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Partial Victory for Norwegian Government in Payment Blocking Suit

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The Norwegian Government has won a partial victory in payment blocking suit. The Oslo District Court has ruled that the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Agriculture and Food does have the right to block payments to offshore igaming operators.

However, Entercash and the European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA), the plaintiffs in the case, could still prevail in a second hearing. This will examine whether the blocking measures constitute an illegal restriction on the provision of services within the European Economic Area (EEA).

EGBA and Entercash filed the lawsuit against the Ministry in June this year, after efforts to block transactions between Norwegian banks and financial institutions and offshore gaming operators were stepped up. This comes as part of a wider enforcement drive by the Norwegian authorities to stamp out offshore activity to preserve the state-owned operator Norsk Tipping’s gambling monopoly.

The court ruled that the block does not violate the EU Payment Services Directive, as member states may still apply national laws that “may affect the functioning of the common [payment] market.”

“The State […] is acquitted in so far as the allegations are based on the assertion that the decisions are invalid because they lack internal legal authority and contravene the Payment Services Directive,” Anne Cathrine Haug-Hustad, the District Court Judge said.

“There is no doubt that the regulations, and thus the decision, are based on law. The regulations are laid down on the basis of Section 2 of the Gambling Act, Section 11 of the Lottery Act and Section 3 of the Totalizator Act,” Haug-Hustad continued.

“In today’s digital age it is virtually impossible to enforce national borders on the internet but that’s what the Norwegian authorities are trying to do by introducing payment blockings for online betting. Rather than being a tool to benefit consumers, such restrictive measures are aimed at protecting the revenues of the state-owned monopoly by cutting off outside competition from reputable EU-licensed operators,” EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer said.

“This is not only in breach of the EU’s internal market principles but out of step with the reality of a consumer-driven betting market, where players will inevitably search around the internet for value and choice in the games they play,” he added.


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Metric Gaming provides Sportsbook to ManiSol Gaming

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Metric Gaming confirms sportsbook launch for InAndOutBet.com, ManiSol Gaming’s Northern European focussed Pay N Play® casino and sports betting brand.

Through a 2019 partnership with Together Gaming, InAndOutBet.com’s customers benefit from some of the best casino game and content providers in the industry with the convenience of instant, hassle-free deposits and withdrawals. Metric’s modern sportsbook proposition is an exciting addition to a brand that is looking to do things differently.

Speaking about the successful launch, Metric Gaming’s CEO Martin de Knijff said:

“We have been impressed by the whole ManiSol team from the start. We are excited about the potential of InAndOutBet and grateful for the trust ManiSol have shown in us and our product to deliver an important vertical for their growth plans.

This launch, our first full sportsbook, is a significant milestone for Metric and we are eager to showcase our unique capabilities. InAndOutBet will benefit from a best-in-class sportsbook proposition that will be fully localised in each country the brand operates, with negligible incremental costs for each new configuration.

Crucially, this includes pricing autonomy for every market, every selection on the sportsbook. This is so important for international brands these days due to the conflicting taxation rules introduced internationally. This will be a significant competitive advantage over their rivals, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to contribute to ManiSol’s success.”

Erik Gilstring, COO at ManiSol Gaming added:

“At first, we were unsure of using an untested sportsbook product. However, once we met the team at Metric and saw the capabilities of their products, we were excited to have access to this new technology.

We are confident we have secured the most modern sports betting product available on the market for our customers and are pleased to have added another high quality, innovative vertical to our growing brand.”

Metric Gaming is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and holds a Class 4 Gaming Licence from Malta’s Gaming Authority.

For more information please visit www.metricgaming.com


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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 moderator profile: Zlatan Omerspahić (Head of Legal and Compliance, Data Protection Officer at NSoft) 

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

 

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the Gambling And Casino Games Via Social Media And Online Technologies (Large Room: Opal, Topaz, Quartz)”.

As mentioned in earlier press releases, will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about the sports betting industry from Zlatan Omerspahić – NSoft, who will also be moderating the panel.

Zlatan Omerspahić has a Ph.D. in Commercial law, Corporate governance, Contract law, Regulatory issues and is currently serving the role of Data Protection Officer at NSoft.

He has graduated the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica and has held several compliance-related roles at Sberbank and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank.

He is responsible, loyal, dedicated and eager to learn about innovative things.

Just recently, Zlatan has been shortlisted at the Global Regulatory Awards 2019 in the category: Data Protection Officer or Team of the year.

 Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Tal Zamstein, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

It was great to have the operators and suppliers with the presence in the CEE territories under one roof. It is always very useful to discover the challenges and see the trends of the industry in the newly regulated markets.

Tal Zamstein

Group Head of Gaming at Fortuna Group


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1xBet becomes the title partner of NAVI

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1xBet, one of the leading betting platforms in the world, became the title partner of our esports club. The cooperation agreement is expected to last for 1 year and will be valid until December 31, 2020.

If I had only recently been told that NAVI would work with 1xBet, one of the largest betting companies in the world, a partner of such an iconic club as FC Barcelona is, ​​I would not believe it. Now it has become a reality and the partnership between Natus Vincere and 1xBet inspires us incredibly. Welcome to #navination! – said, Yevhen Zolotarov, CEO Natus Vincere.

The agreement provides 1xBet support for NAVI teams in various esports disciplines. We plan to create a number of powerful marketing activities and campaigns with 1xBet for our fans.

1xBet is an international gaming betting company with over 12 years of experience in the industry and has offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Previously, the company entered into agreements with a number of well-known organizations, including the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, and the FC Barcelona.


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