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Russia to Clamp Down on VPNs Enabling Online Gambling

Niji Narayan

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Russia is going to crack down on virtual private networks (VPN) used by local bettors to access internationally licensed online gambling sites.

Alexander Zharov, the head of Russia’s telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor, has announced plans last week to block access to nine VPN companies that refused to connect their operations to the government’s Federal State Information System.

In March, Roskomnadzor asked 10 VPN providers to connect to the FGIS. Russia-based Kaspersky Lab is the only one agreed to the FGIS order, while the other nine publicly stated their refusals. Zharov said the reluctant VPNs will have 30 days in which to connect to the FGIS or face their own blocking measures.

Russia is developing its own isolated internet known as Runet to enable even tighter control over its citizens’ access to forbidden online content. The government also plans new legislation to crack down on online video piracy sites, which increasingly rely on advertising revenue from online gambling operators.

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Wazdan set for Switzerland entry

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Casino games supplier Wazdan has had 15 of its top-performing games certified for Switzerland as the company prepares to enter the online market.

Included in the market-ready titles are recent hits Choco Reels and Infinity Hero, as well as fan-favourites Black Horse™ Deluxe and 9 Lions, with Wazdan set to launch with a major operator brand in the country later this year.

The slot supplier has already acquired the necessary ISO 27001 information security certification as it continues to prove its commitment to the highest levels of regulatory compliance.

Switzerland will become the latest market to take Wazdan’s expansive global slots offering, with its games currently certified in numerous jurisdictions including the UK, Spain, Sweden, Romania and Portugal.

Andrzej Hyla, Head of Sales at Wazdan, said: “Having our top-performing titles certified for launch in Switzerland ahead of our anticipated market entry is another exciting milestone for Wazdan in what has been a very positive year for the business.

“Our focus on growth in regulated markets has allowed us to thrive and with some exciting news to come within the Swiss market, this is only the start of another thrilling journey for us.”

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Yggdrasil granted ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation

George Miller

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Enables business to further expand into new markets with many jurisdictions using certification as regulatory benchmark

 Yggdrasil, the leading worldwide publisher of online gambling content, has been granted an ISO/IEC 27001 certification, proving its commitment to information security standards.

The international certification is awarded when a set level of information security standards are reached, ensuring best practices in this discipline.

The accreditation enables Yggdrasil to expand into new global markets, with many jurisdictions and World Lottery Association (WLA) members now using the 27001 certification as a regulatory benchmark.

Furthermore, as the supplier’s flagship content creation and distribution program, YG Masters, continues to grow, ensuring Yggdrasil’s approach to data protection and information security is compliant is an important step for the global growth of the business.

Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil, said: “Receiving our ISO certification is something we are very proud of and rightfully so. We have been through a rigorous certification process to ensure compliance is held to the highest regard, which is something we pride ourselves on, and we are committed to continuous improvements in security standards.

“It is yet another feather in our cap as we continue to provide dynamic, immersive gaming experiences for players all over the globe, while also ensuring YG Masters continues to grow in a secure environment.”

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Authentic Gaming agrees Maxima Compliance partnership

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B2B online live casino games specialist Authentic Gaming has agreed a deal which will see Maxima Compliance optimise and streamline the provider’s compliance function.

Authentic Gaming will gain full access to Maxima Compliance’s team of product compliance experts, which will assist Authentic Gaming’s entry into new markets.

Maxima Compliance will oversee and deliver all aspects of product compliance for the full Authentic Gaming offering.

Magdalena Podhorska-Okolow, Chief Commercial Officer at Authentic Gaming, said: “Authentic Gaming is serious about compliance, which is why we have turned to Maxima Compliance.

“As we look to expand into new markets, we require world-class compliance expertise delivered by a team we can trust, and we’ve picked the best on the market to do precisely that.”

Antonio Zanghi, Managing Director at Maxima Compliance, said: “It is an honour that one of live casino’s most recognisable providers has selected Maxima Compliance for such a critical function.

“In the current market, compliance is a key differentiator for suppliers looking to quickly and seamlessly enter new jurisdictions, and the Maxima Compliance team will be working tirelessly to ensure Authentic Gaming retains its edge over the competition.”

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