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UKGC highlights lack of ‘means to replace funds’ as reason behind Football Index downfall

Andrew Rhodes, Interim CEO of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has issued a full response to a number of questions asked of the regulator by former customers of football player exchange platform Football Index. Following the collapse of the operator, and its parent company BetIndex, a number of criticisms of the UKGC’s regulatory oversight were raised – although the Commission …

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Slovak lottery renews partnership with country’s Olympic Committee

TIPOS, the Slovakian national lottery, will extend its collaboration with the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee (SOSV) by a further five years. The partnership renewal will see the lottery continue to support Slovakian athletes, with the duo focusing on the training of the country’s Olympic competitors as well as the support of secondary school projects and activities to promote healthy …

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Cola Group enters Nigeria with $14.5m capital

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Pan-African igaming operator Cola Group has secured a $14.5 million investment to accelerate its growth within multiple African online gambling marketplaces. The venture investment follows the licensing approval granted by the Lagos State Lotteries Board of the group’s Nigerian subsidiary, Cola Games Limited, for the launch of Lagos’ approval will see Cola enter its fourth African igaming marketplace, following …

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Winter judgements to re-shape Ukraine’s gambling marketplace

A make-or-break end of year beckons for Ukraine’s nascent gambling sector, as the definitive tax framework and technical amendments of the Gambling Law are scrutinised by the Verkhovna Rada.  Though sanctioned last August, the Rada’s failure to settle on the Gambling Law’s tax, licensing and technical arrangements has frustrated domestic incumbents, whilst leaving international operators in limbo with regards to …

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Scientific Games extends Lotto Hessen partnership and begins modernising

Scientific Games has announced it has penned fresh terms with its long-term partner Lotto Hessen to introduce new gaming systems technology to the German lottery. Named Symphony, the gaming system technology is designed to modernise the lottery’s operations, replacing and migrating the old Ageis system. The Symphony system supports new game entertainment and new distribution channels with a secure, open interface that easily …

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UKGC fines VGC Leeds £450,000 for customer care and AML failures

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has handed a £450,000 penalty package to Leeds’s Victoria Gate Casino (VGC Leeds), trading as Global Gaming Ventures, having confirmed extensive duty of customer care failures. An investigation undertaken by the regulator, concerning the casino venue, identified failings in the way it identified and managed customers who were at higher risk of money laundering and gambling-related harm. …

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GambleAware widens data-sharing pool with Consumer Data Research Centre

GambleAware has made its 2019 and 2020 data records on UK treatment and support of gambling harms available through the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC). The decision sees GambleAware promote a ‘policy of open data’ to the wider research community and continue to diversify the range of academic stakeholders engaged in scrutinising the impact of gambling harms. Moving forward, GambleAware’s …

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Sportradar’s UFDS offer to counter suspicious sports match spike


Sportradar Integrity Services, a division of global sports technology giant Sportradar, has detected more than 1,100 suspicious sports matches since the start of the global pandemic in April 2020, with 655 of those matches detected in the first nine months of 2021.  To mark this announcement on the scale of match fixing, Sportradar has chosen to ramp up its commitment …

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Fast Track to power Stanleybet’s player engagement

Stanleybet has become the latest company to select Fast Track CRM to fuel player engagement across its online portfolio. The Fast Track CRM platform will enable Stanleybet to increase ROI on marketing campaigns, as well as directly target groups of players, boost player engagement and less churn, all in real-time. By accessing Fast Track’s machine learning capabilities and segmentation model, …

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ANJ begins civic feedback of French gambling advertising  

L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) – France’s national gambling regulatory agency – has hosted its first ‘citizen workshop’ on gambling advertising.  The research directive forms part of the ANJ’s ‘public consultation phase’ on the prevalence of gambling advertising launched by the regulator following the conclusion of the UEFA Euro 2020 championships. This October, the ANJ will host ‘citizen workshops’ across …

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