Monthly Archives: July 2020 August 2020 Featured Conferences & Events

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit and BSG Awards

The third edition of the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit (MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit) marks a return to live conferences, as the best and brightest of the region assemble in Estonia. Visitors will be able to see dicussions focused on regulations, industry trends, and network with each other throughout.

And to cap off the day, the BSG Awards will recognize the best in the industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian region. 36 award categories will be decided and announced.

What: Mare Balticum Gaming Summit and BSG Awards

Russian bookmaker BingoBoom rebrands as BetBoom

Russian sports betting operator BingoBoom has rebranded as BetBoom to better reflect what the company actually does.

On Friday, BingoBoom chief marketing officer Pyotr Kipa announced that the company would henceforth be known as BetBoom. Kipa said the company would spend the next couple months and around RUB200m (US$2.7m) transforming its retail and online operations to reflect the new identity.

Speaking at an event in Moscow, Kipa said the company would recoup the rebranding costs by attracting new customers, particularly younger adults who may not view bingo as the hippest thing on this planet. Russia’s latest bookmaker Bettery is reportedly also pinning its hopes on developing a hip young clientele.

BingoBoom reported revenue of RUB20.1b ($271.2m) in 2019, good enough for fourth place among Russian-licensed bookmakers, although this was down one notch from the year before.

UK casinos forced to delay reopening until Aug. 15 “at the earliest”

UK casinos are crying foul after the government delayed their planned post-pandemic reopening, while Scotland’s casinos are wondering if their launch timeline will face similar delays.

On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the plan to reopen casinos on Saturday, August 1 would be postponed by “at least” two weeks as the country attempts to slow the worrying rise in COVID-19 infection rates over the past month.

The delay affects not just casinos but also bowling alleys, skating rinks, wedding receptions and other “higher-risk settings.” A raft of other restrictions on social gatherings were imposed, which Johnson said were needed to “avoid a return to full national lockdown.”

Johnson’s new lockdown orders will scupper the plan to allow up to 5,000 racing punters back in the stands for this Saturday’s Glorious Goodwood meet. The setback calls into question the plan for a full resumption of bums-in-seats at sports and racing events by October 1.