The coronavirus outbreak saw all major sports leagues, including the English Premier League, suspended indefinitely and the European Championships and Olympics being postponed to next year.

The door was then opened for online poker, casino, eSports or other verticals to fill the void.

Vertical sports betting, in particular has become popular with players who are only required to wait between 90 seconds and 3 minutes in most instances in order to have the result of their bet come through without it being necessary to have knowledge on the sport to play.

Long before the coronavirus outbreak, Martin Wachter, the Chief Executive Officer of virtual sports supplier Golden Race, revealed that virtual sports have the potential to exceed sports betting revenue.

It would appear as though Virtual sports has proven itself to be a profitable business due to consistent margins and low operating costs, which are likely to continue once sports betting returns, as players become more familiar with virtual sports.

Virtual sports became very beneficial for operators during the coranavirus pandemic with companies that did not introduce virtual sports and virtual games suffering an ever higher decline in business.

In April, sports betting solutions provider ExeFeed released its virtual product Simulated Reality Football, in an endeavor to help fill the void of sports betting.

Brooks Pierce, the President and COO of Inspired Entertainment commented that virtual sports can fill the void of live sports with ultra-realistic content and with attractive betting options that sports wagering fans are used to and can easily adopt.

A coalition of professional North American sports leagues have publicly expressed their support for single-event sports betting in Canada.

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) published a joint statement signed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), Canadian Football League (CFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and Major League Soccer (MLS) hailing efforts to allow legal betting, which read as follows-

“[The leagues] support an amendment to Canada’s federal laws that would authorize provinces to offer betting on single sporting events. Sports-betting happens illegally in Canada; creating a legal framework would shift consumers from illicit, unregulated markets to a legal and safe marketplace. Regulating single-game betting would allow for strong consumer protections as well as safeguards to further protect the integrity of sports

Sports betting gives fans another exciting way to engage with the sports they love and because a legal and regulated sports betting market in Canada would be beneficial to sports and their fans, we urge prompt action to make this a reality.”

Copies of the above letter were sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as the country’s Attorney General, Justice Minister and Finance Minister.

Canadians can currently only bet legally on sports via parlays at the provincial lotteries.  There is, however, a flourishing market for offshore operators.  It is estimated that an amount of $14 billion is wagered yearly with illegal, offshore bookmakers while $500 million is wagered through regulated means.

A bill – the “Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act” – was introduced in Parliament in February, which is Canada sports betting’s best chance of federal legislation.

Online gambling company Betclick is pleased to announce that it has entered into a content deal with Skywind Group, a premium content provider for the iGaming industry that offers an innovative, regulated and mobile-focused portfolio.

In terms of the new agreement, Betclic will gain access to almost 290+ titles from Skywind Group that are designed with mobile platforms in mind.

Included in the titles to be ported over to the French online gambling company are Explosion, Big Buffalo, Joker Goes Wild, Genie Mega Reels and more as well as a selection of arcade games such as Dragon Dozer, Flylet and branded titles The Magnificent Seven, Downtown Abbey and The Last Kingdom.

The agreement also includes player engagement tools such as tournament modes, bonus coins, must win jackpots, split pot jackpots, time and amount-based jackpots as well as in-game tournaments.

Oren Cohen Shwartz, Managing Director of Skywind, commented that this is an exciting partnership and they are happy to provide their premium market-specific games for Betclick players to enjoy.

Shwartz went on to say that they believe that they will greatly assist one another in achieving their goals and grow through quality entertainment and innovation across regulated markets.

In January of this year, Skywind signed a deal with 888casino, allowing it to enhance its position in the United Kingdom which led to Guy Cohen, Senior Vice President at 888, commenting that Skywind offers game-changing solutions for their players.

Cohen also said that they are proud to have this fully-licensed gaming provider deliver its exceptional range of products to their players across multiple jurisdictions.

Red Tiger Gaming, an award-winning online casino game and software development company is thrilled to announce that it has entered into a supply deal with 888 Casino that will see it bring its portfolio of innovative slot games to the Spanish market.

In terms of the new agreement signed by the parties, a vast range of Red Tiger Gaming’s popular games have now gone live on 888Casino.es.  These slot games include Dragon’s Fire MegaWays, Pirates’ Plenty – Battle for Gold and Mystery Reels, with more slot games to follow in the near future.

The supply deal will also see the prominent operator’s Spanish based players gaining access to Red Tiger Gaming’s well-known local Daily Jackpots.

Chris Looney, the Commercial Director at Red Tiger Gaming, commented on the new supply deal by saying that they are thrilled to launch with 888casino.es, a hugely popular online casino with an impressive track record and extensive player reach.

Looney went on to say that Spain is a dynamic territory with exciting commercial prospects, and this move continues their ambition of being the leading supplier in every regulated market.

Guy Cohen, the Senior Vice President and Head of B2C at 888 Casino, said that they are focused on offering their customers a wide portfolio of games in order to ensure that they are giving them the best, most entertaining experience.

Cohen also said that they are delighted to have Red Tiger Games on their platform and are excited to offer their Spanish customers their titles.

Microgaming has become one of the latest holders of ‘ISO 14001 Certification’ in the iGaming industry after formally receiving recognition from the International Organization for Standardization on 5th June 2020.

The day is celebrated worldwide as World Environment Day or the United Nation’s ‘principal vehicle for encouraging awareness’ and taking action against the pollution of our planet.

The award-winning supplier of online gaming software with headquarters in Douglas, Isle of Man is now part of the operation that provides a framework and assists businesses in establishing an effective management for environment protection.

Microgaming is making an important step towards a long-term commitment.  The supplier’s sustainability vow is already protecting the environment by minimizing global warming, resource depletion, air pollution as well as fulfilling a series of objectives through an extensive target program.

On 31st January, Play’n GO obtained ‘ISO 27001 certification’ for excellence in security while in February, Stalogic confirmed acceptance of the same authentication.

The International Standard in Information Security acknowledges the above brands’ dedication to protecting data and information of the players, lifting their service levels and responsible gaming programs.

Microgaming’s ‘ISO 14001 certification’ will be carried out through state-of-the-art CSR program, known as PlayItForward which endeavors to guide businesses and local communities on the Isle of Man towards a sustainable future with low carbon emissions.

The company’s headquarters in Douglas is among the first office spaces to acquire sustainability from BREEAM, the world’s leading organization for sustainability assessment methods, buildings and infrastructure.

Microgaming recently appointed a full-time environmental co-coordinator and has also invested in electric bikes and annual public bus passes, as well as new waste management solutions.