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Groove evolves with MGA-recognised iGaming provider Evoplay



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Platform and aggregator Groove is supporting award-winning Cyprus-based iGaming developer Evoplay, helping to profile the newly obtained MGA Recognition Notice with Groove’s powerful operator cluster.

Evoplay has just been recognised by the prestigious Maltese regulatory body, the Malta Gaming Authority.

Groove is highlighting Evoplay content to operators to ensure that the developer, 95% of which staff are Ukraine-based, remains fully supported despite the international situation, including their 3D/VR slot games and a medley of new content.

Evoplay was shortlisted in the Best Gaming Innovation category at the SBC Awards, Software Rising Star and Mobile Supplier at the EGR Awards, three LoginCasino Awards, and last year Ivan Kravchuk, Evoplay CEO, was awarded with Leader of the Year by SBC.

The iGaming provider develops HTML5 Full HD online games with popular titles such as Dragon’s Tavern, Trip To The Future, Fruit Disco, Atlantis, The Great Conflict, Elven Princesses, Epic Gladiators, Red Cliff, Ace Round, Jewellery Store, Fruitburst, Chinese New Year, Charming Queens, Syndicate, and Candy Dreams.

Probably the best-known title of Evoplay are Dungeon: Immortal Evil, the first RPG-inspired hack and slash slot with this year’s flagship title, Star Guardians, that made the revolution as an industry-first third-person shooter gambling game with manual control and player selection. Evoplay’s total portfolio contains over 160 slots, table, and instant games.

This latest arrangement with Evoplay is a direct demonstration of how Groove’s content portfolio is highly differentiated and capable of responding to global market events. Groove’s powerful platform includes thousands of casino games as well as a wealth of aggregated content ranging from slots, sportsbook, online casino and live casino, to poker and table games, that operators can access via easy integration to drive player engagement and revenue.

Chief Commercial Officer at Evoplay, Vladimir Malakchi, commented: “Delivering content for Groove’s operator cluster allowed us to boost access to our games as well as their overall performance. Being with a top platform like Groove gives us a sense of sustainability and it’s good to know that we have this kind of backing.”

Groove COO Yahale Meltzer said: “Originally we welcomed Evoplay to our platform with some of the most innovative games in the global iGaming market and the awards that they have gathered in such a short space of time are definitely well deserved. The MGA Recognition Notice is the cherry on the cake for a solid suite of games coming out from the developer, and we look forward to seeing further increased uptake on their titles.”

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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, and 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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