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Quickspin enters UK market; Skrill buys competitor; GamCare appoint new chief; 188BET moves to MPN; MediaCorp board member departs

TAGs: GamCare, mediacorp, paysafecard.com, quickspin, skrill

news-in-brief-may-21Video slot producer Quickspin has made its first moves into the UK market through a multi-year agreement with Gala Interactive. The deal gives Gala access to Quickspin’s entire stable of content across their Gala Bingo and Gala Casino brands. Daniel Lindberg, CEO at Quickspin added: “I am thrilled that we have managed to sign an agreement with Gala Interactive. Our ambition has been to enter the UK market during 2013 and the fact that we managed to do so already in Q1 and with such large and renowned operator shows that we are on the right track towards establishing ourselves as a leader within our niche.”

Payment processing firm Skrill has acquired Austrian prepaid payments business paysafecard.com. The acquisition gives Skrill a company that has become a huge player in allowing payments without a credit card or bank account. They have a presence at 4,000 online stores as well as 450,000 sales outlets in 33 countries across Europe, North America and South America. During the year just gone it processed over 55 million transactions.

Siegfried Heimgaertner, CEO of Skrill, added: paysafecard complements our current offering and strengthens our position in the key gaming and digital media markets verticals, establishing us as a provider of end-of-end transfer of stored value. This is another significant step towards our long-term ambitions to become the first choice for online payments, helping our end-customers and merchants to pay and get paid globally.”

Gambling training charity GamCare have announced the appointment of a new chief executive to oversee their operations. Dirk Hansen joins up with years of experience in both the charitable and commercial sectors with his last job seeing him as VP of a leading global Employee Assistance Programme. Hansen’s main role will be to help facilitate the development of more efficient operational systems and the continued expansion of expert prevention and treatment services for problem gambling.

Asian-facing sportsbook and casino firm 188BET has gone live on the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN). The agreement, which was signed earlier this year, means that 188BET can now start offering its customers anonymous tables, alongside MPN’s varied selection of poker mediums. The company already uses Quickfire, powered by Microgaming, for casino games and Nigel Singer, 188BET Managing Director, added: “With the launch of poker on the MPN, 188BET has become a one-stop-shop for players, offering an all-encompassing range of betting products. We are pleased to have entered the poker market through such a well-established poker network.”

Media Corp has announced the departure of a board member in the wake of subsidiary Eyeconomy going into administration. Mark Butt, former MD of the beleaguered subsidiary has left with immediate effect, and they also announced the sale of publishing asset Onthebox for £75,000. There was worse news for the company with news they have discovered a potential National Insurance liability. The amount they owe HM Revenues and Customers (HMRC) is unclear and the directors believe the amount is “manageable”.

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