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Double Dutch: 1X2 Network launches in the Netherlands

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Slots and table games from the developer’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries now available to operators in the just-opened regulated market

1X2 Network, the award-winning casino content provider and aggregator, has made its debut in the just-regulated Dutch market after receiving the necessary approvals from regulatory body, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA).

1X2 Network is permitted to offer online slots and table games from its 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio subsidiaries to operators licensed in the Dutch market, which officially opened its digital doors at the beginning of the month.

Entering the Dutch market forms part of wider plans to obtain certifications in key regulated markets. Currently, 1X2 Network is live in 12 jurisdictions – the UK, Isle of Man, Malta, Gibraltar, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Colombia, Romania, Greece, Germany and now the Netherlands.

Operators licensed by KSA can partner with 1X2 Network to offer their players games such as MegawaysTM Jack, Rock the Reels MegawaysTM, 1 Million MegawaysTM BC, Battle Maidens TM Cleopatra,  Book of Loki and Smoking Hot Fruits.

1X2 Network has built a formidable reputation for developing online casino content that combines striking design with smart math and complex mechanics. This ensures a fun, entertaining and ultimately thrilling experience across all games.

Operators will also be able to access Branded MegawaysTM, an award-winning concept from 1X2 Network that allows them to quickly and cost-effectively launch their own MegawaysTM slots. This takes player engagement and loyalty to the next level.

Kevin ReidCCO at 1X2 Network, said: “We are delighted to have received the necessary approvals to offer our award-winning slots and table games to operators in the newly-regulated Dutch market. This forms part of wider plans to secure licenses in core regulated markets around the world.

“Our games have been developed to engage players and deliver fun and excitement with every spin. Titles such as 1 Million MegawaysTM BC have gone on to top the charts in global markets and we believe they will be just as popular with players in the Netherlands.

“We look forward to going live with our first operator partners shortly and to play a part in the market growing and maturing in the coming months and years.”

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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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UKGC Unveils New Guidance to Help Combat Problem Gambling

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) updated its new list of rules on high-risk gamblers. The new consumer protection guidance, which gambling businesses are required to take account of, will help them comply with new rules coming into effect in September.

In April the Commission announced new rules to ensure online gambling businesses do more to identify and take action to protect customers at risk of harm. The updated consumer protection guidance will help gambling businesses understand and comply with the new rules, which come into effect on 12 September.

The existing guidance and additional guidance issued during the COVID-19 pandemic will still apply and be available for operators to refer to until 12 September.

The new guidance provides further information for remote gambling businesses on:

  • identifying vulnerable customers
  • indicators of harm they must monitor for, including what is considered a “strong” indicator of harm
  • when to use automated systems and processes
  • how to evaluate the impact of customer interactions.

UKGC Chief Executive Andrew Rhodes said: “Operators must take account of this guidance ahead of the stronger requirements coming into effect. We are giving the industry time to prepare for the changes and expect full compliance by September. Every gambling business has a role to play to prevent gambling harm and this guidance makes clear what we expect to see, which will be supported with enforcement action should we need it.

“In the current context, including the rise in the cost of living, it is more important than ever for operators to meet these requirements to identify customers at risk of harm.”

The new guidance forms part of the Commission’s ongoing drive to make gambling in Britain safer. The Commission will shortly be launching a further consultation on the ways to tackle three key financial risks for consumers: binge gambling, significant unaffordable losses over time and risks for those who are financially vulnerable.

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Lithuania Sets New Lottery Age Purchase to +18

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The Budget and Finance Committee of Lithuania’s Seimas (Parliamentary Assembly) has completed a draft decree proposing new standards on lottery play and advertising for the Baltic state.

The Committee’s headline measure has called on parliament to undertake a vote to raise the minimum age of purchase of lottery tickets from 16-to-18 years of age. If approved, Lithuania’s government will enforce a new lottery age restriction from 1 January 2023.

The decree has further ordered Olifėja, Lithuania’s state-sanctioned operator, to display age-range notifications and safer gambling warnings across its weekly lottery draws of Teleloto, Vikinglotto, Eurojackpot and further Instant-win games.

Olifėja serves as Lithuania’s national lottery steward, charged with raising funds for the National Olympic Committee, its business activities monitored by Lithuania’s Gaming Control Authority.

Since 2020, the successive Lithuanian governments of PMs Saulius Skvernelis and Ingrida Šimonytė have chosen to amend the laws of the 2016 Gambling Act.

Last year, the government ordered the Gaming Control Authority to ban all licensed operators from promoting any form of gambling incentive (bonuses, discounts, reward programmes).

Furthermore, the government granted the Gaming Control Authority direct powers to IP-block unlicensed operators and to issue bigger fines on non-compliant operators, changes that were sanctioned as a COVID-19 civic protection measure.

Lithuania carries amongst the strictest age laws for gambling in Europe, in which players must be +21 years of age to enter a gambling venue.

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