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Betfect adds William Hill to its social network

Betfect went live last year with Ladbrokes and it has now been announced that the sports betting social network will henceforth include odds from William Hill too. The London based tech start-up is aimed at enhancing the sharing of bets and making digital sports betting more of a social activity, as was the case when people would place their bets …

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Ortiz Gaming books appointment with Doctor Bingo

Brazilian social gaming operator Gamesmart has launched a series of new video bingo games exclusively on Facebook from Ortiz Gaming. Under its Brazilian facing brand Doctor Bingo, Gamesmart will be able to offer its players Ortiz Gaming’s popular video bingo titles, including titles Six Bingo, Triple Bonus, and Match Mania. The partnership kicked off with the release of Ace Mania …

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Frank Gibeau confident of Zynga turnaround following Q1 2016 revenue uplift

Presenting his first market update, Frank Gibeau new CEO of Zynga Plc detailed that he was confident of the company’s long term performance as the social games developer beat Wall Street forecasts. Top titles for Zynga such as Farmville generated sales of $187 million for Q1 2016 (period ending 31 March) up 8% on 2015 corresponding $183 million Despite its …

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CashBet appoints former PlayStation US President Steve Race to its board

California-based social and mobile gambling platform provider CashBet (www.cashbet.com) has confirmed the appointment of former Sony PlayStation North America President Steve Race to its board of directors. Race a thirty-year leadership executive across numerous sectors including gaming and finance, will advise CashBet management on corporate strategy and product development. As former President of PlayStation North America (1993 – 1995), Race …

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Zynga aims for product recovery with Frank Gibeau as new CEO

Struggling social games developer Zynga has turned to board member and former Electronic Arts (EA) executive Frank Gibeau to be its new CEO, as the company looks to recover its position as a leading games/content producer. Gibeau’s appointment will see Mark Pincus become Executive Chairman, Pincus had returned as leader of the developer last April as Zynga performance metrics hit …

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GSN Games confirms Plumbee acquisition

US based cross platform games developer GSN Games (Sony Corporation subsidiary) has confirmed its full acquisition of social casino games developer/studio Plumbee. Announcing its acquisition (financial terms undisclosed), GSN confirmed that it had acquired all Plumbee business assets including staff, brands, content, gaming portfolio and IP’s. The acquisition will see GSN become the sole stakeholder in Plumbee equity, taking over …

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PokerStars launches Jackpot Poker app for Amazon TV devices

Amaya Inc online poker subsidiary PokerStars continues to diversify its multi-media channel output, by announcing that it has launched its free to play Jackpot Poker app for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick devices. The development of the Jackpot Poker app for Amazon, will allow viewers to access PokerStars social gaming app directly from their televisions via the Amazon …

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eSports 2015 SBC report – Part 2

Following Part 1’s assessment of the key occurrences in the eSports industry from a business perspective in the opening six months of 2015, here’s more of the same for the latter part of the year. August Ashton Kutcher became the latest high profile investor in eSports as he joined billionaire Mark Cuban in investing in Unikrn. Kutcher has a successful …

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Gogglebox Scarlett’s the best bet for Celebrity Big Brother

A new year means a new edition of Celebrity Big Brother. This will be the seventeenth series. With January bringing the inevitable post-Christmas blues, taking a punt on which celebrity will win the Big Brother gong is one potential cure. Ladbrokes has Scarlett Moffatt, of Gogglebox fame, as the favourite to win at 7/2 whilst the likes of Dapper Laughs, Spencer Matthews and …

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Jorn Starck appointed as new Executive Director of Alderney gambling

Jorn Starck has been appointed as the new Executive Director of regulator Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). Starck replaces the outgoing Andre Wilsenach, who’s left the AGCC for an academic role at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Starck is currently the AGCC Director of Regulatory Operations, a position he’s held since 2014 having been promoted after he originally joined the AGCC …

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