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    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) encouraged countries to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, at the third International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) yesterday (28 October).

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    Uefa, football’s governing body in Europe, has launched a new tender to identify an individual or organisation to support its battle against match-fixing within the sport.

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    Multimedia content provider PA Media has agreed a strategic partnership with esports statistics and odds specialist PandaScore, in a move the two parties say will allow operators to offer customers a wider range of betting options on esports competitions.

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    Gambling operator Genting has opted to bring its online product range together under a single brand, with its online casino, live casino and sportsbook offering now available under the GentingBet name.

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    Malta-based Max Entertainment has joined forces with esports betting brand GGBet to launch a new online gambling site focused on the European region.

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    North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have joined forces with Highlight Games to develop the first virtual sports betting game based on the US league.

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    Sportsbook solutions provider Kambi is to launch a sports betting product for BetWarrior, a new online gaming brand launched by two PokerStars veterans.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the platform through which state lottery operators track suspicious betting activity, revealed that 198 alerts were generated in the first quarter of 2019, of which 33 were flagged to its partners.

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    Online gaming operator Metal Casino has launched a new sportsbook offering in partnership with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG).

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    Sports betting integrity monitoring body ESSA has rebranded as the International Betting Integrity Association. It has also revealed a sharp decline in suspicious betting alerts generated by tennis over the first quarter of 2019, with the total number of alerts across all sports down 26% year-on-year.

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    Online gaming software supplier EveryMatrix has struck a deal to sell off its customer-facing brand Jetbull to Swedish operator Amgo iGaming in a €2m (£1.8m/$2.2m) deal.

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    The Danish delegation to the Council of Europe has called upon European Union member states to address contentious elements of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions to ensure it can be implemented across the bloc.

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    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, is finally set to enter into force from September 1, though concerns remain over its definition of illegal sports betting.

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    Online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global has agreed to support NEG Group with the relaunch of its recently acquired Digibet brand. Aspire will buy $2m shares in NEG as part of the arrangement.

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    London-listed Sportech has described 2018 as a challenging year for the business, which resulted in revenue declining 3.9%, though highlighted the success of cost control efforts that helped the business cut losses for the period.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    Kindred Group, the owner of Unibet, has reported a 20.8% rise in revenue for 2018, driven in part by a record fourth quarter and an all-time high in active customers for the period. However the operator saw increased costs in Q4 hit its bottom line, with profit for the quarter down 22.6% year-on-year.

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    Polish bookmaker STS has announced plans to expand its core brand into a number of regulated European markets, targeting the UK and German markets in particular.