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Prague City Council Approves Slot Machine Ban

Niji Narayan

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Prague City Council has voted in favour of a decree banning all electronic and mechanical gambling machines in the Czech capital from 2024.

The decree was approved by the legislature earlier in the week and only needed councillors’ approval. Councillors say they approved the decree in a bid to tackle problem gambling.

Councillor Hana Kordová Marvanová said: “We decided to follow the path of a blanket ban on slot machines throughout the city because we set ourselves the goal of reducing the most dangerous forms of gambling, which include playing slot machines.

“Statistics show that limiting the availability of gambling has a significant positive impact in the area of negative social phenomena, such as pathological gambling or non-payment.

“We have promised all parts of the city that they do not have to worry about the loss of revenue from taxes on technical games, which they have so far used to finance public needs such as culture, education, sport or social affairs.

“Together with the approval of the decree, the task of compensating the City Council for possible loss of income so that the financing needs of important public activities do not suffer was also approved.”

Several other cities in the Czech Republic, including Brno, Ostrava, Břeclav, Kyjov, Klatovy and České Budějovice, have already implemented similar bans.

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Habanero one of first to go live in newly regulated Germany

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Supplier launches with Löwen Play following social casino success

  Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has staked its claim in Germany as one of the first suppliers to go live under the jurisdiction’s newly regulated framework.

The provider’s immersive social casino offering has already proved popular in the country, having recently debuted earlier this year in partnership with Löwen Play GmbH.

Germany-based players can now also enjoy Habanero’s acclaimed real-money games catalogue, shortlisted for both SBC and EGR awards, which launched in the territory on October 15th, the day that its online gaming market formally opened.

The content developer’s German debut follows an impressive series of agreements it has signed with globally renowned operators such as Marathonbet and Bet365, as well as Southern European leaders including SuperSport and Lottomatica.

Arcangelo Lonoce, European Head of Business Development at Habanero, said: “Germany is set to become one of Europe’s most important markets in the coming years, so it’s fantastic that our hit games went live on the day its regulatory framework came into effect. 

“Our partnership with Löwen Play has been of strong mutual benefit, and we anticipate that the company will continue to go from strength to strength in Germany and beyond.” 

Tal Zamstein, Managing Director at Löwen Play’s Digital Unit, said: “Habanero’s world class portfolio has already been hugely successful with our social casino outlet, so we are thrilled to introduce players to its celebrated real-money catalogue.  

“Recent months have seen the studio further strengthen its position among Europe’s fastest-growing suppliers, and we have no doubt that it will continue to attract new audiences going forward.” 

 

 

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Zeal Network Raises Fiscal Year Guidance After Strong Q3 Performance

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German lottery provider ZEAL Network has raised its fiscal year guidance after posting better than expected preliminary results for Q3 2020.

Supported, among other things, by the good jackpot development of the German lottery Lotto 6aus49 in Q3 2020, the continued high marketing investments led to a growth in billings, revenue and new registered customers that exceeded expectations.

Due to the increased marketing investments of €25.3m (2019: €17.9m) to acquire new customers, ZEAL was able to gain 787,000 new registered customers in the German segment in the first nine months of 2020 alone, with a preliminary CPL of €27.58.

According to preliminary calculations, billings increased by around 42% to €471.8m in the first nine months of 2020 (2019: €332.6m). The German segment contributed a preliminary €470.9m to this.

In a year-on-year comparison, it should be noted that ZEAL 2019 offered additional products in the secondary lottery business which were discontinued in October 2019 due to the business model change. Moreover, Lotto24’s online lottery brokerage business has only been part of ZEAL Group since 14 May 2019. The Lotto24 billings up to that date were, therefore, not included in the previous year’s figures.

Due to the expected revenue dis-synergies in connection with the business model change, revenue decreased by a preliminary 31% to €63.9m (2019: €93.2m). Similar to billings, revenue in the first nine months of 2019 still included the secondary lottery business, but not Lotto24’s online lottery brokerage business up to 14 May 2019. Revenue in the German segment amounted to a preliminary €57.8m in the first nine months of 2020.

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Endorphina meets new German regulations

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The popular Endorphina game provider proudly announced its compliance with the new German regulations. The German authorities recently stated that German-facing online gambling operators that offer casino and poker products must comply to the new federal gambling treaty.

Operators who comply with these rules by October 15 will be assured they won’t face prosecution by German authorities or barred from applying for a license next year.

Endorphina’s games meet all German requirements such as having a game portfolio in the German language, a minimum 5 second spin, no auto-spin, displaying a win probability and RTP, amongst many others by the re-quired date of October 15, 2020.

A few words from Endorphina’s own CEO, Jan Urbanec:

“We are proud of our collaboration and the fast paced sprint that resulted in us delivering a solution for the Ger-man market. The combined effort of our legal and development team allowed us to quickly extract the details re-quired from the German regulation and to implement them into our games so we do not disrupt the player’s expe-rience.”

Want to include some engaging themes, graphics, and solid mathematics into your portfolio? Give your players some real endorphins that will surely comply with German regulations.
Contact Endorphina at https://endorphina.com/contact-us

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