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Quarantine Leads to the Popularity Growth of Online Casinos

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An increasing number of online casino ads can be seen in Switzerland. The experts believe however, that those problematic players shall not be exploited by using the satiation with COVID-19 pandemic. If they are going to be exploited this way, it would lead to increased risks.

This started as a hidden but apparently important topic for China, now, however, this is a topic for the entire world. Coronavirus has influenced the way we live our daily lives. The drawbacks can be observed in the casino industry, as well. Disruptions though will become a new normality, even though nobody was ready for it.

All the gamblers around the world found themselves unable to go to a casino. Thus, they are migrating to online casinos. It happens because due to coronavirus, all the big gatherings are forbidden.

The same is happening in Switzerland. The providers are well aware that this is the best time to invest in advertisement. The results of those advertisements online are seen everywhere, whether on TV, or in a newsletter, or at a train station.

People suffering from addiction are exposed to higher risks. It happens because they are isolated and don’t have social contacts. The access to healthcare services is bad, and the everyday life has changed completely. Therefore, such people shall be very careful if they want to avoid this problem because during the coronavirus-crisis, they are under an additional stress.

It is not a coincidence that the advertisements and emails to the clients of online casinos are more frequent. They offer free bets for casinos and roulette. These options have a much higher addiction rate than sports betting, for example.

The vast majority of gambling now is performed online. There is no fear that the websites will close. However, what will people bet with if they run out of money? Well, one can always bet with something. There are always Live sports available. They are open day and night, and even during the global pandemic, one can always place a bet of a couple of pounds there. People who are already in a disadvantageous position can get into even a worse situation.

 

Responsible Approach Could Reduce the Risk

There are a lot of opportunities to play your favorite online casino games. The time came when the excitement from gambling can mitigate the stress. It is known already that online casinos offer some benefits in comparison to land-based casinos. You can get access to them round the clock, just like it is the case with Online-Casino wie SwissCasinoHEX.com. It absolutely doesn’t matter where you are located. It is not important whether you are playing on your mobile device or you are lazing with your lap or tablet on the sofa or even in bed. You will not experience a single problem with accessing your online casino. This is a huge advantage now, during the times of Coronavirus crisis.

A responsible approach to gambling is decisive in this special situation to keep the industry and its clients healthy. Those clients who gamble more and play new games with higher sums shall be carefully managed and treated. Very frequently, gambling services shall be denied to such clients.

Online gambling can lead to different addiction forms, and this shall be controlled now. Online providers shall not enrich themselves with the money of addicted people. It is especially important for support establishments to keep their doors open in case an addicted person needs help. In the situations of a crisis, such as emotional stress, insecurity, people are attracted by gambling. It helps them to escape reality.

Gambling can be also one of the reactions on packages that people get as one-time help. It can also stimulate a wish to gamble. There are different reactions to both positive and negative times. By some people, these situations can lead to increased gambling activities. On the other hand, this pandemic can make people think about the reasons to gamble and those effects that gambling can have in their lives.

Support services for problematic gamblers, including consulting over the phone and video, are expecting demand increase within the next few weeks.

 

 

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HAPPYBET OFFICIAL REGIONAL PARTNER OF FC INTERNAZIONALE MILANO

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A new partnership that will see the German and Austrian operator become the Nerazzurri’s Official Regional Partner

FC Internazionale Milano, the 2020-2021 Serie A champions, and HAPPYBET, a brand of the Snaitech Group, are pleased to announce a new partnership that will see the German and Austrian operator become the Nerazzurri’s Official Regional Partner.

The HAPPYBET brand stands for reliability and expertise in German and Austrian markets. In 2017, the company was acquired by the Playtech group, a leading gaming company operating in 24 different countries that has also controlled Snaitech since 2018.

A predilection for innovation is the key value that links the two brands and seals the partnership, as proven by the visibility that the HAPPYBET brand will receive in selected European countries on the Virtual Cam Carpets and on LED boards around the pitch during Inter’s home games at the Stadio San Siro thanks to the innovative Digital Overlay®️ geolocation technology adopted by the club.

The new partnership also includes further exclusive initiatives that will be launched throughout the season that will promote the HAPPYBET brand to the large fan base of one of the most iconic clubs at an international level.

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Bet-at-home Decides to Temporarily Discontinue Offering Online Casino in Austria

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Bet-at-home AG has announced that it will temporarily discontinue its offering of online casino in Austria, and recognise further provisions due to player lawsuits for repayment of gaming losses.

The Management Board decided during a meeting with the Supervisory Board to put the online casino offering in the country on hold. This is due to the fact that, even though the company considers itself to be lawful, the continuation of the activity before final legal clarification over a period of time that is currently no longer foreseeable would lead to a steadily increasing risk potential that appears indefensible overall.

The Germany-based company had already announced that it was facing legal claims from customers for a reimbursement of gambling losses in the online casino.

In a statement released by the company, the bet-at-home.com AG Group said it still considers the online casino monopoly of the national Austrian gambling regulation to be “contrary to European law”, and considers itself to be a “lawful online casino provider in Austria”.

Regarding the necessity derived from the current European Court of Justice case law of a recurring review also by the Austrian courts, bet-at-home.com AG Group deems it is not taking place to the required extent, and has so far assumed a positive development of case law in particular at the higher courts in the appeal instances, until the end of the first half of 2022.

However, due to a recent decision by the Austrian Supreme Court, it is now unclear whether the bet-at-home.com AG Group will be able to enforce its legal opinion in Austrian courts in the foreseeable future.

The decision on any resumption of the online casino offering in Austria will be made in the future depending on the development of the legal framework, and the company “will continue to use all available legal means to take action against the lawsuits filed in Austria”.

The Management Board also decided to recognise further provisions for the customer lawsuits for reimbursement of player losses that have been pending in Austria to date.

As a result, the Company provisionally expects gross betting and gaming revenues of between EUR 93 million and EUR 98 million for the bet-at-home AG Group in fiscal year 2021 and negative EBITDA of between EUR -14 million and EUR -10 million, which includes expenses of EUR 24.6 million in connection with the Austrian customer lawsuits.

Depending on the decision of the Austrian tax authorities, the Company assumes that gaming levies amounting to 40% of the relevant amounts will have to be refunded to the bet-at-home AG Group on player losses to be reimbursed. However, due to legal uncertainties, these amounts are not used to reduce the aforementioned expenses and are not capitalised.

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Hamburg Games Conference 2022 will focus on “Moving Markets” – digitally & on-site in Hamburg on March 2-3, 2022

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The 13th Hamburg Games Conference on March 2nd and 3rd, 2022, invites international speakers, games industry experts, thought leaders, and trade visitors to exchange ideas at the hybrid event. Under the conference theme “Moving Markets” it will present keynotes and discussions on the constantly changing markets and business models in the games industry. For the first time, the Hamburg Games Conference is calling for topic proposals in a Call for Speakers. In addition, visitors can expect networking events, an expo area, and matchmaking both online and on-site. For the first time, the Hamburg Games Conference 2022 will pursue a hybrid event concept, where visitors can interact both in Hamburg’s Zeise Cinemas and digitally on a custom developed, playable conference platform. Tickets are available now.

Constant renewal, innovation, and change continue to be the key pillars of the games industry. New sales channels and target groups are opening up, and innovative business models are emerging. So, what will the games industry of tomorrow look like? And how do companies act with foresight and flexibility in the highly competitive games market to play a leading role in the future?

“Growth and change in the games industry received a boost amidst the global pandemic, which continues to shape its face today. We are looking forward to discussing current developments and open perspectives of the future of the industry together at the Hamburg Games Conference” says Dr. Ralph Graef from co-organizer GRAEF Rechtsanwälte.

The second conference track “Games Funding” will focus on news and best practices concerning games funding in Germany from the federal government, and regional funding offers from the federal states, such as the Games Lift Incubator and Prototype Funding in Hamburg.

Hamburg Games Conference: hybrid concept for the first time

This year, the Hamburg Games Conference will bring its international audience together at two locations for the first time: The first day is digital for all participants. On a browser-playable, interactive virtual cruise ship, conference visitors will meet for matchmaking and spontaneous video networking and discover new games projects and services in the online expo. The platform was developed specifically for the conference in 2021 and will be further expanded with new content and functions. For the second day of the conference, the Zeise Cinemas in Hamburg will open their doors with talks, discussion rounds, and networking events. The talks and panel discussions of the main track will also be broadcast live via the online platform.

“Drawing from the experience of the Hamburg Games Conference Online in 2021, we are once again offering international participants who cannot make the trip to Hamburg the event-feeling at home. Through the online platform, we connect participants in Hamburg with industry contacts around the world. Those who grace the ‘Gamecity Hamburg’ with a visit to the conference will also be offered the complete program on-site on March 3, including our Gamecity Treff in the evening,” says Dennis Schoubye, project lead at Gamecity Hamburg.

In 2021, the Hamburg Games Conference welcomed over 650 people from 34 countries to a digital-only edition of the conference. As an on-site event, the Hamburg Games Conference was last held in February 2020 at Zeise Cinemas – with over 400 international visitors.

 

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