Erin-Marie Gallagher

XLMedia reports operational challenges amid gambling regulation uncertainty

Digital performance marketing services provider, XLMedia, has reported a “challenging year” after its full year report, ending 31 December 2018, saw revenues, gross profit and EBITDA take a hit. The group attributed this primarily to “operational challenges”, with its 2018 performance impacted by the “adverse impact of gambling regulation uncertainty in specific territories, website ranking issues impacted by spamming and …

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William Hill requests a 50% rent cut to offset potential FOBT losses

In a bid to offset any potential revenue losses incurred through the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) ruling, William Hill has requested that its landlords reduce its rents by 50 per cent. As reported by Property Week, an open letter was issued to 2,000 landlords across the country at the beginning of the month requesting the rent cuts, effective immediately. …

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Merkur Sportwetten enters Polish market with Totolotek takeover

Merkur Sportwetten GmbH will strengthen its European and Polish presence as it awaits the approval of its acquisition of Warsaw-based Totolotek SA. The takeover will mean that Polish sports bettors will have the opportunity to wager bets via MERKUR Sun.  CEO of Merkur Sportwetten, Niko Steinkrauß, celebrated the new deal: “Sports betting is extremely popular in Poland and for many football fans it’s an …

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IBA pushes for the introduction of a new gambling control bill

The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has expressed its hopes towards the introduction of a Gambling Control Bill and an Independent regulator, as published in its inter-departmental group report. Irish Minister of State, David Stanton, noted that with a fast-evolving industry and changing demographics, “the State’s licensing and regulatory approach” must also adapt. He added: “Incremental change is not a viable …

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SIS extends partnership with Singapore Pools

Racing content and sports data provider SIS (Sports Information Services) has extended its agreement with the Singapore Pools (Private) Limited by two years, which will see the provider become the distributor of live pictures and data from the Singapore Racecourse in Kranji, Singapore. As part of the new deal, the data provider will showcase 800 races from the Kranji course, …

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Nektan hails 2018 as a “key milestone” as it breaks even

London-listed gaming technology specialist Nektan has reached a major milestone in its move to break-even as announced in its unaudited interim results for the six months ending 31 December 2018. The group announced back in January that it was on-course to breaking even in 2019, having reported  record KPI growth, new commercial partnerships and progress on its US market foundations. …

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Trio charged over illegal Premier League streaming service

Three operators of a pirate streaming organisation have been issued with a 17-year jail sentence, after they were found to be providing illegal access to a number of Premier League games over the last decade. It is estimated that the trio had supplied a streaming service to over 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes across England and Wales. “The fraudulent companies …

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SIS: Rohini Sardana – Engaging new audiences in the esports world

Back in February, racing content and sports data provider SIS (Sports Information Services) launched its new esports-focused Competitive Gaming, a betting product tailored to esports sportsbooks. In a catch up with the Head of Product Propositions at SIS, Rohini Sardana, we discussed how the first month has been for Competitive Gaming. Sardana told SBC about the decision behind the expansion …

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LC Tech: Giuseppe Lo Cascio – US expansion opens up the door to engaging with a wider audience

With more and more markets beginning to consider the idea of igaming and sports betting regulation, it is becoming increasingly important for industry stakeholders to consider operating in multiple jurisdictions across the world. This year will see SBC host its inaugural Betting on Sports America which will take place at the Meadowlands Exposition Centre in New Jersey. Among those attending …

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OtherLevels: Brendan O’Kane – Customer expectations will be the driving force for innovation

Ahead of this year’s Betting on Football, we have turned our attention towards everything innovation, catching up with OtherLevels Founder and CEO, Brendan O’Kane. We spoke about the acceleration of innovation in recent years, and the importance of personalisation for a sportsbook experience. At this year’s event, Brendan will be speaking as part of our Betting on Innovation track, where …

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