Camelot reveals record UK National Lottery digital sales

first_img Camelot has reported a year-on-year increase in UK National Lottery sales, with digital sales hitting at a record £1.65bn (€1.88bn/$2.21bn) Camelot reveals record UK National Lottery digital sales Topics: Finance Lottery Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Camelot has reported a year-on-year increase in UK National Lottery sales, with digital sales hitting at a record £1.65bn (€1.88bn/$2.21bn). Total sales in the 2017-18 financial year amounted to £6.95bn, up £26.4m on the previous year despite Camelot having anticipated a decline. Mobile sales hit an all-time high of £700.6m, with sales across smartphones and tablets now accounting for more than 40% of all digital sales. Camelot also noted record sales figures on the National Lottery applications for mobile, following the launch of full version of the Android app last year. However, retail remains the main sales channel for the National Lottery after taking £5.3bn during the year, more than 75% of total sales. UK players claimed £3.93bn in prize during 2017-18, with the National Lottery having now awarded over £67bn in prizes since its launch. Camelot also noted that it was able to generate £1.66bn for ‘Good Causes’ during the 12-month period, £27.3m more than in the previous year. Nigel Railton, who took over as chief executive of Camelot on a permanent basis in November, said: “Given that we had anticipated a further sales decline this year, our achievement in getting The National Lottery back into growth and delivering more money for Good Causes underlines the importance of the work we have been carrying out following the strategic review. “It’s fair to say that sales benefited from a nice run of luck – particularly on EuroMillions with some incredible jackpots – but the strong foundations and new initiatives that we are putting in place have also started to play a part.” Railton added: “As we look to build on the progress we’ve made, we’ll continue to take action in those areas that we identified in the strategic review. “While there is much work still to do – and we’ll continue to face challenges beyond our control, such as continuing doubts over the economy and ever-increasing competition from the gambling sector – we’re confident that we have some really strong plans lined up. “These include improvements to Lotto coming later this year to give our players a better winning experience. “The National Lottery is a truly national institution that makes a massive difference to the lives of people and communities across the UK – and everyone at Camelot is fully committed to ensuring that this success story continues.”Related article: Camelot names Railton as permanent CEO, reveals H1 results Regions: UK & Ireland 8th June 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance Email Addresslast_img read more

Wiggin EU regulation roundup – October 2018

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Bingo Regions: Europe Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGaming Business provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across the EU. Greece, the Netherlands and Slovakia are among those updatedAUSTRIA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Licences for sports betting and horse race betting are available for private operators on a regional basis within Austria, whereas poker, casino, bingo and lottery are controlled by the monopoly, Casinos Austria, which has exclusive rights until 2027.Status: In 2016, national courts reached conflicting decisions on the compatibility of Austria’s current gambling legislative framework with EU law, which remains unclear. The draft amendments to the Gambling Act, which would introduce ISP-blocking measures and an express provision rendering gambling contracts contrary to the Gambling Act void, has been temporarily withdrawn. It is unclear at this stage whether the initial draft will be republished.BELGIUM Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: All products are available to private operators except for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider. However, online operators need to partner with local casinos in order to satisfy the land-based establishment requirement; alternatively, apply for one of the 34 retail licences (F1 licences) that can be extended to cover online (F1+ licence).Status: There remain valid arguments that the existing regime is incompatible with Belgium’s EU Treaty obligations. On 22 March, 2018, Belgium’s Constitutional Court ruled in favour of an exemption from VAT obligations for online gambling transactions. Active enforcement measures against operators and players are in place. Following a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court that the country’s licensing arrangements are unconstitutional, each type of gambling product will need to be offered through a different URL in order to harmonise the disparity between land-based and online licence conditions..BULGARIA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery (excluding raffles and instant lottery games). Operator type: All products are available to private operators except for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider.Status: Any operator from an EU/EEA jurisdiction or the Swiss Confederation can apply for a licence. The Bulgarian regulator has awarded approximately 20 licences to date, including to a number of international operators. The government has notified the European Commission of draft amendments to the country’s gambling legislation which, among other things, would introduce stringent restrictions on how gambling products can be advertised. The standstill period ends on 10 September, 2018.CROATIA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: All products are available to private operators except for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider. Private operators can only be licensed to offer igaming if they obtain a land-based casino or betting licence.Status: Following Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013, it was understood that it would submit new legislation that was compatible with EU law. However, on 5 March, 2014, the Croatian government notified a draft bill to embolden the position of the monopoly and local operators, giving rise to further incompatibility issues. The receipt of a detailed opinion from the EC stalled the legislative process.CYPRUS Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting and lottery. Operator type: OPAP has a monopoly over lottery operations; sports-betting licences are available to private operators.Status: Cyprus regulated online betting in July 2012, although a licensing regime was not established until 2016. Applications for online sports-betting licences were accepted for a one-month period only from 3 October, 2016. ISPs are obliged to implement blocking measures to prohibit Cypriot residents from accessing unlicensed gambling websites. Cyprus has notified new draft gambling legislation to the EC in response to concerns about the local establishment requirement under the Betting Law and the equal treatment of gambling operators in the country (principally as a result of the exemption afforded to OPAP).CZECH REPUBLIC Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: EU and EEA-based operators are able to apply for licences.Status: The new gambling regulatory regime entered into force in the Czech Republic on 1 January 2017, allowing EU/EEA companies to enter the market. The licensing regime has been called into question after a number of foreign operators are believed to have withdrawn from the licensing process, citing the current regime as incompatible with EU law. ISP-blocking measures are active in the jurisdiction. DENMARK Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, fantasy sports, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Sports betting, poker and casino licences are available to private operators. Lottery is controlled by the state monopoly.Status: The Danish online gambling regime went live on 1 January, 2012. ISP-blocking measures are active in the jurisdiction and the Danish Gaming Authority has been granted an injunction to block operators and suppliers that have been targeting Danish customers without the requisite licence. Danish political parties have reached an agreement to introduce limits on bonuses. The Ministry of Taxation is understood to be aiming for a 1 January, 2019 implementation, although the exact proposed changes are currently unknown.ESTONIA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Licences for all gambling products are available to private operators save for lotteries, which are reserved exclusively for the monopoly operator.Status: Operators seeking to accept business from players in Estonia must be issued an activity licence for the type of gambling they wish to offer, then an operating permit to provide the services remotely. A blacklist of about 1,100 operators is maintained and updated by local authorities and ISP and payment blocking is in force. Though some operators argue that the regime is still not compatible with EU law, there has been no open challenge by the EC to date.FINLAND Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: All gambling products are under the exclusive control of the three monopoly providers, Raha-automaattiyhdistys (RAY), Fintoto Oy and Veikkaus Oy. The monopolies merged into one state entity on 1 January, 2017.Status: An ECJ ruling confirmed that Finland’s three monopoly providers are legally permitted, which was subsequently written into law. In November 2013, the EC also withdrew infringement proceedings. Active enforcement measures are in place (restrictive marketing for offshore operators and ISP blocking).FRANCE  Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Private operators can obtain online licences for sports betting, horse race betting and poker. The monopoly has exclusive rights to bingo and lottery.Status: A regulated market since the introduction of a licensing regime in 2010, following which the EC withdrew its infringement proceedings. Parliament announced a full review of French gambling legislation in 2016, although little progress has been made to date except for changes to allow for international poker liquidity and provisions relating to the organisation of esports tournaments. The state-owned operator of France’s national lottery games, Française des Jeux (FDJ), is set to be privatised, with broader regulatory changes to the online sector expected to follow.GERMANY Regulated gambling products: Schleswig-Holstein, a small northern-German state, regulates sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino and bingo. The other 15 states of Germany currently permit only sports betting and horse race betting. Operator type: Private operators can no longer obtain licences in Schleswig-Holstein and those in existence will expire on 30 June, 2019. In the other 15 states, horse race betting licences are available at a regional level but the position surrounding the 20 available sports-betting licences is still uncertain.Status: The licensing regime is in a state of flux. The tender for 20 federal sports-betting licences was aborted following a number of appeals by operators who were not granted licences. The ECJ ruled in 2016 that Germany’s sports-betting regulation was incompatible with EU law and that enforcement actions would be unlawful where none of the 20 licences could, in practice, be acquired. The decision led to calls for comprehensive legal reform of Germany’s gambling legislation. In March 2017, all 16 German states signed amendments to the country’s gambling law; however, on 22 September, 2017, Schleswig-Holstein’s state parliament voted against ratifying these, with North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse since announcing their intention to follow suit. Without full state support, the intended changes did not take effect, further delaying reform. A Federal Administrative Court ruling on 26 October, 2017, upheld the ban on online casinos and poker. The ruling, which is now the subject of a constitutional complaint, appears to have led to action by local regulators seeking to enforce the prohibition of online casinos by issuing interdiction letters to operators. Payment-blocking initiatives are also being pursued.GREAT BRITAIN Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: All licences are available to private operators save for lottery, which is reserved exclusively for the monopoly provider, Camelot.Status: Any operator that transacts with, or advertises to, British residents requires a licence from the Gambling Commission. Licensed operators are required to source gambling software from commission-licensed businesses. Since 1 August, 2017, the first use of free plays for remote gaming has been taxed and winnings brought into the duty calculation at the end of the rewagering process. The UK government has announced its intention to increase Remote Gaming Duty at the next budget to cover a shortfall in lost tax revenue resulting from a reduction in maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals from £100 to £2.GREECE Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting and lottery. Operator type: All products are exclusively reserved for the monopoly providers, although 24 transitional licences for private operators remain active, with all products permitted.Status: The enabling regulations that implement a Greek online gambling licensing regime are yet to be implemented. In 2012, a ‘transition period’ commenced, whereby the Greek government granted 24 transitional licences to operators, enabling them to keep transacting with Greek residents. In September 2018, the Government published draft amendments to the country’s Gambling Law which would, if implemented in its proposed form, introduce an open licensing regime with unlimited licences, prohibit RNG-based games and maintain the current 35% GGR tax.HUNGARY Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Only the state monopolies (Szerencsejáték Zrt. and Magyar Lóversenyfogadást-SzervezőKft) and local concession companies can apply for a licence.Status: Amendments to Hungarian gambling law came into force on 1 October, 2015, and allow only two land-based casinos to hold remote casino concessions. The regulator has since issued fines, a number of which have been challenged, against unlicensed operators that continue to target the market. In June 2017, the ECJ determined Hungary’s gambling regime to be incompatible with Article 56 TFEU. A subsequent ECJ decision in February 2018 ruled against the Hungarian requirement that online gambling operators must have a land-based licence to offer online gambling services to Hungarian citizens, further strengthening arguments that the current regime is incompatible with EU law. The Hungarian Ministry of Justice has stated its intention to continue to seek to enforce the existing regime despite the most recent ruling. A draft bill that would introduce payment-blocking measures was notified to the EC on 15 December, 2017, although the bill does not appear to have been adopted to date.IRELAND Regulated gambling products: Online gaming is not specifically accounted for in Ireland’s outdated legislation and as such is currently unregulated. Operator type: Online betting regulated since August 2015.Status: Ireland is currently updating its legislation, which will create a comprehensive igaming regime. In January 2018, the Irish Cabinet gave the go-ahead to draft a new version of a bill that was first proposed in 2013. Ireland’s opposition party tabled its own legislation in response, citing a lack of progress by the government on its own bill. Amendments to the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 have also been proposed. Legislative progress is not expected until late 2018 at the earliest.ITALY Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Fully regulated market. Status: The Stability Law 2016, passed in December 2015, introduces various measures affecting the remote gambling industry, including tax changes and a tender process for the award of 120 new online gaming licences. The tender process for applications closed on 19 March, 2018. On 7 August, 2018, the Italian parliament approved a decree which prohibits gambling advertising and sponsorship. The advertising ban took effect on 14 July 2018, although ongoing advertising contracts remain valid until the earlier of their expiration date or 14 July 2019. The sponsorship ban will apply from 1 January 2019.LUXEMBOURG Regulated gambling products: Lottery. Operator type: Monopoly.Status: The general prohibition on gambling appears sufficiently wide to cover all forms of online gambling.MALTA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Private operators can apply for a local licence (except for lottery products).Status: Malta has approved a new Gaming Act that replaces all existing gaming legislation with a single piece of legislation, supplemented by secondary legislation. The Gaming Act, together with directives and regulations, is effective as of 1 August, 2018.NETHERLANDS Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Monopoly for all products.Status: The Dutch parliament’s lower house approved the Remote Gambling Bill in 2016, which will introduce an online gambling licensing regime. The legislation will impose a 29% GGR tax on both online and land-based operators.  In September 2018, the Government opened a public consultation on the implementing regulations of the Remote Gambling Bill, which will be followed by debate and a vote in the Senate, expected in early 2019. It is understood that operators that have previously been fined by the Dutch regulator will not be eligible for a licence. In the interim, the regulator continues to implement enforcement measures against operators targeting Dutch players, having imposed recent sanctions against three well-known operators.NORWAY Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting and lottery. Operator type: Online gambling is reserved for the two monopoly providers, Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto.Status: The monopoly has extended its offering to include live betting, online bingo and casino games in an attempt to redirect traffic from unlicensed sites. In March 2017, the government published a long-awaited white paper on how best to regulate the gambling sector, which proposed that the gambling monopoly remain in place and no licensing system be introduced. The Norwegian regulator continues to step up enforcement efforts against unregulated operators, local banks and payment service providers. On 4 June, 2018, the Ministry of Culture notified a draft regulation to the European Commission that would establish payment-blocking measures. The standstill period will end on 5 September, 2018. The European Gaming and Betting Association is understood to have filed a legal challenge against the proposed measures.POLAND Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, casino and poker. Operator type: Betting licences are available for companies with a representative in Poland. Casino and poker are reserved for a state monopoly.Status: Legislation enacted 1 January, 2012, permits betting. Following the approval of various amendments to the Gambling Act, online gaming (including poker) is no longer prohibited as of 1 April, 2017, although the exclusive rights to offer such products are reserved for a state monopoly. Provisions that provide for the establishment of a blacklist of unlicensed operators and ISP and payment blocking came into force on 1 July, 2017. The blacklist contains more than 1,000 domain names. PORTUGAL Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Any EU/EEA operator can apply to be granted a licence for online gambling. Lottery games and land-based fixed-odds sports betting remain reserved for a monopoly.Status: A regulated market since 2015. Although operators can now apply for licences, their Portuguese revenue streams will be subject to comparatively high tax rates, particularly in sports betting, which is subject to an 8-16% tax on turnover. In 2015, the RGA filed a state-aid case with the EC challenging the Portuguese betting tax as breaking EU trade rules. On 30 January, 2018, the Portuguese gambling regulator published a call for contributions on the review of the current regulatory framework for online gambling.ROMANIA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Any operator from an EU/EEA jurisdiction or the Swiss Confederation can apply for a licence. Lottery games remain reserved for the monopoly.Status: The Romanian government passed legislation in 2014 that allows entities within the EU to apply for a licence, imposes a reform on licence fees and eliminates many (but not all) of the tax burdens placed on player revenues. The Gambling Law (as amended) introduced a legal framework for a fully regulated online gambling market and requires licences to be held by online gambling operators, as well as software providers, payment processors, affiliates and testing labs. After some delay, the secondary legislation that fully implemented the new licensing regime came into force on 26 February, 2016. The National Office for Gambling in Romania published a blacklist of unlicensed gambling operators in July 2015.SLOVAKIA  Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Monopoly, save that land-based sports-betting operators can offer services online owing to a legal loophole.Status: In November 2016, a bill amending the existing gambling legal framework was approved. The amendments, which entered into force on 1 January, 2017, included the introduction of ISP and payment blocking of illegal online gambling offerings in the Slovak territory. Slovakia’s Financial Directorate began to perform its supervisory function over these blocking measures from 1 July, 2017. New draft legislation has been notified to the EC with a view to liberalising the market in 2019. The proposed legislation, if passed, will allow private EU/EEA operators to apply for online gambling licences.SLOVENIA Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, casino, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Online gambling must be operated by land-based casinos or lotteries and, as a result, only the monopoly holds online licences in Slovenia.Status: Draft amendments to the Gaming Act were published in 2015, which aim to remove the current local establishment requirement. The proposal is yet to be submitted to the Slovenian parliament, although it is expected to be adopted in 2018. Whether any amendments will introduce a formal licensing system remains unclear.SPAIN Regulated gambling products: Private operators can apply for licences for all gambling products save for lottery. Operator type: Private operators can apply for licences for all gambling products save for lottery.Status: First online licences were issued on 1 June, 2012. Operators must hold a general licence and a specific licence, both issued by the National Gambling Commission, for each activity. In June 2015, 10 new licences were awarded, the first since 2012. In addition, 25 online slot permits were issued to new and existing operators. This followed the approval of the regulation of slots and betting exchanges. The Spanish regulatory body DGOJ has formally opened its third call for tender, with applications for online licences accepted from operators for a period of one year, until 18 December, 2018. On 16 January, 2018, online poker liquidity sharing between Spain and France came into effect. The 2018 parliamentary budget was passed into law in June 2018, resulting in a reduction to gambling tax effective as of 1 July, 2018.SWEDEN Regulated gambling products: Sports betting, horse race betting, poker, bingo and lottery. Operator type: Only public-benefit organisations, the horse racing industry and the state lottery may obtain a licence. No licences are available for private operators, although this will change with the introduction of the new legal framework.Status: The Swedish parliament adopted a bill that will introduce an online-gambling licensing regime. The law is expected to enter into force on 1 January, 2019, with the licence application process open as of1 August, 2018.WIGGIN is a law firm dedicated to supporting the media, entertainment and gaming sectors. Its market-leading betting and gaming group provides specialist legal services to an array of gambling industry stakeholders. We advise many of the world’s leading gambling operators and suppliers and also enjoy helping entrepreneurial, interactive start-up businesses. If you’d like to hear more, contact us at [email protected] Chris Elliott and Beth French of law firm Wiggin provide a regulatory snapshot of markets across the EU, with Greece, the Netherlands and Slovakia updated Wiggin EU regulation roundup – October 2018 Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Bingo Poker AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 3rd October 2018 | By Stephen Carterlast_img read more

AGS eyes Mexican igaming market with new distribution deal

first_imgCasino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gaming technology supplier PlayAGS has entered into a partnership with Ainsworth-powered online casino Mustang Money Mexico as it seeks to establish a presence in the Mexican igaming market. Regions: LATAM Mexico Tags: Online Gambling Gaming technology supplier PlayAGS has entered into a partnership with Ainsworth-powered online casino Mustang Money Mexico as it seeks to establish a presence in the Mexican igaming market. AGS will provide a range of content to Mustang Money Mexico through its AxSys Games Marketplace game aggregation platform. Customers of Mustang Money Mexico, which is operated by Ainsworth Game Technology, will have access to AGS titles such as Golden Wins, Jade Wins and Longhorn Jackpots as well as content from AGS’ network of third-party suppliers. AGS is already established in the Mexican land-based market, and Bryan Bennett, senior vice-president of interactive, said the supplier is confident its online titles will also be successful and even help drive the popularity of its content across other channels. “This is our first cross-channel opportunity to offer games in both a real-money online and land-based market, and reflects our focus on distributing our entertaining content online into other regulated real-money gaming markets as we continue to grow our interactive business,” Bennett said. Jason Lim, general manager of online gaming and interactive at Ainsworth Game Technology, added: “We have been working with the AGS igaming team for some time now as a supplier of third-party game content, and we’re thrilled to take our relationship to the next level by making AGS our game aggregator of choice in Mexico.” The new partnership comes after AGS last week completed its acquisition of slot route operator Integrity Gaming in a deal worth $49m (£37.7m/€43.3m). AGS will now integrate the Integrity brand, operations and team, and manage the centralised service from its offices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Image: World’s Direction AGS eyes Mexican igaming market with new distribution deal Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation 19th February 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

NetEnt goes live in Pennsylvania

first_imgTech & innovation Regions: US Pennsylvania Casino games supplier NetEnt has rolled out its products in Pennsylvania, following the launch on legal online gambling in the US state. Tags: Online Gambling Casino games supplier NetEnt has rolled out its products in Pennsylvania, following the launch on legal online gambling in the US state.NetEnt has signed agreements with a number of gambling operators in the state and has been preparing to launch its games for some time.The supplier will operate in the state under an Interactive Gaming Manufacturer Conditional License that its NetEnt Americas subsidiary secured from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in March.It has deals in place with Penn National Gaming, which has launched igaming under its Hollywood Casino brand, and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment’s Parx Casino.Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Tech & innovation NetEnt goes live in Pennsylvania AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 19th July 2019 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

ComeOn to withdraw from UK market

first_img Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 2nd September 2019 | By contenteditor Cherry-owned igaming operator ComeOn is to shut down operations in the UK in order to focus on what it described as “favourable markets”.ComeOn has been operating in the UK since 2014, using its Gambling Commission licence to offer brands such as ComeOn.com, MobileBet.com and GetLucky.com.However, all of these brands are to be shut down as the operator switches its attention to other markets, including Sweden, Denmark, Malta, Poland and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, where it holds licences.“UK is a very mature and highly competitive market and the financial risks are big,” ComeOn’s chief executive Lahcene Merzoug explained. “We have never had a non-compliance breach, but we’ve seen competitors being fined big numbers and that creates uncertainty.“At the same time the UK licence has lost it’s symbolic value. Before you almost had to have one to be looked upon as a credible company. Today we hold licences in many European countries and given that the UK has never been a big market for us, it’s a wise move to put our focus elsewhere.”The announcement comes after online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group last month also confirmed that it is to withdraw both its Vera&John and InterCasino brands from the UK market.The UK-facing websites for Vera&John and InterCasino will cease operations tomorrow (September 3), but both of brands stopped accepting new customers from August 5. Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland Cherry-owned igaming operator ComeOn is to shut down operations in the UK in order to focus on what it described as “favourable markets”. ComeOn to withdraw from UK market Strategy Topics: Strategy Tech & innovationlast_img read more

Tabcorp becomes NFL’s Australian partner

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Marketing & affiliates AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tabcorp becomes NFL’s Australian partner Tabcorp has become the official wagering partner of the National Football League (NFL) in Australia as it seeks to tap into the growing popularity of the US sports league. 19th September 2019 | By contenteditorcenter_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Tabcorp has become the official wagering partner of the National Football League (NFL) in Australia as it seeks to tap into the growing popularity of the US sports league.The multi-year agreement allows Tabcorp to create unique NFL content and experiences for Australian fans across its digital platforms and venues. In addition, TAB and the NFL will combine to promote the NFL’s official Pick’em free-to-play football game. The game will provide NFL fans in Australia the chance to win weekly prizes, as well as a grand prize trip to the Pro Bowl.Tabcorp’s Sky Racing channel will broadcast one NFL game each Monday. Tabcorp and Sky Racing will also bring the NFL Network and six hours of NFL RedZone programming to Australian fans across its commercial network of more than 4,400 pubs, clubs and TAB agencies.“We are proud to bring Australians NFL action to enhance our existing sports offering to customers and venues and complement Sky’s unrivalled coverage of Australian and international racing,” said Adam Rytenskild, Tabcorp’s managing director of wagering and media.“Our goal is to support the growing appetite for the NFL in Australia.“This gives fans more value in line with our strategy of using our assets to create unique experiences for customers.”The deal is the NFL’s latest international partnership since the legalisation of sports betting across the US last year.“We are looking forward to working with Tabcorp, the leading operator in Australia,” said Christopher Halpin, NFL executive vice president. “We are excited about our growing popularity in Australia and this partnership will help further serve our fans there.” Email Address Regions: Oceania Australialast_img read more

FanDuel lands sportsbook deal with Cordish Companies

first_img16th December 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: US Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel Group has announced details a new strategic partnership to deliver both its fantasy and sports betting operations to Cordish Companies locations throughout the US.The Cordish Companies is a real estate and entertainment business that operates a range of dining and gambling establishments across the US under the Live! brand. It claims to attract 55m visitors a year to these properties.Under the deal, FanDuel and Cordish will initially focus on Pennsylvania, with plans to launch sportsbooks at Cordish’s Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia and Live! Casino in Westmoreland County.FanDuel and Cordish will also pursue sports betting licences and online gaming opportunities in Maryland, Washington DC, and other jurisdictions across the US as legal sports betting continues to expand in the country.Read the full story on iGB North America. Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel Group has announced details a new strategic partnership to deliver both its fantasy and sports betting operations to Cordish Companies locations throughout the US. Tags: Fantasy Sports DFS Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter FanDuel lands sportsbook deal with Cordish Companies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Latvia gambling revenue grows to €307.1m in 2019

first_imgBingo Regions: Europe Baltics Latvia Latvia gambling revenue grows to €307.1m in 2019 Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Slots Table games 4th March 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has reported a 10.5% year-on-year increase in gross gambling revenue for 2019, due in part to significant growth within the igaming sector.Gross gaming revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2019 totalled €307.1m (£267.7m/$342.1m), up from €277.7m in the previous year.The IAUI noted year-on-year growth across all forms of gambling, though gaming machines were the main source of income for licensed operators, with revenue up 6.7% to €216.9m.Online gambling revenue jumped by 32.8% to €54.7m, with punters spending the most on casino games. Online slot games, cards and roulette revenue was up 42.5% to €39.3m, while sports betting revenue jumped 12.3% to €14.9m and poker tournaments 60.8% to €423,000.Elsewhere, revenue from land-based gaming tables climbed 4.0% to €17.3m, in-person sports betting revenue increased 16.8% to €3.2m and bingo halls revenue jumped 8.2% to €232,000.The IAUI also noted that other activities including bars and billiards brought in an additional €17.3m in revenue, pushing overall turnover for licensed operators up to €324.4m for the year.Meanwhile, the IAUI published figures regarding the amount of illegal gambling websites it blocked during the past year. Some 68 sites were blocked, while 87 IP addresses were also blocked.Since the IAUI began tackling illegal operators in August 2014, it has blocked a total of 1,206 domain and also blocked 2,478 IP addresses.Publication of the full-year results comes after the IAUI in January launched a new self-exclusion scheme, with citizens now able to prohibit themselves from gambling for 12 months.The register, which is the responsibility of the IAUI, was established under the Gambling and Lotteries Law and went live on 1 January. Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has reported a 10.5% year-on-year increase in gross gambling revenue for 2019, due in part to significant growth within the igaming sector. Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Nero’s Fortune by Quickspin

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Betcris becomes MLB partner in Latin America

first_imgMarketing & affiliates Latin America-facing igaming operator Betcris has become an official partner of Major League Baseball (MLB).Betcris has signed a multi-year international partnership with MLB in Latin America, meaning it can use the league’s logos on its website and mobile app.International broadcasts of MLB Jewel Events and postseason match-ups will feature marketing and advertising of Betcris in Latin American countries and territories where the company is licensed and regulated.In addition, Betcris and MLB will also collaborate on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of baseball games.“Partnering with MLB gives us a great competitive edge and reflects the dedicated efforts we have undertaken to be a leader in sports gaming,” said JD Duarte, Betcris’ chief executive.“This partnership will strengthen Betcris’ position in the gaming industry by allowing us to cover all the action in the field and it could not come at a better time.“We share a vision with MLB to deliver fun and exciting content to our audiences and that starts with the 2020 season.”The partnership with Betcris is quite a turnaround for the MLB, which until 2017 led the fight to maintain the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and restrict sports betting in the US.Betcris, which is based in Malta and owned by Costa Rica-headquartered TV Global Enterprises, counts the US as a restricted country and does not offer services to players there. It operates in nine Latin American markets, including Mexico, Peru and Panama.“Some of MLB’s most loyal fans reside in Latin America, so it was important to partner with the right gaming operator in the region to engage those passionate fans and also help us reach new audiences,” said Kenny Gersh, executive vice president of Gaming and new business ventures at MLB.“Betcris has taken great strides in recent years to listen to their users and continually offer great services and we believe their experience will only further elevate the engagement opportunities for our Latin American fans.”Earlier this week the MLB signed an international partnership with Tabcorp in Australia. Its season is due to get under way on 23 July.In May, Betcris joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), becoming the first local operator in the Latin America region to become a member of the integrity watchdog.Image: U.S. Navy Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: LATAM 17th July 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img Betcris becomes MLB partner in Latin America Latin America-facing igaming operator Betcris has become an official partner of Major League Baseball (MLB). Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more