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VIRTUE FUSION BEST ONLINE BINGO SOFTWARE AWARD
Voted the best by industry members
Playtech's internet bingo developer Virtue Fusion won Best Online Bingo Software for the third year in a row at the Online Bingo Industry Awards in recognition of its best-of-breed products.
Award winners were determined by votes from over three hundred industry delegates and attendees at the Sixth Online Bingo Summit held at the Victoria Park Plaza in London.
Rob Keown-Boyd, Commercial Director, Virtue Fusion said: “Virtue Fusion’s continued success at the Online Bingo Industry Awards further consolidates our reputation as the leading name in the market.
“It is extremely satisfying to have won this award for the third consecutive year, especially as the votes come from key members of the industry itself. We are pleased that once again our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by our peers and will continue to build on this success in the year ahead.”
BETFRED THE VICTOR IN TOTE SALE (Update)
A long running race comes NFL Odds to an end
Its official, UK Bookmaker Betfred has acquired the UK Horserace Totalisator Board (Tote) for GBP 265 million announced the UK Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, this week.
The announcement clarifies the Tote's future to its employees with assurances on jobs and pensions and will benefit racing to the tune of GBP 155 million.
“Most people can’t understand why, in the modern world, the Government should be even a part owner of a bookie,” said Gambling and Racing Minister John Penrose. “So we pledged last year to end years of dithering and resolve the future of the Tote, and today we have done just that.”
A number of undertakings Betfred has agreed to provide include the continued payment of the Levy to racing even if part of the Tote business moves offshore and that the pool betting part of the business will not be sold off.
Among the specific terms of the deal:
- Betfred has agreed to pay a headline value of GBP 265 million for the business. This is comprised of an initial payment of GBP 150 million and deferred amounts, including accrued interest, of GBP 115 million;
- After deductions including debt and pensions, the net equity value to be paid to Government by Betfred is over GBP 180 million;
- The taxpayer will retain over GBP 90 million as its 50 per cent share of the net proceeds of the sale;
- Racing will receive over GBP 90 million as their 50 per cent share of net proceeds from the sale (use of which will be subject to compliance with state aid regulations).
In addition, Betfred has committed to making commercial payments to racing of GBP 11 million to March 2012 and an expected GBP 9 million annually over the following six years;
- The Tote Pension scheme will benefit from a GBP 25 million upfront contribution to the plan; and
- Tote employees will have assurances on jobs and an end to many years of uncertainty.
As part of the sale process Betfred will receive an exclusive seven year licence to operate Pool betting operations on all UK racecourses, one condition of which is a requirement to provide pool betting on every approved racecourse in the country.
Betfred have also publicly committed to the establishment of a Tote Racing Development Board with racing to help run the pool and foster wider collaboration. The Tote brand will remain on all UK racecourses.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt added: “It was a closely fought contest which has ended up giving the Tote business and the racing industry the certainty they have been looking for. Of the GBP 265 million in the headline price only just over GBP 90 million will end up being paid to the Treasury. So this deal has been carefully calculated to make sure that the interests of racing, Tote employees and the Tote Pension Fund were given the greatest possible weight.”
Completion of the sale is subject to consultation with employees and is expected to take one to two months.
AAMS AND ARJEL IN COLLABORATION
Italian and French regulatory bodies in co-operation agreement
The Italian regulator AAMS is due to sign a memorandum of understanding with French regulatory body ARJEL in the near future, tmnews.it reported this week.
The memorandum seemingly covers various issues including the exchange of information on licenced operators, player protection, defending the integrity of sport and the fight against unlicenced operators.
AAMS and ARJEL have refuted media speculation that the agreement may lead to a shared liquidity over the two jurisdictions.
PLAYTECH HONOURED IN EGR AWARDS
Recognition for quality RNG and Bingo
Online gambling software developer Playtech plc took home two awards from the recent EGR Awards function in London.
The company was honoured with RNG Suppolier of the Year and Bingo Network of the Year, the latter through its subsidiary Virtue Fusion.
Playtech CEO Mor Weizer said: “Winning EGR b2b Awards for two major product categories sends a significant message about the strength and capability of Playtech’s products across the group. As a leading name in the industry, we were delighted to be recognised at this prestigious event and look forward to building on our success in the coming year.”
Other winners included:
Microgaming - Innovation in Slots and best online poker network
Dragonfish - Best Bingo Supplier and poker software
Net Refer - Best affiliate software
Cozy Games - Innovation in Bingo software
Net Entertainment - Innovation in RNG casino software
IGT - Best slots provider
Evolution - Top live dealer provider
Mfuse - Best mobile technology provider
GameAccount - Tops in skill games
Openbet - Best sports betting provider
Neogames - Best white label supplier.