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Sarah Gardner: UKGC aware of blurred complexities governing novel product interactions

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The emergence of ‘new, novel products’ that have hit the UK’s online gambling market in recent years have presented a unique challenge for both regulators and operators. Speaking to industry stakeholders at last week’s ICE 2022 London expo, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Deputy CEO Sarah Gardner outlined ongoing concerns, noting that many of the products and their engagements are a …

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Racehorse Lotto to pursue Irish expansion with £2m raise

James and Hugh O’Donnell have stated their intention to raise £2 million to support their ‘Racehorse Lotto’ venture’s expansion in Ireland, according to The Telegraph.  The brothers – James is the former horse racing breeder for the Queen and Hugh is CEO of Furlong Games and worked as an investment banker – want to grow the lottery, which functions as …

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Richard McGuire to serve as Chairman of new look Sportech 

Sportech Plc has announced that Giles Vardey has decided to end his tenure as Non-Executive Chairman of the London AIM-listed wagering and racing systems supplier.  Last week, Vardey notified Sportech’s board of directors that he would not seek re-election as chairman of the company, a position that he had served since July 2019. Former Sportech Chief Executive Richard McGuire (2019-to-2021) …

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Sportradar expands US sports portfolio with NASCAR integrity deal

Sportradar has further strengthened its status in the US sports space, as the betting industry in the country rapidly expands, entering into an agreement with NASCAR. The Swiss sports data and technology company has secured a multi-year deal with the stock car racing tournament, building on a previous arrangement between the two organisations. Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS) and NASCAR have …

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Flutter calls on Betfair Cluj recruitment drive to support global IT expansion

Flutter Entertainment has disclosed to Romanian media that it seeks to recruit 500 new software developers and IT engineers to join its Betfair Cluj Napoca tech hub. The FTSE100 betting group has operated its Cluj tech hub since 2015, established by its Betfair business ahead of the subsidiary’s £4 billion merger with Paddy Power – a transformative deal that laid …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Musings on a pending White Paper

As I write this, the global gambling industry community has this week once more descended on London for the return of the ICE 2022 conference. Many of them may have thought that, by now, the potential future UK gambling regulatory landscape would already have been made clear, bearing in mind initial indications that the Government White Paper on the Gambling …

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Better Collective nets Futbin €105m takeover to expand esports media presence

Better Collective AS has moved to significantly enlarge its esports media presence by acquiring e-football gaming community Futbin and related assets for €105m in a cash and shares deal.  Registering 50 million monthly visits on its website, alongside a further three million daily actives on its proprietary app, Futbin is recognised as the leading online community and digital resource for players …

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GBGB assigns Racing and Sports PTY to upgrade UK greyhounds data intelligence

Racing and Sports PTY (RAS) has announced its first major UK partnership, becoming the new data intelligence partner of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB). Securing a long-term partnership, RAS will overhaul the GBGB’s database capabilities to help the governing body monitor and record all greyhound racing fixtures in the UK. Further to optimising GBGB’s database, RAS will aim …

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OKTO deepens gaming links with ECA partnership

OKTO has secured another partnership in the betting and gaming space, entering into a strategic agreement with the European Casino Association (ECA). The payments provider has outlined a commitment to ‘drive payment innovation and digitalisation’ via the deal with the ECA, which represents 900 casinos across 28 European countries.  Under the terms of the agreement with the ECA, OKTO will …

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Entain renews Light & Wonder contract for LBO gaming products

Entain has extended its contract with Light & Wonder (L&W) through to 2030, continuing to leverage the firm’s retail gaming solution and catalogue of titles.  The contract renewal will see L&W provide Entain with 10,000 gaming terminals, which will be fitted across the international gambling group’s Ladbrokes and Coral high-street licenced betting office (LBO) retail outlets.  Additionally, Entain will also …

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