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Albanian government decides to shut down casinos and betting houses

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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced that the government is going to shut down all casinos and bookmakers in residential areas.

After the government’s meeting he announced: “Starting from 31st December 2018, all online casinos will cease to exist and this news will be more than welcomed by Albanian families.”

He added that bookmakers will also be subject to the new deadline.

“Starting from January 1st, no bookmakers and no online casinos will be open for business inside residential areas of the territory of Albania”, Mr. Rama said.

He said that a licensed and controlled online gambling regime will be introduced: “A new regime will be in place until December 31st in order to license and control this activity remotely through the internet.”

Rama also said that media broadcasting adverts of a gambling nature, will be penalised or even shut down.

“The current law forbids advertising of bookmakers and gambling and this law has been violated by all media without exception, therefore I am warning them that they have 24 hours to remove all adverts of this nature”.

The government has also suspended the Gambling Commission, ostensibly for digital transformation.

 

Source: balkaneu.com

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Microgaming Signs Distribution Agreement with Neko Games

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Microgaming has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games.

The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020, joining hundreds of new games being added throughout the year by the supplier’s diverse roster of exclusive independent studios and content partners.

“Video bingo games are particularly popular in LATAM, and the team at Neko Games have done a tremendous job with their debut title, Super Showball. We are pleased to welcome the studio to our content aggregation platform and look forward to working with them on further diversifying our portfolio for Microgaming customers worldwide,” Leon Thomas, Commercial Director of Microgaming, said.

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Bertrand Méheut Steps Down as President of PMU

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Bertrand Méheut has stepped down from his position as president of the French sports and horse racing betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU).

“Bertrand Méheut left his job in order to be able to devote himself fully to his personal commitments and other professional projects,” according to the press release by the PMU.

Méheut, who previously served as the President of Canal+, has been President of PMU since 2018. His successor will be appointed in the general meeting which will be held on June 9.

Even if he had no executive duties within the PMU, the departure of Bertrand Méheut challenges in this period of major turbulence for the operator.

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G2 Esports Partners with Brandgenuity to Expand Global Licensing Efforts

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G2 Esports has partnered with Brandgenuity to strategically expand its global licensing efforts. Brandgenuity is a leading global independent brand licensing agency headquartered in New York.

“G2 is building a lifestyle and entertainment empire. We have designed and developed streetwear-inspired collections and merchandise that sell out almost instantly thanks to the #G2ARMY and we want to continue to bring our fans merchandise that makes them proud to rep G2. The Brandgenuity team demonstrated that they understood both our brand and our dedication to entertain at all costs and we know they will propel us forward in our global licensing efforts,” Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of G2 Esports, said.

“We are thrilled to be working with G2 Esports, who are one of the most dominant teams in the world, and the undisputed leaders in fan engagement and world-class entertainment. This brand has everything we look for to build a great licensing program; double-digit growth trajectory, a distinctive personality and truly passionate fans,” Teri Niadna, Managing Director of Brandgenuity Europe, said.

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