Registration for Gaming in Spain Conference Opens Today

On October 27, Gaming in Spain and EGR Intel will organize a one-day, English-language conference in central Madrid to discuss the time-limited opportunities brought about by Spain’s latest online licensing round.

As of today, tickets can be purchased at www.GamingInSpain.com. Don’t forget: the Gaming in Spain conference will kick off in little more than three weeks. Register today!

The Gaming in Spain conference has already attracted strong international interest.

Gaming in Spain is proud to welcome our first confirmed conference sponsors: law firm Asensi Abogados and sister company Asensi Technologies, as well as NMi Gaming. We expect to announce additional sponsors next week.

Members of Spanish trade association Jdigital will receive a 15% discount on the conference fee of €495.

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Calls for Close Cooperation with Municipalities to Combat Illegal Gambling

The Netherlands Gaming Authority appears to be increasingly focusing on supporting local efforts to suppress illegal gambling.

In this video, for instance, Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman informs Dutch municipalities that the regulator is ready to provide support in order to jointly combat illegal gambling.

Additionally, the regulator recently published this conversation between its Head of Enforcement, Marc Merx, and the mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second city, Ahmed Aboutaleb. “The support of the Gaming Authority was indispensable in making an anti-illegal gambling campaign a success,” Mr Aboutaleb said.

 

Las Vegas Hit by Worst Mass Shooting in Modern US History

Las Vegas was rocked by a horrific mass shooting, just hours ahead of the opening of the G2E Conference.

The three-day event would nonetheless go on as planned, American Gaming Association (AGA) President Geoff Freeman said in a statement.

In response to the shooting, door security checks are likely to become the norm on the Strip and possibly beyond.

As a further consequence of the attack, the market value of MGM Resorts, owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel from which the shooter opened fire, shrunk by almost a billion dollars.

 

Upcoming Events

The following upcoming events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • Registration for the 2017 Excellence in Gaming conference, which will be taking place 30 October-1 November 2017 in Berlin, is now open. The conference will feature a panel of gaming experts and regulators who will be providing their analysis of changes to the taxation and licensing landscape across key European jurisdictions. Will they discuss the recent Dutch gaming tax increase?
  • On 24 November, Malta’s largest iGaming conference SIGMA’17 will feature a session on regulatory developments in the Netherlands, moderated by GiH founder Willem van Oort. Conference registration is open. Gaming in Holland and Leaseweb invite SIGMA’17 attendees to join us for drinks on Thursday, 23 November 2017, starting at 7:30 pm. Places are limited, so please reserve your place today by registering here.
  • Registration for ICE 2018, which is to take place 6-8 February 2018 at ExCeL London, goes live. As always, there will be a Gaming in Holland Lunch – on 7 February – at next year’s foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world.

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Issues New Lottery License to Fair Share

The Dutch regulator has issued a new lottery license, the country’s sixth, to Fair Share Nederland BV. Fair Share is the second successful applicant after Lottovate to receive a new lottery license in almost twenty years.

In early 2016, the Netherlands Gaming Authority was forced to open its lottery licensing procedure to new market entrants following a ruling by the District Court in Amsterdam.

“We aim to be an addition to the existing market, both with regard to our games and the good causes we will support. We are there for all good causes in the Netherlands,” Fair Share general manager Roelant Reizevoort said.

At least one member of Fair Share’s management team is a proven lottery veteran. It will be interesting to see how the company will make an impact on the Dutch lottery landscape.

Perhaps an even more intriguing question is which company will be next to receive a Dutch lottery license. We very strongly suspect that several other (foreign) operators have applied for a lottery license as well.

 

Other News

Renovation of Holland Casino Valkenburg has started.

 

Novomatic Netherlands expects server-supported gaming to become the norm in the country.

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has announced it will further investigate the relationship between social gaming and gambling.

 

EGBA, the European Gaming and Betting Association, has been taking a closer look at how to successfully channel customers to a regulated offering.

 

International betting integrity body ESSA is to engage in three new anti-match-fixing projects that have been granted funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ program.

 

Last week, Swiss legislators gave final approval to the country’s new gambling rules, which will allow local land-based casinos to offer online casino and poker games for the first time. However, a referendum could undo the bill before it takes effect.

 

France Pari’s B2B arm SPORTNCO has launched a new DFS product, set to be used by different operators across France and Belgium.

 

State-owned operator Svenska Spel is preparing the launch of an online casino as soon as new regulation comes into force in January 2019. The operator is anticipating huge growth once an open market is officially introduced in the country.

 

The fall edition of the Online Gaming Quarterly has just been released and includes a closer look at affiliates, the general Q3/2017 business climate, and comparative financial analyses of industry members’ performance during Q2 and H1 2017.

 

888 Holdings has cut “large numbers” of affiliates in an effort to improve oversight of its network of partners.

 

The UK Local Government Association (LGA), formed of local councils, has called for “greater restrictions” on betting-related advertising in order to minimize the risk of young people developing gambling problems.

 

The UK Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has made a number of changes to the Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising.

 

Paddy Power Betfair is breaking ranks with its UK competitors by calling on the UK government to impose tough limits on the amounts bet in gaming machines.

 

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes is being investigated by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) over an allegation that staff watched a gambling addict take out payday loans to fund hundreds of pounds of bets on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

 

Businesses across the gaming and gambling sectors in the UK are gearing up for the first-ever Responsible Gambling Week which will begin on October 12 and continue until October 18.

 

Powerful political opposition in Italy could upset plans for the shared online poker liquidity project the country’s gambling regulators have been working on with their counterparts from France, Spain, and Portugal.

 

The World Poker Tour and ELC Gaming will host the very first poker and eSports collaborative event.

 

In an attempt to become the “blockchain capital of Europe,” a mock rollout of cryptocurrency is likely to begin shortly in Malta to test if it can be introduced without jeopardizing the local economy. The idea for such a test was originally raised by the Malta Gaming Authority.

 

If the US Supreme Court decides to overturn the federal ban on sports betting, the regulated sports betting market in the country could be worth $6.03 billion annually by 2023.

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