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Camelot fined £3.15m for mobile app errors

National Lottery operator Camelot has been fined by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for three errors occurring on its mobile app which affected thousands of players. The first failure which led to the £3.15 million penalty was an instance in which up to 20,000 NationaL Lottery app users were informed that their winning draw-based ticket was actually a non-winner when …

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Vincent Sadusky: New look IGT to be global gambling’s most profitable tech player

IGT Plc will approach 2022 trading with a three-pronged strategy of “grow, innovate, and optimise”, according to the company’s CEO Vincent Sadusky. Issuing a statement in the NYSE-registered gambling technology group’s full-year results for 2021, Sadusky explained that IGT had experienced an “accelerated recovery” over the past 12 months.  The firm recorded total revenue for the full year of $4 …

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Betfred and Playtech create ‘unique’ horse racing bingo game

Gambling technology company, Playtech, has partnered with Betfred to introduce a new horse racing-themed bingo variant – Giddy Up Bingo. The launch has been described as a 50-ball, multi-stake variant which gives players the option to pick one of four horses – each representing a different ticket price – with proportionally increasing prizes depending on the stake.  Within the game, …

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Sunak highlights racing concerns to DCMS ahead of Spring Statement

DCMS has been warned to protect the interests of horseracing, as the department prepares to publish its forthcoming White Paper that will demand a wholesale regulatory reform of the gambling sector. This weekend, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reported to have raised ‘specific questions’ with DCMS secretary Nadine Dorries on whether UK racing’s concerns have been weighed up by inbound reforms. …

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Danish sportsbook revenues decline by 18% in Q4

Danish sports betting operators experienced a challenging final quarter in 2021, although other verticals had greater success.  Publishing its trading report for Q4 2021, the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) – Spillemyndigheden – revealed that sports betting revenues declined by 18.3% year-on-year to DKK 583 million (£67m) from DKK 726 million (£82.13m). However, for the full year, GGR for sports wagering …

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FDJ hits €100m landmark for French heritage programme  

Groupe FDJ has raised more than €100 million to help restore French heritage and cultural landmarks through its headline ‘Mission Patrimoine’ (‘Heritage Mission’) fundraising programme. ‘Mission Patrimoine’ was launched in 2018, allowing patrons of Française des Jeux’s retail network to sell exclusive instant games to raise direct funds for French cultural restoration programmes. Selling ‘Patrimoine Games’, FDJ disclosed that during …

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Allwyn’s Russian connections and Watford employment raised in PMQs

Dean Russell, MP for Watford, has expressed concerns regarding the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) decision to hand the next ten-year National Lottery licence to Allwyn. Sharing his opinions at Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament yesterday, the Conservative MP focused on Allwyn’s alleged ties to Russia, at a time when international relations remain tense due to the invasion of Ukraine.  In particular, he …

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MDJS updates tender terms for Morocco lottery and sportsbook contract

La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS) – Morocco’s state-owned lottery operator, has published an updated procurement notice for bids to participate in its tender to manage its lottery, sports betting and gaming activities.  This January, MDJS alerted global lottery stakeholders that it would launch an international tender to find a new operating partner for its flagship LOTO Maroc …

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