Today’s need-to-know news – Tuesday, January 13

Today’s need-to-know news – Tuesday, January 13

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Totally Gaming

Chinese lottery provider DJI Holdings has linked up with Manchester City, the defending champion of English football’s Premier League. DJI will leverage various club-related rights and exclusive content in China, according to the company’s chief executive, Darren Mercer...

Staying in football, pool and tote betting services supplier Sportech has been granted permission to appeal a VAT repayment order on its ‘Spot the Ball’ game. The hearing at the UK Court of Appeal - the latest twist in a near-five year legal battle - is expected to take place later this year. Last September, the UK’s Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) upheld an appeal by tax authority HMRC against an initial ruling by the First-tier Tribunal, which had supported Sportech’s claim for £93m. The Upper Tribunal concluded that ‘Spot the Ball’ is a game of skill rather than chance, with VAT therefore applicable – a decision chief executive Ian Penrose admitted to TotallyGaming.com was “disappointing”...

Bjarke Larsen, who has been serving as interim chief executive of NetPlay TV, has been appointed to the role on a full-time basis at the interactive gambling company. NetPlay TV also confirmed in a trading update that its marketing expenditure decreased in the final quarter of 2014 due to “increased cost efficiencies and more accurately targeted marketing spend”. Quarterly revenue fell year-on-year to £6.4m (€8.2m/$9.7m) from £7.9m...

Software company Wikibetting has launched a new Bet Compiler platform, a customised betting solution that allows users to create their own bets on a peer-to-peer level. Check out TotallyGaming.com for an interview with Wikibetting in the coming days...

Gaming services provider EveryMatrix has sealed a partnership with slots and peer-to-peer games provider Spigo, which develops and hosts a casual or real-money gaming platforms with HTML5 clients in 16 countries...

Fantasy sports continue to grow in the North American major leagues, with the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball franchise signing up with FanDuel. The deal comes just days after rival operator DraftKings expanded its NBA portfolio by teaming up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as reported by TotallyGaming.com.

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