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GAMSTOP reports 25% increase in self-exclusion rates during 2021 

GAMSTOP has disclosed a dramatic increase in registrations to its free national gambling self-exclusion scheme recorded during 2021.  Publishing its bi-annual review, GAMSTOP said that it had registered 40,000 people with its self-exclusion service during the first six months of 2021. The figure represents a 25% increase on 2020 comparatives, as total GAMSTOP self-exclusion registrants stand at 218,000. A breakdown …

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Spotlight revamps media portfolio with new Publisher Solutions suite  

Spotlight Sports Group has bolstered the media and affiliate marketing services of its B2B product portfolio by launching its new Publisher Solutions suite.    The Publisher Solutions suite expands Spotlight’s media portfolio providing easy-to-integrate betting widgets and affiliate marketing solutions – helping clients deliver actionable content to drive engagement and incremental revenues.     Spotlight has upgraded its media portfolio to cater for …

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ASA: CAP Code remit can be applied to video in-game purchases

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has published guidance on how gaming and media stakeholders should manage and monitor in-game purchases and player incentives.     CAP guidance forms part of a 2020 consultation led by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which is charged with ensuring that audiences are better protected and informed on in-game purchases and engagements. The consultation was launched …

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Svenska Spel backs Grassroots expansion of Esportshall

Svenska Spel

Svenska Spel has announced that it will fund the expansion of Esportshall, Sweden’s leading esports coaching and mentoring organisation. Sweden’s state-owned lottery operator will become the principal sponsor of Esportshall new ‘Grassroots Cup’ tournaments, an amateur series seeking to uncover the next generation of Swedish talents across all major formats of competitive gaming. Esportshall was established by former CSGO player …

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Hancock calls on government to fix betting levy ‘loopholes’

Matt Hancock MP has called on the government to address ‘loopholes’ in the UK’s horse racing betting levy, warning that the British racing scene could fall behind other countries.  As reported by the Racing Post, the former DCMS minister and ex-Health Secretary made the remarks while addressing parliament yesterday, and identified what he believed were two major areas for change. …

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DAZN appoints Ian Turnbull to oversee sports betting operations

Subscription sports streaming service DAZN has appointed former Entain executive Ian Turnbull as its new EVP of Betting and Gaming, as the firm looks to increase its engagement with the sector.  Turnbull’s career in the betting and gaming space saw him work as Microgaming’s Services Director, and most prominently as Head of B2B at Entain – prior to its rebrand …

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Oddschecker boosts US presence with Mayweather Jr linkup

Oddschecker has bolstered its marketing and foothold in the burgeoning US sports betting space, linking with Floyd Mayweather Jr for the National Football League (NFL) 2021 kick-off. The Bruin Capital-owned odds comparison site plans to offer Super Bowl odds via its channels, enabling US sports fans to view and analyse predictions on NFL games, as more states open their markets …

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Bolton Wanderers severe betting ties as industry reacts to sponsor ban

Following reports that the DCMS is moving to ban sponsorship arrangements between betting companies and Premier League football clubs, Bolton Wanderers has moved to sever its ties to the industry. In place of its links with the betting and gaming industry, Bolton will instead seek to form partnerships with charities and organisations specialising in betting addiction treatment. Although making its …

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EU Lotto fined £760k by UKGC for AML and social responsibility failings

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has taken regulatory action against Lottoland operator EU Lotto, fining the firm £760,000 for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures.  An investigation by the regulator concluded on 2 September that the company had failed to properly implement Commission’s formal customer interaction guidance, such as neglecting to recognise frequently changing deposit limits as an indicator of …

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Novibet unites with GBG to boost seamless player journey

Novibet has strengthened its digital identity capabilities through a new partnership with GBG.  The collaboration will seek to optimise the brand’s overall customer onboarding experience, for the UK market – as Novibet deploys GBG’s ID3Glbal technology to onboard players. Nikos Katsaros, Legal & Compliance Director, Novibet commented on the link: “We chose GBG based on their proven experience – successfully …

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