European Casinos Hunt Software Providers
Certain European countries are on the verge of legalizing and regulating egaming. One of the reasons why they’re signing up new software providers. This week’s industry news is from Spain, Greece and Denmark.
The globe’s premier software provider Microgaming released a press statement that it signed a deal with CIRSA. CIRSA is well-known in the Spanish gambling market.
With legalization looming just around the corner in Spain, CIRSA was in pursuit a B2B partner. It chose Microgaming since it has a standing reputation and excellent gaming collection. Microgaming will equip CIRSA with casino, poker and bingo software in conjunction with administrative services. A representative of CIRSA said, “We are delighted our players will be able to enjoy the world’s most popular and exciting games and look forward to a long and happy working relationship.
” CEO of Microgaming, Roger Raatgever expressed his satisfaction as well. He said during the course of 15 years Microgaming gained extensive experience and looks forward to making CIRSA the ultimate one stop shop internet gaming solution. Microgaming already provides software to internet casinos operating in newly regulated markets such as France and Italy.
The state owned gambling monopoly in Greece already received special privileges ahead of potential regulation, including the extension of its contract to 2020. The middle of 2012 will see its agreement with present software provider Intralot expire. In order to avoid favouritism towards Intralot, OPAP invited other tenders to tender for the contract as well.
At the beginning of the year, Scientific Games Corp, a third contender was excluded by OPAP. Hopefully within the next couple of months OPAP will announce its final choice of supplier. The choosing of a new supplier is of critical importance to OPAP’s future stratagem, since it aims to expand into video lotto and internet betting. To operate an exclusive license on 35,000 video lotto machines, OPAP’s board agreed to pay €935 million to the Greek Government.
Sportingbet Plc a sports betting and casino gaming group announced a provisional binding agreement that it intends to purchase Danbook Limited and Scandic Bookmakers Limited via its wholly owned subsidiaries, Sportingbet Holdings Limited and Interactive Sports Limited. Danbook and Scandic both provide Danish punters unregulated fixed odds sports betting, casino, poker and games at the moment.[addtoany]