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Alan Buckley honoured for life long contribution to the industry

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Alan Buckley (L) receives the prestigious Bacta Community Award from chief executive John White
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Industry servant Alan Buckley, has been recognised for the huge contribution he has made to the development of the children’s rides sector of the business, receiving the prestigious Bacta Community Award from chief executive John White. The presentation was made in the company of friends and colleagues, which included representatives from Bacta, BALPPA and The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, who were attending the recent Amusement Devices Safety Council meeting held at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

“Alan Buckley is the benchmark against which the term ‘Life Long Servant’ should be measured,” stated John White. “Throughout his career he has worked tirelessly to ensure that children’s rides operate to the highest technical standards and safety protocols proportionate to the entertainment experience and the businesses of operators. To this end, and based on his detailed knowledge of the business, Alan was responsible for producing the technical standards which later became the ADIPS for children’s rides. Alan’s insight and sensitivity to the business dynamics of operating children’s rides obviated the need for the industry to be subject to the third party inspections required of bigger rides which would, in all likelihood, have made the sector unviable. Everyone involved in this part of our industry owes Alan a huge debt of gratitude and I am honoured to name him the latest recipient of the Bacta Community Award.”

Reflecting on the presentation, Alan Buckley said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award from Bacta. The industry has been a really important part of my professional life during which I have enjoyed the friendship of so many people. Children’s rides make a great contribution to the entertainment experience the industry provides and I am just pleased that in turn I have been able to make my own contribution to their continued success.”

The Bacta Community Award programme was created to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry and the communities in which they operate. Previous recipients include former Bacta Compliance Officer, Phil Silver; Chief Executive of Brighton Pier Group, Anne Ackord and RLMS Sales Managing Director, Tony Glanville and his wife Sarah for their fundraising activities undertaken on behalf of the Bacta charity partner, Rays of Sunshine.

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EGBA Welcomes Confirmation Of Frankfurt As Seat Of New EU Anti-Money Laundering Authority

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), the association representing Europe’s leading gambling operators, welcomes the recent confirmation of Frankfurt as the seat of the new European Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA). This agreement, reached by the EU institutions, creates a European anti-money laundering authority which will operate together with, and in addition to, the already existing national anti-money laundering (AML) authorities of the EU member states.

AMLA, which will commence operations in mid-2025 with over 400 staff members, will possess both direct and indirect supervisory powers over obligated entities, including the EU’s biggest financial institutions. With the power to intervene in cross-border cases, AMLA is expected to provide comprehensive guidance that further harmonises AML rules and their application, including creating a standardised reporting template for Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs), which will greatly benefit various sectors, including gambling, by standardising reporting formats across EU countries.

The establishment of AMLA as a new authority is a fundamental part of the ongoing reform of the EU’s anti-money laundering framework, which is expected to be finalised and agreed by the EU institutions before the end of the current EU mandate in June 2024.

As the EU finalises the new AML legislative package, EGBA has developed industry-specific guidelines on anti-money laundering to help online gambling operators comply with the AML rules in the EU, including the upcoming EU AML Regulation. Developed collaboratively with our members, the guidelines offer a risk-based approach and include practical direction for operators in areas such as risk assessments, customer due diligence processes, suspicious transaction reporting, and record-keeping.

To ensure the effectiveness of the guidelines, EGBA members will engage in regular discussions on their implementation and are obliged to submit annual reports to EGBA summarising their progress. To promote transparency and accountability, these regular discussions and reporting will help to identify and address potential issues or areas for improvement in the guidelines and ensure they remain up to date with the latest developments. Other operators are invited to adopt the guidelines and participate in the reporting requirements.

“We welcome Frankfurt as the chosen seat of the new European Anti-Money Laundering Authority. Given the city’s position as the centre of European finance, it is a logical choice. We look forward to collaborating with AMLA to ensure the representation of the gambling sector’s voice in future EU-level AML discussions and help contribute positively to the fight against money laundering. The standardisation of STRs will really benefit gambling operators, particularly those who operate in many countries, because there are currently many different reporting formats across EU member states. By implementing our AML guidelines, operators can also already be well positioned for the EU’s incoming AML rules and play their part in raising standards across the industry.” – Dr. Ekaterina Hartmann, Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, EGBA.

 

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Sportpass and Euroleague Basketball Announce Partnership to Deliver Next-Generation Fan Engagement and Gaming Experiences to Fans

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Euroleague Basketball to amplify its gamification portfolio with Sportpass, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands

Euroleague Basketball and Sportpass, a fan engagement and gaming platform, are collaborating to reinforce Euroleague Basketball’s gamification strategy. Sportpass is a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, a global leader in gamification with a large portfolio of over 400 investments in Web3 projects.

The collaboration announced today will create a Euroleague-themed gaming platform targeting the Gen Z fanbase, merging the thrills and culture of sports in a digital offering with a number of game experiences, rewards, in-game collectibles and more.

Gamification has been one of the growth pillars of Euroleague Basketball’s digital strategy in recent seasons with 2023 seeing a triple-digit year-on-year increase on the fantasy games portfolio, reaching a community of 4.3 million engaged fans.

“We are delighted to join forces with Web3 leaders Sportpass to expand our gamification offering,” the Marketing and Communication Senior Director for Euroleague Basketball, Alex Ferrer Kristjansson, said. “The digital ecosystem is key to expanding the Euroleague brand and offer new ways for young fans to interact with the league. This collaboration marks an important step in growing our portfolio of gaming opportunities for fans to engage with the Euroleague in different and innovative ways.”

“Sportpass is the result of years of innovation in technology, gaming and sports, placing the fan squarely at the core of our offerings,” the Chief Executive Officer for Sportpass, Jordan Fogarty, said. “With a plethora of digital experiences including gaming, rewards and competitions, we are confident that Euroleague fans will find what they are looking for. Our collaboration with the Euroleague underscores our commitment to revolutionizing the sports entertainment landscape.”

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Fairplay Exchange signs as new sponsor of Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips

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Fairplay Exchange — the peer-to-peer cashless betting app — has partnered with one of the most iconic names in snooker by agreeing to sponsor a new challenge series on the Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips YouTube channel.

Hendry is one of the most decorated snooker players of all time, with the Scotsman’s glittering career returning seven World Championship titles, 18 Triple Crown titles and 36 ranking titles in total, along with a staggering record of 471 weeks as world number one.

In each episode of the new series, Stephen will compete against a fellow player or figure from the worlds of snooker or other sports in a series of challenges to test their all-round skills and technique. The first episode of the new series features three-time world snooker champion Mark Williams; the epic snooker skills battle between the two greats can be seen here.

Since launching in April 2023, Fairplay Exchange has built a young, engaged, sports-focused audience who can set up real-money wagers on anything they want with their friends; the winnings are guaranteed to be paid in full and on time, saving players the trouble of chasing their peers for cash.

Billy Gowing, Fairplay Exchange’s Co-founder and Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor this exciting new format on the Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips channel; hosted by one of the most legendary figures in the history of the sport.

“Snooker is one of our most popular sports for players to bet on, so this is a perfect fit for us. The Fairplay Exchange app allows people to bet on casual games of snooker just like the ones you see in Stephen Hendry’s Cue Tips, and we are very excited to make the most of the opportunities this partnership presents.”

Stephen Hendry said: “Up and down the country, players in snooker clubs love to have a friendly wager on games between friends, and Fairplay Exchange gives players a platform to do that without having to chase each other for cash.

“It’s fantastic to have Fairplay Exchange on board as a partner for the new Challenge series format, and we hope the audience love the series as much as we do.”

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