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DCMS launches review of Gambling Act to find its new generational purpose

DCMS launches review of Gambling Act to find its new generational purpose

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has confirmed that the review of the 2005 Gambling Act will be launched today. The review is expected to result in the biggest reform of UK gambling laws since the Blair government. Taking control of the review, DCMS has prioritised consumer safeguards, advertising standards, online protections and the …

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DCMS to pull trigger on Gambling Act review next week

The Guardian has reported that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) will officially launch its review of the ‘2005 Gambling Act’ next week – undertaking the biggest reform of the UK betting sector since the ‘Blair Era’.  The review, which was marked as a 2019 General Election pledge by PM Boris Johnson, will review all current gambling …

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Flutter orders full buyout of FanDuel shareholding

Flutter Entertainment has secured its majority shareholding in US wagering subsidiary FanDuel after agreeing to acquire the 37.2% interest held by the ‘Fastball’ consortium for $4.17 billion (£3.1bn).  The transaction will see Flutter increase its majority shareholding in FanDuel from 58% to 95% – as the FTSE100 operator triggers an early buyout clause to increase its interest in its flagship …

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CAT takes lead judiciary of UK football data rights dispute

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), UK law’s main court for business and economic disputes, has ruled that it will act as the lead judiciary in the data rights and competition infringement claim made by Sportradar against Betgenius and Football DataCo (FDC). As judiciary, the Tribunal has dismissed the applications made by Football DataCo and Betgenius to transfer Sportradar’s ‘competition claim’ …

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How SpilXperten is driving engagement among Denmark’s handball fans

How SpilXperten is driving engagement among Denmark’s handball fans

The first matches of the Women’s European Handball Championship are taking place in Denmark today, and this year’s tournament is already generating a lot of excitement amongst the sport’s fans across the country. In this edition of the Better Collective Spotlight, Toke Parbo – Content Manager at Better Collective – discusses why the sport has become so popular in Denmark …

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Unibet founder Anders Ström ends Kindred chairmanship

Kindred Group Plc has informed investors that company founder Anders Ström will not seek re-election as Non-Executive Chairman. Lauded as an industry figurehead, in 1997 Ström founded Unibet – Kindred’s original business enterprise – as a telephone betting service to take wagers for Swedish customers Ström issued the following personal statement on his decision not to pursue re-election: “Some years …

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BGC praises results of COVID action plan 

Since the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) ‘COVID action plan’, the industry’s unified trade body states that the number of safer gambling messages displayed on gambling sites ‘has more than doubled in just six months’. The 10-pledge plan was initially unveiled at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown in March and set out the new standards …

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Betsson places ‘market responsibilities’ at the forefront of Betsafe Kenya launch

Betsson AB has launched its first African market sportsbook property ‘Betsafe Kenya’, pledging the deepest commitment to promoting safer gambling participation amongst customers. This summer, the Stockholm-operator announced its intentions to launch a Kenyan subsidiary by partnering with Kenya Betting Control Board (BCLB) licence holder Bet High Ltd. Forming a strategic partnership, Betsson has commissioned Bet High to operate Betsafe …

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Ireland adopts interim Gaming and Lotteries Act ahead of wholesale 2021 reforms

Ireland has passed the ‘interim Gaming and Lotteries Act’, establishing the foundations for a planned sweeping reform of the nation’s gambling laws in 2021.   The overhaul of Ireland’s gambling legislation will provide a long-awaited modernisation of existing legislation for the sector that dates back to 1931 and 1956, updating codes and standards for the digital age and modern consumer.  The …

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BetMakers leads €34m pursuit of Sportech to supercharge global outlook

BetMakers Technology Group has this morning communicated that it has reached a ‘binding agreement’ with the board of Sportech Plc to acquire the company for AUS $56.2 (€34m) valuation, undertaken on a cash-free / debt-free basis. The ASX-listed technology group will acquire all Sportech US, European and UK assets and IPs, establishing the company as the leading global supplier of …

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