Month: August 2021

GamCare launches tender for CBT software provider

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland GamCare launches tender for CBT software provider Gambling addiction charity GamCare has launched an invitation to tender for companies specialisting in digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) solutions as it looks to expand the range of services it offers to those affected by gambling-related issues. Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines Bingo Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting Strategy Bingo Slots Gambling addiction charity GamCare has launched an invitation to tender for companies specialisting in digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) solutions as it looks to expand the range of services it offers to those dealing with problem gambling. GamCare, backed by problem gambling funding body GambleAware, is seeking a partner to supply Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) software that will form part of a new range of end-to-end digital interventions for players.  The charity intends for the service to enhance its existing provisions and allow it to reach more people affected by gambling problems. The new services include digital screening for problem gambling using tools such as Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) and, based on the outcome of the screening process, GamCare will offer intervention modules that can also be used as standalone solutions by GamCare’s Frontline Service Advisers. GamCare intends to provide cCBT for up to 10 sessions per individual, each with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and a maximum duration of one hour. In addition, GamCare will use the data and analytics collected via the software to help monitor individual user characteristics, users’ progress, attrition, outcomes and follow up with participants in the programme. The charity has also noted that the software should be suitable for integration into its other support services. GamCare currently runs the National Gambling HelpLine and NetLine, and also provides a range of face-to-face, online and telephone treatment services based on CBT. “Offering our service users a range of effective and flexible treatment options, including digital interventions to suit them, will mean that we are able to reach more people affected by problem gambling,” GamCare CEO Anna Hemmings explained. Parties interested in the tender have until March 25 submit their bid, as various groups and organisations in the UK move to improve standards and measures for help those with gambling problems. Last week, GambleAware announced details of a new safer gambling campaign, designed to help remove the stigma around gambling addiction and give people more courage to say they need help. Backed by the UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society, the Bet Regret initiative aims to raise awareness of impulsive betting in order to encourage moderation and reduce gambling-related harm across the UK. The UK Gambling Commission is also working on a new strategy to boost its consumer protection efforts and create a safer gambling environment for players. Due for publication in April, the strategy will run from 2019 until 2022. The regulator is running a consultation as part of the project, with both the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and Senet Group putting forward their proposals on what the strategy should focus on. The RGSB is calling for a compulsory levy for the industry and to treat gambling advertising the same as alcohol and tobacco, while Senet has requested greater clarification on key strategic themes in the strategy.Image: Kanijoman 26th February 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Sportschamps faces New South Wales fine for illegal bonus ad

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 8th April 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Australia’s Sportschamps has become the latest wagering operator to fall foul of New South Wales’ state laws on gambling advertising, over a deposit bonus promotion published on its site last year. Regions: Oceania Australia Legal & compliance Australia’s Sportschamps has become the latest wagering operator to fall foul of New South Wales’ state laws on gambling advertising, over a deposit bonus promotion published on its site last year.The operator has been penalised in relation to an ad that appeared on Sportschamps.com.au on July 5, 2018, offering players a deposit bonus – even though no player signed up for the offer.The ad in question stated: “Matched first time deposit bonus up to $50 – Deposit for the first time and we’ll match your deposit with Bonus Cash, up to $50. Keep the winnings from Bonus Cas (sic)”.The site also stated that consumers could sign up for free.As set out under the NSW Betting and Racing Act, state laws make it an offence to publish “a gambling advertisement that offers any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity (including an inducement to open a betting account)”.Although Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson took into account that nobody signed up to the offer when the advert was running, he ruled at a hearing on April 3 at Downing Centre Local Court that Sportschamps breached state law and issued a fine.The Liquor & Gaming NSW local authority issued Sportschamps with a fine of AUD$2,500 (£1,359/€1,580/US$1,774) and ordered the operator to pay $3,250 in legal costs.:“Advertising gambling inducements is unlawful in NSW, and operators who flout or try to get around these restrictions are acting against industry and community interests and increasing risks of gambling harms,” Liquor & Gaming NSW director of compliance operations Sean Goodchild said.Last month, Australian online operator Sportsbet was also fined Aus$10,000 for posting an illegal gambling advertisement on its website.The Sportsbet ad featured cartoon images of two males with their thumbs up, accompanied by the text, “Refer a Friend – Get a $100 Bonus Bet for every friend you refer to join sportsbet.com.au (excl. VIC, NSW, WA & SA) Terms and Conditions”. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sportschamps faces New South Wales fine for illegal bonus ad Email Address Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more

Genius pens integrity deal with Brazil’s basketball league

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: LATAM Brazil Brazil’s National Basketball League (LNB) has chosen Genius Sports as its new integrity and live data partner.Under the deal, Genius Sports will provide the top level of basketball in Brazil, the NBB CAIXA, with data regarding betting patterns using its Bet Monitoring System to track betting activity and reporting any suspicious patterns.Genius Sports’ technology will automatically flag potentially suspicious betting activity in real time and the company will provide detailed reports to the LNB.Genius Sports will also be tasked with the collection and distribution of the LNB’s live data.“The LNB has always been ahead of new technologies and services that can impact the way our fans consume basketball,” LNB president Kouros Monadjemi said. “The partnership with Genius Sports proves that we are among the top-level basketball leagues in the world and this new step of our relationship will help us maintain our credibility and transparency among the teams, fans and media”.Mark Locke, chief executive of Genius Sports Group, said the agreement came at the perfect time, as the country works on developing sports betting legislation. A draft sports betting bill for Brazil has been released to public consultation with a view to receiving contributions from the industry and interested parties, by 27 September.“Through advanced technology and an effective integrity strategy, all sports can proactively engage with the legal, regulated betting industry to drive new revenue and expand their global audience,” Locke said. “The LNB is putting proven measures in place to protect the integrity of their competitions and we’re proud to be expanding our partnership with them at such an important time for Brazilian sport”.Genius Sports is already the integrity partner of many leading sporting organisations, including the governing body’s of basketball’s largest comeptitions, the NBA, FIBA, EuroLeague and the NCAA, as well as bodies in other sports including the English Premier League and the German Football Association in football. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Brazil’s National Basketball League (LNB) has chosen Genius Sports as its new integrity and live data partner. Genius pens integrity deal with Brazil’s basketball leaguecenter_img 2nd October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Sports betting Topics: Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino opens online sportsbook in NJ

first_img Topics: Sports betting Parx Casino, the Pennsylvania-based property owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, has launched its online sportsbook in the neighbouring New Jersey market. Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino opens online sportsbook in NJ Parx Casino, the Pennsylvania-based property owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, has launched its online sportsbook in the neighbouring New Jersey market.Operating in partnership with GAN and Kambi, the Parx sports betting offering is now accessible to players in the Garden State, its second market after the operator’s native Pennsylvania.The sportsbook underwent a three-day soft period last week before being approved to launch around the clock. Parx Casino patrons can also link their Reward Card online to their counterpart internet gambling account.Parx Casino and GAN launched the original, Pennsylvania-facing version of the online sportsbook in June, following the roll out of a land-based service through a partnership with Kambi in January.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: Dough4872 Sports betting Regions: US New Jersey Pennsylvania 7th October 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Catena strengthens US business with i15Media deal

first_img Catena strengthens US business with i15Media deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Topics: Strategy Tech & innovation Affiliate giant Catena Media has entered into a service agreement with i15Media, the new investment company run by entrepreneurs Chris Grove and Kendall Saville.The deal grants Catena Media the option to provide i15Media with affiliation activities in relation to either companies or assets that may be acquired by the investment company.In addition, Catena will have a right of first refusal if i15Media decides to divest such assets or companies.The agreement builds on an existing relationship between Catena and Grove and Kendall, whereby the affiliate giant acquired a number of US assets in New Jersey and Nevada from the two entrepreneurs.Read the full story on iGB North America. Tags: Online Gambling Affiliate giant Catena Media has entered into a service agreement with i15Media, the new investment company run by entrepreneurs Chris Grove and Kendall Saville. Strategy 7th January 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

Covid-19 leads to 57% drop in William Hill revenue

first_imgFinance 15th May 2020 | By contenteditor William Hill has reported a 57% year-on-year decline in net revenue during the seven weeks to 28 April as almost all areas of the bookmaker’s business were negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. However, the operator has significantly reduced outgoings and taken advantage of government support, and now expects the impact on earnings to fall below its initial projections. William Hill has reported a 57% year-on-year decline in net revenue during the seven weeks to 28 April as almost all areas of the bookmaker’s business were negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.However, the operator has significantly reduced outgoings and taken advantage of government support, and now expects the impact on earnings to fall below its initial projections.For the 17-week period from 1 January to 28 April, revenue was down 27% from the prior year. UK online revenue fell 11%, with international online revenue – largely due to the acquisition of MRG Group – up 21%. Retail revenue was down 35%, with the US reporting a 16% decline. The operator did not provide exact figures in the update. The bookmaker split its trading update into two sections; the 10 weeks through to 11 March, covering the period leading up to the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus, and the later seven-week period.Looking at the period prior to the main outbreak of coronavirus – the 10 weeks to 10 March – and William Hill said overall revenue was down 5%, with gaming revenue falling 24% and sportsbook wagers remaining flat year-on-year.The bookmaker’s online business performed well during the period, with total revenue up 16%, boosted by a 9% rise in gaming revenue but also hampered by a 6% drop in online sportsbook wagers. UK online revenue climbed 7% while international online revenue jumped 35%.Like-for-like retail revenue was down 3%, as gaming revenue fell 30% but the amount wagered at physical sportsbooks climbed 17%.In addition, William Hill reported significant growth within its US business in the earlier part of the year, with overall revenue up 30% year-on-year, helped by a 26% increase in the amount wagered at sportsbooks in the country.However, for the seven weeks from 11 to 28 April, in addition to the overall dip in revenue, gaming net revenue slipped 33% while the amount wagered across online and retail sportsbooks fell 70% year-on-year.Overall online revenue was down by 21%, with UK online revenue slipping 33%, though this was partially offset by a 5% rise in international online revenue.While gaming revenue for the period was up 6%, the sporting disruption resulted in amounts wagered on sports falling 56%.Retail was badly hit, with overall like-for-like revenue for this area of the business plummeting 85%, as shops were forced to close in a number of markets due to social distancing measures. Retail gaming revenue dropped 82% while sportsbook wagers were down 83%.Looking at the US and revenue was down 90% year-on-year, while bets placed at sportsbooks plummeting 86%Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, William Hill noted that it took a number of actions to help mitigate its impact, including furloughing all shop staff and taking advantage of government schemes to help pay employees. The bookmaker topped up wages to ensure all staff received 100% of their wages during the furlough period.Other actions included cutting staff costs by deferring recruitment, cancelling salary increases and bonus payments and incentive schemes for 2020, cutting marketing spend, and also changes to supplier management, including cost deferrals and reductions.William Hill said that as a result of these actions, it was able to reduce monthly cash outflow to approximately £15m (€16.9m$18.3m).At the end of the combined 17-week reporting period, unrestricted liquidity was in excess of £700m, while the bookmaker said it was able to utilise £425m worth of revolving credit facilities to maximise liquidity.Other strategies implemented to help retain cash included suspending dividend payments until further notice, deferring non-essential capital expenditure and focusing on rigorous working capital management.In addition, William Hill was able to agree a covenant waiver with its lending group of banks, covering the period up to and including December 2020. As a result, the net debt covenant has been amended to 4.5x in June 2021 and 4.0x in December 2021, returning to 3.5x in June 2022.In March, William Hill outlined a scenario whereby limited sporting activity until autumn and one month of shop closures would lead to a drop of between £100m and £110m in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year.However, as a result of mitigation activities, the bookmaker said it is performing ahead of the initial scenario, which now incorporates three months of shop closures.In addition, for each further month of shop closures, William Hill said this would lead to a reduced EBITDA impact of £12m to £15m, assuming the government would continue to financially support furloughed staff. This week, the government said it furlough scheme would now run to October, though employers would be expected to share the cost from August.“William Hill has overcome many challenges in its 86-year history, and I am exceptionally proud of the team and their response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” chief executive Ulrik Bengtsson said. “We have worked hard to protect them, and in turn they have done the same for our customers.“We reacted quickly to the cancellation of sports activities and the closure of our retail estate. We took immediate measures to save costs, reduce cash outflow and minimise non-essential expenditure by negotiating with our suppliers, cancelling pay rises and executive bonuses and suspending the dividend.“We have preserved liquidity and amended the terms of our net debt covenant, leading to significant, balance sheet headroom. This will enable us to continue to invest for growth, most notably in the US, as plans there to roll out sports betting continue apace.”Bengtsson said that William Hill also remains committed to customer protection during the coronavirus outbreak, setting out how the bookmaker made a six-fold increase in the volume of responsible gambling messages sent to players.William Hill has also committed to pledges put in place by the UK’s Betting and Gaming Council and voluntarily adopted the TV and radio gaming advertising ban, which will remain in place until 5 June.“We remain focused on player safety employing ever more customer protection,” he said. “We are taking care of our teams, securing as many employment opportunities as possible and we are ready to power up the business as soon as Covid-19 restrictions permit.”Looking to the future, Bengtsson said William Hill will continue to monitor the latest advice and guidance from governments in terms of coronavirus, with the aim of proceeding with a staged reopening of the UK retail estate in the second half of 2020.The bookmaker also noted a number of recent developments, including the return of club football in Germany, with the Bundesliga set to resume behind closed doors this weekend.Horse racing, which contributes nearly a third of online UK sportsbook activity, has resumed in France and is also expected to return behind closed doors in the UK from June.“Our strategy for the company remains a simple one – to win with our customers, build agile collaborative teams, and get things done – execution,” Bengtsson said. “We are developing products that we are proud of and that will improve William Hill’s competitiveness for the long term.”Analysts from Regulus also gave their view on the report, suggesting that the US digital business is the only segment within the operator that is almost guaranteed a rapid rebound.According to Regulus, online excluding the US is more likely to recover more gradually, even without material negative regulatory-political intervention, though to some extent this could be improved by R&D and management action.However, Regulus raised concerns over the bookmaker’s land-based activities, saying that, at its heart, William Hill remains a retail business.“The extent to which William Hill can shift its operational improvements into the level of strategic re-engineering necessary for it to thrive rather than just survive in a post-Covid world remains to be seen – but it is almost certainly a bigger challenge than anything the beleaguered group has faced yet,” Regulus added. 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Lucky Neko by Yggdrasil

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Lucky Neko by Yggdrasil Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Yggdrasil’s new game Lucky Neko is themed around Daruma dolls – a Japanese symbol of good luck. The gameplay is soothing, yet exciting with the introduction of the Gigablox mechanic with massive blocks of symbols in 2×2 to 6×6 formation, giving the player the chance to win BIG. Launching June 24th.You can play a demo of this slot here! 8th June 2020 | By Aaron Noy Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Slots Companies: Yggdrasil Email Addresslast_img read more

BetMGM links up with NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders

first_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Sponsorship BetMGM, the gambling brand operated via the GVC Holdings-MGM Resorts joint venture Roar Digital, has entered into a new partnership with the Las Vegas Raiders National Football League (NFL) franchise. BetMGM links up with NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders 18th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy Under the agreement, which builds on an existing relationship between MGM Resorts and the Raiders, BetMGM will serve as the team’s first official sports betting partner. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Read the full story on iGB North America.center_img Regions: US Nevada BetMGM, the gambling brand operated via the GVC Holdings-MGM Resorts joint venture Roar Digital, has entered into a new partnership with the Las Vegas Raiders National Football League (NFL) franchise. Sponsorship The operator will also be a founding partner of the team’s new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and benefit from prominent branding placement throughout the stadium, including in-stadium signage and an MGM Resorts VIP entrance. BetMGM will provide educational information about the BetMGM sports betting mobile offering to Raiders fans, with consumers in Nevada now able to register for the app. The Raiders relocated to the state from Oakland, California earlier this year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Delaware sports betting revenue improves in September

first_imgRevenue was down 58.9% from $2.2m in September 2019, but the monthly total was 146.4% higher than the $367,116 recorded in August of this year, in a month when the National Football League season began. Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Players won $6.2m from betting during the month. Sports wagering revenue in Delaware amounted to $904,450 in the month to 27 September, which despite marking a month-on-month improvement, remains far behind 2019 levels. 1st October 2020 | By Aaron Noy Regions: US Delaware Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Delaware sports betting revenue improves in September Topics: Finance Sports betting September’s amounts wagered were again significantly up from August, but still below prior year levels. Handle came to $7.3m, a 38.1% year-on-year decline, but a 143.3% month-on-month improvement. Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Addresslast_img read more

Sazka brings in London 2012 veteran for National Lottery bid

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Lottery procurement To date just two other businesses, India’s Sugal & Damani, and Camelot, operator of the lottery since its inception in 1994, have confirmed they have completed the Selection Questionnaire.  “I am driven by organisations that make a real contribution to society,” Mills said of his new role. “I chose to team up with Sazka for the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition because I believe the UK National Lottery needs to grow and be engaging if it is to continue to fund the thousands of good causes every year.  Sazka has now revealed that it has been accepted to compete for the licence by the Gambling Commission, which runs the process. Its team will now review the final bid application documents and continue to build a team “capable of submitting a winning bid” next year. Topics: Lottery People Lottery procurement Online lottery Retail lottery State monopoly People moves Recruitment He also served as chief executive and international president of the London 2012 campaign, which saw the Olympics come to the British capital, and deputy chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 2nd November 2020 | By Robin Harrison Chvátal added: “Operating in five different national markets (Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus) has given us an unprecedented level of insight and experience in running lotteries.  Mills is a successful entrepreneur who founded Air Miles, which revolutionised frequent flyer programmes, then went on to produce the Nectar Card – a widely used loyalty scheme in the UK – through his company Loyalty Management UK.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Sir Keith Mills and have him lead our entry in the fourth National Lottery licence competition,” Sazka chief executive Robert Chvátal said. “We are hugely excited to be participating in this competition and for the chance to take stewardship of the National Lottery, helping the UK to fall back in love with this vital institution.” “Our lottery is a national treasure with nearly 26 years of history; however, the landscape has changed immeasurably since it was first launched back in 1994. The challenge now is to ensure the lottery connects with people right across the country, making it fresh and exciting as it once was, bringing new ways that are relevant for today and tomorrow’s generation. Pan-European gaming giant Sazka Group has appointed Sir Keith Mills, who played a key role in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as bid chair for the fourth National Lottery licence competition. center_img Sazka was the first competitor to announce that it had completed the Selection Questionnaire, the first part of the tender process, earlier this month.  “In addition, we have consistently increased participation and revenues for the lotteries we operate,” he explained. “We want to bring this deep knowledge and customer insight to revitalise the UK National Lottery increasing sales and money raised for good causes, thereby providing a much-needed long-term boost to community, arts, sports and heritage institutions across the UK.” “I teamed up with Sazka because they have a proven record of taking established lotteries, growing them and evolving them to be relevant for the future,” Mills said of Sazka. “I am cognisant that much has to be done for us to make a winning case in this competition, but I believe that over the course of this process we will be able to demonstrate how Sazka’s expertise coupled with the experienced British team that we are building in the UK will offer the right stewardship for the UKNL for 2023 and beyond.” This team, with “world class bidding and delivery experience”, will include former London 2021 employee Alastair Ruxton, who will serve as bid director. Mills and Ruxton will be supported by local experts in key fields such as player protection, good causes, innovation, digital, retail and customer experience.  Sazka brings in London 2012 veteran for National Lottery bid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Tags: National Lottery Sazka Group National Lottery Licence Tender “I feel passionately that it needs to be restored to the nation’s hearts, especially in these difficult times.” Since the Olympics, Mills has chaired the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and also serves as chair of the Invictus Games, an international sporting event created by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.  Email Addresslast_img read more