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Kindred Group steps up fight on corruption in sports in the UK

Zoltan Tundik

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February 13, 2018 – Kindred Group strengthens its efforts in protecting sports betting integrity in the  United Kingdom by joining the Sports Betting Integrity Forum and also signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum works to develop Britain’s approach to protecting sports and sports betting being corrupted. It brings together representatives from sports governing bodies, betting operators, sport and betting trade associations, law enforcement and gambling regulation. Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) actively seeks to cooperate with national platforms where possible and is delighted to join this Forum.

Kindred has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the RFU of England. Under this agreement, RFU and Kindred will cooperate in keeping English rugby free of betting-related match-fixing. The agreement enables Kindred to pro-actively report suspicious betting patterns directly to RFU. Furthermore, Kindred and RFU, together with other key stakeholders in the fight against match-fixing, will collaborate on prevention and educational projects.

The RFU is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 2,000 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership. The RFU works to protect the integrity of the game by ensuring that all matches are contested on a level playing field and are won on merit.

Eric Konings, Sports Betting Integrity Officer at Kindred Group, says: “Cooperation is key in the battle against betting-related match-fixing, and we actively seek engagement with all parties, especially law enforcement, involved to keep sports clean of these criminal influences. Therefore, we are glad about the opportunity to contribute to the success of the Sports Betting Integrity Forum, and to cooperate with the RFU. It is in the best interest of all parties involved to keep British sports clean from corruption, and we thank both the SBIF and the RFU for teaming up with us”.

Chris Watts, co-chair of the SBIF and Head of Integrity Assurance at the British Horseracing Authority, said “I welcome Kindred Group to becoming the newest member of the UK’s National Platform.  The SBIF supports and coordinates the efforts of its members to developing and delivering Britain’s Action Plan for enhancing integrity in sport and sports betting, whilst keeping pace with increasing complexities and focusing on prevention, disruption and deterrents.  With Kindred Group’s global reach, extensive brand portfolio and innovations in the online gambling industry, I look forward to them becoming an active member of the SBIF and making a positive contribution to the delivery of our Action Plan.”

 

For more information:

Eric Konings, Sports Betting Integrity Officer

+44 7 720 497 176

eric.konings@kindredgroup.com

Alexander Westrell, Group Head of Communications

+46 73 7071686

alexander.westrell@kindredgroup.com

About Kindred Group

Kindred Group is one of the world’s leading online gambling operators with business across Europe and Australia, offering over 20 million customers across 11 brands a great form of entertainment in a safe, fair and sustainable environment. The company, which employs about 1,400 people, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap and is a member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and founding member of ESSA (sports betting integrity). Kindred Group is audited and certified by eCOGRA for compliance with the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling (2014/478/EU). Read more on www.kindredgroup.com.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Fair Play Bets announce Microgaming deal

George Miller

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Thursday, February 22, 2018, Malta – Fair Play Bets, operator of multiple reputable online casinos, has ramped-up its world-class offering on its VegasPlay.com and DiamondWorldCasino.com casinos by launching the Microgaming portfolio of games via the Quickfire platform. This new agreement underlies Fair Play Bets commitment to offering the most entertaining casino games.

Fair Play Bets enjoys an unrivalled reputation for an outstanding player experience, with secure deposits and withdrawals, surprising casino bonuses and committed customer support. Fair Play Bets is licensed in UK, Malta and Curacao.

Microgaming is a pioneer of online gaming, with award-winning casino, poker and bingo software, as well as the popular Quickfire platform. Through this new agreement Fair Play Bets has extended their games offering significantly and added a vast choice of new game content on their sites, VegasPlay.com and DiamondWorldCasino.com. This includes top-performers Jurassic World, Thunderstruck II and Immortal Romance.

Andrew Clucas, Director of Quickfire commented, “Fair Play Bets are a great addition to the Quickfire platform, with a number of popular online casinos providing entertainment to players. As per our announcement at ICE, this year we are set to shake up the online slot market by working with a range of new, independent studios on an exclusive basis. There isn’t a better time to join the Quickfire platform, with an award-winning portfolio of proven games, as well as a very strong content roadmap for 2018!

Jeremy Fall, Head of Marketing at Fair Play Bets said, “Our secure casinos are enhanced with the Microgaming portfolio. We are delighted to have such a range of exciting and innovative slots available on our platforms via Quickfire, and look forward to adding more as Microgaming has an impressive release schedule for 2018.

Malcolm Ferrante, a Director of Fair Play Bets said, “Becoming a partner with Microgaming is another positive step for Fair Play Bets following agreements with a number of major operators in recent weeks. We look forward to a solid partnership with Microgaming and the Quickfire team, and to announcing further developments very soon.
For further information visit www.fpbets.com

 

ABOUT FAIR PLAY BETS
Fair Play Bets Limited is an operator of a number of reputable online casinos, allowing players to enjoy a world-class gaming experience. Fair Play Bets operate a number of online casinos that enjoy great popularity among players. All Fair Play Bets gaming sites are characterised by a distinctive and distinguished look, offering a rewarding range of casino games carefully selected to provide an outstanding and entertaining gaming experience as well as fantastic bonuses. The company is licensed in the UK, Malta and Curacao.

ABOUT MICROGAMING
Based in the Isle of Man, Microgaming are the world’s leading supplier of online gaming software. Microgaming’s products include Casino, Multi-player, Mobile, Poker, Bingo, Land-based, Sportsbook, Live Dealer, Business Solutions and Quickfire. Microgaming has created more than 850 unique casino games, including over 1,200 variants. Publishing a mix of licensed and proprietary content, Microgaming keep their portfolio fresh by releasing new titles every month.

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Robert Dowling to call the shots for Ganapati PLC

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Ganapati PLC, which develops and supplies online gambling games and offers web service applications for the social media and consumer game markets has commissioned Robert Dowling as their new Chief Commercial Officer.

Going forward, Dowling who took over the role on 1st February will call the shots for the company. In view of this Dowling plans to put his shoulder to the wheels in order to expand and take the company a gear up,  in the international gaming market.

Dowling has a track record of an impressive reputation and a wealth of experience in the gaming and entertainment industries. After having operated some of Malta’s most established entertainment brands, Dowling decided to make the move to the online world four years ago and has not looked back since.

His success over these past few years as part of the EveryMatrix sales team includes attracting some of the biggest household names in the business and developing a network that is second-to-none.

It was through this network that Dowling helped create awareness and recognition for the brand within the Maltese ecosystem, and he will be hoping to recreate and build-upon this success with Ganapati.

Dowling took over the role just in the ripe time to be a part of Ganapati’s successful display at the ICE Totally Gaming Convention in early February, which was a fantastic starting point for the business.

Ganapati PLC are a supplier of high-quality, entertainment-focused online casino content for the international gaming industry. Established in 2016 by a global group of experienced entrepreneurs, Ganapati supplies titles that combine the best Japanese game logic and design with a unique entertainment element.

Dowling in his new role as Chief Commercial Officer for the company will be spending his time developing a dynamic sales network that will take Ganapati PLC  to the pinnacles of success.

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Bede Gaming to integrate premium Pragmatic Play games portfolio

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22nd February, 2018 – Bede Gaming, a leading supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has signed a partnership agreement with Pragmatic Play, which will see the content provider’s entire offering integrated into Bede PLAY.

Pragmatic Play’s portfolio of more than 80 HTML5 games, including Chilli Heat, Gold Rush, Vegas Nights, Caishen’s Gold and Jurassic Giants will be available to all Bede operators.

The addition of Pragmatic Play’s portfolio is the latest step in Bede Gaming’s expansion of best-in-class content available via PLAY, having already signed several partnership deals with top content suppliers in the last few months.

Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “We are always looking to expand our offering to clients with the latest and most exciting titles, and integrating Pragmatic Play’s games was an obvious decision as we continue to combine premium content with our leading marketing tools.

We look forward to enjoying a long and productive relationship with a provider whose games are already performing very well.

Yossi Barzely, Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: We have a strong commitment to growing our footprint in regulated markets, and are delighted to do so in partnership with a provider as respected as Bede.

I am sure our diverse and expertly-modelled range of games will prove popular with their clients all over the world.

Bede’s platform offers a completely flexible gaming solution and robust security measures, and is fast establishing itself as the first-choice option for innovative operators globally.

Founded in 2012, Bede Gaming employs the latest in modern technology to provide speed and security in a high-quality gaming platform.

 

About Bede Gaming

Bede Gaming is a leading supplier of software to the online gaming industry, powering some of the biggest brands globally. The platform provider works in regulated markets and processes tens of millions of transactions per month.

The Bede platform is flexible, scalable, modular and fully open meaning operators can integrate any third party software required into the platform or use its bespoke solutions. Bede’s platform also integrates into land based systems, offering operators a genuine omni-channel convergence solution.

Bede Gaming, which is headquartered in Newcastle upon-Tyne, UK, is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and is an approved supplier of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

About Pragmatic Play

Pragmatic Play is one of the fastest growing mobile and desktop providers of digital casino games for the online gaming industry. Our passion for premium entertainment is unrivalled and we strive to create only the most engaging and evocative gaming experiences.

Pragmatic Play’s Games Library contains unique in-house content consisting of over 80 proven slot games, supporting 23 languages and all major currencies. We employ our extensive expertise to ensure that each high-quality game developed in our studios represents our mantra of innovation and dedication.

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