Betway gets $463,654 fine for social responsibility breach
Betway received a £408,915 penalty for marketing to children on West Ham United Football Club’s website. The website aimed to offer young Hammers fans a printout teddy bear to color in. Gambling Commission issued the fine after inquiries that revealed the operator’s gambling logo, with a link to Betway’s website, was displayed on the webpage between 14 April 2020 and 6 November 2021.
In addition, the search also found a Betway logo with a link to the operator’s webpage featured on the Young Hammers at Home webpage between 24 October 2021 and 15 November 2021. Both of these adverts breached the rules for social responsibility.
Gambling Commission Director of Enforcement Leanne Oxley shared: “Protecting children from gambling harm is at the heart of what we do. “Although there is no suggestion that the operator was deliberately targeting children, we take the breach of any rules aimed at protecting children extremely seriously.”
Betway commented, “As a responsible, licensed operator Betway has zero tolerance with marketing to under 18’s. As one of the first betting operators to remove our branding from under 18’s kit and supporter merchandise, we feel very strongly about our responsibility in this area. “On this occasion, the Betway logo – owing to a technical error – appeared on a restricted section of the West Ham United website. As soon as we were made aware of this error, we took immediate action to get it removed. “Nonetheless, we accept the fine and will continue to work closely with the Club to ensure this does not happen again.”
BetMGM partners up with NBC NFL
BetMGM signed a one-season deal with US broadcaster for odds to be displayed during Football Night in America show. The operator’s betting content will cover the 2022 NFL season. It’s agreed that BetMGM will feature on the weekly show Football Night in America. Also, they will share content across other NBC Sports platforms. You can watch storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock and Universo channels. Real-time betting odds on FNIA’s scoring ticker also will be showcased.
In addition, the Peacock Sunday Night Football Final show will look at BetMGM betting lines which proved popular during the Sunday game. Also, co-branded content will be featured on the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast as well on his social platforms throughout the 2022 NFL season and through the 2023 NFL Draft.
BetMGM chief revenue officer Matt Prevost shared, “It is a tremendous opportunity to partner with the talented team at NBC Sports and have the ability to engage with football fans nationwide,” Prevost said. “We look forward to delivering NBC viewers our BetMGM trading team insights as well as entertaining segments that showcase the excitement of betting with BetMGM,” he added.
MrQ Spiderman complaint
MrQ has received a complaint about Spider-Man figures displayed in their advertisement content. The complaint highlighted that it would have “particular appeal” to children. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint after the operator posted an ad on Reddit depicting three Spider-Man figures pointing at one another, with a text box reading “Mr” over their heads.
MrQ commented that the advertisement “had been placed by an agency which had followed audience targeting to ensure it targeted people who were already interested in gambling. Because of that, they believed it was unlikely to be seen by children or young people.” However, MrQ conceded that the ad had breached regulations, with the ASA stating: “Although they had approved the copy, they had not seen the images before the ad was placed. Their marketing terms and conditions stated that agents should not use images of famous individuals or brands and that they had terminated the relationship with the agency because the Spider-Man imagery was used without their approval.”
Additionally, Reddit commented that it had not received any complaints about the ad but had now amended its policy concerning cartoon characters being used in paid-for gambling advertising.
In upholding the complaint, the ASA stated it “understood the ad was referring to a popular meme. Nevertheless, we considered that a cartoon depiction of Spider-Man, a popular comic book character, was likely to appeal more strongly to under-18s than it would over-18s. “We, therefore, considered that the ad, which featured three cartoon depictions of Spiderman, was likely to have particular appeal to children and concluded that it breached the Code.”
William Hill faces a $100k fine
William Hill, a sports betting operator, as part of Caesars Entertainment in the US, may have to pay a fine of $100,000 for allegedly violating gaming regulations, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The newspaper said that the Nevada Gaming Commission will today, September 22, consider imposing a heavy fine on the company for four alleged breaches of the regulations in a complaint filed by the state Gaming Control Board in August.
The company is accused of not resolving a system failure that has affected over 50,000 gamblers since 2015. The technical hitch that occurred had not been reported back to the state after it had incorrectly duplicated customers’ bets.
The company, says the complaint, had repeatedly refunded the bets that were incorrectly duplicated but failed to report it within three days to the regulators. William Hill and Caesars have already agreed to the $100,000 fine that the Gaming Board has suggested, so it is probable that the commission will formally issue the fine today.
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