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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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Sportradar partner with BBC to show European Badminton

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The BBC has reached an agreement with right holder Sportradar to live telecast the semi-final and final of Badminton’s European Mixed Team Championships in Copenhagen. The matches will be shown tomorrow and day after tomorrow on the BBC Sport website and digital platforms.

The tournament started on 13 February, with defending champions Denmark facing challenges from teams like France, the Netherlands and Spain in their group.

England, seeded second, have to face Ireland, Germany and Russia in their group.

England’s Men’s Singles player and National Champion, Rajiv Ouseph, assessed their chances.

“As players, we always enjoy the European team events and go to Denmark with the strongest possible squad which, due to injury, has not always been the case in past seasons.”

“When you pull on that England shirt, you really feel the pride of playing for your country, and we’re already excited to have another opportunity as a team to show that on court in front of the fans.”

Lutz Tigges, senior director audiovisual broadcast at Sportradar said, “We are really looking forward to starting coverage of the European Badminton Mixed Team Championships in Denmark. Demand for the broadcast coverage has been really strong and being able to add the BBC to that across their digital channels is another endorsement of the event.”

Live action will also be available to a global audience through Sportradar’s digital platform for the tournament, www.laola1.tv/badmintoneurope/

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Ubisoft join hands with Mozilla to create AI coding tools

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Ubisoft and Mozilla, who developed Firefox web browser, are joining hands to develop a AI-coding tool called Clever-Commit AI coding assistant. The partnership, initially signed for three years, involves exchange of ideas, techniques, and skills between the two companies in the development of Clever-Commit.

“Working with Mozilla on Clever-Commit allows us to support other programming languages and increase the overall performances of the technology,” said Mathieu Nayrolles, technical architect, data scientist, and member of the Technology Group at Ubisoft Montreal. “Using this tech in our games and in Firefox will allow developers to be more productive, as they can spend more time creating the next feature rather than fixing bugs. Ultimately, this will allow us to create even better experiences for our gamers and increase the frequency of our releases.”

This AI is being developed by the Ubisoft Technology Group, and evaluates whether or not a code change will introduce a new bug and proactively fix it by learning from past bugs and fixes. By applying Clever-Commit to both game development and Firefox development, Ubisoft and Mozilla will learn more about other programming languages and increase the knowledge of the AI’s toolbox.

Clever-Commit was first unveiled last year as a prototype (Commit-Assistant) by Ubisoft La Forge, a research branch of Ubisoft Montreal that works alongside academic institutions, in collaboration with Concordia University. In an effort to improve the overall quality of Ubisoft games, Clever-Commit learns from the development of major AAA games, and quickly identifies and fixes bugs so that teams can release more high-quality features, more frequently. To date, the AI has been able to identify if a code contains a bug with 70 per cent accuracy.

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Login Casino launches contest for 2 VIP passes for RGW

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The Login Casino magazine, the media gambling sponsor of RGW 2019, announces the contest for two VIP tickets for the leading gaming conference in Russia – Russian Gaming Week.

In order to compete for the prize one has to come up with a name for the RGW symbol – matreshka, and send their variant to be considered by the jury of experts. Competition for the tickets starts on February 12.

The winner will be defined on April 17. In general, the applications with contestants’ suggestions will be accepted till April 16 inclusive.

According to the event organizers, this year’s RGW will be even more intensive and diverse. First of all due to the fact that the number of applications for participation exceeds 3000.

Besides, the agenda of Russian Gaming Week also promises to be informative. According to Oksana Marisenko, manager of this project, the list of those presenting their ideas and latest developments will include software developers, payment systems manufacturers and law consultants in the field of gambling business.

The Betting Awards ceremony will include several nominations with the aim to highlight the leading representatives of the betting industry whose achievements in 2019 were the most outstanding”, said Oksana Marisenko.

The VIP pass provides several benefits. Firstly, these are special seats at the conference and a separate registration desk. Moreover, such ticket makes it possible to meet and talk with speakers and delegates in person and in a relaxed atmosphere.

In order to take part in the contest – register here.

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