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LeoVegas Invest in New Tech Hub in Warsaw Despite Its Products Being Unavailable in Polish Market

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The Polish marketplace is a strange territory for the iGaming industry. On the one hand, it has some of the most technically able and potentially brilliant European talent who has done much to develop highly successful video games like The Witcher and Cyberpunk. This skill set is highly prized in the world of online casinos, slots, and sports betting simulation games. On the other hand, the legislature has cracked down hard on the gambling industry since the election of The Law and Justice Party to power under the leadership of Andrzej Duda. While punters in the country can still place a wager on a variety of sports betting and esports sites, all online casinos in Poland are run by the state-owned company Totalizator Sportowy which operates Total Casino.

LeoVegas is an igaming company that creates online slots and other popular casino games. Founded by Gustaf Hagman and Robin Ramm-Ericson in 2011, they have become one of Europe’s leading mobile gaming and companies. They are headquartered in Sweden, and their shares are traded on the Stockholm Nasdaq exchange. They recently announced that they would launch a new tech hub in Poland. In addition, the company is looking to strengthen its technological development and innovation.

Poland has been seen for a long time as a good option for the outsourcing of IT. The country is regarded as an IT and startup powerhouse. The outsourcing sector comprises around 700 software development companies that employ more than 150,000 specialists. The Polish workforce has a reputation for a strong work ethic and is highly educated. Krakow and Warsaw are the established tech locations, and Gdansk is quickly emerging as the next hub. In addition, Katowice has established itself as the eSports capital of Europe by investing in events and infrastructure.

In 2020 Poland was recognized as one of the most startup-friendly countries in Europe. As a result, Poland is seeing significant venture capital spending, and €477 million were raised in 2020. Like Silicon Valley, tech innovators inspire each other, leading to breakthroughs and success. Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, has said that Poland is a generation ahead of other European countries in understanding the potential of tech and the market system.

LeoVegas’ new Polish hub will see them join other international companies with already established offices or R&D operations in the country. They will join tech leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Uber. LeoVegas’ Warsaw facility will employ sixty developers. The investment in the central European country aims to accelerate the development of the next-generation platform.

The Polish engineers will work alongside the group’s existing teams based in Sweden, the UK, and the Netherlands. The main project of the Warsaw hub is the development of LeoVegas’ proprietary player account management (PAM) system. This system is called Rhino.

Rhino is used to control all player data, transactions, payment integrations, and games across LeoVegas’ extensive portfolio. It is understood that the new tech hub is a crucial element of the group’s strategy to maintain its position at the forefront of new technology and innovation.

Mattias Wedar, Chief Product & Tech Officer at LeoVegas Group, said,

“LeoVegas’ success, and the award-winning gaming experience that we give our customers, is driven by our innovative mindset and our proprietary platform Rhino. Our new hub in Warsaw is a key part of our strategy to stay at the forefront of innovation, new product development, and payments while offering a highly personalized experience to our customers. Our new hub will kickstart this next phase of development”.

The company is now on a recruitment drive to pick up the best talent in Warsaw. The irony is that the products that will be developed in Warsaw will continue to be unavailable to the staff based in Poland. Around a third of LeoVegas’ workforce is employed in technology and product development. MGM agreed to purchase LeoVegas earlier in the year to strengthen their European presence.

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ReferOn Shortlisted with ‘Affiliate Program of the Year’ by Gambling Insider

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ReferOn Shortlisted with ‘Affiliate Program of the Year’ by Gambling Insider

 

ReferOn, a state-of-the-art affiliate program management system, was recognized alongside MioMedia affiliate program by the reputable Gambling Insider publication on the Affiliate Program of the Year 2024 shortlist.

The MioMedia affiliate program has seen significant growth over the past year, with first deposits up 190%, deposits up 76% and marketing spend up 147%. This growth in performance is due to transparent conditions and the attractiveness of brands such as MyEmpire, Neon54 and Slotspalace, known for their attractive gamification and design.

David Harris, B2B Affiliate Team Manager at ReferOn, noted the achievement: “Our partnership with MioMedia has played a significant role in their success. Thanks to ReferOn’s comprehensive analytics, we have enabled flexible affiliate models, which is one of the keys to growth.”

Helen Reginia, Head of Affiliates at MioMedia, commented on the nomination: “Implementing ReferOn into our processes has been a game changer. The platform has given us the tools to provide competitive commissions to our affiliates, ensuring a stable partnership based on trust, commitment and support.”

MioMedia plans to continue its growth and is preparing to launch new projects, which you can learn about at iGB Affiliate London 2024 from 6 to 8 August on stand E40. In turn, the Referon team will talk about upcoming technical innovations there, at the stand Q10.

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The last London edition of the ICE Exhibition: Sends employees are sharing insights from the event

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ICE is the global conference, home to 600+ international brands that provide access to financial products, gaming tech solutions, and innovations. Sends team visited the exhibition and here is a take on it.

ICE London 2024 opened on the 6th of February and lasted for three days at the ExCel exhibition center. This year the organizers broke the record of 811 exhibitors from 76 countries and created the biggest in its history Consumer Protection Zone.

This conference gathers the biggest players from financial, law, gaming, crypto markets to make them cooperate, and create new solutions and regulations. There are well-known Sumsub, BetConstruct, AWS, and many others among the participants.

ICE London is a must-visit conference not only for the UK based companies but for every international player. It surprises everyone with its scale, diversity, and possibilities. We met partners and our colleagues, shared news, and gained experience. This is truly a celebration of technologies from all around the world, commented Anastasiia Pervushyna, Director/MLRO in Sends. ICE Esports Arena was something new for me this year. The industry is fast growing so we got new contacts to explore the area. New grounds, that is what I love about the ICE Exhibition.

One of the shareholders (owners) Sends company is Alona Shevtsova, a businesswoman, philanthropist, and active participant in the Ukrainian and UK FinTech community.

“ICE London 2024 provided a fantastic opportunity to establish new connections within the industry, enhance business relationships with our clients, and showcase the remarkable and continuous transformation of our product portfolio. We are glad to participate in the last ICE in London and showcase our latest innovations in payment technology”, Alona Shevtsova added.

After an independent selection process, ICE organizers move to Fira Barcelona Gran Via in 2025. Next year this conference will be held in Europe which can bring new contacts and value for the participants. Sends company already plans the visit to Barcelona in January 2025 for the first ICE Conference in Europe. To stay in touch with Sends representatives, please use [email protected] email.

To learn more about Sends and its special offer, please visit www.sends.co.
*Sends is a trade name of SMARTFLOW PAYMENTS LIMITED.
SMARTFLOW PAYMENTS LIMITED is registered in England and Wales (Company number 11070048).

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Checkd Group and William Hill claim Marketing prize at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024

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Checkd Group and William Hill claim Marketing prize at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024

 

Checkd Group and William Hill took home the top prize in the Marketing Campaign of the Year category at last night’s iGB Affiliate Awards 2024.

The team picked up the award for the ‘No Tippy Tappy Football with Sam Allardyce’ video series, which has been a major hit across its 50 episodes with its high-profile guests presenting insight, opinions and anecdotes.

Star guests on the show have included Graeme Souness, Duncan Ferguson, Robbie Fowler, Karl Robinson and Simon Jordan, with the judges impressed by the way that the content reached an audience of over 26 million during the judging period.

Will Tyrrell, Director of UK Media at Checkd Group, said: “‘No Tippy Tappy Football with Sam Allardyce’ has been a big hit for audiences and William Hill alike and the formula of insightful chat and opinion has worked very well. It’s fantastic to gain recognition for our efforts once again and we look forward to taking the show forward to even greater heights in the future. “

The iGB Affiliate Awards celebrates the best innovations, successes and contributions from across the industry.

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