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German Slot Associations Criticise New Rheinland-Pfalz Gaming Hall Regulations

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German gaming machine trade association Die Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft eV (DAW) and its state equivalent Automaten-Verband Rheinland-Pfalz eV (AVRP) have spoken out against an amendment to Rheinland-Pfalz’s Gaming Act (LGlüG), claiming that it could kill the industry.

The amendment – currently under consideration in the Landtag – requires that gambling halls must be at least 500 metres from schools or youth facilities, which the bodies said would require half of all licensed operators to close their doors.

“The present draft law destroys the legal offering of slots in Rheinland-Pfalz, because it means the end for more than half of all state-licensed gambling halls,” DAW board spokesman Georg Stecker said.

This, he said, would lead to major job losses across an industry that employs 4000 people in the state.

“Hundreds of the mostly second or third generation family-run vending machine companies would stand in front of the ruins of their business and 2,500 people in Rheinland-Pfalz would lose their jobs,” he said.

Wolfgang Götz, chairman of the AVRP, added that he believed the soon-to-be-regulated online gaming market posed a much greater risk to children.

The igaming market is currently in a transition period where operators may offer online casino games provided they keep to the rules of the Fourth State Treaty on Gambling, which will officially come into force on 1 July 2021.

“The draft law is a slap in the face of the ordinary medium-sized vending machine companies in Rheinland-Pfalz and hits us particularly hard in the midst of the economic crisis. And while more than every second state-licensed amusement arcade in the country under threat of closure on July 1, 2021, the online gaming market is being legalized at the same time, where there are naturally no minimum distances. Nobody understands that anymore,” Götz said.

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ComeOn Gaming Secures GlüNeuRStv Sportsbook Licence

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The registry of the Ministry of Sports and the Interior of Saxony Anhalt has confirmed that it has granted a German Fourth Interstate Treaty (GlüNeuRStv) licence to ComeOn Gaming.

Cherry AB’s B2C unit has registered the brands sunmaker.de, comeonwetten.de and mobilebet.de under its approved German licence.

Though having secured its GlüNeuRStv licence, ComeOn has yet to disclose whether it will launch a sportsbook property, accepting the terms of Germany’s conflicted sportsbook marketplace.

At present, Saxony Anhalt has chosen to serve as the GlüNeuRStv regime’s interim regulator, as the state’s executive proceeds to establish Glücksspielbehörde (GGL) – German gambling’s new federal regulatory authority by the end of 2022.

ComeOn joins 35 foreign and domestic operators that have been granted GlüNeuRStv sports betting licences.

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Kindred to Withdraw from Germany

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Kindred Group has confirmed that its flagship Unibet brand will withdraw its presence from the German market as of July 1.

The Stockholm-listed operator has informed local authorities that it has chosen to cancel Unibet’s sportsbook and virtual slots licence applications to participate in Germany’s Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling (GlüNeuRStv) regime.

“Our long-term strategic direction sets out locally regulated markets as the core engine for our growth,” Kindred said.

“However, licence application procedures, licence conditions, and the regulatory environment need to be transparent, sustainable, and financially viable for a market to be competitive.”

Kindred stated that its decision was taken following an assessment of market conditions that deemed the GlüNeuRStv’s application procedures and restrictions on products offered to be “not sustainable and competitive against the unlicensed offering”.

The decision sees Unibet become the highest-profile brand to exit the GlüNeuRStv regime, in which Kindred had observed a two-year waiting period to secure a market licence that was deemed no longer a strategic priority.

Withdrawing from Germany, Kindred stated that it had prioritised the objectives of growing its North American presence and taking “product control with the Kindred Sportsbook Platform and the acquisition of Relax Gaming”.

Kindred concluded: “We do not see a foundation for long-term shareholder value and customer experience at the moment. However, we appreciate that this position may change in the future.”

“As our operations in Germany are limited the decision will have an insignificant financial impact for Kindred.”

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Symplify links up with LVC Diamond to enhance its CRM strategy

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Symplify, market leaders in CRM and AI cloud solutions, has linked up with online casino operator LVC (Las Vegas Casino) Diamond to enhance its CRM strategy.

LVC Diamond’s standout brands are Vegas.hu and Vipcasino.hu which have risen to become two of the premiere online casino sites in the Hungarian market. Symplify is working with Vegas.hu and Vipcasino.hu to enhance its CRM capability and will be integrating its Mail, SMS and Push-package.

Symplify’s CRM expertise will enable Vegasonline.hu to nurture meaningful relationships with its customers by harnessing the full potential of its multichannel engagement strategies. Segmentation and personalised responses will form a core element and can be managed from a single platform.

The powerful Campaign and Journey builder from Symplify will ensure Vegas.hu and Vipcasino.hu builds on its momentum by improving customer engagement through optimising user journeys through its CRM and On-site Optimisation. Symplify’s advanced approach will help optimise Vegasonline.hu’s marketing spend and consolidate customer sentiment.

Symplify’s CEO Robert Kimber said: “LVC Diamond’s Vegas.hu and Vipcasino.hu brand has rightly dominated the Hungarian market and we cannot wait to see the positive impact we can bring from our CRM prowess. Together we’ll be able to showcase Vegasonline.hu’s complete offering and ensure its customers are getting the most from their gaming experiences.”

LVC Diamond’s Development Manager, Marton Bakki said: “Since launching within the Hungarian market we have relentlessly worked to enhance and diversify our offering to meet customer demand. With Symplify onboard we can better engage with our audience and serve them with exactly what they want, when they want.”

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