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Matthew Robins Joins SMP eGaming To Head Up Regulatory Compliance

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SMP eGaming has announced that Matthew Robins – former Director of Compliance at The Stars Group and, more recently, Chief Compliance Officer of the mobile payments wallet, MuchBetter – has joined the firm as Head of Regulatory Compliance.

Matthew has been in the gaming industry for the last 12 years and involved with regulations and compliance for more than 20 years. He is well-known in the remote gaming sector and has appeared on several panels at conferences discussing challenges of new payment methods, AML and verification processes.

Ted Pepper, Director of SMP eGaming, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Matthew to our Gaming Compliance division. With more than 20 years’ experience in regulations, audit and compliance, his leadership, experience and wealth of knowledge across multiple gaming jurisdictions will be a great asset to us. He will provide a fresh outlook and insight into our products and operations as we continue to grow.

‘Having someone like Matthew join SMP eGaming is testament to the hard work we’ve been putting in over the years and shows that we are on the right track. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for SMP.’

Matthew said: ‘SMP Partners has built up a great reputation in gaming over the last 10 years and it is a pleasure to be joining them at an exciting time in their growth. The company has great ambition and has built a dynamic and skilled team which I’m excited to be part of.’

SMP eGaming is the e-gaming division of leading corporate and trust services provider, the SMP Partners Group. Headquartered in the Isle of Man, with offices in Malta and Jersey, it provides multi-jurisdictional licensing, regulatory and compliance advice and support to established and early stage e-gaming operators, platform and software providers across multiple jurisdictions.

 

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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Gambling Operators Gets Opportunity to Register Online Casinos in Belarus

Niji Narayan

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Belarus has given permission to gambling operators for legally registering an online casino, if appropriate license has been obtained. Legislation currently does not prohibit Belarusians from online gambling on overseas websites. Belarusians also have access to newsletters and information about online casinos.

According to Marina Nevinkaya, the head of gambling department at Belarus’ Ministry of Taxes and Duties, when the transition period ends, restrictions will appear in this field.

“Publishing gambling content aimed at promotion and organising unlicensed online gaming will be illegal beginning with 1 April 2021. Two years after the entry into force of the basic provisions of the decree number 305, access to the websites containing such information, will be limited,” the representative of the Ministry said.

The gambling market of Belarus remains stable. According to the recent data, 106 companies hold gambling business, 94 license holders actually operate. There are 391 gambling establishments in Belarus, including 27 casinos, 176 gaming machine halls and 188 betting offices.

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Psyonix Disables Loot Boxes of Rocket League in the Netherlands and Belgium

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Psyonix, an American video game developer based in San Diego, has disabled loot boxes in its arena soccer racing game Rocket League for players in the Netherlands and Belgium due to government regulations.

The Dutch Games of Chance authority, or Kansspelautoriteit, has investigated several popular games containing loot boxes in 2018 and considered many of these to be illegal. The titles investigated include PUBG, CSGO, FIFA 18, Dota 2, and Rocket League.

When random loot box content is tradable, there is almost always a certain monetary value associated with that content. This is why these countries consider paid loot boxes with random content gambling.

Aside from Rocket League and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, loot boxes were also disabled in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 within the same regions in 2018.

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UKGC Publishes New Business Plan

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its new business plan for 2019–2020. The plan focuses on protecting consumers, raising standards and improving regulatory measures, among other things.

The UKGC said that its five strategic priorities continue to be: protecting the interests of consumers and preventing gambling harm to consumers and the public. The priorities also include raising standards in the gambling market and optimising turns to good causes from lotteries. Furthermore, improving the way it regulates is one of the pillars of the business plan.

Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “This business plan highlights the projects and milestones we will complete during 2019–2020 as we move into the second year of our Strategy 2018–2021. Our overriding objective is to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers, in what is a constantly developing market. I am proud of the progress we have made with our ambitious strategy. But I am also clear that there is much more to do.”

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