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Sweden-licensed operators blast amended COVID-19 gambling regulations

The Swedish government has amended its proposed COVID-19 online gambling restrictions to exclude horse race and sports betting.

The government announced plans in April to limit customer deposits for online gambling and retail gaming machines in response to a claimed increase in online casino gaming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposal attracted [...]

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Football

IBIA speaks out in favour of global sports data standards

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has called for an industry-wide debate about global sports data standards.

The IBIA said that all parties engaged in the supply of sports event data for betting should adhere to global best practice standards, after data supplier Stats Perform called for the industry be regulated [...]

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Stats Perform leads call for regulation of data suppliers

Stats Perform has said the data supply industry should be regulated by an independent body, with Genius Sports Group and Sportradar generally supportive of attempts to increase standards.

The issue has risen to a head during the COVID-19 lockdown period, as data suppliers looked to fill empty sportsbooks with a range [...]

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ACMA moves to block another ten illegal iGaming sites in Australia

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has asked the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block a number of additional unlicensed online offshore gambling websites.

Continuing its fight against unlicensed iGaming sites targeting Australian players, the ACMA requested earlier this month that ISPs block ten more domains, with customers urged [...]

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Colombia adds Live Casino to regulated iGaming offering

Licensed online gaming operators in Colombia are set to launch live dealer casino games following the publication of enabling regulations.

The Live Casino regulations were approved in late April and published by Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos on Friday.

They allow the country’s licensed gambling operators to offer live casino games from casinos [...]

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Kindred Group loses appeal against Norwegian withdrawal order

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group has lost its appeal against the Norwegian Gaming Authority’s decision to force the operator’s four brands from the market.

The regulator issued the withdrawal order last year against Kindred subsidiary Trannel International, which operates the Unibet, Maria Casino, Storspiller and Bingo sites, for targeting Norwegian consumers from Malta [...]

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Football

Malta Gaming Authority signs data sharing deal with Swedish FA

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has signed a data sharing agreement with the Swedish Football Association (Svenska Fotbollförbundet).

The deal is the latest in a series of other high-profile agreements which have been signed by the MGA over the past few months, including the Malta Football Association, the Tennis Integrity Unit, [...]

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UK Gambling Commission imposes new restrictions on industry

With the United Kingdom beginning to relax its lockdown restrictions and new research showing an overall fall in gambling participation during the lockdown, the Gambling Commission has today introduced new restrictions on the regulated industry.

The new guidance follows the Commission publishing data showing the impact that COVID-19 is having on [...]

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Swedish government’s claim of increasing online gambling lacks evidence

Sweden’s plan to further restrict the licensed gambling market continues to attract criticism from all quarters, with state-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel the latest to question the reasoning behind the government’s proposal.

Sweden’s social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi announced the proposed new rules on 23 April, citing an increase in online [...]

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Admiral Sportwetten quits German retail business for lack of regulation

Novomatic subsidiary Lowen Group is withdrawing its Admiral Sportwetten brand from the German retail sports betting market.

The company attributed the decision to Germany’s flawed gambling regulations, which have failed to provide legal certainty and fair competition in the market.

Admirals 17 betting shops in Germany have been closed since mid-March due [...]

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UK Gambling Commissions warns licensees over third-party arrangements

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has warned licensees that they are fully responsible for all third-party relationships after taking regulatory action against platform provider FSB Technology.

The regulator said that gambling businesses will face regulatory action if they do not carefully manage all the third-party websites that they are responsible for.

The [...]

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Seven more CEOs sign petition to change Swedish casino deposit limits

Seven more CEOs from leading operators and suppliers in Sweden have signed a petition urging social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi to change strategy and protect the Swedish licensing system.

It follows the proposed introduction of new rules on 1 June, limiting consumer deposits for online gaming to SEK5,000 (approx. €440) per [...]

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