Law and Regulations

Betconstruct awarded Swedish online gambling license

Another strategic step for BetConstruct, which through its B2C subsidiary Vivaro, has been granted an online betting and gaming license for its sportsbook and casino products from the Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen). The license covers sports betting and online gaming via the Vbet and Ohmbet brands, and runs until June …

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Mansion Group brands under UKGC investigation

According to a UK Gambling Commission spokesperson M88 and Mansion Europe, both Mansion Group brands, are under investigation adding that while the operating licences held for each brand had not been revoked, it was investigating “various aspects” of each business’ “model and operations”. In the mean time Premier League club …

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Competitive sports to restart in the UK under strict guidance

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will allow competitive sports to resume in England June 1st and the first horse racing meeting since mid-March will take place at Newcastle. The DCMS published its updated and strict guidance, developed in collaboration with the Public Health England, NHS …

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UKGC investigation, PT Entertainment Services closure and Playtech’s responce

Systemic failures in player protection where among findings of an investigation into PT Entertainment Services (PTES), a Playtech company which run www.winner.co.uk and titanbet.co.uk. PTES surrendered its licence during the investigation which started in March 2019, after the UKGC being contacted by the family of a man who tragically took …

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Children’s exposure to TV ads for gambling: lowest since 2008

According to the latest report on children’s exposure to TV ads for alcohol and gambling, by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the gambling advertising visibility for under-18s is now at the lowest point since 2008. The UK advertising rules contain scheduling restrictions designed to reduce significantly under-18s’ exposure to …

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Ukraine blocks 59 international providers

Although Ukrainian efforts to regulate online market remain foggy, a court in the country ordered Ukraine’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to 59 international licensed gambling websites. According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) material it provided had led to the court ordering. The SSU said it …

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Esports Entertainment Group gets MGA license

Next generation online gambling company Esports Entertainment Group received its MGA Gaming Service License for pool betting from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), which is effective for a 10-year term and may be renewed by MGA for further 10-year periods subject to regulatory provisions. Also, the Esports Entertainment Group holds …

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Online Bingo: Denmark warns over unlicensed games, while Netherlands will allow it

Denmark’s gambling authority Spillemyndigheden reported an increase in unlicensed online Bingo games during Covid-19 pandemic, mainly through social media like Facebook, and issued a warning to operators. Holding bingo games that require payment for participation is illegal without a license! Morten Niels Jakobsen, Director of Spillemyndigheden, said: “We certainly understand …

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Four new commissioners appointed to UK Gambling Commission

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden appointed four new Commissioners to the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey appointment has immediate effect and they will serve for the next five years. Bill Moyes, Chair of the Gambling Commission, commented: “Terry, Brian, Jo …

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BGC members agree to voluntary remove gambling ads

Part of the UK’s Betting and Gambling Council (BGC) response to the Covid-19 lockdown crisis, is the removal of all gambling product advertisement. All BGC members agreed that existing TV and radio advertising slots will be replaced by safer gambling messages, donated to charities or removed from broadcast where contracts …

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Sweden to limit weekly bonus offers to just £8

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden’s government unveiled a set of proposals to limit gamblers’ possible exposure to harm.  Health and Social Affairs Minister Ardalan Shekarabi has proposed a SEK5,000 (£400) as a maximum weekly deposit and a weekly SEK100 (£8) cap on bonus offers! The proposals will be …

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UKGC suspends Dynamic license

UK Gambling Commission had notified in January all licensed operators that from 31 March integration with Gamstop would be a mandatory condition to keep their existing licenses. Two operators however, failed to comply. The British gambling commission decided to suspend the licenses of Sportito and Dynamic! Since Sportito managed to …

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Spillemyndigheden sets new marketing rules for licensed operators in Denmark

Danish gambling regulatory authority Spillemyndigheden reminded all licensed operators that the new marketing regulations for gambling are set to come into effect in Denmark on 1 April. According to those new marketing rules operators are required to incorporate new information and links in their gambling marketing. According to the regulator …

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Swedish regulator issues Kindred £8.4m penalty fee for bonus violations

The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) imposed a heavy SEK 100m (£8.4m/€9.2m) penalty fee on Kindred Group for offering to players bonuses that were unauthorized and lotteries with no license! According to the Swedish regulator checks on the operator’s Unibet, Maria Casino, Storspelare, Bingo and iGame sites revealed a number of …

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UKGC suspends Lotteries.com licence

UK Gambling Commission decided due to AML and social responsibility concerns to suspend the licence of lottery betting site Lotteries.com. The operator owned by Isle of Man-registered International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited, had its remote betting and casino licence immediately suspended, as the British regulator will review into the business. The …

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New gambling regulations approved in Germany

New iGaming regulations which will legalize online casino and poker from July 2021 were approved by German legislators. Also the new regulatory authority was decided to be based in Sachsen-Anhalt. The next step means that each of the German state parliaments must ratify the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStv) bill, which intends to …

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UKGC orders Betway to pay £11.6m for failings linked to ‘VIP’ customers

Online gambling business Betway is ordered by the UK Gambling Commission to pay £11.6m, alongside implementing a package of measures, for a series of social responsibility and money laundering failings linked to dealings with seven of its high spending customers. The settlement consists of: £5.8m payment in lieu of a …

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MGA suspends Stakers operating license

Almost a week after the UK Gambling Commission has suspended Stakers Limited’s license, the Malta Gaming Authority took a similar decision. Stakers had been running its website under the Maltese license, but the MGA-enforced suspension means it it’s no longer authorized to carry out any gaming operations, register new players …

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