Football

Belgium calls for review on gambling advertising during football games

Belgium’s gambling operators are soon likely to be facing further advertising restriction. The Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) report found widespread gambling advertising in Belgian football thanks to league sponsorships. The BGC report revealed that 14 of the 18 top division clubs in Belgium including 6 in the championship playoff, were sponsored by gambling operators last season. Not forgetting Unibet also sponsoring the Jupiler Pro League. The report highlighted the use of sponsors logos on club websites and gambling led advertising on social media being displayed through the Belgian Clubs platforms themselves. “The analysis of the gambling advertising shown during the […]

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Credit Cards

Long Awaited ban on Credit Cards to be taken by UKGC

The long awaited ban on the use of credit cards, as a means to fund online gambling accounts at licensed UKGC iGaming properties, is according to the Guardian, to be unveiled as early as of Tuesday this week. The ability to use credit cards by players and gamblers to fund their online accounts, has provoked considerable controversy over the past few years and is an area we have covered previously here on the Rightlander Compliance blog. According to the piece in the Guardian published on Sunday, ‘well placed sources’ have informed the paper that an announcement concerning the use of […]

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Parliament

UKGC Looking at VIP Schemes

An article in last week’s Guardian newspaper titled “Report shows betting industry’s reliance on problem gamblers” – suggests that the UK Gambling Commission is considering banning VIP schemes. The report that the Guardian have seen, suggests that one such betting firm collected 83% of all deposits received from just 2% of their customer base. The Gambling Commission collated the data from nine of the most well known companies that operate and are licensed within the UK.  The article in the Guardian goes on to state: “The award of VIP status has been cited as a factor in seven out of […]

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Tech Giant Google comes under fire for manipulating search term Gamstop to lure in problem Gamblers

The Independent, a UK Based media outlet has reported findings of irresponsible and unlawful advertising of Gambling online. The media giant carried out a Google search on Gamstop, the UK self-exclusion program which revealed advertisements for online casinos. The Google algorithm brings up ads promoting large bonuses offered by betting websites. This means, gambling addicts are in fact more vulnerable to being exposed to gambling related advertising through looking up help resources online. The independent noted four casinos using the Gamstop search term to lure in vulnerable individuals, leading them to casinos based offshore in Curacao and Cyprus. Despite the […]

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Spanish Government Outlines New Advertising Restrictions

Spain’s new coalition government has revealed it is set to impose new restrictions for the online gambling sector in 2020. The new rules specify six schedules designed to achieve its objectives, including ‘urgent regulation of gambling to prevent and curb gambling’. The coalition parties PSOE and Unidos Podemos, has said it will bring gambling advertising regulations in line with that of tobacco products. In 2005, Spain imposed regulations which prohibited the use of sponsorship deals for tobacco products, as well as restrictions on advertising. These new restrictions aim to encourage self-awareness and healthy consumption practices whilst trying to reduce problematic […]

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Sweden

Spelinspektionen Takes Aim at Illegal Operators

The regulator responsible for overseeing the gambling industry in Sweden, Spelinspektionen, have produced a document, detailing their strategy in dealing with those companies and operators that operate illegally within the country. The full strategy titled “The Gaming Inspectorate’s work against illegal gaming activities online strategy”, which can be viewed in full here, details how Spelinspektionen plan to deal with operators who are flouting their regulatory and licensing framework. Taking a lead from the Dutch Gambling Authority, Spelinspektionen will be collaborating with regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions to achieve their aim. With any and all actions taken, being published in full […]

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Parliament

Will A Conservative Majority ease Fears on Overregulation?

The morning after the night before and the United Kingdom has woken up to at least some certainty concerning the government of the country and the road it will follow during the course of the next five years. The iGaming industry has no doubt been watching on over the past six weeks of the UK General Election campaign, with nervousness of operators likely, as  to what the result of yesterday’s polling at the ballot box would be. Indeed, we have covered over the past couple of months, the potential ramping up of the regulation and legislation that operators who are […]

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Danish Gambling Authority

Danish Gambling Authority updates Certification Programme

From the 1st January 2020 the Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, will be making changes to their certification programme for their licensees, as a result of amendments made to ‘executive orders’ for online casino and online betting in respect of responsible gambling. In addition, the changes being implemented at the turn of the year for online casino and online betting sites, will be mirrored by lotteries regulated by Spillemyndigheden. The full press release concerning these updates can be viewed here on the Danish Gambling Authority’s site –  Where you can also download and view all certification documents, which will be current […]

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Parliament

Tighter Regulation on Gambling Industry required according to Conservative Peer

Lord Chadlington, a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords, has recommended that tighter regulation of the betting industry in the UK is required, as the current legislation covering the industry is ‘not fit for purpose’. Lord Chadlington is responsible for overseeing the funds provided by the voluntary levy the five leading gambling firms in the UK contribute to, with the monies raised being used for initiatives to combat gambling harm. The Financial Times reports that Lord Chadlington is of the view that the 2005 Gambling Act in its present form does not take into account the rise and growth […]

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Denmark

Danish Gambling Authority orders Operator to amend its AML Procedures

The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, have ordered 888 Denmark Limited to amend their anti money laundering ( AML ) procedures after receiving a request from a Danish citizen, concerning 888’s requirements in section25(1) and section 26(1) of the Danish Anti-Money Laundering Act. In a notification issued on the Spillemyndigheden site, the Danish Gambling Authority state that: “888 Denmark Limited did not sufficiently fulfil their obligations under section 25(1) of the Danish Anti-Money Laundering Act.” “The section states that the operator must investigate unusually large transaction patterns and activities which do not have a clearly economic or demonstrable legal purpose, in […]

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