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GiH News Roundup: ZEAL COO to step down; Playtech investor could press for sale of the company; Kindred agrees deal with Scientific Games

GiH News Roundup: ZEAL COO to step down; Playtech investor could press for sale of the company; Kindred agrees deal with Scientific Games

Lottery innovator ZEAL announced that Susan Standiford, who oversaw launches into both Norway and the Netherlands, will step down from her position of Chief Operating Officer.

GiH News Roundup: UK betting firms to face “relentless escalation” in financial penalties; Italy’s gambling ad ban scheduled for 2019

GiH News Roundup: UK betting firms to face “relentless escalation” in financial penalties; Italy’s gambling ad ban scheduled for 2019

The Stars Group has raised $622 million in a public offering of common shares to help fund its $4.7 billion purchase of Sky Betting & Gaming. Games provider Pragmatic Play has acquired Novomatic’s live casino solutions firm Extreme Live Gaming for an undisclosed amount. Gaming Realms has agreed a deal to sell a 70% stake in most of its UK[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: register now for the GiH Lunch @ICE; Belgium the “Wild West” of online gambling; 42% of UK eSports bettors are women

GiH News Roundup: register now for the GiH Lunch @ICE; Belgium the “Wild West” of online gambling; 42% of UK eSports bettors are women

Registration for the Gaming in Holland Lunch at ICE 2018 is now open. The GiH Lunch will take place on Wednesday, February 7, starting at noon. Every year, professionals from all industry sectors, land-based, online, and lotteries, meet up in London against the backdrop of Europe’s premier gaming conference to discuss the latest developments in Dutch gaming. If you are[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming CEO, MP point to similarities between loot boxes and gambling; construction of HC Venlo has started

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming CEO, MP point to similarities between loot boxes and gambling; construction of HC Venlo has started

MP Michiel van Nispen (SP) has officially asked the Minister of Public Security to consider whether video game loot boxes should be considered a form of gambling. Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman said (starting at 8:20) during a televised consumer program that there are important similarities between loot boxes and actual gambling. Loot boxes trigger the brain in ways[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority opens public consultation on enforcement agenda; FanDuel appears in financial difficulties

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority opens public consultation on enforcement agenda; FanDuel appears in financial difficulties

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has opened a public consultation on its Enforcement Agenda 2018-2019. The Netherlands Gaming Authority is looking to hire a senior legal counsel and a compliance officer. Gambling industry watchdog The Senet Group has launched a major responsible gambling campaign to coincide with the launch of a national Responsible Gambling Week in the UK. The latest financial[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: UK Gambling Commission outlines commitment to protecting children; PokerStars rolls out poker-eSports hybrid

GiH News Roundup: UK Gambling Commission outlines commitment to protecting children; PokerStars rolls out poker-eSports hybrid

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has moved to outline its commitment to protecting children from betting-related harm after The Sunday Times accused some major operators of deliberately targeting youngsters. Are customer bonuses becoming redundant? NYX Gaming Group has agreed to integrate OIA Services, an Italian operator that holds brands including Betaland and Enjoybet, to its NYX Open Gaming System (OGS).[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: fresh round of consolidation looming; Planetwin365 tops Bet365 in Italy; eSports betting operator receives Maltese license

GiH News Roundup: fresh round of consolidation looming; Planetwin365 tops Bet365 in Italy; eSports betting operator receives Maltese license

A “flurry of M&A deals is expected after the outcome of a UK regulatory review due this month,” the Financial Times writes. Companies reportedly drawing up plans include GVC, Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Paddy Power Betfair, The Stars Group (formerly Amaya), 888 Holdings, Rank Group, and Jackpotjoy. SKS365 Group’s Planetwin365 brand captured 14.9% of Italy’s online sports betting market in[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Gamestate CEO responds to “children’s casino” accusation; UK betting industry continues to draw fire

GiH News Roundup: Gamestate CEO responds to “children’s casino” accusation; UK betting industry continues to draw fire

The CEO of Dutch amusement arcade operator Gamestate, which earlier this year had been accused of running so-called “children’s casinos,” said that his games were not addictive in addition to unveiling plans for ongoing expansion. In related news, the mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second city, declined to take action against a local branch of the arcade chain after being[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Las Vegas rocked by mass shooting; Svenska Spel to launch online casino; ESSA sports integrity projects receive EU funding

GiH News Roundup: Las Vegas rocked by mass shooting; Svenska Spel to launch online casino; ESSA sports integrity projects receive EU funding

Las Vegas has been rocked by a mass hooting, just hours ahead of the opening of the G2E Conference, Swedish state-owned operator Svenska Spel is preparing the launch of an online casino as soon as new regulation comes into force in January 2019. The operator is anticipating huge growth once an open market is officially introduced in the country. International[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: eSports increasingly attractive to match-fixers; Responsible Gaming Conference triples in size

GiH News Roundup: eSports increasingly attractive to match-fixers; Responsible Gaming Conference triples in size

Traditional sports still offer higher returns to fixers than eSports. But perhaps not for long, The Economist reports. “ESports betting is increasingly attractive to the kind of people that eSports does not want attracted to it,” says Ian Smith, Head of the eSports Integrity Coalition. The 2017 Responsible Gaming Conference, hosted by Kindred Group and Malta’s Foundation for Social Welfare[Read More…]