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EC rejects call to reform Expert Group on Gambling  

The European Commission (EC) has stated that it will not support the re-establishment of an ‘Expert Group on Online Gambling’ – a cross member state collaborative body supported by 14 regulatory agencies. This morning, the Netherlands regulatory Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) published the EC’s response to a letter sent by KSA Chairman Rene Jansen on behalf of European regulators requesting to reinstate …

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Saxony-Anhalt appoints Anne Poggemann as first officer of German Gambling’s supervisory unit 

The Bundesländer of Saxony-Anhalt has confirmed the appointment of Anne Poggemann as the first officer of ‘Glücksspielaufsicht’ – German gambling’s new supervisory authority.  Last year, the state of Saxony-Anhalt was awarded the rights to house German gambling’s first federal supervisory unit, upholding the licensing duties, market standards and compliance obligations of the Fourth Interstate Treaty (GlüNeuRStv) regime. Germany’s re-regulated gambling …

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SBC Digital Italia: Retail gambling faces its ‘adapt-or-die’ moment

Having observed Europe’s strictest national lockdown orders, Italy’s retail incumbents have reawakened to a myriad of new challenges, disrupting all components of their traditional business models. Day-One of the SBC Digital Italia Summit saw market experts shed light on the ‘adapt-or-die’ scenario of Italian gambling finally accepting its digital convergence as incumbents recognise that there will be no return to …

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Online casino outperforms betting for first time in Denmark

Denmark

The GGR for online casino in Denmark last year may have surpassed that of sports betting for the first time since the partial liberalisation of the country’s gambling market in 2012, but the sector swing in 2020 might not be a sign of things to come.  As revealed in the Denmark Betting Focus report by BtoBet, which is available to …

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US funds sell ownership of Microgame Italia to Piomo SA 

The Italian gambling market has been rocked by further M&A activity, as the board of Microgame SPA this afternoon confirmed that a deal had been agreed to sell a controlling 91.7% stake to private investment group Piomo SA.  The transaction has been approved by US private equity funds Monitor Clipper and TPG Growth which have agreed to sell their combined …

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Charity Commission finds no conflict in YGAM and BGC relationship

The UK Charity Commission has closed its ‘regulatory case’ against the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) after finding no grounds for any further examination.  The regulator had responded to a complaint that raised questions related to YGAM’s relationship with industry standards and trade body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). YGAM replied to the complaint by outlining that its …

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Spanish regulators launch ‘Decree Project on Safer Gambling Environments’

Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs has published its draft framework of a ‘decree project’ aiming to establish ‘safer gaming environments’, and further consumer gambling safeguards as a federal mandate governing the gambling sector. The project’s foreword saw the Ministry and gambling regulator DGOJ outline comprehensive protective measures that are required to modernise Spain’s Gambling Law of 2011. According to the …

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William Hill: Striking a positive workplace balance for post-lockdown business

As the sector emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns, the challenge of maintaining a positive balance between workplace safety and business efficiency has been on the minds of leadership teams.  Speaking to SBCNews, Mark Skinner, Chief People Officer at William Hill, discussed the company’s ‘Balance Project’, a hybrid working strategy informed by employee feedback, with the objective of creating a safe and …

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Football Index allows customers to withdraw account funds

The website for football player exchange platform Football Index has gone back online after months of inactivity, allowing the operator’s customers to withdraw previously inaccessible funds. BetIndex, Football Index’s parent company, had been involved in extensive deliberations with both its administrators Begbies Traynor and the High Court of England and Wales regarding the final date for the payout of dividends …

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BetInvest: Taking a content-driven approach to sports betting

In order to maximise the lifetime value of newly acquired customers, investment in content should be of increasing importance to betting operators, writes Stanislav Mykhailov - Head of B2B Department at BetInvest

In order to maximise the lifetime value of newly acquired customers, investment in content should be of increasing importance to betting operators, writes Stanislav Mykhailov – Head of B2B Department at BetInvest Ltd – who stressed that a greater emphasis should be placed on content-driven betting experiences as opposed to just client capture. As is the case for streaming platforms, …

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