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As the dust settles for Sweden’s online casino market

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In the past few months, Sweden has moved to the center of the online gambling world. After years of restricting gambling, the government launched a “re-regulation” strategy and passed a new law allowing international online casino operators to apply for a license. However, casino operators have been active in Sweden for a long time, operating via the European Union. This change is more to get greater control over the industry. And of course, tax money, casino companies will have to pay a tax of 18%.

3 months on, the new gambling sector is starting to take shape

It’s only been 2 months since re-regulation kicked in, but the pace of change has been rapid. So far, the Swedish gambling authority has issued over 70 licenses to online casino operators. Among these, we find both old companies such as Unibet and Betsson, and new upcoming casino operators such as Dreamz, with more in the pipeline.

So, what’s new? Besides the tax, there is a great focus on responsible gambling. For starters, Sweden got a national suspension site in order to help people who want to exclude themselves on all casino sites operating on a Swedish license. Good initiative, which seems to be appreciated by both operators and players. Operators now also need to offer players to set a deposit limit per day, week and/or month. In addition, there has also been a restriction regarding bonus offers.

However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing, there has been confusing as well. Laws are almost never black and white, there is always a gray area, and if it is not clear then problems will arise.
A perfect example of – Officials has warned the sector to establish moderate marketing. Another gray area, as the concept of moderate, is up for interpretation.

Will other European nations follow Sweden’s lead?

These teething problems could set back liberalization efforts in other countries. For example, there is an ongoing debate in the Netherlands about the role of online gambling.

In mid-February, the country’s parliament passed a law resembling Sweden’s, granting regulators the power to issue licenses to responsible operators. But there is no consensus about exactly how liberal this licensing system should be.

Apparently, many operators have expressed an interest in obtaining a permit, but the gambling authorities have promised to apply “strict conditions”. And February’s legislation also requested the government to investigate the merits of “a complete ban on online gambling ads.”

Experts think that the Dutch licensing operation will take a year or more to even get off the ground – a sign that regulators have learned from Sweden’s experiences.

So while the European market is liberalizing, governments are acting slowly and methodically. As Sweden shows, there remains scope for conflict that could set back the process.

However, the direction of travel is clear: more international operators, licensed markets, larger audiences. The question is how quickly the road is traveled.

With an experience of over 8 years in the online gambling industry, as an affiliate, later affiliate manager and consultant, I consider myself a veteran of the industry and can guarantee that you will be served with the most accurate information.

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EGT Interactive is circling back to Budapest with a special participation at CEEGC

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EGT Interactive is thrilled to announce its consecutive appearance at the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards (CEEGC). Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Legal & Compliance at the company, will be once again joining the discussions as one of the speakers at this special event. He will participate in the panel titled “Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions” focusing on the evolution of clearly regulated markets. The targeted jurisdictions are Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia.

Georgi Dimitrov has started his career in EGT Interactive as a legal counsel, with a focus on legal, regulatory and technical compliance matters related to the iGaming industry. He specializes in international gambling regulation and provides guidance on licensing and certification frameworks, policy drafting, and compliance processes. His line of work involves communication with focal stakeholders in the business such as testing labs, regulators and operators. He has background in company structuring, M&A, business and corporate development and extensive expertise in competition law. Recently he became Head of the “Legal and Compliance” department at EGT Interactive.

 

The event will take place on the 24th of September at Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, Hungary.


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Week 38 slot games releases

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Have a look at this week’s latest slot releases!

We begin with another release from Play’n Go, the fun-filled game Mission Cash. The game has its roots in the spy films and TV series of the ‘50s and ‘60s, taking inspiration from classics such as The James Bond Series and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, but also newer titles like Austin Powers and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Realistic Games has added a new 3-reel version of its popular title Fireworks to its ever-growing portfolio of games. Fun Size Fireworks retains the featurewhich has been a proven success with players of the 5-reel version, with a bonus round that is reached when a player gets stacked symbols on each of the 3 reels. A reel will then be randomlyselected and a win of one or more win lines will be achievedoffering the player a maximum jackpot ofx250 their starting stake.

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Yggdrasil is under starter’s orders to release its latest slot, Racing Lovers, with players invited to saddle up for their biggest thrill ride yet as they chase the championship trophy for huge rewards. Ladies and gents, hold onto your hats as the starting gates open and the racing begins in this new immersive slot set in the fastest course of them all.

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Microgaming has launched its latest online slot Tweethearts, developed exclusively by Just For The Win. Set in a colourful paradise, nesting love birds bring their feathered mystique to this exciting five-reel, 17-payline slot. Players entering the beautiful jungle of paired-up parrots will find the Double Lucky Line, present throughout the game, perched on the middle row across all five reels. When double symbols land on the Double Lucky Line, they are counted as two symbols for any winning combinations or free spin symbols.

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Stick ‘Em, a 5×4 video-slot follows Canny the Can on an adventure which includes features such as sticky win spins, free spins with high paying symbols and an exciting bonus wheel with three levels of progression! Marcus Codes, COO at Hacksaw Gaming commented:“We’re delighted to release our very first slot today after being exclusive with Leo Vegas for the past 2 weeks. We have seen fantastic numbers and feel Stick Em will be a great hit within the industry. There is more to come from Hacksaw, this is just the beginning.”

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Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has announced the Swedish release of its Viking Glory online slot via an exclusive partnership with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino.

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Kindred Group has partnered with Play’n GO in an exclusive release of Troll Hunters 2, the sequel to the record-breaking first chapter of the Troll Hunters saga. “Kindred has recently invested heavily in the quality of their exclusive games. We believe that product quality is ultimately what customers will recognize and value. This is what will set us apart from the competition and lead the way forward in casino,” Ale Rallo, Games Development Manager of Kindred Group said.

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.


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