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Sweden’s Spelinspektionen Fines Bet365 Over Bets on Football Friendly

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The Swedish gaming regulator Spelinspektionen has fined Bet365 operator Hillside Sports SEK1m (€98,000) and issued it a warning for offering bets on a football friendly in which most players were aged under 18.

Bet365 had offered odds on a training match played between Kronängs IF and Mariedals IK on March 28, 2020.

Spelinspektionen’s review of the match found that 24 of the 34 participants were under 18, meaning that Bet365 breached Chapter 8 section 2.2 of the Swedish Gambling Act, which prohibits betting on sports events when the majority of participants are under 18 years of age.

Hillside said it had believed it could offer bets because the fixture was not specifically an underage match. It said it took immediate action to avoid offering odds on similar matches in the future, which included a decision to stop offering bets on lower-division friendlies.

It said: “The fact that a majority of the players then turned out to be under 18 years was an unfortunate coincidence that could have occurred in any senior league at any time and which could not be foreseen.”

Bets on the match in question had been voided, it said.

Spelinspektionen said the Swedish Gambling Act clearly prohibited betting on the match and that the breach was serious but accepted that it was a one-off incident that the operator had sought to correct.

Hillside argued that any fine be based on its Swedish revenue, but Spelinspektionen insisted that the penalty should be based on its stakes from Sweden, which totalled SEK11.2m for 2019.

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Push Gaming welcomes new Head of Legal

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B2B gaming supplier Push Gaming is complementing its recent impressive regulated market growth with the hiring of Denisa Assefova as its new Head of Legal to oversee Push Gaming’s legal matters and support the company’s further expansion.

A graduate of the Charles University of Prague and the University of Oslo, Denisa brings with her key industry experience having served as the Head of Legal Affairs at the Betsson Group on the back of over a decade of practising law with a number of international firms.

Her skills in the fields of iGaming, IP, Licensing & E-Commerce and Contract Law will be instrumental in supporting Push’s commercial expansion in an industry where regulated markets continue to evolve and diversify.

The appointment matches Push’s ambition as it continues to enter new markets and expand its global footprint, thanks to its entertainment-first portfolio of quality titles such as recent smash-hit Jammin’ Jars 2Mount Magmas Jackpots, and the upcoming Fat Drac.

Donna Kelly, Director of HR at Push Gaming said: “With great success and rapid global expansion brings the requirement for the right people to manage and cultivate the talent and drive we already have and Denisa brings that in spades.

“It’s of vital importance to us as a company that we adhere to the strict and necessary regulations that are active in all markets we operate in and we’re confident that she will excel in her new role. Welcome to Push Gaming, Denisa!”

Denisa Assefova, Head of Legal at Push Gaming said: “Push Gaming is a great company with fantastic and talented people who are creating remarkable products. I am excited to join Push Gaming at a time of its rapid expansion and look forward to supporting the company in achieving its goals”

Marking its tenth anniversary last October, Push Gaming is building on the growth momentum gained from 2020’s acquisition of an MGA and UKGC-licensed platform and furthering its expansion ambitions across Europe with several new market entries prepared for the coming months.

Established as one of the industry’s most entertaining suppliers, Push Gaming’s content includes the award winning Dinopolis and Jammin’ Jars 2, which are live in the lobbies of leading operators such as Casumo, LeoVegas, Entain, The Rank Group and Norsk Tipping.

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Spelinspektionen Suspends Licences of Vivaro and Fair Play Bets

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Swedish Gambling Authority Spelinspektionen has suspended the licences of Vivaro and Fair Play Bets. Vivaro has lost both its online gaming and betting licences, while Fair Play Bets only saw its online gaming licence taken back.

In a statement published on its website, the Swedish Gambling Authority defended its decision by claiming the operators had not begun either activity for which the licences were intended within one year of them coming into force.

Vivaro was granted its licences to provide online commercial gaming and online betting on 3 June 2020, while Fair Play Bets saw its licence awarded almost one month later on July 1.

These licences required both parties to undertake activities related to online gambling, however, Vivaro reported sales amounting to zero Swedish krona from June 2020 to May 2021, while Fair Play similarly reported no sales between July 2020 and June 2021.

This triggered two separate reviews from the regulator, with Vivaro’s beginning on 13 July 2021 and Fair Play’s on August 13.

In its defence, Vivaro stated the Covid-19 pandemic and in particular its effect on the company’s staff in Armenia as reasons for its failure to begin the relevant business operations.

In addition, the company continued, the war with Azerbaijan resulted in over 50 of its employees being sent away to fight. Vivaro also added that for a heavily regulated jurisdiction like Sweden, it is important to spend extra time preparing for launch.

Fair Play’s reasoning differed slightly, stating instead that no gaming operations have been initiated due to a corporate restructuring which required a temporary reduction in costs and labour.

However, neither argument was enough to sway the Swedish gambling watchdog who went ahead with its original decision to revoke both operators’ licences.

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Red Rake Gaming obtains its Romanian License

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Premium casino content developer Red Rake Gaming is delighted to announce its latest regulated market license for Romania.

The company has been granted a Class II license by the Romanian regulator (ONJN) allowing it to work directly with the country’s regulated operators. Red Rake Gaming made the move due to the demand from its partners in response to the player demand for Red Rake’s top performing game content within the market.

A selection of Red Rake’s top performing games will be made available to Romania licensed operators, including its record breaking Super 15 Stars – the non-stop, action-packed slot which combines feature games and bonus rounds from all its predecessors in the Super series of games and the new game of this series, Super 20 Stars. Additional titles from Red Rake’s diverse portfolio includes Alchemy Ways- giving players a million ways to win, Max Dangerous and the Lost Relics, Tommy Gun’s Vendetta and Flamingo Paradise.  All of which continue to be top performing titles across Red Rake’s network.

Red Rake Gaming plans to launch a wider selection of content in the Romanian market throughout the 2021 period.

Continuous delivery and expansion into regulated markets is at the heart of Red Rake Gaming’s growth strategy. Their latest market entry represents yet another opportunity for the company to further its reach in Romania and follows on from recent market entry in Greece.

Nick Barr, Managing Director for Red Rake Malta, commented: “We are thrilled to have obtained our Class II Romanian license. This recent acquisition is driven by our commitment to our clients to continue to deliver our top performing content to the Romanian players which has always proved to be very popular. The Red Rake Gaming content resonates well with players delivering classic looking slots packed with strong feature and bonus games.”

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