Australia regulator extends gambling ad ban to streaming

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Legal & compliance New rules will come into effect from September 28 Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Gambling operators in Australia are to face tougher restrictions on advertising after the country’s national media regulator confirmed plans to extend a ban on betting adverts during live sport events to cover streaming platforms.The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced the move earlier today (Wednesday), with the ban to apply to all sporting events streamed live between 5am and 8:30pm.The amended laws also state that gambling advertising is restricted at all other times outside this period.Last month, the ACMA set out proposals to add streaming platforms to an initial list of restrictions set out in March, which ban gambling ads during daytime live sports broadcasts on television channels.Contributions to the proposed changes were invited up to July 26.The ACMA, which made the amendments in line with the Australian Government policy on stricter advertising restrictions for the gambling industry, said the new laws will come into effect from September 28.ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said: “This is the first time that online services streaming live sport have been required to comply with gambling advertising restrictions.“This brings online services in line with television and radio broadcasting services. It creates a safe zone for children and families to watch live sport across a variety of platforms.”Under the original regulations, the ban did not apply to so-called “low-audience” sports channels that attracted an average of under 100,000 unique end users per month.However, a spokesperson for the regulator told iGamingBusiness.com last month that the ACMA “no longer proposes to make this class exemption for small online content service providers”.The regulator intends to monitor the impact of the new rules over a 12-month period, after which it will consider whether to conduct a formal review of the stricter approach.Image: Flickerd 29th August 2018 | By contenteditor Australia regulator extends gambling ad ban to streaming Regions: Oceania Australia Email Addresslast_img read more

Delaware igaming revenue slips to year-low in October

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 13th November 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online gambling revenue in Delaware fell to $246,092 (£191,479/€223,370) in October – the lowest monthly total of the year to date – primarily due to a sharp month-on-month decline in revenue at Dover Downs. Regions: US Delaware Finance Online gambling revenue in Delaware fell to $246,092 in October – the lowest monthly total of the year to date – primarily due to a sharp month-on-month decline in revenue at Dover Downs.Total market revenue was down 36.1% from $384,830 in September, which was incidentally the highest monthly total so far in 2019. Consumers spent $9.4m on igaming in October, down from $11.8m in September.Video lottery was the primary source of revenue for the market’s three licensed operators, accounting for $184,224 of the total.Table games followed on $40,428, but this was significantly lower than $171,156 in September. Poker rake and fee revenue was relatively level month-on-month at $21,439.Players won a total of $9.6m, including $6.4m from table games and $3.2m from video lottery.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: MPD01605 Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Finance Email Address Delaware igaming revenue slips to year-low in Octoberlast_img read more

Delaware’s online gaming market recovers in November

first_img Licensed online gambling operators in Delaware posted $376,331 (£286,930/€337,906) in collective revenue for November, the second-highest monthly total of the year so far and a significant improvement on the year-low of $246,092 in October.Market revenue was up 52.9% on a month-on-month basis, while the November performance placed Delaware just behind its year-high result of $384,820 in September.Players spent a total of $12.4m, which was up from $9.8m in October and also higher than $11.8m in September when the state set its yearly record. Punters won $12.0m from online gaming during the course of November.Table games were again the most popular form on online gaming, with players spending $7.8m and licensees generating $74,220 in revenue.However, despite consumers wagering less on video lottery ($4.6m), operators collected more in revenue ($277,631). In addition, poker rake and fees brought in a further $24,479 in revenue for licensed operators in the state.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: Nicolas Raymond Regions: US Delaware Delaware’s online gaming market recovers in November 18th December 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Finance Licensed online gambling operators in Delaware posted $376,331 in collective revenue for November, the second-highest monthly total of the year so far and a significant improvement on the year-low of $246,092 in October. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Financelast_img read more

Multilotto halts Swedish activity after licence expires

first_imgLegal & compliance China-facing lottery solutions provider 500.com has announced that its The Multi Group (TMG) subsidiary has temporarily suspended operations in Sweden after failing to renew its licence.Malta-based TMG had been operating its MultiLotto lottery betting brand in Sweden under a year-long licence, but did not renew the permit before its expiration.However, 500.com said TMG is in close communication with Spelinspektionen, the national gambling regulator in Sweden, with a view to renewing its licence as soon as possible.TMG said it expects to renew its licence and resume operations in the country by mid-February.500.com expects TMG’s contribution to group revenue during the first quarter of 2020 to be both materially and adversely impacted by the suspension of operations in Sweden.TMG revenue accounted for approximately 99.1% of 500.com’s total net revenue for the third quarter of 2019, of which around 61.3% was generated in Sweden. The business was acquired in a €49.8m deal in May 2017. In November 2019, 500.com reported a 67.6% year-on-year decline in third quarter revenue, blaming the decline in part on issues related to the migration to a new website in Sweden.The suspension will comes after 500.com last week revealed that its chief executive had stood aside over accusations of bribery in Japan.500.com said that Zhengming Pan, its director and chief executive, requested to temporarily step away from his positions until the conclusion of an internal investigation into alleged illegal money transfers related to the development of integrated resorts in Japan.500.com has formed a special investigation committee to consider its conduct in Japan and the role played by consultants following the arrest of one consultant, who was also a former director of the company’s subsidiary in Japan, and two former consultants by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office. Multilotto halts Swedish activity after licence expires Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance Strategy China-facing lottery solutions provider 500.com has announced that its The Multi Group (TMG) subsidiary has temporarily suspended operations in Sweden after failing to renew its licence. 8th January 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Spain looks to limit gambling ad exposure with new controls

first_img Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Spain looks to limit gambling ad exposure with new controls Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions. 24th February 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions.The regulations have been published as part of a consultation, with the government explaining that it had taken action following a noticeable increase in gambling advertising. This, it said, had resulted in growing concerns about the negative effects of this proliferation.The ubiquity of gambling ads could desensitise citizens to the risk of problem gambling and gambling addiction, it explained, necessitating the need for new controls.The government aims to implement significant restrictions on broadcast advertising, restricting operators to promoting their brands via TV and radio between 1:00AM and 5:00AM. Two exceptions will be made, however, for advertising around live sports broadcasts and real-money contests.Real-money contests can only be advertised around programming not suitable for those aged 18 or below, and only between 10:00PM and 6:00AM.Advertising around live sports broadcasts, meanwhile, will be permitted for events that kick off between 8:00PM and 5:00AM. These ads must not make any reference to promotions or bonuses, or contain direct inducements to bet, such as “play now” or “bet now”. In addition, no information on live odds can be shared in these ads.Operators will still be able to strike sponsorship deals with sports teams, though again under strict new conditions. Gambling branding on youth shirts will be banned, while sponsorship of entertainment venues or stadiums is to be prohibited, alongside in-stadium advertising.This prohibition also applies to entertainment venues and public spaces, such as those where films, theatrical works or musical performances are held to which minors are admitted. This may include billboards and bus stops, at the discretion of local authorities.The 18+ age restriction, as well as responsible gambling messaging, must also be included throughout visual ads, or as a 2-second audio clip at the end of such ads. For radio advertising, these social responsibility messages must be heard in one of every two broadcast for an operator.Operators will no longer be able to use public figures to endorse their products, while ads must also avoid overstating the chances of winning and avoid promoting gambling as a path to financial or social success.For promotions and bonuses, a new cap of €100 for acquisition offers will be introduced. Free-play games may still be offered, though only to players logged into a gambling site, and must use the same random number generator as real-money games to avoid giving players unrealistic expectations about their chances of winning.Advertising on websites will still be allowed, though pop-ups may only be shown to players registered with a gambling operators, which effectively bans site takeovers. As with TV and radio, web ads must only appear on sites targeted at adults.Email ads, meanwhile, can only be sent after checking whether the recipients are listed on Spain’s self-exclusion database, or whether they have been classed as an at-risk player. On social media, ads are restricted to portals that have a filtering solution to avoid targeting minors, while a responsible gambling ad must be shown for every four standard ads.Operators will also be required to develop a comprehensive corporate social responsibility policy. This must set out their strategies for preventing and repairing the negative effects of gambling, as well as how they will intervene when there is evidence of a player suffering from gambling harm.This, under the new regulations must be complemented by a helpline for customers, and daily, weekly or monthly limit-setting controls.The public consultation runs until 16 March, with industry stakeholders, citizens and other interested parties invited to submit their comments until then. Email Addresslast_img read more

Diamond Link™: Mighty Sevens by Greentube

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Slots Casino & games 8th June 2020 | By Aaron Noy Diamond Link™: Mighty Sevens by Greentube Companies: Greentube Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Greentube’s Home of Games just got a whole lot sweeter thanks to the addition of Diamond Link™: Mighty Sevens. Fans of traditional fruit games will love this slot, which takes the popular elements of the casino classic and combines them with unique Diamond Link™ features on 5 reels and 25 win lines.Discover more about this slot here!last_img read more

Gambling executives establish new Covid-19 consultancy

first_img22nd July 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Veteran industry executives Perry Stasi and David Schugar have established a new consulting and compliance group to help operators keep players and staff safe as businesses reopen following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown.Assure-Bet will identify, qualify and deploy products and best practices designed to help keep people safe from viruses and contagions.Stasi – chief executive of gaming machine limit technology provider Visual Limits LLC – and Schugar – president of equity betting supplier Equity Play – said they spent a number of months during the Covid-19 shutdown both researching and developing operational protocols for the gambling sector, with operators able to put these in place alongside their own protection measures.Assure-Bet will refer to health protocol set as BIO-MICS, which stands for Bio-Integrity: Maximum Internal Control Standards.“The protocols started off as ‘safety first; list of guidelines for the Table Games Dept. that evolved into a property-wide plan,” Stasi, who will serve as chief executive of the new group, said. “Our mindset began with the assumption that everyone in the casino could be Covid-19 positive and asymptomatic.“Adopting this unique philosophy and trying to offset the associated bio-threats with firm guidelines, would serve as a strong confidence builder for both employees and customers returning to the new norms of the gaming industry.”Schugar, who will take on the role of chief operating officer, added that Assure-Bet has also been scientifically evaluating virus-killing and sanitising devices, software programs and apps for employee safety that can incorporate testing.Other initiatives include social distancing-ticket sales in entertainment venues and plastic products, which he said can enhance safety and add to customer service efforts.“We consider several factors we feel will be important to operators, such as bio-integrity effectiveness, operational efficiencies, and mitigation of liability, and we will be announcing the endorsement of several products in the very near future,” Schugar said.“Assure-Bet is, in some degree, a response to the lack of clearly defined bio-integrity standards between and within gaming jurisdictions.”Stasi also said that such is the expected impact of Assure-Bet’s solutions could mean that gambling venues may not have to close down again in the instance of a further viral outbreak.“The great thing about our strategy is if the industry adopts our philosophy and products, we expect casinos may not have to close down again because of an outbreak of any contagion in the future or perhaps a false alarm in the fall or if someone tests positive within their property,” he said.center_img Gambling executives establish new Covid-19 consultancy Topics: Casino & games Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Veteran industry executives Perry Stasi and David Schugar have established a new consulting and compliance group to help operators keep players and staff safe as businesses reopen following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown.last_img read more

UK elite athletes body teams up with Gamstop

first_img“Professional athletes are at a higher risk of developing gambling problems than their peers outside of sport,” PPF chief executive Simon Taylor said. “We are therefore pleased to help promote Gamstop to make it easier for players that decide they want to self-exclude.” Topics: Social responsibility Regulation Responsible gambling Currently it looks to educate players about the potential risks associated with gambling, with Gamstop to be integrated into its current range of educational assets. UK elite athletes body teams up with Gamstop The Professional Players Federation (PPF), the body that represents thousands of elite athletes in the UK, is hoping to reduce its members’ risk of developing gambling problems through a partnership with British online self-exclusion scheme Gamstop. The PPF said it would look to raise awareness of the solution among its members and the wider public through the new partnership, sharing information about Gamstop across the PPF website and social channels. Fiona Palmer, chief executive of Gamstop, said she was “extremely excited” to work closely with the PPF and its members. “We welcome PPF’s commitment to protecting and educating those closest to sport who might be affected by problems with their gambling,” Palmer said. “This partnership will help ensure that all members have the practical tools and support around them to be protected and educated.” More than 150,000 people have already registered with Gamstop since its launch. Since March 2020, all British online operators must be integrated with Gamstop as a condition of their Gambling Commission licence.center_img Consumers who register with Gamstop can choose to exclude themselves from every gambling site for a minimum period of six months, one year or five years. They cannot then remove themselves from the scheme until their self-exclusion period has expired, and if they do not contact Gamstop, their registration is automatically rolled over for up to seven years. Responsible gambling Email Address 5th October 2020 | By Aaron Noy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The federation, which includes the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and similar bodies in cricket, darts, racing and rugby among its members, said the partnership builds on its existing responsible gambling initiatives.last_img read more

GambleAware defends Tap Out campaign from APPG criticism

first_imgFinally, the APPG said that “a number of academics and public health experts” were “particularly alarmed” at the ad, as they argue the ability to ‘Tap Out’ is “effectively meaningless” for at-risk gamblers, especially if they have been drinking alcohol, as was the case in one ad of the campaign. Email Address In addressing a criticism that the messages intended to prevent harm were still based on the use of betting apps, Etches said this was a necessary step as this was how most industry customers placed bets. It had to reach gamblers through their preferred channel, he explained. 20th October 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle GambleAware has defended its marketing of the “Tap Out” phase of its “Bet Regret” campaign from criticism from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gambling-Related Harm, arguing the group may have misconstrued the target audience of the messages. In addition, he said that the campaign’s efforts to prevent problem gambling were undertaken through a series of behavioural “nudges” designed to encourage moderation, self-reflection and raise awareness of potential risks. Regions: UK & Ireland The APPG’s letter said that, given that Bet Regret is a public health campaign, its advertisements should not “simply encourage bettors to ‘Tap Out,’ via a product which is still clearly designed to encourage people to bet rather than stop betting”. Rather, she said, the messages should showcase more effective signposting or advertisement towards the NHS or self-exclusion tools GamStop or GamBan. Social responsibility In a letter from outgoing GambleAware chief executive Mark Etches (pictured) to APPG chair Carolyn Harris, he pointed out that the campaign targeted frequent bettors, rather than those experiencing gambling harms. GambleAware’s funding has previously faced criticism regarding its funding structure from both the APPG and the House of Lords, which called for the establishment of an independent research, education and treatment charity. This prompted Etches in July to defend GambleAware’s status and point out that the charity’s work was fully independent from operators who provide funding. “Gambling operators (and broadcasters) have been prevailed upon by DCMS to provide funding but our governance structure is designed to ensure complete independence from the industry, who are informed of plans after they have been set as a courtesy but have no involvement in decisions on campaign development,” Etches wrote. The Tap Out campaign was launched in September and encourages players to “tap out” of their phones before placing a bet, in order to have time to consider their choices. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter GambleAware defends Tap Out campaign from APPG criticism Instead, it aimed to speak to those at risk of suffering harms, particularly young men aged 18-34 years old, he explained. Tags: GambleAware All-Party Parliamentary Group Bet Regret Mark Etches Topics: Social responsibility CSR Problem gambling Responsible gambling In addition, the APPG said that “the clear and logical solution” for a customer experiencing ‘Bet Regret’ would surely be to encourage bettors to completely stop betting”. However, aspects of the campaign drew criticism from the All-Party Parliamentary Group and its chair, Carolyn Harris, who wrote a letter on behalf of the group to GambleAware in September raising these issues. Earlier today (19 October) GambleAware also published a study carried out by Leeds Beckett University that found that the multi-level setup of its treatment and support system has led to significant knowledge gaps. It noted that various parts of the current treatment system, such as individual treatment providers, often did not have a way of interacting and sharing knowledge with one another. Finally, Etches again defended GambleAware’s funding model and pointed out that while operators provide funding to the charity, they do not have a say in developing campaigns.  Etches’ letter also pointed to research that said that messages that refer to treatment or gambling addiction also tend to lead to “othering”, where at-risk gamblers believe the messages are not meant for them. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter He added that GambleAware also worked on providing assistance to those with gambling disorders through a campaign to promote the National Gambling Treatment Service. last_img read more

Holland Casino venues to remain closed until at least 9 February

first_imgThe operator’s properties faced their third period of closure beginning on 16 December last year, in response to the rising number of cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). After reopening in July, the venues were subject to a midnight curfew from September as cases of the virus began rising again. Holland Casino venues to remain closed until at least 9 February 15th January 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino The first wave of Covid-19 early in 2020 saw the casinos close their doors in March, as part of a shutdown that was originally expected to last until September. However, negotiations between the government and the operator subsequently saw the date for reopening brought forward to 1 July. Net loss after corporate income tax (VPB) for the period amounted to €28.3m, compared to a €32.5m profit in 2019. The Netherlands’ government has announced that the national lockdown currently in place in the jurisdiction will be extended by a further three weeks, meaning all 14 of Holland Casino’s gaming venues will remain closed until 9 February at the earliest. The period of opening lasted under a month, as the casinos were closed again by 16 December under the current lockdown, and will now remain closed until at least 9 February. Email Addresscenter_img The venues reopened on 19 November, although restaurants, bars and catering establishments throughout the nation remained closed. That period of lockdown was intended to last until 19 January, until it was extended earlier this week. Land-based casino Results published in August showed that the operator’s revenue for the first half of 2020 had fallen 58.7% year-on-year, despite strong performance prior to the first period of closure. Tags: Holland Casino Then in November, as cases continued to rise, the casinos faced their second national shutdown, originally intended to last for two weeks. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more