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UKGC confirms credit card ban inbound for 14 April 2020

Issuing its first regulatory enforcement of 2020, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has sanctioned its widely anticipated ban on credit card transactions carried across all UK gambling verticals. The Commission plans to implement its credit card ban from 14 April 2020, giving licensed incumbents three months to undertake all necessary adjustments. Citing that UK …

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Luckbox adds crypto payment capacity

Esports betting platform Luckbox has moved to expand its crypto payment capacity, allowing for its players to deposit and withdraw Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP and Litecoin currencies. Luckbox which officially launched its esports platform in 2019  confirms Cryptopay as lead provider of its new cryptocurrency payment system, offering safe and secure transactions. The esports bookmaker’s crypto expansion follows a period in …

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Tabcorp donates funds and volunteer support to Australia’s bushfire crisis

Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed that it will donate AUS $1.5 million to Australian emergency services battling the bushfire crisis which has engulfed the entire Gold Coast of Sydney. The ASX listed operator has confirmed that all lottery proceeds taken from its Saturday Lotto draw scheduled for 25 January will be donated to Australia’s ‘Bushfire Relief’. Seeking to generate as much …

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Spanish operators commit to ‘code-of-conduct’ regardless of coalition judgement

The DGOJ’s joint committee on gambling standards has reminded online incumbents of their duties and commitments to obey the requirements established by Spain’s new ‘code-of-conduct’ on gambling advertising, which is set to be enforced from 15 January. Despite facing wholesale inbound changes to Spain’s federal gambling laws, online gambling firms will commit to operating under a new code-of-conduct on marketing/advertising …

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Genius Sports wins DK Injunction against FirstPlay for staff poaching & IP encroachment

Genius Sports has won a Danish injunction order against rival data supplier FirstPlay A/S related to the duplication of its business model, poaching of staff and theft of business-sensitive information. The Copenhagen filed injunction accused FirstPlay of unethical business practices, poaching Genius Sports talent to acquire IP secrets and further business-sensitive data in order to establish a new sports data …

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Ukraine Rada begins ‘draft assessments’ but can it separate good from the bad and the ugly

Following the Christmas break, Ukraine MPs return to the Rada (parliament), in which the first readings of Ukraine’s newly planned gambling regulatory framework are scheduled to take place this week. The closing months of 2019 saw seven draft regulatory proposals put to the Rada, detailing little cross-party consensus on how Ukraine should end its 10-year gambling hiatus established under the …

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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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