David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Today marks the last day where attendees can secure a 20% discount for this month’s forum with code “ESI20” at checkout. Tickets can be found here for £15 (excl VAT).After the rousing success of the inaugural ESI Forum, Esports Insider (part of SBC Global) are delighted to reveal further details of the second Forum, set to take place on Thursday August 31st in association with Digital Fuel. Tickets are already selling quickly as anticipation builds. James Watson, SportradarOnce again, the Bunkr doors will swing open and welcome up to 80 professionals from both the esports industry and those with a keen sense of intrigue about it. Whilst last month, a panel including Wouter Sleijffers, Fnatic CEO dissected why football clubs were entering esports — August’s theme will be the gambling industry.Prior to unleashing a proverbial truck load of pizza, beer and wine upon attendees, we will once again welcome a leading panel to discuss the esports betting opportunity. The panel will be made up of:James Watson, Head of Esports, SportradarSuraj Gosai, CEO, BlinkpoolToby Oddy, CEO, Digital FuelPeter Ivanov, Head of Esports Trading, UltraplayModerated by Ian Smith, Integrity Commissioner of ESIC.Each speaker will bring insight into just where the opportunity sits for bookmakers and suppliers alike, as well as the inherent challenges that the industry must overcome in order to realise the opportunity.Peter Ivanov, Head of Esports Trading at Ultraplay said: “Esports betting is one of the hottest topics in the gambling industry nowadays, with a lot of improvements, trends and innovative concepts. I am glad to participate in Esports Insider Forum and contribute to the esports community with my insight of the opportunities the sector holds for bookmakers and suppliers to further enrich the iGaming scene.”It’s impossible to cover such an overarching topic with just one panel, hence Esports Insider, with SBC Events, are welcoming over 25 industry leading speakers across two days in September (13-15) to Betting on Esports. Part of the wider Betting on Sports conference, ESI will run six panels covering topics ranging from data and integrity through to brand ambassadors and legal issues. For more information please click here.After the panel of the second #ESIForum is out of the way, we welcome attendees to delve into the pizza and beverages and network the night away in a relaxed environment. Although much of the gambling world are strangers to anything but FIFA, Esports Insider has decided to push the boat out and bring Tekken to this month’s forum. Players will be invited to compete against each other on the big screen with a professional caster and a prize for the winner.We are delighted to once again welcome SpecialEffect to the Bunkr, who will be again be on hand with a dedicated area to showcase some of the incredible gadgets that they’ve designed to enable gamers.Don’t delay and get yours here for £15 (excl VAT)Use the code ESI20 at checkout for a 20% discount on this price until the end of today. You can stay up to date with the latest news about each Esports Insider Forum Series by following on Twitter and signing up to the bi-weekly newsletter. Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share Submit
Share Share Two of the biggest names in betting news, Racing Post and SBC Global, have joined forces once again in an enhanced partnership that will run until the end of 2019.The companies have agreed on an extended two-year deal which will strengthen the ties between the two organisations ahead of SBC’s ground-breaking 2018 betting trade events.The deal builds on the existing partnership which saw Racing Post B2B with a highly visible presence at all SBC’s 2017 events, including Betting on Football, Betting on Sports and the SBC Awards.The Racing Post Networking Area will once again have a prominent presence at both the Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while offering delegates the chance to meet clients or partners in a relaxing environment. Racing Post B2B will also have a selection of new and innovative products on show, allowing delegates to check out market leading content in multiple formats.The company’s B2B arm will also take an active role as an ambassador for both events, with both Racing Post and SBC working together to build audiences, deliver high quality conference content and ensure the success of each conference.Eugene Delaney, B2B Director of Racing Post, said: “After the overwhelming success of the 2017 events, it makes sense for us to continue our partnership with SBC. SBC consistently deliver engaging conferences with high quality networking and business opportunities, so we are delighted to continue the association and partnership.”Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC Global, added: “We have a great relationship with the Racing Post and I’m very happy to cement that partnership for another two years. We have common goals in helping the betting industry improve how it operates, so it was an obvious decision to join forces in this way.” Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles
Related Articles Share Golden Race rolls out new ‘Instant’ virtual sports collection January 31, 2020 Share Hot Swap delivers “instant win” for Inbet’s retail betting clients January 2, 2019 Altenar: The flexibility to match customer requirements and meet operator challenges for specific markets January 22, 2019 Submit StumbleUpon InBet Games has marked the build up to Betting on Football and this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia by launching a new football-based virtual game.Virtual Football has been “furnished with a wide variety of options for football fans” including the popular correct score, over/under goals and handicap betting markets.The product, which covers all major and minor international soccer leagues, also enables players to bet on double chance, team to score first and exact number of goals scored.Pavel Korolev, InBet Games’ Business Development Director, said: “We are thrilled to present this invigorating, diverse in betting options and vibrant game that will surely carry your punters away! We believe that Virtual Football encapsulates the true spirit of a live football match and makes for an utmost gaming experience.”Ahead of next week’s event, Korolev added: “Here at InBet, we also share many of our friends’ and customers’ passion for football.“We wanted to reinforce the Russian World Cup spirit and image, so we are delivering a set of new, dynamic, dramatic and thrilling games for the gaming market.“Virtual Football is the latest addition to a football portfolio that already includes Penalty Kick, a game that was awarded Best Sports Themed Game at last year’s SBC Awards.”
Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has today published a market update disclosing the target price attached to its public share offering, first announced on Monday 18 June 2018.The Stars Group governance will move forward on a $38.00 per common share price, with the company having secured underwriters to purchase 17 million common shares, with a further 8 million shares sold by its existing corporate shareholders.Supporting its public offering, the Stars Group will allow underwriters to execute an ‘over-allotment’ option set at ‘1,875,000 and 1,875,000 additional common shares’ (exercisable for a period of 30 days).The firm’s public share offering will be made available on the Nasdaq and Toronto exchanges, with the Stars Group expecting to close the transaction by 26 June 2018.As reported on Monday, the Stars Group governance intends to use the net proceeds secured from its placements, together with the firm’s new debt financing and cash structure to complete its outright $4.7 billion acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet).Its new offering is not contingent on the closing of the Sky Bet acquisition or any debt financing. If for any reason the acquisition is terminated, Stars Group governance intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes. Share Submit
StumbleUpon Share Fast Track’s Dan Morrison: Why now is the time to digitalise player engagement June 30, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Online casino operator Twin is aiming to fulfil its mission “of providing an unmatched casino experience” after deploying the innovative Fast Track CRM solution.Marcin Jablonski, Twin’s Chief Brand Officer, expanded: “We share Fast Track’s vision of how easy CRM should be and believe this partnership will allow our CRM team to fulfil their mission of providing an unmatched casino experience to our players.”Fast Track, which delivers managed services to online gaming companies, has recently started offering its CRM solution as a standalone product, with Twin one of the first beneficiaries.“We are really excited to have Twin on board,” added Fast Track CEO Simon Lidzén. “They were ready for a new way of working with CRM and we are happy to support that with Fast Track CRM.”Fast Track is a CRM tool designed specifically for the online gaming sector and is already live with casino brands including Metal Casino, Ikibu and Casino Calzone. It runs on real-time data and enables CRM teams to manage all aspects of communications and rewards in a single location.Last week, Fast Track agreed a similar deal with Cashmio Casino, marking a promising start to 2019 for the technology provider. Lidzén detailed: “Cashmio has been a strategic partner for us, providing us with great insight in how we can provide FT CRM as a standalone product.” LV BET appoints Marcin Jablonski as commercial lead September 18, 2019 Fast Track hires Dan Morrison as commercial lead June 30, 2020
Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 ‘The Esports Integrity Coalition- ESIC‘ has called for all the esports stakeholders, governing bodies and licensed gambling operators to collaborate in tackling esports growing ‘betting integrity’ concerns.ESIC’s call for collaboration comes as the integrity body details an ‘alarming rise’ in suspicious betting alerts gathered over the past 12-months.The body announced that 74 suspicious betting alerts were recorded during 2018, which constituted in an increase of almost 75% from the previous year, with DOTA2 matches detailing a 100% in alerts.Ian Smith, ESIC Integrity Commissioner states that the figures should serve as a ‘wakeup call’ for all esports and betting incumbents –“The numbers of suspicious bet notifications being received by ESIC now are alarming. While we’re confident that most of the top tier competitions are operating to the highest standards of integrity, we’re deeply concerned with what is happening in the lower echelons of esports.”“We are therefore today calling on game developers of the esports titles to join the other stakeholders and betting operators themselves in supporting additional integrity measures to tackle the issue.”Smith and ESIC have set out a ‘plan of action’, inviting esports’ diverse stakeholders, including tournament organisers, licensed betting operators, integrity professionals, sponsors, team CEOs and developers to a ‘summit meeting’ in Malta tomorrow.At the Malta summit, ESIC aims to agree on wholesale support from the industry and its partners, for an increased focus on integrity which will include;• Improved funding for integrity issues; especially the hiring of a specialist investigator• Enhanced player education• The development of a common framework of standards for esports• Collaboration on a crack-down on unregulated skins and unlicensed bettingSmith continued, “We have a clear focus on what needs to be done and how we need to do it. If we act quickly, and collectively, we can head this growing issue off at the pass.”“We are delighted that 20 significant esports stakeholders are attending, but this now needs everyone involved; in particular we need all esports related game developers to start taking this issue seriously given that, to date, not one developer has contributed one dollar to our fight for competitive integrity in esports and we are in danger of being overwhelmed. No-one wants to see esports lose its credibility over an easily preventable threat to its integrity.” Share
BGC takes over The Senet Group’s duties and responsibilities April 6, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020 The Liberal Democrats have confirmed the appointment of Mike Dixon as new Chief Executive of the party from 21 October.Dixon will take control of Lib Dem operations and strategic planning, having formerly served as Chief Executive of ‘Addaction’ – a UK-wide support network for people recovering for drug/alcohol addiction and mental health issues.Regarded as one of the UK leading executive’s in financing non-profit organisations and managing voluntary communities, Dixon has advised on policy development governing UK gambling as the former Assistant Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau.This September, the newly reformed UK gambling self-exclusion programme GAMSTOP confirmed the appointment of Dixon as a Non-Executive Director.In previous statements, Lib Dem officials have underlined that they seek to overhaul UK betting’s approach to responsible gambling.Last week, party official John Leech criticised industry independent watchdog, The Senet Group’s ‘When The Fun Stops, Stop‘ advertising campaign as ineffective and ‘exacerbating the national gambling crisis’. Gamstop assesses impact of lockdown in new report May 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share
Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Online bookmaker Marathonbet has been named as the first official Russian partner of Real Madrid after the operator penned a new partnership with the La Liga team. As part of the agreement, the operator will receive a boost in its exposure across Spain via virtual LED boards in Russian broadcasts of Real Madrid games, which is expected to utilise digital overlay technology.This will be supported by the operator delivering ‘exclusive offers’ relating to Real Madrid. Which will include special events during the 2019/20 season, such as matchday VIP experiences and meet and greets with the team’s players and legends.The partnership marks an expansion into the Spanish leagues for Marathonbet, having previously secured a two-year sponsorship agreement with Sevilla FC earlier this year. As part of that agreement, the five-time Europa League champions have gained access to exclusive content, offers and experiences from the bookmaker throughout the campaign, while the operator’s logo is also be displayed across the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium and on match day interview backdrops.Marathonbet is Real Madrid’s first Russian partner in its 117-year history. Since its inception in 1997, Marathonbet has offered live and pre-betting online betting on a wide variety of sports and events.
Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Stockholm-listed Kindred Group has reported that a group-wide increase on taxes and a significant jump in operating costs has weighed heavily on its Q4 and full-year performance.Publishing its year end report for January – December 2019, Kindred revealed that due to the changes in betting duties across France, the financial impact to Kindred has been ‘greatly increased’.Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group, commented on the results: “Some of the factors that impacted the fourth quarter of 2019 were the same as we reported in previous quarters, such as the Swedish regulation and increasing restrictions in the Dutch market. These and other headwinds are a normal part of our business that we address, adjust to and, over time, use as a competitive advantage.“The initiatives we have taken in Sweden to return to growth has resulted in continued recovery from the low EBITDA in the first half of the year; however, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 the EBITDA from Sweden was still down by GBP 6.6 million.”“As we noted in our trading update on 13 January 2020, there were some temporary factors that reduced the profit for the fourth quarter. We had below average sports betting margins in many markets, including France. The French turnover-based gambling tax increased the negative effects of the low margins significantly, however the tax system in France changed on 1 January 2020 to a tax on revenues.”During Q4, Kindred Group saw an increase in its net income taxes paid jump from £4.3m in Q4 2018 up to £13.8m in Q4 2019. Meanwhile, full year results saw net income taxes almost double, with the group paying £26.9m in 2019 compared to £15m in the previous year.Gross winnings revenue and EBITDA have also continued to be negatively impacted by regulatory changes in Sweden and the Netherlands, although performance in Sweden is said to have ‘improved significantly compared to prior quarters’.Gross revenues saw a drop during Q4 from £250.1m in Q4 2018 down to £236.2m in Q4 2019. However, this contrasts the full-year increase in revenues, with Kindred reporting figures of £912.8m, up from £907.6m in 2018.Tjärnström added: “Subject to change during the remainder of the quarter, but as an initial indication, the daily average Gross winnings revenue for the period 1 January to 9 February 2020 in GBP was 5 per cent higher (10 per cent in constant currency) than for the same period last year. In the US, Gross winnings revenues grew by 90 per cent in January 2020 compared to December 2019.”Operating costs also hindered full-year and Q4 results, up to £112.2m in Q4 compared to the £103m reported in 2018. Of these operating costs, £55.3m million were marketing costs, an increase on the £51.2m in 2018, and £24.9m were salaries, up from £22.6m.During the full year 2019, operating costs were up from £378.1m in 2018 to £429.9m. Of these operating costs, £210.9m were marketing costs and £96.1m were salaries.Kindred Group has continued to grow its market presence across the US, having expanded operations in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania via the Unibet brand. Gross winnings revenue across both states amounted to £1.7m for the quarter, whilst the negative impact on the underlying EBITDA was £6m (largely impacted by £5m of marketing investments).Tjärnström concluded: “We also had the first full quarter of trading in the locally regulated US states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It was expected that the first months of trading in the US would be loss-making which is completely in line with Kindred’s experience of launches into other new markets.“This is logical as revenues grow from zero in response to our marketing investments, which includes initial marketing production costs (USD 2 million) to go live that will be used longer term.“I am confident that we will see continued improvements in 2020 as our business in the US grows and our revenues increase. The US is the market with the largest long-term growth potential as regulation gathers pace, with the US online sports betting market estimated to be $13.6bn by 2023 (by the independent research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming).” Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share
Allied Esports, a network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, have officially announced a grand opening date and a major partnership for Esports Arena Las Vegas as well as the first stop for its new mobile arena, Esports Arena Drive.Esports Arena Las Vegas will officially open its doors at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Thursday, March 22nd with a series of events, including an invitation-only, multi-day, live-streamed tournament, with official details to be announced at a later date.Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports said: “Esports Arena Las Vegas is the cornerstone of our property, brand and content development and will allow us to engage esports communities, brands and stakeholders like never before. With Las Vegas rapidly becoming a hub for esports, Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor will be the city’s home for competitive gaming and interactive entertainment.”Allied Esports and Esports Arena have partnered with Luxor to transform the former nightclub space into a multi-level arena with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios.Allied Esports also announced an exclusive partnership with HARMAN Professional Solutions, producer of audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV (AVLC), for Esports Arena Las Vegas, with the agreement covering the integrated AVLC systems for the 30,000-square foot venue and production studio.Allied Esports and Esports Arena also introduced its latest mobile solution, Esports Arena Drive, North America’s first mobile esports touring arena, featuring a competition stage with full production facilities, a caster studio, social media center and VIP lounge.“Esports Arena Drive gives us an amazing opportunity to reach communities around the country in a truly authentic and awesome way,” said Tyler Endres, COO of Esports Arena. “For players, viewers online, and partners alike, Esports Arena Drive will bring the Esports Arena experience to wherever the fans are.”We look forward to seeing what Allied Esports can pull out of the bag on March 22nd – updates soon to be announced.Esports Insider says: The idea of the Esports Arena Drive is definitely one we’re intrigued by, with its hints towards a “tour bus” vibe. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Esports Arena Las Vegas; Vegas is looking to become something of a hotbed for esports, but we will have to reserve judgement until we see what they can do.