Loot Boxes Are More Like Kinder Eggs than Gambling Says EA Boss

EA vice president of legal Kerry Hopkins has reignited the loot box debate after likening them to chocolate treats rather than a type of gambling.

Addressing UK MPs in Parliament, the video game executive said the add-ons were “ethical” and “fun” rather than a social concern.

Over the past two years, loot boxes have made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Following a petition by one gamer, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) was called to investigate.

Loot Boxes Continue to Cause Debate

Reviewing the way loot boxes appear in video games, the regulator acknowledged that they blur the lines. … Read more

UK Betting Firms Pledge £100 Million to Tackle Problem Gambling

UK betting and gaming companies have pledged to increase their charitable donations in effort to raise £100 million for problem gambling.

News of the change was first reported by the BBC. As per a letter obtained by the media network, William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Bet and bet365 have all pledged to increase their contributions.

Letter of Intent from UK Betting Firms

Outlining their plans to the Department for Media Culture and Sport, the UK betting firms will raise the bar from 0.01 percent to 1 percent. Although the change won’t be immediate, it will up the … Read more

Royal Ascot is underway which means horseracing fans around the world will be tuning in to watch one of the sport’s top festivals.

With Queen Elizabeth II set to make her annual appearance at the Berkshire racecourse, attendance figures will swell over the coming week.

Indeed, with at least Group One event each day, including the Gold Cup, more than 300,000 punters will attend Royal Ascot between June 18 and 22.

Royal Ascot Another Racing Bonanza

Heading into Europe’s best-attended racing event, a number of runners are attracting the interest of bettors.

In the Queen Mary Stakes, Good Vibes is … Read more

Platinum Gaming, the company behind Unibet, will pay a £1.6 million settlement package after a convicted fraudster used its services.

Owned by the Kindred Group and holding the licence for Unibet’s operations, Platinum Gaming is a major player in Europe. However, despite its size and experience, it failed to carry out the necessary security checks on a rogue customer.

Platinum Gaming Misses Fraudulent Bets

Following reports of suspicious activity, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) launched an investigation. Reviewing the account of an unnamed player, the regulator found the person in question was a convicted fraudster.

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Inspired Entertainment is set to increase its network of live betting terminals after acquiring the UK arm of Novomatic.

Adding to its current selection of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), Inspired Entertainment will add Category B3, C and D machines to its mix.

The £94 million acquisition will see the gaming provider “increase the size, scale and scope” of its business according to executive chairman Lorne Weil.

Time is Right to Expand

What’s interesting about the deal is that it follows a major overhaul of the UK’s live gaming sector. After sustained pressure from anti-gambling advocates, the government reduced the … Read more

Prospective prime minister Matthew Hancock has set his sights on the UK betting industry with a new £100 million tax initiative.

With Theresa May stepping down, Conservative Party candidates are currently throwing their hats into the ring. Laying out their plans for change, the would-be prime ministers are all playing their opening hands.

For Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Hancock, responsible gambling is high on his agenda.

Inside Track Prompts UK Betting Tax Proposal

Should he make it to the top position inside Downing Street, the 100/1 outsider wants to impose a mandatory 1 percent levy on … Read more

MaxEnt Hits Back at UKGC After Losing Gaming Licence

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and MaxEnt are currently at loggerheads after the former flexed its regulatory muscle.

As part of its bid to raise standards, the UKGC has questioned the business practices of MaxEnt. At the heart of the matter is a change of ownership and a lack of details pertaining to certain operational measures.

UKGC Gets Tough

Although the new owner of MaxEnt Limited isn’t named in the UKGC filing, a takeover appears to have taken place in 2018. Reviewing the situation 12 months later, the gaming regulator found a number of issues.

The Commission is not satisfied

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888 Relies on Casino Revenue as Poker Flops in 2019

London Stock Exchange-listed 888 Holdings has seen casino profits soar at the expense of its poker interests this year.

Publishing a trading update on June 4, the gaming operator noted ups and downs across its verticals. The highlight of the report was a 29 percent uptick in sports betting revenue.

Also coming in strong for the period between January 1 and May 18, 2019, was casino revenue. Comparing stats on a like-for-like basis to the previous accounting period, 888 showed a 13 percent increase in casino earnings.

Poker Problematic for 888

While sports and poker soared, poker and bingo fell … Read more

National Lottery ticket sales are up by £255 million according to the latest revenue report from Camelot.

Covering the period from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, the financial update shows a total turnover of £7.2 billion.

That figure takes into account a £1.15 million fine levied on Camelot by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for historic governance failures.

Necessary Spending Helps National Lottery

Despite earnings improving, the amount of money given to good causes fell between 2017 and 2018.

As per the report, the National Lottery donated £1.6 billion to charities across the UK. That amount is £0.6 … Read more

David Haye Knocked for Six by Poker but Loves It

David Haye has told TalkSPORT that poker isn’t as easy as he thought it would be despite his competitive nature.

Appearing on the Kelly and Quinney show, the retired world champion admitted overconfidence was almost his downfall. Despite his initial ego, he has since become a solid player according to his coach Jeff Kimber.

Poker Bug Bites David Haye

The man himself admits that he’s now caught the poker bug and that’s allowed him to work on his weaknesses.

Last night we went to the Vic and David played with us watching on cameras from another room and we couldn’t

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