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KSA Chair René Jansen Says Illegal Online Gambling Significantly Reduced in the Netherlands

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René Jansen, Chairman of the Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA), has said that illegal online gambling has been significantly reduced in the Netherlands since the executive board’s new enforcement policy was introduced.

Jansen said that the sites of 158 illegal providers have been investigated in recent months. It was established that 142 of them have taken measures to prevent Dutch players from accessing their sites – as a result of which their supply is no longer accessible from the Netherlands.

Follow-up investigations and possible sanctioning action are required at 16 sites. A number of these 16 sites were already off the air for the Netherlands after an order subject to penalise was announced. After 1 October, it appeared that a number of large providers without a licence had discontinued their offer in the Netherlands.

In his speech, René Jansen commented: “This was exactly the intention of the new law: the legal offer had to push the illegal offer away. With legal providers, the player is assured of a fair game and attention to preventing gambling addiction.”

He also commented on recent concerns about advertising, saying that he is “disappointed in the fact that the gaming sector has not been able to muster the control that has been requested.”

The chairman went on to add that the KSA is currently processing 30 licence applications after a surge in the last week of March, most likely linked to the country’s cooling-off period which was set to expire on 1 April.

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Georgian Govt to Introduce Permit Requirement for Specific Online Gambling Operations

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Online gambling businesses – including online casinos, slot machines and betting – will be subject to mandatory permits for specific types of operation, following the Georgian government’s reveal of amendments to the relevant law on Monday.

According to the bill, online casino permits will be issued only to casino holders, with online slot machine permits likewise granted only to slot machine holders and betting permits issued only for holders of betting businesses.

The amendments seek to replace the current regulations that allow online gambling businesses to add different types of operations without acquiring additional permits.

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NOVOMATIC Attains G4 Certificate in Italy and Spain

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NOVOMATIC has announced that it has been certified in Italy and Spain for its player protection and the protection of minors by the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4).

For NOVOMATIC, as an international operator of gaming venues as well as a globally exporting technology supplier, Responsible Gaming has always been a top priority. Following the certifications already achieved by the top-selling subsidiaries in Austria, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, the G4 certification in Italy and Spain now underlines NOVOMATIC’s position as a leading supplier of Responsible Gaming in these core markets, as well.

Johannes Gratzl, Member of the Executive Board of NOVOMATIC, said: “The successful G4 certification according to the highest international player protection standard now also in Italy and Spain is a remarkable success for us and proves the high importance of player and youth protection at NOVOMATIC.”

Ryszard Presch, his colleague in the Executive Board of NOVOMATIC, added: “As an operator of international casinos and a globally exporting technology supplier, compliance with the strictest Responsible Gaming standards and our commitment to social responsibility are an essential part of our corporate strategy. The certifications in Italy and Spain are further milestones on the chosen path, which will be consistently implemented as we move forward.”

Ynze Remmers, Lead Auditor at G4, said: “G4, as a worldwide accreditation program, urges the gambling industry to take responsibility and minimize the impact of problem gambling on communities. NOVOMATIC, successfully passing audits in their five biggest markets and the Netherlands, with the most recent successful audits in Italy and Spain is showing that the chosen route is working. NOVOMATIC demonstrates that Responsible Gambling and harm minimization is a top priority.”

NOVOMATIC was the first Austrian gaming company to be certified according to the internationally recognised standard, which is considered the strictest in the field of player protection worldwide. The fact that the majority of the Group’s revenues are already certified according to G4 is also unique in the industry. Every three years, the relevant standards are audited in line with the latest scientific findings on the basis of around 100 criteria from all business areas – these include, for example, internal guidelines on prevention training, player and youth protection measures, responsible marketing activities, customer education on the risks of gambling, and self-limitation or blocking options.

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Lady Luck Games Group secures B2B UKGC licence

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ReelNRG Limited, part of the LL Lucky Games AB Group of companies has obtained its B2B United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) licence.

By securing this licence the company is now able to distribute both Lady Luck Games and ReelNRG content to a host of leading operators via its own platform.

Players will be able to enjoy Lady Luck Games’ top-performing titles The Treasures of Tizoc, Beetle Bailey and Astro Anna, as well as its latest release SpinJoy Society Megaways. Top ReelNRG titles such as Dark Spells, Genie`s Gold and Mr. Mostacho will also be available to play.

The UKGC processes every application with the highest attention to detail and is recognised globally as one of the highest bars of entry for a gaming company. Receiving a UKGC licence will allow Lady Luck Games to continue their impressive growth and build upon new and existing partnerships with leading operators.

Mads Jørgensen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LL Lucky Games AB said: “Securing a UKGC gaming licence is a significant moment for our company. We are now able to provide our premium gaming content to our partners in the world`s preeminent and established market, the United Kingdom. This is a moment we`ve all been waiting for, and to see this finally happening is a massive achievement and will open many new doors for Lady Luck Games.”

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