Sky commits to cutting betting ads

first_imgBingo Regions: UK & Ireland Sky commits to cutting betting ads New limit to be introduced in August before subscribers are able to block all gambling ads Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Bingo Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Email Address UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has pledged to limit the number of gambling adverts across its channels to a maximum of one per commercial break and will allow subscribers to block all betting and gaming advertising from their packages from 2020.Current rules allow for up to four gambling ads per commercial break and include a high percentage of ‘in-play’ ads based around placing bets on sports events that are shown by Sky channels.However, Sky has pledged to show no more than one advert per break from the start of the 2019-20 Premier League football season, which will kick off next August.According to the Telegraph newspaper, the revamped restrictions will apply to all channels for which Sky sells adverting slots, including commercial broadcaster Channel 5. The rules will cover all forms of gaming such as sports betting, bingo and online poker.From 2020, Sky customers will have the option to exclude gambling entirely from their commercial breaks, with Sky and cable-TV operator Virgin Media featuring new technology in their set-top boxes that will give customers the ability to block all forms of gaming ads.Steven van Rooyen, chief executive of Sky in the UK, said: “Our customers are worried about gambling ads on TV – and we understand their concerns. That’s why we’ve committed to limiting the amount of gambling ads on Sky and better protecting those vulnerable to problem gambling.”In addition, Van Rooyen called for internet giants such as Google and Facebook to follow suit, saying that while regulation had made television a “safe space”, dangers remain in online gambling advertising.He said: “There is still a real danger online – and there will be until online platforms are regulated as tightly as TV.”Marc Etches, chief executive of the GambleAware charity, has praised the move saying broadcasters, as well as clubs and advertisers, “have a role to play in helping to make people aware of the risks of gambling”.Etches told iGamingBusiness.com: “For some time GambleAware has been raising concerns about the relationship between football and gambling. Specifically, we are concerned that the amount of gambling-related marketing on television and online serves to normalise gambling for children, and we have commissioned research into its impact that will be published in 2019.“In the meantime, broadcasters, clubs and advertisers all have a role to play in helping to make people aware of the risks of gambling and where to find help and support if it is needed including the National Gambling Helpline via BeGambleAware.org.”The UK Gambling Commission in August set out its new rules over advertising, pledging to take “tougher action” against operators that breach regulations.In the wake of this announcement, a number of major bookmakers have come out in support of cutting back on televised betting ads.Last month, GVC Holdings set out plans to lower the amount of gambling ads it shows on UK television and declared its support for a ban on ads before the 9pm watershed. The official announcement came after CEO Kenny Alexander called for change, saying televised betting ads had got “out of hand”.Responding to Sky’s pledge, rival pay-television broadcaster BT Sport said that it already has certain limits in place regarding betting ads, but it will look to review its approach.BT Sport said in a statement: “While we already limit the number of gambling adverts shown on our channels, we will continue to review our approach to bookmakers advertising and work closely with the ASA and other appropriate stakeholders.“In addition to this we are supporting GambleAware’s initiative to highlight responsible gambling via a campaign that will run on BT Sport and other broadcasters.”Image: Max Pixel 5th November 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

iGB Diary: Deja vu for Lotex, Sportsbet stuffs up, Kenny’s pay cut and VHS player anyone?

first_img Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Happy Friday igamers! This week we guess what other long-delayed events might take place before the Lotex sale ever goes ahead, cover Sportsbet’s woes Down Under, marvel at the time it took to discover a VHS shop was a front and ponder Kenny Alexander’s pay cut.Lotex: If at first you don’t succeed… .. keep doing the same thing over and over and over. That’s the message from Brazil this week, where the privatisation of the state’s instant win games business Loteria Exclusiva Instantânea (Lotex) has once again fallen flat on its face. Once again, there was a dearth of parties interested in taking charge of the business, which has already seen a BRL640m reduced sticker slapped over its original BRL1bn price tag. With the process delayed for a seventh time, it looks as if we’ve got more chance of seeing George R R Martin publish the sixth Game of Thrones novel before it’s finally completed. Or Crossrail actually completed and opened to the public. Or even the UK working out whether or not it wants to be part of the European Union. And, of course, we’ll probably have seen the Spider-Man franchise rebooted several times. Unless a reluctant new owner is paid to take it, expect this to run and run.Sentiment souring on Sportsbet Sportsbet has been one of the star performers in the Paddy Power Betfair (now Flutter Entertainment) stable in recent years but it’s been a rough couple of weeks for the company. First, taking a leaf out of its parent company’s books, it decided to pay out early on Labor winning the Australian election but ended up regretting it when the Liberal Party-led coalition pulled off a surprise victory. It was a double whammy for the bookie as it then had to pay out those who bet on the winner, having offered them extremely favourable odds. In total, Sportsbet lost more than $5m on the election result. The bad run continued when it this week found itself in hot water after voiding some Australian Football League bets over the weekend, prompting outrage among punters. One was so incensed they started a Twitter account called Sportsbet Lawsuit, which has already gained almost 1,500 followers. A number of fans also started trying to put together a class action, with various lawyers going on the record against Sportsbet, which had blamed a pricing error for the voided bets. The bookie then did something of a U-turn and paid out the bets at the revised odds, but that didn’t appease players – unsurprising really when some saw their odds slashed from 150/1 to 9.5/1. One has to wonder if rather than saying it was allowed to cancel the bets under its terms and conditions it might have been better off saying, ‘Oops, we made a mistake but are going to pay out anyway’. If you’re willing to throw away money on paying out elections early despite repeatedly getting it wrong, why not on punter goodwill?  Another reason to speed up sports betting regulation in all US states While many US states have for many years been champing at the bit to get legal sports betting up and running, Georgia has historically been one of the more conservative states when it comes to gambling liberalisation. There are signs this is changing, however, with a senate committee now looking into making changes. It’s just as well really given the resources the state has when it comes to stamping out illegal betting. The news this week, covered by WSB-TV in Atlanta, that a police investigation uncovered an illegal gambling ring operating via a VHS store was somewhat perplexing given the store had been there for many years. Apparently police had pegged it as a front several years back, but not had any undercover staff available to investigate. Speaking after the store was finally busted this week a police spokesman told the TV station, “It’s just a cover, obviously a cover”. Well, duh. Does anyone even own a VHS player anymore? He went on to say that a detective had described how the most recent movie in the store was an action movie from 2007. Just goes to show that the truth really can be stranger than fiction. At least in Breaking Bad the criminal masterminds had the sense to run their drug operations through chicken stores, laundromats and car washes, i.e. business that people still use. Wonder if Blockbuster is regretting shutting down all those stores – it could have had a good few years of alternate income in seems…How to cope with a 15% pay cut This week brought news of GVC boss Kenny Alexander volunteering to give up £150,000 of his £950,000 annual salary, taking his pay down to a mere £800,000, in a bid to stave off a shareholder rebellion. If only the rest of us had such problems… Usually articles aimed at those who’ve taken a pay cut, say to change careers or spend more time with their kids, give handy tips such as, ‘take a packed lunch’ and ‘use the bus instead of the train’. But with £800,000 and training as an accountant, we’re pretty sure Kenny won’t need to do either of those things. Unfortunately for Kenny, not many seem to think it will smooth things over with shareholders. He might have been better off taking the cash and donating it personally to GambleAware given the recent furore about some betting firms donating as little as a fiver last year – the charity’s list of donors revealed that a company called Best Bets donated only £5 last year. GVC, of course, was one of the biggest donors but a personal contribution from its CEO would certainly have gotten some good PR.That’s it for this week. See you next week! 31st May 2019 | By Joanne Christie Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates People Sports betting Strategy iGB Diarycenter_img Regions: Asia Europe LATAM iGB Diary: Deja vu for Lotex, Sportsbet stuffs up, Kenny’s pay cut and VHS player anyone? Finance Email Addresslast_img read more

Maltese regulator updates advertising guidelines

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance Tags: Online Gambling Maltese regulator updates advertising guidelines 28th August 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has released new guidelines governing licensees’ advertising and established a new committee to ensure compliance with the new rules. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has released new guidelines governing licensees’ advertising and established a new committee to ensure compliance with the new rules.The new guidance issued by the authority includes a 30-point checklist for licensees that sets out responsible gaming requirements in relation to advertising and promotions.This will be enforced by the Commercial Communications Committee, which will investigate and publish decisions on any  issues that are flagged up within 10 days of receiving a query or submission regarding licensees’ advertising. The licensee in question will in turn have three days to respond to a complaint.“The main functions of the committee lie in reviewing commercial communications brought to its attention and assessing any possible breaches,” the authority explained. “The guidelines are intended to serve as guidance on the interpretation of the regulations, and should not be considered to be a substitute for the relevant laws and regulations.”The guidelines state that commercial communications must be “socially responsible, with particular regard to the need to protect minors and other vulnerable persons from harm or exploitation”.The authority underlined that the guidelines also apply to social media accounts and third parties acting on behalf of authorised gaming companies.Each licensee must be able to offer easy access to online responsible gaming advice. Information has to be no more than two clicks away, when it is not easily visible on the homepage due to space restrictions, such as on a mobile device.Meanwhile advertising will not be allowed in bars, restaurants or on public transport, and any sponsorship deals will be limited to basic text, logo or imagery, with product placement banned.“All commercial communications, with the exception of sponsorship, must prominently display, for their entire duration, a sign indicating the minimum age to participate in the game being promoted,” the guidelines add.Amongst other standard guidelines, gaming companies will also be barred from suggesting that “solitary gaming is preferable to social gaming” and exploiting “cultural beliefs or traditions about gaming or luck”.The guidelines also state that customers who will self-exclude under a yet-to-be-introduced, unified scheme covering its online licensees must not be targeted with promotions or adverts. In March, the MGA launched a preliminary market consultation to gather stakeholder feedback on the proposed self-exclusion system.Last month, the MGA revealed how an emphasis on “effective enforcement” of regulations in 2018 led to the cancellation of eight licences and the suspension of another four.For the latter part of 2018, Malta was operating under new gaming laws, which came into effect on 1 August last year following approval from the Maltese Government. The laws handed the MGA greater powers in terms of both compliance and enforcement. Email Addresslast_img read more

Covid-19: H2 downgrades FY expectations by 19.4%

first_img1st May 2020 | By Stephen Carter Covid-19: H2 downgrades FY expectations by 19.4% H2 Gambling Capital has further downgraded its GGR forecast for the global gambling sector as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to negatively impact revenues and outlook.iGB’s principal data partner is now projecting 2020 global gambling gross win of £381.6bn, 19.4% below the outlook it provided before the outbreak began to materially impact the sector in early February (see Charts 1 and 2 in dashboard below). Europe is on track to miss its pre-outbreak target by the largest margin – 20.6% – ahead of the Asia/Oceania region where the outbreak first originated and movement restrictions look set to be loosened first (Charts 3 and 4). H2 said that the marginal global downgrade was down to most amendments having been made to trim revenue expectations during the period from May to July, when sports events and major casinos are anticipated to gradually restart.Sands China is among the operators which has announced plans to first reopen their Macau properties to VIPs ahead of the general public with social distancing measures in place.Once open, H2 expects “significant pent up demand” from a section of the population who has been stuck indoors the best part of two months but this will “soon subside due to some of the population not wishing to go to a public location when not essential, the inconvenience/atmosphere of social distancing and the hit to discretionary spending.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Bingocenter_img Regions: Africa Asia Europe LATAM US Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

DraftKings launches online casino in Pennsylvania

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Email Address Real money gaming and fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced the launch of its new online casino product in the state of Pennsylvania. Real money gaming and fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced the launch of its new online casino product in the state of Pennsylvania.Launched in partnership with Hollywood Casino, an affiliate of Penn National Gaming, the product is accessible via the DraftKings sportsbook mobile app.Consumers in the state can access virtual table games including blackjack, roulette and three card poker, as well as slot games, via the online casino.In addition, the new product will feature a range of table themed felts based on certain sports and holiday seasons.Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Pennsylvania Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 4th May 2020 | By contenteditor DraftKings launches online casino in Pennsylvanialast_img read more

6 May: Where’s the action?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 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. Topics: Sports betting 6th May 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresscenter_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 6 May: Where’s the action? 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.Badminton Armenia’s Infinity Cup returns, the only badminton action in the coming 24 hours.Baseball China’s Professional Baseball League and its reserves and South Korea’s Baseball Championship are the only leagues playing. Basketball Chinese Taipei’s women’s Super Basketball League is the only competition in action. Darts The remote Icons of Darts Live League and PDC Home Tour are rejoined in the schedule by the Czech Premier League.Football With no leagues in action in the next 24 hours, club friendlies are the only matches happening. Golf Arizona hosts today’s fixtures, with the Cactus Tour’s Desert Canyon event beginning its first round, and the Golden State Tour’s Legacy Classic moves into its third.Greyhounds There are 16 Australian tracks holding races in the next 24 hours, joined by Addington and Cambridge in New Zealand and Palm Beach in the US.Horse Racing There is action at 11 tracks in Australia, complemented by racing from Hong Kong’s Happy Valley; Japan’s Funabashi; Bjerke in Norway; Bro Park, Solvalla and Bergsaker in Sweden; and Fonner Park, Tampa Bay and Will Rogers Downs in the US.Ice Hockey Once again, only short form matches are available, in Russia’s Liga Pro and Comet Division.Table Tennis Armenia’s ITT Cup League; Brazil’s Exhibition Autumn League; Germany’s Challenger Series; Russia’s Liga Pro and Masters League; and Ukraine’s Setka Cup, TT Cup and Win Cup are all playing.Tennis Poland’s Marbello Cup joins the Belarus Masters League and Russian Liga Pro and Spring Tour in the day’s tennis schedule. Volleyball Today’s round-up concludes with Russia’s women’s Liberty League.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.last_img read more

TN Lottery sees revenue reach $1.84bn in FY2020

first_img The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) saw revenue for its 2020 fiscal year grow to $1.84bn, the highest total since the lottery’s launch in January 2004.The sum generated over the 12 months to 30 June represented a marginal increase on FY2019, when revenue came in at $1.81bn.While TEL did not provide figures for each vertical, it said revenue for draw-based games – Cash 3, Cash 4, Tennessee Cash and Keno To Go – was up 8.2% year-on-year, with instant win games’ contribution up 7.4%.This was aided by the strongest quarter in lottery history, the fourth quarter of FY2020 from 1 April  to 30 June. For that three-month period alone, revenue was $527.3m, with $118.3m in funding generated for education.Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter CSR Topics: Finance Lottery Social responsibility CSR The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) saw revenue for its 2020 fiscal year grow to $1.84bn, the highest total since the lottery’s launch in January 2004. TN Lottery sees revenue reach $1.84bn in FY2020 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Charitable Gaming Regions: US Tennessee 17th July 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

Spanish lawmakers agree to integrate self-exclusion schemes

first_img23rd September 2020 | By Aaron Noy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Once the standards are approved, each community will have a year to make the necessary technical changes and any necessary regulatory updates before the integration must be completed. Topics: Legal & compliance Regulation Currently, with the exception of the community of Castilla la Mancha, self-exclusion requests are registered with the local community’s own list. However, the country’s gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has maintained an online self-exclusion database, the Registro General de Interdicciones de Acceso al Juego (RGIAJ), since 2015. This will see TV and radio ads only permitted between the hours of 1am and 5am, as well as a ban on sponsorship and monetary incentives to bet prohibited. JDigital has condemned these new controls as “disproportionate and unjustified”. With the DGOJ yet to publish figures for the second quarter and first half of 2020, the latest revenue figures for the market covered the first quarter of the year. For this period, revenue across all products and verticals was up 12.5% year-on-year to €218.0m, thanks to growth across all verticals. It was ultimately passed by a majority vote, with Catalonia voting against the measure, and the Basque and Valencian communities abstaining. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Spanish lawmakers agree to integrate self-exclusion schemes The agreement was reached with the 17 communities and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which have developed their own gambling regulations, at a meeting of the national Gambling Policy Council, chaired by Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón.center_img Representatives of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities have agreed to integrate each region’s self-exclusion schemes for gambling, to better coordinate player protection efforts on a local and national level. JDigital also pointed out that its members were all integrated with the RGIAJ, allowing them to detect any attempt by self-excluded players to register for an account. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Following the agreement, representatives of the autonomous communities will now work together to develop the necessary technical and regulatory framework to facilitate the linking of the self-exclusion programmes. This must be completed within four months, then put to the Gaming Policy Council for approval. The measure was welcomed by online gaming association JDigital, which said it represents “an important advance in player protection”. It also pointed out that its members – which comprise more than 80% of licensed igaming operators in the country – had long been calling for the most. Regulation The consolidation of self-exclusion schemes is the latest move to ramp up player protection controls for gambling in Spain. The government’s focus on reducing potential for harm has primarily focused on advertising, with a raft of strict new measures notified to the European Commission in July. “We are also making ourselves available to the government to share our skills and experience gained from operating in this industry to define and implement the mechanisms that can protect users in the most efficient way,” it said. Email Addresslast_img read more

The Gambling Review Podcast: Episode 1

first_img Topics: Uncategorized In the first episode of The Gambling Review Podcast, Betting and Gaming Council chief executive Michael Dugher sets out why the industry won’t wait for lawmakers to act before implementing positive changes across the sector.Podcast: Play in new window | Download AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address The Gambling Review Podcast: Episode 1center_img Uncategorized Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 20th October 2020 | By Aaron Noylast_img read more

BGC calls for Grand National delay until betting shops reopen

first_imgUnless the Grand National were to be pushed back until last May, it is likely the event would take place behind closed doors for a second successive year. Horse racing BGC calls for Grand National delay until betting shops reopen Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called for the Grand National to be delayed until after betting shops are permitted to reopen, saying this would provide a “timely boost” for both the racing and gambling sectors. “Delaying the Grand National until betting shops are open is definitely an idea worth exploring,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. “I appreciate that this is not without its challenges, but we are willing to do all we can to help iron out any difficulties. Sporting events will not be able to welcome spectators until phase three of the roadmap, which will not begin until 17 May at the earliest. Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (22 February) confirmed all non-essential retail in England will be able to reopen from 12 April, as part of the country’s roadmap exit from current lockdown measures. “This would also provide a much-needed and timely boost for racing and the high street after such a torrid year for both.” The BGC said an estimated £125m (€145m/$176m) is traditionally staked on the race by millions of punters, with nearly half of all bets being placed in high street betting shops, making it their busiest day of the year. From this date, indoor events will be limited to half capacity or 1,000, while outdoor events can run at half capacity or 4,000 people, and larger venues, with a capacity of 40,000, able to host up to 10,000 fans. “Ensuring that the once-a-year punters are able to pop in to their local bookies to have a flutter, supporting their local high street, on the world’s most famous horse race would also help make the Grand National a truly national celebration as we begin to reopen the economy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 23rd February 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Tags: BGC Betting and Gaming Council Grand National In response, the BGC said that delaying the Grand National until after this date would allow betting shops to cash in on one of the most popular sports betting events in the UK calendar, which would in turn benefit the racing sector that has also suffered heavy losses during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 Grand National, the UK’s showpiece horse racing event, is currently due to take place on 10 April at Aintree Racecourse, two days before betting shops will be able to resume operations after following a period of enforced closure due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) came out in support of the government and its roadmap for easing restrictions, saying it would work with authorities to allow spectators to safely return to racing events as soon as they are allowed. Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: Sports betting Horse racing Retail sports bettinglast_img read more