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Lithuanian Regulator Issues Fines to Gaming Strategy Group and Tete-a-Tete Casino

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Lithuania’s Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued fines to Gaming Strategy Group, the operator of Betsson-owned Betsafe in the country, and Tete-a-Tete Casino.

Gaming Strategy Group was fined €25,000 for breaching rules regarding advertising after it distributed a newsletter to 10,430 customers about an online game.

Sent in February this year, the newsletter included information about the game and its features, as well as the option for players to click on links to log in to their account or to request a new password if they had forgotten their login details.

Last year, the Lithuanian government introduced a ban on range of gambling advertising, including promotional bonuses. The law on gambling prohibits the promotion of gambling through activities such as special events, test games, promotions, discounts, gifts and other incentives.

In its ruling, the Gambling Supervisory Authority said that as the newsletter’s intention was to draw attention to a gambling service and specific details about the game, including its win percentage and free spins features, this was in breach of Article 10 (19) of Lithuania’s gambling regulations (ALI).

In the case of Tete-a-Tete Casino, the Gambling Supervisory Authority issued the operator a fine of €15,000 for allowing players located outside Lithuania to gamble through its website remotely.

The regulator said this breached Article 205, Part 3, Article 201, Part 1 of the ALI as gambling with an operator licensed in Lithuania while not physically located in the country is illegal on the part of the gambling operator.

Tete-a-Tete Casino was also warned that its licence could be suspended if it does not put in place the relevant processes to halt such activity in the future. The operator has until 10 August to comply with the request.

The Gambling Supervisory Authority noted that neither decision was final, and both of the operators can appeal the rulings.

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IBAS Unveils New Plans to Become the First Gambling Ombudsman

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The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) has unveiled plans to become the new Gambling Ombudsman.

IBAS believes the long-awaited UK Government White Paper will call for the creation of a new Ombudsman, once released. IBAS claims it is the perfect candidate for the role, aiming to protect consumers from gambling harm while raising industry standards across the board.

The body already offers an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service – as opposed to the Gambling Commission, which is the official route for resolving issues.

Per its bid to become the UK’s first Gambling Ombudsman, IBAS has outlined its aims and goals should it assume the position.

IBAS has called for its Ombudsman governance framework setting to be produced outside its remit; new and compulsory funding from the industry to ensure impartiality remains central to all gambling disputes; and a Fair Play Code – outlining the criteria for deciding complaints, including fairness terms & conditions for harmful gambling complaints.

“IBAS’s experience, expertise and commitment to independent decisions are unparalleled – having resolved over 85,000 gambling disputes. I welcome the creation of a new Ombudsman, but for this to work it needs to be run by an organisation that understands the sector and has a track record of helping and protecting consumers. An Ombudsman with additional resources, built on the foundations of IBAS is best placed to hit the ground running, protecting consumers, and raising industry standards through fair, consistent decision making and constructive dispute avoidance feedback,” Richard Hayler, Managing Director of IBAS, said.

“It’s an exciting time for the gambling industry. There is a real opportunity to enhance the service offered to gambling customers through a new Ombudsman. IBAS has been committed to providing an accessible, fair, and independent service to all gambling consumers. Our plan for a Gambling Ombudsman would make sure consumers are protected and avoid the backlog of complaints. On top of this, this plan provides a solution that works for Government, the Regulator, and the industry,” Andrew Fraser, Chairman of IBAS, said.

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PopOK Gaming Slots Are Now Certified for Romania

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Modern iGaming content developer PopOK Gaming has successfully passed the certification for Romania to provide its iGaming solutions in the region.

The diverse gaming catalogue of PopOK Gaming is now fully compliant with all the regulations set by the ONJN Romania. 18 of its beloved games, such as Yummy, Lost Treasure, Diamond Flash, 20 Hot Bar, Blazing Hot, Lucky Jungle and more, as well as our 4-level Progressive Jackpot, are now ready to capture the hearts of local players and become their favourite.

This certificate acquisition has granted PopOK Gaming further game distribution to the Romanian region and position strengthening in the regulated market. This is a real breakthrough that will certainly go a long way in providing players with high-quality gaming solutions in a secure gaming environment and thereby highly contributing to the partners’ business.

PopOK Gaming Product Manager, Tsovinar Elchyan, said, “We are thrilled to have our games available for the Romanian audience. This is a great start to build strong relationships with our local partners and share promising future achievements.”

Important note: PopOK Gaming belongs to Soft Construct (Malta) Limited that holds II Class license (2239) granted by ONJN (Romanian National Gambling Office).

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Parimatch Tech Strengthened Its Positions With GLI Certifications

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Parimatch Tech has achieved the highly sought-after B2B certification from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) for sports and casinos, adding another competitive market to its growing global reach.

With the GLI19 and GLI33 certifications, Parimatch Tech has secured permission to offer its products and services to operators in the fast-expanding markets. In-house developed by Parimatch Tech, casino platform EVA is used for services that provide games providers aggregation platform, seamless casino wallet with bonuses, and tournaments-related services.

Parimatch Tech will deliver its sportsbook and casino products to partnership operators according to the recently announced business model diversification. The new approach includes a complete betting coverage of 33 sports, more than 10 000 pre-match, and 50 000 monthly live events across several markets. In the casino, players can expect a huge game portfolio of over 10 000 games from 200+ providers, including industry leaders, and personalization features such as geolocation and personal favorites. All personalization features are integrated with intelligent gamification tools like multiplayer tournaments, missions, badges, and more.

“Gaming Laboratories International is a team of professionals that apart every detail of your software and hardware, so their certifications are rightfully considered a quality mark in the industry. Obtaining GLI19 and GLI33 certifications underlines the quality of our products developed for the global expansion of the Parimatch brand. We are longingly expecting exciting opportunities for further development.” — said Yurii Shevchuk, Head of Compliance at Parimatch Tech.

“It was great to support the Parimatch Tech team during this journey and to assist them throughout their certification process. Adopting GLI standards will allow Yuri and the Parimatch Tech team to navigate easily into new markets. We are happy for Parimatch Tech and excited to continue this productive relationship.” — said Francesca Capomolla, Account Manager at EMEA.

Parimatch Tech emphasizes that in sync with the necessary benchmark certifications, the company follows a security strategy to prevent risks associated with access, data security, product security, network security, employee security, and supply chain threats. The company’s IT security strategy includes in-depth knowledge of fraud and threat actor approaches, the best security practices, and data protection trends to ensure the safety of customers and businesses from cyberattacks.

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German City to Shut All Betting Shops Amid Money-laundering Allegations

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The German city of Bremen is planning to shut down all of its betting shops after the interior senator said their owners had failed to convince him that they were not fronts for money laundering.

Bremen, Germany’s smallest city-state, announced on Wednesday it had issued rejection notices to 32 establishments that had applied for betting licences under a new gambling law, meaning any bets placed on their premises would with immediate effect be deemed illegal.

The betting shops have until 5 August to legally challenge the decision or supply the senate with paperwork showing how they obtained their startup capital to open their businesses in the first place, such as a loan agreement with a bank.

Bremen authorities say they are tackling a problem that is not unique to their city but widespread across Germany. A 2019 report by the finance ministry and federal police said criminals were not only using legal gambling practices to launder dirty money but often directly investing money to buy up betting shops.

In some such cases, the entire gambling activity taking place on the shop’s premises was merely “simulated” and the profits showing up in the books came from illegal activities such as drug dealing, the report said.

Unlike in Britain, where most high-street betting establishments are run by large gambling companies such as William Hill or Ladbrokes, in Germany betting shops are mostly run by smaller businesses that buy a franchise licence from larger firms.

“At its core, this is about checking the reliability of these operators. We also want to guarantee that no money from dodgy businesses like drug dealing or human trafficking is being laundered here and thus flows into legal money cycles,” Ulrich Mäurer, Bremen’s senator for interior affairs, said.

Over the past few months, Bremen authorities approached four large betting companies that operate in the city, asking them to provide written evidence of how their franchise holders had acquired their startup capital, usually a sum of up to €120,000.

None of the betting shops had since handed in paperwork that met the authorities’ requirements, a Bremen senate spokesperson said. In one instance an application for a gambling licence had been rejected because the betting shop was located too close to a school, rather than because of the missing paperwork.

“Other states in Germany are looking with close interest at what we are achieving by taking this step. If we are successful, I expect many of them will follow suit,” said a spokesperson, Rose Gerdts-Schiffler.

The closures were criticised by Germany’s Sports Betting Association, whose president, Mathias Dahms, said the city’s actions were “arbitrary, legally questionable and completely out of proportion, motivated purely by political goals”.

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International sports betting operator Pinnacle joins integrity body IBIA

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International online sports betting brand Pinnacle has become a member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). Pinnacle (formerly known as Pinnacle Sports) was established in 1998 and has operating licences in multiple jurisdictions including Malta, Sweden and Italy. Pinnacle offers a wide range of sports betting options and was one of the earliest adopters of esports betting markets, which dates back to 2010.

Pinnacle will now feed into IBIA’s leading global betting integrity monitoring and alert platform. The operator joins many of the leading regulated sports betting operators in the world, with the association’s members accounting for over $137bn (€115bn) in global betting turnover per annum and nearly 50% of all regulated commercial operator online betting activity.

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The size and scope of Pinnacle’s sports betting operation makes it a valuable addition to IBIA’s global monitoring and alert network. Our growing roster of members are committed to high levels of integrity and to the protection of sporting events and betting products alike. It is pleasing that so many leading operators like Pinnacle have chosen IBIA as their preferred sports betting integrity partner.”

Paris Smith, Pinnacle CEO, said: “Our focus on integrity not only applies to our clients, but also the governing bodies themselves, an area which is increasingly important for responsible gaming operators. We are delighted to become members of the IBIA and look forward to working closely with the organisation to combat betting-related corruption and manipulation.”

Pinnacle’s Sport Integrity Manager, Gareth Gray said: “At Pinnacle, integrity is a priority. By becoming a member of IBIA, this highlights our focus on sporting integrity and shows our commitment to combatting sporting manipulation and providing our customers a safe and enjoyable environment.”

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information-sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe, and European Commission.

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Slovakia’s Gambling Regulator Creates New Whitelist for Legal Gaming Sites

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The Office for the Regulation of Gambling, the Slovakian gaming authority, has announced a whitelist for websites run by licensed operators in order to help players recognise which offerings are legal.

The authority has also historically maintained a similar public register for illegal websites.

Dávid Lenčéš, the authority general director, emphasised the inventiveness of grey and black market operators in a statement explaining the new feature.

“We prevent one illegal website from operating and another one is created immediately. The creativity of their operators has no limits,” said Lenčéš.

“They often try to motivate players with irresistible bonus offers, modern visuals, unlimited deposits, and in the case of foreign operators the perfect Slovak language. If players do not check the mandatory details of the website, they may have no reason to suspect that it is illegal content operating outside our country.”

“However, by playing on the illegal website, they are depriving themselves of the possibility of getting their winnings and their legal protection under the laws in force in the Slovak Republic,” Lenčéš added.

Lenčéš continued, explaining the risks that players take when they gamble with an unlicensed operator.

“In the section ‘legal websites’ we publish all licensed websites of licensed entities. This means that all others not included in this list are illegal. Illegal websites can deprive players of their stakes and winnings and are available to risk groups for whom gambling can pose mental health.”

“With more easily obtain information about the legality of a website, we are point out to the scope for playing online gambling games, which are under the control of the valid Slovak legislation.”

To qualify for a place on the list, legal websites must fulfil the obligations set forth by the country’s Gambling Act.

“We have tools that allow remote supervision. If we find any violations, there are sanctioning procedures, possibly even removal of the license.”

The sanctions also apply to those who promote illegal sites such as affiliates. The sanctions run from €50,000 for a human and up to €250,000 for those behind an AI promotion.

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Breaking into the Baltics: APIgrator is certified in Lithuania

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APIgrator, an innovative solution for the rapid integration of games into gambling platforms, is now certified on the Lithuanian market.

Lithuania only recently popped up on the iGaming industry’s radar, but thanks to its dynamic economy and the pro-gambling stance of its government, it has quickly attracted the attention of the gambling community. Online casino operators are eager to take advantage of the country’s growing gambling market. Slotegrator can help them make the most of the opportunity — the company’s APIgrator solution was just certified in the country.

The main event in the Lithuanian gambling market in recent years is the inclusion of online gambling regulation in the country’s Gambling Law. Since its legalization in 2016, iGaming revenue has at least tripled. And in July 2022, the Lithuanian Seimas approved additional amendments to the national Gambling Law and the Law on Lotteries and Gambling Taxes as part of ongoing reforms in the legislation of the Baltic States.

The key change brought about by the new legislation is the introduction of a new remote gambling license. Now, licensees no longer need to run any land-based gambling establishments.

In 2020, as in other countries, due to the mandatory lockdown, the income of land-based gambling establishments in Lithuania dropped sharply. The market sank 8.1% to €103.5 million. At the same time, iGaming’s vertical revenue increased by 47.1% to €59.6 million in gross gaming revenue. After almost doubling their GGR in a year to reach €29.4 million, online slots have become the main source of revenue.

The Lithuanian iGaming market is expanding, enabling operators and players to use new features, including the ability to integrate gaming content into gambling sites.

Ayvar Gabidullin, Business Development Manager at Slotegrator, commented on the product’s entry into the Lithuanian market: “We’re incredibly excited that APIgrator is certified in Lithuania. The market’s rapid growth has really captured our attention, and now we’re looking forward to working with clients to offer Lithuanian players the best possible iGaming experience.”

Operators that use the game content integration solution can already enter the Lithuanian market with their offer. APIgrator provides access to over 15,000 certified games from over 100 licensed industry developers — including slots, live dealer games, poker, virtual sports, and card and casual games — with a single API integration.

The solution allows you to save time, minimize costs, and eliminate administrative work. The operator does not need to provide technical support for individual integrations, conduct lengthy negotiations with suppliers, negotiate deal terms and enter into contracts with each provider separately. Comprehensive verification is also not required: the developer has a long-term trusting partnership with all game developers. By concluding one contract, the online casino operator gets access to the offers and promotional tools of any of the providers.

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Congratulations on appointment and invitation to meet ahead of Gambling Review

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The below letter is from John White, CEO of bacta, the trade body which represents seaside arcades and adult gaming centres across the UK.

Congratulations on your appointment as Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy. We enjoyed a positive working relationship with your predecessor, Chris Philp MP, and look forward to enjoying a similarly productive relationship with you and your team.

The upcoming review of the 2005 Gambling Act provides a vital opportunity to update legislation to reflect the modern and rapidly changing nature of the industry. The result must be a system which delivers the most socially responsible products, provides the Gambling Commission with the powers it needs, and is fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

As you know, bacta represents the amusement machine industry and supply chain. From creating jobs on the high street, permanent and seasonal work at the seaside, and high-tech manufacturing jobs in the supply chain, the amusement and gaming industry drives economic growth and spreads prosperity to all corners of the UK. Indeed, we provide economic activity in some of the most deprived areas of the country. We are also the sector that provides juke boxes, fruit machines and pool tables to pubs and clubs helping to support what is now, sadly, a dwindling number of venues. You will know both from when we met a few years ago and from direct correspondence that our sector is an important contributor to the local economy in Folkestone.

It is vital that the upcoming Review recognises the importance of the land-based sector to the wider industry, whilst also taking steps to ensure that those businesses on our high streets, seafronts and across the supply chain are given the support they need to flourish.

Ahead of the publication of the Review, which we have heard could be as soon as next week, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss our views on the Review and how it can support our members.

We were concerned by reports last month that the White Paper may not support our ask to allow debit card transactions for gaming machines in venues. It is our view that, while the Review is supposed to be about bringing the act into the digital age and redressing the balance between online and offline, such a move disadvantages members like ours, and stands in contrast to the wider societal trends towards cashless payments. This was a view we set out in a letter to the Prime Minister last week, and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you directly.

I hope you will be available to meet with us ahead of the publication of the Review, and look working with you in your new role.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

John White

Chief Executive

Bacta

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Delasport is entering the UK market

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Delasport has acquired the prestigious UK B2B Remote Gambling Software License and Remote Betting Host Real Events License, allowing it to continue its rapid global expansion. With the new licenses, Delasport will be able to provide operators in the largest iGaming market in Europe with access to their leading Sportsbook and services.

As one of the world’s most mature regulated markets, UK operators will be able to leverage Delasport’s iFrame and Sportsbook offering, including: a full betting coverage of 125+ sports, 100,000 pre-match events, and 70,000 monthly live events across 3000+ markets, as well as personalization tools like geolocation content, favorites, and personal trader; all of which are integrated with smart player engagement tools such as multiplayer tournaments, missions, badges, and more.

This is the seventh market entry for Delasport in just six months, showcasing iGaming innovator’s drive for growth in global regulated markets. So far this year, Delasport has entered the Netherlands, Sweden, Malta, and Denmark, as well as being fully compliant in Mexico and Germany.

Oren Cohen Shwartz, CEO of Delasport, comments on the license acquisition: “Entering the UK market is the latest in a line of significant victories for our global expansion. We have worked very hard to be able to participate in Europe’s most popular iGaming industry, and we look forward to developing further in it. We are also eager to collaborate with both new and current partners to present our extensive portfolio to UK gamers who want the best.

In order to compete successfully in their market, boost acquisition conversion, and maximize player retention, operators need the greatest products and services available. We are the only owners of all of our products’ intellectual property, which gives us control over the roadmap, and the freedom to respond to partner demands and changes in the market.

By using innovation to push the envelope, we can maximize the player experience through personalization, content localization, and unique betting. Additionally, we spice up the player experience even more with a robust suite of cross-product player engagement tools including tournaments, missions, levels, badges, spin-to-win, and more. It’s time to grow.”

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