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UK football data case to proceed to hearings in early 2021

Britain’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed an application made by Football DataCo (FDC) and its official data partner BetGenius to transfer Sportradar’s competition claim to the High Court.

Sportradar initiated legal proceedings against FDC and Betgenius in February, arguing that the current arrangements for UK football betting data rights are in [...]

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Tabcorp

Tabcorp fined for illegal gambling ads in New South Wales

Sydney-listed gaming operator Tabcorp has been fined AUD$30,000 for publishing an illegal inducement to gamble.

The ruling was handed down on November 25 by Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court and published Monday, and concerns an Instagram post from December 2019.

Regulator Liquor & Gaming NSW launched an investigation after a former Tabcorp [...]

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Northern Ireland darts player banned for match-fixing

Northern Irish professional darts player Kyle Mckinstry has been banned from the sports for eight and a half years after being found guilty of fixing two matches earlier this year.

An investigation was launched by the Darts Regulation Authority in May after the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) uncovered suspicious betting [...]

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European Commission

Sazka gains EC competition clearance

Sazka’s bid to assume joint control of Casinos Austria has secured European Commission approval.

Sazka agreed a deal in March with Austrian state-owned holding company ÖBAG for joint control of Casinos Austria, having increased its shareholding in the business to over 50 per cent through the acquisition of the stake held [...]

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Evolution

CMA clears Evolution Gaming’s acquisition of NetEnt

Evolution Gaming has secured competition approval to complete its proposed acquisition of NetEnt.

Evolution submitted its all-share bid to acquire NetEnt in June, valuing the company at SEK19.6bn, with the bid subject to necessary approvals, including competition clearances.

The company secured approval from the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority in late [...]

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AG Communications warned for breach of gambling regulations in Sweden

Aspire Global subsidiary AG Communications has been warned that it faces financial penalties if it breaches gaming regulations in future.

The Patent and Market Court division of the Stockholm District Court found that AG Communications breached five separate gaming and advertising regulations in Sweden during 2019, with each breach attracting a [...]

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Netherlands

Netherlands court upholds gambling regulator’s loot box decision

The Hague District Court has sided with Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) in its long running battle against loot boxes.

The case concerns the availability of ‘packs’ or loot boxes in the popular FIFA video game, where players purchase a loot box without the ability to determine or influence its contents. [...]

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Gambling Commission

GAN, BGO and NetBet hit with new licence conditions

Britain’s Gambling Commission has imposed additional licence conditions on three online gambling operators for social responsibility and money laundering failures.

New York-listed GAN and privately owned operators BGO Entertainment and NetBet Enterprises have each had special conditions attached to their licenses and will pay settlements totalling £2.89m to advance the commission’s [...]

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Global Gaming

Global Gaming 555 welcomes end to Swedish licensing saga

The board of directors of Stockholm-listed gaming operator Global Gaming 555 has confirmed that it will not be appealing Monday’s ruling by the Court of Appeal regarding its Swedish operating licence.

Global Gaming lost its Swedish operating licence in June 2019 due to suspected breaches of responsible gambling and anti-money laundering [...]

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Brazil

Brazil supreme court rules lottery monopoly to be unconstitutional

Brazil’s Supreme Court has found the federal government’s lottery monopoly to be unconstitutional.

The Federal Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that although the federal government has the exclusive right to legislate how lotteries may be operated, it does not have the exclusive right to operate a lottery as a monopoly.

The court said [...]

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5Dimes agrees $46.8m illegal gambling settlement with US authorities

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has accepted a settlement from Costa Rican online gambling operator 5Dimes in relation to its illegal sports betting operation in the US.

5Dimes offered sports betting to customers in the United States from at least 2011 through to September 2018, [...]

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Kentucky Supreme Court rules against historical horse racing games

Racetrack and gaming operator Churchill Downs Inc. recorded a near 10 per cent fall in its share price Thursday after the Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled that the state’s historical horse racing games fall foul of parimutuel wagering rules.

Kentucky’s horse racing industry has benefited hugely from the popularity of historical [...]

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