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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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Game Payment Technology raise international profile at ICE London

George Miller

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Game Payment Technology (GPT), the UK developed cashless payments app, launched its international marketing campaign with a successful debut appearance at ICE London.  The result of a joint venture between bacta and Polar Moment, GPT’s appearance at ICE London resulted in positive interest from gaming organisation’s based in Spain, United States, France and Holland as well as a meeting with representatives from the DCMS, which was described by bacta’s Robert Gibb as being ‘both productive and encouraging.’

Expanding on GPT’s ICE London experience, Gibb stated: “It’s been a key part of the business plan to explore opportunities to introduce the app to businesses operating outside of the UK and in the process seek to develop additional revenue streams to support bacta and its members. In that respect ICE London, which attracts over 100 nationalities, is the perfect platform.

“We met with representatives from several countries and our entire time was spent demonstrating how the app works and explaining how it has been built around a commitment to social responsibility. There’s no doubt that ICE delivers a new audience and is about making contacts for the future. From the feedback we received it’s clear that GPT provides solutions that cut across cultures and jurisdictions. It was also very valuable to be able to spend some time with representatives from the DCMS and keep them updated on the project and the significant progress that has been made. We are very grateful to the team at Reflex for allowing us to share their stand space and extremely happy to start the year with successful appearances first at EAG and then ICE London.”

The GPT app is undergoing its first live tests following completion of a payment acquiring agreement with one of the top three UK acquirers, a nationally recognised brand. It represents the first such deal with a Tier 1 UK bank for cashless gaming in pubs and other venues and is a testament of the acquirer’s confidence in GPT’s business plan, product credentials, financial structure, and the team’s ability to manage a gambling e-wallet.

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Online Casino PlayJango Launches on SkillOnNet Platform

Niji Narayan

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PlayJango has become the latest online casino brand to launch on the SkillOnNet platform. PlayJango offers its players a huge range of online slots and casino games, as well as generous offers and promotions.

The SkillOnNet platform allows PlayJango to offer thrilling tournaments and promotions, as well as localised payment options and top-rated customer support, to its players.

PlayJango will use SkillOnNet’s licences to launch in core markets such as the UK, Germany, Finland and Norway plus dot.com markets via its Malta permit.

“We have gone to great lengths to create a fun and friendly brand that is straight-talking and delivers a no-nonsense online casino experience to players. Partnering with SkillOnNet has allowed us to do this while also providing our players with thousands of popular casino games and a great range of payment options. SkillOnNet is behind some of the most popular online casinos in Europe and we look forward to achieving similar success with PlayJango,” a spokesperson at PlayJango, said.

“We are thrilled to be working with PlayJango and to be powering their online casino which has all the right ingredients to be a huge success. SkillOnNet is one of the most experienced and successful online casino platform providers and we look forward helping PlayJango as it establishes itself as a top-rated online casino brand,” Jerry Land, VP B2B Sales at SkillOnNet, said.

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Trustly recognized as the Best PISP, AISP at the Merchant Payment Ecosystem Awards (MPE Awards)

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Trustly wins best open banking solution at the Merchant Payment Ecosystem Awards
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Trustly is thrilled to announce that it has been recognized as the Best PISP, AISP (Payment Initiation Service Provider, Account Information Service Provider) at the Merchant Payment Ecosystem Awards (MPE Awards).

The MPE Awards have, over the past 10 years, become an important benchmark of global excellence in POS and merchant payments and celebrate and honor the achievements of companies across the European merchant payments ecosystem. The PISP AISP award goes to the company that most efficiently brings open banking services to the merchant community, and provides the best customer experience. Trustly won this award for its continuously innovative approach to realizing the potential of open banking.

Leon Dhaene, Chairman of the MPE Awards, says: “Make e-commerce simple again. It could have been the slogan of a politician, but it is essential if you want to bring potential customers to effectively buy over the internet. The Jury appreciated the fact that Trustly delivers fast, simple and secure payments in only three steps.”

Oscar Berglund, CEO at Trustly, says: “We’re proud to be recognized as the Best PISP, AISP at the MPE Awards. We will continue to work meticulously on further developing the online banking payment solution that our merchants and their customers love. It feels great to have our hard work recognized by the merchant and partner community.”

 

About Trustly:

Founded in 2008, Trustly is the global leader in Online Banking Payments. Our account-to-account network bypasses the card networks, letting consumers make fast, simple and secure payments to merchants directly from their online banking accounts. With support for more than 6,000 banks, roughly 600 million consumers across Europe and North America can pay with Trustly. We serve many of the world’s most prominent merchants within e-commerce, financial services, gaming, media, telecom and travel, which all benefit from increased consumer conversion and reduced operations, fraud and chargeback costs.

Trustly has 400 employees across Europe, the US and Latin America. We are a licensed Payment Institution under the second payment services directive (PSD2) and operate under the supervision of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority in Europe. In the US, we are state regulated as required to serve our target markets. Read more at www.trustly.com.

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