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Dutch Regulator Expects to Issue 35 Online Gambling Licences

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The Netherlands Gaming Authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is expecting that it will have to grant around 35 online gambling licences, after its iGaming regulation comes into force.

KSA said it expects to receive around 40 licence applications, many of which will come from international operators, when the Remote Gambling Act comes into effect on April 1.

The regulator has stated this in its annual report 2020, alongside key requirements for licence holders, and the additional powers granted to the KSA to tackle illegal gambling activities.

The report reaffirmed the importance for operators to abide by the parts of the Remote Gambling Act concerning addiction prevention and consumer protection.

Notably, all operators must check players against the “Cruks” self-exclusion database, as well as providing the Control Database (CDB) with their own data captured from games, allowing the KSA to carry out remote monitoring of game systems. Cruks and the CDB went into construction in 2020, with follow-up actions still required in the early months of 2021 to make the systems operational.

An extension of the gambling levy will also be used to set up an Addiction Prevention Fund, with proceeds being used to provide anonymous treatment of gambling addiction, and research prevention and treatment.

KSA also revealed in the report that it made €8.2m in gambling taxes in 2020, up 12.3% plus €644,000 from fees, down 41.5%.

The report also mentioned licensing data for slot arcades, where the KSA granted 43 permits in 2020 and denied nine. A further 10 applications were withdrawn while seven applications were approved after changes were implemented.

KSA added that there was a decrease in online gambling web traffic throughout 2020, which it said was due to sports cancellations.

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Quik Gaming Partners with EnergyCasino

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Quik Gaming has entered into a partnership with EnergyCasino.

 As per the deal, EnergyCasino players will soon have access to Quik’s diverse portfolio of Unique Live Games, including the sophisticated SuperBlocs, the twist-on-a-classic Lotto Roulette, as well as the thrilling Wheel of Fire, a dynamic, multi-featured wheel of fortune style game, that is available in both Live and Single Player versions, and last but not least – Race for Cash, a fast-paced, innovative racing lotto-style game.

“We look forward to working with Quik Gaming. Quik’s games offers a gaming experience which we are convinced that will appeal to all type of players because of the different layers of playability and overall game experience,” Marcin Sobieraj, Casino Operational Manager at EnergyCasino, said.

“We are excited to partner up with EnergyCasino, which offers a variety of choices, whether it’s casino or live casino and with Quik’s live and single players games their portfolio is set to expand even further and we can’t wait to see our games going live with EnergyCasino with Q2 of 2021,” Timothy Bartolo Parnis, Chief Operations Officer at Quik Gaming, said.

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WorldMatch Partners with Cristaltec

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WorldMatch and Cristaltec have signed a partnership deal that will give WorldMatch exclusive porting on selected Cristaltec’s AWP slots.

Proceeding with the omni-channel strategy applied to SlotBar brand, the product born from the partnership between WorldMatch and the main producers of AWP and VLT like Octavian, Nazionale Elettronica and Baldazzi, WorldMatch will port Cristaltec’s AWP games into online slots and will exclusively distribute them worldwide, strengthening both companies’ presence around the globe.

“We’re very proud of this achievement, we have always believed in the potential to combine the quality and recognizability of retail games with the online distribution channel and the results of SlotBar products are proving us right. We’re completely satisfied of our outcome as aggregators of land-based products, and seeing land-based competitors like Octavian and Cristaltec both relying on us for the conversion and online marketing of their most successful products really made us realize our potential,” Andrea Boratto, CEO of WorldMatch, said.

“We are pleased to work with WorldMatch too, this is a big step for our company’s new path to the online market. WorldMatch’s proven technology and respected experience will give us great opportunities for growing our business on the online portion of the market, internationally. We have promising plans for this partnership and there’s no doubt that the players will love this new collaboration too,” Pierangelo Berdin, CEO of Cristaltec, said.

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Snaitech Acquires Happybet

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Snaitech, the Italian business arm of gambling technology supplier Playtech, has acquired Happybet, an operator with revenues of about €19m and with over 100 employees and 200 points of sale in Austria and Germany.

Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin said: “The integration of Happybet, one of the first companies to receive a national sports betting licence in Germany, and which will continue to operate under its own brand, has accumulated enormous skills and achieved a solid market position.

“Now we want to capitalise on this experience. The integration of our expertise and our know-how with those of Happybet will put us in the ideal condition to seize new growth opportunities.”

Snaitech had revenues of over €520m in 2020 and a network of 2100 betting points. In a press release the company said that the German and Austrian markets recorded overall betting values of over €10bn in 2019, a figure that it believes will grow.

“In both countries the market is currently quite fragmented, with a few large players and many small operators,” Schiavolin added.

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