In its latest trading update, Malta-based operator Betsson admits defeat in its attempts to have the European Commission re-open infringement proceedings against the Netherlands. The company also commented on its recent court case against the Netherlands Gaming Authority:

In July, Betsson filed an official complaint to the European Commission requesting the re-opening of infringement proceedings against the Netherlands that were initiated in 2006. The European Commission has made a decision not to, at this time, pursue complaints relating to gambling. Due to this change in policy by the Commission, no further action will be taken by the European Commission in relation to Netherlands’ ongoing infringement.

Betsson was unsuccessful in seeking an injunction to prevent the Dutch authority KSA enforcement in the Dutch courts. Betsson has decided not to appeal this decision. However, Betsson is still considering initiating full proceedings if an understanding cannot be found with the KSA to enable channeling Betsson’s customers to the future locally regulated environment. Betsson’s reference at all times is to seek a compromise that would be an acceptable solution for all parties however, Betsson will defend its legal rights should any enforcement action be initiated by the KSA.

Pontus Lindwall, chief executive of Betsson, added the firm is “not satisfied” with its performance during the third quarter, despite achieving year-on-year growth across revenue and profit.

Still, it may turn out to be hard for Betsson to grow faster than the pace of negative regulatory change, due to looming regulatory change in Sweden and the Netherlands, and the potential for greater enforcement in Norway and Turkey.

UK regulators, including the UK Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority have sent a letter to more than 450 online operators ordering them “to amend or remove immediately any ads on your website or in third party media that are: likely to appeal particularly to people aged 17 or younger (‘under 18’); and generally available to view (‘freely accessible’).”

The letter further clarifies:

An ad is considered to have “particular appeal to children or young persons” if it is deemed likely to appeal more to under 18s than to over 18s. The use of particular colours, cartoon and comic book images, animals, child- and youth-orientated references and names of games such as “Piggy Payout”, “Fluffy Favourites”, “Pirate Princess” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” are likely, alone or in combination, to enhance appeal to under 18s.

The UK’s leading online bingo affiliate, WhichBingo, is pro-actively monitoring its compliance with ASA and UK Gambling Commission regulations.

Paddy Power will close its Italy-facing site and migrate customers across to Betfair in December, the operator has told customers. The company will begin pushing punters towards Betfair.it in line with its global strategy of operating under a single brand.

Live games are an increasing feature of the top casino pages in the UK.

Kambi’s sportsbook solution is now live in Mexico thanks to a new agreement with local media giant Televisa.