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SAZKA moves full steam ahead on National Lottery tender

Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group has officially confirmed that it has entered the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) competition for the 4th licence to operate the National Lottery. Since the UKGC published its competition timetable at the start of the year, SAZKA has long been viewed as a ‘National Lottery suitor’ seeking to win the multi £ billion operating contract from …

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Ukraine publishes remit and objective of first Gambling Commission  

Ukraine’s Rada has sanctioned a series of ‘secondary laws’ to accompany its formally approved ‘Gambling Law’ mandate, establishing the foundation of Ukraine’s first-ever ‘Gambling and Lottery Commission’ (UGLC). Closing September proceedings, Rada ministers approved a secondary decree ‘on the formation of a gambling and lottery commission’, which will serve as the state’s legal entity to monitor licensed gambling activities and …

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Parimatch: “It’s not even about money. It’s about your brand’

Despite the recent challenges laid out to gambling companies this year, mainly the COVID-19 crisis and the temporary halting of sport and retail, firms in the sector are always looking to develop its brand to secure long-term benefits. Speaking at SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital, Ivan Liashenko, Parimatch chief marketing officer, provided his services to discuss how to take a …

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Germany 2021: Landers’ ‘transitional framework’ receives mixed reactions 

The approval by Germany’s 16 Lander (regional councils) to launch a ‘transitional tolerance period’ for igaming services, which will bring clarity to operators who wish to participate in the federal relaunch of the online gambling marketplace in 2021, has drawn contrasting views.   As German Lander continue to individually ratify the final amendments of the federal New Interstate Treaty on Online …

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William Hill confirms Apollo vs Caesars takeover battle

William Hill has issued a statement clarifying media speculation, as city rumours intensify that the FTSE betting group is subject to an imminent US takeover. The board of William Hill has this afternoon confirmed that it has received ‘separate cash proposals’ from US private equity fund Apollo Global Management and its current US markets strategic partner Caesars Entertainment. William Hill …

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BGC members commit to new design code on game safeties

Maintaining the industry’s commitment to upholding safer gambling standards across all online gambling disciplines, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has unveiled its ‘new code conduct for the design of online games’. Last Spring, the BGC announced that its members would address concerns on ‘intensive slots and game designs’ as part of the industry’s ‘new action plan’ which had seen …

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René Jansen: KSA will implement the strictest KOA licensing procedure 

René Jansen, Chairman of Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has stated that the Netherlands gambling regulatory authority will have the necessary resources to deal with an influx of applications seeking to join its new online gambling marketplace. Jansen made his statement, addressing delegates of the ‘Gaming in Holland’ conference on 22 September, underscoring that despite a three month delay in launching its licensing …

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888 confirms Lord Mendelsohn as inbound chairman for critical 2021 proceedings

888 Holdings has filed a notice with the London Stock Exchange, confirming that Lord Jonathan Mendelsohn will replace Brian Mattingley as its designate company chairman. The appointment of Lord Mendelsohn as new chairman is scheduled to take place at 888’s next annual general meeting in May 2021, with Mattingley officially resigning from all governance duties.  In its notice, 888 highlighted …

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AgeChecked: Compliance Spotlight – Dutch KSA not toying on age verification duties

To date, regulatory agencies have treated age verification as a standard yet static compliance discipline for online gambling. However, ID specialist AgeChecked believes that mandatory requirements may soon change as Dutch regulator KSA enforces deeper responsibilities on age verification processes and record-keeping – marked as a key licensing condition for any incumbent joining the Netherlands online gambling marketplace in 2021 …

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UKGC highlights concerns on increased machine interactions post-lockdown 

Tracking the performance of all licensed gambling verticals, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revealed that July saw a ‘slight month-on-month decrease’ in the amount spent by consumers on online gambling (including online slots).  The UKGC has published further data on gambling consumer habits and operator engagements registered across land-based and digital verticals for the period of May-to-July 2020. “Gambling …

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