Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat and understand gambling addiction.
While Ireland proved a positive test case for the lottery betting sector’s collective approach to lobbying, its highest profile exponent has found the going far from easy in other territories following product bans in the UK and Australia. But this is no reason for Lottoland to deviate from its core markets strategy, chief executive Nigel Birrell tells Joanne Christie.
Enlabs launches Optibet-branded sportsbook in EstoniaEntertainment Laboratories (Enlabs) has launched an online sportsbook for its Optibet brand in the regulated Lithuanian market, as well as rolling out an Evolution Gaming-powered live casino offering in Estonia.
Community, the trade union that represents betting shop workers, has called on the government to support William Hill staff who could lose their jobs as a result of the bookmaker closing 700 of its betting shops across the UK.
Australia’s Aristocrat Technologies has launched legal action against rival Ainsworth Game Technology, accusing the gaming machines and content provider of infringing on its intellectual property rights.
Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced details of a new initiative whereby consumers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.
Australian gambling operator Tabcorp has been issued with a financial penalty of AU$14,000 (£7,832/€8,726/US$9,846) after being found guilty of running an illegal gambling inducement in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).
Portugal’s regulated online gambling market achieved a new record quarterly revenue of €47.3m (£42.4m/$53.4m) during the first three months of the year, primarily due to year-on-year growth across sports betting and casino.
La Française des Jeux’s (FDJ) acquisition of Sporting Solutions will see the French group use Solutions’ trading expertise to develop its B2C offering in its home market and its lottery-focused B2B activities internationally. But a clear vision of how to integrate the UK group into FDJ’s mega-structure will also be just as important if the deal is to be successful, writes Jake Pollard.
William Hill has entered into a consultation process over plans to close around 700 of its shops across the UK, as it seeks to rearrange its business following the government’s decision to reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals.
Online gambling operator 888 has launched its 888poker brand in the regulated Portuguese market. Customers will be able to compete against players in Spain via a shared liquidity network agreement between the two countries.