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Shape Games’ Ulrik Restorp: empowering partners through tailored solutions

SBC News Shape Games’ Ulrik Restorp: empowering partners through tailored solutions

Ulrik Restorp, SVP of Products at Shape Games, took time out with SBCNews ahead of ICE London to share how the company aims to empower its partners through tailored solutions and help them create immersive and tailored experiences for their distinct markets.  ________________ In the dynamic landscape of the igaming industry, Shape Games stands at the forefront, not only as …

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Jordan Levin: OpenBet DNA strengthened by IMG ARENA refresh

SBC News Jordan Levin: OpenBet DNA strengthened by IMG ARENA refresh

Jordan Levin is confident that the Integration of IMG ARENA under OpenBet will create global gambling’s most sophisticated technology business, delivering end-to-end sports data, technology and content ecosystem for betting operators and rightsholders. Levin told SBCNews following the disclosure by NYSE sports and entertainment firm Endeavor Co that it had taken the decision to merge IMG ARENA’s business with OpenBet. …

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Brigid Simmonds (OBE): White Paper provides a shared experience of gambling’s conflict & resolution

SBC News Brigid Simmonds (OBE): White Paper provides a shared experience of gambling’s conflict & resolution

Brigid Simmonds, Chair of the Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) reflects on the trade body’s development since its inception in 2019, navigating the crossfire of UK Gambling’s journey towards its regulatory resolution in 2023.  A headline speaker of the SBC Summit Barcelona (19-21 September), Simmonds cites that UK Gambling shares a ‘common experience’ with other European markets awaiting regulatory settlement. …

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Robert Chvatal: Allwyn spearheads the largest transformation in lottery history

SBC News Robert Chvatal: Allwyn spearheads the largest transformation in lottery history

Robert Chvatal, Group CEO of Allwyn International, has asserted that the pan-European lottery conglomerate can balance its organic and M&A growth in what promises to be a transformative 2023. Speaking to SBC following the publication of Allwyn International’s Q1 results, which incorporated the performance of Camelot UK assets, the transaction resulted in an impressive 80% surge in revenues to €1.6bn, …

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SBC Leaders: Niels Onkenhout – ‘KOA playfield is yet to be settled’

SBC News SBC Leaders: Niels Onkenhout - ‘KOA playfield is yet to be settled’

Niels Onkenhout, Chief Executive of Nederlandse Loterij – the Netherlands state lottery – has stated that the legislative journey of the KOA Regime is nowhere near complete.  Speaking to Kelly Kehn, host of the SBC Leaders podcast, Onkenhout avowed that Dutch online gambling faces a critical period as to how the market will be reshaped by upcoming judgements. Of significance, …

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SBC Spotlight: Mark Robinson – From All Black to Microgaming…

SBC News SBC Spotlight: Mark Robinson - From All Black to Microgaming...

Kicking off October, SBC begins its ‘spotlight features’ by interviewing Microgaming Senior Partnerships lead Mark Robinson on his unique journey from All Black rugby international to igaming executive.   As the industry faces critical questions on how to broaden its workforce appeal to new talent, Robinson reflects on his critical choices and learnings that have seen his career transition from …

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Barcelona Summit: Betting in the midst of changing technology and social cycles

SBC News Barcelona Summit: Betting in the midst of changing technology and social cycles

A captivating discussion on the generational change that sports betting is currently witnessing opened the SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital conference agenda. Two executives locked in the eye of the storm are Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings, and Sportradar founder Carsten Koerl, who were both on hand to debate 2020’s sweeping reform of betting’s global landscape and standard operating norms.   …

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Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling

SBC News Jason Ader - No Boogeyman... Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling

Jason Ader has stated that his company SpringOwl, an ‘independent sponsor and buyout firm’, is tracking all developments of a disrupted global gambling landscape as ‘the pandemic has opened the market’. Speaking to SBC, Ader stated that he is neither undeterred by talk of ‘doom-and-gloom’ nor swayed by easy rhetoric related to ‘business accelerations’. Instead, Ader recognises that global gambling …

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Sam Cooke: ESI Digital Summit – “esports value is more than a pandemic anomaly”

SBC News Sam Cooke: ESI Digital Summit - "esports value is more than a pandemic anomaly"

Next week, Esports Insider (ESI) will host its ‘ESI Digital Summit’ (26-27 May), where it will discuss all critical components related to the esports value chain amid a disrupted global marketplace. Sam Cooke, Managing Director of ESI, tells SBC that although esports may have navigated COVID-19 disruptions better than its traditional counterparts, stakeholders should not take comfort in the easy …

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Predrag Popovic, Fincore: ‘Security is a moving target leadership can’t sleep on’

SBC News Predrag Popovic, Fincore: 'Security is a moving target leadership can't sleep on'

Industry technology figurehead Predrag Popovic has detailed to SBC that betting leadership needs to sharpen its skillset and understanding of security breaches and cyber-attacks as it enters a new decade of complexities. Recognised as the patron developer of the modern-day betting system, Popovic is the Co-Founder of Fincore – the first technology group to develop digital risk management and wagering …

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