Europe

OPAP finalises 51% acquisition of Stoiximan

Greek gaming operator OPAP Group has confirmed that it has finalised the acquisition of a 51% stake in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot business (SMGC). The deal, which was initially announced 18 months ago, was valued at €90.2 million in addition to net cash of €3.0 million. As part of the agreement, OPAP will acquire the stake from GML Interactive, …

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RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET

RTSmunity has continued to grow its presence across the European sports betting market after entering into a new partnership with polish sportsbook operator, forBET. The agreement will allow forBET customers to benefit from RTSmunity’s esports offering, including a range of markets, uptime and odds. Petr Pacinek, General Director of forBET, said: “The cooperation we have just started is a clear …

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German regulations risk black market take-up says Lycka

Martin Lycka, GVC Holdings’ director of regulatory affairs, has called attention to the pending reorganisation of German gaming regulations, stating that ‘this is a gaming revolution built on sand’. Writing for Politico, Lycka explained that ‘German gambling is on the brink of revolution’ with incoming legislation paving the way for the registration of an unlimited number of sports betting providers, …

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Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand

Paddy Power has committed to raising awareness of the charity Missing People by launching a campaign which involves filling a stand at Motherwell with ‘missing’ fans. As Scottish Premiership action returns to the stadium this weekend, Fir Park’s south stand has been filled with 1190 silhouetted cut-outs to represent the thousands of people across the UK that are missing from …

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Rivalry secures ‘best crypto prices’ by integrating CoinCorner payment options

New esports wagering platform Rivalry has expanded its crypto payment capacities by integrating Bitcoin exchange CoinCorner as a new payment gateway. The unique partnership will allow Rivalry customers to directly transfer funds and winnings into Bitcoin and further cryptocurrencies at a guaranteed ‘best market price’, thereby utilising CoinCorner’s exchange provisions. Isle of Man-based Rivalry, which launched its esports platform in 2020, stated that its partnership with …

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BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets

Writing for SBC News, full-cycle betting software provider BetInvest shares its vision for the esports industry, touching upon the importance of separating traditional titles and ‘eGames’ whilst analysing possible trends for the future. Since March, the interest towards esports, in general, has increased by 20% among the 18-25 age group, and by 50% among the 26-35 age group. This was …

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Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic

Europol, the European Union’s agency for law enforcement cooperation, has issued a warning against the ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing by organised crime groups (OCGs). The report, entitled The involvement of organised crime groups in sports corruption, emphasised that OCGs have been exploiting ‘the changing circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic’. “Sports corruption is a serious crime involving organised crime groups operating …

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Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site

Betsson Group has confirmed that it has launched a newly designed website for Betsson Group Affiliates which will support customer experience. The goal for the new site, according to Betsson, is to provide its visitors with an ‘easier way to learn’ about the company. In addition, it aims to offer further education on how customers can browse information based on …

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Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits

Lotteritilsynet, Norway’s lottery and gambling inspectorate, has confirmed that it has provided NOK 30 million (€3m) in direct relief for ‘volunteer organisations’ to help Norwegian communities overcome COVID-19 impacts.  This summer, Lotteritilsynet launched a ‘crisis fund’ allowing non-profits and volunteer groups to secure direct funding, helping organisations continue to provide vital support for Norway’s vulnerable communities.    Updating the media, Lotteritilsynet …

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Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition

Intralot and its Maltese subsidiary, Maltco Lotteries, have launched a new U*BET Virtual Sports product, which will broaden U*BET’s sports betting portfolio. The product, which will be provided in collaboration with Inspired Entertainment, will be made available across Maltco Lotteries’ retail network which the company hopes will be a ‘key driver’ in offering a ‘diversified and entertaining sports betting portfolio’. …

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