Sports-Betting Vacuum Raises Player Protection Concerns

With online bookmakers desperate to retain bettors during the coronavirus epidemic, concerns are growing that player protection standards will fall by the wayside.

With bookmakers' shares having been pounded by 75 percent or more since the coronavirus pandemic began, operators are frantic to find income sources to replace cancelled sporting events. 

Companies including EveryMatrix, Sportradar and NSoft are pitching virtual sports and Digitain is offering betting on table football.  

"Operators must seize the opportunity offered by the ongoing pandemic and satisfy their customers’ demand by adding virtual sports to their offering," wrote Cyprus-based Slotegrator in an email marketing pitch. 

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