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Scientific Games debuts OpenGaming in Colombia via Betsson partnership

Scientific Games Corporation has debuted its OpenGaming ecosystem in Colombia this week with Betsson Group which last year acquired a 70% stake in one of the country’s first licensed operators, Colbet. Initially, Colbet customers can access games developed by SG’s in-house studios, along with content supplied by its newly acquired business Lightning Box, as well as third-party providers Big Time Gaming and ReelPlay. The full OpenGaming portfolio is set to …

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William Hill disappointed by Mr Green’s costly Swedish AML gaps

William Hill has issued a response to the AML failings of Mr Green, its flagship European online gambling subsidiary, which was fined SEK 30 million (€3.1m) by Spelinspektionen – Sweden’s gambling inspectorate.  Yesterday, Spelinspektionen published its casework on Mr Green, outlining multiple AML compliance and duty of customer care failures identified between 1 January 2019 to 1 June 2020. The …

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Rank seeks £80m final settlement with HMRC on machine duties

Rank Group Plc has been granted a 60-day extension by the First-tier Tribunal Tax Chamber (FTT) to resolve its settlement on incorrect gaming machine duties charged between 2005 and 2013 with HMRC.  The LSE gambling group is guaranteed a tax rebate as HMRC can no longer challenge its appeal previously rejected by an Upper Tribunal review – which serves as …

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Spelinspektionen fines Mr Green €3m for AML neglect 

Sweden’s gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen has fined Mr Green penalties totalling SEK 31.5 million (€3m) after citing that the William Hill subsidiary had failed to match its AML and customer care duties.  Providing an overview of its assessment, Spelinspektionen fined Mr Green SEK 1.5 million (€140,000) for failing to maintain its customer reporting duties as a requirement of the ‘Money Laundering …

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Catena maintains 2021 forward momentum despite ‘problem child’ Germany 

Catena Media has maintained its year growth trajectory after overcoming a Q2 trading period including tough European ‘mature market’ regulatory adjustments.  Publishing its 2021 interim results, Catena reported YTD revenues of €71 million – up 31% on equivalent 2020 results of €54.5 million. YTD metrics saw it sustain its ‘forward momentum’ in the growth markets of Japan and North America, …

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Allwyn backs Made By Sport #PoweringGoodTogether mental health campaign

Allwyn, the UK subsidiary of the SAZKA Group, that seeks to become the next steward of the National Lottery, has partnered with Made By Sport to launch #PoweringGoodTogether – a nationwide sports and mental health campaign. #PoweringGoodTogether has been developed to promote sports proven ability in helping overcome mental health issues, and the further development of life skills, helping bridge social …

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Safer Gambling Training: UK can set a new global standard for player protection

Frankie Graham, Chief Executive of BetKnowMore, says that by embedding education and staff training within their organisations, UK gambling can benefit from a sustainable marketplace as consumers place the highest value on trust and transparency…    Over the past couple of years, the UK gambling sector has begun to prioritise Safer Gambling. Driven by heightened awareness and acknowledgement that gambling …

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Kambi strikes €26m deal to acquire Abios esports

Kambi Group Plc has this afternoon disclosed that it has reached an agreement to acquire live esports data and markets odds specialist Abios for a total consideration of SEK 270 million (€26m). The deal sees Kambi undertake its biggest corporate acquisition to date, providing the Stockholm-listed technology group with a new platform to expand its esports services within global betting’s …

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Scientific Games acquires Sideplay Entertainment to bolster iLottery games suite

Victor Blanco to join Scientific Games as new CTO

Scientific Games has signed an agreement to acquire instant games studio Sideplay Entertainment, bolstering its games content and advancing the development of its iLottery platform. The Nasdaq technology group chose not to disclose financial terms of its agreement, in which it will acquire Sideplay’s full suite of +270 instant win games, boosting its services for the digital lotteries market. Sideplay …

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Rank reorganises digital leadership to lead unit turnaround

Rank Group Plc has confirmed the promotion of Eitan Boyd to the leadership position of Group Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Boyd is the former Chief Executive of Stride Gaming, the multi-brand igaming operator acquired by Rank in 2019 for £120 million. The promotion was disclosed by Rank governance updating investors on the LSE group’s digital progress, in which Rank stated …

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