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Interview with Swedish Member of Parliament Rickard Nordin

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eSports does not at all offer its participants the same physical activity as football or track athletics.But Swedish parliamentarian Rickard Nordin, is a fierce lobbyist for the trending activity: “The best eSports players have to make 400 decisions a minute. It is not possible to be that sharp without being in good shape”, says Rickard.

Rickard Nordin (Centerpartiet (Center Party)) is a member of Sweden’s 349-strong parliament, that will be voting for reregulation of the Swedish gambling market in May or June.

And he is a staunch champion for both the reregulation, and for the more and more visible merge, between eSports and online gambling.

I think the reregulation bill will be passed without any problems. Technology has made the old regulation obsolete, and I am happy that we are finally closing this”, says Nordin.

Rickard will vote for a reregulation with an 18 per cent tax rate for all, and is sure that a clear majority in the Swedish Parliament will do the same:

Everything said and done, we are quite happy with the suggested changes as they are. There is of course a group from the parliament, that has worked on the reregulation together. On a personal note, there are small details with this bill that I would have done differently. But it is always like that, and I think this will pass through Riksdagen without a problem”.

Rickard is a speaker in the eSports panel, in the upcoming i-Gaming Forum at Berns Salonger on April 17-18. “As far as i am concerned eSports is a sector that is currently neglected and forgotten. Despite being one of the most important types of activity, that we have in Sweden”.

 

Why is this so?

I guess it’s much a generational problem. But I am an eSports gamer myself, and I also stream myself, says Rickard. Who representing the Gothenburg region in parliament, and who is one of it’s younger generation members”.

What are the main issues?

The visa rules in Sweden are lagging behind, because eSports is not really regarded as a sport. The educational part of it, does not get the right recognition, and there are tax issues as well”.

According to Rickard, the increased popularity of eSports, is of benefit to society in many ways.

That habitual drinking is going down amongst teenagers, and other young people is partly due to eSports, I know that for a fact. eSports is a lot about team effort, making logical decisions, and learning to communicate clearly. Learning the English language properly not least…

Rickard is a bit disappointed, with the slow progress that eSports is making in Sweden:

We are world class, if you talk about the actual players and their performance. But it’s appalling, that often visas are not granted to top foreign players for the biggest eSports competitions. Or work permits, so they can join top teams here. It’s comparable to Russias ice hockey team not given visas, for a World Championship in Sweden”.

Rickard continues:

Or the football player Marta, not given a visa to play in the Swedish women’s football league. We can compare this to the German government declaration, for example, where eSports is mentioned specifically”, Rickard says to i-Gaming Forum

You are speaking at the i-Gaming Forum in Stockholm on April 18, in a panel that will be discussing the merge between eSports and online gambling…

This is very important! Partly because it means sponsorship and commercial perks. And it also means more professional gaming. Clear rules at all major events, good drug controls and other safeguards as well”.

 

Apart from all the issues that you have mentioned, what is most important for eSports in Sweden right now?

Where does eSports fit in? Is it culture? Is it sports? It is important that this is defined, that eSports is properly recognised. There is more than a symbolic value for this”.

Rickard Nordin sums up his case:

It’s vital that eSports players get this recognition. They are doing something, that is positive for society, not something that they should be ashamed of in any way”.

 

Source: i-gamingforum.com


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Week 50 slot games releases

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Check out this week’s latest slot releases from across the industry!

 

First up we’re gonna sail to glory in Blueprint Gaming’s Vikings Unleashed Megaways™! Set in the hazardous waters of the North Sea, Blueprint’s latest release sees the fearsome Viking warriors unleash their fury onto the reels, with 117,649 ways to win thanks to the MegaWays™ mechanic, under licence from Big Time Gaming.  “Players will need to be fearless in the face of battle in our latest slots release, Vikings Unleashed Megaways™. – said Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming.

 

 Blueprint Gaming’s Vikings Unleashed Megaways™

 

This week Konami Gaming, Inc. announced the launch of its Concerto Opus cabinet following documented success at trial locations. “Konami has hit the jackpot on the new Opus cabinet. With the large single screen display, the graphics and bonus rounds really provide our players with an exciting experience,” – added Stacey Young, vice president of slot operations at Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

Konami's Big Screen Opus Machine slot

 

 

NetEnt released a super sci-fi slot called: Wild-O-Tron 3000 !Set in a 1960s robot lab, Wild-O-Tron 3000TM is a science fiction-themed video slot that transports players to a time when the genre was popularised. “Packed with cyborgs and transforming robots, Wild-O-Tron 3000 will resonate with sci-fi fans and gamers that love stacks and Wild symbol driven games,” – commented Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Game Products.

NetEnt's super sci-fi slot Wild-O-Tron 3000

 

 

We’re gonna explore the Russian folklore with the help of Quickspin in their latest slot: Ivan and the Immortal King! The video slot takes players back into the enchanted past of ancient Russian folklore.

Quickspin - Ivan and the Immortal King slot

 

 

Wazdan’s 19th HTML5 game release of the year, Slot Jam, is packed with fruity goodness. This is another new generation slot from the innovative slots-manufacturer which is attracting the attention of all the top operators and aggregators. Slot Jam showcases Wazdan’s world’s-first Volatility Levels™ that allow players to set the game to a low variance where the game has more frequent but smaller wins.

 Slot Jam from Wazdan

 

 

With Endorphina’s latest releases back to back, they definitely now how to keep us all on our toes. With this latest Lucky Streak 2 release, the ice and snow in these winter days can’t compete with Endorphina’s fire and hot wins! This game is absolutely perfect for those players who prefer easy game mathematics and some juicy and fruitilicous wins.

Lucky Streak 2 slot

 

 

Realistic Games is offering players the chance to explore the enchanted forest with its exciting new slot, Spin Dizzy. Filled with woodland magic including toadstools, pots of gold, and four-leaf clovers, the game promises to keep players spellbound with its mysterious features.

Realistic Games Spin Dizzy slot

 

 

Microgaming takes players to a world filled with magic and enchanted riches with Book of Oz slot! Brimming with fantasy, magic and adventure, the game welcomes players into a world filled with enchanted riches. Featuring Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins and Re-Spins, the fantasy themed slot encompasses whimsical art and captivating symbols. “We are extremely excited to release Book of Oz, our fifth game this year under the Triple Edge Studios brand. This has been the most fun we’ve had developing a game and the Re-spin feature is a brilliantly fun addition.” – explained Brendan Walton, Design Lead at Triple Edge Studios.

Microgaming's Book of Oz

 

 

Blockchain casino platform provider FunFair Technologies, is setting sail on the high seas in search of pirate plunder with the release of its newest title Bounty on the High Seas. Bounty on the High Seas sits alongside FunFair’s growing portfolio of smart-contract based games, including Fate of Thrones and Treasures From the Crypto, offering the same high-spec animation, mechanics and audio that players have come to expect from a FunFair title.

 FunFair's Bounty on the High Seas

 

Bgaming will make slot players smile broadly with their slot release: Bob’s coffee shop! The idea of the slot totally inspired by the famous Amsterdam coffeeshops, if you have ever been to Amsterdam and it’s your favorite place in the world, Bob’s Coffee shop will definitely be the “love at first sight”. The game runs on an HTML framework, supports cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies.

Bgaming-Bob’s coffee shop


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Online sports betting legalized in Brazil

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In a significant development in South America, the continent’s largest country Brazil has passed a bill to legalize sports betting in the country. President of Brazil Michel Temer passed Bill MP 846/2018  to effect income redistribution from federal lotteries and legalize online sports betting.

The new bill will offer directions on how to divide the revenues from lotteries among the Culture, Sports and Security portfolios.

It should be noted that the bill observes a two-year term for the Ministry of Finance to regulate the conditions needed for the exploitation of online sports betting through licenses, and estimates that the annual collection reaches USD 255M for Public Safety, USD 161M for Sports and USD 113M for Culture.

For several analysts, the approval of this law represents a great victory for the sector and a possible first step for the regulation of all types of games of chance. Currently, two projects are waiting to be analyzed by Congress; although the new authorities headed by the elect president Jair Bolsonaro do not seem to be particularly predisposed to a wider opening of the game in the country.


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GAN plc: New Jersey’s online gambling revenue rises in November

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GAN plc, an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, updated the market following the publication on December 12, 2018 by the New Jerseys Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for the calendar month of November 2018 in New Jersey.

According to the latest financial report of the New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement,  online gaming win for November in was $26.9 million in November, which represents a 30.7% hike year-on-year.

The total revenue from internet sports wagering was about $238.6 million for the month of November 2018, a rise of 36.8% from from the previous month.

Sports wagering gross revenue was $21.2 million, $11.7 million more than the previous month’s revenue.

GAN is a leading business-to-business (B2B) supplier of internet gambling software-as-a-service solutions (SaaS) to the US land-based casino industry. The Company has developed a proprietary internet gambling enterprise software system, GameSTACK„¢, which it licenses principally to land-based US casino operators as a turnkey technology solution for regulated real-money internet gambling, encompassing internet gaming, internet sports gaming and virtual Simulated Gaming.


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