Genius Sports halts commercial operations in Russia and Belarus

Genius Sports Group has become the latest gambling business to suspend operations in Russia and Belarus in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The sports data supplier and technology business said it will suspend commercial operations in both Russia and Belarus for the foreseeable future.

More than one million people have left Ukraine since Russia began its full-scale invasion of the country on 24 February.

“At all times our priority remains ensuring the safety and well-being of our colleagues, their

families and loved ones in the region,” Genius Sports said. “Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people.”

Last week, online gambling operator LeoVegas announced its was to suspend all betting on domestic Russian and Belarusian sports in response to the invasion.

Parimatch Tech also said that it would withdraw its franchise from Russia in response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The Parimatch brand was founded in Ukraine in 1994 and the main development centre of Parimatch Tech is in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Last week also saw the launch of Gaming Industry for Ukraine, an initiative that aims to raise £250,000 for those affected by the war. So far, almost £180,000 has been raised, including £25,000 from Betsson Group.

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Author: Raymond Fleming