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Embattled Codere edges towards bankruptcy 

Bolsa Madrid observers are monitoring Codere SA movements closely after Spanish business news sources reported that the gambling group is on the ‘precipice of bankruptcy’. Burning a reported €25 million a month on working capital (excluding debt repayments), Codere has been looking for urgent funds to keep its business units afloat.  Global Coronavirus disruptions have forced Codere to shut down …

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Intralot adds esports to Peru sportsbook offering

Athens-listed Intralot SPA has supported its South American partner ‘Intralot de Peru’ through the launch of its comprehensive esports betting inventory, enhancing its subsidiary’s capacity to engage with new audiences.  Launched in partnership with Sportradar as lead API provider, Intralot de Peru will offer popular esports coverage on Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Dota2, StarCraft II, Call of Duty and Overwatch, …

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BMM Testlabs appoints Julian Borg-Barthet as commercial lead

Gaming test laboratory and product compliance specialist BMM Testlabs has confirmed the appointment of Julian Borg-Barthet as new VP of iGaming Business Development. In his remit, Borg-Barthet will be responsible for generating and retaining business across all of igaming for BMM, as well as identifying new opportunities. Borg-Barthet brings over eight years of experience in compliance testing to the new role following his …

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Hellas index recognises SG Digital as top tech employer 

The annual ‘Hellas – Great Place to Work’ index has ranked SG Digital among Greece’s top technology and digital sector employers.  Ranking seventh in the overall company index, SG Digital was recognised for developing ‘excellent workplace learning environments’ and supporting all levels of its workforce with ‘effective talent management’ programmes and resources.   Scientific Games’ digital unit was joined in the …

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Kindred submits countermeasures on Swedish protections and market integrity 

Kindred Group has published its opinion submitted to the Swedish government on the proposal of new player protection measures, which it seeks to implement during the COVID-19 crisis. On 23 April, Sweden’s Health Minister Ardalan Shekarabi presented an emergency proposal to Riksdag, outlining a series of ‘temporary restrictions’ on online gambling operators as further COVID-19 public policy protection measures. Criticism …

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Norsk charities launch study on ‘sensitive area’ of market models

Spillavhengighet Norge, Norway’s problem gambling association, has confirmed that it will study opposing market frameworks to Norway’s existing monopoly structure. The decision follows the conclusion of Spillavhengighet’s annual ‘Gaming Addiction Conference’, in which members unanimously voted to form a working group reviewing different market models. Operating under a monopoly framework, to date Norwegian gambling has been exclusively serviced by state-owned …

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Italian betting lambasts parliamentary debate on wagering tax

Italian betting leadership has issued a response to parliamentary discussions on introducing a new 0.75% tax on betting and virtual sports wagers aimed at raising funds for ‘distressed Italian sports’. Italian Parliament continues to discuss the terms forming its ‘Revival Decree’ – a critical mandate which seeks to support the recovery of business and society from the long-term effects of COVID-19. …

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BGC urges Welsh government to cover betting in relief programme 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the Welsh government, urging for a rethink on the terms attached to its business relief programme, which have excluded bookmakers and gambling enterprises from retail reprieves. BGC CEO Michael Dugher has written to Welsh First Minister Rebecca Evans warning the government that more than 2,000 jobs will be placed at risk …

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Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile

Leading CIS markets bookmaker Fortuna Entertainment has completed the full migration of its Polish sportsbook property onto the Playtech ‘IMS platform’. Optimising its group omni-channel capacities, Fortuna has sanctioned Playtech to deploy new systems integrations across its active market portfolio, which sees Poland join Fortuna’s home markets Slovakia and the Czech Republic in upgrading to IMS.  Completing its Polish deployment, …

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Bookies Corner: US 2020… Pandemic adds more spin to betting’s biggest market

Under normal circumstances, April and May should have been key campaign months for the US 2020 Elections (3 November), with the Democratic Party crowning Joe Biden to challenge President Trump. However, US 2020’s script has been flipped by COVID-19 consequences, adding further divisive factors to the campaign trail, as bookies tell SBC to buckle up for this year’s biggest wagering …

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