New Charity Lottery “Lot of Happiness” Launches in the Netherlands

A new charity lottery operator, Lot of Happiness, owned by Fair Share Nederland, has commenced operations in the Netherlands.

The beneficiaries of Lot of Happiness are KiKa, a foundation aimed at supporting research into childhood cancer, and Make-a-Wish Nederland, which seeks to fulfill wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Players may choose which of the two charities they want to support.


Betway to Spend €100m on Marketing in 2019

Malta-based online operator Betway has announced plans to spend €100m on marketing in 2019, to support its growth into new international markets.

The operator has appointed Saatchi and Saatchi as their new lead creative agency, who will work towards a major global campaign launch and regional roll out in 2019.

The creative work will be rolled out across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain and will encompass TV, radio, print and digital media.


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 Gamingis 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.


Legal Sports Betting to Benefit Sports Enterprises

Sports bettors in the US are “more affluent, younger, more diverse and better educated adults than the general population,” according to an American Gaming Association (AGA) commissioned study from Nielsen Sports.

Furthermore, 71 percent of research participants who currently bet with a bookmaker say they would shift some or all of their betting activity to a regulated market if they had access to a legal platform.

“Expanding access to legal sports betting will bring millennial audiences back to sports broadcasts and stadiums, which is a huge benefit for sport enterprises across the country,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “The Nielsen Sports data supports what we’ve long expected: access to legal sports wagering will increase fan engagement in major sport contests and enable a significant revenue generation opportunity for major sports leagues and teams.”


Other News

Holland Casino was among the foremost sponsors of Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden’s attempt to swim 200 kilometers in three days in order to raise funds for cancer research.


The European Casino Association’s vice-president for diversity and education (and Holland Casino’s director of security), Janny Wierda, discusses the need for gender diversity in the land-based gaming sector.


Holland Casino is looking to hire a Business Controller.


Holland Casino is looking to hire a Manager Partnerships & Events.


Henri Krijnen, co-founder of arcade hall operator Krijco, which was sold to JVH gaming in 2015, and esteemed member of trade association VAN Kansspelen passed away.


The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the Norwegian authorities not to proceed with its directive to block payment transactions on remote gambling services.


MRG, formerly known as Mr Green, has applied for an online gaming license in Sweden.


After securing a license in Denmark, Swedish betting operator Bethard, currently licensed in Malta and the UK, is targeting a regulated presence in most other major markets in Europe within the next 16 months.


Schleswig Holstein-licensed operator DrückGlück has signed two sponsorship deals with local TV shows, as part of a €35m marketing push.


Four of FanDuel’s founders have launched legal action in a Scottish civil court after claiming that the daily fantasy sports operator was undervalued when it was acquired by Paddy Power Betfair.


Moreno Marasco, the President of Italian online betting/gambling trade body LOGiCO has penned an open letter to industry leadership urging for “self-discipline during Italy’s transitional advertising period.”


Marathonbet agreed a fixed short-term sponsorship with Serie A side Lazio, which will terminate in January 2019 as the Italian government imposes its blanket ban on gambling advertising and sponsorships.


Mobile casino operator LeoVegas has launched an awareness campaign aimed at pushing back against Italy’s new ban on gambling advertising.


LeoVegas has also revealed plans to pursue a license in Spain after submitting an application for a new license in Sweden.


Spanish gambling group Luckia (Grupo Egasa) has confirmed that it will expand its commercial operations within Portugal, having been granted a license to operate sports betting and gambling provisions by Portuguese authorities.


Kindred Group has opened a new technology hub in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.


Cherry AB has revealed a 41% year-on-year rise in its revenues for the second quarter of 2018, which it attributed to “significant and effective” investments in marketing.


The Rank Group’s chief executive, John O’Reilly, has vowed to focus on building the operator’s digital business after the company posted a 40.7% fall in operating profit for the 12 months through to June 30.


Superbet, a major player in the Romanian market, is to downsize its Gibraltar operations as the operator reconsiders its strategic focus. “The things we expected to be doing haven’t materialized,” an anonymous source told EGR Intel.


Kindred Group has sponsored the development of a free gambling therapy app for the Nordic Region.


An online casino in Malta was robbed of €250k by a Finnish teenager whose parents are now on trial for sharing in his ill-gotten gains.


Mobile lottery company has agreed a partnership with English Premier League football team Manchester City and its sister club, Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC.


Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), one of two companies that tests and certifies gambling products and technology for casinos worldwide, recently became the first independent testing lab ever disciplined by Nevada gaming authorities.


Evolution Gaming has become the first company to open a purpose-built live casino production studio in the US as part of its ongoing growth plans in the wider North American market.


Kindred Group has signed an agreement with Hard Rock to enter the New Jersey sports betting market.


William Hill USA and SBTech were awarded licenses to manufacture and distribute sports betting platforms in Mississippi, according to the US state’s gaming regulator.


Industry rifts appear to be hampering the progress of Australia developing a national self-exclusion policy for betting consumers.


Police in China’s Jiangsu Province have busted an illegal online gambling syndicate, worth a reported $1.1bn.