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Belgium ministers approve gambling advertising curbs

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Belgium ministers approve gambling advertising curbs

Belgium’s Minister for Justice Koen Geens has been given the nod by the Council of Ministers to craft a system of curbs on the way gambling services are advertised on local broadcast media. Minister Geens first announced that he was working on such a bill on the matter back in June.

Belgium’s legalized gambling market was first established in 1999. The Betting and Gaming Act, the country’s gambling law, was adopted that year to allow the provision of different forms of games of chance within the country’s borders. Minister Geens, who is member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) party, said earlier this year that certain changes need to be introduced to the Act, ones that would limit significantly sports betting operators in advertising their services on broadcast media in a manner that could potentially encourage minors and other vulnerable people into gambling.

Here it is important to note that it was namely the CD&V party that proposed earlier this year that the minimum age for online gambling is raised to 21 from 18 for all forms of gambling. Currently, Belgian citizens aged 18 can bet on sports and purchase National Lottery tickets, but cannot play at online casinos. The minimum gambling age for online casinos is 21.

 

What Will Belgium’s Gambling Advertising Curbs Include?

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As reported by local news outlets, Minister Geens’ bill is planned to include several important clarifications and requirements as to how gambling services should be advertised on broadcast media.

First and foremost, no gambling ads will be allowed to appear on Belgian television before an 8 pm watershed. The 8 pm watershed will not be valid in cases of sports events. However, gambling ads will not be allowed during actual sports events. They should only be broadcast shortly before and shortly after the events.

Gambling advertising content will not be allowed to appear on sports equipment and kits as part of Minister Geens’ crackdown on gambling ads.

Advertising content should not be broadcast less than 15 minutes before and after programs that are particularly aimed at children.

In addition, operators will be required to add messages for responsible gambling to their advertisements. At present, operators are encouraged to add such messages and warnings to their ads, but are not obliged to do so. Minister Greene intends to make the practice mandatory.

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The Minister’s proposals came before the Council of Ministers as a preliminary draft of a bill that would aim to restrict excessive gambling advertising in a bid to protect vulnerable people from falling victim to gambling addiction and problem gambling behavior. Minister Geens said that people should not be encouraged or misled into spending more money on gambling than they could afford.…

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Fast Track Enters into Partnership with 4Play

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Fast Track, the leading player engagement platform built specifically for the iGaming industry, has partnered with 4Play, a dynamic and innovative gaming operator renowned for its exceptional player experiences in both casino and sports betting.

Launched in 2023, 4Play has rapidly gained recognition in the industry, primarily targeting the burgeoning Brazilian market. With a commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment, 4Play offers its players a seamless experience in Portuguese, featuring popular gaming verticals such as casino and sports betting.

4Play’s decision to integrate Fast Track CRM comes as part of its strategic initiative to bolster player retention and streamline operations through advanced automation. Fast Track’s robust platform will enable 4Play to automate complex player journeys, ensuring each interaction is personalised and timely.

“We are excited to partner with Fast Track to elevate our player engagement strategies. Their innovative approach to CRM and their commitment to creating individualised player experiences align perfectly with our vision for 4Play. We look forward to leveraging their platform to enhance our player retention and operational efficiency,” Mateus Ihering, Chief Operating Officer of 4Play, said.

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Fast Track’s CRM platform, recognised for its real-time data capabilities and comprehensive automation suite, will support 4Play in achieving its business goals. By automating player communications and optimising the registration journey, 4Play aims to significantly increase its number of depositors while maintaining a high level of engagement among its 148,000 monthly active users.

Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track, said: “We are delighted to welcome 4Play into the Fast Track family. Their innovative spirit and dedication to providing top-tier player experiences make them an ideal partner. Together, we will set new standards in player engagement and retention, ensuring that 4Play continues to thrive in the competitive iGaming landscape.”

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Pragmatic Play Enhances FullReto Partnership with Virtual Sports Addition

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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.

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Pragmatic Play Launches Live Casino Offer at Atlantic City

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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.”

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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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