Month: August 2021

PMU mulls appeal over Betclic compensation ruling

first_img Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Sports betting 25th September 2018 | By contenteditor PMU mulls appeal over Betclic compensation ruling France’s Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has told iGamingBusiness.com that it could challenge a decision by the Paris Court of Appeal ordering the company to pay compensation to rival Betclic over competition concerns. Earlier this month, the Paris Court of Appeal opted to uphold a ruling by the High Court relating to a case that stretches back to 2010. Betclic had filed a complaint over anti-competitive practice and accused PMU of abusing its position as the market leader when it launched its online racing betting business in June 2010. Online-focused Betclic said that PMU did not separate its land-based and internet operations until December 2015, which it said placed its own online business at a disadvantage. Betclic had been seeking compensation for the five-year period to the tune of €172.2m (£154m/$202.5m) and although Le Parisian said it is unlikely the firm will receive a full payout, the Court of Appeal agreed compensation is owned. According to Le Parisian, Betclic represents 5% of online horse betting in France and should it succeed in winning compensation, this could incite other operators with larger market shares to also seek payouts. Although PMU declined to comment on the outcome of the ruling, Paolo Antonio, corporate media relations manager at PMU, told iGamingBusiness.com that the company “is thinking about a potential appeal” of the decision.Image: Max Pixel Regions: Europe Western Europe France Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Paris Court of Appeal has ordered PMU to pay an undisclosed amount Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

Fruit Blox by Red Tiger Gaming

first_img30th October 2018 | By Aaron Noy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Fruit Blox is a vibrant new 6×4 game, featuring classic fruit symbols and offering over 6,000 potential ways to win, as connected mega tiles produce mega wins of up to 10,000x stake! Fruit Blox is a vibrant new 6×4 game, featuring classic fruit symbols and offering over 6,000 potential ways to win, as connected mega tiles produce mega wins of up to 10,000x stake! One symbol automatically turns wild throughout Free Spins, while each set of spins can be retriggered, awarding additional wilds and increasing the chances of more juicy wins. The bigger the tile, the bigger the win and if two or more matching Mega Tiles are adjacent to each other, players double their win. Topics: Casino & games Slots Fruit Blox by Red Tiger Gaming Email Addresslast_img read more

GambleAware unveils new Bet Regret TV ad

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Sports betting GambleAware unveils new Bet Regret TV ad Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has launched a new television advert for its ‘Bet Regret’ safer gambling campaign to coincide with the start of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival horseracing event.Launched last month, the campaign aims to help remove the stigma around gambling addiction and give people more courage to say they need help.The new ad depicts a bored office worker placing a bet while sitting on the toilet at work. He is then transported to a racecourse and is questioned by ITV racing presenters Oli Bell and Alice Plunkett.The 30-second commercial aired on ITV ahead of today’s (March 12) opening race. The four-day Festival will run until March 15. “We hope this new commercial will get people thinking about their gambling habits and to recognise if and when they might be making a bet they will soon regret,” GambleAware CEO Mark Etches said.“Betting when you’re bored or drunk or chasing losses can be risky, so we want to encourage people to think twice about these sorts of bets, before they make them.“Cheltenham Races is one of the most popular betting occasions of the year, so we want to make sure people are aware of the risks linked to their betting habits.”In addition to ITV, rival broadcasters Sky, BT Sport and Channel 4 are backing the new Bet Regret campaign. The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Google are also supporting GambleAware with the project.The campaign also features digital and social advertising, as well as PR and experiential activity, and has been developed with input from various sources. Public health experts and academics that specialise in gambling harms, as well as treatment providers, charities and those with a lived experience of problem gambling, have all contributed to the effort.However, despite this backing, the campaign has attracted some criticism over claims that the term ‘Bet Regret’ could increase self-blame.Rebecca Cassidy, an academic at Goldsmiths, University of London, told The Guardian newspaper: “I’m concerned that messages like this one, which depict a gambler being berated for his behaviour, are unlikely to encourage gamblers to speak about their problems with their families or to seek support.”Cassidy also hit out at the placement of a TV ad in between commercials for betting operators. She said: “It seems counterintuitive to me to introduce a message about harmful gambling among other advertisements for betting.” Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address Casino & games Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has launched a new television advert for its ‘Bet Regret’ safer gambling campaign to coincide with the start of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival horseracing event. 12th March 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Gambling.com Group cleared for revenue share deals in NJ

first_imgCasino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gambling.com Group cleared for revenue share deals in NJ Affiliate marketing giant Gambling.com Group has been cleared to apply for an Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise License in New Jersey, allowing it to strike revenue share partnerships with operators in the state.With the business approved to apply for the licence by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, it can now move forward with plans to expand the range of partnerships it can offer licensed betting and gaming operators.Previously, as a licensed vendor in the state, the business could strike deals through which it was paid a flat fee for driving traffic to operator sites, such as cost per click (CPC) and cost per view (CPV) agreements.“At the present moment there is no online gaming market more interesting than New Jersey. The world has been watching the explosive growth in the market since launching sports betting in 2018 and we have been active in the state for over a year,” Gambling.com Group chief executive Charles Gillespie said. “This approval allows us to increase our exposure to this lucrative market.“Our application for an Ancillary CSIE license should be taken as clear statement of intent for our big plans in New Jersey,” he added. “It also demonstrates our commitment to working with New Jersey to make the state the model for licensing and regulating affiliates, as more states come online with gaming and sports betting in 2019 and 2020.” Regions: US New Jersey Affiliate marketing giant Gambling.com Group has been cleared to apply for an Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise License in New Jersey, allowing it to strike revenue share partnerships with operators in the state. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Poker AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 28th March 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

Rhode Island launches mobile sports betting

first_img Regions: US Rhode Island The Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) has confirmed the long-awaited soft launch of mobile wagering in the state.The state has opted for a phased launch of the new service, with the Twin River-branded offering going live yesterday afternoon (September 4).Customers that wish to bet on mobile must first visit the Twin River Casino in Lincoln to activate their mobile accounts. After this initial activation, they can place wagers from anywhere within Rhode Island’s borders.The state’s other Twin River venue, in Tiverton, will also soon launch mobile wagering with in-person registration, but is yet to confirm when it will go live. 5th September 2019 | By contenteditor Sports betting Topics: Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobilecenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Rhode Island launches mobile sports betting The Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) has confirmed the long-awaited soft launch of mobile wagering in the state. Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Addresslast_img read more

ACMA raps Nine over gambling advertising breach

first_img ACMA raps Nine over gambling advertising breach Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 20th March 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nine to reassess its advertising strategy and carry out additional staff training after it was found to have breached rules related to gambling ads.An ACMA investigation found that Nine had aired gambling adverts during the pre-game program for games one and two of the State of Origin rugby league series on its 9Now streaming platform.Australian regulations limit the amount of gambling adverts that can be shown around sporting events, with no adverts permitted within five minutes before a game or event is due to begin.However, this rule only applies if a broadcaster informs viewers when the game is due to start at least 24 hours in advance. The ACMA said that as Nine did not do this, the rules instead applied five minutes before the pre-game coverage, rather than the match itself.As such, this placed Nine in breach of regulation and led to the ACMA pursuing action against the broadcaster.The ACMA issued Nine with a remedial direction requiring it to carry out training with staff on rules related to gambling adverts on online platforms. In addition, Nine must submit two written reports showing compliance with the rules over the next 12 months.Should Nine fail to comply with these conditions, the ACMA could seek to issue a penalty of up to Aus$420,000 (£209,296/€230,106/US$246,668).“I hope this sends a message to all that this is something they need to get right,” the ACMA’s chair Nerida O’Loughlin said. “One of the reasons these rules are in place is to allow families to watch live sport without exposing children to gambling.”The ruling comes after the ACMA yesterday (19 March) issued a warning over an increase in scam emails and SMS messages claiming to offer gambling credit and free spins.Since the start of the year, the ACMA said it has identified over 6,000 emails and messages that have been sent to consumers inviting them to click a link to access bonus offers. However, the ACMA said the links are being used to spread viruses and malware, and has advised Australians to ignore and delete the messages.center_img Regions: Oceania Australia Legal & compliance The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nine to reassess its advertising strategy and carry out additional staff training after it was found to have breached rules related to gambling ads. Email Addresslast_img read more

Swedish regulator clarifies licensing rules on virtual sports

first_imgLegal & compliance Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden 9th April 2020 | By contenteditor The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has issued advice to licensed operators looking to offer betting on virtual sports in the absence of traditional sports events. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has issued advice to licensed operators looking to offer betting on virtual sports in the absence of traditional sports events.Many sports leagues and tournaments around the world have been postponed or cancelled due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), meaning options for sports betting are currently limited.Spelinspektionen said it had noted an increase in enquiries about betting on virtual sports events and has now clarified what operators in the country need to do to ensure these can be offered in line with regulations.The regulator said operators that hold a betting licence in Sweden can offer wagering on virtual sports, without having to apply for approval from Spelinspektionen.“The Gaming Act is not limited to what forms of betting can be provided within the license, regardless of the betting forms that the applicant crossed in his application,” Spelinspektionen explained. “However, the terms of the license indicate which types of betting must not be offered.”Spelinspektionen added that licensees which want to add virtual sports betting to their existing offering must first inform the regulator before launching the product. Operators can email Spelinspektionen with their licence information.The regulator also said that licensees must also review their technical documents and certification to ensure it covers all forms of play it provides. If a certificate needs to be updated, it does not need to be sent to the regulator, but it must be available from the licensee and be able to be shown upon request.Meanwhile, Spelinspektionen said it has notified the police about four businesses that have been offering online gambling services in the country illegally.The regulator did not reveal the identity of any of the operators in question, but it did confirm that none of them held the relevant licence to offer gambling in Sweden.Though Spelinspektionen monitors any breaches of the Swedish Gaming Act, it is the police who are responsible for investigating violations. Operators that offer games without the necessary licence can be fined or their executives imprisoned.The industry updates come as reports from Sweden suggest government ministers are mulling a temporary shut-down or new restrictions on online casino to avoid an increase in gambling-related harm during the coronavirus pandemic.Spelinspektionen told iGB the government is considering a number of measures to protect consumers in the country, at a time when restrictions on movement are in place.Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi, who holds responsibility for gambling policy, this week warned “extraordinary measures” may be taken if operators do not take action to protect consumers at a time casino play is on the rise.center_img Swedish regulator clarifies licensing rules on virtual sports Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

IGT secures extension to Czech lottery deal with Sazka

first_img Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Czech Republic 6th May 2020 | By contenteditor IGT secures extension to Czech lottery deal with Sazka International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a long-term extension to its lottery technology partnership with Sazka Group in the Czech Republic.Under the new agreement, which came into effect at the end of March, IGT will provide technology products and services through an upgraded lottery central system, next-generation lottery terminals and a new digital lottery platform, as well as associated content and services.IGT, which has been working with Sazka since 1993, will convert Sazka’s current IGT lottery central system to its new Aurora lottery solution.This upgrade includes BizApps, which offers business intelligence and analytics tools aimed at boost sales growth, as well as predictive ordering tool Order Wizard.IGT will also replace Sazka’s 8,000 lottery terminals with its newest machines, including draw-based lottery terminal the Retailer Pro.Meanwhile, the contract includes the opportunity for Sazka to leverage the IGT PlayDigital PlayCommand platform, to monitor player engagement, anticipate new customer and technological trends, adapt the operation to new opportunities, and deploy responsible gaming safeguards.In addition, IGT will provide technical services supporting central lottery system as well as software and telecommunications maintenance, game content and consulting services for game design and marketing.“Sazka has been working with IGT in the Czech Republic for the past 27 years, and building on this relationship is a positive reflection of Sazka Group’s partnership with IGT in multiple European markets,” Sazka group chief executive Robert Chvátal said.“We’re looking forward to leveraging these new solutions for enhanced growth, ensuring that we continue to generate funds for youth sport in the Czech Republic.”IGT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer international, Declan Harkin, added: “Our Aurora platform’s exceptional performance and reliability will ensure long-term innovation and growth for the Lottery and drive player engagement, increasing revenues to good causes and ultimately benefiting the people of the Czech Republic.” Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Topics: Lottery Strategy Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a long-term extension to its lottery technology partnership with Sazka Group in the Czech Republic. Email Addresslast_img read more

France Galop sets out Covid-19 recovery plan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter All proposals set out in the recovery plan will be put to the France Galop board of directors at the end of November. France Galop also noted a 4% drop in the amount of two-year-old horses being introduced into training for racing, which could impact the number of race participants in the coming years.  13th October 2020 | By Robert Fletcher In related news, France Galop has announced the appointment of a number of new members to its Committee.  Bernard Sarramejean was elected to replace Jérôme Rambaud, who passed away in the summer. Sarramejean will serve as president of the South West Regional Council, but will not sit among the 56 voting members of the Committee. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) went as far as saying that a 10% drop in headcount in terms of horses being entered into races could result in a drop in betting stakes of more than €200m. In response, France Galop has announced its ‘relaunch’ project, which will run for four years and help the French horse racing sector recover. Much of this will focus on sending young horses into training to ensure all races at meetings can go ahead. France Galop, the governing body for the country’s flat and steeplechase racing sector, has announced details of a new multi-year strategy to help the industry recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Topics: Sports betting Horse racing Meanwhile, France Galop will suspend contributions levied by training centres for two-year-olds until March next year. A new chip track facility will open at the Chantilly training centre, with space to accommodate 840 two-year-olds.center_img France Galop also proposed a new digital syndication platform, with the aim of helping owners, breeders and trainers to streamline the marketing of shares in the horses that they own. According to France Galop, consumers have spent €1bn (£903.5m/$1.18bn) less on horse racing betting this year than in 2020, primarily due to the cancellation of many race meetings as a result of Covid-19. France Galop will implement program adjustments to offer more opportunities to a greater number of owners. This will include reserving 25 new maidens for horses that have raced at least twice, as well as introducing ‘sector’ maidens for products from stallion breeding, at the time of their conception, for less than €10,000. Tags: Covid-19 betting Gambling France Galop Racing Horses Initiatives include increasing the owner’s premium for two-year-old horses from 60% to 70%, while this will also be applied to three-year-olds from 2022. Other initiatives covered in the recovery plan include a marketing component aimed at owners, with France Galop to enhance communications with foreign targets in an attempt to encourage owners running abroad to do the same in France. Daniel Théard, president of the Regional Council of Anjou-Maine-Center-Ouest, was elected as a voting member of the Committee, having been a non-voting member since December 2019.Dominique Le Baron-Dutacq, co-opted member, also agreed to return to the Committee to replace Philippe Augier, who resigned to take over the presidency of the PMU board of directors.In addition, Keven Borgel, president of the South-East/Corsica Regional Committee, was brought in to replaces Patrick Dreux, following his resignation. Regions: France Horse racing France Galop sets out Covid-19 recovery planlast_img read more

Spanish gambling revenue up 13.8% in 2020

first_imgThe monthly average of active game accounts was also up 8.1% year-on-year to 1,051,139, while the monthly average of the new game accounts increased by 18.9% to 391,510. Spain’s national gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has reported a 13.8% year-on-year increase in online gross gambling revenue (GGR) in 2020, despite a dip in sports betting revenue. Spanish gambling revenue up 13.8% in 2020 Breaking this down, €71.0m was attributed to advertising spend, €56.3m for promotions, €12.2m on affiliation expenses and €9.2m in relation to spend on sponsorship. Regions: Spain Sports wagering remained the primary source of GGR for operators, despite a 7.1% year-on-year decline to €365.1m. Casino followed in second with €97.8m in GGR, or 42.3% of overall revenue in Q4, while poker GGR amounted to €24.9m. Bingo GGR reached €3.9m and the remaining €1.1m in revenue came from contests. Casino GGR increased 33.7% to €350.8m, while poker GGR was also up 35.8% to €110.3m. Bingo GGR climbed 40.8% to €16.5m, while contests revenue rocketed by 185.7% to €8.0m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The DGOJ also revealed that marketing spend from operators increased 24.2% to €462.1m in 2020. Advertising expenses reached €199.7m, while total spending on promotions was €197.3m, affiliate costs €38.5m and sponsorship €26.6m Stakes, meanwhile, came to €6.65bn with casino stakes highest at €3.43bn, followed by sports betting with €2.50bn. By the end of the quarter, there were a total of 80 licensed operators active in the country, including 51 offering casino, 46 betting, nine poker, three bingo and two contests. 31st March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Topics: Finance Q4 results 2020 Results 2020 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Withdrawals were also up, with the €840.7m taken out by players being 32.6% higher than in Q4 of 2019. Sports betting was the primary source of revenue for operators, with GGR amounting to €103.5m, representing 44.8% of total GGR in the quarter. In terms of marketing spend, operators in Spain spent €148.8m during Q4, an increase of 24.5% on the previous year. Looking at deposits during the quarter, consumers spent a total of €1.07bn with gambling operators, an increase of 31.8% on the previous year. The DGOJ also published figures for the fouth quarter, during which GGR amounted to €231.2m, which was also 20.0% higher than in the third quarter of 2020. Player spending on online gambling amounted to €21.60bn, up by 15.0% from €18.78bn in the previous year. The number of active accounts also climbed by 16.0% to 2.9m million, while there were 1.5 million active players, up 8.8% year-on-year. Tags: Revenue DGOJ GGR for the year amounted to €850.7m (£726.3m/$998.0m), up from €748.2m in the previous year. Q4 results 2020 Email Addresslast_img read more