Spanish Industry Decision Makers to Meet in Madrid at Gaming in Spain Conference

The 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place November 7-8, 2018 is your single stop to stay informed of the increasingly attractive opportunities offered by the booming Spanish online gaming market. Register now!

The event will be held at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, the home stadium of Atlético Madrid FC and host venue of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

Key conference topics:

  • Market growth: organic growth and onboarding of gray market traffic
  • Tax reduction: now confirmed at 20% of GGR
  • Ceuta and Melilla: a reduced gambling tax rate for resident companies
  • New suppliers and new products (B2B and B2C)
  • Final months of the current licensing window: meet local suppliers
  • Responsible Gaming awareness.

The Gaming in Spain Conference is a sister event of the annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Names René Jansen as New Chair

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has announced the appointment of René Jansen as the regulator’s new chairman of the board.

Jansen, who most recently served on the executive board at the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), will take on his new role from October 1.

In addition, the Gaming Authority has named Bernadette van Buchem as its vice-chairman, effective October 15. Van Buchem currently heads the consumer directorate at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).


Playtech Eyeing Dutch market as Asian Profits Slump

Due to “disappointing” market conditions in Asia, Playtech’s adjusted H1 net profit on a constant currency basis slumped by 38% to €83.3m, down from €125.5m during the same period in the previous year.

Playtech CEO Mor Weizer said the company will shift some of its focus to licensed markets in Europe and Latin America:

“Playtech has identified key markets in Europe and Latin America which have the potential to increase their online penetration of gaming revenue […]

Looking towards 2019, licensing regimes are expected to be introduced in major European countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and some commentators expect significant steps forward in Germany.

Playtech already has an agreement in place with national operator Holland Casino in the   Netherlands and remains in discussions with potential customers in others.”


Upcoming Events

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

  • The International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) will be organizing their annual autumn conference in Prague, Czech Republic, 5-7 September 2018.
  • Eurocoin Gaming is inviting its customers to participate in a two-day co-creation workshop in order to design a new game concept for the Dutch market on September 12-13.
  • The preliminary program of the 12th EASG Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, which is scheduled to take place 11-14 September 2018, has now been published.
  • Betting on Sports Week returns to London in September. Over 2,000 delegates from across the world will make their way to the Betting on Sports Week to join the international betting and gaming trade conferences Betting on Sports 2018 and Betting on eSports 2018, held 18-21 September at Olympia London.
  • The 2018 edition of Blockchain Live will feature eight conference stages, including one focused on gaming and gambling. No less than 3,000 attendees are expected to gather in The Grand Hall, Olympia, London on September 26, 2018.
  • The Lisbon Affiliate Conference will take place on 17-20 October 2018 and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.
  • On 14 November, trade association VAN Kansspelen will hold its annual members’ meeting. The members’ meeting will be followed by a product presentation, showcasing the latest innovations in land-based gaming products.
  • Clarion Gaming has launched ICE Sports Betting USA, a two-day event to be held in New York on 27 and 28 November, 2018.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Hits Betsson with €300k Fine

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has hit Betsson’s Netherlands-facing subsidiary Corona, operator of the Oranje and Kroon online casino brands, with a €300,000 fine for offering online gaming to customers in the country without a license.

In early 2014, Betsson acquired the Netherlands-facing brands Oranje Casino and Kroon Casino for an amount exceeding €100m.

Other Betsson entities were also under investigation, but the Gaming Authority established that there were no violations with regard to them and no fines were imposed.

Betsson is reportedly locked in internal deliberations and assessments, as the group judges whether to appeal the decision.

As a consequence of the Dutch government’s most recent interpretation (p. 45) of the Motie Bouwmeester, if the Gaming Authority’s sanction is not voided on appeal, the operator may not be able to acquire a remote license when, as is widely expected, the Dutch online market officially opens in 2019 or 2020.

According to analysts of Danske Bank, the sanction could spell big trouble for Betsson, which is said to derive 35% of its operating income from the Netherlands:

“Danske Markets accounts for two separate outcomes […]

In a positive scenario, Betsson will be able to obtain a license through another Dutch subsidiary in the Betsson group than the fined Corona […]. In this way, Betsson can transfer their customers from the fined company to another licensing company.

‘This would mean that Betsson could continue with its Dutch business as if nothing had happened,’ writes Danske.

A negative scenario would be that Betsson Group as a whole becomes ineligible for a       license, for instance if the game operator chooses to appeal the fine and loses. This could         mean that all subsidiaries of Betsson are affected and no subsidiary would receive any Dutch             license, according to the analysis.”


Other News


The Netherlands Gaming Authorityis investigatingwhether unauthorized online sports betting operators are using so-called “cash centers,” vending machines offering online payment services, to facilitate illegal betting in the country.


The legal battle against the construction of a new leisure complex, including a casino, in the Dutch municipality of Waalwijkhas concluded because opponents of the complex did not manageto pay their court fees on time.


The Dutch State Lotteryis lookingfor the winner of a prize of €100,000 that has so far remained unclaimed. The winner has until September 10 to collect his or her winnings.


Following the Netherlands Gaming Authority’s recent ruling on video game loot boxes, game developer 2K has decided to make changesin some of its games for the Dutch market.


Holland Casinois looking to hirea Senior Loyalty Marketeer.


Switzerlandsuffered a decline in lottery and sports betting turnoverin 2017, while the use of virtual private networks (VPN) has soared since the government passed its restrictive new online gambling law.


Portugal’s online gambling operatorsgot a much-needed boostfrom the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Online sports betting revenue increased to €20.5m in the three months ending June 30, a significant bump over the €13.9m recorded in the same period last year and the €17.4m in Q1 2018.


Greece’soverall gambling spending exceeded €11b in 2017, according to figuresreleased by the country’s Gaming Supervision and Control Commission (EEEP), making per capita annual gambling spend around €1000 for every Greek man, woman and child.


Two Cherry ABboard members have resigned after being found to be involvedwith the insider trading charges levelled against former CEO Anders Holmgren.


Sportechreported flat interim resultsas the company looks to expand in the US.


Mobile gaming giant LeoVegasis now tied to the country’s BankID e-identification system, allowing users to register and log inquicker than before.


Better Collective, the online gaming industry educational platform developer, grew its revenue93% year-on-year to €9.7m ($11.4m) in Q2.


Betwayexpands its European football sponsorship portfolio, confirming that it has become the official betting partnerof Fortuna Düsseldorf.


UK National Lottery operator Camelotwas fined£1.15m by the UK Gambling Commission over control and governance failings.


The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an advertby lottery betting operator LottoGo.comfor failing to make clear that players are betting on overseas lotteries.


The UK Advertising Standards Authority(ASA) is investigatingbetting firms over World Cup adverts that are suspected of flouting new rules designed to protect vulnerable viewers including children.


The commercial gaming industry in the USbrought in $40.28 billion in gaming revenue in 2017, a 3.4% increaseover 2016, the American Gaming Association reveals in its annual industry survey.


MGMand SugarHouse Casinohave become the second and third operators to launch online sportsbooksin New Jersey respectively.


International Game Technology(IGT) has secured an interim licenseto provide its sports betting platform in West Virginia.