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William Hill leaves Ireland; Game Face signs partnership with Card Player Cruises; Heypoker relaunches; NYX gets another award

TAGs: Boylesports, Game Face Gaming, heypoker, Ireland, nyx interactive, William Hill

news hillsWilliam Hill has said “top of the morning” for the last time with news the sale of its Irish retail arm is complete. The remaining 15 shops were sold to Boylesports for a pint of Guinness and a packet of Pickled Onion Monster Munch in a dingy pub earlier today. Brian McColgan, regional operations controller at Hills, said:  “We took a lot of time to consider our options and decided the restrictive nature of the Irish retail betting sector would have made expansion financially unviable.”

They’ve entered a consultation period with the 65 staff affected. We can’t help thinking a large Irish coffee won’t suffice in this instance.

Game Face Gaming signed a marketing agreement with Card Player Cruises (CPC) to offer players vacation packages as prizes. The cruises will be offered in its monthly prize pools with the non-wagering site being promoted to all CPC members. The cruises include a sponsored onboard boot camp and four tournaments with a total prize pool of around $200,000. There will be seminars, onboard parties and private excursions. Ding Dong. If you win it there will also be the chance to meet some of the game faces you’ve met whilst playing at the site. Just better hope that hot girl wasn’t just some weirdo that put a virtual face in place of his own. Now that’d be a bum deal. The “internet’s first reality gaming social network” recently signed up Tom McEvoy as THE game face of the site and if you master his look, reports are he’ll even come round your house and shake your hand.

Redbet Gaming has relaunched Heypoker after acquiring the brand in July. Heypoker’s Scandinavian and Eastern Europe facing-site runs on the Ongame Network and Redbet has also added a casino suite of games to the firm’s offering. The casino is based on Net Entertainment’s software and is in addition to a betting product.

NYX Interactive have gone and scooped another accolade, being named on Deloitte’s list of Sweden’s 50 fastest growing technology companies. Never shy to yodel from the fjord-tops when receiving an award, CEO David Flynn said: “It’s an honor to see that NYX’s impressive growth has been recognized by such a high profile ranking.  Sweden is a hub of amazing technology companies and thus NYX is up against some of the strongest competition there is. This year alone has seen excellent progress for NYX and this ranking is a testament to the hard work by our dedicated staff and the quality of our products and client portfolio.”

Scandinavia is home to some of the gaming industry’s most-reputable brands and it’s no surprise to see firms receiving accolades like these. Now just to get a pair of those Viking horns to complete my Nordic look and kid people into thinking I’m Scandinavian.

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