ICE will be held once again in the next weeks, what do you expect from this show?
ICE Totally Gaming very much defines our year ahead and we expect to have a great deal of traction on our products and services and use it as a stage to announce our latest innovations. ICE 2016 will be no different and we are looking to reaffirm our position as a leading B2B supplier in the industry.
Will the company introduce new products during the show? In that case, which are the advantages for the casino and the player?
At ICE 2016 BetConstruct will be demonstrating the fruits of a year of innovation and new development. We will have an abundance of products, catering for a wide variety of clients. The new product I am personally looking forward to the most is the latest version of the Spring Platform Back-Office, with upgraded player profiling, Sportsbook management and reporting system.
The new version of our market leading Sportsbook, BetConstruct will showcase unique functionality including margin control and liabilities view. In addition, visitors to ICE will be able to see the new Asian view and the incorporation of eFootball and eBasketball into the live completions offered. These new competitions contribute to the total of 26,000 live matches available a month.
To complement its Sports betting offerings BetConstruct will exhibit a broad casino offering featuring slots and RNG games from the leading names in the gaming industry including NetEnt, Microgaming and BetSoft to name but a few. Additionally, BetConstruct’s live dealer casino offering has been expanded to include Russian Poker, the first time this game has been offered in any live dealer casino offering.
Which are this year's plans? Which markets are you focusing on?
Just like last year, BetConstruct in 2016 will be investing into expanding into regulated markets in Europe and internationally. We now have offices in 10 locations internationally. We have a growing customer base and are looking to solidify our position in the countries where we are strong and also new territories in South America and Asia especially.
How do you see the gaming industry today? Which are the challenges for this year for the worldwide industry?
Something obvious has been consolidation of the industry, not only for operators but also for providers. Many merges and acquisitions will be finalized this year -- Betfair & Paddy Power, Ladbrokes & Coral, GVC & Bwin-Party to name the major ones. This is in part as a result of increased regulation and taxation. Small to medium operators are going to find it increasingly difficult to operate and compete in regulated markets especially. Industry B2B suppliers will also face challenges with increased compliance costs, licensing and technical certifications.