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Digitain appoints Martin Clarke as Director of Product Management

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Global provider strengthens senior management team with latest hire

Leading sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has named Martin Clarke as its new Director of Product Management.

Clarke brings a wealth of industry experience to his new position, including senior product roles at Betway, Betsson Group and Flutter Entertainment, where he led the redevelopment of Paddy Power’s sportsbook after the company’s merger with Betfair.

Following his previous role as Director of Product at B2B sports betting provider Metric Gaming, Clarke’s new responsibilities will include overseeing the development strategy for Digitain’s award-winning sportsbook and casino platform.

He will be servicing Digitain’s 70+ international operator network with the industry’s most modular, flexible and scalable platform, which utilizes AI-driven capabilities to cover over 65 sports and offer a truly localized proposition to its partners.

Commenting on his new position, Martin Clarke, Director of Product Management at Digitain said: “Digitain is a renowned market-leader with a widely acclaimed offering, and I’m immensely proud to become the company’s Director of Product Management.

“The team and I look forward to building on Digitain’s remarkable achievements to date, as we continue to drive innovation, quality and technological advancement.”

Suren Khachatryan, Chief Commercial Officer at Digitain added: “With a wealth of experience spanning some of the industry’s most established businesses, we are thrilled to welcome Martin into the Digitain family.

“His unique skills in problem solving, technical development and exemplary leadership are unrivalled, and we have no doubt his tenure as Director of Product Management will bring tremendous success.” 

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Greece Prohibits Advertisement on Online Slots

Niji Narayan

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The Greek government has implemented tough norms on online gaming and advertising. As per the new norms, the maximum stakes of random number generator (RNG) games is limited to of €2, and maximum prizes are limited to €5000.

The slot games  should not be advertised anywhere outside of an operator’s own website. Gambling products other than slots can be advertised on social media but the operators must ensure that the ads are viewed only by persons over the age of 21.

There are several other provisions.

Online players now need to fix loss and time limits for play, and operators must inform players when they reach 80% of their limit.

Casino games will have a prize limit of €70,000 and sports betting will have a prize limit of €500,000 per bet.

Fees for for seven-year licences have been fixed at €3million for online betting and €2million for other forms of gaming.

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Dutch Govt. Grants Power to Local Authorities to close Leisure Venues

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Dutch Govt. Grants Power to Local Authorities to close Leisure Venues
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In a significant move, the Dutch government has granted power to Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst – GGD) to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades. The GGD can exercise this power, if needed, for containing the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo De Jonge announced this decision amidst concerns about rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

Dutch gambling trade association VAN Kansspelen also issued a warning to its members to strictly implement all restrictions and ensire that customers follow all of the measures intended to limit the spread of the virus, such as keeping a distance from one another.

“The number of infections is increasing and people not adhering to the basic rules as closely, such as observing the 1.5m and hygiene measures,” VAN Kansspelen said. “The national government is taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

“As a sector, it is important to contribute to the prevention of infections. We therefore call on you to adhere to all protocols and the rules. Also inform your guests of this if they do not comply with this.

The Netherlands government allowed casinos and slot arcades to start functioning again on July 1, after closing in mid-March.

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SkyCity Shuts Down Auckland Casino as New Zealand Re-enters Lockdown

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Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has once again closed down its flagship integrated resort SkyCity Auckland, after the New Zealand government revealed four new cases of community transmitted COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The cases have come as a huge shock to the country, which only 24 hours earlier had celebrated 100 days without a single new locally transmitted case of the coronavirus. Auckland has immediately been placed back on Stage 3 restrictions for three days as a precautionary measure, with the rest of New Zealand on Stage 2. Under Stage 3 lockdown, bars and many businesses will be closed, gatherings restricted to 10 people and travel in and out of Auckland mostly prohibited.

SkyCity’s casinos in Hamilton and Queenstown will remain open with social distancing measures in place.

“SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand government. SkyCity is well prepared to respond quickly to these changes and is in a strong financial position to withstand the financial impacts of these temporary restrictions,” Graeme Stephens, CEO of SkyCity Entertainment, said.

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