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06.04.2019

Danish Regulator Bans 25 Illegal Gambling Sites

The Danish gambling regulator, Spillemyndigheden, has urged all local Internet Services Providers (ISPs) to block 25 illegal gambling sites who operate without the required licence in the country. Unlicensed gambling operators are a major concern around the world, for the various regulators to keep track on and ensuring their players are protected.

The Copenhagen City Court supported the Spillemyndigheden decision to have the local ISPs block the named domains, including 10 iGaming sites and 15 skin betting sites.

Skin betting comes into play from online video games such as Counter Strike. The game offers a market place where virtual items can be traded between users, each item having a different rarity. This marketplace has grown over the years with these virtual items being worth huge sums of money – which users can use to
gamble on the skin betting sites.

Games like Counter Strike have a broad player base, with many minors doing their best to collect the in game skins. The skins can be gambled on skin betting sites in an attempt to try and win higher valued skins, which is where regulators start to become concerned. Birgitten Sand explained that “we are focusing in particular on sites that offer skin betting, as they often target children and adolescents under the age of 18”


05.04.2019

New Armenia Advertising Restrictions

The Finance Minister of Armenia, Atom Janjughazyan has released amendments to the law to restrict gambling advertisements in the country. The amendments outline further rulings on what’s acceptable when advertising gambling both online and on TV.

The law now states that commercials for gambling cannot appear on any websites, likely to draw child and teenage traffic. Along with banning advertisements on education, medical and social websites – in a move to prevent gambling abuse in Armenia.

As for TV restrictions, there will be a new restriction on the times commercials can be aired on TV and radio. The only times adverts of this sort can be played on these platforms is between 10pm and 6am, with a limit of 4 minutes per advert. This is a further attempt to reduce the amount of underage users from being exposed to gambling, along with deterring operators from
wanting to promote on these platforms, with such niche show times. The Finance Minister stated that any of these new laws being broken, will result in an administrative fine starting at €1,700.


03.04.2019

Dutch Gambling Regulator Issues €310,000 Fine

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulator has issued a fine of €310,000 (£266,300) to Casumo, a Malta-based operator in an attempt to crack down on illegal gambling in their region.

It was found that the Casumo website displayed a number of “Dutch-focused features” indicating that the operator was targeting the Dutch gambling scene. One of these features being the use of the payment method iDeal, which is the Netherland’s most popular online transaction method. Additionally, the casinos live chat that supported Dutch as a language – further suggesting that the site was intended to target Dutch players
.

The KSA chairman, Rene Jansen said – “The current Betting and Gaming Act does not offer the possibility to grant a license to be allowed to offer online games of chance…” before going on to say, “With the current law, we cannot protect consumers against unfair play. Nor is it possible to control the prevention of gambling addiction and the participation of vulnerable groups such as minors. Fortunately, with the entry into force of the new Remote Gambling Act, we will have the opportunity to do so.”

Although the Remove Gambling Act might bring online gambling to the Netherland’s, currently it is completely off-limits. As a result, Casumo joins 1xBet, William Hill, The Betsson Group and MRG in the catalogue of operators who have been stung with fines for similar reasons. It was stated that these operators had continually breached Dutch digital laws, despite countless warnings from the regulator.

During 2018, KSA issued over €1.7 million of fines to various European operators, with the announcement that these fines will be increased for unlicensed gambling sites – to make the fines sufficient deterrents.


01.04.2019

Sweden's Gambling Licensees Fined after Self-Exclusion Shortcomings

After several warnings being issued by the Swedish gambling regulator, two of their online licensees have been penalised with a sizeable fine after failing to prevent self-excluded players from accessing their online gambling products.

It was announced that the Spelinspektionen regulatory body has issued an astounding SEK4 million ($430,000) fine to Genesis Global after they allowed a player appearing on the Spelpaus self-exclusion register to gamble on one of their nine Swedish regulated casinos.

Since the new regulation came into action in January, Genesis Global has fallen short of this requirement with an earlier statement claiming that the failing was due to “a third-party’s system integrating to Spelpaus” and said that they had taken adequate steps to rectify the issue. A second fine was issued to Paf, an online gambling operator for a similar self-exclusion incident costing the company SEK100k
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Camilla Resenberg, the general director of Spelinspektionen spoke to Dagens Media reflecting on the two fines issued to the companies – saying that the infractions were “very serious” and that future violations will see larger fines and possible license termination. It is stated that around 28,000 individuals have registered with the Spelpaus self-exclusion list, with 77% of them being male and the majority of these being under 30 years old.

Rosenberg said that more fines were imminent as other companies have been guilty of the same infractions. Demanding that in the future, licensees will need to make sure that their systems are properly integrated with Spelpaus before accepting deposits from players.

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