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EU Court again pronounces clear ruling on lottery regulation

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Ruling in the Italian ‘Stanleybet’ case: Exclusive concessionaire model for the management of a lottery is compatible with EU Treaty, multiple operators would increase risk for gambling addiction.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the C-375/17 Stanley International Betting and Stanleybet Malta case.

The Court ruled that an exclusive concessionaire model for the management of a lottery game is in line with the EU law, under which there is no harmonisation in the field of games of chance.

Arjan van ‘t Veer, Secretary General of the European Lotteries and Toto Association (EL), comments:

“The CJEU has clearly recognised that an exclusive concessionaire model, as chosen by the Italian legislator, is legitimate in order to promote responsible management of the lottery . The judgment points to the particularities of our sector where restrictions can be put in place in the general interest and which must be kept free from companies that have been referred to a criminal court. EL welcomes the confirmation in this ruling.”

The CJEU further confirmed that a high basic contract value for such a concession is acceptable and stated that severe conditions to access the market can be imposed. Notably, a company can be excluded if it has been referred to criminal court for a related matter. The ruling further confirms that other games similar to lotto without the specific authorisation can be prohibited as a means to fight illegal gambling, which is a legitimate policy objective.

Contacts
Jutta Buyse, EL Deputy Secretary General
Tel: + 32 2 234 38 20, mobile +32 476 896 376, jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu

 

About The European Lotteries Association:

The European Lotteries Association (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from more than 40 European countries including all EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion EUR p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

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Poland to fight against tax crimes

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A law has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice, which allows effective counteracting organised crime, especially tax crime, illegal circulation of alcohol, cigarettes and electronics or illegal gambling. This is done by the amendment of the Penal Code prepared in the Ministry of Justice.

The new law aimed at criminals who are cheating on taxes, duties or excises.

Revenues from VAT to the state budget in 2017 increased by PLN 30 billion, which is by almost a quarter compared to the previous year. This is more than all year spending on the “Rodzina 500+” programme.

The next action is far-reaching changes in the Penal Fiscal Code. They are necessary because the obsolete law (the Penal Fiscal Code Act has not undergone a deeper amendment for 10 years) means that huge amounts instead of, for example, social purposes go to the pockets of criminals who cheat on taxes, duties or excises.

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Compliance Updates

New iGaming rules for Greece

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The Hellenic Gaming Commission (EEEP) has publishing an updated list of rules on online gambling regulations. The new rule has amendments to the earlier set of regulations. In the new list of rules, EEEP proposes a range of player protection measures. The regulator is now inviting comments from the gaming industry and other interested parties regarding the new rules.

The regulations cover sports betting and table games, with random number generated casino games still controversially omitted. Licensees have to add responsible gambling information on all pages of their website, and offer the players the ability to set wagering limits. Operators will also be required to intervene by restricting players’ accounts, if displays the signs of problem gambling.

Players will also have the option to self-exclude online gambling either temporarily or permanently, with licensed operators required to check whether any new customers are listed on a national self-exclusion database before allowing them to gamble.

If the licensees have a valid reason, they can also exclude players from gambling, following the guidelines set by the EEEP. The EEEP has also set a number of rules related to advertising and online gambling. According to this, the licensees must avoid any malicious or offensive graphics and sounds in ads on their websites, while adverts should not block or overshadow the gaming area.

All adverts must be consistent with the terms and conditions of the game, and should not target players who have been excluded from gambling.

All licensees must seek permission to use the images of any sports players in their adverts.

Regarding the bonus features in games, the EEEP said that unless advertised differently, bonus games should subject to the same theoretical payable as all other games. Operators will also be required to clearly set out the rules of bonus games to players, displaying how much a player can win and the range of features that are included in the game.

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines following a number of its popular Video Bingos have been certified for the iGaming market.

Patagonia’s in-house creative studio produces the best Video Bingo titles in the market. These have a fast-learning curve and perform equally well with players looking for some light entertainment and more adventurous high rollers. These games are particularly popular in the LATAM and Asian markets where Bingo has a strong historical and cultural presence. Each game is developed in HTML5 to enable players to access content from any mobile device.

Patagonia Entertainment’s Global Business Development Manager Victor Arias said: “The Philippines is an exciting opportunity for Patagonia as it represents a huge growth area for the business. Video Bingos are very popular in the region and the games will be a major asset for any iGaming companies expanding into this territory.”

 

About Patagonia Entertainment:

Patagonia Entertainment is a Video Bingo game development company known for creating innovative solutions for the e-gaming industry. Video Bingo is a hybrid between Bingo and Slot games. The company has managed to become one of the most popular game developers in the Latin American market and are rapidly growing into other markets. More information about Patagonia Entertainment can be found at www.patagonia-e.com.

 

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