Europe

Malta MGA launches next phase of crypto testing environment

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced that it will advance its research and resources of cryptocurrency capabilities aiding Malta’s regulatory development of online gambling incumbents. Updating stakeholders, the MGA announces that it has launched the second phase of its ‘Sandbox Framework’ initiative, exploring the capacity of authorising ‘virtual financial assets’ as a means of payment, along with further blockchain-centric …

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Smarkets expands Strive remit supporting SBK launch

Seeking to boost coverage of its newly launched SBK ‘true price’ sportsbook product, Smarkets has expanded the remit of its partnership with sports marketing agency Strive Sponsorship. Smarkets has worked with Strive since September of last year, appointing the London-based agency to develop brand-led content-rich marketing campaigns across social media verticals, promoting its Smarkets flagship betting exchange product. Expanding Strive’s …

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FAI launches second probe into Limerick FC matches

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has confirmed that it has launched a second investigation into football matches involving Limerick FC after identifying a number of unusual betting patterns.  The football association explained that they are looking into bets placed on the recent FAI Cup game between Sligo Rovers v Limerick FC on August 24, in which Sligo Rovers won …

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Christer Fahlstedt: Paf – True responsibility is a test of all industry values

Leading Åland Island-based operator Paf, Chief Executive Christer Fahlstedt has implemented betting’s most transparent social responsibility mandate questioning standard practices that have governed incumbents operations to date.  Paf’s leadership directive hit news headlines home and abroad, however, Fahlstedt tells SBC that facing the industry’s most urgent agenda, his executive team has simply accepted its responsibility challenge head-on… ______________ SBC: Christer thanks …

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Bookmakers to battle for market share in ‘Euro 2020 Challenge’

Euro 2020

Euro 2020 is set to be the biggest yet, writes BtoBet Chairman Alessandro Fried. In fact, with more than one nation hosting, a high level of excitement across Europe is almost guaranteed.  This excitement is set to have a ripple effect on the sports betting industry, with bookmakers expecting the thrill surrounding the continent’s biggest football tournament to translate itself …

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GIG ends Robin Reed’s CEO tenure with immediate effect

Issuing a market filing this morning, Stockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has moved to replace Group Chief Executive Robin Eirik Reed with immediate effect. Updating investors, GiG governance said Reed has officially departed the firm’s executive leadership team as of 5 September and will be replaced by GIG Chief Operating Officer (COO) Richard Brown as interim CEO. The company confirmed that …

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Ulrik Bengtsson to take charge at William Hill as Bowcock bows out

In a surprise move, William Hill has announced a change in leadership in revealing that Ulrik Bengtsson is to replace Philip Bowcock as CEO at the end of the month. Bengtsson, previously William Hill’s Chief Digital Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Designate and a Director of the Company with immediate effect and will assume full CEO responsibilities from …

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SportPesa unveils new sporting experiences initiative

SportPesa is seeking to offer customers unrivalled experiences and access to major sporting events, with the launch of its new directive, the SportPesa Experience.  The Liverpool-based operator will use current partnerships with Everton Football Club, Hull City, SportPesa Racing Point Formula One Team and Chester Racecourse to provide customers with experiences from the Premier League, EFL, Formula One and Horse …

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Scientific Games confirms Turkish National Lottery win

Nasdaq-listed gambling technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has secured the lead systems supplier contract for the newly reformed ‘Milli Piyango’ – Turkey’s National Lottery. The company’s instant win catalogue and Wave retailer terminals have been selected as core systems by the winning joint venture of Italian gambling operator Gruppo Sisal and ‘Şans Dijital’ – the digital division of Turkish multi-media conglomerate …

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Regulatory complexities the main focus for Lords committee

The Select Committee reviewing the ‘Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry’ has adjourned to asses the complexities facing the sector’s diverse stakeholders, as well as carry out an assessment of the 2005 Gambling Act.  The discussion, led by chairman of the Gambling Review Body Sir Alan Budd and Dan Waugh, Partner at Regulus Partners, has focused largely on …

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