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APBGG calls for industry action against the UKGC

The All-Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has extended its inquiry, examining the competencies of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) as the regulatory body of British gambling.  The decision follows significant evidence submitted to the group, outlining the seriousness of alleged failings by the UKGC governing the gambling sector. The APBGG launched its inquiry following industry concerns that the …

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Betsson withdraws Lindwall CEO exit as headwinds loom

The board of Betsson AB has withdrawn its decision to replace Pontus Lindwall as Group CEO.  The decision follows a consideration of the Stockholm-listed group’s ‘near-to-mid future priorities’, made in light of Betsson’s unexpected failure to secure a Dutch KOA online gambling regime licence and to help further execute new market expansion projects in the US and LaTam. This September, …

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Entain extends DraftKings deadline but warns of definitive deal duties

Entain Plc has extended its ‘put-up or shut-up’ deadline to DraftKings, as investors of the FTSE100 gambling group demand that its US suitor put definitive terms on its $20 billion acquisition bid. In an official announcement this afternoon, the gambling group detailed that it requires ‘a number of matters to be satisfactorily resolved ‘by no later than 5.00pm on 19 …

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YGAM seeks new CEO as founder Lee Willows departs charity

Lee Willows has ended his seven-year tenure as Founder and Chief Executive of YGAM – The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust. This morning YGAM issued a statement confirming that Willows would be leaving the charity at the end of the month. A former teacher, Willows founded YGAM in 2014 with lived experience partners Anne and Keith Evans, establishing the …

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Aristocrat confirms £2.7bn proposed Playtech buyout

Sports betting software and online gaming supplier Playtech is set to be purchased by Australian-listed gaming manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure, which has announced a cash offer of £2.7 billion for the FTSE250 technology group.  Aristocrat aims to leverage the company to boost its revenues, ‘operate and innovate’ in the European market through the acquisition’s Snaitech division, reach a broader range of …

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SBC Summit CIS: Sports sponsorship shows consumers operators ‘are not the bad guys’

A key objective for any betting operator when entering a new regional market is to raise brand awareness and promote its business, which can see sports sponsorship deals play a key role – and the CIS region is no exception to this. Discussing the topic at the SBC Summit CIS event, a group of industry experts engaged each other on …

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Peter-Paul de Goeij: ‘Advertising is crucial’ for operators interested in Dutch market

Online betting and gaming made its debut in the Netherlands this week, following a lengthy legislative debate and regulatory development, and according to Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of the Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA), operators must understand the ‘crucial’ role of advertising when making their entry. Speaking to SBC’s Global Relationship Director, Kelly Kehn, on the latest episode of …

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UKGC Single Customer View project secures positive GDPR determination  

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published the phase-1 findings of a ‘Sandbox Review’, providing GDPR compliant feedback on the development of its ‘Single Customer View’ (SCV).  A regulatory objective of the UKGC’s new three-year national strategy has seen the commission seek to establish a SCV solution to provide a “holistic view of a customer’s online gambling behaviour and help …

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Amy Howe takes leadership of FanDuel as new CEO

Flutter Entertainment Plc has confirmed the promotion of Amy Howe as Chief Executive of its flagship US subsidiary, FanDuel. Having previously served as the Global COO of Ticketmaster, Howe joined FanDuel in February 2021 as President where she was charged with leading the company’s commercial strategy across all core business segments and products. The appointment sees Flutter complete its three-month …

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Raj Sanjanwala selected as new COO for BetMakers’ Global Tote division

Global Tote, a division of BetMakers Technology Group, recently announced the appointment of Rajen “Raj” Sanjanwala to the role of Chief Operating Officer.  Praised as an experienced technology professional with extensive experience in the international pari-mutuel wagering industry, Sanjanwala previously served as the Head of Tote Development for Sportech Racing and Digital, and most recently as Chief Technology Officer for …

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