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Leading UK Operators Invite Lord Chadlington to Lead Independent Committee on Safer Gambling

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Leading UK Operators Invite Lord Chadlington to Lead Independent Committee on Safer Gambling
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Five of the largest gambling operators in the UK have asked safer gambling advocate Lord Chadlington to chair an independent committee which will seek to address the administration of funds towards safer gambling initiatives, including the treatment of problem gambling.

The news follows on from the five companies (Bet365, Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings, Sky Betting and Gaming, and William Hill) setting out their commitment to raise their voluntary contributions from 0.1% to 1% of gross gambling yield by 2023. The five companies highlighted four key areas in which the additional funding will be distributed: treatment; advertising; transparency; and data sharing.

“The committee will consult widely to formulate its recommendations taking account in particular of the views of government, regulators, the third sector, gambling operators and those with lived experience. I am pleased to accept the invitation to chair this committee particularly as the five gambling companies are committed to implementing any reasonable recommendations it may make. I will announce the membership of the committee by mid-September,” Lord Chadlington accepted the invitation and said.

“We are absolutely committed to providing further funding toward treatment and other responsible gambling initiatives, and we believe the committee will identify and recommend how best to deploy effectively this investment. We believe this is an important step towards creating a safer gambling environment and look forward to reviewing and implementing its recommendations later this year,” a spokesperson for the five companies said.

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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NOVOMATIC Appoints Robert van Roosendaal as its Key Account Director

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NOVOMATIC has appointed Robert van Roosendaal as its Key Account Director for Germany, BENELUX, Iceland, Portugal and France. Robert van Roosendaal is a gaming industry expert with many years of sales experience.

Robert van Roosendaal is now responsible for the distribution of the complete portfolio of casino products in Germany, Iceland, Portugal, the BENELUX countries and France. He reports into Jens Einhaus, VP International Sales, Europe and The Americas.

“With Robert van Roosendaal we have been able to assign this key position – especially in the German and French casino markets – to an expert with extensive sales experience as well as excellent market and product knowledge,” Jens Einhaus said.

Robert van Roosendaal joined NOVOMATIC AG in 2016. After a number of sales-related projects, he was most recently Senior Manager Global Sales for Emerging Markets. Prior to joining NOVOMATIC, he held senior sales positions with renowned manufacturers in the casino industry.

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STS Scores 2 Nominations for 2019 SBC Awards

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Star-Typ Sport (STS), the leader of the bookmaking market in Poland, has secured two nominations for the 2019 SBC Awards. The two nominations are for the categories “Sportsbook of the Year” and “Omni-channel Operator of the Year” (Sports and Casino).

SBC Awards are recognition of the achievements of operators and affiliates, as well as suppliers from all major categories, including payments, marketing, platform and data providers.

The award ceremony will take place on December 3 at Battersea Evolution in London.

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Betsson Sells its Stake in Global Gaming

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Betsson AB has sold its entire stake in Global Gaming 555 because of the latter firm’s ongoing struggles in Sweden’s regulated market. The sale was reportedly done sometime in July, mere weeks after Betsson was revealed to have equally quietly acquired 726k shares (1.8%) of Global Gaming.

Betsson’s shares are up 4%, while Global Gaming’s shares tumbled 9.3%. Global Gaming’s share price is now less than one-fifth of what it was at the start of the year, reflecting the turmoil the company has endured in its biggest market.

In June, Sweden’s Spelinspektionen revoked Global Gaming’s online license due to alleged anti-money laundering and social responsibility shortcomings at the company’s Ninja Casino brand. The company’s efforts to appeal the revocation were rejected by Swedish courts.

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