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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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Chiquito 2: Condemor al rescate, the long-awaited sequel from MGA Games, is here!

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With this new release, MGA Games hits a record 100 productions, all now available in its games catalogue.

Without a doubt, the Chiquito slot game, created by leading online gambling content developers, MGA Games, continues to be one of the most successful productions for casino operators. Since its launch in 2018, the Chiquito phenomenon continues to be the number one game played in Spanish online casinos. And now, the game has a sequel, with the premiere of the long-awaited Chiquito 2: Condemor al rescate in the Spanish Celebrities Slot game series.

With this new release, MGA Games offers a new winning product and hits a record 100 productions – available now in its games catalogue.

According to MGA Games, the second Chiquito game will be sure to excite players and is as great if not more brilliant than the first game, Chiquito de la Calzada. The slot game is imbued with the authentic and genuine humor of the famous Malaga comedian and includes some of his well known expressions: ¡Por la gloria de tu madre! ¡Cuánto dinerito! Fistro pecador… It also features magnificent audio and elaborate music including phrases sung by Chiquito, which are catchy and fun.

Chiquito returns to the atarqueeeeeer… this time as a new character based on a comical story he used to tell of an aristocrat who embarked on a journey to save the princess from the mysterious castle. As always, the game’s design stands out for its excellent animation, quality of graphics, and download speed.

In Chiquito 2: Condemor al rescate, MGA Games continues to innovate and improve the user experience with better and more mini-games. The slot game includes a total of 6 hilarious mini-games that are randomly accessed when players hit certain pay lines. There’s one in the main game and five in the upper game – all of which complete this fun adventure.

The slot game is fully themed. It includes Sieteerl symbols, Jaarl prizes (that increase the vertical line counter in the upper game), and the Chiquito wild symbol (used to combine with other symbols on the reels).  In addition, users can earn Fistros (bonuses) that allow them to switch to the higher game and win more prizes.

A great new example of MGA Games’ specialty: creating a winning product that combines humor and fun with maximum profitability. Chiquito 2: Condemor al rescate is available from September 27th in all main online casinos in the Spanish market.

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Fnatic Enters into Partnership with ASOS

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UK-based esports organisation Fnatic has announced a three-year partnership with online fashion retailer ASOS.

The agreement marks the first time ASOS has partnered with an esports brand. As part of the deal, ASOS’s logo will appear on the front of all physical Fnatic team jerseys.

Fnatic and ASOS will collaborate on a variety of different activations, including multiple content series with Fnatic pro talent and creators, such as Tekkz, Mushway, Loeya and Moonryde, alongside VR experiences and AR filters. The partnership will also see the brands work together on a bespoke third alternative kit and see Fnatic pro players and creators feature in upcoming ASOS campaigns. In addition, the two brands have committed to working together on digital kits in the future and to producing branded in-game experiences and digital products.

“There are no other subcultures in the world that have influenced us more than gaming and fashion. Self-expression, both online and offline, has become a major point of convergence between both audiences. Through this partnership with ASOS, we will empower all gamers to find their unique voice and style, inside and outside of the game. We couldn’t be more excited to be driving this change forward together with ASOS,” Sam Mathews, CEO of Fnatic, said.

“Gaming and fashion are both passions for young adults and as esports continue to boom, we’re incredibly excited about this partnership. GenZ-ers increasingly express their style in both the physical and digital worlds and this is something we’re excited to fuel. We’re also looking forward to seeing some of the world’s greatest esports athletes wear our name on their Fnatic jerseys at the Worlds in Iceland,” Robert Birge, Chief Growth Officer of ASOS, said.

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Talent roster for WePlay Academy League Season 2

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The hosts, analysts, and casters of the English-language and Russian-language broadcasts are revealed.

The second season of the WePlay Academy League, a CS:GO tournament for up-and-coming esports players, will kick off already on September 28, 2021. The matches will be commentated on by professional talent teams in both English and Russian.

English-speaking talent crew:

Hosts:

  • James Banks
  • Anastasija “Heccu” Tolmacheva

Casters and analysts:

  • Alex “Mauisnake” Ellenberg
  • Jacob “Pimp” Winneche
  • Conner “Scrawny” Girvan
  • Mohan “launders” Govindasamy

The English-language broadcast will be available on Twitch and our Smart TV app.

Russian-speaking talents:

Host:

  • Antonina “Tonya” Predko

Casters and analysts:

  • Dmitry “hooch” Bogdanov
  • Oleksandr “Shockwave” Netreba
  • Mykhailo “kane” Blagin
  • Oleksii “yXo” Maletskyi
  • Aleksandr “Enkanis” Polishchuk
  • Yuriy “strike” Tereshchenko

The official broadcast in Russian will be available on Twitch.

The WePlay Academy League is a tournament for young esports players aged between 16 and 20, launched in partnership with leading CS:GO organizations. This is the second season of the project, which is going to run till November 14, 2021.

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