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British Bookmaker William Hill and Gibraltar-based 888 Call Off Takeover Talks

Discussions broke down because a large shareholder in 888 thought the price was too low, The Guardian reports. Other takeovers by British gaming companies are, however, still expected:

Analysts have expected takeovers in the betting sector after changes late last year to the way the UK taxes online gambling. The introduction of the point of consumption tax lets HM Revenue & Customs tax profits made by online betting companies from UK gamblers, even though the bets are mainly placed with websites based offshore in low-tax jurisdictions.

Lottery Raises Record Amount for Dutch Premier League Youth Academies

Participants in the Dutch Vriendenloterij raised 3,4 million euros for the youth academies of their favorite Dutch Premier League soccer clubs, according to Marketing Tribune. Dutch lotteries are obligated to directly pass on half of their ticket sales to charities or clubs. The Vriendenloterij allows its participants to choose the charity or club they wish to benefit. UK Gambling Commission Pushes for Tighter Controls on Online Gaming
Operators will have to place a greater emphasis on “social responsibility,” CardsChat reports:

Although creating a safer igaming environment for players across the UK is desirable, it could come at the price of the country’s online revenues. Similar measures implemented in Sweden recently have led to a slight drop in the annual takings for the country’s leading igaming outfit, Svenska Spel.

Developments in Casual and Mobile iGaming Sector

British tabloid The Sun has partnered with platform provider Nektan to create and operate a new mobile gaming product. Playtech, one of the world’s largest online gaming software suppliers, strengthened its presence in the casual games sector with the acquisition of Dundee-based studio YoYo Games.

Don’t miss our next newsletter, which will provide you with up-to-date legal commentary on the latest iGaming developments by attorneys at law Kalff Katz & Franssen!