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Gambling in Switzerland Continues to Decline

Niji Narayan

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The average number of frequent gamblers in Switzerland has declined again. A research commissioned by the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) and the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) shows just 16.4% of respondents gambled at least once a month.

The study focused on 18,832 respondents, with 16.4% saying they took part in at least one form of gambling each month, down from 16.9% in 2012 and 18.0% in 2007. In terms of spending, players who said they frequently gambled spent less than CHF10 a month, while 39% said they wagered between CHF10 and CHFH99.

Lotteries were the most popular form of gambling, as 48.2% of frequent players said they had played these games. Raffle and private games followed on 14.3%, then table games with 6.7%, slot machines on 6.7%, gambling halls on 5.7% and Swiss sports betting with 4.5%.

Less than two-thirds of respondents who gambled said they were at low risk of developing problems with gambling, or at no risk at all. The ISGF said that 0.2% of respondents were at risk of pathological gambling behaviour, with the majority in this percentage (22.1%) playing games supplied by international online providers.

The report also suggested that only a small proportion of respondents reported problems at work or in relation to family members or friends because of playing.

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German Media Body Vaunet Calls for Advertising Regulatory Rethink

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Vaunet, the association of private media businesses in Germany, has called on state lawmakers to remove advertising restrictions set to impact broadcasters in the new gambling regulatory framework currently under discussion.

It believes the restrictions, such as daily periods where advertising is not permitted and the wording of certain elements of the draft document contravene the core goal of channeling players to legal offerings.

“Advertising underpins private broadcasters’ businesses, and acts as an instrument to steer players towards legal offerings in the gaming market, a key regulatory goal of the federal states,” Matthias Kirschenhofer, chair of Vaunet’s internal betting working group, said.

Kirschenhofer said the new regulations, in theory, should allow broadcasters to tap into new revenue streams, at a time when ad spend from other sources was stagnating, though the planned advertising restrictions could effectively shut this off.

“[The advertising controls] will ultimately prevent investments in attractive content. We therefore appeal to the federal states to make further improvements here,” he added.

Vaunet took issue with the provisions that prohibit the advertising of online slots, casino and poker between 6 AM and 9 PM on radio and television, as well as the whistle to whistle ban on sportsbook advertising.

These would put broadcasters – already facing a stagnating advertising market – at a significant disadvantage to other media and advertising channels, where no such limitation applies, it claimed. If such a prohibition is to be maintained, Vaunet argued, internet portals should be subject to the same controls.

“Radio and television stations are fully aware of their responsibilities under the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty. Especially in a regulated broadcasting environment, the promotion of regulated gambling should not be prohibited,” Vaunet said.

This tenet was unclear, it added, as it did not confirm whether sportsbook operators would be prevented from advertising its online casino products during times where betting promotions were not allowed.

The prohibition of any connection between sports betting advertising and the publication of live scores for sporting events amounted to an effective sportsbook advertising ban on all media portals, it added.

Vaunet concluded that the regulations in their current form would not be effective in guiding gamblers to regulated offerings.

“In order for legal providers to prevail against illegal sites, they must be able to provide competitive offers and advertise them adequately,” Vaunet said.

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NSoft’s Slot Car Races for Orion Tip

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NSoft’s virtual game, Slot Car Races, has been presented to the punters of Slovakian betting operator Orion Tip. The game was released on terminals (SSBTs) of this betting operator. The release represents the extension of the existing business cooperation between NSoft and Orion Tip which was established in 2018.

“We have a very fruitful cooperation with Orion Tip in Slovakia. The operator is using our Sportsbook solution: Pre-Match MTS sports betting in retail and on terminals as well as a set of virtuals on terminals including Virtual Greyhound Races, Greyhound Races, Virtual Motorcycle Speedway and Virtual Horse Races. Actually, the cooperation was established via SSBTs’ channel in 2018 and has been growing ever since. Now, our virtual Slot Car Races have found its way to Orion Tip’s players complementing the existing offer of virtuals,” Dalibor Ostojić, Regional Sales Manager at NSoft commented on the release.

NSoft’s Slot Car Races is a virtual game based on RNG. Every race includes six cars with various bet type possibilities.

In order to find more on NSoft ́s software solution for betting, contact NSoft’s regional sales representatives at [email protected] or book a meeting.

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TVBET lends helping hand to Polish children

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Recently, TVBET representatives visited the Wroclaw children’s home (Dom opieki zastępczej Wrocław) to help children in need in Poland.

TVBET considers itself to be a responsible player in the igaming market, in connection with which it pursues a policy of social responsibility. The TVBET team had no second thought about supporting the Wroclaw children’s home, and quickly made a plan and followed it through.

Currently, around 50 children are living in this institution. The complexity of their situation is still that they do not have a clear status because the parents abandoned them, but still haven’t finished processing. Now, these kids cannot be adopted legally or transferred to other institutions.

TVBET understands that such children need special care, therefore they tried to give them the maximum of it while visiting. In addition, the nice gifts from TVBET were also presented to these brilliant kids, such as winter and everyday clothing, toys, sweets, etc.

“The truth is, they really touched our hearts. TVBET will certainly continue such initiatives in the future, and encourage other companies to also participate in the creation of comfortable conditions for all the children around the world. Together we can make our planet a better place!”

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