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Better Collective invests in Mindway AI; artificial intelligence technology for safer gambling

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Better Collective has acquired 19,99% of the shares in Mindway AI, who specialises in innovative and advanced software solutions for the identification of at-risk gambling and problem gambling behaviour. The investment aligns Better Collective’s vision to empower iGamers and help establishing an entertaining and safe betting environment.

The world’s leading developer of digital platforms for bookmaker information, tipster communities, and betting tips, Better Collective, has acquired 19,99% of the Danish software company, Mindway AI A/S, for a total price of 4 million DKK. Better Collective will under certain performance-based conditions acquire the remaining shares at a price of 20 million DKK. Furthermore, Better Collective has provided a loan of 4 million DKK to the company.

Provider of early detection and intervention solutions for safer gambling

Mindway AI is an award-winning company that specialises in software solutions that can identify at-risk gambling and problem gambling behaviour among online bettors. Mindway AI’s technology platform is based on neuroscience and artificial intelligence, and the company works with betting operators, platform providers, regulators, and governments to supply state-of-the-art early detection and intervention solutions for safer gambling. The company is a university spin-off by scientists from the Institute for clinical medicine at Aarhus University, among others, Professor Kim Mouridsen who has been instrumental in designing the technological solutions. Mindway AI has been through a start-up phase, it is now entering the commercial phase, and the first products and solutions are already installed and in operation with customers.

With almost 20 years of experience in iGaming, Better Collective is strongly positioned to help push Mindway AI’s technology to key stakeholders of the global betting industry. Joining forces with Mindway AI is well-aligned with Better Collective’s vision to empower online sports bettors and balances its strong dedication towards social responsibility.

Mindway AI will operate as a stand-alone business within the Better Collective Group as the business and products are not directly related to the core business. Better Collective will be represented at the Board of Directors in Mindway AI.

The investment in Mindway AI will not have any effect on Better Collective’s financial targets, and with the current minority interest, it will not be included in the Group Accounts other than the investment and loan itself.

Jesper Søgaard, CEO of Better Collective: “We take our social responsibility very seriously and see this innovative technology as a perfect way to help protect online sports bettors, while at the same time engaging in a business where we foresee a sound future growth and profitability. The great team at Mindway AI has impressed us with their deep and specialised knowledge in combining artificial intelligence with true neuroscience into what we believe is the most promising product offering for the management of problem gambling,  which currently is on the top of the agenda in our industry.”

Svend Aage Kirk, CEO of Mindway AI: “In Better Collective, we have found a strong partner that shares our core values and vision to create a transparent and safe online betting experience. Partnering with the leading sports betting affiliate in the World, we can scale our technology globally. We see this as a win-win opportunity where both parties can enhance the protection for online bettors, while also strengthening our position in the market.”

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Frankie’s on board with Sporting Index

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World’s top jockey joins leading bookmaker to offer unique insight for the 2020 Flat racing season

Sporting Index has made the landmark signing of world-class jockey Frankie Dettori, widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, as a brand ambassador.

The deal will see Dettori carry the Sporting Index logo on his breeches and collar, offer exclusive thoughts on his rides at sportingindex.com and support with social media posts and daily previews during the season’s major meetings, such as Royal Ascot.

The Italian’s unrivalled achievements in the Flat racing sphere consist of 19 British Classics, including two Derby wins at Epsom, and an astonishing 251 Group 1 victories worldwide. He currently holds the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award and has done so for three of the last five years.

Sporting Index, who launched a fixed odds offering in 2019 to run alongside its well-established spread betting service, also currently sponsor leading National Hunt jockey Barry Geraghty, who celebrated a vintage Cheltenham Festival with five wins in March.

Simon Trim, CEO at Sporting Index, said: “Frankie is the face of Flat racing, if not horse racing as a whole, so it’s hugely exciting to have him as a Sporting Index brand ambassador.

“He is often riding the most talked about horses of the season, like Enable and Stradivarius, and we’re delighted to be able to bring racing fans closer to that with his regular blog.

“Even though he has cost us plenty of money over the years, no-one has done more to promote the sport of horse racing and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

Frankie Dettori, said: “I’m over the moon to be joining Sporting Index ahead of the new Flat season. There are some top-quality horses that I can’t wait to get on this year, and I look forward to telling readers all about them.

“I saw over the winter that Barry Geraghty had plenty of success with Sporting Index on his breeches, so hopefully it’s the same for me too!”

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Playtech “Takes Full Responsibility” and Apologises for PTES Failings

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Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary.

The case saw a customer sign up for an account in December 2016, ultimately spending £4.5m (€5.0m/$5.5m) on PTES’ Winner and Titanbet brands – losing £119,395 between 1 to 5 April 2017 alone – before committing suicide.

The UK Gambling Commission’s investigation uncovered widespread failings in the business’ social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes that resulted in no action being taken over the individual’s excessive gambling.

“We take full responsibility for these regulatory breaches. As a technology specialist, Playtech focuses on harnessing its capabilities in data-driven intelligence to place consumer protection at the centre of every stage of the player experience from game design to real-time engagement and messaging,” More Weizer, Chief Executive of Playtech, said.

“In recent years, we have invested significantly to seek to ensure that these types of breaches do not happen again, including addressing the specific issues raised by the Commission,” More Weizer added.

Playtech’s board extended its “deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family. Its interim chair, Claire Milne, will be contacting the family to apologise personally for the B2C subsidiary’s failings.

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Bojoko Special Report assess the impact of Covid-19

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Online casino comparison site has created a report that looks at what the pandemic means for the industry and how it can move forwards on a positive footing

Bojoko.com has created a special report analysing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the online casino sector.

The online casino comparison site has used Google Trends data to see how consumers have reacted to the global sports blackout and what this means for online casino operators.

Some of the headline numbers show:

  • Sports betting search terms have declined from February to April. In particular, searches for “Best Betting Sites” and “Sports Betting UK” fell 41% and 33% respectively.
  • Online casino search terms have increased in volume over the three-month period, with “Best Casino Sites” enjoying a 78% increase in volume between February and April.
  • “New Online Casino” search volume recorded a 31% increase over the three months but made the biggest jump between March and April with its score increasing 50% MoM.
  • There were spikes in sports betting search terms on April 4 when the Virtual Grand National took place and casino search terms on Valentine’s Day.

The report also includes expert analysis and comment from a range of contributors, including operators, game developers and responsible gambling experts.

Joonas KarhuChief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “We have created this report as a record of this unprecedented time in the history of the online gambling industry.

“But we also want it to act as a blueprint for how the sector can come out the other side on a positive footing and ensure it is business as usual as soon as possible.

“I’d like to thank those that have provided their opinion and insight and hope that the Bojoko Special Report provides understanding and value to all industry stakeholders.”

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