AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter DraftKings has announced the launch of its daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform in Australia.In April, the DFS operator revealed plans to expand outside of its core North American and European markets by rolling out a service in Australia.Having obtained the relevant licence from Australia’s Northern Territory Racing Commission, DraftKings is now live in its eighth country.Australian customers can compete against other players locally, as well as with those based in other countries where DraftKings is active.Jeffrey Haas, chief international officer at DraftKings, said: “DraftKings’ DFS product takes sports fans’ game experience to another level, keeping them more engaged with their favourite athletes, teams and codes.“Australia is home to some of the most passionate sports fans in the world and that’s a key reason why DraftKings decided to open there.“We’re confident Australians will enjoy the exciting and innovative competition formats we have available across ten international sports, and their ability to compete against other people, both local and international.”Related article: DraftKings confirms Australia launch DraftKings goes live with new platform in Australia 5th June 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: Fantasy Sports Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS Regions: Oceania Australia Email Address DFS DraftKings has announced the launch of its daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform in Australia
15th February 2019 | By contenteditor Sports betting Intralot subsidiary Inteltek faces a battle to retain its long-standing contract to power İddaa, Turkey’s only legal sports betting operation.The joint venture between Intralot and mobile phone operator Turkcell has held the contract to run the SporToto brand since 2004, but faces competition from Sans Girisim, a venture comprising Scientific Games and a company owned by Turkish Football Federation chairman Yildirim Demirören.Both groups have now filed their final financial offers with the SporToto State Organisation for a 10-year contract to run İddaa from later this year.According to reports, Sans Girisim initially offered a revenue-share partnership of 2.1%, far ahead of Inteltek’s 1.4% – the figure it has provided its service for since it won the last 10-year contract in 2008. In the second round, local media claimed Sans Girisim reduced its offer to just 0.2% with Inteltek down to 0.5%.The winner of the tender process to run İddaa from 2019 to 2029 will be announced following a decision made by Bünyamin Bozgeyik, the president of SporToto. SporToto stated when it launched its tender process in January that it aims to generate 17bn Lira (£2.4bn/€2.7bn/$3.1bn) in revenue from the offering’s first year in operation.The winning bidder will be required to establish the central betting system within Ankara Province, while the risk management centre must also be based on Turkish soil.The successful applicant will also be expected to employ at least 100 staff dedicated to the SporToto project, including management and technical support staff.To secure the 10-year contract, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have experience of running a sports betting network of at least 500 outlets, with at least 6,000 to be operated throughout Turkey.Inteltek, established in 2001, has served as the exclusive provider of fixed-odds and pari-mutuel betting since 2004, and secured a new, 10-year contract in 2008. It then extended the deal by a year in August 2018.Over the past 11 years, SporToto has seen its share of the country’s sports betting market grow to 56%, with turnover rising to $3.5bn.Last year Inteltek announced that it was to establish a software development hub in Turkey, with a focus on developing new mobile wagering products and services, employing more than 100 staff in the new facility.SporToto is one of only two legal gambling operators in Turkey, alongside national lottery operator Millî Piyango İdaresi. Intralot subsidiary Inteltek faces a battle to retain its long-standing contract to power İddaa, Turkey’s only legal sports betting business. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Inteltek faces battle to retain Turkish betting contract Email Address Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Turkey Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Lottery Lottery solutions provider AGTech Holdings has won a contract to develop and deploy augmented reality technology for the China Sports Lottery, one of the country’s two major national lotteries.Little information is available about the agreement, other than AGTech noting that the technology will be used for the Sports Lottery’s online promotional activities.There will be a focus on helping the lottery appeal to a younger player base in particular.It is the second major contract centred around new technology in the Chinese lottery market won by AGTech this month. On May 7 it prevailed in a tender for a company to research the use of blockchain technology for the China Welfare Lottery.This will see AGTech use Ant Financial’s – an affiliate of its parent company Alibaba Group – blockchain technology and apply this to a system for conducting lottery draws. A blockchain-based system will then be tested across various Chinese provinces.For the three months to March 31, 2019, AGTech generated revenue of HK$20.2m, a year-on-year increase of 14.1%, with the supplier boosted by sales of lottery hardware and games over the period.However, it posted a HK$71.0m loss for the quarter, as a result of fair value changes of its convertible bonds and contingent considerations paid out in relation to its 2014 acquisition of lottery hardware supplier Score Value.Image: Pexels Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Lottery solutions provider AGTech Holdings has won a contract to develop and deploy augmented reality technology for the China Sports Lottery, one of the country’s two major national lotteries. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: China 20th May 2019 | By contenteditor AGTech to develop AR products for China Sports Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
Casino & games Email Address GambleAware has agreed a deal for data and analytics specalist ViewIt UK to operate and manage the information system for the National Gambling Treatment Service as part of a wider effort to tackle gambling-related harm in the UK. 4th July 2019 | By contenteditor ViewIt to analyse GambleAware treatment services Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Slot Machines Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Casino & games Strategy Slots GambleAware has agreed a deal for data and analytics company ViewIt UK to operate and manage the information system for the National Gambling Treatment Service as part of a wider effort to tackle gambling-related harm in the UK.ViewIt UK will assume responsibility for collating, handling and analysing the data of consumers who either seek or are referred for treatment via services funded by GambleAware, such as the National Gambling Helpline.The information system will produce detailed feedback, which will then be used to analyse the effectiveness of treatment.GambleAware has said that this will help it better understand and monitor the number of people seeking help, as well as the characteristics of individuals in treatment, and the benefits and outcomes for those who access these services.In 2018-19, around 30,000 people received help from the National Gambling Helpline while some 10,000 were given face-to-face treatment.“The capacity to review data across the whole treatment network is vital to the commissioning and delivery of the National Gambling Treatment Service,” GambleAware chief executive, Marc Etches, said.“This development will pave the way for additional improvements for people who use the services and for those who work in it.”Andrew Jones, Yousef Taktak and Michael Donmall, the directors of ViewIt UK, added: “ViewIt UK data management, analysis and visualisation technology will generate vital information that will help GambleAware provide comprehensive treatment and support services across the country for people with Gambling-related problems.”The partnership comes amid wider movement in the UK in terms of heightened efforts to promote responsible gambling.This week, GVC Holdings, bet365, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill and Sky Betting and Gaming followed up plans to increase funding for problem gambling treatment by setting out a plan of action to create a safer gambling environment.The operators have agreed to raise the current voluntary contribution towards funding problem gambling from 0.1% to 1% of gross gambling yield by 2023, boosting their annual contribution to around £60m (€66.9m/$75.5m) by 2023.However, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright has warned that the government could introduce a mandatory levy if the gambling sector’s voluntary funding plans do not raise enough cash to support both the treatment and prevention of gambling harm.The House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has also published a call for evidence to support its inquiry into problem gambling in the UK.This will focus on issues such as the current state of the industry, developments in gambling habits – in particular online gambling – and the “gamblification” of sport.Image: Max Pixel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Romania Email Address Pariplay set for Romania move with new licence Pariplay, the igaming platform and content developer, has secured a Class II gaming licence in Romania.The permit, issued by local regulator the National Gambling Office, will allow the B2B provider to supply its range of online casino games to the regulated market via its Pariplay FUSION aggregation platform.Operators licensed in Romania can use the platform to access Pariplay’s own portfolio of content, as well as games from third-party suppliers. Video slots, scratch cards and instant win titles are among the games available through Pariplay FUSION.Richard Mintz, commercial and marketing director at Pariplay, said the supplier has already lined up a number of major Romanian operators for its tailored aggregation services.“Acquiring the Romanian gaming licence is another key milestone in Pariplay’s overall growth,” Mintz said. “With Pariplay FUSION, which offers a seamless and simple integration, we’re able to equip our partners with edgy products and enhanced features to elevate players’ gaming experiences.”Earlier this month, Gaming Innovation Group also secured a licence to offer its services in Romania. Licensed operators in the country are subject to a new 2% monthly turnover tax, which has been imposed in addition to existing licence and authorisation requirements.Last month, it was revealed that online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global had agreed a deal to acquire GMS Entertainment Limited, the parent company of Pariplay, for a fee of €13.1m (£11.8m/$14.7m).Both parties expect the deal to go through in the third quarter of this year, with Aspire Global saying that while it will have a positive effect on its EBITDA from 2020, it is unlikely to have an impact on its 2019 results.Image: Max Pixel Topics: Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 18th July 2019 | By contenteditor Pariplay, the igaming platform and content developer, has secured a Class II gaming licence in Romania. The permit will allow Pariplay to supply its range of online casino games to the country’s regulated market.
Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea have followed Tottenham Hotspur in suspending their partnership with 1xBet, amid ongoing questions regarding the operator’s conduct.Both Liverpool and Chelsea announced 1xBet as their global betting partner in July, though each appears to have at least suspended the partnership.It follows the news that Tottenham had ended its agreement with the operator, which served as its African betting partner, last week.Each of the clubs received a warning about working with an unlicensed operator from the GB Gambling Commission.While a 1xBet-branded site was live in the UK until recently, this operated under technology partner FSB’s Gambling Commission license. 1xBet claims to be in the process of applying for certification to operate in the market.In the wake of allegations about 1xBet’s conduct, the Commission told iGamingBusiness.com that any sporting body working with an unlicensed operator could be found guilty of advertising unlawful gambling.“We’re of the view that the best way for sports bodies to protect themselves against this risk is to ensure that they only promote gambling operators licensed by us,” a Commission spokesperson explained.“As a result of concerns regarding 1xBet we recently wrote to Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC to remind them that organisations engaging in sponsorship, and associated advertising arrangements, with an unlicensed operator may be liable to prosecution under section 330 of the Act for the offence of advertising unlawful gambling.”This follows 1xBet’s FSB-powered, UK-facing white label site going offline following a newspaper exposé into its conduct. The Sunday Times claimed the operator advertised on illegal streaming websites, and highlighted past reports about it offering odds on prohibited sports such as youth football. iGB understands FSB took 1xBet’s site down in the wake of these claims.However, the operator described all illegal activity as having been carried out by third party partners, and says that it remains committed to operating in the UK. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 9th September 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Liverpool and Chelsea suspend 1xBet partnerships Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Regions: UK & Ireland Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea have followed Tottenham Hotspur in suspending their partnership with 1xBet, amid ongoing questions regarding the operator’s conduct. Email Address Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting
BetConstruct offers customisable solutions with Spring Pro Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Strategy Tech & innovation Tags: Online Gambling 17th October 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Online gaming solutions provider BetConstruct has launched its new Spring Pro technology platform, with the aim of allowing operators to choose, adjust and customise products to suit their specifications. Companies: BetConstruct Strategy Online gaming solutions provider BetConstruct has launched its new Spring Pro technology platform, with the aim of allowing operators to choose, adjust and customise products to suit their specifications.Operators using the platform can manage all aspects of betting operations from a single location, including odds, event creation, risk management and trading tools.BetConstruct said that this ability to customise the offering will enable its partners to take more control over big data, player insights and source codes.“Spring Pro is key to our aggressive expansion and growth; it is the next generation of our vision for the relationships between us, as a provider, and our partner operators who want to separate themselves from the pack and gain more flexibility,” BetConstruct founder and chief executive, Vigen Badalyan said.“We see the future of igaming business as transparent and open. These are the qualities that we encourage our partners to embrace and Spring Pro is at the heart of this approach.”The launch comes after BetConstruct in April also announced details of a new premium fantasy sports experience in the US, via a partnership with Atlantis Gaming Corporation (AGC) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.BetConstruct is using its fantasy sports software to power the new offering for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the official organisation for former players in the National Football League (NFL), the US’s leading American football competition.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter BtoBet is to provide its Neuron white label platform to Namibian operator Allbet in a deal that covers both retail and online channels. BtoBet signs multi-channel deal with Namibia’s Allbet Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 1st November 2019 | By contenteditor BtoBet is to provide its Neuron white label platform to Namibian operator Allbet in a deal that covers both retail and online channels.Initially, Allbet will integrate BtoBet’s technology across its retail network ahead of a rollout across online channels.With BtoBet also recently announcing deals in Madagascar and Nigeria, the supplier said the partnership with Bandits Group of Companies-owned Allbet is further evidence of it becoming a major player in the region.“BtoBet’s vision has always been to partner with strategic operators that share BtoBet’s same passion for the sports betting and gambling industry, and seek to achieve excellence through technological innovation,” BtoBet said.Andre Botha, managing member of Bandits, said: “BtoBet provided fantastic customer service in the investigation phase of us selecting a partner. Their software and platforms are very well setup with extensive functionality and focused on ease of use for the operator. The Neuron platforms are cutting edge and placed in the forefront of the industry.”In October BtoBet expanded in the Mauritius and Madagascar region after announcing a partnership with local operator Parisport through its Certified Partner for Africa, STM Gaming. The partnership will consist on the provision of a ‘lite’ version of the advanced Neuron platform for the operator’s online and retail gambling network. Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Email Address Sports betting Regions: Africa
Casino & games Tags: Slot Machines 15th November 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter UK-based games studio Blueprint Gaming, part of the Gauselmann Group, has acquired games developer Livewire Gaming for an undisclosed sum. Blueprint acquires UK developer Livewire Gaming UK-based games studio Blueprint Gaming, part of the Gauselmann Group, has acquired games developer Livewire Gaming for an undisclosed sum.Blueprint said the purchase of Livewire, which is also based in the UK, will help to strengthen its slots offering. Livewire specialises in Category C, B3, D and B4 games, and has developed a number of titles in partnership with Blueprint.Livewire will continue to operate as an independent studio, with a focus on the development of land-based games under the leadership of existing director Alan Claypole.“Livewire and Blueprint have had a close relationship for many years, so this merger makes perfect sense for both parties,” Gauselmann’s UK general manager, Sascha Blodau, said. “We look forward to working with Livewire and building on our already successful partnership.”The deal follows a number of other recent acquisitions by Blueprint, including its purchases of both Project Coin and Games Warehouse.Last month, Gauselmann UK division also partnered with British motorway service area chain Roadchef in order to deploy over 500 arcade and pub gaming machines at Roadchef sites and redsign Roadchef’s 30 Adult Gaming Centres. Topics: Casino & games Strategy Slots
OIGA suspends two members over state compacts The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) has voted to suspend two of its members after they signed new gaming compacts to offer Class III games, including sports betting, in the US state.The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation have had their membership put on hold, following a vote by the OIGA board and membership to amend its bylaws to allow the suspension.Under the amendment, the OIGA may now temporarily remove a member until the end of a calendar year if it is ruled that the tribe’s conduct is not in the best interest of the organization. After the suspension ends, the tribe can then seek reinstatement as a member, subject to a vote by the board.“This was a difficult decision to make, but it was the correct one,” OIGA chairman Matthew Morgan said. “The OIGA works best when its membership can speak frankly and with the trust that all members are working together to support our industry as a whole.”Read the full story on iGB North America. Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 12th May 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: US Oklahoma Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Tribal gaming Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) has voted to suspend two of its members after they signed new gaming compacts to offer Class III games, including sports betting, in the US state.