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EGBA Criticises Germany’s Proposed iGaming Regulations

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has criticised Germany’s proposed iGaming regulations. EGBA said that the regulations will fail to attract players to the regulated market instead of unlicensed sites.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of EGBA, said the proposed regulations submitted to the European Commission are too tight to be able to win back players from the unregulated market after a late start from Germany.

They include a deposit limit of €1000, a stake limit of €1 per spin on slots, no live betting and a ban on advertising online gambling between 6 am and 9 pm.

Haijer said: “The starting position of Germany is so bad that, in 2017, the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) predicted that the country had a channelling rate of only 1.8% – meaning 1.8% of online gambling activity in Germany took place on websites which are licensed in Germany – compared to 95 per cent in UK and 90 per cent in Denmark.

“The new policy can only be effective if it ensures that gambling websites licensed in Germany are more attractive than those outside it – so customers will play on these websites rather than unlicensed ones. This requires the new policy to meet the customer’s needs by ensuring there is sufficient choice in the market – including brands, products and bet offerings.

“The policy measures currently on the table are highly questionable. They are overly prescriptive and introduce restrictions which are not evidence-led.

“The combined effects of the proposed restrictions on player accounts (deposit and time restrictions), on products (e.g. the ban on online casino is not fully lifted) and on bet types (e.g. live betting will be banned), jeopardises the task of achieving a high channelling rate and sets the scene for continued political and legal challenges.”

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888 Holdings Names Jonathan Mendelsohn as its New Chairman

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Online gambling firm 888 Holdings has named British lobbyist Jonathan Mendelsohn as its next chairman, replacing former chief executive and current chair Brian Mattingley. Mendelsohn will take over the role after Mattingley’s departure at the next annual general meeting in May 2021.

The FTSE-250 firm appointed Mendelsohn as its non-executive director as well, 888 Holdings said, adding that he also joined the board’s remuneration and audit committee.

Mendelsohn is having more than 20 years of industry experience. He previously co-founded Oakvale Capital, which is a leading M&A and strategic advisory boutique focusing on the gaming, gambling and sports sectors.

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Scout Gaming Enters Distribution Agreement with BtoBet

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Scout Gaming has entered into a distribution agreement with platform provider BtoBet. The deal allows BtoBet to provide Scout Gaming’s full product offering to its vast network of operators.

“We are pleased to add another strong distribution platform to our already broad network of partners. We had a successful co-operation with BtoBet and looking forward to expand it,” Joakim Renman, CCO of Scout Gaming, said.

“We are happy to add the market leading DFS and fantasy sports supplier to our product portfolio of games. We are experiencing an increasing demand for additional sport content and believe that Scout Gaming’s product fits that need in a pleasant way,” Sabrina Soldà, Chief Marketing Officer of BtoBet, said.

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Stakelogic Revamps its Super Stake Feature

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Online slot developer Stakelogic has revamped its Super Stake feature for delivering more excitement and bigger wins to players.

The Mega Super Stake allows players to place a side bet and enable an additional feature that delivers an insanely high payout once in every 35 spins or so.

With the standard Super Stake feature, the side bet allows players to double their bet but with Mega Super Stake their original bet is multiplied by 2.5 for not just big but mega win potential. Both Super Stake and Mega Super Stake can be built into a single slot game.

“Super Stake has been an absolute game-changer for us and our players so we wanted to build on this and deliver even more entertainment. Mega Super Stake takes the big win anticipation and potential to the next level, allowing players to land massive wins at a regular hit rate from a relatively small stake,” Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said.

“Mega Super Stake will debut with our next release, Lion Gold, and will then be built into other games where our developers and mathematicians feel it will add the most value,” he added.

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