Potential for misuse “Concerns have been raised here and internationally about the potential for their misuse and the risks posed to safety, security and privacy by their unregulated use,” the government statement noted.It said this prohibition on drones, which took effect on April 1, 2016, was implemented to allow the authorities to complete a legal framework, which is now at an advanced stage, to govern the use of these devices and determine the number in operation in Barbados. The Government of Barbados on Monday announced a continued ban on the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones until March 31, next year.In a brief statement, the authorities said a temporary exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis for drones that are imported and exported immediately after usage.“Over the years, a significant number of RPAS for commercial and recreational use, have been allowed entry into the country. This has contributed to the unregulated increased usage of drones and the inability of the regulatory authorities to ascertain the total in operation.”
StumbleUpon All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019 Share Submit Better Collective Spotlight: Moving into DFS through RotoGrinders deal June 14, 2019 Related Articles Share Daily fantasy sports operator Champick has let SBC know that is looking for talented developers, graphic and UX designers as it expands its teams in their Liepaja and Riga offices. Eriks Nelsons, ChampickThose applying will need to be ” passionate sports fans eager to work in a global setting”.The new Latvian daily fantasy football platform Champick has entered Georgian, Hungarian and South African markets by signing strategic partnerships with local media companies in a bid to boost product growth. There are further discussions ongoing to extend Champick’s reach into other countries too. Champick’s fantasy platform with “an industry first scalable business model”, was launched in May 2016 and after a successful BETA product test it has acquired 30 000 users and is now expanding internationally by signing strategic partners globally, and continuing product improvement and mobile app development.Eriks Nelsons, Champick CEO, commented: “I’m glad that after the hard work of the last 12 months we have proven our business model and received positive feedback from fantasy players and strategic partners all around the world. A year ago we predicted scalability issues for existing fantasy giants globally (such as Draftkings and Fanduel); their business could be perceived as similar to gambling and lottery companies.”He continued: “Lately we have seen many issues for them in the USA and even the obstructing of market entries in other continents, which gives us many opportunities all around the world.”Champick itself was founded in November 2015, a joint effort by Eriks Nelsons, Karlis Ozols, Igors Menko, Mark Kriek and Patrick Ranzijn, and those interested in being involved can contact Eriks at email@example.com.
Share Submit Martin Wachter, Golden RaceSBC News caught up with Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter to reflect on an eventful 2016 in the sports betting industry, and an award-winning year for the virtual sports supplier.Favourite Memory of 2016This 10th anniversary year saw so many successes for us and our partners, but to pick one – I’d say our recent opening party for our new building. I do not get to connect face to face with many team members as much as I would like because of traveling. Seeing all the faces of the Golden Race family, old and new, and our wonderful new premises – it’s great to be able to celebrate with the people who collaborate with myself and my dear friend and business partner, Thomas De-Bruyné, to live the dream which started over 10 years ago!Worst MemoryThere were hours and hours on airplanes – I took more than 100 flights this year alone – but this is nothing really. My worst memories of this year are the terrible acts of violence committed against innocent people around the world. France, Germany, Turkey, all over the Middle East. It is a terribly sad fact that this year saw a huge number of these horrific events. For the business side, I have no bad memories whatsoever – really we had a great year all around.Favourite Sporting EventI wish I could tell you ‘Austria winning EURO 2016’, but we won’t talk about that! Our sponsored motorbike-racer Alejandro Medina had a fantastic race and took the gold at the Spanish Speed Championship in the Stock 1000 category in September – a great success for him at 19 years old. We also have our dear friends and sponsored snowboarders Alessandro and Luca Hämmerle in the 2016 SBX World Cup at Montafon – that is a must-attend event for me. We are very proud to support these young, talented athletes, and look forward to their continued successes!Most Important Industry DevelopmentAbsolutely, without a doubt, that would be Real Fighting! If you know the industry, you know that 3D digital games are everywhere, trying to be as realistic as possible. Before Real Fighting, no-one has put together real video and digital 3D environments, but already competitors are trying to reproduce that concept. We were also the first to bring live-rendering of 3D virtual football to an Android device this year, at an incredibly low cost, allowing the small guys and emerging markets to get in on the action – we are proud to be pushing the industry forward in these ways.Favourite Industry EventWell, the SBC Awards night was a great party, and really, we were very pleased to receive the award for Real Fighting. The launch of that game at ICE was also quite special – ICE is of course the big event, and the reception for the game was fantastic – operators were all over it, and I think everyone really enjoyed the live fighting display in our MMA cage.One to watch for 2017?It will be almost impossible not to watch us in 2017. While there are many companies doing interesting things, including many of our large and small partners, I do not think it is appropriate to name only one! My focus, what I’ll be watching, honestly, is always the same: Golden Race, continuing to improve and meeting the demands of our growing customer base around the world. We will be the company which has to be on the watch list of any serious operator. The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Share Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Related Articles
increased funding by gambling operators for research, education and treatment of gambling-related harm, in the absence of which the Government will consider introducing a mandatory levy on gambling operators._________________David Clifton – Director – Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited StumbleUpon a major two-year responsible gambling advertising campaign, funded by gambling operators, Share new advertising guidelines, to be drawn up by the Committees of Advertising Practice to help protect those at risk of problem gambling and under 18 year olds,restrictions to ensure that gambling content and channels cannot be accessed by under-18s via social media, and David CliftonOn 31 October, Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch announced the launch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. The consultation covers Government proposals relating to:maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 (including a reduction in the maximum stakes on FOBTs),allocations of gaming machines permitted in all licensed premises under the Gambling Act 2005, andsocial responsibility measures for the industry as a whole to minimise the risk of gambling-related harm.This long-awaited announcement follows a year-long review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures that commenced in October 2016. The stated objective of that review was to ensure the right balance between a sector that can grow and contribute to the economy, and one that is socially responsible and doing all it should to protect consumers and communities.The announcement brought little cheer to the gambling industry as a whole and, arguably, even less to the betting sector, even though the immediate post-announcement upward movement share price of both William Hill and Ladbrokes Coral betrayed a sense of relief that the news on FOBTs was not even worse.What is clear from the Minister’s foreword to the consultation is that the Government believes there to be a clear need to “ensure that appropriate measures are in place to protect the vulnerable people that are exposed by the current weaknesses in protections” with the consequence that, insofar as industry requests for more liberalised machine restrictions and entitlements are concerned, it is “not minded to bring forward significant changes at this time”. What is also clear is that the Government will not introduce any changes in gambling policy that benefit the industry unless they are evidence-based. The Minister emphasised this when she said: “while the Government welcomes ideas for socially responsible growth, any proposals must be backed up with clear evidence of adequate player protections and effective risk management strategies”.Therein lies the challenge for the retail betting sector, bearing in mind that the consultation invites views on a range of options on reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to somewhere between £2 and £50. The challenge presented by the consultation document is that on the one hand, the Government “cannot ignore the evidence put forward as part of the call for evidence to support action, or the persistent concerns from many stakeholders and local communities about these types of gaming machines [i.e. FOBTs] and their potential impact on players and wider communities” and, on the other hand:it is perceived by the Government that the retail betting sector has provided little evidence that self-regulatory measures introduced since 2013 have made any significant impact on the rates of problem gambling, or on the degree of harm experienced by individuals, andit is unclear whether the 2015 £50 staking regulations, requiring greater interaction between betting office staff and customers, have had a measurable impact on harm.As a result, the Government is concerned that the measures taken to date by the sector do nothing to counter the wider social impact and the potential amplification of harm for those living in the most deprived communities. It now wants operators to encourage customers to set voluntary time and spend limits, with hard stops when limits are met, and to utilise algorithms to “identify problematic play”.It has also asked the Gambling Commission for more information about how better tracking and monitoring of play on FOBTs can help with interventions to protect players and if spin speed on games such as roulette should be looked at with a view to reducing “the potential for large losses on the machines and the risk of harm to both the player and wider communities in which these machines are located, such as the increased health costs associated with problem gambling”. It also wants to see the gambling industry establish a process with the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, GambleAware and the Gambling Commission in which data on how gaming machines are played is routinely shared, for the purposes of monitoring, evaluation and research, with a view to both improving methods of identifying harmful play on all gaming machines that enable high losses and developing interventions to help players who might be suffering harm.The retail betting sector, therefore, has limited time in which to effect improvements in each of the above respects and to collate evidence of the type that is presently missing, at least in the Government’s eyes. Whilst some commentators believe that the likely outcome is a reduction in the maximum stake on FOBTs to £30 or £50, I am not so sure. The consultation document presents a number of minimum stake options and, based on industry data, an indication in the case of each option of the percentages of players identified as (a) problem gamblers, (b) at risk of harm and (c) neither problem nor moderate/low-risk gamblers. That appears to present compelling evidence to a Government set on greater player protections that a reduction of the maximum stake to £2 on all B2 content would be the most appropriate option to pursue. My money is on a £10 or less maximum stake, which would be in line with the range identified in September by Breon Corcoran, Chief Executive of Paddy Power Betfair, which must surely have been regarded by Government as an admission by industry that social responsibility concerns outweigh the economic concerns around betting shop closures, job losses and a reduction in Treasury receipts from machine games duty.The online sector faces challenging times too, having attracted a good deal of regulatory concerns over the last year, including alleged unfair terms and misleading practices around sign-up and free bet promotions that are currently being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority, and culminating in the recent eye-watering penalty packages for social responsibility and other shortcomings suffered by 888 and Gala Interactive, and to a lesser extent by Stan James Online. As a consequence, it is no surprise that the following measures are now being proposed: Submit Share changes next year to the Gambling Commission’s LCCP designed to create more robust customer protections,
Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share As anticipated Sweden’s Parliament has approved the mandate of the new Gambling Bill, which will revamp the nation’s gambling industry framework and introduce national legislation for online gambling services.Having been approved by all Swedish parliamentary committees, the Gambling Bill was forwarded for a final review and vote on Thursday 7 June.The Gambling Bill received a unanimous 93% (282 votes) support from Parliament, allowing for national gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen to open its licensing window.Swedish legislators will now move to implement a new gambling regime, introducing an online tax rate, set at 18% of gross gaming revenues.In its update, the Swedish government maintains that its new gambling legislative code will be enforced from 1 January 2019.Handling the licensing processes which will be open to domestic and foreign operators, Lotteriinspektionen will accept applications from 1 August 2018.Secondary provisions of the Gambling Bill are still being scrutinised by the European Commission with further additional rules and standards expected to be introduced by Lotteriinspektionen ahead of 2019. LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 William Hill has announced a new five year betting shop deal with the Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), which will see the bookmaker commence retail operations at JCR’s portfolio of racecourses. The agreement will see deployment across all 15 JCR tracks, with provisions of a high street betting shop experience to stretch to a minimum of 31 on-course facilities.Succeeding current partner Betfred as exclusive betting shop provider, the only exception is at Cheltenham, where at least six facilities are to be operated alongside the existing Star Sports and The Winning Post shops.Dickon White, Group Betting Director, Jockey Club Racecourses, commented: “I’m really pleased that we have reached agreement with William Hill to provide a comprehensive retail service to our customers across all 15 of The Jockey Club’s racecourses. “They have proved an excellent partner in other areas over time and provided a compelling five-year offer through a competitive process.”Serving almost two millions racegoers a year across 348 fixtures, the JCR also details is has worked with six independent racecourses to help to coordinate their on-course betting shop rights.As a result William Hill is to also operate retail outlets at Leicester, Newton Abbot, Plumpton, Salisbury, Stratford and Taunton over the same period.Pat Masterson, Managing Director of Newton Abbot Races, added: “On behalf of the six independent racecourses we are delighted to team up with William Hill and very much look forward to a successful partnership for the next five years.”JCR’s 15 racecourses where William Hill will operate are: Aintree, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs, Exeter, Haydock Park, Huntingdon, Kempton Park, Market Rasen, Newmarket July Course, Newmarket Rowley Mile, Nottingham, Sandown Park, Warwick and Wincanton.“We are delighted to reach this landmark agreement with Jockey Club Racecourses. William Hill shares The Jockey Club’s vision and passion for horseracing and we believe this will be a formidable partnership that will benefit the sport of horseracing for years to come,” said Steven White, William Hill’s Divisional Director.
Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Back from its summer break, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners addresses the immediate challenges currently facing the racing industry in South Africa, which from the outset appears to be following a similar pattern to racing in the UK, France, US and (to an extent) New Zealand.South Africa’s Flamingo Park racecourse, known to South African and International bettors alike for its 36 ‘volume’ fixtures on the sand, is to close in December. SA, therefore, goes down to 6 courses and 16 fixtures (c. 5%) will be permanently lost. The course (and training centre) was losing c. US$1.5m pa, although Phumelela suggests that overall domestic racing has been running at a loss for several years, as well as yielding the lowest tote betting revenue of the courses (achieving only c. 30% of the average excluding Flamingo Park). The decision comes after Phumalela was getting somewhere in securing its external racing revenue from attack from South Africa’s Public Prosecutor, who attempted to restrict the distribution a 6% customer winnings levy on the basis that it was a tax on poor punters (literally) to benefit rich racing stakeholders.There are many local factors that go into Phumalela’s decision to close the course, but the relatively recent rationalisation of South Africa’s racing supply has been aggressive (with three courses closing in 6 years). In during the same period, while Phumalela’s revenue has increased by 50%, this has overwhelmingly come from diversification away from domestic racing income (other sports and number, international media). By contrast, tote betting on domestic horseracing has been stagnant, while racecourse attendance tends to be concentrated at only the most prestigious events (not something Flamingo Park is famous for). South Africa is therefore seeing a similar pattern to racing in the UK, France, US and (to an extent) New Zealand, where rising costs meet flat (real terms decline) consumer demand and something has got to give.Inflation can be a savage decider of fates and it is making itself felt in most ‘Western’ racing markets. Between 2009 and 2016, Phumalela’s average revenue growth was 9.5%, outstripping inflation by a healthy 4.0% (if not driven by racing). However, in the last two years Phumalela’s revenue growth has stagnated to less than 2% pa, while inflation continues to run at c. 4.5%. Dynamics such as these demand one or more of three things. First, customers (including betting operators) can be expected to pay more, but it is difficult to see how this can happen willingly, and in environments where key political stakeholders question the justice a flow of money made from the relatively poor to the relatively rich (even if friendless bookmakers sit in the middle), it is also difficult to see how much force can be applied (betting operators in most markets are also able to pursue less expensive non-racing growth, ironically including vertically integrated racing monopolies; customers are also typically overwhelmed with both betting and venue choices). Second, racing can hope for continued succour from the engagement or tolerance of owners – being willing to carry more losses for longer; again, racing is overwhelmingly a (relatively through to super-) rich person’s hobby (see below), but if engagement is not broad (as in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand; to an extent France), then stakeholder engagement can be either extremely fickle (UK) or based upon supply-side economics that no longer add up (US, SA). Third, comes the recognition that significant structural change is required.This structural change is almost inevitable, in our view. In Ireland it has been postponed with a tax increase. In SA it has taken on a Dr Beeching approach which appears not only close to the bone but also not offering any answers to underlying problems of broader public engagement. In the US, diversification into slots has provided the answer to the companies while racing itself stagnates, but should slots revenue come under threat, then so will the entire system. France has chosen to kick the can down the road for another year by drawing upon diminishing strategic reserves. New Zealand seems to see salvation in opening up a (racing) market that is performing better than most. It remains unclear what the UK will do, despite facing probably the stiffest short-term challenges of the ‘Western’ markets mentioned.In all this, one key question does not seem to be being posed by stakeholders: what is racing for? It cannot be there to make a profit in the round, so establishing why those who are supporting the revenue or bearing the losses (punters/bookmakers, racegoers and horsemen) should willingly continue to do so (essentially rooted enjoyment, not money) ought to be central to this. Otherwise ‘structural change’ will just mean cost-cutting to self-administered extinction.UK: Sponsorship – FA gets shirty with TerriersThis week, the Football Association fined Huddersfield Town Football Club £50,000 for its part in allowing a larger-than-regulation-size Paddy Power logo to adorn its shirt for a pre-season friendly with Rochdale. The whole thing may have been a prank (PP revealed that it would pay Huddersfield not to promote the bookmaking brand) but – even with the benefit of VAR – the FA failed to see the funny side.The stunt may have raised £28,000 for charity (through the auctioning of the contraband shirts) but – given the inevitability of the fine – one cannot help wondering whether the charity would have been better served if Huddersfield had simply handed over a cheque for £50k and passed on the offer of some jovial Paddy-whackery.The whole episode has been rather silly, in our view. The expulsion from the Football League of Bury FC and the near collapse of Bolton Wanderers exposed the stark issues of Paddy Power’s campaign to stop football clubs receiving often vital funds from shirt sponsorship. Even Paddy Power’s official response (a link to an ‘error’ page) smacks of ‘class clown’ humour.With Kindred also getting into bother over 32Red’s involvement in the signing of Wayne Rooney and the ripples of clubs’ exposure to 1xbet are continuing, the judges may find the choice of this year’s Darwin Award recipient for the gambling industry a tough call to make.Content provided by Regulus Partners
MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Adam Wilson – BookeeAdam Wilson, Co-founder of swipe-to-bet mobile app Bookee, said that his enterprise is in a healthy condition and will return to business once the start-up finds a new platform provider.Bookee has been forced to cease UK operations following the decision by its platform supplier EveryMatrix to terminate its B2C licences for remote betting and casino services.The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) had enforced that EveryMatrix suspend its white-label services, undertaking a compliance review of its ‘customer interaction frameworks’ in-line with section 18.2 of the Gambling Act 2005. This Wednesday, Bookee notified its customers that it had been forced to cease its UK operations due to EveryMatrix’s B2C termination.The abrupt closure would see Adam Wilson publish an open statement on LinkedIn underlining Bookee’s proven credentials within the online betting sector.“This note is not to drum up sympathy, but rather to raise awareness that white label agreements come with a certain amount of freedom whilst also providing a distinct lack of control,” he wrote.“We built a brand from scratch on a shoestring budget and went from taking micro stakes to over £20m in bets staked over a 3 year period. In that time we won 3 awards, saw 100s of thousands of bets placed, and over 15million bet cards were swiped!”Launched in November 2016, Bookee’s aim is to unpack clustered wagering markets through simplified customer engagements and bet type referrals delivered through its mobile app.Despite the setback, Wilson states that “Bookee will be back, perhaps in a different guise, but it will be back!”Concluding the update on a positive note, Bookee’s Co-founder reveals that start-up will be launching a new product within the coming months, stating: “It’s awesome. We can’t wait to share it with the world.” Share Share Related Articles Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon
Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 On-course bookies rail against Goodwood ‘cashless trial’ July 27, 2020 Winning Post: A tale of three reports for UK betting July 6, 2020 A limited number of on-course bookmakers will be permitted at UK racecourses from Tuesday, as part of a two-week trial.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.Reported by the Racing Post, on-course bookmakers will be authorised to offer betting services for owners, starting with Beverley, Fontwell and Kempton meetings tomorrow.While racegoers are not yet allowed to return to the tracks, the limited services will allow tracks to establish whether they can operate betting services that are in-line with COVID-19 restrictions.“We’re very pleased at this positive move,” said Christopher Hudson of the British Racecourse Bookmakers Association.“It gives some hope to long-suffering bookmakers who haven’t had any work for months. We’re also thrilled that cash will be permitted for bets.”The Racecourse Association (RCA) confirmed that betting via card as the preferred payment option, however bookmakers will be allowed to take bets using cash, with ‘cash managed in accordance with high street bank hygiene protocols as a minimum’.All bookmakers are required to wear appropriate PPE if social distancing is likely to be breached.York Racecourse chief executive officer William Derby expressed his excitement at the return of on-course betting at the track on Wednesday, marking the first day of the Ebor festival.“We were delighted to receive the news,” said Derby. “We feel it’s a step in the right direction and we’re looking forward to helping develop these protocols for on-course bookmakers.“We’ve reminded all of them that the only people on course will be owners and they appreciate that. They are keen to take this forward step and contribute to wider learning for the industry.”The news follows a consultation with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).“We recognise the importance of betting on-course. This is an important step forward for all betting operators and a further enhancement of the experience on-course for owners, to whom we are grateful for their continued support,” said the RCA’s Paul Swain.“The two-week trial will allow for important conditions to be tested and the safety of all on-course remains our priority. Working with racecourses, Britbet and AGT, we will monitor the initiative and after two weeks take a view on whether the trial is extended or not.”
This November (24-25th) six of the world’s top CS:GO teams will meet in Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in a brand new format for the BLAST Pro Series. Each and every team will be guaranteed to play on the main stage in front of a packed arena.A total of 10,000 tickets will go on sale to the public on August 31st, and there’ll doubtless be considerable interest for the biggest ever international esports event on Danish ground with the first two teams announced as Astralis and North. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen of Astralis commented: “I can’t wait to play this tournament. One because of the format, where all teams are guaranteed to play on stage in front of a packed arena, and two because it’s going to take place in my own back yard. Playing some of the best teams in the world in front of thousands of Danish fans is a dream come true, but I hope we’ll see a lot of international fans too.“I love the idea that fans know for sure, their team will be playing live in the arena, and it’s going to be interesting to experience the group stage in front of a full house. Normally we don’t have a live audience for the group stage, so this will certainly be a different experience, but personally I look very much forward to playing. Also because we know, we will play North in the arena; that’s going to be so intense!”North’s Philip ”aizy” Aistrup added: “It’s the first international tournament with the top teams and 10.000 spectators in Denmark, and playing here will surely be different. I think the Danish crowd will be all hype for this event, and I can only say that I look forward to playing in front of our home audience.”The remaining teams will be announced before tickets go on sale on 31st of August. There will also be a pre-sale will take place on 29th-30th August via blastproseries.com.Esports Insider says: With all Danish Astralis and North signed up already this could prove to be a battle for national pride more than any prize pool. That said, at $250,000 the prize pool is tasty too especially for a six team competition…