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Bede Gaming is delighted to announce Alex Butcher as its new Managing Director. Alex brings a wealth of executive experience and a proven track record of scaling software businesses.

Alex assumes control of the leadership team at Bede and is charged with the development and growth of the business and its people. At the heart of Alex’s strategy is cultivating an open culture and using Bede’s values to drive innovation.

The change at the top of Bede has come about as co-founders Michael Brady and Dan Smyth take on more strategic roles at board level following the sale of Intellectual Property & Software Ltd and Rocket X (formerly known as Rocket 9).

Brady, former CEO of Bede, said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Alex has accepted this position. His laser-like focus and experience in the industry make him the ideal person for the role. We are confident that he will lead Bede into its next stage of growth with clarity and integrity. We are looking forward to working closely with him to ensure Bede’s global transformation.”

Alex is also a founder of Bede and previously the company’s CTO. He brings a new aspect to the role of MD, prioritising software security as paramount to Bede’s future success. He is also a strong advocate of responsible gaming and aims to ensure these principals run through all aspects of Bede’s technology, values and culture.

Alex added: “Bede’s initial growth phase, where we built the team into a 160 strong workforce and conducted the largest migration in the history of the industry, has provided a firm foundation for growth. Our products and team are tried and tested, forging great potential for expansion into new markets. My primary concern will be to ensure we preserve the fantastic culture that lies at the heart of what makes Bede unique.”

South African Casino Group Goes Live For World Cup Glory

Bede Gaming, an award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry is pleased to announce that The Sun International Group has last week re-launched its Sunbet site (www.sunbet.co.za) on the Bede Platform. Signed at the end of 2017, Sun and Bede have been working tirelessly together to support the group’s new digital strategy with Bede as its exclusive platform partner.

The partnership sees Sun International capitalise on Bede’s industry leading tools to bring their Kambi sportsbook offering to life. Using the platform specialists’ multiple open APIs, Sun International have been able to create a truly bespoke offering to their customers, which perfectly matches the high standards of the retail experience their players have come to expect.

The new territory launch is timed to coincide with the FIFA World Cup, which starts tomorrow, to provide Sun International with a digital platform from which to create new opportunities surrounding this global event and momentum beyond it.

Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director, Bede Gaming said, “We’re delighted to be working with Sun International to support their digital ambitions in South Africa and the relaunch of Sunbet on our platform is a really exciting offer. At Bede we recognise the importance of being a dependable technology partner and we’re proud to have that underlined by a global resort like Sun. This is the start of many great things to come and we look forward to continuing working together to maximise what can really be achieved online.”

Martin Sack, Group Manager for Online Business Development, Sun International, commented, “This partnership is exactly what we were looking for – collaborative, inspiring and solution-focused, where we work together to find the best solution for our objectives. We’re excited to be part of the Bede family and are looking forward to growing our business to its maximum potential, using the innovative technology stack that Bede provides.”

Joe Saumarez Smith, chairman of Bede Gaming, was a guest and roundtable chair at EGaming Review’s Power 50 conference in Marbella, Spain. He reviews the two day conference.

The Power 50 is one of my favourite online gaming conferences and not just because it is held in sunny Spain. The relatively small number of attendees and the fact most are the major decision makers within their companies is a big plus. It also means that in discussions people are more willing to share their experiences and admit what is going badly for them, as well as what is going superbly.

Unsurprisingly, the two main themes of this year’s Power 50 were what is happening to online gaming regulation and the potential opening up of the US market.

Regulation and in particular the need to ensure that Responsible Gambling measures are put in place by all operators was a particular theme across almost every panel and roundtable. The recent UK Gambling Commission fines were widely discussed and there was a general surprise that no operator had yet lost their licence. Over a couple of drinks later in the evening I heard that there is a £10 million plus fine for a household name in the offing, which will certainly cause some big problems for the overall industry.

The imminent announcements around PASPA – which at the time of the conference had not been announced but of course is now the main topic of all conversations – was something that was widely discussed. While most operators were excited about the prospect – especially those who already had businesses operating in New Jersey or Nevada – there was also a feeling that if PASPA was repealed that it wouldn’t be as simple to make money in the US as many commentators would be expecting. Some of the more experienced (or should I say cynical or realistic?) operators were concerned about the potential high levels of protectionism against European operators coming into the market but their greatest concern was the likely level of taxation. Most states seem to be expecting an enormous payday from sports betting and have very little idea about what the correct level of tax should be to allow for a competitive product. Talk was of multi million dollar licence fees, $20 million security bonds and tax rates similar to land-based casinos (mid 30% and upwards) which would make sports betting economically unviable. Add in the sports leagues’ desires for an integrity fee and it starts to get hard to see how anyone is either going to have a decent product or make any money.

I chaired two sessions of roundtable discussions about how the online gambling industry could improve its public image. Surprisingly they were two very different sessions. The first group agreed that the industry has a massive problem with society’s general perception of online gambling (and gambling altogether) while the second was more bullish, saying that the industry was going through a bad patch but that society needs to accept that gambling is a legal activity that pays high taxes and that it is better that it exists in full view rather than as a black market. There was a bit more of nuance to the arguments than that but the opinions did strike me as being quite different, depending on the individuals in the room. It would be pushing it to say that we agreed on a way to radically improve the industry’s public image but there was a feeling that in the UK in particular there is not a single person to whom the media can come to who represents the industry in a credible way. That person could acknowledge that gambling is a ‘sin’ industry but that it is better that it is taxed and highly regulated and that for a large percentage of customers gambling is a fun pastime which does not negatively impact them. However for the small number of people who have problem gambling then the industry should be showing that we support addiction programmes and that we do everything we can to stop them from developing those problems further and to stop gambling. How the industry finds and funds that person was not something we tackled in the hour long sessions but there did seem to be an acknowledgement that it would help a lot to have that person in place to represent the industry.

As ever, the Power 50 was brilliantly organised and I regret that I was not able to represent Bede Gaming better in the Annual Online Gambling Hill Climb Cycling Challenge over a 11km course, where I could only manage second place, 12 seconds behind David Shapton of Akur Capital.

Bede Gaming, an award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, continues to prove its commercial credentials by adding Rocket X to its growing list of prestigious clients.

Following the acquisition of intellectual and Property Software (IPS) Ltd in January in January 2018, LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group (STO:LEO), chose to keep its sites, including top brands 21.co.uk, Slotboss, Bet UK and UK Casino on the Bede Platform. The multi-year agreement between the platform specialists and the leading Swedish gametech company, sees the operator join the likes of The Rank Group (LSE:RNK) and Sun International (JSE: SUI) on Bede’s award winning gaming platform.

Rocket X, will take full advantage of Bede’s suite of industry-leading marketing tools and premium content from first class gaming suppliers, such as Yggdrasil, NETENT, Evolution and IGT.

Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director of Bede Gaming, said: “LeoVegas is an innovative, mobile-focused operator at the cutting edge of the online sector. They now have the market’s most effective customer acquisition models through Rocket X and a culture that aligns well with Bede and we are thrilled to be supplying them with our unparalleled platform services.

“I would personally like to thank the whole team from both sides who worked tirelessly to bring this partnership to fruition, and offer our congratulations to IPS founders, Joe Saumarez-Smith, Dan Smyth and Michael Brady.

The growth on our platform has been phenomenal, and we are confident that, under the LeoVegas umbrella, Rocket X will build on this success in the UK and beyond as they continue to enhance their outstanding online casino offering.”   

Mark Good, CEO of Rocket X, said: “We are committed to building the industry’s most intuitive and comprehensive online gaming experience, and have started 2018 strongly with a series of important agreements.

“The flexibility and solidity of Bede’s platform is an important factor for our growth and we are delighted to be working closely with such a highly regarded provider. We are looking forward to the strengthening and successful relationship between all three companies.”

Platform specialists, Bede Gaming, offers completely flexible gaming solutions with robust security measures, and is fast establishing itself as the first-choice option for innovative operators globally.

Founded in 2012, Bede employs the latest in modern technology to provide operators with high performing software used to create world class gaming experiences.

Bede Gaming, an award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has agreed a deal with Gamevy that will see their unique instant win content made available via the PLAY platform, Bede’s world class content and marketing offering. Gamevy’s select collection of high-quality games will be available to Bede’s operator partners via Bede PLAY. These will include popular titles such as Red Card and Epic Gems.

Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “We’ve long been fans of the innovative titles produced by Gamevy, so we are thrilled to be making them available to all our clients through Bede PLAY.

“The games are a proven success across multiple markets. We continually update PLAY with the latest titles demanded by our customers and with instant win games growing in popularity of late, it is great that we can say that Gamevy are now a partner of ours.”

Helen Walton, Chief Commercial Officer at Gamevy, said: “We are always looking for new ways to bring our content to operators in regulated markets, and Bede PLAY is a fantastic channel for this purpose.

“The team at Bede has been a pleasure to work with. We are excited to see our content available to Bede’s operator partners soon.”

Press release by Genii. Amongst other outlets, seen on SBC News.

Genii, an independent UK-based company, offering world-class software solutions to online gaming operators, is pleased to announce its partnership with Bede Gaming.

The partnership will provide Bede’s clients with access to Genii’s extensive portfolio of over 140 HD games which incorporates a broad range of genres to cater to players of all types and from any market. Genii prides itself in having game-types to fit all players who can choose between Genii’s Patented Spin16 range, the industry-first isometric games, multi-level feature games, 3D animated storyline games and much more.

“The Bede platform is very exciting because it allows us to deliver innovative, patented content, with player engagement and interaction firmly embedded in each game, to operators in the gaming market, swiftly and easily,” added Nick Barr, Sales Director at Genii.

The thought provoking games gives players the choice of how they want to interact with the games, from selecting the reel and direction in the Spin16 range to choosing which feature game to play in our progressive reward genre of games, all of which focuses in the direction of adding extra layers of excitement within each game for players.

Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming said; “This is a great addition to our ever strengthening product. Genii will add a new dimension to our offering with its innovative and engaging content, whilst its broad genres ensure there are games to accommodate all player types.”

The partnership will support Bede’s industry-leading mobile performance as Genii’s offering is supported across all mobile platforms, namely, Windows, Apple and Android devices. Games are also available on desktop.

Bede is further expanding its content offering via an agreement with leading virtual
sports provider Kiron Interactive.

The deal will see Kiron’s full suite of 20 virtual sports and numbers games integrated into
Bede’s content aggregator platform, PLAY.

Kiron’s market-leading virtuals portfolio includes football, horse racing, greyhound racing
and motor racing titles.

The games will be available to all of Bede’s partners, including Tier 1 operator The Rank
Group.

Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “Virtual sports have become an increasingly
important gaming vertical in recent years and sits well between casino and sports betting.

“We’re always looking to build on our products with high end games, so it was important to
extend Bede PLAY’s virtuals offering, and with Kiron’s portfolio among the strongest of its
type in the industry, adding Kiron made sense.

“Our operator partners will have access to world-class virtual sports games, which will
significantly improve retention, cross-sell and engagement.”

Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive, said: “Many innovative operators have
partnered with, and benefited from, Bede over the past few years, so we are excited to
bring our games to new audiences, where we know they will perform strongly.”

iGaming Times talks to Commercial Director, Ross Haselhurst, about South Africa and beyond.

First seen in iGaming Times: https://www.igamingtimes.com/2018/01/08/bede-gaming-south-africa-sun/

Ross Haselhurst, commercial director at UK-based Bede Gaming explains the why and wherefores of expanding into South Africa with casino giant Sun International.

iGAMING TIMES:  Much of the sports betting industry has turned its attention to opportunities in Africa this year. Why has Bede felt now is the right time?

ROSS HASELHURST:  Most of the growth across Africa has been in the sports vertical with casino thus far lagging behind. Bede has focused on securing an extremely well-placed partner in Sun International, which should smooth our entry into the market. We had been in discussions with Sun International on a number of opportunities since late 2015, so we’ve had our eye on Africa for some time. I suppose you could say we’re ahead of the curve on that one, and the opportunities are no less compelling going into 2018 and beyond.

iGT: Why have you chosen Sun International as your partner in the move?

RH: We really couldn’t have asked for a better partner, they just tick all the boxes for Bede in that respect. They dominate the African market, especially in South Africa where the opportunity in sports is considerable, and we are optimistic that other product verticals will regulate in the coming years. Sun have the perfect footprint across the continent and Bede have the ideal product set to support their ambitions. Furthermore, Sun’s position in Latin America creates huge potential and opens opportunity further afield too.

iGT: What makes the South African market distinctive, in terms of the challenges and opportunities it presents to sports betting operators?

RH: As with entering any market for the first time, the regulatory landscape always provides its challenges, but Bede are well positioned and well-practiced in meeting regulatory requirements in many jurisdictions. Looking specifically in South Africa, one of the most notable challenges is around the requisite certification processes for the regulator at each release cycle, where Bede have set the bar on our short release cycles. However, for the South African market we have had to make provisions for a much slower release pace, so as to allow for certification to run its course. It’s not too often that we’re asked to slow down delivering new features, but we’ve been able to accommodate the requirement while still delivering into our other markets at the same high release cadence our customers have come to expect.

iGT: How does Bede’s technology suit or solve these particulars?

RH: First and foremost, we are truly an open and modular platform, we’re absolutely supplier agnostic. Not being tied to a particular provider for compliance or a particular service or feature, such as payments, or wedded to a particular CRM, gives our customers an incredible amount of flexibility to differentiate in their chosen market. We also offer, a plethora of existing integrations, as we have, for example, with Kambi Sportsbook, which also gives our customers a more ‘out-of-the-box’ experience should they need one. The key ultimately is choice. Our architecture sets us and our customers up well for the scenarios mentioned, and with real-time data at our core, we’re able to meet and often exceed the needs of even the most demanding regulation.

iGT: People often say that South Africa’s more developed infrastructure makes it a good place to test the waters before moving into other African markets. How true is this for you?

RH: Our platform sits entirely in the cloud and is built upon Microsoft’s Azure, so straight away we remove any headaches that come with traditional on-premise deployments and having to source new infrastructure and such. Being able to rely on Microsoft’s global data centre presence means this is seldom a concern for us.
Looking forward we see Latin America as a huge opportunity for us, Colombia especially, but we are also keeping an eye on North America.

Bede has agreed a partnership with fraud prevention and authentication specialists iovation.

The agreement will give Bede the ability to offer its clients access to iovation services to ensure the highest possible levels of security via a proven suite of device based services.

Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “Bede has used iovation’s market-leading services for some time, and it provides an important component of our fraud prevention and security strategy. It was a logical step to enter a formal partnership to extend this provision to our own clients.”

Duane Burcham, Senior Sales & Business Development at iovation, said: “The gaming industry is subject to some of the most sophisticated fraud techniques in the world, so it is vital that operators stay one step ahead by utilising the very latest tools to ensure a safe and secure environment for their players.

“We have been impressed with Bede’s commitment to security and look forward to working closely together to ensure the industry’s high security requirements are consistently met.”

Earlier this year, Bede became ISO27001 certified, in recognition of its continued offering of the most secure platform provision available to operators in regulated markets globally.

Bede Gaming, digital platform specialists to the online gaming industry, has agreed a landmark deal with Sun International which will see Bede enter the South African market for the first time.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bede will become the group’s preferred online gaming technology partner and will license its flexible platform to Sun International to provide sports betting to customers exclusively in South Africa.

Sun International will leverage the Bede platform to support its digital growth ambitions in the market, including its leading Sunbet brand.

Bede continues to establish itself as the number one choice for operators looking to grow quickly in the digital arena. Its flexible platform is supplier agnostic and has proven its ability to integrate quickly, giving operators an extensive choice of suppliers.

Anthony Leeming, CE, of Sun International, remarked “To leverage in the digital environment we require a flexible platform that will allow us to deliver the world-class experience which our customers expect.

“For this reason, it was an easy decision to partner with Bede, which has enjoyed significant success in other markets.

“The team has been a pleasure to work with and we are excited to continue our partnership.”

Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “To enter the South African market with such a respected name as Sun International really underlines our commitment to grow Bede’s footprint in global regulated markets.

“We have been selected by Sun International because we offer a flexible platform and lightning fast integrations that have proven successful in multiple jurisdictions.

“Operators are demanding greater speed and flexibility, which is something we are able to deliver.

“We look forward to building a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Sun International, and will continue to build upon our market-leading offer.”