Gaming in Spain Conference Kicks off Next Week: Book Now!

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 the Spanish regulator’s latest online licensing round.

Interested companies will be able to apply for an online license during a twelve-month window, starting on 20 December.

The conference will address both the licensing process and the latest regulatory developments related to advertising and responsible gaming.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Juan Espinosa García, Director-General for the Regulation of Gambling at the Ministry of the Treasury and Public Function
  • Gaming lawyer and licensing expert Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner at Asensi Abogados
  • Sacha Michaud, President of online trade association Jdigital
  • Esther Martín-Ortega, Paddy Power Betfair
  • Dan Waugh, Regulus Partners

And many more.

For more information visit: www.GamingInSpain.com.

Register today!

 

G4 Offers Responsible Gaming Courses in Amsterdam

The Global Gaming Guidance Group (G4) – which recently accredited the land-based operations of global gaming giant IGT – will be organizing three responsible gaming training courses in Amsterdam.

The course offering includes a General Awareness Training (GAT) on December 11th, a Customer Communication Skills (CCS) course on December 12th, as well as an Advanced Support Skills (ASK) course, aimed at staff in customer contact roles who need to provide additional help to distressed customers, on December 13th.

“Responsible gaming should be part of the company DNA. It is not just a social responsibility, it also makes sense economically. In the long term, it is much better to be able to keep your customer than to extract as much money as possible in the short term and having to look for a new one,” G4 board member Pieter Remmers says.

Members of the GiH community are eligible for a 15% discount. Please contact G4 for more information.

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Publishes Report on Gambling Risks

The Netherlands Gaming Authority published a report on the public health risks of various forms of gambling.

Slots, especially when played online, are considered to carry the most risk of potentially feeding gambling addiction, land-based lotteries the least.

As a next step, the regulator will discuss the findings of the report with local operators.

In related news, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has also opened a public consultation on its Enforcement Agenda 2018-2019.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • Ulrik Bengtsson, former President & CEO of Betsson Group, will share his experiences and insights at EiG 2017. Registration for the event, which will be taking place 30 October-1 November 2017 in Berlin, is now open.

  • The Slot Academy, taught by renowned Slots expert Lucien Wijsman, is taking place 6-9 November in Leiden. Download the course agenda here.
  • 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, is 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.
  • The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018, celebrating excellence in the field of regulatory compliance and responsible gambling, will be hosted at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, London – 18 April 2018.

 

Ministry Official Comments on Next Steps for Remote Gaming Bill

Dennis van Breemen, Program Manager Gaming Policy Modernization at the Ministry of Security and Justice, offered Gaming in Holland the following insights on the next steps for the remote gaming bill.

“First, the new minister will send out the written answers to the preliminary questions that were raised by the Senate. But as the responsible minister will be very busy during the first week(s) with getting oriented in his or her new role, it is impossible to predict when exactly this will happen.

At present, the secondary legislation is all but ready for consultation, but the recently concluded coalition agreement could necessitate a few (small?) alterations in the secondary legislation with regard to physical establishment requirements and gambling addiction prevention.

The Ministry, however, still aims for the consultation to start during this calendar year.”

The schedule proposed in the government’s Tax Plan 2018 (p. 8), according to which the Dutch remote market would effectively open in January 2019, now appears to be increasingly realistic.

The Netherlands Gaming Authority’s chairman, Henk Kesler, also appears to believe that the Dutch remote market will open on 1 January 2019.

The Ministry of Security and Justice will no longer, as before, have a minister and state secretary, but will get two ministers instead. Ferdinand Grapperhaus (CDA) will reportedly become the new Minister of Justice, while Sander Dekker (VVD) will become Minister of Security.

 

Other News

JVH Gaming has joined Euromat as a corporate member. “As the Dutch market leader, we take international alignment, industry developments and information [sharing] very seriously. Euromat is the perfect platform to connect with peers and regulators and deal with ever-changing regulations,” JVH Gaming CEO Eric Olders said.

 

The Dutch government has proposed new anti-money laundering legislation which would not only apply to casinos offering table games (as is already the case), but also to amusement halls, lotteries, and betting operators.

 

The Permanent Committee of Finance of the Dutch Lower House has asked the government a number of questions (p. 9) regarding the desirability of the proposed temporary increase of the gambling tax rate from 29% to 30.1%.

 

A pilot study has shown that E-Assyst, a Dutch responsible gaming app specifically aimed at amusement hall punters, has been successful in steering player behavior.

 

Nederlandse Loterij has created a prize to reward social initiatives that contribute to health and happiness in the Netherlands.

 

Holland Casino Amsterdam is looking to hire a Manager Services.

 

Holland Casino Zandvoort is looking to hire a marketing and sales officer.

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority is looking to hire a senior legal counsel and a compliance officer.

 

Dutch affiliate marketing hub Affiliateblogger.nl is offering a one-day affiliate marketing training.

 

The Belgian government has proposed several measures to limit betting advertising in the country, including a prohibition on TV adverts during game broadcasts.

 

Bwin has built on its betting partnership with Inter Milan by offering contextual live odds on electronic sponsor boards during the Italian team’s matches.

 

More than €1bn was spent on the Italian online gambling market in 2016, according to the latest statistics released by the country’s gaming authority.

 

Gaming solutions provider NetEnt AB and marketing technology business Ve Global have partnered to offer media buying services to online casino operators worldwide.

 

Contrary to the UK, shirt sponsorships of high-level sports teams is not an issue in the political discussion on gambling regulation in Germany.

 

There appear to be several reasons why daily fantasy sports have not yet taken off in Europe.

 

Are customer bonuses becoming redundant?

 

PokerStars’ new hybrid online poker game Power Up, which takes many of the principles behind next-generation poker games like Spin & Go and adds in innovations from popular eSports like Hearthstone, is rolling out for real money play.

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