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25.07.2021  S.Knight  Unibet Breach Australian Advertising Law – FINED AU$48,000
24.07.2021  J.Dale  Belgium – Report shows Rise in Safer Gambling Tools Usage
23.07.2021  J.Dale  The Netherlands – Gambling Regulators New Rules on Player Exclusion
22.07.2021  J.Dale  Poland Issues Warnings about Illegal Online Gambling
22.07.2021  S.Knight  Australia’s Largest Gambling Company to Support Ban on Credit Card Use for Online Gambling
21.07.2021  J.Dale  New Annual Gambling Revenue Record broken in Pennsylvania
21.07.2021  S.Knight  Michigan Online Casino Revenue Declines
20.07.2021  J.Dale  Twitch banned in Slovakia following Illegal Gambling Advertising
20.07.2021  S.Knight  Spain Proposes New Rules Regarding Loss and Time Limits for Online Casinos
19.07.2021  S.Knight  Facebook and Instagram Invest Over $1 billion to Reward Creators using their Platforms


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Unibet Breach Australian Advertising Law – FINED AU$48,000

Published 25.07.2021  Author: S.Knight  Category: News

Gambling operator Unibet has been fined AU$48,000 by Liquor & Gaming New South Wales after being convicted of posting three illegal gambling adverts in the Australian state.

On November 26th 2020, Unibet published advertisements on their own website and on the Apple App Store for its Uniboost, Uplift and Reboost offers, which are all forms of special or enhanced odds.

The New South Wales Betting and Racing Act 1998 states that it is an offence to publish a gambling advert that offers inducements to participate in any gambling activity.

NSW Liquor & Gaming’s compliance director Darren Duke said:
“Special or enhanced odds have the ability to induce people to open a betting account when they otherwise may be refraining from gambling, and they may encourage people to gamble more frequently.”

Betchoice Corporation Pty, trading as Unibet, were fined AU$16,000 per offence, totalling to AU$48,000 overall after pleading guilty to three offences during a hearing at Downing Centre Local Court on July 15th. The operator was also ordered to pay AU$3,900 in legal costs.

Duke also added: “During sentencing the Magistrate noted that Unibet had a record of previous convictions and had most recently been fined $15,000 in 2019 for breaches of the betting legislation.”

“The advertisements were designed to entice people to engage with gambling products and are a breach of the legislation.”




Belgium – Report shows Rise in Safer Gambling Tools Usage

Published 24.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) of Belgium has posted a “Sustainability Report” which looked into the usage of “Safer Gambling Tools” which have been introduced and pushed in their jurisdiction.

This report finds that 75% of customers used at least one of these tools in 2020 to aid their gambling experience, which was up from 61% in the year prior. The mentioned tools included personal deposit limits (22%), self exclusion (5%), time checks (5%) and product blocks (1%).

The EGBA reported that their members had sent 2.8 million personalised communications, including messages and calls to their customers about their betting behaviour, in an attempt to promote safe gambling habits. They believe they their proactive communication has been responsible for the spike in safe gambling tools usage, as in 2019 they had sent only 1.2 million personalised messages.

In addition to the personalised messages, their employees had also sent 14.2 million “generic” messages on safer gambling as well as spending €408m on sports sponsorships to get their points across. Internally, they also trained over 32,000 employees across the market on safer gambling
.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General at EGBA said: “EGBA and its members are committed to lead from the front on safer gambling and our yearly sustainability report is part of our commitment to be accountable and transparent about our activities, track our progress and support our overall efforts to put safer gambling at the heart of what we do.”

“The personal commitment of the CEOs to achieve these objectives is vital and welcomed. It is very encouraging to see that our members are already putting their commitment into action through the greater deployment of safer gambling tools and by communicating more than ever before to their customers about safer gambling, and in an increasingly personalised and targeted way.”




The Netherlands – Gambling Regulators New Rules on Player Exclusion

Published 23.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulator has finalised their rules on the new involuntary exclusion of players from gambling. The new Dutch Remote Gambling Act allows for family members, employers and gaming operators to add individuals to the Netherlands’ self exclusion registry.

The KSA which only began their online gaming licensing process in April of this year, will officially go live with a number of operators on the 1st of October. Operators under the license will be required to check all of their players against the CRUKS self exclusion listing before they can approve accounts.

In the new player exclusion rules, one of the conditions which allows for a third party to add someone to the register will be that in doing so, they are preventing them from financial, social or personal damage. This measure should only be used as a last resort when other measures have not worked in reducing harm.

A third party can register a player to CRUKS either online or via post, by first explaining their relationship with the player and why they are requesting the exclusion. The KSA will then begin an investigation into the player’s gambling behaviour, checking the
financial loss, personal damage, neglect of health and the impact on social relationships. The regulator may also involve experts to get their advise on the situation as well as directly speaking to the player, giving them a chance to give their opinion.

KSA mentioned that involuntary registration on CRUKS is a final resort in a situation where the player is clearly having issues and is ignoring all forms of help. The idea is more to help the problem gamblers realise their addition and encourage them to take the assistance, rather than immediately forcing their hand.




Poland Issues Warnings about Illegal Online Gambling

Published 22.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

Poland’s Ministry of Finance and the National Revenue Administration have issued a public warning about illegal online gambling. It has been found that a number of Polish players have been gambling outside Poland on unlicensed websites, which is a direct breach of the local Gambling Act.

The Polish authoritative bodies reminded operators that those who offer unlicensed gambling should expect fines of up to PLN4.4 million (EUR975,750), as listed in Article 23 under sections one and three of Poland’s fiscal penal code.

A number of new domain names have been added to Poland’s blacklist of illegal gambling sites on a regular basis, now listing over 15,000 sites. The most recent additions have been
NitroCasino.com, AgentSpins.com and many of the Campobet sites.

The National Revenue Administration and Ministry of Finance stated that it is also illegal for individuals to use foreign licenses and permits to offer gambling in Poland. Additionally, operators who have a Polish license could also face a fine if they offer gambling products in a way that contradicts a license of permit they have received.




Australia’s Largest Gambling Company to Support Ban on Credit Card Use for Online Gambling

Published 22.07.2021  Author: S.Knight  Category: News

Australia’s largest gambling company, Tabcorp, has said they will not oppose the implementation of a ban on credit card use for online gambling providing customers could still buy lottery tickets from shops and newsagents.

According to the Australian Parliament, the ban must be introduced urgently as the number of players using online gambling increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although, Tabcorp also said
that they would need at least a year to allow the industry enough time to adapt before these changes are made.

The debate around the use of credit cards for online gambling began back in 2019 when an association launched a public consultation. Whilst the use of credit cards has already been banned in casinos, the same restrictions do not apply for the digital gambling sector.

In March, Queensland MP Andrew Wallace said that Australia’s four biggest banks have backed plans to ban credit card spending on online gambling. Some banks have already introduced a ban.

Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA) argued that there was no evidence for a link between problem gambling and the use of credit cards for online gambling.




New Annual Gambling Revenue Record broken in Pennsylvania

Published 21.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has revealed that the total gambling revenue has reached nearly $3.9 billion in the last fiscal year, which has beaten the previously held record of 3.3 billion set in the 2018/2019 period by 17%.

The figure is a sum of the revenue posted by the states 14 operating casinos and fantasy sport operators, which was a reported 40% higher than the previous year due to online gaming and sports betting, likely a result of COVID-19.

The new fiscal year record was recorded despite
both slot machines and table games both failing to beat the previous year’s records of $1.9 billion and $721 million respectfully. However, the steep increase in online casino gambling ($900 million) and sports betting ($309 million) revenue was responsible for the overall spike spend.

The Pennsylvania Control Board said: “Since 2018/2019, there has been significant growth in the nascent sports wagering and fantasy sports contests markets, along with the establishment of both the iGaming and VGT markets. Those four markets combined constituted almost 33 per cent of the total revenue achieved in Fiscal Year 2020/2021.”




Michigan Online Casino Revenue Declines

Published 21.07.2021  Author: S.Knight  Category: News

PlayMichigan are under the impression that people have been “spending less time indoors” due to the easing of pandemic restrictions. Therefore, having an influence on recent online casino activity.

Michigan’s online casino and poker revenue in June, has fallen to its lowest level since February according to PlayMichigan. The Revenue for online casino and poker fell by 5.9% between the months of May and June, down from $94.9m to $89.2m.

Jessica Welman, analyst for the PlayUSA.com Network, said: “It’s not surprising to see revenue drop a bit during the summer months, when people tend to spend less time indoors.

“Overall, the online gambling market has been remarkably consistent so far. Growth will return — probably in the fall when the weather begins to turn. In the meantime, online casino gaming will continue to be the most dependable source of revenue for operators and for the state that Michigan’s gaming industry can provide.”

Online sportsbooks in Michigan are also down by
1% after accepting $245.1m from wagers in June compared to the $237.6m accepted in May, according to official data released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

On the topic of online sportsbooks, Jessica Welman explains: “Michigan’s sportsbooks grew so quickly from January through March that the slowdown that has followed might feel more dramatic than the reality”.

“Sportsbooks remain in an excellent position for a ramp up when football season approaches. Until then, they will have to rely on opportunities such as the Olympics and the NBA Finals to stoke interest.”




Twitch banned in Slovakia following Illegal Gambling Advertising

Published 20.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

Slovakian authorities have recently banned the popular gaming streaming platform Twitch after a user streamed themselves playing poker online.

Twitch is an online streaming platform which is predominantly used by gamers around the world, who broadcast themselves playing games to an audience. In more recent years, the platform has been expanded to showcase “real life” content, which has encouraged affiliates to begin streaming themselves playing online casino games.

Gambling content on Twitch is generally frowned upon by many, as a large portion of the Twitch community is under the age of 18 and should not see any form of gambling content or promotion.

Slovakia is actually the first country to take action against Twitch with a complete ban of the platform. The ban came following a
large volume of complaints from both audiences and sponsors, due to gambling content being widely promoted to viewers of all ages, with a number of the streamers promoting discount codes to their audience.

The streamer who prompted the ban was dDandis, a streamer with over 35,000 followers, who live streamed himself playing online poker.

Many of the streamers on the platform have spoken out against the promotion of gambling on Twitch with a popular streamer, Asmongold tweeting: ‘Twitch needs to ban gambling streams full stop. Just looking at EU gambling laws, anyone could see this will not end well.’




Spain Proposes New Rules Regarding Loss and Time Limits for Online Casinos

Published 20.07.2021  Author: S.Knight  Category: News

Spain’s Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) have publicly proposed new rules regarding session-based loss limits for online casinos. Feedback from any interested parties have until a deadline of August 9th to respond.

These new rules set by the DGOJ mean that at the beginning of every session, players will have to set a time limit and spend limit. Once these limits have been set at the beginning of the session, players will no longer be able to adjust them.

Although players are unable to adjust the limits they have set during their session, these preferences are unable to be saved for future sessions. Therefore, players must set new limits each time they start a new session. To combat players just hitting their limit and then starting a new session, operators will have to allow players to restrict their access to future sessions if their session ends because they reach the limits they initially set. Additionally, any sessions that start within 60 minutes of the end of the previous session must be greeted by a message from the operator, which explains the little amount of time that has passed since the previous session.

Operators must send out a minimum of
one message every 30 minutes during casino gaming sessions. The message must include details on their current session so far, for example the amount of money wagered, net loss or amount of time played in total.

The new rules would also ban any type of message that is designed to encourage the player to continue gambling, such as “you were close!”. In addition to this, “losses disguised as wins” where a result leading to an eventual net loss can be disguised as a gain to the customer due to the way it is presented, is also prohibited.

Regarding betting, before being able to place a wager, customers will have to set a maximum loss limit for the following 24 hours. Customers will not be able to modify the limit they set until the initial 24 hours have passed.

All players that are considered “intensive players” are to be sent a specific, differentiated message within 24 hours of passing the threshold of becoming an intensive player. This message must include data on the amount deposited, time spent playing, and their accumulated losses. Such players will also be prohibited from using credit cards to fund any future deposits.

Player who are considered “Intensive players” are players who reach 50% of Spain’s maximum daily or weekly loss limits in three consecutive periods. Players who are under the age of 25 will be considered intensive players if they reach just 25 per cent of the maximum limits in only two consecutive periods.

Finally, operators will also have to make monthly summaries of play available to customers. These summaries will have to include any deposits that have been made, the number of times they have visited the site, any changed made to deposit limits and the history of their balance.




Facebook and Instagram Invest Over $1 billion to Reward Creators using their Platforms

Published 19.07.2021  Author: S.Knight  Category: News

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has announced that he has set aside over $1 billion to reward creators for the “great content they create on Facebook and Instagram through 2022.” This is a great incentive for creators to either return to or start creating content for these specific platforms.

Although Zuckerberg hasn’t released a lot of information on the investment plan yet, he has said: “Investing in creators isn't new for us, but I'm excited to expand this work over time.” In which implies that he intends to expand onto this idea in the future, and this is only the beginning for creators to start earning through Facebook and Instagram content creation.

In June, Mark Zuckerberg also announced that
the social media company will wait until at least 2023 before taking a cut of revenue from: “paid online events, fan subscriptions, badges, and our upcoming independent news products.” When they do eventually start taking a cut “it will be less than the 30% that Apple and others take.”

Current reports suggest that not only will there be bonus programs in place for hitting certain milestones but there will also be funding to help creators produce their content. The company has also said that they plan to launch dedicated areas within Instagram and Facebook very soon, where creators can go to learn about bonuses that they can work towards.

All you need to do to be eligible for such bonuses, is comply with the Partner Monetisation Policies. This is a great opportunity for affiliates to benefit from creating content on Facebook and Instagram.



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