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ASA censors William Hill advertisements

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UK’s advertisement watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned the advertisement campaign of William Hill. The authority deemed that the advertisement was served to under-18s after Google’s ad placement programme placed it in a Nintendo Mario Kart app.

The ad, which appeared within an app called New Mario Kart 8 Trick, advertised William Hill’s online “Vegas games,” followed by a button which said “Install.” The app had a PEGI rating 3 – meaning that it was considered suitable for all audiences.

William Hill said its Mario Kart brand is not targeted at children.

It said the game in which the ad was seen was based on Mario Kart and that Nintendo had reported that in 2017, 86 per cent of Nintendo Switch players were over 18 and that Mario Kart was one of the main games available on the platform. It argued that although the figures were subjective, it considered that it was a good indication that Mario Kart was used by the “older generation.”

However, the ASA suggested that its audiences included under-18s, and that gambling ads were not appropriate around related media. It told William Hill to ensure its ads had appropriate targeting in the future, and that “the ad must not be used again without further, specific targeting to minimise the likelihood of under-18s being exposed to it.”

William Hill said that it “would ever knowingly target children or people under the age of 18 and that their intention was always to advertise and market to consumers who were 18+.” The brand said that it had used Google’s Universal App Campaign and that it had minimal control over the placement of ads across the tech giant’s search, display network, YouTube and Play Store properties.

 

Source: 5StarMedia

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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SportPesa signs partnership with F1 team Racing Point

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SportPesa, the premier betting platform based in Africa, has signed an agreement with the British Formula 1 team Racing Point. In the process, SportPesa becomes the first online betting company to join hands with Formula 1 team.

Racing Point was earlier known as Sahara Force India. Racing Point cars in the 2019 Formula One season will now sport a SportPesa brand as the title sponsor.

Speaking after the agreement, SportPesa Company Director Adam Beighton reiterated on the importance of the deal.

“Equally important is the platform it provides us, which enables us to stay true to our mission; to build and develop grassroots and professional sport in countries where we operate by bringing new opportunities to local communities,” Beighton said.

On his side, Racing Point CEO and team Principal Otmar Szafnauer welcomed the deal and praised the betting giant for supporting sport.

“We are excited to have such an ambitious partner on board to help us deliver our team mission and look forward to working with them to bring the sport of Formula One closer to fans around the world,” Said Szafnauer.

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Highlight Games’ SOCCERBET™ is top performer with Eurobet

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Highlight Games Limited today announces that its SOCCERBET single match and league football products are now live with Eurobet in Italy.

Since launch, SOCCERBET has consistently been the top performing virtual sports product across the Eurobet retail estate with player numbers and average bet amounts increasing daily. SOCCERBET games are based on Highlight Games’ exclusively licensed and ADM approved virtual football product which features real archive footage from the Serie A Italian football league.

Tim Green, CEO, Highlight Games Limited, said: “I’m delighted to announce that SOCCERBET has been the number one performing virtual sports product across the Eurobet retail estate since launch.

“Entering a new product concept into a mature market can be challenging, but this innovative game takes players to the heart of the action where they can watch real league highlights play out and it is, therefore, no surprise that it has received such a fantastic response.

“We look forward to the continued success of SOCCERBET as we complete rollout to Eurobet’s 720 retail venues and online and mobile channels.”

Carlo Di Maio, Sportsbook Director, Eurobet, added: “Since its launch last month, SOCCERBET’s performance has exceeded expectations.

“The opportunity for players to bet on genuine Serie A archive footage has proven an irresistible one, and this is reflected in increased levels of player engagement which is driving incremental revenues. SOCCERBET delivers entertainment in a class of its own.”

 

About Highlight Games Limited:

Highlight Games is a specialist games supplier founded in 2014 and managed by CEO Tim Green, Director Stewart Whittle, Director Nick Gardiner and General Counsel Steven Holmes.  Specializing in creating innovative, sports focused betting experiences, the Company’s flagship SOCCERBET™ product features highly optimized game design based on decades of archived live action football and can be tailored to suit the sportsbook or virtuals offering of operators around the globe across retail, online and mobile. Highlight Games Limited www.highlight-games.com is majority owned by Swedish gaming, entertainment and media firm Cherry AB. Cherry AB’s class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se.

 

About Eurobet Italia Srl:

Eurobet Italia Srl is part of GVC Holdings PLC and owns more than 850 betting shops across Italy and one of the most popular betting and gaming website in the Italian gambling Industry. Eurobet was born in 1995 and was one of the first bookmaker to take online bets. In 1999 Coral (third UK bookmaker at that time) completed the Eurobet acquisition, followed by the merge with Gala, and the GalaCoral Group foundation in 2005. The historic merge between Ladbrokes and GalaCoral of 2016 created the most important betting and gaming company in the UK (LadbrokesCoral Group). In 2018, GVC Holdings completed the Ladbrokes Coral takeover, creating one of the world’s biggest gambling groups. Today Eurobet is one of market leaders in the betting and gaming industry in Italy, thanks to a wide product offer, both online and offline, with special focus on innovation and responsible gaming propositions.

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Patagonia Entertainment signs content deal with Hacksaw Gaming

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Curacao-based digital entertainment company Patagonia Entertainment signed a content agreement with Hacksaw Gaming, a mobile-first developer based in Malta.

As per the deal, Patagonia Entertainment will integrate a wide selection of outstanding scratch card products from the Hacksaw portfolio and will integrate more in future. Hacksaw Gaming has licenses in multiple jurisdictions and its scratchcards have an RTP ranging between 50 and 80 per cent for high margins, the addition of speed helps increase profits. Big jackpots are on offer for players, who can win up to €500 000 on a single scratchcard. The games act as the perfect tool for companies looking to, market and acquire new customers at low costs.

Patagonia Entertainment’s Global Business Development Manager Victor Arias said: “Integrating Hacksaw Gaming’s content onto our platform builds on a great start to 2019. Its visionary games fit our brand perfectly and the results speak for themselves.”

Marcus Cordes, COO at Hacksaw Gaming, said: “Hacksaw Gaming was founded with a vision for revolutionising scratch cards and we are delighted this has been recognised by Patagonia Entertainment, which has shown great enthusiasm for our products.”

 

About Patagonia Entertainment:
Patagonia Entertainment is a truly omni-channel iGaming platform servicing both new and established online and land-based operators. The company began life in Video Bingo game development and is still known for creating the most innovative titles on the market. Video Bingo is a hybrid between Bingo and Slot games. The company has managed to become one of the most popular game developers in the Latin American market and are rapidly growing into other markets. More information about Patagonia Entertainment can be found at www.patagonia-e.com.

 

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