Five things you need to know in gaming today – Friday, February 27

Five things you need to know in gaming today – Friday, February 27

Friday, February 27, 2015

Unibet has announced it is to withdraw its online bingo products from Playtech’s Virtue Fusion network and instead launch its own standalone software. Due for launch later this year, the software has been developed in collaboration with Relax Gaming and will feature various bingo game types. It will also offer a full online casino offering, multi-channel support and a loyalty programme...

William Hill has paid tribute to the impact of its diversification strategy after the UK bookmaker posted a year-on-year increase in revenue during 2014. Full-year revenue was up eight per cent to £1.6bn (€2.2bn/$2.5bn) while operating profit jumped 11 per cent to a new record high of £372.2m. The company was also able to end the year with a dividend per share of 12.1 pence, up five per cent on the previous year. Click here to read the thoughts of CEO James Henderson on the results...

Elsewhere, Portugal has moved closer to opening an online gaming market to foreign operators after the country’s Council of Ministers approved a bill that would establish a legal framework for regulation of such activities. The legislation will come into law as soon as President Aníbal António Cavaco Silva signs the bill...

On the subject of regulation, Nevada has become the first US state to legalise betting on the Olympic Games. The Nevada Gaming Control Board unanimously voted in favour of regulating such wagering activities after a group of sportsbooks in the state appealed to the body to reconsider its stance on the matter. On an unrelated matter, the regulator has also given its approval for the already-agreed merger between GTECH and International Game Technology... 

Meanwhile, social gaming giant Zynga has opted to end its real-money gaming relationship with online operator bwin.party. Having linked up in April 2013, the pair jointly developed and launched the ZyngaPlus range of casino and poker real-money gaming services on Facebook in the hope of attracting social players in the UK. Games were branded as Zynga,  but were operated by bwin.party. However, Zynga has now confirmed that the range has been closed and has instructed customers to withdraw any remaining balances.

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