Europe

UKGC opens consultations on 2019 ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy’

Looking forward to developing new 2019 initiatives on gambling protections and player safeguards, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has opened discussions for its ‘National Responsible Gambling Strategy’. The UKGC’s open consultation on developing safer gambling protocols, structures, best practices and strategies will be open to stakeholders until March 2019. As mentioned in previous commission updates, the UKGC seeks to broaden …

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R&D focused Novomatic appoints ‘trusted hand’ Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz as Group CSO

Seeking to bolster its research & development capabilities, industry technology supplier and games manufacturer Novomatic AG has confirmed the promotion of Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz as its new Group Chief Systems Officer (CSO). A Novomatic executive since 2008, Czapkiewicz has served the Austrian gambling technology group in number of senior executive positions, successfully delivering on key multi-national technology projects. In addition to …

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NetEnt AB confirms job cuts at Stockholm home office

The governance of industry games developer NetEnt AB has confirmed that it has undertaken its first organizational streamline, which has resulted in job-losses of 55 positions within its Stockholm headquarters.    The Stockholm-listed enterprise released a statement, outlining that it has taken action to ‘optimise its operations’ with a viewing of enhancing its game production output. The restructuring of NetEnt’s …

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BETR sportsbook app gets design and navigation uplift

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Blockchain-based BETR has released a new client version of its app –https://bet.betrodds.io, designed to be more familiar to traditional sportsbook users. It is another update to the app first released ahead of the FIFA World Cup in June 2018, just four months after the close of the company’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Since then, the app – which provided one of the first …

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Robin Reed: GiG – Stockholm new boy will match the sector’s active opportunities

Robin Reed Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has detailed his firm’s strategic vision and future strategy to new investors, as GIG prepares to end 2019 by listing as a new Stockholm Nasdaq enterprise. Founded six years ago in Oslo, Reed details that GiG’s enterprise founding team have been led by the mission of delivering ‘digital transformation’ …

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Bookmakers back Theresa on Tory confidence showdown

Political punters were kept busy all night, as rumours circulated Whitehall that embattled Prime Minister Theresa May would be forced into a vote-of-confidence by Tory party rebels. Early this morning, Sir Graham Brady of the Conservative 1922 Committee confirmed that he had received the 48 declarations needed to trigger a cabinet vote on PM May’s leadership, which will take place …

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National Lottery ads cleared by Advertising Standards Authority

Three advertisements for the National Lottery have been cleared of wrongdoing by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), as a number of complainants challenged whether they suggested that participation could be a solution to financial concerns. The trio, seen on television in September of this year, depicted the same advert in three different variants, those of 120 second, 60 second and …

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Sportech appoints ‘transformation pro’ Chris Rigg as governance advisor

LSE-listed racing and wagering systems provider Sportech Plc has confirmed the appointment of Christian ‘Chris’ Rigg as an Independent Non-Executive Director, advising corporate governance from 1 January 2019. A + 20-year corporate finance executive, Rigg is a former Barclays Bank executive, who has served as Chief Executive of Northern Recruitment Group and UK pharmaceuticals supplier Quantum. Sportech governance notes the …

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Barclays adds ‘gambling-block’ component to UK accounts

Barclays has confirmed that it will become the first UK high-street bank to integrate a ‘gambling-block’ component across its customer-facing digital platforms. Updating the media, Barclays informs that the gambling-block feature will allow customers to turn-off engagements/transactions with all gambling-related properties – retail bookmakers, casinos, racetracks, lottery and digital betting enterprises. The gambling-block feature has been co-developed with citizen financial …

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Betsson shuts down NetPlay subsidiary TV & London profiles

Continuing its restructure/realignment of assets and divisions, Stockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB has confirmed that it will undertake a new strategy for its UK-centric brands in 2019. Betsson management has confirmed that it will not renew TV contracts for its NetPlay interactive gaming subsidiary with UK broadcasters ITV and Channel 5 (Viacom). The decision sees Betsson refocus on developing …

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