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Valve alters Dota 2 loot boxes to comply with Dutch regulation

Niji Narayan

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The US games developer Valve has altered the way the Dutch players can interact with and purchase loot boxes. The changes have been introduced after complaints were lodged by the Netherlands Gaming Authority about a couple of games, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, for violating the country’s Betting and Gaming Act.

A Reddit user first reported the changes: the new system present in Dota 2 displays exactly what in-game gear is contained within the next loot box purchase, though players can now only purchase one box at a time. Despite the change, Dutch players are still unable to use the Steam Marketplace.

Valve originally pulled loot boxes and blocked access to both trading and the Steam marketplace for Dota 2 and CS:GO players based out of the Netherlands and Belgium following notices sent by the gaming authority in April. According to the organisation, loot boxes do not necessarily violate Dutch law, but systems that ascribe some sort of real-world value to the items gained through those chance-based purchases like the Steam Marketplace are enough to tip in-game loot boxes into legally dubious territory.

Following the gaming authority’s complaint, Valve stated that it “[doesn’t] understand or agree with the Kansspelautoriteit’s legal conclusion” and was working with both legal counsel and the authority itself to look into possible solutions.

In the months since, Valve has brought trading and Steam Marketplace access back to CS:GO for players in both the Netherlands and Belgium, though loot boxes still remain unavailable for players in that region. For Dota 2, however, Valve seems to have implemented a completely different solution that does the opposite by reenabling loot boxes with the new item lists and opting to keep both Steam Marketplace and trading disabled.

 

Source: gamasutra.com

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Golden Race Receives ISO 27001:2013 Certification

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Virtual Sports and Betting Technologies provider Golden Race has received the ISO 27001:2013 certification.

This certification assures that the Information Security Management System of Golden Race is compliant with the standard of ISO 27001:2013.

“This is another great step in reassuring our commitment with the highest international quality standards in information security. We are very proud of obtaining such an important certification, as a reaffirmation for the trust that our partners, customers and workers have on us,” Martin Wachter, CEO and Founder of Golden Race, said.

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GGPoker Network Granted B2B License By The Malta Gaming Authority

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License to facilitate continued expansion of world’s biggest online poker network

Swatar, Malta – June 4, 2020: GGPoker Network today announces that it has been awarded a Type 3 Gaming Services license by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). The B2B License will enable the online poker network to continue its expansion into new markets.

GGPoker Network also holds a license awarded by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). After inking deals in recent months with a range of partners, including TotoGaming and OlyBet, the MGA license allows the network to target further expansion over the course of 2020.

“It’s always a good sign and an honor to receive a license from Malta Gaming Authority and we could not be more enthused. We look forward to signing new partnerships to continue making Online Poker available all around the world.” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker Network.

About GGPoker:

GGPoker Network is the world’s largest online poker network and offers a range of innovative games and features such as Jackpot Sit & Go Tournaments ‘Spin & Gold’, Fast-Fold Poker Rush & Cash, Tournament Staking… all designed to enhance gaming experiences and make poker more fun than ever. In May 2020, GGPoker hosted the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, an online poker tournament series that featured hundreds of events and awarded over $134 million in cash prizes.

 

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German Regulations Ban Visa and Mastercard from Online Casino Transactions

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Online casinos targeting German consumers will no longer be able to use Visa or Mastercard services, as a fresh wave of punitive legislation targeted at the iGaming industry and payment providers transferring money to and from online casinos has been unleashed.

Visa has instructed banks in Germany not to accept deposits and withdrawals from online casinos using their cards.

A financial services giant spokesperson said the company recently reached out to its retail banking partners to ensure that “only legal, properly licenced transactions are processed” using its credit cards.

It has also recently emerged that German online casino players do not use their Mastercard credit cards to deposit money and withdraw their winnings from gaming websites. Casinos replied generally that Visa and Mastercard had advised them either to exclude the two companies from their lists of available payment options in Germany or to lose access to Visa and Mastercards in all the markets they work.

Last month, the state of Lower Saxony in Germany ordered an unidentified payment service provider to refrain from handling illicit online gambling transactions, that is, casino websites.

Last summer, the state issued a similar notice again to an unidentified payment agency, which was generally assumed by local media to be PayPal as the company revealed shortly after that notice it was shutting down its services to German online casino players.

Lower Saxony ‘s Minister of Interior and Recreation, Boris Pistorius, said last month that payment service providers are “legally obliged to refrain from making payments in connexion with illegal gambling” and urged them to “critically review and, if necessary immediately stop working with companies that practise illegal gambling.”

Minister Pistorius sent the country’s banking sector a letter earlier in 2020 urging financial institutions to stop the processing of illicit gambling money.

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