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Swedish Consumer Agency Warns Mr Green and Karl Casino for Self-exclusion Failures

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The Swedish Consumer Agency (KO) has warned the online gambling operators Mr Green (MRG) and Karl Casino to amend their marketing activities or face stiff financial penalties.

The KO issued injunctions against the William Hill-owned Mr Green Ltd and Malta-based L&L Europe Ltd’s Karl Casino brand for promoting their products to individuals who had signed up for Sweden’s Spelpaus online gambling self-exclusion registry.

The KO says it launched its investigations into the two operators this summer following complaints from self-excluded customers who continued to receive email and direct mail marketing.

Both operators insisted that they had upgraded their systems to ensure future compliance but the KO warned that future transgressions of this sort will result in each outfit being hit with a financial penalty of SEK2m (US$208k).

The Spelpaus system was launched in January as part of the country’s shift to a regulated online gambling market. To date, a total of 45,612 Swedes have opted for some form of online gambling time-out, the options for which range from one month to “until further notice.”

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CT Gaming Interactive Secures Spanish Licence

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CT Gaming Interactive has received the licence to provide its online content in the Spanish regulated market. The company’s online casino games will be soon live and available in Spain.

The news comes after CT Gaming’s recent certification for the Italian market, cementing the developer’s presence in the European online gaming market.

“Following our successful licencing process in Spain we are ready to launch our content for the market. We are confident that the players will enjoy the unique experience our games offer. This is an important step for CT Gaming Interactive and the next milestone in our growth strategy to expand on regulated markets,” Lachezar Petrov, General Manager of CT Gaming Interactive, said.

“We are excited to start offering our content to the Spanish market. We are in the final stages of negotiating with the biggest platform in the country that will avail operators to have our well known and preferred by players games,” Lachezar Petrov added.

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EU Report Suggests Consumer Protection Approach to Tackle Loot Boxes

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A report commissioned by the EU Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee has recently come to the conclusion that the EU should stop approaching loot boxes as a gambling issue and treat the practice as a consumer protection issue.

The report concludes that while the problematic practice can be dangerous due to the way that it can prey on obsession and addiction, especially in younger players, gambling can only be regulated on a country to country basis. This would leave the rule of law for loot boxes and gambling in gaming fragmented among the Member States that make up the EU as each country will be allowed to create there rules separate from the others.

“Since gambling is a national competence of the Member States, approaching the issue from this angle may lead to a fragmented market for video games within the EU… It is therefore recommended to tackle problematic game designs from a wider consumer protection perspective,” the report said.

As a result of this report, the recommendation has been made that loot boxes and problematic game designs be treated as a consumer protection issues, which the EU has the power to set standards for across all Member States. This conclusion comes from the risks that loot boxes can pose to vulnerable and younger players who either may build addictive behaviours, or not understand the true values of their purchases.

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Gaming Innovation Group receives CSIE license in New Jersey, USA

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Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) is pleased to announce its subsidiary, iGaming Cloud Inc., has today been granted a permanent casino service industry enterprise license (CSIE) from the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in New Jersey, USA. The application was filed back in June 2018, and GiG has supported Hard Rock International’s casino operations in New Jersey under a so-called transactional waiver pending the final approval.

The license is granted for five years and gives GiG a permanent license to provide its real-money online casino platform solution to operators in the state of New Jersey.

Richard Brown, CEO of GiG says: “We are delighted to receive the CSIE license after a long and comprehensive process. This is a great achievement for GiG and gives us a solid confirmation that our platform, procedures and operations are meeting the highest standards out there.”

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