Française des Jeux acquires Sporting Group

first_imgLottery French gambling giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has struck a deal to acquire Sporting Group, the parent company of spread betting operator Sporting Index and sports betting technology and trading service provider Sporting Solutions. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 24th June 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter French gambling giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has struck a deal to acquire Sporting Group, the parent company of spread betting operator Sporting Index and sports betting technology and trading service provider Sporting Solutions.The deal has been struck by FDJ’s B2B subsidiary FDJ Gaming Solutions, which will acquire Sporting Group for an undisclosed sum.The business was previously owned by Swedish businessman Magnus Hedman, who acquired the business from private equity firm Hg Captial in 2015.FDJ plans to use Sporting Group’s assets to offer a suite of multi-channel sports betting tools and technology, including pricing, trading and risk management tools, to lotteries under the FDJ Gaming Solutions banner.The product suite will be available to private operators under the Sporting Solutions brand, with the business able to maintain supplier relationships with third party technology providers upon completion of the acquisition.“We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition, which underlines FDJ’s ambition in the B2B sports betting sector,” said FDJ Group executive vice-president of technology and chief executive of FDJ Gaming Solutions, Xavier Etienne.“FDJ recognises the excellence that Sporting Group has in pricing and trading,” he added. “That is why this operation is key for our B2B international development.”Sporting Group chief executive Simon Trim said he was thrilled that the business was to be acquired by FDJ.“It is clear we have a shared vision on the future shape and evolution of the industry, in particular the important role that expert risk management and price differentiation will play going forward,” Trim explained.“The acquisition allows us to continue delivering our world-leading B2C spread betting proposition and B2B trading services, and we look forward to delivering exciting new products and services as part of the enlarged business.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Française des Jeux acquires Sporting Group Topics: Lottery Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Western Europe France Email Addresslast_img read more

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Betsson enhances responsibility measures with new platform

first_img Topics: Strategy 30th October 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gambling operator Betsson AB has launched a new social impact website as part of an ongoing drive to improve its responsible gambling measures and report its corporate social responsiblity efforts to stakeholders.OneBetsson.com outlines the operator’s commitments, actions and initiatives to promote responsible gaming, as well as how it contributes to wider society.The site primarily focuses on three key areas, the first of which – Responsible Gaming – lists the various tools that Betsson offers to its customers. The section also offers advice as to how players can keep gambling fun and safe.Betsson also addresses Local Community Engagement, with this section listing the key initiatives that the operator supports in the territories where it has offices, showcasing projects in Sweden, Malta, Estonia, Georgia, and Hungary.In addition, the third section on OneBetsson.com focuses on Partnerships, with the operator displaying examples of how it collaborates with teams, individual athletes and entertainers to get people involved in sport.“We have always been at the forefront of responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility, and with this new website we are offering complete transparency in terms of social impact initiatives that we’re part of and hope that by doing so, others will follow suite,” Betsson Operations chief executive Jesper Svensson said.The launch of the new site comes after Betsson earlier this year also announced the formation of Local Community Engagement, a global strategy that focuses on establishing location-based committees at its offices across the globe.“At Betsson, we have always been involved in and contributed to the societies where we are located,” Svensson said. “We believe that by working together in a structured way, we as a company can make a bigger, social impact.” Gambling operator Betsson AB has launched a new social impact website as part of an ongoing drive to improve its responsible gambling measures and report its corporate social responsiblity efforts to stakeholders. Betsson enhances responsibility measures with new platformcenter_img Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Strategylast_img read more

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The Expendables Megaways™ by Stakelogic

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The Rise of AI by Endorphina

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Casumo launches pay and play Kazoom Casino

first_img Malta-based online operator Casumo Group launched its first pure pay and play casino product, Kazoom Casino, powered by the Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) platform. 7th September 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Casumo launches pay and play Kazoom Casino Topics: Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Malta-based online operator Casumo Group launched its first pure pay and play casino product, Kazoom Casino, powered by the Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) platform.Pay and play casinos, pioneered by payment solutions provider Trustly, allow customers to take part in a ‘no frills’, gameplay-focused gambling experience.With KYC requirements undertaken at the point of registration, players are able to deposit, play and withdraw with ease, more quickly than through a usual online casino platform.The concept has been growing in popularity among operators and customers alike since its introduction. GiG launched its first pay and play product, GutsXpress, in 2018.Through its relationship with Trustly, Kazoom Casino also offers no-registration play and quick withdrawals to customers.“To differentiate in a crowded space, we put our focus on building a distinctive and dynamic brand that brings a new energy to the market and stands out from the rest—something we do best,” Casumo chief executive Shelly Suter-Hadad commented.“Kazoom Casino is an exciting building block in our group’s expansion, bringing to fruition yet another component of our multi-brand strategy.”The pay and play product joins Casumo’s existing portfolio of Casumo, Dunder, and the recently-acquired Casino Secret.center_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Expanding to new markets with the right partner

first_imgRegistration was a concern for Malta-licensed gaming group Wunderino when it launched its inaugural brand Wunderino for the German market back in 2016. Like other brands, Wunderino was left frustrated – but not surprised – by low conversion rates and identified this as an area where they needed to improve. Wunderino thus embarked on the search for a service supplier who could assist them in converting registrations. Email Address German focus Wunderino experienced a 12% increase in conversions upon implementing the solution, leading to a boost in player base in Germany. Consumers love the simplicity of one-click purchases on Amazon and eBay, so when they are offered the opportunity for a quick moment of fun on an online casino, the appearance of a form to fill in can be a real excitement killer. Registration has long been an obstacle across the online gaming sector, with operators searching for the alchemy to switch casual browsers into sign-ups. Improve performance “We were very heavy on marketing from the start, but identified that our registration flow was an area for improvement. We were keen not to create our own in-house conversion team. We’d seen others do that, but had a clear idea of which functions we wanted to work on ourselves and which we wanted to push out to external providers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “Our conversion rate went up straight away,” Carlsson noted. “It was right at the top end of our expectations.” For Carlsson, providing a “localised solution” was important and, even though Regily had previously focused on the UK, the product could be adapted to the German market. Registration requirements vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based upon local licensing laws. Of course, operators will also differ in the information they request from players, with some asking for the very basics and others wanting further valuable data that could assist them in tailoring their products and marketing campaigns. The partnership between the two has deepened with Wunderino integrating some of Regily’s add-on products to further improve the performance. Earlier this year they registered with Regily Remote, which enables players to sign up to a brand on affiliate websites without any redirects. Amassing over 10 years of experience in the gambling industry, Tobias Carlsson, CEO Malta at Rhinoceros group, has held senior roles with a strong bias towards a product, business development, and operations. After studies at the University of Halmstad, he began his career at Carlsberg brewery in sales and transport planning. Launched in 2016, Wunderino has experienced incredible growth as part of its commitment to be a mobile-first casino brand in Germany contributing to Wunderino’s intention to be one of the top-performing casinos in the market. Ultimately, Wunderino turned to tech start-up Regily, who were developing application frameworks designed to simplify the online user-registration process. It was an important deal for both Wunderino and Regily. “Both parties were equally eager to make it work,” Carlsson added. “We knew our core market was trickier than others, such as Sweden,” Carlsson said. “There is something about German addresses that causes some difficulty, but they were able to sort that in a heartbeat. We signed with them and were AB testing within four weeks.” Their priority was selecting a partner who could navigate the idiosyncrasies of the German market; especially its strict registration requirements when compared to some other jurisdictions. “They have been very agile and flexible to ensure they are providing us with exactly what we need,” Carlsson said. “We are always interested in their new products and have added some of them. 29th September 2020 | By Josephine Watson With competition in the German market set to explode in the coming months due to the introduction of the new licensing regime, differentials will be all-important. Wunderino are delighted to have a partner that is constantly looking for new ways to make it easier for brands to sign up new players.   Regily’s portfolio also features ID and age verification tools, as well as fraud prevention and data validation services. They are constantly looking to enhance their products with regular software updates and changes designed to make registration easier, such as auto-filling common email address domains and a focus on mobile screens where the majority of sign-ups take place. We’ve been honest enough in our partnership that some we’ve tried and not proceeded with. “While our conversion rate was not too bad – and in line with our competitors in the German market – we wanted to see if we could do better,” said Tobias Carlsson, Wunderino’s chief executive officer. Topics: Casino & games Strategy Wunderino CEO Tobias Carlsson on how the company’s partnership with Regily has tackled the conversion conundrum in the German market… Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany “On a personnel level we have been very impressed. They always seem to identify key positions and bring in the right people to take their business further or enhance their product just at the right time, and that makes them such a formidable partner.” Strategy Regily worked on developing a flow that was right for Wunderino and the German market, and incorporating localised features, personalised player experience and deeper insights. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Expanding to new markets with the right partnerlast_img read more

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Spelinspektionen looks to clarify scope of new betting controls

first_imgThe regulations were subject to criticism from the industry when they were put forward this year, with Swedish operator Svenska Spel claiming that the rules still left plenty of scope for sports manipulation. Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Sports integrity Sports betting regulation Sports betting regulation The regulator clarified that the regulations apply to esports as well as traditional sports, but only where the competitions take place in Sweden. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The restrictions are due to come into force on 1 January 2021, and will prohibit betting on Swedish football leagues outside the nation’s four top tiers. Bets on the individual performance of any players under the age of 18 are to be prohibited, while operators will no longer be permitted to offer odds on rule violations, such as yellow and red cards in football. The regulations apply only to competitions played in Sweden. Therefore in sporting events with two or more legs – where one match is played in Sweden and another is played in another country – only bets on the outcome of both events, or the match played in Sweden, will be subject to the regulations. It also covers any betting on athletes under the age of 18 in individual sports such as singles matches in tennis, badminton or table tennis, or individual performances in athletics, skiing, or shooting, for example. Betting on doubles matches where one participant is over 18 and one is under, however, is allowed if the betting refers to the pair’s performance or concerns only the performance of the player over 18. If three or four players in a double match are under 18, no betting may be offered as the majority of participants are minors. The obligation to report suspicious betting activity only refers to sports performed in Sweden, it said, though it was noted that there is no obstacle to licensees reporting suspicious behaviour relating to sports performed outside the jurisdiction. Regions: Nordics Sweden Email Address Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen has moved to clarify the scope of incoming restrictions on markets the country’s betting licensees can offer, while confirming that the new rules will extend to esports betting. Tags: Spelinspektionen While betting on rule violations leading to penalties being awarded is prohibited, betting on the outcome of, for example, a free kick or penalty in football – as in,. whether or not it will result in a goal – is permitted after the penalty has been awarded. Responding to questions from the industry, Spelinspektionen explained that the rule preventing betting on an individual performance in a sports competition by an athlete under the age of 18, refers to items such as shots on goal or scoring in team games. Spelinspektionen looks to clarify scope of new betting controls The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), meanwhile, warned that plans to restrict betting on rule violations in Sweden ran the risk of pushing players to offshore operators, therefore increasing the threat posed by match-fixers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 2nd December 2020 | By Conor Mulheirlast_img read more

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Entain extends ethics, legal & compliance training in US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “We look forward to extending our partnership with Seton Hall Law School, a leading law school and a recognized global leader in compliance education, to help provide professionals with the specialist skill needed to support the growth of this sector in the U.S.” Legal & compliance Regions: US Entain said its goal is to make Seton Hall’s Law Bootcamp the premier annual program in the industry. 26th February 2021 | By Conor Mulheir  “The Bootcamp aligns with Entain’s focus on promoting sports integrity, responsible gambling, and corporate compliance,” said Martin Lycka, senior vice president for American regulatory affairs & responsible gambling. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Industry giant Entain, through its charitable arm Entain Foundation US, has donated $100,000 to Seton Hall Law School to provide annual ethics, legal and compliance education for compliance and legal professionals in the online sports betting and gaming sector. Read the full story on iGB North America. The move builds on the inaugural Gaming Law, Compliance and Integrity Bootcamp which launched at Seton Hall with the Entain Foundation US in March 2020, attended by an initial group of 50. Tags: Entain Entain Foundation US Topics: Legal & compliance Compliance Legal Entain extends ethics, legal & compliance training in US Email Addresslast_img read more

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Videoslots promotes Skottling to deputy CEO

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Videoslots chief executive Alexander Stevendahl added: “Ulle has worked tirelessly to get Videoslots to where we are today and fully deserves his new title and position of authority. 5th March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter People moves Videoslots promotes Skottling to deputy CEO “It is a very exciting time to be at Videoslots and I am delighted to continue working closely with the senior management team to take the business on to bigger and better things,” Skottling said. The appointment comes after Videoslots last month entered into the Danish market in partnership with supplier Nolimit City. Topics: People People moves “We now have the opportunity to grow the business, not only in terms of the huge range of games for which we have become famous, but into new regulated markets where we can entertain a new generation of players with those games.” Skottling joined Videoslots in September 2016 as chief operating officer, prior to which he spent two years as deputy managing director at NetEnt. Online casino operator Videoslots has promoted Ulle Skottling to the role of deputy chief executive. Skottling, who officially moved into the new position on 1 March, will focus on building the operator’s cooperate structure and organisation. Tags: Videoslots Email Addresslast_img read more

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Safer Gambling Week 2021 confirmed for 1-7 November

first_img Topics: Social responsibility Responsible gambling “Safer Gambling Week is a great opportunity to highlight this fantastic work and emphasises the difference between the regulated industry and the unlicensed and illegal online black market, which has none of the safeguards which are commonplace among our members.” “As venue-based businesses, the sector recognises the important opportunity we have to promote safer gambling messages and engage directly with customers,” Baron said. 20th May 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Backed by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), Bingo Association and British Amusement Catering Trade Association (Bacta), the project launched in 2017 as Responsible Gambling Week before being rebranded as Safer Gambling Week last year. Safer Gambling Week 2021 will take place from 1-7 November, with organisations behind the initiative to again champion higher standards across the industry. Bingo Association chief executive Miles Baron also backed the initiative, saying that Safer Gambling Week is a key part of the bingo industry’s commitment to social responsibility. “Those tools continue to grow as we learn more about safer gambling and form part of our ambition to cement social responsibility at the heart of our offer to the consumer,” White said. Social responsibility Regions: UK & Ireland The 2020 event led to 19 million social media impressions, up 19% on the previous year despite the closure of betting shops, casinos, bingo clubs and amusement arcades across the UK due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. Safer Gambling Week 2021 confirmed for 1-7 November Email Address “Last year’s event was a huge success despite the pandemic and, with the prospect of betting shops and casinos being open when this year’s takes place, I’m sure Safer Gambling Week 2021 will be even better,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. This year’s event will again see a wide range of safer gambling messages displayed online and in land-based venues across the UK, with the aim of sparking a nationwide conversation on how to bet and gamble responsibly. Tags: Safer Gambling Week Safer Gambling Week 2021 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter John White, chief executive of Bacta, added that the initiative brings customer focus to the tools that are available to them if they their gambling is becoming problematic. Visits to the Safer Gambling Week website during last year’s campaign were also up by 18% year-on-year, while operators reported an increase in the number of customers using safer gambling tools such as deposit limits and self-exclusion. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “Our members already demonstrate their commitment to safer gambling through things like increased funding for research, education and treatment, the whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting commercials during live sport and strict ID and age verification checks.last_img read more

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