Europe

Big Step makes Scottish football debut with Edinburgh City partnership

Edinburgh City FC has become the latest football club, and the first in Scotland, to partner with Gambling with Lives’ Big Step initiative. A grassroots project, the Big Step’s primary aim is to ‘kick gambling ads out of football’, and has the backing of several MPs including the Labour Party’s Carolyn Harris, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on …

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HBLB announces plans for distribution of £21.5 million SWSP loan

The Horse Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has agreed to terms on a £21.5 million loan secured from the British government as part of the Sport Winter Survival Package (SWSP). The loan has been issued as UK racing has suffered severe financial consequences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, having lost around £400 million in racecourse revenue, whilst participants experienced …

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Soft2Bet secures MGA licences to push forward with international growth

Soft2Bet has strengthened its status in the European gaming sector after acquiring licences from the Malta Gaming Association (MGA) for two of its brands, Campobet and YoyoCasio. CampoBet is one of Soft2Bet’s best performing brands in Europe, offering a range of sports betting options and casino games as part of a ‘all-in-one entertainment experience,’ whilst YoYo casino had be tailored …

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Bundesrat moves forward with no changes to unloved GlüNeuRStv regime

The German ‘GlüNeuRStv’ has maintained the much-disputed 5.3% wagering tax on online casino and poker verticals ahead of the launch of its online gambling regime on 1 July.  As the outstanding amendment for Germany’s Bundesrat (federal council) to resolve, the controversial tax received its approval from Bundesländer (state executives) this week as a federal measure of the GlüNeuRStv.  Bundesländer executives …

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Bevan Gibson to replace Tom Phillips as RaceTech Chairman

RaceTech Chairman Tom Phillips has announced his intention to step down from the position on 30 September, after a ‘distinguished career’ of 15 years. Having first joined RacingTech as a non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee in 2006, Phillips has overseen a number of major initiatives and milestones whilst serving as Chairman of the organisation. The outgoing Chairman …

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Racing attendance raised in parliament as industry calls for greater reopening

The issue of spectator attendance at British racetracks has been raised in parliament, as calls for an increase in venue capacity from leading industry figures and organisations continue to mount. Raised during a debate regarding the Events Research Programme, MPs discussed the success of pilot events in helping inform decisions about the safe relaxation of social distancing measures. Questioning sports …

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Betway adds Nordea Open to tennis sponsorship portfolio

Betway continues to expand its sponsorship portfolio within pro-tennis, becoming the official betting partner of the Nordea Open – Sweden’s oldest and most popular ATP event. Taking place in the Swedish coastal town of Bastad from 5-to-17 July, the Nordea Open has been voted as tennis players as the ATP 250 Tournament of the Year for the past eleven consecutive …

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EA to allow FIFA ‘Pack Previews’ as scrutiny rises on loot box rewards  

EA Sports will allow players to preview all FIFA ‘Ultimate Team Packs’ (UT Packs) before being purchased. The games’ developer confirmed that it would launch a ‘preview pack’ update to its FIFA 21 games across all markets, allowing players to view items prior to being purchased with FIFA points and FUT Coins. UT Packs can be purchased via FUT Coins awarded …

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EveryMatrix: Bridging the knowledge gap between esports and sports betting

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Malte Hegeler, Head of Product Development at OddsMatrix, writes for SBC News on how bridging the knowledge gap between esports and sports betting can help towards a more lucrative future. The world of esports can often appear impenetrable for those who did not grow up immersed in its most iconic titles. For the uninitiated, watching a Dota 2 event can …

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Sky Bet: London competition poses threat to Yorkshire vacancies

Sky Betting and Gaming has revealed that it has more than 300 vacancies available as it prepares to open its new headquarters in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in September. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Conor Grant, CEO of Flutter Entertainment’s UK and Ireland divisions, informed the outlet about the multiple vacancies available at Sky Bet, recognised as Yorkshire’s top tech and …

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