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VIXIO GamblingCompliance announces 2020 Global Regulatory Awards shortlist

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VIXIO GamblingCompliance announces 2020 Global Regulatory Awards shortlist

Today, VIXIO GamblingCompliance unveiled the shortlist for their Global Regulatory Awards (GRA).  Now in their fourth year, the VIXIO GRAs recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams and businesses who have excelled in the field of compliance, corporate social responsibility and responsible gambling over the course of the year.

This year’s shortlist showcases a host of progressive businesses, all who have demonstrated their ability to adapt to an increasingly complex regulatory environment, to innovate, and embrace safer gambling.

Mike Woolfrey, CEO, VIXIO, said “This year has been one of the most competitive years yet, with the judges having to consider hundreds of entries to shortlist finalists across 18 categories. Every year the standard gets higher as the industry moves to an ever-greater culture of compliance. Our judging process is extremely rigorous and the awards are hotly contested, so being shortlisted is a highly significant achievement. Whilst this year we are disappointed we won’t be able to host our black-tie gala dinner, we are looking forward to announcing the winners at our virtual event, which everyone can join to celebrate the industry’s achievements”.

Robert Chvatal, CEO, SAZKA Group, said: “Congratulations to all those shortlisted. The operational excellence, innovation and commitment to drive up standards demonstrated by those shortlisted is a really positive sign for the future of the industry. We are delighted to be partnering with VIXIO GamblingCompliance on these hugely important awards and we look forward to seeing who emerges as winners on 29 October”

Due to on-going safety concerns around COVID-19, this year’s presentation of the 2020 VIXIO Global Regulatory Award winners will take place via an online live stream, broadcast globally on 29, October at 16:00 GMT.  To find out more, including how to register, go to: gamblingcomplianceawards.com

Award for Commitment to Compliance by An Affiliate Company

  • AskGamblers

  • Better Collective

  • Bojoko

  • Gambling.com Group

  • iBet Directory

  • Little Star Media

Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gambling

  • Amina Norgosanow, Videslots

  • David Caruana, Kindred Group

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casino UK

  • Stefania Colombo, IGT

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year

  • CMS

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Herzog Fox & Neeman

  • Mishcon de Reya Betting & Gaming Group

  • Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Tommaso di Chio, Kambi

  • WH Partners

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Paul Hasting LLP

Chief Compliance Officer of the Year

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casinos UK

  • Ori Monheit, Skywind Group

  • Sissel Weitzhandler, Play’n GO

  • Yurri Shevchuk, Parimatch

Chief Executive Officer of the Year

  • David Briggs, GeoComply

  • Giovanni Garrisi, Stanleybet Group

  • Phil Horne, Scientific Games UK

  • Sergey Portnov, Parimatch

Compliance Innovator or Innovation of the Year

  • BetConstruct

  • Gamalyze, Mindway AI

  • Genesis Global Limited

  • Location Validator App, GeoGuard

  • GiG Comply

  • Stoiximan / Betano Group

Compliance Officer of the Year

  • Adam Torres, San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission

  • Emma O’Neil, Sky Betting & Gaming

  • Ewout Wierda, VideoSlots

  • Jennifer Aguiar, DraftKings

  • Keith Caruana, Play’n GO

  • Mark Halstead, iSoftBet

Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award

  • iSoftBet

  • Kindred Group

  • Paysafe Group

  • Skywind Group

Award for Commitment to Compliance by An Affiliate Company

  • IGT Compliance Team

  • iSoftBet Compliance Team

  • NOVOMATIC AG Compliance Team

  • Paysafe Group Compliance Team

  • People’s Postcode Lottery Compliance Team

  • Play’n GO Compliance Team

  • Playtech Compliance Team

  • Sky Betting and Gaming Compliance Team

Head of AML/MLRO or AML Team of the Year

  • Anti-Fraud Legal and Compliance Team, Estoril Sol Digital

  • AML Team, Genting Casinos UK

  • Group Compliance Team, Paysafe Group

  • Jonathan Galea, VideoSlots

Head of Regulatory Affairs/Government Relations

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casinos UK

  • Kimberley Broad, Microgaming

  • Lindsay Slader, GeoComply

  • Malcolm Fleming, People’s Postcode Lottery

  • Martin Lycka, GVC Group

  • Pablo Espuela, Luckia Games

  • Sabine Stoppel, NOVOMATIC AG

In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year

  • Andrei Andronic, Playson

  • GVC Group Legal Team

  • Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Sportradar

  • NOVOMATIC AG Legal Team

  • Riva Richard, Pollard Banknote Limited

  • Skywind Group Legal Team

  • William Hill Group Legal Team

In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year

  • ECOMMPAY

  • Passport Technology

  • Paysafe Group

  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions

  • Trustly

  • Worldpay

RegTech Provider of the Year

  • GeoComply

  • IDnow

  • iovation

  • SBTech

  • Trulioo

  • w2 Global Data

Responsible Approach to Advertising Award

  • 32 Red / Kindred Group

  • Catena Media

  • NetBet Enterprises

  • Stoiximan / Betano Group

  • William Hill

Rising Star Award

  • Denisa Bialá, Play’n GO

  • Erica Okerberg, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Esther Scheepers, Kindred Group

  • Hayley Doherty, Sky Betting & Gaming

  • Joonas Karhu, Bojoko

  • Melissa Shuba, BMM Testlabs

  • Zlatan Omerspahić, Nsoft

Compliance Lifetime Achievement Special Award

  • To be announced

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ACMA Issues Formal Warning to Supplier Proxous

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Proxous Advanced Solutions Limited (Proxous) has been issued with a formal warning after the ACMA found it provided gaming software used by 13 online casinos illegally offering services to Australians.

An investigation found that by sub-licensing Realtime Gaming (RTG) branded software products used by these casinos, Proxous was knowingly involved in the provision of prohibited interactive gambling services to Australians in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

The illegal services using Proxous licensed software are Fair Go Casino, Two Up Casino, Free Spin, BoVegas, Uptown Pokies, Uptown Aces, Red Dog Casino, Slots Empire, Cherry Gold Casino, Play Croco, Aussie Play, Ozwin Casino and Reels Of Joy.

Each of these services rely on RTG branded software products to deliver their online casino-style services, including to Australian-based customers, and all have been found by previous ACMA investigations to be illegal operations in Australia. The ACMA has taken action to block these services.

This is the first time the ACMA has taken action against a company for its involvement in an illegal gambling operation through supplying software. Since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017, more than 170 of these services have pulled out of the Australian market.

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IBAS Unveils New Plans to Become the First Gambling Ombudsman

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The Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) has unveiled plans to become the new Gambling Ombudsman.

IBAS believes the long-awaited UK Government White Paper will call for the creation of a new Ombudsman, once released. IBAS claims it is the perfect candidate for the role, aiming to protect consumers from gambling harm while raising industry standards across the board.

The body already offers an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) service – as opposed to the Gambling Commission, which is the official route for resolving issues.

Per its bid to become the UK’s first Gambling Ombudsman, IBAS has outlined its aims and goals should it assume the position.

IBAS has called for its Ombudsman governance framework setting to be produced outside its remit; new and compulsory funding from the industry to ensure impartiality remains central to all gambling disputes; and a Fair Play Code – outlining the criteria for deciding complaints, including fairness terms & conditions for harmful gambling complaints.

“IBAS’s experience, expertise and commitment to independent decisions are unparalleled – having resolved over 85,000 gambling disputes. I welcome the creation of a new Ombudsman, but for this to work it needs to be run by an organisation that understands the sector and has a track record of helping and protecting consumers. An Ombudsman with additional resources, built on the foundations of IBAS is best placed to hit the ground running, protecting consumers, and raising industry standards through fair, consistent decision making and constructive dispute avoidance feedback,” Richard Hayler, Managing Director of IBAS, said.

“It’s an exciting time for the gambling industry. There is a real opportunity to enhance the service offered to gambling customers through a new Ombudsman. IBAS has been committed to providing an accessible, fair, and independent service to all gambling consumers. Our plan for a Gambling Ombudsman would make sure consumers are protected and avoid the backlog of complaints. On top of this, this plan provides a solution that works for Government, the Regulator, and the industry,” Andrew Fraser, Chairman of IBAS, said.

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Lithuanian Regulator Issues Fines to Gaming Strategy Group and Tete-a-Tete Casino

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Lithuania’s Gambling Supervisory Authority has issued fines to Gaming Strategy Group, the operator of Betsson-owned Betsafe in the country, and Tete-a-Tete Casino.

Gaming Strategy Group was fined €25,000 for breaching rules regarding advertising after it distributed a newsletter to 10,430 customers about an online game.

Sent in February this year, the newsletter included information about the game and its features, as well as the option for players to click on links to log in to their account or to request a new password if they had forgotten their login details.

Last year, the Lithuanian government introduced a ban on range of gambling advertising, including promotional bonuses. The law on gambling prohibits the promotion of gambling through activities such as special events, test games, promotions, discounts, gifts and other incentives.

In its ruling, the Gambling Supervisory Authority said that as the newsletter’s intention was to draw attention to a gambling service and specific details about the game, including its win percentage and free spins features, this was in breach of Article 10 (19) of Lithuania’s gambling regulations (ALI).

In the case of Tete-a-Tete Casino, the Gambling Supervisory Authority issued the operator a fine of €15,000 for allowing players located outside Lithuania to gamble through its website remotely.

The regulator said this breached Article 205, Part 3, Article 201, Part 1 of the ALI as gambling with an operator licensed in Lithuania while not physically located in the country is illegal on the part of the gambling operator.

Tete-a-Tete Casino was also warned that its licence could be suspended if it does not put in place the relevant processes to halt such activity in the future. The operator has until 10 August to comply with the request.

The Gambling Supervisory Authority noted that neither decision was final, and both of the operators can appeal the rulings.

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