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Done Blasts Man Utd Glazers

Betfred founder Fred Done blasted Manchester United football club owners the Glazer family, over the management of the  2012/2013 English Premier League champions. Done (71) a lifelong Manchester United FC supporter, condemned the ownership of the Club by the American Glazer family in an interview published in the Manchester Evening News on Sunday 9th of March. Speaking in an hour …

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Unibet Becomes Official Betting Partner of the UFC

Unibet Plc announced today that it had agreed a deal to become the official betting partner for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The partnership deal comes immediately into effect, and will see the operator’s sports betting brand – Unibet.com promoted in the regions of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, France and the Netherlands. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, is a professional …

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Why mobile first should be the last approach

SBC affiliate correspondent Marc Pedersen explains why the industry needs to broaden its focus away from the mobile channel. I was fortunate enough to attend the EGR Power 50 Affiliates Summit this week, although with Chatham House Rules in place I can’t go into too many details about what was discussed there. However I did come away with a sense …

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Why Paddy Power’s Pistorius Campaign Harms All

The public and media backlash over the Paddy Power Oscar Pistorius Money Back Campaign, could not have come at a worse time for all UK gambling operators. Only this week The House of Lords has been debating further and more stringent advertising regulation of the sector. Furthermore gambling operators are being attacked daily by media commentators and politicians. Put simply …

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Great turnout in Manila for SBC AGBrief ‘Winter Warmer’

Over 100 iGaming executives from Metro Manila and beyond gathered at the city’s most exclusive new bar last Friday, 28 February, to join Sports Betting Community Asia and Asia Gambling Brief for the third installment of their networking drinks event. Dubbed ‘Winter Warmer’ after the recent cold spell in the city, and sponsored by Ezugi, EveryMatrix, First Cagayan and Footballbet,com …

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Industry video explains new machine measures

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has published a video in which bookmakers explain the new measures that have been introduced onto betting shop gaming machines, more commonly known as FOBTs. In a statement, the ABB commented: “Even though problem gambling levels are at record low in England, we do acknowledge that some of our customers will have problems with …

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Andy Harris: Keeping things simple for mobile

SBC caught up with Realistic Games Commercial Director Andy Harris to talk about how his firm approaches game development in a market where the platform changes frequently. SBC: How long does it take for you to develop a game – from concept to execution? AH: It really depends on the depth and complexity of the development. Generally speaking, from the …

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GTECH Wins Greek OPAP Tender

Former Greek state owned gaming operator – OPAP has selected gambling and lotteries software provider GTECH as its online gambling provider. OPAP had created a closed tender with selected pitches to software suppliers 888 Holdings, Openbet , Playtech and GTECH. GTECH is set to provide the Greek State operator with full digital gambling provisions and player management systems. The account …

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House Of Lords Ministers Attack Gambling Advertising

UK broadcasting standards regulator –Ofcom published its study on UK gambling advertisement and exposure. The regulator stated that British television had increased by 600 per cent since the deregulation of the sector in September 2007, growing from 234,000 to 1.4 million a year. Further research reported that gambling adverts had generated 30.9 billion views. The Ofcom research found that a …

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Chris Bell Aims To Float XL Media in London AIM

Former Chief Executive of Ladbrokes Plc, Chris Bell is set to bring Israeli igaming marketing and player acquisition operator XL Media to the London Alternative Investment Market (AIM).  Mr Bell, appointed to  aid the floatation of the company has appointed bankers  Cenkos Securities to undertake the proposed stock market flotation. XL Media provides digital marketing and  player acquisition services for igaming …

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