News in brief

26 July 2013

Competition authority investigates Belgian National Lottery

The Belgian Competition Authority has searched the offices of the Belgian National Lottery following the launch of the Scooore sportsbetting product.

The regulator is investigating whether there is any cross-subsidisation between Scooore and the lottery and is also looking at whether the lottery uses information obtained through its monopoly activities to the advantage of the new sportsbetting product.

The lottery said that it is co-operating fully with the inspectors.

Ultimate Gaming secures Nevada approval

Nevada-based Ultimate Gaming has received final approval from the state’s gaming commission for Ultimate Poker, the first fully-legal online gambling website to be launched in the United States.

The Nevada Gaming Commission granted approval after a successful 30-day trial of the product.

Meanwhile, Mike Britt has joined Ultimate Gaming as vice-president of market development and government affairs. Britt will be responsible for new market development and legislative efforts to pave the way for operations in real-money online gaming jurisdictions.

Net Entertainment seals Ladbrokes partnership

Online gambling software developer Net Entertainment has signed a partnership with Ladbrokes to supply a selection of online desktop and mobile games to the betting company.

“Net Entertainment’s exposure in the UK has increased significantly over the past year, which is in line with our strategic plan to build up a solid and long-term business venture together with our UK partners,” Net Entertainment managing director Bjorn Krantz said.

“Ladbrokes will initially launch with a few of Net Entertainment’s best-in-class games, which will gradually grow over time.”

Facebook targets online gambling in Italy and Spain

Facebook is reportedly gearing up to offer real-money gaming products in Italy and Spain following a successful UK trial of the service.

The social network rolled out real-money gaming products in the UK last year and is now preparing to make them available to users throughout Italy and Spain.

Facebook recently launched a sportsbetting application in the UK in partnership with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.