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Europe gets new “unicorn” – LeoVegas reaches billion dollar valuation

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GP Bullhound can now confirm that Sweden has gained a new tech “unicorn”, as the mobile gaming group LeoVegas – which GP Bullhound has supported from the onset, both as an investor and adviser – has now achieved unicorn status with a valuation of over USD 1 billion.

 

Swedish company LeoVegas AB (publ) is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier and was established in 2011 by entrepreneurs Gustaf Hagman and Robin Ramm-Ericson. Since the start, operations have been characterised by award-winning innovation and strong growth.

Of Europe’s 57 tech unicorns, Sweden – together with the UK and Germany – is at the top and can boast unicorns such as Spotify, Avito, King, Klarna, and now LeoVegas.

From its beginning, the mobile gaming group LeoVegas has been at the forefront of technical development in gaming. In just over five years LeoVegas has grown from zero customers and an entirely unknown brand to one of the leading e-gaming companies in Europe. LeoVegas was introduced on Nasdaq First North Premier in March 2016 in an IPO that was oversubscribed several times over and has now passed the USD 1 billion valuation mark.

Per Roman, Managing Partner of GP Bullhound, comments: “LeoVegas’ billion-dollar valuation can be credited to its two devoted founders and their laser-sharp vision on mobile gaming. It is a success story far beyond the ordinary in which GP Bullhound has participated since the start in 2012. As an early investor in the business and as an advisor we are very proud to have been part of this journey that has made the company the leading player in the European gaming industry.

With a compelling tech focus, great player experience and a fantastic team, LeoVegas has been on an incredibly exciting journey,” say Gustaf Hagman and Robin Ramm-Ericson, the company’s two co-founders and the entrepreneurs behind LeoVegas. “And it is a journey that has only just begun! Through our vision – ‘leading the way into the mobile future’ – we are taking new steps and striving to accelerate our development through the technical solutions that are leading the way in 2017, such as AI and machine learning.

We started LeoVegas with the conviction that mobile devices would rapidly transform the entertainment world, and our goal was that LeoVegas would lead this change,” say the founder pair Gustaf Hagman and Robin Ramm-Ericson. “But creating a unicorn requires more than just good analysis. It is just as much a team effort, and we truly want to give credit to our great employees, partners and investors – such as GP Bullhound – who dared to believe in us at an early stage.

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Slotsjudge Awarded Slots Review Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024

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Securing the Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024 marked another crucial milestone in the expertise and professional growth of Slotsjudge. The reward from one of the most prestigious iGaming award ceremonies in the world did not only acknowledge the current achievements of Slotsjudge but also encouraged its further development and aspirations.

The Achievement and Its Significance

Slotsjudge took an honorable spot among the winners of the Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award. This achievement acclaimed Slotsjudge’s mastery and expertise in the iGaming industry, fueling the company’s development and future incentives for providing first-rate online entertainment to customers and enhancing their knowledge of the iGaming trends.

The Essence of the Award

The 3rd annual AffPapa iGaming Awards ceremony took place on May 27th, 2024 in Malaga, Spain with the main goal of honoring the industry’s leading affiliates, operators, and B2B providers and rewarding their dedication to improving the iGaming sector and introducing breakthrough approaches to online entertainment.

AffPapa is a major trendsetter in the iGaming industry, whose acknowledgment stimulates the growth of international online entertainment providers and lays out the right courses of action for everyone involved in enriching and diversifying the online gaming experience for customers.

Future Outlook

“The Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award is a sign that Slotsjudge is doing a great job at keeping customers up-to-date with innovations in the iGaming field, which is constantly changing and evolving,” stated Jekaterina Dubnicka, the Marketing and Communications Manager at Slotsjudge. “It gives us a powerful incentive to move forward and constantly broaden our expertise.”

The award is not only a prestigious and valuable acknowledgment but also a powerful stimulus to the operations and services provided by Slotsjudge and other acclaimed slot review affiliates.

“In this award, we see an opportunity to prove ourselves to the public once again, to show that Slotsjudge lives up to the title of the Slots Affiliate of the Year and that our work largely contributes to the industry’s advancement,” remarked Pauls Spakovskis, a game expert at Slotsjudge. “Our main goal is to show that we are doing everything to move the iGaming sector forward, and the AffPapa award is the best indicator of that.”

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E2 Communications next one to join Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates

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Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates was launched recently. QMRA is a Quality Mark for international iGaming affiliates, servicing the following markets: The UK, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Ontario, Estonia, Poland, Belgium and USA Michigan.

Various websites and companies joined us already. Game Lounge, Applied Digital Media, Gaming Innovation Group, Leadstar Media, Betterworldcasinos, Place2Bet and more.

Today, E2 Communications applied for QMRA. E2 Communications is a privately owned international digital agency with a focus on sports and sports betting. The company’s service portfolio comprises an international marketing portfolio, the technical infrastructure for the distribution of digital adverts as well as a portfolio of innovative social gaming products, which allows for addressing a target group with a strong interest in sports.

The QMRA Compliance team will conduct compliance checks for the offered websites. E2 Communications is known for a highly responsible approach when it comes to regulatory compliance, which makes this a logical decision.

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2025 editions ICE and iGB Affiliate will be the biggest gathering of gambling professionals of all time

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2025 editions ICE and iGB Affiliate will be the biggest gathering of gambling professionals of all time

 

Following what it’s describing as an ‘unprecedented response’ to the unique exhibiting opportunities available at The Gran Via, Barcelona Clarion Gaming has confirmed that January’s edition of ICE/iGB Affiliate will be the biggest meeting of the global gambling industry on record featuring 1,000+ exhibitors occupying 120,000 sqm of space – 20% bigger than at London 2024.

In an update to stakeholders Clarion Gaming Managing Director Stuart Hunter said: “The 2025 editions of ICE and iGB Affiliate are already reaching capacity despite the show floor being 20% bigger than in 2024 which itself established a new record.” He added: “As part of the Barcelona bid to host ICE/iGB Affiliate, we ensured that we had access to the entire Gran Via campus comprising over 200,000 sqm, allowing the opportunity  to secure more space as and when the industry required.

“Whilst we had the option to utilise more space for 2025, we have taken the strategic decision to cap the size of the 2024 show at 120,000 sqm in order to pursue a structured and sustainable growth plan in line with our customer’s needs and which is also designed to deliver optimum visitor density.

“There has been a huge demand for space both from existing exhibitors and those businesses wanting to show at ICE/iGB Affiliate for the first time. Whilst Clarion is a commercial organisation, we also recognise that as partners to the industry we carry numerous responsibilities which in this case means expanding the show but in a controlled and measured manner and in line with the growth of the industry. This is a continuation of the strategy implemented when the first edition of ICE to take place at ExCeL in 2013 comprised 31,000 sqm. Each year we have grown the show floor in line with a campaign to grow the buy-side attendance and therefore increase return on investment for all participants.”

Addressing the composition of the show Hunter added: “As well as their physical size we are curating the make-up of the exhibitions ensuring that they reflect the industry covering every sector. Our overarching objective is to ensure that ICE and iGB Affiliate reflect the needs of the totality of the global industry and the migration to Barcelona enhances our ability to deliver this.”

ICE/iGBA 2025 will occupy 120,000 gross sqm of The Gran Via across Halls 1 (iGB Affiliate) and 2-5 (ICE). An additional 120,000 sqm has been reserved exclusively for ICE/iGBA across the five-year tenancy.

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