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ECA Approves New Board Structure, Welcomes New Member and Issues New Responsible Gambling Certificates

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The European Casino Association (ECA) has approved a new structure for the board and welcomed its new member, the Czech Casino Association. Furthermore, three more certificates for Responsible Gambling have been released.

In its General Assembly, held on February 4, 2020, ECA approved a new structure for its Board of Directors that will stay in place until the next general elections in February 2021. The decision was taken following Tracy Damestani’s and Dietmar Hoscher’s resignations, and unanimously approved by the Assembly. Bettina Glatz-Kremsner from Casinos Austria and Jari Heino from Veikkaus are the new board members, respectively representing Austria and Finland. Furthermore, Pascal Camia from Société des Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo was approved as new Vice Chairman of the ECA.

Another highlight of the ECA General Assembly was the approval of membership application of the Czech Casino Association after passing the strict membership requirements and signing up to the association’s code of conduct.

Moreover, the ECA released three new certifications according to the ECA Responsible Gambling Framework to Casino Société de Bains de Mer – Monte Carlo, Westdeutsche Spielbanken and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, while Grand Casino Beograd renewed the certificate. The Framework is of utmost importance to set an industry standard for the effective management of Responsible Gambling.

“Our partner Clarion Gaming has once again organised a very interesting and innovative trade show for the gaming industry, ICE 2020 in London. By tradition, the ECA’s General Assembly takes place during this important event. A busy and successful week for has just ended. The new board, approved by the Assembly, is now ready to work hard to promote the interests of our members and strengthen the voice of the European licensed land-based casino industry. We welcome our new member, the Czech Casino Association, which confirms the relevance of the ECA internationally. We are also delighted that our members commit to the responsible gambling framework, indicating a general willingness to multiply efforts in this direction. We now look forward to working together this year and strengthening the land-based casino industry even further,” Per Jaldung, Chairman of ECA, said.

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SlotCatalog Launch New Game Sections And Expanded Data Filters

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SlotCatalog, the analytics provider of real-time industry slots popularity and performance today, revealed its ‘Level-Up’ project, which released new game sections and expanded data filters for its growing user base.

The Maltese based firm is committed to making its platform the go-to hub for data-driven games performance, management, and resource tools for casino managers looking to drive market insight across regulated operational consumer markets.

A company spokesperson said: “We’ve just returned from ICE London iGB Affiliate London and listened to many industry peers, clients, and more. Given the headwinds of regulatory scrutiny, executives are looking to data to potentially unlock market gaps as they develop an ongoing responsible gambling marketing strategy.

The Games section now included Top Ranked Games, by month, year and Megaways, and Progressive slots performance data. Our filters now include Market, Game Type, Brands, Release Date, RTP, Volatility, Max Exposure, Min & Max Bet, Game Features, Casino Quantity, and Layout for a deeper delve and interrogation into our expanding data archives.

We are always thriving to improve the user experience at SlotCatalog, and welcome industry feedback and requirements metrics for any informed decision making in the digital casino landscape for the operator, affiliate, and developer and likewise for the slots player, so do get in touch”.

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William Hill Appoints DS Smith’s Adrian Marsh as New CFO

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British bookmaker William Hill has named Adrian Marsh as its new chief financial officer. Marsh who is cardboard maker DS Smith’s CFO will replace outgoing Ruth Prior who had announced her departure in January.

“I am delighted to welcome Adrian to the board. As a proven CFO of a FTSE listed company with M&A, deal execution and multi-sector finance experience in US & European markets, he will be able to make a significant contribution to William Hill in the enablement of the strategy and is a great addition to the team,” Ulrik Bengtsson, chief executive of William Hill, said.

“I am extremely excited to be joining William Hill at such a key time in the company’s history, and look forward to supporting Ulrik and the rest of board in delivering their growth plans for the future,” Adrian Marsh said.

Last Friday, Scientific Games and William Hill announced that they had agreed to extend their partnership for an additional four years through 2024. Under the terms of the new agreement, William Hill will utilise Scientific Games’ OpenSports solution on a modular basis.

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Adriana Maldonado Unveils Initiative to Regulate Online Gambling

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PSN MP Adriana Maldonado, a member of the Committee on the Internal Markets and Consumer Protection, has unveiled an initiative in the European Parliament to regulate online gambling and advertising.

The Socialist Europarliamentary has sent a letter to all members of the European Parliament to collect the maximum number of signatures and send it to the Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton.

The brief aims to “alert the problem of online gaming at social and national level in all member states. In the letter, the MP considers that “the efforts of the European Commission for the EU countries to share good practices, cooperate with each other and even apply measures voluntarily, have not been sufficient.”

She urges the Community Executive to “establish a legislative framework with minimum European standards in the field of online gaming advertising” as “the ads are often misleading and biased and can lead to insane and harmful behaviours.”

Measures to limit the gaming industry in Spain will launch in the coming weeks. However, it has already transpired that gambling advertising in Spain will be allowed for 4 hours in the morning ( 1 to 5 am).

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