Six things you need to know in gaming today – Thursday, February 26

Six things you need to know in gaming today – Thursday, February 26

Thursday, February 26, 2015 Totally Gaming

Ladbrokes reported a dip in profits during 2014 as increased business costs outweighed an increase in digital revenue. Revenue was £1.2bn ($1.85bn/€1.65bn), up 3.8 per cent year-on-year, with digital revenue up 22.9 per cent to £215.1m as the gaming group enjoyed a successful Fifa World Cup. However, operating profit tumbled 9.3 per cent year-on-year to £125.4 million, with the drop attributed to recovery programme costs, including the closure of 89 under-performing UK shops. Ladbrokes confirmed today (Thursday) that 60 more shops are to close...

There was better news for software and services provider Playtech, which announced a record turnover of €457m in 2014. That was a 24-per-cent increase on 2013, while adjusted net profit was up 29 per cent to €190.8m. “Playtech has continued to deliver exceptional performance by focusing on consolidating its position as the world's leading software and services provider to the online gambling industry,” non-executive chairman Alan Jackson said...

Meanwhile, UK betting company 666BET has signed a deal with software company Metric Gaming that will enable it to use two of the software firm’s products. SuperLive is an HTML5-based in-play platform while Bettor Option offers bettors the option to double or change their pre-game wager after watching the first half of a match unfold...

A bill has been introduced in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly with the aim of introducing internet gaming in the US state. Following the move by State Representative John Payne, Pennsylvania joins the likes of California, Mississippi and Washington as states that have recently seen online gaming bills introduced...

One state that already has online gaming is New Jersey, and it will soon have a new operator after Resorts Casino was granted approval to launch its service by the Division of Gaming Enforcement. The ResortsCasino.com platform has now gone live to undergo a testing period. The Atlantic City casino has approval to link up with online operator Sportech, while it has also been reported that it also wants to add PokerStars to its line-up once the site’s owner, Amaya Gaming, is approved to operate in New Jersey...

Meanwhile, US fantasy sports operator DraftKings has signed a partnership with mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The deal allows players to enter weekly fantasy MMA contests to win a range of prizes, such as trips to premier UFC events. DraftKings has also agreed partnerships with other major sports and franchises, such as the NHL ice hockey league and NFL team Denver Broncos, in the last few months.

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