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Sweden to execute new licensing scheme

Athira A

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Sweden to adapt new online licensing scheme
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With the standstill period for the European Commission and member states expiring yesterday, a new path has been paved for the execution of a  new licensing scheme in Sweden.

It is anticipated that the online gambling world in Sweden would adapt to the new licensing scheme by January 2019 with the expiration of the standstill period set for legislation review by the European Commission and other member states on March 20. A copy of a draft gambling legislation to the European Commission for vetting was sent by the government of Sweden in mid-December. The three-month window gave the member states the opportunity to comment on the draft and establish if it was in sync with the EU treaties or not.

Back in December, the Swedish government disclosed about its confidence in the new market launch date set for January 1, 2019. Moreover, it said that it could start accepting application for new licenses by July 2018.

Lotteriinspektionen, the Swedish gaming regulator, has been showing for months that internationally licensed online operators have been expanding their services in Sweden and now control one-quarter of the overall gambling market. While the new legislative piece gives the state control over lotteries, land-based casinos and gaming machines, the online sports betting sector, casino, bingo and other online products would be open to applicants that meet the required regulations. The licenses would be valid for five years, and licensed operators would pay 18 percent taxes on gaming revenue.

One of the biggest changes would be that servers must be based in the country, even if some exceptions can be made for those who are in jurisdictions that Sweden accepts. Those who are based outside the European Economic Area have to establish a representative in the country. The opening of the online market comes with a tougher regulations, such as a strengthening on the control, as it is believed that consumers being better protected give more chances of a clean industry: gamblers must be 18 years to participate in wagering, except those who enter land-based gambling facilities, which will be required to be 20 years or above.

Operators that do not meet their license obligations can revise fines totalling as much as 10 percent of their annual turnover. Unauthorised operators offering services to Swedish players, or even those who promote the services, can face higher fines and prison time. The Swedish government also gives the chance to licensed online operators to promote their products without any type of punishment, as long as they are not targeting minors. If an operator signs a sponsorship with a sport team, it has to make sure that the logos and brand names do not appear on products targeted for minors.

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Swedish regulator slaps penalty on Paf and Genesis Global

Niji Narayan

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Swedish regulator slaps penalty on Paf and Genesis Global
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Spelinspektionen, the gaming regulator of Sweden, has fined gaming companies Genesis Global Limited and Paf Consulting Corporation for their failure as per the new gaming act in the country, which became effective from 1 January 2019, all gaming companies with a Swedish license should join the self-shutdown registry.

The first few days after the launch, the Gaming Inspector was contacted by people who had been able to play even though they had shut down in the register. The Gaming Inspectorate, which provides Spelpaus.se, then initiated supervision. Now, the Gaming Inspectorate has decided on a penalty fee for the license holders Genesis Global Limited and Paf Consulting Corporation: Genesis receives a warning and a penalty fee of SEK 4,000,000. Paf receives a remark and a penalty fee of SEK 100,000.

Genesis provides games on the sites casinojoy.com, spel.com, casinocruise.com, spinit.com, sloty.com, vegashero, com, pelaa.com and casinogods.com Paf provides games on the websites paf.com and paf.se.

Those who join Spelpaus turn off from all licensed games in Sweden that require registration. In addition, gaming companies must not send direct mail to those who have turned off.

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GameArt Awarded Spanish GLI Certification

George Miller

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GameArt Awarded Spanish GLI Certification
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Trailblazing slot game developer GameArt has announced it can now offer its games in the regulated Spanish market, after being awarded certification by the Spanish Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ).

To qualify for the certification, GameArt was thoroughly evaluated by highly respected UK-based Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), confirming that its slots met the most exacting standards, as required by the Spanish regulator.

Discussing the development CEO of GameArt, Maja Lozej, said:
“With the Spanish gaming market going from strength-to-strength, we are delighted to be able to offer players there the chance to experience some of the world’s most exciting and innovative slots. Gaining the certification also once again demonstrates that GameArt is creating compliant games that meet the most stringent international standards.”

GameArt’s expanding portfolio of slots is expected to be a big hit in the Spanish market, with the latest release, Circus of Horror, expected to be particularly appealing given its immersive gameplay, atmospheric graphics and chilling soundtrack.

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The MGA publishes a Preliminary Market Consultation Document to request information on projects for a Unified Self-Exclusion System

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has recently issued a Preliminary Market Consultation (PMC) document to request information pertaining to possible project implementations which could provide a Unified Self-Exclusion System to be applied to the regulated gaming industry in Malta. The PMC document may be accessed via the Maltese Government’s Electronic Public Procurement System (ePPS). All submissions are also to be sent through the ePPS.

Responsible gaming is a key priority within the MGA’s regulatory policy development and framework. Following upon the White Paper to Future Proof Malta’s Gaming Legal Framework published in July 2017, the MGA is pursuing tools and means to further strengthen the protection afforded to players. These initiatives include the recently published Player Protection Directive, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Directive, as well as our declared intent to launch a Unified Self-Exclusion System across gambling operators, irrespective of channel.

The MGA envisages that a Unified Self-Exclusion System would be a significant step forward in the MGA’s agenda to implement further control for the prevention of gambling-related harm, extending the criteria in Part IV of the Player Protection Directive, and Part IV of the Gaming Premises Regulations. The scope and high-level specifications of the Unified Self-Exclusion System can be accessed via the PMC document.

Interested parties are encouraged to follow the following steps:

Important: Interested parties may wish to contact the MGA for support on pmc.mga@mga.org.mt should difficulties to register correctly or upload/download documents from the ePPS, persist.

The closing date for this preliminary market consultation process is 31 May 2019.

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