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SIS awarded ESIC Gold Standards accreditation for Competitive Gaming offering

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Endorsement marks out supplier as only esports betting events provider to officially meet new integrity measures

SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading multi-channel supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has been awarded the Esports Integrity Commission’s (ESIC) Gold Standards, the highest possible accreditation from the industry association.

The award sees SIS become the first esports betting events supplier to meet ESIC’s stringent new criteria, created to set unmatched levels of integrity and safety in the esports betting industry, for its Competitive Gaming portfolio (Esoccer, Ebasketball and CS:GO).

The purpose of the ESIC Gold Standard is to build on its existing principles by setting out a list of standards for tournament organisers, ensuring that events are run to the highest level of integrity and safety for the benefit of all stakeholders.

With stringent integrity measures in place, SIS Competitive Gaming follows best practice outlined by ESIC in addition to strict operational measures in place to ensure that each event is fair.

Each SIS Competitive Gaming head-to-head match, all of which take place from within SIS’ UK-based self-contained studios, is streamed live with experienced casters providing live in-game commentary. The streams take place through a secure platform that is exclusive to licensed operator sites where the age of the audience has been verified and is not available on open streaming services, meaning there is less danger of toxic messaging of the sort that is often carried on unlicensed sites.

All events are overseen by a dedicated ESIC-trained integrity referee and have a real-time link to SIS’ expert trading team, which closely monitors betting activity. Rigorous gamer competitiveness and predictability tracking measures are in place, through supremacy and volatility reporting, with all events taking place in a jurisdiction with well-respected legal and employment rights.

The new ESIC Gold Standards have been created to elevate transparency and impartiality, and required SIS to meet a number of rigorous requirements across the board, including:

  • No communication devices allowed anywhere in the gaming studios
  • Minimum of three employed personnel (independent from gamers) watching every event
  • Controlled fixed game settings to ensure fair and competitive play
  • Employees are fully background checked for criminal records, with references taken
  • Ensure all gamers are of sufficient skills and expertise to compete against other pro gamers.
  • ESIC anti-corruption code to be signed by all staff and gamers

SIS continues to work with ESIC to evolve the Gold Standards to improve Integrity and the visibility of clear tangible rules and standards by which tournament organisers should run events.

Adam Conway, Head of Esports & Competitive Gaming at SIS, said: “We are extremely proud to have received this new accreditation, which shines a light on the very high integrity and safety standards we have always put at the core of our Competitive Gaming offering.

“Our operator partners and their customers appreciate our high levels of integrity, such as visible referees invigilating every game, making us the only esports betting events supplier to do so.”

Ian Smith, Commissioner at Esports Integrity Commission, said: “ESIC’s new Gold Standards set heightened levels of integrity and safety in the Esports industry for the benefit of all stakeholders, and through ongoing assessment of SIS’ Competitive Gaming operations, which meet all the key integrity requirements, we are delighted to award SIS with ESIC’s Gold Standards, our highest possible accreditation”.

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WorldMatch Secures its Gaming License in Romania

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WorldMatch announced that it has obtained its gaming license in Romania. This significant milestone marks a substantial step in the company’s global expansion strategy and further solidifies its position as a leader in the online gambling industry.

The license granted by the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN) authorises WorldMatch to provide its innovative products and services in the regulated Romanian market. This includes a wide range of online slots, table games, video poker and more, all rigorously tested and certified to ensure a safe, fair and high-quality gaming experience for Romanian players.

“We are thrilled to secure our gaming license in Romania. This success underscores our commitment to global expansion and strengthens our position as a preferred partner for online casino operators worldwide. We look forward to collaborating with local regulated partners to deliver an extraordinary gaming experience to Romanian players,” Andrea Boratto, CEO at WorldMatch, said.

WorldMatch’s entry into the Romanian market will offer local operators access to its extensive portfolio of high-quality gaming content.

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3 Oaks Gaming granted UKGC licence

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iGaming supplier advances growth strategy with key regulatory approval

3 Oaks Gaming, an established distributor of iGaming content, has announced that it has been granted its remote operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

This prestigious achievement is a monumental landmark for the company who will now be able to distribute its games to licenced operators within the United Kingdom. This milestone not only expands the company’s reach, but also solidifies its position as a provider of choice within the industry.

Operators can anticipate access to a diverse selection of the supplier’s top-performing games, such as 3 Hot Chillies, Coin Volcano, and Sun of Egypt 3 which are currently undergoing certification, ensuring compliance and seamless integration for future partners.

Securing a UK licence represents a pivotal moment in the trajectory of 3 Oaks Gaming, as the provider prepares to announce significant commercial agreements in the coming months. This strategic business development achievement is set to complement the company’s current operations, bolstered by its existing Isle of Man licence.

Sebastian Damian, Managing Director of 3 Oaks Gaming, said: “We are thrilled to have obtained our UKGC licence, an esteemed accreditation within one of the world’s most recognised gambling markets. With this milestone achieved, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality, engaging content to UK-licenced operators.

“Our focus remains on progressing our market position and achieving ambitious growth goals, all while upholding our commitment to promoting responsible gaming.”

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DSWV Calls for Changes as Black Market Betting Rises in 2023

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The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has analysed the development of the German sports betting market for 2023 at its annual press conference. The main focus was on tax revenues, the black market and player protection.

Decline in Tax Revenue

In 2023, legal sports betting providers in Germany recorded stakes of €7.72 billion, a decrease of 5.4% compared to the previous year.

“Instead, the money flows into the coffers of the black market providers,” DSWV President Mathias Dahms said.

This development illustrates the challenges facing the legal market. One important reason for the decline is the migration of many players to illegal offerings. For example, since the State Treaty on Gambling came into force in 2021, regulated providers have not been able to keep up with the extensive betting offers of the black market due to a limited betting programme. The association is, therefore, calling for attractive framework conditions for regulated providers so that they remain competitive.

Combating the Black Market

Despite regulation, the black market has a significant market share in Germany. Studies, such as the Schnabl study by DSWV and DOCV, show that around half of the time spent by German online gambling users is spent on illegal sites. This alarming development requires urgent action on the part of the Joint Gambling Authority of the federal states (GGL). The DSWV is, therefore, calling for a reorientation of the current regulatory policy in order to strengthen the legal market and curb the black market.

Promotion of Player Protection

Many interested parties will open betting accounts during the European Football Championship. It is, therefore, all the more important that gamblers are directed to the legal market. Advertising helps to make the brands of legal providers stand out from the illegal offers on the black market. Only companies permitted by the GGL protect players. In the debate on sports betting advertising, the DSWV is, therefore, expressly opposed to a ban on advertising.

“No company can survive if it is not allowed to advertise, and this must remain the case for sports betting providers. Otherwise, players are left with the black market, where there are no protective measures and controls,” Dahms said during the conference.

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