Georgia Bans 1.45 Million People from Gambling
A new decree approved last year has banned well over a million people from participating in gambling in Georgia. The law, which follows the introduction of new online casino restrictions, bans under 25s, public employees, the socially vulnerable and those blacklisted by courts from gambling.
Minister of finance Lasha Khutsishvili said 1.45 million citizens are now banned from gambling, including people who are self-excluding. The new law came into effect this month after being approved by prime minister Irakli Garibashvili last year.
Last month, Garibashvili approved another batch of restrictions to tighten the country’s gambling laws. One of the measures will be to ring-fence online casino licences so they can be held only by land-based casinos based in Georgia.
That would make Adjara Group, Crystalbet and Iveria the only operators that can hold online casino licences. However, in addition, the government plans to offer a licence for exclusive rights to operate online casino for a fee of €1.6m.
Last year, the government presented plans to introduce separate gaming licences for specific verticals so that operators would no longer be able to expand into different verticals with no need for an additional permit. The annual permit fees for each of the business types (online casino, slots and betting) were to be set at €35,580.
All gambling advertising on TV, websites and public places has also been banned, and gambling taxes have been raised. Another batch of measures that are expected to be imposed includes a ban on casinos on ships.
The government says the measures are designed to bring the country in line with the EU expectations as it seeks to enter the bloq, although there is no EU ban on gambling advertising or prohibiting certain people from participating.
Gaming Corps granted official Sweden licence
Agreement will run for five years as Gaming Corps adds home country to growing list of licenced territories
Up-and-coming games developer Gaming Corps has received permission from the Swedish Gaming Authority to manage gaming software in its native Sweden.
The licence will be valid for five years, and this development meets the requirement that all gaming software suppliers must hold a licence by 1 July to offer their services in Sweden.
Gaming Corps is a Swedish games developer with a background in video games that is now experiencing growth in the iGaming sector. Its diverse portfolio consists of premium Crash, Mine, Table and Slot games, as well as a certified Plinko. This includes a range of successful titles, such as Coin Miner, Penalty Champion, Jet Lucky 2, Raging Zeus Mines & Aztec Bonus Pot.
Sweden will be added to the growing list of territories where Gaming Corps is approved, after meeting requirements and securing licences in Gibraltar, the Netherlands, Greece, Estonia and Spain.
Juha Kauppinen, Gaming Corps’ CEO, said: “It is gratifying for us that more and more markets are moving towards regulation, and we are pleased to become an official licensee in Sweden as we continue to grow the number of markets where players can enjoy our premium game content.
“The new licence regulations in Sweden are a very positive step to help protect players and promote safer gambling, and we are very happy to offer our games to players in line with these new regulations as a licensed games developer.”
UKGC Imposes £490,000 Fine on PPB
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has imposed a fine of £490,000 on PPB Counterparty Services Limited, trading as Paddy Power and Betfair, for sending promotional push notifications to devices linked to customers who had self-excluded.
On 21 November 2021, the operator’s app distributed an offer of enhanced odds for bets on an English Premier League football match to devices either linked to accounts that were GAMSTOP registered or devices linked to accounts that were self-excluded with the Licensee.
This action breached Commission rules requiring gambling businesses to take all reasonable steps to prevent any marketing material being sent to a self-excluded customer, and to take steps to remove the name and details of a self-excluded individual from any marketing databases within two days of receiving the completed self-exclusion notification.
Kay Roberts, Gambling Commission Executive Director of Operations, said: “Although there is no evidence the marketing was intentional, nor that all the people with apps saw the notification or that self-excluded customers were allowed to gamble, we take such breaches seriously.
“We would advise all operators to learn from the operator’s failures and ensure their systems are robust enough to always prevent self-excluded customers from being sent promotional material.”
Entain Partnership with TAB New Zealand Receives Government Approval
Entain plc announced that its strategic partnership with TAB New Zealand (TAB NZ) has received approval from the New Zealand Minister for Racing.
As announced on 28 March 2023, the 25-year strategic partnership terms include a total consideration payable by Entain and an ongoing gross profit share arrangement.
Subject to conditions of completion, the strategic partnership is expected to commence on 1 June 2023.
Dean Shannon, CEO of Entain Australia, said: “We are delighted and honoured to have received Ministerial approval to finalise the strategic partnering agreement between TAB NZ and Entain Australia.
“We believe this 25-year strategic partnering arrangement will be a game-changer for sports betting in New Zealand and we are pleased that it will help provide significant financial benefits to the three New Zealand racing codes and the vast array of national sporting organisations.
“Entain is a business built on innovation and being customer focused and we look forward to connecting further with the great team at TAB NZ to introduce a range of new world class products, services and player safety tools to the loyal TAB NZ customer base.”
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