Erin-Marie Gallagher

YGAM and Leeds United Foundation team up for problem gambling education

Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has teamed up with the Leeds United Foundation to educate and safeguard young people across Yorkshire on safe gaming and gambling-related harms. The new partnership will aim to help teach and inform young people, teachers and parents about the risks associated with intensive gaming and gambling harms, as well as information on safeguarding …

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MGA cancels Playbay Malta licence over ‘systemic deficiencies’

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled the licence of Playbay Malta Limited, which operates HDbets.com, after the regulator identified ‘systemic deficiencies’ in its adherence of AML/CFT obligations. As part of the ruling, Playbay Malta will no longer be authorised to carry out any gaming operations, register new players or accept new customer deposits. However, the regulator specified that it …

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ESIC clamps down on CS:GO spectator bug with 37 sanctions issued

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has issued sanctions against ‘37 offending parties’ following its investigation into the ‘historical abuse of a bug in CS:GO’s spectator mode’. Having contracted the services of Michal Slowinski, the discoverer of the wrongful use of this exploit, ESIC has confirmed that it has reviewed 20% of the total demos available for review, which the integrity …

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UKGC creates social media advertising guidance via Facebook link-up

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has broadened its reach to social media users after partnering with Facebook to create guidance aimed at limiting the number of gambling-related adverts that users see. The guidance will aim to mitigate the risk associated with gambling-related messaging and advertisements on social media. It will offer information on how users can utilise Facebook’s safety tools …

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Scotbet chairman calls for government support as ‘future remains uncertain’

John Heaton, Chairman of Scotbet, has stated that Scotland’s independent bookmakers are facing a fight for survival, as businesses enter an unprecedented autumn and winter trading period. Bookmakers in Scotland were permitted to reopen their doors in June – however, with current government restrictions, Heaton stated that ‘there is no end in sight to the economic calamity that Covid has …

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Caesars makes early £2.9bn play on William Hill takeover

Caesars Entertainment has confirmed that it will move forward with an initial £2.9 billion ($3.7bn/€3.3bn) offer to acquire US wagering partner William Hill Plc outright. Closing Friday trading, William Hill confirmed to markets that Caesars alongside US private equity fund Apollo Global, are the two suitors seeking to buyout the heritage UK bookmaker. Caesars has confirmed that it has concluded …

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EGBA: Industry MoU working on protecting European IP rights

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has welcomed a new report published by the European Commission (EC) which has found a significant reduction in ‘unintentional advertising on intellectual property rights infringing websites’. The report analysed the impact of an industry-led Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), initially agreed in 2018, which ‘was established with the purpose of limiting advertising on websites, …

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Sachin Tendulkar to boost India’s fantasy sports awareness as PFG ambassador

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has signed a new partnership with Paytm First Games (PFG), a subsidiary of India’s largest mobile payments company Paytm, to become the fantasy sports platform’s new brand ambassador for this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Tendulkar will also support PFG in creating awareness of all fantasy sports in India, with an aim of generating excitement around …

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‘No love lost’ for Cloudbet with zero-margin odds extension

Cloudbet, a crypto sportsbook and casino operator, has agreed to extend its zero-margin odds campaign for the forthcoming French Open which gets underway this weekend at Roland Garros, Paris. The Grand Slam tournament for tennis’ clay-court season, the Roland Garros French Open, had been rescheduled to late September following the cancellation of all ATP and WTA tournaments in April. As …

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YGAM’s Student Hub receives NUS endorsement

Following the launch of its Student Hub resource earlier this week, the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has received the backing of the National Union of Students (NUS). The resource, which was ‘developed by students for students’, will help prevent students from experiencing gambling-related harm by providing them with information and support. The website will feature interactive elements …

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