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UK’s Gambling Commission publishes tougher ad rules

Niji Ng

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The UK’s Gambling Commission has released a new set of updated rules regarding advertising, which are more stringent and tougher than the older set of rules. The commission said that the new set of rules “provide stronger protection for consumers and ensure they are treated fairly by gambling businesses.”

The new rules are set to come into effect from October 31 this year. The new rules empower the commission to sanction operators who break advertising rules and even impose fines.

Gambling companies will also face action for advertising failings by third-party affiliates, while the commission can also punish operators that send “spam” marketing emails or texts.

The commission also said the new rules will make it quicker and easier to react to breaches of consumer law, such as unfair and misleading practices.

In addition, companies will now have access to an improved complaints process, which will include an eight-week deadline to resolve such issues.

The move comes after the commission last month urged the UK industry to “step up” in order to help the regulator improve standards across the sector.

Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said that the latest changes “will protect consumers from irresponsible advertising and misleading promotions, ensure that they can withdraw their money more easily, and will mean that firms have to deal with complaints more swiftly”.

Responding to today’s announcement, Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), told iGamingBusiness.com that while it is too early to assess the overall impact of the new requirements as a package, “none of these changes should come as a surprise to anyone.”

Hawkswood added: “The industry has already acknowledged the need for improvement in some of the key areas such as complaints-handling and the flaws previously identified by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA).”

Hawkswood also told iGamingBusiness.com that although the RGA initially raised concerns about using regulatory powers to underpin the voluntary regulation system for campaigns overseen by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), it shares the commission’s objective of “maximising compliance through improved guidance and transparency.”

He added: “There are many in the industry who continue to have reservations about the subjectivity that is inherent in many of the ASA’s rulings – for example, in determining what might be considered to be advertising that is ‘of particular appeal to children’ – but we are already working with them to get a better understanding of the decision-making processes.”

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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NetEnt granted permanent license by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

George Miller

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NetEnt has been granted a permanent Casino Service Industry Enterprise license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). NetEnt has been operating in New Jersey since 2015 under a transactional waiver from the NJDGE.

 

NetEnt, through its subsidiary NetEnt Americas LLC, applied for a Casino Service Industry Enterprise license in the US state of New Jersey in 2015. In September 2015, NetEnt obtained a transactional waiver by the NJDGE, granting the right to supply online casino games in New Jersey while the full license application was being reviewed.

NetEnt today announces the grant of its first online gaming license in the US issued by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).

“We are very pleased to obtain our first permanent online gaming license in the US. We have been present in New Jersey since 2015 and have supported the regulator throughout the licensing process. The license marks yet another step in our US expansion as we hope to enter additional states if and when they regulate online casino,“ says Erik Nyman, Managing Director, NetEnt Americas LLC.

 

About NetEnt:

NetEnt Americas LLC is a US subsidiary of NetEnt AB (publ), a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition, is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm (NET–B) and employs 1,000 people in Malta, Stockholm, Kiev, Krakow, Gothenburg, Gibraltar and New Jersey. www.netent.com

 

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The Current Casino Legislation in Slovakia and What Will Change in 2019

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Here at European Gaming, we like to keep on top of all the latest news when it comes to gambling laws in European countries. After all, there are plenty of changes happening on an almost weekly basis, with a surprising number of revisions coming from none other than Slovakia.

A Brief History of Gambling In Slovakia

Alongside a number of countries once part of the Soviet Union, Slovakia had upheld laws regulating and banning gambling for a number of decades. However, in 1992, this law was revised and allowed Slovakian online casino fans to play at iGaming platforms as long as they operated within the country.

Over the next twenty years, these sites became increasingly popular, particularly those that provided online poker. There were even a number of Slovakian poker players who managed to become millionaires, including top Slovakian player Jan Bendik, who is thought to have raked in over $3.4 million.

Unfortunately, Slovakia’s government went off gambling again in 2017 and blacklisted a number of big iGaming brands, as well as introducing fines of up to €500,000 for anyone breaking the rules. Since these were recently implemented, the result of these fines is unclear, but it seems as though even the Slovakian parliament wasn’t happy with the decision.

The Turn-Around

Back in December, Slovakia’s parliament surprisingly drafted a brand-new gambling act, which would again transform gambling’s role in the country. The act, drafted by the Ministry of Finance, stated that off-shore online casinos can now operate within Slovakia as long as they buy betting and casino licenses. Each of these licenses will cost €3 million and last up to ten years, though the amount will be brought down to €5 million if a brand applies for both.

This new act will hopefully be put in place by March 1, 2019, though there will be some regulations upheld until June 1, 2019. Already it’s clear that operators and fans alike are ready for the new regulations to pass, with casino comparison sites offering all sorts of info from everything you need to know about free spins to which sites are the best overall for Slovakian players. Meanwhile, off-shore sites looking to operate within Slovakia will have to wait to apply on or after March 1, with licenses coming into effect from July.

Looking to the Future

Gambling has been a tricky subject throughout Europe for a long time, but countries that have already relaxed their previously strict online casino laws are experiencing great success. Denmark, for instance, is perhaps the world’s leading example when it comes to changing strict gambling laws. Romania, too, has an incredibly impressive gambling industry that now garners a significant income for the country since their new act in 2014.

Hopefully, after the new gambling act passes in a few months, Slovakia can also enjoy the online gambling world to the fullest.

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Voting differed on Remote Gaming Bill in the Netherlands

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The voting on the Remote Gaming Bill in the Dutch parliament has been postponed. It will now take place on February 19.

The bill has been under development since 2015. MPs debated the Bill and the Casino Reform Bill in the Senate this week also, but the all-important vote has been postponed to February 19.

At present, judging from the tone and content of the debate on parliament, the Bill is likely to be passed.

Sander Dekker, Minister Justice, said about the concern of MPs was whether operators who had operated illegally in the Dutch market would be allowed to gain a license:: “A license applicant who has actively offered online gambling services in the past will be able to remove doubt regarding its future reliability by showing good behavior during a consecutive period prior to the license application. During the debate on February 5, I have called this a “cooling down period.”

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