that they would always choose the option with excellent service. At SOFTSWISS, we are committed to excelling in both areas – ensuring our product is stable and our service outstanding.

Our technical team is dedicated to maintaining top performance, ensuring the product can handle any load, regardless of the client’s size, supporting existing functionality, and developing new features. We pride ourselves on our technology.

Equally, we prioritise excellent communication and a solid client-oriented approach in our hiring process, supporting our managers’ qualifications through ongoing training.

Our account managers focus on providing quick responses. We have established minimum response time standards to ensure clients receive timely assistance, even on weekends. We understand that time is money, and our clients trust that their requests will always be processed promptly, with the necessary support and advice for effective operations.

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What are the main challenges for you in this new position?

The challenge is to demonstrate that I can achieve everything I have planned. I have a proven track record of success and am eager to lead us forward in this new role. With the team, we will explore new opportunities and continue to develop the product.

We are prepared to enter new markets and work with clients to consider new markets at their request. Our young, flexible, and dynamic product makes it well-suited for expansion and adaptation.

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Amplifying horse racing: An inside look at how Altenar is diversifying its platform in partnership with SIS

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Industry heavyweights SIS and Altenar are both well-respected suppliers in the industry, known for delivering memorable sports betting experiences. After penning a new deal to boost its horse racing offering, Antonis Karakousis, Director of Operations at Altenar, is joined by Andy Kelly, Head of Commercial Partnerships at SIS to discuss the huge benefits in play.

 

How did the partnership come about?

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Andy Kelly: One of the biggest goals for SIS this year is continued geographic expansion. Having signed a host of international deals, we are looking to enhance our reach, a key strategy to support this ambition is to partner with leading platform providers that have big networks worldwide. Altenar has an impressive client base and being able to collaborate will only serve to benefit both brands. Our extensive product range appeals to operators in search of added value, with 24/7 betting content to drive new operator revenue streams across racing, competitive gaming (esports), and live number draws.

We have hit the ground running with Altenar, with our teams demonstrating a willingness to cooperate and implement strategies in providing products to operators efficiently, with no disruption to existing offerings.

Antonis Karakousis: The collaboration with SIS is a significant milestone for us.. The decision to add a racing provider to our in-house sportsbook stemmed from our commitment to offering a diverse and engaging sports betting experience to the users. Recognising the popularity and global appeal of racing products, we sought a reputable partner who could deliver high-quality content and a seamless integration process.

 

What excites you the most about the partnership?

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Karakousis: The breadth of SIS’ offering, including its extensive portfolio of horse racing services, real-time data, and streaming solutions, aligns seamlessly with our commitment to providing diverse and engaging content to users. We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will have on our platform and the satisfaction it will bring to our operators.

Kelly: Our partnership with Altenar provides us with the opportunity to offer the full SIS product range to a host of new operators across the world through a single integration. The deal means we can get more eyes on our products. We are launching with over 74,000 racing events every year, with our range of live fixed odds numbers draws to follow, with Competitive Gaming events-based sports simulation product completing the product offering. It’s about providing Altenar with a range of premium, highly engaging content that creates fresh revenue opportunities around the clock, through exciting short-form events.

It has been great to see both sides sharing insights to ensure smooth and seamless processes in delivering content to a wide range of operators.

 

How has the integration worked so far?

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Kelly: The integration process has all been smooth so far, aided by the experienced and very capable technical teams on both sides. Together we will be able to offer bettors more round-the-clock opportunities across the product range, initially starting with our live racing content. Having worked with platform providers in the past, we are confident that we can continue to get our products to market through Altenar quickly and seamlessly.

Karakousis: Working closely with the SIS team, our technical experts have engaged in a concerted effort to ensure a smooth incorporation of their products into the Altenar sportsbook. We are pleased to share that the integration has exceeded our expectations on several fronts.

 

Are there any more products in the pipeline?

Karakousis: Our collaboration with SIS goes beyond the launch of the horse racing product. We have exciting plans in the pipeline, with both greyhound racing and lottery games set to be introduced in the near future. There is no doubt that SIS’ product base is one of the most respected  in the industry and has elevated our offering to a wider audience. Additionally, as 2024 progresses, we expect the horse racing product to expand further, bolstering odds on some of the world’s premier race meetings.

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Kelly: We are constantly looking at enhancing our existing product range to serve the evolving needs of operators. This has previously been demonstrated by our expanded range of live fixed odds numbers draws, with high-frequency Fast 15’s designed to keep bettors engaged with a new draw every three minutes.

We will also continue to grow our live racing content offering across the world. We have the rights to some of the biggest and most prestigious international races in the world including all contests at Saudi Cup and the Dubai World Cup, to name a couple. Having rolled out fixed-odds betting in Colorado with bet365 recently, we are hopeful that other US states will follow suit.

There is also the possibility of adding a wider array of sports simulations to our SIS Competitive Gaming offering to ensure localised appeal.

 

How do you foresee 2024 going in terms of this partnership?

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Kelly: We believe the rest of the year will bring mutual success and growth for both SIS and Altenar. We are already seeing the positive impact of our partnership, with collaborations across multiple departments, working together cohesively to meet the challenges of the market together by delivering a product range that engages bettors and provides additional revenues for operators globally. With our combined efforts this is certainly achievable.

Karakousis: As we look ahead to the rest of the year, we are highly optimistic about the trajectory of our partnership with SIS and the impact it will have on the Altenar sportsbook. The collaboration has already laid a strong foundation with the successful launch of the horse racing product, and we anticipate several key developments and milestones in the coming year.

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