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YGAM joins forces with All-In Diversity Project

first_imgDiversity Youth gaming specialist joins industry-led diversity initiative Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 5th July 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart YGAM joins forces with All-In Diversity Project The All-in Diversity Project, devised to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion in the sector, has today unveiled youth gambling education charity YGAM as its latest strategic partner.The partnership follows YGAM’s announcement earlier this week that its trading subsidiary YGAM Innovation Limited has partnered with Genting to develop an employer-led apprenticeship standard.The initiative has already received interest from top tier operators including; PaddyPower Betfair, Hippodrome Casino, Genting Casinos UK, GVC, Sky Betting & Gaming and others.Commenting on the partnership with All-in Diversity, YGAM chief executive Lee Willows said: “Aligning our brand with the All-in Diversity project sends a strong message to potential future apprentices. In addition, I hope both our charity and trading subsidiary can contribute too and learn from the vast amount of resources that the All-in Diversity project is gathering to help us champion diversity both within our organisations and more broadly.”All-in Diversity has forged a number of high-level partnerships across the industry since it launched last year, bringing the likes of Caesars, Microgaming and IGT on board in recent months.Co-founder Christina Thakor-Rankin said the latest partnership would enable the project to “explore the role of diversity in raising awareness and limiting harm within children and young people right across the world.”Commenting on the mass appeal of digital technology among children and the increasingly blurred lines between gaming and gambling, she added: “It [is] more important than ever that we start the education process as early as possible. As these are global activities involving kids and young people from all over the world with differing cultures, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and reasons for participation – it follows that any awareness or support initiative needs to reflect this diversity to be truly effective.”Co-founder Kelly Kehn said: “This partnership continues to stress how important industry collaboration is to solving our toughest problems – protection and image. Having YGAM as a strategic partner means that we can continue to focus on the importance of people overall to the health and sustainability of our industry.”center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Diversitylast_img read more

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Kambi: 2018 overview

first_img Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Platform Kambi: 2018 overview Platform Email Address In the second video of Kambi’s Freedom campaign, we sat down with CEO Kristian Nylén to discuss some of the major events which shaped 2018. From PASPA in the USA to the reregulation of the Swedish market, Nylén shares key insight from behind the scenes at Kambi.On the PASPA repeal, Nylén says: “There are some interesting things with the US market where most states will have regulation based on physical casinos, which means the retail channel will become even more important for us and other operators. Not only for the US, I think this will be a big accelerator for the rest of the world when it comes from regulated sports betting.”All eyes are naturally on Sweden as it moves into the new year, and Nylén anticipates success for strong brands with equally strong products there, saying: “With our large customer in Kindred and our new signing in ATG I think they will surely be two of the leading brands in Sweden for the future.”In general, the consolidation, marketing openings and compliance pressures reshaped the landscape this year. Kambi has been preparing for this since 2009, says Nylén, commenting: “I think we have put ourselves in the situation to roll out to new regulations pretty much anywhere and I think for operators that’s probably where they have to go as well.”As we continue the forward march into 2019, the focus shifts to continually preparing and developing products to be adaptable, scalable and, of course, successful. Nylén anticipates Kambi will continue its focus on developing a ‘player on demand’ structure to account for what he identifies as an increased demand for instant gratification.Watch the first video in this series here.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 14th December 2018 | By Louella Hughes Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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iGB Diary: Past lives part two, odd bedfellows and ‘Arry

first_img Happy Friday igamers! This week the Diary casts an eye over more past lives, ‘Arry Redknapp’s new gig, and the odd couple pairing of Alex Ferguson and Jeremy Kyle. Happy Friday igamers! Hope everyone’s had a more successful Cheltenham than the Diary… This week we cast an eye over more past lives, ‘Arry Redknapp’s new gig, and the odd couple pairing of Alex Ferguson and Jeremy Kyle.‘Arry in charge Reigning King of the I’m a Celebrity Jungle Harry Redknapp is living out the Z-list dream and leveraging his newfound reality TV fame. First up, he’s got an ITV show in which he gathers together a motley crew of English footballers to take on Germany – because in the current climate, some tubthumping nationalism is exactly what we need. He’s also snagged a two-year gig as brand ambassador for BetVictor. So far so normal. He’ll pop up in the brand’s TV and radio ads, appear on its social channels, and be featured in content around major horse racing events. But this is where the PR announcing the news gave the Diary pause: it told us that “casino and help centre integration [were] also among his responsibilities for BetVictor”. Has ‘Arry taken over? We’re not the types to discourage a change in career – after all, it’s something we can squeeze some easy content from – but should a figure whose accounting practices have been criticised as (how do we put this) ‘creative’ really represent the best choice of figurehead? This, lest we forget, is a guy who had a Monaco bank account in his dog’s name.Past lives As we mentioned above, we’re all for interesting pre-industry lives. We’ve covered renaissance men in Joe Saumarez Smith and Jesper Karrbrink, and last week told you about Chuck E. Cheese and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell’s new blockchain venture. We asked you to write in with your interesting past careers and, well, the response was pretty disappointing. Kudos then to Sue Schneider, who actually bothered. It seems Sue, the godmother of igaming events, started out working for a children’s charity, only for a fateful stint as a bingo caller to set her on a different path. “I learned that making a mistake as a caller will get you in big trouble with the players,” she says. Considering she went on to establish River City Group, the event business acquired by the Diary’s daddy Clarion, it clearly didn’t put her off the industry, at least.Odd bedfellows Like chalk and cheese. Like apples and oranges. Like night and day. Like Fergie and Jezza? No, it’s not a remake of Morse with dream casting. This week’s Cheltenham Festival threw up the odd couple pairing of TV’s human bear-baiting compere Jeremy Kyle and legendarily furious football manager Sir Alex, with the pair both shareholders in the horse Give Me a Copper. They aren’t the only celeb racehorse owners out there. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s Sandymount Duke is due to compete in this year’s Grand National, while Dame Judi Dench’s As De Mee was due to take part in the event last year, before injury struck. And how did Give Me a Copper fare in its race on Tuesday? Sadly the horse didn’t benefit from any Fergie Time, falling at the last when already out of contention in the Ultima Handicap Chase. Also at Cheltenham, GVC’s boss and racehorse owner Kenny Alexander’s hotly tipped Honeysuckle unfortunately pulled out ahead of the meeting with injury, although his Elfile finished a respectable sixth in yesterday’s Mares’ Novice. Quite a week for the Scot, whose collective offloading of £20m-worth of shares last Friday, just days after posting bullish FY results and a matter of weeks before the FOBT max stake cut, wiped a huge £700m off the value of the company. Phew!That’s your lot. We’re off for a lie-down. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: People Sports betting iGB Diary Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB Diary: Past lives part two, odd bedfellows and ‘Arry 15th March 2019 | By contenteditor iGB Diary Tags: Online Gambling Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

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Rhode Island sports betting slips to loss in February

first_img Email Address Regions: US Rhode Island Rhode Island has posted a loss of $890,623 (£682,455/€795,218) on legal sports betting for February, with an increase in handle offset by higher player winnings. Finance Topics: Finance Sports betting Rhode Island has posted a loss of $890,623 (£682,455/€795,218) on legal sports betting for February, with an increase in handle offset by higher player winnings.Consumers wagered $20.7m (£15.8m/€18.5m) on sports during the month – an increase on January’s $19.1m handle – but enjoyed a higher win rate, taking home $21.6m in winnings.As a result the state posted a loss for February, the first time it has posted a negative result since legal sports betting launched in November last year.The Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton are the only facilities licensed to accept legal sports wagers in the state, with betting limited to land-based only in the first four months of full market regulation under laws passed last June.Twin River’s Lincoln casino took $16.6m in wagers during February. However, a win rate of $17.6m saw the venue make a loss of $908,264 for the month.In contrast, the Tiverton property only took $4.03m in sports wagers during the course of the month, but as customers only won $4.02m, the property was able to post revenue of $17,641.For the period from November 26, 2018, to February 28, 2019, revenue at the two Twin Rivers facilities amounted to $300,265.The Twin River Casino in Lincoln has taken a total of $44.1m in sports bets and paid out $43.8m to customers in the process, leaving it with revenue of $283,747 at the end of February.In contrast, the Tiverton Casino has only accepted a total of $9.4m in sports bets, paying out $9.4m in winnings, leaving revenue of $16,518.However, the Lincoln site had the advantage of launching a week earlier than its sister property. The Lincoln casino went live on November 26, while Tiverton did not launch until December 3.Both properties could be in line for a boost in bets after Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo last week ratified a bill legalising mobile wagering in the state.Rhode Island has so far been limited to land-based sports betting under laws that came into effect last June, but bill S 37, will allow the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton to both launch mobile sports betting.Image: Morrow Longcenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 2nd April 2019 | By contenteditor Rhode Island sports betting slips to loss in February AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Svenska Spel to educate young footballers on match-fixing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Swedish operator Svenska Spel has joined forces with Swedish Elite Football (SEF), an organisation that represents the 32 clubs in the country’s top two division, to educate footballers about match-fixing at annual youth tournament, the Gothia Cup.Svenska Spel and SEF will deliver a series of lectures to players about the dangers of match-fixing in football. These educational sessions will primarily be aimed at Swedish teams taking part in the event.Hosted by Swedish Allsvenskan top-tier club BK Häcken, the annual Gothia Cup features youth teams from around the world, open to players aged between 11 and 18.Anders Wikström, a former professional footballer who now works with Svenska Spel and Swedish Elite Football to educate players about match-fixing, will deliver the lectures. “As a young player you probably have not reflected so much around match fixing; you play football because it’s fun,” Wikström said. “By highlighting the issue early on, we hope to prevent future match fixing.”In addition to educating younger football players, Svenska Spel and Swedish Elite Football have sent Wikström to all 32 clubs across Allsvenskan and second-tier Superettan to speak about the dangers of match-fixing.Former England captain Alan Shearer, Italian World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo and Swedish footballing legends Zlatan Ibrahimović and Kim Kallstrom are among the players who have featured in previous editions of the Gothia Cup, since it was first held in 1975. Email Address Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Sports bettingcenter_img Svenska Spel to educate young footballers on match-fixing Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden 5th June 2019 | By contenteditor Swedish operator Svenska Spel has joined forces with Swedish Elite Football, an organisation that represents the 32 clubs in the country’s top two division, to educate young footballers at this year’s Gothia Cup.last_img read more

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Betfred lands Colorado sportsbook deal with Saratoga Casino

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting Topics: Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Betfred lands Colorado sportsbook deal with Saratoga Casino The Betfred USA Sports arm of bookmaker Betfred has agreed a deal with the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to offer sports wagering services throughout the state of Colorado.Under the deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, Betfred will open a full sportsbook at the Saratoga Casino property in Black Hawk, Colorado, as well as offer mobile and online betting across the state.Colorado legalised sports betting in November last year after citizens in the state voted to approve the measure via a referendum, with the proposition receiving 51.1% of the vote.“We are excited to have Betfred as our sports wagering partner; with over 50 years of international experience in the industry, it’s a great opportunity to leverage their expertise along with the Saratoga brand to become the market leader in sports wagering in Colorado,” Saratoga Casino Black Hawk president Daniel Gerrity said.Read the full story on iGB North America. The Betfred USA Sports arm of bookmaker Betfred has agreed a deal with the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to offer sports wagering services throughout the state of Colorado. Regions: US Colorado Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 23rd January 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

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27 March: Where’s the action?

first_img 27 March: Where’s the action? Topics: Sports betting Email Address 26th March 2020 | By contenteditor iGB, in partnership with sports data specialist Abelson Info, is providing an updated list of the sporting events taking place each day throughout the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.This will ensure our readers have a regularly updated roster of the sporting events happening that day.Basketball Today there are matches taking place in four basketball leagues, three of which are in Eastern Europe, where some sports have managed to keep holding events during the shut-down. Interestingly, the Chinese Taipei Super Basketball League, the top-tier semi-professional competition, is still running.Football Belarus has proved resistant to shutting down its sports during the pandemic to date, meaning today it is arguably the highest level of professional football being played in the world. Burundi’s Premier League is also holding matches, while some clubs will play friendlies.Golf Arizona’s Sundance Golf Club is hosting the Cactus Tour, a competition for female professional golfers.Greyhounds Greyhound racing is still taking place at tracks in Australia and the US. Abelson has taken the approach of just listing US and Australia instead of all the track names for the dogs. To list all the tracks would be confusing, especially as many events take place after the 10:59AM deadline for events being held today.Handball We’re back to Belarus in handball, where the country’s second division will be holding matches today.Horse racing Despite most major markets having shut down racing, there is a host of events taking place across the US and Australia today. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB, in partnership with sports data specialist Abelson Info, is providing an updated list of the sporting events taking place each day throughout the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Table tennis Table tennis is enjoying an unexpected rise in prominence during the crisis, with a number of operators and suppliers remarking on an increase in action around the sport. Today events are taking place across Eastern Europe, in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.Volleyball Volleyball matches will take place in Belarus and Russia today.This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and all events are subject to change. iGB is working on adding an esports component to this round-up.Abelson Info was set up by Ed Abelson in 2003 to supply the bookmaking industry with the crucial sports data it required as the online betting industry began to boom. Starting with just a handful of employees and even fewer clients, the business has since grown and evolved to accommodate the ever-changing requirements of the industry.We now supply data and technical services to the majority of the top tier bookmakers and platform providers in the UK, along with many of the biggest media corporations and development firms across the world. We have a stellar reputation for delivering top quality data and are always on hand to support customers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports bettinglast_img read more

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Denmark blocks access to 16 illegal sites

first_img30th April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Danish courts have blocked access to 16 illegal gambling websites following requests from the Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden).A District Court ruled in favour of the regulator in March after it requested action be taken to block 17 unlicensed gambling sites. One of these 17 sites pulled out of the market before the court’s decision was announced. “We work to protect players against illegal gambling, and we also need to ensure that the operators who are licenced to offer gambling in Denmark can run their businesses under orderly conditions,” Spillemyndigheden director Morten Niels Jakobsen said. “That is why it is very important for us to clamp down on gambling offered without a licence.”Of the sites in question, two hosted real-money sports betting, seven offered online casino and a further seven offered esports skin betting.“Spillemyndigheden is particularly concerned with skin betting, as this type of game especially attracts young people under 18, who, via video games, may be exposed to elements from gambling,” the regulator said.The Gaming Authority expanded the scope of its search for potentially illegal content to include skin betting in 2018, over concerns that this may disproportionately affect minors.Spillemyndigheden noted that each operator was warned to cease Danish operations before the requests were filed in court, though only one of the 17 sites targeted did so.Since the most recent Danish Act on Gambling entered into force in 2012, Danish courts have blocked access to 90 websites, having never ruled against Spillemyndigheden in such a case.In 2019, Danish authorities shut down 25 unlicenced gambling sites. Danish courts have blocked access to 16 illegal gambling websites following requests from the Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden). Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Denmark blocks access to 16 illegal sites Topics: Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark Legal & compliance Email Addresslast_img read more

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MGA cancels Join Games Malta’s B2B supplier licence

first_img Topics: Legal & compliance Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling 7th July 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter MGA cancels Join Games Malta’s B2B supplier licence The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled Join Games Malta’s licence after ruling that the casino software provider breached a number of regulations.Join Games Malta had held a B2B critical supply licence in the country, through which it was able to offer Type 1 gaming services via its JoinGames.net online casino website.However, the MGA has now withdrawn this licence, ordering the provider to halt gaming operations and cease registering new players or accepting new customer deposits.The MGA also informed Join Games Malta it must retain and provide registered players with access to their accounts, as well as refund all monies standing to its customers.According to the regulator, Join Games Malta breached regulation 9 (1) of the country’s Gaming Act, having failed to seek written approval from the MGA before appointing new directors to the business.The MGA added that the provider failed to submit its key functional roles list and necessary supporting documentation to the Authority, and also failed to pay certain regulatory fees on time.Join Games Malta may appeal the MGA’s decision.The ruling comes after the MGA last week also cancelled World Watch Luxury’s Type 3 B2C gambling services licence due to a number of failings.The MGA said World Watch Luxury failed to adhere to an MGA order, failed to “ensure the integrity and availability of essential regulatory data”.Furthermore, it failed to designate those who held “key function roles” within the business, with each failing amounting to a breach of MGA regulations. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled Join Games Malta’s licence after ruling that the casino software provider breached a number of regulations. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Maltalast_img read more

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Netherlands expects to grant 35 online gambling licences

first_img23rd March 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Dutch regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has confirmed that it expects to grant around 35 licences for online gambling, after its igaming regulation comes into force. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Netherlands expects to grant 35 online gambling licences Licensing The KSA said it expects to receive around 40 licence applications, many of which will come from international operators, when the Remote Gambling Act comes into effect on 1 April. The Remote Gambling Act was originally supposed to come into effect on 1 July 2020, but has been delayed three times. The KSA also revealed in the report that it made €8.2m in gambling taxes in 2020, up 12.3% plus €644,000 from fees, down 41.5%. Notably, all operators must check players against the ‘Cruks’ self-exclusion database, as well as providing the Control Database (CDB) with their own data captured from games, allowing the KSA to carry out remote monitoring of game systems. After a tender process in 2020, IT and business consultancy Netcompany has taken on management of the systems. Topics: Legal & compliance Licensing An extension of the gambling levy will also be used to set up an Addiction Prevention Fund, with proceeds being used to provide anonymous treatment of gambling addiction, and research prevention and treatment. Cruks and the CDB went into construction in 2020, with follow-up actions still required in the early months of 2021 to make the systems operational. The report also mentioned licensing data for slot arcades, where the KSa granted 43 permits in 2020 and denied nine. A further 10 applications were withdrawn while seven applications were apporved after changes were implemented. The report reaffimed the importance for operators to abide by the parts of the Remote Gambling Act concerning addiction prevention and consumer protection. Tags: Kansspelautoriteit Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The regulator has stated this in its annual report 2020, alongside key requirements for licence holders, and the additional powers granted to the KSA to tackle illegal gambling activities. The regulator added that there was a decrease in online gambling web traffic throughout 2020, which it said was due to sports cancellations. Regions: Netherlandslast_img read more

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