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Tomas Ericsson, Abios: FIFA and NBA2K may have had their heyday in 2020 but they are here to stay

Writing for SBC News, Tomas Ericsson, Abios VP of Odds, discusses FIFA and NBA2K as betting products and their future potential as filler products for regular sports.  When referring to esports, many think of games such as League of Legends, CS:GO or Dota 2, typically landing in the categories of first-person shooters or MOBAs. The games are indeed the most …

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Rob Lee: Spotlight Sports – Winter World Cup to challenge bookmakers product aptitude

With 250 days until the first-ever Winter World Cup, Spotlight Sports Group Senior VP of Technology Rob Lee has taken time to discuss how important it is to get your product right in the run-up to the tournament. Lee, who recently joined the group from Sky Bet, also outlines the value of sportsbooks’ in-play products with games being televised around …

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Parimatch and bet365 close Russian operations as Ukraine invasion intensifies

As global condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, some international bookmakers have made the decision to cease operations in the country.  Notably, Cyprus-based but Kyiv-founded operator Parimatch has announced that it is withdrawing its Russian franchise, citing the “military aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine”. A statement from the company released yesterday confirmed that termination documents have been …

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Sportradar secures extension of integrity deal with Brazilian Football Confederation

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Sportradar Integrity Services (SIS) has secured an extension of its contract with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for a further three years. The integrity unit of Nasdaq-listed sports data and technology firm Sportradar, SIS – which first partnered with the CBF in 2017 – will also provide bet monitoring of a wider range of Brazilian football tournaments via its Universal …

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Itema secures IOM licence as final condition for Livestream acquisition

Canadian esports and igaming company Itema has received an online gaming licence from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. The acquisition of an Isle of Man gambling licence is the last condition for Itema’s acquisition of Livestream Gaming, the parent company of esports betting firm Loot.Bet. Agreed last month, the transaction saw TSXV and ITMSF-listed Itema acquire all of …

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GLMS expands international authority following a ‘highly engaged 2021’

The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has published its annual 2021 activity report– underlining the work of its intelligence unit and membership to safeguard the integrity of sports. 2021 was deemed as ‘another pandemic ridden year’ in which the integrity group would successfully monitor the major sports events of the UEFA 2020 Championships, the Tokyo Olympic Games and inaugural FIFA …

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Sportradar’s I&I service to cooperate with Netherlands football authorities

A new agreement has seen Sportradar’s partnership with Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) enhanced in order to boost the sporting authority’s integrity measures. The multi-year partnership will see Sportradar Integrity Services’ (SIS) Intelligence and Investigation Service (I&I) division process publicly available information regarding the KNVB across the ‘surface, deep and dark web’. Furthermore, the I&I team will work to identify …

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IBIA: Football friendlies are easily exploited by match fixers

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has warned betting leadership that a lack of governance of friendly football matches is being exploited by criminal gangs.  New research by the University of Nicosia Research Foundation, funded by the EC’s Erasmus+ programme, has revealed that more than 250 friendly matches involving European clubs “showed signs of suspicious activity” during the recorded period …

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Europe accounts for 169 betting alerts in GLMS Q3 update

The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has identified 358 suspicious sports betting alerts throughout the third quarter of 2021, with Europe accounting for the majority of alerts. Publishing its Q3 update, the GLMS reported that it was alerted to 169 cases of suspicious wagering activity in Europe – a trend which was demonstrated in its Q1 2021 report earlier this …

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Esports in a post-COVID world – can it maintain its momentum?

Esports will continue to grow beyond COVID, writes Mark Balch, VP Esports Betting Services at Bayes Esports, however we must keep an eye out for danger lurking on the horizon. To kick off the article, we should more clearly define the broad term of esports now. For betting companies, there are basically two types of esports; hardcore video game competition …

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