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Norwegian Government Introduces Strict Payment Processing Rules

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The Norwegian government has introduced new measures related to payment transactions to prevent gambling operators from offering unauthorised gambling services. The new payment regulation for gambling will restrict gambling operators from evading the authorities.

The government has announced that no payments can be made to illegal gambling operators and neither can one receive any payments from an unauthorised operator. This will make it difficult for illegal operators to offer services as currently, the unlicensed operators provide gambling products and services and other companies facilitate their payment transactions.

“The purpose of the changes is to streamline an existing ban on the payment of money games without Norwegian permission. Banks have stated that they want it to be clearer what the authorities expect from their side to follow up the payment intermediation ban. We have therefore specified which specific obligations the banks have to comply with the prohibition,” Trine Skei Grande, Minister of Culture and Gender Equality said.

“The changes will help make it less attractive to play on foreign gaming sites without Norwegian permission. The unregulated players offer games with a higher risk of gambling addiction and are not subject to the same accountability measures as the gaming offer of Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto,” the minister added.

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STS Secures UK License

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STS has become the first Polish bookmaker to secure a license in the regulated UK gambling market.

“We are not only the largest Polish bookmaking company but the first domestic company in this industry that operates outside the domestic market. Obtaining a licence in the United Kingdom is the result of a consistently implemented international expansion strategy. We are always looking at other prospective foreign markets,” Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS said.

STS is the first Polish bookmaker to start foreign operations, and further international expansion is planned. STS is currently conducting advanced activities aimed at obtaining its own licences in other markets.

STS expanded its business to European markets in February 2019. After years of intensive development, the company now controls almost half of the domestic sector. The bookmaker’s offer is available in the UK, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia.

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Directive on Rules Applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games

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In exercise of the power conferred by article 7(2) of the Gaming Act, 2018 (Cap. 583 of the Laws of Malta) and regulation 4 of the Gaming Premises Regulations (S.L. 583.07), the Malta Gaming Authority has issued a Directive on the rules applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games (Directive 7 of 2019).

The aforementioned directive is applicable to premises in which the only games offered consist of amusement machines and, or low risk games and provides further clarity in relation to the requirements which are applicable to such games.

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform Directive

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The Malta Gaming Authority has published Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform (Land-Based) Directive (Directive 6 of 2019) which establishes the requirements around the application of the Authority’s automated reporting system applicable to casinos and controlled gaming premises, as well as providers of critical gaming supplies to the same.

Qualifying entities under Directive 6 of 2019 are required to take all the necessary action to ensure that they have systems in place capable of generating reports in the format and frequency required by the same by the 30 November 2020.

The Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform is a tool which will allow the MGA to receive standardised data on a daily basis from land-based casinos and controlled gaming premises.

The Directive has cleared the European Commission’s TRIS process envisaged under Directive 2015/1535. The data set used in Directive 6 of 2019 is based on the Technical Reporting Standard currently being developed by CEN Technical Committee 456 for the European Commission, and in which Malta is actively participating.

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