GVC recruits RISQ to power all jackpots from the World Cup and beyond

12 June 2018

RISQ, the B2B-only jackpot risk management specialists, have announced a deal with GVC to roll out their unique jackpot solution across the leading operator’s suite of brands.

This new partnership begins with a free-to-play prediction game which adds a fresh dimension to customer acquisition and retention, gearing jackpot payouts up to €11 million* on the World Cup.

The Wallchart Jackpot prediction game will be showcased on bwin, GVC’s flagship European sports betting brand, which has launched the ‘Maradona’s Millions’ promotion to tie-in with the brand’s blockbuster ‘Who Stole the Cup?’ World Cup campaign.

As well as featuring Maradona, this campaign also includes football royalty in Cafu, Vicente del Bosque and Stefan Effenberg. Maradona’s Millions offers players the opportunity to win up to £/€5 million* by correctly predicting the winners and runners-up of each group in the initial stage of the tournament and the winner of every knockout match up to and including the final.

As well as challenging players with forecasting the results of Russia 2018, the free-to-play Wallchart Jackpot mechanic facilitates the combination of various individual stats and player-performance markets in accumulator-style propositions, covering every angle of the event for deeper user-engagement.

The RISQ-backed game forms part of GVC’s wider marketing strategy for this summer’s showpiece event, allowing the multi-brand operator to expand its global footprint across numerous jurisdictions and regulatory frameworks when it comes to both free-to-play and real-money gaming.

This deal is also an industry first, inasmuch as RISQ are providing GVC with the flexibility to employ lottery, RNG and other sports predictor applications, as jackpots become an integral part of the gaming landscape for transforming marketing initiatives and product offerings.

RISQ’s B2B director, Tom Mitchell, said: “It’s incredibly satisfying for our jackpot solution to have been integrated by such a huge name as GVC.

"Incorporating an intuitive free-to-play game with any sportsbook generates a proven benefit across a number of KPIs - especially as reliable cross-selling techniques and user-engagement become ever more elusive commodities for operators.

“Our research overwhelmingly suggests that participation in free-to-play games exponentially ramps with higher jackpots. So with our game-changing Jackpot RNG raising the bar on these prize funds across the board - and up to €11 million for GVC - the possibilities are endless for boosting new accounts and fostering a loyal customer base across all platforms and devices.”

Claus Hansen, head of CRM at GVC, added: “Partnering with RISQ has helped up to set new standards in delivering promotions at GVC. Combining their cutting edge B2B platform with our broader marketing assets has enabled us to create a standout promotion in the intensely competitive landscape of the World Cup.

“The elasticity they offer provides multi-product flexibility (whether it be lottery, RNG or FTP sports games) giving us a unique chance to employ jackpots in a scalable, tailored fashion across the entire group of brands.”

*jackpot prizes vary by market. Terms and conditions are available on the relevant gaming site