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Sportium takes ownership of Marca Apuestas

Sportium, the sports betting unit of Grupo Cirsa, has reached an agreement with Spanish news publisher Unidad Editorial SA to take control of the Marca Apuestas (MarcaApuestas.es) sportsbook brand. Marca Apuestas serves as the sports betting subsidiary of Marca (Marca.com), Spain’s highest-selling daily sports newspaper and highest coverage online news portal. Spanish business news source Merca2.es reports that Sportium has …

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Spanish operators warned of Garzón’s tax review intentions

Alberto Garzón, Spain’s Minister of Consumer Affairs, has revealed his department’s intentions to undertake a wholesale review of the country’s gambling’s tax regime across all licensed verticals. The minister made his statement in an interview with Europa Press radio, revealing that Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs had ‘studied potential new formulas to tax gambling and sports betting operators’. Garzón maintained …

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Spain launches public consultation on tricky loot box judgement

Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs has launched a public consultation seeking guidance on how to ‘modify the Gaming Law’ to include loot boxes as a gambling vertical.  The consultation has been launched with the primary focus of updating Spain’s gambling laws to allow regulatory agencies to judge consumer interactions on in-game purchases and incentives that require a financial transaction. An …

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Jdigital orders Supreme challenge against Royal Decree federal enforcement

Spanish online gambling trade association Jdigital has confirmed that its appeal against the gambling amendments of the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ has been accepted by Spain’s Supreme Court. Representing the interest of Spain’s licensed online gambling incumbents, Jdigital takes its existing dispute with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to Spain’s highest-ranking law court. The trade association maintains that the decree …

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Spanish media trade union contests Royal Decree’s ‘discriminatory timetable’

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The Supreme Tribunal of Spain has accepted an appeal lodged by Spanish media trade union Asociación de Medios de Información (AMI) challenging the amendments of Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry on the ‘Royal Decree of Advertising’.  Published in yesterday’s government gazette, the AMI has urged the Supreme Tribunal – Spain’s highest-ranking legal body – to review Consumer Affairs orders that the …

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Spain to form new body on ‘gambling harmonisation’

Spain’s DGOJ has signed a new ‘collaborative accord’ which aims to establish a ‘new technical body’ charged with harmonising Spain’s federal gambling laws, standards and market controls. The regulatory agency for Spanish gambling will work with ‘UNE’ – the ‘standardisation body’ formed by the Ministry of the Economy to comply with EU competition standards across Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. The …

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DGOJ forms ‘athlete first’ integrity protocols with Spain’s AFE

Spain’s DGOJ has announced the formation of a new partnership with the Spanish Professional Footballers Association (AFE), strengthening its network of stakeholders combatting match-fixing and upholding sports integrity values.  Spanish gambling’s regulatory agency will work with the AFE to develop a new ‘athlete first’ collaborative framework to tackle the risks of match-fixing and illegal wagers across Spanish football leagues. The …

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DGOJ calls for loot boxes to be reclassified as gambling products

Mikel Arana, Director-General of Spain’s DGOJ, has confirmed that the regulatory agency has advised the government to introduce changes to the ‘Gaming Law’ in order to reclassify ‘loot boxes as games of chance’. The DGOJ’s leader urged Congress to support the initiative yesterday, stating that the government will launch a public consultation before the end of the year, aiming for …

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Spain approves Royal Advertising Decree into federal law 

This morning’s sitting of Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved the formal passing of the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ ushering in a new era for Spanish gambling.  Enforced as a federal law, Spain’s autonomous communities will apply a ‘night time window of 1-5 am’ in which gambling advertising (excluding ONCE and SELAE lotteries) will be allowed to be broadcast across …

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EGBA – Spanish Decree’s ‘lottery favours’ conflict with EU laws  

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its warning to Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry that Royal Decree advertising restrictions are in conflict on EU competition policies.  Spain’s autonomous governments have been instructed to implement the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ mandate, imposing a ‘near-complete ban on gambling advertising’. The Decree’s headline requirement will see all gambling-related advertising restricted to …

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