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ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity) statement: ESSA supports ratification of the CoE Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions but cautions over illegal betting definition hurdles

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The Council of Europe has yesterday announced that the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions will enter into force on 1 September 2019 following Switzerland’s ratification. Switzerland became the fifth Council of Europe member state to ratify the Convention – following Norway, Portugal, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – triggering its entry into force. The Council of Europe’s press release can be accessed here.

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of international betting integrity body ESSA, which engaged in the drafting of the Convention on behalf of the sector, stated: “The Convention sets out a range of practical measures to address match-fixing internationally and it has been broadly supported by ESSA and the wider betting sector. Ratification of the Convention is therefore a predominately positive move. However, there remain hurdles to overcome. The definition of illegal sports betting, in particular, continues to present challenges to universal acceptance of the Convention text.”

Last year, the Council of Europe requested that ESSA coordinate and deliver a thematic report on sports betting integrity issues on behalf of the regulated private betting sector as part of the preparations for ratification of the Convention. That document sets out the betting sector’s view of the main challenges to the adoption of the Convention and the fight against match-fixing, including the Convention’s definition of illegal sports betting, restrictions on betting markets and integrity payments, amongst others. The document can be accessed here http://www.eu-ssa.org/wp-content/uploads/Thematic-Report-ESSA-Betting-Integrity-Research-Project-FINAL-2018.pdf

 

 

About ESSA:

ESSA represents many of the world’s biggest regulated sports betting operators, serving over 40 million consumers in the EU alone. Concerned regulated bookmakers created ESSA in 2005 to monitor betting markets and alert sporting bodies and national regulators to suspicious betting patterns. The goal was and is to protect consumers from potential fraud caused by manipulating sporting events. ESSA helps to combat this with evidence-based intelligence it provides to sporting bodies and regulators.

Every year, our members invest over €50m in compliance and internal security systems in order to help combat fraud. They also give back to sport and society by spending €400m on sponsorship around the world – €250m of that in Europe alone. This increases substantially when advertising and photo and video-streaming rights are taken into consideration. ESSA and its members also co-fund an education programme on gambling with EU Athletes that reaches out to 15,000 athletes/players across at least ten different sports in 13 EU countries.

ESSA continues to play a key role as the regulated betting sector’s representative body at national and international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The organisation is continually reassessing and improving its alert and reporting systems and has established information sharing arrangements with a range of sports bodies and regulatory authorities.

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Playson signs major deal with Kindred Group

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Slot supplier to provide titles to online operator’s multiple brands

 

Casino software developer Playson has signed a landmark agreement to launch its games across the sportsbook and casino brands run by Kindred Group.

The international operator will have access to more than 50 titles, including 3 Fruits Win and Vikings Fortune, as well as the provider’s gem games which have proven to be a hit with players.

Kindred has licences in a number of regulated markets across Europe including the UK and Sweden, and the deal places Playson’s products in front of a huge new audience.

Blanka Homor, Sales Manager for Playson, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Kindred, and are very pleased to be growing our global footprint with such a respected operator.

“We look forward to a long and productive relationship, and we are confident our current titles and the exciting ones we have in the pipeline will really engage its players in different countries.”

David Robertson, Head of Casino for Kindred Group, said: “Playson has been building an excellent reputation as a games provider and we’re thrilled to be able to offer its comprehensive games portfolio to our customers.

“It is a supplier to watch without a doubt and has clearly demonstrated its ability to provide quality content. We’re excited to see what our future partnership holds.”

 

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Sightline Joins Forces with Responsible Gaming Solution GameSecure

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The partnership aims to connect payment solutions and a centralized real-time self-exclusion database for increased player protection

 

Las Vegas-based Sightline Payments (“Sightline”) and Vancouver based Bencon Technologies Inc. (“Bencon”) have entered into a partnership to bridge the current technological gap between digital self-exclusion functions and payment services. The goal of the partnership is to ensure at-risk patrons are denied access to content or payment services in real-time.

The first quarter of 2019 has resulted in a number of violations of self-excluded patrons gaining access to content in the US market, meaning regulator fines have been issued to non-compliant operators, unfortunately, the damage to the patron is already done. GameSecure’s real-time database solution will ensure these patrons do not gain access to digital content once self-excluded and by partnering with  it creates another barrier to a patron’s payment activity.

“The Sightline team has been committed to responsible gaming for more than 20 years and we are very excited to announce this important partnership,” said Cameron Conn, Co-Founder of Bencon Technologies Inc.

“We strongly believe there is not a singular solution to completely address all aspects of player protection and responsible gaming, however, partnerships like these allow for better solutions that will give continued insights into at-risk behavior for improved responsible gaming programs.”

“Sightline is in a unique position because our Play+ ecosystem, in the US, connects to nearly 100% of all digital platforms and 90%+ of all casino management systems, allowing for a uniform capability for a network-wide self-exclusion program through our SPAN Network,” said Kirk Sanford, CEO and Founder of Sightline Payments.

A primary goal of the partnership will be to work with the responsible and problem gambling communities to ensure these new solutions will work to enhance future programs for player protection.

“The Responsible Gambling Council is pleased to hear about the partnership between GameSecure and Sightline.  We believe that safeguards are imperative to the success of any self-exclusion program,” stated Shelley White, CEO of Responsible Gambling Council in Canada.

Keith Whyte, the Executive Director of the US National Council on Problem Gaming adding: “Congratulations to Bencon and Sightline for this step to further integrate responsible gaming into payment methods for the industry.  Streamlining player protection is an important goal for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and we are pleased to support this innovative effort.”

“Self-exclusion programs have been in existence for years with the on-premise ATM providers, however, until now nothing has existed for the digital world which is where the industry is moving,” added Sanford.

Bencon is currently working with multiple jurisdictions in the United States (and internationally) to integrate GameSecure into their Responsible Gaming Programs.

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OneTouch unleashes heavyweight Sumo Showdown

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Supplier’s second slot marks innovative addition to rapidly expanding content portfolio

 

Mobile-first games developer OneTouch has released its latest blockbuster slot game, the Japanese-themed Sumo Showdown.

The 4×4 grid game, featuring 10 payways, is the second slot from the innovative provider and follows the success of its debut game Juicy 7 unveiled in November this year.

Sumo Showdown centres on the ancient Japanese sport of Sumo wrestling with gargantuan warriors filling the reels and helping players to massive wins. Alongside the giants of the ring, the reels are packed with traditional oriental symbols including bonsai trees and a panoramic view of Mount Fuji.

The game’s exciting bonus feature includes respins when the Sumo symbol lands on both the first and fourth reels. These symbols act as scatters and do not have to be part of a payline to unlock winning spins. Random sticky wilds, in the form of a gyōji, or Sumo referee, can also replace symbols on the reels.

Ollie Castleman, Head of Marketing, OneTouch, said: “Sumo Showdown is the second slot game in our rapidly expanding portfolio of games content and its elegant design and fun gameplay is sure to be a massive hit with players across a number of key markets.

“Featuring easy to understand payways and a straightforward bonus feature, the user-friendly game will appeal to casual players and experienced gamers alike, and we’re delighted to add this slot to our burgeoning portfolio.

OneTouch’s collection of games also boasts Juicy 7, as well as classic casino table games Baccarat, Blackjack, Hold’em Poker, Russian Poker and Sic Bo, featuring cutting-edge sounds and graphics, while retaining the classic games’ authentic features.

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