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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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The Newest EGT Progressive Jackpot System is Now Available in Romania with Type Approval

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The newest EGT progressive jackpot system, Bell Link, is now available in Romania with Type Approval. All operators interested in EGT’s jackpot novelty can order the Bell Link system to install it in their gaming halls to the delight of those who cross their threshold.

Bell Link is a multi-level progressive jackpot that offers the player the option of a mystery jackpot with four exciting levels Minor, Mini, Grand, and Major. Grand and Major are the two progressive levels that are common to all games and bets, while the Minor and Mini levels are fixed, changing their values according to different denominations.

The newest EGT progressive jackpot includes not only the four levels and the Bonus Link game but also the Reels Boost mode, features that enrich the gaming experience of the players in the locations where the Bell Link jackpot system has been installed while giving many extras to the lucky ones.

Each of the four jackpot levels is triggered by a different coloured bell. Minor and Mini jackpot bells are purple and blue and can be won multiple times during the Bell Link bonus; the Grand and Major levels can be attained that way too, as well as with any bet that brings a green bell or a trio of festive red bells that signal the win of the highest Grand.

If the Reels Boost feature can unleash a mode of 20 reel positions for a richer and longer game experience, the Bell Link bonus is a thrill ride for every player, and it can be triggered when 5 or more bells appear on the screen and gives away 3 free spins.

The Bell Link EGT jackpot has been specifically designed to be compatible with all EGT slots in the General Series, both in the new generation using the latest and most innovative technologies and their previous variants backed by the high stability of the Exciter III platform.

To display the values of the four jackpot levels, Bell Link uses both the Rainbow panel and the General jackpot panel available in two different sizes, with two sides and state-of-the-art technology that allows players to see the information displayed in full.

At the same time, there are 10 games available that enthusiasts can approach as compatible with the Bell Link jackpot. Well-known and popular titles over the years that arouse curiosity and generate multiple winning opportunities, including 20 Super Hot, 40 Super Hot, Burning Hot, Shining Crown, Vampire Night and others just as famous.

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MGA issues Closed Consultation regarding amendments to Player Protection Directive

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The Malta Gaming Authority has launched a closed consultation with its licensees regarding its proposed amendments to the Player Protection Directive (Directive 2 of 2018) (the ‘Directive’). The amendments are aimed to strengthen and clarify the current player protection framework. This framework will support the Authority’s initiatives moving forward and shall facilitate the Authority’s plans to continuously improve the player protection framework, including the eventual publication of detailed player protection guidelines for Licensees. The Authority is in the process of conducting detailed research and garnering expert experience to serve as the foundation for the eventual publication of such guidelines.

As a first step, the amendments being proposed that are subject to the ongoing closed consultation delve into, inter alia, the licensees’ obligations regarding their responsible gaming policies and procedures and the introduction of five (5) markers of harm that must be considered by licensees when determining effective measures and processes to detect and address problem gambling. Provisions relating to real-money reinforcement and staff training have also been included in the proposed amendments.

The amendments are being proposed on the basis of a review of the key sections of the Directive carried out by an expert in the field, and on the basis of the Authority’s own research and experience garnered through the Responsible Gaming Unit’s audits and familiarisation visits.

The ongoing consultation shall give the opportunity to licensees to provide their feedback, if any, regarding the proposed amendments. The consultation period shall run until the 14th October 2022.

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1Click Games receives the prestigious ISO 27001 Information Security Certificate

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The ISO 27001 certificate is a worldwide information security management standard that allows organizations in the online gambling industry and other sectors to manage asset security. It establishes, in particular, how information security risk management processes should be built and what controls should be used. ISO 27001 certification allows 1Click Games to offer additional guarantees to our customers regarding information security and data processing.

This year, the compliance of 1Click Games with ISO 27001 international standards was checked by one of the world’s leading independent auditors. The auditors assessed how our services comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization, including management processes, the use of technologies and equipment. The analysis showed that the risk management system in the services is built and developed on the basis of the best world practices and fully provides the necessary information protection.

Maxim T., CEO at 1Click Games, says: “Data protection is one of the cornerstones of our business, and ISO 27001 certification demonstrates how seriously we take this responsibility and these strict standards. The certification process, took many hours of detailed checks. However, along with the satisfaction of the result, we recognize that this is only part of our ongoing responsibility to ensure the maximum possible safety of our customers. Besides, information security is never a static process, and in order to continue to set our services at the highest possible level, we requested one of the strictest certificates — ISO 27001 — and received it.”

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