Number Crunching - William Hill, Scientific Games and Star Wars Battlefront II

Number Crunching - William Hill, Scientific Games and Star Wars Battlefront II

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Posted by Michael Lawson
Breaking down all the week's news into a set of easy to manage figures

£40 million - The amount FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc has targeted in group savings for reinvestment. The betting giant announced this as part of its latest trading update (detailing the 17-week period to 24 October), describing its corporate performance as ‘in-line with expectations’.

The firm’s online business performed particularly well, with wagering 14% ahead of last year, and CEO Philip Bowcock described how “we remain on track to deliver on market expectations for 2017".

10.72% - The amount of NYX Gaming Group shares acquired by Scientific Games Corporation (SGC). The Nasdaq-listed gambling technology group has moved to acquire 11.6 million ordinary shares in NYX, with SGC governance paying CAD$2.22-2.35 per share, representing a purchase price of circa CAD $27 million (£18 million).

£1585 - The amount needed to pay to unlock all of the base content of the newly-released Star Wars Battlefront II video game. Alternatively, it can be unlocked with 4528 hours of gameplay.  

The game’s implementation of loot boxes has come under criticism from those who argue that this constitutes gambling. Loot boxes came under review in both Belgium and the Netherlands, and today it was announced that the Belgian Gaming Authority will seek to ban loot boxes.

400,000 - The number of signatures collected by the ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, started by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). Citing the interaction between the staff and the consumers, the campaign aims to assert the belief of the ABB that ‘responsible gambling is at the heart of the day to day running of betting shops.’

40 years - The length of time Ron Hearn, the newly-crowned Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year, has spent in the betting industry. The 57 year-old has spent the last six years with JenningsBet, and beat other finalists from Ladbrokes, Coral, Megabet, Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill.

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