News digest 16.01.2023

Germany’s new GGL regulator is handing out almost 50 more gaming licenses


Germany’s newly created iGaming regulator, Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL), is already geared up to approve almost 50 more gambling licenses for online slot machines and poker providers. These licenses are conditional and so far only 25 of these providers have been added to the official white list of operators in Germany due to a failure to provide security deposits.

Splitit and Alipay form a partnership to power 'Pay After Delivery' installments on AliExpress


Splitit Payments Limited ("Splitit" or the "Company") (ASX:SPT, OTCQX:SPTTY), the only white-label service allowing customers to pay by installments using their existing credit on their payment card at checkout, announces that Splitit and Alipay have formed a partnership to power the 'Pay After Delivery' option for shoppers on AliExpress, a global eCommerce marketplace owned by the Alibaba Group. The service will initially launch in Germany, France, and Spain, with plans to expand into other international markets.

North Dakota and Missouri propose legalized sports betting


Following the dissolving of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 in 2018, and the resulting trend of US states embracing sports betting, Missouri and North Dakota have both put forward bills that would expand sports betting in their state since the beginning of the current legislative session on Jan 3rd.

Amazon quietly tests even cheaper Prime membership in India


Amazon is quietly piloting a new tier for its Prime membership in India, providing customers with access to popular benefits such as free two-day delivery and ad-supported Prime Video in standard definition at a lower price. The new tier, called Prime Lite, is currently available to select customers at a discounted annual price of $12 (999 Indian rupees).

Google and Nvidia Express Concerns to FTC About Microsoft’s Activision Deal


Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Nvidia Corp. have expressed concerns to the Federal Trade Commission about Microsoft Corp.’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. The companies joined Sony Group Corp. in raising issues with the transaction, which the FTC sued to block in December. The commission has argued that the deal would hinder competition in the video-game industry and has scheduled an in-house trial for August.

Meta’s Shutting Down its ‘Creator Studio’ Page Management App


Do you use Facebook’s Creator Studio, its video-focused Page management platform, which has become the default for many social media managers for scheduling Page content? Well soon, it will be no more, with Meta pushing Creator Studio users across to its Business Suite platform instead, which incorporates analytics, scheduling, and messaging into a new management app