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Evolution Gaming secures Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board license for further US growth

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Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has announced that it has secured its conditional Interactive Gaming Manufacturer license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). This means that Evolution now has approval to deliver Live Casino services on behalf of gaming operators from its planned live studio in the state.

Evolution Gaming was the first Live Casino provider to gain New Jersey Preliminary Waiver status, and now becomes the first Live Casino provider to be licensed in Pennsylvania. According to Evolution, plans are underway for the construction of a new Evolution studio in Pennsylvania.

James Stern, Chief Business Development Officer — America & Land-based at Evolution, said: “Demand for our Live Casino services in the US has been phenomenal. We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a standalone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state. We are looking forward to opening up our world-leading Live Casino portfolio to operators and players in the state of Pennsylvania.”

He added: “We continue to stay at the forefront — maximising the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licensees.”
Furthermore, to support continued growth in New Jersey, Evolution is doubling the size of its Atlantic City studio. This expansion will allow additional US licensees to create dedicated tables and environments as well as expanding the games portfolio by adding award-winning ‘crowd pleasers’ to the existing games line-up.

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MGA Licenses SoftGamings

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SoftGamings is B2B-licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. 

SoftGamings is proud to announce its latest milestone that comes in the form of the B2B Critical Supply License from the esteemed Malta Gaming Authority. This B2B service license will help SoftGamings to expand the reach of its casino and sports betting solutions further across the Malta Gaming Authority jurisdiction.
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By obtaining a license from MGA, SoftGamings will undoubtedly not only expand the reach of its software solutions within Malta’s jurisdiction but also lead to even greater cooperation and trust among existing and potential SoftGamings’ partners from all parts of the world.

The Malta Gaming Authority is one of the most popular gaming jurisdictions and licensing bodies in the world that performs thorough inspections and checks before it grants a license to a casino software provider, which only confirms SoftGamings’ dedication to offering secure, fair and reliable casino software solutions.

SoftGamings’ unique platform features thousands of casino slots and table games, as well as a Betradar-powered sportsbook solution which is also expected to be licensed by the MGA, which will now have even more merit among potential clients and become even more prominent in the iGaming industry.

Irina Sazonova, the director of partnerships at SoftGamings, had this to say about the good news from SoftGamings:

“We are delighted and proud to receive the B2B Critical Supply License from the Malta Gaming Authority, as it represents a significant milestone in our company’s history and another confirmation that we are on the right track. With the current presence and insight we have, MGA B2B licence is the recognition of the quality of our services and opens doors to new and long-term partnerships. Our current and future partners can be sure they are dealing with licensed and compliant casino software provider , which will lead to further expansion of our business. With the boost this MGA license is bound to bring to our company, we are bracing for what is hopefully going to be a record year for us.”

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New Survey Shows Huge Public Support for Gambling Law Reforms in Northern Ireland

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According to a new poll, the majority of people in Northern Ireland support reforming the country’s gambling laws. The research was carried out by the polling company LucidTalk on behalf of social policy charity CARE NI, which is campaigning for gambling law change.

Northern Ireland’s gambling legislation dates back to 1985 and critics argue it is not in line with the digital age.

According to the Department for Communities’ 2017 research, the north has a problem gambling prevalence rate of 2.3% – more than four times higher than England where it stands at 0.5%. In Scotland, the figure is 0.7% and in Wales 1.1%.

The department held a public consultation last year on the issue, but the final report has not yet been published.

When polling company LucidTalk asked what best described their position, 92% said maximum stakes and prizes online should be regulated by law, with only 8% saying there should be no limit.

Meanwhile, 90% either strongly support (68%) or support (22%) the idea of a mandatory levy for gambling firms, while just 5% were either strongly opposed or opposed to the idea of the levy. There were 1878 responses to the survey.

Public policy officer Mark Baillie described current laws as “hopelessly out of date and belong to a different era where online gambling didn’t exist.”

“Times have changed and the recent lockdown here in Northern Ireland has only increased the pressure on people with gambling addictions.

“The uncomfortable truth is that Northern Ireland has a real problem with gambling related harms and this means it’s all the more urgent to reform our current laws.

“This polling very clearly shows doing so would be hugely popular with the general population with the clear majority supportive on stake and prize limits on online games regulated by law and a mandatory levy on betting firms.

“CARE NI responded to the Department of Communities consultation on problem gambling and we look forward to the results being published soon.

“Our politicians must make this issue a priority and address the exploitation of vulnerable people thanks to a poorly regulated gambling industry.”

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Kazakh President Signs Amendments to Law on Gambling Industry

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Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed the law “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Gambling.” Bookmakers will be moved to Kapshagay and Schuchinsk gambling zones.

Earlier it was reported that the government of Kazakhstan wanted to create three new game zones in the country, however, deputies of the Parliament abandoned this idea and excluded this rule from the draft law. Now all bookmakers will be moved to the two existing gaming zones – Kapshagay and Schuchinsk.

In order to have information about the players, they will create a unified betting centre in the country and the player’s relatives will be able to limit the right to place bets appealing to court. All bets received by the bookmaker in cash or through electronic payment systems should be accounted in a single monitoring centre.

A single accounting of all payments received by the bookmakers will eliminate the shadow turnover, increase tax collection and simplify control. A database of players will contribute to the introduction of universal declaration, the introduction of a procedure for limiting and self-restricting a client from betting and will also strengthen measures to fight money laundering related to crime and the financing of terrorism.

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