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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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Spelinspektionen Blocks Relaunch of Ninja Casino in Sweden

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Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has blocked the relaunch of Ninja Casino in Sweden.

An application was submitted to Spelinspektionen following a license transfer by the owners of Ninja Casino to another company, who already had a license granted.

However, following “serious violations” of gambling laws in Sweden, the regulator deemed it “highly inappropriate” that such re-launch attempt had taken place between Global Gaming and Viral Interactive.

“[It was] highly inappropriate that Viral Interactive Ltd has chosen a collaboration involving two players who have committed serious violations,” Spelinspektionen said.

Following the rejection, the gambling authority stated that Viral Interactive and Global Gaming’s running of Ninja Casino did not meet gaming operation requirements to ensure “controlled and security assured forms.”

“It is noteworthy that the Swedish Gambling Authority, after almost five months of deliberation, chooses to reject Viral Interactive’s application to add Ninjacasino.se. Viral Interactive cannot in any way be regarded as a party in the legal procedure currently in place between SafeEnt and the Swedish Gambling Authority and cannot be held responsible for any marketing previously conducted by Elec Games,” Tobias Fagerlund of Global Gaming said.

“It is obvious to me that there is a lot of prestige in the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision and that the Swedish Gambling Authority continues to make questionable decisions which in our opinion lack clear support in the legislation,” Tobias Fagerlund added.

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Stakelogic Receives ISO 27001 Certification

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Stakelogic has received ISO 27001 certification for its best-practice information security management systems.

To receive the accreditation, Stakelogic was subjected to an independent, expert assessment of its data protection practices and procedures which were found to meet the gold standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

The accreditation means that operators that integrate Stakelogic’s games, and the players that play them, can be certain that the popular developer’s information security management systems are among the most secure in the industry.

“We are very proud to have secured ISO 27001 accreditation as it is the formalisation of our excellent policies and procedures on data security management. The accreditation means that operators and players can be certain that any information that passes through our systems is being protected to the highest possible standards. We believe this marks us out as one of the most reputable developers in the industry,” Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said.

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Two Members of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission Face Organised Crime Charges

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A current and former member of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group allegedly headed by Vassil Bozhkov.

Plamen Georgiev was a member of the commission at the time that it was headed by Ognemir Mitev, who is reported to be among those taken into custody in a succession of prosecutors’ raids on the commission. Todor Markov has headed the control activities department since 2019.

The Specialised Criminal Court declined an application by prosecutors to remand Georgiev and Markov in custody, and ordered them into house arrest. The court ordered Georgiev and Markov not to contact officials at the Gambling Commission so as not to influence the investigation.

Reports quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying that, including Bozhkov, eight people had been the subject of criminal charges so far. Twenty-five witnesses have been questioned in the investigation into Bozhkov’s alleged organised crime group.

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