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Sweden’s BOS Hits Out at Government’s Approach to Illegal Gambling

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Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), the prominent online gambling trade association in Sweden, has hit out at the Swedish government’s policies to tackle illegal gambling in the country.

BOS alleges that the stringent restrictions on licensed gambling operators in the country will be counterproductive and trigger an increase in illegal gambling activities and sites eating into licensed operators’ market share.

“No one that has been paying attention to the political outbursts and the astronomical fines on licensed gambling companies can be surprised over this development. My assessment is that the reduction is part of a trend. Unless the Government takes forceful action to protect its own reregulation the channelization is likely to decrease further,” Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary general of BOS said.

“To discuss marketing restrictions for licensed online casino operators in these circumstances, as well as prohibiting certain popular gambling objects shows that the government does not understand the gravity of the situation. Such restrictions would virtually mean giving away the Swedish gambling market to unlicensed operators. The government is currently acting as the best friend of the black and grey market and this needs to end,” Hoffstedt added.

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Week 28/2020 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Nolimit City conjures up Golden Genie & The Walking Wilds. Fresh from a flurry of new exciting releases, the Malta based Software Provider keeps the pace at fifth gear with the announcement of yet another mega title that’s set take their audience to a new journey offer an exciting theme by the developer. Set in the beautiful landscape of the expansive Arabian Desert, adorned with Middle Eastern décor and a touch of romance, this fairy tale slot game delivers more than just a picturesque image. A video slot that offers multiple in-game features, keeping suspense a common trait with a flair of imagination that’s jumps at you from every angle.

Nolimit City's Golden Genie & The Walking Wilds - NOW LIVE!

 

Spearhead Studios is pleased to announce the first game launch during Super July. Dark Joker is a new medium volatility title designed using the well-known comic book style. This high-intensity slot aims to project the player into the world of heroes and villains. Dark Joker is the title which opens Spearhead Studios’ Super July month, with no less than 5 scheduled releases. Dark Joker is a 3×3 video slot with a dark, comic book style and high-octane gameplay. The game features ‘Dark Joker Re-spins’ and win multipliers of up to 10x, and generates wins of up to 1,000x the player’s bet.

Spearhead Studios releases Dark Joker

 

High 5 Games takes players on a trip down the rabbit hole as they debut their Wonderland themed slot game Teatime Treasures, featuring the return of their Wild Train feature! The 5×5 25 payline slot game being launched by leading independent casino games provider, H5G, takes players on a curious adventure to the famous Mad Hatter tea party. The game’s Wild Train feature is activated when the caterpillar and the slice of cake symbol appear on the board at the same time. The caterpillar will munch his way through the reels, proceeding to eat the cake. Every slice of cake accumulated during the base game is added to the win meter that is displayed on the left-hand side of the screen, featuring the Cheshire Cat. If a player collects enough cake in consecutive spins to raise the meter, they will work their up to unlock the Free Games Bonus and the Jackpot bonus.

Go On a Curious Adventure as High 5 Games Takes on Wonderland

 

Genesis Games launches Radi8’s 14th game, Galaxy Stars, a brand-new online casino slot game that features Blazing Wilds, Wilds that sticks on the row and moves horizontally to the left after each spin during one of its three features. Galaxy Stars is a 3×5, 20 pay-line game that boasts a maximum win of 5,000x with an RTP of 96.23%. Galaxy Stars is responsive to most devices and bundled with Rad+, a unique loyalty program system, that allows players to earn loyalty coins and other gamification functions across the Radi8 series of games.

Galaxy Stars, a new 20 pay-lines online slot game that boasts a maximum win of 5,000x

 

AvatarUX, will be delivering WildPops™ to operators. After the success of PopRocks™, WildPops™ is the second installment in the PopWins™ series and promises an improved gameplay experience with some nice big win potential. With a sharp focus on innovation combined with the vast experience of Managing Director, Marcus Honney, and his team, AvatarUX is garnering a reputation for delivering quality design with a fresh, bespoke experience to slot fans.

AvatarUX unleash the latest game in the PopWins™ slot series

 

Playson is taking players on a voyage to the Far East in search of huge prizes in its new title, Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win. This 243 ways to win slot transports players to a place of mysticism as they join two adventurous characters on a quest for big wins and bonus features. The game incorporates the popular Hold and Win mechanics which proved to be a big hit with players in the developer’s Sunny Fruits: Hold and Win. Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win features a Bonus Game which is triggered by six or more bonus pearl symbols. The special Golden Pearl symbol during the Bonus Game collects the values of the other pearls and immediately adds it to the total win.

Playson introduces stunning new game Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win

 

Lightning Box has prepared for battle with the launch of its latest title, Spartan Fire. The 4×5 reel slot features 40 paylines as players fight for big wins. With the Wild Eyes symbol acting as a wild, the Spartan Spin feature also turns the Man and Woman icons into wilds for even bigger wins. If three or more Spartan Shields land on the reels, the Spartan Fire Bonus is triggered, giving players a chance to choose their shields to lead them to glory.

 

Battle for glory in Lightning Box’s Spartan Fire

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, travels to the dangerous lair of fearsome dragons in its latest title Drago – Jewels of Fortune. Featuring a huge 1,600 ways to win, the five-reel slot is a highly detailed one, with dragons guarding the riches on the reels. The Dragon Super Spin Bonus Feature is triggered should four matching Dragon symbols land on the same spin, where only Dragons, upgrade symbols and empty symbols will appear on the reels, with Dragons being sticky. With an increasing multiplier for every upgrade found, staggering wins await.

Pragmatic Play Quests For Riches In Drago – Jewels Of Fortune

 

CT Gaming Interactive has released its latest online slot “Cherry Crown”. The game features a fruit theme with a bright design and good sound effects. The game has scatter – Star, that brings a win, regardless on the reels it appears. The Crown symbol allows increasing of wins significantly. When appearing on the reel, it will fill the reels nearby to make the most successful combination. The prizes and bonuses of the slot are available during the main game. The wins could be increased in card doubles with simple rules. All the correctly guessed values will double or even increase by four times the win received in the main game.

CT Gaming Interactive Releases Cherry Crown

 

Microgaming has launched the debut online slot from Nevada-based games developer Gold Coin Studios, as part of a new content supply deal. The studio’s first title is Arthur’s Gold™, a gleaming five-reel, high-volatility slot set in a medieval world of Double Symbols, 10-of-a-kind pays, and a free spins bonus with expanding wilds and respins, offering win potential of up to 4,000x.

Microgaming presents first exclusive title from Gold Coin Studios

 

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Cambodian Cabinet Passes Casino Regulation

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Cambodia’s cabinet has approved the draft law on commercial gaming management, according to reports in the Phnom Penh Post.

The law “focuses on ensuring integrated commercial gambling that contributes to economic growth, tourism promotion, job creation, and revenue generation,” the report said, citing a press release from the Council of Ministers.

It calls for strict casino sector management and measures to protect against money laundering and terrorism financing.

The report gave little information on the details of the bill, except to confirm that locals will not be permitted to gamble and there will be no further licenses issued within 200km of the capital, where NagaCorp has a monopoly.

The report cited government spokesman Phay Siphan as saying that money laundering and terrorism financing concerns are addressed through cooperation with relevant casino partners.

The gambling law has been in the works for nine years.

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Melco Appoints Grant Johnson as New Head of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment has promoted Grant Johnson as the Senior Vice President and Property General Manager of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos “C2”. Johnson will report to Evan Andrew Winkler, President of Melco.

Johnson is responsible for the continued development of the upcoming City of Dreams Mediterranean which will be the largest Integrated Resort (IR) in Europe and the management and operations of Cyprus Casinos. Mr. Craig Ballantyne, Property President of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos, retired on April 1.

“Congratulations to Grant Johnson on his new appointment. With his proven track record of delivering growth for the company I am confident that we can continue pushing boundaries as a global leader in innovative luxury entertainment offerings. This promotion represents Melco’s commitment to internal career opportunities. I also wish to thank Mr. Craig Ballantyne for his outstanding service to Melco as Property President of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos and wish him the very best for his retirement,” Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco, said.

Prior to this promotion, Johnson was SVP, Casino Sales, Marketing & Operations at Studio City in Macau, and previously was SVP, Casino Sales & Marketing for Altira Macau and Mocha Clubs. Prior to this, Johnson handled various non-gaming marketing roles throughout Melco properties in Macau. Johnson began his career with Melco in 2011.

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