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Sorare: From pressure point to new regulations 

Sorare has updated its operating model in France, and gambling regulator ANJ is yet to confirm whether it meets its regulatory criteria, writes Jake Pollard. However, news that the French government is working to pass new regulations for Web3 “pioneers” shows how important the sector is to the French authorities.

In a statement posted on Medium, Sorare said it had updated its product roadmap as a “temporary solution”.

This decision was taken in accordance with “the French National Gaming Authority [l’Autorité National des Jeux (ANJ)] that creates an optional alternative method of entry for users based in France only”.

Essentially, Sorare has increased free-play access to its fantasy sports leagues for players in France. Even if the French language version of the company’s statement, unlike the English text, mentioned that the new method of entry would be available to players “without blockchain cards”.

A marker of regulatory pressure

Overall, the move by Sorare is a marker of t..

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How crypto could be embedded in online betting

Tom Waterhouse of WaterhouseVC revisits the subject of crypto wagering, and whether it could be central to next-gen sportsbook platforms.

In May, we discussed the significant opportunity in crypto betting, which is growing gross gaming revenue (GGR) at 36.6% per annum.

Online crypto operators have a similar user experience to online fiat operators. The likes of Stake.com and Sportsbet.io already record extraordinary turnover.

White label platform solutions for crypto betting operators are leveraged to the growth of crypto wagering as a whole. This means they are not exposed to the operational and regulatory risk of a single crypto wagering business.

Global crypto wagering data for total bets and GGR. Source: Softswiss.

Existing wagering platforms

Many fiat operators rely on white label sportsbook and igaming platform solutions, such as Kambi, OpenBet and SBTech.

A selection of white label sportsbook and iGaming platforms built for fiat operators. Source: Waterhouse VC.

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SimWin announces strategic partnership with Sports Illustrated

Metaverse-orientated fantasy sports business SimWin Sports has announced a new strategic partnership with Sports Illustrated (SI).

Under the deal, Sports Illustrated will become SimWin’s official presenting partner with a variety of branding opportunities and integrations across its platform.

“We are delighted to partner with SI, an authority in the sports and culture realm, as they continue their foray into the metaverse sports space,” said SimWin Sports CEO, David J Ortiz.

“This partnership will provide SimWin an exceptional opportunity to enhance its presentation and broadcasts while optimising engagement with the rabid fans SI has cultivated for generations.”

Metaverse

SimWin’s metaverse proposition sees virtual athletes playing on teams owned by well-known sports and entertainment figures. Some individuals active on the platform include former NBA greats Magic Johnson and Tracy McGrady as well as former NFL stars Jerry Rice and Marshall Faulk.

In 2019, the SI trademark was..

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