PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Police have restored order to Savane Pistache, the second district in the capital, Port-au-Prince, after heavily armed gunmen set fire to several buildings and demanded the release of at least 17 people detained during an earlier exercise by law enforcement officials.The police had detained the suspects as they continue their investigations into the attempted assassination of Éric Jean Baptiste, Secretary General of the Rassemblement des Démocrates National Progressive (RDNP) on December 21.Eyewitnesses said that members of the powerful and dangerous gang, “Tije”, descended on the area on Christmas Day demanding the release of those detained.They set fire to the police sub-station and also to the homes of several police officers.Residents of the area remained in doors in fear of their lives while sporadic bursts of automatic weapons caused panic and terror. The gunmen are also reported to have looted several businesses.The eyewitnesses said that special units of the Haitian National Police intervened to restore order, confronting the gunmen.The police have so
Superdata Research published its end of year report in December and in its assessment of esports it valued the betting sector at $58.9m (£47.9m).This was a significant but minor portion of the overall esports pie, which Superdata valued at $892m (£727.9m) currently with growth expectations putting it at a $1.4bn (£1.1bn) industry by 2019. You can read a full analysis of the report at our sister publication, Esports Insider, here.In terms of online bookmakers, the more established names that generally offer a strong selection of esports markets are Pinnacle, Sky Bet, Betway and Bet365. Pinnacle, the bookie which has been offering markets the longest and took its first esports wager back in 2010, won both the SBC Award for Best Esports Bookmaker last year and took home EGR’s one to boot.2017 looks set to be a far more competitive year with a great number of operators adding some markets in the past six months as a testing phase. A number of these will undoubtedly expand their selections and moreover the promotion of them and brand awareness with esports fans. Last year saw team sponsorships such as Betway’s six figure investment with NiP (Ninjas in Pyjamas) and GG.bet create a number of partnerships with orgs including Fnatic, Luminosity and Ad Finem.New markets will also emerge with new well backed competitions such as The Overwatch League, whilst the more established CSGO, Dota and League of Legends will continue to attract more bettors and attention. ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit
Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Susan O’Leary, AlderneySusan O’Leary, director of eCommerce at Alderney, says the football betting industry needs to embrace regulation to ensure long-term success.The relationship between football betting operators and governments, regulators and advertising watchdogs has, and always will be, a game of tug of war. Operators want to maximise exposure for their brands and offer consumers more markets across more games and leagues than their rivals. The latter, on the other hand, want to keep a watching brief to ensure the integrity of the sport and the betting industry remain intact, with punters protected and prevented from developing unhealthy wagering habits.It’s a difficult balance to strike, and there is still a long way to go until the football betting industry can consider itself stable and sustainable. Just last month, Burnley midfielder Joey Barton was handed an 18-month ban by the FA for breaking rules related to gambling on the sport, placing more than 1,200 wagers (some against his own team losing) over a ten-year period. Barton has in no way been accused of match fixing, but the case shows how high profile, widespread, and ingrained betting on football is.That’s not necessarily a bad thing – betting and sports go hand in hand – but it proves the industry, and those operating in it, need to be closely monitored. Some have put forward the argument for greater self-regulation – members of the Senet Group, which include bookmakers such as William Hill and Paddy Power, have made strides with its When The Fun Stops, Stop campaign – but oversight really must come from independent third parties for it to be truly effective.Football betting operators need to be held accountable to internationally recognised standards; they must be licensed and fully compliant with the rules of the game. That’s as much for their protection as it is for the punters and those at risk of problem play. Operators, governments, regulators and advertising watchdogs must work together, however, to ensure that frameworks and requirements don’t restrict businesses and wrap them round so much red tape they become tangled.By working together, we all benefit from one another’s knowledge and experience. We can learn more about football betting operators, the challenges they face, and how licensing and regulation can help them clear these hurdles. The key is transparency; operators must be open and honest with their players, and educate them on how to play sensibly and within their mental and financial limits. They must also offer help to those whose play becomes cause for concern.Licensing and regulation helps achieve this; it puts various mechanisms in place that stop players exceeding their limits – loss limits, time limits, systems that track patterns of play and raise a flag against those wagering unusually – and ensure the right help is readily available for those who feel they need it. It means operators have a happier, healthier relationship with consumers, providing them with the right environment in which to bet on their favourite football teams, players, matches and leagues.When done properly, regulation doesn’t restrict businesses. It allows them to push the boundaries in a safe and secure environment. For football betting operators, it means they can develop and launch new and exciting products and features, offer more markets on more games and leagues, but in a sensible and sustainable manner.The game of tug of war will continue to take place, but sooner or later we will all meet in the middle.
EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Filing its 2016/17 corporate accounts, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has detailed a ‘landmark year’ for its operations as group revenues surpassed the + £500 million revenue mark (FY 2015/16: 380 million).The Leeds-based operator claims to be the fastest growing online gambling firm, having increased its customer base to 2.6 million (2015/16: 1.9 million).Closing its 2016/17 year-end accounts, SB&G governance would declare corporate profits of £146 million, representing a 38% increase on corresponding 2015/16’s £105 million.SB&G’s rapid growth has seen the betting group recognised, as one of Yorkshire’s top technology firms. Emphasising in-house technology development, in 2017 SB&G has undertaken a significant recruitment drive for its Leeds headquarters and Sheffield tech-support hub.The accelerated growth of SB&G will please private equity firm CVC Capital, who in 2015 acquired the online gambling firm from UK broadcaster Sky Media for a total consideration of £800 million.Having established itself as a leading player within the saturated UK online betting market, SB&G is preparing to scale up its international presence, with the company having initially launched it services for the Italian and German betting markets this 2017.Further to building its technology competencies and expanding internationally, Sky Betting & Gaming Chief Executive Richard Flint has reaffirmed that social responsibility will continue to be a the forefront of its business operations, stating that his company seeks transparency between its services and customer engagement.Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming, commented: “The business performed very well in 2016/17, with further investments in product, technology and brand delivering strong financial results. During the year, we invested in people and technology in our Yorkshire base, with a 40% increase in headcount, helping us to cement our position as the UK’s most popular online betting brand.”“We delivered innovative and market-leading products during the year, including an in-app RequestABet builder, real time promotions, crowd boosted accumulators, and personalised programmatic marketing. Protecting customers from harm, and providing a safe betting and gaming environment is critical to our success, and we continue to invest in more people and better processes to identify and protect vulnerable customers.” BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Share Submit
StumbleUpon Playtech eyes US acceleration following NJ approval June 1, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Paf pays additional €40m in dividends to ease coronavirus impact April 20, 2020 NYX Gaming Group has unveiled the latest deal regarding its Open Gaming System (OGS), after agreeing to integrate into Finnish operator Paf.The supplier to casino, sportsbook, lottery and bingo operators worldwide will provide content to customers of Paf, who primarily serve players in Finland, Estonia, Sweden and Spain.A variety of proven proprietary content from the four in house game studios are to be provided, including NextGen Gaming, in addition to over 40 third party studios on the OGS network.Andrew Maclean, NYX Commercial Director, said: “NYX is pleased to enter into this agreement and provide our valuable partners at Paf access to our market-leading NextGen Gaming content.“We look forward to working together to bring additional high quality digital content to Paf’s players, from proprietary game studios, as well as the stellar, third-party NYX suppliers, all available by a single, swift implementation of OGS.”As part of the initial launch, titles such as Foxin Wins, Jackpot Jester 50,000 and Witch Pickings are to be incorporated, with the timing of the deal also allowing Paf to launch directly onto NYX’s latest promotional tool.Called Free Rounds 2, operators will be able to run diverse and tailor-made free round campaigns, which are designed to offer an improved player choice and experience. Kim Johansson, Paf Chief Gaming Officer, added: “We are excited to be partnering with such a well-established and respected supplier as NYX. Their wide offering in proprietary games and third-party content will add quality and variety to our current offering.”This deal comes a month after NYX strengthened its position within the United States market, courtesy of a link up with Betfair US.Hundreds of games from a large number of studios are to be made available to Betfair US, who will be granted access to the full suite of NYX OGS content available in the New Jersey iGaming market. Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year June 11, 2020 Share
Share Seeking to bring transparency to its current ‘voluntary funding arrangement’, industry charity GambleAware has published details of donations and pledges received by industry stakeholders.Updating the market, GambleAware details that the ‘total amount of money pledged and received during Q1 2018 (April-June) amounted to £2.8 million’.At present, industry incumbents that support GambleAware initiatives are required to contribute annually a minimum of 0.1% of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) directly to the charity.Incumbents with an annual gross gambling revenue of less than £250,000 per annum are asked to donate a minimum of £250.The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), estimates that GambleAware requires ‘a minimum of £10 million’ in voluntary funds to deliver its 2018/19 objectives.Nevertheless, in its July update, GambleAware governance outlined that the charity would be significantly increasing its annual spending, outlining costs of £32 million over a two-year period.Combatting gambling-related harms, the charity seeks to accelerate the development of its research, education and treatment programs and resources across the UK.In its directive, GambleAware governance is set to concentrate funding within research fields (£10m), expanding educational programs (£6m), and improving access to UK-wide treatment facilities (£14m).The UK betting sector awaits the release of GambleAware’s upcoming ‘Safer Gambling Campaign’, announced last June in partnership with new creative agency M&C Saatchi.Aiding its campaign initiatives, GambleAware has developed a ‘marketing advisory panel’, which will independently evaluate the progress and impact of the charity’s UK marketing initiatives and strategy. Share Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articles YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020
Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Richard Watson – UKGCThe UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sent a letter to a number of nation-wide pub and hospitality trade associations detailing its concerns that venues are not protecting under-age consumers from engaging with gaming machines.Working with local licensing authorities, the UKGC has carried out tests on a sample of pubs within England, which indicate that ‘almost 90% failed to prevent children from accessing 18+ ‘Category-C’ gaming machines’.The commission explains that pub staff, who are expected to stop any under 18 engagement with the machines, should display clear signage indicating age restrictions.In its update, the Commission states that the average 89% failure-rate to prevent under-age engagements with pub machines is much higher than with other restricted products such as alcohol or tobacco (between 15-30%).The Gambling Commission does not regulate gaming machines in pubs, which are permitted to site Category-C machines as part of its alcohol licence that is granted by their local Licensing Authorities (LA).The letter is penned by UKGC Director of Enforcement Richard Watson, who underlines the commission’s key directive to protect UK children and Young people from engaging with gambling products.Watson said: ‘The Commission, the Local Government Association and the Welsh Local Government Association are very concerned about the findings and the clear risks that they indicate to children and young people’s access to gambling. Further tests will be undertaken over the coming months.“We urgently call the industry and their Trade Associations to take the results as a serious indication of the need to improve matters. We expect that the action taken will be reflected in significant improvements in future test results.”
Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Submit The Financial Times has reported that a number of football governing bodies are exploring the potential of advertising/sponsoring ‘video assistant referee (VAR)’ match breaks.World football governing body, FIFA, is reported to have been approached by advertising companies seeking to sponsor ‘VAR breaks’, during last summer’s Russia 2018 World Cup tournament.The opportunity to advertise to football audiences during live and unscripted intermission will be valued as lucrative inventory by football stakeholders.In its report, the FT details that FIFA views advertising on VAR breaks as an ‘untapped opportunity’, which could generate football leagues millions in extra revenues, adding additional advertising opportunities during live match broadcasts.The sponsoring of ‘match breaks’ during refereeing decisions, has become a common practice in sports such as cricket, rugby and American football, where video refereeing has been in place for a number of years.Nevertheless, VAR remains a controversial subject matter for football leagues who will be forced to implement the technology, as fans, players and management have detailed frustrations with regards to VAR decisions, its implementation during football matches, and time taken to review events.VAR will be introduced to English football from the beginning of 2019/2020 season, with the English Premier League (EPL) enforcing the technology across its match days.At present, EPL governance maintains that it is too early to commercialise VAR breaks, as its potential remains unknown. StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles
It was announced late yesterday that global esports brand Fnatic had raised over $7million (£5.64m) in financing.The investment comes from a plethora of investors, with big names such as the Boston Celtics and AS Roma featuring prominently. On the AS Roma front it’s not the first time they’ve been involved with Fnatic. Their recent soft launch into esports came in a joint venture with Fnatic. The three players who were chosen to represent AS Roma also featured the Fnatic crest on their shirts. “There has been strong growth in esports, which has accelerated in recent years, but the major shift has been in the acceptance and inclusion by sports franchises, media companies and high profile individuals who have entered and advanced the industry rapidly,” revealed Sam Matthews, Founder of Fnatic, in a press release. He added: “We’re incredibly excited by the opportunities available within esports, and having world class investors and advisors only enhances our ability to address these opportunities and continue to innovate.”According to the announcement, the funding will be used for an array of purposes. It ranges from the personnel side such as: coaches, analysts and psychologists all the way to facility infrastructure and academy teams, and even products and apparel. It’s the latest burst of activity from Fnatic, after their partnerships with Roma and Chinese agency B.O.O.T. The brand is synonymous with success across many esports, with ten professional teams currently competing across a multitude of titles. Surely the next eye is on the Overwatch League, of which we still await more details.With a job advertisment on their website for an Overwatch Team Manager in Los Angeles – could that be where the Fnatic Overwatch franchise will find themselves based? Only time will tell.Esports Insider says: Great news for Fnatic – one of the biggest esports brands around. It’s great to see them attract such substantial investment as it will likely only mean good things for growth of esports. We’ll be intrigued to see the brand’s next move having had this injection of funding.
Millennial Esports has now completed the acquisition of Eden Games after successfully closing the first tranche of a previously announced non-brokered equity offering. The $0.70 per Equity Unit placement saw 17,136,258 Equity Units issued for gross proceeds of $12,121,380. Part of the proceeds from the Private Placement saw the completion of the acquisition of Eden Games, a deal announced back in August. The Canadian company has secured an agreement for 82.5% of the French racing games publisher with a €9 million (£8.1m) investment. The terms of the deal breaks this down and sees Millennial Esports pay €6,904,039.72 and issue €2,071,310.08 worth of common shares of Millennial Esports to security holders of Eden Games.The deal sees Eden added to the ever-growing portfolio of companies under the Millennial umbrella. The company now holds MillennialEsports.gg, IEDAS+CARS, Eden Games, O’Gaming TV, thE Arena and Stream Hatchet. In the release, Millennial Esports CEO Alex Igelman stated: “The acquisition of Eden Games represents a major milestone for Millennial Esports Corp. and demonstrates how the company continues to evolve in parallel with the Esports industry”. It’s another move into the growing racing simulation space, and Igelman was bullish about the company’s position in the industry. “Eden’s acquisition secures our position as a leading mobile racing game publisher and in combination with our existing racing IP, including World’s Fastest Gamer, positions Millennial as a leader in global Esports racing”. The second tranche of the Private Placement is expected to be completed by the end of January, and it’ll be interesting to see where the next round of funding goes, considering the acquisition-led growth we’ve seen from Millennial since its inception.Esports Insider says: Although it’s not technically new news, closing out the acquisition is always a positive. The $12 million raised is no small number and with the second tranche hoping to be completed imminently there’s sure to be more on the horizon.