William Hill has again fallen foul of the UK advertising watchdog after it was found to have advertised on an app aimed at children.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled today (Wednesday) that an advertisement for William Hill Vegas “had been inappropriately targeted and breached the Code” after it featured on New MarioKart 8 Trick in February.After a complaint was filed with the ASA, Hills defended its actions saying it had used the Universal App Campaign product from Google which did not allow it to specify targets other than by location.The company added that because gambling was a restricted product, the Google ads were limited to serve only those who specified their age to Google and were over 18.Hills added that they “would never knowingly target children or people under the age of 18 and that their intention was always to advertise and market to consumers who were 18+”.The ASA accepted that New MarioKart 8 Trick was not children’s media, but “considered its audience would likely have included under-18s”. It said Hills could have used additional interest-based factors to reduce the likelihood of under-18s seeing the ad. It also said it could have set more account exclusions via the Universal App Campaign, which would have prevented the ads from appearing in particular types of apps or websites.The ASA told Hills not to use the as again without “further, specific targeting to minimise the likelihood of under-18s being exposed to it”.The authority added: “We told William Hill Vegas to ensure that their ads were appropriately targeted in future.”The ruling comes after Hills launched a new UK-facing responsible gambling initiative, ‘Nobody Harmed’, in July after admitting to “falling below” the standards expected by the national regulator, parliament and the general public. In July, the advertising watchdog told iGamingBusiness.com that it was examining whether World Cup adverts by Bet365 and William Hill contravened new gambling guidelines.ASA is examining several adverts that offered improved odds for a short period.The ASA has been busy dealing with complaints about gambling companies. It has also today (Wednesday) found that a Kwiff advert encouraged irresponsible gambling.The ASA ruled: “We considered that the overall impression of the ad condoned and encouraged betting in ways that could be financially, socially and emotionally harmful, by associating it with problem gambling, and we concluded that the ad was irresponsible.”The ASA also upheld a complaint against Greentube after a complainant alleged that an advert for its Bell Fruit Casino was seen by their seven-year-old child in the app Dude Perfect 2. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 19th September 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Marketing & affiliates Advertising regulator penalises gambling trio Topics: Marketing & affiliates Email Address
Former Michigan Senator Mike Kowall has predicted sports betting and online gaming will be legalised in the state, despite outgoing governor Rick Snyder vetoing legislation for each vertical. Former Michigan Senator Mike Kowall has predicted sports betting and online gaming will be legalised in the state, despite outgoing governor Rick Snyder vetoing legislation for each vertical.Snyder refused to sign House Bills 4926, 4927 and 4928, which were passed by the Michigan House and Senate during the final legislative session of 2018.However, Republican Kowall, who served as Michigan Senate Majority Leader until this earlier month, and sponsored the versions of Brandt Iden’s House Bills in the legislative chamber, says despite this opposition, he fully expects legislation to pass sooner rather than later.In an opinion piece for The Detroit News, Kowall said that the coalition of Democrats and Republicans in support of both online gaming and sports betting had become too large to ignore.He urged politicians and the gambling industry to make Michigan’s new governor, Gretchen Whitmer, aware of the financial benefits of legalised betting in the state. Whitmer was sworn into office on New Year’s Day, replacing Snyder after his term limit expired.Kowall also spoke about the positive impact online gambling can have on land-based casinos in the state, saying the new market could boost revenue at the existing facilities on an “astronomical” scale.“It will become an economic blessing, not a liability, for the city of Detroit, if only the incoming governor gives it a chance to succeed,” Kowall said.The former Senator, who failed to secure a seat in the US Congress in the 2018 November elections, also moved to allay concerns over the issue of problem gambling. He said many Michigan residents were already wagering at unregulated, offshore sites, and that effective channeling to regulated offerings would afford a high level of consumer protection.Regulation would also help the state protect minors from the dangers of gambling, he continued, noting that online identify verification had proved more effective than in-person checks conducted at land-based venues.“While both parties were disappointed by last week’s veto of the online gaming bill, in the coming year my colleagues that are still serving look forward to working with Whitmer to push it over the finish line once and for all,” Kowall added.Image: MikeKowallForCongress.com Senior Michigan politician eases fears over legislation veto AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 10th January 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Regions: US Michigan Sports betting Email Address
LeoVegas unveils new proprietary multi-brand platform Topics: Strategy Tech & innovation Tags: Mobile Online Gambling LeoVegas Gaming has introduced a new proprietary multi-brand platform in a move that will enable the Swedish operator to launch new brands under the collective name ‘Brands of Leo’.The operator has said this new multi-brand strategy has been made possible by its “flexible and scalable proprietary technical platform”, with the operator now aiming to develop and expand its platform with more brands.A small team within LeoVegas will spearhead the new Brands of Leo venture, with the operator saying that this is in line with efforts to increase the efficiency of its existing resources.“The multi-brand functionality that we have developed on our proprietary core platform will allow us now to launch new brands with a high level of flexibility and scalability,” LeoVegas CEO Gustaf Hagman said.“These will be distinctly targeted to different customer groups – some of which are looking for niche functionality and others that are driven by the charm of novelty that a new and fresh brand offers.“Our ambition is to raise the bar in the industry and always offer something new and unique while maintaining our overall focus on responsible gaming.”The move comes after LeoVegas last month also launched its Pixel Digital esports betting brand in the regulated Swedish market, after securing a licence from national regulator Spelinspektionen. LeoVegas will initially focus on Sweden and the Nordics, after which it will open up the brand to international markets.LeoVegas last month also postponed its growth targets after experiencing a drop in operating profit during 2018. Revenue was up 51% year-on-year to €327.8m (£280.2m/$371.1m) in the 12 months to December 31, 2018, but operating profit slipped from €19.9m to €19.2m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter LeoVegas Gaming has introduced a new proprietary multi-brand platform in a move that will enable the Swedish operator to launch new brands under the collective name ‘Brands of Leo’. 15th March 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address
Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reorganised its operations, technology, digital and commercial divisions as part of a wider restructuring of the business.This new structure is designed to help the company cut costs and streamline the business, allowing for faster project delivery and to better leverage new product launches across all divisions.It sees Maria Stergiou, who was promoted to chief operations officer in March, take on the new role of chief sales and operations officer. In this position she will oversee all sales and operations, supervise projects across the world, and lead business development, bidding and sales.Nicklas Zajdel, whose appointment was announced alongside Stergiou’s promotion, will now serve has chief digital and sports betting officer after being hired from GVC’s Ladbrokes Coral as chief digital officer. He will lead product and technical development, and hold ultimate responsibility for Intralot’s Orion platform, as well as managing trading operations and digital products and services.Fotis Konstantellos, meanwhile, takes charge of the lotteries division, just weeks after being named chief commercial officer. He will be responsible for the LOTOS platform and the supplier’s lottery terminal business.Finally, Christos Dimitriadis will take charge of integrated solution delivery and technical support for group projects as chief service and delivery officer. All four will report directly to Intralot deputy chief executive Nikos Nikolakopoulos.As a result of the restructuring, Intralot’s current chief technology officer Argyrios Diamantis will shift to an advisory role focused on new technologies and innovation.The divisional changes come after Intralot reported a 6.4% decline in turnover to €870.8m for 2018, and a net loss for the year of €25.6m. Chief executive Sokratis Kokkalis said that this showed the need for a major restructuring to reduce costs and streamline operations.Kokkalis took up the CEO duties in March, after the former incumbent Antonios Kerastaris resigned in the wake of Intralot losing the contract to operate Turkey’s sports betting monopoly Iddaa, which it had held for 15 years. Intralot streamlines operating divisions Topics: Casino & games Lottery People Sports betting Strategy Slots 7th May 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Casino & games Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greece Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reorganised its operations, technology, digital and commercial divisions as part of a wider restructuring of the business.
Regions: US Nevada Nevada has once again seen its sportsbook handle fall below that of New Jersey, with customers in the state wagering a total of $235.7m in July. Nevada has once again seen its sportsbook handle fall below that of New Jersey, with customers in the state wagering a total of $235.7m in July. Total handle was down 3.6% year-on-year decline, though a significantly higher hold for July 2019 resulted in revenue growing strongly. Sportsbook revenue for the month was $10.5m, compared to $4.1m for the prior year.Despite New Jersey reporting an 8.0% month-on-month decline in handle, its $251.4m total was still enough to surpass amounts wagered in Nevada for just the second time. New Jersey first beat Nevada – in terms of amounts wagered – in May, only to fall behind again in June. Over the month baseball was the main source of revenue for Nevada’s sportsbooks, accounting for $8.6m of the state’s sports betting total. This was offset by losses from betting on basketball and football, of $2.1m and $182,000 respectively. A further $64,000 in revenue came from parlay cards, with betting on other events making up the remaining $4.1m.The growth in sports betting revenue came as gaming revenue across all verticals rose 2.8% year-on-year to $1.02bn. A marginal decline in table, counter and card games revenue (including sports betting) to $328.1m was offset by a 4.2% increase in slot revenue, to $695.9m. Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Nevada sportsbook handle falls behind NJ in July 28th August 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Slots Table games Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Slot Machines Email Address
Greek parliament passes gambling reforms Casino & games 28th October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Greece’s parliament has passed a package of legislation designed to boost economic development in the country, which includes a bill reforming the country’s gambling laws. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greece Greece’s parliament has passed a package of legislation designed to boost economic development in the country, which includes a bill reforming the country’s gambling laws.The gaming bill included in the Invest in Greece package will see operators permitted to continue offering Random Number Generator games, such as slots, something omitted from an earlier draft. This proposed prohibition of RNG games had proved particularly controversial, prompting operators to threaten a legal challenge against the ban.The final bill also lowers the licence fee to €3m, down from the original €5m, and sets a 35% gross revenue tax for licensees. A 20% corporation tax will also be applied before the 35% revenue tax is subtracted, in a move that strategic consultancy Regulus Partners said would effectively make legal avoidance of tax “impossible.”In addition, the 24 online operators who were issued temporary Greek licenses in 2011 will be allowed to continue operating under these licences until March 31, 2020, having to reapply when this certification expires.The bill also blocks operators that were placed on the Hellenic Gaming Commission’s blacklist of operators in the past 12 months from applying for a licence.Aside from reforms to gambling legislation, the Invest in Greece package contains bills looking to streamline environmental and planning regulations. It also includes labour reforms such as allow companies to opt out of certain collective wage agreements with workers and allowing local government authorities to outsource labour to private companies.The labour reforms set out in the legislation have been a source of controversy in Greece, prompting strikes in the country which halted ferry and railway services earlier this month.Invest in Greece was passed with 165 votes in favour and 122 votes against. It will now be presented to the country’s president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, to be signed into law. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Slots
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter B2B casino games provider Swintt has entered into a games licensing agreement with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG). Topics: Tech & innovation Swintt lands games licensing deal with GiG B2B casino games provider Swintt has entered into a games licensing agreement with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG).The deal will allow for the distribution of more than 50 games from the Swintt catalogue, including successful land-based titles such as Master of Books and Heart of Earth, as well as new online titles Legendary and Wild Wild Witch.In addition, the agreement will include the delivery of SwinttGamify, Swintt’s gamification product.David Flynn, the former chief executive of NYX Interactive and the Vera&John arm of JPJ Group, launched Swintt in April of this year.“Our focus in delivering high quality, localised content for growth markets directly appeals to the GiG brands and their platform customers,” Flynn said. “They are also a company who share our values of corporate social responsibility and responsible gaming, making this deal a perfect partnership for mutual growth.”Ben Clemes, chief commercial officer at GiG, added: “We’ve been very impressed by the depth and appeal of the Swintt portfolio, which is notable despite their short history.“Being able to partner a start-up game provider in their early stages and working closely with their team is very exciting as we get to offer the latest games and innovations they provide not only to our player base but also our platform clients.”Based in Malta, Swintt is backed financially by Glitnor Group, an investment vehicle led by former Vera&John chief executive Johan Königslehner.In September, Swintt also announced a strategic investment in Indian casino games developer RNGplay. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. Tags: Online Gambling Tech & innovation Email Address 14th November 2019 | By contenteditor Companies: GiG
28 May: Where’s the action? 28th May 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB, in partnership with sports data specialist Abelson Info, is providing an updated list of the sporting events taking place each weekday throughout the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Badminton The latest round-up of the next 24 hours’ sporting events begins as usual with Armenia’s Infinity Cup.Baseball China’s Professional Baseball League, its reserves, and South Korea’s Baseball Championship make up the day’s baseball action.Basketball Chinese Taipei’s women’s Super Basketball League and Turkmenistan’s NBLT both play, while club friendlies will also take place.Cricket St Vincent & the Grenadines’ Vincy Premier League T10 is the only cricket league playing.Darts The Icons of Darts Live League, PDC Home Tour and Czech Premier League once again comprise the darts schedule.Football Denmark’s Superliga and the Syrian Premier League are the latest additions to the football schedule, while leagues across Belarus, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Germany, Hungary and Turkmenistan are also in action.Golf South Korea-based KLPGA 8th E1 Charity Open begins its second round. Minor League golf is being played in Flordia, while the Outlaw Tour’s Southern Dunes Classic moves into round three.Greyhounds Racing will be held at 17 tracks in Australia, four in the US and two in New Zealand.Horse Racing Australia again dominates the schedule, with 12 tracks in action over the coming 24 hours. There are also five French tracks in action; four in Sweden; four in the US; and one apiece in Norway and Chile.Ice Hockey Short form matches in Russia’s Comet Division is once again the only ice hockey being played.Rugby League Australia’s National Rugby League continues, after returning to action overnight.Table Tennis Competitions and leagues are in action in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia and the Ukraine.Tennis The next 24 hours’ tennis comes from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Russia and the Ukraine.Volleyball Russia’s Ural League joins the Liga Pro in the schedule. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and all events are subject to change.Abelson Info was set up by Ed Abelson in 2003 to supply the bookmaking industry with the crucial sports data it required as the online betting industry began to boom. Starting with just a handful of employees and even fewer clients, the business has since grown and evolved to accommodate the ever-changing requirements of the industry.We now supply data and technical services to the majority of the top tier bookmakers and platform providers in the UK, along with many of the biggest media corporations and development firms across the world. We have a stellar reputation for delivering top quality data and are always on hand to support customers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Sports betting iGB, in partnership with sports data specialist Abelson Info, is providing an updated list of the sporting events taking place each weekday throughout the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Sports betting Email Address
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Online casino AGS already supplies its online content to other major operators such as Rush Street Interactive and Parx Online in Pennsylvania, as well as Harrah’s, WSOP and 888 in New Jersey. AGS to roll out content with BetMGM Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address 6th October 2020 | By Aaron Noy The deal covers BetMGM Casino, Borgata Online and Partypoker, with the content to go live in New Jersey before explanding to Michigan, Pennsylvania and other markets. Gaming supplier AGS is to provide its real-money online casino content to BetMGM and its brands. Regions: US Michigan New Jersey Pennsylvania “This is an exciting development in the growth of our interactive business, giving us access to BetMGM’s broad player reach and distribution of our engaging game content through the BetMGM, Borgata Online, and Partypoker robust online casinos,” AGS executive vice president Matt Reback said. Read the full story on iGB North America.
Regions: Lithuania The only way an operator can be taken off the blacklist is if it secures the relevant licence to offer online gambling in Lithuania. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 13th May 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Regulation According to the Authority, UAB New Miracle did not properly identify and verify customers prior to entering into business relationships, while the operator also failed to check if there were players that required enhanced identification upon registration. Gambling laws in Lithuania permit the Authority to take action against unlicensed operators, including blocking access to their websites in the country. Any blocked operator is also added to the Authority’s blacklist of unlicensed and illegal operators, which is updated regularly on its website. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: UAB New Miracle The fine comes after the Authority last month warned unlicensed operators that it could block access to their websites if they continue to offer online gambling in the country without a permit. The Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority has issued a fine to lottery operator UAB New Miracle after ruling that it breached regulations related to money laundering and terrorist financing. Regulation Lithuania regulator fines lottery operator over AML failures As a result, the Authority issued a fine of €10,000 (£8,607/$12,092) and ordered UAB New Miracle to make the relevant changes to its operations by 7 June at the latest. The Authority investigated the operator’s activities in 2019 and 2020, identifying a series of failings in the process. The Authority also said UAB New Miracle did not have in place an appropriate internal policy and internal control procedures to ensure effective prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, as required by law in Lithuania. Email Address