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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 11 Issue: 6
( 2012)


Following elections in the German State of Schleswig-Holstein on 12 June the Social Democrats have become the majority of a governing coalition that plans to abolish the State's Gambling Act and adopt the Interstate Treaty on Gambling. / read more

The Court of First Instance in Brussels has dismissed a request by BwinParty, on 13 June, to order the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) to remove the domain from the blacklist of illegal gaming sites prohibited from operating in Belgium, because it does not have a license. / read more

The European Sports Security Association (ESSA), a sports integrity monitoring body that represents regulated online and offline gambling companies in Europe, released integrity statistics on 5 June that show a sustained low in corruption alerts for 2011. / read more


Since more and more Europeans are taking part in social gaming, it does not come as a surprise that the UK Gambling Commission, the British gambling regulator, announced, at the beginning of June, it is considering starting to monitor the social gaming space. / read more

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A number of US states are moving towards regulating online gaming and have proposed i-gaming laws in the hope that regulation will soon follow. However the number of states to include a 'tainted assets' provision, which excludes any participants of 'Black Friday' from being part of the regulated market, could potentially damage the as yet untapped US online gambling market. Sarah Coffey, an Associate at Ifrah Law, a Washington, DC-based law firm specialised in gaming law, discusses the current situation and examines the potential harm a 'tainted assets' provision could cause. / read more

Online gambling operators are exiting the French online gambling market after just 18 months of liberalisation. A number of reasons have been put forward to explain this trend: the recession being one and the rate of tax another. Victoriano Melero, Counsel at Clifford Chance LLP in Paris, provides an overview of the situation in France, the reaction from the regulators and he explains why the current situation in the French gambling market may not be as bad as it seems. / read more

The gaming and gambling industries, traditionally separate entities, are moving closer and closer together, which increases debate as to whether gambling-like games should fall under gambling regulation. Jas Purewal, an interactive entertainment Solicitor at Osborne Clarke, discusses how one important consequence - little considered by the games industry - holds the potential for games to be defined and regulated by gambling laws. / read more

Self-exclusion schemes are being introduced by online gaming companies, not necessarily to curb problem gamblers, but more so to give gamblers a more responsible way of controlling their ability to gamble at a given time. Dr. Mark Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University, examines the research in to self-exclusion schemes both for offline casinos and online gaming sites and the possible aims of such schemes. / read more

Japan's social gaming market was shaken recently by the Japanese Government's decision to outlaw the 'complete gacha', a paid lottery mechanic within some social games, which was deemed too close to gambling for comfort. Sophie Cameron spoke to Serkan Toto, a Consultant on Japan's web, mobile and social gaming industries, about the reasons behind Japan's highly lucrative social gaming industry, the global aims of some of Japan's biggest social gaming players and the lessons to be learnt from the line that has been drawn between gambling and social gaming. / read more

The Australian Government Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released its long-awaited Interim Report on the Review of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. The review is part of a number of initiatives undertaken by the Australian Government, and aims to provide recommendations for the regulation of the country's online gambling market. Tony Rein and Michelle Barraclough, of Clayton Utz, assess the report's recommendations and the potential for a more liberal approach. / read more

Online gambling and sports betting are, and always have been, a sensitive political issue in the US. Laurie Itkin, Founder of Rouge Government & Public Affairs, discusses the current political backdrop in the US as a number of online gambling bills put forward by a handful of US States move towards the legalisation and regulation of online gambling. / read more

About Online Gambling Lawyer

The monthly publication exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming, on a global basis. Topics covered included licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, in-play betting, eSports, fantasy sports (DFS), Bitcoin gambling, and gambling fraud, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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