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GSA Europe’s Innovation and Growth on Display at London Event

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GSA and GSA Europe are heading to ICE 2019 and will appear on stand NDA-7 at the show, bolstered by a wave of excitement for its projects in the gaming industry and in the European Union.

GSA Europe was specially created to bring more value to and focus on the regional suppliers, manufacturers, online and land-based operators throughout Europe and their unique needs, and GSA Europe’s Managing Director Mark Pace will lead the organization’s presence at ICE.

Pace was recently elected by the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) to lead the creation of a European Union online gaming reporting standard. CEN has established Technical Committee 456 to create this standard in support of online gambling supervision. GSA Europe joined Technical Committee 456 as a Liaison Organization in 2017.

“2018 was an incredible year of standards advancement and for GSA’s growth. Today, companies that supply 70 percent of the global gaming marketplace are or have been involved in GSA, and our award-winning standards are in use around the world, driving the industry to innovation and growth,” Pace said. “That, combined with our involvement in the CEN, makes this a better time than ever to join GSA/GSA Europe.”

Wherever they are located, there is a level of membership for every type of company in the global gaming industry. Join GSA as a member today and work with like-minded companies who are creating the future of standards.

Find GSA on ICE stand NDA-7, on www.gamingstandards.com

GSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Microgaming Software Systems, LTD.; NOVOMATIC AG; Playtech, (PTEC.L) & Scientific Games International (SGMS).

Other members include: Other members include: Adlink Technology Inc.; Ainsworth Game Technology Inc.; Alphaslot; Amatic Industries GmbH; AmTote International; APEX pro gaming; Appolonia; Ares Way; Aruze Gaming America, Inc.; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; AxesNetwork Solutions Inc.; BMM Testlabs; Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited; Canadian Gaming Association; Casinos Austria; Cashpoint Payment Solutions; ComTrade Gaming; Combination AB; Crane Payment Innovations (CPI); DRGT Europe; European Casino Association; Everi; Fortunet; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. (GLI); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Ganlot; Genlot Game Technology Co., Ltd.; Grand Vision Gaming; House Advantage; Incredible Technologies; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock USA; JCM Global; Loto-Québec; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation; Maxgaming; Mobile Gaming Monitoring On GmbH; Multi-State Lottery Association; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Paltronics Australasia Pty. Ltd.; PVS Australia Pty, Ltd.; Quixant; Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Seoul National University of Science & Technology; Smernax Holdings Ltd.; Synergy Blue; U1 Gaming; Universal de Desarrollos Electronicos, S.A.; UNLV International Gaming Institute; VEIKKAUS; Western Canada Lottery Corporation; Wojskowe Zaklady Lacznosci Nr 1 S.A.

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EGBA Warns Spanish Proposals are Counterproductive

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has cautioned that the new ad restrictions in Spain could lead to an increase in illegal gambling, as well as a detrimental impact on the football clubs in the country.

Proposals by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs will see online gambling ads only allowed between 1 am-5 am, with no exceptions for sporting events, a complete ban on gambling sponsorship of sports uniforms, kits and stadiums, and a ban on welcome bonuses.

The state-involved lotteries of the world, which account for 65% of the revenue from the gambling industry, will be exempt from the key elements.

The government is scheduled to finalise the regulations in Autumn this year, with a three-month transition period for gaming firms to adapt to the law changes.

EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer has explained: “Advertising has a crucial role to play in informing consumers which websites are regulated, and which are not. The near absolute advertising ban proposed in Spain will deprive Spanish players of any information where they can play in a safe and secure environment.”

The EGBA claims that unregulated gambling in Spain is already a problem, with 414 unregulated sites blocked in April-May alone this year by the country’s gambling authority.

The proposals will also have a negative impact on 41 of 42 football clubs in La Liga, which currently reel from COVID-19’s financial impact, costing them up to €80 million in lost advertising revenues.

“This is highly counterproductive and we urge the Spanish authorities to reconsider the proposals, and focus instead on strict regulation of the contents of advertising,” Haijer stated.

“We fully agree that advertising should be responsible, both in terms of content and design, and that is why we recently published a code of conduct on responsible advertising.

“The code offers practical ways in which gambling advertising can be conducted in a socially responsible way and as a conduit for informing citizens about important consumer protection measures, such as age restrictions and safer gambling tools.

“Finally, exempting state-involved lotteries, which account for two thirds of Spain’s gambling market, from the restrictions is unjustified, protectionist and discriminatory.”

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Stakelogic Partners with Microgaming

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Popular online slot developer Stakelogic has entered into a premium partnership deal with Microgaming. As per the deal, the developer’s full portfolio of premium slots will be launched on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform.

Stakelogic’s games will join a wealth of uniquely diverse and premium content available on Microgaming’s platform, provided by the supplier’s diverse roster of exclusive independent studios and content partners, which are able to access hundreds of online gaming brands in over 20 regulated markets.

“We are thrilled to announce our premium partnership with Microgaming, which will see Stakelogic’s content distributed on their content aggregation platform! The agreement is testament to our quality slot offering and will elevate our reach with Microgaming customers in regulated markets. The future looks bright for Stakelogic and upcoming operators choosing our content,” Salvatore Marino, Sales Director at Stakelogic, said.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Stakelogic in a deal that will see their high-quality slots, which perform especially well in key European markets, added to our growing, diverse casino portfolio. Throughout 2020, Microgaming has significantly expanded its network of talented content partners to include the likes of Stakelogic, enabling us to diversify our offering to provide our customers with even greater choice,” Leon Thomas, Commercial Director at Microgaming, said.

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Stoiximan and Betano rebrand as Kaizen Gaming

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The group behind operators Stoiximan and Betano has rebranded as Kaizen Gaming. The group said that the name change reflects the “kaizen” business philosophy which focuses on continuous improvement throughout an organisation.

The new corporate identity comes seven years after Stoiximan was founded, with the Kaizen umbrella to oversee the Stoiximan brand in Greece and Cyrprus, as well as Betano in Germany, Portugal, Romania and Brazil.

“This is a big day for us and our people. Κaizen underlines the company’s overall philosophy and unites our course to date with the elements that will mark our future steps: People, Technology, Entertainment, Responsibility, Extroversion, Commitment and Contribution,” George Daskalakis, co-founder and chief executive of Kaizen, said.

“We aim to continue in the same way in which we set off, creating ‘made in Greece’ innovation that competes vigorously in the international environment, while maintaining our passion about constantly improving our products and services in order to provide a best in class customer experience,” George Daskalakis added.

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