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The UK government confirmed this week that it will review the law on allowing daytime TV advertising for sports betting and bingo, sparking concern within the industry. Broadcasters are also rightly concerned, having paid out significant sums of money to secure sports broadcasting rights on the assumption that they can recoup their investment through bookmaker advertising.

William Hill’s mooted reverse takeover of Amaya would create an industry leading gaming business which could achieve cost savings of around £100m according to analysts, but beyond that there is little to get excited about.

The failure of the German State Treaty on Gambling is clear for all to see, even if this understanding is yet to translate into meaningful action. But the latest move by the state of Hesse may finally bring about change.

It can’t be said that Vitruvian Partners selling OpenBet was a surprise. Rumours of the sale have been rumbling on since last year, and since February we have been waiting for an update. The buyer, however, may have surprised some.

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