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COVID-19: European Gambling Associations Issue Guidance On Safer Online Gambling And Responsible Advertising

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EGBA: New Analysis Shows EGBA’s Responsible Advertising Code Can Reinforce National Advertising Rules
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With increasing global concern about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health, safety and well-being of the general public is of utmost concern.

During this particularly concerning time for citizens online gambling companies should act socially responsible and ensure that those Europeans who choose to gamble online can continue do so in a safe and secure environment.

In this respect, we strongly oppose the apparent reference to the coronavirus in some recent gambling advertising and urge all online gambling companies to ensure that their:

  • Advertising does not refer to the coronavirus, World Health Organisation (WHO) coronavirus-related statements and/or any other coronavirus-related developments.
  • Advertising does not portray gambling as a solution to social, personal or financial problems or invites customers to gamble online as a solution to boredom.
  • Advertising and websites contain signposted information about minimum age restrictions, national problem gambling helplines and national self-exclusion registers.
  • Customers are closely monitored for problematic gambling behaviour, in compliance with GDPR provisions, and step up interventions when appropriate.
  • Websites contain robust and rigorously enforced Know Your Customer (KYC) measures to verify the identity of new customers and prevent minors from gambling.
  • Websites contain responsible gambling tools – such as deposit limits and self-exclusion tools – which are actively promoted and visible.

These measures build on actions already being taken by European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) members and others as part of their safer gambling efforts and are in accordance with the European Commission’s “Recommendation 2014/478/EU on consumer protection in online gambling” which provides essential guidelines on safer gambling and responsible commercial communications for online gambling.

We urge online gambling companies to share this information to any affiliate companies they work with and to ensure their brands are not being promoted in an unethical and socially irresponsible manner.

This statement is supported by the following European online gambling associations

AFJEL – Association Française des Opérateurs de Jeu en Ligne (France); APAJO – Associação Portuguesa de Apostas e Jogos Online (Portugal); BAGO – Belgian Association of Gaming Operators (Belgium); BGC – Betting and Gaming Council (UK); BOS – Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (Sweden); DOCV – Deutscher Online Casinoverband (Germany); DOGA – Danish Online Gambling Association (Denmark); DSWV – Deutscher Sportwettenverband (Germany); EGBA – European Gaming and Betting Association (Belgium); IBIA – International Betting Integrity Association (Belgium); iGEN – iGaming European Network (Malta); Jdigital– Asociación Española de Juego Digital (Spain); LOGiCO – Lega Operatori di Gioco su Canale Online (Italy); NBO – Norsk Bransjeforening for Onlinespill (Norway); OVWG – Österreichische Vereinigung für Wetten & Glücksspiel (Austria); and Speel Verantwoord (Netherlands).

EGBA is committed to driving standards across the online gambling sector and these are important measures which we think gambling companies should adopt to protect their customers and ensure their advertising is conducted in an ethical and socially responsible way. We urge all online gambling companies to adhere to them.” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General (EGBA).

About EGBA
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is the Brussels-based trade association representing the leading online gaming and betting operators established, licensed and regulated within the EU, including bet365, Betsson Group, GVC Holdings PLC, Kindred Group Plc, and William Hill. The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA works together with national and EU authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated online gambling market which provides a high level of consumer protection and takes into account the reality of the digital economy and consumer demand. Today, EGBA’s member companies together have more than 16.5 million customers in Europe.

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Singular extends casino offering with Booming Games

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Singular and Booming Games have sealed a distribution agreement to target Tier 1 operators via Singular’s iGaming platform. Booming Games’ full slot portfolio is now available on Singular’s platform with more than 60 HTML5 slot games including popular titles like Booming Seven Deluxe, VIP Filthy Riches, Gold Vein and latest release Gunspinner. Booming Games release up to two new games per month. Soon to be released are Danger Zone, Show Master and Burning Classics.

“We are delighted to partner with a leading platform and distribution partner like Singular to further extend the reach of our content to regulated and new markets. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership” said Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games.

Booming Games have just recently announced a successful start to 2020 after being recognised as Rising Star of the Year at the International Gaming Awards and launching their slot portfolio with Leo Vegas, Gamesys Group, Microgame, Gaming1 and Hero Gaming.

“Having Booming Games on our portfolio goes hand in hand with our dedication to delivering versatile, high-quality gaming content. Moreover, Booming games innovative features guarantee engaging gameplay which translates into increasing LTV of players.” – Robert Dowling, Chief Commercial Officer at Singular.

Singular has 10+ years of experience working with Tier 1 iGaming operators. Singular Product Portfolio includes a comprehensive and flexible iGaming platform, Sports Betting Platform with market leading features alongside a Retail solution and a Casino Core with 7000+ casino games. We aim to empower operators to be ready for any breadth and magnitude of their growth, to be bespoke in their respective markets, and to be ahead of their competition. This complies with the three pillars of the company: reliability, flexibility and innovation which are the founding blocks of the company’s way of work reflected in the corporate slogan BE OUTSTANDING. For more information visit singular.uk.

 

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IAGR POSTPONES DISRUPTING THE REGULATOR

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The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced the postponement of its annual conference: Disrupting the Regulator: Sparking innovation in regulatory practice #IAGR2020 Boston until 12-17 September 2021.

After monitoring governmental public health advice and associated jurisdictional developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic over recent months, the Board of Trustees determined it was in the best interests of the association and its members to postpone its annual conference until 2021.

In making the announcement Mr Paul Newson, IAGR President, said: ‘It’s profoundly disappointing to delay this exciting event, but I’m confident our focus on innovation in regulatory policy and practice will be increasingly important as we transition out of lockdowns towards normality.

‘The decisive public health response to the pandemic has saved lives. I think we also need to acknowledge that the abrupt shutdown of economic activity and social interaction has devastated many businesses and livelihoods, but I think it also presents tremendous opportunity for bold innovation to overcome previous policy and regulatory inertia.

‘We have assembled an impressive line-up of leading speakers to share insights, challenge thinking and spark a contest and ideas and new ways of working at #IAGR2021. We will be liaising with each of our speakers to ensure we build on the program to best capture lessons from the pandemic that can help advance efficient and effective gambling regulation.’

The conference will still be held at the Boston Marriott, hosted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and in partnership with the International Masters of Gaming Law we will be offering back to back conferences including a joint conference day and networking events.

‘We had an extraordinary response to our call for speakers and I wish to thank all those individuals for their patience while a decision on the timing of the conference has been pending’ Mr Newson said.

IAGR is exploring a number of options for webinars and virtual events for its members and industry stakeholders in the lead up to #IAGR2021. We also invite expressions of interest from regulators and industry stakeholders to contribute to our newsletter.

IAGR consists of representatives from gaming regulatory organisations throughout the world and aims to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of gambling regulation.

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GiG strengthens iGaming offering to operators by adding Playtech’s iPoker to its platform

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has integrated Playtech Plc’s iPoker product to its platform, allowing GiG to extend its iGaming offering to its partners.

Playtech’s iPoker product boasts a poker network of over 35,000 players. They operate in the regulated markets that offer Poker and deliver a solid omnichannel solution for operators.  The partnership will enable operators to gain access to one of the largest poker networks in the world, through GiG’s leading-edge iGaming platform. Operators can take advantage of a wide selection of game types, an extensive offering of table stakes and buy-ins and a rich range of games via  HTML 5 web, mobile, iOS and Android.

Ben Clemes, Chief Commercial Officer, “We are excited to have partnered with Playtech in entering the poker betting vertical. The integration of Playtech’s iPoker product with our iGaming Platform allows us to further extend our betting options and enables our partners to offer a strong poker betting player experience. As part of the process, we added to our microservices, which gives us the ability to scale and integrate with other third-party poker providers in the future —providing our partners with more flexibility and choice.’’

Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer, Playtech, comments: “We’re delighted to partner with GiG and welcome them to our iPoker network. Having invested heavily in our new poker web client, in addition to our native poker app and popular downloadable desktop poker client, together Playtech and GiG can offer operators access to an exceptionally flexible platform as well as an ever-growing network. GiG is an important strategic partner for us, we look forward to continuing to work with them to bring industry-leading technology to the sector.”

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