Europe

666Bet to Keep Metro Play brand and add sports betting product

Following last weeks undisclosed purchase of DMG Media’s subsidiary online gambling brand Metro Play, 666Bet Chief Executive Barry Martin has announced that 666Bet will sustain the Metro Play brand and its services. Barry Martin further announced that Metro Play would soon feature a 666Bet run sports betting platform, as its new owners look to increase vertical offerings to Metro Play …

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Breon Corcoran – sustainability key to Betfair’s future performance

Following the positive results published in its opening Q1 2015 results, Betfair Chief Executive Breon Corcoran outlined that the operator would focus on product refinement and operational sustainability in order to continue Betfair’s improved financial performance. The operator report increased net gaming revenues of 30% to £117.3 million (Q1 2014: £90.4 million). Betfair further reported that all gaming verticals had witnessed …

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Paddy Power, Stonewall & Arsenal FC launch Gay Rights in Football TV Campaign

This weekend saw the launch of UK wide co-marketing campaign ‘The Changing Room’. The campaign sees Paddy Power, join forces with Arsenal Football Club and Stonewall sexual rights charity, in order to change attitudes and combat homophobia in English Football. The campaign created by creative agencies Lucky Generals and M2M, asks the UK sporting public to support the gay/lesbian rights …

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SBOBET & Mansion exit UK betting market

 Asian focused betting operators Mansion and SBOBET have announced that they will no longer accept wagers from UK customers; the move sees both operators withdraw operations and marketing from the UK ahead of new industry regulations. Both operators will stop betting services to their UK player bases as of the 15th of September, the day before the UK Gambling Commission …

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UKGC – Weaknesses persist in underage gambling controls

The latest round of underage gambling test purchasing conducted by local authorities in partnership with the Commission continues to demonstrate that many operators have inadequate controls for preventing underage gambling. In 20 out of 40 tests of adult gaming centres and betting shops, a supervised test purchaser under the age of 18 was allowed to play on a gaming machine and …

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FanDuel fantasy sports raises $70 million investment round

New York and Edinburgh based fantasy sports platform FanDuel Inc, has raised $70 million (£42.80 million) in its latest venture funding round. The Edinburgh founded fantasy sports game has received the majority of its latest backing from entertainment and media investment specialists Shamrock Capital.  Prior to the funding round, FanDuel inc had raised $18 million (11.05 million) in investment from …

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Betfair shareholders divided over executive pay & rewards

Following its annual general meeting, nearly a third of Betfair shareholders voted against rewarding the operators executive management. The clash over executive pay comes in the week that Shareholder and corporate governance adviser Pirc had recommended that Betfair investor’s reject the operator’s interim report and accounts at the general meeting, due to the operator’s dividend misconduct over the past three …

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William Hill strengthens social media protections

William Hill has strengthened its player protection initiatives by launching a social media age verification filter. The operator has launched its new initiative to coincide with new changes to UK gambling laws, as the bookmaker aims to promote responsible gaming and best practice throughout its operations. William Hill will monitor engagement on social media channels to ensure that the operator …

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Fuga Gaming partners with Odobo

Fuga Gaming Technologies is the new worldwide and exclusive distributer for UMA Premium games. Predominantly a land-based game provider, it has over 70 titles featured in casinos and on cruise ships all over the world. The software house has excelled at building video slots, table, poker and bingo games, multiplayer systems, amusement with prize games, skill with prize and social …

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Tipico rolls out Betradar’s Live Channel Retail

Betradar, supplier of sports and betting related data,has announced the successful launch of its Live Channel for retail betting shops with the German bookmaker Tipico. Tipico has already rolled out the live sports channel in over 200 shops across Germany with the intention to connect up to 1,000 shops, and expand links in Austria, Belgium and Denmark. Betradar’s Live Channel, …

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