Christopher Wong Won (a.k.a. Fresh Kid Ice), the Trinidad-born rapper and founding member of 2 Live Crew, died July 12 in Miami.David Hobbs (aka DJ Mr. Mixx) who co-founded the group with Wong Won, confirmed his death but did not give details of his passing.‘Luke’ Campbell pays tributeFormer 2 Live Crew member, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, saluted his former colleague on Twitter: “My condolence goes out to the family (of) Chris Wong Won Fresh Kid Ice of the 2 Live Crew who just passed away people we lost a legend.”The 2 Live Crew debuted in 1985 with the song, ‘The Revelation’, which was a hit in Florida and opened doors for them in the Sunshine State.With the Miami-based Campbell as their controversial leader, 2 Live Crew released a number of risqué songs including ‘Throw The Dick’ and ‘Me So Horny’ which resulted in the quartet getting into trouble with censors.Born in Port-of-SpainWong Won was born in the Trinidad capitol Port of Spain. He migrated to the United States at age 12, settling initially in Brooklyn, New York.While serving in the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1985, he met Hobbs with whom he shared a mutual love for rap. Along with Amazing Vee (Yuri Vielot), they formed the first edition of the group in Los Angeles.Wong Won was part of a 2 Live Crew reunion that toured sections of the United States in 2016.Copyright 2017- Caribbean National Weekly News
Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism is developing a destination assurance policy and strategy that will ensure Jamaica’s tourism product remains first class and that the country can maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace.Cannot allow threats or challenges “We cannot allow any threat or challenge to interfere with this product (because tourism) is the only sector in Jamaica that has grown consistently for the past 30 years,” said Senior Director for Technical Services in the Ministry, David Dobson. “The idea is that once a visitor books a vacation to Jamaica, they can be confident from the moment of arrival until their departure [of] a comfortable, safe and fulfilling visitor experience,” he pointed out. Dobson was addressing tourism and health stakeholders at a workshop on the Regional Tourism and Health Program in the western city of Montego Bay Hotel recently.Destination Assurance Council Last year, the ministry launched the Destination Assurance Council, which will work to ensure that the quality, standards and integrity of the tourism product are maintained.Among its many functions, the Council will identify the needs of the tourism industry, monitor the progress of the developmental efforts made by key stakeholders in the resort areas, and ensure that operators are licensed.Dobson informed that since the launch of the program in July 2017, “we have developed this web-based real-time tourism health information monitoring and response system, [and] we have established regional guidelines for harmonized responses to tourism public health threats.”In addition, extensive capacity-building in food safety and environmental sanitation have been executed and public-private partnerships have been initiated.The Regional Tourism and Health Program was developed through support from the World Bank and is being executed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and member countries.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – After defeating Cuba 12-1 in their first Olympic qualifier, the Reggae Girlz continued their winning streak last night with a stunning 7-0 win over Barbados.With their star player, Khadija “Bunny” Shaw on the field after missing the first qualifier, Jamaica remained at the top of Group B with six points and 19 goals to their stats, while conceding only one.Cheyna Matthews continued her rich form with goals in the second and 23rd minutes. Sashana Campbell added a third goal in the 33rd minute, while Trudi Carter (34th and 36th) also had a brace.Chinyelu Asher (70th) and Shaw (90th) got one apiece with the other being a sixth-minute own goal by defender Tia Brigg-Thompson.Reggae Girlz assistant coach Hubert Busby said the team played well but the performance could have been better.“It was a good game but there were lows,” he said. “Goals change matches and we could have had some more. But their ‘keeper’ had a very good game.”In the other Concacaf Women’s Olympic Caribbean Qualifiers, Cuba hammered United States Virgin Islands 6-0 in the curtain-raiser, to take second place in Group B with six points from three games, while Barbados and St Lucia have three points each. Only the group winner will advance to the final round.The Reggae Girlz will face St Lucia on Sunday at the National Stadium in Kingston, followed by the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday.
“We had serious and constructive talks with Juventus’ representatives. All of FC Bayern’s financial demands have been met,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared.“I’d like to thank Douglas for his performances. After two successful years and four titles, it was his big wish to take on a new challenge,” Brazilian forward, Douglas Costa has signed a one-year loan deal with Juventus with the options of a permanent move worth €47m.A statement on Juventus official website stated: “Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with FC Bayern München AG for the temporary acquisition, until 30 June 2018, of the registration rights of the player Douglas Costa de Souza has been finalised for a consideration of € 6 million to be paid within seven days of the FIGC registration execution.”“The agreement also provides Juventus the option right, to be exercised before 30 June 2018, for the definitive acquisition of the player at a price of € 40 million to be paid in two financial years. The consideration may increase of € 1 million on achieving given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract.”The 26-year-old moved to Bayern in 2015 from Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 14 goals and providing 27 assists in his two years spell at the Allianz Arena. Costa also won two German championship titles, the DFB Cup and the DFL Supercup. “We granted his request, and we wish him and his family all the best for the future in Italy.”RelatedJuventus Sign Joao Cancelo From ValenciaJune 28, 2018In “Europe”Aaron Ramsey in Talks with Five Top European ClubsDecember 31, 2018In “England”Five Players To Historically Play For Bayern Munich And JuventusJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”
The President of United World Wrestling Africa, Fouad Meskout will be on a visit to Nigeria between 25th-27th of July, to inspect facilities ahead of 2018 Africa Senior Wrestling Championship.President Meskout will be received by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and the NOC President in Port Harcourt – proposed state for the championship next year.The wrestling president will inspect the standard of facilities at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, after which a decision will be taken about hosting rights. Nigeria Wrestling President, Daniel Igali expressed his optimism concerning the possibility of Nigeria winning the hosting rights for 2018, reiterating the benefits to be gained by hosting the championship.“Hosting the championship in February 2018, will help to develop our sporting facilities and as well, broaden the horizon of wrestling in Nigeria,” – IgaliAside vying to host the wrestling championship, Port Harcourt will also stage the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships, February 2018.Team Nigeria won a total of 8 medals at the 2017 Africa Senior Wrestling Championship held in April in Morocco.RelatedAUDIO: Wrestling Boss Meskout Satisfied With Facilities In Port Harcourt For African ChampionshipsJuly 27, 2017In “Sports”Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting GijonJune 30, 2017Similar postBREAKING: Port Harcourt Gets Hosting Right For 2018 Africa Senior Wrestling ChampionshipAugust 19, 2017In “Nigeria”
Share Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The US Appeals Court looks set to show Donald Trump the ‘green card over his controversial travel ban’ with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power making it odds-on that his supporters are defeated this week.In a thinly ‘veiled’ swipe at his regime, Paddy Power have priced 3/10 that President Trump’s law is not reinstated, with around a 30% (9/4) chance of the ban being backed.However, all may not be lost for Trump, as the bookie thinks that it’s just 3/1 that the Supreme Court would overturn the Appeals Court’s decision, reinstalling the controversial executive order. In short, the Supreme Court could end up banning the ban on a ban.The bookmaker’s Spokesman Paddy Power commented on the market: “The Donald’s arguments to reinstate his ban is proving about as convincing as his attempts to reinstate his youth through his hair colour. Defeat here would be a clear hi-jab at Trump’s Presidency.”Will Appeals Court reinstate Trump’s travel ban?3/10 No9/4 YesAll Paddy Power Trump specials6/4 Trump to not complete his first term in office15/8 Trump to resign as President during his first term in office3/1 Supreme Court to overturn Appeals Court’s decision4/1 Impeachment proceedings against Trump to begin in 201716/1 To split from Melania this year
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Publishing its Q1 2018 trading update (period ending 31 March), CIS betting group Fortuna Entertainment has reported significant progress on its commercial agenda following a strong opening to its 2018 performance.Updating the market, an enlarged Fortuna reports growth across its core metrics and corporate KPIs as the operator records a 163% increase in group revenues to €797 million.In its Q1 update, Fortuna governance details strong revenue contributions for its acquired assets of Hattrick Sports (€217 million) and Fortbert Romania (€101 million).Focusing its operations within the markets of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Croatia, Fortuna governance reports a period EBITDA increase of 665% to €22.7 million.Closing its Q1 2018 trading period, Fortuna governance declares a corporate net profit of €14 million.Updating investors Per Widerström, CEO and Chairman Fortuna Entertainment Group commented on Q12018 trading:“The strong reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018 reflect our growth strategy with investments into operational excellence, new platforms and regional expansion. Thanks to that, we recorded a substantial growth in all reported key indicators, this driven both by strong organic growth as well as M&A. Our Amounts Staked increased by 163.7% yoy to EUR 797.0 million, Gross Win amounted to EUR 110.0 million and EBITDA reached EUR 22.7 million a yoy increase of 157.6% and 665.5% respectively. If we adjust for one-off costs related to Integration, the EBITDA increased 723.9% yoy. We also would like to confirm our guidance for the rest of 2018.” Submit Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance August 17, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share
In this context, an ad ban as a ‘big but simple’ political reaction is perhaps unsurprising – and not one being resisted much, if at all, by incumbents (tellingly, the CEO of one of the biggest multi-jurisdiction omnichannel businesses is now calling for a pre-watershed ban in the UK, albeit largely aimed at TV football). With this political backdrop, will the EU listen to LeoVegas’s reasoned arguments for better ways to protect players? We doubt it – it is the wrong time and, worse, the wrong audience: the public, press, regulators and politicians need persuading – not the EC executive or the courts, or attempts to overturn broadly supported laws (outside elements of the gambling industry) are likely to lead to even more draconian domestic interventions.Australia: POC and privatisation – Hobson’s choice?Western Australia (pop. 2.6m, 11% total) has announced that it will privatise RWWA (c. AUS$330m revenue; 50+ year lease; almost certainly to Tabcorp – representing a potential 13% increase in wagering revenue) and set a 15% POC tax to commence next year. WA therefore joins SA, NSW, ACT and Victoria in adopting POC legislation, now covering (or about to cover) 97% of Australia by population and suggesting a blended rate of 11% GGR nationally. As has been well reported, this rapid take-up of state taxes comes on top of Federal GST (10%, part recoverable through the supply chain) and product fees (c. 20%; largely horseracing). Australia’s CB tax burden has now reached uncompetitive levels, in our view; likely driving greater levels of economic consolidation than consumer choice would demand, and thereby adding to black market leakage (along with the bans of gaming and in-play), regardless of the fact that that the majority of the taxes do not impact price (though mitigated in part because Australia is such a distinctive market in terms of product: expertise in in-play football, tennis and basketball counts for very little, even in the black market). Is a tax rate of 20-30% GGR equivalent too high? We think that is hard to argue, certainly at the lower end of the range most relevant to retail. There are issues with unrecoverable input VAT, but that is a problem for the gambling industry globally and not Ireland-specific. There are also issues with VAT as gaming tax not being recognised as an industry contribution, but that does not apply to retail (no gaming) and is a structural issue with how VAT/GST is perceived by Treasuries across the world. Was 1% turnover (effectively a c. 10% GGR duty) ‘penal’ – we really struggle with that also, certainly other consumer sectors in Ireland do not pay it, but other sectors do face a consumer price increase of 19% due to VAT, which does not apply to betting – the ‘real economy’ equivalent of a turnover tax (recoverable, but still effectively paid in full by the consumer whenever they buy goods or services). That Irish betting shops paid business taxes as well like all other businesses is hardly remarkable. Share This appears to be a significant move by the WPBSA. Typically, sports bodies will only issue provisional suspensions in such cases when the evidence is particularly damning and / or the individual concerned poses an on-going threat to the integrity of the sport. Jones is a relatively high-profile player, and the suggestion that he has been involved in fixing a match involving other players means that the detail of the case and eventual outcome of the hearing will be eagerly awaited by the sport, and anyone involved in protecting sports betting integrity.Global: M&A Watch – The Stars Group / Sky Betting & Gaming; NEP Group / SIS LIVE; Scientific Games / Don Best; MGM / GVC / UAIC; Penn / Pinnacle.The CMA has announced that it has investigated and cleared the completed acquisition by Stars UK of Sky Betting & Gaming.NEP Group (global technical production outsourcing) has announced the acquisition of SIS LIVE, which will be rebranded as NEP Connect.Scientific Games Corporation has reached agreement to acquire Don Best Corporation and DBS Canada Corporation, with the deal expected to complete in Q4 2018.MGM and GVC have announced a partnership with the United Auburn Indian Community (operator of Thunder Valley Casino Resort) in California.Penn National Gaming has received approval of its acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment from the Federal Trade Commission, Nevada Gaming Commission, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The acquisition is expected to complete in mid-October TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The demand-side danger now is that a once over-extended retail sector will be cut to below the point of demand equilibrium, meaning retail-only bettors will lose access (though a 35% cut in supply would only take Ireland to 10% below the UK in shop density per head of population, while online is an increasingly ubiquitous replacement across demographics). More serious for Irish horseracing would be bookmaker attempts to reduce the effective tax rate by pushing much higher margin non-racing products (eg, football multiples), while also seeking to reduce horseracing content costs. Both are almost inevitable, in our view, but both can be mitigated by producing high quality, competitive horseracing from a well-funded base that Irish punters still love. The best mitigation all round, therefore, is for Irish bookmakers to work with Irish horseracing to ensure that the sector is producing high quality betting product (especially fewer short-priced favourites) as well as a high quality racing product (and, given its importance to the Irish betting market, to use all levers possible to ensure that GB is doing the same). Betting in Ireland has also enjoyed a significant level of long-term tax reductions: betting duty was fully 20% of turnover before 1986, 10% until 1999, 5% until 2002 and 2% until 2006. Tax cuts and economic growth led to a boom in supply as well as demand, with customers getting much more value and the number of betting shops peaking at nearly 1,400 in 2008 (representing massive and unsustainable over-supply, not halcyon days, in our view). As we have noted elsewhere (see blog “Price Wars”), the two key issues with turnover taxes are their price distorting effects (albeit only at the keenest-priced singles markets at 2%) and the fact that they treat different products differently (eg, at 2% turnover: football in-play online = c. 40% GGR tax; SSBT in retail = c. 10% GGR tax). Horseracing, still by far the most popular betting product in Ireland, sits in the middle of these two extremes. Overall, the GGR equivalent of the tax will be c. 20-30%, depending upon product/customer mix, channel (to an extent) and value proposition. The position of Irish bookmakers highlights three things to us, from a policy standpoint. First, railing against a 1% turnover duty – among the lowest in the world by any measure – makes the reasoned opposition to almost any other point look questionable (and therefore easily discounted). Second, expecting the state to support horses and dogs without a coherent alternative (whatever stakeholders’ thoughts on the value or legitimacy of subsidies, or the overall cost of content) simply created a time-bomb, in our view. Third, the lack of an effective gaming duty, despite now being a core (offshore) online product for licensed domestic bookmakers, means that the levers available to policy makers were significantly reduced – making a ‘big but simple’ response almost inevitable. On Tuesday the Irish government announced a doubling of betting duty to 2% of turnover in its 2019 Budget (with exchange duty increasing by two-thirds to 25%) – effective from 1 January 2019. The likelihood of an increase had been well trailed as well has having cross-party support, though it was still treated with shock by the Irish betting sector. PPB announced that the increase would cost a further £20m (€23m) on H217-H118 pro-forma figures, suggesting little in the way of possible mitigation. The Irish Bookmakers Association, already describing the 1% turnover tax as ‘penal’ predicted the end of the independent sector as well as material closures among the chains – estimating 35% of Irish shops closing due to the increase (or c. 300 outlets). Ireland therefore joins the UK, Italy, Germany, Australia and Japan in tightening fiscal-regulatory pressure on traditional forms of mass-market gambling, as well as seeing online as a source of further tax revenue. So how did it come to this in Ireland (arguably more the ‘home of betting’ than anywhere), and is it the end for Irish betting as we know it?Ireland’s fiscal-regulatory set up regarding gambling is largely driven by legacy. First, commercial gaming is not licensed, though it does attract VAT at an effective rate of 18.7% GGR (23/123) – this is paid but largely unrecognised as a sector tax since in theory VAT falls on the consumer (not in practice in gaming as price cannot be effectively adjusted). Second, betting duty has historically been hypothecated to supporting the Irish horseracing and greyhound industries. These command a state subsidy of c. €80m pa (2018), with horseracing getting a 4.7% increase in 2019 to €67.2m (80%, 20% to dogs). The fairly obvious problem with this figure is that the 1% turnover tax, even when applied to online, did not cover the cost (expected to yield c. €55m in 2018) – leaving Irish racing subsidised out of general taxation: hardly a sustainable position. UK: In Parliament – Suicide Unlikely to be PainlessAfter the long summer break and the shorter recess for party conferences, Parliament returned in earnest this week; and the battle on gambling policy was re-joined in both the Commons and the Lords.In case any of us had forgotten the mess that British gambling is in, we were swiftly reminded by the twin scourges of the industry (and Government policy), Carolyn Harris (Lab, Swansea East) and Lord Chadlington (Cons).Predictably, Harris led proceedings with four Parliamentary Questions on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. She found three different ways to ask when the stake reduction (from £100 to £2) would take effect as well as enquiring about the Government’s assessment of impact on jobs. On a related point, Harris also sought clarification on how much revenue an increase in remote gaming duty would bring in (at 18%, 19% and 20%).In the upper chamber, Lord Chadlington enquired about the merits of establishing a national strategy for the prevention of gambling-related harms, suggesting either that he is unaware of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy (currently nearing the end of its three-year term) or that he doesn’t hold it in very high esteem.Lord Chadlington went on to enquire about the proportion of Police call outs involving gambling-related mental health issues. The Tory peer may have made his name in the stereotypically superficial realm of public relations but his interest in gambling-related harm is both long-lasting and deep. More than any other parliamentarian, Lord Chadlington has got to grips with the subject of gambling-related harm. Over the course of the last eight months, Lord Chadlington has submitted 36 written Parliamentary Questions on gambling policy, covering mental health issues, effects on children, isolation, crime, treatment provision and suicide. It is critical that operators rise to the challenge on the subject of harm if the industry is to avoid getting swept away on a tide of public health concerns; and suicide is likely to be the most potent issue of all. Under current proposals, attempts will soon be made to record gambling involvement in coroner reports on cases of suicide; and GambleAware has recently commissioned a (fairly modest) study of the subject.The pressure group, Gambling with Lives (set up by the bereaved families of gambling-related suicide victims) has quickly established itself as a force within gambling policy discourse and has attracted the attention of national broadcast media. Next month, it will host its inaugural parliamentary reception. The gambling minister, Tracey Crouch (Cons, Chatham & Aylesford) and the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson (Lab, West Bromwich East) are believed to have accepted invitations to speak at the event; and it seems likely that they may be joined by Jackie Doyle-Price (Cons, Thurrock) who was this week appointed to the newly created role of Suicide Prevention Minister.The causes of any suicide are often complex and where gambling is involved it is likely to be only part of the story; but in the current political climate, there is little room for complexity and low tolerance for nuance.UK: esports – cutting through the hype…The British Film Industry has released its annual Screen Business Report, which details the contribution of video games and eSports (along with other more obvious screen-based entertainment) to the UK economy (for 2016). While the strong, export-led and well supported video games business generated an impressive GVA of £2.9bn, eSports managed a paltry £18.4m. Certainly, some of this is timing, with material growth possible in the nearly two years that have passed from the basis period. However, it also highlights the fact that the eye-catching figures of prize money and total market estimates are global and tend to be dominated by Far Eastern markets (China especially). eSports might be big globally, but its economic contribution in markets that are easy to access for ‘Western’ businesses tends to be very small – an uncomfortable truth that has direct bearing for most gambling companies looking to monetise the issue. Another point implicit in the data is that the UK video games industry has a lot at stake for what might be a very narrow prize: behind the hype, protecting IP and minimising regulation is likely to be a much greater priority for games publishers than capitalising on the esports market – with gambling almost certainly a step too far for most…Italy: ad ban challenge – right and wrong, or cause and effect?Another example of complaining about a bolting horse is LeoVegas’s decision to take Italy’s ad ban to the EU (or at least attempt to via a complaint to the Commission, which could lead to CJEU scrutiny). LeoVegas’s case is robust on fundamentals, in our view: the EU has recognised advertising as an important component of domestic regulated gambling supply (which it is) and an ad ban has not been demonstrated to be an effective way of protecting players (certainly not blanket and certainly not on its own). However, In an attempt to take a slice of one of the few functioning domestically regulated markets in Continental Europe of scale, a critical mass of operators spent far more than was sustainable in an effort to gain a toe-hold: the result was an overheating market, more marketing visibility than was commercially or politically desirable and a dysfunctional tail that has more in common with the .com universe than an effective regulated market (none of the successful Italian companies relied on advertising – instead, trading off superior localisation, omnichannel capabilities and product). Indeed, this dysfunctionality has been revealed by a material shortfall in Italian prospective online licensees for the new regime: just 80 licences between 70 companies rather than the hoped for c. 120, because the tail has been so inefficient – with applications confirmed before the Dignity Decree was made public. StumbleUpon Related Articles Not dissimilar to Ireland (see above), we see three underlying causes of this dysfunctionality. First, the state monopoly system could not cope with channel shift either commercially or legally (thanks to NT’s ability to provide ‘internal’ competition). Second, the absence of state taxes caused a fiscal and lobbying vacuum that was filled not by excess profits or over-supply (as in some markets), but by the sports bodies (horseracing especially), which became the chief ‘tax’ beneficiary of quasi .com fiscal status. Third, by railing against all forms of levy while a critical mass of Corporate Bookmakers ignored basic corporate and social responsibility, the sector made itself an easy (and easily justified) target. It is easy to blame other stakeholders or politicians ‘who do not understand’ – it is not politicians job to understand – once the politicians are involved it is usually too late for sophistication or even common sense: until the commercial gambling sector learns this lesson, the fiscal-regulatory casualty roster will keep mounting.Australia: gambling advertising – Racing Hits Bum Note in SydneyThe large-boned lady has yet to belt forth, but the days appear to be numbered for betting marketing as we know it in Australia.Plans by Racing New South Wales to use the ‘sails’ of Sydney Opera House as a billboard for the multi-million dollar Everest Horse Race hit the skids as protestors (including the veteran Aussie rocker, Jimmy Barnes) turned out in force to oppose the move.It is difficult to conceive how anyone thought this particular marketing wheeze would end well; but this has been the story for online betting in Australia in recent years. The more hostile the environment has turned, the more operators have courted controversy. Given that there was nothing technically wrong with the planned stunt, the episode serves to highlight the risks to reputation where companies operate in the no-man’s land between the letter of the law and claimed societal expectations.Global: snooker match-fixing – Jones and John suspended pending hearingJamie Jones, who reached the last 16 of the World Championship earlier this year, has been suspended by the WPBSA in connection with a match-fixing investigation. It is alleged that he was involved in a conspiracy to fix a match between David John and Graeme Dott in 2016. John has already been suspended (in May); there is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Dott. Share Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column.Ireland: betting duty – they never had it so good…. Submit
UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 At last month’s Betting on Football conference, we caught up with David Webb – Compliance Manager for BetConstruct – to discuss a couple of “major changes” to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) regulations, how customer confidence impacts an operator’s growth potential, and why technological innovation is so important to enhancing fan engagement.SBC: What are the biggest challenges facing the industry in 2019? DW: From my perspective, I think regulation and compliance is the biggest challenge that faces our industry at the moment. Particularly in the UK, we have a lot of changes coming from May in terms of verification of customers, and also the UKGC is doing a consultancy at the moment over whether they should allow credit cards in gambling. These could be two major changes within UKGC regulations which would affect all operators in the UK.SBC: What can the industry do to improve its public perception?DW: I think, as I say, it goes back to regulation as well. The fact that the UKGC has seen the need to step in with operators and enhance things like fair and open play, and verification and that sort of thing, it just goes to show that operators could do a lot more in terms of raising their profiles and acting fairly in regards to their customers. I think some of the operators need to look strongly at themselves and make some changes to ensure that they’ve got full regulation or that they’re fully compliant – not just from the point of view that they have to be fully compliant but also how it affects their customers. I think that the more that you do in terms of that, and the more you put in place to make it fair and safe and open to customers, then the more confidence that customers have in you as an operator and a better chance you have to grow your business. SBC: What have you enjoyed at Betting on Football? DW: We’ve been a strong supporter of Betting on Football since it started a few years ago. It’s a great opportunity for us to display new changes that we’ve made within our offering and to catch up with some of our partners and suppliers throughout the course of the meetings. And also, if you get a chance to go along to some of the talks and panels on the industry, they are very, very informative, and so I’d recommend anyone who attends the event to make sure that they take in some of these. But it has been great to catch up with some old friends and make some new friends. SBC: Finally, what is the next step for AJNA? And how important is technological innovation in enhancing fan engagement? DW: AJNA (or Third Eye) is a product which recognises the game flow of sporting events and provides advanced player tracking in real time. The next step for it is to engage with football clubs and teams, concentrating not so much on the betting aspect of it but more on the sports data aspect of it. We’re looking at getting more data from AJNA and also interpreting that data into something that’s beneficial for those clubs – because data within sports is not only essential for betting products, but it is also essential for the sports clubs and the teams themselves. In terms of technological advancements in the industry, we’re interested in any kind of technological advance that gives us an advantage over our competitors. So we strongly believe in technological research and development, and we try to follow that as much as we can. Share Related Articles
StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SBC has continued to grow to its news network with the launch of SlotBeats, sister site to leading online and land-based casino news portal CasinoBeats. SlotBeats is the latest addition to SBC’s expanding media operation, which includes websites that attract a monthly audience of more than 170,000 unique visitors from the gambling and sports industries, as well as the SBC Magazine.Covering game releases, industry developments and offering expert insight, SlotBeats is home to the casino sector’s latest slots news and features. The site will also highlight a Slot of the Week, giving added recognition to a high-profile title – perhaps a notable recent launch, sequel to a hit slot or a game that has broken new ground with a stellar performance.Stewart Darkin, managing director of CasinoBeats, said: “In the last two years, since CasinoBeats was launched, slots have been a huge part of our story. Through our events, we have learned that the sector remains keenly focused on product news and development. Indeed, at our Malta event in March, we have dedicated a full track of content to slots.“We are now seeing a number of developers producing more games than ever and, given the enduring appetite for slots-related content, it is only fitting that we launch SlotBeats. “A companion site to CasinoBeats, SlotBeats is an exciting space within which to showcase the best of this fast-moving and critical part of the gaming industry.”CasinoBeats Malta, at the InterContinental Malta on March 24-26, will provide 1,500 industry delegates with unparalleled networking opportunities and six tracks of in-depth conference content including Slots 2020.Featured alongside Regulation and Compliance, the KPMG Investor Forum, Gaming 2020, PaymentExpert Forum and Working In Malta, the track will delve into a range of key issues from the sector. Slots 2020 will open with the ‘Operators and Innovation’ session, followed by ‘Platforms for Success’, ‘Gamification, ‘Inside Slots: RTP’ and ‘Expert Insight: Acquisition and Personalisation’, before the eagerly-awaited ‘Leaders Panel’ rounds off the day.Confirmed speakers for CasinoBeats Malta include James Ford, head of casino at LeoVegas, Alexander Stevendahl, CEO of Videoslots, Jan Jones Blackhurst, board director at Caesars Entertainment, Cristiano Blanco, head of gaming at Kindred, Jacqui Gatt, head of casino at Mr Green, Alexander Martin, CEO of SKS365, and Petra Zackrisson, CCDO of Stoiximan/Betano. Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share