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LeoVegas secures Danish licence extension until 2026

Spillemyndigheden, Denmark’s Gambling Authority, has renewed the operating licence of LeoVegas AB for a further five years, until 2026.  The extension will allow LeoVegas to continue operating its online casino and sportsbook brands for the regulated market of Denmark, which reformed its online gambling laws in 2018. LeoVegas has operated in the Danish market since 2016 and has since become …

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Kindred to wait for KOA licence at cost of £12m per month

Kindred Group has confirmed that it will temporarily cease its Dutch market activities choosing to abide with the KOA regime’s new ‘cooling-off’ command as its business awaits licensing approval.  The Stockholm-listed operator was not featured amongst the 10 operators granted licences by regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), launching the Netherlands KOA regime this morning. Kindred accepted the decision but urged KSA to …

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IGT appoints Joe Asher as President of reformed sports betting unit

IGT Plc has confirmed the appointment of former William Hill US CEO Joe Asher as President of its sports betting division, under the firm’s new Digital-&-Betting unit. Effective from 1 October, Asher will report to Enrico Drago, IGT CEO of Digital-&-Betting, and will spearhead the ongoing expansion of the IGT PlaySports sportsbook business in North American markets. “The PlaySports sports …

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The Netherlands begins its online gambling journey under KOA 

The Netherlands has formally launched its online gambling marketplace, which will operate under the rules and regulations of the ‘KOA’ Remote Gambling Act.  KOA’s ascent into law sees the Dutch Kamer complete a near decade-long journey to approve the Netherlands’ first online gambling framework. In 2016, the Dutch regulatory authority – Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) – had to halt the launch of …

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PHE indicates gambling harms interlinked cost with mental wellbeing

Ministers and betting leadership will be reviewing the findings of the ‘Gambling-related harms evidence review’ paper published today by Public Health England (PHE). In 2019, PHE was instructed to review gambling’s societal harms as a departmental duty, following on from DCMS’ review of FOBTs and social responsibility measures. In its remit, PHE was asked to examine the social impact of …

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Allwyn commits full support to Levelling Up agenda

Allwyn, the UK corporate entity of SAZKA Group has announced it has signed up to Justine Greening’s Levelling Up Goals campaign to help promote equal opportunities in the UK. The Levelling Up Goals alliance brings together a variety of UK universities and businesses together to help track progress made in terms of equal opportunities for jobs in the UK. The partnership helps …

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MERKUR Sportwetten reorganises its tech and online units

Gauselmann Group has announced that it has split its MERKUR Sportwetten unit into two separate departments to optimise the performance of its flagship sportsbook brand across all markets. The DACH market sportsbook’s B2C online unit will now be housed by the ‘Digital Operations Team’ led by Andy Bentley as MERKUR Sportwetten’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Bentley was promoted to …

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KOA applicants urge KSA to clarify cooling-off commands 

Entain Plc and Kindred Group have reaffirmed their intent to join the Netherlands KOA online gambling marketplace which is due to launch on 1 October.  Yesterday, KOA’s first 10 licenced applicants were disclosed by Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands’ gambling regulatory authority. Presumed to be taking part in the KOA’s first licensing window, European igaming giants Entain and Kindred withdrew their …

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AiDP relaunches its All-Index survey tracking DEI dynamics in the aftermath of COVID-19

The All-in Diversity Project (AiDP) has relaunched its ‘All-Index’ survey to comprehensively track and measure the diversity, equality and inclusion make-up of the global gambling sector.  The survey returns following an 18-month hiatus, as gambling businesses adjusted to the unforeseen demands of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Accounting for drastic changes, AiDP noted that its third industry survey would report on …

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