Five things you need to know in gaming today – Wednesday, February 11

Five things you need to know in gaming today – Wednesday, February 11

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shareholders in International Game Technology (IGT) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a pending acquisition by GTECH. Over 99 per cent of votes cast at a special meeting of shareholders, which equated to approximately 72 per cent of the total outstanding common stock eligible to vote, were in favour of the merger agreement. The news comes after GTECH yesterday (Tuesday) confirmed the successful pricing of a series of senior secured notes worth approximately $5bn (€4.4bn) ahead of the pending deal, as reported by TotallyGaming.com...

Meanwhile, online gaming operator Unibet has reported year-on-year growth across several key metrics during the 12 months up until December 31, 2014. Gross winnings revenue for the full-year amounted to £312m, EBITDA totalled £63.4m, while profit after tax grew to £93.4m. Unibet also noted that its mobile offering continued to expand and is now responsible for more than 43 per cent of total gross winnings revenue... 

FSB Technology has struck a deal to supply Dafabet with a new sports betting website. Available to customers in the UK market only, the new site will offer pre-match and in-play betting options on a range of sports. “We are excited to have partnered up with FSB Technology and are looking forward to a new launch into the UK market. We have ambitious plans and can’t wait to get going,” Dafabet’s head of marketing operations, John Cruces told TotallyGaming.com today...

SKS365 Group, owner of the planetwin365 brand, has secured a number of land-based licences in Italy as part of an effort to enhance its retail presence in the country. SKS365 plans to turn independent Italian data transmission centres into licensed betting shops under the planetwin365 brand...

And finally, Coingaming has become the first licensed Bitcoin operator to begin offering games from Microgaming-powered Quickfire. The move will enable operators using the Coingaming Bitcoin-only casino platform to access more than 400 games from Quickfire.

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