Chris Murphy

Chris has written about the gaming industry in the UK and globally since 1990 as a reporter and editor at Coinslot International, Coinslot Review and EuroSlot magazines. He has covered some of the biggest stories in virtually every segment of the business, including the overhaul of the UK Gambling Act 2005 which transpired to be one of the most turbulent periods in gaming history for British operators and manufacturers of pay-to-play gaming products. Prior to joining SBC Global, Chris worked at Novomatic UK as media & communications manager with PR responsibility for several high profile brands including Astra Games, Bell-Fruit Games, Gamestec, Playnation, and RLMS Sales.

Sportech H1 2019 revenues hampered by “venues’ challenges”

International betting tech firm Sportech has published its interim results for the six months ended 30 June. The figures, which came in lower year-on-year, reflect an ongoing period of transition for the company as it moves towards a more digitized business, while removing cost to increase efficiencies. Revenue growth in Racing, Bump 50:50 and Lottery were all, it said, offset …

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The attack of the killer B’s and the threat of player tracking!

SBC America’s Chris Murphy wonders whether the gaming industry will get on track with the latest proposals around machine play and social responsibility. We can only hope that anyone from the Category B gaming machine sector was seated when they read through the Gambling Commission’s latest missive this week, calling for evidence on said machines. The implied message is that …

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When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign celebrated in new promotional video

Following last month’s move by the Senet Group to waive copyright restrictions on its ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign, the independent body has released a new video extolling the virtues of the responsible gambling promotion. The video, which sets out the rationale behind the main message ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’, includes commentary from industry thought leaders giving their …

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There are no winners in a race to the bottom

Chris Murphy, Editor of SBC Americas, takes a look at some of the political infighting happening in the UK around FOBTs and suggests that the industry should be working with each other rather than against.  The fixed odds betting terminal. Crack cocaine of gambling or simply a misunderstood gambling prodigy? Whichever of those two you agree with, or perhaps it’s …

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