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Norwich City terminates BK8 shirt sponsorship

Norwich City has this morning announced that it has terminated its principal sponsorship with Asian facing bookmaker BK8 Sports. The sponsorship, which was confirmed on Monday, had been met with widespread criticism by fans of the club, who had uncovered ‘sexually provocative’ social media marketing campaigns published across BK8’s channels. Issuing a morning statement, Norwich City detailed – “The club …

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Treatment expert Dr Mark Griffiths backs Allwyn as next steward of the National Lottery

Renowned academic, Dr Mark Griffiths an expert in addictive behaviours and treatment of problem gambling disorders, has joined the advisory board of Allwyn – the UK enterprise of Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group seeking to become the next steward of the National Lottery. Griffiths who leads the Behavioural Addiction unit at Nottingham Trent University, will serve as lead advisor to …

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Smarkets supercharged by new Susquehanna investment

Smarkets has entered a new enterprise and innovation phase, having completed a Series-B funding round by securing a new investment from Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE). The transaction marks the first capital raise by Smarkets since the firm’s inception in 2008, which saw it raise to £3.8 million to establish itself as a leading online betting exchange. Subsequent year-on-year growth has …

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Kambi completes sportsbook makeover of Belgium Scooore

In time for Euro 2020’s tournament kick-off, Belgium’s Loterie Nationale has relaunched its flagship ‘Scooore’ sportsbook property, following an overhaul of the brand’s core operating systems led by Kambi Group and TG LAB.  Last Autumn, Loterie Nationale – the operating firm of Belgium National Lottery – announced that it had selected Kambi and TG LAB as lead technology partners, tasked …

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Matchbook ensures High Protection Status on player funds

Matchbook has guaranteed its UK and Ireland customers that it will maintain all player funds within an ‘independent trust structure’.  The measure has been adopted by the online betting exchange to secure its ‘High Protection status’, upholding the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) guidance on protecting customer funds. “Customers can rest assured that the funds they hold with Matchbook are safe …

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OPAP recruits James Curwen to lead new digital strategy

OPAP Q3 bounce back hurt by continued lottery declines

OPAP SA has confirmed the appointment of James Curwen as its new Chief Online Officer, leading the Athens-listed operator’s new digital strategy. Curwen will replace incumbent Petr Matejovsky, who is set to leave the company after seven years of service leading the Greek national lottery and sports betting operator’s online divisions. Curwen has over 30 years of career achievements within …

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EGBA warns operators of advertising duties during Euro 2020

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reaffirmed that its members will observe its Code-of-Conduct on responsible advertising throughout the course of a rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 Championships  (11 June to 11 July). The Brussels based trade body launched its code-of-conduct on responsible advertising last April, to ease regulatory concerns on gambling advertising during the height of Europe’s COVID-19 …

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Intralot points to stable 2021 outlook following positive Q1 results

Intralot SPA has detailed confidence in achieving its business recovery objectives as the firm declares a positive opening to 2021 trading. Publishing its Q1 2021 trading results (period ending 31 March), Intralot registered group revenues of €102 million – up 9% on corresponding 2020 results of €93 million. The Athens-listed gambling technology group highlighted the recovery of its lottery games …

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Italian Gambling reawakens to a transformed landscape

Italy’s bookmakers and gambling venues have begun to reopen their businesses following more than a year observing the government’s strict lockdown orders enforced across all regions. Approved by Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, from 31 May, 2000 gambling venues (bookmakers, arcades and bingo halls) were allowed to reopen across the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia. Further reopening …

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Anda Bater! Betclic remixes Ronaldo’s winning war cry

Betclic Portugal has remixed the battle cry of football icon Cristiano Ronaldo to inspire another Portuguese victory at Euro 2020. This week, the bookmaker unveiled its new advertising campaign ‘Andar bater, tu bates bem – ‘Come here, You Knock it Well’, named after the infamous words that Portuguese captain Ronaldo shouted to his teammate João Moutinho during the tense penalty …

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