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first_img EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ESSA has announced figures detailing a total of 266 cases of suspicious betting being reported to relevant authorities in 2017, following a Q4 tally 114 alerts.The international betting integrity body has published its annual integrity report for 2017, in which it lauds the year as its “most challenging and yet productive to date.”Tennis and football continue to constitute the large part of the suspicious alerts during the course of the year, with 160 and 45 respectively, representing a total of 77%.However, alerts covering all other sports saw a marked increase, spiking from 8% in 2016 and to 23% last year.On a geographic basis, Europe continues to lead the location of where sporting events have generated alerts, with a total of 144, equating to 54%, generated. Asia, 50 alerts, continues to fill the second spot, with 19% in total.   Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, stated: “ The effectiveness of the association’s alert system, bolstered by an expanding membership, continues to be publicly recognised by key stakeholders. New information sharing agreements have also been put in place so that we can react more readily to changing trends and challenges to both our members’ businesses and our partners around the world.“To complement this, the association is to engage in a total of four anti-match-fixing projects during 2018, part of our ongoing policy to participate in and promote integrity efforts on behalf of our members. “There is a growing focus on betting integrity in existing and potential new markets and ESSA has sought to reflect this in its responses to policy consultations and in its wider engagement.“The coming year is set to be another important period for the betting sector and integrity will again be high on the agenda. ESSA will continue to promote the adoption of proportionate and effective integrity policies and market regulations. “We invite all operators committed to defending betting markets, sports and consumers from corruption to consider joining us in promoting those actions.” Share IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgFor the first time in living memory the outright markets provided for Dota’s flagship tournament, The International, have truly shown the potential for scope of outright esports markets.Multiple bookmakers have opted for an extensive range of markets, mainly based off Valve’s compendium but it’s comfortably the most comprehensive range of markets seen prior to an esports event that we can remember. Bet365 continue to lead the charge.The bookmaker has offered a staggering:168 tournament markets (including specials);18 markets per match;1464 total markets.Simply put — it’s a fitting way to price up the world’s biggest esports tournament by prizepool. Over $23,000,000 (and counting) is on the line in Seattle and Dota 2 offers a wealth of data to create innovative markets. Whether it’s based GPM, XPM or kills, last hits, assists, game time, tournament heroes picked — there’s a huge amount of data points and we’ve finally seen them being utilised pre-tournament.It owes in large part, arguably, to game developer Valve’s in-game Compendium. It encourages players to make predictions on a multitude of statistics across the tournament and thus automatically keeps tabs on the results. Therefore one would assume it makes a bookmakers job a whole lot easier when the data is 100% reliable and the markets are effectively ready made. Bet365 has not only taken those markets but also created specific hero versus hero match-ups and player versus player match-ups so there’s a huge amount for punters to choose from. The only criticism is that a user has to scroll an awful lot through “Specials” to actually find exactly what’s being offered. There’s little segregation so the user experience isn’t overly optimal — but that’s but a small gripe. The markets are available until tournament action gets underway in around six hours — so for those who want to have a look, make sure you act quickly. They won’t be around for long.It will be interesting to see if bookmakers price up the tournament again pre-main event. There’s a day in the middle (6th August) where the Group Stages are done, but we rarely see esports events updated for outrights mid-tournament. Unlike in football, where you can bet on the overall winner at pretty much every point, it doesn’t tend to be the case with esports for whatever reason. Here’s hoping that it may change in the future. Several other bookmakers have been offering impressive markets as well — Bet365 was just the first we noticed and the most comprehensive out there. For those wishing to have a dabble on The International 7 — check out our “Ready, Steady, Cook” series. Outrights;Day One. Esports Insider says: Let’s hope this has set the precedent for future esports events — not only for Dota but multiple titles. It’s an impressive effort.last_img read more

first_img UBS energy economist Jan Stuart said the reaction on oil markets was “measured” given the prominence of the Abqaiq facility and the ability of the attackers to get so close to it. Aside from its total output, Saudi Arabia is a vital supplier to the global market because it is the only country with significant spare production capacity. If necessary, Saudi Arabia says it could quickly boost production by 1.5 million barrels a day. By contrast, there is no other country that can add meaningful output to offset an unexpected disruption. The emergency supply of last resort would be the 4 billion barrels of stocks that the International Energy Agency lays claim to. Nymex gasoline advanced by 3.72 cents to finish at $1.5506 a gallon, while heating oil gained 6.41 cents to close at $1.7267 a gallon. Natural gas futures were even at $7.45 per 1,000 cubic feet. Oil prices had already started the day higher as persistent concerns over Nigerian supply disruptions and Iran’s nuclear program overshadowed U.S. government data showing gains in domestic crude supplies. Oil prices spiked earlier in the week on news that Nigerian militants had attacked a pipeline switching station operated by Royal Dutch Shell PLC and a boat they claimed housed Nigerian military personnel. That, and an earlier attack, has forced Shell to halt the flow of about 455,000 barrels a day. Nigeria is Africa’s leading oil exporter and the United States’ fifth-largest supplier, usually exporting 2.5 million barrels daily. Traders also remain concerned over the situation in Iran, which has offered the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, information on a secret project that U.S. intelligence has linked to a possible nuclear arms program, two diplomats said Thursday. Iran is the second-largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and analysts worry that sanctions or any other actions the West might take against Tehran could disrupt the flow of oil there. On May 1, 2004, attackers stormed the offices of a Houston-based oil company in the western Saudi oil hub of Yanbu, killing six Westerners and a Saudi before security forces killed the attackers. Several weeks later, al-Qaida-linked gunmen stormed oil company compounds in Khobar, on the eastern coast, and took hostages. Twenty-two people, 19 of them foreigners, were killed before the siege ended. Associated Press Writer Hasan Jamali in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Crude oil futures jumped 4 percent Friday after a thwarted attack on a massive oil facility in Saudi Arabia rattled a market already jittery about supply disruptions in Nigeria and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil producer, with output of about 9.5 million barrels per day, or 11 percent of global consumption. The target of the attack, the Abqaiq oil complex in eastern Saudi Arabia, processes about two-thirds of the country’s oil before it is exported. Suicide bombers in explosives-packed cars attacked the heavily guarded facility but were foiled when guards opened fire, detonating the vehicles and killing the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press. The vehicles exploded outside the first of three fences around the sprawling complex, al-Turki said. Saudi oil minister Ali Naimi said the attack caused “a small fire” that was brought under control and that operations were not affected. But the incident heightened supply fears on world oil markets. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Light sweet crude for April delivery surged as high as $63.25 a barrel before settling at $62.91, an increase of $2.37 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude futures for April delivery jumped $2.06 to $62.60 on London’s ICE Futures exchange. While terror attacks are not new to Saudi Arabia – there were two highly publicized attacks against oil company offices and employee compounds in the spring of 2004 – analysts said Friday’s action was noteworthy because of how close the perpetrators came to a facility integral to the flow of oil. “It’s new in the sense that this is the boldest attempt to strike at the heart of a Saudi oil-production complex,” Eurasia Group oil analyst Antoine Halff said. “So far they had been confined to office buildings and housing units.” “At the same time, what this attack demonstrates is not just how much the Saudi oil machine is a target for attacks, but also how prepared the Saudi oil company and military are, and how effective they are at thwarting attempts to disrupt oil production and exports,” Halff added. “There are two sides to this.” A Saudi journalist who arrived at the scene soon after an explosion said guards exchanged fire for two hours with two militants outside the facility. He also told The Associated Press that he saw workers repairing a pipeline. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. last_img read more