Tag Archives: COVID-19

Werner Becher – Sportradar goes big on Simulated Reality to re-energise betting market

Last week, Sportradar announced the launch of ‘Simulated Reality’, which offers clients a new sports betting category matching real-life sports engagements. Speaking exclusively to SBC, Werner Becher, Sportradar Managing Director for US Betting, outlined the journey to launch and tech capacity for Simulated Reality – a product arriving at the most critical time for the industry. ______________ SBC: Can you explain …

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1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place

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It is business as usual for 1xBet, said the company, as it continues to deliver uninterrupted online services for both players and its B2B customers in spite of COVID-19 disruption. While admitting that the total number of betting markets had been “significantly reduced” due to the mass postponement of sporting events, 1xBet is confident that customers can mitigate the impact …

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BETBY announces 1000 plus esports offering

Sportsbook supplier BETBY has expanded its platform offering with the addition of more than 1,000 live daily esports events, meeting the industry’s growing demand for competitive gaming inventory.  Adapting to the current COVID-19 conditions, BETBY will launch its initial esports markets  inventory featuring FIFA fixtures and CS:GO tournaments, among others, in order to compensate for the lack of live sports …

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GamStop suggests punters self-exclude during lockdown

As the gambling industry is continuing to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GamStop has urged people to ‘exclude themselves from all online gambling websites’ if they are worried about their betting habits. The national online self-exclusion initiative believes that self-excluding during the lockdown can limit the risk of problem gambling. Fiona Palmer, Chief executive of GamStop, said: “We are …

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Racing group outlines priorities for resuming racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’

The horseracing industry group, which has been responsible for coordinating work in response to the coronavirus, has outlined the conditions that would need to be met to ensure the resumption of racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’.  The ten-page plan, released on the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) website, says that racing will “almost certainly” resume behind closed doors, which the group …

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Polish bookmaker association calls for government support

The Polish bookmaking industry has urged the government to support the sector in saving ‘thousands of jobs’ in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bukmacherzyrazem – the Employers and Employees of the Bookmakers Companies Association – warns of widespread closure of betting shops across Poland, which will have a knock-on effect on the Polish economy.  The trade association has requested that …

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Michael Dugher – Betting will support the government in time of need

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of single industry representative body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has stated that UK gambling will support the government in a time of national crisis. On Friday, the BGC published its ‘compulsory action plan‘ outlining 10 measures strengthening industry social responsibility and consumer standards, which all BGC members will adhere to during the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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MGA states zero tolerance approach to crisis marketing

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has reminded all licensed incumbents of their duties in ensuring that ‘responsible commercial communications’ are thoroughly maintained during the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis. Writing to operators, the MGA demanded that that responsible communications and engagements are upheld with consumers who have been forced into lockdown or isolation by their national governments. It said: “We remind …

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Neil McArthur: ‘Best behaviour is paramount during this time of crisis’

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Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has written to betting leadership urging the industry to maintain the highest operating standards during ‘uncertain and unsettling times’. Updating stakeholders, McArthur explained that the UKGC’s executive team is carrying out an assessment of the industry-wide impact of the coronavirus, which will influence the Commission’s regulatory approach during 2020.   McArthur …

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