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Stanza Calendar bolsters its sports engagement capacity with Sportradar

Sportradar has been commissioned by Silicon Valley-based Stanza to optimise its calendar and scheduling software for global sports audiences. Operating since 2013, Stanza (formerly SpotOn.it) seeks to disrupt and revolutionise how modern audiences engage with time and calendar data, providing accurate and personalised information for both business and entertainment purposes. Providing optimised ‘Calendar Suites’ feature deeper data and personalised information, …

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BoyleSports agrees takeover of William Hill’s NI portfolio

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports is set to significantly expand its Northern Ireland retail footprint after agreeing to acquire William Hill’s entire NI betting shop portfolio. BoyleSports, Ireland’s second-largest bookmaker, will takeover William Hill’s 33 betting shops located throughout Northern Ireland, increasing its NI retail portfolio to 39 premises. The sale sees William Hill governance continue its restructure of the firm’s retail …

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UKGC consultation recommends credit card ban

The Sunday Times and The Observer newspapers have this weekend reported that the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) will recommend banning the use of credit cards across all online gambling verticals, publishing the findings of its regulatory consultation on credit wagering. Expected to be published this week, the UKGC will recommend to the government a ban on all credit card transactions, …

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188BET becomes official sponsor of F1 Asia

Interregional Sports Group (ISG), the lead sponsorship agency for Formula 1 racing, has confirmed that 188BET has secured a five-season agreement to become the ‘Official Sponsor’ of F1 Asia events. The partnership sees the 188BET brand secure exclusive coverage across the Asian broadcast market during the F1 season, which in 2020 will featurie motorsport’s first Hanoi Vietnam Grand Prix on …

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GVC to hold vote on governance and tax residency

The governance of GVC Holdings has scheduled an ‘extraordinary general meeting’ on 6 February (9 am CET) to vote on relocating the firm’s management control and tax residence from the Isle of man to its UK headquarters. GVC Holdings was incorporated as an Isle of Man enterprise in 2010, where it maintained its management control to benefit from a more …

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Malta MGA fines Blackrock Media €2.4m for servicing unauthorised transactions

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has sanctioned a €2.4 million penalty charge on Blackrock Media Limited for ‘operating gaming services through a Maltese legal entity without being in possession of the necessary authorisation’. The penalty charge follows a joint investigation undertaken by the MGA and Malta’s Executive Police force, which uncovered that Blackrock Media had processed payments to and from …

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888 debuts ‘Too Much is Too Much’ social responsibility campaign

LSE-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings Plc has emphasised player moderation and the awareness of excessive gambling behaviours through the launch of its new social responsibility campaign – ‘Too Much is Too Much’. 888’s campaign will be initially launched within the UK running from 5-18 January 2020 across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and further digital channels. In its campaign notes, 888 details …

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Svenska Spel backs FSI’s eco-friendly Ski Tour 2020

Svenska Spel has continued its corporate mandate of investing in sports development, after confirming that it has become a principal sponsor of the International Ski Federation‘s (FIS) newly founded ‘Ski Tour 2020’ cross-country skiing championship. Forming part of the FIS World Ski 2019-2020 calendar, Ski Tour 2020 is cross-country skiing’s newly reformed ‘Nordic classic series’ format, hosting its race stages across …

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AgiproNews Italian View – New decade brings new tax landscape

Securing approval of its first Budget Law (passed on 24 December 2019), Italy’s new coalition government anticipates collecting a further €1.1 billion in taxes paid by gambling incumbents. A new decade begins with land-based operators adjusting to a new taxation framework, with the 5Star-DP coalition having sanctioned Italian gambling fourth set of gaming machine tax hikes in just over a …

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Midnite raises $2.4m to move esports ‘beyond the tab’

London-based esports start-up Midnite (midnite.com) has raised $2.4 million in venture funding to help accelerate the development of its wagering capacities. The funding round was led by Makers Fund, a VC firm specialising in interactive gaming and entertainment investments. Founded by the enterprise team of Nick Wright (CEO) and Daniel Qu, Midnite’s seeks to advance esports wagering beyond becoming ‘just another …

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