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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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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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Winning Post: Germany 2021… the enemy of a good plan

Observing German regulatory developments ahead of 2021, Regulus Partners states that in seeking to have a rule for everything, the onrushing Interstate licensing regime is likely to be immensely destructive on many levels… Perhaps attempting to prove that there is such a thing as a national character, German licensing authorities are now applying considered and potentially highly effective operational engineering …

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EGBA – Operators must ensure highest responsibility standards as Europe returns to lockdown

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reaffirmed its commitment to safer online gambling and responsible advertising by ‘outlining essential measures which gambling companies should rigorously apply to protect their customers’. With the support of 15 online gambling associations, the EGBA stated that the renewed commitment comes at a time when more European countries are facing further COVID-19 related …

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OVWG urges Austria not to miss the boat on 2021 reforms

Claus Retschitzegger, President of The Austrian Association for Betting and Gaming (OVWG), has called for sports and betting leaders to unite behind Austria in adopting a ‘modern online gambling licensing system’. The OVWG published a statement calling for Austrian sports and parliamentary leaders to begin discussions on developing a modern governance framework for online gambling and sports betting services which …

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Martin Lycka – Torn souls of the great regulatory game

GVC Holdings’ Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka offers an insight into the lives of the gambling industry’s regulatory experts.  _________  ‘Hic sunt leones’ –  here are lions, is a phrase used in times gone by to denote unknown territories on maps. At the time of its first visionaries, there would have been no easier task than drawing a regulatory …

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Paddy Power – No Deal Brexit more likely than ever

Paddy Power states that the ‘dreaded B-word is back in British politics agenda’, as the bookmaker prices a No Deal Brexit as the likeliest outcome of the ongoing trade talks between the UK government and its EU counterparts. A week which began with The Financial Times reporting that PM Boris Johnson plans to override key conditions of Parliament’s approved EU …

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EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards

The European Union (EU) has been urged to improve and align standards and safeguards related to loot boxes’ design features and consumer interactions. The recommendation follows research undertaken by the EU’s committee on ‘Internal Market and Consumer Protection’ (IMCO), which analysed ‘loot boxes in online games’ and ‘their effect on young consumers’.    The IMCO report has been described as the …

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Germany moves forward by presenting unloved framework to EU courts

Seeking to relaunch its gambling marketplace on 1 July 2021, Germany has submitted the revised framework of its Fourth Edition of the ‘State Treaty on Gambling’ to the European Union. Despite numerous revisions, the framework has yet to be ratified by the nation’s 16 federal Länder (states). The make-up of the treaty continues to be debated by regional MPs at …

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EGBA backs EU regulators demand for highest industry standards

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Online gambling trade body the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has underlined its support for regulatory authorities by placing a greater focus on social responsibility and safer gambling measures during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The Brussels-based organisation, which represents online gambling at an EU-level, has urged operators to counter political concerns by ensuring that consumers wager in safe and …

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