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Following this success, EGBA encourages the European Commission to come forward with additional EU initiatives to address the regulatory fragmentation that the sector is currently facing. Consumers and operators alike benefit from a more harmonised approach at the. European level. However, it is important to remember that each of the Member States has a great deal of freedom to implement its measures, and any others that it feels are appropriate, on the basis of a national risk assessment that they must each undertake.
One result of this is that although the benchmark will be the same across the EU, it is very likely that the exact requirements and regulations in each country will be different. The aim is to enhance transparency, make dodgy deals harder to hide and fight money laundering and tax crime. Creating registers of beneficial ownership will help to lift the veil of secrecy of offshore accounts and greatly aid the fight against money laundering and blatant tax evasion.
Unfortunately, in some jurisdictions that may be an uphill struggle. The Bengaluru-based start-up will use the funds to build a portfolio of mobile. We believe that there is a huge opportunity out there and now is a great time to go after it. PlaySimple has already released a game title, GuessUp. With this funding, the company is looking to release multiple games over the next few months early in the new year before they start raising their next round of capital.
Gaming is a hits business, but the ones that succeed do take off rapidly towards profitable growth in a short period of time. The team at PlaySimple is young and highly experienced in build-. Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit has opened its online gambling application process.
Operators interested in servicing legal online gambling services to Dutch consumers have been requested to apply via the Kansspelautoriteit website. The Dutch regulatory will begin to assess first applicants for a regulatory Dutch igaming market. All applicants will be kept informed of their process and any further legislative developments. Google explained the banned advertising by bots that can get around AdWords filters.
Under the terms of the merger deal, CEC shareholders will own about 62 per cent of the combined company, with CACQ shareholders taking the rest. The new track has been developed alongside Towcester Racecourse and is the first dual-racing venue in the country. Owner Lord Hesketh told the BBC that the greyhound facilities will help the long term-future of the racecourse.
Racecourse chief executive Kevin Ackerman explained to the Racing Post that they are not. Meanwhile, a live scoreboard ensures they never lose track of their bets or the latest match action. As well as a slick interface, Bwin has packed the app with statistical content including quick view head-to-head data, team performance records, individual player stats and league tables, plus live video feeds of sporting events from around the globe.
Our customers demand the very best betting experience from us and with this update, that is exactly what we are delivering. We have taken a punt on greyhound racing in many ways with the investment here to make it a dual facility. But we have absolute faith in the industry and will look to flourish step by step. This represents a major endorsement in the strength of British Greyhound racing and the value that BAGS brings to all of the tracks. ANALYSIS A new greyhound stadium is a welcome boost to a sport that has been massively suffering of late, with numerous racetracks closing down in the past ten years.
With the future of Wimbledon undecided, it is currently going head to head against league football team AFC Wimbledon for planning permission, BAGS has been bold in providing the venue with 29 BAGS slots as the sport hopes to retain greyhound racing as a sport within the capital. All TV advertising by Senet Group member companies will carry the prominent new message about responsible gambling and it will appear in their shop windows, in press advertiseproblem with gambling.
This initiative is a new and important step in the evolution of responsible behaviour among British-based gambling businesses. We are pleased that the campaign features GambleAware, an easy to remember website that offers help to all those who need confidential advice or support with problem gambling.
Sky Bet ran the competition to celebrate its title sponsorship of the English Football Leagues. The betting operator had drawn a shortlist of 10 Football League fans from its customer base. Some good half-year results from Betfair have provided it with some momentum into what looks like being a costly tax year. Consumption gaming tax in the UK from 1 December He said that Betfair has substantially strengthened its competitive position by investing in products that differentiate Betfair and by enhancing our marketing capabilities in a crowded market place.
Over one million customers bet with us in the first half of the year, a. Revenues from sustainable markets grew by 32 per cent in the first half of the year and now contribute more than 80 per cent of total revenues. Betfair has also delivered considerable operational gearing and, as a result, strong top line growth has led to substantial EBITDA margin expansion and strong cash generation.
These countries now contribute 81 per cent of Group revenues. The functionality will enable the liquidity on connected Exchange markets, such as Match Odds and Draw No Bet, to be interlinked. This will improve liquidity, and provide a better customer experience, in ancillary markets. Perhaps these results mark the point where Betfair, instead of being a pioneering betting exchange, became a regular bookmaker with some innovative products.
BetSid has bought fellow independent Betabet and will be rebranding the shops early this year. BetSid has experienced rapid expansion since it began trading in June and is the exclusive betting partner of Preston North End FC. We are really pleased the current Betabet team are staying with us and the continued success of our business will provide more opportunity for local employment into a trusted and local booking firm.
Paddy Power and Cayetano in Bulgaria. Global product innovation will also be coordinated centrally under him. Johnny Hartnett has been appointed managing director, Paddy Power Online with responsibility for paddypower. Woolfenden has been global marketing director at Paddy Power since , having previously been global brand director for the Bacardi brand.
Prior to joining Bacardi in ,. A search process is underway to fill the role of marketing director. I am delighted to be filling these positions with high calibre individuals with a proven track record of success in the group. In total, our round-the-clock coverage amounts to over 15, live events each month across 17 sports. Our Live Odds Service via XML feeds is your fully automated and integrated in-running trading service for direct use, requiring only very limited resources to offer a broad variety of live betting sports and markets.
Our Live Scouting Service, meanwhile, is your perfect information source to operate your own in-running trading. Betsson qualified to be upgraded to the Large Cap list 1 January as its market cap has been greater than EUR 1bn over the past two years. A new way of dealing with self-exclusion is being trialled in Chatham thanks to the co-operation of a number of local stakeholders. Existing schemes mean that while someone can exclude themselves from one specific operator, they would need to fill in separate exclusion forms for each betting brand.
However, under this trial scheme, a customer only needs to fill out one form and submit two passport photos at one shop, and the details will be automatically be circulated to all shops participating in the pilot scheme. The customer will then be unable to place a bet in any of those shops. Launched at a Coral shop in Chatham town centre, the event was attended by Medway Councillors, and repre-. It puts the Council and our partners at the cutting edge of responsible gambling. Someone taking part will also be advised of all the other help available, including counselling sessions and group therapy which is funded.
This is in addition to other measures being introduced by the ABB member shop, including devoting 20 per cent of all window advertising to responsible gambling messages, increased prominence to gambling helplines within the shop and requiring gaming machine players to choose whether to set a limit on the amount of money they spend or time they play for. It is the result of building a strong relationship with Medway Council and local councilors, which will help customers in Chatham to bet safely and responsibly, which is.
I believe solutions to the issues need a multi-level approach with change at both a local and national level. The Medway Responsible Gambling Partnership will be an important way to look at the issues here in Medway and seek to find positive solutions. If planning laws permitted local councils to limit the number of betting shops in any one area, this would do far more to cut down the use of these establishments by problem gamblers. ANALYSIS Working with councils on a local level is a very welcome development for the betting industry, especially given the key role they play in the planning process these days.
MatchXtra uses innovative pools technology from Longitude LLC, a New York-based technological solutions company, to offer exceptionally competitive odds on Premier League and other matches throughout the world. These new pools-based bets offer popular betting options, unparalleled value and, importantly, the ability to bet without being knocked back or having your stakes restricted. MatchXtra soft launched in October on footballpools. Working alongside Longitude to develop this new concept has been a really positive experience and an important step for The Football Pools.
We are thrilled that our technology was selected by The Football Pools for this important expansion, and we look forward to ongoing collaboration and future enhancements to the MatchXtra offering. In the coming months MatchXtra will be expanded to cover a greater range of betting opportunities across a growing number of matches.
Coral and Ayr Racecourse have agreed a new five-year deal for the bookmaker to continue its backing of the Scottish Grand National. Coral has sponsored the race since and will continue to do so until at least TattsBet chief operating officer Barrie Fletton said the new concept would be a best of breed experience for wagering customers globally.
We think this will be a game-changer for wagering in Australia. This new concept will help attract a new, younger customer, while making our existing customers more comfortable. Both racing and sports punters will notice a dramatic improvement. Also new is the UBET Live unit an innovative standalone unit dispensing tablet devices, with a dynamic app allowing punters to bet on a digital platform in the comfort of their seat, subject to regulatory approval.
Design-wise, the local postcode will be integrated into the design features and is linked back to sport and racing through relevant statistics and facts using combinations of the numbers in the postcode. A dedicated space has been allocated for community messages, tipping competitions etc. Social media will be integrated into the entertainment hub. One of the key aspects we considered as part of the. The rebrand, new retail concept and new website and mobile app will allow us to create a seamless, multi-channel experience.
Likewise, some of our regular retail customers also bet over the phone or online. From there we can look at what the best options are for rolling out across the network. The fact that a couple of the concepts are still subject to regulatory approval shows how far the firm is pushing the envelope. There will also be up to. Titanbet has continued its promotional push into the UK betting market by becoming a partner of national commercial radio station talkSPORT.
Their brand ambassadors, including head of UK sportsbook Russell Yershon, will also take part in three interviews a week to discuss the latest odds and betting markets. Schmeichel stands for success, sporting integrity and trust. These are values which the brand Tipico stands for as well. We are proud of our three brand ambassadors.
It will be fun to work with my old colleagues. Now we are no longer competitors, but will work together to promote the brand Tipico. His vast knowledge will be a crucial asset as we continue to grow the Betway brand. All rights reserved.
Politics The Gambling Commission has been hauled back for overstepping the mark when it prevented a pub from applying for a bingo licence. Having lost in the courts, the Commission has decided to appeal the decision. From 31 March Commission licensed operators are required to only source gambling software from Commission licensed software businesses.
Software providers are being advised to apply for the relevant licence at the earliest opportunity to avoid potential disruption to business. We are therefore advising software providers who need a licence to make their applications as soon as possible and preferably before 31 December Gambling software is defined in the Gambling Act as computer software that is used in connection with remote gambling but does not include anything for use solely in connection with a gaming machine.
An operator requires a gambling software licence if it manufactures, supplies, installs or adapts gambling software that is used in connection with remote gambling. The ruling threatens to undermine one of the key aims of the Gambling Act, which was to set up a regulator with flexible enough powers to react to developments in a dynamic market around a loose legislative framework.
However, the First-Tier Tribunal seems to be firming up some of the regulatory requirements. This ruling appears to handicap the Commission in doing what it was set up to do that is, react to new developments and protect the vulnerable. Meanwhile, we are working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to see how we can both use our various powers to keep commercial gambling in dedicated licensed premises and stop it spreading to pubs.
Whether or not to grant such licences with their accompanying machine entitlements will be a matter for the licensing authorities to which such applications are made. It will be of interest to the industry and lawyers alike to see how this develops further.
Speaking from the AGM, Guy announced the creation of a working group to develop recommendations to combat the impact of offshore betting on racing and sport. Overseas bookmakers do not pay gambling levies, totalisator duty or GST, or have measures in place to manage problem gambling or corruption that meet New Zealand standards. The Minister says he currently expects to see recommenda-. Hughes says the issue of offshore betting has been a longstanding one for the industry that has created an uneven playing field in an increasingly competitive market.
It is for this reason that we recently announced a series of race-. The second quarter, covering July to September , was particularly disappointing. However, this cannot be done on an ongoing basis. From that point, the Board can begin to formulate a view as to the extent of an expenditure reduction that might be contemplated for The AVC Fund seems to be tackling some key industry issues.
The Remote Gambling Association RGA has continued to lobby for a lower tax rate following the implementation of point of consumption tax. However, it would be unrealistic to expect HM Treasury to review the rates until the new regime has had a chance to bed in properly. We are thankful to the four firms for their commitment in this regard. We hope that this targeted investment ensures the contribution to this scheme by the four bookmakers generates returns to the Racing and Betting industry which outweigh the level of investment.
Eligible Class 2 races in Britain will pay to 8th place and Class 3 to 6 races will pay to 6th. This applies for both Jumps and Flat. Horsemen representatives believe that the introduction of this enhanced prize money scheme - which, even for a horse finishing in 6th place, will assist with covering the cost of sending a runner to the racecourse should have a positive impact on field sizes.
For some time it has been an area of concern for the industry that Sunday racing is not performing as well as would be hoped in terms of both quality and quantity of runners. The Sunday Bonus Scheme performed well in with runners up by an average of 30 per cent against corresponding races. As such it was.
To this end a number of Sunday Bonus Races will be introduced, taking the form of a series of enhanced prize money Sunday races, culminating in a Final towards the end of both the Flat and Jumps seasons. Once finalised, each Series will be designed to create interest in Sundays and where possible the Series will be aimed at generating additional runs per horse.
The AVC Fund will be subject to a set of KPIs, both quantitative and qualitative, which will monitor performance of the initiatives throughout the year. There is scope to alter the manner in which the funds are used based on the performance of the initiatives.
DEFRA minister George Eustice said that although the review is due in April , work on it has already begun, with the aim to go out to key stakeholders early in the new year, to collect the evidence that we need to assess the effectiveness of the. This is an impor-. Provided we have started the engagement with stakeholders before the general election, we should allow plenty of time for people to respond to a public consultation after it. The most successful betting companies in the world rely on the advantages of our flexible products.
Our new Go4Platinum cabinet is designed to meet all the challenging demands of the modern industry. It is adjustable according to individual needs and can be equipped with banknote reader, NFC device, recycler, card reader or hooper. The ultra-slim body is supplemented by LEDlight strips, which run along-side the cabinet. Undoubtedly this terminal will be a visual and technical highlight in every location. Better games through innovation www. The markers are subtle and complex to identify.
A few of them were expected, such as frequency of play, variability in staking behaviour and levels of play engagement. From the research we found that there was no one specific marker that indicated problem gambling behaviour. The overall result showed that it is easier to identify a problem gambler across multiple sessions of play; however, it is also possible to identify problem gamblers on FOBT machines without a unique identifier, although the predictions are less reliable.
The results of this model show we could correctly identify twice as many problem gamblers. Given this improvement, we have provided the industry with a method of measurement which identifies more problem gamblers and therefore helps more people. The PGSI screen is an industry-accepted form of measurement which has previously been used in Britain for prevalence studies, and all stakeholders agreed to use this criteria as the most appropriate for the study being conducted.
The PGSI screen covers a greater range of harms i. We have only just discovered that it is possible to identify many problem gamblers playing FOBT machines, with a 66 per cent improvement. Consequently, messages sent to an individual, no matter what their problem gambling score, must be carefully formulated.
To date there have been no studies which examine the impact of inappropriate warnings on healthy players. From a social responsibility point of view, it seems preferable to send an unnecessary communication to a player at low or no risk of gambling harm. Your report suggests that people lose around twice as much money when they mix their B2 gaming with their B3 gaming, with just B2 gaming alone.
Or is there something else underlying the data? There is something else underlying the data. The session lengths for mixed play B2 and B3 gaming machines are actually 3 to 4 times longer than B2 and B3 by themselves 12ms for B2 and B3, 3ms for B2, and 3ms for B3. Do your results question the efficacy of the ABB code of conduct on machine limits?
Can any tweaks be done to it to make it more relevant? Our analysis used the ABB code of conduct as the baseline for measuring effective-. What has led you to this conclusion? The research shows that there is not one single marker of harm which, when addressed in isolation, will identify more problem gamblers. Rather, a combination of behavioural factors must be considered when developing accurate identification.
This has been confirmed by all members of the research consortium. We know from the survey that these players are highly engaged in multiple forms of gambling and that addiction is prevalent at all stake sizes. To identify problem gamblers on gaming machines, stake size is used as an input but only in combination with other markers to generate more accurate results to help more people.
The RGT has taken undertaken a systematic programme of research that has attempted to determine if harmful patterns of play can be identified from industry data. It ought to be emphasised that the timeframe in which these studies were implemented was relatively short. As a consequence, given time and opportunities, more findings will emerge as further analyses of existing data is undertaken. The Reports are instrumental in providing evidence that there are patterns of play that can be used to identify problem gambling status.
The next step is to determine the nature, severity and chronicity of harms that are associated with problem gambling. Identifying harms that have a serious health and social cost burden will result in more targeted campaigns directed toward high risk and vulnerable sub-populations.
The accuracy of predictive models can be improved given that there is still a considerable amount of analyses that can be undertaken in refining combinations of variables, time permitting. These data are based on an unrepresentative group of players, that is, players electing to use loyalty cards during play. Approximately 10 per cent of bets are registered plays.
The findings indicate loyalty card-holders are more involved players and have high rates of problem gambling and at-risk gamblers. It remains unknown whether unregistered players exhibit typical profiles. Accordingly, policy makers need to be cautious in implementing responsible gambling interventions on the basis of non-representative populations. Rather than providing clear findings that can definitively inform policies, the Reports attest to the complexities and difficulties in using existing data derived from non-representative samples.
The combination of behavioural markers of harm, although able to predict problem gamblers to some extent, currently offers limited sensitivity and specificity to allow effective policies that target only problem gamblers. This means that decisions currently need to be made by regulators in policies that tradeoff capturing problem gamblers and minimising interference with recreational players.
However, there is considerable opportunity to improve accuracy in future by examining more variables, improving methodological and statistical approaches and developing our understanding of what we are actually trying to predict i. It is suggested that at this stage, it would be inadvisable to rush policies on the basis of these foundational studies.
Rather, consideration needs to be given to the development of a strategic blueprint of evaluative studies that are applied in a logical and coherent manner over the next five to ten years. The implication is that more will be achieved by a strategic approach compared to fragmented, disjointed and potentially costly policies that fail to achieve their objective.
The study into player behaviour found that half of the people who previously played on gaming machines no longer do so. The figure is even higher for people who had previously only gambled on machines in a bookmaker, with 63 per cent no longer playing machines.
Conversely, 4 per cent of people who had not previously played on gaming machines had played one in a betting shop, with 11 per cent now having played gaming machines in other venues. David Ross Fabrications Ltd Metalwork supplied from our designs or your own. The analysis of 7bn interactions with gaming machines came up with a surprising problem gambling rate of 23 per cent for loyalty card holders, but Wardle has said that the figure cannot be comfortably extrapolated to every machine player as the study had absolutely no visibility of the playing habits of nonloyalty card holders.
She even warned against applying the problem gambling figure to the loyalty card population as the study purposely skewed its sample to capture the most frequent gamblers in order to ensure the research had a decent number of subjects suffering from problem gambling. Given previous prevalence studies had based a lot of conclusions on a very small number of actual problem gamblers surveyed, the research team wanted to ensure that they had the data from a larger sample to analyse, and as such targeted heavy machines users within the loyalty card population.
Indeed, the Prevalence Study has previously highlighted young men as a key risk group. However, with the richer data in this study, young men did not have problem gambling rates as high as other age groups but did have higher rates of being an at-risk gambler. Overall, 23 per cent of participants were categorised as problem gamblers, according to the PGSI scale. A further 24 per cent were moderate risk gamblers, 24 per cent were low risk gamblers and 29 per.
The answers to these questions are likely to vary based on the type of intervention. If the intervention is non-intrusive, a pop-up message for example, then it may be acceptable that this is something experienced by both non-problem and problem gamblers alike. Underpinning all of this should. The analysis also highlighted two new and interesting associations between problem gambling and machine problems: the relationship with number of current loyalty cards held and who the gambler lives with.
Living alone was also associated with female machine problems, with those who lived alone being more likely to experience problems. As problem gambling rates among machine players identified in nationally representative surveys like the Prevalence Study are lower than among Loyalty Card participants, it suggests that those who have a loyalty card may be more likely to be problem gamblers.
Furthermore, among those who do have loyalty cards, there is some evidence of a relationship between a higher number of cards and some gambling problems. The headline finding from the research was that higher stakes impair decision making, which understandably actually did make headlines. Here, one of the lead researchers on the project, Dr Adrian Parke, answers some questions on its findings.
Why were these values chosen and how strong are they as indicators of problem gambling? Low reflection impulsivity and response inhibition are key components of self-regulation, in terms of the individual responding adaptively to various situations and stimuli. In other words, they are two of the processes that are important in helping the individual achieve their set-goals, while maximising benefit and minimising potential negative consequences.
Furthermore, the same limitations are clearly shown in problem gambling populations. Essentially, the impact of event frequency on self-control was not observed in this experiment, however, the vast majority of literature identifies event frequency as fundamental in selfcontrol and gambling behaviour. In fact, I would hypothesise that event frequency is at least as important as stake, and if pushed, possibly argue that it may even more important that stake size.
Are there any other real world environments where these two measures may have acted in a similar way? Low reflection impulsivity and response inhibition will be inherent in any goaldirected behaviour, as the individual must constantly be making evaluations about what is the most appropriate goal to move towards as contexts and circumstances change.
Reflection impulsivity is about the individual taking an appropriate amount of time to deliberate on the information they have or can obtain, and subsequently making accurate judgements. Response inhibition is about being able to respond appropriately to triggers that stimulate a specific behavioural response, rather than acting reflexively.
We are designed to repeatedly engage in behaviour that is rewarding, such as sexual. Of course, depending on the circumstance, sometimes these behaviours may have negative consequences as well as being rewarding. Response inhibition, in this context, is about withholding the urge to engage in a behaviour that may be rewarding in the shortterm but ultimately is outweighed by the probable negative consequences. Reflection impulsivity, working alongside response inhibition, is the mental act of weighing up all the information available to enable the individual to respond in a way that has most utility, rather than being heavily swayed by short-term rash thinking.
Essentially, we aimed to make the task as authentic as possible, and as we needed to control the probability of winning an even money chance , therefore we thought it was important to match prizes with the stake size risked. Your research was conducted using just 32 participants.
Is that the standard for a study such as this? The reason that survey studies, or independent measures experiments, require vast samples is because there is a need to try to minimise the effect of individual differences i. Rather than comparing different sets of individuals in different conditions, this experiment compares the same individuals in different conditions and therefore controlling for the effect of individual differences on the outcome variable.
So in Rather than the stake repeated measures experibeing the trigger for any ments it is the norm to have behaviour changes, could relatively small samples, and it actually be the size of the 32 participants is a perfectly prize causing the changes adequate sample for a study in the decision making with this level of experimenprocess?
Obviously the tal control. What was the difference around staking levels? In short, even after gambling at lower stakes the quality of decision making was impaired. Ultimately, in their predictions and judgements, participants were more likely to be correct than incorrect at both low stake and higher stake levels.
However, there was a statistically significant deterioration in probability of their predictions being correct as stake size increased. Statistically speaking, the size of effect could conservatively be observed as low. It is possible that the size of effect may increase or indeed decrease when using real gambling products in real gambling environments. The study suggested that players made decisions in roughly the same time no matter what the condition -.
Is it safe to extrapolate the findings in this way in your view? This study is the first piece of a thousand piece puzzle in trying to understand the role that specific structural characteristics play in creating gambling-related harm. Fundamentally, the next step is to see how the effect of stake size interacts with other features of gambling products such as event frequency and prize structure, as well as the interaction with the physical and social gambling environment.
The real value of this research is that it clearly demonstrates that structural characteristics, such as stake size, can affect processes integral to self-control, over a short space of time. We are a long way from having definitive statements about the relationship between stake size and loss of control within a gambling session but we have made the first, and in our opinion the most important step. The exciting proposition for the team at the University of Lincoln is that if processes integral to controlled gambling, such as reflection impulsivity, can be negatively affected by game characteristics, equally there must also be scope to enhance selfcontrol in gambling by manipulating game features.
Research is already underway exploring the potential to improve processes such as response inhibition and reflection impulsivity by manipulating existing and adding in new structural characteristics in various gambling formats.
ICE is on course to eclipse the success story when an independently audited 23, attendees from a record nations travelled to London to see the exhibitors who chose it as their international shop window. It allows visitors to access the full event schedule, browse the latest product launches, receive information on all of the speakers taking part in the ICE Conferences.
As we continue our international expansion outside of our already established Australasian and North American regions, we believe attending ICE sends out the right signals that we are ready and that we are extremely serious about the markets that exist in Europe. We look forward to showing the global industry gathered in London our range of exclusively developed products and technologies, which includes representative pieces demonstrating our design capability, attraction features for machine toppers and top boxes, as well as two new centrepiece products; the Magnum topper range and the Sound Chair.
ICE is now so big and so successful that you wonder where it can go next, but the organisers have strived to keep the show pushing forward. The switch to East London, though, allowed ICE to rip up the rule book and start again and as a result the betting element of the exhibition has been given a total shot in the arm and is feeling more like a welcome part of the community again.
The return of the betting-focused Betmarkets conference after many years in the wilderness also reflects on the size and importance of bookmaking across the gambling industry. Given that will see the first full year of the point of consumption taxation, as well as further safeguards added to B2 gaming machines, the industry could be forgiven for being cautious with any expenditure.
But there is also the counter argument that now is the time to invest and make that breakthrough into the next layer of competition. Whether you are from Camp A and are looking for cost cutting technology or Camp B on the hunt for the next killer product, rest assured it will be available in ExCeL next month. It will be a very hectic week, but we are looking forward to seeing what London has to offer.
This is a great testament both to the power of exhibitions and to the status enjoyed by the ICE brand on the international stage. Return of Betmarkets sees more emphasis on sports betting ne of the interesting draws across ICE week is the Betmarkets event, a popular conference on the first two days of the show focused exclusively on sportsbetting, which has returned to complement the growing sportsbetting section of the ICE showfloor.
At It has been. We are committed to work in partnership with our trade association partners to ensure that ICE remains at the centre of all things gaming and in the process delivers on behalf of all of its community of stakeholders. An initial selection process before the show will lead to a shortlist of entrants that will have 15 minutes to sell their business or concept on the show floor. All slots will be filmed and shown online where a public vote over the two weeks following ICE will determine the best pre- and post-funding propositions.
In addition, GamCrowd are to hold networking and one-to-one mentorship sessions for start-ups and venture capitalists from their network throughout the show. W Games is an expanding studio which is already active on a number of online, mobile and landbased platforms and with a number of high profile operators. Equally important is the part that the brand value can play in attracting, motivating and retaining talent.
Henson and his growing and diverse team of cross-platform content developers now have half a dozen games across an igaming operator base that includes Betfair, Bet, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Sky Vegas and William Hill. E-gaming now represents over So how do we build on this success next year? Strategies should never be cast in stone; they always need to evolve as market conditions change. The threshold for a successful new entrant to the market has also been raised along with the requirements of investors in start- up businesses.
Our strategy is therefore evolving to take. We have a healthy mix of world leading brands, high growth emerging future stars and start-ups supported by our excellent local corporate service providers and our strategy involves supporting each of these areas and helping them to grow.
We also expect continued diversification of the sector on the Island. We have always attracted and supported all aspects of the industry on the Island. We are the home to world leading gaming operators, platform and software providers, game developers, data centres and hosting companies, corporate service providers as well as lawyers, accountants and consultants who specialise in the industry.
This diversification has developed over time following on from our being at the forefront in creating the legislation for egaming. A further testimony to this diversification is the first mover advantage that we have created in the digital currency market, one that will be embraced fully by the gaming industry as it will substantially lower the cost of payment processing and remove charge backs.
We expect that will see the introduction of digital currencies into mainstream gaming operators. Another focus for the Isle of Man next year will be with Asian facing operators, with whom we already have an excellent reputation given our attractive tax structure, our world class power supply and telecoms infrastructure, and open minded government.
Now that the UK POC and legislation has been finally settled we are seeing an increased interest from the region. We also see South America and parts of Africa ready to open up for e-gaming and these are areas where our expertise will be of great interest in the near future.
Non licensed businesses will also be of in-. This has always been part of our strategy and will continue to be so. Those businesses that have already established themselves on the Island and have grown dramatically are testament to the benefits that we have to offer. This creates substantial numbers of new jobs on the Isle of Man and supports the growth in our economy.
In summary, will be an exciting year for the Isle of Man and the industry as a whole, and we remain optimistic about the times ahead. The pace of change in e-gaming never seems to wane, and so no doubt there will be new issues that see the light of day to fill the panel sessions and late night bar discussions at our conferences. We are extremely well placed and prepared to navigate the changing industry landscape that lies ahead.
BetConstruct has signed major new deal for its sports betting platform whilst also boosting its poker games portfolio. The live betting suite will allow Bet to offer its customers over 19, live events per month spanning over 50 sports, and this selection will be available on desktop and mobile platforms. As part of the agreement, Bet will offer UK and Irish racing, with a full suite of horse racing over the coming months. Earlier this year Bet arrived on the UK gambling scene with an unprecedented explosion and has already proven itself to be disruptive and capable of challenging the established players.
SIS Stream is a multi-platform solution which gives bookmakers a different way of attracting and retaining punters. The SIS Stream platform can deliver an unlimited amount of compelling content, so that customers can bet wherever and however they want. Operators are charged a flat fee per customer who watches a stream during a pre-defined session, usually lasting 24 hours. Current content on offer includes thoroughbred racing from Dubai and Latin America.
Further new content is about to be unveiled and SIS product and account managers will be on hand at ICE to demonstrate the latest in SIS innovation and discuss future developments for , including oncourse initiatives which have been trialled at tracks across the UK.
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ICE provides one of the best opportunities for us to meet new customers seeking innovative new screen solutions. The UK betting industry is possibly the most mature betting market in the world. MRG is an important contributor to the drive for higher performance, customer focused products designed to enhance the customer experience.
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Neill Whyte, head of product channels at Microgaming, explains what his firm has in store this year. The two-tiered stand will be home to a plethora of the latest devices, showcasing our hottest gaming content across online, mobile and land-based platforms. In addition, our most recent product developments for Casino, Multiplayer, Poker, Bingo and Live Dealer will be on show, and available for demo by our product gurus. Adjacent to our stand is the long-standing tradition of the Microgaming Bar, the social networking hub of the event.
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