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EL urges Council of the EU to exclude explicit mention of online gambling and betting services from Digital Services Act

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EL urges the EU Member States’ representatives to exclude the explicit mention of online gambling and betting services in the context of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services within the EU:

“[]…The applicable national laws should be in compliance with Union law, in particular including the Charter and the Treaty provisions on the freedom of establishment and to provide services within the Union in particular with regard to online gambling and betting services. … []

The specific reference to “in particular with regard to online gambling and betting services” wrongly implies that national regulations on illegal content in the gambling sector are often not in compliance with the EU law. Whereas there are definitely restrictions on the freedom to provide online gambling services in most Member States, these national laws aim to combat crime and fraud and to protect consumers in a manner that meets the requirements as set out in the caselaw of the Court of Justice of the EU.

”The explicit mention of online gambling and betting services in this particular context is misplaced and should therefore be deleted. It fails to take into account all the relevant case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU and the very nuanced approach to the gambling sector due to its peculiar nature. The Court clearly confirmed on several occasions that restrictions in the gambling sector are justified for reasons of public order, public security, public health, as well as for the overriding reasons in the public interest, such as consumer protection, combating fraud, crime or squandering of money. Failing to recognise this means risking increased activities of illegal gambling operators, damaging individuals and society as a whole. EL therefore urges to exclude the explicit mention of online gambling and betting services from the Digital Services Act in the context of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services.” – Arjan van ‘t Veer, EL Secretary General

In its original proposal, the European Commission underlined that the DSA would be without prejudice to the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) and that it builds on the provisions laid down therein. This implies that the clear exclusion of the gambling activities as stipulated in the e-Commerce Directive would continue to apply under the DSA, too. It is therefore very unclear why “online gambling and betting services” would have an explicit mention in recital 29 of the final text of the DSA concerning the application of the free movement principles, especially when no other sector is mentioned.

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Affilka by SOFTSWISS Launches an Affiliate Program With The Clubhouse Casino

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Affilka by SOFTSWISS expands its partner list by signing a partnership agreement with a new casino, The Clubhouse Casino. The affiliate program launched as a result of the collaboration is The Clubhouse Affiliates. This will allow The Clubhouse Casino to strengthen their position on the gambling market and bring target players to the casino.

The Clubhouse Casino operates on the SOFTSWISS Online Casino Platform. The connection to Affilka was therefore a logical step in the casino’s development. The brand operates under a Curacao licence and offers a huge selection of games from well-known iGaming providers. 

With the launch of its own affiliate program, The Clubhouse Casino will be able to effectively promote its brand, attracting gaming traffic and increasing profits with affiliates’ help. Among the Affilka benefits that influenced The Clubhouse Casino to sign the agreement are built-in payment processing, detailed reports on affiliate and campaign performance, a flexible commission constructor, S2S postbacks, and media management tools. 

The Affilka affiliate marketing platform spun off into a standalone product in the SOFTSWISS solution portfolio in 2018. Prior to that, it was part of the SOFTSWISS Online Casino Platform. Affilka currently powers more than 120 affiliate programs. 

“I am delighted to welcome The Clubhouse Casino to our large client family. I am sure that the partnership with Affilka will bring many benefits to the company and open up prospects for growth and development. For our part, our team will do everything possible to make this partnership as successful and fruitful as possible!” commented Anastasia Borovaya, Product Owner of Affilka. 

“As a new casino on the market with a premium offering, we believe this partnership with Affilka will help The Clubhouse Casino continue to disrupt the igaming industry and show not just our members, but our affiliate partners, that there is a better way to approach an online casino business. As a young, innovative company, it is great to work with a team who also want to adapt and push the boundaries of service and offering,” said a Clubhouse Casino representative.

 

About SOFTSWISS

Affilka by SOFTSWISS is an affiliate management platform for iGaming operators. The platform enables operators to manage affiliate partners across multiple brands, optimise marketing spend, and analyse player ROI from partners.

SOFTSWISS is a widely-acclaimed iGaming expert, supplying certified software solutions for managing online gambling operations. The company has an international team, which counts 1,000+ employees and has an official presence in Malta, Belarus, Poland and Georgia. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences, including Curacao, Malta, Estonia, Belarus, Belgium, Sweden, Nigeria, Ghana, Serbia and Greece. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013 SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

 

About The Clubhouse Casino

The Clubhouse Casino is the most premium brand on the market, and likes to do things a little differently. We don’t have users, we have members, and they will be treated as such. Rewarding Loyalty is our mantra, but we also know that we have to earn members’ loyalty, putting excellent service at the heart of everything. Our team’s vast experience has taught us what players want, and we are dedicated to delivering that. Fast withdrawals, great game selection, and an elegant, easy to navigate website. We have built a casino that matches our ambition, to be the best. 

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From Lara Croft to Thor, personal trainer re-creates the fitness regimes of iconic gaming characters

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  • Ebuyer have teamed up with expert PT Mike Harle to create week-long diet and workout plans tailored to popular gaming characters.
  • If you’re wondering what it would take to get lean Lara Croft style or attain the body of a literal god (Thor), here is what it could take to maintain their physiques.

New year is here, and therefore it’s time to sign up for that annual gym membership you are probably, rarely, going to use. But have you ever sat at your console and wondered “how would they keep in shape” when it comes to gaming characters?

Well, Ebuyer have taken matters into their own hands to discover just that – not without a little help of course. Teaming up with expert PT and owner of the Frontrow gym in Yarm, Mike Harle, Ebuyer have created a week-long diet and workout plan specifically tailored to your favourite gaming characters.

So, if you’re wondering what it would take for Lara Croft to stay lean, or to maintain the body of a literal god (Thor), look no further.

Mario (Super Mario)

Although the live-action Super Mario movie is set to arrive in December 2022, the potbellied plumber’s short stature doesn’t exactly scream the Hollywood image of fitness. He’s not ripped, he’s not chiselled, but he’s stocky and my God can that plumber jump. And as it turns out, you don’t have to look far to find capable athletes of a similar build.

The workout and diet of a rugby prop fit Mario’s mould nicely. Bulky but physically fit, and fully capable of sudden spurts of speed, the use of weights and cardio workouts will help Mario build the muscle his body needs to jump into every pipe.

Of course, Mario will need to cut back on the heavy breakfast foods in favour of something healthier. However, given his proclivity for mushrooms, this means he can eat a huge variety of meal options by substituting meat for a tasty mushroom-based meat alternative.

Lara Croft (Tomb Radar)

Dodging the lethal traps of tombs and scaling ancient ziggurats is no simple feat. Lara Croft needs to be strong yet flexible, with plenty of athletic and gymnastic prowess to overcome her foes. That means developing a healthy level of muscle without bulking up.

Lara’s workout is all about Calisthenics, bodyweight training that works large groups of muscles simultaneously without the use of additional weights and exercise machines. This allows her to strengthen all the muscles in her body but leave herself slim enough to easily swing between ledges and squeeze through crevices.

As for diet, Lara is spoilt for choice. With her vast pockets of wealth, she can afford the best food from around the world, meaning she’ll have no trouble eating well while tailoring her diet to perfectly compliment her workout.

Thor (Thor: God Of Thunder)

With the Thor: Love and Thunder movie dropping on the 8th of July, Thor’s going to have to do quite a bit of work to shift his beer belly and regain his thunder post-Endgame. And in order to attain the body of a literal god, you need to do some pretty intense workouts and diet adjustments. So, what better place to turn to for inspiration than the fittest man on Earth, CrossFit champion Matt Fraser.

CrossFit is all about constantly varied, high-intensity weight and cardio movements that work the entirety of the body. Combine this with a diet designed to shed as much fat as possible and Thor will be well on his way to rebuilding his eight-pack in no time.

Of course, there are a few things even the God of Thunder can’t live without. There’s no keeping Thor off the beer, which is why his diet accommodates for a litre of the frothy beverage each day.

“New Year is here, and so are our annual resolutions to get fitter. So, it got us thinking over at Ebuyer – just what would it take for our favourite gaming characters to keep their shape and save the world” says Andy Roberts, E-Commerce Director of Ebuyer.

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Blockchain betting market, Azuro, aims to tackle liquidity problems with the latest seed funding round

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The global betting and predictions market is expected to grow to over $92 billion by 2023 as new players, nations, and states embrace the industry. Huge economies such as the U.S. have long prohibited gambling but in 2018, some states legalized the practice, adding $1.5 billion to the global recorded figure of online betting revenue by the end of 2020.

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With many other states expected to follow the path, the gambling industry may surpass the predicted figure – $100 billion in annual revenue being the target by the end of 2023.

In light of the explosive rise in sports betting during the pandemic, many decentralized betting protocols have come up trying to sway users and players towards blockchain-based prediction markets. On Wednesday, Azuro, a decentralized DAO of betting and prediction markets, announced a successful $3.5 million seed funding round led by top VCs and angel investors ranging from DeFi, GameFi, traditional betting markets, and other blockchain-related areas.

The seed investment round was led by three companies namely Gnosis, Polymorphic Capital, and Flow Ventures. Other investors in the round included Ethereal Ventures, Arrington XRP Capital, AllianceDAO (a.k.a. DeFi Alliance), Delphi Digital, Meta Cartel Ventures, Merit Circle, and Clever Advertising.

Since the launch of decentralized prediction platforms in 2017, the space has rather stagnated despite the demand from players and the crypto ecosystem skyrocketing to a $3 trillion market capitalization. While many attempts have been made to make them work, most of these platforms have failed terribly in delivering on the fundamentals that Web2 betting companies capitalized on including an array of events, deep liquid markets, competitive odds, and multiple betting options. Additionally, current blockchain-based betting solutions suffer from single liquidity providers, product depth, and a bad UX for their players.

The latest capital injection into Azuro aims to solve these problems by launching a transparent, trustless, and decentralized platform. Currently, liquidity providers (LPs) on prediction markets have to start markets manually, set the odds and seed liquidity to each market they create. This means the LPs hold all the betting risks while having little incentive to do so. This has caused massive capital and liquidity exiting the decentralized prediction markets – as it happened with Gnosis, a partner of Azuro.

Furthermore, prediction markets are inefficient for bets with 3 or more outcomes. Most are bound to stick with YES/NO markets, which is dramatically insufficient especially for sports and related bets with more than two outcomes. Lastly, most of these platforms face regulatory pressure and geographical constraints, which could impact the growth of betting markets or even see them shut down.

Unlike its competition, Azuro is building a new protocol to enhance liquidity provision and minimize the betting risks for LPs on the platform. The platform employs a “pooled liquidity structure”, similar to DeFi protocols, which means LPs will not have to manually create markets and are not exposed to the betting market’s systematic risks. Instead, the risk is spread across all betting markets on the protocol, and therefore dramatically reduced for the LPs.

Additionally, the funds will be used to build a friendly UX architecture that allows for the full depth of the betting product available at centralized sportsbooks and a classic frontend, similar to traditional betting markets. Unlike most of the decentralized prediction markets today, Azuro will also allow users to easily set up multiple betting options, moving from the binary “Yes/No”, currently widely spread across decentralized prediction markets.

The decentralized betting governance protocol

Over the past year, DAOs have become the norm in the crypto industry, allowing participants on the platform to vote on proposals made to improve or upgrade the protocol. Similarly, Azuro plans to launch its DAO to reduce the external influence from regulators and authorities.

According to a statement, the platform holds liquidity as the base infrastructure layer with players and customer interactions built on top of it. This approach “outsources much of the direct-to-consumer efforts and relieves Azuro from most of the regulatory, KYC, legal and operational lift”, the statement further reads. Azuro breaks the role of traditional bookmakers into smaller roles, much more attainable for smaller participants. Azuro connects these participants in an elaborate dance thus providing players with a better experience in a decentralized way.

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