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OPAP finalises 51% acquisition of Stoiximan

Greek gaming operator OPAP Group has confirmed that it has finalised the acquisition of a 51% stake in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot business (SMGC). The deal, which was initially announced 18 months ago, was valued at €90.2 million in addition to net cash of €3.0 million. As part of the agreement, OPAP will acquire the stake from GML Interactive, …

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RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET

RTSmunity has continued to grow its presence across the European sports betting market after entering into a new partnership with polish sportsbook operator, forBET. The agreement will allow forBET customers to benefit from RTSmunity’s esports offering, including a range of markets, uptime and odds. Petr Pacinek, General Director of forBET, said: “The cooperation we have just started is a clear …

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German regulations risk black market take-up says Lycka

Martin Lycka, GVC Holdings’ director of regulatory affairs, has called attention to the pending reorganisation of German gaming regulations, stating that ‘this is a gaming revolution built on sand’. Writing for Politico, Lycka explained that ‘German gambling is on the brink of revolution’ with incoming legislation paving the way for the registration of an unlimited number of sports betting providers, …

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Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand

Paddy Power has committed to raising awareness of the charity Missing People by launching a campaign which involves filling a stand at Motherwell with ‘missing’ fans. As Scottish Premiership action returns to the stadium this weekend, Fir Park’s south stand has been filled with 1190 silhouetted cut-outs to represent the thousands of people across the UK that are missing from …

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Rivalry secures ‘best crypto prices’ by integrating CoinCorner payment options

New esports wagering platform Rivalry has expanded its crypto payment capacities by integrating Bitcoin exchange CoinCorner as a new payment gateway. The unique partnership will allow Rivalry customers to directly transfer funds and winnings into Bitcoin and further cryptocurrencies at a guaranteed ‘best market price’, thereby utilising CoinCorner’s exchange provisions. Isle of Man-based Rivalry, which launched its esports platform in 2020, stated that its partnership with …

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BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets

Writing for SBC News, full-cycle betting software provider BetInvest shares its vision for the esports industry, touching upon the importance of separating traditional titles and ‘eGames’ whilst analysing possible trends for the future. Since March, the interest towards esports, in general, has increased by 20% among the 18-25 age group, and by 50% among the 26-35 age group. This was …

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ESI announces first wave of speakers for Digital Summer esports event  

ESI, the leading B2B esports events company has revealed the agenda and its first wave of speakers for ESI Digital Summer presented by Kinguin Lounge, a week long series of panels, keynotes and networking spanning a different region each day from August 17th to 21st. The world class agenda will see 100 speakers debating, and providing insight into, the biggest …

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Playtech goes live in the US with bet365

Playtech has entered the US market after agreeing to make its entire casino content suite available with long-term strategic partner bet365 in New Jersey. bet365 first entered the New Jersey market in 2019, making its sportsbook and online casino services to customers in the Garden State. A bet365 spokesperson, said: “We’re excited to partner with Playtech in order to expand …

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GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes

GVC Holdings looks forward to a further year of working with SportsAid, following the success of its first year partnering with the charity in supporting and developing ‘Britain’s next generation of top athletes’. In 2019, SportsAid was announced as one of the beneficiary charities of the FTSE100 firm’s newly formed ‘GVC Foundation’, providing a £2 million ‘community fund’ for its …

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Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic

Europol, the European Union’s agency for law enforcement cooperation, has issued a warning against the ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing by organised crime groups (OCGs). The report, entitled The involvement of organised crime groups in sports corruption, emphasised that OCGs have been exploiting ‘the changing circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic’. “Sports corruption is a serious crime involving organised crime groups operating …

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