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

Rio Ferdinand boxing

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

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

Paddy Power always bet on black.

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

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

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The way UK gambling sites advertise their services has come under fire following a recent report aired on the Victoria Derbyshire show.

UKGC

UK Gambling Commission to take a tough stance on betting ads that breach its social responsibility policy. (Image: YouTube/TelevisionVault)

Investigating the prevalence of gambling related adverts on UK TV, reporters for the BBC Two show found that 95 percent of breaks during live football matches contained at least one betting ad.

Although advertising laws state that gambling promos can only be shown after the 21:00 watershed, there are exceptions when it comes to live sporting events.

Gambling Ads

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Ladbrokes’ social media team was forced to issue a public apology to Burnley FC and its fans after scoring an own goal on Twitter.

Chris Wood Ladbrokes tweet.

Ladbrokes has apologised to Burnley fans following a crude tweet referencing former Leeds player Chris Wood. (Image: burnleyfootballclub.com)

Despite UK betting operators often having some fun with their social media accounts, Ladbrokes’ recent critique of Burnley’s loss to Leeds United came at the expense of its business partner.

A Rocky Start to a New Relationship

Burnley announced Ladbrokes as its official betting partner back in August 2017. As part of the deal, the two companies agreed … Read more

Former footballer Rio Ferdinand is bidding to become a professional boxer and British betting operator Betfair is backing the campaign.

Rio Ferdinand boxer.

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand is fighting to become a boxer with the help of Betfair. (Image: betting.betfair.com)

Despite being a rank novice with zero amateur bouts under his belt, 38-year-old Ferdinand knows what it takes to compete at the highest level in sport. On top this, he’s kept himself in good shape since retiring from football.

Ferdinand Doesn’t Want to be the Class Clown

However, to step in the ring as a pro and ultimately challenge … Read more

Betting operator Paddy Power has landed in hot water after offering odds on an ex-footballer coming back from the dead to manage Birmingham City FC.

Ugo Ehiogu

Paddy Power receives a public lashing after offering betting odds on the recently deceased Ugo Ehiogu. (Image: Wiki/Ben Sutherland)

Following the sacking of Harry Redknapp on September 16, Paddy Power was quick to jump on the action and put up a betting market speculating on his replacement.

Alongside established coaches such as Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer, Paddy Power’s odds makers decided to have add some of customary outside bets.

A Critical Oversight Causes

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Wayne Shaw, the infamous Pie-gate punter, has been fined £375 by the Football Association (FA) and banned from play for two months.

Wayne Shaw fined suspended for piegate

Former Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw has been fined £375 and told to stay off the field for two months for eating a pie and unduly influencing an online novelty sports bet. (Image: Reuters)

Shaw hit the headlines back in February, when he ate a pie live on TV during Sutton United’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Arsenal. As the cameras caught the former Sutton goalkeeper in the act, it triggered a payout by the online Read more

The boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather attracted more than £250 million in bets according to UK bookmakers.

Conor Mcgregor

UK bookies take more than £250 million in bets on the much-publicised Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match. (Image: skysports.com)

As the eyes of the world watched the two high profile fighters square off on August 26, bookies across the country were tallying up their bets. According to Bet Bonus Code, the UK’s leading betting sites saw £250+ million wagered on the contest.

Long Odds Attract Punters

Speaking to the Daily Star, a spokesperson for the company noted that Leicester City’s … Read more

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