R. Franco Digital Will Be at SiGMA Malta

Madrid-based gaming solutions provider R. Franco has announced its plans to participate in this year’s SiGMA, a major conference for the gaming industry, which will take place in Malta.

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SiGMA is the largest industry event for iGaming business leaders and will be taking place on November 27-30 in Malta. ©carmen_carbonell/Pixabay

What Is SiGMA Malta?

SiGMA is considered to be the iGaming industry’s leading industry showcase. With two main annual events in Europe and Asia, SiGMA aims to bring together industry leaders. SiGMA consists of exhibitions, sponsors, and conference events, and is attended by an average of 12,500 visitors.

Last year, SiGMA featured more than 400 sponsors and exhibitors and 200 acclaimed industry leaders in the iGaming business. Guests at last year’s SiGMA conference came from a reported 80 countries, making for an international affair.

According to pre-event coverage for this year’s conference, it is anticipated the 2019 SiGMA will be bigger on all fronts. Some even speculate between 20,000 and 50,000 attendees will be present, with more than 500 exhibitors.

This year will mark the 6th consecutive year SiGMA Europe has taken place in Malta, an island in Southern Europe located between Sicily, Italy, and the coast of North Africa.

In addition to the large annual event, SiGMA hosts a number of smaller local and international events year-round. In March 2019, this included an event in Manila called the SiGMA Roadshow Manila.

In addition to roadshows, which have also been hosted in New Jersey with one upcoming in Taipei, SiGMA helps to coordinate what they call “iGatherings,” exclusive networking events for iGaming industry members. Many such iGathering opportunities are slated to happen during the Malta conference, ranging from dinners to networking drinks.

SiGMA 2019: What’s On the Docket?

With a packed roster of events, from conferences on topics like “Blockchain & Bitcoin SV” to “Payments & Fintech,” not to mention workshops like “Asia: A New Frontier” and “North America: A New Frontier,” SiGMA 2019 is likely to be a busy event for those in attendance. What’s more, each day will see a packed expo floor open from 9 am until 6 pm each day, with Microsoft, Lexis Nexis, Pay360, SoftGamings, HiPay, Hyperion, iGaming Academy, and iSoftBet.

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Among the many luminaries at next weekend’s SiGMA will be Microsoft. ©Simon/Pixabay

R. Franco: Excited to Partake

Among the companies showcasing on the expo floor will be Madrid-based software and iGaming company R. Franco Digital, which will be showing its international gaming portfolio at this year’s SiGMA conference at the end of November.

R. Franco will be at Stand S-22, showing games both new and familiar to the high-profile attendees at next weekend’s event. R. Franco will be showing off their catalog using their remote microservices-based game server remote microservices-based game server Kolyseo Game Hub. Kolyseo is particularly exciting for its ability to host any game, and its ability to work with generic APIs. This is good both for players — allowing unlimited cross-platform play — and back-end organization.

Using their Kolyseo Game Hub, R. Franco will show off more than 250 HTML5 games from its curated portfolio, including popular games like Treasures of the Seven Seas, Santa Fe, and Gnomos Mix. In addition, they’ll be showing off several other technological innovations from their company, among them RF On-Mix Terminal and the IRIS Power Vault.

The RF On-Mix Terminal is a touch-screen solution for both casino gaming and sports betting customizable based on the customer and the location where it will be placed.

Alternately, the IRIS Power Vault is a digital data vault created by the company with features such services as payment, alerts, content, promotions, and even options for players to create responsible gaming controls.

Higher-ups at R. Franco have made no secret of their enthusiasm about this month’s big event, and they’re making a point to make everyone — not just industry titans — feel welcome.

“SiGMA is no doubt one of the hottest fixtures in the annual iGaming calendar, and we’ll be attending in full force. … Whether you’re a start-up, established operator or a retail business looking to break into online, drop by our stand.”Javier Sacristán, Digital and Operations Director, R. Franco

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SiGMA is partly so well-attended for its reputation as a major networking event for some of online gaming’s biggest names. ©adamr/Pixabay

R. Franco: An Overview

R. Franco Digital is a subset of the Recreativos Franco Group, created in 2014 to launch the former brick-and-mortar gaming machine manufacturer into the digital age. Based in Spain, R. Franco positions itself as a bridge between Europe and the promising Latin American gaming market.

The Recreativos Franco Group was founded in 1965 by brothers Joaquín and Jesús Franco Muñoz, starting a small workshop in Paseo de Extremadura, Madrid, Spain. From their humble beginnings, the brothers created the first gaming machines in Spain.

Though it is headquartered in Madrid, R. Franco Digital also has offices in Ciudad Real and Belgrade. Ciudad Real and Belgrade.

R. Franco and Latin America: An Ongoing Love Story

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, Recreativos Franco began to expand internationally, eventually making waves in markets in the UK, Italy, Norway, France, Sweden, Russia, and the Netherlands. During this era, Recreativos Franco also created a wing specifically for the gaming market in Latin America, called R. Franco América.

During this decade (1975-1985), Recreativos Franco also co-created Codere, now known as one of the biggest names in the Latin American gaming industry. In 2007, Codere would become listed on the stock exchange as the Codere Group.

Beginning in the decade 1995-2005, Recreativos Franco continued to expand exponentially, making massive sales and transitioning their European machines to distribute the Euro. During this decade, Recreativos Franco also opened a plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to manufacture its highly popular machines.

The great success of the ‘90s and 2000s prompted Recreativos Franco to move their factory to Arganda, Madrid, Spain.

In A Changing Industry, R. Franco Keeps Pace with the Times

The years from 2005 to 2018 saw Recreativos Franco working diligently to keep up with the massive new technological developments revolutionizing the gaming industry. During this time, they expanded not just to consider slot, bingo, and prize gaming machines, but also to consider the possibilities of the online gaming market. For R. Franco, this meant both developing a vast portfolio of possible online games and developing innovative technologies, such as machine interconnection systems and gaming solutions.

A Big Month for Conferences and Latin American Operators

SiGMA comes just a week after the big SAGSE conference this weekend in Buenos Aires Argentina, also known as the industry’s largest Latin American conference. The piggybacking of events should bode well for Latin American operators who are able to attend both conferences.

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