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Yggdrasil set for aquatic adventure in Golden FishTank 2 GigaBlox™

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Yggdrasil, the leading worldwide publisher of online gambling content, has rolled out underwater extravaganza Golden FishTank 2 GigaBlox™.

The six-reel sequel to Yggdrasil’s original smash hit sees players return to the fish tank, where huge riches await behind the aquatic residents.

On every spin at least two adjacent reels will connect to form up to a 4×4 GigaBlox™ symbol, while in Free Spins this can be a staggering 6×6 in size on the extended reels.

Five or more Free Spins symbols will trigger the Bonus Round, which can see six extra features triggered, including Wild Fish, turning one fish symbol into a Wild, a 2x multiplier, expanded reels, extra wilds, fish stacks or extra free spins.

Turning on the Golden Bet mode awards an extra feature pick when entering Free Spins, for 20% more per spin.

If the Treasure Chest lands on the fifth reel, players will automatically be awarded a prize of anything from 2-500x their stake, or Free Spins. The bigger the chest, the better the prize.

In certain jurisdictions, players can buy the free spins for a set price, as well as enjoy a Gamble mode, where they can gamble for more features before entering Free Spins.

Golden FishTank 2 GigaBlox™ is the latest Yggdrasil game to include the mechanic, part of the provider’s GEM offering of highly innovative, exciting game features that transform a player’s gaming experience.

Stuart McCarthy, Head of Product and Programs at Yggdrasil, said: “Golden FishTank 2 GigaBlox™ combines a fun theme with one of our most popular mechanics. Adding huge riches to the recipe ensures this is one wealthy fish tank.

“We’re constantly striving to create our own dynamic content to sit alongside our YG Masters portfolio and we’re very pleased to launch this game which is a sequel to one of our most popular titles of all time.

“GigaBlox™ is a high-performing mechanic for us, and it is something we will look to incorporate even more in upcoming releases, to continue to meet player appetite.”

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Skywind soars with Livespins partnership

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Developer’s full suite of content has been integrated into the provider’s innovative live streaming platform that is live on casinofriday and offers an entirely new way for players to experience online casino

Skywind has become the latest supplier to join the Livespins revolution by integrating its full suite of slots into the provider’s cutting-edge live streaming platform.

The partnership will see Skywind’s popular slots made available to Livespins streamers for the first time, including player favourite titles such as Big top Bonanza Megaways, Shaolin Showdown and Teller of tales.

Livespins is on a mission to socially charge the online casino space and it is doing this by delivering shared player experiences through its innovative platform, offering an entirely new category of play.

The provider has assembled a lineup of the best streamers in the business and players can watch but also join in with the action taking place across the reels by betting behind the streamer.

This creates a group bet and a shared experience on the same spin but with each player able to set their own bet amount and number of spins.

Social interaction is offered through the ability for players to chat with the streamer and each other throughout, as well as by adding reactions to the action taking place across the reels.

Michael Pedersen, CCO at Livespins, said: “Livespins is revolutionising the online casino experience for players but the driving force behind any successful stream is the game being played by the streamer.

“Players expect to be kept on the edge of their seats and with Skywind we have a content partner that knows how to get pulses racing and deliver the excitement and entertainment that players, and streamers, are seeking.

“Skywind makes for a great addition to our growing portfolio of games, and I look forward to tuning in to broadcasts of our streamers and players engaged with the action taking place across the reels.”

Hilary Stewart-Jones, CEO at Skywind, added: “The meteoric rise of online casino streaming has been phenomenal and increasingly a mainstay of our business. Livespins is at the heart of this in driving the streamer community forward with a unique platform and player experience.  We are very excited to become a part of that.

“Our games have been designed to thrill and excite with each spin which makes them perfectly suited to streaming and we look forward to seeing Livespins streamers and players enjoy the fast-paced, high-engagement action they provide.”

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Norwegian Government Submits New Gambling Act for Consultation

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Norway’s Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality has launched a consultation on the country’s new proposed Gambling Act. The new Gambling Act will replace the Lottery Act, the Totalizator Act and the previous Gambling Act.

The draft legislation is open to comments from stakeholders until 5 August. While much of the law simply consolidates aspects of the previous three acts in place, it does come updated enforcement rules.

Among the most significant parts of the new act is the introduction of “infringement fees” for operators that violate the Gambling Act, including those who target the country without a licence. In Norway, only monopolies Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto may offer online gambling.

The Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gaming had criticised the bill when it was introduced for keeping the monopoly model in place.

Regulator Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) may require operators to pay up to 10% of turnover – before winnings are paid out – if they break the rules laid out in the Act.

In deciding the size of the fine, Lotteritilsynet may consider its preventative effect, the “gravity and duration” of the infringement, the financial capability of the offender, the degree of cooperation with the authorities and any previous violations.

If approved, the rules are set to come into force on 1 January 2023.

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Swedish Court Rejects Mr Green Appeal Over €3.1M Fine

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The Administrative Court in Linköping has rejected Mr Green’s appeal against a sanction for breaches of the Money Laundering Act and Gambling Act.

The gambling regulator Spelinspektionen had issued Mr Green with two warnings and fines totalling SEK31.5m (€3.1m) in August due to breaches of know-your-customer (KYC), anti-money laundering (AML) and responsible gambling rules.

The Administrative Court has ruled that Mr Green’s routines on money laundering were lacking and that it violated the Money Laundering Act’s rules on customer knowledge. It found that the two warnings issued by Spelinspektionen were “sufficient” and the penalty fees “proportionate”.

The largest fee of SEK30m relates to breaches of the operator’s duty of care on responsible gambling. A second warning and related penalty of SEK1.5m were issued for AML and KYC failings.

Spelinspektionen launched a review of Mr Green’s AML measures after receiving complaints in November 2019. It inspected 15 customer accounts, including accounts belonging to customers that Mr Green had reported to Sweden’s financial police.

Spelinspektionen said the fact that Mr Green had reported the accounts showed the operator had suspicions about possible money laundering.

The regulator noted that one customer had made deposits totalling SEK39.3m and had lost SEK3.2m despite having a declared income that hardly covered the loss. However, Mr Green had decided not to take further action to investigate possible money laundering after the customer stopped playing.

Spelinspektionen also audited five customers due to responsible gambling measures. It found that Mr Green had attempted to contact all five by email or phone due to increases in their gambling activity but that one customer had made several deposits per day on multiple occasions and had lost more than their announced taxable income for several years.

Mr Green eventually closed these customers’ accounts, but Spelinspektionen said the operator had not made sufficient contact with them to ensure they were gambling with their own funds and doing so responsibly.

Mr Green responded that some customers suspected of money laundering had not been identified due to technical problems with a new detection system that had failed to issue warnings over high-risk customers. It said the new automated system had identified a larger number of customers than expected and had placed customers in a queue according to level of risk, resulting in delays.

It added that it was now using a better case management system to help perform risk assessments and that it has increased its number of money laundering investigators to manage the increase.

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