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Swintt granted permission to operate in the UK

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Leading online casino software supplier announces much-anticipated licensing agreement to bring its award-winning catalogue of games to players at UKGC-regulated platforms

Innovative software supplier, Swintt, is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application for a UK license, meaning players at UKGC-regulated platforms will soon be able to enjoy its extensive collection of award-winning video slots and live casino games.

Having been founded in 2019, Swintt has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the iGaming industry over the past few years and now boasts a rich and varied catalogue of over 140 state-of-the-art releases. Such has the studio’s impact been in that short space of time that the company was named Innovation in Mobile winner at the EGR B2B Awards in 2022 in recognition of its ground-breaking product offering.
Now that the company has gained approval to distribute its games in the UK, Swintt will continue with its over-arching strategy to expand into regulated markets worldwide and bring its titles to a vast new audience, many of whom may not yet be familiar with the studio’s pioneering range of bonus features.

As part of the first phase of the launch, Swintt will unveil a couple of titles in its signature Xtra range of slots, Aloha Spirit XtraLockTM and Mystic Bear XtraHoldTM, as well as the popular mobile-first release, Candy Gold. Boasting trademark features such as jackpot Tiki Spins, locking re-spins and purchasable block-busting power-ups, all three titles will offer a totally unique slot experience to UK-based players.

This popular trio of games will be further complimented by the release of a title that will no doubt strike a chord with casino fans in the country – The Crown starring Vinnie Jones. Featuring a celebrity appearance from the former Welsh international footballer turned actor and philanthropist, The Crown sees players put together a crew as they prepare for a daring heist on London’s famous jewels.

The first slot in the Swintt catalogue to feature multiple base game locations, The Crown allows players to play at one of four different venues, each of which boasts its own signature wild and bonus feature. Should they land three or more jewel scatter symbols at any location, they’ll also trigger the Crown Caper feature, where they’ll be able to collect up to 12 Free Spins with a maximum 7x prize multiplier.

The Crown should prove to be a big hit with fans of the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movie and will certainly provide plenty of entertainment as Swintt continues to roll out the rest of its releases across the UK.

David Mann, Chief Executive Office at Swintt, said: “Swintt is thrilled to be able to announce the issuance  of a UK licence that will enable us to share our incredible collection of games with players at UKGC-licensed platforms for the very first time.
“While we should be able to announce the first of our UK partners shortly, in the meantime I can assure players that it won’t be long until they’re able to access some of our award-winning titles and experience the features that have helped us become one of the leading software providers.”

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UKGC Fines Betway £400,000 for Marketing on Children’s Webpages

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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.”

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STATEMENT FROM LIVESPINS

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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.

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Swedish Gambling Regulator Orders Unlicensed Casineia to Exit Market

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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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