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Why the time is right to launch an online operator brand


It’s hard to find anyone for whom 2020 has not been a difficult year, writes Soft2Bet CEO Boris Chaikin, but the gambling industry has had the online sector as its glimmer of hope. As we near a Christmas period that will be highly unconventional in more ways than one; businesses and individuals alike are still shaking from the global tremor …

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2020 wrap-up for affiliates: The good, the bad and the ugly

Oh, where to begin? This was a turbulent year for affiliates. After a great start and what turned out to be our only live conference in London, we soon faced a new world of facemasks, social distancing, and home-alone isolation.  I looked at the event photos from the iGaming Affiliate Conference at the Excel in London back in February, and …

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Winning Post: ’tis the season for a Gambling Act review

'tis the season for a Gambling Act review

With the launch of the Gambling Act review dominating the betting industry’s agenda last week, Regulus Partners observed that initial reactions suggest the government debate is off to a good start. Can betting remain on the government’s good list this year, or will the festive spirit be short-lived? UK: In Parliament – the Great British Gambling Act Review – off …

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No going back: The lasting impact of COVID-19 on payments


There is no possibility of retracing the changes to the payments industry in 2020, said AstroPay CEO Mikael Lijtenstein (pictured), as he explains the quick rise in popularity for all forms of digital payments – and predicts a starring role for digital wallets. COVID-19 has affected societies and economies all over the globe. In fact, it is fair to say …

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Inside Edge: Is Danny Ings ‘far too long’ for the Golden Boot?

Inside Edge: Is Danny Ings 'far too long' for the Golden Boot?

We’re nearly a third of the way through the Premier League campaign and the race is on for the Golden Boot, writes Nick Haynes from Form Labs – a division of Bettorlogic – as he explains why Southampton’s Danny Ings is worth keeping an eye on. The table is starting to take shape and normal order (for the most part) …

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Martin Lycka – Santa’s correspondence with Gambling…

In the latest of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, Entain Group’s recently promoted Senior Vice President of US Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling Martin Lycka shares another letter to Santa… The other day, a letter came through our letterbox which was stamped ‘North Pole’. Within the gilded envelope made of silky smooth paper, was this message: “Dear …

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Top tips from five experts on how to maximise your esports tournament experience


Bayes Esports has published its second whitepaper in cooperation with Sportradar. With informative content about ‘How to maximise your esports tournament experience,’ the Berlin-based esports data company addresses tournament organisers and everyone else interested in the growing esports industry. Readers may learn:  How to organise a tournament, decide the format, get data in order, monetise data optimally and what is …

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Playing the long game: Should we dream big for domain names?


It happens from time to time. The opportunity to purchase a domain which may, or may not, shape the future direction of your business. Of course there will usually be a premium price to play for sought after names, but are we too quick to write off such opportunities on costs alone? At SBC, we are well aware of the …

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Winning Post – Swedish black market inquiry deserves a better factsheet

Closing November, the Swedish government announced the launch of ‘Larsson Inquiry’ to review Sweden’s online gambling’s safeguards against the growing threat of black market actors.    Though welcomed by all market stakeholders, Regulus Partners states that Swedish igaming incumbents must provide better arguments on market threats beyond economic constraints or a repeat of poor outcomes will simply follow the inquiry. …

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Extending trading capability to improve bookmaker performance


Paolo Personeni, Managing Director of Managed Trading Services (MTS) for Sportradar (pictured), highlights how capitalising on flexible third-party trading and risk management services will improve business performance for bookmakers. Outsourcing trading and risk management has typically been taboo within our industry, with the assumption that operators that require third-party assistance have an inferior offering compared to others who may do …

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