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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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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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MGA Recognises 1×2 Network as a supplier

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The UK-based 1X2 Network has received a Notice of Recognition as a supplier from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). This will be a shot in the arm for the iGaming developer.

With this recognition, 1X2 Network can now offer its suite of innovative slots, virtual sports, and table games to Malta-licensed operators utilising its already licenced and established UK entity.

Kevin Reid, Chief Operating Officer at 1X2 Network, said: “We are very proud to have received this Recognition from the Malta Gaming Authority, one of the most established and trusted regulators in the world.”

“We have built our reputation around delivering popular slots, table games and virtual sports, to regulated markets around the world, and will be looking to expand our presence in Malta and other regulated jurisdictions through 2019.”

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