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GambleAware launches PhD funding scheme for UK academic institutions

GambleAware has moved to bolster its academic and research capacities, launching its new directive to fund three-year PhD studentships across UK universities and scientific intuitions.     Ahead of the start 2021/2022 academic year, GambleAware will allow institutions to apply for funding of six grants to be awarded to PhD students researching priority areas required by the problem gambling research, education and …

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Every sports content site is driven by video – why should betting be different?


A seasoned marketing executive who previously headed up the sportsbook division at 888 Holdings, Yuval Benyamini joined content platform WSC Sports in February 2021 as Head of Betting Business Development. Fast forward just a few months and we learned that WSC Sports had teamed up with Sportradar to launch the sports betting sector’s first ‘Live Video Notification’ push service.  We …

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Tristan Wootton joins Fitzdares as new Director of Growth

Fitzdares has strengthened its senior leadership team after naming Tristan Wootton as the company’s new Director of Growth. In his new role, Wootton will oversee Fitzdares’ growth strategy by “helping to scale the business, grow revenues in a responsible manner” as well as consider new opportunities for expansion in new markets. Commenting on his new role, Wootton said: “I am …

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UKGC delays National Lottery timetable to accommodate deeper bid evaluations

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed that it has extended the timetable of the Fourth National Lottery Competition by a further 10-week period. The decision will see the winner of the multi-billion UK government contract set to be announced in February 2022, as the Commission withdraws its original forecast of aiming to announce the competition’s winner by …

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BetProtect expands reach following successful acquisition by Crucial Compliance

Crucial Compliance has acquired gambling protection app BetProtect, enabling the latter to expand its reach, offering its solution to ‘several leading providers’. The acquisition was finalised on 1 August, and will see Crucial Compliance integrate BetProtect into its wider offering providing corporate responsibility, compliance and professional service solutions. A compliance specialist consultancy, Crucial Compliance aims to deliver a ‘holistic safer …

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Rhodes defends UKGC against blowback of Football Index’s administration

Andrew Rhodes, the Interim Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), has defended the regulator from criticism of remaining silent during the ongoing administration of Football Index. Rhodes, who took charge of the UKGC last June replacing ousted leader Neil McArthur, took to Twitter to defend the regulator from criticisms related to the administration’s proceedings. “Many have assumed the …

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SIS and Racing Post collaborate on one-off betting shop awards programme

SIS (Sports Information Services) has teamed up with the Racing Post to host a one-off Betting Shop Champion Awards, aimed at recognising the efforts of retail betting and gaming staff during the COIVD-19 pandemic. As with other sectors of the UK economy, the retail betting sector has been hard hit by lockdowns, with high street bookmakers forced to close their …

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BACTA forms working group to improve understanding of gaming machines

BACTA, the trade association that represents British arcades and gaming machine suppliers, has established a new ‘technical standards working group’. The group, BACTA says, has been designed to inform, recommend and update regulatory stakeholders on industry developments and best practices related to machine gaming standards and developments.  Led by Alan Claypole, the current Head of Product Development at Blueprint Gaming, …

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Ladbrokes commences with pre-season ‘Drummers’ marketing campaign

Ladbrokes has built on its ‘Drummers’ UEFA 2020 European Championship marketing campaign ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 club football season. The campaign kicks off today and will be split into two over the coming weeks in order to enhance fan excitement and anticipation for weekend fixtures.  Conducted by the Neverland media agency, it will be featured across TV and digital …

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