Europe

GVC announces new athlete roster of SportsAid ‘Pitching In’ investment programme

SportsAid Week 2020 (21-27 September) sees GVC Holdings announce the 51-young athletes the FTSE firm is supporting through its partnership with SportsAid. GVC and SportsAid enter year-2 of their strategic collaboration, initially formed through the GVC Foundation which appointed SportsAid as lead sports beneficiary of GVC’s £2 million ‘community fund’. New partnership objectives, see GVC brand SportsAid as a keystone …

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Casino leaders call for ‘lifeline’ as government imposes 10pm curfew

The casino industry has been left reeling after yesterday’s announcement of further coronavirus restrictions, which have seen the government impose a blanket 10pm curfew on their venues. Responding to the measures, The Rank Group has called upon the government to urgently consider expanding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support businesses affected by the new measures. Earlier this week, London …

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René Jansen: KSA will implement the strictest KOA licensing procedure 

René Jansen, Chairman of Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has stated that the Netherlands gambling regulatory authority will have the necessary resources to deal with an influx of applications seeking to join its new online gambling marketplace. Jansen made his statement, addressing delegates of the ‘Gaming in Holland’ conference on 22 September, underscoring that despite a three month delay in launching its licensing …

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Paf lowers player loss limits to €20,000

For a third straight year, Åland Islands-based gaming operator Paf has confirmed that it will lower its annual player loss limit by a further €5,000 to €20,000.  Paf governance has carried its customer care directive for a third year, underlining the firm’s commitment to leading the online gambling industry for social responsibility standards and safeguards. In 2018, the Paf leadership …

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Spain moves forward on federal self-exclusion registry

The regional governments of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities have agreed to collaborate in developing an ‘interconnected self-exclusion registry’ covering all forms of gambling (land-based and digital). The decision follows a meeting of Spain’s ‘Gambling Policy Council’, chaired by Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón. The development of a central gambling self-exclusion scheme was majority approved, with the government of Catalonia …

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DCMS undertakes consultation on loot boxes

The Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a call for evidence on the impact of loot boxes in video games in a bid to examine rising concerns that they may encourage problem gambling or compulsive habits. The call for evidence will gather opinions from both players and their parents or guardians in addition to ‘rigorous, high …

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Sportsbook Widgets from Altenar – a versatile tool for early player engagement

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Stanislav Silin, CEO for sportsbook software and services provider Altenar, mentioned sportsbook widgets as a new feature for its sportsbook in a new video series “Coffee Break with Altenar”, which was launched on social media a couple of weeks ago.  SBC: In one of the first episodes (see video embed above), you introduced a new product addition for Altenar – …

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888 confirms Lord Mendelsohn as inbound chairman for critical 2021 proceedings

888 Holdings has filed a notice with the London Stock Exchange, confirming that Lord Jonathan Mendelsohn will replace Brian Mattingley as its designate company chairman. The appointment of Lord Mendelsohn as new chairman is scheduled to take place at 888’s next annual general meeting in May 2021, with Mattingley officially resigning from all governance duties.  In its notice, 888 highlighted …

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Racing dealt ‘a serious blow’ as new restrictions delay fans’ return

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has stated that the new measures to postpone the return of crowds for the foreseeable future is a ‘serious blow’ to the industry and ‘threatens the survival of sports organisations and the many livelihoods they support’. Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a series of new restrictions following a surge of coronavirus cases across the …

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Betsson launches in-house studio to boost SHL coverage

Betsson Sweden has built an all-purpose media studio supporting its title sponsorship of the Svenska Hockey League (SHL). Last weekend, Betsson debuted ‘SHL Playbook’, the betting group’s first-ever in-house produced show broadcasting exclusive coverage of the start of the SHL’s new hockey season (19 September). Marked as a key directive, Betsson underlined that the studio forms part of the firm’s …

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