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SBC Announce Winners for the Prestigious SBC Awards North America

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FanDuel, Sportradar, Better Collective, BetMGM, Desert Diamond Sports, and OpenBet were amongst some of the winners at this year’s SBC Summit North America Awards which took place at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Returning to host the coveted awards ceremony was YES Network Yankees Clubhouse reporter Meredith Maravokitz. The winners of the 30 awards, aimed to celebrate the industry with Operator, Affiliate, Supplier, Payment & Compliance and the newly-established Tribal achievement categories, were announced in front of over 600 senior executives from the iGaming and sport betting industry.

Rasmus Sojmark, Founder and CEO of SBC, said: “The third edition of the SBC Summit North America Awards was the most competitive yet and I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all our esteemed winners. All of these companies and leaders have contributed to the industry immensely over the last 12 months and they should all be extremely proud.”

BetMGM made history by being crowned Casino Operator of the Year for the third consecutive year in a row, whilst fellow operator FanDuel Group picked up the illustrious Sportsbook of the Year award and the Marketing Campaign & Sponsorship of the Year award.

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It was a good night for Desert Diamond Sports who won both the Tribal Gaming Operator of the Year award and Rising Star of the Year. Other winning alumni in the Operator categories included SciPlay (Social Gaming Operator of the Year) and Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (Socially Responsible Operator of the Year).

In the supplier categories, IGT PlaySports were announced as winners of the coveted Sportsbook Supplier of the Year award, whilst Evolution picked up the award for Casino Supplier of the Year. Bragg Gaming Group were awarded the Industry Innovation of the Year and the Lottery Supplier of the Year went to Scientific Games.

Sportradar took hold of the evening winning two awards on the night, one for the Sports Data Product award, and for the second year running, the Live Betting & Gaming Product award. Additionally, EPIC Risk Management won Player Protection Service Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year.

White Hat Studios were awarded the Rising Star Casino award and SB22b picked up the award for Rising Star in Sports Betting.

OpenBet were awarded twice on the night, winning Platform Provider of the Year and Land-Based Betting & Gaming Product. Other winners on the night included Chalkline who won the Marketing & Services Provider of the Year and Low 6 for winning Acquisition & Retention Partner of the Year.

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For his incredible work at Light and Wonder, CEO of iGaming Dylan Slaney was announced as Leader of the Year, whilst Betting Hero closed the Operator & Supplier awards category by collecting Employer of the Year.

The Affiliate & Media categories saw Gambling.com Group pick up the award for Casino Affiliate of the year, saw Better Collective receive Sports Affiliate of the Year and Playmaker Capital were announced as winners for the Sports Media Company of the Year award.

This year SBC introduced three brand-new Tribal Gaming award categories to celebrate the achievements of tribal operators, regulators and leaders. Joining Desert Diamond Sports as Tribal winners were Pokagon Band Gaming Commission who were awarded Tribal Regulator of the Year and Jamie Hummingbird who was awarded Tribal Leader of the Year.

Winners of the Payment & Compliance categories included Trustly, who were awarded Payment Solution of the Year, Fiserv who took home the Payment Innovation of the Year award and GLI who won the Compliance Solution & Partner of the Year award.

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Relax Gaming deepens US footprint via Pennsylvania launch with BetMGM

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Relax Gaming, the iGaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, has its US-facing brand, RLX Gaming set to go live in Pennsylvania with BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, marking entry to a second state together with the operator partner.

This announcement follows receipt of the company’s interim authorisation by the Pennsylvania Gambling Commission Board (PGCB) last month, allowing RLX Gaming to operate within the State, as they continue pursuing their journey in North America.

Effective immediately, this significant milestone will see RLX Gaming go live with its array of curated content in the new market, furthering its strategic US expansion roadmap following a successful launch in New Jersey in December 2023.

Pennsylvania is a key online casino market in the US and RLX Gaming’s debut in the state is enhanced by partnerships with several leading operators, adding to the power of the company’s RLX Gaming’s comprehensive content suite.

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Martin Stålros, CEO at Relax Gaming and therefore RLX Gaming, said: “We’re extremely excited to continue our US ambitions with the go live in Pennsylvania. We have had a very encouraging start in New Jersey together with BetMGM and we’re delighted that our games resonate so well in the market. Launching in a new state allows us to continue our upward trajectory and progress further in the US market in 2024.”

Alexia Smilovic Ronde, Chief Regulatory Officer at RLX Gaming, added: “We are very happy to take the next step in RLX Gaming’s expansion which is growing at pace. Pennsylvania is a key stage in our journey to growing our footprint in the North American regulated market.

“The interim authorisation process with PGCB was completed in the space of a few months and is a testimony to our capacity in securing fast time to market in a complex environment and we are delighted that we are now ready to go live within the state.”

Oliver Bartlett, Vice President of Gaming Product & Content, BetMGM, said: “As the first operator to bring Relax Gaming/RLX Gaming to the States, we are excited to continue to expand to new markets. Titles like The Great Pigsby and Epic Joker are popular and now they will be available to more players on BetMGM casino sites in Pennsylvania.”

Established as one of the industry’s leading B2B suppliers, Relax Gaming was awarded GGA’s Product Launch of the Year in February 2023 for Dream Drop Jackpots. Money Train 3 names the 2023 CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards amongst its 6 Slot of the Year titles, while the brand also won the award for Skill Games Supplier at the 2023 EGR B2B Awards along with the Innovation in Mobile award at the 2023 SBC Awards.

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Relax Gaming provides more than 4,000 online casino games, from its high-performing proprietary slots to a significant, varied library of content from hand-picked third-party studios via its partnership programmes.

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GameCode emerges as top contender in new slots after Michigan and New Jersey launch

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GameCode, a pioneering iGaming provider, is proud to announce the debut of its immersive slots portfolio in Michigan and New Jersey exclusively launched with BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator.

Smash hits from GameCode’s revolutionary studio include Boom Boom Boom, HammerCash, Gold Gold Gold and the Super3 series. GameCode has quickly forged a dominant position as the #1 emerging slot supplier in Eilers and Krejcik’s top performance report.

Building on this momentum and increasing month-on-month metrics, plans are underway for GameCode to launch in Connecticut, Ontario, and Pennsylvania.

Matt Hanski – GameCode CEO, commented: Our strategy is focused on creating great games, and it clearly pays off when looking at the E&K performance data. We’re seeing very strong traction with our hand-picked portfolio of games no matter which metric you used for comparison. More games will launch this year as we deliver on our expansive roadmap and consolidate our position in North America, the most competitive content market globally. We are happy that our deep understanding of the market is paying dividends and we are excited to launch more games that will grab the attention like Boom Boom Boom.”

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Wojciech Ziniewicz – GameCode CTO, added: “I’m proud that our technology driving our game creation process is working excellently. In the North American market, our state-of-the-art Remote Gaming Server (RGS) allows our games to take centre stage. Having very innovative games must be complemented with rock-solid technology.”

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BetMGM becomes AP’s provider of sports-betting odds and lines

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Odds and insights from sports betting leader to be featured exclusively in stories for the global news organization

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, and The Associated Press announced an agreement that makes BetMGM the official sports odds provider across the AP global sports report.

Through the agreement, BetMGM’s odds will appear in AP’s daily sports odds fixtures, game previews and other sports stories where odds are mentioned. AP will retain editorial control of all content.

“It is a special opportunity for BetMGM to align with The Associated Press, a leading global news source that billions around the world rely on for the most up-to-date coverage. Being a trusted resource within that forum is an important connection to expand our reach, and we look forward to providing content that enhances the organization’s coverage.” MATT PREVOST – BETMGM, CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
“People want trustworthy sports betting information, and we are pleased to work with BetMGM to provide a dependable and credible reference point for our customers and audiences.” BARRY BEDLAN – AP, DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL TEXT AND COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
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