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Slovakia plans on adopting a new gambling law

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Slovakia has recently submitted a new draft legislation to the European Commission that aims to introduce some major changes in the way the country regulates the gambling industry. Joining the recent trend that has swept throughout Europe, Slovakia aims to liberalize the gambling market with the new draft and effectively make it easier for international companies to offer their services to the Slovakian market. The draft Act on Gambling was submitted to EC by the Slovak Ministry of Finance on July 25, 2018. EC has three months to review the proposal, during which time the draft will be in a standstill, meaning it will not be able to take effect.

The new draft lets the state keep monopoly over some gambling activities while allowing international companies to enter the market in others

As reported by Casinopånett.eu, similarly to what Sweden is planning, Slovakia will allow the national provider – Tipos, to maintain its monopoly in certain parts of the industry, like the provision of online lottery and bingo. On the other hand, international companies will be able to offer the customers online casino games but to do so they will have to obtain licenses from the regulators. The authorities have been open about the fact that they are actively studying the experience of other European countries with similar matters to base their decisions on. Representatives from the government commented that the regulators want to take “the technological progress and the findings of regulatory authorities in other European countries into account more fully.”

Some of the other changes considered in the draft include allowing Slovak municipalities more authority when it comes to regulating gambling activities. It will be up to the judgment of local authorities to determine whether to allow land-based gambling activity on their territories or not. This piece of legislation might appease the critics of the gambling industry. Furthermore, the draft proposes establishing a separate regulatory body to oversee the gambling industry. The Regulatory Office of Gambling will be tasked with this as well as issuing the licenses to the companies.

The authorities see the deregulation as a second wave after the country cracked down on illegal gambling providers. Peter Papanek, who is the head of the Association of Betting Companies of the Slovak Republic commented: “The state began blocking illegal companies. But that was only the first step. Now comes the second, clear rules for everyone – anyone who wants to offer online casino games will be able to do so if they meet the prescribed conditions.” Furthermore, he emphasized the need of liberalization as a means to stifle the illegal activities saying: “Experience from abroad shows that, if the state wants to intervene against tax evasion and illegal gambling, it must go through the liberalisation of the market and the setting of fair conditions, inter alia, to motivate operators to operate legally.”

The Remote Gaming Association criticizes the new draft

RGA has openly expressed that the new draft will attract more international operators, which is good for the industry. On the other hand, the organization would have liked the draft to go even further with its liberal approach. For example, RGA commented that the proposed licensing fees would be almost ten times higher than those of the neighboring countries, which would put Slovakia at a competitive disadvantage and discourage many international operators from entering the market. Furthermore, the organization criticized the fact that the issue of sports betting licenses is delayed for a year after the rest of the market is deregulated. “We argue that this provision is discriminatory against European companies, is not based on sound public-policy objectives, and is effectively aimed to protect local sports betting licensees from competition,” – Pierre Tournier, the RGA’s director of government relations commented on the issue.

Full article available here: https://casinopånett.eu/nyheter/slovakia-planlegger-ny-gamblinglov/

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CEEGC2019 Speaker Profile (Hungary Briefing): Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest)

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Leading Hungarian Lawyer to explain the current situation and what is to be expected in the Hungarian gambling industry at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

As announced earlier, the Hungarian gambling industry briefing will be part of the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion at CEEGC2019 and will be joined by leading experts of the industry.

The briefing about the jurisdiction will be presented by Gábor Helembai, Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest, who will once again share the insights he has on the what is to be expected in the upcoming period in Hungary. The panel discussion is important for operators and service providers who can have a direct impact on the market or harvest from their investments.

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

 

About Gábor Helembai

Gábor is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in the Budapest office of Bird & Bird. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters.

Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector.

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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Swintt premieres market leading games suite for Central Europe

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Swintt, the innovative B2B casino games provider today announced that it has signed a long-term agreement to distribute established Central-European land-based game titles across its client base.

Swintt CEO, David Flynn commented on the agreement “At Swintt our focus is to deliver solutions and content for our customers which help them grow in their chosen target markets. This partnership agreement will provide an initial portfolio of 20 recognized, leading games which hold a significant land-based market share in Central-Europe. “

Flynn continued: “The partnership agreement enables an online premiere for this leading content. Given its recognized position in the local land-based market, I’m confident it will be a successful partnership for all involved. “

The new games, including such titles as Master of BooksTM and Heart of EarthTM are available for demonstration online at www.swintt.com.
For further information or to set up a meeting, with the Swintt team email: letsdothis@swintt.com

 

About Swintt:
Swintt is the innovative new star in the I-gaming market with the goal to become a leading digital gaming provider. Headquartered in Malta, with a staff of more than 70 employees and partnerships globally, Swintt delivers quality games built on local knowledge and data. We strive to build lasting relationships and increase player engagement through innovations in game design and retention tools. Our philosophy is to create sustainable gaming products delivered for a new generation of player.
For more information about Swintt visit: www.swintt.com

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Casino Fortuna Installs Konami’s Opus Slot Machine

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Slovenia’s Casino Fortuna has installed Konami Gaming’s Opus video slot cabinet. Opus cabinet made its European debut with two integrated progressive games, both based on popular Konami classics: Solstice Celebration and Riches with Daikoku.

The machine’s launch was celebrated at the same time Casino Fortuna is commemorating its 10th anniversary. The machines provide an immersive gaming experience with a 65ins, 4K Ultra HD display.

“Casino Fortuna is always seeking fresh opportunities to give its guests a new dimension of entertainment and excitement. We are thrilled that Konami’s Opus cabinet and debut Triple Sparkle series was able to be part of Casino Fortuna’s anniversary, marking an important milestone for the company and for the larger European gaming industry,” Eduardo Aching, vice president, international gaming operations at Konami said.

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