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Kansspelautoriteit Issues 14 Warnings for COVID-19-related Ads

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The Netherlands’s gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has revealed that it has issued 14 warnings to igaming operators over the use of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in adverts to promote their gambling products.

Online gambling remains illegal in the Netherlands, but the regulator in March said it had seen an increase in the number of operators targeting consumers in the country with advertising based around the pandemic.

According to the KSA, it has so far recorded 14 cases of operators using terms such as “Coronavrij gokken” (Corona-free gambling) to promote their products to Dutch players.

The KSA issued a warning to the operators demanding them to remove the ads, and in all cases, the ads in question were withdrawn. The regulator added that had the operators not dropped the ads, it would have imposed financial penalties. In March, the KSA set a minimum penalty of €250,000 for operators that did not comply with its orders to remove adverts related to the pandemic.

The rules apply to all igaming operators, affiliates, review sites and unlicensed land-based active in the Netherlands – all of which already face penalties for illegal activity in the country due to the current laws for online gambling.

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AvatarUX enters into licensing agreement with Stakelogic for PopWins™ mechanic

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AvatarUX has entered into a licensing agreement with Stakelogic that will see the supplier get exclusive rights to the popular PopWins™ mechanic.

The deal, including 6 months exclusivity period, will see Stakelogic incorporate the unique PopWins™ mechanic into its own games, with two titles already confirmed- MysteryDrop™ and their new title JokerDrop™.

AvatarUX’s thrilling PopWins™ mechanic has gained fans worldwide and sees winning symbols ‘pop’ and two more take their place, with reels expanding both in base game and free spins, creating an enhanced win potential for players.

The mechanic has been incorporated in eight AvatarUX titles which has been hugely successful, including player favourite CherryPop™ and TikiPop™, as well as their latest game PiggyPop™, planned for a global release on the 29th November.

Marcus Honney, Managing Director at AvatarUX, said: “Our PopWins™ collection has been a great success for us and the games are performing extremely well with players, so we are thrilled to give the trademark rights to Stakelogic. We are certain Stakelogic’s titles featuring the mechanic will be huge hits with operators and players alike.”

Olga Bajela, CCO at Stakelogic, said: “We pride ourselves in offering our operator partners cutting-edge products and with the PopWins™ mechanic, we can further enhance our offering.

“Everyone who loves slots knows that the PopWins™ collection is innovative and unique and we are excited to offer it to our partners via our own games.”

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ACMA Orders ISPs to Block Five More Illegal Gambling Websites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered the Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block further five illegal offshore gambling websites.

The sites include Spin Bit, Fight Club, Kim Vegas, Queenspins and Yoju Casino. Following numerous complaints about these services, the ACMA undertook investigations which found them to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking is one of a range of options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 324 illegal gambling websites have been blocked.

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Lady Luck Games awarded multiple market certification

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Games from Swedish slots specialist Lady Luck Games have been certified in five of Europe’s most important regulated markets.

Players favourites like Valhöll: Hall of the Slain, Valley of the Muses and Alchemister will join new release Rooftop Fight on the roster of online casinos in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

The certification, via iTech Labs, will now allow their high-quality artwork and engaging maths models to be enjoyed by millions of new customers at some of the industry’s leading operators.

Lady Luck Games co-founder and CEO Mads Jorgensen said the regulatory approval would provide a significant commercial boost to the studio in its quest for international expansion.

He added: “We are very confident that our games portfolio has universal appeal and having this certification is an important step in proving that. Access to market is hugely important for any company in any industry and we now have a real opportunity to take great strides as a business.”

Lady Luck Games recent acquired fellow provider Spigo ApS’s operations in Denmark, including the studio’s casino games, eight customer integrations and Spigo Station, the supplier’s Denmark-certified platform.

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