For the first time, a German court has ruled against the lottery monopolies held by the separate Länder. Because of the large amount of lottery marketing, the monopolies do not serve the permitted goal of limiting addiction; and thus, violate both EU law and the German constitution.

Dutch broadcaster RTL aired a news item (starting at 7:20) on the dangers of loot boxes in video games, which included a brief appearance by Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman.

Belgian researcher Jonathan Huyghe of the Catholic University of Leuven discusses the increasing occurrence of gambling-related elements in video games.

Willem van Oort and Dr Alan Littler, gaming lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen can be seen here delivering their presentation on the Dutch online gaming market at the KPMG Gaming eSummit, a part of the extremely well-attended SIGMA’17 Conference. Or watch some other highlights of SIGMA’17 here.

German high roller Claas Segebrecht has won the Master Classics of Poker €4,300 buy-in Main Event at Holland Casino Amsterdam, taking home €235,087.

VAN chairman Frits Huffnagel said he was “very disappointed” that the Dutch Lower House rejected a firm ending date for the temporary gaming tax increase during its vote on the government’s Tax Plan 2018.

UK-listed online gambling operator GVC Holdings appears to have dramatically boosted its online bingo portfolio by reportedly acquiring UK operator Cozy Games.

Latvia’s parliament has announced that the license fee for live casino services in the country will now set at €400,000 per year.

US gaming technology provider Scientific Games Corporation has increased its stake in rival NYX Gaming Group to just over 36%. Scientific Games’ aggressive acquisition of a major position in NYX is intended to thwart efforts by UK bookmaker William Hill to block SG’s planned acquisition of NYX.

Clarion Gaming will be promoting the social responsibility message at world gaming’s most important business event, with the launch of the The Consumer Protection Zone at ICE London 2018.

Belfast City Council is reportedly carrying out a public consultation into whether to build a £300m casino complex in the city.

The Cypriot government has confirmed that it is seeking to regulate bingo in the country.

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