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Germany’s New Online Rules And Regulations For Gambling

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Germany’s gambling has been very strict and complicated. Still, the introduction of the updated Treaty on gambling (“ISTG 2021”) on March 12, 2020, gives new licensing possibilities to those in the online gaming industry. This fantastic news will push the current ban on online slot machines and poker that have only been operating out of one state, Schleswig-Holstein. You can study more about it from Wildz online casino. This new treaty will also outline rules on gambling advertising, licensing conditions, and tax rates.

What Are The New Regulations?

Germany’s online gaming has been restricted over the past, and changes had to be made hence done by the heads of state in 2020 and come to effect on July 1st, 2021. The restrictions were placed to protect the players and to prevent gambling addictions. Limitations include limits for spin-stakes, strict advertising laws, slot machines restrictions, and limits on in-game sports betting.

1. Account Verification

Players’ accounts need to be verified properly and ensure the credentials given are of the player. This will be the work of the provider to check and confirm the details. This prevents fraud and other crimes from taking place. To set up the gaming account, a player shall register with the organizer with further information of first name, last name, date of birth, place of birth, and the residential area. Organizers will then verify the accuracy of the information. A unique feature is that the authority will set up a file to which all providers must report and join. Clients may use other people’s identities, but when they get to be verified, it prevents identity theft as those caught are black listed.

2. Slot Machines

Having that, the slot machines were quick to give the game results; they are now required to spin and last for a minimum of 5 seconds, and the maximum stake for each to be capped at €1.00 per game. Any player that wants to play the most popular game will face restrictions on jackpots.

3. Advertising

Although there’s a positive side to the new rules placed, there are still minor restrictions. Online gambling platform advertising is not allowed between the hours of 06:00 and 21:00. The German states hope that this restriction will help and not impact the lives of the young generations because they are vulnerable, and these sites may take advantage of them. Also, minors should not be their target audience.

The new advertising law also prevents the platforms from the cross-advertising, meaning they can’t promote their casino while the player is playing another game.

Advertisements about online gaming should also not be misleading as well as promotion of gambling. Directed advertising via texts and calls is also limited, according to the new treaty.

4. Sports Betting

A limit has been placed at a maximum of €1000 per month, and they will be monitored by the service providers. Betting is allowed on the outcome of the game and the events that take place. Live betting is also allowed, but the rules are not clear about it yet. Sports betting on the occurrence of illegal behaviour or the sanctioning of unlawful conduct is not permitted.

5. Online Operators

Over the years, the law has been turning a blind eye to the illegal operators who have been operating above the law, but according to the new treaty, they won’t be overlooked.

Online operators should update their systems according to the new laws made and ensure they abide by them.

6. Licensing

The regulations around licensing state that companies with licenses will operate across Germany. The permit will be valid for five years.

According to the ISTG, by 2021, private companies can apply for licenses to offer virtual slot machines, sports betting, and online poker. For an online gaming site to be approved, it has to have three aspects: valuable consideration, determination of winnings, and a chance to win.

A new body will be formed that will be based in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt that will act as a gambling regulator. This body will be responsible for issuing licenses.

7. Opposition Will Be Involved

This agreement represents a compromise that will unify Germany with Sweden and the Uk. German players used to gamble under the European Union license that sees the money being gambled.

Through the treaty, online companies wanting to operate in Germany can but have to apply for a specific license and have a base in Germany. They’ll have to employ German speakers to communicate with players and would pay taxes.

8. Payment Transactions

Unlicensed gambling will not be participating in payment transactions. The supervisory body will issue orders to prohibit the payment transactions and be banned and prevented from participating in payments. Deposits and withdrawals via anonymous means of payment such as bitcoins are not allowed.

 

Other Regulatory Requirements For Online Gambling in Germany

  1. Record the suspension of players in the suspended player’s database that’s also called the black list.
  2. Comply with data protection and storage requirements.
  3. Implement and regularly monitor their IT security concept.
  4. Ensure exclusion of minors and suspended players through appropriate technical procedures.
  5. Uses a technical system that records all the data required for the gambling supervision that stores data digitally.
  6. Transmit information to the joint law enforcement authority to maintain a central limit database to ensure compliance with online gambling regulations.
  7. When playing, the player has to pay a minimal amount issued by the state and not more than that.

Take Away

For the new treaty to be effective, time must pass, and the results will be seen. But they’ll have to make sure German sites are more attractive. Although there’s competition from other online companies, allowing them to do business in the country is a win-win situation as they have to pay their taxes and the licensing fees. Companies should seek advice and consult with experienced German legal professionals before proceeding with the new rules and regulations.

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Spinomenal presents Santa’s Wild Night

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Spinomenal, the leading iGaming content provider, presents its latest slot Santa’s Wild Night which promises to deliver plenty of festive cheer.

Santa’s Wild Night is a seasonal triumph and has all the trimmings to make this an instant Christmas classic. Reveal three or more snow globes on the reels and a huge spinning snow globe will appear before coming to a stop on either ‘Bonus’ or ‘Free Spins’. The Wild symbol represents any other symbol aside from the mystery snow globe.

If the bonus is unwrapped players will have a chance to spin the Wheel of Fortune where three different jackpots exist. Players initially have one spin and the maximum win is a massive x1000 total bet. If the funds allow, then players can buy another spin but only if no jackpot were landed on the opening attempt. Each total is accumulated and added to the sum paid out once the feature finishes.

Should the huge spinning snow globe, launched when three small ones are found in the main game, stop on Free Spins the player will enter the secondary feature. To begin, players are given 10 Free Spins. Four progress bars must be completed by players finding five Scattered Santa symbols and players are gifted another five spins once one of the bars is full. The progress bars are represented by a gingerbread man, bauble, present and bell. Each will turn gold once complete for the remainder of the feature to show players how they are getting on.

Spinomenal’s CTO, Omer Henya, commented: “Santa’s Wild Night delivers bundles of joy and is the perfect gift for the run up to Christmas. The game has two fun festive features for players to unwrap and both have the potential to provide untold Christmas cheer.”

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1X2 Network launches Britain’s Got Talent Megaways exclusively with 32Red

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Show stopping slot has been developed using the provider’s innovative Branded MegawaysTM concept and promises to help players top the big-win charts

1X2 Network, the provider behind some of this year’s hottest slot games, is helping 32Red make its players feel like the star of the show following the exclusive launch of Britain’s Got Talent MegawaysTM.

Britain’s Got Talent MegawaysTM has been built using the developer’s Branded MegawaysTM product, which allows operators to quickly and cost effectively launch bespoke MegawaysTM slots based on their branding or other themes and IP.

The slot is a six reel, two to seven row game with variable win ways from 64 to 117,649. It is packed with show stopping bonuses and features including Wilds, x2 Wilds, Free Tumbles, Free Spins and Incremental Multipliers all designed to help players top the big win charts.

Free Spins trigger when successive Tumbles occur with a minimum of four Tumbles required to trigger eight Free Games. During Free Spins, reels with seven symbols lock at that number of symbols for the entirety of the Free Games feature.

Britain’s Got Talent MegawaysTM has been designed and developed exclusively for 32Red by 1X2 Network’s Iron Dog Studio subsidiary. The game went from concept to go live in record time, taking less than 8 weeks to complete.

Rory Kimber, Director of Account Management and Marketing at 1X2 Network, said: “We are delighted to have extended our successful partnership with 32Red by launching Britain’s Got Talent MegawaysTM exclusively to its players, who will enjoy taking centre stage in what is a hugely entertaining slot.

“Our Branded MegawaysTM concept was initially designed to allow operators to quickly and cost effectively launch MegawaysTM slots based on their own branding, but this launch shows that it goes way beyond that to include other brands, franchises and IP.

“Britain’s definitely got talent, and so does the Iron Dog Studio team which was able to take this slot from concept to launch in 7 weeks. Gameshow themed slots are incredibly popular right now and in Britain’s Got Talent MegawaysTM 32Red has a slot that will dominate the ratings.”

Adam Newnham Commercial Manager at 32Red, said: “1X2 Network and its Iron Dog Studio division have done an incredible job with Britain’s Got Talent MegawaysTM and we are thrilled to be launching it to our players on an exclusive basis.

“Britain’s Got Talent has been a hit entertainment TV show over the last 15 years and we are delighted that our players can now enjoy this fun and entertaining slot.”

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Gaming Realms seals Pariplay integration agreement

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Popular Slingo content added to Fusion™ platform

Aspire Global’s Pariplay Ltd, the leading aggregator and content provider, has boosted its portfolio by signing a deal to add Gaming Realms products to the Fusion™ aggregation platform.

The agreement will see Gaming Realms, the developer and licensor of mobile-focused gaming content, distribute its popular Slingo content to a wider audience in regulated markets worldwide through Pariplay’s innovative solution.

Through its unique IP and brands, Gaming Realms brings together media, entertainment and gaming assets within new game formats. Its management team includes accomplished entrepreneurs and experienced executives from a wide range of leading gaming and media companies.

Pariplay’s Fusion™ aggregation platform features thousands of titles from the industry’s leading games developers and a suite of back-office conversion and retention tools that enhance player value.

The content deal is the latest in a string of new partnerships that have been announced recently by Pariplay, as it furthers its growth in regulated markets globally, including in the United States.

Shivan Patel, Commercial Director at Pariplay, said: “We believe that we best serve our operator partners by offering them the widest possible range of content, designed to appeal to a large breadth of player demographics.

“This deal with Gaming Realms provides our Fusion™ platform with content that is carefully designed with mobile devices in mind, cleverly leveraging IP and brands to deliver innovative and engaging new styles of games that I know will be a firm hit with customers around the world.”

Gareth Scott, Commercial Director of Gaming Realms, said: “The integration with Pariplay supplements existing routes to market, while strengthening our strategy for regulated jurisdictions.

“The growing reputation of Slingo and its unique gameplay continually drives player demand. We’re humbled to have several sponsor operators go live immediately, including through Aspire Global, and look forward to onboarding further operators over the coming weeks.”

 

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