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SPER: Stronger guidance has helped Swedish players self-regulate on advertising

Spelbranschens Riksorganisation (SPER), Sweden’s independent online gambling trade association, has published its first assessment of its marketing guidelines and code of conduct sanctioned last April to counter regulatory stakeholder concerns on industry advertising. Working in partnership with trade association counterpart BOS, SPER developed an action plan for its syndicated members, adhering to guidelines and standards on advertising. The sanctioned guidelines …

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Ronaldinho to front BetCris marketing campaigns

Moving to expand its brand profile and coverage, South American bookmaker BetCris has confirmed the appointment of former FIFA World Player of the Year (2005) Ronaldinho Gaucho as new Football Ambassador. Starting this 1 October, BetCris confirms that Ronaldinho will become the face of its marketing campaigns across the South American continent. Founded in Costa Rica in 1985, BetCris is …

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SBTech continues tier-1 form by winning Svenska Spel sportsbook tender

SBTech has secured a further tier-1 betting systems partnership this summer, becoming the lead multi-channel sportsbook provider to Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel. Fresh from securing lead sportsbook platform arrangements with Veikkaus Finland and The Oregon Lottery, SBTech has won the fiercely contested Svenska Spel competitive procurement process. SBTech underlined that Svenska Spel had chosen its sportsbook systems, highlighting provisions …

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Juroszek family backs ‘proven player’ Better Collective

Mateusz Juroszek the Chief Executive & President of Polish market leading bookmaker STS has purchased €1 million worth of shares in Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing publisher Better Collective AS. The transaction has been undertaken through Juroszek’s gambling investment vehicle Betplay international and will be co-owned with his father Zbigniew Juroszek, the Founder and President of Polish real estate and construction …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Regulatory scrutiny sees White Labels lose their shine

The Gambling Commission has recently announced that it is reviewing the operating licences of (a) FSB Technology (UK) Limited (who voluntarily suspended activities on their Blackbet white label website) and (b) EveryMatrix Software Limited (in relation to which the Commission also suspended their ability to offer B2C remote betting and casino gaming, including pursuant to white label arrangements). Following on, as they …

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IBIA notifies EC of Lower Austria’s irrational betting restrictions

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has submitted its response to the European Commission (EC), in relation to the state of Lower Austria drafting its ‘Sports Betting Act’ which seeks an assessment on compatibility with European Union laws. Last August the executive of Lower Austria, published its draft legislative mandate seeking to comprehensively revamp its state wagering laws, that have …

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NFL deepens Facebook partnership to drive global engagement

The NFL has expanded its existing ‘video content partnership’ with Facebook, allowing the social media giant to continue publishing full NFL matchday recaps to its worldwide audiences. Updating stakeholders, the NFL and Facebook have extended and enhanced their existing video arrangement, which sees the US pro league utilise ‘Facebook Watch’ as its lead digital platform for match highlights and further …

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Philip Easthill ends tenure as ECA Secretary General

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The European Casino Association (ECA) a trade body representing land-based casino enterprises operating across Europe, has confirmed that Philip Easthill has chosen to end his tenure as Secretary General. Confirming its leadership departure, the ECA details that Easthill has chosen to join Brussels based marine leisure trade body ‘European Boating industry’ serving as the organisation’s Secretary General. The ECA and …

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Codere points towards stability reducing interim losses to €8.5m

Publishing its H1 2019 interim results (period ending 30 June), Bolsa Madrid-listed gambling group Codere SA improves its trading stability, reducing corporate losses by 78% to €8.5 million (H12018: -€39m). As communicated in August, the Spanish gambling group’s period performance would be impacted by Argentina’s volatile economic conditions, which sees Codere record a 6% decrease in group revenues to €712 …

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VLT upgrades deliver for Greek OPAP chasing its 2020 vision

The governance of Athens-listed gambling group OPAP SA publishes its 2019 interim results (period ending 30 June), confident of delivering on its future prospects, serving the mandate of its 2020 corporate vision. Updating the market, OPAP records a 6% increase in group gross gambling revenues (GGR) to €779 million (H1 2018: €737m), driven the significant improvement of its upgraded retail …

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