Esports & Fantasy

UKGC warns fantasy football operators not to get caught out by gambling rules

  Ahead of the start of a new football season this August, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued an industry note warning fantasy football operators to ensure that their leagues, prizes and promotions are in accordance with UK gambling laws. The risk for those organising fantasy football leagues is that it could require a pool licence from the Gambling Commission, as …

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No Go! FanDuel & DraftKings pull out of merger

The governances of leading US daily fantasy sports operators’ FanDuel and DraftKings have issued statements confirming that their planned merger has been called off. The prospects of creating an ‘outright DFS market leader’ had hit a roadblock last June when the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) detailed that it could not recommend the FanDuel-DraftKings merger as the combination would control …

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Sportsbet.io expands eSports profile with HellRaisers sponsorship

Bitcoin specialist bookmaker Sportsbet.io has moved to expand its profile within eSports by agreeing to sponsor CS:GO team HellRaisers. Confirming the sponsorship, Sportsbet.io marketing stated that the bookmaker wanted to ‘reinforce its position’ as one of the market’s leading eSports bookmakers, by growing its community, investing in product development and expanding its eSports markets. Moving forward, Sportsbet.io will also offer its …

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FanDuel evaluating ‘all options’ on DraftKings merger

US Tech news sources are reporting that FanDuel governance is ‘evaluating its position’ with regards to its planned merger with main DFS market rival DraftKings. Last June the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blocked the combination of FanDuel-DraftKings on the grounds that a merged enterprise would control ‘+90% of the US fantasy sports market’, creating unfair business conditions for consumers, …

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Want to find out why football clubs are entering esports? Be at the Bunkr on July 20th

There are just nine days remaining until the inaugural Esports Insider Forum Series hosted at Fnatic’s very own Bunkr in Shoreditch, London. Esports Insider, a part of SBC Global, will welcome up to 80 professionals from the realm of esports as well as traditional sports with a panel examining just why football clubs are getting involved in the burgeoning world of esports on …

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Betway is the Official Betting Partner of ESL One Cologne

In a major announcement by ESL, it was revealed today that CS:GO tournament ESL One Cologne (the finals for which are July 7-9) will this year have Betway as its Official Betting Partner. In turn this means that live odds will be available in the broadcast. Betway’s Anthony Werkman, Director of Marketing and Operations commented: “We are delighted to partner with …

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MGA and ESIC sign Memorandum of Understanding

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It has been announced today that the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has entered into a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).  This move which is ‘in the interests of protecting and maintaining the integrity of esports and esports betting’ is another step in the right direction by ESIC. ESIC has been amassing regulated and official partners throughout esports in …

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Unikrn teams up with Betgenius to optimise esports betting product

Updating the market, industry technology and data systems provider Betgenius has informed that it has entered a ‘landmark agreement’ with esports only competitive platform Unikrn. The partnership will see Betgenius provide Unikrn with in-play betting provisions and optimised market prices for thousands of esports markets including lead titles League of Legends, Dota 2, CS:GO, Call of Duty and Overwatch tournaments. …

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US FTC moves to block FanDuel-DraftKings merger

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has dealt a severe blow for the planned merger of leading daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings, filing an official lawsuit against the formation of a new company. Last week, US Tech news sources reported that FTC officials may have concerns on the combination of FanDuel-DraftKings, which would see one player takeover a …

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FanDuel-DraftKings +80% market take-up concerns US FTC

US Tech news sources have reported that the planned merger of FanDuel and DraftKings maybe be denied by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on grounds that the combination would form an outright leader with more than 80% of the daily fantasy sports market. FTC officials are reported to have shown concern that the FanDuel-DraftKings combination would lead to a …

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