Global Gaming Loses Swedish Remote License over AML and Social Responsibility Failings

Spelinspektionen, Sweden’s gambling inspectorate has revoked the license of Stockholm-listed Global Gaming AB subsidiary SafeEnt with immediate effect over repeated anti-money laundering, social responsibility and bonus failings.

SafeEnt operates the Ninja Casino and Spellandet.com brands.

Spelinspektionen said that SafeEnt “appears to lack a basic understanding” of Sweden’s new online gambling laws.

In the wake of the announcement, trading in Global Gaming’s shares on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange has been temporarily halted.

In related news, Spelinspektionen has issued United Lottery Solutions with an official warning and financial penalty of SEK700,000 (€65,492) after ruling the Lottoland operator breached national laws on lottery betting.

 

Janshen-Hahnraths Group and Mondriaan to Intensify Cooperation

Dutch gaming hall operator Janshen-Hahnraths Group and mental health care organization Mondriaan have signed a letter of intent to intensify their cooperation to prevent gambling addiction.

In the Netherlands, gambling operators have a legal responsibility to prevent gambling addiction as much as possible. The monitoring of playing behavior, intervention if needed, and referral to professional care providers are part of this responsibility.

Mondriaan offers training sessions to employees of Janshen-Hahnraths. Mondriaan and Janshen-Hahnraths also consult regularly to evaluate and improve the operator’s prevention policy.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • The European Casino Association’s annual Industry Forum, gathering high-level representatives from the licensed land-based casino industry across Europe, will take place in Cannes-Mandelieu on 25 – 26 June.
  • 115+ speakers already confirmed their attendance at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2 – 4 July in Barcelona.
  • The Trimbos Instituut, a Dutch non-profit research and knowledge center for mental health and addiction, will organize an afternoon session on online gambling on August 22in Hilversum.
  • The IMGL Autumn 2019 Conference takes place September 11–13 in Munich.
  • Betting on Sports 2019, the world’s largest sports betting conference & exhibition, will be held 17 – 20 September, 2019, in London. Betting on Sports 2019 will take place concurrently with CasinoBeats Summit 2019.
  • The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.
  • The Responsibility in Gaming Conference, taking place 23 – 24 October, 2019in Brussels, will focus on what operators and regulators can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming policy.
  • Trade association VAN Kansspelen organizes a large number of member activities throughout the year. Check out their agenda here.

 

79 Operators Express Interest in Dutch Online Gambling License

Seventy-nine operators have registered their interest in obtaining an online gambling license in the Netherlands, the Dutch gambling regulator revealed.

The regulator did not disclose the names of the prospective license applicants.

Following his speech at the Gaming in Holland Conference in early June, Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen invited operators to register their interest in order to better estimate the demand for licenses. Jansen urged interested parties to fill out these forms before June 21.

“If we know how many applications we can expect, we, as an organization, are able to make the necessary preparations. This is in our interest, but also in that of the applicants,” Jansen added.

 

Other News

Holland Casino Rotterdam will host a World Series of Poker International Circuit event between November 14 – 22, followed by a Master Classics Of Poker tournament in Holland Casino Amsterdam from November 22 to December 1.

 

A lucky punter won the Mega Millions Jackpot worth €1,381,724.60 at Holland Casino Breda.

 

The German state of Lower Saxony has issued an international payment service provider with a federal blocking order as part of its efforts to drive illegal iGaming businesses from the country’s market.

 

Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new initiative aimed at improving public knowledge of gambling linked to video games, namely skin betting and so-called loot boxes.

 

JPJ Group has announced a “conditional agreement” to acquire the non-sports betting and gaming assets of Gamesys in a £490m deal.

 

Betgenius has held talks with Bede Gaming over the potential acquisition of the online gaming platform provider.

 

Paf has been chosen by Grand Casino Luzern to power one of the first regulated online casinos in Switzerland when the market officially opens this summer.

 

BetConstruct B2C brand VBET has been unveiled as the official betting and gaming partner of Premier League giant Arsenal.

 

Cryptocurrency betting operator Sportsbet.io has struck a deal to become the main club partner and shirt sponsor of Watford FC.

 

Betfred has reported a £40.7m loss after tax for the 12-month period ending 30 September 2018.

 

The Malta Gaming Authority has moved to cancel Wish Me Luck’s gaming license, effective immediately.

 

UK Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has announced his party would set up a new gambling ombudsman to protect vulnerable players if elected.

 

Sportradar’s David Lampitt, guested on the latest LawInSport Podcast, discusses VAR, innovation and where Sportradar fits into the evolving sportstech landscape.

 

Bet365 has reportedly settled a three-year legal dispute with a Northern Irish punter Megan McCann over unpaid winnings totalling £1m.

 

Greentube, the interactive division of Novomatic, has entered into a new content partnership with Georgian online betting and casino operator Adjarabet.

 

Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has extended its agreement to provide management and operation services to La Marocaine Des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS), Morocco’s state-owned sports lottery body.

 

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is delaying implementation of its Federal Wire Act opinion until at least 2020. In November 2018, the DOJ ruled that the Wire Act applies to all forms of gambling beyond just sports wagering.