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GiG suspends sports betting on Rizk and Guts, challenging the Swedish regulator for clarification on the gambling law

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has proactively chosen to temporarily suspend its sportsbook on inhouse brands Rizk and Guts in Sweden pending clarification from the Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA) with respect to the interpretation of some elements of the Swedish gambling regulation. The sportsbook is only suspended in the Swedish market with its own brands, remaining live in other countries and will be open again in Sweden as soon as the necessary regulatory clarification is given. Any bets received but not yet settled will be honoured and therefore unaffected by this. The financial impact on GiG will be immaterial.

Robin Reed, CEO of GiG states: “We find ourselves in an impossible position due to the lack of clarity in the Swedish gambling regulation. We have to protect the Company and its shareholders from potential penalties from such vagueries. This action was taken because, ultimately, it is critically important for us to be compliant. So, we decided to temporarily suspend further bets until this can be clarified. We believe that the current rules for online sports betting are too open to interpretation, leaving uncertainty around whether an operator is in fact compliant or not. The recent fines issued by the Swedish regulator to GiG and multiple other peers demonstrate this overall uncertainty in the market. We encourage the SGA to amend the relevant rules so that they do not leave any room for misinterpretation and we would welcome the opportunity to collaborate on this. We have taken the lead on this and we also encourage the SGA to suspend all sportsbooks operating in Sweden until such clarification is provided.”

GiG intends to appeal its recent sanction by the Swedish regulator. The Company does not agree with the SGA’s assessment and conclusion and is seeking clarification.

 

 

About Gaming Innovation Group:

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ‘To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all’. Through its ecosystem of products and services, it is connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed in the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GiG. www.gig.com 

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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Canada Amends the Criminal Code Offence of Money Laundering

Niji Narayan

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Canada Amends the Criminal Code Offence of Money Laundering
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The Government of Canada has amended the Criminal Code offence of money laundering. The regulation changes criminalise moving money on behalf of someone despite money laundering suspicions.

“This change modernises Canada’s money laundering criminal offences to be consistent with key allies (e.g. U.K. and Australia) and provides an additional tool to disrupt and more effectively investigate and prosecute money laundering, particularly when dealing with sophisticated actors such as professional launderers,” Finance Department spokesman Greg Sommerville said.

Canada also considers other recommendations produced in the past 18 months. 120 recommendations were filed, but only 19 have been approved so far.

“Canada has fallen so far behind for so many years, we’re playing catch-up,” James Cohen, executive director of Transparency International Canada said.

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Spain Approves the Creation of Commission to Combat Sports Manipulation

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The Ministry of the Presidency in Spain has approved the creation of a national commission to combat match-fixing and betting-related fraud.

According to the Ministry, the commission will “develop action plans [and] recommendations or diagnoses to detect, prevent and combat illegal actions in the field of sports competitions and fraud in betting.”

Members of the commission will include representatives of Spain’s gambling regulator (DGOJ), the National Police, the Civil Guard, the Higher Sports Council and persons related to sports competitions and the betting sector. The Commission will be chaired on a rotating basis by the head of the DGOJ and the Directorate General of Sports.

The commission’s first task will be to develop a new early warning system developed by the DGOJ, which is intended to act as a point of communication to prevent match-fixing and fraud.

“Corruption linked to the manipulation of sports competitions and betting-related fraud are two of the greatest threats to sport and horse racing, as it undermines each sport’s core values ​​and ruins the experience for fans and spectators. For this reason… the Government has considered it necessary to establish at the national level a formalised channel of dialogue and cooperation between public authorities, sports organizations, organizers of competitions sports and representatives of the gaming sector,” the Ministry said.

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Sports Betting Becomes Legal in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire has become the latest U.S. state to legalise sports gambling. Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law a measure that legalises betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools. The state Lottery Commission will regulate the new industry.

“We can do it with a lot of confidence because it’s being done responsibly, and it’s being done with an organization here at the lottery that just knows what they’re doing. They know how to get this stuff off the ground,” Sununu said.

Opponents had argued sports betting would continue the state’s reliance on problematic revenue sources, including alcohol and cigarettes, the so-called “sin taxes.” But supporters argued legalising of sports betting will bring black-market activity to the surface and provide support for problem gamblers through a new organisation focused on education, prevention and treatment.

“I’m happy we’re bringing an illicit activity into the light for our citizens of New Hampshire and allowing for some consumer protections,” Rep. Timothy Lang said. He called it a win for residents, communities, the state and public education.

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