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Conflicting statements from South African officials regarding online gambling

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MacDonald Netshitenzhe, the Chief Director of South Africa’s Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has declared that “we can stop online gambling – by banning the Internet.”

However, Ghaleb Cachalia, the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, does not subscribe the view. She said that her ministry will not support the National Gambling Amendment Bill and blamed Netshitenzhe for the confusion prevailing now.

Netshitenzhe was the Chief Director of Policy and Legislation at the DTI. Cachalia blamed him that he was “responsible for this mess in the first place,” referring to the bill.

“This amendment bill emanates from the flawed gambling policy of 2016 which believes, amongst other things, that online gambling should be banned.”

Cachalia also noted that the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said “online gambling is strictly prohibited” and he wants tougher measures to be implemented to curb it.

Davies is seeking more powers for the National Gambling Board to do so and trying to make the board the industry regulator.

While he also proposed clamping down on advertising and unsolicited messages to entice vulnerable groups to gamble, Cachalia said that the biggest crackdown will be made on unlawful winnings via online gambling.

The government will use the Financial Intelligence Centre, which will work with financial institutions, to verify and seize online winnings.

“If you go online, we may not be able to stop you when you play the game, but when you win, we get you,” Davies reportedly said.


Source: European Gaming Media

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Louisiana House Committee Passes Fantasy Sports Restriction Bill

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Louisiana House Committee has passed the fantasy sports restriction bill. Voters of 47 parishes approved fantasy sports betting last fall. The bill leaves committee with an amendment that stipulates “you can only play if you’re at card checking over-21 only in establishments like video poker stops, bars, or casinos.”

“This is obviously not what people voted for, this is not how fantasy sports works, this is not how online entertainment works anywhere, for any medium,” Fairness for Fantasy Sports Louisiana spokesperson Ryan Berni said.

“Right now the proposed tax rate does not cover the cost for the state to collect it. The state actually loses money at the proposed tax rate that they are proposing on fantasy sports,” Video poker lobbyist Alton Ashy said.

“Obviously the intention is that it is places that have video poker. It really is an end around and a subversion of what people know and like about fantasy sports,” Berni added.


Source: European Gaming Media
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The Battle to be the ‘Netflix of Gaming’

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Entertainment giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple are all striving to be the ‘Netflix of Gaming’, making announcements about new cloud gaming platforms or ‘digital only’ consoles like the Xbox S1. Their targets? The ‘digital natives’ a segment that have grown up without discs and are totally unfamiliar with the sluggish cartridge loading times of the 70s and 80s retro style consoles. They are accustomed to content being delivered to an owned device at a click of a button.

This week saw the launch of the Microsoft Xbox S1, at £199 in the UK and $249 in the US, which is significantly cheaper than its other Xbox one siblings. The disc-less device has pre-installed ‘Digital Native’ gaming favourites like Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves on its 1TB hard drive, and offers a discounted subscription to Xbox Game Pass, which is a library of more than 100 games for a monthly fee. Consumers will most certainly be drawn to this subscription model thanks to the savings that can be gained from access to the significant libraries of content.

In the latest Futuresource Gaming Report, it evaluates the market size and value of current digital entertainment content and corresponding subscription-based models and finds that whilst consumer savings are relatively high for video on demand (VoD) and music, in comparison, for gaming, the margin for the publisher is low. However, has the ‘digital native’ segment got the volume potential, over time to reach the mass market margin levels for return on investment?

Microsoft is also working on its xCloud game streaming service which is being designed to stream digital games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices. Similar to the cloud gaming services offered by Amazon, Apple, Google and Verizon. So, the end of the disc may not be nigh. However, there are clearly road maps in place that could facilitate a hybrid environment with the traditional disc-based gamer co-existing with the non-disc players.

As Microsoft’s Jeff Gattis suggested around the launch of the Microsoft Xbox S1, the disc-less model is not intended to replace disc-based models despite dramatic market trends towards the adoption of downloadable games over the past few years. “We’re not looking to push customers toward digital. It’s about meeting the needs of customers that are digital natives, the ones that prefer digital-based media. I’m not able to talk about future generations of Xbox consoles, for now this is a choice that buyers can make, and the market can take things where it wants to take it.

Futuresource analysis of game purchasing highlights the trend towards full digital game downloads by consumers, with physical unit sales expected to fall from 65% in 2018 to 61% in 2019. Whilst a market worldwide of over 100 million physical game copies is expected in 2023, digital sales will account for a majority of sales worldwide at 52% of Xbox game sell-through. Markets such as the UK will however quickly adopt digital content, with only 36% of Xbox games sold in the UK expected to be purchased in physical format by 2023.

Over time technology continuously changes the way movies, music and games are created, distributed, purchased and enjoyed. In the last year, we’ve seen a number of product announcements and technology developments which are set to shape how consumers can and will access gaming content. The Xbox S1 and Google Stadia point towards the next generation of gaming services, with ever increasing broadband and 5G speeds set to enable more seamless game streaming.


Source: European Gaming Media
This is a Syndicated News piece. Photo credits or photo sources can be found on the source article: The Battle to be the ‘Netflix of Gaming’

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Alphaslot Signs Agreement with Synergy Blue

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Alphaslot, the blockchain gaming platform, has signed agreement with Synergy Blue, the premier creator of skill-based games, to explore innovative entertainment solutions using blockchain technology. The strategic alliance allows Synergy Blue to explore how Alphaslot’s blockchain API could be used in its leading skill-based casino gaming products.

Alphaslot’s blockchain API is the main interface for casino gaming equipment to connect with players on the casino floor via a blockchain network. Synergy Blue provides certified, skill-based games for the casino market. The agreement between Alphaslot and Synergy Blue underscores the interest of both parties towards the future of blockchain technology and the industry.

“Alphaslot is leading the way for blockchain adoption in the gambling industry. While microtransactions are unheard of in the casino/gambling world, they are pervasive in the video game market. Our goal is to explore how to leverage blockchain technology to help attract the next generation of gambler and provide innovative entertainment experiences. We are excited about exploring blockchain technology and working with regulators, casino properties, and Alphaslot to ensure compliance and to help spark adoption throughout the industry,” Georg Washington, CEO of Synergy Blue said.

“This agreement with Synergy Blue in America will give us an opportunity to expand into the emerging market of skill-based casino gaming, which could lead to demand for interactive products powered by blockchain technology. Our new blockchain technology, combined with Synergy Blue’s gaming innovation, could help shape the future of the casino gaming industry. Alphaslot and Synergy Blue are taking our first steps with a serious and continuous commitment. We already had great success presenting our vision at the London ICE show in February and we’re very excited to showcase again our blockchain API at G2E Asia in Macau,” Raymond Chan, CEO and co-founder of Alphaslot said.


Source: European Gaming Media
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