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2020 wrap-up for affiliates: The good, the bad and the ugly


Oh, where to begin? This was a turbulent year for affiliates. After a great start and what turned out to be our only live conference in London, we soon faced a new world of facemasks, social distancing, and home-alone isolation.  I looked at the event photos from the iGaming Affiliate Conference at the Excel in ...

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Iain Duncan Smith: Radical change requires Gambling Commission to be axed


Senior Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has reiterated his call for the government ‘to get rid of the Gambling Commission altogether’, as DCMS begins its long-awaited review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Writing in Commons news source PoliticsHome, Duncan Smith stated that the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm had been the only committee ...

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Nevin Truesdale takes the reins as Jockey Club CEO


Nevin Truesdale, the ‘acting’ Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, will assume the position on a permanent basis from 1 January 2021. Truesdale has led the company in an ‘acting’ capacity since the end of August after former-CEO Delia Bushell stepped down following an independent inquiry which upheld allegations of ‘gross misconduct’. Celebrating his ...

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Swedish market inquiry recommends toughest advertising and software controls


The Swedish Government has published the recommendations of the ‘Gambling Market Inquiry’ (‘Spelmarknadsutredningen’) related to further regulatory requirements governing Sweden’s re-regulated marketplace. The inquiry had been originally commissioned by former civil affairs minister Ardalan Shekarabi in the summer of 2018, as a requisite to Sweden launching its online gambling marketplace at the start of 2019, ...

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Genius acquires Scorebot system through Sportzcast deal


Genius Sports has reached a ‘definitive agreement’ to acquire Sportzcast Inc – a leading US distributor of scoreboard data systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Genius will take control of all Sportzcast IPs and assets, becoming the proprietary operating firm of ‘Scorebot’ system. A leading sports leading data collection system in North ...

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EA prepares to block FIFA Ultimate Team mode amid loot box lawsuits


Electronic Arts (EA) is reviewing its European terms of play related to its ‘Ultimate Team’ mode of the popular FIFA video game series, aiming to avoid further regulatory disputes.   Games industry news sources report that the latest ‘FIFA patch’ features a code input that will allow developers to disable Ultimate Team in certain countries which ...

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GamCare named Howard League’s ‘organisation of the year’


The Howard League, a penal reform organisation, has named GamCare as its ‘organisation of the year’ after acknowledging the charity’s work in helping authorities to recognise problem gambling as a mental disorder that can drive its victims towards crime.  Hosting its annual ‘Community Awards’, the Howard League recognised the UK’s most effective charities and social ...

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Heavy-duty Casinos Austria integration dominates SAZKA Q3 trading


SAZKA Group wants to exploit the benefits of its expanded business entity, as the Czech gambling conglomerate returns to operating all business units having navigated 2020 Covid headwinds.  Publishing its Q3 trading update (period ending 30 September), the firm told investors that an easing of Covid restrictions across European markets had seen it return to ...

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Scientific Games expands SISAL contract to cover Morocco


Scientific Games has announced it will supply and deploy lottery instant games, e-instant digital games and WAVE lottery retailer terminals to Italian gambling group SISAL SPA‘s Moroccan business subsidiary starting this month. This deal represents an important step in the company’s objective of dramatically growing its footprint in the rapidly developing African lottery market. Scientific ...

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SBC Digital India

20 - 21 January 2021

SBC Digital India is the premier online event for betting and gaming in India and will deliver a fully virtual and interactive conference, exhibition and networking experience to delegates with an interest in the betting and gaming industry. SBC Digital India will provide an excellent and unique platform for learning and knowledge sharing with the industry’s top experts in the region as well as establish and develop relationships and explore emerging business opportunities.

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CasinoBeats Summit

22 - 24 March 2021

The CasinoBeats Summit returns in its original form in 2021 and will expand to a full two-day event packed with world-class content and networking opportunities. The conference and exhibition will bring together 1,500 senior-level attendees from operators, suppliers and regulators as well as a carefully selected range of sector visionaries to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the online casino sector.

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