Welcome to the weekly news roundup where this week we'll take a look at NYX's new acquisition deal, the rising credibility of Binary Options after 24Option sign a new sponsor and the impending release of a party-powered slots game – Spin Party.
Elsewhere in the news this week CoinGaming have announced the release of a new Bitcoin-dedicated sportsbook ahead of the new English Premiership season, and something smells fishy in Serbia after a suspicious lottery draw…
NYX buys Chartwell and Cryptologic
Games industry giant NYX Gaming Group (parent of software provider NextGen) have purchased Amaya Inc. B2B, which includes online gaming businesses Amaya (Alberta) Inc. and Cryptologic Limited, for CAN$150,000,000 (£73,000,000).
The agreement is due to be completed by the end of the third quarter. NYX has announced that the new deal will expand its game library from 350 games to 650 titles, while its customer base (in terms of brands offering its games) will grow from 130 to more than 170. This suggests there will be a lot of new titles from NYX in the not to distant future! It looks to be great news for iGaming players…
Binary options broker 24Option signs key deal with Lyon
Binary options broker 24Option.com has entered into a partnership with French Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais, becomming the first deal of its kind in the country’s sports market. The news comes a year after 24Option managed to sign Juventus, in the Italian Seria A, up to a two year partnership running until the end of the 2015-2016 season.
The deal will run for two years, from the 2015-16 season through to the end of the 2016-17 campaign. Under the agreement, 24Option.com will become an official partner of the club and benefit from branding placement on the sleeves of Lyon’s playing shirts. 24Option.com branding will also appear on LED signage inside the team’s Stade de Gerland home stadium as well as on club communication materials.
Spin Party Release Date 6th August
Software provider Play'n GO is due to release the brand new slots game Spin Party across all mobile and desktop mobile devices by the 6th of August. You'll be able to play this disco inspired slot at all Play'n Go casinos including one of our favourites – Vera&John.
Spin Party will take you back to a party time gone by with its sumptuous purple visuals and retro slot symbols. This is a 5-reel, 10 pay-line slot with special features to complement the core game. Dancing girls appear as expanding wild symbols on reels two, three, and four. In such instances, an expanding wild will explode in size to occupy the entire reel cueing a lot of dancing and some serious cash wins!
Coingaming launches Bitcoin sportsbook
Coingaming.io, leading software provider for white-label Bitcoin casinos has announced the launch of a Bitcoin-only sportsbook ahead of the forthcoming Premiership football season which starts on August 8th 2015.
The sportsbook will offer over 10,000 live betting markets per week, including fast developing betting sports such as MMA. Furthermore, players will benefit form the ability to place larger bets on events with better odds, instant deposits and cash-outs.
The move brings another feather to the CoinGaming cap and the Bitcoin industry as a whole in a time where its future is unclear. Questions over Bitcoin's environmental sustainability have recently come to the fore, but the industry appears to be weathering this particular PR storm well.
Serbian Lottery Under Scrutiny for Corruption
The Serbian state lottery faces suspicions of corruption and fraud following a catastrophic live broadcast of its draw. The video reveals the winning ball number on screen before it had been drawn by the lottery container.
The draw has been at the front of national headlines, as Serbian news sources speculate whether the lottery incident was a coincidence or corruption.
The incident has led to the resignation of the Head of Serbia National lottery.
Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, told a news conference: “If there was any criminal activity these people will answer to the law. The path to prison is very short.”