Swedish parliament passes gambling bill in landslide vote Legal & compliance Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sweden’s parliament yesterday (Thursday) approved proposed changes to national gambling laws by voting 282-19 in favour of a new bill. Due to come into effect from January 1, 2019, the bill includes rules that cover licensing, international cooperation, responsible gambling, supervision and fees. Operators will have to pay SEK400,000 (€38,900/$45,900) for a licence, and for companies that want to offer both online gambling and betting, this fee will be increased to SEK700,000. Sweden intends to open the licensing process for the new laws on August 1 this year. Parliament gave its approval to the bill after the country’s Committee on Cultural Affairs earlier this week also announced its support for the mooted changes. However, the European Commission is still running the rule over secondary legislation, while the Swedish Gambling Authority may also opt to introduce other new rules and regulations.Related articles: Swedish Cultural Affairs Committee backs gaming bill Sweden pushes back licence applications to 1 August Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 8th June 2018 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Topics: Legal & compliance Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Sweden’s parliament yesterday (Thursday) approved proposed changes to national gambling laws by voting 282-19 in favour of a new bill
3rd July 2018 | By contenteditor Sportradar pursuing further infringement claims Email Address Legal & compliance Sportradar to pursue database infringement cases after reaching settlement with Betconstruct Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Legal & compliance Regions: Europe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sportradar is pursuing a number of database infringement proceedings against companies in the betting industry after successfully reaching a settlement with Betconstruct, iGamingBusiness.com understands.Sportradar initiated the action last year against Betconstruct and two betting operators that cannot be named as part of the agreement over their unlicensed use of live data from tennis events.It was the first time Sportradar and its Betradar division – which provides data, content and streaming services to betting customers – had taken operators to court over database infringement.iGamingBusiness.com understands that the company is still pursuing a number of other cases against both data providers and betting operators who are wrongfully using its content.Betconstruct, the two bookmakers and Sportradar have reached a confidential agreement to resolve all claims involving historic use of International Tennis Federation (ITF) live data, with Betconstruct paying Sportradar an undisclosed monetary sum and agreeing to take a licence from Sportradar in relation to data from the ITF database going forward with the right to grant sublicences to the two bookmakers to use the data.In a statement, Sportradar said: “By issuing proceedings, Sportradar has underlined its firm belief in the central importance and value of databases, and the database right, to this industry, and as a global data and content business it will take all necessary and available steps, in any jurisdiction, to protect its database rights against unauthorised use.“The agreement reached also demonstrates that all parties to the proceedings are firmly committed to the integrity of the sports betting ecosystem, and that Betconstruct and the two bookmakers support Sportradar’s desire to enable fans to enjoy sports betting in a safe and quality assured environment.”The ITF expanded its partnership with Sportradar in March. Under the enhanced deal, the ITF has access to Sportradar’s Integrity Services offering while Sportradar is using its Fraud Detection System to monitor and analyse betting patterns across more than 50,000 ITF Pro Circuit tennis matches.
Regions: UK & Ireland Online gaming company W88 has agreed a partnership with English Premier League football club Leicester City. W88 will serve as the team’s official betting partner for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The company will be able to use the club’s brand in its marketing activities, as well as work with Leicester players to develop various content. The deal, brokered by the Lagardère Sports agency, will also give W88 branding exposure on pitch-side LED advertising screens inside the team’s stadium. A W88 spokesperson said: “We are confident that our partnership with Leicester City will allow us to bring football fans and customers in Asia closer to the club, and we look forward to engaging with them to build lasting relationships.” The deal comes after W88 earlier this month also announced a partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which won promotion to the Premier League last season. W88 will serve as the team’s main front-of-shirt sponsor for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.Related article: Leicester City names Dafabet as betting partner Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online gaming company W88 has agreed a partnership with English Premier League football club Leicester City W88 adds Leicester City to sponsorship portfolio Marketing & affiliates Email Address Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting 29th June 2018 | By contenteditor
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Mississippi sports betting handle skyrockets in September AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Regions: US Mississippi 21st October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports wagering revenue in Mississippi almost doubled month-on-month, and increased 19.2% year-on-year to $37.9m while the state took in $5.6m in revenue from sports bets.Much of the year-on-year growth came from casinos in the state’s central region. Although amounts wagered were the lowest of Mississippi’s three regions, handle increased to $5.1m, up 75.6% from September 2018.Revenue from the region totaled $780,798, up 65.9% year-on-year, as bookmakers in the region recorded a 15.29% win percentage, the state’s Gaming Commission revealed.The coastal region remained the largest source of activity, with stakes of $25.4m representing a 14.7% increase from the prior year. However, the region’s win percentage declined from 17.7% to 13.9%, causing coastal region revenue to decline 10.2% to $3.5m.Read more on iGB North America. Email Address
Casino & games Bratislava council approves citywide ban on gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino Legal Most operators’ licences are due to run until 2023 or 2024, meaning it will be at least two years before the impact of the ban is felt. Email Address 18th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher “The council has done everything in its power to ensure that the will of the people expressed in the petition has been fulfilled,” it said of the subsequent ban. The new banning order will prohibit casinos from operating in Bratislava, while all other types of gaming halls will be shut down. Regions: Central and Eastern Europe Slovakia The ban will not come into effect immediately, with the city council allowing all licensed operators to continue offering gambling until their licences expire. The council will not accept any new applications for licences, nor allow operators to renew their existing licences. The ban comes after the council in September received a petition signed by more than 70,000 Bratislava residents calling for gambling to be outlawed in the city. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bratislava’s city council has voted in favour of a motion to introduce a ban on certain forms of gambling in the Slovakian capital. Tags: Bratislava Bingo halls will be permitted to remain open, however, as will betting shops and other forms of in-person wagering.
VSiN also counts the likes of former National Football League (NFL) executive Michael Lombardi and former CBS and ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger among its content contributors. 30th March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has completed the acquisition of US-facing multi-platform broadcast and content provider Vegas Sports Information Network (VSiN). Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed, but DraftKings said the deal would enable it to further enhance its content capabilities in the 14 US states where it operates. DraftKings acquires Vegas Sports Information Network Tags: DraftKings Vegas Sports Information Network VSiN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter M&A Read the full story on iGB North America. Original content from VSiN is accessible through its own 24-hour stream, as well as video and audio channels such as Comcast Xfinity, Sling TV, fuboTV, Rogers’ Sportsnet, MSG Networks, NESN, AT&T Pittsburgh and Marquee Sports Network. Topics: Sports betting Strategy M&A Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, VSiN develops, produces, and distributes up to 18 hours of live linear sports betting content each day. Regions: US Image: World Poker Tour Email Address
Topics: Marketing & affiliates Strategy Online casino M&A Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Stakelogic completes Smart&Applied acquisition Stakelogic Serbia general manager Igor Marinkovic added: “I am thrilled to become part of one of the fastest-growing game suppliers in the industry and to play my part in ensuring the business continues its rapid rise over the coming months and years.“The relationship between Smart&Applied and Stakelogic has become incredibly strong as we have been working hand in hand on a daily basis for many years. An acquisition was the next obvious step, and I am pleased my team can continue to focus on game development under the Stakelogic name.” Tags: Stakelogic Online casino developer Stakelogic has completed its acquisition of Serbia-based software developer Smart&Applied. Stakelogic, who appointed a new chief commercial officer back in April, see the agreement as a way to further enhance its in-house game development capacity. Stakelogic chief executive Stephan van den Oetelaar said: “The acquisition of Smart&Applied really strengthens our in-house development capacity and will allow us to continue to grow at pace while delivering new content to the market on a regular basis.“Personally, I am really excited that Igor will be managing Stakelogic Serbia. We have become great friends over the years and his knowledge and experience is second to none. This really was a natural acquisition for us and one that I believe will deliver tremendous results over the coming years.” Regions: Europe Southern Europe Serbia Smart&Applied, which has worked closely with Stakelogic for the last three years, will rebrand to Stakelogic Serbia as part of the deal and relocate to a new office in Belgrade. Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 4th June 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui Email Address