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Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC has called 2018 a “transformational” year after its online assets helped cancel out losses in the UK retail sector.

Commenting on its recent annual report, GVC boss Kenneth Alexander noted that online growth was “very strong” but costs saw the gaming operator lose £18.9 million before tax.

As per the report, net gaming and total sales both increased by nine percent. But despite revenue in both areas topping £3.57 billion and £3.52 billion, acquisition costs and back-tax added £434.2 million in charges to the balance sheet.

Ups and Downs as GVC Evolves

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Gaming Trends Shift as Mobile Casino Usage Increases

Mobile casino gaming has reached record levels, prompting anti-gambling advocates to brand them as potentially destructive as fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

According to a recent report published by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), more than 1.6 million Britons bet via their mobiles. Supporting the latest statistics, the regulator’s Gambling Participation in 2018 summary shows that 55 percent of gamers have gambled on their smartphone or tablet.

More Mobile Casino Gamers than Ever

Expanding on the findings, the research shows that 44 percent of gamers regularly use mobile casino apps. As well as being double what it was four years … Read more

RGA and ABB to Form Lobbying Superpower to Help UK Gaming Operators

UK gaming operators may soon have a powerful new ally if a proposed merger between the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) takes place.

Although no official announcements have been made, job adverts suggest the two groups are preparing to become one. If that happens, the entity’s main aim would be to represent UK gaming operators in a more effective way.

Changes Needed for All in UK Gaming

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, an unnamed industry figure said “it’s time to get lined up a bit better,” in order to address major regulatory issues..

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RGSB Wants More Focus on Responsible Gambling

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has published a 20-page document on changes it believes will help reduce problem gambling in the UK.

Spun out of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) need to have an advisory board, the RGSB now offers advice on all sectors of the industry. As well as liaising with the UKGC, the organisation also works alongside the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Maintaining Momentum

Building on Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to fund problem gambling clinics as part of her £20.5 billion NHS plan, the RGSB has outlined … Read more

New Guidelines Force UK Gaming Brands to Avoid Child-Like Adverts

UK gaming companies will no longer be able to use young celebrities or animations that might appeal to children thanks to new advertising guidelines.

Coming into force on April 1, the new rules follow a review of gaming and the effects it can have on children. Highlighting the results and subsequent guidelines, the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said new restrictions will help protect minors.

For Adult Eyes Only

Over the last three years, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken action against operators using potentially child-like material. In 2015, Ladbrokes pulled an email campaign that featured former Manchester United Read more

Imitation Not a Form of Flattery as Bet365 Sues Betio for Identity Theft

Bet365 is suing Bulgarian online gaming brand Betio for intellectual property theft after noticing striking resemblances to its own branding at ICE London.

First reported by eGaming Review, the lawsuit mainly pertains to Betio’s logo but also certain products on display at the ICE gaming convention. According to the lawsuit, a “number of attendees” at the event noted the look of Betio’s logo was almost identical to Bet365’s.

Commenting on the case, a spokesperson for the British operator said that it was taking the “appropriate legal action” to protect its “intellectual property rights.”

Brands to Battle Over Logo

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Online gaming operators will have to improve their ID checks following the publication of new guidelines designed to protection minors.

Announced on February 7 following an open consultation, the regulations will make it harder for people to bet without proving their identity.

No ID, No Action

Under the previous system, operators had 72 hours to complete age verification prior to a customer’s first withdrawal request. After reviewing the system and consulting with online gaming operators, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) concluded that changes were necessary.

“To guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules mean operators must verify customer

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Ladbrokes Coral Workers Told to Get Online Sign-Ups or Face Redundancy

Ladbrokes Coral is reportedly making employees compete for their jobs by encouraging online sign-ups ahead of the operator’s planned store closures.

According to internal messages obtained by The Guardian, employees will be given a score based on a variety of factors. In addition to an interview and prior experience, individuals will be given credit for the number of customers they can get to create online accounts.

Staff Hit Back at Ladbrokes Coral Cull

Although the newspaper hasn’t revealed its sources, members of staff decided to make the news public after learning of the scoring system.

“It’s nonsense, ethically wrong, massively

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Digital Expansion Continues as William Hill Starts Mr Green Takeover

William Hill has announced the compulsory acquisition of shares from Mr Green has started, signalling another step in its ongoing move away from the live betting sector.

Made public on February 4, the recent purchase means William Hill now owns 98.5 percent Mr Green & Co AB. With full control handed over to its UK counterpart, Swedish gaming operator Mr Green will be removed from Nasdaq Stockholm by February 15.

Digital Needs Inspire Mr Green Takeover

News of the £242 million takeover first broke in October 2018. Stating that it will facilitate the company’s online expansion, CEO Philip Bowcock … Read more

UK Casino Companies Told Not to Gag Consumers with NDAs

UK online casino operators have been warned that forcing consumers to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) could lead to disciplinary action.

UKGC warns against NDAs
UKGC warns operators that gagging consumers with NDAs could lead to disciplinary action. (Image: iStock/Parade)

In a statement published January 31, UK gaming companies have been told that certain NDAs could breach their licensing conditions. After being alerted to several potential breaches, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) reminded operators that silencing customers is unacceptable.

Stop Silencing Customers

The crux of the matter is the use of NDAs in relation to settlement agreements. Although each operator is different, it’s common for … Read more