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Spain forms new regulatory board to manage the surging online gaming sector

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Spain has appointed an advisory board comprising industry experts in the gaming industry with the aim of formulating the country’s responsible gaming strategy.

Spain’s official regulatory body, the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), has established the Consejo Asesor del Juego Responsible (CAJR), which would support the regulator in the development, execution and overall management of policies related to responsible online gaming across Spain.

This November, 25 new members joined the board including representatives from top gaming suppliers Playtech, Tómbola and the European online casino platform, Paf. Alberto Eljarrat, the CEO of sports betting specialists Sportium, and Maria José Gallardo, vice president of the software company R. Franco, are some of the latest members appointed, along with Francisco Feijoo, acting legal counsel for the Luckia Gaming Group. The board has representatives from various fields including psychology, social health and welfare as well as consumer rights. Juan Espinosa García, the current president of the DGOJ regulatory body, is chair of the board.

Online gaming revenue increased by 30 per cent in Spain, year-on-year for Q3 when compared to 2017, totalling €181.8 million at the end of September 2018. The most revenue comes from the sports betting and online casino verticals which many expect to reach a global value of over $74 billion (USD) by the end of 2023.

As per DGOJ, July-September revenues for the casino vertical increased 39.2 per cent to €60.8 million. Player spending within this vertical was also at an all-time high of €2.1 billion with an increase of 35.6 per cent from 2017. The new online poker shared liquidity pool with France and Portugal that Spain established in January of this year also benefited the industry, generating a 35.1 per cent revenue increase to €19.8 million.

Niji Narayan 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. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Law-enforcement practice in the gambling business at Russian Gaming Week 2019

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Success of the gambling business is directly related to its proper management within the legislative framework. The most important thing here is to be aware of all the nuances that become clear only in practice and which are not outlined in the legislation.

Russian Gaming Week 2019 is exactly the event at which one can find out how to apply the latest legislation in reality and receive the information about other cases of running a legitimate business.

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Russian Gaming Week 2019 is scheduled for June 7-6. The speaker of the event and professional lawyer Maria Lepshchykova will outline the main developments in gambling legislation.

Maria Lepshchykova is an expert in legal assistance in the gambling business. She has over 16 years of expertise in jurisprudence and since 2004 – particularly in the gambling sphere.

The expert represents the interests of gambling rooms, operators and bookmakers in different courts. Besides, Maria helps new gambling projects in building the development strategy in accordance with regulation and provides support services during inspections conducted by law-enforcement authorities.

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Sky Bet ad featuring sports presenter Jeff Stelling banned

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The Advertising Standards Authority of the UK has banned a gambling advertisement featuring Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling. The advertisement watchdog has termed the advertisement socially irresponsible. The action was taken following the complaints the authority received.

The TV ad promoted a Sky Bet service that allows gamblers to place wagers on combinations of events happening during a football match, such as the number of corners, red cards, and goals. In the ad for the “request a bet” service, Stelling is seen calling on viewers to “spark your sports brain” and ask “how big is your sports noggin”?

Sky Bet, which ended its association with the TV broadcaster Sky when it was sold for £3.4bn to the owner of PokerStars last year, said the ad made no direct reference to knowledge increasing the chances of winning, but that knowledge of a specific sport “would on the whole increase a consumer’s chances of success”. It added: “Many customers researched, studied and followed sports to a degree which would give them an ‘edge’ over a bookmaker.”

Explaining the ban, the ASA said the use of Stelling, who viewers would recognise as having a particular expertise in sports, and graphics such as brain waves placed a “strong emphasis” on sports knowledge determining betting success.

“The ad gave an erroneous perception of the extent of a gambler’s control over betting success,” it said. “This gave consumers an unrealistic and exaggerated perception of the level of control they would have over the outcome of a bet and that could lead to irresponsible gambling behaviour.”

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Dutch gaming authority releases duty of care guidelines

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Kansspelautoriteit, the Dutch gaming authority, has published the guidelines that specify the minimum standards for consumer protection from gambling addiction.

According to the guidelines, which is based on the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act, all licensed gaming providers must have a “duty of care” to prevent gambling.

The KSA’s Duty of Care Guideline deals with various aspects of addiction prevention and consumer protection, focusing on the various types of gambling. For example, measures are proposed in the areas of information provision, access policy (temporary) exclusion and assistance from experts.

Responses are invited to the draft version of the document up until April 22, 2019, after which a final version will be released later this year.

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