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The Netherlands and Belgium ban PUBG loot boxes

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The Netherlands and Belgium have banned paid PUBG loot boxes, citing that reselling valuable loot box content is illegal as per the gambling laws in these countries.

PUBG. Corp has also confirmed that it has disabled loot box key purchase and usage in the Netherlands and Belgium after a “recent legal interpretation” regarding loot boxes.

The Dutch Games of Chance authority, or Kansspelautoriteit, has conducted probe into the functioning of several popular games containing loot boxes in 2018, such as PUBG, CSGO, FIFA 18, Dota 2, and Rocket League, and found many of them illegal. Titles investigated include PUBG, CSGO, FIFA 18, Dota 2, and Rocket League.

It conducted the enquiry to find out whether loot boxes in games encourage gambling addiction.

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.

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Gaming Corps Announces Approval for Netherlands Launch

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Up-and-coming Swedish developer, Gaming Corps, has expanded its reach within regulated markets by meeting approval requirements to launch its diverse portfolio of Plinko, Mine, Crash, Table and Slot content within the Dutch market. Gaming Corps has already announced that its growth strategy will include a number of new markets over the next year and is thrilled to begin with certification for its proprietary content to Dutch players.

With a commitment to integrity and player protection, Gaming Corps’ will soon be live with several operators in this new market with titles that include: Penalty Champion, Tikiz N Juice, Stormy Witch, Coin Miner, Jet Lucky 2, Skyliner and Cat Ching.

Juha Kauppinen, CEO at Gaming Corps, said “New markets expand the reach of our popular titles and add a new audiences. We see these strategic entries as important to the future of the company while we strive to make the most of our existing titles and those in development. We’re pleased that our content has already received a warm reception amongst the new set of operators we’re now able to open communications with and look forward to announcing those deals soon.”

Gaming Corps is an established gaming company with a background in video games that is now experiencing growth in the iGaming sector. Having recently attracted some of the industry’s leading talent, its strategy is to grow within regulated markets.

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Alderney’s Gambling Control Commission Appoints Industry Veteran Andrew Gellatly to Executive Director Role

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Following a thorough executive search process, the Commissioners of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) have appointed Andrew  Gellatly to the position of executive director of the regulator.

Andrew brings to Alderney his expansive global network and more than 25 years of experience in the online gambling industry. He has an extensive professional background in journalism, consulting and research.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester, chair of the AGCC, said: “Andrew has established himself as a trusted voice in the global gambling industry. His career has been built on independence,

impartiality, and a deep knowledge of the sector.

“We look forward to Andrew representing the AGCC on the global stage, developing our strategy and ensuring our regulatory approach continues to meet the needs of licensees and operators.”

Andrew founded both iGaming Business and VIXIO GamblingCompliance, the leading knowledge portals in the industry, and is a former Financial Times reporter on sport and gambling. He has led research on regulatory policy for governments, regulators, advisors and operators worldwide.

Andrew Gellatly said: “As the global online gambling market becomes more diversified and complex, there could be no better time for me to join the Alderney Gambling Control

Commission.

“Newly opening markets from Canada to Latin America are creating unprecedented opportunities for global facing businesses, with new products and new delivery channels. I will be extending Alderney’s already established international profile as a collaborative, trusted and supportive regulator working with the highest quality brands and companies.”

Andrew will be only the third executive director in the history of the Commission and will replace outgoing executive director Jorn Starck, who first joined the AGCC in 2007, and has

led the regulator since 2015.

 

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Better Collective wins compliance award for the fourth consecutive year

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At the 2022 Vixio Global Regulatory Awards, Better Collective was awarded for its efforts within compliance.

The fifth Vixio Global Regulatory Awards took place last night in London. For the fourth consecutive year Better Collective won the award ‘Commitment to Compliance by an Affiliate Company’. This recognition was awarded to Better Collective for its industry-leading compliance initiatives and for its compliance best practice.

This award is a indeed a testament to Better Collective’s dedicated work in paving the way for a transparent and trustworthy industry.

Jesper Søgaard, CEO and Co-Founder of Better Collective:
Integrity is a core focus here at Better Collective. We have built our business on the principles of adhering to high compliance standards while continuously enhancing the experience for sports fans by educating them on safer gambling. Therefore, we are very proud that our persistent efforts to operate in accordance with the applicable regulation in each and every aspect of our business once again are honored.

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