Asia

Optus feels wrath of Australia following shambolic Russia 2018 weekend broadcast

Socceroo fans have lambasted Australian media and telecoms firm Optus, for its shambolic handling of World Cup Russia 2018’s opening weekend. The SingTel subsidiary which has secured the rights to broadcast/stream all Russia 2018 matches has come under fire, as its digital platform Optus Yes could not handle the weekend demand for World Cup matches. Optus broadcast issues begun as …

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Dafabet continues legacy platform partnership with Comtrade Gaming

Philippines and Isle of Man-based bookmaker Dafabet will continue to utilise industry technology and systems supplier Comtrade Gaming as its lead platform provider. Dafabet management has confirmed that it has extended its platform arrangement with Comtrade until 2022, extending the technology partnership which began in 2014. Updating stakeholders, Dafabet Chief Executive Dimitris Karatzas, stated that the partnership would move to focus …

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FIFA unveils fresh approach to international rankings

FIFA has outlined plans to increase the legitimacy of its World rankings system, with the introduction of a revamped points formula that will dictate where international teams are placed. The new system, which was approved by a FIFA Council meeting last Sunday, was described by FIFA President Gianni Infantino as a “hopefully more fair” approach to ranking international teams, specifically …

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Scout plots Asian DFS onslaught alongside Bravio Technologies

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Scout Gaming Group is aiming to roll out the full version of its daily fantasy sports (DFS) product, and pooled betting games, across the Pan-Asian region, following an agreement with Bravio Technologies. Initially a free-2-play tipping game is to made available, in time for users to utilise for the Russia World Cup, which is to gauge reach and engagement, before …

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Asia the focus in fresh QTech and Betradar agreement

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QTech Games is to integrate the full product suite of Betradar into its platform, following a new distribution deal being agreed with the sports content specialists. After diversifying its product range from data and integrity services into more customer-facing product sets, Betradar, whose portfolio features virtual sports, esports and a full data set, state that QTech’s strong Asian presence is “the perfect …

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O’Sullivan makes price-effective plea in snooker’s fixing fight

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Five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan says that more “price-effective” tournaments could be the answer in snooker’s fight against match-fixing. His comments came after the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) sanctioned three players – Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng, both from China, and Welshman David John. The trio have been suspended until the outcome of formal hearings, which will …

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Catena continues trend of affiliate acquisitions

Growth has continued for Catena Media, as it continued its aim to become a global leader in quality content with the confirmation of two new acquisitions. The group first announced the acquisition of Forextraders.com, Forexcharts.net and Forexindicators.net, all sites which will be used to create an ecosystem of quality content in the area of foreign exchange as part of the Trade …

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England spot-fixing claims draw defiant ECB response

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The idea that three England cricketers spot-fixed a test match in India 18 months ago has been described as “outrageous” by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root. Doha broadcaster Al Jazeera has alleged that Bayliss’ side deliberately batted defensively for a short passage of the fifth test against India, which took place in Chennai in December 2016. According …

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Playtech seeks to advance its M&A agenda

The governance of Playtech Plc has stated that it will continue to ‘explore further M&A opportunities’ to advance the FTSE firm’s regulated market growth strategy. Ahead of today’s corporate Annual General Meeting (AGM), Playtech governance details to its investors that it is making progress on both its ‘organic and M&A’ disciplines. During Q1 2018, Playtech Plc completed the acquisition of …

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SIS adds Korean racing to its overseas stable

The Korean Racing Authority has agreed a deal with Sports Information Services (SIS), which will see live coverage of the action from its Busan and Seoul racecourses be broadcast. Beginning this week (Friday May 18), the agreement will enable SIS to provide pictures and data to retail and online bookmakers in the UK, Ireland and Spain, from 1,680 Korean races …

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