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Norway’s Gambling Monopoly System Safest for Players, Norwegian Gaming Authority Head Says

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Norway decided to retain the long-standing gambling monopoly model as it considered it was the one that would provide the safest environment for local players, Atle Hamar, Director General of the Norwegian Gaming Authority (Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet) said during the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The important event was opened on October 16, gathering together representatives of the gambling regulators of a number of regulated jurisdictions to discuss the current state and the future of the global gambling industry.

The Norwegian Gaming Authority’s head further said during this year’s edition of the IAGR’s annual conference that they are committed to protecting Norway’s regulated market against gray market operations.

It is important to note that gambling services in the Scandinavian country are currently provided by two state-run entities – Norsk Rikstoto, which is responsible for the nation’s horse racing industry, and Norsk Tipping, which runs different other non-horse racing gambling operations.

While international operators are not licensed and authorized to operate in the country, the local market, just as other Scandinavian markets, has long been particularly luring to a number of online gaming and betting brands.

The potential regulation of international remote gambling operations was previously discussed by Norwegian lawmakers, but it became known late last year that the country would keep its monopoly system.

 

Norway’s Decision to Keep the Status Quo

Last December, Norway’s Minister of Culture presented a white paper on the state of the country’s gambling industry. According to the report’s findings, there was no need for re-regulation of the local market and that the existing monopoly system had proved to be the most efficient one and that it should be maintained.

Norway is not the only Scandinavian country where regulated gambling services are provided by state-run organizations. Sweden and Finland have been maintaining a similar model for quite some time now. Denmark, on the other hand, regulated its market in 2012 in a manner that opened it for interested international operators. Facing growing pressure from the European Union, Sweden and Finland have also considered scrapping the monopoly model, but it is yet to be seen whether they will eventually part with the long-standing status quo.

Earlier this year, Swedish officials released the results from a probe into the country’s gambling industry. The report recommended the introduction of a licensing system that would allow international operators to operate in a regulated environment. It is believed that Sweden will prepare and enact the necessary legislation by early 2019. Sweden’s gray market has been growing exponentially in recent years and it is believed that it was that trend that triggered the eventual implementation of a new regulatory framework.

Unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, Norway is not part of the European Union, which means that lawmakers will not be facing outside pressure to nix the monopoly system and that it is only up to them to decide when and if it should be nixed.

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GambleAware awards £300,000 grant for new research into lived experiences of minority communities around gambling harms

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GambleAware has announced the outcome of its recent grant award process to improve knowledge of the lived experiences of minority communities – including minority ethnic, religion, and language groups – in relation to gambling and gambling harms.

The grant was awarded through a competitive process to two consortia: one led by Ipsos MORI and supported by researchers at the University of Manchester; and a second led by ClearView Research. Ipsos MORI will lead the research overall. The 18-month programme will harness the consortia’s strong understanding of the research aims, the communities themselves, and the underlying factors that can drive or exacerbate gambling harms amongst marginalised and socially excluded communities. The specific objectives of the research are to:

  1. Explore minority communities’ lived experience of gambling, gambling harms, and gambling advice and information, support, and treatment services
  2. Explore the drivers of gambling harms among minority communities in Great Britain, building on international research
  3. Identify the services, interventions, and policies necessary to reduce and prevent gambling harms among these communities

In recognition of the importance of this research, and the ambition of the collaborative consortium, GambleAware increased the grant award to £300,000, up from the £250,000 specified in the original call for proposals.

The final research report will be published in 2023, but interim reports will be available earlier. These will inform GambleAware’s wider five-year strategy that aims to achieve a society free from gambling harms for all communities.

Dr Jay St.John Levy, Research Lead at GambleAware, said: “The experiences of minority communities around gambling are at present under-researched in Great Britain, yet evidence suggests that these groups are more likely to experience harm from gambling, and less likely to access gambling treatment services, compared with white communities.

“We are very pleased to award this grant to these two consortia who together bring considerable expertise focussing on people’s nuanced lived realities. This will help explore why these communities experience a greater burden of harm, and how to break down the barriers preventing them from accessing services.

“This research will better ensure that GambleAware and others can commission a broad range of treatment and support services that work for minority ethnic, language, and religious communities. It is therefore an important step towards reducing the current inequalities in gambling harms.”

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TVBET goes live in Africa at eBet through Bitville Gaming

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TVBET and Bitville Gaming are now working together, thanks to a recently signed partnership. This new collaboration is a significant step towards the provider’s aim to gain a strong footprint within Africa. B2B provider of live games, and B2B development company Bitville Gaming have united under one goal — to provide the gaming market with the best products and services.

The provider of B2B online streaming games, TVBET, stays strong in pursuing its goals and continues to conclude win-to-win partnerships. This time, the new deal is a collaboration with the B2B development company Bitville Gaming. As part of the deal, a range of TVBET live games is already available at Bitville Gaming’s partner — eBet Swaziland.

eBet Swaziland is an operator offering a wide range of gaming activities. The portfolio of eBet includes betting on sports, like soccer, basketball, boxing, rugby, tennis, etc., virtual sports, a wide range of slots, lotteries, and so on. From now on, eBet players may enjoy TVBET’s chosen live games. The products available at eBet include some of the most popular B2B provider’s games, namely Fruitrace, 1Bet, Lucky6, WheelBet, 5Bet, 7Bet, Keno.

Bitville Gaming is a well-established development company with a highly qualified team of experts. It specializes in creating fixed-odds B2B products for the betting, gaming, and gambling industries. The company’s services also include B2B iframe betting solutions, portal, and free-standing pos wagering solutions, online and SMS wagering solutions, mobile-money wagering solutions, bespoke platform and product development, B2C product development. Originating from South Africa, the company has established itself very well worldwide.

“We believe that the addition of TVBET to our suite of products displays our ongoing commitment to bringing up-to-date, contemporary, and innovative solutions to the African i-Gaming landscape. This is just the beginning of many exciting solutions and products to come!” — says Andrew von Hoesslin, Managing Director of Bitville Gaming.

The partnership promises to be mutually beneficial for all parties. Cooperation between companies will help them strengthen their positions in the betting market and offer their partners new solutions.

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