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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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Microgaming’s PlayItForward to Support Gordon Moody Association

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Microgaming has announced its support for the Gordon Moody Association, a charity that provides help and support to addicted and compulsive gamblers.

Through its CSR programme PlayItForward, Microgaming will provide the charity with funding to support the families of those receiving therapy for problem gambling.

“Collaborating with the likes of Microgaming and the wider industry is integral to what we do. On behalf of the team at Gordon Moody Association, we would like to thank Microgaming for their generous support and for all of the good work they are doing in the space of CSR and responsible gambling. The donation from Microgaming PlayItForward will go towards a comfort fund. It will also help to assist families physically, emotionally, and mentally to find peace of mind while their loved ones access therapy for problem gambling,” Rob Mabbett, Head of Growth at Gordon Moody Association, said.

“At Microgaming, we strive to promote and support a safe, responsible environment for our customers and wider communities, which is why engaging and collaborating with charities such as Gordon Moody Association is incredibly important to us. Gordon Moody Association plays a key role in our community, providing individuals and families with much needed support and care in treating and minimising the harm that can be caused by problem gambling. We are delighted to help support them and hope that this donation will go some way towards helping the charity continue the incredible work they do,” Kimberley Broad, Director of Compliance at Microgaming, said.

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True Flip Group presents the all-new EMOJINO brand under the MGA permit

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EMOJINO will join the Group’s iGaming assets that have gained notable success in the last year. These include the rapidly rising True Lab games studio, as well as the EGR shortlisted True Flip casino that pioneered the common True Label software platform.

Starting November EMOJINO opens its doors to the players, backing up its vast game selection with tailored promotions and beautifully structured bonus packs.

EMOJINO will make use of the Group’s very own True Label software platform that has been rolled out in recent months. The platform utilizes a stack of effective solutions and an advanced Responsible Gaming section.

The EMOJINO launch follows up the recent MGA B2C license acquisition by the Group. The new casino will target a variety of regulated markets under the newly granted permit.

“The idea behind our new brand, EMOJINO, roots into all these vivid emotions we always chase while turning to a casino experience. Empathy is the feeling to which the entire action around EMOJINO devotes. We trust EMOJINO is going to be accepted very well by many players at our target regulated markets.” – said True Flip Group co-founder Konstantin Katsev.

EMOJINO supports English, Finnish, Norwegian, German, French, and Portuguese languages and has direct relations with a few dozen of the top game providers including Play’N’Go, NetEnt, Evolution, True Lab, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, ELK, Microgaming, Quickspin and others.

The payment options will include card payments as well as a decent variety of popular payment processing services.

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Swiss Federal Gaming Board Names Fabio Abate as its New President

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Switzerland’s federal regulatory authority for gambling, Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK), has named Fabio Abate as its new president.

Abate is a Swiss politician and member of the Liberal-Radical Party. He sat on the National Council from 2000 to 2011, and has been on the Council of States since 2011.

Abate will replace Hermann Bürgi, who will step down at the end of December. Bürgi has served in his role at the ESBK since February 2013.

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