Chris Murphy

Chris has written about the gaming industry in the UK and globally since 1990 as a reporter and editor at Coinslot International, Coinslot Review and EuroSlot magazines. He has covered some of the biggest stories in virtually every segment of the business, including the overhaul of the UK Gambling Act 2005 which transpired to be one of the most turbulent periods in gaming history for British operators and manufacturers of pay-to-play gaming products. Prior to joining SBC Global, Chris worked at Novomatic UK as media & communications manager with PR responsibility for several high profile brands including Astra Games, Bell-Fruit Games, Gamestec, Playnation, and RLMS Sales.

SBC Leaders latest issue goes live with new dedicated Canada section

The latest issue of SBC Leaders Magazine, number 20, is published this week with a brand new addition to the editorial format. In keeping with the magazine’s remit to pursue news and developments in new markets, it now includes a dedicated Canada section. Kicking off proceedings is an interview with Shelley White who shares her journey into the betting industry …

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Inside The Pocket and ESPNcricinfo launch free fantasy game via WonderWins

Free-to-play (F2P) aggregation platform Inside The Pocket (ITP) has teamed up with digital cricket platform ESPNcricinfo for an exclusive free daily fantasy offering via its new WonderWins brand, primed to debut ahead of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.  The collaboration enables cricket fans to engage with fantasy gaming as well as accessing match coverage, news, information, and analysis, …

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BtoBet’s Neuron 3 ready to go Dutch with new certification

BtoBet, part of Aspire Global Group, has set the grounds for its Dutch market entry after receiving a local certification for its Neuron 3 sportsbook platform. The development, said the firm, represents a significant milestone, providing it with the opportunity to enter one of Europe’s most appealing igaming markets. Receipt of the certification means that BtoBet’s Neuron 3 sportsbook platform …

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CGA expands board with four new appointments

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has appointed four new members to its Board of Directors during its annual general meeting last week. They comprise Scott Burton, CEO, FansUnite Entertainment Inc; Neil Erlick, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Nuvei; Jeffrey Haas, SVP, International Strategy, DraftKings Inc; and Chuck Keeling, EVP, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. Burton oversees the overall business vision and framework, global …

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Sportech H1 2019 revenues hampered by “venues’ challenges”

International betting tech firm Sportech has published its interim results for the six months ended 30 June. The figures, which came in lower year-on-year, reflect an ongoing period of transition for the company as it moves towards a more digitized business, while removing cost to increase efficiencies. Revenue growth in Racing, Bump 50:50 and Lottery were all, it said, offset …

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The attack of the killer B’s and the threat of player tracking!

SBC America’s Chris Murphy wonders whether the gaming industry will get on track with the latest proposals around machine play and social responsibility. We can only hope that anyone from the Category B gaming machine sector was seated when they read through the Gambling Commission’s latest missive this week, calling for evidence on said machines. The implied message is that …

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When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign celebrated in new promotional video

Following last month’s move by the Senet Group to waive copyright restrictions on its ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign, the independent body has released a new video extolling the virtues of the responsible gambling promotion. The video, which sets out the rationale behind the main message ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’, includes commentary from industry thought leaders giving their …

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There are no winners in a race to the bottom

Chris Murphy, Editor of SBC Americas, takes a look at some of the political infighting happening in the UK around FOBTs and suggests that the industry should be working with each other rather than against.  The fixed odds betting terminal. Crack cocaine of gambling or simply a misunderstood gambling prodigy? Whichever of those two you agree with, or perhaps it’s …

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