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SIS doubles esports output with Competitive Gaming expansion

Sports Information Services (SIS) has strengthened its esports coverage after doubling its output of content available through its SIS Competitive Gaming product. The additional output will feature a greater number of live head to head competitions between skilled and qualified gamers, including the SIS Blitz League. Rohini Sardana, Head of Product Proposition at SIS, said: “Following the successful launch of …

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Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown

Further to announcing its leadership change this morning, GVC Holdings has published a H1 post-close trading statement informing investors of the firm’s performance under challenging global conditions.  Navigating COVID-19 complexities, GVC underlined that the company was robust and decisive in implementing cost management actions to ensure that the group achieved its objective of operating at a cash neutral position during …

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All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world

All-in Global, the number one language service provider in the gaming industry, has gathered the most relevant data to highlight hot fantasy markets for SBC News readers, and advise interested companies on how to prepare “local” fantasy content. In 2019, it was estimated that almost 46 million adults (18+) played fantasy sports in the US. In comparison, the Fantasy Premier …

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GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women

New research from GambleAware has highlighted that perceived stigma can be a barrier to accessing treatment for female gamblers. The research, which was commissioned by GambleAware and completed by YouGov, aims to develop a deeper understanding around the experiences of women and gambling. The study found that 39% of women ‘who would not want treatment, advice or support to help …

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GVC marks a ‘new era’ as Segev replaces Alexander as CEO 

Kenny Alexander is to step down as CEO of GVC Holdings after 13 years with COO Shay Segev taking control of the FTSE-100 operator almost immediately. Alexander is to will remain at GVC in the short term as a company executive to support the leadership transition. Confirming the leadership change, Chairman Barry Gibson said: “Kenny has built a remarkable global business, …

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Buzz Bingo to close 26 UK venues placing 570 jobs at risk 

Buzz Bingo has revealed plans to close 26 of its UK venues in a move that will place 570 employees at risk of losing their jobs.  The UK’s largest bingo hall operator stated that it had undertaken the drastic actions to ‘protect the future of its business’ as it seeks to mitigate pandemic circumstances affecting the entire leisure and hospitality …

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Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals

Dafabet has grown its portfolio of English cricket teams after securing two new sponsorship agreements with the Durham and Sussex county teams. The new partnerships, facilitated by SEM Global, preempt the Vitality Blast T20 campaign and will see the operator’s name feature prominently on the two teams’ shirts. As part of the agreement with Sussex Cricket, Dafabet’s logo will feature …

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Covid concerns see Clarion Gaming move ICE 2021 to April   

Clarion Gaming has issued an ‘advanced notice’ to industry incumbents and stakeholders confirming that its flagship ICE London show will be moved to April in 2021.  Managing Director Kate Chambers stated that the decision had been undertaken following ‘discussions with the market’, after which it became clear that concerns remained attached to COVID-19 impacts should the exhibition maintain its traditional …

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David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast?

In last month’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, I talked about a possible link between erosion of parliamentarians’ trust in the Gambling Commission and erosion of the Commission’s trust in the gambling sector. Since then, more recent events have served to underline even more the extent to which trust in both the regulator and the regulated has so regrettably …

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National Lottery launches £45m Community Fund network

The National Lottery has pledged to provide a further £45 million in funding for the UK’s ‘most vulnerable communities’ to help them recover from COVID-19 impacts. Through its ‘Community Fund’, the National Lottery has established a new network which will help it distribute central funds to five partners supporting organisations that work within communities that have been disproportionately impacted by …

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