Law and Regulations

UK Gambling Commission joins forces with Facebook to tackle gambling ads

The British Gambling Commission (UKGC) joined forces with leading social media platform Facebook to create guidance aimed at limiting the number of gambling-related adverts users see when visiting their social media account. According to UKGC’s announcement the guidance explains the different ways in which Facebook’s safety tools and settings can …

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Ukraine to establish Gambling Commission by November

Ukraine’s government announced their plan to establish a Gambling Commission in order to regulate the gambling and lotteries market of the former Soviet Union country. The new commission will be launched by November 2020 according to the Cabinet of Ministers which approved the plan. The Gambling Commission will issue licenses, …

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10 sportsbook licenses renewed by French regulator

Last June French gambling regulator L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) took officially the responsibility of licensing operators in France from ARJEL. The new regulator announced that renewed the licenses of 10 online sportsbooks, reaching a total of 14 since it took over.  In France there are 19 licensed operators which …

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Ireland to further delay gambling regulator launch

Ireland’s justice minister Helen McEntee admitted the launch of the country’s new gambling regulator will be delayed. “I hope to bring proposals in that regard to the Government next year” she said prolonging the wait for at least until 2021.  The new regulator was one aspect of Ireland’s Gaming and …

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Google in trouble (?) for gambling advertisement in Italy

Google Inc., Google Ireland Limited and Google Italy is being investigated by Italian communications authority AgCom for potential breach of gambling advertising ban displaying of gambling ads on top of their page. AgCom will decide whether or not the tech company has breached Italy’s online gambling ad ban. The Lega-5Star …

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UKGC launches fourth National lottery licence competition

The Gambling Commission has today, 28 August, launched the competition to award the fourth National Lottery licence. The UKGC will announce the preferred applicant in September 2021. The National Lottery is one of the world’s largest lotteries and the current (third) licence is due to expire in 2023. Since launching …

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Betting and Gaming Council unveils new tough measures for online gambling ads

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) unveiled some tough new measures aimed at further preventing under-18s from seeing gambling adverts online. The new code, which will come into force on 1 October, shows BGC’s determination to drive up standards within the betting and gaming industry. The standards body, which represents …

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Brazil is regulating sports betting and opens the market

Controversial Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is privatizing sports betting and opens the market to interested investors. The Brazilian president signed a decree formally adding sports betting to the country’s Investment Partnership Program (PPI) portfolio and national privatization program, while handing state-owned bank Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) …

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New UKGC campaign: 9 ways to keep yourself safe when gambling

British Gambling Commission (UKGC) trying to raise public awareness of safer gambling control tools, facilities and support groups as GambleAware and GamCare, launched a new campaign called “9 ways to keep yourself safe when gambling”.  The UKGC also reminds audiences of their rights to ask for a “timeout from gambling” …

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Netherlands regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued warnings and fines for COVID-19-related ads

Online gambling remains illegal in the Netherlands and is expected to launch its regulated market in one year, but this didn’t stop the Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit to issue 14 warnings to operators that used the Covid-19 pandemic in adverts promoting gambling! According to the KSA, it has so far recorded …

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Russian Duma passes new sports betting laws increasing taxes

Russian sports betting laws are expected to change. The Bill 647044-7 which was presented on the Russian Duma on April has amended “federal regulations on activities for the regulation and conduct of gambling” and will allow the Russian government to implement higher taxes and further increase the financial obligations of …

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Bulgarian Legislature abolishes Gambling Commission National and give the role to Revenue Agency

After a series of scandals the Bulgarian legislature approved the second reading of a bill that will abolish the troubled existing gambling regulator. At the same time, according to the bill, the role will be handed to the National Revenue Agency, while there will be introduced new capital requirements for …

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UK National Lottery Scratchcard minimum age limit to be raised to 18

Following the plan to protect vulnerable young people, UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies announced that the minimum age to play National Lottery scratchcards and online instant win games could be increased to 18. The current age limit for all National Lottery games is 16. The Government …

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UK casinos to reopen on 1st of August

After four months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, land-based casinos in England will reopen on the 1st of August according to prime minister Boris Johnson. Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “After four long months of lockdown, it’s fantastic to see casinos will reopen safely …

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Portuguese regulator (SRIJ) grants license to Bidluck

Portuguese gambling regulator Serviço de Regulação Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) has granted a gaming license to Bidluck SA. According to SRIJ the gaming license is valid for 3 years and will allow Bidluck to operate its online casino via its Bidluck.pt site.  This was the 23rd gaming licence issued by …

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Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) publishes its 2019 Annual Report and Financial Statements

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA/Authority) published its Annual Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ending 31 December 2019, providing an overview of the work performed throughout the year by the Authority. In addition, the report also includes a summary of the performance of the Maltese gaming industry during …

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Bethard exits the UK market

Swedish international super star Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the UK a couple of years ago, continuing his career in the US and then in Milan. The online gambling operator Bethard, in which Ibrahimovic is a co-owner, is following his steps and is going to leave the UK market next month. This …

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Norway’s gambling monopoly questioned as Stortinget continue to ban marketing activities for internationally licensed gambling operators

The supreme legislature in Norway, Stortinget, has recently approved amendments aimed at preventing unlicensed operators from advertising online to Norwegian customers. The Norwegian Media Authority will be granted more powers in order to hold up the new legislation.  Norsk Tipping is the sole licensed operator under the strict monopoly which …

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Swedish regulator orders 45 brands to stop attracting Swedish players

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen issued a new report urging ten gambling operators without a valid license to stop targeting Swedish players, forcing all 45 brands under those companies to be removed from the regulated Swedish market. Seven of these ten companies are authorised by Curacao, and two are registered in …

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Sweden sets temporary limits upsetting both operators and regulator!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden’s government approved a set of temporary restrictions to limit gamblers’ possible exposure to harm.  Health and Social Affairs Minister Ardalan Shekarabi proposed in late April a SEK5,000 (£400) as a maximum weekly deposit and a SEK100 (£8) cap on bonus offers and they …

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