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Fairytale-based online gambling games banned

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Britain’s advertising body Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned online games featuring wolves and fairies that are “likely to appeal to children.”

The m88.com website had featured three such games: Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood, Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel, and Fairies Forest. The games featured animated images of a wolf, a pixie and a fairy in a forest.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling approached the ASA with complaints about the three ads, and the authority promptly took action. ProgressPlay, trading as m88.com, responded to the complaint by making the games accessible only after members logged in to their account and modified them to remove all images of fairies and “any other unsuitable character.”

However, m88.com said the games were produced by a third-party software company and appeared on other websites run by different gambling operators.

Advertising rules state that gambling ads must not be likely to be of particular appeal to children or young people, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture. The ASA said it welcomed the interim action taken by m88.com in response to the complaint.

The ASA noted that Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood was based on the children’s fairytale Little Red Riding Hood and included an animated picture of a wolf and a fairy, and the Hansel and Gretel game featured a moonlit forest with gameplay stars and gambling coins.

It said: “We considered that fairies were highly popular with young children, particularly young girls. Furthermore, we noted that the wolf was heavily stylised with exaggerated facial features and included a long muzzle, big eyes and a prominent nose.”

“We considered that the physical appearance of the wolf resembled similar characters from films and TV programmes aimed at under-18s, particularly children.”

The Fairies Forest game showed an animated image of a fairy in a forest with brightly coloured flowers around the name of the game. The ASA concluded that all three games were likely to be of particular appeal to children and ruled that they must not appear again in this form.

In a separate ruling following another set of complaints by Fairer Gambling, six games appearing on the fun88.co.uk and letou.co.uk websites have also been banned over their potential appeal to children.

The games featured animated images of birds, a young girl and a dragon, a pixie, a castle and a princess, a girl with long blonde hair, and a polar bear wearing a Santa hat, a polar bear cub, two penguins and a rabbit. 

Source: TheGuardian


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Breaking News: Dutch Senate votes to legalize online gambling

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The Netherlands Senate voted today in favor of the country’s long-awaited online gaming legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives back in 2014.

The new regulatory regime will allow operators to secure online sports betting and casino gaming licenses to serve Dutch consumers, subject to secondary legislation that is yet to be submitted for European Commission approval.

Today, the Dutch Senate voted in favor of legislation to legalize internet-based gambling, clearing the way for foreign and Dutch firms to apply for licenses.

On Monday, the Financieele Dagblad said some 300 companies have expressed interest in running a gambling website in the Netherlands and about 50 are expected to make a formal application for a license when they are up for grabs next year. Tuesday’s vote comes two years after the lower house voted in favor of allowing third parties to legally offer online gambling.

Holland Casino is the Netherlands’ only state-regulated gambling establishment but foreign firms widely flout the ban and continue to target Dutch punters.

The two Christian parties in the ruling coalition voted against the legislation. They claim allowing more companies to offer online betting will lead to more problems with addiction.

Source: DutchNews.nl


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BetConstruct attained a partnership with SA Gaming

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BetConstruct announces a new strategic partnership with an online entertainment platform provider in Asia – SA Gaming.

As a result of the agreement, SA Gaming’s various slots and live casino solutions will be integrated into BetConstruct’s platform. Around 30 slots such as The Guard, World Cup Fever, Red Dragon, Saint of Mahjong, Indiana’s Quest, Dragon Tiger, and others currently fulfill their gaming catalog.

“This is an important partnership for us, as a result of which our gaming portfolio will be enhanced with more Asian themed slots and live casino games, ” says BetConstruct regional director Lusine Khudaverdyan.

 

Apart from the slots, SA Gaming has a wide portfolio of live casino games famous in Asia. Following the partnership, we already support such games as Baccarat, Roulette, Sic Bo, Fan Tan and Speed Baccarat from our new Asian 3rd party provider. Together with SA Gaming we believe to provide premium gaming solutions for all our partner operators.

 

About BetConstruct

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions with development, sales, and service centers around the globe.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include an extensive range of products and services, including Sportsbook, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Solutions, RNG & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more. The latest addition is the industry-first complete management infrastructure, SpringBME (Business Management Environment).

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring platform with its powerful back-office tools and all-inclusive services that empower operators’ growth and help contain their costs. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unfettered opportunity to succeed.


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Bangladesh bans online gambling websites

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked all the internet gateway providers and Telecom department to run an internet safety solution programme to block online gambling websites. BTRC is believed to have received an instruction to effect the same from the country’s government.

The telecom regulator has sent the order to block the websites so that these websites will not be accessible in Bangladesh again.

“It might take few more hours to block all the sites completely as blocking any site is so technical,” said Md Emdadul Hoque, general secretary of Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB).

A top official of the BTRC said they have often found complaints from different sides about online gambling and that needs to block for the sake of safe internet.


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