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MGA makes it mandatory to report suspicious betting activities

Under new rules released by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), sportsbook operators will be required to report any suspicious betting patterns from 1 January 2021. The new requirements follow a seven-week consultation which sought to gather feedback on the proposed Suspicious Betting Reporting Requirements alongside a series of other measures. The MGA stated that it plans to make its Suspicious …

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Bookmakers raise the alarm over French Open integrity

Concerns have been raised over the integrity of a women’s doubles match during the ongoing French Open, after a number of bookmakers reported suspicious betting activity on the game. According to Germany’s WELT newspaper, a police investigation is ongoing following an influx of bets worth hundreds of thousands of euros were placed during the first round match between Andreea Mitu …

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Sky Sports tackles social media abuse with new measures

Sky Sports has upped its commitment to tackling online abuse and hate across its platforms after rolling out a series of new measures across its digital and social sites. Currently, more than 40 million users engage on Sky Sports’ channels on digital and social media platforms which the broadcaster stated has ‘seen a spike in hateful comments on the basis …

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Ukraine publishes remit and objective of first Gambling Commission  

Ukraine’s Rada has sanctioned a series of ‘secondary laws’ to accompany its formally approved ‘Gambling Law’ mandate, establishing the foundation of Ukraine’s first-ever ‘Gambling and Lottery Commission’ (UGLC). Closing September proceedings, Rada ministers approved a secondary decree ‘on the formation of a gambling and lottery commission’, which will serve as the state’s legal entity to monitor licensed gambling activities and …

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Norwegian regulator supports ‘holistic regulation’ to maintain player protections

Lotteritilsynet, Norway’s gambling regulator, has reaffirmed its belief that proposals for a new common gambling law will facilitate ‘a more holistic regulation of the Norwegian gambling market’. Responding to the Ministry of Culture’s consultation on regulatory reform of the gambling industry, Lotteritilsynet stated that a reform is needed which ‘will ensure responsible gambling’. Earlier this year, Abid Raja, Norway’s Minister …

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Kindred promotes ‘proven talent’ Erik Backlund to Group CPO

Kindred Group Plc has confirmed the promotion of long-term sportsbook lead Erik Backlund to the position of Group Chief Product Officer (CPO), further serving as a new member of the Stockholm-listed firm’s executive leadership team. The internal promotion sees Backlund replace Fredrik Kjell, who departed Kindred this autumn to join telecoms securities firm TrueCaller as chief operations officer. Updating investors, …

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Pronet appoints Mark Schmidt to lead African commercial drive

Pronet Gaming has confirmed the appointment of Mark Schmidt as its Director of Sales for Africa, who will be charged with accelerating commercial growth across the continent. Lauded as a key executive hire, Schmidt holds 11-years experience working within African wagering and sports markets, having most recently led Africa and Middle East commercial development for IMG Arena. Beyond Schmidt’s proven …

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TIU suspends Spanish player for courtsiding offences

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed a four-year ban and $15,000 fine to Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez after he was convicted of courtsiding. The player has become the first to be charged with the offence, which involves the transmission of live scoring data from a match to a third party for betting purposes. Six months of …

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Germany 2021: Landers’ ‘transitional framework’ receives mixed reactions 

The approval by Germany’s 16 Lander (regional councils) to launch a ‘transitional tolerance period’ for igaming services, which will bring clarity to operators who wish to participate in the federal relaunch of the online gambling marketplace in 2021, has drawn contrasting views.   As German Lander continue to individually ratify the final amendments of the federal New Interstate Treaty on Online …

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Parimatch aims for highest CIS coverage with new La Liga partnership

Parimatch has secured terms with La Liga to become the official ‘CIS region betting partner’ of Spain’s highest tier of professional football. Agreeing terms on a two-year partnership, Parimatch confirmed that its brand will be displayed (where permitted) across 15 CIS state broadcast of La Liga matchdays. Parimatch’s logo will be showcased to CIS region audiences through the use of 3D …

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