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Kambi eyes eSports opportunities with €26m acquisition

Stockholm-listed betting technology supplier Kambi is hoping to a establish itself as a leading provider of esports products and services with the acquisition of esports data and odds provider Abios.

Kambi will pay up to SEK270m (€26.4m) to acquire the business, with SEK150m payable on completion and the remaining earnout subject [...]

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Scientific Games boost iLottery portfolio with Sideplay acquisition

Scientific Games is expanding its interactive lottery capabilities with the acquisition of instant win games developer Sideplay Entertainment.

The acquisition will expand Scientific Games’ portfolio of iLottery content and accelerate the global market penetration of its iLottery business, which currently serves over 20 lotteries globally.

Sideplay is the primary supplier of digital [...]

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Aristocrat expands Digital capabilities with investment in three studios

Sydney-listed gaming operator and supplier Aristocrat Leisure has significantly expanded its digital game development capabilities in Europe with the acquisition of two studios and the creation of a third studio in Helsinki.

The investments are strongly aligned to targeted genres, particularly the high growth casual and merge/match 3 segments, as well [...]

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Playtech shareholders vote against Finalto sale to Consortium

Playtech’s shareholders have voted against the proposed sale of Finalto to the Consortium led by Israeli private investment firm Barinboim Group.

At the company’s adjourned General Meeting earlier Wednesday, just 31.7 per cent of shareholders voted in favour of the board-approved resolution, with 68.3 per cent voting against.

Due to the resolution [...]

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Genius Sports acquires video marketing specialist Spirable

New York-listed sports data and technology provider Genius Sports has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire London-based creative performance platform Spirable.

Spirable enables advertisers to deliver data, video and AI driven content across digital media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat.

The SaaS platform will complement Genius’ existing media and [...]

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Paysafe agrees $441m deal to acquire LatAm payments platform SafetyPay

New York-listed payments provider Paysafe is continuing its Latin American expansion with a definitive agreement to acquire SafetyPay for US$441m in an all-cash transaction.

Founded in 2007, SafetyPay enables eCommerce transactions via a range of open banking and eCash solutions, operating across 11 Latin American countries with additional coverage in Europe.

The [...]

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Betsson targets Canada with Slapshot Media investment

Stockholm-listed operator Betsson has acquired a stake in Canadian sports betting and iGaming affiliate Slapshot Media for CAD$3m.

Betsson subsidiary Betsson Perch Investments has acquired a 28 per cent stake in the business, as the operator looks to secure a presence in the soon-to-be regulated Canadian online betting and gaming market.

Under [...]

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Bally's Corp

Bally’s acquires Telescope fan engagement platform

New York-listed sportsbook and casino operator Bally's Corporation has acquired Los Angeles-based real-time fan engagement specialist Telescope for an undisclosed amount.

Telescope's live streaming, contests and sweepstakes, and second screen and play along products will enhance the Bally Bet and Bally Sports brands, enabling viewers and players to have an integrated [...]

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Rush Street Interactive

Rush Street Interactive acquires stake in Boom Entertainment

New York-listed Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has made a minority investment in New York-based games developer Boom Entertainment.

Founded in 2015 by former High 5 Games executives Stephen Murphy and Med Nadooshan, Boom has developed a number of sports gaming apps for partners such as NBC Sports and MSG Network.

This includes [...]

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Entain expands into esports with Unikrn acquisition

London-listed betting and gaming operator Entain is entering the burgeoning esports sector after agreeing to acquire leading esports betting operator Unikrn for an undisclosed amount.

At its Investor Day held Thursday, Entain outlined the growth opportunities available for the business, including expanding into new interactive entertainment experiences such as esports.

The operator [...]

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Betsson expands LatAm presence with Inkabet acquisition

Stockholm-listed Betsson has agreed a deal to acquire the operations and assets of South American online betting and gaming operator Inkabet.

Betsson will acquire the Peru-based business via its SW Nordic subsidiary, paying an initial consideration of US$25m, plus up to an additional $4m depending on the future performance of Inkabet [...]

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Bally's Corp

Strong Q2 for Bally’s Corporation as revenue hits record $267.7m

New York-listed casino and sportsbook operator Bally’s Corporation has seen revenue soar by 826 per cent to a record $267.7m in the second quarter of 2021.

The strong revenue growth was primarily due to a reduction in Covid-19 restrictions, with all casino properties operating at full capacity by the end of [...]

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