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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.

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Playson’s Business Development Manager Lars Kollind shortlisted for iGaming Idol Awards

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Lars Kollind, Business Development Manager at Playson, has been nominated for Sales Idol of the Year at the iGaming Idol 2019.

Kollind, who has helped raise the profile of the casino software developer since joining the company earlier this year, impressed the panel of expert judges with his management skills and commercial acumen.

Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony, which takes place on 11th September at The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta.

The iGaming Idol Awards celebrates those who have excelled in their field of expertise and made a positive impact on the iGaming industry.

Lars Kollind, Business Development Manager at Playson, said: “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for Sales Idol of the Year at this year’s iGaming Idol Awards.

“It has been an exciting few months at Playson with some big commercial deals announced and the release of some fantastic games.

“It’s an honour to be nominated by my peers and fingers crossed we can turn this shortlist into some silverware.”

 


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Evoplay Entertainment Goes Live With Leonbets

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New deal extends distribution of innovative portfolio across new markets

 

Evoplay Entertainment, the innovative game development studio, has continued to expand its global market presence by signing with leading operator Leonbets.

The deal will see Evoplay Entertainment’s full portfolio of more than 60 slots, table, and instant games go live with Leonbets.

Alexander Levchenko, CEO at Evoplay Entertainment said: “We are delighted to sign with Leonbets, one of the industry’s fastest growing operators.

“The Leonbets team’s reputation as a great partner and an operator with a strong focus on customer enjoyment precedes them and we are sure this will be the start of a long chapter of productive and successful co-operation together.”

Dimitry Popov, spokesperson for Leonbets, said:Evoplay Entertainment’s games are a fantastic asset alongside our existing content, and we’re thrilled to have them on board.

“Their innovative 3D/VR slots will be available to all our players and we’re looking forward to seeing how excited they will be.”

Despite only being founded in 2017, Evoplay Entertainment’s portfolio already includes more than 60 slots, table, and instant games. With a development focus on responding to a new generation of players’ demands for more immersive, innovative gameplay, it is the industry’s first development studio to have developed two full HD and VR in-browser slots.

Its most recent, Sprinkle, unveiled at ICE 2019 in February. Unique for its mobile-first mechanics and the 360’ degree 3D / VR in-browser capabilities, allowing players to rotate, zoom in and out, as well as swiping left or right on their mobiles to change their bets automatically.

In addition, the studio has recently finalised the industry’s first RPG (role playing) slot, Dungeon, an HTML5 mobile game designed for a new generation of users and presenting them with a truly immersive experience.

Instead of regular pay symbols and pay patterns, the game’s mechanics follow a player’s 3D character as he battles monsters and accumulates loot when victorious.


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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Create “Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative”

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First gift is a $500,000 contribution to UNLV College of Engineering building fund

 

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) announced today the creation of their new “Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative,” a multi-year effort aimed at identifying worthy causes that will utilize direct contributions to flourish over the long term and provide a variety of assistance to multiple beneficiaries.

The first gift from the newly formed Initiative is a $500,000 contribution to the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering building fund at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), which is developing a 51,000-square foot, three-floor building on campus to accommodate the approximately 260 B.S., 50 M.S. and 20 Ph.D. engineering graduates each year and projected future growth. The Initiative’s $500,000 gift is a direct investment in the importance of education in Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, university students and faculty and the future pipeline of skilled engineers for gaming and many other industries.

“AGEM is proud to be working with GLI on this unique giving program that will benefit many different audiences and will be true to the idea of making a ‘lasting impact’ through a strong ripple effect inside the gaming industry and beyond,” AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater said. “We value GLI’s commitment in joining us to make a positive difference in everything we do, and we look forward to seeing the UNLV College of Engineering break ground on its new building.”

“Since opening our doors 30 years ago, GLI has been dedicated to giving back to the communities where we do business around the world. We are committed to creating big ideas making a big difference in the global gaming industry and partnering with AGEM to create the Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative is the latest illustration of that commitment,” said GLI President/CEO James Maida. “Given the highly technical nature of today’s gaming industry, a vibrant and thriving engineering community is crucial to our mutual success, and that is why it was important that this first gift went to UNLV’s College of Engineering, to further solidify a pipeline of talent that will help to ensure the industry’s future success.”

“The College of Engineering is committed to building the infrastructure needed to educate the engineers of tomorrow, and creating research space that will enable the forward-thinking progress of corporate partners such as AGEM and GLI,” said Rama Venkat, Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. “This generous gift from the Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative will help make that possible. The new Advanced Engineering Studies Building will facilitate critical research, foster innovation, and pave the way for the vision we all share for Nevada’s future of a robust tech-based economy.”

The www.AGEMGLIimpact.org website will be an ongoing source of information about this collective effort.

 

Source: Gaming Laboratories International


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