Huge Surprise for Betclic
Yesterday’s report surrounding the criminal fines against Betclic have been reported as a complete shock to the online gaming operator. Reports are entering into the media stream concerning the alleged illegal gambling activities the French operator is suspected of conducting.
Yesterday’s reports stated that the Public Prosecution Office (PPO) seized €600k after it was advised by financial institutions of the unauthorized online gambling transactions with Belgian punters.
Sheriff Gaming No Longer Fit
Sheriff Gaming, the Eindhoven based 3D slots developer is once again in the news in a not so favorable light. Many will recall the November 2013 arrest by Dutch authorities of the 3D software developer CEO Stijn Flapper, brothers Michel and Maurice Gregoire.
The three were arrested on suspicion of illegal gambling along with money laundering, forgery and involvement in a criminal organization. Over 100 bank accounts and 80 residential properties were seized across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. The software developer released a statement at the time stating business would proceed as usual and that,
“Flapper would hopefully learn the actual allegations against him and will at least be able to participate in the fact finding.” Sheriff is “convinced the suspicions do not relate to Bubble Group and remain confident about a good outcome; stating their business is the honest business of creating cutting edge 3D games whilst our activities have nothing to do at all with money laundering activities whatsoever.”
In a turn of unfortunate events it has been reported that Sheriff Gaming’s Category 2 online gaming license has been withdrawn by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), after the developer’s parent company declared bankruptcy in Dutch court.
The AGCC announced yesterday that it had withdrawn the Category 2 Associate Certificate held by Sheriff parent company Bubble Group BV. The notice also stated that the actions by the AGCC follows a regulatory hearing held on Monday 24th February, 2014 at which the Commissioners determined that Bubble Group BV was no longer fit and proper to hold such a certificate.
IGT, International Gaming Technologies has been bust this month. The global leader in compelling casino gaming entertainment announced a new Vice President of Games, Jim Veevaert. Veevaert is a 20 year veteran that has held prestigious positions as an executive at Zynga, Jerry Bruckheimer Games, Microsoft and Vivendi/Sierra Entertainment. Veevaert served as Vice President over the “Half-Life” and “Counter-Strike” franchises, as well as Executive Producer of the video game sensation “Halo 3.”
The U.S. gaming technology supplier also announced the release Transformers Battle for Cybertron slot as a free-to-play game through its social casino subsidiary DoubleDown Casino. Transformers Battle for Cybertron is a 40-line, five-reel slot featuring a list of the most popular characters that include Optimus Prime and his nemesis Megatron.
The new branded slot also features IGT’s FreeFall Symbols, allowing multiple wins from a single spin, with winning symbols disappeared and replaced with new ones.
IGT is also set to to operate a multi-jurisdictional wide area progressive slot system after gaining approval from New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement. The multi-jurisdictional system will link casinos in Atlantic City to those located in other states.
“IGT’s PowerBucks completely transforms the jackpot experience – creating more winners, more frequently. Imagine the excitement of progressive game play across multiple states, watching the jackpot build as players in the hottest casinos are joined together in their quest for the big win. PowerBucks expands possibilities for both casinos and players, and as IGT continues to lead and transform gaming entertainment, we applaud the gaming industry for advancing the slot experience.” – Joe Sigrist, IGT vice president of Game Development and Global Product Management