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Habanero nets MGA licence

George Miller

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Hugely popular supplier secures one of Europe’s most valuable accreditations

 Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has secured a hugely important regulatory milestone through the acquisition of its Critical Gaming Supply Licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

Capping an outstanding three years of growth and development across the continent for the provider, Habanero has already established itself as one of Europe’s standout studios.

Known for its engaging gameplay, flawless graphics and pitch-perfect sounds – the developer’s 100+ titles have already proven to be an established engagement and revenue driver for operators across 14 regulated European markets.

Habanero’s latest licence enables the studio to provide its content to Malta-based operators, with a number of tier-one brands already billed for announcement in the near future.

The supplier’s new certification also allows it to further progress its preliminary partnerships with Malta-based Scandinavian operators, as well as German-facing entities during the jurisdiction’s grace period.

Commenting on the acquisition of its Critical Gaming Supply Licence from the MGA, Arcangelo Lonoce, Head of Business Development Europe at Habanero said:

“Our growth in the last few years across markets such as Italy has established Habanero as one of Europe’s fastest-growing providers, so we’re absolutely thrilled to be entering the next phase in our company’s development with one of the industry’s must-have accreditations.

“Thanks to the outstanding work of all our global teams, the wonderful world of Habanero is now set to reach more European players than ever before. We can’t wait to see what our new partners and markets will make of our content, and we look forward to announcing more new partnerships soon enough!”

With a standout collection of titles, Habanero continued to cement its tier-one credentials throughout 2020 by teaming up with industry-leading operators such as Bet365, LeoVegas, and Playtech.

As well as being nominated for multiple SBC and EGR Awards in recognition of its creative approach, Habanero offers its partners a wealth of in-game promotional tools, with a hard-earned reputation for one of the industry’s most customer-centric approaches.

Compliance Updates

GiG adds Pixelbet to its list of partners for GiG Comply

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG), has signed an agreement with Malta based gaming company, Pixelbet Digital Ltd. for its automated affiliate marketing compliance screening tool, GiG Comply.

GiG Comply is a self-service marketing compliance solution, which enables operators to set-up their own criteria and checklist parameters to scan and check affiliate websites for content including iGaming code red words, links and regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions. GiG Comply works by using its rules engine to analyse real snapshots from affiliates’ campaigns and provides operators with the promotional content that is being used in their brands’ promotions.

GiG Comply will enable Pixelbet to set-up their own criteria and checklist parameters and can be tailored to cover any market-specific requirements, helping to ensure that they remain compliant in multiple jurisdictions. This will not only help Pixelbet to ensure they remain compliant and safeguard their licence but will also help them to achieve their mission to be the number one authentic and trusted esports sportsbook online.

Eirik Kristiansen, CEO of Pixelbet, said “We are excited to partner up with GiG through its market-leading GIG Comply software. This strong product fits perfectly with our current and future business objectives, enabling us to further improve how we manage our affiliate compliance operations. This partnership will help Pixelbet ensure that our affiliates can continue offering high quality experiences that are fully compliant with regional regulations and requirements.”

Jonas Warrer, CMO at GiG, said The growing demand for our compliance solution is a clear sign that we have created a solution that has become the go-to compliance tool within the iGaming industry. It’s great to see that new and ambitious companies such as Pixelbet value the importance of marketing compliance, we look forward to supporting them in their marketing compliance efforts with GiG Comply.”  

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Adriano Marques Ho to Continue as Director of DICJ Until 2023

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The Government of Macau has confirmed that Adriano Marques Ho will continue as the director of the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) until 2023.

The extension will be effective from June 10, with the Office of the Secretary for Economy justifying the decision on Ho’s “management skills and professional experience”.

Ho had replaced Paulo Martins Chan as DICJ Director in June 2020, having previously served as the head of the local Sub-Bureau of the China National Central Bureau of INTERPOL from 2004 to 2010, head of the Judiciary Police Criminal Investigation Department from 2010 to 2012 and head of the Gaming-related and Economic Crimes Investigation Department from 2012 to 2014.

The new Director has had as his main tasks since starting his position to deal with the revision of the Macau SAR gaming law, new junket operator regulations and the future gaming concession tender set to take place by 2022.

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EGBA Urges Germany to Reconsider Online Casino Tax Proposal

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has warned that the proposal by the German Bundesrat to introduce a 5.3% tax on online poker and slots stakes would undermine the key aim of the country’s new online gambling regulations to direct online poker and slots customers into a regulated market.

EGBA suggests that the tax measure would impinge upon the competitiveness of the regulated market and would lead to 49% of German players switching to unregulated websites, based on a new player survey published by Goldmedia. EGBA, therefore, urged members of the German parliament to reconsider the proposal.

EGBA added that the proposal is punitive, and would result in online poker and slots being taxed at rates higher than their retail equivalent land-based casinos, which would constitute an illegal state aid under EU law. The Goldmedia survey suggests that the tax advantage for land-based operators would be as high as €290m (£250m) a year in the state of Bavaria alone.

EGBA Secretary-general Maarten Haijer said: “We welcome the regulation of the German online gambling market, and we fully appreciate that an online gambling tax will need to be paid.

“However, we urge the German parliament to reconsider the proposed punitive rate of the tax because it will push German players to use unprotected and unregulated black-market websites and give land-based operators a massive tax advantage.

“We stand ready to share our experiences in other jurisdictions of the EU, and firmly believe that a tax level can be established which strikes the right balance between meeting the needs of the German consumer while ensuring sufficient tax revenue for the state.”

 

Source: EGBA

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