SBC CIS Weekly Digest, August 08 — 12

In this SBC CIS Weekly Digest episode, the editorial team looks back at the events of the previous week to recap the ones we saw as the most interesting or important to report on. 

So, let’s have a look at what has been going on in the world of iGaming, sports betting and casino last week:

Bulgaria government has decided to privatize the Bulgarian Sports Totalizator (Sports Toto).

Local media reports that the privatization will see six state-owned enterprises becoming the company’s new shareholders. The government intends to make special amendments to the country’s legislation in order for the deal to follow through.

According to Sports Handle media, the first land-based betting shop is nearing its launch in Ontario, Canada.

Ontario started regulating sports betting in April, and soon enough land-based casino operators became interested in offering sports betting as well. As Sports Handle reports, casinos Niagara and Great Blue Heron were among the first to show interest in launching betting shops at their premises.

Sports betting brand Fonbet and Metallurg Magnitogorsk have signed a three-year sponsorship deal. As part of the agreement, the logo of the betting brand will appear on the team’s jerseys, as well as on Arena-Metallurg, where the team plays home matches.

This is a quite peculiar partnership as Fonbet will be the title sponsor of the Ivan Romazan Memorial, a pre-season hockey tournament held in the city of Magnitogorsk.

Another pre-season hockey tournament, this time in the Republic of Bashkortostan, bringing together the best teams of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), for the next three seasons will be branded the Fonbet Cup of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

1xBET has signed a sponsorship agreement with the esports organization Tundra Esports. A three-year deal will put the 1xBET logo on the official website of the organization and on the Dota 2 team’s jerseys.

Digtain has expanded its client portfolio among global operators by announcing a partnership with Pin-Up.

The company, headquartered in the Armenian capital Yerevan, will provide Pin-Up with access to 15,000 leagues and 90,000 live events.

Digitain has recently obtained GLI certification for its white label sports betting platform solution, and also added AstroPay to its list of available payment systems providers.

The most significant betting and gaming conference, SBC Summit Barcelona returns to the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc trade and exhibition center this September.

Up to 6,000 representatives of industry-leading companies are expected to attend the event, with more than 350 experts to share their knowledge at the Conference.

Special attention would be devoted to the panel titled “Ukraine, CIS and Eastern Europe – Defying the Headwinds“. The attendees would get an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the current situation in Eastern Europe and how the Russian war against Ukraine affects gambling markets across the continent.

Adjarabet Marketing Director Irakli Davarashvili, Parimatch Deputy CEO Anna Motruk, Superbet Poland CEO Adam Lamentowicz, Cosmolot CEO Sergey Potapov, RomBet President Dan Gita, and founder and CEO of SBC CIS and Sports Media Holding Lasha Machavariani have already confirmed their participation in the panel.

Tickets for the SBC Summit Barcelona are currently offered at a special price of only 350 euros.

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