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NSoft attends SiGMA 2018

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NSoft will be attending SiGMA – the biggest iGaming expo in Malta bringing together affiliates, operators, B2B Solution providers and Regulators over 3 days – as the perfect international environment to showcase the NSoft’s portfolio to the industry.

The fifth edition of SiGMA will take place between the 28th and 30th of

November at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali.

NSoft, a leading Sportsbook​ provider offers a comprehensive software solution including Pre​-Match Betting and Live​ Betting​. It is a turnkey solution based on a revenue share model that minimizes risk, reduces operational costs and brings valuable benefits to different types of operators.
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Should you be there, don’t miss a chance to have a chat with the NSoft team and discover the novelties first hand. Book a meeting at sales@nsoft.com​.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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BetConstruct secures ADM approval for Italian market

Zoltan Tundik

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BetConstruct made it to the licensing list of the Italian Agenzia Dogane Monopoli.

BetConstruct continuously expands its operations to the regulated markets. In 2018 they got licensed to provide gaming products of well-known MGA-Licensed casino providers, secured Remote Operating Licence from the UKGC for their Live Casino, got their Retail Solutions licensed in Romania. And the list of the achievements goes on.

Recently the Italian Gaming Regulator has published the name-list of the new licensees and Vivaro Limited, trading as BetConstruct, was featured there.

To help their partners to enlarge the coverage of their operations worldwide, the team at BetConstruct aims to further expand to such markets as the USA, Denmar, and Sweden.

 

About BetConstruct

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions with development, sales and service centers around the globe.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include an extensive range of products and services, including Sportsbook, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Solutions, RNG & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more. The latest addition is the industry-first complete management infrastructure, SpringBME (Business Management Environment).

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring platform with its powerful back office tools and all-inclusive services that empower operators’ growth and help contain their costs. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unfettered opportunity to succeed.

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Advertisement banning trends in the European Union and the Balkans, subject of the IMGL MasterClass in Prague

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There has been a recent wave that has swept across the gambling industry and had the form of banning gambling related advertisement. This is the case in many European jurisdictions, but we are not excluding that this is a global wave. Media outlets have reported that such bans are scheduled to be included in Asia as well.

In Sweden, new online gambling operators may lose their ability to market their products entirely if the government takes note of new survey results which shows more than half (53%) of Swedes believe gambling advertising should be banned.

The latest survey results are not a surprise and come to complement the Minister of Civil Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi beliefs, who has summoned all 69 Swedish online gambling licensees to a meeting on the 14th of February to discuss their marketing activities. Just earlier, Shekarabi publicly contemplated following the UK’s lead and banning all gambling promos during live sports broadcasts.

About two weeks ago, Niels Folmann, director of the state-run former gambling monopoly Danske Spil, told local media that the Danish government should follow the UK’s lead and enact a blanket prohibition on gambling advertising during televised live sports events.

These subject are among the reasons why we have asked the experts of the industry from IMGL to present a MasterClass during the event which will focus on these aspects and treat the industry is currently facing in several European jurisdictions and also in the Balkans.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

Italy in the focus – Good news and bad news

The Italian gambling authority, Agenzia delle dogane e dei monopoli (ADM), released the list of the approved candidates that will be allowed to operate in the local market. Their licenses will be valid through December 31, 2022. The regulator has awarded 66 concessions and has also issued licenses to four other companies which will treat with reserves for reasons it said it would communicate to the licensees themselves.

Even if the Seria A gambling sponsor ban has been delayed until July, there are still lots of tensions in the “lo Stivale”.  The Italian soccer clubs have been permitted to keep existing betting deals until the end of the season. The extension follows the enforcement of a government-led blanket ban on gambling advertising throughout Italy.

The ban applies to all gambling-related products and services across all media platforms – including television, websites, and radio – and sports clubs are also to be prohibited from carrying sponsors from the industry.

While the delay to the implementation of the ban is a positive for soccer clubs in the country, the move merely marks a delay to a law that could have severe consequences for Italy’s soccer industry.

Operators within the gambling industry have criticized the new measures, warning that prices may rise and the illegal gambling sector could benefit as a result.

In an open letter written in July to Luigi Di Maio, the government’s Deputy Prime Minister who authored the decrees, Italian-licensed gambling operator LeoVegas added that the ban wouldn’t achieve a significant reduction in gambling activity. Rather, he wrote, it would lead to a surge in advertising by gambling operators not holding Italian licenses. (source sportspromedia.com)

Quirino Mancini, the Global Head of the Gaming and Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners will take the role to give an in-depth review of the Italian market.

The company he represents, Tonucci & Partners, is a top-ten Italian general practice firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Brescia, Padua, Florence, Tirana, Bucharest, and Belgrade.

Quirino is one of the leading Italian gaming and gambling lawyers with a specialist practice of almost 20 years. He acts for Italian and foreign-based online and land-based companies operating in the Italian gaming market, advising them on legal, licensing, regulatory, day-to-day compliance and any other operational aspects connected to their activities. He also runs a bespoke matchmaking and business strategy service to provide clients with a customized type of assistance that includes also introduction and facilitation of dealings with the local regulatory authorities, banks as well as scouting and suitability checks on potential business partners.

Quirino is a regular speaker at most international gaming conferences and sits in the editorial board of various sector reviews and magazines. Co-founder and editor of www.gaminglaw.eu, a pan-European information and commentary portal focusing on legal and regulatory issues under European and national gaming laws.

Secretary and fellow member of the Leadership Committee of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), a worldwide organization gathering regulators, lawyers and advisors, in-house counsels and educators engaged in the gaming business. A fellow member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)

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Britain to blame for the situation?

If you have read the intro part of this article, you will find one common fact. In each situation, the UK gambling ban is cited. It seems everyone is following the idea of the advertisement ban which has been sparked last year.

UK press has just announced that it has been decided that gambling adverts will no longer be allowed to appear on websites or in computer games that are popular with children, under new rules designed to stop irresponsible gambling.

Bookmakers will be required to use every targeting tool possible to ensure online gambling promotions are not seen by under-18s. They will also have to avoid placing gambling adverts on parts of websites that are popular with children and stop using celebrities or other people who appear to be under 25 in their promotions. (source: theguardian.com)

Coming into force on 1 April, the guidelines devised by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which is responsible for writing and maintaining the UK advertising codes, will prohibit online ads for gambling products being targeted at individuals likely to be aged under 18. These standards cover all digital media including social networks and other online platforms.

This complements many other banning procedures, as you may know, from July 2018, the British betting industry has implemented a “whistle-to-whistle” ban on all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sports programming, with the exception of horse and greyhound racing.

William Hill has become the first UK-listed operator to call for a media strategy review in 2019, with competitors likely to follow suit as betting leadership adjusts to new advertising realities.

Russell Mifsud (Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG Malta) will take on the role to discussing these aspects and how will report how operators are taking steps in order to comply while also keeping an eye on the brand strategy and business run.

Russell is an Economist and Associate Director at KPMG, who leads the firm’s gaming department. Russell provides insight on the industry externalities and commercial strategy for KPMG and our clientele across the board. He also helps drive a core group of professionals who specialize in gaming within the KPMG network globally. Russell also sits on the board of the Malta Remote Gaming Council and Silicon Valletta. He works closely with the KPMG Audit, Tax & Advisory teams locally and internationally in order to assist network with identifying risks and opportunities, with a view to adding strategic insight and guidance to clientele across the board.

Russell Mifsud and Quirino Mancini will be joined by leading experts from Central Europe, the Balkans and Germany to complement advertisement banning procedures which are being implemented or discussed in their jurisdiction.

Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft) and Martin Arendts (Founder of ARENDTS ANWAELTE) be the experts taking on this role while the MasterClass will be moderated by Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW)

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the IMGL MasterClass presented by members and non-members of the International Masters of Gaming Law at Prague Gaming Summit 3!

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SKS365: BEPI PEZZULLI NAMED NEW GENERAL LEGAL COUNSEL

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After a long international experience in finance, tech, and media, Pezzulli will coordinate the activities of the Italian legal team activity to support the company’s management

SKS365, one among the leading operators in the Italian betting market, announced the appointment of Bepi Pezzulli as new General Counsel.

Lawyer, Solicitor in London and Attorney at Law in New York, he brings with him a long international experience both in Europe and the United States in areas such as finance, tech and media. Pezzulli will manage the activities of SKS365 legal department as strategic advisor reporting to the management team and board. “SKS365 is a cutting-edge company. Here the legal function has the mission to contribute to operating efficiency. As General Legal Counsel I will have the opportunity to demonstrate that legal, compliance and business ethics produce value for shareholders” commented Pezzulli.

An exciting year awaits all of us here at SKS365 and it is with great pleasure that I welcome, on behalf of the entire company, Bepi Pezzulli – commented Francesco Gaziano, SKS365 Chief Marketing OfficerHe brings a wealth of experience, both from a legal and a commercial point of view, which will prove invaluable for the new company course.

The arrival of Pezzulli is one of the many hits scored by the new SKS365. With the recent launch of the new brand identity, it confirms itself at the center of a path of evolution that invests all areas of society, and which contribute to place it among the most dependable operators in the Italian market.

SKS365 is one of the main players in the international betting and gaming industry. The Company is also present in the Italian online and retail market through SKS365 Malta Limited (holder of concession license n° GAD15242 and physical retail network concession n° 72002 and 4584).

Through the brand planetwin365 the Company offers elevated security standards and a diversified gaming experience to its customers both online, with planetwin365.it, and offline through a retail network that holds more than 800 planetwin365 shops throughout the Italian territory.

“Il nostro gioco è di un altro pianeta” is the claim that aims at underlining the positioning of the Company as the operator with the widest range of bets available on the Italian market, the one with the richest and updated betting schedule and innovative tools such as the “market movers”, which monitor the trend of shares. The brand, planetwin365, is close to all the customers especially those with the passion for football and overall sports in general. Customers can choose from more than 100 types of bets, around 330 live events each day and over 5000 pre-games every week. The offer is also available via mobile app for iOS and Android.

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