Month: August 2021

MRG hit with Dutch fine

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter MRG has confirmed that its Mr Green Ltd subsidiary will appeal a fine of €312,500 (£279,600/$362,000) issued by the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) for failing to block Dutch players from gambling on its platforms.The regulator has accused Mr Green of failing to utilise IP blocking technology.MRG has said in a statement that, “in its opinion”, it has complied with all guidelines in the country, with the exception of rules for IP blocking.MRG also said that “most gaming operators do not practice IP blocking in the Netherlands and the company will therefore appeal the decision”.Activity in the Netherlands is responsible for approximately 6% of total revenue at MRG, with the company stating that the “impact on profitability is insignificant”.MRG took in around SEK26m (£2.2m/€2.5m/$2.9m) from the Netherlands in the second quarter of the year, during which total revenue reached SEK793.8m.The latest fine comes after the KSA also recently issued a financial penalty to Betsson Group subsidiary Corona. The €300,000 fine is in relation to Corona supposedly operating in the Netherlands without a local licence.This week, Corona confirmed that it had appealed against the fine, with Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall saying: “Betsson share KSA’s ambition to achieve a high channelisation of customers into a future locally regulated environment in the Netherlands.”Image: Santeri Viinamäki MRG hit with Dutch fine 12th September 2018 | By contenteditor Mr Green Ltd penalised for not using IP blocking technology Topics: Legal & compliance Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Western Europe Netherlands Legal & compliance Email Addresslast_img read more

Report flags accidental app spending among UK youngsters

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling One in ten young people in the UK are accidentally spending money on in-app purchases, while more than 95% of those aged between 11 and 18 currently use a gaming app on their mobile or tablet, according to a new report by the Safer Online Gambling Group. One in ten young people in the UK are accidentally spending money on in-app purchases, while over 95% of those aged between 11 and 18 currently use a gaming app on their mobile or tablet, according to a new report by the Safer Online Gambling Group.Entitled ‘Young People: Gaming and Gambling Study’, the publication based its findings on telephone, social media and in-person interviews with 500 young people and family members from across the UK.Among other key findings in the report was that of those young people who have made an in-app or in-game purchase, the average spend for each individual was valued at between £500 (€550/$610) and £600 per year. On a nationwide scale, this amounts to a total spend of £276m every year.The Safer Online Gambling Group focused primarily on the impact of so-called ‘loot boxes’, a feature of video games whereby a player buy a ‘blind boxed’ virtual item for cash. These items can be a new outfit for a player’s in-game avatar, or a rare weapon, for example. Loot boxes are commonplace in many games and apps and according to the report, are readily available to players as young as three years old.The report also flagged the impact of advertising on young people, with a rise in gambling advertising and marketing spend, especially around sports games. The Safer Online Gambling Group raised concerns that some of these adverts do not specifically exclude children from their targeting.In addition, the Safer Online Gambling Group said that despite Apple requesting developers to disclose the odds of players receiving high-value items in a loot box, most games fail to do so.The report estimates that the Apple App Store draws 82% of its $11bn revenue from gaming, citing additional research that suggests 92% of revenue comes from freemium games featuring in-app purchase options.“Financial transactions through in-app purchases and the growing exposure to gambling advertising is a growing concern to parents and those who work with young people,” the Safer Online Gambling Group said in the report. “We think it is careless of the video games industry to not do more to prevent children from spending so much money, with little ID checking, in some cases where parents are totally unaware.“We also think betting companies need to ensure their marketing does not display on games marketed at under 18s, via affiliates or otherwise and call upon regulators and the government to do further research into these areas.”With this in mind, the Safer Online Gambling Group has now made a number of recommendations for both the government and gaming and gambling industry to help protect young people.It requested that the government probe the gaming industry to make it easier to ban in-app purchasing on devices, as well as to disclose odds or specific terms of in-app purchasing prior to purchasing apps and hold affiliate marketers to account for content displayed to young and vulnerable people in-apps.In terms of industry requests, the Safer Online Gambling Group said developers and operators should ensure that gameplay for under 18s does not simulate gambling, as well as enforce a ban on in-app purchasing upfront.The Safer Online Gambling Group is also calling for the gaming and gambling industry to disclose odds for loot boxes prior to purchasing and audit affiliate marketers and marketing agencies to ensure young people are screened out of gambling advertising. Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland 29th August 2019 | By contenteditor Report flags accidental app spending among UK youngsters Topics: Finance Legal & compliancelast_img read more

Ohio House passes sports betting bill

first_img Regions: US Ohio Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th May 2020 | By contenteditor The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that would legalise both retail and mobile sports wagering in the US state.First introduced by State Representatives Dave Greenspan and Brigid Kelly in April of last year, House Bill 194 passed the House by a vote of 83-10 yesterday (May 28).Ohio’s Statehouse had debated the bill for more than a year prior to this week’s vote, with the House’s approved version setting out plans for the Ohio Lottery Commission to take responsibility for regulating the market.Operators that secure a sports gaming agent license in the state would be subject to a tax rate of 10% on sports wagering receipts.Read the full story on iGB North America. Legal & compliancecenter_img Ohio House passes sports betting bill The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that would legalise both retail and mobile sports wagering in the US state. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Niedersachsen FDP MPs demand answers on payment blocking

first_img Tags: Payments Niedersachsen FDP MPs demand answers on payment blocking Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Email Address Members of the Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) have questioned the government of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) on payment blocking orders, suggesting the orders were not justified given the imminent liberalisation of the German online gambling market. Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany Members of the Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) have questioned the government of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) on payment blocking orders, suggesting the orders were not justified given the imminent liberalisation of the German online gambling market.Two state MPs – Christian Grascha and Marco Genthe – asked the Social Democratic Party (SDP)/ Christian Democratic Union (CDU) government 15 questions about blocking orders to payment processing companies.With the exception of sports betting and state lotteries, online gambling is not currently legal in Germany outside of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, as set out in the third State Treaty on Gambling.Payment service providers are legally obliged to refrain from making payments in connection with unauthorised gambling. Should they fail to comply with these regulations, they risk being banned from operating in Germany.Niedersachsen, granted the power to issue blocking orders to payment providers for all of Germany, issued its first payment blocking order in June 2019 to an unnamed company.Although the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) criticised this decision and called for a “fundamental rethink” of enforcement of gaming regulations, Niedersachsen’s Minister of the Interior and Sports Boris Pistorius warned in February of this year that “further prohibition orders are expected to follow”.In April, Niedersachsen issued a prohibition order to another payment provider.However, with the new Fourth State Treaty on Gambling set to take effect on 1 July 2021, the two FDP state MPs questioned whether the state government’s measures were necessary.“How does the state government justify the implementation of the ban on international payment service providers against the background of the new gambling treaty and the associated liberalisation of online gaming in 2021,” the MPs asked in their first question.The MPs also asked about whether the blocking orders were legal under the third state treaty, which it said says that gaming providers would first have to be asked to discontinue certain types of game and only if they do not can action be taken against payment service providers.In addition, the party asked how the government recognises which payments are for illegal gambling and which are for the legal sector.Grascha and Genthe also asked the government how many blocking orders it has made as well as how many other measures, such as warnings, it has taken.In addition, they asked how a payment service provider may block payments for illegal gambling itself without violating EU data protection laws. The pair also asked about the scale of damages Niedersachsen and other states may face if the state were to illegally request a blocking order.The two FDP members then asked if the blocking orders would continue after the Fourth State Treaty comes into effect, and about the “lack of player protection” it said will follow if payment providers remain blocked.Finally, Grascha and Grenthe closed their questioning by asking if there were any plans for a transition period in anticipation of the new treaty. Last week, the Regional Council of Darmstadt agreed to develop transitional regulations rather than pursuing enforcement action against online casino and poker operators, following a test court case brought by an operator challenging a prohibition order issued by the Regional Council.The government will now be expected to provide a written response to the questions.The Fourth State Treaty on Gambling will limit live betting to markets on the final result or next scorer, something that has been criticised by bodies such as operator association the Deutscher Sportwettenverband.Slots will be subject to a €1-per-spin stake limit and must be offered separately to table games, with no autoplay function. States will also have an effective veto on whether to allow table games, and could give their lotteries a monopoly over the product. Topics: Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 30th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boylelast_img read more

Incentive & NewPlay Group strike Africa-focused partnership

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Content developer Incentive Games has announced a new partnership with NewPlay group, a UK-based investment company specialised in providing mobile entertainment, gaming and media content services to customers in developing markets with a focus on East and West Africa. Incentive & NewPlay Group strike Africa-focused partnership Content developer Incentive Games has announced a new partnership with NewPlay group, a UK-based investment company specialised in providing mobile entertainment, gaming and media content services to customers in developing markets with a focus on East and West Africa.The deal will see Incentive provide its virtual football wagering game to two of Newplay’s operator brands in Kenya and Ghana, Playabet and Betyetu respectively.The virtuals game is optimised for low-spec smartphones, meaning it can be used by customers in developing markets where technological penetration is lower. It also offers continuous wagering opportunities during the suspension of live sports.Players can place bets across multiple ‘v-leagues’, virtual versions of real-life leagues such as the English Premier League and La Liga. The virtual leagues run an entire season from start to finish every two hours.John Gordon, chief executive of Incentive Games, said: “Playabet is an exciting up-and-coming brand in Africa, and we look forward to launching with their respected and recognisable Betyetu brand in Ghana in near future, therefore we are really excited to be working with them to launch our virtuals game in Kenya and Ghana.”“We also look forward to expanding our product offering in the near future when the sporting world resumes competition. Until then, we are excited to support NewPlay Group’s activity as it continues to be a market leader in the African iGaming industry.”NewPlay Group CEO Conor O’Donovan added that his business understands the technology and market constraints in African jurisdictions, which had necessitated “significant research” to find a suitable virtuals partner.“We were attracted to Incentive, as they have achieved the balance in delivering a compelling UX while remaining light and accessible on low-end devices,” he explained. “We are delighted to be partnering with Incentive, going live with Playabet in Kenya initially followed by Ghana with view to expanding this relationship into other territories in 2020/2021.” Sports betting 8th July 2020 | By Conor Mulheircenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Regions: Africa East Africa Western Africa Kenya Ghana Topics: Sports bettinglast_img read more

Sevens Staxx™ by Greentube

first_img Topics: Casino & games Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Companies: Greentube The reels of Sevens Staxx™ have been upgraded with jeweled 7’s, shining Diamonds and mounds of cash in an online casino game that gives players 1,024 ways to win.Stacked symbols increase winning chances, while the Bonus Wheel adds even more excitement to this fun-filled slot, with three huge jackpots up for grabs!Discover more about this slot here! The reels of Sevens Staxx™ have been upgraded with jeweled 7’s, shining Diamonds and mounds of cash in an online casino game that gives players 1,024 ways to win. Stacked symbols increase winning chances, while the Bonus Wheel adds even more excitement to this fun-filled slot, with three huge jackpots up for grabs!center_img 13th July 2020 | By Aaron Noy Sevens Staxx™ by Greentube Slots Email Addresslast_img read more

iGB Africa Report: the rise of digital

first_img14th October 2020 | By Stephen Carter This report combines on-the-ground intelligence with the latest numbers from the sector’s leading gambling data business to provide a snapshot of online betting and gaming markets in transition.  Companies: 1XBet While Africa is on track to account for just 1% of global gambling GGR in 2020, according to figures from our principal data partner, H2 Gambling Capital, rapid population growth, strong GDP growth in sub-Sahara countries and an emerging middle class are underpinning a growth forecast well above the global rate to 2025.  iGB Africa Report: the rise of digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter This report, supported by leading sportsbook and software services provider Altenar, focuses in on the growth of the digital channel, which already drives 23% of betting GGR across Africa, with mobile accounting for more than half of that.   Tags: Altenar If you can’t see the below report you can download it as a PDF here! Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Email Address Legal & compliance Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Sports betting Regulation Payments For further insight from Altenar on dealing with the challenges of working across multiple markets in Africa, read our recent interview with chief operating officer Dinos Stranomitis. Regions: Africa Kenya South Africa Ghana Nigeria iGB and ICE Africa Digital’s inaugural Africa Report combines on-the-ground intelligence with data from H2 Gambling Capital to provide a snapshot of online betting and gaming markets in transition. You can register for free here and find out more about the speakers and content at and leading up the event here. We hope you find it valuable and look forward to seeing you at ICE Africa Digital. last_img read more

Santa’s Riches by Greentube

first_imgBringing a touch of seasonal spirit to Greentube’s portfolio, this Christmas cracker is available soon for all B2B partners. Game type:Video slotGo live date (expected):24/11/2020Top 3 target regions:1. United Kingdom2. Italy3. SwitzerlandNumber of paylines:20 expanding to 50Number of reels:5×3 expanding to 6×5RTP% (recorded/theoretical):95.25%Variance/volatility:Medium Slots Topics: Casino & games Slots 9th November 2020 | By Aaron Noy Brrrr, there’s quite a chill in Greentube’s Home of Games, and it’s because of the new festive online casino game, Santa’s Riches! Companies: Greentubecenter_img Santa’s Riches by Greentube Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Discover more about this slot here! Email Addresslast_img read more

WatchandWager renews California horse racing licence

first_imgThe two year renewal issued by California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) runs from next year to 2022, and allows WatchandWager to continue to accept online pari-mutuel wagers from residents of California. Licensing WatchandWager renews California horse racing licence  “We are pleased to receive this key license renewal from the California Horse Racing Board for WatchandWager,” WatchandWager president Ed Comins said. “We believe that the tax, revenue, and jobs generated from this license will have an important benefit to the state of California, especially in light of the economic difficulties caused by the California wildfires and the Covid-19 virus.” Webis Holdings’ advance deposit wagering subsidiary WatchandWager has renewed its licence to offer horse racing in California. Email Address The operator said the renewal would mean it has continued access to the largest US state population, while also leaving it well-placed to expand into sports betting should regulation pass. Webis also holds a long-term lease at the Cal Expo racetrack, meaning it offers land-based wagering on racing alongside its online presence. “With this important license and our physical presence at Cal Expo in Sacramento, we believe that the passage of legalized sports betting will result in even more new jobs, duties, and tax revenue to the state,” Comins continued. “WatchandWager stands ready to be an active partner in supporting not only the state’s racing and gaming industry, but also supporting the recovery of the state as a whole.”center_img Regions: US California Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Sports betting Licensing Horse racing Tags: Webis Holdings WatchandWager Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 20th November 2020 | By Conor Mulheirlast_img read more

Dutch igaming licensing portal launches after delay due to technical fault

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Dutch igaming licensing portal launches after delay due to technical fault “April 1, 2021 is the day that everyone at the Gaming Authority has been looking forward to for a long time,” KSA chair René Jansen said. The market launch was originally scheduled for 1 January this year, after the law was planned to come into force in July 2020. The KSA said in March it expects to receive around 40 licence applications during the process, including several from international companies, and will probably grant around 35 licences. The portal allowing the application for licences under the country’s Remote Gaming Act was due to open at 08AM CET today (1 April), coinciding with the legislation coming into force. “The legal online market will open on October 1 for companies that manage to obtain a license,” he said. “But I can assure you: you don’t get one just like that.” A survey published this week by the Netherlands Online Gaming Association (NOGA) suggests there is little evidence of a wave of new igaming consumers awaiting legal offerings. The Ipsos poll of 1,004 Dutch citizens revealed that just 2% of respondents intended to open an online account once the market opens in October. Three delays in the process saw the launch date of the market pushed back to October. “At times like this, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, it is good to take a moment to reflect on what it was all about. In the legalization and regulation of online gaming, the essential policy goal is to ‘channel’ consumers from illegal to legal providers.” Licensing Yesterday (31 March), the KSA also clarified its auditing requirements for igaming licence applicants. Tags: Kansspelautoriteit It said that, in contrast to the established policy rules for the licensing of online gaming, it has decided to accept either an assurance report or a report of factual findings from applicants.center_img However, Jansen added that the standards for licensing would be high. 1st April 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Officially, the Dutch Remote Gambling Act comes into force today, 1 April, with the market expected to open later this year on 1 October. Topics: Legal & compliance Licensing Regulation The report should also include confirmation that the applicant has complied with rules around the guarantee of player credit, which varies depending on the method of provision. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The portal then launched in the afternoon. Regions: Western Europe Netherlands Email Address The report of factual findings must be prepared by an auditor, and establish that the applicant is not in a state of bankruptcy, has not been granted a moratorium and that the applicant’s assets are not subject to an enforceable attachment. However the regulator put out a message saying it would not available, after another flaw was revealed during the latest tests. The Netherlands’ online gaming licensing process has launched at long last, despite being hit by a last-minute delay, this time due to a technical flaw in the online application portal operated by the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA). last_img read more