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Sapar Karyagdyyev, Gamingtec: Esports a new king or fly-by-night

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When COVID-19 decimated the sports calendar back in March, the knee-jerk reaction was that sports betting would never be the same. Alternative content, headlined by esports and virtual betting markets, would quickly emerge as a genuine rival to traditional sports betting. Yet, while the associated quarantine period has certainly accelerated the need for a more diversified content set, both short …

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Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential

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Just yesterday, customer activation software provider Wiraya announced a long-term partnership with customer experience marketing agency A GAME ABOVE.  Writing exclusively for SBC News, the CEOs of both businesses discuss the journey to making customers believe in their offering across all stages of the lifecycle, and how they plan to promote the value benefits for consumers, client brands and product …

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Alexey Khobot, Fonbet: The importance of live streaming for Russia’s betting market

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By European standards, the Russia betting industry is just reaching adolescence. Yet for the market’s biggest operators such as Fonbet, whose Russian revenues reached RUB19b (+£200m) in 2019, technology has moved on at speed over the last 10 years. One such example of this technology change is the integration of live sports streams – one of the most frequently mentioned …

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George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma

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Vermantia COO George Fotopoulos writes for SBC News about rising to customer expectations in the modern betting landscape. A few days back, I came across an interesting article in a quite famous economic magazine about customer experience (CX) and its importance in today’s business world for every industry.  The topic is not new since there has been a fuss around …

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Fast Track’s Dan Morrison: Why now is the time to digitalise player engagement

Dan Morrison reflects on his journey from a bootstrapped entrepreneur to his new role as the Commercial Director of Fast Track, looking at the evolution of player engagement strategies and how a digitalised, customer-centric approach benefits the entire iGaming industry. A unified player engagement strategy: more problems than solutions? The evolution of the internet is perhaps the single most important …

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Winning Post: Lords pull their weight on UK gambling

Regulus Partners reviews a further week of political manoeuvres, as the upper echelons of British society weigh in on the future governance and oversight of UK gambling… ______________ UK: Regulation – Mo money, mo problems (by The Notorious PSG) The row over who should administer industry contributions for gambling harm research, prevention and treatment services is arguably the most unnecessary …

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FONBET’s Alexey Khobot: Using bots to formulate odds in 2020

In 1995, Alexey Khobot designed his first software for FONBET, which included the use of bots to assist in oddsmaking. The operator looks at why this artificial intelligence has been key, but points out that the human touch still remains king. The most important part of the bookmaking process is the formulation of odds. It’s no secret that bookmakers rely …

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Winning Post: Prohibitionists, government u-turns and parliamentary tittle-tattle

Regulus Partners kicks off the week by reviewing the much anticipated GRH APPG report released last week, and Parliament’s continued tittle-tattle on reviewing the rules related to online and TV advertising, as debate on UK gambling heats up this summer.   _________________ UK: politics – with liberals like these… who needs prohibitionists? It is a cliché of the age that expressions …

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FavBet’s Alex Hleb deal: “When contract is just a piece of paper”

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Oleg Smityuk from FavBet reflects on his experience of building beneficial partnerships with brand ambassadors, citing Champions League winner Alex Hleb as a case study for the Belarus market. More than a year ago now, I joined FavBet in a Head of International Markets role. I have since executed one of the top priorities for the company, which was relaunching …

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Online casino on “strong footing” to absorb live sports return

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SBC News caught up with Soft2Bet CEO Boris Chaikin to discuss whether the recent spike in online casino activity during the break from live sports events could be sustained as Europe’s biggest football leagues kick back into action. Chaikin was asked if the traffic for online casino games – beneficiaries of the COVID-19 pandemic (at least relative to sports betting) …

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