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bet365 trademark.

bet365 has won part of its bid to trademark “BET 365” within the European Union (EU). (Image: democratlive.com)

Bet365’s long running battle to trademark its brand name within the European Union (EU) has, in part, come to a positive conclusion.

After fighting the trademark case since 2007, the EU General Court has said that the company’s push to own “BET 365” in Europe is permissible with regards to the provisions of betting and gambling.

At the heart of the matter is bet365’s assertion that it has built up enough of a brand name to warrant trademarks covering a range of … Read more

Tim Miller UKGC

New research shows that 12 percent of 11-to-16-year-olds are gambling on a regular basis. (Image: gamblingcommission.gov.uk)

Betting in video games has caused a stir in the media once again, just weeks after the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) commented on the issue of loot boxes.

According to research published by the UKGC, new technology is making it easier for young children to access various forms of gambling.

Detailed in the regulator’s annual Young People and Gambling report is the finding that 12 percent of 11-to-16-year-olds had gambled in the week prior to being surveyed.

Although higher than the UKGC would like, … Read more

RGA’s Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood.

RGA Chief Executive Clive Hawkswood wants operators to pay a fixed fee to support problem gambling projects. (Image: events.bizzabo.com)

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) wants better funding to tackle problem gambling awareness projects through the implementation of a fixed levy.

In a press release published on December 11, the trade association for online gaming companies licensed in the UK called for a statutory tax to help fund research and treatment of problem gambling.

Under the current system, operators aren’t obliged to pay anything towards the running costs of organisations such as GambleAware. Instead, the majority make individual donations.

RGA Wants

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CEO Kenneth Alexander

GVC and its CEO Kenneth Alexander have made another bid to take control of Ladbrokes Coral. (Image: David Rose/Telegraph Media Group)

GVC Holdings has made good on its promise to explore new market opportunities just a month after selling its Turkish assets for £134 million.

Following speculation that the online gaming company was preparing to launch another takeover bid, GVC has announced that it has made an offer for Ladbrokes Coral.

In a notice to market, GVC announced that it aiming to take control of 53.5 percent of Ladbrokes Coral in deal worth £3.9 billion.

A Good Deal for All

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Irish Open 2018.

The second oldest poker series in the world, the Irish Open, is set to return for another round of action in 2018. (Image: Twitter/@Irish_PokerOpen)

The Irish Open 2018 is set and that means someone of world’s top players will be heading to Dublin for Europe’s oldest poker festival.

Since the first ever Irish Open was played in 1981, the tournament has grown to become an international spectacle and, in 2018, the €1 million/£880,000 guaranteed main event will return.

Taking up residence inside Dublin’s Citywest Hotel, the latest incarnation of the Irish Open will feature a full roster of side events, … Read more

James Mackay National Lottery.

James Mackay has been brought in by the UKGC to lead the National Lottery into a new gaming era. (Image: national-lottery.co.uk)

The UK Gambling Commission has drafted in the Rail Delivery Group’s former head honcho James Mackay to spearhead the 2023 lottery licensing race.

Announced on December 4, the appointment will see Mackay become Executive Director and the man in charge of overseeing the National Lottery for the next five years.

With current lottery operator Camelot’s licence set to expire in 2023, other companies will be given the chance to assume control of the UK’s largest lottery.

Mackay to Lead

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Online betting.

Online betting in the UK continues to surge while other areas of the industry take a hit. (Image: gamblingcommission.gov.uk)

Online betting in the UK is on the up, but other areas of the industry have seen a drop in activity according to the latest Gambling Commission report.

Assessing the UK’s gambling industry for the period April 2016 to March 2017, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) found that online wagers were up by 10.1 percent. In the previous accounting period, online betting topped £4.5 billion and represented the largest sector of the industry.

However, in the latest financial round-up, gross gambling … Read more

Paddy Power’s PR team is in hot water again after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that a recent TV advert condoned gambling at work.

Paddy Power ASA Breach

Paddy Power’s latest casino commercial has been found to encourage gambling in the workplace. (Image: campaignlive.co.uk)

Following two complaints, the ASA was prompted to review the betting operator’s advert featuring a security guard singing Papa Loves Mambo while betting on Paddy Power’s mobile casino app.

At one point in the short clip, the security guard turns away from his computer screen and looks at his phone before placing a bet.

Even though Paddy Power’s PR … Read more

UKGC Tim Miller loot boxes.

UKGC Executive Director Tim Miller has reconfirmed that, at this stage, loot boxes don’t fall under its regulations. (Image: gamblingcommission.gov.uk)

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reconfirmed its position on loot boxes following a recent statement from the Belgian Gambling Commission.

In a piece published by UKGC on November 24, the regulator confirmed that loot boxes in popular video games such as Stars Wars: Battlefront II don’t fall under its remit. On November 22, Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens said that he believed loot boxes should be banned.

Although an original report by local news outlet VTM suggested that … Read more

Loot boxes have been classed as a form of gambling by the Belgium government according to local news source VTM.

Koen Geens loot boxes.

Belgian minister Koen Geens rules that loot boxes in video games are a form of gambling and should be banned. (Image: Annika Haas/commons.wikimedia.org)

After launching an investigation in mid-November, the Belgian Gaming Commission has concluded that mystery boxes in games such as Star Wars: Battlefront II aren’t simply an in-game extra.

The ruling could prove significant for UK gamers as the Belgian authority’s review was triggered, in part, by Conor Rhys Deeley.

UK Petition Helps Spark Belgian Investigation

After … Read more

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