EGBA statement on Italy’s proposed gambling ban

06 July 2018 – “One of the important benefits of gambling advertising is that it directs Italian customers towards those gambling operators who are licensed to operate and comply with the rules in Italy. Without advertising black market gambling will increase – with customers accessing websites which are not licensed in Italy and operate outside the regulated framework, including the legal protective safeguards for consumers. No other country in Europe currently bans gambling advertising precisely for this very reason. (more…)

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Spain cuts gaming taxes in new budget

3 July 2018 – Spanish legislators have slashed tax rates for online gambling operators in the country in a move that has been described as “absolutely fantastic” news for the sector.

On page 155 of the 771-page annual budget breakdown, a string of tax cuts for online gambling operators were confirmed – headlined by a five-per-cent cut in gross gaming revenue from 25% to 20%.

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EGBA signs Memorandum of Understanding on online advertising and IPR

25 Jun 2018 – The European Commission has published a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on advertising and intellectual property (IP) rights which seeks to curb the infringement of IP rights online. The MoU was signed earlier today, at the margins of the Commission’s Blockathon event, by 27 companies and associations in the online advertising community, including the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). EGBA is proud to be part of this Commission-led industry initiative and has been involved in the discussions on the MoU from the very beginning. (more…)

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Stockholm wins Europe iGaming capital title

19 Jun 2018 – Stockholm has emerged as the European betting capital, with more listed iGaming companies than any other stock exchange in Europe. Better Collective A/S’s initial public offering this month followed IPOs of Aspire Global AB in 2017 and LeoVegas AB in 2016, among others, giving Sweden 19 listed betting companies, according to data from Nasdaq Inc. That’s the most in Europe, beating out London’s 16. A concentration in Sweden of entrepreneurs who’ve proved early adoptors of technology and innovation explains the local iGaming cluster, said Adam Kostyal, head of European listings at Nasdaq. (more…)

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Sweden votes through gambling reform, takes effect January 2019

08 Jun 2018 – Sweden’s national legislature, the Riksdag, has approved a proposed legislation for the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market. The law is set to take effect on January 1, 2019 and will make it possible for international remote gambling operators to apply for a license from the local gaming authority and operate in a regulated environment. The new law, titled Re-Regulation of the Gambling Market (En omreglerad spelmarknad), is set to replace Sweden’s Lottery Act of 1994 and Casino Act of 1999. (more…)

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The June edition of EGBA News is out now!

06 Jun 2018 – With the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, public attention over the next few weeks will be focused on the football in Russia. Global sporting events of this kind capture the global public imagination and are extremely popular but they also provide a good moment to consider and showcase what sports stakeholders are doing to prevent corruption in sports, and in particular match-fixing.

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Italy’s online sports betting activity rises in April

15 May 2018 – Italy’s regulated sports betting market suffered a bit of a setback in April, but don’t blame online operators.

Figures published last Friday by Italian gaming news outlet Agimeg show total sports betting turnover of €955m in the month of April, down nearly 5% from the same month last year. Betting revenue was also negative, falling 2% year-on-year to €146.5m.

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France’s online gambling market continues record-setting pace

08 May 2018 – France’s regulated online gambling market grew across all verticals in the first quarter of 2018 as active player ranks surged by one-quarter. Figures released Monday by French gaming regulator ARJEL show the country’s licensed online sports betting operators handled wagers worth €847m in the three months ending March 31, a 34% rise over the same period last year and a new record for online betting handle since the regulated market launched in 2010. (more…)

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Sweden reveals online gambling revenue growth in 2017

25 Apr 2018 – Swedish gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has reported an 11.4% year-on-year rise in total online gaming revenue for 2017. Gross gaming revenue in the regulated Swedish market came in at SEK17.22bn (€1.64bn/$1.98bn), up 0.35% on SEK17.16bn in the previous year. Online gaming revenue climbed to SEK10.3bn last year, SEK4.8bn of which came from licensed operators in the Swedish market and SEK5.5bn from international sites. Lotteriinspektionen noted that the amount generated by international brands was up 14.7% year-on-year, while Swedish-based, licensed companies generated 14.9% more than in 2016. Svenska Spel remains Sweden’s leading monopoly with revenue of SEK7.85bn for the year, an increase of just under 1% on 2016, while ATG posted revenue of SEK4.15bn and Casino Cosmopol SEK1.13bn. (more…)

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Italian Regulator Reveals Applicants for Online Gambling Licenses

20 Apr 2018 – Italy’s gambling regulator Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) opened on Thursday the applications submitted by 70 gambling operators seeking to be issued a license to operate in the country or to have their existing license extended. ADM announced last month that it had received 80 applications by the end of the application period on March 19. After opening all the envelopes it had received, the regulator said on Thursday that they were all valid, local gaming news outlet AGIMEG reports.

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Denmark’s gambling market enjoys growth

18 Apr 2018 – Denmark’s gambling market enjoyed another period of growth in 2017, with lotteries the major contributor to a licensed GGR total of DKK9.2bn (£1.07bn). The Danish Gambling Authority’s annual report showed that the overall GGR figure was up by DKK0.3bn (£0.03bn) from the previous year, with revenues from lotteries totalling DKK3.1bn (£0.36bn) and betting DKK2.3bn (£0.27bn). In the past six years, the report stated, total annual GGR in Denmark grew 22.9 per cent, or DKK2.7bn (£0.31bn). The online casino market grew to be worth DKK1.8bn (£0.21bn) in 2017, up from a DKK0.9bn (£0.1bn) total in 2012, while revenues from land-based casinos rose to DKK345m (£40m) in 2012 to DKK375m (£43.6m) in 2017. (more…)

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Sweden: new draft law adopted, final vote on 7 June

05 Apr 2018 – The Swedish Government has adopted a new draft law ‘A re-regulated gambling market’. The proposal will mean introducing a new gambling act and a licence system: any company operating in the Swedish gambling market must have an authorised licence and operators without a licence will be shut out. The gambling market will be divided up into sectors: a competitive sector, primarily including online gambling and betting; a sector reserved for non-profit purposes, e.g. lotteries and bingo; and a sector reserved for the central government, e.g. state-owned casinos. The draft law will have a final vote in Parliament on 07 June 2018 with the new regulations coming into force on 1 January 2019. (more…)

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European Commission publishes decision to introduce standardised reporting measures for online gambling

04 Apr 2018 – Today the European Commission approved an implementing decision on a request to establish a European standard on reporting in support of supervision of online gambling services by national gambling authorities. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), representing Europe’s leading online gaming and betting operators, views this development positively and congratulates the Commission for delivering this important standardisation request. (more…)

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Netherlands: Gambling law needs tweaking – regulator

26 Mar 2018 – The Netherlands’ gaming regulator has prodded the Dutch Senate to once and for all pass the remote gaming act that has slept deeply inside the lawmakers’ filing cabinets. In a recent report, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) regulatory authority called on the Senate to take a stand against illegal online gambling by passing a bill that will regulate online gambling operations. KSA chairman Jan Suyver said the state regulator’s hands are tied in terms of combating illegal online gambling in the country, due to the outdated Dutch gambling law, which dates back to 1964. (more…)

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Belgium: Kindred Group wins VAT case

22 Mar 2018 – Kindred Group has today received a positive ruling (in french) in the Belgian Constitutional Court cancelling the imposed VAT on online gambling. Kindred remains committed to a sustainable regulation and sees the ruling as positive for consumer protection. Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) had challenged the imposed VAT on online gambling for being unfair, undermining policy objectives and lowering channelisation with lower consumer protection as a result.

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Danish gambling revenue up almost 7% year-on-year in Q4 2017

16 Mar 2018 – Denmark’s gambling community continues to thrive. Following the release of data by the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA), gambling revenue for the final quarter of 2017 is up across the entire market. This includes online and land-based casinos, betting facilities and gaming machines. According to the DGA report, overall gross revenue climbed by about 6.9% year on year between 2016 and 2017. (more…)

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The March edition of EGBA News is now out!

6 Mar 2018 – Electronic identification is the focus of our first EGBA news of 2018. More and more consumers are seeing the benefits of using electronic identification when shopping online or accessing public services. But maintaining trust and security are two fundamental factors for ensuring consumers and businesses continue using electronic identification methods. This is ever more important in an age of online fraud and when more and more young people are active online. (more…)

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Danish Court Orders Local ISPs to Block 24 Illegal Gambling Websites

7 Feb 2018 – A court has sided with the Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, in a legal case stemming from local Internet service providers’ previous refusal to block access to gambling websites operating illegally in Denmark. Last year, the gambling regulator urged ISPs to block access to a total of 24 websites operated by gambling firms that had not been issued licenses in Denmark. The sites offered online casino games and sports betting. There were also several of them that featured skin betting options. (more…)

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France’s online gambling market firing on all cylinders in 2017

6 Feb 2018 – France’s online gambling market was firing on all cylinders in 2017, with even the much-maligned poker and horseracing verticals posting positive growth. Official figures released Tuesday by French gaming regulator ARJEL show online sports betting turnover rising nearly one-third to €704m in the fourth quarter of 2017, while online betting revenue surged 82% to a new quarterly record of €163m.

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Sweden’s Regulated Gambling Market Generates SEK6.4 Billion in Tax Revenue in 2017

4 Feb 2018 – The government of Sweden collected the total amount of SEK6.4 billion in tax revenue from regulated gambling services in 2017, Lotteriinspektionen, the nation’s gambling regulator, announced earlier this week. Svenska Spel, the state-owned gambling operator providing both land-based and online casino, poker, and sports betting options, was the largest tax revenue contributor, while ATG, the nation’s horse racing operator, generated the second largest portion of gambling tax revenue last year, according to information from Lotteriinspektionen.

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Commission publishes guidance on upcoming new data protection rules

24 Jan 2018 – The Commission published yesterday guidance to facilitate a direct and smooth application of the new data protection rules across the EU as of 25 May. The Commission also launches a new online tool dedicated to SMEs. With just over 100 days left before the application of the new law, the guidance outlines what the European Commission, national data protection authorities and national administrations should still do to bring the preparation to a successful completion. (more…)

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