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Robert Hoskin – No time for cynics Entain leads global gaming on ESG fronts

Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) initiatives are a growing focus of corporations across all mass market sectors. Though cynics may argue that the policies function largely as a public relations exercise, for Robert Hoskin this is far from the case.  To date Hoskin’s career reflects the ever-changing landscape of igaming, witnessing first-hand PartyGaming’s transition through subsequent M&As with Bwin, GVC …

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FSB to power SZRT Slovakia’s betRing sportsbook

FSB has been named as the new sportsbook technology provider for the Hungarian State Lottery backed SZRT Slovakia. As part of the exclusive agreement, the firm will power SZRT Slovakia’s newly-launched betRing sportsbook, which aims to bring together “localised content, dedicated mobile apps, loyalty and gamification programmes and player forums”. “We’re delighted to team up with SZRT Slovakia in this …

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Betsson delivers on 2021 targets but can’t hide scars of deep Euro impacts

Betsson AB has published its fourth-quarter update and FY2021 snapshot report, citing a tough closing to Q4 trading, with the Stockholm online gambling group still managing to deliver on its financial and corporate objectives.  The group praised its diversified business model and a geographical make-up that helped ease trading difficulties within mature markets. Headline Q4 metrics saw Betsson register group …

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Codere enlists new board to revive business prospects 

A new board of directors has been appointed to revitalise the business of heritage Spanish gambling group Codere SA.  An announcement made by ‘Nueva Codere’, the business identity of Codere under the ownership of bondholders, confirmed that Christopher Bell had been approved as Non-Executive Chairman of the company. The appointment of Bell, the former Chief Executive of Ladbrokes Plc and …

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Svenska Spel pays SEK 2.9 billion goodwill dividend to Swedish government

The board of Svenska Spel has announced that it will pay a dividend of SEK 2.9 billion (€275m) back to the Swedish government.  The dividend was marked as the headline announcement by Svenska Spel publishing its full-year 2021 results, in which Sweden’s monopoly for lotteries and land-based gaming performed above expectations. Headline results saw Svenska Spel register corporate revenues of …

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GambleAware £16m industry donations list led by bet365

GambleAware has published the list of operators which made financial contributions to the responsible gambling charity during the first three quarters of the 2021/22 fiscal year.  A total of £16 million was donated to the organisation by UK betting operators, which are requested to contribute 0.1% of their gross gaming yield to the group. Overall, bet365 led the donations list …

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Sportsbet.io ‘brings alive sporting legends’ with 2mee messaging

Crypto sports betting brand Sportsbet.io has introduced direct human messaging to its platform in a partnership with 2mee, aiming to ‘bring sports personalities to life’. The firm has revealed some of the incorporated names as Aussie cricketer, Brett Lee and Brazilian World Cup winner, Denilson de Oliveira.  Joe McCallum, Head of Sportsbook at Sportsbet.io, commented: “Thanks to 2mee, we can …

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Evolution doubles 2021 profits as leadership aims to bolster new games pipeline

Evolution Gaming has surpassed the €1 bn mark in operating revenues recorded during 2021 –  buoyed by record-breaking Q4 results that registered double/triple digit growth across all core trading metrics. Publishing its full-year 2021 financial results, the firm registered Q4 revenues of €300m, up 69% on corresponding 2020 results of €177m. Revenue growth was attributed to a ‘continued global demand …

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Spotlight Sports Group expands Asian footprint with Sky City

Sky City has become the latest company to partner with Spotlight Sports Group in a deal which will strengthen the latter’s presence within the Asian market. The agreement, which is due to start in Q2 2022, will see Spotlight Sports Group build and manage specialist platforms for Sky City’s digital audiences via its turnkey technology, powered by proprietary data sets, …

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