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Russian ICO-Investors unwanted in Lithuania

George Miller

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The first months of 2018 saw a real boom of the cryptocurrency industry in Lithuania. Local regulators stated that investments in ICOs might have much to do with Russian criminal money to launder illicit funds.

Marius Jurgilas from the board of the Bank of Lithuania has made a remarkable statement on the country’s economic development in the sphere of initial coin offerings or ICOs. As reported by Politico, the official doesn’t view the Russian capital ‘infiltrating into the local economy’ as anything good.

We are constantly reminding everyone about the risks … ‘I don’t want to see 70 percent of your investors in your ICO coming from Russia’’, siad Marius Jurgilas.

The Baltic country has been turning into a large ICO and crypto startup hub. For instance, last week saw the launch of Lithuanian platform for legally secure ICOs. Statistics show that local projects attract no less than 10% of global ICO investments.

George Miller 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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Five Latvian Gambling Operators Sign Responsible Gambling Agreement

Niji Narayan

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Five gambling operators have signed an agreement to improve the responsible gaming standards in Latvia. The five operators are Paf (Pafbet in Latvia), Betsafe, Optibet, 11.lv and Feniksscasino.

“Among other things, we will introduce facilities for self-tests, deposit limits, the closing of specific game categories, proactive information on responsible gaming and a whole host of other measures. It will be a clear improvement on what the gambling law in Latvia requires,” Rihards Streikis, Paf’s manager in Latvia said.

“Paf’s licensed brand in Latvia, Pafbet, may currently have a small part of the market but we have the most developed responsible gaming. We are an example for the other operators,” Rihards Streikis said.

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Synot Games Signs Deal with Latvian Operator 11.lv

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SYNOT Games has signed a deal with 11.lv, the leading online casino in Latvia. As per the deal, the customers of 11.lv can play SYNOT Games’ hot and infernal Hell Mania, classic fruity slot Respin Joker and many more.

“We are excited to expand our portfolio in the Baltic area and bring our games through such a strong partner as 11.lv on this market,” Ivan Kodaj, CEO of SYNOT Games said.

“We are very pleased to release SYNOT Games content to our customers. We believe in providing our players with the biggest possible choice of Latvia certified casino content and letting them choose what games they prefer. We are confident that SYNOT Games will quickly acquire their place in our customers’ list of preferences. We have seen content with land-based presence in the market gaining online traction quite fast,” Janis Tregers, CEO and Founder of 11.lv said.

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Latvian Government Supports Gambling Tax Hike

Niji Narayan

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Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has supported the Finance Ministry’s proposed Law amendments on Lotteries and Gambling Fee and Tax, providing for an increase in gambling tax next year.

The existing tax for gambling machines is EUR 4164. In 2020, it will be EUR 6000. The law amendments will also increase the gambling tax rate for roulette, cards and dice games from EUR 23400 to EUR 28080.

It is also planned to change gambling tax revenue division between the state and municipal budgets, providing gambling tax revenue – 90% for the state budget and 10% to budgets of municipalities in which gambling is organised. The current ratio is 75% for the state budget and 25% for municipal budgets.

Raising the tax rate by 44% or EUR 6000 per gambling machines, it is expected the number of gambling machine numbers to decline by 5% – from 8680 to 8247 per year.

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