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Gaming Innovation Group awarded two Swedish licences

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has been awarded two licences in the Swedish market. One licence will be used for its inhouse brands (Rizk, Guts, Highroller, Thrills, Kaboo and Betspin) and the other licence will be offered to its external customers.

The new Chairman of the Board, Petter Nylander, is one of the pioneers and driving forces behind the Swedish re-regulation of the gaming and gambling market. He also has significant experience from the iGaming industry as the former CEO of Unibet (now Kindred Group plc).

Petter Nylander, Chairman of the Board at GiG says: “I am very excited in joining GiG in this dynamic market at this point in time, the Company is ready for its next phase of expansion with an accelerated need for compliance and end user safety. GiG will shortly be moving its listing to Sweden and it is a pleasure to see the Swedish market re-regulate, which is something I have personally been fighting for over a significant period.”

“There is an enormous potential for growth in regulated and soon-to-be regulated markets globally, such as in the US, which state by state we see swiftly opening up for online casino and sports betting. I am looking forward to driving the success of GiG to the next level. GiG is uniquely positioned with its B2B solutions and B2C offering covering the whole value chain in iGaming and is supported by a strong Board in its further growth and opportunities.”

Robin Reed, CEO at GiG says: “I am delighted GiG is now ready for further growth in the regulated Swedish market where we have offered our online gaming entertainment since 2013. Sweden is a very important market, both to us and to many of our customers. We are looking forward to delivering our fair and fun offering to Swedish end users in the new regulated environment. GiG embraces a safe and trusted iGaming environment and has been and will continue investing in technology and people to be at the forefront of responsible gaming. Examples of our innovative player safety services include a leading marketing compliance tool ‘GiG Comply’, machine learning and artificial intelligence to manage responsible gaming and a hands-on, inhouse Player Safety Team which directly supports the end users.”

“We are excited about the potential for accelerated growth as we expand in regulated markets globally. The new Board of Directors brings all the knowledge and experience we need to further accelerate the Company in an increasingly regulated environment and to drive towards rapidly becoming the leading iGaming partner supporting our customers in building strong brands.”

The Swedish market will be regulated from 1 January 2019 with a betting duty of 18%, the licences are awarded by The Swedish Gambling Authority, Lotteriinspektionen. GiG currently holds licences in Malta, UK, New Jersey, Germany (Schleswig-Holstein), Sweden and has a pending licence in Spain.

On 11 December, a new Board of Directors was elected by GiG’s shareholders at a Special Meeting in Oslo. Petter Nylander was elected new Chairman of the Board. Five Directors of the Board were elected: Helge Nielsen (former GiG Chairman of the Board), Henrik Persson Ekdahl (re-elected Director of the Board), Robert Burén (new Director of the Board), Frode Fagerli (new Director of the Board) and Paul Fischbein (new Director of the Board).

 

About Gaming Innovation Group (GiG):

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing solutions, products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ‘To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all’. Through the ecosystem of products and services, GiG is connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GIG.

For more information about GiG also see: www.gig.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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NJ Regulators Impose Fine on DraftKings

Niji Narayan

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The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has fined DraftKings for violating the self-exclusion rules.

DraftKings has to pay out penalties totalling $7000 to the gaming regulator and return $3277 to customers after failing to adhere to self-exclusion rules.

The regulator hit DraftKings with the maximum $5,000 civil penalty for taking wagers from customers who had requested a “cooling off” period be placed on their accounts.

DraftKings discovered an error within its systems in November 2018 whereby the “cooling off” period had been set to zero days. During the month in which the system was not correctly in place, 54 people who were not meant to be able to deposit were able to place bets totalling $28,887. They lost $3277, which DraftKings will now have to pay back.

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State Duma Approves the Bill to Simplify Customer Registration of Russian-licensed Online Sports Betting Sites

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Russia’s lower legislative body has approved the bill to simplify the customer registration process for Russian-licensed online sports betting sites.

State Duma has approved the third and final reading of federal law 423799-7, which will dramatically simplify the customer registration process. To take effect, the bill now requires the approval of the Federation Council and Vladimir Putin’s signature.

The bill explains that the “complex duplicate identification procedures” currently required to register with a Russian online bookmaker “encourages players to search for ways to overcome government measures … in order to gain access to foreign sites subjected to blocking by [Russian telecom watchdog] Roskomnadzor.”

The new legislation would allow bookmakers to delegate responsibility for customer identification to the TSUPIS, which will have three business days in which to transfer the info to the bookie. However, bookmakers may opt to conduct some due diligence on any new customer, just to be on the safe side.

If a bettor has already registered with Russia’s public services portal, both the bookmaker and the TSUPIS can accept this information as proof of the customer’s identity, so the customer need not make a physical trip anywhere.

There are some downsides to the simplified registration process, including a cap of RUB60k per individual transaction and a monthly cap of RUB200k for all transactions. However, this monthly cap can be overridden if the player verifies his document at TSUPIS partner’s retail location.

Nikolai Oganezov, who represents Betcity told that the new simplified registration could boost the overall domestic online betting customer base by 5% this year, with the growth up to 15% possible by the end of 2020.

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Maine Legislature Passes Sports Betting Bill

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Maine legislature has passed the sports betting bill. The Legislative Document 553 was given final approval by each chamber of the legislature and will now pass to Governor Janet Mills to be signed into law.

LD553 opens up the market to all of the state’s bricks and mortar gaming venues, such as commercial racetracks, off-track betting facilities, and commercial and tribal casinos. It will also allow mobile operators to apply for licences without the need for a land-based partner in the state.

Successful applicants will have to pay $20,000 as licence fee, 10% tax on land-based wagering revenue and 16% rate for mobile wagering. The bulk of revenue raised through these taxes will be allocated to the Maine General Fund.

Operators will be permitted to offer odds on all professional, collegiate and amateur sports events. Betting on events involving Maine-based colleges and universities will be prohibited. Only citizens aged 21 and above will be allowed to bet.

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