AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Slots Masterclass: Red Tiger Casino & games Four years after launching, Red Tiger’s games are live across 36 operators. With 85 more in the integration pipeline, Hannah Gannagé-Stewart reports on the studio’s novel solution to the integration issue.Red Tiger Gaming knows it’s not enough just to make good slots in today’s market. Operators’ demands are many and varied, which is why the ambitious supplier is ploughing its resources into efficiency and automation.Four years after launching in Sofia, Red Tiger has added offices in Malta and the Isle of Man with Gibraltar opening soon. It has grown from a team of three led by industry veteran Nick Morn, to a team of over 200 across the three offices.Since last year the business has been overseen by CEO Gavin Hamilton, formerly director of gaming at Paddy Power Betfair, who now manages Red Tiger’s growing commercial opportunities. The last 18 months to two years has seen a boom in demand for Red Tiger’s games and other software products, creating an unwieldy pipeline of operators wanting to integrate.Hamilton says that having grown the revenue base by 800% in 2017 and being on course for 300% in 2018, the company’s biggest problem has become how to scale the communication-intensive process of integrating new clients onto the platform.Having started life as a simple RGS, it now offers features including a proprietary bonus engine (known as Smart Spins), a daily jackpots product and slots tournaments, which while great for operators have the potential to add to the integration burden.As a result the supplier has been ploughing the bulk of its resources for the last six months into creating an automated backend platform to enable new customers to integrate themselves. Red Tiger then does its own QA, meaning launch times are considerably reduced while consecutive integrations are increased from two at a time to as many as they have clients ready to go.“Speed is the most important thing because we are growing like crazy and we need to keep up with all the new business that is coming in,” Hamilton says. “Everything that the RGS does is automated, so our team doesn’t need to do anything twice, they do it once and if it’s okay they automate the whole process so the next time we make a change we just run the tests again and it works.”This means that any game or platform feature can be tested once but deployed to numerous operators simultaneously. All the testing is automated using bots that simulate play. “It can simulate a whole week’s play in under an hour. If it’s all fine, we deploy it to the operators,” he continues.Red Tiger’s tech team comes predominantly from outside the gambling industry. Some are from social gaming but many hail from other disciplines altogether, something Hamilton says stops them being constrained by “how it’s always been done”.He explains that the company has always pushed for quick integrations, not just because it’s good for operators to be up and running as quickly as possible, but because it’s bad for a new supplier to be bogged down in protracted integrations.“The problem [with integration] isn’t technical, it’s that there are lots of stakeholders involved from the operators’ side – technical guys, business guys, marketing guys – and they all have priorities that can make it take three months when it could be three hours,” he says.“But automating integration so that they lead it from their side means it takes one or two days whenever they want to do it. We don’t have to be involved at all and the developer at their end just does his work.”Red Tiger had 15 integrations in progress as we discussed the new system, which shows how much more efficient self-integration is when you consider it took three years to integrate the first 30. “It’s important to bear in mind that we have two different types of users, the operators and the players, and we have to look after both of them,” Hamilton says.The emphasis on getting the infrastructure right before all else appears to have been a lynchpin of the Red Tiger way of doing things from the beginning. It didn’t release a single game for the first nine months it was operational, concentrating instead on creating a framework, or ‘base game’, that all future games would be built on, perfecting the mechanics but also making it easier to adapt and release games at scale. New game features are first built into the base game application, such that all games require a subset of that functional code library.The suppliers’ first game, Dragon’s Luck, went live in 2015 and remains the studio’s most popular release to date. Its first European client was Betfair. At that time Red Tiger had only produced a range of Asian-themed games, so Betfair put them all on an exclusive Macau tab on the site, considerably enhancing their visibility. Today the UK makes up 40% of Red Tiger’s overall revenue, with Scandinavia and other European countries making up the remainder.After a recent refurb, it’s hard to walk round the Sofia hub without forgetting you’re in the poorest country in the EU. From the big red jeep that greets you at the entrance to the state-of-the-art games rooms, kitchens and other amenities, it’s more Silicon Valley than South Eastern Europe. But the emphasis on process and efficiency is palpable.Unusually for a modern business the office is not open plan. There are designated offices for each team, one of which comprises three in-house musicians who write and perform the music and voices for all the games. Apart from the musicians, the office is silent. Curtains are drawn in the developers’ offices to avoid being distracted by the view of Sofia’s surrounding mountains, while the graphic designers, mathematicians and others seem to prefer the daylight. Everyone is hyper-focused on their part of the process.The making of…1. Idea Could start with a client request or a brainstorm. The high-level idea is kept loose for the design team to reduce limitations during brainstorming. Successful ideas are considered in this order: strategic goals, demand from users and operators, effort/impact index, risk/impact index.2. Prototype Create a dummy of the game as fast as possible without focusing on graphical details. The idea is shown to different people inside the company (usually not involved in the process) and reworked based on feedback.3. Concepts and designs Visuals are experimented with in order to pinpoint the right feel for the prototype and idea. Our goal is to mix maths, graphics, animations and sounds into one definable product. This is when it really starts to take shape.4. Animation Depending on the game there may be 2D or 3D characters, CGI effects and animations.5. Sounds Sounds are theme-dependent. Everything except generic and hard to generate sounds (shots, explosions, birds tweeting) is created in-house. Characters feel more real if they make sounds.6. Maths A proprietary Monte Carlo simulator is used to rapidly build new maths around game features. The end result is the game configuration and the par sheet, which Red Tiger sends in step 10.7. Coding In other words, putting everything together in a working playable game.8. Reviews and sign off Reviews are made throughout the process but this is a final comprehensive one. The game is prepared for finalisation.9. QA and performance After final reviews, the game is tested, fixed and cleaned up. Loading speeds and performance on different devices is tested at this stage.10. Certification and finish All files are prepared and sent for regulatory certification in each jurisdiction. Topics: Casino & games Strategy Slots Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 24th September 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart Hannah Gannagé-Stewart reports on the studio’s novel solution to the integration issue Regions: Europe
Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 27th February 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Legal & compliance The Regional Council of Darmstadt, the body handling Germany’s federal sports betting licensing process, is preparing to take action to stamp out unlicensed activity in the market. Darmstadt Council prepares first igaming blocking orders Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany The Regional Council of Darmstadt, the body handling Germany’s federal sports betting licensing process, is preparing to take action to stamp out unlicensed activity in the market.As reported by iGamingBusiness.com earlier this week, the Council has received almost 30 licence applications, with a further 20 operators signalling their intention to apply.Without giving an exact date as to when, it said it was preparing to issue the first licences. Should these 50 companies secure licences, it said, around 99% of sports betting activity in Germany would be channelled into the legal market.This will be accompanied by efforts to stamp out unlicensed activity, with all those that have not yet applied for a licence liable to be prosecuted. Peter Beuth, Minister of the Interior for Hesse, in which Darmstadt is located, has already warned that the state will not hesitate to crack down on those that attempt to ignore the third amended State Treaty on Gambling.These are likely to be accompanied by payment blocking orders to stop German banks processing transactions to and from these illegal sites, issued by Niedersachsen.The Council has contacted around 100 operators to inform them of the licensing process, and to warn that they will face blocking orders should they fail to apply for certification.This has already seen 10 stop targeting Germany, it said, while it is preparing to launch enforcement action against an unspecified number of others.While the third amended Treaty came into effect from 1 January 2020, after years of delays and legal challenges, it will only be in place until 30 June, 2021.After this date it will be replaced by the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV), which will legalise online poker and casino for the first time, though under strict and controversial conditions.Discussions on the GlüNeuRStV are ongoing behind the scenes, with a view to finalising the regulations at a meeting of the state Minister-Presidents on 5 March. Email Address
Sinead O’Connor and other musicians have recorded what is claimed to be the first Internet-only single to raise funds for charity. The beneficiary charity is War Child, a popular cause among the music industry. The song is a remake of Bob Marley’s Them Belly Full (But We Hungry).The song was recorded via the Internet by musicians in several countries. It is reported that you will soon be able to buy the song from War Child using the Magex MP3-download buying system, another indication that charities are moving into digital rights management as an online fundraising opportunity. You can download the track for a £1 donation made from users’ Magex digital wallet.It will also be available from Yesmate.com for a £1 donation to War Child. Advertisement Read Web feat at the NME. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 13 July 2000 | News 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis First Internet-based charity single About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Trust will work with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). It is expected that many of the projects that it funds will be eligible for inclusion in the programme for the Cultural Olympiad, which is a key element of the 2012 Games.Dugald Mackie, chair of Legacy Trust UK said: “This money will create a legacy from the London Games that will benefit people all over the country for years to come. The Trust intends to make a small number of high-value grants to partners that can co-ordinate significant programmes to deliver on our promise. We expect to make the first awards next autumn”.The Trust was established by the City of London which led a consortium that included the East London Business Alliance, Business in the Community, Yorkshire Forward and TimeBank. This consortium was one of several that put forward proposals to the funders as to how the fund should be spent. New £40 million trust to create nationwide legacy from 2012 games 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 November 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Legacy Trust UK has been launched, offering £40 million that will use the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote culture and sport among young people and communities, and leave a lasting legacy of the events.The Legacy Trust UK has been endowed with £40 million by The Big Lottery Fund, the Arts Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It will be used to support cultural, artistic, educational and sporting activities that celebrate the 2012 Games.As well as funding projects that benefit the whole UK, such as £6million for the UK School Games, the trust will allocated its funds to specific projects via the three nations and nine English regions of the UK. Advertisement
Howard Lake | 2 September 2014 | News The Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 opens for public voting today. At the end of the process, 1,400 good causes across 350 communities will receive a share of the largest Community Fund sum to date.Over 700,000 people are expected to benefit directly or indirectly from the work that the Community Fund awards will enable local community groups to undertake.Nominations earlier this yearEarlier this year, over 7,000 community groups were nominated, with nearly 4,500 applications submitted. Four good causes in each community have now been shortlisted, and are now being voted for by customers and the public.Young people are set to be key beneficiaries, with a third of good causes proposing projects and services primarily focused on supporting this audience. Nearly a quarter (22%) of good causes will support projects for those with disabilities or mental health and families are a focus for 19% of good causes.This is the first year that members of the public could nominate community groups for an award.Funds on offerCustomers and members of the public can vote for their favourite community group online, by SMS or Twitter, or in Lloyds branches, from 2 September to 10 October 2014.The local good cause with the most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the next good cause getting £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.In addition, The Bank of Scotland Community Fund will provide grants to 232 local good causes in 58 communities across Scotland.Graham Lindsay, Group Director, Responsible Business & Community Affairs said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “We are incredibly proud to be able to support more community groups than ever before to continue their vital work through our Community Fund 2014. This year your vote can make a significant difference to the amount awarded to each community group so I encourage everyone to take a moment to champion a good cause locally and cast a vote”.Beneficiary from 2013Last year London’s Air Ambulance was one of the charities awarded a grant from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxIgYdD5dfg[/youtube] 46 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraising Funding 1,400 groups to benefit from largest Lloyds Bank Community Fund About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News to go further 29.06.05 IRAQ TV producer killed and a documentary maker and a cameramen arrestedReporters Without Borders has called for information about the arrest of a documentary-maker and of his cameraman, of whom there has been no news since early May, and the murder of a local TV producer shot dead at the wheel of his car on 28 June.Cyrus Kar, a US national of Iranian origin and his Iranian cameraman Farshid Faraji, were both arrested in Iraq on 2 May 2005 while making a documentary entitled, “In search of Darius the Great”. Ahmed Wael Al Bacri, producer on local al-Charkiya television died at the wheel of his car while he was returning to his home in Baghdad.”We ask for light to be shed on the circumstances of the arrest of documentary-maker Cyrus Kar and his cameraman Farshid Faraji. The US and Iraqi authorities should quickly investigate to find out the reasons for their detention,” the organisation said, adding, “We are particularly worried Faraji about whom we have had no news since his arrest on 2 May. “We have found out that Kar was seen in a US Army vehicle. It is not the first time that US forces have arbitrarily detained journalists in Iraq. The extremely sensitive context in the country does not justify this detention and it is important the US forces continue to respect the work of journalists.””We demand the full truth about this case and the murder of Ahmed Wael Al Bacr. We ask the competent authorities to take all necessary steps to investigate the circumstances of his death. Iraqi journalists are frequently the target of attacks and pay a high price for reporting the news,” the organisation added. After filming the first part of their documentary in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkey, Kar and Faraji went to Iraq after receiving permission to film there from both the American and Iraqi governments. Iraqi police arrested them shortly after they arrived in Baghdad. After finding that Kar was a US national they handed him over to the US Army. He has since been held in a detention centre, Camp Cropper, close to Baghdad airport. The FBI searched his home and made him take a lie-detector test. Despite this he is still being held by the US Army, who have given out no information about him.Nothing has been heard of Faraji since he was arrested. His name does not appear on the lists of prisoners drawn up by the Red Cross in Iraq. Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage at the murder on 28 June in Baghdad of Iraqi TV producer Wael Al Bakri in a US Army shooting. It urged the army to show greater judgement and to hold a thorough and transparent investigation.Al Bakri, 30, a producer on privately-owned al-Sharqiya television, was killed at the wheel of his car when he drove too close to a US military convoy. He produced a variety programme and another dealing with life’s everyday problems. His death brings to 60 the number of journalists and other media workers killed in Iraq since the start of the conflict in March 2003.”It is not the first time that US soldiers have targeted a journalist, after wrongly concluding that his vehicle could be booby-trapped,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation.”We urge the US Army to show judgement and vigilance to avoid such unacceptable shooting blunders. An investigation should be opened urgently, not with the aim of whitewashing the army but with the readiness to shed light on this death,” it said.The spokesman for the 3rd Infantry Division based in Baghdad told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on 29 June that one of the US units was implicated in the death of Wael al Bakri and an investigation had been opened. ————————————————- Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage at the murder on 28 June in Baghdad of Iraqi TV producer Wael Al Bakri in a US Army shooting. It urged the army to show greater judgement and to hold a thorough and transparent investigation. December 28, 2020 Find out more News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Follow the news on Iraq June 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for an in-depth investigation into death of Iraqi TV producer News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts
Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Several social networks are also suspected of helping to censor information about the protests. Yahoo! said messages may have been blocked by its spam filters but were not blocked deliberately. Yahoo! has been accused of political censorship in the past, above all after it provided the Chinese authorities with information about users in 2005.Reporters Without Borders hopes that journalists who have been the victims of violence will get their charges lifted and obtain compensation. The organization welcomes the compensation that three Democracy Now! journalists have just obtained for the injuries they sustained at the hands of the police while covering a Republican Party national convention in Minneapolis in 2008. News United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas The often violent response to the Occupy Wall Street campaign that is growing in the United States and elsewhere is affecting the freedom to inform. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of reporters in recent weeks, especially in New York where the police assume the right to decide who are journalists. On the eve of major worldwide demonstrations planned for 15 October, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities not to resort to repressive methods, which constitute acts of censorship.Many journalists have found themselves being prevented from covering the movement’s activities ever since it began on 17 September. Ordinary citizens, bloggers and netizens who provide information through online social networks have also been affected by this obstruction. More seriously, the New York Police Department treats a person as a journalist only if they have a press card that the NYPD itself issues according to its own criteria.“Since when is a police department equipped to determine who is and who is not a journalist?” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such restrictions can be used to block news and information of public interest, whether it is reported by the participants themselves or by professional journalists who are there just to do their job. This NYPD filtering violates the most elementary constitutional guarantees.”Reporters Without Borders also condemns the constant use by the police of the charges of “disorderly conduct” and “failure to disperse.”- A Fox5 TV crew was attacked by police while covering an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York on 5 October. Cameraman Roy Isen received pepper spray in his eyes while reporter Dick Brennan was hit in the stomach by a police baton. A police statement said the two journalists were “inadvertently” struck when police resisted a charge by protesters.- Natasha Lennard, a freelance journalist and contributor to a New York Times blog, was held for five hours in a police truck on 1 October because she did not have an NYPD press card. She was arrested along with 700 people during the Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Kristen Gwynne of the AlterNet web-magazine suffered the same fate at the same place on the same day.- John Farley, a journalist with the magazine MetroFocus, was arrested while covering an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York on 24 September despite wearing a badge identifying him as a reporter. He was held for eight hours.The ThinkProgress website has meanwhile reported that Yahoo! Mail has censored emails containing the words “Occupy Wall Street.” When users tried to send a message with this phrase, they got the following notification: “Suspicious activity has been detected on your account. To protect your account and our users, your message has not been sent.” WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more October 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters arrested, roughed up while covering Occupy Wall Street protests June 3, 2021 Find out more
Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook TAGSE.T. The Extra-TerrestrialMidland-Odessa Symphony and ChoraleWagner Noël Performing Arts Center Twitter Local News The Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale will present E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788, in Midland.Doors open at 6:30 p.m.For tickets or information, visit tinyurl.com/5d9hfxxc or call 800-514-3849. Box office hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Facebook By Odessa American – May 8, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in concert Pinterest Previous articleSummer Day CampNext article‘Good Vibrations’ Odessa American