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Sportradar releases official response to Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis

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Sportradar, the world’s leading provider of data, content and integrity solutions, has published its response to the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis report, released in April this year, which proposed recommendations for addressing the sport’s integrity issues.

 

Within the response, Sportradar has supported the majority of the Panel’s recommendations but outlined concerns in relation to the recommendation regarding the discontinuance of data sales, stating that this approach would not only fail in practice but would cause further risk to the integrity of the game, with potentially irreversible consequences.

Sportradar Managing Director Group Operations, David Lampitt explained the factors outlined within the company’s response.

“Attempting a total data black-out on a sport has never been done, or even trialed or tested before. Counter evidence and expert analysis indicate that such an approach is likely to have a harmful effect on integrity, which would be hard to reverse if unsuccessful.

“So, the Panel is staking its reputation, and that of the sport, on an uncertain ‘guess’, when there is good evidence that a different approach and an incremental process of implementing enhanced and targeted measures would be more likely to deliver successful outcomes and integrity benefits.

“If the recommendations remain unchanged, they would push the betting market underground where the integrity issues would be out of sight. This may give the veneer of improving the situation but would not deal with the underlying issues. These must not be brushed under the carpet.

“It’s important to point out that the relative risk that the Review attributes to the different levels of tennis is also misleading. In 2017, and consistently over the last four years, ITF tennis has, in fact, had the lowest risk of corruption across all the levels of the professional game, including the Grand Slams.

“Of course, integrity risks exist across all levels. But they are most prevalent at the mid-level of the Men’s game, so the rationale for applying the most draconian measures to the ITF Men’s and Women’scompetitions and recommending relatively modest changes at the other levels doesn’t tally with the evidence.

“Ultimately our interests, like the Panel’s and other stakeholders involved, including the tennis governing bodies as well as the betting companies, are focused on safeguarding a clean sport. We want to be transparent about our submissions as we believe the evidence is important to ensure decisions are not taken that may have unintended and harmful consequences for the sport.”

Sportradar’s recommendations outlined within the response to the Review include:

  1. Implement a proactive tennis-wide approach to restricting data distribution, targeting specific matches with an elevated risk of corrupt activity based on a consistent and analysis-led evaluation. This is something that Sportradar is doing as part of their integrity partnership with the ITF
  2. Create a new body made up of representatives from tennis, betting operators and sports data companies to ensure a more concerted and collective approach to fighting corruption in tennis across related operational areas that should include the application of the above targeted data restrictions
  3. Increase AV streaming coverage, where possible, to help provide reliable evidence
  4. Create new regulations to enable quicker sanctioning based on betting data and expert player analysis
  5. Bring in targeted measures to deal with online abuse of players, especially at lower levels, enabling players to escalate concerns
  6. Use technology to target risks, streamline processes, maximise impact and enhance intelligence-led enforcement action

The Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis was released on 25 April this year after the tennis international governing bodies, the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and the Grand Slam Board appointed an Independent Review Panel to address betting related and other integrity issues facing the sport in early 2016.

Sportradar’s official response to the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis is available in full here.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Fidelity National to acquire Worldpay for about $35 billion

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US-based Fintech company Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has signed a deal to acquire Worldpay, a UK-based payment processing company, for about $35 billion. This is said to be the largest deal in the payments segment. The FIS offer for Worldpay, which was bought by US credit card processing company Vantiv in 2017 for $10.63 billion, values Worldpay at about $43 billion, when debt is included, the companies said on Monday.

Worldpay’s London listed shares were up 9.4 per cent at 8104 pence in early trading on Monday.

“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” FIS Chief Executive Officer Gary Norcross said in a statement.

Worldpay shareholders will receive 0.9287 FIS shares and $11 in cash for each share held, valuing the company at $112.12 per share — a premium of about 14 per cent based on the stocks’ Friday closing, according to Reuters calculations. The combined entity will have revenue of about $12 billion, the companies said.

Upon closing, FIS shareholders will own about 53 per cent and Worldpay shareholders about 47 per cent of the combined company.

Worldpay, which has provided payment processing services for more than 40 years, operated as a business unit of Fifth Third Bancorp until June 2009 when it separated as a stand-alone company. It was spun out of RBS to private-equity firms Bain Capital and Advent International in 2010.

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ComeOn recruits Hampus Eriksson as CPO

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Gaming operator ComeOn, a subsidiary of Cherry AB is strengthening its management team by recruiting Hampus Eriksson as CPO (Chief Product Officer).

 

Hampus joins ComeOn from game supplier NetEnt, where he worked as Director of Product & Services. Hampus has an extensive background with solid experience from both marketing and product-related managerial roles in the iGaming industry.

“I have followed ComeOn’s journey for several years and am impressed with how well they have succeeded with their brands in highly competitive markets. At the same time, I perceive great potential and major development opportunities on the product side, so it will be very exciting to be part of ComeOn’s continued success,” says Hampus Eriksson.

“ComeOn continues to deliver strong results while investing in innovation and technology. We are convinced that the development of our industry will continue at a fast pace and it will therefore be important to remain at the forefront and able to respond quickly when necessary. With Hampus Eriksson on the management team, we are further strengthening our product focus, which is fantastic both for us and our customers,” says Lahcene Merzoug, CEO of ComeOn.

ComeOn is a leading player in the rapidly growing market for online gaming via mobile, tablet and computer, with well-known brands and strong positions, primarily in casino and sports betting.

 

CHERRY IN BRIEF:

Cherry is an innovative and fast-growing gaming company with operations in gaming, entertainment and media. The company was founded in 1963 and today, Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Development, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The Group’s objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry AB’s principal owner is Bridgepoint Europe VI Fund. The company’s Class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se.

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Wazdan super sizes their games with the launch of new Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode

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Wazdan games hit the big screen with the addition of a new Unique Wazdan Feature, Big Screen Mode, which lets players zoom their games to show bigger reels for super-sized fun.

Innovative game producer Wazdan has been developing market leading, tech-rich slot games for more than a decade through their team of gaming enthusiasts committed to pushing the limits of technology, gaming and inventive features which allow players to tailor their experience.

The latest addition in Wazdan’s lineup of Unique Wazdan Features is the Big Screen Mode. Through the Big Screen Mode feature, players of Wazdan games are able to zoom in on their game, showing bigger reels and changing the dedicated control panel below the game into universal buttons, which are placed on the right-hand side of the screen, just like players would experience in the mobile version. With two zoom modes to choose from, players can adjust the width of the reels to their screen. By enabling this unique feature, players can focus on the thrilling action taking place on the reels of their favourite slot game.

Unique Wazdan Features have long been the secret sauce making Wazdan games a cut above the rest. All new Wazdan games come jam-packed with Unique Wazdan Features, ensuring players control their playing experience, making adjustments to suit their particular preferences.

So far Wazdan has 7 Unique Wazdan Features on offer. Their world-first patented Volatility Levels™ give players the option to change the volatility level of each round. The Unique Gamble Feature can be activated after every win, giving players an extra game with a 50/50 chance to double their win in an instant. For players on the move, activating Energy Saving Mode will extend the life of any device’s battery by roughly 40%. Ultra Lite Mode suites players suffering with a slow Internet connection to decrease the games load time. Double Screen Mode allows players to see the pay table for each game, where win values of all game symbols can be seen, including special symbols like scatters and wilds. Finally, for players who like a rapid game, Wazdan’s Ultra Fast Mode allows them to adjust the speed of the game, without affecting the game algorithms, performance or its RTP.

Wazdan offers players and operators more than 110 stunning HTML5 games with these cutting-edge Unique Wazdan Features.

Wazdan Head of Sales, Andrzej Hyla, says, “We are proud of the accomplishments of the Wazdan team and brand. It has been a big year for us, and Big Screen Mode is yet another example of the innovation we inject into our games. Big Screen Mode has already been received with enthusiasm by players, as have the games which offer this feature. With so many new title releases, partnerships and accomplishments already this year, we are beyond excited for every new month, sure to come with many more announcements.”

Keep up to date with the latest Wazdan news at: https://www.wazdan.com

 

ABOUT WAZDAN:

Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver an original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 110 HLML5 slots, table games and video poker games, Wazdan is gaining popularity in the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Magic Stars 3, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns as well as amazing new and upcoming slot games, including Los Muertos™, Mayan Ritual™ and Larry the Leprechaun amongst others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility Levels™, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes, Ultra Lite Mode, Ultra Fast Mode, as well the brand new Big Screen Mode. Wazdan holds a number of European trademarks including a trademark for their world’s-first Volatility Level™. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay.

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