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UK TV gambling ad ban will start in 2019

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Ending an avalanche of conflicting reports, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has confirmed that the ban of gambling advertisements on television during live sports broadcasts will come into effect January next year.

When the ban comes into force, there will be no advertisements for gambling companies during a set time period, beginning from five minutes before a start of the event to five minutes after its end.

There will be other measures as well, such as an end to betting adverts being broadcast around highlight shows and re-runs. Bookmakers will not be allowed to sponsor sports programmes shown before the 9PM watershed.

Exceptions will be made for horse and greyhound programmes, which are seen as more reliant on betting than other forms of televised sport.

“Today the gambling industry is responding positively to public concerns about the amount of gambling advertising on television before the watershed,” IGRG chair John Hagan commented. “We are announcing a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on gambling advertising during all televised live sport before the watershed, with the exception of horseracing and greyhound racing.

“We believe that these new voluntary TV measures, which have been approved by the trade associations representing every sector of the gambling industry, will drastically reduce the amount of gambling advertising on television and they complement the strict controls that already govern gambling companies around advertising on digital platforms,” Hagan went on. “We believe that this is itself a watershed moment as we strive to provide the ever, safer gambling environment which gambling consumers and the wider public expect, and which is so important to the future success and sustainability of our industry.”

The move comes after a week of speculation, with news of the ban – which was first discussed earlier last month – first revealed by the BBC amid growing pressure on the industry to amend its advertising strategies.

The move was welcomed by State Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright.

“Gambling firms banning advertising on TV during live sport is a welcome move and I am pleased that the sector is stepping up and responding to public concerns,” Wright said. “It is vital children and vulnerable people are protected from the threat of gambling-related harm. Companies must be socially responsible.”

UKGC chief Neil McArthur described the announcement as a significant step towards showing that the betting industry was mindful of customer concerns.

“Importantly, it also demonstrates the value of collaborating across companies and across sectors to make gambling fairer and safer. I hope that this can be used as a model for future industry action to reduce and prevent harm.”

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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Week 29 slot games releases

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The highly anticipated new game title from Wazdan, Larry the Leprechaun, has officially been released – just in time for iGB Live! – offering players a little Irish luck as they journey through an enchanted forest in search of a pot full of gold. Larry the Leprechaun transports players into the enchanted forest where they can spin the reels in their search for the ancient Irish legend, the ultimate pot of gold. Full of exciting twists and turns, Larry the Leprechaun offers players a wide variety of special features that charm each spin. The game has 16 reels and no paylines, meaning that symbols pay on any position on the reels. What is more, players can block any symbols and re-spin the reels for a chance to get a winning combination.

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Blueprint Gaming is inviting players to beat the banker once again in the latest addition to its popular Pub Fruit Series – Deal or No Deal: Double Action™. Following the success of last year’s debut release, The Perfect Play, the next incarnation of the slot game using the Deal or No Deal™ licence, inspired by the world-renowned gameshow, delivers even more features from the classic pub fruit gaming format. Collect five or more telephone symbols to trigger the Double Action feature, where players can experience two games at the same time and double their chances of picking a box filled with top prizes.

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Microgaming has launched its latest online slot “Magic of Sahara” developed by All41 Studios. Following the release of Le Kaffee Bar, Magic of Sahara is the second game developed by All41 Studios. Conjured up with lavish art and music, the game’s enchanting atmosphere invites players into a desert wonderland filled with stacked wilds, free spins and a Token Chain feature. Casting a spell during the base game are valuable super stacked wilds, which can materialise on reels three and four, invoking magical rewards.

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DouYu International Holdings Ltd Raises $775 Million in U.S. IPO

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DouYu International Holdings Ltd, a Chinese video-streaming service which is backed by the Tencent Holdings Ltd, has raised $775 million through an initial public offering in the U.S.

DouYu sold 67.39 million American depositary shares at $11.50 apiece, at the bottom of an indicative price range of $11.50 to $14 a share. The IPO values the company at nearly $4 billion, including restricted shares issued to employees under a share-based compensation program.

In 2018, around 683 million people or roughly half the country’s population, played games on phones, computers or game consoles. The market-research firm forecasts that number will reach 878 million or nearly a third of videogamers globally in 2023.

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Fortuna Becomes the Official Sponsor of Stomil Olsztyn in Poland

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Bookmaker Fortuna has signed a deal with the Polish football club Stomil Olsztyn and become the official sponsor of the club. The contract will be valid at least until the end of the 2019/2020 season.

The joint marketing plans of Stomil and Fortuna assume activations directed to supporters and the presence of a bookmaker in the club’s social media channels.

“Involvement of the club and players in the struggle for survival of Stomil at the level of Fortuna 1st League in the spring round of the previous season made a huge impression on the whole football environment,” Leszek Haba, Member of the Board, Marketing Director of Fortuna Online Zakłady Bukmacherskie said.

“I am convinced that better days are coming for the Pride of Warmia, therefore, as Fortuna, we want to accompany the team from Olsztyn in the fight for higher and higher sporting and organizational goals. I hope that thanks to cooperation with Stomil we will strengthen our presence in the region, and the club, with our support, will soon refer to the times when, as an equal, it competed with the best teams in the country,” Leszek Haba added.

“We are very pleased that such a company recognized on the Polish market, which undoubtedly is Fortuna joined the group supporting the Club and together we will build #NowyStomil. I believe that this cooperation will bring benefits for both parties,” Robert Jurga, President of Stomil said.

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