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Wazdan’s funky Flash Mob Video has gone viral

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Wazdan's funky Flash Mob Video has gone viral.

Major games producer Wazdan have been astonished at how their flash mob video from SiGMA has been picked up by the igaming industry and the wider community after collaborating with

 

Malta’s Philharmonic Orchestra for a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun that disrupted the SiGMA conference last week. The final release of the video comes on the back of six figure viewing across Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and the media, where the story got major coverage in Malta’s national media as well as in the international igaming media.

For the launch of SiGMA, one of Europe’s biggest iGaming events, Wazdan staged a spectacular flash mob with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra to call attention to Maltese culture for City of Culture Valletta 2018 and Wazdan’s own creativity as a major casino games producer with products covering slots, table games and video poker, launching the world-first real-time in-game ‘Volatility Level Control’. This feature allows players to control how they win in-game and is proving highly attractive to operators.

Professional dancers dressed in traditional Maltese costumes helped to make the event even more fun for the packed crowds, igaming people, businesses, government representatives, regulators, affiliates and press.

 

Wazdan have over 100 HTML5 casino games full of innovative, industry-first features licensed in Malta, Curacao and soon UK. These games feature an innovative ‘Energy-Saving Mode’ that reduces battery drain on devices by reducing graphics resolution so that players are able to play longer on existing battery life, a benefit not missed by operators seeking incremental revenue.

More than 60 people were involved in the Wazdan flash mob choreographed to the rhythm of Maltese composer Charles Camilleri’s “Malta Suite Waltz,” and inviting the crowd to join the dance and the wider move towards European City of Culture 2018 in Malta.

Ogilvy Malta Country Director Marcus Ward, who coordinated the production said: “We’re obviously delighted that the delegates at SiGMA not only enjoyed Wazdan’s bit of fun, and we’re even more delighted by the local and international reaction to the video, it’s been shared incessantly since we live-streamed last week from SiGMA.

Wazdan’s popular portfolio includes titles such as Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns, with new game releases of upcoming titles Los Muertos, Mayan Ritual and Captain Flynt, imminent.

Jeremy Fall, Head of Marketing at Wazdan said: “We never expected the level of interest and excitement that our collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has produced. It’s great that we can help put Malta into a situation like this ahead of V18 with the video going viral, it’s a wonderful showcase for Maltese culture and talent.

Wazdan fosters a spirit of creativity in our games development platform and we’re excited to collaborate on ventures that fit with our approach.

 

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Why Do We Love to Play in Online Casinos?

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Why Do We Love to Play in Online Casinos?

 

Regardless of whether you are a player or not, you are probably aware of how big online casinos are nowadays. Now, if you are not a gambler, you might not know why that is so. To learn more and see whether this is something that might interest you as well, keep on reading.

 

Playing from Home

One of the biggest reasons why individuals decide to join an online casino is the fact that it allows them to play casino games from the comfort of their own home. For one, there are no crowds of people that can distract players from the game and mess with their focus. Being at home means that everyone can create the perfect atmosphere they like to play in. Maybe they need silence, maybe they want some chill or loud music in the background – playing from home makes all that possible. Then, there are no lines at certain games or tables. If all the slot machines in a land-based casino are taken, players have to wait. This is not an issue with online casinos. Finally, there are simply no traditional casinos in certain cities and people would have to travel far just to gamble for a few hours. It’s oftentimes not doable on a regular basis.

Mobile Apps On the Go

However, playing at home is not all online casinos are good for. Most reputable operators have released apps that people can use to play games when on the go. Whether it’s on their smartphone or tablet, these apps allow individuals to play during their commute to work, when on a lunch break or while they are waiting for an appointment.

Wide Variety of Games

Another big reason why people love playing in online casinos is the range of games they provide. When compared to traditional casinos, the online model simply has more to offer. While you can find the classic table games and slot machines in land-based establishments, there are more varieties of every single game online. From poker, roulette and blackjack through thousands of different slot games all the way to keno, there is truly something for everyone.

Live Events

In addition to the variety of games, online casinos have also started offering live casino games. People that love the real-life casino experience but cannot travel to a land-based casino most often choose this approach as there is a real croupier as well as players that can interact with each other using a chat system. Games such as live roulette, live blackjack and live Texas hold ‘em are just some of the available options.

Free Bets and Bonuses

Online casinos often offer free bets to individuals to show them what they can expect from their website or app. These are usually a free spin in a slot game and are given in a current game. On the other hand, there are also all sorts of bonuses that players that sign up can expect. From welcome bonuses that are offered when someone joins to refer-a-friend bonuses that are pretty self-explanatory, these deals allow people to play a few extra games that they don’t need to spend their own money on.

Special Promotions

Besides the aforementioned bonuses, online casinos are also aware of the importance of marketing. This is why they often include special promotions in their marketing strategy. Some players use this opportunity to only then deposit money into their account. For example, Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Black Friday all come with certain offers, which players are ready to jump on and get a great deal.

Ease of Depositing and Withdrawing Money

Just like one can play from the comfort of their home, they can also put money into their account from the same spot. Most reputable casinos accept Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards as well as various e-wallets and regular bank transfers. The same goes for the withdrawal of one’s winnings. This means that there is no risk of being robbed on the street while carrying huge amounts of money that were just won in a land-based casino.

High Security

Other than not having to walk around town with loads of cash, online casinos also implement the latest security technology to keep their users’ data safe. The encryption they use means that no personal information can be stolen. Knowing that the casino is verified and licensed gives the players confidence that they will not be scammed.

As you can see, there are many reasons why someone would choose to play at an online casino. The variety of games on offer and continually advancing technology, designed to immerse you into the gaming experience, are hard to dismiss positives. Add to that the ability to safely test your skills for free, gain bonuses and promo offers, the appeal of the online gaming experience becomes clear.

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Stars Affiliate Club sponsor $1000 Pokerstars freeroll at the Digital Marketing Mixer – 22 May

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Stars Affiliate Club sponsor $1000 Pokerstars freeroll at the Digital Marketing Mixer - 22 May

 

The Digital Marketing Mixer hosted by Affiliate Marketing veteran Lee-Ann Johnnstone is a FREE to attend business networking event taking place on Friday 22 May between 5-7pm (GMT) via virtual conference.

This event seeks to unite all digital and affiliate marketers to facilitate new business, support much needed networking and offer an open platform for active product , service and program promotion. The event will offer a series of social  experiences to help delegates engate virtually and promote sales collaboration.

For a bit of friendly competition, Stars Affiliate Club will be sponsoring a special freeroll for all attendees on Friday, May 22 at 19:15 BST. With $1,000 to play for at PokerStars, this special Digital Marketing Mixer Freeroll gives attendees the chance to come together, have fun and compete. Stars Affiliate Club has also added a $100 bounty on Lee-Ann Johnstone which will be rewarded to anyone who can knock her out of the event.

“With this event, I am supporting smaller businesses to get the help they need to thrive. This means using my professional community to bring people together to network and share business ideas for mutual success. I’m also thrilled to have Stars Affiliate Club on board supporting this initiative, who have generously sponsored a $1000 in a freeroll poker tournament for my guests to enjoy socialising at this inuagural event ” said Lee-Ann Johnstone

The Digital Marketing Mixer is hosted in collaboration with leading affiliate and digital industry brands such as: Income Access (A Paysafe Company), Hipther.Agency, iBet Directory, GPWA.org, AGD , Wirwetten and Affpapa.com an online directory for operators to connect with more affiliate partners.

Lisa Stainfield, Head of Affpappa said ” AffPapa is very excited to participate in this professional networking event dedicated to iGaming professionals. We will also have a unique opportunity to expand our network and showcase our fresh solution to both affiliates and operators alike”

The Digital Marketing Mixer  event will  also offer a live demonstration to create a cocktail or mock-tail, from basic ingredients found in your store cupboards at home, host icebreaker challenges with prizes to be won and host a co-ordinated “Pitch it, Buy it or Sell it” – speed networking session for commercial discussions to get started.

To join this inaugural event, please RSVP to attend HERE, for free.

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Will The Coronavirus Lead To More Legalized Online Casinos?

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The Coronavirus has affected the gambling world in a drastic way. Sports betting has effectively been halted in the United States, with all major sports postponing their seasons. Las Vegas and every other land-based casino in the country have also shut their doors.

Instead of March being the massive wagering month that Nevada and sportsbooks around the country are used to, the cancellation of March Madness led to the worst sports betting handle since 1993 in the Silver State.

However, there has been one sector of gaming that has been flourishing in a big way, and that is legit online casinos.

Online Casino Revenues Explode Amidst COVID Pandemic

Although gambling revenues are down for states across the board, one area that is exploding is online casino gambling. Poker has seen a surge as well, but nowhere near where casino gambling has gone in the past two months.

For example, with Atlantic City casinos closing their doors, revenues have skyrocketed for online casinos in the month of March in New Jersey. Gambling sites took in $64.8 in revenue that month. It was a near 25 percent increase from February and over a 65 percent increase from March 2019 numbers.

In Pennsylvania, we see similar numbers for online play. Though overall gaming revenue was down 51 percent, the state set new records for online casinos, bringing in over $24 million in revenue, setting records for monthly revenue, and the total amount wagered.

There are states around the country with similar marks for revenue and amount wagered.

Will This Spur Online Gambling Legalization Across the US?

It’s possible, but just because it becomes more economically viable or the opportunity presents itself, it doesn’t mean states will act.

One could draw the comparison to sports betting legalization, which has happened rapidly in the country after the Supreme Court overturned the Federal sports betting ban in May 2018. Since then, 16 states have regulated and legalized recreational betting in some form in their states.

However, we have to remember that the green light for legal online casinos and poker sites has been around since 2011.

The Wire Act Flip Flop

After much of the online poker world got wiped out by the US Department of Justice, in what became known as the “Black Friday” of poker, the online gambling world changed dramatically.

However, the DOJ quickly changed course on the legality of online poker and casino gambling. They stated in December of the same year that only sports betting fell under the scope of the 1961 Wire Act.

That was changed with the 2018 decision for sports betting, but the ability for states to legalize online casino gambling has been around since 2011. However, only 13 states have decided to tax and regulate the activity within their borders.

Will More States Act Now On Online Casino Gambling?

It’s possible but still seems unlikely. Most states that have legalized sports betting often don’t have an online component for wagering sports, making online gambling an afterthought.

As it stands now, only three of the 16 states that have regulated sports betting have also legalized online casinos. So, even though states are moving quickly with sports betting, casino gambling has not been a part of these gambling expansions.

Don’t Worry, Players Still Have Options

Regardless of how states act in regards to online gambling expansion – players have all sorts of options for online casino gambling. There are lots of legal online casinos operating that accept players from all 50 states and across the globe.

Their games offered, bonuses and casino software are also better than land-based options. Most of them also offer sports betting and poker from the same account.

Players may be moving towards online casinos because of the Coronavirus, but it’s been the better choice, all along.

 

 

 

 

 

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