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Netherlands Gaming Authority Issues Cease and Desist Order to Catena Media
Yesterday, the Netherlands Gaming Authority announced that it has issued a cease and desist order to Malta-based iGaming lead generation company Catena Media.
The regulator found that Catena Media was actively promoting the services of online gaming operators, including ComeOn, to a Dutch audience through various websites, such as netentcasino.nl, gokoverzicht.com, and spellenoverzicht.com.
The Gaming Authority further decided to impose a daily penalty payment of €1500, up to a maximum of €21,000, if Catena Media would fail to comply with its cease and desist order.
As of now, the aforementioned websites appear to be no longer accessible from the Netherlands.
Europe Generates Almost 50% of All Online & Mobile Gambling Revenue
When it comes to online and mobile gambling, Europe is way ahead of other geographic regions, the Financial Times outlined on Saturday. UK operators have benefited most:
“Firms based in the UK have long benefited from not being as tightly regulated as elsewhere in the world. In some countries, such as China and India, bans on online gambling have pushed the practice underground, creating multibillion-dollar black markets for wagers. Other major markets, such as Germany, enforce strict restrictions.”
In the same FT article, Paddy Power Betfair’s outgoing CEO Breon Corcoran remarked that his company has no intention to re-enter grey markets (such as – currently – the Netherlands). “Ultimately, there is a question about sustainability in grey markets,” Corcoran said.
Updated Swedish Gaming Legislation Could Take Effect in 2019
“A new framework for the gaming industry in Sweden has been introduced and it could soon end the iGaming monopoly under the control of Svenska Spel. The updated legislation could take effect by 2019 modifying the current regime, although legislators are set to carry out further debates on the issue,” Focus Gaming News reports.
Former Swedish gambling regulator, Hakan Hallstedt, has recommended that online gambling operators pay an 18% tax on their gross gaming revenue. An estimated 90% percent of the Swedish online market would then be licensed and generating taxes from gambling.
Janshen-Hahnraths Group Posts 4.4% Increase in Revenues in 2016
The Janshen-Hahnraths Group, owner of 42 Fair Play arcade halls in the Netherlands, announced yesterday that its annual revenues increased 4.4% to €77m. Earnings before taxes amounted to €1.7m.
In order to safeguard its position in a Dutch market that is expected to go through some major changes, including the opening of the online market and the privatization of Holland Casino, the group made significant investments in the development of an online presence, as well as more frequent and generous jackpot payouts.
“We are happy with our financial results,” Janshen-Hahnraths’ CEO Jan Schiffelers said. “Last year’s lower profits are the result of a deliberate strategic choice to prioritize investments that are vital to the long-term viability of the Group. Moreover, we have opted to to draw the necessary funds from our cash flow, rather than external financing.”
Despite strict enforcement by the Netherlands Gaming Authority, online casino operators still find ways to advertise their services to a Dutch audience.
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The Sportech Racing and Digital division of Sportech, holder of the single Dutch tote betting license, has agreed to provide pari-mutuel betting technologies and services to Dansk Hestevæddeløb ApS (DHV), the joint operating company for horseracing and operator of all racecourses in Denmark.
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The Malta Gaming Authority is aiming to roll out a regulatory framework for blockchain technology by Q1 2018.
Portugal has announced the issuance of its eighth online gambling license to Estoril Sol to offer online sports betting services. The operator was already in possession of a Portuguese online casino license.
PokerStars parent company The Stars Group reported a 7.9% constant currency rise in Q2 revenues to $303.5m, with soaring casino revenues overcoming a significant decline in poker revenues. Revenue diversification reached a significant milestone last quarter, with non-poker revenue representing one-third of the company’s total revenue for the first time.
Shortly after Google opted to drop a long-standing ban on gambling and betting apps in its app store, Sporting Index has become the first company to launch a sports spread betting mobile application on Google Play.
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Paysafe, which owns Skrill, Neteller and Paysafecard, reported revenues of $538.7m (€458.5m) in the first half of this year, up 11% from $486.7m in the opening six months of last year.
Betsafe has signed UFC star Conor McGregor as an EU ambassador, ahead of the Irishman’s upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Slot machine maker Aristocrat Leisure has acquired Israeli social gaming company Plarium Global Ltd, reinforcing the Australian company’s status as a technology business.
Maine has become the 15th US state to legalize paid-for daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests.
A lucky punter in Las Vegas took home an $11.8m slot machine jackpot after wagering a mere $3.
Pragmatic Play Partners with Starkbet
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is celebrating the signing of a new partnership with Starkbet, enhancing its standing across Latin America.
Like many partnerships in the region, this latest tie-up with Starkbet includes three of Pragmatic Play’s popular verticals. Its Slot provision will see players able to enjoy recent releases including Rocket Blast Megaways and Diamond Cascade, as well as a host of award-winning popular hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus among 300+ quality titles.
The operator’s Live Casino offering will be significantly stronger once the deal goes live, with consistent top-performing titles such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Mega Wheel being available for players along with a comprehensive collection of classic games such as roulette and blackjack.
Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports titles which offer a wide range of realistic games to complement real-life sporting schedules also form part of the new deal. Products like Force 1 and Horse and Greyhound Racing are among the sports soon to be available, giving bettors on-demand opportunities to enjoy a large selection of bet markets.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Starkbet team on board as Pragmatic Play’s latest partner in Latin America. It’s another fantastically strong brand that we’re delighted to see Pragmatic Play bringing its content to and we’re sure the relationship is going to work out incredibly well for both parties.”
Henry Berger, CEO at Starkbet, said: “Starkbet has always been a popular choice for LatAm players and that will be even more true now we will have content from Pragmatic Play in our portfolio. Its games are among the most requested among our players and we’re going to able to offer them so much more as a result of this agreement.”
Pragmatic Play Brings Localized Roulette Table to Brazilian Market
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has launched a localized Roulette table for operators in Brazil.
Creating its first Brazilian Portuguese-language version of its leading Live Casino product, the new release includes Pragmatic Play’s signature high-quality studio, boasting a 4K immersive view which Brazilian operators will now benefit from.
As with all of its Roulette tables, it also features interactive game statistics, the ability to save favorite bets and chat with a dealer as well as special bets: Final en Plain, Finales a Cheval, and Full Complete.
Joining a number of region-targeted Roulette tables such as Turkish Roulette, Korean Roulette, Swedish Roulette, and Flemish Roulette in its portfolio, the supplier continues to focus on delivering localized content in its Live Casino offerings.
The new table serves as a further testament to Pragmatic Play’s dedication to being the leading supplier in the Brazilian market.
Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Customised region-focused content has proven pivotal to the continued success of our Live Casino portfolio, and we’re delighted to now offer this to Brazilian operators with our latest Roulette table.
“Providing a table in the player’s native tongue will further immerse them into the game and increase the enjoyment of the experience, boosting engagement for our partners.”
Pragmatic Play Expands in Brazil with Beette Partnership
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is setting its sights on further expansion in Brazil after signing a multi-vertical deal with Beette.
More Brazilian players will now be able to discover the supplier’s esteemed portfolio of slots, including award-winning classics such as Gates of Olympus and Sugar Rush alongside recent hits such as Zeus vs Hades – Gods of War.
In addition, Pragmatic Play will bring its live casino vertical live with the operator, including games such as PowerUP Roulette and Sweet Bonanza CandyLand alongside further twists on the classics.
Beette’s customers will also have access to the provider’s Virtual Sports offerings, featuring cutting-edge 3D renderings of horse racing, football, motorsport, and more.
The deal sees Pragmatic Play further bolster its position as Latin America’s leading supplier, with an impressive number of recent partnerships throughout the region as well as several LatAm awards to its name.
Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “We’re thrilled that Pragmatic Play is bringing its three most prominent verticals to Beette, giving them the opportunity to expand even further in Brazil and Latin America.
“Pragmatic Play has a truly impressive portfolio of exciting and engaging games, with Latin America as a key market. We’re excited for new players to experience their titles and can’t wait to see what they think.”
The representative of Beette said: “Pragmatic Play has some of the biggest and best games out there, with a portfolio of acclaimed, easily recognised titles that we can’t wait to bring to Beette.
“It’s a brand that has made impressive strides in Latin America already, so we’re ecstatic to be partnering with Pragmatic Play and contributing to that success. We’re confident this will be a successful partnership.”
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