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⚡Bitcoin Lightning payments in a major AAA game 🎮

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ZBD – the leading fintech company powering instant Bitcoin payments within the gaming industry – has integrated its payment technology into Splitgate, a Free-to-Play PvP Portal Shooter developed by 1047 Games, further adding to its roster of game integrations. This integration brings real-time rewards to the PC version of the competitive shooter. The ZBD-developed project has been created for mainstream gaming audiences to experience Splitgate in an innovative new way, offering high-value tournament prizes that bring a new competitive edge to Splitgate gameplay.

With a tournament prize pot of 50M sats (0.5 Bitcoin), Splitgate PC gamers from the US and Brazil will be competing for a prize pool equivalent to approximately $18,000 USD at today’s market price. ZBD is demonstrating the disruptive potential of its technology in esports and competitive play by providing instant tournament winnings to gamers in the form of sats, which are tiny fragments of Bitcoin (like pennies to the dollar). The 4v4 team deathmatch tournament begins on the 10th December 2023, with a grand final on the 22nd December 2023. A limited beta warm-up will run in the build-up to the tournament from the 2nd of December. Gamers can participate in the tournament by registering in the dedicated ZBD Discord server.

Competitive gamers are often required to wait days, or even weeks to receive prizes. With ZBD and its application of the Bitcoin Lightning Network, winning payments can be paid out instantly. No money is required from gamers to play, although pay-ins are accepted for PvP battles for a share of the Bitcoin prize pot.

The debut project from 1047 Games, Splitgate, has generated more than 18 million downloads across various platforms since it launched in 2019. The multiplayer shooter, featuring innovative player-centric portal mechanics, provides a fresh take on the FPS genre.

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Ben Cousens, Chief Strategy Officer at ZBD, commented:

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Ian, Nick and the phenomenal team at 1047 Games to redefine the reward system in gaming and give players a revolutionary new way to experience in-game competition. For developers and publishers alike, this integration delivers a proven gamer retention model as evidenced by this partnership, and the additional 100+ games powered by ZBD. With the ZBD-infused version of Splitgate, we’ve raised the bar for competitive gameplay by seamlessly providing Bitcoin rewards to gamers who demonstrate skill and loyalty.”

Ian Proulx, CEO and Co-founder of 1047 Games, added:

“With Splitgate, we’ve proudly carved out a reputation for creating highly innovative gameplay experiences. Splitgate continues to have a loyal and engaged player base. We’re always excited to hear innovative solutions to reward our players, such as what ZBD has done, and the tournament that they plan to hold later this month.”

The ZBD wallets of tournament winners will instantly receive sats which can be cashed out, spent, sent to friends or redeemed for gift cards. This is enabled by pioneering technology from ZBD, which has raised almost $50 million since 2019 to build its payments technology on top of the Lightning Network, a layer 2 network for instant Bitcoin transactions.

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White Hat Studios Expands Caesars Digital Partnership Into West Virginia

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White Hat Studios, the ‘house of brands’ provider to the United States iGaming market, is now live in West Virginia with Caesars Digital, taking its existing partnership with the operator giant to new heights.

The updated agreement sees White Hat Studios’ premium branded titles, including player favorites such as Peaky Blinders and The Goonies, launch on Caesars Palace Online Casino in West Virginia.

The ‘house of brands’ provider has seen significant success with Caesars Digital across Michigan and Pennsylvania, with its premium slots and table games performing consistently well.

White Hat Studios has seen tremendous growth and success in recent years. According to the latest Eilers-Fantini report, the company nearly doubled its gross gaming revenue share at the start of 2024.

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The provider also offers its comprehensive Jackpot Royale feature, available in 30 games and enhancing operators’ content offering. The mechanic paid out $9.8 million total through three progressive jackpots in 2023.

Building on its momentum, White Hat Studios has ambitious plans to further expand its market share in the U.S. in 2024. With a robust roadmap of new products on the horizon, the company is poised to cement its position as a top supplier in the industry.

Andy Whitworth, CEO at White Hat Studios, said: “We’ve seen incredible results through our partnership with Caesars, one of the leading operators in the U.S. market, so we’re thrilled to be expanding upon that with entry into West Virginia.

“As the leading ‘house of brands’ provider, we’re extremely proud of how our IP-inspired content has been received by Caesars’ players, and we’re excited to grow engagement and retention rates even further with this development.”

Ricardo Cornejo Rivas, Vice President of Online Gaming at Caesars Digital, added: “White Hat Studios is a valuable partner for us that continues adding impressive gaming content to our platforms. Their dynamic and expansive range of titles have been embraced by our players in multiple jurisdictions, so we’re thrilled to bring more of their popular games to our West Virginia players.”

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Stakelogic Joins Forces With Betty in Ontario

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Innovative slots and live casino content provider announces new deal with leading Ontario casino operator.

Leading casino content provider Stakelogic continues its rapid expansion into the Ontario market thanks to a new partnership with Betty.

Ontarians will now be able to play Stakelogic’s full suite of online slots and live casino content when they play at Betty. The deal is the latest in a string of partnerships as Stakelogic looks to cement its position as a must-have developer in the region.

Betty is a hugely popular operator in Ontario, with the casino operating exclusively in the province. Its mission statement is clear: to provide the players of Ontario with the best of the best when it comes to an online casino experience.

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It can now do this thanks to its new deal with Stakelogic. Players can enjoy a diverse portfolio of games that includes exciting new titles like Wild Wild Bass 3, Wild Hogs, and Pigeon Hut, as well as classic Stakelogic games that draw inspiration from the fruit machines and slots of the past.

The casino can also offer its players access to one of the industry’s leading live casino suites. Stakelogic’s immersive brand of live casino content transports players to a state-of-the-art studio where they can enjoy classic casino games like blackjack and roulette, all manned by professional dealers and streamed using the latest in audio and video technology.

Betty players will also have the opportunity to enjoy Stakelogic’s cutting-edge features, including the Super Wheel, which blurs the lines between slots and live casino, transporting players from one to the other for the chance to win big prizes and triggers even more bonus action.

Neil Tanti, Senior Sales Manager at Stakelogic said: “Betty is an operator that really understands what Ontarians want from their online casino experience. By focusing its operations on Ontario, it is in a unique position to fully grasp the market’s demands, making it a fantastic partner to work with as we continue to grow in the region.

We are absolutely thrilled to add another top-tier operator to our list of partners in Ontario, and we are excited to see where this partnership takes us. “

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Paraskeva Smirnova, Casino Operations Manager at Betty said: “At Betty, our singular vision is to provide the players of Ontario with the most daring and exciting gaming content on the market. Adding Stakelogic to our slots and live casino lobbies is a move that further highlights our commitment to this goal.”

“Stakelogic is an internationally recognised developer that brings a wealth of quality and experience to the table. Entering into this partnership and allowing our players to access their portfolio will only strengthen our position as one of Ontario’s top online casinos.”

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NOVOVISION™ casino management solution with stunning new functionalities at ICE

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Visitor interest was high at the NOVOVISION™ corner of the NOVOMATIC stand as operators took a deep dive into the manifold functionalities that combine casino management, efficiency optimization and player satisfaction in one powerful CMS solution. New system functionalities premiering at ICE included extended mobile applications for casino staff and evolved AML functionalities, a new “eye” feature as well as the official launch of NOVOVISION™ smart and NOVOVISION™ tournament.

NOVOVISION™ offers extensive features that cover all areas of a modern casino operation, enabling operators to make informed decisions and build their business strategy on real data. The system’s powerful toolset allows operators to streamline their processes, increase operational security and maximize player convenience with the most secure and innovative cashless experience on the market plus many other functionalities. At the same time, its high scalability qualifies it to perfectly suit operations of all sizes and with any cash system requirement: TITO, Cashless or biometrically supported. Operators can opt for individual modules and gradually expand their system according to growing operational needs or changing regulatory requirements.

The system’s many extended functionalities for access as well as sophisticated player loyalty strategies allow an in-depth analysis of player preferences and conclusions about specific promotional activities – with stunning results, since a targeted approach can yield a significant impact on player retention and revenue growth. Implementing biometrics creates a smooth player journey with a single wallet, from access control to the Promo Tower, across the slot floor and even to the live table games. NOVOVISION™ also meets 360° requirements to serve operators who not only run a brick-and-mortar business but also an online offer.

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The NOVOVISION™ system architecture is designed to handle high-volume transactions, ensuring maximum security, data integrity and regulatory compliance for the operator, while its player-centric approach helps significantly enhance the customer experience for the guest.

Jens Einhaus, Sales Director NBS, explains: “I was delighted not only as a sales executive to see so much interest from operators at the show, but also because I know how much energy and passion our development teams put into the many different functionalities of NOVOVISION™. We had some very pleasant surprise visitors at ICE and were able to present our CMS to several well-known operators. This is a high-speed segment with constant new developments, and it is very gratifying to know that we are at the forefront.”

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