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Green Man Gaming and subscription gaming service Utomik announce partnership

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Utomik, the unlimited play PC gaming subscription, announces its partnership with Green Man Gaming, the popular global multi-platform digital games store. Starting today, Green Man Gaming customers can buy prepaid Utomik subscriptions with a special deep launch discount on their online store.

Green Man Gaming offers additional payment options from more countries. This opens up Utomik to a new audience around the globe. It supports our mission to Unleash Gaming and bring more people in contact with games they might have missed. You can now buy a prepaid subscription to Utomik instead of the standard recurring model. It is also possible to gift a subscription to family, friends, and loved ones. The following Utomik subscription packages are now available here.

  1. -3 Months for $17.99 – €17,99 – £13.49
  2. -6 Months for $32.39 – €32,39 – £24.29 (10% Discount)
  3. -12 Months for $57.59 – €57,59 – £43.19 (20% Discount)

Utomik has also announced that March will bring a 26 new games to the platform. Below is a sneak peak at some of the amazing games, along with a video here that highlights the additions. Keep an eye out on their social media channels for more games to be added throughout the month.

  1. -Furi – Fight for your freedom against a chain of bosses in this stylish and mechanically polished mix of bullet hell with arcade-style dueling. With boss design by Takashi Okazaki, the creator of the Afro Samurai manga series. You better bring your A-game, Furi doesn’t kid around!
  2. -The Sexy Brutale – Don’t let the name fool you, The Sexy Brutale is a brilliant murder mystery game where you relive the same day over and over again, trying to stop guests from being murdered. Obtain clues and solve each murder through careful observation. This game truly stands out from its peers!
  3. -Dreamfall: The Longest Journey – Continue the saga started with The Longest Journey. Go on an epic journey across three worlds, with some of the most fascinating characters you will ever meet.
  4. -Lethal League – Step up to the plate and challenge your friends to a game of Lethal League! Play this baseball inspired fighting game locally with up to four players and see who can keep up as the intensity reaches critical levels. They hit a home run with this one, a true gem among fighting games!
  5. -Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition – Continue the storyline of Batman: Arkham Origins in a 2.5D side-scrolling package. Set three months later, an explosion at Blackgate prison has you investigating the escape of three criminal masterminds. Originally a handheld title, Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition has improved visuals and audio over the original game.

 

About Utomik 
Utomik Inc. is a USA and Dutch-based innovative startup founded in September 2014 by a highly experienced management team with over 70 years of combined game industry experience. The company’s new online PC gaming subscription service offers unlimited gaming for a fixed monthly fee. Its unique technology makes playing games as easy as listening to music on Spotify, or watching a movie on Netflix.

Utomik-powered games start in one easy click and continue to load to a user’s PC while they play. Utomik downloads a small part to the hard disk, enough to start playing fast. The rest loads to the PC while playing. Get 100% original games, no video streaming. For more information, head to their website.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Russian Online Casinos Supply the Donbass Separatists

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Pro-Russian separatist groups of the Donbass War (Eastern Ukraine) receive material funds from illegal gambling business, states a recent article published in the Russian Sobesednik magazine. According to article, part of the illegal profits of the online casinos is used to finance the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

As reported by GC Alor analysts, the black turnover of these Russian online casinos is around 200 billion RUR (2,725,065,200.00 Euro). The Majority of these online casinos are registered in foreign administrations, like Azino777 being registered in Curacao.

As experts say, many online casinos are physically based in Ukraine, where the legislation is slightly more loyal than Russian. It is allowed, for example, to develop gaming software for third-party customers. Lucky Labs company, which is linked to the online casino “Vulcan”, operates in Ukraine as software developer.

According to the Security Service of Ukraine, which conducted searches at the office of the company lately, Lacky Labs also controls the websites of CasinoX and Joycasino. The company’s office is big. It is a 4-storey building designed for 150 people. There is also a basement area where there is a kitchen and a dining room, a gym.

Lucky Labs was founded by two Russians. Because of the sanctions imposed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, now they are not allowed to enter the country. However, Lucky Labs continues to exist. Now the company is registered by an Ukrainian citizen.

If some of the profits of illegal online casino go to pro-Russian patriotic purposes, it becomes clear why Roskomnadzor does not block their Internet addresses. The correspondent of “Sobesednik” managed to access the mentioned online casinos without any obstacles, using no VPN or “mirrors”.

 

Source: sobesednik.ru

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Poland: Accepted Changes In Taxes, Including Gambling

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Poland’s lower house (Sejm) has voted down five Senate amendments to a comprehensive amendment to several tax bills, including gambling.

The adopted amendments may be applied retroactively, which is to the income earned from January 1 2018.
Gamblers will be treated in a uniform manner after the changes.

Adopted by the Sejm on May 10th of this year extensive amendment to the Personal Income Tax Act (PIT), the Corporate Income Tax Act (CIT) and the Act on flat-rate income tax on certain revenues earned by natural persons; that all winnings on machines will be exempt from PIT, the tax relief for creators will be extended to the next creative professions, the real estate income tax will be larger. This applies to provisions adopted last autumn and effective from January 1st 2018.

Unlike the regulations adopted in autumn, the amendment assumes for example, that participants of legal gambling will be treated in a uniform manner. Regardless of whether the games are organized by casino operators or a company performing a state monopoly in this area, which would be Totalizator Sportowy. In line with the provisions changed by the Sejm and approved by the Senate on Thursday, winnings in slot machine games, card games, dice games and cylindrical games – regardless of which legally operating entities organize them – will be exempt from personal income tax.

In the remaining scope, the rules of taxing winnings (in numerical games, cash lotteries, mutual bets, etc.) are to remain unchanged in relation to the provisions currently in force. Pursuant to the amendment of October 27th 2017, winnings in gambling are subject to a l0% PIT tax on winning if their one-time value of winning exceeds PLN 2,280 (528 Euro).

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Bulgaria’s Gambling Advertising Bill awaits EC Green Light

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Bulgaria’s gambling law amendments are waiting for the approval of the European Commission before they cam com into effect, announced the country’s Committee on Budget and Finance.

The Committee expressed their accord by saying that the gambling law was already once ratified by the European Commission, this meaning tha any future reforms and additions to its existing provisions will have to be given a formal consent by European commissioners. Bulgaria may face sanctions from the EU, if it fails to provide the newly introduced gambling-focused bill for an EC review.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance will now have to prepare the necessary documentation and notify the Commission about the proposed changes to its gambling law.

EU commissioners will then have three months to review the legislative piece to determine whether it is in line with European regulations. If the bill survives the three-month standstill period and gains enough traction in the nation’s legislature, there would be no more hurdles before its enactment.

The legislative piece, authored and sponsored by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov and his party, the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, was introduced this spring. The bill aims to curb the aggressive promotion of scratchcards and other lottery and gambling products and services and to limit significantly the number of facilities where scracthcards can be purchased from.

Bulgaria’s regulated gambling market was worth BGN3 billion (approximately $1.9 billion) last year and represented around 3% of the country’s GDP. The local gambling industry has been going from strength to strength over the past several years, with its rapid growth being driven mainly by the rising scratchcards sales.If approved in its current form, Minster Simenov’s bill would restrict the direct and indirect advertising of scratchcards and other lottery-style games across different media outlets. However, lottery and totalizator draws would still be broadcast on television and the names and of games would still be allowed to be mentioned across media.

Minister Simeonov has also clarified previously that while draws and the names of different lottery games would not be banned from television, winners in such games would no longer be shown under the new bill.

 

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

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