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Sweden’s State-Run Gambling Operator Demands Fair Competition Rules upon Market’s Regulation

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The results from a year-and-a-half-long review of Sweden’s gambling industry were published this spring, recommending the replacement of Svenska Spel’s monopoly over the provision of licensed iGaming services with a more liberal licensing system that would admit international operators to the local market.

 

It is now up to Sweden’s Riksdag (the country’s legislature) to craft a new legislative framework and to introduce it as a law. It was originally announced that the new regulatory regime would take effect in early 2019. Although it is yet to be seen how exactly the country’s gambling market will be regulated, discussions on the matter and even exchange of criticism have already emerged between involved parties.

Earlier this month, Svenska Spel CEO Lennart Käll and Chairman Erik Strand wrote an opinion piece for Swedish news outlet Dagens Samhälle, dwelling in greater detail in what Sweden’s future gambling laws should include. According to the two gambling officials, there are two main points lawmakers need to keep in mind when crafting the new regulations – minimization of problem gambling risks and the introduction of effective mechanisms against illegal gambling.

The Svenska Spel’s top executives pointed out that when the market is opened for international operators, these need to be scrutinized carefully before being granted licenses from local regulators. The state-run operator itself will be watching the industry’s development once the new regulations are in place and will engage itself in ensuring that services are provided in a proper manner.

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The two officials recommended that the government pay special attention to the different types of gambling services and to the fact that different games pose different level of risk to customers. Thus, the regulatory framework should be developed in a manner that encompasses effective mechanisms for all levels of risk.

Despite being the only authorized operator of iGaming services in the country, Svenska Spel currently holds only a fifth of the local online gambling market. In comparison, gray market operators have been taking a larger and larger portions of revenue from local customers for the past several years. Svenska Spel called for the creation of regulations that would secure fair competition for all participating parties. According to gaming operator, the criminalization of licensed activities would be a good measure to be implemented.

The publication of Mr. Käll and Mr. Strand’s piece was followed by an article produced by Fredrik Schulte, known to be a Member of Sweden’s Parliament. Mr. Schulte was critical of the two gambling executive’s piece, arguing that it is now up to the legislature to determine how the industry will be regulated and that Svenska Spel should not try to influence the course of events. Mr. Schulte further noted that the state-run operator may be trying to direct the industry’s regulation in a manner that would benefit Svenska Spel itself once the new rules are implemented and will give it advantage over its international competitors.…

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Digicode Appoints Itai Zak as Executive Director for iGaming Division

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Digicode, a leading provider of innovative software solutions, has appointed Itai Zak as Executive Director for the iGaming division. In this role, Itai will drive the growth and strategic direction.

With over 15 years of experience in the iGaming industry, Zak brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Digicode. He has a proven track record of successfully leading and scaling businesses in the online gaming sector, gaining experience as the CEO of SBTech, GoWild Gaming, and Spiral Solutions.

Under Itai’s visionary leadership, GoWild Casino not only seamlessly transitioned to a state-of-the-art iGaming platform but also achieved an astounding 450% increase in profitability, driven by Itai’s strategic expansion into new markets and his ability to build and lead a formidable team of over 300 professionals.

At SBTech, Itai was instrumental in redefining the company’s sales, marketing, and business development approach, transforming SBTech into a leading provider of turnkey sports betting and iGaming solutions. His efforts have helped grow the company from 60 to over 600 employees across multiple global locations, with significant year-on-year growth in net profit.

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Itai’s appointment is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and strategic growth within the iGaming sector. His proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings.

“We are thrilled to have Itai Zak join our team. His deep understanding of the iGaming landscape and leadership skills will be invaluable as we continue to innovate and expand our foothold in this dynamic industry. Also, Itai’s proven track record in navigating complex regulatory environments, coupled with his forward-thinking approach to product and market strategy, positions Digicode for exciting advancements in its iGaming offerings,” Max Maslii, President and global CEO at Digicode, said.

In his new role, Zak will develop and execute Digicode’s iGaming strategy, focusing on driving revenue and growth. He will work closely with the product development and sales teams to deliver cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of iGaming operators.

“I am excited to join Digicode and lead their iGaming division. Digicode has a proven track record of delivering innovative software solutions, and I am eager to contribute to their continued success in the iGaming market,” Itai Zak said.

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Pragmatic Play Goes Live with City Center Online in Argentina

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is enhancing its standing in Argentina and is now live with City Center Online.

Taking its leading Slots portfolio to the online casino, City Center Online’s players are now set to benefit from leading titles, including award-winning hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus as well as more recent releases from Pragmatic Play’s ever-expanding portfolio such as Pub Kings and Mustang Trail.

This latest agreement follows a series of partnerships that Pragmatic Play has struck across the regulated LatAm markets, combined with several regional industry awards, further cements its position as the leading supplier in Latin America.

Victor Arias, VP of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We are delighted to announce Pragmatic Play’s agreement with City Center Online as the brand continues its upward trajectory and supply even more LatAm operators with its acclaimed, industry-leading titles.

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“With Pragmatic Play’s renowned slot library now live on the platform, we are confident they will be a hit with City Center Online’s players, and we look forward to see its content provision expanding even more in the near future.”

Samanta Zio, Online Gaming Manager at City Center Online, said: “The quality and brand recognition that is brought on by Pragmatic Play games cannot be understated and we are delighted to now offer its portfolio to our players.

“Underpinning our commitment to providing premium gaming experiences to audiences in Argentina, we are confident this partnership is a momentous win for City Center Online.”

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Pragmatic Play Adds TriunfoBet to Growing List of Latin American Partners

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, will soon bring its dynamic multi-product portfolio to more customers with Venezuelan operator TriunfoBet, encompassing its Slots, Live Casino, and Virtual Sports offering as part of the deal.

The supplier has continued to build on its impressive Live Casino offering with the launch of Treasure Island. The action-packed gameshow follows in the footsteps of similar hit titles such as Sweet Bonanza Candyland and Snakes & Ladders Live which are also fan favorites across LatAm.

In addition, casino classics such as Roulette and Blackjack will be brought to an even wider audience in the region thanks to this latest tie-up.

Pragmatic Play’s renowned Slot portfolio will promptly be available for TriunfoBet players to enjoy including new titles such as Gates of Olympus 1000 in addition to Christmas-themed versions of its player-favourite franchises including Big Bass Christmas Bash and Sugar Rush Xmas.

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Rounding off the collection is Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports which delivers cutting-edge 3D renderings of popular sports betting markets that match real-life equivalents across horse and greyhound racing, football, and motorsport.

The new agreement with TriunfoBet further boosts Pragmatic Play’s profile across the LatAm market as it cements itself as the industry-leading supplier in the region.

Victor Arias, VP of LatAm Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play’s content has become a household name in LatAm, and we are confident that TriunfoBet will achieve similar levels of success as other partners. The LatAm market continues to be a key area of expansion for Pragmatic Play, as evidenced by the consistent stream of new partnerships launched each month. TriunfoBet is the perfect addition to Pragmatic Play’s growing portfolio of partners in this region.”

Luis Lizarazo, CEO of TriunfoBet, said: “We strive to provide our players with an exceptional experience on our platform, and our latest partnership with Pragmatic Play allows us to significantly enhance our offering with their extensive range of products. Pragmatic Play’s remarkable growth in Latin America has been truly impressive, and we are thrilled to be among their latest partners. We are confident that their Slots, Live Casino, and Virtual Sports will be met with the same resounding success they have garnered worldwide.”

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