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Italy to issue online gambling licenses before Christmas

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Italy’s ongoing process of license issuing will culminate by this year end. The officials in the country’s gambling regulator Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) are checking and verifying the documents provided by the gambling companies as part of the license application process. It is very much likely that licenses will be issued before Christmas this year. The licenses will be valid through 31 December 2022.

News from Italy arrives just as the country is gearing up for a recently approved ban on all forms of gambling advertising. The ban, promoted by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, will come into force 1 January 2019.

Italy’s gambling regulator ADM launched the application process for online gaming and betting licenses in January after months of delays. Said process was originally expected to be launched last September.

The original plan of the ADM was to provide 12 licenses. The one-off application fee was €200,000. The amount of €24 million was thus expected to enter Italy’s coffers only from the application process.

However, only 70 companies applied for 80 licenses overall were submitted.

 

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Lottoland Announces The 4th Biggest Global Jackpot In History

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MegaMillions jackpot rolls to 654m USD – and could reach a record $BILLION by the end of the week

One lucky Brit could be in line to claim a near 500million (GBP) prize* this week after Lottoland announced its second ever largest Mega Millions jackpot.

This week’s top prize has reached a whopping 654m in USD to become the 4th largest jackpot in history – and is just two rollovers away from reaching an eye watering $1billion.

UK Lottoland players keen to claim one of the world’s biggest prize pots ever – equal to £497,206,770 in sterling* – can do so via the online betting company.

Nigel Birrell, CEO at Lottoland, said: “As ‘landmark’ moments go this week has already brought us a few, and has the potential to deliver a great deal more.

“We are pretty well versed in dealing with ‘lifechanging’ moments here at Lottoland, but to be talking about hundreds of millions – and potentially in billions – it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.”

“We haven’t seen hysteria like this surrounding a jackpot since the Powerball reached $1billion in 2016,” Nigel added.

“Make no mistake, this is a once in a lifetime moment that is about to make somebody’s dreams out there come true – believe it, you might just be the one to achieve it.”

The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling over since the 27th July and will continue to rise until it is won, with the overall total topping $1billion by the end of the week if not claimed beforehand.

About Lottoland:

Lottoland has grown rapidly to become a world leader in online lotto. Innovation, coupled with the freedom to offer players a unique and enhanced lottery experience, has been key to the company’s success. In June 2018, Lottoland paid out €90 million to one lucky winner in Germany – this win has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest online gambling payout. This is also the biggest payout for Lottoland to date.

The Gibraltar-based business is active in 13 markets, has over 350 employees, and more than 8 million customers worldwide. Lottoland is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office, the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli in Italy and the Northern Territory’s Racing Commission in Australia.

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Betsoft Gaming signs deal with Supergame

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Betsoft Gaming, a Malta-based producer of igaming products, has signed a content partnership with Belgian casino operator Supergame. The comprehensive agreement will provide for the integration of a wide range of Betsoft titles complying with the regulations of Belgian Gaming Commission’s.

Headquartered in Antwerp, Supergame built its reputation in land-based casino over several decades, before entering Belgium’s tightly-regulated online market in 2013. Since then, the operator has distinguished itself from the competition through a commitment to world-class customer support and an emphasis on the casino user experience. As a B+ license holder, certain restrictions apply to the content that Supergame can offer to Belgian players, as Annamaria Anastasi, Marketing Director for Betsoft explains:

“The Belgian regulated market is complex, with various license tiers that govern the way games can be promoted and played. For Supergame, this meant finding a content partner who is agile and experienced enough to make sensitive adjustments to core mechanics, themes, and features to ensure that their games comply with regulations and resonate with the region’s players.”

The agreement also lays the foundation for future Betsoft game integrations, with further content also being adjusted for the Belgian market.

“Working with Betsoft, you feel straight away that they are a very professional company,” says Manou Coutard, Product Manager at Supergame. “Our team have been big fans of Betsoft’s games for some time. Their titles are visually stunning, and their 3D art is amongst the very best in the business. But more than that, we were thrilled to find a partner capable of adjusting their content to meet our unique requirements. We are confident that Betsoft will help elevate our casino to the next level.”

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A lively discussion on cards at inaugural social responsibility exchange

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Simon Bradbury, Head of Social Responsibility and Compliance at Bacta, has predicted a lively discussion at the Association’s Social Responsibility (SR) Exchange initiative. He bases his prediction on the high level of positive feedback so far. The SR Exchange, scheduled on 21 November, will focus on encouraging best practice and has already garnered support from many professionals operating in the field of Social Responsibility.

The free-to-attend event will break new ground by encouraging operators to bring their front-line staff to play their part in the discussions and workshops, guaranteeing a real world perspective. Simon will be playing a key role in the proceedings, including delivery of the welcome address and facilitating a session about dementia. Simon joined bacta four years ago, having previously retired as an Inspector in the police service. He leads the SR and compliance teams and still works with bacta members in the Midlands, the North West and Lincolnshire and Yorkshire regions. Simon also provides adjudication in gambling disputes.

Anticipating a highly productive event Simon explains: “I am excited by bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange. It will feature some interesting guest speakers on safer gambling issues and those from the industry with a social responsibility perspective. There is a focus on customer-facing staff but we also anticipate representation from operators, manufacturers and suppliers. Those attending will also have an opportunity to attend workshops and discussions around a number of subjects including self exclusion, safeguarding and supporting individuals who experience problem gambling. We hope to provide an interesting day where we can share good practice in the workplace and promote social responsibility,” confirms Simon.

Social Responsibility and protecting people from gambling-related harm are at the very heart of bacta and it is anticipated that the involvement of front-line staff in the event will facilitate a valuable two-way exchange of ideas and experience.

Those wishing to participate in this exciting event should contact Linda Malcolm at bacta on +44(0)20 7730 6444 or at Lindam@bacta.org.uk

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