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William Hill boosts development arm with Grand Parade £13.6 million acquisition

FTSE-listed betting operator William Hill has informed the market that it has agreed to acquire industry software development firm Grand Parade for a reported £13.6 million combined cash and shares deal. Confirming the deal, William Hill governance detailed that it had acquired Grand Parade with a view of bolstering its digital development capabilities as the company continues its corporate focus …

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Poland adds further restrictions to online gambling framework

To the surprise of gambling stakeholders, the Polish government has rejected amendments to liberalise its online gambling framework, instead choosing to add further operator restrictions. With foreign operators expecting Polish regulators to add online casino and poker provisions to its online gambling framework, the Polish Council of Ministers announced that slot games would be restricted to play on state-owned lottery …

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Totalizator Sportowy ‘Lotto’ nets Polish Ekstraklasa title sponsorship

Polish state-owned lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy has become the official title sponsor of the national Ekstraklasa league, the highest division of professional football in Poland. Agreeing sponsorship terms with the Polish Football Federation (PZPN), the sixteen team league will rebrand to the ‘Lotto Ekstraklasa.’ PZPN officials were pleased to have found a title sponsor ahead of the start of the …

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ESSA joins forces with Sportradar to tackle Tennis match-fixing

ESSA and sports data and monitoring company Sportradar have joined forces to step up efforts to tackle match-fixing in tennis. It sees two of the foremost organisations in their field come together, pooling resources and expertise, and highlighting an ongoing commitment to rooting out corruption. The partnership will see the combined information from Sportradar’s Fraud Detection Service covering over 450 …

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Hennie Blaauw: How Yggdrasil keeps pushing the boundaries on game design

Hennie Blaauw, Yggdrasil Gaming’s Creative Art Lead, discusses the process of creating a brand new title for the slot market and the freedom that the team has in the development. What’s the process for the design of a brand new game at Yggdrasil? How much input do you have? Does the design fit around the mathematics? Every game starts with the design …

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Fredrik Elmqvist: Yggdrasil Gaming recruiting ‘the very best’

Yggdrasil Gaming CEO Fredrik Elmqvist discusses the reasoning behind the firm’s huge recruitment drive so far this year as the slot developer pushes across Europe. SBC: Hi Fredrik, it’s a pleasure to interview you. Can you detail to SBC readers the need for your European recruitment drive? Why is this initiative required for Yggdrasil operations? Fredrik Elmqvist: Quite simply because we are growing …

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Yggdrasil Gaming to continue push into UK

Yggdrasil Gaming has further expansion plans for the UK to build on the slot developer’s strong start to 2016. The Swedish firm went live in the UK in Q1 and CEO Fredrik Elmqvist wants to see Yggdrasil’s games get a wider reach in the market. He commented: “We are already live with six operators in the UK and there will …

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37% Q1 earnings decline sees Fortuna revise 2016 corporate guidance

A tough opening to its 2016 corporate performance, has seen Eastern European gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment revise its year guidance detailing an EBITDA drop ranging between 10-15%. Updating the market on its Q1 2016 (period ending 31 March), Fortuna reported a group wagering increase to €251 million (up 26% on corresponding Q1 2015) combined with Gross Win revenues of €38 …

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Polish tax charges see Fortuna Entertainment post flat 2015

Publishing its unaudited full-year results for 2015 (period ending 31 December), Eastern European gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment (Fortuna) has reported that Polish VAT charges have impacted company performance as Fortuna posted a flat adjusted EBITDA of €27 million (2014: €27.2 million). Despite recording no EBITDA growth, Fortuna governance detailed positives as the company saw top-line revenue and gross win growth …

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WrB Eastern Europe Showcases expert opinion on Europe’s emerging markets

Attendees from across the gaming ecosystem can find out all the latest news about developments in some of the continent’s major emerging markets at the World Regulatory Briefing Eastern Europe in two weeks’ time. The event takes place in Bucharest, Romania on Wednesday, December 2 with a number of the Top 50 operators present. Keynote speakers will explain the latest …

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