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EGBA Requests that the Expert Group on Gambling is Re-established

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The European Gaming and Betting Association has backed gaming authorities from EU member states in appealing for the EU Expert Group on Gambling to be re-established.

 

Online Gambling in the EU

There is no sector-specific EU regulation in the area of gaming services. The European Court of Justice has declared that the way EU countries manage their gambling services is within their own remit as long as they adhere to the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the (TFEU)’Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union’. In this instance, the freedom to provide services or start a business in another EU country is critical to make gambling safer.

Most EU nations permit the usage of at least some games of chance via the internet. Some governments permit all games, while others allow only particular types, such as betting, poker, and casino games. The formation of Monopolistic regimes offering internet gambling is now in various European nations. These are either run by a government-controlled public operator or by a commercial operator with an exclusive right. However, an increasing number of EU countries have implemented licensing arrangements that allow many operators to compete for market share. Under EU law, no one system has an advantage over the others.

 

About the European Gaming and Betting Association

The European Gaming and Betting Group (EGBA) is a Brussels-based trade association representing bet365, Betsson Group, Entain, Kindred Group, and William Hill, among other significant online gaming and betting providers licensed and regulated within the EU.

Affiliate members include the likes of the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS). EGBA collaborates with national and EU regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to create a well-regulated and well-channeled online gambling industry that offers high levels of consumer protection while also considering the reality of the internet and online consumer demand.

EGBA member firms adhere to the strictest regulatory guidelines and hold 145 online gaming licenses, allowing them to serve 16 million customers throughout 17 European countries.

Call For Re-establishment of EU Expert Group

Members of the European Gambling Association (EGBA) from 14 EU countries have written to European Commissioner Thierry Breton about the matter to build a more coordinated strategy to regulate a €100 billion per year European gambling market. Even though the initial Expert Group, which included members from many European gaming agencies, was disbanded in 2018, according to the EGBA, it was seen as a success by most regulators. The EGBA further stated that there was no longer a basis for collaboration throughout the €100 million European gambling market by disbanding the association. The EGBA also mentioned concerns over the issue of money laundering and unlawful gambling within the industry. The group served as a venue for exchanging market regulation knowledge and best practice policies.

“There is currently no EU structure in place for gambling regulators to interact, much less collaborate on major issues affecting Europe’s online gambling industry. The majority of these concerns are international in scope and necessitate collective solutions. The message to the European Commission is clear: both gaming regulators and the industry are united in their support for the Expert Group, and the Commission should reestablish it.” Paraphrased from a quote by the EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer.

What are the Rules for Legal Online Gambling?

The European Gambling Commission is constantly modifying existing laws and establishing new ones  for authorized online gaming enterprises to make online gambling more fair and safe. Online gambling sites must adhere to various limits and regulations, such as utilizing a system like UK GamStop.co.uk, limiting the number of funds, and many others, which we have listed below.

  • Identification: A gambler or player must adequately prove his identification to the operator, according to one of the European Gambling Commissions’ primary stages and standards. In addition, the operator must have a thorough understanding of their customer before allowing them to gamble.
  • Anti-money laundering: To avoid money laundering and other criminal hazards, the operators must conduct a risk-based assessment of the players, according to the law.
  • Consumer Protection: The first and most important goal of online gaming companies is to keep their consumers safe. That is why they have enacted so many laws and regulations to regulate and govern internet gaming.
  • Age limit: There is an age restriction, and those under that age are not permitted to participate in online gambling sites.
  • Money limit: Some countries have regulations prohibiting gamblers from depositing excessive amounts of money or playing excessively.

The European Gaming Commissions (EGC) have imposed numerous laws and regulations on online gambling to avoid fraud and addiction. Because gambling entails numerous risks, like the chance of losing money, the risk of becoming addicted, and so on, The EGC enacted these regulations to protect authorized gambling sites.

With all these steps in the right direction, the EGBA is well on the way to further standardizing the industry.

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1Click Games receives the prestigious ISO 27001 Information Security Certificate

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The ISO 27001 certificate is a worldwide information security management standard that allows organizations in the online gambling industry and other sectors to manage asset security. It establishes, in particular, how information security risk management processes should be built and what controls should be used. ISO 27001 certification allows 1Click Games to offer additional guarantees to our customers regarding information security and data processing.

This year, the compliance of 1Click Games with ISO 27001 international standards was checked by one of the world’s leading independent auditors. The auditors assessed how our services comply with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization, including management processes, the use of technologies and equipment. The analysis showed that the risk management system in the services is built and developed on the basis of the best world practices and fully provides the necessary information protection.

Maxim T., CEO at 1Click Games, says: “Data protection is one of the cornerstones of our business, and ISO 27001 certification demonstrates how seriously we take this responsibility and these strict standards. The certification process, took many hours of detailed checks. However, along with the satisfaction of the result, we recognize that this is only part of our ongoing responsibility to ensure the maximum possible safety of our customers. Besides, information security is never a static process, and in order to continue to set our services at the highest possible level, we requested one of the strictest certificates — ISO 27001 — and received it.”

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Top 5 latest charming iGaming brands out of the European Market

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It is no secret that the iGaming market is on the rise, with new iGaming operators and software providers constantly appearing. It might be, therefore, difficult to find those with unique offerings. We have put together a list of some of the rising stars of the industry present on the European market.

AFUN

AFUN Entertainment Group specializes in game development, payment system development and product data analysis. It is among the best legally licensed Sportsbook and iGaming platforms, with more than 1,500 game products and 30,000 sports events.

Present across Europe, America and Asia, the AFUN Group is licensed by Curaçao and has obtained an offshore gaming license from the Gambling Commision of the Government of Malta. With over 20 years of experience, the company has recently entered Latin America with one goal in mind: to guarantee the best online experience and provide each user with a personalized gaming experience on a trustworthy platform. It has already shown promising growth on the Brazilian market.

Check out their website with a wide range of games and keep up with the latest updates through their LinkedIn page.

Wazdan

Wazdan leads the way on innovation in casino content development. With a portfolio of over 150 cross-platform casino games, the company promises amplified performance and revenue growth.

The company adopts a partner-centric approach, offering tailored services and products that best align with their clients’ growth strategy. Wazdan also aims to stay innovative by constantly expanding its cutting-edge player-engagement suite, while respecting all the requirements of the regulatory regimes, promoting responsible gaming.

The company has been in the market for 10+ years pushing iGaming technology forward, which undoubtedly earns a place for them on our list.

Softswiss

Softswiss offers software for online casinos and bookmaking websites. What makes this company stand out is that their products can be delivered as standalone solutions or combined into a single iGaming Platform.

Softswiss was awarded the Best Online Casino Provider in the Nordics 2022 (B2B) award at the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards. Beyond its casino platform – an exceptional, scalable, iGaming platform with high-speed of operation and intuitive management – the company’s portfolio includes:

  • Game Aggregator – Bringing together 170+ casino game studios with over 11,000 mobile-friendly games via a single API integration
  • Softswiss Sportsbook – A unique high-performance platform for sports betting operations
  • Affilka – Affiliate Management Platform
  • Jackpot Aggregator – Enabling customized jackpot campaigns
  • Softswiss Lottery Terminal – An all-in-one lottery system for any land-based operation

With such a wide range of offerings and further services, including anti-fraud support, player retention and content management, the company deserves this spot on the list.

Stakelogic

Best known for its online slots and live casino games, Stakelogic offers a wide selection of casino games and works with over 500 operators in 20+ countries. The company’s slogan ‘Think Bigger’ highlights its commitment to innovation, as the company constantly works to revolutionize the online gaming industry.

Stakelogic creates graphic slots and live casino games that represent the most advanced online games available on the market. Every product is tweaked and tuned to the level of ultimate user experience.

Over the years, the company has collected 7 awards for its outstanding performance. With 10+ live studios, 3 game shows and 250+ unique slots, Stakelogic is changing the way players play.

Apparat Gaming

Apparat Gaming is a relatively new player on the iGaming market, but is already showing promising results. Founded in 2020 by a team of industry veterans, the company is on a mission to develop “slot games with a German accent”.

Apparat Gaming develops slots of the highest artistic quality, with German technical standards. The company secured a licence from the Malta Gaming Authority in 2021 and has since become the trusted supplier of online content for operators in Germany and other European markets.

As the last contender on our list, Apparat Gaming delivers on the German stereotype: high-quality products, reliability and commitment. And absolutely no sense of humor. This is iGaming with a German Accent.

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Fasten your seatbelts – Pilot from Gamzix is out!

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Gamzix, igaming development studio, has announced the release of its first crash game “Pilot”. This is the 30th game from Gamzix provider. To celebrate this small anniversary was released something as good as video-slot, but different.

There are 3 essential facts of the crash game “Pilot”:

– 2.4 Mb weight. It’s from 30% to almost 350% lighter than competitors have.
– Different skins. All skins will be under the same game ID, so there is no need to add a new game. Also, there is a plan to add new skins every month and there will be a lot of thematic skins for sport events, holidays etc.
– Pilot is supported via web view (Telegram/Viber/WhatsApp and others).

“First Crash Game in Gamzix portfolio, and we can’t be more proud and excited about it. Because every time we do something different, every team-member sees his/her growth in real time. And this is preparing us for the new big jump”, – Alexandr Kosogov, CEO at Gamzix.

Enjoyable sounds with imitation of plane take off fulfill every round of the game. There is an ability to change skins for individual casinos, fair play and support for 22 localizations and for all types of currencies (FIAT+Crypto).

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