Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte has wildly laughed off Diego Costa’s claims that he was has been treated like “a criminal”.28-year-old Costa has failed to return to Stamford Bridge for the new season, claiming Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte sent him a text message last June, indicating his services are no longer required at Stamford Bridge.Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League visit to Tottenham this weekend, Conte laughed uncontrollably before answering the question about Costa’s claims. Conte then said: “It’s great. I prefer to laugh,”“I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.”Costa remains in his family home in Brazil despite being ordered by Chelsea to return to England and make himself available for selection, saying the club have treated him like a criminal. Video Credit: Twitter.com – ESPN FCRelated
Share Share StumbleUpon BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) forwarded proposals for a new 100-ball cricket format last week, which it is fair to say had received very mixed reactions worldwide.Encapsulating fifteen traditional six-ball overs and a final ten-ball over, meaning it will be twenty deliveries shorter than the ever growing Twenty20 (T20) format, plans would see an eight team city based tournament. England director of cricket Andrew Strauss has suggested a very distinct audience during the summer holidays is the target, but conversely could this be key in attracting bettors, with it believed the shorter formats of cricket are key in making the market become more mainstream.Could a new audience be attracted as a result of this? And in turn bring a new wave of fresh punters? Paul Lowery, head of sports trading at Sky Betting and Gaming, doesn’t believe that is the case, unless it is branded it a new way: “I don’t see a huge difference to the T20 game to be honest unless the way the game is branded and presented is completely different. “I appreciate that the countdown element adds to the drama of the game and its less time to wait between overs but ultimately any change in audience relies more on promotion in my opinion.”It has been claimed that amongst the venues for the new competition are Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham, which would last five-weeks and begin in 2020.Could this introduction, which in some ways is aiming to piggyback off the success of T20, be a step too far though: “I think it’s another addition to an already packed marketplace. T20 isn’t really broken and in my opinion the ECB would be better advised looking to replicate the razzmatazz of the BBL or IPL with our current domestic summer competition.”Aiming to take place alongside the T20 Blast, some quarters have been quick to suggest it is the longer formats of the game that need spicing up, not the already successful short versions.Could this be a reaction to England being a little slow to full adapt to the T20 craze though, Lowery concluded: “I’ve probably given away my answer to this question in my answer to the previous one; in my opinion it’s exactly this. “I’ve seen a few negative comments from players and fans alike already and the powers that be would be well advised not to mess around too much with the format of an already enjoyable quick hitting proposition.” Related Articles Submit Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams July 22, 2020 Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Publishing its Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September), FTSE100 betting group GVC Holdings details continued corporate growth and progress on its core strategic objectives.The enlarged FTSE firm continues its strong digital momentum, recording +28% period NGR increase, detailing growth across all its major operating territories.Boosted by the closing stages of World Cup Russia 2018, GVC sports brands NGR grew 31%, with the company maintaining double-digit growth for its acquired Ladbrokes (+24%) and Coral UK (+29%) digital properties.Furthermore, a strengthened digital framework has helped GVC Casino/Games brands achieve 19% NGR increase, driven by ‘strong levels of first-time depositors’.Despite its digital growth, GVC cannot escape tougher UK retail operating conditions, with the company reporting a like-for-like 2% NGR decline. Nevertheless, the firm’s UK retail woes are offset by +24% increase in its European retail assets, as GVC reports strong growth across its Italian assets.GVC Holdings Q3 2018 Trading UpdateMoving forward, GVC governance highlights significant future prospects for the operator, having secured its US joint-venture partnership with MGM Resorts during the Q3 trading.GVC will now act as technology and operations lead for MGM Resorts, the US’ biggest land-based casino operator, gaining a significant foothold within the liberalised US sports betting market. The strategic partnership will see GVC develop and launch exclusive platform and digital properties through the ‘playMGM’ brand.Commenting on the Trading update, GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander said:“The Group’s performance in the quarter was very pleasing with momentum continuing across the Online and European Retail divisions. As highlighted in our H1 results, we will look to consolidate our position in markets where we are taking market share through the reinvestment of excess returns, and the board is confident in its full-year expectations.“We believe our sports-betting joint venture with MGM is best placed to be the market leader in the US and we have taken the first steps on that journey with the soft-launch of our sports-betting app in New Jersey. We have also recently announced a series of CSR measures including a multi-million-pound commitment to responsible gambling initiatives and a call for a pre-watershed ban of TV advertising in the UK around football and other live sports.“The industry continues to evolve and whilst there are challenges there are also many exciting opportunities. Through our proprietary technology, a portfolio of brands, leading product and talent, GVC is well placed to continue to deliver shareholder value.”
Share StumbleUpon Keith O’Loughlin – SG DigitalNasdaq-listed industry technology group, Scientific Games Corporation (SGC), has moved to bolster its SG Digital sportsbook operations team, confirming the launch of its new ‘Marketing Services’ division.Based out of Gibraltar, the Marketing Services team will support SG Digital’s fast growth B2B and B2G business units, which deliver digital systems for igaming, sports betting and lottery customers.In its update, SGC reveals that it has recruited SuperBet Romania executives Charlie Riggs, Rick Leask, and Allison Lynch as senior hires for its new division, however the technology group, is yet to reveal official titles or responsibilities.Commenting on the update, Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook at SG Digital, said: “These hires immediately ramped up our sportsbook efforts, empowering us to continue to build top-tier sportsbook technology for our global partners while simultaneously managing daily operations. We’re thrilled to have talented individuals with deep industry experience on board; Marketing Services will further cement our position as a leader and innovator in the sports betting industry.”Detailing further information, SGC reveals that its Marketing Services division will consist of a team of 25 employees, who will manage and consult on partner marketing – brand, acquisition, retention, engagement, optimisation and analytics disciplines.Supporting its global growth strategy, which targets SGC becoming the industry’s lead technology supplier, SGC governance announced in September that it had created a specialist ‘Sportsbook Operations Team’ based in Gibraltar.The new SG Digital division is led by Stuart Weston new VP of Sportsbook Operations, a former long-term William Hill Executive who will join the company to head its Gibraltar operations. Related Articles Share Submit Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation August 26, 2020 SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020
Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 Share 1xBet has been named International Presenting Partner of Italy’s Serie A from 2018 to 2021, covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.The announcement follows Interregional Sports Group’s (ISG) renewal of the International Presenting Sponsor (IPS) rights for Italy’s top football league – a category that ISG introduced to the market for the first time in the 2015/16 season.“We are delighted to have 1xBet as a partner,” said ISG joint Chairman Simon Burgess. “We are confident that Serie A will enable 1xBet to boost its brand courtesy of a direct link with its target audience.”As part of the agreement, 1xBet will be featured in all match graphics, idents and virtual goal mat advertising across every live Serie A game, on all platforms that are broadcast in the regions covered in the terms of the deal.In addition, 1xBet will have extensive use of on and off-line assets, and will launch activation programmes alongside the league in each of its territories.A spokesman for 1xBet said: “We are proud to have signed a partnership agreement for the next three seasons, and we hope that we will make a tangible contribution to the development of Italian football as well as giving the fans the best betting experience.”The announcement comes just a few days after ISG went to market with the first stage of its ground-breaking betting partner package for Formula 1, which was formally unveiled at this year’s Betting on Sports conference. LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020
‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Share Submit Responding to recent media reports which alleged that UK betting firms had been engaging with breached data from the ‘Learning Records Service’ educational index, the Betting and Gaming Council (Betting and Gaming Council) has stated that the allegations ‘are categorically untrue.’In a statement on its website, the BGC reiterated that all betting companies are legally required to conduct age verification checks, and that the data used by the GB Group ‘is a crucial way in which operators prevent underage gambling.’The statement said: “Recent media reports suggested that betting companies had access to an educational database – the Learning Records Service – which includes the personal details of 28 million pupils aged 14 and above from state and private schools and colleges across the UK. The development was framed as one of the ‘biggest breaches of government data’. These stories are categorically untrue.“All betting companies are legally required to verify the age of people who wish to join to ensure that they are over the age of 18. Some of our members have used GB Group to assist with age verification checks.“This involves our members providing GB Group with the name, address and date of birth of the individual who has applied to open an account. GB Group then matches the information against data from multiple databases, via secure and encrypted API connections.“A simple ‘Match’ or ‘No Match’ is returned to our member company, which confirms or not if the applicant has provided true information on their application. This therefore confirms or otherwise that the applicant is over the age of 18. The service provided by GB Group has had a significant positive impact on ensuring that no one under the age of 18 is permitted to open a betting account or place a bet online.“Rather than being a means to induce young people towards gambling, this data usage is a crucial way in which operators prevent underage gambling.”The allegations of using breached data has come at a turbulent time for the betting industry, with a number of betting companies coming under increased scrutiny from the UK media and government.Earlier this month, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) carried out an investigation into the live streaming contracts of bookmakers which allowed Bet365, Betfair, William Hill, Coral, Ladbrokes, Unibet and Paddy Power to broadcast FA Cup matches – an arrangement criticised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).The BGC addressed the scrutiny: “At the BGC, we are acutely aware of the scrutiny currently levelled at our industry, from the public, politicians and the media. But in this important dialogue, it is crucial that media outlets are facilitators of the truth. In this instance, contrary to these reports, data is used to protect a vulnerable group of society from betting and gaming illegally, not to encourage them to do so.“Indeed, a recent report by the Gambling Commission illustrated how measures such as these have significantly restricted the occurrence of underage gambling. The forms of gambling that are most prevalent among those aged under 18 are the purchase of national lottery tickets or playing cards with family and friends.“Our members operate a zero-tolerance policy for any individuals engaging with betting and gaming under the legal age. Our members’ relationship with age-verification companies is one vital way we ensure that those underage don’t gamble with our members.” Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon
Submit StumbleUpon Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 A further 16 websites have been blocked by the Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, after it was found that they were offering betting and gaming without a licence.The ruling was issued in March 2020, and marks the sixth time that the regulator has gone to court to have unlicensed betting, casino and skin betting websites blocked, having now blocked a total of 90 websites since 2012.The regulator had initially requested that 17 websites were blocked by the district court. One provider stopped the illegal provision before the case was conducted, and in March 2020, the district court ruled in favour of the Danish Gambling Authority in the 16 remaining cases.Seven of the sites blocked were online casino websites, seven offered skin betting, and the remaining two offered sports betting.As part of their licence conditions, all gambling operators with a Danish licence must clearly display the Spillemyndigheden label on their website and on all marketing material.“We work to protect players against illegal gambling, and we also need to ensure that the operators who are licenced to offer gambling in Denmark can run their businesses under orderly conditions. That is why it is very important for us to clamp down on gambling offered without a licence,” explained the Director of the Danish Gambling Authority, Morten Niels Jakobsen. Related Articles Share Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020
Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Reconciliation specialist Aurum Solutions has reiterated its place in the gaming industry after confirming a rebrand and the launch of its new website.The site, which will include a dedicated gaming section, will offer information on the ways in which Aurum helps automate reconciliations to ‘improve accuracy and compliance’.Phil Hall, Director of Aurum Solutions, explained: “Our new website contains a dedicated Gaming page making our presence in the industry clear. It is our focus to keep bringing financial services technology and best-practices to the Gaming Industry.”The Aurum Gaming platform supports gaming operators in upholding compliance measures when it comes to payments. By importing data from multiple PSPs, payment gateways, aggregators and gaming platforms, Aurum will allow operators to create ‘a well-defined audit trail’.The full audit-trail, alongside industry-specific reporting and dashboard technology, will help gaming operators meet complex regulatory requirements.It comes at a time when betting and gaming companies face increasing pressure to ensure that they are operating in accordance with protocols outlined by regulators such as the UK Gambling Commission. Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit
It’s been another busy week in esports, with G2 attracting investment from the likes of FC Barcelona midfielder André Gomes grabbing many a headline. Elsewhere: Mercedes Benz and ESL have partnered ahead of ESL One Hamburg; Sliver.tv has raised over $9 million and Betway has become the official betting partner of the ESL Pro League. G2 attract investmentG2 Esports League of Legends team. Credit: RiotThe esports organisation’s funding round was concluded with a diverse group of investors on board, who bring with them a wealth of experience from the entertainment, financial, and traditional sport sectors. The most prominent of the investors is without a doubt FC Barcelona midfielder André Gomes. Others include Eric Mindich’s Everblue Management, MACRO Ventures, and Marc Lemann of Go4It, among others. This initial growth capital will be used ‘to enhance G2 Esports’ talent infrastructure as well strengthen their content and brand initiatives’.Portuguese midfielder André Gomes had this to say: “In this increasingly digital world, I see tremendous potential in esports. Carlos’s vast experience as a successful player, entertainer and successful team owner combined with G2’s impressive track record makes this investment a perfect fit. Esports is the next generation of sports and League of Legends is its cornerstone. I couldn’t be more thrilled to invest in and partner with G2 Esports.”Read the full article here.Sliver.tv raise $9.8 millionSLIVER.tv, a 360º virtual reality broadcasting technology company, has raised $9.8 million (£7.7m) in Series A funding in its bid to transform the esports spectator experience utilising VR. The round of funding was led by Danhua Capital, and Heuristic Capital Partners joined ZP Capital as fellow investors. Mitch Lui, CEO of Sliver.tv said he was “thrilled” to welcome the trio aboard. The haul brings funding up to a current total of $17.5m (£13.7m). Existing seed contributors DCM, Sierra Ventures, The VR Fund, Samsung Next Fund and Sony Innovation Fund also joined in for the round.The platform operates by submerging viewers in a fully immersive 360° in-world stream using virtual camera array technology. The company describes the arrangement as akin to ‘giving them courtside seats’, allowing fans to delve right into the action.Read the full article here.ESL and Mercedes Benz enter partnershipThis new partnership will ‘include tournament sponsorships across several global markets’. First up events wise is ESL One Hamburg 2017, the Dota 2 tournament and Major with with a prize pool of €1,000,000. Ralf Reichert, ESLRalf Reichert, CEO of ESL said: “We are thrilled to partner with Mercedes-Benz as the premiere automotive brand. This partnership represents an important step not only for us but for the whole esports industry – allowing us to explore exciting mobility solutions for the fans and players across the world, growing esports together, and getting it to the next level.”Read the full article here.Betway announce ESL Pro League Season 6 partnershipUndeterred by the Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsorship news last week, Betway and ESL have announced a partnership that will see the bookmaker become a sponsor for Season 6 of the ESL Pro League.The deal will see Betway enhance the ESL Pro League experience by adding live odds to the broadcast, much in the same way as they demonstrated at ESL One Cologne. The release also states that viewers will get an insight into the content that unique content Betway has produced. Anthony Werkman, Director of Marketing and Operations at Betway stated: “We are delighted to continue our market leading partnership with ESL. After the huge success of our ESL One Cologne sponsorship, supporting CS:GO’s most prestigious league was the logical next step.”Read the full article here.
It has been announced today that FACEIT is partnering with the Capcom Pro Tour, AESVI and Fandango Club, the event organisers of the Milan Games Week. Together they’ll bring the EU Regional Finals of Street Fighter V to Milan Games Week on Sunday, October 1st. James Bardolph, FACEITJames Bardolph, Creative Director of FACEIT Media commented: “Over the past two years, the Milan Games Week has proven to be the perfect venue for the Europe’s most skilled Street Fighter V warriors to face off.“We’re excited to continue bringing these players together, and we look forward to future Capcom competitions in Street Fighter V and beyond.”The tournament will be the third consecutive year the Capcom Pro Tour has hosted such an event at Milan Games Week.The winner of each EU Regional Final will earn a qualifying spot in the Capcom Cup 2017. The Regional Finals Last Chance Qualifier will take place at 11am (UTC) on Saturday September 30th with the top player competing in the EU Regional Finals at 2:00pm (UTC) on the Sunday. The qualifying Street Fighter V winner will face off against the seven players who previously qualified from the EU Regional Ranking events throughout the year. AESVI President Paolo Chisari noted: “Milan Games Week is proud to host Europe’s most intense Street Fighter V and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite matches at the EU Regional Finals.” “The return of the Capcom Pro Tour, along with a huge variety of other events and games will make Milan Games Week 2017 the most exciting yet!”, added Pier Luigi Parnofiello, Head of Esports at Fandango Club spa.Esports Insider says: This is another string to London based FACEIT’s bow and we look forward to watching the SFV action at Milan Games Week!