Following a challenge from Kindred Group, Belgium’s Constitutional Court has struck down a bill that placed a heavy value-added tax (VAT) load on the shoulders of gambling operators in the country.

Despite government opposition, Slovenia has moved closer to online sports betting liberalization.

The European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) has agreed on measures on the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs) and binary options to retail investors in the EU, including a full prohibition on the marketing, distribution, or sale of binary options to retail investors; and restrictions on the marketing, distribution or sale of CFDs to retail investors.

The UK Gambling Commission has announced new rules on spending limits and age verification in order to make gambling safer.

European football’s governing body UEFA has announced the signing of an information-sharing agreement with international betting integrity body ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity).

BGO has become the latest online gambling firm to change its promotions terms due to pressure from the UK’s competition watchdog.

CalvinAyre has published a two part recap (1, 2) of last week’s Betting on Football Conference. Ruud Gullit spoke about his transition into the eSports industry through the world’s first “FIFA Academy,” a community for nurturing budding eSports talent:

I’ve been a couple of times to eGames events, I didn’t think so much about it…last year I came for the World Cup here, the final, and there I saw a little bit more of what eGames all means, how much work, how much effort…the players had a manager, had a coach, I was like, OK, this is more serious than I thought.

Betting adverts shown in the UK during this year’s FIFA World Cup finals are to contain responsible gambling messages throughout the length of the commercial.

Sky Betting and Gaming announced an impressive 47% increase in Group revenue totalling £339m in their Half Year Interim Report 2017/18 released on Monday.

Swedish gambling trade body SPER has opened up its membership to foreign operators.

UK bookmaker Ladbrokes has lost its third case at the country’s Court of Appeal over a £71m tax rebate from HMRC, after justices rejected its appeal.

Swedish soccer icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his intention to join forces with the Bethard team. He will not only be an active ambassador for the online betting brand, but also engage in the on-going development of the company’s offering.

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