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Casino Cosmopol gets ECA Responsible Gambling certificate

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Sweden’s Casino Cosmopol has obtained the ECA Responsible Gambling Framework certification. The company achieved this after the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) conducted an independent audit.

The certification confirms that the state-owned company is performing in line with the latest standards in responsible gambling for the licensed land-based casinos industry that were updated by the ECA at the beginning of the year.

“Our mandate is to promote a healthy and safe gaming market in which our customers can enjoy the great offer we provide across our four casinos, said Per Jal- dung,” CEO of Casino Cosmopol and chairman of the ECA.

“For this to be successful, Responsible Gambling has to be the centre-point of all our actions and we were therefore eager to have this commitment put to the test through certification under the ECA Responsible Gambling Framework.

“We are delighted to have successfully been certified and thereby continue our engagement with this crucial topic for our industry.”

Casino Cosmopol joins the growing number of ECA members certified according to the 2018 Responsible Gambling Framework, including Germany’s Spielbanken Baden-Württemberg and Casinos Austria with a number of other leading operators in the process of certification.

The framework sets an industry standard for the effective management of Responsible Gambling in areas ranging from awareness-raising and employee training to marketing and stakeholder engagement.

Certification is granted to ECA members after an independent third-party audit has been conducted.

“The audit showed the strong involvement of all employees of Casino Cosmopol in the Responsible Gambling programme, which is exemplary and an important aspect to taking the issue seriously,” added Ynze Remmers, G4’s lead auditor, who oversaw the audit.

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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Government Delays the Issuance of Casino Regulations in Japan

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Japanese government has delayed the establishment of Casino Management Board and issuance of the more specific IR bidding regulations in Japan. It is widely assumed that having public attention focused on the IR issue will negatively impact the electoral prospects of the ruling conservatives.

The ruling party now looks inclined not to take up the IR issue until early 2020, seriously impacting the schedules of some local governments. Such a delay may be the death blow for Osaka’s plans to have its anticipated Yumeshima IR opens its doors ahead of the 2025 World Expo, although that remains to be seen.

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Nintendo to Shut Down Loot Box Enabled Mobile Games in Belgium

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Nintendo is going to shut down two of its popular mobile games, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, in Belgium due to the nation’s anti-gambling laws aimed at loot boxes.

From August onwards, both the games will not be available to download or play. Players who have Orbs or Leaf Tickets can still use them until the game’s removal. Due to the law, Nintendo also will not release any future games with similar earnings models in Belgium.

Belgium passed a law last year that banned video game loot boxes, which allow players to pay cash to unlock rewards. The nation’s gambling commission ordered several popular games that came with in-game revenue models, including Overwatch, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and FIFA 18 to remove their loot boxes in Belgium.

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Nairobi High Court Suspends Ban on Gambling Ads

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Nairobi high court judge James Makau has suspended the ban on gambling ads after the musician Muriji Kamau Wanjohi complained that the ban robbed him of his right to make celebrity endorsements.

Wanjohi argued that the ban deprived him of income since he “earns a living thorough endorsement of products and services due to his influence and celebrity status”.

The government brought in a raft of new regulations earlier this month – including bans on such endorsements and advertising on social media – saying the rapidly growing industry was harming the young and the poor.

According to the interior ministry, the gaming industry in Kenya has grown substantially over the last five years, to 200 billion shillings ($1.98 billion) from 2 billion.

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