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IBIA welcomes the retention of ITF in-play tennis data for betting

Zoltan Tundik

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) welcomes the decision by the tennis authorities to allow official live scoring data for International Tennis Federation (ITF) $25k matches to continue to be sold to betting operators. The move reflects discussions between IBIA and the Independent Review Panel (IRP) which saw the IRP’s initial proposal to discontinue live data for all of the ITF World Tennis Tour, comprising $15k and $25k events, limited to $15ks. The sport has agreed to implement that proposal thereby preserving $25k data sales used to create in-play betting products that are popular with many consumers.

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “In-play betting makes up 80% of IBIA members’ tennis markets and over 95% at ITF level. Retaining live data for $25k matches and setting out an expansion of that tour is an overwhelmingly beneficial move by tennis both from integrity and commercial standpoint. Removing all ITF World Tennis Tour data from regulated operators would have led to the undesirable situation of consumers seeking that product through unregulated channels, with the corresponding loss of market oversight and the ability to detect and punish corruption.

“Protecting the sport and operators against match-fixing is an ongoing challenge. However, IBIA is encouraged by the impact of recent criminal investigations and the allocation of additional resources to the TIU. That has seen a significant downturn in suspicious betting alerts, particularly at the ITF level. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to continue to work together to maintain that positive trend. IBIA and its members remain committed to protecting the integrity of tennis at all levels and will continue to work closely with the sport to meet that challenge.”

IBIA has released the economic analysis produced by H2 Gambling Capital (see here) which underpinned much of its response and subsequent integrity discussions with the IRP. H2 calculated that there was $650m of in-play betting gross gambling revenue (GGR) on ITF tennis from $18bn of turnover in 2017. IBIA’s Q1-3 2019 integrity reports (see here) highlight that the association’s 72 tennis alerts during that period represent a 40% downturn in the same period in 2018. The Tennis Integrity Unit’s (TIU) reports show a similar downward trend (see here).

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and the alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information-sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilize its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.

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GVC Becomes Founding Member of All-in Diversity Project

Niji Narayan

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GVC Holdings has joined the All-In Diversity Project, an industry-driven initiative to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sector.

The All-in Diversity Project provides tools to businesses looking to progress in the area of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). GVC’s membership in the All-In Diversity project will help accelerate its leadership role on (D&I) issues within the sector.

“GVC is delighted to become a Founding Member of the All-In Diversity Project. As a global employer, GVC is committed to providing a safe, fun, and inclusive culture where our people feel they can truly belong. We are a multicultural business that values, celebrates and respects individual differences, so whatever your sexuality, gender, gender identity, ability, age, race, religion or belief, you will have a voice here, and the space to do your best work at GVC. We look forward to working with our partners to make our industry a more inclusive environment,” Shay Segev, CEO of GVC, said.

“GVC is a great addition to our roster of Founding Members. As a multi-channel, multi-jurisdictional industry leader, they bring an unrivalled knowledge and global perspective of the industry that along with a passion to lead and share their best practices will help us take another huge step towards a better more inclusive industry. We are proud to welcome them,” Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, said.

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Scientific Games Signs Four-year Dutch National Lottery Contract

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Scientific Games Corporation has entered into a new contract with the Dutch National Lottery Nederlandse Loterij.

The deal will see Scientific Games provide its instant game “scratch cards” to the Lottery for a period of four years through the Scientific Games Enhanced Partnership (SGEP), a performance-driven management programme used by more than 20 lotteries globally. The agreement may be extended by Lottery for up to four additional years.

“After a decade of work refining our successful partnership, we are pleased to continue our collaboration with Scientific Games. While this announcement comes during a challenging global situation, we are confident our ongoing collaboration will continue our responsible growth trajectory of the instant ticket business for Nederlandse Loterij to provide maximum transfers to our beneficiaries,” Raffaele Fiorini, business director for Nederlandse Loterij’s instant tickets, said.

Scientific Games has supplied Nederlandse Loterij with scratch cards since 1994, moving to the SGEP programme in 2010 for full product category management. Scientific Games also provides the Lottery with sports betting technology and services.

“We are honored that Nederlandse Loterij has entrusted Scientific Games with its instant scratch cards business, and we are committed to using our more than 45 years of experience to continue developing its instant product portfolio to responsibly grow sales and profits,” John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Lottery Instant Products for Scientific Games, said.

“SGEP is the market-leading program for lotteries focused on responsibly growing the instant product category. It is proven successful for many of the top-peforming lotteries in the world, and we are delighted to continue maximizing results for Nederlandse Loterij and its retail partners, while providing great entertainment for players,” Matthias Müller, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Scientific Games International Lottery Systems, said.

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Digitain Integrates Spinmatic Video Slots

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Sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has entered into a deal with leading developer and supplier of casino games, Spinmatic.

As per the deal, Spinmatic video slot games will be integrated into Digitain’s platform, providing its partners’ customers with its engaging new titles and classics.

“The integration of Spinmatic onto our platform provides a great boost to our overall content and we’re delighted that our partners’ customers will benefit from a fantastic range of premium, highly-engaging games,” Samvel Mkrtumyan, Head of External Communication at Digitain, said.

“It is always very positive to be able to reach new customers with our games. We are very happy to partner with such a great company as Digitain, and I’m sure its partners’ players are going to love our video slots because we take the whole process very seriously, having their likes and their background in mind to deliver exactly what they are looking for,” Norbert Mathies, Managing Director of Spinmatic, said.

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