Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Digital Gaming and Entertainment division, has gone live with SkillOnNet’s online casinos in Germany, Portugal and Spain, among other markets worldwide.

Casino brands using the SkillOnNet platform now benefit from a wide range of Greentube titles, including innovative new releases from both the Diamond Link™ and Diamond Tales™ series.

Players around the world are also able to enjoy a variety of classic games, including Book of Ra™ deluxe, Sizzling Hot™ deluxe and Lucky Lady’s Charm™ deluxe.

SkillOnNet operates more than 45 online casino brands in regulated markets across the globe. These include the award-winning PlayOJO, market-leading Spanish casino PlayUZU, and the number-one German brand, DrueckGlueck.

Further titles from the extensive Greentube catalogue will follow, with additional markets set to be added in the coming months.

Julia Schagerl, regional manager at Greentube, said: “We are constantly looking to establish platform partnerships that can help us to roll out our content into multiple markets and this is another great example of this strategy in action.

“We are confident that our wide range of classic and contemporary games will be well-received by players around the world.”

Michael Golembo, sales and marketing director at SkillonNet said: “Greentube content has a deserved reputation for engaging gameplay and exciting mechanics, and we’re thrilled we can now showcase their games to new markets and audiences via our global network.”

Digitain, the leading sportsbook and casino platform provider, today announced that it has signed a sportsbook agreement with gaming brand as they launch in the Portuguese market.

Vardges Vardanyan, founder of Digitain, commented on the agreement: “Portugal is a growing regulated market, and we are delighted to work with the management of LeBull. We share the same vision in bringing new player experiences into the Portuguese market.

“We, therefore, look forward to supporting and growing the LeBull brand together over what is an exciting time with our award-winning sportsbook platform technology and services.”

Tiago Pereira, head of LeBull Portugal, said: “Digitain has been our compass from day one, helping navigate the maze that is offering sportsbook in a highly regulated market like Portugal. They offer a top-tier service and quality support.

“Portugal provides a lot of opportunities to create market share and growth in comparison to other regulated European countries. We look forward to working with Digitain’s team as we accelerate our growth in Portugal over the months ahead.”

Revenue in Portugal’s online betting and gaming market shot up by 24.8% year-on-year in Q1 2023, reaching a quarterly record of €196.4m.

That’s according to the latest figures published by local regulator the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ).

Below, iGaming NEXT breaks down key figures from the regulator’s Q1 2023 online gambling report.

Revenue breakdown

Revenue for both sports betting and online gaming increased in Q1, though casino gaming was responsible for the lion’s share of growth as GGR from the vertical grew 38.9% to €110.7m.

Betting revenue, meanwhile, increased by a more modest 10.3% to €85.7m.

The figures from Q1 continued a relatively rapid growth path in Portugal’s online market in recent years, with total online revenue increasing more than fourfold between Q1 2019 (€47.4m) and Q1 2023 (€196.4m).

As a result of the increased revenue in the latest quarter, operators paid €63.1m in gaming taxes to the Portuguese government, an increase of 26.7% over the prior-year period.

As of Q1, the market consisted of 16 licensed entities holding a total of 28 licences – 16 for online gaming and 12 for sports betting.

Betting versus gaming

Looking more closely at the split between online betting and gaming, the volume of bets placed was shown to be overwhelmingly in favour of gaming.

In that vertical, players staked a total of €2.98bn during the quarter, an increase of 24.6% year-on-year.

In betting, meanwhile, handle reached €441.4m in Q1, up 19.5% from Q1 2022.

Breaking down each vertical into more detail, the SRIJ reported that 70.6% of all sports bets had been placed on football, with 13.4% bet on tennis and 11.6% on basketball. Just 4.4% of bets were placed on other sports.

Within football betting, the most popular betting market was Portugal’s Primeira Liga, which accounted for 12.3% of all football bets. 

The English Premier League, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga were the next most popular leagues for betting, accounting for 8%, 7.6% and 7.5% of all football bets, respectively.

In the online gaming vertical, slot games attracted the vast majority of bets at 81%. Roulette accounted for a further 8.2% of gaming handle, while blackjack and Portuguese casino game “French Bank” brought in a further 5.4% and 2.5% of gaming handle, respectively.

Cash poker games accounted for a further 1.7% of handle while tournament-style poker brought in the remaining 1.1%.

Player numbers and demographics

In Q1, 237,300 new gambling accounts were registered in Portugal, bringing the total number of accounts in the country to 3.7m, after including the cancellation of 75,100 existing accounts.

That represented growth of 4.6% on the previous quarter and an increase of 21.1% year-on-year.

By age, the most significant demographic of players was those between 25 and 34 years old, who together accounted for 36.2% of all accounts.

Those aged between 18 and 24 held a further 23.3% of all accounts, with customers aged between 35 and 44 holding 23% of accounts.

Players between 45 and 54 years old held 12.1% of accounts, those between 55 and 64 held 3.9% of accounts, while those aged 65 and over held just 1.5% of the total registered accounts in the country.

Of all the player accounts registered in the country, 31.7% took part in sports betting only, while 29.7% exclusively played online casino games.

The largest cohort, however, at 38.5%, took part in both sports betting and online casino games.

As of the end of Q1, 166,200 accounts had self-excluded from gambling, representing around 4.5% of the total number of accounts registered in the country.

That figure has increased rapidly over the past year, with the number of self-exclusions up 39.8% compared to the 118,900 reported in Q1 2022.

Evolution has officially opened its latest technology development hub in a three-storey building in Lisbon, Portugal, which is soon expected to house more than 150 engineers.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Evolution chief technology officer David Craelius and Mayor of Lisbon Carlos Moedas.

Recruitment for the new location began in the summer of last year and Evolution is hoping to hire around 100 staff before the end of 2022, rising to 140 at the end of 2023 and 150 by Q2 2024.

The casino supplier will source talent from Portugal and beyond, with local and international engineers expected to join the hub.

The new teams will focus on computer engineering and software development, principally using Scala and JavaScript, in addition to strengthening Evolution’s site reliability, engineering and quality assurance teams.

Eventually, the hub is intended to create an all-encompassing team in Portugal capable of carrying out the entire game development and production process, from concept to completion.

In previous interviews, Evolution’s communication lead for Portugal Abílio Diz has described the country as a strategic market for the supplier, acting as a barometer for the rest of Southern Europe.

The reason for launching a hub in Lisbon was to take advantage of the engineering pedigree that already exists within the city.

The firm also offers free online training courses, such as its Scala Bootcamp, which gives people the opportunity to learn new skills and eventually apply for positions within the business, allowing them to put their training into action.

Evolution also hopes to establish external partnerships with universities and associations to attract further talent to the new hub.

Evolution’s head of engineering departments and global growth, Anastasiya Priede, told iGaming NEXT: “We are expecting to significantly grow our engineering unit in the coming years and create up to 1,000 new job opportunities in this field across our existing locations as well as new ones.

“We are primarily looking for software engineers in Scala and JavaScript, but we are recruiting for complete teams including also game artists, product owners and QA for example.”

As of 31 December 2021, Evolution had a total of 13,410 employees across the world, corresponding to 8,987 full-time positions.