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Belgium: online gambling represented a third of total revenue in 2015



Online gambling pushes Belgium’s revenue

The Belgian Gambling Commission revealed that during 2015, online gambling represented a third of total revenue.


Last week, the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) released its 2016 annual report, which (confusingly) contains Belgian-licensed operators’ financial information from 2015, allegedly due to the slow pace at which operators compile their individual statistics.

According to these stats, Belgian-licensed gambling revenue totaled €622m in 2015, 17% higher than 2014’s tally. Total online revenue was €211.3m, just over one-third of the overall figure.

The BGC’s ‘A’ license category of casino operators reported land-based gaming revenue of €102.3m in 2015, down 7% year-on-year. By contrast, these operators reported their online gambling revenue rising 41.2% to €78.6m in 2015.


The BGC breaks down its eight online casino ‘A’ licensees by amounts generated, but doesn’t identify these operators by name. Whoever they are, the top two online casinos claimed more than half (€44.2m) of this online pie.

The ‘B’ category of license involves slot machine arcade operators, who generated combined revenue of €234.5m in 2015, up 11.6% year-on-year. Of this sum, €157.3m (+3.4%) was generated at land-based venues, while €71.7m (+30.6%) came online. The top two online arcades also scored more than half (€39.8m) of the online total.

The ‘F’ licensed betting operators reported overall revenue of just under €206.5m, up 22.4%. Land-based betting improved 21.7% to €145.5m while online betting gained 24% to just under €61m. Here again, the top two online betting sites claimed more than half (€34.2m) of the total.

As for unauthorized online gambling sites, the BGC added 12 more names to its online blacklist in 2016, the same number as in 2015.

The BGC issued 85 administrative fines against gambling operators and their customers in 2016, including on one unauthorized (and unidentified) online gambling site. The BGC is one of the few regulators that actually penalizes players for playing with unauthorized sites, and nine players were hit with such fines in 2016.…


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Source: EEGaming.

Andrés Tamayo

Pragmatic Play Enhances FullReto Partnership with Virtual Sports Addition





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has reinforced its commitment to Latin American expansion by strengthening its existing relationship with Colombian operator FullReto.

The latest agreement will see FullReto offer its players a broad selection of Pragmatic Play’s unique Virtual Sports titles, building on an already extensive offering of over 300 Slots and Live Casino games.

Fantastic League, Greyhound Racing, and the thrilling motor racing-themed Force 1 are among the games now available to FullReto customers as the operator looks to capitalise on the rapidly increasing popularity of Virtual Sports to consolidate its position as a leading platform in Colombia.

The multi-product partnership reaffirms Pragmatic Play’s intentions to expand its offering in the LatAm markets, with FullReto now offering a vast catalogue of Pragmatic’s award-winning games across three verticals.


Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play is delighted to reinforce its partnership with FullReto by providing its players with access to its renowned Virtual Sports games. The deal not only emphasises Pragmatic Play’s desire to provide Colombian players with an exciting online gaming experience, but also demonstrates the supplier’s dedication to furthering its Latin American expansion.”

Andrés Tamayo, General Manager at FullReto, said: “FullReto’s continued collaboration with Pragmatic Play highlights our main objective of supplying the optimal player experience. The addition of Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports offering, on top of its Slots and Live Casino games, will ensure FullReto players have access to hundreds of fan-favourite games across a variety of verticals.”

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Alonso Huiman

Pragmatic Play Launches Live Casino Offer at Atlantic City





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has expanded its Live Casino footprint across Peru after going live with major local operator, Atlantic City.

The partnership sees Pragmatic Play’s full Live Casino portfolio integrated with the operator, enabling players in Peru to enjoy market-leading titles such as Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat from the supplier’s award-winning portfolio.

This latest agreement showcases Pragmatic Play’s plans for growth in LatAm, exhibiting an array of its verticals across multiple territories in recent months. It is the latest deal signed by Pragmatic Play with a Peruvian operator, following a comprehensive growth strategy in the country.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Atlantic City is one of Peru’s most reputable operators and offers another opportunity to showcase the Pragmatic Play Live Casino portfolio in Peru. With an offering that will deliver exceptional gaming experiences to players, this partnership promises to cement Pragmatic Play’s position at the forefront of the Peruvian iGaming industry.”


Alonso Huiman, Chief of Online Casino at Atlantic City, said: “This landmark agreement with Pragmatic Play is a pivotal moment for us. Its vast selection of table and card games will resonate seamlessly with our player base and we are confident that this will propel our brand to new heights.”

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Pragmatic Play to Participate in CGS Santiago





Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is set to participate in CGS Santiago this month, as the provider seeks further inroads across the continent.

The provider is also the standalone Diamond Sponsor at the event, which takes place at Espacio Riesco in the country’s capital, Santiago, on May 29 and 30.

Pragmatic Play is set to attend the event as a renowned actor in the market, for its multi-product offering, comprising Slots, Live Casino content, Virtual Sports, Sportsbook, and Bingo, including fan-favorite titles Gates of Olympus and the popular Blackjack X.

With expo season now in full swing, CGS Santiago marks another conference in the region for the supplier, following its presence at BiS – SiGMA Americas in Brazil, GAT Expo in Colombia, and SBC Summit Rio earlier this year.


Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Latin America remains a key focus for Pragmatic Play as it gears up to make meaningful connections in Chile, a region full of potential as the iGaming industry continues to evolve in this part of the world. Pragmatic Play is also proud to be a Diamond Sponsor at this year’s expo, showcasing the importance that CGS Santiago represents and the immense opportunities that the two-day event has on offer.”

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