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IOC raises awareness of match-manipulation ahead of Winter Games

With the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics approaching, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has moved to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing and manipulation. In pursuit of this objective, the IOC has appointed eight new brand ambassadors, each representing a different competiving nation and a different Winter Olympics event, with the tournament scheduled to take place between 4-12 February.  Representing …

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Entain identifies ‘clear link’ between betting and video gaming

Following a new study, Entain has asserted that there is a strong correlation between betting and video gaming, whilst also anticipating greater future demand for esports products.  In particular, the survey of 16,000 people found that video gamers were 4.3 times more likely to participate in betting and 4.5 times more likely to participate in igaming, with the FTSE100 group …

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Swedish government scraps reintroduction of online casino restrictions

The Swedish government’s plans to re-impose temporary restrictions on online casino in the country on 7 February have been scrapped, prompting relief from the betting sector.  Planned restrictions would last until the end of June, and include all temporary measures introduced last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including an SEK 4,000 deposit limit – initially SEK 5,000 before being …

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Low6 completes $5m funding round ahead of IPO

UK-based sports gamification firm Low6 has announced its intention to publicly list in the US via an initial public offering (IPO), whilst completing a $5 million funding round. The free-to-play game developer, headquartered in Birmingham, detailed that the most recent round of funding would be used to support its continued growth, with a particular focus on the US market.  In …

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Super Group secures Friday listing on NYSE

Super Group, the operating company of Betway and Spin, has finalised its merger with SPAC partner Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corporation (SEAH). As a result of the transaction, Super Group intends to issue its shareholding on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) beginning Friday 28 January.  The duo expects all closing conditions for the business combination – which will see  Super …

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Spelinspektionen fine against ULS upheld by Swedish court

United Lottery Solutions’ (ULS) claim against a Spelinspektionen, Swedish Gambling Inspectorate, fine has been rejected by the country’s Court of Appeal. The SEK 700,000 (€67,104) penalty was imposed in 2019 after ULS breached laws relating to betting on lottery games, with the Inspectorate maintaining that the Lottoland subsidiary’s actions were not covered by its gaming licence.  Spelinspektionen asserted that the …

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TalkBanStop secures funding for another year of operations

TalkBanStop will continue operating for another year, after receiving additional funding from a regulatory settlement approved by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The funding will allow TalkBanStop to provide its services until March 2023, with the initiative having originally been launched as a 12 month pilot programme last year, operated by the triple partnership of Gamcare, Gamban and Gamstop. All …

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Sportradar appoints Brendan Tinnelly as Head of Paid Social Advertising for ad:s

Global sports technology provider Sportradar has confirmed the appointment of Brendan Tinnelly as Head of Paid Social Advertising for ad:s, its industry specific multi-channel marketing performance platform.  In this newly created role, Tinnelly joins the ad:s strategy team and will lead a group of paid social media specialists to optimise client campaigns utilising ad:s’ proprietary technology.  Described by the firm …

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Genesis Global receives £3.8m fine and additional licence requirements

Genesis Global, an online casino operator, has been served a £3.8 million fine and must meet further licensing conditions after a UK Gambling Commission (IUKGC) investigation found  “significant social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures”. The Commission’s investigation into the company, which operates 14 casino sites, is long running, with the company first having its licence suspended in July 2020 for …

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IBIA identifies consistent YoY betting alert trends in 2021 report

Khalid Ali, IBIA CEO

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has revealed that the number of betting alerts recorded in 2021 fell to 239, a 13% decline on the 2020 figure of 270. This is part of a wider trend ‘consistent in recent years’ which has seen the average number of betting alerts annually standing at 240 between 2018 and 2020.  Geographically, Europe continued …

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