Update on Sportradar’s claim in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Football DataCo and BetGenius
Sportradar, the leading global provider of sports betting and sports entertainment products and services, is today pleased to confirm that the Competition Appeal Tribunal has entirely dismissed the applications made by Football DataCo and BetGenius to transfer Sportradar’s competition claim to the High Court.
As a result, the claim will now proceed to trial in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships at Sportradar commented: “As the Tribunal has clearly stated, the dispute manifestly depends on questions of competition law, and private law rights cannot be relied on to give effect to an exclusive agreement which violates competition law. We welcome the fact that the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s judgment has upheld Sportradar’s submissions, and that the competition law claim will proceed to be determined first and in the specialist forum.
Sportradar issued its claim against Football DataCo and BetGenius in the Competition Appeal Tribunal on 28 February 2020 and this application has caused considerable delays to those proceedings. Now that it has been refused we look forward to progressing our competition law claim to trial.”
The Slovak Gambling Authority’s systematic check activities help reduce the number of illegal gaming devices
In Q1 2023, the Slovak Gambling Authority conducted 2511 compliance checks, which is 201 more compared to last year.
The significant year-on-year increase in the number of checks is due to the restructuring of surveillance and the strategic set-up of the supervision by the Authority's top management.
"I am very pleased that the goals set up by the current management are also successfully fulfilled in the gambling supervision area. Of course, a big thank you to our local supervisors, who actively investigate illegal devices and supervise the fulfilment of all legal requirements by legal operators.
Having gambling under systematic supervision is one of the main missions of the Authority as a gambling regulator," said the Director General at the Office for the Regulation of Gambling (URHH), Dávid Lenčéš.
More than a 45 % increase against the same period last year was recorded in checks focused on the search of illegal gambling establishments. In the first quarter of 2023, supervisors conducted 437 compliance checks focusing on unlawful gambling as mining and quiz machines, intending to prevent further operation. As Director General said, “Increased systematic check activities of illegal establishments has its justification and brings results as, compared to 2022, the number of detected illegal gaming machines on the market is significantly reduced. Searching for illegal establishments and seizing illegal devices has a preventive nature and ultimately protects society, especially at-risk groups and the youth.”
According to the Gambling Act, small operators, such as pubs, can't operate gaming machines. The URHH must license each gaming machine since it is the only official body authorised to issue a license. Operating gambling without a given license is prohibited in Slovakia.
The Gambling Regulatory Authority also carries out surveillance remotely. In the Q1 of this year, we are talking about an almost 90 % increase in on-site checks compared with last year. Thanks to online access to the servers of gambling operators, this form of supervision allows more effective control of many establishments without physically leaving the workplace.
Establishing a specialised online gaming department in 2022 also contributed to the overall increase of supervision effectiveness over 2022-2023. The mission of the specialised department is to supervise licensed online gambling or searching for and restrict access to illegal websites operating or promoting gambling without valid licenses.
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Spinomenal is set for Switzerland after gaining its B2B permit
Spinomenal, the leading iGaming content provider, is set for launch within the Swiss iGaming market after gaining its B2B permit from regulator Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK).
An integral element in Spinomenal being able to enter the Swiss iGaming space was the fact the company already has its ISO 27001 certificate, an international standard for best practices for information security.
Swiss iGaming players will now be able to access Spinomenal’s stunning library of slots content that includes Demi Gods II, Book of Rebirth, Majestic King and Poseidon’s Rising. Further good news for Switzerland’s online casino community is that they will also be able to begin exploring Spinomenal’s epic Universe concept which binds narratives from a wide selection of its most popular titles.
Spinomenal’s CEO, Lior Shvartz, commented: “We’re very happy to be entering the Swiss market riding on the back of our top-class slots portfolio and supported by our ISO 27001 certificate. The regulated Swiss online casino space represents a great opportunity for us as we continue to deliver on our expansive roadmap.”
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