Online gambling group GVC Holdings approached Ladbrokes Coral in recent weeks with a takeover offer worth as much as £3.6bn to create one of the world’s largest betting companies, The Financial Times reported yesterday. Although talks eventually broke down, the move signals that British gambling groups are preparing for a fresh round of consolidation as the industry braces itself for further regulatory crackdowns from UK authorities.

Austria’s government has proposed allowing internet service providers to block the domains of websites deemed to be breaking local laws, a category that could include internationally licensed online gambling sites.

Betway will sponsor the ESL Pro League, which the longest running in professional CS:GO, for another season.

Bet-on-lotteries operator Lottoland has relaunched its affiliate program in partnership with Income Access, Paysafe’s iGaming-focused marketing software and services provider.

PokerStars has resurrected its free-to-play app PokerStars Play, with the new iteration currently being released through a phased roll-out.

The World Regulatory Briefing London 2017, which will take place on 12 September, has published an updated agenda. WrB London 2017 will focus on responsible gambling politics, technology, and commercial strategy.

Gaming and technology start-ups are urged to submit their companies to pitch in the EiG Start-up Launchpad.

The UK Gambling Commission has concluded an agreement with Birmingham’s police department, the City Council, and local bookmakers in order to address and prevent criminal activities related to the gaming industry.