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Kindred Group Intends to Appeal Fine from Norwegian Regulator

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The Kindred Group is going to appeal the fine imposed by Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteritilsynet.

The company is facing a fine of NOK 1.2m ($111,902) per day from 5 October for allegedly conducting unlicensed operations in Norway.

But Kindred has remained defiant. Earlier this year, Lotteritilsynet ordered the group to “cease and desist” or else face a fine.

Kindred’s Maltese subsidiary Trannel stands accused of allowing Norwegian customers to gamble, which according to Lotteritilsynet, violates Norway’s strict monopoly.

In response to the order, the group lodged an appeal, but this was rejected by the Oslo District Court. Nevertheless, Kindred has continued to operate as usual.

Events have now come to a head; Lotteritilsynet has followed through on its threat to impose a sanction fee, but the group intends to once again appeal.

“We will appeal the decision of Lotteritilsynet regarding the issuance of this sanction fee and will continue operating as usual, as long as the legal process is ongoing,” Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred, said.

Tjärnström went on to dispute the claim that Kindred even has operations in Norway, remarking: “We are licensed in Malta and believe that Norwegian customers under current European economic legislation have the right to play on foreign sites if they wish.”

Despite Kindred’s lack of success thus far in Norway’s legal system, Tjärnström is more optimistic regarding the group’s latest appeal.

“It is local courts in Norway that have ruled so far, and it is difficult to get the point across in the first points of call. But this is a bigger issue than just for those courts. It will show with the appeal where this ends up,” he said.

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AUSTRAC Launches SkyCity Adelaide Penalty Proceedings

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The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre is launching civil penalty proceedings against SkyCity Adelaide for alleged serious and systemic anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing failures.

AUSTRAC is looking into the operator after an enforcement investigation into SkyCity in June last year. The investigation was a result of an AUSTRAC industry-wide compliance campaign that began in September 2019.

The government agency alleges that SkyCity Adelaide failed to appropriately assess the money laundering and terrorism financing risks it faced, including the likelihood and impact of those risks, and to identify and respond to changes in risk over time.

SkyCity also allegedly did not include in its AML/CTF programmes appropriate risk-based systems and controls to mitigate the risks to which SkyCity was exposed.

AUSTRAC thirdly alleges, among more claims, that SkyCity did not conduct appropriate ongoing customer due diligence on a range of customers who presented higher money laundering risks.

AUSTRAC deputy CEO Peter Soros said: “The requirement for regulated entities to have appropriate AML/CTF controls and systems in place is not optional and should be taken seriously by all businesses regulated by AUSTRAC.

“AUSTRAC continues to work with SkyCity to ensure it complies with its obligations under the AML/CTF Act and to ensure it continues to meet its obligations in the future.”

Soros said the ruling – the third civil penalty proceeding AUSTRAC has brought against businesses operating in the casino sector – “should serve as a warning.”

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More CT Interactive Games and Jackpot with Certificate for Spain

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More CT Interactive’s games and the Hot Luck jackpot were certified for the territory of Spain.

“We are proud to announce that 10 more games of our content have been certificated for a region as important as the Spanish. This certificate proves the quality of our games that were created to meet the highest industry’s standards,” commented Milena Tsankarska, Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive.

The new list of games includes the hit titles Wizard Blizzard; Monkey Sevens; Pick the Pig; Three Nymphs; Big Joker; Dark Woods; Fluftails; Full of Luck; Hot 7’s X 2 and Lord of Luck.

“The certified content is distinguished by sharp visuals, enthralling sounds, and great bonuses. The 3-level interactive jackpot Hot Luck is an excellent tool for operators that allows players to randomly unlock mystery prices. It is created to increase the customer’s engagement and excitement during the game,” said Milena Tsankarska.

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Dutch Gaming Authority Takes Action Over Unauthorised World Cup Marketing Breaches

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The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) is extra alert to unauthorised activities by providers of games of chance. The rules are clear, but providers of gambling activities seem to push the boundaries here and there.

The Ksa has approached two online operators about advertising in a game in which people can create a World Cup pool. This is not allowed. This is to prevent people who are interested in games, mostly young people, from being tempted by advertisements to participate in games of chance. The gambling operators have stopped doing this.

In the past week, a number of providers of games of chance were once again held accountable for the prohibited use of role models in advertising or sponsorship. The name or logo of a gambling company cannot be in the same communication as the image, voice or name of a role model. This also applies to sponsoring an event or TV programme. These providers have been summoned to stop the violation and have complied.

In addition, the Ksa addressed a party (refers to another website) for advertising bets on a match while that match was in progress. That is not allowed to prevent impulsive behavior among viewers of those matches. The provider immediately stopped the violation. A local café where bets were organized on the matches of the Dutch national team also had to deal with the Ksa. This form of betting is an illegal game of chance, and that is not allowed. The café immediately stopped offering the bets.

In total, 14 warnings have been issued in recent weeks around the World Cup.

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