SBC CIS Weekly Digest: December 18 — 26, 2023

SBC CIS Editorial Team is happy to present a quick recap of the gambling industry events, news, regulations and partnerships that happened last week. 

In Finland, the Central Criminal Police launched an extensive investigation into money laundering related to possible illegal gambling activities. Preliminary assessments starting in 2022 indicate that during the period from 2016 to 2022, several million euros were laundered through illegal transactions involving at least three people.

Ukrainian Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) revealed a violation of the law in the company “Ukr Game Technology“, which holds a license to operate the Pin-Up casino brand in Ukraine, as a result of an unscheduled inspection, according to the decision of KRAIL and Lotteries No. 497 of December 14.

Darren Keane, CEO of Storm International, which owns the Shangri-La casino chain around the world, was interviewed by the Fergana agency about a strategy for attracting gamblers to Kyrgyzstan.

Charles Mizzi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) effective 26 January 2024. After five years at Residency Malta, Mizzi will join MGA as CEO, replacing Carl Brincat. Mizzi will work alongside Brincat in January, ensuring a smooth transition and bringing operational management experience.

Malta Gaming Authority released an interim report covering activities from January to June 2023, providing an overview of the MGA’s progress and key indicators of the country’s gaming industry during the first half of this year. The report provides a detailed overview of the MGA’s performance during the first half of 2023, including a variety of facts and figures related to the organisation’s role as a gambling regulator.

Digitain announced the appointment of Edmond Ghulyan as its new Group Strategy Director and Head of Centrivo Product Solutions. This moves Ghulyan to a higher position in the management structure, responsible for strategic decisions, after leaving his previous roles as Director of Customer Services and Head of Platform at Centrivo.

Viktoriya Zakrevskay, Founding Member and Deputy Chair of the Ukrainian Gambling Council (UGC) shared insights from the SBC Summit Tbilisi, as regional stakeholders still view Ukraine’s market ambitions positively.

The Cearense Football Federation (FCF) has announced Superbet as the main sponsor of the Cearense Championship 2024, giving the company naming rights to the prestigious national tournament. This was a significant event for Brazilian football.

Svenska Spel has extended its long-term partnership with the Association of Women’s Elite Football in Sweden (EFD). The new agreement will see Svenska Spel, a state-owned operator of betting and casino gaming products, continue as the main sponsor of the Swedish football body.  The operator will also, again, award a European bonus to the teams that represent the country in the UEFA Women’s Champions League

IMG ARENA, in collaboration with cricket data and analytics provider CricViz, has acquired exclusive worldwide data and streaming rights for Cricket West Indies.

EveryMatrix officially launched in Michigan through a partnership with Rush Street Interactive (RSI). The deal will see the online gaming company integrate the games from EveryMatrix into BetRivers, an RSI-operated platform.

Riot Games and gaming data platform GRID have deepened their long-term collaboration in esports analytics. As part of this expanded agreement, GRID will now become the official esports data provider for both VALORANT Champions Tour and League of Legends tournaments worldwide.

EPIC Global Solutions and the Entain Foundation US have formed a deal with Major League Baseball to help educate minor league players on the risks of gambling.

Octoplay has brought its games to the Romanian market for the first time through direct integration with Superbet.

EGT Digital announced cooperation with the leading Armenian betting site Customers can now enjoy over 90 cutting-edge slot games such as Bell Link, High Cash, Clover Chance and Single Progressive Jackpot.

BetMGM and the National Hockey League (NHL) have entered into an agreement to extend their partnership for several years. As part of this partnership, BetMGM will remain the official sports betting and gaming partner.

NetBet Italy announced a strategic partnership with Stakelogic, which will bring a range of games from the Stakelogic portfolio to players in Italy.

SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator takes things a step further by integrating content from TaDa Gaming. This collaboration not only expands the range of offerings, but also improves the quality of service for online casinos across their extensive customer network.

7777 Gaming continues its development in Bulgaria by introducing its own slot games through Everbet.

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