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GamStop suggests punters self-exclude during lockdown

As the gambling industry is continuing to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, GamStop has urged people to ‘exclude themselves from all online gambling websites’ if they are worried about their betting habits. The national online self-exclusion initiative believes that self-excluding during the lockdown can limit the risk of problem gambling. Fiona Palmer, Chief executive of GamStop, said: “We are …

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BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity

Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have committed to donating all profits from this weekend’s ‘Virtual Grand National’ to NHS Charities Together. The initiative has the backing of BGC members including bet365, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Bet, GVC, BetFred, Betway, BetVictor, JenningsBet and Inspired Entertainment. Commenting on the initiative, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “With the …

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NO BS… Brand Architects launches ‘Operator MOT’ appraisal service

Industry strategic marketing and brand development consultancy Brand Architects has launched its new ‘Operator MOT’ appraisal service, which will deliver a ‘zero BS assessment’ of player engagement practices, marketing and operations. Providing ‘MOT reports’ to operators, Brand Architects will independently evaluate a customer’s experience in relation to key services. Core operational disciplines reviewed by Brand Architects MOT will include brand …

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UKGC underlines full commitment to ‘making gambling safer’

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has upped its commitment to reducing gambling-related harm in 2020, placing particular emphasis upon the online gambling sector. Publishing its ‘2020/21 Business Plan‘, the UKGC outlined five strategic priorities which will be ‘centred around making gambling safer’. The regulator highlighted the need for improved consumer protection, prevention of harm, improvements to the way the UKGC …

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Scientific Games secures Bavarian upgrade with LOTTO Bayern

LOTTO Bayern, the state lottery operator for the German Province of Bavaria, has sanctioned an upgrade of its operating systems which expands its lead technology supplier contract with Scientific Games for a further four years. Updating stakeholders, Scientific Games confirmed that LOTTO Bayern will become one of its first lottery partners to install its ‘new self-contained SYMPHONY system’. The all-round …

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Can anyone top Trump? Better Collective’s part in the US presidential race

There’s still seven months to go but the US presidential race is already starting to hot up, as the ever divisive Donald Trump pushes for a second four-year term. For this month’s Better Collective Spotlight, SBC News looks at the role that the igaming affiliate is playing in providing data via its US-bookies.com platform.  US-bookies.com is best known for offering …

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Tote offers Swedish racing with ATG deal

In a deal that will offer UK customers new opportunities to bet on Swedish racing, The Tote has secured a new partnership with the Swedish Horse Racing Totalisator Board (ATG). Available bets for all Tote customers on Swedish thoroughbred and trotting racing include ‘Win, Place and Trifecta’, as well as ‘Exacta’ on thoroughbred racing only, with work underway to integrate …

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Spain orders ‘social shield’ to fast track gambling advertising window

An emergency meeting held by Spain’s Council of Ministers has fast-tracked measures of the government’s approved Royal Decree on advertising. Yesterday, Spanish ministers approved a raft of temporary ‘social shield’ provisions aimed at protecting citizens during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has ravaged the country’s healthcare networks. The Spanish government has implemented the strictest lockdown, social distancing and isolation measures …

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‘Misleading’ Lucky Go Studio ad banned by ASA

Lucky Go Studio has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after one complainant questioned whether an in-game ad was misleading due to exaggeration of the chances of winning prizes when using the app. The advert, first seen as an in-app video ad for the app Lucky Goal, was first shown on 25 November 2019. It showed the mobile …

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Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback

‘B2B focused’ Nektan Plc remains confident that it can achieve EBITDA break-even results by the end of year trading. Publishing its corporate results for the six-month period ending 31 December 2019 (H1 2019), Nektan recorded corporate revenues of £800,000, up 157% on corresponding H1 2018’s £310,000. The London-AIM firm pointed to its improved commercial pipeline, which sees its software active …

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