Eight Operators Fined in Sweden for Offering Bets on Matches Involving Minors

Eight online gambling operators have been hit with penalty fees totaling SEK41.2m (€3.9m) by Swedish gambling authority Spelinspektionen for offering betting on sporting events involving players under the age of 18.

Gambling companies operating with a Swedish license must not offer wagers on events where the majority of participants are less than 18 years of age, as underage players are deemed to be particularly vulnerable to match-fixing attempts.

The fined operators include: The Stars Group, bet365, Betfair, bwin, Casinostugan, Zecure Gaming,  Bethard, and Coolbet.

In related news, Spelinspektionen also warned Multi Lotto for offering betting on lotteries without the permission of the lottery operator.


Leading UK Operators Seek to Create Safer Gambling Environment

The UK’s “Big Five,” GVC Holdings, bet365, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill and Sky Betting and Gaming, have published a joint plan to create a safer gambling environment.

As announced earlier, the operators will increase their current voluntary contribution towards funding problem gambling from 0.1% to 1% of gross gambling yield over the next five years – for an estimated annual total of £60m by 2023.

Additionally, the operators agreed to increase safer gambling messaging across their advertising, support dedicated campaigns, and review the content of all marketing, advertising and sponsorship.

“There is an unprecedented level of agreement among leading companies that now is the time for the industry to step up to the plate and ensure we play our full part in addressing the issues surrounding gambling related harm,” William Hill chief executive Philip Bowcock said.


Upcoming Events

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

  • 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 22 in 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.
  • Kindred’s Sustainable Gambling Conference takes place 8 October, 2019 in Copenhagen.
  • The Responsibility in Gaming Conference, taking place 23 – 24 October, 2019 in 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.


Netherlands Gambling Authority Publishes Duty of Care Guideline

Following a public consultation taking place earlier this year, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has published its official Duty of Care Guideline (Leidraad Zorgplicht) aimed at all licensed operators in the country.

The Dutch regulator also released an accompanying animated video.

Netherlands Gambling Authority René Jansen said that the Guideline is meant to provide practical tools to gambling operators.

As long as the new Guideline is followed with sufficient care, operators can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal responsibility to ensure their players’ well-being. However, the guideline does not change any pre-existing legal obligations, as defined in the relevant primary legislation.


Other News

Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart and CFO Ruud Bergervoet discuss the operator’s strategy as the company makes a big jump on the list of most reputable Dutch firms.


The French Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE) has named eight investment banks to work on the planned privatization of the state-run Française des Jeux lottery operator.


The UK Gambling Commission has released its 2018/19 enforcement report.


The Malta Gaming Authority has published its annual report for the financial year ending 31 December 2018. The gaming sector accounted for 13.2% of Malta’s overall economic activity last year.


Online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global has agreed a deal to acquire GMS Entertainment Limited, the parent company of the B2B supplier Pariplay, for a fee of €13.1m.


LeoVegas has completed the migration of its entire gaming and service platform from physical servers in Malta onto the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).


Online gambling operator MRG has enhanced its responsible gaming solution Green Gaming with new intervention mechanics based on consumer behavior.


Kindred Group’s Unibet brand will be the new shirt sponsor of Belgian top division football team Club Brugge.


Online gaming operator bwin has agreed a deal to become the main sponsor of Spanish LaLiga football club Valencia.


English Premier League football club Norwich City has announced a three-year partnership with Dafabet, which has become the club’s new Principal Club Partner.


The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) has agreed a new partnership with Genius Sports that it claims will revamp how it captures, controls and distributes live data.


The state of Illinois has now officially legalized sports betting, as California lawmakers also proposed a new sports betting bill.