Apple blasted for removing ‘wrong’ apps in gambling crackdown

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Apple blasted for removing ‘wrong’ apps in gambling crackdown Polish magazine and gif-sharing service among apps removed Legal & compliance 10th August 2018 | By contenteditorcenter_img Topics: Legal & compliance Tech & innovation Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Various developers have accused Apple of wrongly removing their apps from its ‘App Store’ as part of the tech giant’s clampdown on gambling content.Apple contacted certain developers to inform them their apps would be taken down to “reduce fraudulent activity… and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity”.However, the companies in question have taken to social media to stress that their apps are not related to gambling.The affected apps include Polish app iMagazine, gif-sharing service Gifferent and a platform that allows users to send clips of Xbox games to friends.Apple recently began dropping certain gambling apps from the App Store in response to a request from the Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA).The NGA had contacted Apple to say that unlicensed apps must be removed in Norway in order to comply with national regulation and to support its ongoing effort to tackle problem gambling.However, it appears that the recent removals apply to the App Store worldwide.Simon Stovring, a Copenhagen-based developer behind the Gifferent app, told the BBC: “Apple says these apps contain gambling but they don’t reveal how they have detected this. It seems like an unfortunate but honest mistake.”Wojtek Pietrusiewicz, co-owner of iMagazine, said the app has been “caught in the crossfire”, saying the reason for its removal may be that users can access the wider internet via the app and potentially click through to gambling content.Niall Watchorn, who developed the Xbox clips app, said it was “very frustrating” as the app had “just started gaining traction”.Some of the affected apps have started to come back online, including iMagazine and the Xbox-themed app. Email Addresslast_img read more

Swedish and Gibraltar regulators sign MoU

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 9th May 2019 | By contenteditor Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gibraltar Ministry of Commerce’s Gambling Division (GGD), to formalise cooperation agreements between the two. Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gibraltar Ministry of Commerce’s Gambling Division (GGD), to formalise cooperation agreements between the two.Spelinspektionen and the GGD will work together on a number of areas, with the MoU setting out provisions for information sharing on matters of mutual interest and policy areas.Both authorities have also agreed to offer operational assistance to each other on a continuous basis, in accordance with both of their respective procedures and regulatory policies.Camilla Rosenberg, director general of Spelinspektionen, said that the working agreement makes sense for both parties, given that a number of operators and suppliers that have received a Swedish licence in the country’s new-look market also have technical equipment and a licence in Gibraltar“By opening the communication channels between the authorities we become stronger in our supervisory activities,” Rosenberg said. “This is the beginning of a broad and long-term cooperation.“Earlier this year we entered a MoU with Malta Gaming Authority and our plan is to initiate corresponding collaborations with more gambling authorities in Europe.”GGD executive director Andrew Lyman added: “Gibraltar is committed to working collaboratively and effectively with first tier regulators such as the Swedish Gambling Authority who share common values in terms of consumer protection, a fair market, promoting social responsibility and reducing crime associated with gambling.” Topics: Legal & compliance Strategy Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Nordics Southern Europe Sweden Gibraltar Legal & compliance Swedish and Gibraltar regulators sign MoU Email Addresslast_img read more

Schleswig-Holstein passes online gaming extension bill

first_img The parliament of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has approved the reintroduction of its liberalised regulatory framework for online gaming, which will be in effect until June 30, 2021.The move to extend the framework until 2021, introduced in March, was backed by Christian Democratic Unionist (CDU), Greens, Free Democratic Party (FDP), South Schleswig Voters’ Association (SSW) and Alternative for Germany (AFD) members of parliament.Only Social Democratic Party (SDP) politicians voted against the proposal.Under Schleswig-Holstein’s regulatory model, an unlimited number of operators can secure licences, with no restrictions on what products can be offered. Licensees are taxed at 20% of gross gaming revenue.As a result of the regulations being reintroduced, the state’s igaming operators that were certified in 2012 can now extend their licences to 2021. These licences began to expire in December 2018, after the state’s previous administration pushed ahead with plans to rejoin the 2012 State Treaty on Gambling.However a change in government saw these plans scrapped. With Germany’s 16 federal states to work on developing a new federal regulatory model by 2021, the decision to put the 2012 regulations back into force will avoid pushing players towards black market sites in the interim, the state’s Minister for the Interior, Hans-Joachim Grote, said.“It is the legislature’s duty to limit the use of legal gambling, to a reasonable extent, to prevent addiction, to protect players – especially minors – to protect customers from fraud, and to ward off criminal activity,” Grote explained.“This can only be achieved with effective gambling regulation. The aim of this regulation is that gambling is conducted properly, fairly, responsibly and transparently.”For Germany’s other 15 federal states, the amended State Treaty, remains in place until 2021. While the cap on the number of licences has been removed, all other elements are in place, limiting operators to offering sports betting, with no in-play, and paying a 5% turnover tax.The legislation was submitted to the European Commission earlier this month.Grote said that intensive negotiations between all 16 states would continue with the goal of finding a common, viable way of regulating gambling across the entire country. He noted that while some states were wary of regulating igaming, it was the only way to tackle the illegal market and protect consumers in the long-term. Casino & games Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The parliament of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has approved the reintroduction of its liberalised regulatory framework for online gaming, which will be in effect until June 30, 2021. 20th May 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Schleswig-Holstein passes online gaming extension bill Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Poker Email Addresslast_img read more

Together for the Tote appoints Kemp as UK MD

first_img Regions: UK & Ireland 23rd May 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Race Track and Racino Together for the Tote appoints Kemp as UK MD Racecourse owners and breeders organisation Together for the Tote has named Mark Kemp, formerly of Ladbrokes Coral Group, as its UK managing director.Kemp has served as managing director for UK digital sports brands at Ladbrokes Coral since May 2017, taking on the same position at GVC Group following its acquisition of the business in March 2018.Kemp was gaming director for digital, retail and omni at Coral prior to its merger with Ladbrokes. He was responsible for developing and launching Connect for Coral, the first single wallet omni channel product.Outside of the gaming industry, Kemp has spent time as revenue management, sales and customer contact director at Travelodge Hotels Ltd, as well as both head of UK product, corporate, and head of revenue and pricing management at hospitality group Whitbread.“I am really excited to be joining the team at what is an enormously important time for the business,” Kemp said. “This is a unique opportunity to invest and rejuvenate the Tote and enhance the special role the Tote plays in British racing.“I have hugely enjoyed my time at Ladbrokes Coral and GVC, during a rapidly evolving time of change for the business. I would like to thank everyone I have worked with over the years who have delivered success with me and wish them well for the future.”Alex Frost, CEO of the Alizeti consortium of racecourse owners that heads up the Together for the Tote organisation, added: “We have ambitious plans to grow the Tote and are bringing together dedicated people who are entirely focused on ensuring the Tote has a successful future.“We are all looking forward to working with Mark when he starts with us later in the year.”Together for the Tote was created with a target of securing racing’s finances for generations to come through a revitalised Tote. The organisation is backed by a number of stakeholders from across the industry, including racehorse owners with over 1,000 horses in training around the world. Racecourse owners and breeders organisation Together for the Tote has named Mark Kemp, formerly of Ladbrokes Coral Group, as its new UK managing director. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: People Sports betting Strategy Horse racing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Horse racing Email Addresslast_img read more

Apple will only allow native iOS gambling apps in App Store

first_img Topics: Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Apple has announced that it will only allow native iOS gambling apps to be featured in its App Store, giving operators until September 3 to ensure their products comply. 5th June 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img Apple has announced that it will only allow gambling apps native to iOS to be hosted in its App Store, giving operators until September 3 to ensure their products comply.In an updated series of guidelines for App Store reviews, the tech giant stated that HTML5 games distributed within apps “may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce”.This means that only native apps, those developed specifically for Apple’s operating system, will be accepted in the App Store. Operators running sports betting, poker, casino, bingo, lottery or horse racing betting that fail to comply now risk having their products removed. One of the newest and most interesting projects in this niche is the gambling calendar app, which contains bonuses for online casinos that you can receive daily.The majority of gambling apps currently hosted in the App Store are HTML5 sites in a native wrapper, or so-called container apps, both of which are cheaper and faster to develop than a fully-fledged native product, according to digital marketing agency Degree 53. The Betfred-backed agency warned that developing native products could be an expensive and time-consuming process, especially with a deadline of September 3. This falls just days before the start of the National Football League season in the US, and weeks after the start of the European football season. “Three months to build a fully featured native sportsbook app from scratch for a major operator is a massive undertaking and potentially unrealistic,” it said.“It will require sizable and skilled native development teams to ensure all functionalities are fully compliant. However, operators with less complex products may be able to meet the deadline if they start now.”The updated guidelines apply to all existing apps currently available in the App Store, in addition to any new apps that are added between now and the deadline of September 3.However, Degree 53 noted that while Apple was likely to reject new updates to non-compliant apps, these were likely to be allowed to remain in the App Store until the September deadline.Customers will still have access to these products on their own mobile devices, but may not be able to download any new updates. New players will also be unable to download them from the App Store.   Apple will only allow native iOS gambling apps in App Store Tech & innovation Tags: Mobilelast_img read more

Danish regulator publishes new responsible gambling guide

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark Casino & games Danish regulator publishes new responsible gambling guide Spillemyndigheden, the Danish gaming authority, has published a new guide on responsible gambling, including interpretations of how licensees should comply with responsible gambling rules. Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Spillemyndigheden, the Danish gaming authority, has published a new guide on responsible gambling, including interpretations of how licensees should comply with responsible gambling rules.The guide states that that licence holders have an obligation to prevent problem gambling, to recognise potential problem gamblers among their players and to help those players who may have a problem with their gambling.Spillemyndigheden’s guide clarifies some existing rules put in place by executive orders on online gambling and land-based casinos. It outlines that information that must be displayed on a licensee’s website, such as a reminder that a player must be 18, access to a self-test for gambling addiction and information about treatment for gambling addiction, must be displayed anywhere the licensee offers games.In addition, licensees must link to all state-supported gambling treatment facilities, rather than just one and information about national self-exclusion register ROFUS must clearly outline what the register does.A clock showing how long the user has been playing, which must be available on gambling websites, must be available on the screen at all times, with no option to scroll way from it.As well as this, the guide clarifies that deposit limits must be set solely by the player, rather than choosing options set by the operator.The guide also mentions that players who request bonuses should be recognised as possible problem gamblers, as it is likely that they wish to play but cannot afford to do so.The guide adds that it is of particular importance to make sure that those under the age of 18 do not gamble, and therefore it is extremely important to ensure that ID checks are thorough.In addition, the guide makes licensees aware of resources such as ROFUS and gambling helpline StopSpillet, which exist to prevent problem gambling.The guide will be continually updated as rules and practices are added or changed.In March 2019, Danish operators published a voluntary code of conduct, with the aim of strengthening consumer protection and lowering the risk of gambling addiction in the country. The code came into effect on 1 July 2019. 3rd January 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Strategy Email Addresslast_img read more

Norway’s NBO urges end to national gambling monopoly

first_img Norway’s NBO urges end to national gambling monopoly The Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gaming (NBO) has called on national authorities to consider ending the current gambling monopoly, after new research showed an increase in gambling addiction in the country. Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Tags: Online Gambling 20th May 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gaming (Norsk Bransjeforening for Onlinespill/NBO) has called on national authorities to consider ending the current gambling monopoly, after new research showed an increase in gambling addiction in the country.Commissioned by Norway’s Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet), the University of Bergen study included responses from 9,000 people across the country between the ages of 16 and 74.Taking an average from the study, the University of Bergen concluded 55,000 people currently suffer from gambling problems, an increase from 34,000 in a similar survey in 2015. The new research also showed that a further 122,000 people are at risk of developing gambling problems. NBO secretary general Carl Fredrik Stenstrøm said the association was “deeply concerned” about the findings and that the most effective method of lowering the risk for players would be to end the gambling monopoly currently in place in Norway.“We have long seen that growth in the Norwegian gaming market takes place on the internet and warned that the exclusive rights model is out-dated,” Stenstrøm said. “Players and non-gaming products do not follow national boundaries.“The reality is that about half of online gamers use international players. The authorities need instruments to regulate the entire market and weed out rogue players.”Norsk Tipping currently holds the gambling monopoly in Norway, but Stenstrøm said that by changing laws to allow more operators to enter the country’s market would reduce the flow of consumers onto illegal sites.Stenstrøm singled out Sweden’s regulated online gaming market, which opened in January last year, with all licensees required to abide by strict regulations in terms of responsible gambling. These include integration with a self-exclusion scheme that enables players to block themselves from gambling. That market, however, has been the centre of fierce debate, over concerns that particularly strict controls are pushing players to unlicensed operators. According to Stenstrøm, licensing more operators would mean that they would need to abide by similar responsible gambling rules in Norway, which would in turn help lower problem gambling levels.At Norsk Tipping, players can only lose up to NOK10,000 (£817/€915/$1,002) in one month on casino games, with a maximum loss limit of NOK20,000 per month across all games.“So far, over 50,000 Swedes have blocked themselves from gambling, and the scheme is praised by the Swedish government,” he said. “We call for similar effective measures from the Norwegian authorities.“We [acknowledge] that Lotteritilsynet says they will discuss the exclusive rights model, and calls for comparable Nordic surveys. More knowledge is needed, and that is something we support.“What we know for sure is that today’s lack of regulation in Norway does not work and is very harmful for the problem players and those at risk.”last_img read more

GAN agrees Coolbet deal after strong Q3 revenue growth

first_img Email Address 17th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Total revenue for the three months to September 30 came to $10.3m, up from $5.5m in the corresponding quarter in 2019. GAN agrees Coolbet deal after strong Q3 revenue growth Despite an 87.3% year-on-year rise in revenue during the third quarter, GAN saw costs of its expansion effort weigh on its bottom line, while the gambling technology provider has also agreed a deal to acquire Coolbet for €149.0m (£133.7m/$176.8m). Tags: GAN Its free-to-play simulated gaming division, meanwhile, saw revenue grow 85.7% year-on-year to $2.6m, mainly as a result of new customer launches and strong performances from existing clients. “We added multiple new RMiG and simulated gaming customers over the last several months, demonstrating the unique and highly differentiated capabilities of our SaaS platform for integrated igaming and online sports betting,” GAN’s chief executive Dermot Smurfit said. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Topics: Finance Q3 results 2020 Read the full story on iGB North America. The provider experienced growth across both of its core operating segments, with its real-money igaming (RMiG) business its main source of income in the quarter, after revenue jumped 87.8% to $7.7m. This growth was down to additional software-as-a-service and hardware revenue, GAN said, driven by deployments in Michigan, which is in the process of launching online betting and igaming. Regions: US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Q3 results 2020last_img read more

GVC’s Lycka takes on new Americas-focused role

first_imgMartin Lycka GVC’s Lycka takes on new Americas-focused role AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “The United States presents a tremendous opportunity for GVC Holdings as more states embrace sports gaming in robust and transparent regulatory structures,” Lycka (pictured) said. He will also uphold the operator’s commitments to responsible gambling, sporting integrity and regulatory compliance. Topics: People Strategy People moves Management Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 17th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: Canada LATAM US People moves Read more on iGB North America Tags: GVC Entain GVC’s Martin Lycka will shift from his current role as director of regulatory affairs, to take on a new position focused on the Americas. As senior vice president for American regulatory affairs and responsible gambling, Lycka (pictured left) will be tasked with expanding the operator’s licensed footprint and regulatory structure in the US, Canada and Latin America. Email Addresslast_img read more

NHL partners Tipsport in Czech Republic and Slovakia

first_img North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) has entered into a new regional partnership with betting and gambling operator Tipsport. Sponsorship Under the multi-year deal, Tipsport will become the NHL’s official partner for sports betting in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Regions: Czech Republic Slovakia Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Sponsorship Online sports betting 22nd January 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Tipsport will be able to use the NHL brand across its digital betting offering in the two countries, as well as benefit from branding placement on Czech and Slovak versions of NHL.com website. The operator will also have access to all match data generated by the NHL’s new ‘Puck and Player Tracking’ technology to widen both its match statistics and live betting offerings. Tags: NHL Tipsport This will include sponsoring and executing advertising campaigns across Nova Sport TV’s NHL game broadcasts and programming, while the operator will also benefit from a presence inside the broadcaster’s NHL studio. NHL partners Tipsport in Czech Republic and Slovakia Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter In relation to the NHL deal, Tipsport has also secured a partnership with Nova Sport TV, the NHL’s broadcast partner in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “As a leader in the field of sports betting on the Czech and Slovak markets, Tipsport is an ideal partner for our entry into this part of Europe and allows us a great opportunity to further involve fans around the world.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “The sports betting environment presents a unique opportunity to engage our fans in the Czech Republic and Slovakia using NHL-owned technology and data,” NHL vice president of business development and international partnerships John Lewicki said.last_img read more