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OLBG launches new EPL insights campaign

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  • 22% of UK football fans admit to using unofficial streams, despite knowing they are illegal
  • 40% not aware that unofficial online internet streams are illegal
  • Almost a third access live matches by using a device via someone else’s login
  • Ultimate Premier League insights report reveals there is lack of awareness

A new study, released by sports betting community platform OLBG has shown that despite 40% of football fans knowing that unofficial internet streams are illegal, around five million fans up and down the country are still using them to access the sport on a regular basis.

Despite the Premier League’s best efforts to clamp down on illegal streaming, the survey of 1,000 UK football fans shows that 42% are unaware that using online catch-up services to catch up on a match is illegal.

The research highlights that football fans in London are the worst culprits, as 58% of men in the capital admit to using illegal streams.

A staggering 40% of football fans residing in London have also skipped work to watch football.

A whopping 68% admit to using somebody else’s login on a device to watch a match, with almost one in 10 (8.8%) doing so on a regular basis.

The interactive Fans of the EPL report, published by OLBG, has exposed the lengths people will go to to watch live matches in the Premier League whether legally or illegally with a survey of 1,000 people showing the true viewing habits of British football fans and the trends in attendances since in the post-War era.

Almost half (48%) of football fans in the UK now watch football at home, and more than a third access football whilst at the pub. Women would also much prefer to watch football at the pub than men (20% vs 16.4%).

31.2% of females also rely on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram for breaking news and updates, compared to 27.5% of men.

Fans of the EPL, published by OLBG, has exposed the lengths people will go to to watch live matches in the Premier League whether legally or illegally with a survey of 1,000 people showing the true viewing habits of British football fans and the trends in attendances since in the post-War era.

Speaking exclusively to Fans of the EPL/OLBG, Premier League Executive Director Bill Bush has claimed that piracy is threatening the integrity of the game.

He said: “This shadowy world of data piracy drains money away from the sport and threatens the integrity of the game.

“The Premier League is a successful competition that depends on audio-visual rights for the investment that keeps standards high and fans happy.  We will always protect our rights to defend ourselves from piracy in any form, whether in broadcast or data rights.”

The Premier League has every right to be worried about breaches of their intellectual property, with almost 40% of respondents unaware that using an unofficial online internet stream to watch a live game of football is illegal, while more than half (55%) did not know it was illegal to watch live matches online without a TV licence.

The League’s world-leading anti-piracy efforts this season have also supported audience growth. In 2018/19, 175,000 illegal streams have been blocked in the UK alone.

For further information on the true price of TV in the Premier League and a complete breakdown of how much money each team could win/lose if money was equally distributed between teams or how much each team averages per season, visit Fans of the EPL, where you will find the best and most comprehensive guide to TV fixtures between now and January in the Premier League.

 

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MakerDAO Partners with FirstBlood Technologies Competitive Gaming Platform “Earn DAI for excelling at the most popular Esports games available today”

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MakerDAO Partners with FirstBlood Technologies Competitive Gaming Platform “Earn DAI for excelling at the most popular Esports games available today”
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Today, ​FirstBlood Technologies​, the ​online competitive ​gaming ​platform and maker of Gaming Blockchain Dawn Protocol that lets ​esports​players challenge the field and win real rewards for excelling at their favorite games,​is integrating with ​MakerDAO​ to bring decentralized stablecoin integration to the ​FirstBlood Platform​. MakerDAO, the protocol behind the popular ​DeFi stablecoin Dai​, will enhance accessibility for enthusiasts and professional gamers alike by offering rewards in DAI to competitive gamers playing on FirstBlood. This signals an immense victory for gamers, and allows for permissionless cross-border payments to be made in what is arguably the most popular DeFi crypto-token available today. While the FirstBlood Platform supports it’s own native token $Dawn the addition of an algorithmic stablecoin sweetens the prize pot for gamers all around the world.

Joe Zhou, the Co-Founder and CEO of FirstBlood, says “we aim to leverage the massive DAI community and facilitate blockchain adoption into the world of competitive gaming. With players competing from every continent, payments in cryptocurrencies will simplify barriers to entry for users, and provide a stable and secure environment for players to earn rewards for rising to the challenge.” Of the partnership, Rune Christensen, CEO of the Maker Foundation and co-founder of MakerDAO, had this to say, “the borderless, decentralized nature of Dai makes it the perfect stablecoin to use as in-game rewards for FirstBlood players. The stability, transparency and ease of use of Dai will let players spend more time focused on competing and less time sorting out how to manage their rewards.”

To celebrate the partnership, MakerDAO is offering 10,000 DAI in prizes to sign up and compete on FirstBlood. All prizes will be paid in Dai. The details are as follows:

  • Beginning the 3rd week of November 2020, FirstBlood players will have an opportunity to compete against each other in the newest game-integrated on the FirstBlood Platform, Call of Duty: Warzone.
  • On the third Monday for the months of November, and December of 2020 and January 2021, FirstBlood will host the Maker Monthly tournament, which will have a $1,500 prize pool, payable in Dai.
  • Starting November, 4th, 2020, FirstBlood will host the Daily Dai with a prize pool of $100 each day for 40 days.
  • Events are available for players on PC, Playstation, and Xbox.
  • To sign up and get started, simply visit the FirstBlood platform and create an account at https://app.firstblood.io​.
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iSoftBet wins Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award at Vixio Global Regulatory Awards 2020

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iSoftBet wins Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award at Vixio Global Regulatory Awards 2020
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Supplier recognised for impressive 12 months that saw it enter five new territories

iSoftBet, the leading online games supplier and content aggregator, has won the Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Vixio Global Regulatory Awards, the most prestigious compliance accolade in the gaming industry.

iSoftBet was named the winner in the category following an outstanding 12 month-focus on becoming one of the most compliant and successful suppliers across established and newly-regulated markets.

The supplier’s compliance team has been at the forefront of managing a raft of changes to existing legislation in markets such as the UK, and has finalised certification in Sweden, Switzerland, Malta, Colombia and Bulgaria, a huge accomplishment with only a few suppliers achieving this level of global compliance excellence and coverage. The provider has recently completed the German regulation process, continuing its regulatory achievements. iSoftBet is currently active in 19 regulated markets across the globe.

The iSoftBet compliance team’s experience, knowledge and commitment has meant the business is fully compliant, licensed and certified in more markets than its competitors. As a result, iSoftBet is live with some of the world’s largest tier one iGaming operators, helping them generate record revenues within a fully compliant and therefore safe and responsible framework.

Nir Elbaz, CEO of iSoftBet, said: “I am extremely delighted and proud of the company’s achievements this year. Compliance is central to our decision making and is one of the pillars in our company culture and we pride ourselves on investing in and employing the best talent to understand the industry. It is at the core of allowing us to bring amazing gaming experiences to the player and our partners.’

 Mark Halstead, Compliance Manager at iSoftbet, said: “It’s great to see the compliance team being a drive for excellence and this is a fantastic acknowledgement of our hard work over the past 12 months.”

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Microgaming introduces new poker offering

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Committed to supplying operators worldwide with a diverse portfolio of casino games, Microgaming will soon be adding a new type of poker product to its online offering.

The news comes just months after the closure of the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), which provided online poker players with unique and entertaining gaming experiences for more than 16 years.

Hold’Em Poker is the first in a full suite of exclusive poker games scheduled for release by Microgaming, with follow-up titles such as Lucky Showdown set to be revealed in the coming months.

Representing a new strategic direction for Microgaming, Hold’Em Poker is a sophisticated brand of classic Texas hold’em which aims to immerse players in a realistic poker room environment, delivering an exclusive online casino experience. Offering a fresh take on an iconic poker gamevariant, the game is a fast-paced €5 buy-in Sit & Go tournament specifically optimised for mobile, spinning in a new random prize pool wheel mechanic and introducing a progressive jackpot that seeds at an impressive €25,000.

Microgaming will debut Hold’Em Poker during an exclusive release phase with select customers on 1 December, with the game’s global launch scheduled for 9 December.

“Hold’Em Poker will add a new dimension to our online casino vertical, introducing a range of fun and exciting poker games to our platform. Designed to appeal to both poker and casino players, these games will deliver even further choice to our customers as we continue to diversify and innovate our content offering.” – said, John Coleman, CEO at Microgaming.

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