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European Commission Criticizes Germany’s Sports Betting Plans
The European Commission has issued a so-called “blue letter” regarding Germany’s plans to commence licensing sports betting operators as of January 2020. The letter warns that the country’s revised State Treaty on Gambling is unlikely to achieve its aims of decreasing the size of the unlicensed betting market.
A “blue letter” is a formal notice that acts as a precursor to the launch of infringement proceedings against a member state.
The third State Treaty on Gambling was devised as a stopgap measure that will allow sports betting operators who manage to have their licenses approved by January 1, 2020 to legally operate in the country until June 30, 2021, by which point the states hope to have crafted a more permanent treaty.
However, the European Commission believes that the 18 months during which the interim licenses will be valid is of too short a duration to ensure that a sufficient number of unlicensed operators will apply for the new licenses.
In order to secure a license, operators will be required to shut down any online casino offerings, and implement a ban on in-play wagering. Players will be restricted to spending €1,000 per month, with licensees also facing a 5% turnover tax.
Despite all the current restrictions on gambling in Germany, gambling advertising spending is at a five-year peak with many of the promoted products being viewed as illegal by the local government.
In related news, the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz has confirmed an earlier ruling by the German city’s lower court that so-called “secondary lotteries,” in which consumers bet on lottery draw results, may not be offered online in the country.
Responsibility in Gaming Conference Announces New Speakers
The Responsibility in Gaming Conference has added several new speakers to its already impressive lineup. Confirmed speakers now include:
- Birgitte Sand, Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden)
- Russell Mifsud, KPMG Malta
- Per Jaldung, European Casino Association (ECA)
- Kim Mouridsen, Aarhus University and Mindway AI
- Jeffrey Derevensky, McGill University
- Michael Auer, Neccton
- And many more!
Don’t forget to check out the Responsibility in Gaming website for the full speaker lineup.
There are many conferences where scholars and other experts share the latest insights on problem gambling, its prevalence, and the neurological effects seen in the brains of people with a gambling disorder.
But how do we translate these insights into concrete and specific measures for operators to implement in their day-to-day operations? And what should regulators know and do about it?
While understanding the deeper causes of problem gambling is certainly important, this conference will focus on what stakeholders can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming and gambling policy.
When & where?
The Responsibility in Gaming Conference takes place October 23 – 24, 2019 in Brussels at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel (formerly the Conrad Hotel), centrally located at Avenue Louise.
To guarantee minimal out-of-office time, the official program kicks off at 23 October 2019 at 12.30 with a lunch and after that we will have a fully packed afternoon program. On 24 October 2019, sessions will continue until lunchtime and end with a lunch (13.00 – 14.00).
Please visit www.responsibilityingaming.com for more details, to register, or to book your room in the conference venue.
The following events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.
- 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.Members of the Gaming in Holland community can get an exclusive 25% discount on access to this year’s Betting on Sports conference & exhibition by entering the code HOLLAND25 during registration.
- 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.
- Attend Reputation matters: the gambling sector in the spotlight on 7 November, 2019 in London to learn more about the key issues and challenges surrounding the public perception of the gambling industry. Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC, will deliver the opening keynote.
- Save the Date! VAN Kansspelen is organizing a general product exhibitionon November 20, 2019 in Hotel van der Valk in Tiel. More information is available here.
- World Regulatory Briefing now offers a series of free webinars on topics related to responsible gaming.
Dutch Eredivisie Football Club PSV Gauges Support for Online Gambling Partnership among Season Ticket Holders
Professional football side and perennial title contender PSV Eindhoven has been gauging the level of support among season ticket holders for a close cooperation with an online gambling operator once the regulated Dutch iGaming market opens.
A sponsorship deal with a licensed online sports betting operator will likely net the club between €1m and €1.5m annually.
Although most season ticket holders see the additional sponsorship income as a welcome addition to the club’s income, some fear that registered fans will become yet another source of revenue for the club.
“I don’t think it would be a good idea if fans were to be inundated with promotional mailings because their personal data have been sold by the club,” said Harrie Timmermans, chairman of PSV’s supporters’ club.
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Fair Play Casino is looking to hire a location manager for its Utrecht branch.
During Q2, online operators generated more than half of total gambling revenue in Sweden’s regulated market.
ComeOn has been hit with three separate fines totaling SEK 20m by the Swedish regulator for offering betting on games where the majority of participants were under 18.
Gross gaming revenue from Spain‘s regulated online gambling market increased 6.7% year-on-year during Q2 2019 as total revenues hit €178.3m, according to the latest figures from the regulator.
The UK Gambling Commission has launched a review of operator’s FSB’s license amid concerns about the provider’s white-label partners.
Operator SKS365 has been issued with a tax inspection report claiming that it owes €124m to the Italian authorities, having failed to declare significant revenue generated in the country’s regulated gambling market.
The number of people in Ireland treated for problem gambling has reached a record high of 257 in 2018, according to provisional figures from the country’s Health Service Executive.
Sportech reported a 2% year-on-year fall in revenue to £32.6m for H1 2019, with a decrease in adjusted EBITDA of 13% to £3.4m.
Six people have been arrested over eSports match-fixingin Australia.
The Philippine government appears to be weighing the possibility of shutting down the country’s offshore online gambling sector in order to placate China.