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New German Regulations Give Much Focus on Age Verification

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The progress of legalising online gaming across Germany has been patchy, but there was a breakthrough on 12 March 2020 when the latest GlüNeuRStV was approved by the German heads of state. It acts as a compromise between states wanting the market to be open and those wanting gambling to be more restricted.

This treaty will open up the online market to all products and verticals, specifically poker and virtual slots, with the legislation set to come into force on 1 July 2021. It will, therefore, significantly liberalise the market, subject to strict conditions concerning player protection.

Ahead of July 2021, a transition period was agreed to enable all existing operators and the German Länder to adapt to the new legal framework. This period began on 15 October 2020 and will be used to clarify existing and forthcoming mandates, including those on age verification. However, it’s important to note the industry must comply with the new laws as of 15 October (with a few exceptions deferred to 15 December).

Age verification has been a hot topic in Germany since an investigation by the Bavarian Consumer Centre highlighted the ease at which under-18s could access five major online gambling sites. To get a license in Germany under the new regime, online gambling operators will need to demonstrate a robust age verification solution.

The risks of failure to demonstrate a system of age and identity verification, are significant. It will likely result in a licence application being rejected. For current operators in the German market, it could lead to the revocation of their license and fines of up to €500,000.

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STS Group Extends BetGames Content Partnership

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The STS Group has reached an agreement to continue its collaboration with TV Zaidimai for supplier BetGames’ content.

Under their renewed partnership, STS will remain Poland’s only operator offering BetGames’ live dealer products. This new deal also includes an agreement to expand their current game portfolio.

More significantly, BetGames’ offer, alongside virtual sports, accounts for more than 10% of the STS Group’s net gaming revenue (NGR), giving their extended collaboration more weight.

The prolonged licence agreement includes access to various betting products as well as live dealer content, such as poker and baccarat.

Furthermore, TV Zaidimai and STS will expand their non-English language offering after they embarked on a “Polish table” project for poker in 2020.

“We are not only the largest, but also the most innovative bookmaker in Poland. We are prolonging a partnership that is very important for us and grants us exclusivity to offer BetGames products in Poland,” Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS Holding, said.

“Player interest in products similar to BetGames products keeps growing, which is why, together with TV Zaidimai, we are investing in and personalising the offer for Polish players,” he added.

“We are delighted to strengthen and deepen our fruitful partnership for the long term. STS is not only the market leader in Poland, but also the innovation leader in the region and beyond. An ideal match for us to develop a challenging market together – with great success for both parties,” Andreas Koeberl, CEO of TV Zaidimai, said.

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Pariplay signs new partnership deal with Switzerland’s Grand Casino Bern

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Aspire Global’s Pariplay, the leading aggregator and content provider, has bolstered its presence in the regulated market of Switzerland by partnering with Grand Casino Bern’s online brand 7 Melons.

This agreement will enable Pariplay to offer its innovative and feature-packed Wizard Games title and content from its Ignite partner programme to Swiss players at 7melons.ch, the online entity of the prominent land-based operator in the country.

The new content partnership represents the latest forward step within Pariplay’s strategic growth plan across regulated markets worldwide, with a host of significant deals struck to offer leading operators content from its Fusion™ platform.

Fusion™ features thousands of games from the industry’s leading games developers, in addition to a suite of back-office conversion and retention tools that enhance player value.

Andrew Maclean, VP of Sales, Pariplay, said: “This is the latest in a string of content agreements we have reached in this very exciting regulated market. Grand Casino Bern is a household name in the country and we look forward to adding to its 7 Melons brand with content we have already seen is popular with the Swiss audience. We are very excited about working together.”

Ludwig Nehls, CEO at Grand Casino Bern, said: “Through its proprietary content and global game distribution programme Ignite, Pariplay offers the best of all worlds to players and we are delighted to be able to boost the selection of titles we can put before our audience in the name of world-class entertainment.”

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EGT Interactive Enters Czech Market with Fortuna Entertainment

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EGT Interactive has entered the Czech Market with one of the leading iGaming operators in the country, Fortuna Entertainment Group (FEG).

The strategic deal with Fortuna Entertainment will enable EGT to broaden the reach of its products while further diversifying the content of the slots available on ifortuna.cz. The players base can also enjoy 40 attractive EGT Interactive games, including Amazon’s Battle, 40 Mega Clover, Great 27, Supreme Hot, 100 Super Hot and the trendy bonus game, the Jackpot Cards. The games are launched in partnership with RWC Energy which will ensure a stable and reliable integration process.

Fortuna Entertainment Group is a trustworthy partner of EGT Interactive, and both companies have been partnering in other markets as well. This strategic partnership exists in Romania, where the Group owns casaparilurilor.ro and efortuna.ro brands, and in Croatia through the psk.hr iGaming offering.

“We are proud to build upon this partnership with Fortuna Entertainment Group. We have already achieved great results partnering with FEG in other markets. We are rapidly growing, and such a partnership will, for sure, have a positive outcome for both parties,” Ivo Georgiev, Managing Director of EGT Interactive, said.

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