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IGT overhauls leadership as Marco Sala takes over Chairman duties

IGT sheds Italian weight offloading Lottomatica B2C units to Gamenet SPA

IGT Plc has executed an executive team and boardroom reorganisation, as Group CEO Marco Sala is appointed as Executive Chairman of the NYSE gambling technology group.  The appointment follows wider group developments, that saw IGT majority owner De Agostini SPA announce that Lorenzo Pellicioli had chosen to end his sixteen-year tenure as CEO of the Italian investment conglomerate. B&D Holding …

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BGC highlights ‘wake up call’ following latest YouGov betting poll

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has raised concerns regarding a recent YouGov poll of bettors on the subject of affordability checks, describing the results as a ‘wake up call’ for legislators.  According to the poll, 16% of bettors stated that they would welcome affordability checks, the wider implementation of which is under consideration as part of the 2005 Gambling …

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UKGC orders Rank Digital and Annexio to pay £1.3m settlement on responsibility failings 

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has notified that Rank Digital Gaming and Annexio Limited have agreed to pay a regulatory settlement totalling £1.3 million.  The settlements are a result of separate investigations carried out by the Commission that reported social responsibility failures found throughout the operators’ domains. Rank Digital the operating company of, and, has agreed …

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Entain ups 2021 EBITDA guidance as units clear operating high bars 

Entain Plc has upped its expected full-year 2021 EBITDA results to be in the range of £875-to-£885 million, as the FTSE100 gambling group delivers on its high-growth targets.  Publishing a Q4 trading update, Entain cites that FY2021 group net gaming revenues (NGR) will be up 7% on corresponding 2020 results. Growth is attributed to the robust performance of its online …

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Dean Akinjobi: Digital sports and music sponsorships provide ‘comprehensive offering’ for betting brands

In line with continuing speculations of a gambling sponsorship ban in sports, a shift beginning to emerge in the market is an increase in digital sports sponsorships across fan sites and influencer channels.  Speaking to SBC, Dean Akinjobi, CEO of Football Media, talked of his agency’s partnership with crypto-betting which recently brought about a deal with Kenyan rapper King …

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XLMedia seeks new Chair to build on 2021 acquisitions strategy

XLMedia will initiate a recruitment process for a new Non-Executive Chairman, as Christopher Bell withdraws from the position to join ‘Nueva Codere‘, the business identity of Grupo Codere SA. During his nearly eight years as Chair of XLMedia, Bell oversaw the group’s IPO on the London AIM in 2014 as well as ‘a number of successful strategic acquisitions’ – the firm …

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Slotegrator: How to get a UK online gambling licence

Slotegrator, the igaming software and business solution provider for online casino and sportsbook operators, has produced a comprehensive guide for companies seeking a UK online gambling licence. Titled How to get a gambling licence in the UK 2022, it covers in detail the scope and cost of all five types of online gambling licences available (casino, virtual events, real events, pool …

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Genius to provide NFL and soccer streaming to bet365 customers outside the US

Genius Sports has expanded its pre-existing partnership with bet365 to include streaming of the National Football League (NFL) and popular association football tournaments outside the US.  As a result of the collaboration enhancement, bet365 will leverage Genius Sports’ streaming solution to ‘deliver unique new content’, with the goal of enhancing customer retention and bet placement.  The low latency broadcasts will …

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888 regulated market efficiency clears German/Dutch hurdles

​​888 Holdings hails ‘another record breaking year’, as the FTSE250 gambling group publishes its pre-close trading statement ahead of its transformative enlargement with William Hill.     Of significance, expansion within regulated markets offset German regulatory challenges for 888, as the firm detailed that a strong performance in four key markets helped drive revenue by 14% in 2021. Updating investors, the company …

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