Michael Lawson

Belgian gambling authority investigating Battlefront II loot boxes

Star Wars Battlefront II was released this week, and with it came further questions surrounding the game’s use of virtual ‘loot boxes’. The game, created by California-based video gaming giants Electronic Arts (EA), has drew criticism for implementing these add-on boxes that must be purchased with real-life cash, and is now under investigation from the Belgian Gaming Commission. Critics say …

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New Jersey congressman makes case to end federal sports betting ban

New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone has voiced his belief that the federal ban on sports betting should be lifted. Pallone, a member of the Democratic Party, did so during a congressional hearing relating to the safety and regulation of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the state. He used the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Gaming Accountability & Modernisation …

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Konami slots arrive on European shores for the first time

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Leading gaming solutions and services provider Nektan Plc has signed a landmark deal with Spin Games LLC, becoming the first European supplier of Spin Games-licensed content, including the highly anticipated Konami video slots. Immensely popular titles, such as China Shores, will also be made available on the continent for the first time. Spin Games, a world-renowned HTML5 Remote Gaming Server, has …

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The Betfred Story Part 2: The Bonus King

“One thing with Fred is that he gives everyone a chance, whether you’re a millionaire or whether you’re skint. He gives you a chance to win, and that’s what the man’s about – value.” – Gary Wiltshire, pundit and bookmaker Part Two of the Betfred story (see part one here) looks at how the company flourished. Before long Fred Done’s …

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The Betfred Story Part 1: From Humble Beginnings

“I’m a businessman, but first and foremost I’m a bookmaker. And I love bookmaking.” UK bookmaker Betfred has grown into a multi-billion pound enterprise, and one that employs thousands across the UK, but this wasn’t always the case. Co-owner Fred Done opened the first shop way back in 1967, in a working-class area of Pendlebury, Salford. In the first part …

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Sports betting ban “tramples on state sovereignty” says attorney general

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has described the US federal sports betting ban as unconstitutional, in a statement published by the American Sports Betting Coalition (ASBC). The comments were made in relation to the state of New Jersey’s Supreme Court betting case, in which the state is attempting to partially repeal laws under the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection …

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Global Gaming strengthens senior team with new Head of Affiliates

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Igaming industry frontrunner Global Gaming has bolstered its affiliate department with the appointment of Elaine Gardiner as the new Head of Affiliates. Gardiner joins from Cherry Group, having worked for the operator’s affiliate division since 2013, most recently holding the position of Senior Affiliate Program Manager. She played a key role in the development of its affiliate tracking software Omarsys, …

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