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BGC slams ‘unfair and unnecessary’ betting shop closures

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Business Secretary Alok Sharma to block the ‘unfair and unnecessary’ closure of betting shops and casinos across the country, citing concerns over potential mass job losses. Across Lancashire and Liverpool, and soon to include Wales and potentially Greater Manchester, betting shops have been included in the list of businesses having to …

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A step beyond: How NetShop ISP can ‘outrun’ the hosting services competition

NetShop ISP

Data center and web hosting services provider NetShop ISP can only “outrun” the immense competition for clients – including those active in the iGaming industry – by taking the next step beyond the end-product’s delivery. “Not only do we need to be ahead of the technology trends to support our customers, but we also have to compete on a daily …

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Betway upgrades in-play capacity with Betgenius deal extension

Genius Sports has signed a long-term contract extension with Betway, which will see it continue as the operator’s lead supplier of sportsbook data, content and market trading provisions. Expanding an existing partnership arrangement, Betway will have its in-play markets upgraded by Betgenius’ in-play software, offering the highest quality of live content and reliability of live data across all major sports …

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GambleAware calls for greater awareness for support services

New research commissioned by GambleAware has highlighted a ‘concerning lack of awareness and use’ of problem gambling support services. The study, which forms part of the charity’s ongoing ‘Treatment Needs and Gap Analysis’ work to better understand the demand, need and awareness of help and support, explores the impact of the first few months of lockdown up until May on …

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William Hill drives retention with SportCaller’s Free Or 4

Free-to-play (FTP) sports game provider SportCaller has made its new Free Or 4 game available to William Hill, helping the operator drive both engagement and retention. Free Or 4 asks players to select six games in which they believe three or four total goals will be scored from the Saturday long-list of 3pm UK kick-offs. If players are able to …

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Gamesys targets strong 2020 closing after successful Spanish launch

Gamesys Group Plc has cited continued growth momentum across its brand portfolio as the LSE-listed online gambling group recorded growth on all key operating metrics.   Publishing its Q3 2020 trading statement, Gamesys recorded a 31% increase in group revenues to £190 million, reflecting a period of strong organic growth which was supported by an increase in customer activity. Providing …

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Wales closes betting shops as country enters ‘firebreak’ lockdown

UK gambling faces another shock as First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford confirms that the country will enter a ‘time-limited firebreak’ from 6pm on Friday. The measures, which will last for 17 days, will take Wales back to the lockdown restrictions introduced in March and will result in the closure of 366 betting shops. Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses …

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FA advances all levels of Women’s football

The Football Association (FA) has announced a new, four-year sustainable strategy to ensure the future of women’s football in England. The project, called ‘Inspiring Positive Change’, has eight key remits, which are listed as: early participation, development participation, club player pathway, elite domestic leagues and competitions, England, football for all, coaching and refereeing. As part of the plan, football will …

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RecoverMe gains Southampton FC backing

RecoverMe, a mobile health app tailored towards empowering individuals to manage gambling addiction, has received the backing of Southampton Football Club. Supporting the app’s launch, Southampton FC ‘will contribute significantly to support the growth and accessibility’ of the mHealth app, forming part of what the team calls ‘a responsibility to raise awareness of the support available for those that might …

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Turning behaviour into revenue: Xtremepush bangs the drum for smarter player engagement

Operators could – and should – be putting their customer data to more effective use, believes Victor Sevciuc, Head of Sales for Sports Betting and Gaming at Xtremepush.   He was speaking to us ahead of an upcoming Xtremepush webinar which will be hosted by SBC on Thursday 29 October, entitled ‘Turning player behaviour into revenue: Building an omnichannel approach to …

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