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Operators considering Isle of Man switch after POGO tax hike

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Alex Gardner, director of Affinity Group
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A significant tax hike for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) could lead to an influx of companies looking to move to the Isle of Man, according to one industry expert.   

Egaming companies in the Philippines are facing a more-than-double tax hike after new rules were signed into law. 

POGOs – companies licensed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to provide offshore gaming services – will have to pay 5% tax on turnover, replacing the previous 2% gross revenue tax. 

Failure to comply could result in companies losing their PAGCOR licences and it seems many companies are exploring other options.  

Alex Gardner, director of Isle of Man-based Affinity Group, which supports egaming operators looking to set up in the Isle of Man, said the company had noticed an uptick in enquires.

 She said: “The Philippines has historically been a jurisdiction chosen by Asian-facing operators but, following the recent negative press surrounding POGO and more recently the tax increase, we have seen an influx of enquiries from operators who are looking for a suitable licence to either continue or start targeting the Asian market.  

“The Isle of Man is perfect for this having developed an international reputation as being a leader in the egaming industry and is already home to some of the biggest Asian facing operators in the world.  

“As a company that has helped many start-ups and established companies through the Isle of Man Licence licensing process it is understandable that many operators are considering moving their operations from the Philippines.”

The bill in the Philippines has been signed into law by president Rodrigo Duterte as part of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, as the Philippines aims to close gaps in its Covid-19 relief fund. 

All 60 licensees were forced to halt operations as part of the Covid-19 lockdown and the government has seemingly taken this opportunity to crack down on companies failing to meet tax obligations. Only 29 have since been granted permission to resume activities. 

Filipino politician Franklin Drilon said: “The Bayanihan 2 will more than double the tax collection from POGO, from Php7 billion (US$144.5 million) estimated collection in 2019 to approximately Php17.5 billion (US$361.2 million) this year because of the reforms we have introduced in the measure. 

“All revenues from POGO will be used to fund the various types of assistance laid out in the Bayanihan 2 for all sectors affected by the pandemic.” 

PAGCOR and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said in May that all POGOs and their service providers must fulfil certain prerequisites before being given the green light to resume activity, including settling any outstanding tax liabilities as certified by the BIR, updating payment of any regulatory fees, license fees, performance bonds or penalties owed to PAGCOR, and remittance of all regulatory fees. 

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Nederlandse Loterij Appoints Arno de Jong as its New Chief Customer Officer

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Nederlandse Loterij has appointed Arno de Jong as its new Chief Customer Officer.

De Jong has been with Nederlandse Loterij since 2016, serving as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Prior to this, he held roles such as Director of Reader Market at AD NieuwsMedia and Marketing Director at De Lotto, the organisation that merged with the Nederlandse Staatsloterij in 2016 to form Nederlandse Loterij.

In his new role, De Jong will be responsible for customer strategy, the gaming brands and the comprehensive commercial policy of Nederlandse Loterij. As CCO, he will also join the executive board of the gaming organisation, which currently includes CEO Arjan Blok and CFRO Jet Roos-van Aerssen.

Alexander Pechtold, chairman of the supervisory board of Nederlandse Loterij, said: “With Arno de Jong as CCO on the executive board of Nederlandse Loterij, we place an even greater emphasis on our players at the heart of the organization. This ensures that we remain leading and distinctive in the future – both digitally and in-store. Arno’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit makes him the ideal person to guide Nederlandse Loterij in its desired progression.”

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Betsson Receives Highest Possible ESG Rating, AAA, by MSCI

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Betsson AB announced that it has been awarded an AAA rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG Ratings, an upgrade from the previous AA level. The AAA rating is the highest possible and confirms Betsson’s dedicated efforts in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, which form a part of running a profitable business long-term.

Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, said: “Receiving the highest ESG rating from MSCI is a testament to Betsson’s dedication to ethical business practices, responsible gaming, and sustainability. These are constant efforts that span across the entire business as we are continuously striving to improve.”

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ESG ratings measure a company’s resilience to long-term ESG risks, helping investors identify ESG risks and opportunities within their portfolios. Ratings range from AAA (highest) to CCC (lowest) based on a company’s exposure to and management of industry specific ESG risks relative to peers. Rated companies incur no costs for the rating. MSCI’s methodology ensures unbiased and independent assessments, maintaining the credibility and objectivity of the evaluations.

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How Does Generative AI Affect the Development of the iGaming Industry, and Why Is the Human Factor Still Important for These Technologies

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AI can completely change how games are created and played catching up with increasing need for immersive gaming experiences. Itai Zak, Executive Director at Digicode iGaming division, believes that generative AI in iGaming holds boundless possibilities, offering transformative opportunities to enhance player experiences, drive innovation, and shape the future of the industry. In September 2024, Itai will take part at SBC Summit in Lisbon where AI`s impact on igaming will be discussed by industry as well.

How AI was introduced to iGaming

Recent years have seen tremendous changes in the iGaming sector due to technological breakthroughs such as AI. The industry aspires to adopt this technology to enhance the gaming experience and make it more vibrant and thrilling.

Businesses have numerous options to improve productivity and cut expenses by using AI technology. For example, AI chatbots for customer support decreased operating expenses by 30% in the iGaming sector. It is essential to embrace this technology evolution to remain competitive in the altering corporate world of today.

Exploring the impact of generative AI on iGaming development

Generative AI, with its capacity to simulate human-like creativity and generate content autonomously, has profoundly impacted the iGaming industry in several crucial ways. Here are the most significant impacts:

  • Content generation and game development. With the ability to generate diverse and dynamic content, AI algorithms are reshaping the gaming landscape by providing developers with unprecedented creative freedom and efficiency.
  • Personalized sports betting recommendations. Generative AI empowers iGaming platforms to deliver personalized sports betting recommendations tailored to each player’s preferences and interests.
  • Enhanced fraud detection and security. By analyzing vast amounts of transactional data and player interactions, AI-powered fraud detection systems can identify suspicious patterns and behaviors in real time, thereby minimizing risks and safeguarding the integrity of online gambling operations.

In summary, AI has a significant and comprehensive influence on iGaming. To provide a safe and engaging gaming experience for all players, it is crucial to find a balance between innovation and responsible games.

How generative AI reshapes iGaming and why human involvement is still needed

The integration of AI in iGaming has become increasingly prevalent, offering operators and players alike the benefits ranging from enhanced personalization to improved security measures. However, alongside the technological advancements facilitated by AI, it is crucial to recognize the important significance of the human factor in the iGaming ecosystem.

Here are several reasons why the human factor remains indispensable in the utilization of AI in iGaming:

  • Creativity and innovation. Human game developers possess the ability to conceptualize original ideas and craft immersive gaming experiences that resonate with players on a profound level.
  • Player empathy and understanding. AI algorithms can analyze data to identify patterns and trends, but they lack the innate empathy and intuition of human operators who can empathize with players’ needs and desires on a deeper level.
  • Ethical oversight and responsible gaming. Human oversight is extremely important in ensuring that AI algorithms are deployed responsibly and ethically, with safeguards to protect vulnerable players and mitigate potential harms associated with excessive gambling behavior.

While AI systems excel at processing structured data and performing predefined tasks, they may struggle to navigate complex scenarios or unforeseen contingencies that require human judgment and intuition. By combining the analytical prowess of AI with the adaptability of human operators, iGaming companies can achieve a synergistic balance that maximizes operational efficiency and responsiveness, driving sustainable growth and success in the dynamic iGaming landscape.

Ensuring ethical and responsible use of generative AI in iGaming

The integration of AI in the iGaming industry is marking a step in a new era of innovation, efficiency, and personalized experiences. However, along with its transformative potential, AI also presents a range of ethical challenges that warrant careful consideration and proactive mitigation strategies.

We can look into some of the key ethical challenges in the use of AI in iGaming:

  • Responsible gaming and player protection. While AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of player data to identify patterns indicative of problem gambling behavior, there is a risk of overreliance on AI-driven interventions without sufficient human oversight.
  • Data privacy and security. AI algorithms rely on vast datasets to make informed decisions and deliver personalized experiences, raising questions about consent, transparency, and data protection practices.
  • Algorithmic bias and fairness. AI algorithms are susceptible to bias, reflecting and perpetuating existing societal biases present in the data used for training and decision-making.

In conclusion, while AI technologies offer tremendous opportunities for innovation and advancement in the iGaming industry, they also present complex ethical challenges that require careful consideration and proactive mitigation strategies. By prioritizing responsible gaming practices, data privacy, security, and fairness, operators can harness the power of AI to deliver engaging, and ethical gaming experiences that prioritize player well-being and uphold ethical standards.

What is next for iGaming and generative AI?

The future of generative AI in iGaming holds immense promise and aims to keep revolutionizing the industry in unprecedented ways and reshape the gaming landscape as we know it.

As technological advancements continue to accelerate and AI capabilities evolve, we can anticipate several key trends and developments that will shape the future of iGaming:

  • Hyper-personalized gaming experiences. Generative AI will enable iGaming operators to deliver hyper-personalized gaming experiences tailored to each player’s unique preferences, behaviors, and preferences.
  • Procedural content generation. AI-powered content generation tools will streamline the game development process, allowing developers to generate endless variations of game content quickly and efficiently.
  • AI-driven game design and balancing. AI algorithms will analyze player interactions, feedback, and gameplay telemetry data to fine-tune game parameters dynamically, ensuring optimal balance between challenge and reward.

By harnessing the power of generative AI, iGaming operators can unlock new levels of personalization and engagement, creating compelling gaming experiences that captivate players and propel the industry forward into a new era of gaming innovation and excitement.

 

About Digicode

Digicode is a leading global IT service provider with a worldwide presence and offices in the USA, UK, and EU countries. It specializes in delivering top-tier solutions in software development, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data, and automation across various industries, including iGaming, FinTech, healthcare, e-learning, and digital marketing. Working with top iGaming brands, operators, and suppliers, the company provides cutting-edge

technology, products, and solutions across all iGaming verticals—from game design and development to banking, cashier, and payment gateways, as well as comprehensive iGaming platforms and seamless integration with value-added providers. Trusted by clients in over 25 countries, Digicode is at the forefront of innovation and reliability in IT services.

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