New Software Provider Changes for European Casino Operators
A few online gambling operators in three European countries, Denmark, Greece and Spain, have recently experienced a change in software providers.
In Denmark, Sportingbet Plc, the online gaming and sport betting group, has announced it will obtain online gambling operators Scandic Bookmakers Limited, SHL and Danbook Limited on a conditional binding agreement via Interactive Sports Limited and Sportingbed Holding Limited – two of its wholly owned subsidiaries.
In Greece, the current online gaming contract with online gambling software provider, Intralot, will be expiring in 2012. In order to avoid criticism that could arise if OPAP were to simply renew Intralot’s contract, it has sought out other potential gaming provider contenders. So far, there are two companies in the running - Intralot and GTECH. OPAP will make its final decision in the next two months, which will take careful thought as the supplier it picks will be vital to its future internet gambling plans and strategy.
In Spain, CIRSA, an important casino operator in Spain’s online gambling market, will be signing up with Microgaming. Although CRISA originally had the intention of partnering with software provider B2B, it chose Microgaming due to the supplier’s reputation for outstanding quality in providing innovative internet gaming content and its worldwide experience. Microgaming will power CIRSA with online bingo, poker and casino software, as well as provide administrative services.
It will be interesting to watch and see what the outcomes of these changes bring to the online gambling markets of these three countries.