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Surge in illegal European iGaming sites blocked during the first half of 2020



Miscasasdeapuestas Surge in illegal European iGaming sites blocked during the first half of 2020

The number of gambling websites blocked across Europe rose by 17 per cent during the first six months of this year, to reach 93,632 sites on the 30th June, according to VIXIO Gambling Compliance, a company that specializes in compliance with the regulatory framework of the gambling sector and providing business intelligence to the industry.

The internet domains of online gaming sites that are not licensed in a given territory are gathered by local governments and regulators and then blocked by internet service providers. The figures released by VIXIO, which includes information from seventeen European countries, represent an increase of 42% on the year.

The annual growth in blocked iGaming domains comes mainly from Turkey, which in the first six months of 2020 has contributed 17,400 domains to the VIXIO list, compared to 16,000 domains for the same period in the previous year. Cyprus continued its ascending trajectory, with 4,507 illegal iGaming sites being added to the blocked list from January to June 2020, a total of 13,239 sites for the year – aggregating the second half of 2019 – a figure that doubles the number two years back.

In the rest of the countries examined (Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovakia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, and Italy) the number of reported blocked domains rose by almost 11,900, up 38% on the year, while January to June 2020 saw a rise of 33%.

The data from the first half of the year is of special relevance if we take into account how the coronavirus pandemic, and the cancellation of major professional sporting events that followed,  affected the regular working patterns of the iGaming industry. Given the situation, numerous operators have opted to explore additional opportunities online.


Blocking iGaming domains, a tool to deal with illegal operators

In this context, the blocking of illegal iGaming domains has become a vital tool for governments and regulators that are fighting against online gambling websites operating without a licence. In this respect, half a dozen European countries monitored by VIXIO have intensified their activity of domain blocking in the first six months of 2020, compared to the same period last year.

The blocking of iGaming websites has proliferated throughout Europe in recent years as part of an effort from regulatory bodies to curb the activities of illegal operators in their jurisdictions. One of the countries not included in VIXIO´s study, but that also actively blocks illegal websites, is Spain. Spain blocks illegal iGaming domains through the gambling regulator Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego – DGOJ

According to the last annual report on online gaming in Spain, for 2019, the DGOJ blocked 196 unlicensed gambling websites in the country; and since its creation, back in June 2012, it has blocked a total 1,459 sites. June 2012 is the date when Spain introduced a licensing system for online operators, and ever since the Spanish iGaming industry has been stable and focused on consumer rights protections.

To avoid using websites without iGaming licenses we advise using the services of betting comparison sites, such as Through this portal, bettors gain free access to analyses and comparisons of the best bookmakers that are legally operating online in Spain; that is, with a license from the DGOJ.


George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.


2020 is the year to start an online casino — and Slotegrator has published a how-to guide




This year has shown that an online business is a must for entrepreneurs. Starting an online casino may seem complex and intimidating, but having every step on the road to success already planned out is a good place to start. The new article from online casino software provider and aggregator Slotegrator provides potential operators with everything they need to know in order to start an iGaming business.

The global iGaming industry is experiencing an explosion of growth. Expert estimations indicate worldwide revenues will top $100 billion within the next five years, fueled by advances in technology and regulatory changes in a number of emerging markets. To help entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in iGaming opportunities, online casino software provider and aggregator Slotegrator has published a new article, “How to start an online casino in 2020.”

The article offers an overview of everything potential operators need to know about starting an online casino, beginning with a look at the global industry and a breakdown of how to choose a target market before diving into how to make a business plan, establish the correct corporate structure, and staff an operation.

If you have questions about acquiring a gambling license, building a high-functioning website, and equipping the platform with a variety of games and payment services, Slotegrator has answers. The company’s complete how-to guide will fill all the knowledge gaps potential entrepreneurs may have and will address everything they should know before and after the launch of their own iGaming business.


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Anton Kuchukhidze Is in the First Episode of the “Ukrainian Realities in Gambling” Podcast



8-12 Anton Kuchukhidze Is in the First Episode of the "Ukrainian Realities in Gambling" Podcast


The team has started a series of podcasts, which is called “Ukrainian realities in gambling”. The first to be invited to the studio was Anton Kuchukhidze, a foreign policy expert.

The expert talked about the latest developments that are taking place around the creation of the regulator and the preparation for the start of the work of operators.

Anton Kuchukhidze has been taking an active part in the public discussion of the legalization of the gambling business in Ukraine for several years now. During the current conversation, he focused on the following aspects:

  • whether it is likely that license payments will go to the Ukrainian state budget this year;
  • taxation of gambling operators – bill No. 2713-d and its criticism by the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Verkhovna Rada;
  • which way of taxation is the most optimal for both the market and the state at the moment;
  • why the Cabinet of Ministers did not indicate revenues from the gambling business in the chart of budget revenues for 2021 and at the same time provided for the costs of the regulator;
  • features of creating gambling zones in Ukraine and the development of tourism;
  • prospects of the Ukrainian gambling market for the next year.

The expert gave forecasts, estimates, provided examples, and shared interesting facts. Follow the link and watch the video to the end.

The formation of the gambling market in Ukraine has just begun, so the podcast will feature many more interesting topics and guests.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel, rate it, write comments and questions.

Let’s make the professional dialogue about the gambling business long, hot, and very interesting.

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3 Characteristics of great mobile slots games




slot-game 3 Characteristics of great mobile slots games

Now more than ever, mobile slots games are in super-high demand all over the world. From those games that whip you along on an adventure through ancient worlds to those that provide a colorful, fruit machine experience, slots are more exciting than ever!

Yet not all slots are the same. Some just have a knack of providing a more interesting, fulfilling game than others! Coincidence? Certainly not! The very best slots around are better than the rest for a reason.

In this article, we will take a look at three characteristics of great mobile slots games. From those titles that emphasize amazing bonus features to those with stunning graphics, the best slots games really do have something special about them!

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 3 characteristics of great mobile slots games.

Great slot mobile slots games look amazing

As modern life becomes more and more focused on the mobile experience, the importance of stunning graphics increases. Players now expect their slot games to have all of the visual appeal of a full-blown desktop computer game, except they want it all between their fingertips!

The very best mobile slots games manage all of this and more, providing players with visually sumptuous titles that immerse players in the heart of the action. Whether you enjoy movie slots, adventure slots or something different, the finest games will leave you stunned.

Slot games are clearly more visually appealing than ever and sites such as provide a convenient spot to enjoy hundreds of mobile slots at once!

The best mobile slot games provide plenty of bonus features

Another key element of any quality mobile slot game is an abundance of exciting bonus features. Whether it is through free spins, wilds or another device, players can’t get enough of exciting and unpredictable bonus features, so this is a must for any slot game looking to be considered among the finest.

The top mobile slot games boast an original, exciting theme

The third and final characteristic on our list of essentials for a great mobile slot game is that of a brilliant theme! In the world of slots, many of the games on offer are fundamentally extremely similar and so it is the packaging that keeps players excited.

Whether a game based on a quest for treasure through ruined civilizations or one that takes its cues from a blockbuster movie, the idea remains the same; make sure the theme is interesting!

If this is the case, then slot games tend to do very well indeed. In fact, if a game manages to combine all three of the above factors, then it could well be in the running to be considered a truly great slot game!

Whether you are in the business of designing slot games or simply playing them, be sure to follow our guide to the 3 characteristics of great mobile slots games. That way, you will always be certain that your chosen game is up there with the finest of them!

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