- CT Lottery Says It’s “Ready to Operate Sports Betting” – However, in their testimony, they also said they’re still learning about the issue and couldn’t answer questions about it cohesively. Another article out of CT references yesterday’s hearings.
- GAN Eyes PA Expansion – GAN’s press says they had a strong 2017, and are looking to expand their presence in the market. Meanwhile, one of GAN’s senior executives just moved to Ocean Resort Casino to run their online gaming program, and Ocean announcing their partnership with Hyatt.
- Sports Betting Bills Would Give Leagues Power to Sue Match-Fixers – This is one example of the leagues asking legislators to give them a private right of action through law.
- Draftkings and Fanduel Offering Single Game Fantasy Baseball – This appears to be a clear violation of federal law, but this also does not appear to matter.
- The Leagues Have a New Model Sports Betting Bill – Aiming to “compromise” on their unreasonable asks, the new model bills finding their way into state legislators still have unreasonable asks. The PGA Tour has publicly come out in support of the leagues’ position.
- How Many PA iGaming Licenses Might Be Leftover? – And who might get them? OPR opines.
- Breaking Down the PA iGaming Market – Mohegan Sun Pocono is the latest installment in this series.
- Draftkings Seeks Partner For Sports Betting in New Jersey – The DFS company is still trying to become a gambling company. The value of their database is debatable, considering that any operator that enters sports betting will likely capture all of their customers with a sports betting product. The Supreme Court ruling will have a major impact on the Draftkings business, either highly favorable or highly unfavorable.
- UKGC Releases Review of Online Gaming – The 63 page report was published in partial combinations, offering some key policy recommendations around KYC, marketing practices, customer interactions, and problem gambling.
- Bill to Ban Games of Skill Surfaces in Colorado – A bill making its way through the state legislature would classify arcade style games that reward participants with cash as gambling.
- Online Poker Shut Out of NY Budget – Progress may hinge on sports betting movement in New York. This is the third straight year lawmakers have tried to include poker in the budget, and the third straight year it has failed.
- William Hill Eyes Major US Expansion – WH is bullish on the US, especially after shuttering their Australian operation.
- Lottery.com Partners With Cashbet to Power Multibillion Dollar Social Impact Raffles – After Cashbet’s pivot to blockchain, they’re starting to make interesting deals.
- Head of Esports For Data Company Sportradar Departs After Investigation – Was caught gambling on esports matches and has been let go.
- NASCAR, The NBA, and NCAA Hoops See a Future in Esports – Partnerships and outlooks for these three groups.
- US Game Jobs are Growing in AR, VR, and Esports – Indeed.com reports that the job market is hot in these sectors.
- Valve Kills CS:GO Skin Gambling With New Trade Restriction – Items received in CS:GO cannot be re-traded for 7 days. A Rolling Stone article talks about why fans are upset.
- ESL Returns to Brazil With Announcement of ESL One – Belo Horizonte will host the event.
- NVIDIA CEO Bullish on Blockchain – The computer hardware manufacturer’s CEO told the media that cryptocurrency will be around for a long time.
- Audi Exploring Blockchain – Looking at utilizing the technology for physical and financial distribution processing.
- Bank of England to Test Blockchain Features For New Payment System – They’re undertaking a proof-of-concept to understand how their real-time gross settlement service could be capable of interacting with distributed ledger technology. TD Bank is also considering adopting the technology.
- West Virginia Piloting Blockchain Voting App in Senate Election – System will be trialed for absentee voters in the military using a mobile app powered by blockchain technology.
- Company Enables Artists to Sell Unlimited Concert Tickets By Using Blockchain-Powered VR – A new innovation may bring immersive live events right into everyone’s home.