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E-Sports expects big growth after US SC ruling

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In the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling, by which individual states are now allowed to formulate their own gambling rules, a number of e-sports companies are looking to jump into the imminent gambling bandwagon.

The Supreme Court’s May 14 decision to strike down a federal law banning sports betting in most states is not only opening the door for wagering on big-league sports like the NFL and NBA, it is also poised to shake up the burgeoning e-sports community.

Already, European gaming giant Paddy Power Betfair has agreed to acquire fantasy sports company FanDuel in anticipation of multiple states legalising gambling on professional and amateur sports by the end of the year.

Although FanDuel previously shut down its fantasy e-sports platform, AlphaDraft, CEO Matt King tells THR that, fueled by the sale, the company is once again planning to expand into the category – which has become the fastest-growing fantasy business for rival DraftKings. “E-sports is definitely an area of focus for us,” King says. “If you look at Vegas, there are lots of people who bet on e-sports. To use a Wayne Gretzky analogy, ‘That’s where the puck is going.’”

Most e-sports companies are expected to embrace a healthy (and legal) gambling ecosystem because they see it as a way to boost viewership and engagement around their live events and televised matchups. “It’s another way to engage in the matches,” explains Tobias Sherman, founder of game studio and e-sports consultancy Foundry IV and former head of e-sports for WME-IMG. “How much more invested can you be than literally putting cash behind who you think is going to win? It’s something I think every publisher wants.”

Indeed, a spokesperson for Riot Games, the company behind the popular online battle arena game League of Legends, says the company is watching the space closely, noting, “The Supreme Court ruling will have profound impact across all of sports, including League of Legends.”

The global e-sports industry is expected to grow by 38 per cent to $905.6 million in 2018, per research firm Newzoo, as advertising dollars flood the market and the price tag to broadcast or live-stream popular matches skyrockets. That’s dwarfed by the $6.7 billion that analytics firm Narus expects the e-sports betting market to be worth, driven by the popularity of wagers on video game competitions in other parts of the world where gambling is already legal.

Sherman says his firm has been working with MGM Resorts for the better part of the last year to prepare for the eventual moment when gambling becomes legal in most states. He predicts that the biggest opportunity will be for companies that introduce new technology to ease the gambling process for e-sports fans.

 “Some of this exists to an extent today, but imagine being able to watch a match and wager on whatever is going to happening next,” he says. “You’re going to see e-sports drive innovation for traditional sports wagering.”

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Gambling sector deemed the industry most at risk of money laundering, new research from LexisNexis Risk Solutions reveals

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1 in 3 (33.3%) anti-money laundering (AML) professionals in the gambling industry believe that their sector is at the highest risk of money laundering, according to a new report from global analytics provider LexisNexis® Risk Solutions. This opinion is shared by 41.9% of professionals in other regulated industries surveyed, who flagged the gambling sector as one of the top three industries most at risk of money laundering.

The report – On the Frontline: The UK’s Fight Against Money Laundering – is based on research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and points to the risk potentially being caused by an internal culture of complacency. Almost 40% (39.2%) of AML professionals in the sector identified complacency as the biggest internal barrier to fighting money laundering. This, coupled with the fact that the same number (39.2%) think UK money laundering regulations are only “somewhat effective” points to a potential financial crime storm ahead for the gambling sector.

The Gambling Commission is acutely aware of the challenge, and in its 2018/19 Enforcement Report noted that it had investigated ‘a number of online casino operators’ found to have breached conditions related to the AML portions of their licences. During the past financial year, the watchdog issued a record £19.6m in penalties against firms who failed to stop money laundering or meet social responsibility obligations, and has warned of further ‘draconian’ actions for those operators who fail to learn lessons from these fines.

Even with this ramping up of enforcement actions, over 40% (41.2%) of respondents believe that the anti-money laundering regulations that they have to comply with are disproportionate to the money laundering threat that they actually face.

Despite a culture of complacency and lack of confidence in the AML regime, gambling firms are pouring money into AML compliance, with a vast majority (82.3%) stating their compliance budgets have increased over the last two years – more so than any other sector surveyed in the report.

A majority of this budget is being allocated to technology aimed at tackling the problem, the research revealed. Over 40% (41.7%) of AML compliance budgets is dedicated to technology at the moment, with over three quarters of respondents (78.4%) expecting funding for technology to increase further over the next five years.

Michael Harris, Director of Financial Crime Compliance and Reputational Risk at LexisNexis® Risk Solutions says:

“The threat money laundering poses to the gambling sector is very real, and this fact is clearly recognised by those working within it too.

The industry needs to take urgent steps to address this growing threat by ensuring that customer due diligence checks are conducted before allowing any gambling activity to begin, and, given the rise in online gambling, should consider embracing digital know your customer (KYC) technologies.

This, along with training teams dealing with customers on the frontline to spot money laundering red flags and adopt a risk-based approach, gives gambling operators the best chance of fighting financial crime and meeting their legal obligations.”

 

About LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions harnesses the power of data and advanced analytics to provide insights that help businesses and governmental entities reduce risk and improve decisions to benefit people around the globe. We provide data and technology solutions for a wide range of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare and government. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, Georgia, we have offices throughout the world and are part of RELX (LSE: REL/NYSE: RELX), a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. For more information, please visit risk.lexisnexis.co.uk, and www.relx.com.

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SIS Selects Sportech To Provide Global Commingling Solution

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SIS (Sports Information Services) and Sportech PLC today announced a global commingling totalisator agreement that will allow SIS to create and disseminate a worldwide pool for greyhound racing.

SIS, the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services to retail and online operators globally, will utilize Sportech’s Quantum™ System pari-mutuel betting software to offer the greyhound global pool, leveraging Sportech’s unrivalled worldwide reach and expansive global commingling capabilities. Sportech will also provide hosting and operational services of the greyhound global pool from the company’s Global Quantum™ Data and Operations Centres.

Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said “This partnership further bolsters our capability as the leading supplier of 24/7 betting services worldwide.

“Sportech’s market-leading technology will help facilitate SIS’s greyhound racing global pool, which will further expand the reach of greyhound racing around the world”.

 

Bruno Gay, Vice President Sales and Business Development EMEA for Sportech, said: “We are delighted to partner with SIS to deliver a greyhound racing global pool, a project for which Quantum™ System and Sportech’s global service delivery network are perfectly suited.

 

Sportech’s Quantum™ technology has helped betting clients all over the world find new markets for their products and new content for their consumers.  On the heels of the successful implementation of the “Ascot World Pool” for UK Totepool, Ascot Racecourse, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, we are delighted to support SIS in offering a global pool to satisfy the world greyhound racing market.”

About SIS

SIS (Sports Information Services) has been a trusted partner to the global betting industry for over 30 years, supplying short form betting content to online and retail betting operators. Our horse and greyhound racing content can help keep customers engaged and increase dwell time online and in-shop.

SIS provides operators with an end-to-end solution for horse and greyhound betting including data, live pictures, prices and derivatives, creating betting events to help drive profitable sales. For more information about SIS please visit www.sis.tv.

 

About Sportech

Sportech PLC is the international betting technology business delivering services and solutions to gaming companies, sports teams, racetracks, casinos and lottery clients across 37 countries.  In addition, the Group owns and operates sports gaming venues in Connecticut, United States, under exclusive licenses.

Sportech is a leading global provider of wagering technology solutions to licensed betting operators worldwide. Sportech systems process US $12 billion in bets annually for licensed operators across 37 countries. For more information, visit www.sportechplc.com.

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WePlay! Dota Underlords Open: the registration for all comers starts!

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Dota Underlords fans from all over the world are welcome to register and compete for the total prize pool of $15,000.

WePlay! Esports has revealed the details for everyone willing to take part in WePlay! Dota Underlords Open open qualifiers. The registration is open from July 15th till July 23th, 2019, 23:59 CEST (14:59 PDT). The schedule and registration process details are available at WePlay! Esports website.

To sign up for WePlay! Dota Underlords Open participants are needed to have an account at Challonge.com and also join WePlay! Esports Discord channel. Regular announcements and news will be available at the #underlords_open_announces group; all communication with the players will be held through Discord.

Dota Underlords Open will have two divisions: Vicious Order (Europe) and Crimson Gang(Americas). The divisions are not region-locked, so players from all over the world can participate. Each round will have three games. The best four players with the highest points move on to the next round. The qualifiers will be taking place until there are only eight players. Those eight players will be invited to the main event, taking place from August 1st to August 4th, 2019.

Players are entitled to participate in qualifiers through multiple regions and, moreover, they can play from a mobile device. Participants are also allowed to stream their games on their private Twitch channels, but they are not allowed to stream the main event (after the end of the qualifiers).

WePlay! Dota Underlords Open open qualifiers start on July 24th and will be taking place till July 28th, 2019. The winners will be invited to the main event with a $15,000 prize pool.

More details of WePlay! Dota Underlords Open tournament are available at WePlay! website.

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Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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