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Deborah Roll recognised for leading Responsible Gambling Week

At the third annual Global Regulatory Awards, which took place on 1 May, Deborah Roll has been recognised for her commitment to Responsible Gambling week by being awarded the Compliance Outstanding Achievement award. Roll, who currently holds a position of project manager at the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), spearheaded the 2018 Responsible Gambling Week. The campaign involved over …

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CIRSA completes €390 million bond placement eyeing future investments

Spanish gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has confirmed that it has secured a €390 million bond placement with private investors. Issuing a market filing, CIRSA majority owned by US private equity firm Blackstone, confirms that 120 institutional investors have backed its bond arrangement, which maintains a 4.75% annual interest rate, with debt maturity triggered in 2025. In its update, CIRSA governance …

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Spelinspektionen strengthens Gibraltar ties with GGD collaboration

Spelinspektionen, Sweden’s newly reformed gambling regulatory body, has signed a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) with the Gibraltar Gambling Division (GGD), seeking to cooperate in matters of public policy and further forming common interests. The GGD is a strategic unit of Gibraltar’s Ministry of Commerce, which details guidance on governing the British overseas territory’s vital igaming sector. Moving forward, Spelinspektionen and the GGD will …

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Better Collective Spotlight: Applying ‘In-House’ SEO excellence to Brazilian facing brand

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Better Collective has been crowned Best In-House Team at the inaugural SEMrush Nordic Awards for the work between its in-house Organic Performance and Digital Intelligence teams on the optimisation of Brazilian facing website Sites de Apostas. The leading igaming affiliate, who this week reported Q1 revenues up 97 per cent, said that the award was proof that its growing stable …

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BMJ article calls for new tax to fund responsible gambling initiatives

According to an article published by The British Medical Journal (BMJ), there should be more emphasis placed upon the revamping of current gambling laws in order to prioritise the funding of problem gambling clinics. The report has called for the introduction of a mandatory tax on the industry which would see additional funds being allocated to industry initiatives and the …

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GVC, William Hill and bet365 top the list of GambleAware donations

According to recent figures released by GambleAware, UK operators GVC Holdings, William Hill and bet365 have topped the list of donations received by the charity, having given a combined amount of over £3.3m in 2018/19. GambleAware published its list of donations for the twelve months ending 31 March 2019. It has been pointed out that GVC Holdings, the umbrella group …

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Football weighs up ‘untapped potential’ of VAR advertising

The Financial Times has reported that a number of football governing bodies are exploring the potential of advertising/sponsoring ‘video assistant referee (VAR)’ match breaks. World football governing body, FIFA, is reported to have been approached by advertising companies seeking to sponsor ‘VAR breaks’, during last summer’s Russia 2018 World Cup tournament. The opportunity to advertise to football audiences during live …

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FOX Sports partnership sees The Stars Group make its US multimedia play

The governance of Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has announced the foundation of its first US strategic joint venture ‘FOX Bet’ in partnership with national sports broadcaster FOX Sports a subsidiary of media conglomerate FOX Corporation. Updating investors, the Stars Group details that it will launch a ‘first-of-its-kind’ sports media and wagering venture working alongside FOX Sports. ‘The Stars …

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SIS may appeal High Court judgement on ARC data rights

Grosvenor Sport

The High Court case around data rights between the two main horseracing broadcasters to the betting industry has come to an end, with  Sports Information Services (SIS) being found guilty of breaching the confidentiality of Arena Racing Company’s Raceday Data, but not on the more serious charges of conspiracy by unlawful means or copyright infringement of database rights. SIS said it may …

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Betinvest: Tailoring the iFrame solution for Asian operators

iFrame

Betinvest has taken a leap into the world of esports through its industry-first customisable iFrame solution. Vitalii Humeniuk, the firm’s esports development manager, and Valentyn Kyrylenko, VP of Business Development, spoke to SBC News about the development of its solution and why it is such a good fit for Asian market operators. SBC: Hi Valentyn, can you outline the key …

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