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Michal Palecek – Gamblified – eSports: Shoot to Thrill

As the two industries’ of gaming and betting merge ever closer, one company based in the Czech Republic are taking advantage of this situation by focussing their efforts on a particularly niche area of these aligning markets. Gamblified recently released Dead Trigger 2: eSports Tournament in alliance with Cashplay. This is a gamblified version of the popular Zombie shooter game, …

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Lee Richardson – Gaming Economics – The battle for bwin.party; too soon to celebrate?

After last month’s proposed £2.3bn (€3.23bn) merger between Ladbrokes and Coral was amicably agreed last week – subject to approval by the UK Competition and Markets Authority – the industry moves onto what could become a more bitter battle. Ten days ago, 888.com’s £900m (€1.27bn) offer to acquire its larger e-gaming rival Bwin.party Digital Entertainment (Bwin) was accepted, announced and …

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Collaboration can lead to start-up success says new incubator

Scott Longley discovers how innovation may be being stifled by regulation and how some entrepeneurs are looking to encourage the formation of new ideas. Online gambling would appear to have a problem with innovation. Such at least would be the conclusion from the activity we have witnessed recently extolling the virtues of nurturing entrepreneurs and start-ups within an industry which, …

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Deal agreed for £2.3bn Ladbrokes Coral merger

The boards of Ladbrokes and Coral have managed to agree on a merger deal which will create ‘a leading multi-channel and internationally diversified business with a compelling strategy to accelerate online growth, deliver substantial synergies and drive value’. Ladbrokes Coral plc will have net revenue of £2.1 billion and £392 million of EBITDA (excluding cost synergies of at least £65 …

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Darius Eghdami – FansUnite – Social Betting: Why Virtual is a Reality

FansUnite was started by three sports fans in Canada, and intends to be a site for fellow fans offering transparency, fun, and top wagering advice via its social betting platform and community. FansUnite  utilises virtual currency meaning, should they opt to, users are able to bet on sports without the risk of losing any actual money. A place for gamblers of …

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EIG 2015 – Rahul Sood – Unikrn – eSports: Creating a competitive dynamic

Introducing eSports to the gambling sector will be a key theme at EIG 2015 (Berlin  Arena Halle 20-22 October). The rise of competitive platforms in eSports has seen a number of questions being asked of this contemporary industry SBC caught up with Rahul Sood Co-Founder and CEO of Unikrn, an eSports competitive platform that plans to lead this exciting and …

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PokerStars eyes fantasy sports product launch ahead of new NFL season

PokerStars appears to be gearing up for the launch of its US daily fantasy sports (DFS) product in time for September’s start of a new NFL Season. Last week the Amaya Inc owned poker brand contacted former US players to participate in a DFS survey as it tried to gather market information. At present the operator has not outlined any …

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Ladbrokes & Gala Coral ramp up merger talks

Multiple London business news sources have disclosed that Gala Coral and Ladbrokes are close to agreeing terms on a £3.5 billion merger, which would create the UK’s biggest bookmaker with over 4000 betting shops. Ladbrokes who are being advised on the merger terms by investment banks’ Greenhill Capital and UBS are expected to issue new share placements in order to …

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Clarion Gaming – EIG 2015 – Agenda Berlin

EIG 2015 the gambling sectors leading knowledge led and innovation focused conference returns to the Arena Halle Berlin (20-22 October) Following a year of seismic change for the gambling sector which is witnessing operators, service providers and various stakeholders adjust to new demands and market conditions. Outlining the conference key discussions and agenda, Team SBC caught up with Clarion Gaming’s Jo …

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888 takes lead in the battle for £898.3m bwin.party

888 Holdings has trumped rival bidder GVC Holdings by agreeing a deal to buy fellow operator bwin.party for £898.3m. The deal was announced to the stock market this morning. It’s a huge achievement for the casino operator, given that before the announcement 888 had a market capitalisation of approximately £570.8m. 888 believes that the deal will provide significantly enhanced scale, …

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