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Swedish court rule against media outlets on gambling ad case

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A Swedish court has ruled in favour of the country’s regulatory authority Lotteriinspektionen in a case against media outlets regarding online gambling advertising. The court effectively curtailed the media’s ability to generate advertising income from the ads of licensed online gambling companies.

The case started in September 2013 after Lotteriinspektionen issued orders and slapped a fine of SEK45k (US$4,940) on two media outlets, Aftonbladet and Expressen, on account of their publication of links to international gambling sites. The media outlets challenged the order, arguing that the publication of clickable links does not fall under advertising and it is a matter of their freedom of expression.

The Court of Appeal ruling states that the sites’ links to international gambling operators were of a “pronounced commercial nature” and thus ineligible for protection under freedom of expression laws. The Court further ruled that the advertising restrictions detailed in Sweden’s 1994 Gambling Act did not contravene European Union law.

Swedish media outlets enjoyed record revenue from gambling advertisements in 2017, very little of which was spent promoting the (for now) state-run gambling monopoly Svenska Spel. But Lotteriinspektionen has become increasingly bold in warning local media outlets to curb their dealings with international gambling operators.

Lotteriinspektionen director general Camilla Rosenberg said the regulator assumes that “anyone who violates the promotion ban by linking to or promoting foreign gaming now ends with [the Court of Appeal ruling].”

In June, Swedish legislators approved a new Gambling Act that will take effect on 1 January 2019. The new rules will for the first time allow international operators to apply for Swedish online licenses and will further restrict advertising with operators not holding a local license.

 

Source: calvinayre.com

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STS Secures UK License

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STS has become the first Polish bookmaker to secure a license in the regulated UK gambling market.

“We are not only the largest Polish bookmaking company but the first domestic company in this industry that operates outside the domestic market. Obtaining a licence in the United Kingdom is the result of a consistently implemented international expansion strategy. We are always looking at other prospective foreign markets,” Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS said.

STS is the first Polish bookmaker to start foreign operations, and further international expansion is planned. STS is currently conducting advanced activities aimed at obtaining its own licences in other markets.

STS expanded its business to European markets in February 2019. After years of intensive development, the company now controls almost half of the domestic sector. The bookmaker’s offer is available in the UK, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia.

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Directive on Rules Applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games

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In exercise of the power conferred by article 7(2) of the Gaming Act, 2018 (Cap. 583 of the Laws of Malta) and regulation 4 of the Gaming Premises Regulations (S.L. 583.07), the Malta Gaming Authority has issued a Directive on the rules applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games (Directive 7 of 2019).

The aforementioned directive is applicable to premises in which the only games offered consist of amusement machines and, or low risk games and provides further clarity in relation to the requirements which are applicable to such games.

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform Directive

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The Malta Gaming Authority has published Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform (Land-Based) Directive (Directive 6 of 2019) which establishes the requirements around the application of the Authority’s automated reporting system applicable to casinos and controlled gaming premises, as well as providers of critical gaming supplies to the same.

Qualifying entities under Directive 6 of 2019 are required to take all the necessary action to ensure that they have systems in place capable of generating reports in the format and frequency required by the same by the 30 November 2020.

The Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform is a tool which will allow the MGA to receive standardised data on a daily basis from land-based casinos and controlled gaming premises.

The Directive has cleared the European Commission’s TRIS process envisaged under Directive 2015/1535. The data set used in Directive 6 of 2019 is based on the Technical Reporting Standard currently being developed by CEN Technical Committee 456 for the European Commission, and in which Malta is actively participating.

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