An international study into gambling addiction has found evidence to suggest that gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, paving the way for potential future treatments. The researchers discuss their findings in this short video. The full study can be accessed here.

The Finnish state-run gambling monopoly should remain unchanged, according to 66% of respondents in an independently/managed poll:

Those in favour of keeping the state-owned gambling scheme were mostly older women, according to the poll, which was commissioned by the local YLE television network..

Only about 20% of the respondents said they would like to break up the monopoly… mostly younger adult males.

Finns have been assessed as the fifth biggest gamblers worldwide (H2 Gambling Capital figures) and the monopoly issue, along with the possibility of change, has been discussed for years.

EGR Intel published an exclusive interview with Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström. Among other things, Tjärnström discusses the recent name change of the Kindred Group (previously: Unibet Group):

[…] the management team and the board feel this is the right time to do this to maximise the benefits of the name change and for us to get better clarity internally where everyone will be employed by Kindred Group.

The deadline for this year’s ICE challenges is approaching fast. Are you a supplier or game developer with a great pitch for the wider industry? Don’t miss your chance to present your case to the visitors of ICE 2017. Deadline for entry is Monday, January 9.

UK prime minister Theresa May has been accused of beating up high street bookmakers while ignoring similar problems associated with the National Lottery.

Superleague Greece side, Panathinaikos, has become the 21st football team to form an eSports team.