3 Oaks Gaming, the fast-growing distributor of iGaming content, has been issued an IOM OGRA Software Supplier licence by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (GSC) following a close collaboration with Amber Gaming.
Upon securing the Software Supplier licence, the industry’s newest iGaming distributor will be in a position to supply a portfolio of online casino games, along with a suite of marketing and promotional tools, to licensed B2B gaming partners and B2C operators.
This change will see the company broaden its jurisdictional reach and offer improved speed and convenience to partner with licensed operators across the industry.
3 Oaks worked closely with the Amber Gaming team to ensure a smooth process as it looks to expand in regulated markets.
Sebastian Damian, Managing Director at 3 Oaks Gaming, added: “We are incredibly proud of this achievement as we look to deliver high-quality, innovative and exciting casino gaming content to regulated jurisdictions worldwide.
“We selected the Isle of Man due to the strong reputation of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and its robust licensing process, which provides the perfect foundation to engineer our expansion into regulated markets. Our aim is to become a leading content distributor within the global regulated online gaming sector, and we are excited to begin our journey as we expand our international footprint over the coming months.”
Jade Zorab, Managing Director at Amber Gaming, said: “We are proud to have supported 3 Oaks Gaming through the software licensing process and excited that they are now able to take the next step towards global growth. It is a testament to the advantages of the Isle of Man software licence to have attracted an applicant of this calibre and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with 3 Oaks Gaming moving forward.”
Tony Ure, Head of eGaming, Digital Isle of Man added: “It is a pleasure to welcome 3 Oaks Gaming to the Island. Ensuring that the Island has a supportive ecosystem for gaming companies to operate their business, whilst maintaining our reputation as a highly regulated jurisdiction that prides itself on player protection is key to continuing the growth of this sector on the Isle of Man. I wish 3 Oaks Gaming every success with their future ventures.”
UKGC Fines Betway £400,000 for Marketing on Children’s Webpages
Online gaming operator Betway has been fined £408,915 by the UK Gambling Commission for marketing on the children’s pages of West Ham United Football Club’s website.
Commission enquiries revealed that between 14 April 2020 and 6 November 2021 the operator’s gambling logo, which linked to its website, was displayed on a webpage offering the opportunity to print a teddy bear for children to colour in.
Enquiries also revealed a logo with a link to the operator’s webpage featured on the “Young Hammers at Home” webpage between 24 October 2021 and 15 November 2021.
Both advertisements breached Commission rules stating gambling advertising must be socially responsible.
Leanne Oxley, Gambling Commission Director of Enforcement, said: “Protecting children from gambling harm is at the heart of what we do.
“Although there is no suggestion that the operator was deliberately targeting children, or that children had been allowed to gamble, we take the breach of any rules aimed at protecting children extremely seriously.
“We note the remedial actions since taken by licensee but advise all operators to learn from this case and ensure that they take responsibility and have the correct processes in place so that websites directed at children do not include advertisements for gambling.”
STATEMENT FROM LIVESPINS
Twitch’s statement banning remote licensed gambling sites from being streamed has made waves across the industry today. At HappyHour, we’ve long anticipated such news and what is certain is that gambling on mainstream media platforms will be volatile. We believe that the industry itself needs to take control of the space and provide a healthy, sustainable and highly engaging offer.
We foresee community and social experiences will be the future of online casino, which is why we invested heavily into Livespins.
Livespins gives the operators themselves the power to host a fully certified turnkey streaming platform on their website with the rigor and player protection lacking on mainstream media. Livespins offers players the ability to view and play the games they love, with reliable idols, through the account and balance they have created – where age checks, responsible gambling tools, and general safe play policies and processes are already in place.
Swedish Gambling Regulator Orders Unlicensed Casineia to Exit Market
Casineia operator Ease Gaming NV has been banned from offering games of chance in Sweden following a decision by Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen.
Casineia is an online casino operated by Ease Gaming, which is based in Curaçao. The operator does not have a Swedish licence and so, according to Sweden’s 2019 Gambling Act, is ineligible to operate in the Nordic country. Despite this, an investigation by Spelinspektionen found that the site was available to and aimed at Swedish consumers.
Ease Gaming will also be prohibited from offering gambling activities in the country on its other websites: Slothive, Gamblii and Jinxcasino.
Spelinspektionen said: “The Gambling Act applies to games provided in Sweden, with specifically stated exceptions. It is a prohibitive legislation that is based on the principle that everyone who acts on the Swedish gaming market must have a licence. It is therefore not permitted to provide games without a licence when one is required.
“The purpose of the new regulation is for gambling to be channeled to offers from responsible, reliable and controllable players. The regulation is based on the fact that everyone who acts on the Swedish gambling market must have a Swedish gambling licence and that other actors without a licence must be shut out.
“Spelinspektionen considers that, with regard to consumer protection and to guarantee gaming safety, it is important that the decision is complied with immediately.”
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