Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the talk of the gaming world, but the new release has also aroused the interest of gaming commissions across Europe.

Loot boxes Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Gaming commissions in Belgium and the Netherlands are questioning whether loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2 are a form of gambling. (Image: usgamer.net)

The issue of loot boxes in popular video games such as Overwatch came to the fore in October after concerned gamer Conor Rhys Deeley submitted a petition to the UK government.

At the heart of Deeley’s petition was the concern that loot boxes are essentially a form of gambling.

UK Petition

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is pushing to make all forms of betting in the UK more fair and safer for consumers with its new regulatory strategy.

UKGC Executive Director Sarah Gardner.

UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Executive Director Sarah Gardner outlines the regulator’s new plans to make betting more consumer friendly. (Image: YouTube/Gambling Commission)

Published on November 14, the new guidelines will cover five key areas in a bid to improve services for customers while simultaneously reducing the risks for individuals and society as a whole.

In a short video summarising the UKGC’s new strategy, Executive Director Sarah Gardner explained that consumers were at the … Read more

Bet365 boss Denise Coates was the highest paid CEO in the UK last year thanks to her online betting company’s continued growth.

Denise Coates

Denise Coates has paid herself £217 million following a major jump in Bet365’s operating profits. (Image: charitytoday.co.uk)

According to a recent financial statement, Coates noted “significant growth” as the primary reason she received an annual pay packet worth £199 million.

On top of her annual earnings, Coates also received a dividend of £18 million to take her 2016/2017 payout to £217 million.

Coates is Britain’s Biggest Power Player

As well as being more than 1,300 times the annual … Read more

Betfair’s mission to turn Rio Ferdinand into a professional boxer has drawn some attention from a 16-stone footballer known as the Beast.

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Footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa says he’ll KO Rio Ferdinand (pictured) if they ever step into a boxing ring together. (Image: YouTube/Betfair)

Although Ferdinand and Adebayo Akinfenwa rarely crossed paths on the pitch when the former was an active player, they could end up meeting in the ring as part of Betfair’s defender to contender challenge.

When the online betting operator first announced its deal Ferdinand back in September, it did so with the intention of helping the ex-footballer take … Read more

Sky Bet has warned the government not to penalise UK-based operators by raising the point of consumption tax on betting revenue.

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Sky Bet chief executive Richard Flint has asked Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) not to increase betting tax. (Image: Secretary of Defense/Wikimedia.org)

Following the publication of the online operator’s latest financial report, Sky Bet chief executive Richard Flint has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond to ensure a tax rise isn’t in his plans.

Although the Chancellor hasn’t suggested he wants to increase the point of consumption tax that was implemented in 2014, Flint is bidding to avert any potential moves … Read more

Bet365 banked more than £2 billion in the last 12 months thanks to increased mobile activity and Brexit’s impact on the pound.

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bet365 chief executive Denise Coates has said that the company will continue to pursue new opportunities following a positive financial performance. (Image: telegraph.co.uk)

Following another year of growth, bet365 reported a £514 million uptick in pre-tax profits for an annual operating profit return of £503 million. The 15 percent increase in operating revenue was helped by a 27 percent upswing in sports betting activity as well as the number of active customers jumping up by 35 percent.

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GVC Holdings has announced the sale of Headlong Limited and its Turkish facing operations, prompting speculation that its preparing to make another play for Ladbrokes Coral.

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GVC CEO Kenneth Alexander says the sale of Headlong Limited will allow his company to focus on regulated markets. (Image: sbcnews.co.uk)

Following reports of a 10 percent increase in Q3 revenue across its various gaming businesses, GVC has confirmed the sale of Headlong and its associated assets to Ropso Malta Limited. The deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of December 2017, is worth €150 million (£134 million) in cash … Read more

The August 26 showdown between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather helped Paddy Power Betfair negate a poor summer of sports betting activity.

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Paddy Power’s ‘Always Bet on Black’ promo featuring Floyd Mayweather generates enough interest to counteract a slow summer of sport. (Image: news.paddypower.com)

Reporting on 2017’s third quarter earnings, the parent company of Paddy Power noted a 9 percent increase in revenue to £440 million. This upswing resulted in a 7 percent jump in profit to £121 million in the three months to September 30.

A Slow Summer of Sport

However, while earnings for the group as a whole … Read more

Positive developments in the US could help the UK’s online poker industry if longstanding ideas of a liquidity sharing pact can be put into practice.

US UK online gaming pact.

Recent regulatory moves in the US could have a ripple effect that helps the UK’s gambling industry. (Image: careerindia.com)

As part of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) drive to improve its services and make its market the best in the world, sharing resources with other countries has long been discussed. In light of this, the regulation of online poker, casino gaming and daily fantasy sports in Pennsylvania could bring talks of a possible deal back … Read more

Former snooker World Champion Stuart Bingham has been suspended from the sport for staking more than £36,000 on matches.

Stuart Bingham betting.

2015 Snooker World Champion Stuart Bingham has been suspended for six months following a betting infraction. (Image: Wikimedia/DerHexe)

Following a review of the 2015 World Champion’s betting accounts, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has suspended the pro for six months. Although half of the ban will be suspended until October 2018, Bingham will miss the UK Championship at York in November and the Masters in London at the start of the New Year.

Bingham Raises the Stakes

In … Read more